Houston Notebook (7/1/14)

Scout.com has had lots of activity in the Midlands region. Today, we look at a few recruiting notes from the 2015 athletes in the Greater Houston area from last week and the early portions of this current week.

Central Announcement Day
It was announcement time today in the Golden Triangle in the city of Beaumont.

At Central High School, defensive back James Locke, athlete Michael Jacquet and offensive lineman Ken Marks decided that July 1 would be the day when they would make their college choices. 

Headlining the group, PJ Locke had UCLA, Stanford, Notre Dame and TCU gear on the table before making the call. And interestingly enough, none of the schools on display were chosen.

"Ima Oregon duck baby!!!!! #GOducks. #WTD," Locke said via twitter. 

The 5-foot-10, 189-pound Locke had over 30 offers, but named a Top 10 a few weeks ago. It was predicted by many that the three-star athlete would head out west. After tonight, he won't be along in that region. Quarterback Jacquet chose Utah over Indiana, Houston and New Mexico, which were some of the programs that were on the table Tuesday night. 

From @Who_wantsMike on twitter – "Man I would just like to thank god for blessing me to be able to play on the next level. #GO #UTAH #UTES"

With offers from North Texas, Nevada Sam and Houston, Marks committed to Louisiana-Lafayette to continue his career as a student-athlete.

Lampkin Sets Official
"Texas, Oklahoma and LSU. Those are my three."

Houston (Tex.) Cy Falls defensive tackle Du'Vonta Lampkin mentioned that last month. Now, the first school listed will get an official.

"Just scheduled Texas official visit vs BYU September 6th #hookem," Lampkin (@DeeChilllin) said on twitter.

The four-star tackle was once a Sooner commit, but decided to open things up to be free to get recruited by others and take visits. So far, he has not mentioned any other scheduled visits, but word is he does still keep in touch with several coaches so look for more official visits to be announced in the weeks to come.

No. 4 for Smith
St. Pius coach Stephen Hill said that defensive back Jalen Smith would be one to watch. Scout.com took a note of that as did several Division I college coaches too. His first offer was from Fresno State and he also received a New Mexico offer as well. Southland Conference program Stephen F. Austin is the latest to offer. Side note, Smith mentioned that he will visit Fresno State on July 28.

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