#24) Sachse CB Jared Mayden (6’0’’/190): Mayden has great size for a press cover corner. He is clearly physical downfield as well as the line of scrimmage. There is a moment in his film where he seemed to lose his man in coverage, but made a sure fire tackle with good form and decent closing speed.

He is currently an Oregon commit and has been leaning that way for some time leading up to his commitment during The Opening just last week. Mayden seemed persistent on going out of state for school, garnering interest from Oklahoma and Ohio State.

He will bring a strong and physical presence to the Ducks. He will line up behind a stellar defensive line at Oregon, and should that line not develop a pass rush, Mayden is a guy you want covering for you. More than anything, he will be a good in the run game should the front seven get beaten off the line.

My way too early prediction: Oregon

Film via Hudl: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2183567/highlights/202109375/v2

#23) Euless Trinity DT Chris Daniels (6’3.5’’/299): Daniels, a transfer from Michigan, has been with the Trojans since his sophomore season and has been on the field for the perennial powerhouse ever since.

He is the next Division I defensive lineman in a long line of successful Trinity D-Linemen. Tipa Galeai (TCU), Sam Tevi (Utah), and the late great Gaius Vaenuku (Utah) all paved the way for Daniels, who enters his senior season as a leader of a reloading defensive line.

He displays brute strength in a bull rush, yet has the capability of running down a versatile scrambling quarterback, or a running back coming off the edge or straight forward.

With the large amount of high caliber defensive tackles in Texas and surrounding areas such as Louisiana, Daniels has flown relatively under the radar, but will undoubtedly be a large upgrade to the depth of any team that gets his signature. He is courting Texas A&M and Oklahoma, among others.

My way too early prediction: Texas A&M

 Film via Hudl: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2065514/highlights/225103377/v2

 #22) Houston Westfield QB Dillon Sterling-Cole (6’2.5’’/183): Sterling-Cole is another under the radar prospect. He hasn’t gotten nearly the national attention he deserves, but someone noticed, as he was chosen to attend The Opening as well in Oregon just recently. He is a pocket passer with great footwork and even better arm strength.

With the dual threat quarterback becoming more and more popular, he shows off pocket presence and quick, consistent delivery. That style quarterback is still valuable today with pro packages used in such programs as Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, and Texas, just to name a few. Sterling-Cole is a Texas A&M legacy but is likely headed elsewhere for his own college career.

With former Westfield coach Corby Meekins at the University of Houston, there is an attempt to corral the top Houston area prospects, similar to the University of Miami and Howard Schnellenberger in the late 70’s and early 80’s. With hometown kids committed such as Ed Oliver and Jordan Elliott, Sterling-Cole could be looking to follow suit and start an era at Houston. At this point, it appears to be the hometown Houston Cougars, or the Florida Gators, and possibly a darkhorse candidate in Arizona State. 

My way too early prediction: Houston

Film via Hudl: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2876294/highlights/217897382/v2

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