Gladney Attending UL Junior Day

Haughton WR Damon Gladney is currently under the radar on the recruiting scene, but that should change drastically over the next few months.

Last year, the Haughton Buccaneers won their first 12 games en route to the Class 4A quarterfinals, where they dropped a shootout (49-41) to eventual state champion Franklinton.

The Bucs were led on offense by first-team all-state selections QB Dak Prescott (early enrollee at Mississippi State) and junior WR Damon Gladney (70 receptions, 1227 yards, 15 touchdowns).

Prescott's recruitment got off to a somewhat-sluggish start last spring and the same thing is now occurring with Gladney, who is waiting on his first scholarship offer.

"I'm getting letters from Auburn, ULL, Tulane, Texas A&M, and Tennessee," said Gladney. "I talked with a Mississippi State coach today. He said they watched my film and they want to see me in some camps. I've also talked with a recruiter from SMU, who wanted to know if I'm going to be able to make it over there for their camp.

"I've been invited to ULL's Junior Day on March 19th, and I'm going to try and make it. I'm also planning on attending either Mississippi State's or Texas A&M's spring game."

Gladney said he'd like to hear from the Arkansas Razorbacks.

"I want to talk to Arkansas," he said. "I like their offense. They're close to home and they're a spread team."

Right now, Gladney is focused on track season, where he'll be running sprints and relays (along with Jordan Craft and Marlon Seets).

Haughton graduates most of its 2010 offense, but Gladney says there's still reason for optimism.

"Nobody is really expecting us to do anything next year," he said. "We only return three starters: two offensive linemen and me. I think we'll do good, though. Our new quarterback is good. He just doesn't have much experience yet, because he didn't get to play too much behind Dak."

Gladney will undoubtedly face constant double-coverage this fall. What's he think about that?

"It's okay," he said. "That will be good, because it means somebody else will be open."

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