To call Martin a "Freak of Nature" is to pay the young man the ultimate compliment. How many 6-3, 312, 4.8 tailbacks do you know? Martin rushed for 592 yards on 89 carries for Skeeter head coach Steve Haplin last season, but will wind up on the defensive side of the ball in D-I. He recorded two sacks with one fumble recovery in limited play at defensive tackle in 2000. Could also see action at LB this season. Ran a 4.8 at the Nike camp in College Station in May, but has been timed at 4.6 weighing in the 290-300 lb. Range. 350 BP, 640 squat and 27" vertical leap. GPA and test scores N/A. Toughest opponent: North Garland fullback Edorian McCullough. Martin currently favors Texas over FSU, Texas A&M, Miami and Tennessee.
2. DL Rodrique Wright, 6-4, 327, 5.0, Alief Hastings
A young man that reminds recruiters of former Longhorn Shaun Rogers with his "cat-like" quickness, Wright dominated opponents in 2000. Has the speed to play inside or out, but will likely wind at defensive tackle in college, recording 10 sacks and "a lot" (as Wright said) of tackles for losses as a junior despite missing two games due to an ankle injury. 420 BP, 620 squat, 350 incline and 28" vertical leap. Wright carries a 3.0 GPA with test scores N/A. Texas and OU are his leaders, followed by Texas A&M, LSU, Kansas St. and Tennessee. His sister graduated from Sam Houston State.
3. DL Larry Dibbles, 6-4, 275, 4.58, Lancaster
We first saw Dibbles in spring ball before his junior year and knew then that Tiger head coach Doug Black had a special player. Dibbles came to the Nike camp in May, supporting a broken big toe. He was going to just watch initially, but after viewing everyone else, came out and participated in every drill. "I just saw all those guys doing ‘em, and couldn't sit out," he told us. That tells you all you need to know about Dibble's desire and leadership. He will play all along the front seven this season, lining up at DE, ILB or OLB. As a junior, Dibbles recorded 142 tackles with 24 sacks, six caused fumbles, 115 QB pressures, 32 other tackles for losses and one blocked field goal. An excellent student in the classroom, he carries a 3.7 GPA and has already passed the SAT. He currently favors Notre Dame (camp), Texas (camp), OU (camp), FSU and Miami.
4. Ath. Edorian McCullough, 5-9, 175, 4.3, North Garland
When Marco Martin tells you he's the toughest opponent he faced last year—you pay attention. When McCullough finishes first in-state in the 100m (10.32) and second in the 200m (21.0), you pay even more. In 2000, he rushed for 1,250 yards on 101 carries with 19 TDs and caught 24 passes for 349 more yards, including 191 rushing yards and three scores in a playoff loss to Plano. At corner, he recorded 25 tackles with one caused fumble, one interception and 16 passes broken up. 235 BP, 355 squat and 30" vertical leap. Toughest opponent: Grand Prairie WR Thomson Omboga (Missouri). McCullough lists Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Miami and Michigan. All are recruiting him as a tailback, with the exception of the Longhorns, who recruiting McCullough as a corner.
5. WR Robert Timmons, 6-2, 205, 4.46, Flower Mound Marcus
First, head coach Randy Mayes has Roy Williams at Odessa Permian, now Timmons at Flower Mound Marcus. Is this a great country or what? With recruiters already comparing him to former FSU great Peter Warrick, Timmons caught 13 passes for 359 yards with five TDs in only two games last season. He has a 305 BP, 425 squat and has scored a 16 on the ACT in April, but will retake. Toughest Opponent: R.L. Turner LB Grant Alexander (Navy). Timmons likes Miami, Texas, FSU and Tennessee.
6. QB Vincent Young, 6-5, 195, 4.4, Houston Madison
Watching Young move at the Nike Camp in College Station, your initial thought was, "Man, this guy could help you at a lot of positions," but QB is where he'll begin, wherever he chooses to go. Young completed 78 of 135 for 1,309 yards with 16 TDs in 2000 after throwing for 1,006 yards and rushing for 760 more as a sophomore. He has a 260 BP, 255 squat and 33' vertical leap. Young runs the 4x1 (second leg), 4x2 and 4x4 in track. He carries a 2.9 GPA and will take both tests in October. Toughest Opponent: Houston Westbury DL Calvin Thibodeaux. Miami and LSU are Young's favorites, followed by Texas, FSU, Kansas St. and Southern Miss.
7. QB Reggie McNeal, 6-2, 190, 4.4, Lufkin
How often do you get a Vincent Young and Reggie McNeal in the same decade let alone the same class? Not often. Magical with both his feet and arm, McNeal completed 115 of 230 for 2,150 yards with 25 TDs and another 10 scores on the ground. Tyler John Tyler safety Matthew Melton said he thought they had McNeal under control the first half of last year's game until the third quarter opened with Reggie killing the Lions by scrambling out of the pocket to daylight. McNeal accounted for 1,400 yards with 15 TDs as a sophomore while possessing 4.4-speed in the 40 and a 10.3 in the 100m. McNeal committed to Texas A&M on July 12. He had also considered Arkansas, LSU, Oklahoma, Florida State and Miami.
8. OL Justin Blalock, 6-3, 342, 5.0, Plano East
A dominant run blocker with great feet, Blalock impressed everyone at the Nike Camp (won the strongest man award) in College Station in May, running a 5.0 40-time on a damp surface along with a 4.7 shuttle. He has a 405 BP, 525 squat and 26 ½ " vertical leap. Recorded 129 pancake blocks in 2000. Grades are excellent, with Blalock carrying a 3.6 GPA and having scored 31 on the ACT and 1280 on the SAT. Toughest Opponents: Garland DE Marcus Parker (New Mexico) and Allen LB Brandon Villarreal (Purdue). Blalock's top three are Texas (camp), Oklahoma, and Michigan (camp), followed by Florida.
9. LB Marvin Byrdsong, 6-2, 231, 4.56, Longview High
Possessing great size and speed, Byrdsong will see action at both MLB and TE for Lobo head coach Pat Collins in 2001. Before going down with a mid-season injury last year, Byrdsong had recorded 48 solos, 12 assists, four sacks, eight QB pressures and one blocked punt. He has a 330 BP. 430 squat, 28" vertical leap and wants to play on the outside in college. GPA and test scores unknown, but would like to major in computer science. Throws the shot and discus in track. Toughest opponents: Nacogdoches DB Rico Harris and Midland Lee RB Cedric Benson. FSU, Texas A&M, LSU, Mississippi State (brother Shawn starts at corner there) and Texas are Byrdsong's favorites.
10. Ath. L'Tydrick Riley, 6-3, 210, 4.55, Crockett
When we saw Riley at the Nike camp, you understood why offers from college recruiters came early and often. And to the excitement of Aggies everywhere, L'Tydrick told A&M head coach R.C. Slocum that he would sign with them next February. After a successful freshman season in which he caught 11 passes for 215 yards and four TDs, Riley was moved to QB the following season and has remained there—a threat every time he touches the ball. As a junior, he completed 69 of 152 passing for 1,107 yards and 13 TDs in addition to 426 yards on 75 carries and 10 more scores on the ground. Riley is projected as a wide receiver, but with his athletic ability, he could produce from practically any position on the field.
11. RB Selvin Young, 5-11 1/2, 195, 4.47, Jersey Village
Hampered by an ankle injury all of last year, Young still managed to rush for 960 yards on 203 carries with 12 TDs in only seven games after rushing for 2,195 yards on 294 carries with 23 TDs his sophomore season. Now back to 100%, don't be surprised to see Young as the "Comeback Player of the Year" in 2001. 265 BP and 385 squat with GPA and test scores N/A. Young also runs the long jump, triple jump, 100m and anchors the 4x100 in track. Toughest opponent: Cy-Creek DB Roy Modest. Young currently likes LSU (camp), OU ("pretty cool"), Nebraska, USC and FSU.
