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Posted On: 06/23/22 11:26 PM

Included in this article is an under-rated safety in the panhandle with no offers, two quarterbacks who met in the state semifinals last season, and a defensive back in Center with some nice upside.

FS Sylvester Ballard – 6’1 190 / Amarillo Palo Duro HS @SylvesterBalla8

A ball-hawking free safety with unlimited range, Ballard is one of the more lesser-known DBs in the state of the Texas.  Does a masterful job of reading quarterbacks and anticipating where the ball will be.  Also an excellent kick returner, he’s a threat to take it to the house each and every time he fields one.  I’m surprised he doesn’t have his first offer yet, but it will surely come as the 2022 season starts to unfold.


ATH Da’Nijahlon Gipson – 6’3 180 / Center HS

A multi-dimensional athlete who excels in the return game, 29 yards per return, Gipson shows great instincts and hip flexibility as a safety.  He is always making a play on the football and isn’t afraid to come downhill and deliver a big hit.  The range is exceptional, making Gipson a great pickup for a smaller program looking to add a big-time playmaker to the back end

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