April 12, 2024

Football prospects demonstrate track and field skills at Texas Relays

Football scouting is more reliant than ever on getting as much context as possible regarding verified athleticism, and the track and field season provides perhaps the best data in that category. Last weekend’s Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, an annual track and field extravaganza in Austin that hosts high school and college competitors, showcased the multi-sport athletics of numerous notable football prospects. Here’s a look at some of the most notable numbers, according to Athletic.net and MileSplit.com.

5-STAR DAKORIEN MOORE, DUNCANVILLE ROLLS AGAIN IN 4×100 Relay

Dakorien Moorea 2025 Top247 five-star receiver committed to LSU, along with the LSU Top247 four-star signee Caden Durham2026 receiver Ayson Theusand 2025 song star Brayden Williams to race a 39.65-second 4×100 relay to win the high school division at the Texas Relays. That number, which marks Duncanville’s second sub-40.00 performance of the spring, is good for No. 2 all-time at the high school level, behind only Humble (Texas) Atascocita, who set the national record of 38.92 just a week earlier.

But that wasn’t all for Moore. He also recorded a strong long jump repeat of 22-6.76, which follows at least two 23+ repeats earlier this semester, according to Athletic.net. The Top247 rankings place Moore as a cornerstone of LSU’s No. 3-ranked 2025 recruiting class, No. 4 overall and No. 1 among receivers in his class.

KARSON GORDON SETS TRIPLE JUMPING RECORD

UCLA 2024 signatory Karson Gordon set a Texas high school state record last weekend with his 53-foot, 1 1/2-inch triple jump at the Texas Relays. Gordon is no stranger to the triple jump, having won the 2023 Nike Outdoor Nationals and Texas Relays. According to MileSplit, Gordon ranks 14th all-time nationally at 53-1.5. That jump also turned out to be five feet better than anyone else in the triple jump final of the Texas Relays.

SOPHOMERS LEAD AMERICAN HERITAGE TO 4×200 CROWN

Brandon Bennettan initial 247Sports top 100 prospect in the class of 2026, joined his classmates Braylen Bennett And Zamarii Sanders and senior Braden Parris won the Texas Relays big-school 4×200 final with a time of 1:23.76, easily more than two full seconds faster than the second-place finisher. The Bennetts also raced on Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) American Heritage’s 40.36-second 4×100 relay, which finished alone behind Duncanville. Wisconsin security signer Xavier Lucas anchored on that relay unit.

MORE REMARKABLE FIGURES FROM THE TEXAS RELAY

Ferzell Shepard, a 2025 Top247 four-star receiver, also had a busy day. In the individual competition, he cleared 45 feet in the triple jump with a 45-8.75. Shepard also ran the second leg of the Baton Rouge (La.) Scotlandville Magnet 4×200 relay, which placed second in the big school finals, and the 4×400 relay, which ran the fourth-fastest preliminary time.

State of Kansas four-star receiver signee Trae Davis, a football and basketball standout at Troup (Texas) High School, posted a long jump of 22-8.5 to accompany the personal best of 23-1.75 he recorded a few weeks ago. A prolific scorer and playmaker on the hardwood, Davis played all three phases on the court for Troup, where he eclipsed 1,100 rushing yards and 2,200 receiving yards and scored more than 40 offensive touchdowns over the past three seasons.

— Ingleside (Texas) 2024 standout and North Texas signatory Jaydon Smith competed in three different individual events and his school’s 4×100 relay. Smith, who jumped 6-4 high earlier in March, jumped 6-2 at the Texas Relays, where he also cleared long jump 20-10 and triple jump 43-8, less than four inches shy of his personal best of a pair to soften. past. Smith’s senior football season last fall saw him catch 82 passes for 1,789 yards and a whopping 39 TDs.

–Gilmer (Texas) Highs Will Henderson, a high undrafted three-star 2024 running back, ran a 10.15 100 in the prelims before finishing second in the Division I high school finals with a 10.50. Henderson won the Texas 4A 100-meter championship in May 2023 and went on to run for more than 2,700 yards and 35 TDs — plus 36 catches, 430 yards and three TDs — for Gilmer’s 4A D-II state championship team last fall.

Baylor athlete signatory Mason Dossett of Fort Bend (Texas) Ridge Point ran the event’s fastest time in the 110-meter hurdles with a blistering 13.27 seconds, following his 13.48 in the preliminaries. Dossett, the son of former Baylor and Green Bay Packers receiver Martin Dossett, could play at the college level anyway. He scored 12 offensive touchdowns in a 39-game high school career, adding two INT return scores as a senior and a kickoff return TD as a junior.

— Denton (Texas) Ryan 2025 Top247 four-star offensive tackle Ty Haywood added to his strong shot put book with a throw of over 17 meters. Haywood, one of the nation’s top tackle prospects, went 55-3 in late March.

Missouri declining signer Kewan Kant from Lancaster, Texas, ran a 10.49 100 preliminary in the Division II high school. Lacy ran for 3,595 yards and 43 TDs on 7.5 yards per carry — plus 500-plus receiving yards and five scores — over the past three high school seasons.

— Argyle (Texas) Liberty Christian 2025 receiver Quinton Brown recorded a rep of 10.61 in the 100 meters. According to Athletic.net, that was his fifth time in the 100 meters between 10.50 and 10.61 since the end of February. Brown also anchored Liberty Christian’s third-place 4×100 relay, which finished behind only Duncanville and American Heritage. Boise State recently landed the first 247Sports Crystal Ball prediction in Brown’s recruitment.

— Denton (Texas) Ryan 2025 offensive tackle Marcus Garcia placed a 160-foot discus representative at the Texas Relays. According to Athletic.net, Garcia’s throw marked his third 160+ attempt in recent weeks. According to 247Sports national recruiting team, Garcia has five official visits planned: Nebraska, Arkansas,Texas A&M, Texas technologyAnd Penn Statein chronological order.

Oklahoma struggling signee Jacob Hendrik – son of WWE legend and former World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry – recorded a score of 51-10.75 in the shot put this weekend. That follows an early March roll of 53-8. Henry played both ways for Class 6A power Austin (Texas) Vandegrift last fall and is an FBS caliber football player in our opinion.

LSU track and field commit Kameron Franklin earned a strong three-star grade at cornerback from 247Sports, but yet another event in the Peaks shows why he’s heading to college in that sport. Franklin high jump 6-6 and long jump 22-0.5. These numbers match previous high jumps of 6-9 and 6-8 in the spring of 2024 and a long jump of 22-1 in late February, according to Athletic.net.

— Hudson Standish of 247Sports contributed to this report.

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