12. OL Jeff Lebby, 6-5, 280, 5.1, Andrews
The Sooners have picked up an early jewel in Lebby. The son of Mustang head coach Mike Lebby, Jeff recorded 55 pancake blocks last season, earning him All-District, All Permian Basin, All-Super Team Permian Basin, All South Plains and All West Texas honors. Has a 450 squat, 28" vertical leap and carries a 3.6 GPA in the classroom. Also an outstanding basketball player, Lebby considered Texas A&M, Notre Dame and Texas before making his early pledge to Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops. Both mom and dad attended Eastern New Mexico.
13. DE Hosea Atkinson, 6-4, 263, 4.65, Houston Washington
Atkinson played defensive end as a junior, but has been moved to middle linebacker by Golden Eagle head coach Joel North for the upcoming season. Despite missing half the 2000 season with a broken left ankle, Atkinson still managed to average 13 tackles and 4-5 sacks per game. He has a 370 BP, 550 squat and plans on taking his tests in October. Toughest Opponent: Dallas Carter OL Jonathan Scott (Texas). Atkinson calls FSU his "dream school" and currently favors the Noles over LSU, Tennessee, Texas, Kentucky and Kansas State.
14. LB Garnett Smith, 6-3 1/2, 218, 4.58, Arlington Smith
Extremely tough on the field and very personable off, Smith has already received 30+ offers from D-I schools—and has the numbers to back those offers up. In 2000, he recorded 81 tackles with seven fumble recoveries, three caused fumbles, 12 sacks, 10 passes broken up, one interception and two blocked punts. Has now recorded 178 tackles with 20 sacks and 10 caused fumbles for his career. 360 BP, 515 squat and 38" vertical leap. He carries a 2.8 GPA has scored 760 on the SAT and took the ACT on June 9. Toughest opponent: Arlington Martin tailback Jimmy Dixon (Georgia Tech). Smith's top two schools are Texas and Oklahoma, followed by Florida, LSU, Texas A&M, USC and UCLA.
15. DL Earl Anderson, 6-4, 270, 4.73, San Marcos
This is definitely the "Year of the DL" in Texas and as many college recruiters will tell you, it came none too soon. Anderson is another D-lineman who has the speed to play outside, but, in all likelihood, will wind up on the inside in D-I. As a junior, he recorded 55 solos, with 20 assists, five fumble recoveries, two caused fumbles, two sacks, two pass deflections, 10 other tackles for losses and one blocked field goal. Carries a 2.9 GPA, took his ACT on June 9 and wants to major in business. Toughest Opponent: Center Matt Grumbein, Smithson Valley. Anderson was considering Texas A&M and Colorado until he made an early pledge to Texas head coach Mack Brown and the Longhorns.
16. LB Aaron Harris, 6-0, 233, 4.63, North Mesquite
While some may question his height, NO ONE questions this young man's ability. A mean, lean "tackling" machine, Harris recorded a whopping 190 tackles along with two fumble recoveries, two caused fumbles, four sacks, 12 other tackles for losses, batted down three passes and returned an inception 60 yards for a TD. He will play strong side this season for Stallion head coach Steve Bragg, but will likely move inside in college. 280 BP, 415 squat and 29" vertical leap. Harris carries a 2.7 GPA has scored an 830 on the SAT and wants to major in education. Toughest Opponent: Teammate CB Tarell Brown. Texas and Texas A&M lead Oklahoma, FSU and Florida. Both parents attended Texas A&M-Commerce.
17. CB Ricky Wilson, 5-9, 165, 4.45, Port Arthur Lincoln
Wilson may not receive as much "ink" as some of the others, but he's certainly one to watch at both wide receiver and corner in 2001. In a district filled with great athletes, he could also see some action at tailback for head coach David Suggs this season. Wilson has a 225 BP, 370 squat, 10.7 100m, and 21.2 200m. He also runs the first leg of the 4x100 along with the long jump in track. Wilson currently favors FSU over Texas, Texas A&M, USC, Michigan, Ohio State and Florida.
18. TE Eric Winston, 6-7, 263, 4.77, Midland Lee
If college recruiters are serious about signing this young man—they'd better refer to him as a tight end. We've seen him on several occasions and Winston always displays great blocking, soft hands and the ability to get open and run with it after the catch. For the 5-A State Champions, he caught 15 passes for 315 yards with two TDs. 290 BP, 400 squat and a 4.9 GPA on a ‘5' scale. Also a tremendous basketball player at power forward, Winston plays for Team Texas Elite in the AAU summer basketball league, averaging 14 points and 14 boards per game. Toughest opponent: The Woodlands DE Travis Leitko. Winston has planned official visits to Texas A&M, Texas, Michigan, Notre Dame and Miami.
19. FS Vickiel Vaughn, 6-1, 183, 4.55, Plano West
This young man has moved up the talent charts at a rapid pace. Entering his third year as a starter, Vaughn recorded 64 tackles with five INTs, earning him All-District recognition. He is a defensive back custom-made to compete against today's D-I offenses, physical in coming up to support the run, yet having the speed and ability to cover WR's man-to-man. Arkansas, Nebraska, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Texas A&M, Oregon State, UCLA, Texas and Alabama are some of Vaughn's early favorites.
20. LB Kelvin Flood, 6-2, 210, 4.42, Dallas Kimball
The prototype outside LB for the 21st century, Flood has the size, speed and smarts college recruiters are looking for. As a junior, he recorded 42 solos with 41 assists, three fumble recoveries, three caused fumbles, six sacks, five pass deflections and two blocked extra points. 315 BP and 525 squat. Grades are excellent, carrying an 89.75 GPA and scoring 21 on the ACT and 1060 on the SAT. Toughest opponent: Dallas Carter tailback Anthony Barnett. Flood currently likes West Virginia (camp), Florida, Michigan, Texas A&M and Georgia Tech. All have offered.
21. DL Travis Leitko, 6-6, 250, 4.78, The Woodlands
Leading a defense that held Cedric Benson to a mere 92 yards in the playoffs last season, Leitko has the frame and ability to be a dominant force on the next level. Last season, he recorded 70 solos, with 30 assists, three fumble recoveries, three caused fumbles, three batted passes, 10 QB pressures and 12 other tackles for losses. He's also on the wrestling team and throws the discus in track. 265 BP, 465 squat and 28" vertical leap. Leiko's grades are excellent, carrying a 3.93 GPA and having scored 31 on the ACT and 1510 on the PSAT. He plans to major in engineering and that will play a major factor in the school he chooses. Leiko's currently considering Michigan (was told the Wolverines have one of the best engineering programs in the country), Stanford, Texas (camp), Texas A&M (camp) and Notre Dame (camp). All have offered.
22. RB Albert Hardy, 5-11, 215, 4.5, Galena Park High
The power and size of a fullback combined with the speed and moves of a tailback, Hardy had a dominant junior year, rushing for 1,855 yards on 285 carries (6.5 ypc.) with 18 TDs along with catching 10 passes for another 103 yards. He lead all rushers in the Houston area (all classifications) and the Houston area in 4-A in scoring with 114 points. Hardy was Offensive MVP in district 23-4A in addition to being first team All-District and first team All-State at tailback. 330 BP, 480 squat and 300 power clean. Hardy carries a 3.1 GPA and has scored an 18 on the ACT. He currently favors LSU (camp), Texas, Michigan, Arkansas and Penn State.
