Houston Nimitz Home to Sleeper DE

Scout.com/Texas Preps will be on the road over the next couple weeks to check in on spring practices around the Houston area. Today, we have a recap from Nimitz High School.

This year has to be a big one for the Houston Nimitz program. Those are the paraphrased words from coach Robert Toomer who is looking to get the Cougar program back to the dominance it once was. 

While there will be a number of guys on the offensive side getting touches, the strength of the team will come from the defensive side. Toomer is high on defensive end Brian Madunezim, whom he has pegged as a sleeper.

And judging by was has gone on so far in recruiting, the word is not yet out on him.

"Nobody really knows about him (Madunezim). I have had some coaches come by and they are impressed," Toomer said. "He is a sleeper who is still kind of learning the position, but we think he will be a big time recruit before the end of the year."

Tough to say at this point, but the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Madunezim clearly passes the eyeball test. As Toomer stated and as we saw in Team O versus Team D, Madunezim is a raw player who has all of the tools to be coaches up and could be a force on the Division I level.

Toomer said that it looks like Air Force coaches will be offering soon. Baylor, Texas A&M, Rice, New Mexico State and Tulsa have all either come by or inquired about Madunezim. 

On the other side, look for newcomer Brandon Jones to make some things happen as well. Toomer sees the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Jones, who is an upcoming junior, to be a force on the other side. In the secondary, Joe Crowe (5-11, 170) is another Division I prospect who is getting a lot of looks as well according to the Nimitz staff.

Other notes: On the scene taking in the Nimitz practice was coaches from Rice, New Mexico State and Northwestern (LA) State. Also, former Miami-Ohio coach Mike Haywood stopped by.

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