September 5, 2008

Scouting DeSoto: Young talent abounds

Thursday night at their game against No. 2-state ranked Plano, it was hard to walk up and down the DeSoto sidelines and find a familiar face in green and gold.

Gone from the powerhouse teams the last two years are blue-chippers like running back Cyrus Gray and defensive linemen Tony Eddie and Von Miller, all of whom are currently playing at Texas A&M. Those losses alone would seem to doom the Eagles to what could best be described as a rebuilding year, especially given the fact that DeSoto starts very few seniors and is playing a number of players whose most recent football experience came as a member of last year's junior varsity squad.

But the old adage about "reloading" instead "rebuilding" always applies to some programs across the state and it appears DeSoto is one of those programs.

The young corps that the Eagles ran out on the field last night took on defending state semi-finalist Plano and led 20-7 at the half. Turnovers and other youthful mistakes eventually took their toll in the second half and DeSoto fell 28-20 to the Wildcats.

It was a tough loss, but it served as a reminder of things to come - not just for later this season but for 2009 and 2010 as well because the Eagles are absolutely loaded in their sophomore and junior classes. In fact, it's hard to know where to start or who to start with when discussing the Division I prospects because there are so many storylines.

Take junior cornerback Adrian White for example. The 6-foot, 190-pound defender was one of the most impressive corners at the NIKE Camp this past spring and college camps during the summer. He's a big, physical corner who can run, likes to press receivers at the line of scrimmage and will get involved in run support whenever possible. He's very balanced in his stance and his upper body strength is such that it's tough to get inside of him when he jams receivers at the line. He shut down Plano receiver Kris Lott during the entire contest, but left the game in the fourth quarter after being injured and Lott promptly scored a touchdown.

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