23. FS Kendrick Muckelroy , 6-0, 190, 4.49, Hallsville
Bobcat head coach Roger Adams says Muckleroy has the ability to make plays from sideline to sideline as a free safety combined with the speed and flexibility to excel as a great cover corner. He recorded 127 tackles with six INTs in '99, earning the district's Sophomore of the Year honors. GPA and test scores are N/A. Oklahoma, Texas A&M, LSU and Texas are his early leaders.
24. DB Michael Hawkins, 6-2, 165, 4.45, Carrollton Turner
Being a transfer from Dallas Hillcrest and only playing his first full season as a junior in 2000, no one really knew about Hawkins. Now, everyone knows (and wants) this talented senior-to-be. Will play WR, corner and slot back for Turner head coach Tim Beck this season, but is mainly projected as a corner in college. Last season Hawkins recorded 40 tackles with one caused fumble, six QB pressures, two tackles for losses, 12 passes broken up and two interceptions. 225 BP and 395 squat. GPA is N/A and took the SAT June 2. Toughest Opponent: Flower Mound Marcus WR Robert Timmons. Hawkins favors OU (camp) over Colorado, Florida, West Virginia and Ohio State. All have offered.
25. WR Anthony Wright, 6-3, 208, 4.52, Klein Forest
Another big, strong, quick WR who impressed many at the Nike camp in Baton Rouge this past May. Wright posted a 4.58 on grass along with a 32" vertical leap and really ran great routes in the camp. As a junior, he caught 35 passes for 493 yards with seven TDs and added 336 yards on 12 kickoffs and another score. Grades are good, with Wright taking his SAT June 2. Several schools are still in the mix, but he does mention Texas, Texas A&M, FSU, Florida, Miami and Tennessee.
26. WR Dameon Collins, 6-2, 195, 4.5, Dallas Bryan Adams
When you begin to break this class down by position, you realize just how many talented wide receivers are in it. Big, strong and quick, D-I recruiters have had their eye on Collins for quite a while. Last season, he had 18 receptions for 410 yards, giving him a career total of 54 catches for 896 yards. Collins is giving Ohio State serious consideration, along with Tennessee, FSU and Texas.
27. DL Tully Janszen, 6-3, 250, 4.75 Keller
Janszen reminds me of former Sooner DL Kelly Gregg. Not the biggest guy around, but extremely quick, tough and tenacious. As a junior, Janszen recorded 36 solos with 54 assists, 14 sacks and 20 QB pressures. He has a 305 BP, 455 squat, carries a 3.0 GPA and has scored 22 on the ACT. Janszen narrowed it down to Texas and Oklahoma before committing to the Longhorns on August 2nd. His dad attended SMU and mom went to Baylor.
28. OL Bob Morton, 6-4, 275, 5.2, McKinney
"True" centers are hard to find and Morton may be the best in-state this season. A major force behind future Sooner tailback Donta Hickson's banner year in 2000, Morton has recorded 74 pancake blocks as a three-year starter. An excellent deep snapper, Morton had made an early pledge to Texas A&M this spring, but switched his commitment to Notre Dame on July 24.
29. LB Archie McDaniel, 6-1, 215, 4.6, Bay City
McDaniel is a human tackling machine from his inside backer spot, recording an incredible 178 tackles with one fumble recovery, two deflected passes and two interceptions in his junior season. Recruited both as an ILB and OLB on the next level, he has a 340 BP, 500 squat and a 31" vertical leap at the Houston combine. Grades are good, with McDaniel carrying a 3.4 GPA and scoring 830 on the SAT. Toughest Opponent: West Orange Stark DE Paul Thomas (Trinity Valley JC). McDaniel's top five are Texas A&M (offered), LSU (offered), Texas (camp), Colorado (offered) and FSU (offered).
30. Ath. John Johnson, 6-0, 180, 4.2, Houston Sam Houston
This dangerous speedster will be at tailback and on occasion, quarterback, for Tiger head coach Douglas Kelt in 2001. Last season Johnson rushed for 1,494 yards on 177 carries with 29 TDs. He's also a threat as a receiver, in the return game and had four INTs at corner. Johnson has a 305 BP, 630 squat, 10.21 100m, 20.8 200m and also anchors the 4x100 relay in track. Carries a 3.2 GPA and will take his tests in October. Toughest Opponent: Houston Milby FB/LB David Pinkney. Johnson's top three are Florida (offered), Miami and LSU (offered).
31. OL Tony Ugoh, 6-6, 286, 5.0, Spring Westfield
Ugoh is pretty definite on what position he'll play in college, "left tackle", but at this date, is far from making up his mind as to who he'll sign with. The only thing for certain is, he's looking at several schools and more than several have offered. 375 BP, 395 squat and 27" vertical leap. Ugoh carries a 3.4 core GPA, has scored 970 on the SAT and wants to major in mechanical engineering. Has (or will) camp at Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and will take two other unofficial visits this summer. Ugoh's sister attends UofH.
32. WR Broderic Jones, 5-11, 165, 4.45, Ennis
A young man that was the vital cog in the Lions' run to the Class 4A Division II Championship last season, hopes to see a repeat both in his individual numbers and in the team's result in 2001. Capable of "taking it to the house" from anywhere on the field, Jones caught an amazing 74 passes for 1,523 yards and 22 TDs, including the game-winning, touchdown catch on fourth-and-goal while surround by a whole host of Wichita Falls Coyotes in the playoff semi-finals. He has given an early pledge to West Virginia, but is also considering OU and TCU.
33. CB Willie Andrews, 5-10, 175, 4.45, Longview
Another terrific athlete, take a look at his junior stats: 40 catches 775 yards; 30 carries 300 yards; 11 punt returns 112 yards; 11 kickoff returns 292 yards; recorded 11 solos, six assists with four INTs on defense. Makes you wonder what he did at halftime. Andrews has a 450 squat and 38" vertical leap. Also plays basketball, track and power lifts. He carries a 2.7 GPA and has scored an impressive 1010 on the SAT. Andrews is currently considering Texas A&M, Notre Dame, UCLA, Texas and Oklahoma.
34. WR J.T. Perry, 6-2, 180, 4.5, Allen
If Perry can get it all together both on the field and off, he will be a big offensive force for new Eagle head coach Joe Martin in 2001. As a junior, he accounted for 1,000 all-purpose yards, earning All-District honors. Perry has given an early oral pledge to West Virginia.
35. TE David Thomas, 6-3, 210, 4.68, Frenship
Tight end, Flex end, H-back, OLB or safety—you name it, Thomas will play it for Tiger head coach Bobby Davis this season. Tall, lean and quick, Thomas caught 57 balls for 1,140 yards with 14 TDs, while recording 141 tackles with seven tackles for losses and four sacks as a LB/S. He was another that impressed us at the Nike camp in Baton Rouge, running a 4.68 40 and 4.6 shuttle. 295 BP, 460 squat and 32 ½ vertical leap at the Texas Tech camp. Academics are excellent, carrying a 3.9 GPA, while scoring 27 on the ACT and 1040 on the SAT. Toughest opponent: Andrews OL Jeff Lebby. Several schools had offered, with Thomas narrowing it to Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech, before calling the Longhorn staff and committing to them. He will play tight end at UT.
36. Ath. Brandon Grandberry, 5-11, 176, 4.46, Crowley
Grandberry is one of the best "pure" athletes in state this season, as he will see action for Eagle head coach Brad McCone at QB, RB and WR. Grandberry completed 35 of 66 for 580 yards with five INTs and seven TDs in 2000, while adding 932 yards on 181 yards and eight more scores on the ground. He also had three INTs at defensive back, in addition to catching 15 passes for 380 yards as a sophomore. Averages 12 points, six boards and five assists in basketball. 230 BP, 490 squat and runs the 100, 200m and second leg of the 4x100 relay. Carries a 2.9 GPA and took his SAT in May. Toughest Opponent: Brownwood QB Deacon Burns (Northern State). Grandberry currently favors FSU over Syracuse, Miami, Arkansas, Georgia, and Minnesota.
