By Charlie Cavell
SHREVEPORT, LA – As July ends and August begins, high school football teams across the state of Louisiana are reporting for training camp. This means there’s less than 40 days until the 2018 Landers Dodge Battle on the Border High School Football Showcase here September 6-8 at Independence Stadium.
Battle on the Border VIII features regional and national powerhouse high school football programs from six states, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Alabama. The Battle on the Border consists of six games over three days, providing a full slate of weekend games for regional high school football fans. The 12 participating teams reads like a Who’s Who of high school football programs spanning across six southern states. All 12 participating teams reached the playoffs last season, most making it to the semifinals or finals of their respective divisions.
Not only does Battle on the Border VIII feature some of the top teams in the country but some of the top prospects as well, including safety Daxton Hill of Tulsa’s Booker T. Washington High School, linebacker Nakobe Dean of Horn Lake, Miss. and safety Brian Williams of Dallas’ Bishop Dunne Catholic School. All three players are currently ranked among the top 30 prospects in the country by Rivals.
Hill, a five-star safety depending on the ranking service, is the highest ranked player among the 12 participating teams in the Battle on the Border. Hill is ranked among the top 25 prospects in the country according to ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports. The latter giving him the highest ranking at No. 10.
Dean, who is also a five-start recruit, was recently selected as a preseason All-American by MaxPreps. Dean has steadily risen in the rankings climbing as high as No. 15 in the 247Sports rankings and No. 24 according to Rivals.
The Bishop Dunne Falcons have a pair of recruits in the Top 100 of both Rivals and 247Sports. Williams, who has verbally pledged to coach Jimbo Fisher and the Texas A&M Aggies, comes in at No. 30 in the Rivals rankings and No. 35 in the 247Sports rankings. Marquez Beason who is committed to Illinois, is listed as a four-star athlete and is listed at No. 66 by 247Sports and No. 92 by Rivals.
For more information on Battle on the Border VIII visit www.thebattleontheborder.com.
Photo credits: Tulsa World, The Clarion-Ledger, Star Telegram
2018 Landers Dodge Battle on the Border High School Football Showcase Top Recruits:
|Aledo||Colt Ellison||DE||4||247Sports #47 in TX, Rivals #36 in TX||TCU|
|Aledo||Wyatt Harris||OLB||3||247Sports #106 in TX||TCU|
|Bentonville||Donte Jones||S||3||247Sports #25 in AR||Undecided|
|Bishop Dunne||Marquez Beason||ATH||4||247Sports #66, Rivals #92||Illinois|
|Bishop Dunne||Chans Jones||OG||3||247Sports #242 in TX||Undecided|
|Bishop Dunne||Jabari Khepera||WR||3||247Sports #237 in TX||Undecided|
|Bishop Dunne||Brian Williams||S||5/4||247Sports #13, Rivals #30||Texas A&M|
|Bishop Dunne||Logan Wilson||CB||3||247Sports #152 in TX||Undecided|
|Bishop Lynch||Gabriel Murphy||OLB||3||247Sports #137 in TX||North Texas|
|Bishop Lynch||Grayson Murphy||OLB||3||247Sports #165 in TX||North Texas|
|B.T. Washington||Thomas Grayson||RB||3||247Sports #13 in OK||Nebraska|
|B.T. Washington||Daxton Hill||S||5/4||247Sports #27, Rivals #21||Undecided|
|B.T. Washington||Demarco Jones||CB||3||247Sports #10 in OK||Oklahoma State|
|Evangel||Elijah Chatman||DL||3||247Sports #76 in LA||SMU|
|Evangel||Na'Drian Dizadare||ILB||3||247Sports #55 in LA, Rivals #44 in LA||Oklahoma State|
|Horn Lake||Nakobe Dean||LB||5/4||247Sports #25, Rivals #24||Undecided|
|Horn Lake||Raydarious Jones||ATH||3||247Sports #20 in MS, Rivals #18 in MS||Undecided|
|John Curtis||Donald Clay||CB||3||247Sports #31, Rivals #34 in LA||SMU|
|McGill-Toolen||LeDarrius Cox||DT||3||247Sports #16 in AL, Rivals #11 in AL||Tennessee|
|McGill-Toolen||Sheldon Layman||QB||3||247Sports #51 in AL, Rivals #50 in AL||Memphis|
|North Little Rock||Oscar Adaway III||RB||3||247Sports #13 in AR||Undecided|
|North Little Rock||Drew Martin||TE||3||247Sports #10 in AR, Rivals #8 in AR||Memphis|
|West Monroe||Dalvin Hutchinson||DT||3||247Sports #66 in LA||Louisiana|