I identified six players in mid-February from the East Texas region to keep an eye on as sleepers entering the spring recruiting season. Ten weeks later, two of those guys not only are no longer sleepers, but are among the state's most sought-after recruits.
Here's an update on each of the six prospects I identified back on Feb. 15:
Jaylon Lane, 2015 CB, Nacogdoches -- the 6-foot-2, 175-pound Lane picked up his first offer Feb. 24 from Louisiana Tech to start a 60-day span that is rarely seen in the recruiting game. Lane tallied 31 offers in 60 days, getting attention from schools across the nation. Among Lane's offers are Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M. Lane committed to Ole Miss on March 7 when he had three offers, but by March 20, when he had reached double digits, he decided to decommit and reopen the process. Lane is considered a high three-star prospect at the time with the potential to be a rankings riser.
Roney Elam, 2015 S, Newton -- like Lane, Elam blew up in late February. The rangy, 6-foot-3, 167-pounder got an LSU offer Feb. 20 and that kicked off an eight-offer, two-week span. Elam then heard from Alabama, Baylor, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech by March 6. Elam got his ninth offer this past week from Nebraska. Elam was upgraded to a four-star rating in March during the most recent Scout.com rankings update, which also included his No. 40 spot in the latest Texas Hot 100.
Ryan Cox, 2015 OT/OG, Jefferson -- Cox has not received an offer, but continues to pick up plenty of attention. He competed at the April 5 Dallas Nike Football Training Camp at DeSoto High School, where he told me Oklahoma State, Indiana, Texas, Oregon, Georgia, and LSU have all been in contact with him. He specifically noted that coaches from Texas and Texas Tech have talked to him, while Baylor's coaches want him at their annual Marshall camp in early June. Cox's best attribute is his size as he's a massive 6-foot-6, 312 pounds.
Wyatt Santos, 2015 OG, Van -- the 6-foot-2, 310-pound Santos is a monster in the weight room and plays the the same nasty disposition for which his older brother and Texas linebacker Dalton Santos is known. Santos is also looking for his first offer, but has gotten strong interest from several schools, including Arkansas, Louisiana Tech, North Texas, and TCU. What Santos lacks in size he compensates with the aforementioned tenacity and power.
Isaac Warren, 2015 CB, Tyler John Tyler -- of all the offer-less players in East Texas, Warren is probably the one that puzzles me most at this point. At 6-foot-1, 187 pounds, he's a huge cornerback prospect and complements that size with a physical style. He uses his hands very well and often steers receivers where he wants them to go. Warren told me Sunday afternoon after visiting UTSA's spring game Saturday that the Roadrunners, SMU, and Houston have recruited him hard lately. He attended an SMU junior day several weeks ago and the Mustangs continue to be very interested.
Chaston Brooks, 2015 ATH, Tatum -- whereas Cox, Santos, and Warren have gotten plenty of attention, even if they're still looking for their first offers, Brooks has experienced a relatively quiet spring so far. Nevertheless, the 6-foot, 175-pounder plays with good instincts and athleticism. He's a good fit as safety and could be a special teams threat as a return man. Brooks joins 2015 receiver Deyanta Roberson and 2016 athlete J.D. Taylor as Tatum prospects who should eventually get offers.