37. RB Lawrence Vickers, 6-1, 210, 4.62, Houston Forest Brook
Another big, strong young man who looked great at the Nike Camp in College Station, Vickers can excel as a tailback or fullback, rushing for 950 yards with 14 TDs, earning him first-team All-District honors in 2000. Jaguar head coach Ron Holmes is looking for even bigger numbers from Vickers this season. LSU is one school that is giving this talented running back a serious look.
38. OL Neal Tweedie, 6-5, 260, 4.9, Allen
Possessing good size and speed, Tweedie will play at strong side defensive end and quick tackle for head coach Joe Martin this season, but is projected as an OL in college. 300 BP, 485 squat and 33" vertical leap. Grades are superior, with Tweedie carrying a 3.67 GPA and scoring 1080 on the SAT. Toughest Opponent: Mesquite DL Marco Martin. After also considering Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Notre Dame, Tweedie gave an oral pledge to Mack Brown and Texas on July 3.
39. Ath. Da'Bryan Blanton, 5-11, 160, 4.3, Forney
Blanton will be recruited at several positions on the next level, but you can be sure that Jackrabbit coach Mel Maxwell will have the ball in this speedster's hands early and often in 2001. As a junior, Blanton rushed for 1,918 yards on 228 carries with 29 TDs, earning him both District MVP and All-State honors. GPA and test scores are N/A. Texas A&M, Texas, Notre Dame, LSU, Arizona, Baylor and Kansas are schools he's considering.
40. Ath. Roshawn Pope, 5-11, 180, 4.46, Galveston Ball
Another in a long line of great athletes, Pope will do everything for Tornado head coach Paul Lanier except sell popcorn at halftime. At QB, Pope completed 28 of 65 for 515 yards and four TDs, but added another 1,235 yards on 178 carries and 10 more scores on the ground. Also averaged 42 yards as the punter. Is projected as a corner or quarterback in college. Pope has a 290 BP, 455 squat and runs the 4x1 (anchor), 100m (10.8) and 400m (50.1) in track. Carries a 2.9 GPA and will take both tests in October. Toughest Opponent: Pearland RB Anthony Evans (Houston). Pope currently favors Nebraska (offered as QB), followed by Oklahoma State (offered), UCLA, Alabama (uncle Ken Pope coaches WR's there) and LSU. Roshawn's brother, Derrick, is entering his second season at LB for Garden City (KS) CC and he is considering Alabama, South Carolina and Arkansas.
41. OL Josiah Vinson, 6-4, 285, 5.2, Irving High
Vinson will play both ways for Tiger head coach this season after recording 65 pancake blocks while not allowing a sack in 2000. Currently being slowed due to a broken left wrist, he still has a 330 BP, 450 squat and 26" vertical leap. Academics are excellent, carrying a 4.4 GPA on a ‘4' scale and scoring 1500 on the SAT. Wants to major in English or Pre-Med. Toughest opponent: South Grand Prairie DE Remi Ayodele. Vinson's top five schools are Norte Dame (offered), Texas, Georgia Tech (offered), LSU and Stanford (offered). His dad attended Notre Dame and mom graduated from UT-Arlington.
42. LB Andy Matakis, 6-3, 218, 4.6, Corpus Christi Flour Bluff
Coming to Texas by the way of Illinois and Mars High School in Pennsylvania, Matakis had received offers from Penn State and Ohio State before he even landed in the Lone Star State. As a junior, he recorded 129 tackles with nine pass deflections, six fumble recoveries and four caused fumbles, bringing his career totals to 338 tackles, 14 sacks, 16 TDs (at TE), 18 caused fumbles and 22 fumble recoveries. Matakis was named All-District his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons, including an All-Metro selection last year. 480 squat and 31" vertical leap. Grades are great, carrying a 4.58 GPA on a ‘5' scale and scoring 1030 on the SAT. Matakis gave an oral pledge to Texas A&M on August 6th, choosing the Aggies over Ohio State, Penn State and Illinois.
43. LB Nurhanda Manning, 6-2, 220, 4.7, Bay City
Manning joins teammate Archie McDaniel as being one of the top LB duos in the country. He didn't know his 2000 tackle totals, but had "a lot". Manning also caused two fumbles and recovered six others. 310 BP, 500 squat and a 34" vertical leap at the Nike camp in College Station. GPA is N/A and took his SAT on June 2. Toughest Opponent: Nederland DL/OL Jeff Mayhew (Houston). Manning is considering Texas A&M (offered), Colorado (offered) and LSU.
44. OL Kyle Williams, 6-6, 268, 5.0, Dallas Highland Park
What to hear good genetics? Williams' grandfather played for the 49ers, an uncle who played for the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins, another uncle (6-11) who played pro-basketball and his dad (6-9) played college basketball. Williams is big and will get bigger. His feet setting up in pass protection is what really catches our eye, in addition to recording between 50-60 pancake blocks last season. Williams carries a 3.4-3.5 GPA with test scores N/A. Toughest Opponent: Dallas Jesuit Thomas Derricks (Northwestern). Williams is looking at several schools, but has mentioned Notre Dame, USC, WA, OU, A&M.
45. CB Donald Burgs, 5-11, 170, 4.49, Houston Madison
Burgs is expected is step up and be the leader of the Marlin "D" in 2001 after recording 10 tackles with two fumble recoveries, one caused fumble, one tackle for loss, six passes broken up and one blocked field goal. He has a 265 BP, 275 squat, 10.45 100m and 21.89 200m. Carries a 2.8 GPA and wants to major in sports medicine. Toughest opponent: Houston Worthing QB Shang Moore. Burgs is considering Texas (camp), Colorado (camp), Kentucky, UofH, LSU and Oklahoma. His sister attends Texas Southern.
46. QB Noah Allen, 6-3 3/4, 215, 4.49, Pearland
A young man with impressive size and speed, Allen completed 60 of 116 for 700 yards and seven TDs despite playing in only eight games due to a torn ACL. He also rushed for 297 yards (all long runs) with five more scores. Allen has a 300 BP, 370 squat and 32" vertical leap. Carries a 2.7 GPA and has scored 900 on his SAT. Toughest Opponent: Galveston Ball QB Roshawn Pope. After receiving 26 offers, Allen committed to the Oklahoma Sooners on July 1. He also considered Clemson, Purdue and Alabama.
47. DL Dennis Ellis, 6-4, 260, 4.8, Cleveland High
New Indian head coach Al Celaya says Ellis has all the natural ability in the world and with the right work ethic, could really have a breakout year in 2001. As a junior, Ellis recorded 110 tackles, earning him the district's Defensive Player of the Year honor. GPA and test scores are N/A. Practically every school has been in to inquire about Ellis, but three that have been mentioned are LSU, Texas A&M and UCLA.
48. TE Chad Jorgensen, 6-6 3/4, 225, 4.65, San Marcos Baptist
Being at a private school has not kept recruiters knocking on this multi-talented athlete's door. In 2000, Jorgensen caught 15 passes for 300 yards with five TDs. He was also All-State and District MVP for the Bears' basketball team in addition to playing right field and pitching for the baseball team and went to the regional in track in the discus, 300m hurdles and 1600m relays. Jorgensen has a 315 BP, 415 squat and 240 power-clean. He has just given an oral commitment to Louisville.
49. WR Travis Wilson, 6-3, 185, 4.5, Carrollton Creekview
Wilson got everyone's attention in the Metroplex last season, catching 27 passes for 400 yards with seven TDs in 2000 and Mustang head coach Garry Monty is looking for even bigger numbers from Wilson this season. Great size, speed and willing to make the tough catch over the middle, he is considering Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas and Miami.
