VYPE's Hot 100 for 2019

Tremendous talent in prospects 91-100

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As the early period for National Signing Day nears next week for the Class of 2019, VYPE Media dives into its Houston Hot 100 2.0.

Over the next week, VYPE will unveil its Top 100 seniors and where they are projected to play on Saturdays in the fall. We start with players 91-100. Tough decisions had to be made, none tougher than these.

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VYPE's Hot 100

No. 91-100

91. Jordan Revels, North Shore, DL, Uncommitted

Revels is a touch under-sized but an integral part of North Shore's nasty defense. The 6-foot defensive end is a playmaker and tremendously atletic for his size. Former North Shore assistant and now TSU coach Clarence McKinney hopes to get this sleeper on board.

92. Peyton Matocha, St. Thomas, QB, Uncommitted

Matocha just pulled an offer from Tulane. He was the team's best all-around player. He's got good size to be a dual-threat QB as well as a talented punter. He also filled in on defense when needed. Matocha was the TD Club's co-Offensive Player of the Year.

93. Ben Montgomery, Taylor, DB, Yale-commit

Montgomery has been patrolling the Mustangs secondary seemingly forever. The all-district selection is equally as talented in the classroom. He had DI offers but looked long-term with his commitment to Yale.

94. Jacorey Howard, Aldine, RB, Uncommitted

Howard is a great student and great talent. The 6-foot-1 big back could potentially play multiple positions. He rushed for over 1,400 yards and has been the Big Man on Campus since his freshman year at Aldine. TSU recently offered. This would be a steal.

95. Jaelin Benefield, Pearland, RB, Uncommitted

Benefield toted the rock for one of the area's top teams this season. He had over 1,300 yards and can catch the ball out of the backfield. A little under-rated as a recruit, mostly due to size and speed. He was District 23-6A's MVP and a three-time first-teamer. He can play.


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The Astros play Game 1 of the ALDS Tuesday. Composite image by Brandon Strange.

With a nod to Charles Dickens, October is the best of times (Astros) and the worst of times (Texans and Rockets) for Houston sports fans. At least this October.

October is the one month when all three of Houston’s major sports teams are guaranteed to be in full swing at the same time. It’s possible, if the Astros make the World Series that November will have all three teams in action, too. But let’s not jinx things.

The Astros start their playoff run Tuesday on TBS. Since the Yankees also play that day, also on TBS, we can assume the Astros will get the daytime slot, the Yankees in prime time. Now before Astros fans start screaming east coast bias, it really only applies to TV. Fun fact: no New York Met has ever won an MVP Award, and only one Yankee has won it in the past 37 years – Alex Rodriguez in 2005 and 2007. How’d that work out for him? Most important, a New York team has won the World Series only once in the past two decades – the Yankees in 2009.

The Astros could play as many as 15 more games in October, five in the Division Series, seven in the League Championship Series and three in the World Series before the calendar flips to November.

Meanwhile, the Texans plod on with three more games in October, and the Rockets have 11.

The winless Texans are at home against the Titans at NRG Stadium, on the road against the Jaguars and Raiders.

The Rockets, coming off the worst record in the NBA last season, have three games at home at Toyota Center and eight on the road.

This presents a problem of abundance, an embarrassment of riches, for Houston sports junkies. Who are you going to watch on TV? Which team will you pay to watch in person? Who are you rooting for the most? Whose jersey will you buy?

David Puddy is right, you “gotta support the team,” but who will own Houston this month?

What to do? If it’s true that nothing succeeds like success, and everybody loves a winner – it’s an obvious choice.

The Astros.

The Astros just completed their regular season with 106 wins, second most in franchise history, another American League West title, the best record in the American League and will have home field advantage throughout the AL playoffs. Even though fans had high hopes for the Astros entering 2022, the team smashed everybody’s expectations. Vegas put the Astros over/under wins at 92 games. The Astros seemingly flew by that number during spring training.

They are the first team in American League history to win 100 games in four of their last five full seasons. Not even Babe Ruth’s Yankees of the 1920s and 1930s did that. This core of Astros has won five of the last six American League West titles. They’ve played in three of the last five World Series. This is a dynasty right before our eyes. We’re witness to greatness. How ‘bout them Astros?

What a season it was. Who could have figured that 39-year-old Justin Verlander, out of action for two seasons after Tommy John surgery, would have a career year, a ridiculously skinny earned run average and the overwhelming pick for the Cy Young Award? Jose Altuve would return to a .300 batting average, Cristian Javier would lead the team in strikeouts, Yordan Alvarez would finish No. 2 between Aaron Judge and Mike Trout in OPS, and rookie Jeremy Pena would slug 22 home runs, the same number as Carlos Correa? Remember last offseason and cries of “pay the man!” Some of a team’s best deals are the ones they don’t make.

Strap yourself in for an October to remember. The storylines are endless. There’s bad blood between the Astros and the Yankees, between the Astros and Dodgers, between the Astros and boo birds in every stadium not named Minute Maid Park.

It’s going to be fun.

As for the Texans, Deshaun Watson returns to action Nov. 4 against the Texans here at NRG Stadium. And we’ll catch up with the Rockets when the NBA season starts for real on Christmas Day. But until then … play ball!

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