Two northern Big 12 programs picked up commitments from players in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex this past week, starting Monday (June 23) with Iowa State.
Kansas benefited from a pair of commitments from DFW prospects this past Thursday.
First came the news of Denton Guyer 2015 defensive lineman Carl Thompson (pictured above with Kansas assistant head coach Dave Campo in a photo Thompson tweeted) pledging to the Jayhawks during his visit to Lawrence. Also committing to KU during a Thursday visit was Fort Worth Dunbar 2015 running back Taylor Martin.
The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Thompson is a very good get for the Jayhawks. Thompson helped Guyer to its second consecutive state championship in 2013, when he recorded 87 tackles, 44 tackles for loss, eight sacks, and 27 quarterback hurries. Thompson chose Kansas over 13 other offers: Air Force, Arkansas State, Colorado State, Connecticut, Duke, Houston, Louisiana Tech, Minnesota, Nevada, North Texas, Northwestern, UCF, and Wake Forest.
Martin, a 5-foot-9, 185-pound speedster, committed to Kansas over offers from Colorado State and Purdue. Martin has rushed for more than 3,400 yards and 47 touchdowns during the past two seasons, including a 2013 campaign that included 1,604 yards and 23 scores on only 137 rushes, an average of 11.7 yards per carry. As a sophomore in 2012, Martin ran for 1,833 yards and 24 touchdowns on 213 carries (8.6 yards per carry).
Another Thursday commitment came from Dallas St. Mark's 2015 tight end Case Brabham, who committed to Harvard. Brabham caught 30 passes for 469 yards and four touchdowns as a junior this past fall.
Friday brought the week's fourth commitment, which was Highland Park 2015 center Clayton Woods picking UTSA. Woods chose the Roadrunners over offers from Connecticut, New Mexico, North Texas, Southern Mississippi, and Texas State.
Here's a recap of the offers we tracked down in the DFW Metroplex from June 23-29:
Drew McAdams, 2015 S, Coppell -- offered Tuesday by Air Force, his first offer.
Parker Wilson, 2015 LB, Coppell -- offered Tuesday by Air Force, also his first offer.
Michael Irvin, 2016 WR, Plano Prestonwood Christian -- offered Friday by Miami, which is the first offer for the four-star receiver. He is the son of the former Dallas Cowboys star and NFL Hall of Famer of the same name.
Matthew Merrick, 2015 QB, Irving Cistercian -- offered Sunday by Nevada, which joins a Colorado State offer for Merrick.