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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 losing streak continues

Mariners get walk-off win over short-staffed Astros

Alex De Goti had an impressive debut. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

After a brutal homestand capped off by losing five players to the IL for health and safety protocols, the once 5-1 Astros brought their now 6-6 record to T-Mobile park in Seattle to try and right the ship. They'd have to do it with new and young players in the lineup using the "next man up" mentality to get some wins against the first-place Mariners.

Though the young bats would work themselves into a lead most of the night, Houston's bullpen wouldn't be able to hold the Mariners down, with Seattle ultimately walking things off in the ninth.

Final Score: Mariners 6, Astros 5

Astros' Record: 6-7, fourth in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Anthony Misiewicz (2-0)

Losing Pitcher: Ryne Stanek (0-1)

After a quiet start, Houston gets three in the fifth

After cruising through the Astros through the first four innings, allowing only a walk over that span, Houston was able to put up a big inning against Yusei Kikuchi in the top of the fifth. Carlos Correa notched the first hit of the night, followed by a walk by Taylor Jones to put two on base.

That brought Alex De Goti, making his major-league debut, to the plate and, in his second career at-bat, would get his first hit and RBI, bringing in Correa from second on a single. A second run would come on the same play on a throwing error, then Chaz McCormick made it a three-run inning with an RBI-double, putting Houston out front 3-0.

Urquidy comes an out shy of a quality start

Meanwhile, Jose Urquidy was doing well through five innings. On track for a much-needed quality start, the Mariners would tag him in the bottom of the sixth, getting three-straight hits to bring in two runs to lead off the frame and leaving a runner on second base with no outs.

Urquidy would rebound to get the next two batters on strikeouts, but at 90 pitches and with a left-handed hitter up next, Dusty Baker would bring in lefty Brooks Raley to try and get out of the inning with the one-run lead intact. Raley would do his job, putting Uruidy's line final: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 90 P.

Teams trade two-run seventh innings

The young bats for Houston struck again in the top of the seventh, with Jones and De Goti leading it off with back-to-back singles before Jason Castro would load the bases with a walk. With two outs, Aledmys Diaz would push the lead back to three with a two-RBI single, making it 5-2.

With Raley out after facing his one batter, next out of Houston's bullpen was Bryan Abreu to help maintain Houston's lead. Instead, he would give up two runs on two hits and a walk while getting just two outs before Baker moved on to Blake Taylor, who would get the last out of the seventh with Houston hanging on to a one-run lead at 5-4.

Mariners get the walk-off win

Taylor remained in the game in the bottom of the eighth, and after getting an out, would allow a game-tying solo home run to Evan White before injuring himself trying to field an infield single. Ryne Stanek entered and finished off the eighth, sending the tie game to the ninth.

After Houston came up empty in the top half, Stanek remained in the game in the bottom of the ninth, attempting to force extras. Back-to-back walks ended Stanek's night, with the Astros hoping Ryan Pressly could bail them out. He couldn't, though, giving up the walk-off hit as the Mariners would take the opener, 6-5.

Up Next: Game two of this three-game set will start an hour earlier on Saturday, with first pitch at 8:10 PM Central. Zack Greinke (1-1, 4.08 ERA) will try to rebound from a poor start his last time out for the Astros, while the Mariners will hand the ball to Chris Flexen (1-0, 4.50 ERA).

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