Texas Lineman Staying Patient

With a D1 quarterback prospect throwing to a talented receiving corp, and handing off to a Stanford commit, it's no surprise Lake Dallas' strength this season is its O. Of course, none of the beautiful runs or timely completions could be made without senior Brandon Charles and his offensive line…

This is why falling to Wichita Falls Rider, 38-35, in final minutes Friday night was frustrating for the Falcons, who drop to 0-2 in district play.

"On offense, our main thing is tempo," said Charles, "and I felt that in the first quarter and a little bit of the second quarter our tempo wasn't where it should've been. And that allowed the defense to get their calls in, get their blitzes."

"We knew that No. 99 had a motor. He's a big guy. He played de-end and nose guard. We knew we were going to really have to get down and block him. We were going to have to stop him. I'd say we atleast accomplished that tonight. He got a sack, but for the most part we did pretty good because like I said he has a really good motor."

On his mindset entering the night's game: "My mindset was just coming back and improving from the Denton Ryan game last week. Ryan has the No. 1 defense in the state, no doubt about that, so playing Ryan and taking that momentum from last week into this week was a big deal for me, and using it to be better than I was then."

That's Charles. Always looking to improve, even if in the slightest. The 6-foot-3, 295-pounder certainly made large strides over the offseason.

"I worked on my strength and my speed mainly," he noted, looking much more toned since just the spring. "I'm at a 5.7 right now on my forty. I got that down from a 6.5, so I've been really working hard."

This increased speed has helped Charles fire off the ball this season, thus improving his blocking.

"Pass blocking is definitely my strength. I'm still working on run blocking. But pass blocking, I have no sacks given up this season. -Knock on wood," he quickly added, smiling.

Nevada, Houston, North Texas and Eastern Kentucky are some of the schools liking the new and improved lineman.

Houston and North Texas first saw Charles in action at their camps this summer. "At North Texas, I did really good. I went with all their prospects in 1on1s. Afterward, their student coach came up and told me I did really good." Charles hopes to attend a Mean Green football game soon.

And while he waits on that first offer, he notes, "I've just been really patient. With God on my side anything can happen. I know he's got my back. I'm just waiting for that special school to come along and offer me."

He's hoping it's somewhere in the south.

"I really want my family to see me play all my games, so I'm looking for somewhere in the south," he said. "Plus, Mom wants me to stay close, and I'm a mama's boy," he smiled.

Charles is also looking to redshirt his first year so as to continue getting bigger, faster, and stronger.

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