Super 60

VYPE Ranks the Top 60 2019 Football Recruits in Houston

Grant Gunnell of St. Pius X Vype

VYPE's Annual Spring Football magazine hits stands this week. In this month's issue, VYPE explores the Greater Houston Area searching for the best football stories as we head into the Summer.

One thing that remains consistent from year to year in Houston? Recruiting across the Bayou City is absolutely on fire.

Offers are being extended to athletes in Houston at an alarming rate, and why wouldn't they? It's no secret Houston is the hottest of hotbeds when it comes to football talent.

VYPE's Matt Malatesta and Taylor Hamm worked together to come up with the 60 best 2019 recruits. Without further ado...

THE LIST

The Class of 2019 Super 60

By Matt Malatesta and Taylor Hamm

Rank, Name, School, Position, College

1. Grant Gunnell, St. Pius X, QB

2. Kenyon Green, Atascocita, OL

3. Marcus Stripling, Mayde Creek, DE

4. Erick Young, FB Bush, DB

5. Javonne Shepherd, North Forest, OL

6. Braedon Mowry, Katy Taylor, DE, Texas A&M-commit

7. Isaiah Spiller, Klein Collins, RB

8. Tyler Johnson, Oak Ridge, OL

9. Arjei Henderson, FB Travis, WR, Oklahoma-commit

10. Bobby Wolfe, Madison, DB

11. Andrew Coker, Katy Taylor, OL

12. Deondrick Glass, Katy, RB

13. Marcus Banks, Dekaney, DB

14. Ainias Smith, Dulles, WR

15. T’Vondre Sweat, Huntsville, DE, Texas-commit

16. Kori Roberson, Manvel, DE, Oklahoma-commit

17. Jalen Curry, St. Pius, WR

18. Jamal Morris, FB Bush, DB, Oklahoma-commit

19. Terrance Gipson, Westfield, QB

20. David Ugwoegbu, Seven Lakes, TE

21. Marques Caldwell, Alvin, DB, Oregon-commit

22. David Gbenda, Cinco Ranch, LB

23. Chase Lane, St. Pius, WR, Texas A&M-commit

24. Chris Herron, Langham Creek, QB

25. Rian Davis, Clear Lake, DE* (Moved to Apopka, FL)

26. Jalen Wydermyer, Dickinson, TE

27. Thomas Gordon, Strake Jesuit, TE, Northwestern-commit

28. Gilbert Ibeneme, Pearland, DE

29. Gabriel Hall, Waller, DT

30. Nelson Ceaser, Ridge Point, DE

31. Zach Zimos, FB Travis, LB, Cal-commit

32. Corien Azema, Langham Creek, DB

33. McKade Mettauer, St. Pius, OL

34. Kaymen St. Junious, Shadow Creek, DB

35. Garrison Johnson, Manvel RB, North Texas-commit

36. Gerald Irons III, Klein Oak, DT

37. Peter Mpagi, George Ranch, DE

38. Harrison White, Klein, DE

39. Nathaniel Beal III, Strake Jesuit, WR

40. Tony Bradford, North Shore, DT

41. Shae Suiaunoa, Clear Lake, QB

42. Shea Whiting, Alief Taylor

43. Tyrone Brown, Atascocita, LB, Baylor-commit

44. Jason Gold, Clear Springs, DE

45. Bryton Thompson, Atascocita, DT

46. Corey Williams, Episcopal, ATH

47. Alex Hogan, Lamar, DB

48. Cole Birmingham, Katy, OL

49. Rayshawn James, Westfield, RB, Houston-commit

50. Rodquice Chaney, Elsik, OL

51. Korey King, FB Marshall, WR

52. Ja’Corey Benjamin, Hastings, DB

53. Layden Robinson, Manvel, OL

54. Kenneth Dotson, Lamar, DE

55. Todd Hudson, Clear Springs, Athlete

56. Peyton Matcocha, St. Thomas, QB

57. Asher Alberding, Clear Lake, TE

58. Jaiden Howard, Crosby, QB

59. Kealon Jackson, Shadow Creek, WR

60. Ben Montgomery, Katy Taylor, DB

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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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