50. DL/TE Brain Patrick, 6-5, 280, 4.92, Pasadena Sam Rayburn
Patrick caught 10 passes for 215 yards and two TDs despite missing the last part of 2000 with a dislocated elbow. He's now back to 100% and will line up for head coach Denny Swenson at both tight end and defensive end this season. Patrick has a 405 BP, 580 squat and 26" vertical leap. Grades are good, carrying a 3.0 GPA and having taken the SAT on June 2. Making an early pledge to Aggie head coach R.C. Slocum in late February, Patrick is projected as a down defensive lineman for A&M.
51. QB Paul Thompson, 6-4, 185, 4.6, Leander
Some recruiters see Thompson as a QB, while at least one (Texas) is recruiting him as a WR. All agree that this Lion senior-to-be could be a difference-maker for their prospective programs. As a junior, Thompson completed 120 of 235 passing for 1,557 yards with nine TDs and eight INTs. Dangerous in breaking from the pocket, he picked up an additional 482 yards on the ground. Playing in new head coach Jim Skinner's spread offense, Thompson will have plenty of opportunities to break for daylight in 2001. A 6-10 high jumper, he also completed in the long jump (22'4") and triple jump (47'2") this spring. Thompson has recently given an oral pledge to Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners.
52. RB Lonta Hobbs, 5-11 1/2, 210, 4.47, Clarksville
Hobbs has great size and speed for a tailback, rushing for 996 yards on 143 carries and 11 TDs in only nine games last season. He will see action at both tailback and defensive back for Tiger head coach Mike Walsh in 2001. Missed track last season due to a groin injury, but ran the 300-meter hurdles as a sophomore. He has a 235 BP and 415 squat. Hobbs carries a 3.19 GPA and has scored a 17 on the ACT, which he will retake. Wants to major in business. Toughest Opponent: Liberty-Eylau WR Brandon Jones (OU). Hobbs' top three schools are UCLA (offered), Texas A&M and TCU. His brothers attends the University of North Texas.
53. OL Bret Valdez, 6-4, 305, 5.1, Brownwood
Having great size and a quick first step, head Lion head coach Steve Freeman says Valdez definitely has big league potential. The Texas staff agreed with Freeman, offering Valdez early, which he accepted. Will also play at defensive end in 2001. Has a 600 squat, 25" vertical leap and carries a 3.3 GPA. Also participating in track and as a power-lifter, Valdez received both first team All-District and honorable mention All-State recognition last year. Both his mother and father attended Howard Payne.
54. DL Tauran Brown, 6-6, 275, 4.9, Katy Cinco Ranch
Brown had his junior year cut short due to a high ankle sprain suffered in the fifth game of the season, but is back to 100% and set for a big year in 2001. He will play at defensive end for Cougar head coach Don Clayton, but could easily move inside on the next level. 335 BP and 440 squat. Brown is considering Texas (mini-camp), Florida, UCLA, Notre Dame and Oklahoma.
55. DL Joseph Edwards, 6-3, 275, 4.8, Dayton
Edwards has the size to play inside, but with his speed, will be back at defensive end for head coach Jerry Stewart in 2001. As a junior, Edwards recorded 77 tackles with two fumble recoveries, three caused fumbles, four sacks and two deflected passes. He has a 365 BP and 550 squat. Carries a 3.2 GPA and will take his tests in October. Toughest Opponent: Willis OL Will Smith (Sam Houston). Edwards favors LSU over Texas and Oklahoma. SMU, Missouri, Iowa State, Iowa, Toledo and Tulsa have offered
56. FS JoJo Walker, 5-10, 165, 4.4, Carrollton Creekview
Walker will again be roaming the field at the free safety position for Mustang head coach Gary Monty this season after recording 75 tackles with three caused fumbles, five passes broken up and five interceptions, with two returned for touchdowns in 2000. Walker also caught one pass for 19 yards and returned a kickoff 86 yards for another score. He has a 240 BP, 300 squat and 29" vertical leap. 2.5 GPA and took his SAT June 2. Toughest Opponent: McKinney tailback Donta Hickson (Oklahoma). Walker currently favors the Sooners over LSU and Texas.
57. RB Greg Gold, 5-10, 191, 4.45, Irving High
Tailbacks in the Metroplex are sometimes overlooked, but that is not with case with Gold, who got the attention of several D-I recruiters by racking up 1,903 yards on 237 carries and 20 TDs, not including the 155 yards he added as a return man. Gold has a 420 BP, 29 ½" vertical leap and carries a fine 3.5 GPA. He took the ACT on June 9. Despite reports to the contrary, Gold has committed to Oklahoma State and chose the Cowboys over Northwestern, Notre Dame, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, Washington, Nebraska, Alabama and Georgia.
58. RB Phillip Fuller, 5-11, 180, 4.45, Irving Nimitz
This is a tailback to watch in 2001. After an injury-filled sophomore season, Fuller rebounded last season, gaining 1801 yards on 206 carries with 16 TDs, giving him 3,400 yards for his career. Has a 220 BP, 500 squat, 33" vertical, 10.59 100m and 21.8 200m. Running this summer for Track Dallas, Fuller runs the 400m, 4x1 and 4x4. Toughest opponent: Grand Prairie QB Clayton Braddock (Missouri Southern). Oklahoma is Fuller's favorite, followed by Texas, Kansas State, Missouri, TCU and LSU.
59. DL Fred Jackson, 6-3, 280, 5.0, Hallsville
Big, strong and quick in the pit, Jackson recorded 58 tackles for coach Roger Adams last season and numbers are expected to grow in 2001. GPA and test scores are N/A. Jackson is considering Oklahoma, TCU, Syracuse, Arizona and Washington.
60. OL Cody Douglas, 6-4, 315, 5.3, LaMarque
Once again Douglas is being counted on by Cougar head coach Larry Walker to anchor the front line for another title run in 2001. He has a 345 BP, 535 squat and 560 dead lift. Grades are good, carrying a 3.5 GPA and already scoring 930 on the SAT. Douglas was considering, Michigan, Oklahoma and FSU before committing to Texas A&M this spring, although recently said he may take some visits.
61. Ath. Paul Mosley, 6-3, 210, 4.39, Austin Anderson
Mosley is another talented athlete who could play a number of positions on the next level, but will be back at tailback for Trojan head coach Trent Gregory in 2001. As a junior, Mosley rushed for 1,845 yards on 236 carries and scored 19 touchdowns. Having a great work ethic, he has a 315 BP, 435 squat, 25' vertical leap, 295-power clean and a 4.4 shuttle. Mosley is considering Notre Dame, Texas (camp), Florida State, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Texas A&M (camp) and Nebraska (camp).
62. DE/LB Nick Owino, 6-2, 220, 4.6, Alief Elsik
An All-District selection in 2001, Owino will be called upon by Ram head coach Bill Barron to fill the void left by nine departed seniors. He will be back at defensive end this season, but will be projected at OLB by some college programs. Owino had eight sacks with three fumble recoveries, two caused fumbles and three batted passes in 2000. He has a 320 BP, 500 squat and 29" vertical leap. Owino carries a 2.2 GPA (is taking classes this summer) and has scored an 800 on the SAT. He will take the ACT in October. Toughest Opponent: Galena Park North Shore TE James Moses (OU). Owino favors Texas (mini-camp) over LSU and Texas A&M.
63. FS Bam Harmon, 6-2, 180, 4.5, The Colony
Harmon will see action at corner and wide receiver for Cougar head coach Tommy Briggs this season, but with his size, is a good candidate for free safety on the next level. Last season Harmon recorded 37 tackles with six interceptions. He has a 400 squat and 32' vertical leap. Carries a 3.3 GPA with test scores N/A. The Sophomore of the Year and second team All-District selection is considering Arkansas, Notre Dame and Oklahoma. Harmon also plays basketball and runs track.
