Scout Houston: Top Uncommitted DEFENSE

OREGON STATE RECRUITING has branched out -- eight states are represented on the Beaver 2011 commit list and Texas has become one of the key ancillary recruiting areas in recent years under Mike Riley. The greater Houston area typically produces a rich reservoir year after year, so rich that even with Signing Day a little over five weeks from now, sees talent still abundant and available.

Think most of the really good ones are gone by now when it comes to recruiting? Keep in mind that James Rodgers and Jacquizz Rodgers came from Rosenberg, just outside of Houston. And while Quizz was well known coming out of high school, James, despite being the 4A Greater Houston All-Area co-MVP, wasn't recruited by any of the major college programs other than Oregon State.

Every year around this time Prep Insider checks the commitment list to see who is left on the board. And like most years, plenty of gems are still available.

So complied a listing of prospects from the greater Houston area who have not given a verbal commitment. This particular list focuses on the defensive players. compiled this list just in time for Christmas. Could some of the names below end up officially becoming Beavs on the first Wednesday in February? Stay tuned, the Beavs already have three known verbal commitments from the Lone Star State.

DT (4)

Christopher Cormier, Alief Hastings
Antonio Wright, La Marque
Tyler Marvel, Angleton
Elijah Pleasant, La Marque
From neighboring Louisiana, Cormier showed he has the good for the Division I level and has a couple offers in hand. Marvel getting looks at the FCS and D2 level and big men from La Marque are bound to land somewhere and make a difference.

LB (4)
Rodney Young, DeKaney
Ragan Robichaux, Kingwood Park
Steve Orisakwe, Pearland Dawson
Charles Woods, Humble
Recently Katy's Grant Clifton made his commitment to Navy, which takes him off this list, and that is a good thing. But once again, there is more talent that needs to be picked up with Young leading the way. Boise State, Missouri and Northwestern are in the mix for Young. There could be more activity in the coming weeks.

DB (5)
Evan Fichter, Strake Jesuit
Michael Mudoh, Richmond Bush
Matt Sherrard, Stratford
Darrus Harper, Cy Creek
Nick Brooks, Atascocita
Mudoh is the highest rated defensive back in the city with close to 10 offers in the table. Sherrard is another talented one with a few in hand and some interest. Brooks will also make a good addition to college program as well.

DE (5)
Tylond Robertson, Hempstead
Brandon Alexander, Brenham
Keenan Brown, Lamar Consolidated
Jaylen Jordan, Elkins
James Rushing, Houston Memorial
Of this group, clearly Alexander is the one who is, and will continue to blow up. After coach Will Muschamp took the job at Florida, word is that contact was made to Alexander. Rushing also holds some offers and will find himself on a Division roster.

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