One of the top receivers in Texas

It didn't hurt this player last year to have such players like Brandon Herron and Troy Woolfolk bringing in some of the biggest football programs in the nation to get his name out early. While many might ride on coattails, this player could blaze his own path if it was necessary. One of the fastest players in the state of Texas is also one of the scariest wide receivers.

The Sugar Land (Texas) Dulles team was very good last year, led by some top division one talent, and this year should be much of the same. Daryl Stonum has seen a recent spike in recruiting interest.

"It's going pretty good right now," Stonum said. "I think that we probably start spring practice the week after we get after break. Break is next week."

"Yes, it's gotten pretty heavy. After signing day a few more schools started recruiting me and all the mail and text messages that come with it. All of that picked up. I get texts everyday."

It's easy to see why things have gotten a little hot for Stonum. Last year, Stonum averaged over 20 yards per reception and nearly had a touchdown in about every third reception. He was also a threat on special teams.

"I had 49 receptions for 1,100 yards and 16 touchdowns. I also had seven punt returns for 236 yards and two touchdowns. I was first team all-district, first team junior all-state and second team all-state overall."

Those types of numbers are a direct reflection of Stonum's strengths on the football field. Stonum is great making the catch and after the catch he can make plays.

"Definitely speed. Other then speed, it's my ability to read defenses. I can tell if they are in man or zone. I can just catch the ball and then I am good after the catch."

At 6-foot-1 and 180-pounds, Stonum has 4.4 speed to go with good size at the receiver position. To prove that he has the speed, Stonum mentioned what his 200m time was. The time would indicate he has some speed in the 100m too, but he leaves that race to a teammate.

"I am in track right now. I am in the 200m and the 400m. My best 200m time is 21.3-seconds. I leave the 100m to Troy Woolfolk and he leaves the 200m and the 400m to me."

That speed, the size and the abilities on the football field have Stonum up to over 10 offers already. Some, coming from the top programs in their respective conferences.

"I am up to 14 or 15 offers right now. I know most of them; Michigan, Florida, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Alabama, Texas A&M, Minnesota, Kansas State and Baylor."

Stonum has yet to take any trips, but he is eyeing a couple of spring games and visits this summer, if he has time. Right now, there is track and there will be seven on seven this summer plus regular training to contend with.

"I am going to take some visits this summer. A few schools want me to go to their spring games and if I can go I will go, but I just haven't figured that out yet."

Out of the 14 or 15 offers, Stonum is already looking at a top five list. He knows what he is looking for too in picking out a college. Playing time heads the list of what he is looking for.

"Basically Michigan, Florida, Alabama, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech are my favorites. I don't want to redshirt my freshman year. I am also looking for a good system, coaching staff and academics."

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