64. Ath. Quincy Cosby, 5-10, 175, 4.5, Mart
The brother of Quan, who is now playing pro-baseball in the California Angel chain, Quincy is being called on by new head coach Tommy Roberson to fill the huge void left by his twin brother. Quincy did well in his own right in 2000, gaining 1,800 yards with 26 TDs. GPA and test scores are N/A. He is currently considering Baylor, Florida State, Oklahoma and Texas.
65. QB Zac Dahman, 6-2, 165, 4.6, Keller Fossil Ridge
Head coach Gary Olivo will again expect Dahman to carry the offensive load for the Panthers this year. After completing 172 of 310 passing for 2,355 yards with 22 TDs and only nine INTs as a junior—Olivo should be in good hands. He has a 215 BP, 350 squat and 30" vertical leap. Grades are excellent, with Dahman carrying a 95.8 GPA, while scoring 24 on the ACT and 1030 on the SAT. He's on track to graduate early and will be in some school's spring training in 2002. His top six are Colorado (camp), LSU (camp), UTEP, Auburn, Purdue (camp) and Illinois (camp).
66. LB Jimmy Morris, 6-0, 200, 4.5, Dallas Skyline
An extremely active linebacker with great speed, Morris was co-leader in tackles with teammate DB Tim Stone at 69. Morris will back at ILB in head coach Phillip Roybal's 4-4 defensive scheme in 2001. He also added three caused fumbles, three sacks, two QB pressures and four other tackles for losses last season. Morris has a 300 BP and 29" vertical leap. He carries a 3.5 GPA, scored a 790 on his initial SAT and will take both tests again in October. Iowa State is Morris' current leader followed by TCU and A&M. The Cyclones have offered.
67. DL Quentin Echols, 6-2, 270, 5.0, Fort Worth Wyatt
Echols led the Chaparrals in tackles a year ago, recording 76 with 11 sacks, three fumble recoveries and two INTs, returning one for a TD. A former Sophomore of the Year and All-District selection as a junior with a 380-BP, Echols is considering Texas (mini-camp), Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
68. SS Matthew Melton, 6-0, 190, 4.43, Tyler John Tyler
Extremely athletic and intelligent both on the field and off, Melton recorded 80 tackles at free safety for the Lions last season along with four fumble recoveries (two he returned for TDs), four caused fumbles, nine passes broken up, four INTs (one against Lufkin's Reggie McNeal) and one blocked extra point. He has a 320 BP, 420 squat, 36 ½ inch vertical leap and 10.75 100m. He runs the third leg of the 4x1 along with the 110 and 300 intermediate hurdles in track. A National Honor Society student who ranks 17th in his class, Melton carries a 3.7 GPA and has scored 21 on the ACT. He also took the SAT June 2. Toughest Opponent: Reggie McNeal. Melton currently favors Texas (offered-mini-camp) over Texas A&M, Tennessee, Notre Dame and Arizona. His mom attended Baylor.
69. DE Remi Ayodele, 6-3, 250, 4.7, South Grand Prairie
A big, tough and quick DE, look for Ayodele to move up the charts once the season begins. In 2000, he recorded 87 tackles with one fumble recovery, two caused fumbles and nine sacks. He has a 335 BP, 740 squat and 29" vertical leap. GPA and test scores are N/A. Toughest Opponent: Dallas Carter OL Jonathan Scott (Texas). Purdue and Indiana are his Ayodele are his co-favorites, followed by Texas A&M, TCU and Texas. His brother, Akin Ayodele, Sr., plays defensive end for Purdue.
70. Ath. Daniel Francis, 5-10, 170, 4.45, Port Arthur Lincoln
Francis will play both at wide receiver and cornerback for new head coach David Suggs this season. In 2000, he averaged 28 yards per catch on 19 receptions and scored six TDs. On defense, he recorded 76 tackles with two fumble recoveries, caused one fumble and eight INTs. He has a 265 BP, 400 squat, 32" vertical leap and 10.71 100m. Runs the 4x1 (second leg), 4x4, and 110m hurdles in track. Carries a 4.017 GPA on a ‘5' scale and scored 800 on his first SAT. Francis favors Florida over FSU, LSU, Purdue, USC, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Georgia, and Georgia Tech. Francis' sister attends Lamar University.
71. QB David Lofton, 6-4, 195, 4.5, Plano West
After sharing QB duties last season, the son of former NFL great James Lofton is looking for a big season in 2001. As a junior, Lofton completed 40 of 78 for 660 yards with seven TD and only three INTs. Also a top track performer, he runs the 200m, 400m, 4x1(second leg), 4x4 and long jump. Has as 295 BP, 415 squat and 35"vertical leap. Grades are excellent, carrying a 3.7 GPA while scoring 29 on the ACT, 1240 on the SAT and 1490 on the PSAT. Toughest Opponents: Plano East LB Barton Hammit (Arizona State) and OL Justin Blalock. Lofton favors Stanford (dad played there—attended 2000 summer camp), Virginia (camp), Arizona, Arizona State and Indiana (offered).
72. DE/LB Glenn Jackson, 6-0, 215, 4.55, Carrollton Turner
Jackson will be back at rush end for Lion coach Tim Beck this season, but will also drop back in coverage. Is project as an OLB on the next level. Jackson as a 250 BP and 425 squat. GPA and test scores are N/A. He is considering Oklahoma (camp), Notre Dame and Texas A&M.
73. RB Anthony Barnett, 5-9, 172, 4.45, Dallas Carter
Despite missing the first five games of last season due to a high ankle sprain, Barnett came back the second half of 2000 to rush for nearly 700 yards on only 52 carries with nine touchdowns. Look for those numbers to double under new Cowboy head coach Marvin Sedberry in 2001. Barnett has a 270 BP, 385 squat, 34" vertical leap, 10.39 100m and 21.2 200m. He also runs the 100m, 200m and anchors the 4x1 for a very swift Cowboy track team. Barnett carries an 84.3 GPA and will take both tests in October. Toughest Opponent: Dallas Kimball safety Jarvis Mays (A&M). He currently favors LSU (offered), Texas (camp), Texas A&M, Oklahoma St. (offered), Colorado (offered), OU, Kansas, Iowa State (offered) and Iowa (offered).
74. QB Jeff Ballard, 6-1, 185, 4.75, Friendswood High
As a junior, Ballard completed 87 of 169 for 1,587 yards with 20 TDs and seven INTs along with rushing for 357 yards on 73 carries and eight more scores, earning him All-District and All-Galveston County honors in 2000. Mustang head coach Steve Van Meter is looking for even bigger things from Ballard this season. He has 400 squat and 34" vertical leap. Carries a 3.5 GPA and took his SAT in May. Ballard is considering Florida, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech. Both parents attend Texas A&M.
75. Ath. Lakeldrick Bridges, 6-2 1/2, 170, 4.3, Dallas Hillcrest
Bridges could see action at wide receiver, free safety and even some quarterback for Panther head coach Jeff Johnson, but is projected as a WR in college. A dangerous target, Bridges caught 13 passes for 285 yards and seven touchdowns. At corner, he recorded 30 tackles with two caused fumbles, three tackles for losses, broke up seven passes and had three INTs. Also returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown. Bridges has a 185 BP, 270 squat, 10.3 100m, and 20.7 200m. He runs the 100m, 200m and anchors the 4x1 in track. Also averages 18 points, seven assists and five rebounds per game at "off" guard. Maintains an 88 average and will take both tests in October. Toughest Opponent: Dallas Thomas Jefferson tailback Byron Thompson. Bridges' favorites are North Carolina, LSU (offered), Oklahoma (offered) and Georgia Tech (offered). Arkansas has also offered.
