Homewood-Flossmor won 48-0 over Harlan in their season opener and the starters only played the first half, but it was still clear that 6-foot-4, 285 pound offensive lineman Desmond Bland is a prospect to watch.
He was physically stronger than anyone he went up against, and is leading a young group of lineman including sophomore Jamezz Kimbrough who is 6-foot-3, 235 pounds.
When Bland reflected on the game, his outlook was pretty selfless.
"I am happy that the twos performed well and represented well," Bland said of the highlights of the game.
Plus, he's pretty excited about Kimbrough and the youngsters on the line.
"They are catching up well, They are young but smart and learn fast," Bland said.
Homewood-Flossmoor is ranked at the fourth overall spot in the High School Cube News top 25 teams in the Chicago area. Bland doesn't consider the high ranking pressure, but does think the team has a high ceiling.
"We can be really good, we've got the potential," Bland said. "We can be really good we just have to do our job and execute."
Recruiting is also picking up for the 2016 prospect who has offers from North Carolina State and now Georgia State. The Wolfpack were the first to offer.
"They came to visit me and told my coach that they were offering me," Bland said. "I was pretty happy, I knew I have to pick up stuff and I know I have to get my grades together. So as soon as I got that, I really just started working."
For Bland, adding an offer just made him even more focused on his goals.
"It means a lot actually, it means I have to pick stuff up and mature and do well, I have big things ahead of me so I have to make sure I am doing well," Bland said.
As for other interest, there is plenty on the table for the rising prospect.
In the meantime, Bland is focusing on making sure he is the best he can be, and has no college visits planned for the fall yet.
"I am working on getting better, and just getting better every day," Bland said. "I am also working on being a great leader to these younger guys, too. So I have to step it up.