Big 2012 WR in Haughton

Haughton could be the best team in the Shreveport-Bossier area this year and one reason for the Bucs' success is 6-foot-2 wide receiver Damon Gladney. The favorite target of QB Dak Prescott, Gladney amassed almost 1,000 yards receiving in 2009.

In this day and age, it's difficult to believe that a big, productive receiver at the Class 4A level is still under the radar entering his junior year - but that's the case with gifted Haughton WR Damon Gladney.

As a sophomore, Gladney was the No. 1 receiver for Mississippi State commit Dak Prescott, hauling in 56 catches for 944 yards with 11 touchdowns.

"I just do what the team needs me to do," said the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder. "It's nice having Dak at quarterback, because you just trust him to get things done back there. He knows what he's doing."

If Gladney's name is familiar, that's because his father, Damon Gladney Sr., was a big-name Haughton running back that went on to play for McNeese State.

"My dad is pretty strict on me with school," laughed the younger Gladney. "I have a 3.6 grade point average and I'm in a few honor classes."

Last year, Gladney's biggest games came against Bossier (five receptions, 150 yards, two TDs), Huntington (eight receptions, 125 yards, two TDs), and Parkway (10 receptions, 100 yards).

"The coaches are going to move me around this year so defenses can't key on me," said Gladney, who hasn't begun to receive much attention from colleges yet. "Our goal is to win district and go deep in the playoffs. Everyone thinks highly of our team and we don't want to disappoint them by not living up to expectations."

The junior, who mentioned LSU, Louisiana Tech, and SMU as schools of interest, is open to hearing from any schools. His only contact from college programs thus far was a camp invite to Texas A&M.

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