76. WR Xavier McGuire, 6-5, 210, 4.6, Dallas Carter
A big, quick talent that today's D-I programs are looking for, McGuire really shined in his junior season, making 58 catches for 889 yards. New Cowboy head coach Marvin Sedberry is looking for even bigger numbers from him in 2001. McGuire has a 310 squat, 36" vertical leap, carries a 3.5 GPA and has scored an 890 on the SAT. He currently favors Florida, Oklahoma, LSU, Texas, Kansas State, Colorado and UCLA.
77. DE/TE Robert Hand, 6-7 1/2, 260, 4.8, Klein Oak
Hand has the size and athletic ability to play on either side of the ball on the next level, but will remain at TE and DE for Panther head coach David Smith in 2001. Last year, Hand caught 12 passes in addition to recording 40 tackles. He has a 380 squat and 28" vertical leap. Grades are excellent, with Hand carrying a 3.2 GPA and scoring 1020 on the SAT. His top four schools are LSU (offered), Texas A&M, Tulane (offered) and UofH.
78. OL Steven Brent, 6-4, 270, 4.94, Georgetown
After his performance in this year's summer camps, Brent is another player that will be moving up the charts this year. Showing great strength and quickness for his size, he has a 320 BP, 485 squat and 290 power-clean. Brent also posted a 4.94 40 and 4.47 shuttle in the Longhorn summer camp. His top five are Texas (camp), Michigan, A&M, Oklahoma and Nebraska (camp).
79. WR Joe West, 6-3, 190, 4.55, Garland Lakeview
A big talent with good speed, West caught 37 passes for 511 yards in 2000. Again teaming with QB Michael Foyd, both are looking for even bigger numbers this season. GPA and test scores are N/A. West is currently considering Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Texas.
80. RB Ra'Shawn Mosley, 5-11, 163, 4.49, San Antonio Southwest
A three-year starter, his young man has put up some impressive career numbers, rushing for 3,034 yards and 33 TDs (2,330 yards and 27 TDs his junior year). Look for even bigger numbers in 2001. He has a 235 BP, 335 squat and 10.69 100m. Runs the 100m, 4x4 and anchors the 4x1 in track. Mosley carries a 2.9 GPA and will take the SAT in October. Toughest Opponent: San Antonio Lanier tailback George Gamez. Mosley likes TCU (offered), LSU and Colorado (offered). Also has offers from Purdue, Arizona, Kansas State, Alabama, Rice, Ohio State and Nebraska.
81. OL Grant Dickey, 6-6, 300, 5.4, Tyler Lee
A three-year starter and All-District selection last season, Dickey was the driving force behind tailback Derek Farmer's fine rushing numbers (3,716 yards and 42 TDs) the past two seasons. He has a 425 squat, 24"vertical leap and carries a 3.3 GPA. Dickey has given a pledge to Alabama in mid-July after considering Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas and Oklahoma. His father attended UT and his mother TJC.
82. CB Krys Williams, 5-10, 165, 4.4, Mesquite High
Hampered by strained ligaments last season, Williams still managed to catch four passes for 75 yards while intercepting another at corner. Mesquite head coach Steve Halpin said Williams will make a great cover corner on the next level. As a sophomore, he had 20 receptions for 550 yard and four TDs. He also anchors the 4x1 and 4x4 in track. GPA is 2.8 with test scores N/A. Toughest opponent: Allen WR J.T. Perry. Williams favors Texas A&M over Syracuse, Baylor, Texas and Texas Tech.
83. RB Vincent Meeks, 5-9, 175, 4.5, Rockwall High
Meeks really exploded onto the scene for Yellowjackets head coach Mark Elam in 2000, rushing for an eye-popping 1,756 yards on 282 carries and scoring 21 TDs, putting him with McKinney's Donta Hickson as one of the top tailbacks in the DFW Metroplex last year. GPA and tests scores are N/A. Meeks is considering Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Baylor and Texas.
84. QB Billy Don Malone, 6-2, 185, 4.8, Paris North Lamar
Tough, physical and still growing, Malone completed 106 of 202 passing for 1,649 yards with 15 TDs and seven INTs in 2000. He also rushed for 405 yards on 99 attempts and four more scores in head coach Tommy Felty's multiple-set attack. Malone, who attended the Longhorn mini-camp on June 11, was offered a scholarship which he quickly accepted.
85. LB Ed Jackson, 6-3, 210, 4.65, LaMarque
A three-year starter for Cougar head coach Larry Walker, Jackson will be back at defensive end, but could wind up as an OLB in some college programs. Reminds many recruiters of former Couger and Aggie LB Roylin Bradley. Jackson is considering UCLA, Miami, Baylor and Texas A&M.
86. DL L.C. Kirkpatrick, 6-3, 255, 4.8, Aldine High
Kirkpatrick will be playing inside at nose guard for Mustang head coach Bill Smith this season, but believes he has the speed to play at DE in college. As a junior, Kirkpatrick recorded 38 tackles with one caused fumble, five sacks, three QB pressures and one other tackle for a loss. He has a 390 BP and 500 squat. Will take his ACT in October. Toughest Opponent: Houston Madison QB Vincent Young. Kirkpatrick's top five schools are LSU, Texas A&M, Miami, Oklahoma and Georgia Tech. Baylor, Iowa and SMU have offered.
87. FB Reggie La'Mothe, 6-0, 230, 4.7, Channelview
Some college recruiters are looking at La'Mothe as a bruising fullback on offense, while others consider him an outstanding inside linebacker prospect on defense. A two-year starter on both sides of the ball, Falcon head coach Harry McClusky will use La'Mothe on both offense and defense again in 2001. As a junior he gained 485 yards on the ground with six touchdowns. He is considering Texas A&M, TCU, Texas, Indiana and Oklahoma.
88. RB Dominique Owens, 5-11 1/2, 187, 4.49, Fort Bend Kempner
An All-District selection in 2000, Owens did it all for Cougar head coach Tom Henderson last season, rushing for 1,471 yards on 122 carries with 17 TDs. He also had 13 receptions for 420 yards with two more scores and added another 320 yards in punt returns, 160 on kickoffs with another three touchdowns. He has a 225 BP, 360 squat, 10.5 100m and 21.5 200m. Qwens runs the 100m, 200m, 4x1(anchor) and 4x4 in track. He carries a 3.0 GPA with test scores N/A. Toughest Opponent: Sugar Land Austin WR Devard Darling (FSU). Owens is considering Texas, Texas A&M, Nebraska, LSU, TCU, FSU and Florida.
89. SS Thomas Wright, 6-1, 195, 4.55, Sweeny
Wright could see action at outside linebacker, free safety and flanker for Bulldog head coach Mike Treybig in 2001, but is likely to land at one of the safety spots on the next level. Wright had a great junior season, recording 111 tackles (74 solo), with one fumble recovery, three caused fumbles, one sack, three other tackles for losses, seven passes broken up and two interceptions. He has a 285 BP, 375 squat and 33" vertical leap. Wright runs the 110m high hurdles, 300-meter intermediate hurdles, the 4x4 and 4x1 in track. Carries a 3.4 GPA with test scores N/A. Toughest Opponent: Cameron QB Billy Pittman. Wright is considering LSU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Iowa, Arkansas and Oklahoma State.
90. WR/DB William Gulley, 6-3, 182, 4.53, Newton
An All-District selection at both safety and wide receiver, Gulley is being considering for both positions on the next level. Last season he caught 18 passes for 375 yards and seven TDs along with recording 89 tackles and intercepting eight passes on defense. He has a 215 BP, 390 squat and 32" vertical leap. Gulley's also a great track performer, running the 4x1, 4x4, 200m and doing the triple jump (47'). Has a 3.4 GPA with test scores N/A. Purdue, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Baylor are the schools Gulley is considering.
