Tag:Texas state 7-on-7
Posted on: July 16, 2011 12:51 am
Edited on: July 16, 2011 8:16 am

WVU commit Childress falls short of 7-on-7 title

Posted by Bryan Fischer

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Heading into the Texas state 7-on-7 Division II championship game, many had pegged Houston area private school The Kinkaid School - one of the smallest in the tournament - as the favorite thanks to the strong arm of quarterback Ford Childress.

Despite leading most of the game and having a shot to tie it with 43 seconds left, the West Virginia commit could only do so much for his team and ended up falling short of a state title. Disappointed after the game, the signal-caller decided to look at the positives of outlasting a lot of good competition and putting his team in a position to win.

"I'm excited to play here and it was a good game," Childress, son of former Texas A&M and Houston Oilers defensive tackle Ray Childress, said. "It's awesome to play at Kyle Field.

"It was really hard (to get here) and really hot. It was definitely worth it though, I definitely think we got a lot better. We almost got it."

After verbally committing to the Mountaineers in early April, one would expect Childress' recruitment to die down a little but there are still several schools who are continuing to recruit him.

"Oklahoma State, Arizona State and Florida State are still looking at me," he said. "I'm not really thinking about changing from West Virginia though, I want to go there."

At the moment, the 6-foot- 4, 210-pounder is firmly locked in to the school and is not planning to take any other official visits.

"That could change," he conceded.

With the turmoil that went down in Morgantown last month between former head coach Bill Stewart and current head coach Dana Holgorsen, some outsiders wandered what the effect would be on West Virginia's recruiting. For offensive recruits such as Childress, the elevation of Hologorsen was a net positive in the end.

"It was a little nerve-racking but it turned out for the best I guess," Childress said. "It really doesn't bother me. (Coach) Holgorsen was the original draw. I went up there and realized why we went there and I think it's going to work for me."


- TCU commit Austin Aune couldn't quite break through with his team either, falling in the first round of the single elimination tournament in a shootout. Also bounced in the first round was Celina High, favored by some to win the whole thing.

- Celina's Jake Raulerson, one of the top 2013 offensive lineman in the state, has a brother, Josh, who played linebacker and he moved pretty well in the team's only game Friday. Jake ended up picking up a Texas A&M offer Friday according to reports but rumors are that he's looking at SEC schools the hardest.

- The best player in the Division II bracket was probably Texas Tech commitment Dominque Wheeler. He carried his team offensively and showed off some really good speed and athleticism.

- Texas A&M commitment Matt Davis showed why some have labeled him as an athlete, playing both ways the entire game despite the heat and humidity. He can really spin the ball but knows when to take some off, crucial in 7-on-7 where most teams dink and dunk their way down the field. 

- Notre Dame commit Nicky Baratti also played both ways and though he did well, we can understand why the Irish are bringing him on board as a linebacker prospect. He's big and fast enough to control the middle of the field and should be a good fit. 

Posted on: July 15, 2011 8:14 am

Family affair for the Hunters at 7-on-7 tourney

Posted by Bryan Fischer

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- If you didn't know he was there, you probably would have missed him.

Hard to say you could miss a 6-foot-2, 225-pound, nine-time Gold Glove Award winner but everybody was looking for a cool, out of the way spot and Torii Hunter had found his behind the end zone.

He was there to watch his three kids at the Texas state 7-on-7 tournament and despite it being nearly 100 degrees, the Los Angeles Angels outfielder was all smiles after watching his three sons play for Prosper High.

"I'm having a good time just hanging out with my boys and watching them go to work. They always watch me do work so I should give back," Hunter said with a laugh. "I'm proud. These last couple of games we watched were pretty good."

The Eagles were indeed pretty good, going 2-1 in pool play on Thursday to grab a number one seed with hopes of advancing to the Division II final at Texas A&M's Kyle Field Friday afternoon. 

"We came out here to play as a team and it's probably the best we've ever played," Torii Jr. said. "We all wanted to because we had a rough time being able to qualify. It's hot out and we don't want to waste it."

Junior is one of three Hunters on the team, joined by his brothers Cameron and Darius, and the trio actually ended up catching several touchdowns throughout the day. The opportunity to play on one team and make a difference on the field is something they all look forward to on a daily basis.

"It's pretty unique," Torrii Jr. said. "Most kids don't get to do that with their brothers. We're all the same age and it's a great opportunity."

"I'm excited for them, they've worked their butts off since they were young kids," Hunter Sr. said. "I was always in their ear, they'd always listen to dad. They're growing up to be good young men on and off the field."

Taking some time off during the all-star break to be with his family, the elder Hunter is a welcome sight during the middle of the baseball season, a time when they typically don't see each other that often.

"He usually doesn't come out to any of the games during the summer," junior said. "It's great for him to come down here and watch him play a little bit."

Though the patriarch of the family makes his living playing baseball, the multi-sport star growing up in Pine Bluff (Ark.) has no problem if his kids decide to go the football route.

"No, no, I was a football player," Hunter said. "That's my dream to play major league baseball. They have to get their own dream and make their own way. I'm all for it. These guy play basketball, football, baseball; they play all three sports right now and whatever they excel in or go to college for, I'm all for it."

The father even dishes out pretty good advice from time-to-time to all of his three kids, who are all underclassmen and have a shot to earn a scholarship down the road.

"That touchdown I had, he was telling me to create a route," Jr. said. "If the route doesn't work, create one, and that's what I did. He taught me everything I know really.

"Having heart, having that drive. That's what he's taught me."

And that gives Hunter Sr. the biggest smile of the day.

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