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Pretty Hot Content—VYPE Hot 100—Top 2018 Recruits

Manvel's Jalen Preston, #5 seated right, is at the top of the list. Vype

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The 2017 #txhsfb season is in the books and so is the early National Signing Day just before Christmas.

With that in mind, we felt it was time to put the finishing touches on the final Class of 2018 Hot 100 player rankings.

“The early signing period was a game-changer,” VYPE Chief Content Officer Matt Malatesta said. “No one really knew what to expect and it was a little shocking to see how many athletes signed. From college coaching changes to bowl games to the Texas high school playoffs, it all happened very quickly. I think college coaches used the early signing day as leverage and it worked.”

There was significant movement in the Hot 100 from top to bottom. Manvel’s Jalen Preston moved into the No. 1 spot after a tremendous season, while Dekaney’s Malcolm Epps also moved up from the tight end spot. We knew he was good, but Texas has a game-changer with his size and skill set.

Another Manvel star climbed the rankings, significantly.

With that in mind, we felt it was time to update the Class of 2018 Hot 100 player rankings. After a year that saw Houston’s incredible talent on display, let’s take a look at who to watch on Saturdays next college football season.

“Kam Scott is a star,” Malatesta said. “He’s a big-play receiver and tremendous kick returner. He plays with a chip on his shoulder and as he continues to mature, he’s going to be a potential pro. Missouri got a steal.”

The University of Texas and coach Tom Herman has won the H-Town sweepstakes so far with five of the Top 10 players and eight of the Top 20 headed to the 40 Acres. The movement at Texas A&M left the Aggies with only three of the Top 20 stars.

How about Missouri? Scott and Ridge Point heat-seeking linebacker Chad Bailey inked with the Tigers, who were two of the Top 10.

So who is left? Episcopal’s Jaylen Waddle, Oak Ridge’s Joseph Ossai, Cy Springs’ Leon O’Neal, Cy Creek’s Miles Battle and Katy’s Moro Ojomo have yet to sign, so stay tuned to and @vypehouston on Twitter for up to date recruiting news.

(This list will be updated throughout the year as players commit to college programs)




1 Jalen Preston Manvel WR Texas A&M HUDL
2 BJ Foster Angleton ATH Texas HUDL
3 Jalen Green Heights DB Texas HUDL
4 Mustapha Muhammad FB Ridge Point TE Michigan HUDL
5 Luke Matthews Elkins OL Texas A&M HUDL
6 Malcolm Epps Dekaney TE Texas HUDL
7 Kam Scott Manvel WR Missouri HUDL
8 Anthony Cook Lamar DB Texas HUDL
9 Chad Bailey FB Ridge Point LB Missouri HUDL
10 Keondre Coburn Westfield DT Texas HUDL
11 Jaylen Waddle Episcopal WR HUDL
12 Joseph Ossai Oak Ridge DE HUDL
13 D’Shawn Jamison Lamar DB Texas HUDL
14 Craig Williams Crosby RB Baylor HUDL
15 Miles Battle Cy Creek WR HUDL
16 Cole Blanton Cy Ranch OL Texas A&M HUDL
17 Brennan Eagles Alief Taylor WR Texas HUDL
18 KeSean Carter The Woodlands WR Texas Tech HUDL
19 Al’Vonte Woodard Lamar WR Texas HUDL
20 Donavan Mutin Klein Collins LB Houston HUDL
21 Caleb Chapman Clear Brook WR Texas A&M HUDL
22 Tamerik Williams Angleton RB SMU HUDL
23 Connor Galvin Katy OL Baylor HUDL
24 Barton Clement FB Marshall OL Texas A&M HUDL
25 Max Wright Katy Taylor DE Texas A&M HUDL
26 Dominic Livingston Aldine Davis DT LSU HUDL
27 Michael Woods Magnolia WR Arkansas HUDL
28 Erick Hallett Cy Fair DB Washington State HUDL
29 Montel Parker Dickinson WR Texas A&M HUDL
30 Leon O’Neal Jr. Cy Springs DB HUDL
31 Taye Barber Cy Springs ATH TCU HUDL
32 Michael Matus Katy DE Arizona State HUDL
33 Ta’Zhawn Henry Lamar RB HUDL
34 Trent Gordon Manvel DB Penn State HUDL
35 Joshua Landry Lamar DT Baylor HUDL
36 Starrland Baldwin Jr. Cy Falls DB Oklahoma HUDL
37 Kason Martin Manvel QB UNT HUDL
38 Tyrese Williams Cy Ridge OL Oklahoma State HUDL
39 Aaron Allen FB Ridge Point QB LA Tech HUDL
40 Peyton Sawyer Clear Springs WR Houston HUDL
41 Moro Ojomo Katy DL HUDL
42 Ethan Bonner The Woodlands DB Stanford HUDL
43 John Holcombe Summer Creek QB Kansas State HUDL
44 Bryson Jackson Kingwood Park WR TCU HUDL
45 Payne He’Bert Pearland Dawson OL Northwestern HUDL
46 Jacob Jefferson St. Pius WR Northwestern HUDL
47 Christian Morgan Porter DB Baylor HUDL
48 Jake Syptak The Woodlands OL SMU HUDL
49 Joseph Ogunbanjo Alief Taylor DE HUDL
50 Hasaan Hypolite Hightower DB Colorado HUDL
51 Ja’Kori Morgan Clear Lake WR Houston HUDL
52 Jacob Mangum-Ferrar Kempner LB Stanford HUDL
53 Spencer Wells Pearland Dawson TE Houston HUDL
54 Travian Blaylock Atascocita DB Wisconsin HUDL
55 Victor Curne Second Baptist OL Washington HUDL
56 Trenton Kennedy Cy Fair RB HUDL
57 Brant Kuithe Cinco Ranch RB HUDL
58 Christian Young Foster DB Arizona HUDL
59 Deneric Prince Manvel RB Texas A&M HUDL
60 Christian Duffie Summer Creek OL Kansas State HUDL
61 Cameron Godfrey Klein Collins DB SE Louisiana HUDL
62 Mark Milton Clear Brook DB Baylor HUDL
63 Henry Thomas FB Marshall WR Houston HUDL
64 Christian Jones Cy Woods OL/DE SMU HUDL
65 Austin Ogunmakin Hastings WR UNT HUDL
66 Jabari James FB Marshall WR Tulsa HUDL
67 Tyler Vrabel St. Pius OL Boston College HUDL
68 Deion Smith Second Baptist RB Colorado HUDL
69 Kase Rogers Lamar WR Oregon State HUDL
70 Willie Smith Spring DE Houston HUDL
71 Dennis Osagiede FB Ridge Point DT UMass HUDL
72 Devin Richardson Klein OLB New Mexico St. HUDL
73 Miles Oldacre Klein Oak DB HUDL
74 Cameron Phillips Clear Lake DB SMU HUDL
75 Josh Oglesby Katy RB HUDL
76 Frank Fillip Clear Lake OL Colorado HUDL
77 Will Brown Lamar Consolidated ATH SMU HUDL
78 Trace Oldner Foster OL Navy HUDL
79 Toluwashe Buoye FB Bush OL HUDL
80 Blake Kuithe Cinco Ranch DE HUDL
81 Jordan Cooper New Caney QB HUDL
82 Ean Beek Katy Taylor RB HBU HUDL
83 Darrius Smith Pearland Dawson RB Arizona HUDL
84 Cam Arnold Cy Fair QB Northwestern LA HUDL
85 Joe Bissinger Memorial OL Virginia HUDL
86 Jon Campbell Klein Oak DT Central Arkansas HUDL
87 Rodney McGraw FB Elkins DB HUDL
88 Max Yarbrough Friendswood OL SMU HUDL
89 Max Banes St.
OL Houston HUDL
90 Otito Ogbonnia Katy Taylor DL HUDL
91 Naveon Mitchell FB Travis WR HUDL
92 Reese Mason Magnolia ATH HUDL
93 Golden Eke Langham Creek WR HUDL
94 Luke Junkunc Strake Jesuit OL UL-L HUDL
95 Matthew Jester Klein LB Princeton HUDL
96 Pat Ballard FB Elkins WR UNLV HUDL
97 Chris Elam Kingwood OL HUDL
98 Amryn Jeffrey FB Travis QB HUDL
99 Phillip Hill Klein Collins DB UNLV HUDL
100 Amon Byars BF Terry RB Army HUDL



