For any area across the country, a class of Top 30 prospects would tap out a respective city or metro-area. Not Houston.
The Greater Houston area is loadedwith talent. Now we are getting down to the nitty gritty of VYPE's Hot 100.
The SEC, Big 10 and the Big 12 are represented from No. 31-40. These athletes are legit. Ainias Smith hasn't signed yet, but he's going to make one SEC squad happy. He's versatile and has tremendous pedigree.
The defense is headlined by Gabriel Hall, Corien Azema, Zach Zimos, Tyrique Matthews and Marques Caldwell, while the offense is repped by Chase Lane, teammates Nathanial Beal and Thomas Gordon, and OL Andrew Coker.
Who do you think will have the biggest impact?
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VYPE's HOT 100
No. 31 Ainias Smith, Dulles, WR, Texas A&M
Good family genes. Brother, Maurice, starred at Bama and then at Georgia. Now plays for Miami. Smith has football IQ and skills to play DB or WR. Has yet to sign. Look for Aggies or Georgia to get his services.
No. 32 Gabriel Hall, Waller, DT, Baylor
At 6-foot-6, 280-pounds, Hall has big-time potential. The Waller Bulldog was pretty highly-coveted during the recruiting process. Good get for Baylor. He needs to learn the position at the DI level, but he has the frame to play inside.
No. 33 Corien Azema, Langham Creek, DB, Northwestern
Kaboom. Coco Azema can lay the wood at safety. He can run and cover, but his specialty is to support the run. The first-team unanimous selection is one of the best to come out of Langham Creek. Northwestern is getting a good one.
No. 34 Zach Zimos, FB Travis, LB, Arkansas
At 6-foot-4, Zimos has legit size to play OLB or even DE. Great ball skills and can drop and cover with the best of them. Was a first-teamer in a competitive district. Will get bigger, stronger in college. Could be a stud in the SEC.
No. 35 Chase Lane, St. Pius, WR, Texas A&M
Fast-twitch inside WR, who has track speed. Similar to Aggie Quartney Davis. A smidge undersized, but isn’t afraid to work. Aggies are loaded, will he get a chance to show his stuff?
No. 36 Nathanial Beal, Strake Jesuit, WR, Virginia
The 6-foot-6 WR puts a dent into defensive coordinators’ plans. Tough on the 50-50 ball. Should get faster in college. Played for Klay Kubiak, son of NFL coach Gary Kubiak, who runs a pro-style offense. He will be college ready.
No. 37 Andrew Coker, Katy Taylor, OL, TCU
Huge OL at 6-foot-7, 305-pounds, Coker looks like an NFL player. He has a lot to learn, but you can’t overlook his size. He will be coached hard at TCU. Must get stronger and more athletic. Got to develop a mean streak as well.
No. 38 Thomas Gordon, Strake Jesuit, TE, Northwestern
Has been highly-recruited since his freshman season. The future Wildcat will fit in well in the Big 10. At 6-foot-5 with a hybrid ability to block and catch, the sky is the limit for Gordon. ‘Cats get another one.
No. 39 Tyrique Matthews, Eisenhower, LB, Texas Tech
The Defensive MVP of District 16-6A. Also a TD Club finalist. High-motor, who is not afraid of being physical. A tackling-machine. At 6-foot, he plays with a chip on his shoulder. Think Dakota Allen.
No. 40 Marques Caldwell, Alvin, CB, Texas
Injured for most of his senior season, not exactly sure what the Horns are getting in Caldwell. But at 6-foot-1, he is rangy and can cover in space. We will see how that labrum heals come the fall.