Recruiting inner-city Dallas and Houston, Pt. 1

With two commitments by recruits from Dallas Skyline and one commitment from Dallas Carter, Baylor recruiting seems to be making a bigger statement from the Dallas "inner-city" public schools than in some time. Fans have long been puzzled over the lack of recruits from not only the inner-city magnet schools of Dallas, but those inner-city public schools of Houston, too. You might be surprised how Baylor has done when compared to other Big 12 South schools. Part 1 will cover from 1996-1999.

The Big 12 began in 1996 so that's where we will begin with our search on just how many recruiting classes contained members from the inner-city public schools of both Dallas and Houston. At the same time we'll look at what other Big 12 South teams did in the same areas. Maybe we'll see a trend of sorts, or maybe we won't, but we should have a picture of where we have been vs. where we might be going.

It's the spring of 1996. Coach Chuck Reedy and his staff of "hot recruiters" are looking to sign their best class since taking the program over from Grant Teaff and his staff four years before. The "paper class" will be much better than the "net class" due to so many from the class being able to qualify. That, however, will not be taken into account as here we are more concerned with who signed letters of intent over who actually got in, in other words, the recruitment and signing of the classes.

Baylor signed some players from the suburbs of Dallas (WR Quincy Morgan from South Garland and DB Robert Neal from Garland Lakeview), but only 2 from inner-city schools (LB Fred Rogers from Adamson and Tyson Wilson from Kimball). Meanwhile, Texas signed 3 (WR Jamel Thompson from Skyline, DL Derrick Curry from Jones, and DB Donald McGowen from Carter. Texas A&M signed none, while Texas Tech signed 4 (RB Rickey Hunter and DL Jason Jones from Kimball, RB Clint Robertson from Hillcrest, and TE Ahndre Patterson from Carter). Oklahoma signed none, and Oklahoma State signed 1 (WR Alvin Porter from Adamson).

Although signing several players from the Houston area (Odell James from Aldine McArthur, Darrell Bush and Kris Micheaux from Jersey Village, McKinley Bowie from Aldine Eisenhower), only 2 were from the "inner-city" (LB Eric Clay from Jack W. Yates High School and DT John Byrd from C.E. King). In comparison, Texas took 1 (DL Derrick Curry from Jones), Texas A&M took none, Texas Tech took 1 (OL Steve McFaddin from Wheatley), Oklahoma took 2 (DL Cornelius Burton from Lamar and DL Olenthy (Shaq) Brown from Forest Brook), while Oklahoma State didn't sign one.

Chuck Reedy was out and Dave Roberts was in and this time the recruits signed from the "inner-city" schools of Dallas were none. Texas signed 1 (RB Hodges Mitchell from Dallas Skyline), A&M signed 1 (DB Harold Robertson from Lincoln), while Texas Tech signed 2 (QB Jamaal Crisp and LB Robert Richardson from Carter). Meanwhile, Oklahoma signed 2 (WR Chris Lewis and DL Greg Muhammed from Carter), and Oklahoma State signed 2 (TE Tarrick McGuire and Jarmaine Jones from Carter).

From the inner-city Houston schools, Baylor took 1 (QB Terrance Bennett from Yates), while Texas took 1 (DB Tyres Dickson from Scarborough). Texas A&M took 1 (LB Amon Simon from Smiley), and Texas Tech took 1 (DB Anthony Terrell from Madison. Meanwhile, Oklahoma signed 2(OL Andre Pittman from Lamar and DL Roderick Kelly from Yates), and Oklahoma State took 1 (DL Alton Weaver from Sharpstown).

1998 Roberts second season saw Baylor sign only 1 (DB Randy Davis from Skyline) from the inner-city schools of Dallas. Texas took 2 (WR Montrell Flowers and DB Jamal Joyner from Carter), Texas A&M didn't take any, and neither did Texas Tech. In the meantime, both Oklahoma schools were shutout when it came to signing inner-city school talent from Dallas.

From Houston, Baylor, while getting players from outlying districts, were blank on getting a recruit from any of the inner-city schools. Texas, too, although getting three from nearby Texas City, one from neighboring Clear Lake, and others from around the area, was also shut out. Texas A&M, likewise getting one recruit from neighboring LaMarque couldn't pull in a single inner-city recruit. However, Oklahoma grabbed 2 (DL Chike Ozumba from Washington and LB Nick Simpson from Smiley), while Oklahoma State got 1 (WR Terrance Davis from Madison).

1999 It would be Kevin Steele's first of four recruiting classes. From Dallas, the Bears would again be shut out, although getting a player each from neighboring DFW suburbs of Richardson Lake Highlands, Colleyville Heritage, South Garland, and Coppell. Texas, on the other hand, got back into the inner-city taking 2 (DB Monti Collier from Carter and DB Kendrick Turner from Kimball), and Texas A&M avoided another shutout by signing 1 (TE Tashumbrae Brown of Lincoln). It didn't get any better for the Dallas inner-city schools as Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State didn't sign a single recruit from the inner-city Dallas schools.

From Houston's inner city public schools, Baylor avoided another shutout by signing 1 (LB Kelvin Chaisson from Smiley), while Texas signed 2 (OL Alfio Randall from Yates and DB Roderick Babers from Lamar), and Texas A&M took 1 (Toron Wooldridge from Lamar). Texas Tech signed 1 (DB Eric Cooper from Madison), Oklahoma was shut out again, but Oklahoma State avoided the "double-city shutout" by signing 1 (DeAndre Fluellen from Forest Brook)

Overall, 1998 and 1999 were the leanest for players signed during their respective recruiting season with Big 12 South teams taking only 3 players from Dallas each of those two years. It was a little better in Houston, but not much, with 3 players signed in 1998 and twice that many, 6 taken in 1999.

Here is the recap:
1996 – Dallas - 10 - - -Houston - 6

1997 – Dallas - 8 - - - Houston - 7

1998 – Dallas - 3 - - - Houston - 3

1999 – Dallas - 3 - - - Houston - 6

In Pt. 2, we'll examine years 2000-2002, and a look at 2003, so far, at least where Baylor is concerned. Looking back over this article, however, it would appear that Baylor is not "that" far behind, if at all, in recruiting players from either the inner-city schools of Dallas or Houston. None of the Big 12 South teams are dominating those schools and Baylor seems to be grouped with most of the other Big 12 South schools, right in the middle of the pack.

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