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The Houston Texans lost again as their road game ineptitude continues. Former Texans stars DeAndre Hopkins and J.J. Watt helped the Cardinals to the 31-5 victory.

1. The lack of talent is getting exposed earlier and earlier each week. The Texans have seen games slip away faster and faster from them each week. The team is overmatched almost everywhere.

2. Penalties remain a problem for the Texans. It seems like clockwork the team gets an illegal motion or illegal formation each week. Jordan Akins torpedoed a drive with a chop block. Max Scharping erased a positive play with a hold.

3. Davis Mills had some solid moments, but again, this team isn't good. It is hard to assess Mills with this team. He's making quicker decisions but he doesn't have the time or the players to make big plays.

4. The offensive line stinks. The interior of the line is still a mess and with Laremy Tunsil down the edges find themselves shaky as well. The running backs don't block well. The blocking tight ends don't block well. It is bad football in what was supposed to be a much-improved unit.

5. Desmond King was the best returner in the preseason. The team elected to give Andre Roberts an opportunity for a few games, but with his departure, the duties went to King. King is the most successful returner the Texans have had in a long while. Yes, it is that clear after just one game.

6. Max Scharping was benched in favor of Justin McCray. McCray produced similar levels of success. Scharping was benched last year for a journey-man veteran as well. The former second-round pick isn't getting it done.

7. Speaking of former second-round picks, Lonnie Johnson had an interception. That was the highlight of his day. Otherwise, Johnson frequently has me asking "what is Lonnie Johnson doing?" The former second-round pick at cornerback has been less than impressive at safety. Johnson seems to frequently be out of position or making the wrong choice in coverage.

8. DeAndre Hopkins had a solid day against the team that traded him away. Hopkins hauled in seven catches for 53 yards and a touchdown. After he scored, Hopkins looked to bring his hands together and mimic a prayer motion. I don't anticipate this was a nod to Arian Foster but perhaps could this have been about Jack Easterby?

9. The Texans had some sacks, but little of that action came when the game was close. Jonathan Greenard added two sacks to his total. The success Greenard is having is frustrating when you consider he couldn't get on the field last season. Charles Omenihu returned to action and had some pressures for the defense.

10. During the game reports surfaced that the Panthers might be interested in trading for Deshaun Watson. It was also reported by the Houston Chronicle Watson had vetoed a trade to Philadelphia, so the Eagles will not be involved in the Watson sweepstakes. The Panthers can only trade two first-round picks. The Miami Dolphins have three first-round picks they can trade for Deshaun Watson.

11. The Texans decided on a "culture" head coach in David Culley. His team has looked lifeless on the road. While the Texans took their beating, the Lions gave it their all against a good Rams team. Detroit is winless, but they play harder and better than the Texans. It grows clearer each week "culture" is meaningless if the team can't win.

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