DeSoto prospects having huge seasons heading into big game

DeSoto, TX - High faces a big test Friday night when they take on Cedar Hill in a battle of MaxPreps Top50 national high school football programs.  Eagles head coach Claude Mathis feels good about the way his 4-0 team is playing coming in, led by Illinois quarterback commit Samari Collier.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Collier has completed 59 percent of his passes to date, averaging 273 yards per contest through the air in throwing for 1,091 yards and 13 touchdowns, while adding a team best 348 yards rushing on just 22 carries with three more scores.

“He’s been huge,” Mathis said. DeSoto is ranked No. 25 nationally by MaxPreps and No. 3 in the Lone Star State. Cedar Hill is No. 33 respectively. “The thing about Samari he already had a strong arm, man if you see him throw he just flicks the ball out there it’s going 55, 60 yards like it’s nothing. He’s just progressed so much more. It’s night and day from last year. I would say his intermediate and short passing game he’s really improved in those categories. If you just look at his escapability in the pocket and how he moves in the pocket, he feels a lot better in the pocket right now. His footwork is a lot better.”

Texas Tech receiver commit Jerand Bradley is one of Collier’s favorite targets and 2023 pass catcher Johntay Cook II is his big-play guy.

“He’s a dude, there’s no ifs, ands and buts about about it,” Mathis said of Cook who who is averaging 22 yards per catch with a team-high six touchdowns. “He’ll be a five-star when he leaves here.

“He’s smart, he knows the game of football, he studies hard. He knows the game plan in and out. He studies his opponent. Very smart kid. He can read defenses. Great young man, great hands, great speed and he’s still learning and he wants to work, he never stops.”

Two others that seem to never stop for DeSoto are their coveted defensive line prospects in All-American Shemar Turner and Baylor commit Byron Murphy II. Both will be tasked with slowing down Cedar Hill’s Top247 quarterback in Tennessee commit Kaidon Salter.

“Shemar he’s beyond special,” Mathis said. Alabama, Georgia, Texas and Texas A&M are all pushing there. “His leadership, his motor never stops. He’s taken over games like I’ve never seen before. He does not stop. It’s like sometimes I have to calm him down in order to get through to him because he’s so pumped and crunked. I rather have a kid like that. I can bring a kid from 10 to one but it’s hard to get a kid to a 10. He has it all the time. You have to double team him.

Byron Murphy is a kid, the man is a double team too. His mother never stops as well. He’s a beast. If he were an inch taller he’d go anywhere he wants to. I believe in that kid. He’s a freak.”

Colorado State commit Lathan Adams leads the secondary.

“Lathan is guarding the best receivers out there and shutting down the best receivers out there,” Mathis said. “So fast, so quick, just great technique. He’s light and day from last year and he’s come on as a player and as the leader of our secondary.”

Source: 247 Sports