Please vote for your favorite. These young men are all so deserving.
7U Dillon Mitchell : South Houston
In 4 games he had 18 carries for 10 touchdowns. Now that's production! Dillon Mitchell is the son of 2 former D1 track and football athletes and as genetic luck would have it, looks like a prodigy in both track and football. A blur of speed and bricks in his shoulder pads, Mitchell was an automatic touchdown once he hit the edge as he took his team and spurred them on to win the 7U Championship!
8U Landon Callis: South Houston
He registered 4 touchdowns in 3 games. Landon Callis is tough! Landon is "callous" (pun intended) to any defender in front of him and that was evident all weekend. His speed gets him yards on the edge and helps in evading pressure from the rush but Landon is not a pretty boy quarterback, he can finish off his runs and fight for yards as well as any running back in the State of Texas. He showed poise in big moments and definitely represented for Houston although the stacked team of Fort Worth got the best of them in the end and won it all.
9U Jermaine Bishop Jr : North Houston
He tallied 3 touchdowns in 4 games Commonly known around Houston as Just "Bishop" this kid is the epitome of a team leader. In two of the four games his team played he had just 2 carries yet made blocks, tackles, and speeches for his team all weekend long.
The 9u Houston team are three time showcase champions and filled with elite talent which makes it hard to pick one player, but the type of impact The Bishop has on his teammates I believe the team themselves would say he deserves recognition for his efforts on both sides of the ball. This young athlete can simply do it all, and he does it with attitude and discipline, and plays with his heart.
10U Sammy Harris: San Antonio
Harris had 4 touchdowns in 4 games. Sammy Harris represented his Judson Jr. Rockets helmet well in the showcase. He was part of the offensive powerhouse that scored 96 points through four games in a passing attack offense which makes his scores on limited touches all the more potent.
Coach Terry Warner compares Sammy's style of play to that of San Diego charger Melvin Gordon. He's tough between the tackles, fast in space, and has hands like a receiver which allows you to use Sammy in the spread formations in many different ways.
10U Ronald Square: South Houston
Square had 2 touchdowns in only 1 game. Unfortunately Ronald went down early in his second game with a broken wrist, which is tough for a competitor of his caliber. It was a bummer that more of the crowd didn't get to see the type talent he is at the quarterback position .
D1 Nation still lists him among the top performers of the Texas All Star Showcase because of his dominant first game performance. The young talent made the deep throws look easy with a mature arm release and his dual threat capabilities were a dangerous weapon when he was one on one or when he got around the edge on bootleg roll outs.
He's definitely a shy kid off the field but with the helmet on Ronald Square looks and plays the part and is nothing short of "lightning in a bottle."
Round Rock Sports Complex is chock full of young gridiron stars at this weekend's Texas All Star Showcase. One of the most exciting of the bunch belongs to 9 u North Houston quarterback Ronald Square. First off, he looks the part. Hes built like an athlete, he moves like an athlete, he competes like a true athlete.
For a young player he definitely has the natural mechanics and arm strength to spread the field and make deep throws on an array of different routes. He can stay in the pocket and beat you with his arm and accuracy. The scary part...if you let him run the ball 20 times in a game you're also likely to see him hit pay dirt two or three times via the run.
He is a very elusive runner with elite top end speed and isn't afraid to finish off runs physically. Young Ronald comes from a great gene pool of multiple D1 athletes some of whom played at Alabama and even the NFL's San Diego chargers. Its early, but he may be the next darling of Houston come high school assuming he keeps working and progressing.