91. RB Jonathan Ayers, 6-2, 205, 4.4, Round Rock McNeil
Ayers has drawn the attention of many college recruiters by rushing for 1,301 yards on just 112 carries (11.6 ypc) while scoring 12 TDs. He added another six receptions for 122 yards and two more scores. He's looking out of state early, with Georgia, Georgia Tech, Arizona, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee and Clemson being his favorites.
92. QB Shang Moore, 6-2, 190, 4.5, Houston Worthing
New Colt head Eddie Snow enters the 2001 campaign with an experienced signal caller in Moore. Heading into his third year as the starter, Moore has thrown for over 2,600 yards with 24 TDs and only eight INTs. He's also scored 12 touchdowns on the ground. Moore has a 32" vertical leap and also runs track. Grades are excellent, carrying a 3.8 GPA and having scored 900 on the SAT. Schools that are currently heading Moore's list include LSU, Georgia Tech, SMU, Indiana and Colorado.
93. LB Micah Woods, 6-1, 242, 4.6, Houston Sterling
After missing all but the final three games of 2000 due to a stress fracture in his foot, Woods is back at full strength and ready to lead the Raider "D" this season. Even with his limited playing time as a junior, he still managed to record 49 tackles with two fumble recoveries, one caused fumble, one sack, three other tackles for losses and one pass deflection. Woods has a 385 BP, 500 squat and throws both the shot and discus in track. Grades are good, carrying a 3.67 GPA and having scored 930 on the SAT. Toughest Opponent: Dayton RB Lamar Mitchell. Woods favors the SEC schools, with LSU, Tennessee and Mississippi State running neck and neck, followed by Tulsa (offered) and UCLA. Woods brother, Jeremy, played wide receiver for Baytown Lee and Prairie View.
94. WR Biren Ealy, 6-3, 185, 4.48, Cy-Falls
Ealy will be back at both wide receiver and corner for Golden Eagle head coach Wayne Hooks in 2001, but is likely to project as a WR in college. As a junior, Ealy nabbed 27 passes for 600 yards and two TDs. As a corner, he recorded 12 tackles with one fumble recovery. Ealy has a 235 BP, 375 squat and 33" vertical leap. He has runs the 4x1 (third leg), 4x4 and the 400m in track. Ealy carries a 2.5 GPA and has scored 19 on the ACT and 890 on the SAT. Toughest Opponent: Waco LB Derrick Johnson (Texas). Ealy favors Florida over FSU, Oklahoma, Miami and Texas. Colorado, Arizona, Michigan, Tulane, Baylor and SMU have offered. His dad attended Austin Peay and both sisters have attended UofH.
95. CB Rusty Shorter, 6-0, 165, 4.41, Canyon
Shorter returns as the veteran of the secondary for Eagle head coach Blake Bryant after recovering two fumbles and blocking two field goals (returning one for a touchdown) in 2000. Great in ‘man' coverage, he also intercepted five passes last season, bringing his career total to 20 INTs. Shorter has a 295 BP, 345 squat and runs a 10.4 100m. He will take his tests in October. Toughest Opponent: Amarillo Caprock WR J. Fields (Baylor). Shorter is considering Arizona State, Colorado (offered), Texas A&M, Texas, Purdue and Baylor (offered).
96. LB Roy Modest, 5-10, 187, 4.6, Cy-Falls
Jersey Village tailback Selvin Young told us two years ago that Modest was the toughest defender he'd faced his sophomore year. He'll be back at middle linebacker for the Golden Eagle "stacked" defense, but projects as either a strong or free safety in college. In 2000, he recorded 80 tackles with two fumble recoveries (returning one for a TD), four caused fumbles, six sacks, four pass deflections and two INTs. He also scored two touchdowns on fake punts. Modest has a 245 BP, 380 squat, 38" vertical leap and plans to run both the 100m and 200m in track in 2002. He carries a 3.2 GPA and will take his tests orally in October. Toughest Opponent: Langham Creek RB Jonathan Combs (Tyler JC). Colorado leads Nebraska, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Tulane (offered).
97. TE Chris Hudler, 6-3 ½, 270, 5.0, Mesquite High
Hudler will be back at tight end for the Skeeters in 2001, but head coach Steve Haplin says it's more likely Hudler will be moved to center or possibly the defensive line on the college level. In a run-oriented attack, he did manage to grab two passes for 22 yards and one touchdown. Hudler has a 350 BP and 21" vertical leap. Has scored a 1280 on the PSAT. Hudler is considering Georgia Tech (former teammate Brad Honeycutt signed with GT last February), Texas A&M, Oklahoma and UCLA. Both parents attended Stephen F. Austin and Chris has a brother, Dwight, who plays OG for McNeese State.
98. Ath. Marques Walker, 5-9, 180, 4.45, Arlington Sam Houston
Walker is certainly a man to keep an eye on in 2001 after rushing for 800 yards on 130 carries and adding another 150 yards in receptions. Could project as a tailback, wide receiver or corner on the next level. He is considering TCU, Arizona, Texas, Michigan, Oklahoma and Baylor.
99. LB Marcus Myers, 6-3, 220, 4.5, Pflugerville Connally
Myers, who recorded 88 tackles with three fumble recoveries for Cougar head coach Matt Monzingo in 2000, will also see action at fullback and tailback this season. Myers, who has run an 11.1 100m, is also an excellent student, carrying a 4.59 GPA and scoring 1080 on the SAT. After receiving offers from Iowa State and Oklahoma State, Myers committed to Texas in late June. Toughest Opponent: Austin Lanier Athlete Paul Mosley. Myers' dad, Rufus Myers, played tailback for Texas Tech.
100. FS Steve Dildine, 6-3, 195, 4.44, Houston Strake Jesuit
Dildine has received serious attention from college recruiters after recording 81 tackles with four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, seven interceptions and one blocked kick in 2000. He has a best time of 4.4 in the 40 and ran a 4.54 on a damp surface at the Nike camp in College Station this spring. Grades are excellent, with Dildine scoring a 1350 on the SAT. Iowa State has extended a formal offer and he will make an unofficial visit to Colorado on July 25. Texas A&M, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Stanford (camp), Duke (camp), Houston, Rice and Notre Dame are also actively recruiting the free safety.
101. WR Michael Malone, 6-5, 205, 4.7, Friendswood
A big, physical receiver who runs great routes, Malone should hook up with teammate QB Jeff Ballard for some really big numbers is 2001. Despite missing three games last season with a fractured femur, Malone still managed to catch 19 passes for 305 yards and seven touchdowns. He has a 230 BP, 37" vertical leap, carries a 3.5 GPA and will take his tests in October. Toughest Opponent: LaMarque DE Ed Jackson. Malone likes LSU (camp), Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, Florida State and UCLA. Northwestern and Mississippi State have both offered. Malone's brother plays basketball at South Carolina State and his mom attended UofH.
102. DL Brian Robinson, 6-3, 245, 4.6, Splendora
Robinson will again be at inside linebacker for Wildcat head coach Kevin Weldon this season and is definite about remaining at LB in college. As a junior, Robinson recorded 121 solo tackles with five fumble recoveries, six caused fumbles, nine sacks, 16 other tackles for losses, eight pass deflections, one interception and one blocked field goal. He has a 380 BP, 500 squat and 39" vertical leap. He carries a 3.9 GPA and has scored 950 on the SAT. Robinson set the AAU national record in the discus this summer with a toss of 200' 4 ¾ ". Toughest Opponent: Madisonville QB Kevin Ford (Rice). Considering Texas, LSU and Houston, Robinson gave an oral pledge to the Longhorns in early July.