Klein Oak will be led this season by juniors, with both linebacker Josh Mabin and running back Larenzo Stewart selected on our initial Aggie Websider Texas Top 50 Prospects for 2014. Klein Oak is one of only four teams in the state to have two reps in our Texas Top 50 for 2014.
The Klein Oak defense will be led by juniors to be LB Josh Mabin (6-2, 211, 4.6) and DE Ja'Von Shelley (6-2, 216).
When we published our initial Texas Top 50 for 2014 three weeks ago, we boldly projected 2014 to be 'a year of the linebacker in Texas', and Josh Mabin has the potential to be among the best.
Josh was the District 13-5A Defensive Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore after recording 64 tackles (47 solo, 17 assists), 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and 6 QB pressures in just 7 games. Josh plays inside linebacker for Klein Oak but will slide around to play any of the linebacker positions.
Reviewing Josh's sophomore highlights (Josh Mabin Sophomore Highlights), he shows outstanding quickness and the ability to blow up a play from his usual inside position, play sideline to sideline, and to make explosive contact.
Josh has the skills to play either inside or outside linebacker and a frame that could easily carry at least 20 more pounds, so I could see him as a 230+ pound linebacker by the time he reaches a college campus in two years. Josh cites both his and Klein Oak defense's strength as their speed and quickness. He wants he and the team to work on immediate play recognition.
Playing in one of the best districts in the state, Josh says that "Matt Davis, Trey Williams, and Shane Rhodes were by far a few of the best athletes I've ever competed against."
Josh's goal for his junior and senior seasons is to lead Klein Oak deep into the playoffs, in the hope of winning two state championships.
Josh's sophomore season was cut short after suffering a knee injury in mid-October. Josh had knee surgery but his rehab is on track for a full recovery by Fall. Josh is working out with the strength and conditioning coaches, and also continuing his physical therapy twice a week. Physically Josh feels excellent and is ready to begin spring practices, but is following doctors orders and waiting for a full release.
Josh has not yet had much contact from colleges, but he's not really worried about that and is just worried about the team and how successful they can be right now. If Josh can regain the form he showed as a sophomore, he will have colleges from across the country to choose from.
Growing up Josh was a Texas fan, but says he really doesn't have a set interest right now, just keeping his eyes open.
When asked what he is looking for in a college, Josh said a "friendly / homely atmosphere, where there is lot of different opportunities and experiences."
Josh has heard that Texas A&M has a great program but has not visited A&M and wants to look into it more.
Josh thinks that "Playing in the SEC would be unbelievable" and "It'd be a blessing to be a part of possibly the best conference."
When asked what else people should know about Josh Mabin, Josh responded "It's a blessing to have the opportunity to play the world's greatest game with my friends and family at Oak. I wouldn't trade it for anything else. "
Josh Mabin was No. 12 in our initial Texas Top 50 for 2014.
DE Ja'Von Shelley is a second D1 prospect and Top 100 candidate on the Klein Oak defense. As a sophomore, Ja'Von recorded 59 tackles (35 solo, 24 assests), 8 tackles for loss, 16 quarterback pressures, 2 sacks and 3 fumble recoveries. (Ja'Von Shelley Highlights)
The Klein Oak offense will be led by electric RB Larenzo Stewart (5-5, 163, 4.4). Last season Larenzo was one the most productive 2014 backs in the state in one of the toughest districts in the state.
Larenzo was a 13-5A First-Team All-District RB after rushing for 1,385 yards and 12 TDs on 162 carries, a stellar 8.6 yards per carry. He added 9 receptions for 85 yards and 1 TD. Larenzo also averaged almost 22 yards a kickoff return.
Reviewing Larenzo's sophomore film (Larenzo Stewart Sophomore Highlights), he is cat-quick, can cut on a dime, has great acceleration and top-end speed, and is surprisingly powerful for his slight build.
You could see Larenzo get better and better as the season progressed. In the first round of the 5A playoffs against Humble Kingwood, Larenzo rushed for 304 yards and 2 TDs on 20 carries. Klein Oak lost to Dallas Skyline in the third round of the 5A playoffs, 42-24, but Larenzo rushed for 133 yards on 14 carries.
Larenzo thinks his strengths as a player are his speed, toughness, and that he has great cuts, a pretty strong stiff arm, is pretty good at getting in and out of cuts, and that he never givesd up.
When asked what player he compares himself to, he said New Orleans Saints and former Kansas State All-American running back / kick returner Darren Sproles.
Playing in the same district as Trey Williams and being of a similar stature, Larenzo naturally draws comparisons to a young Trey. You can definitely see some of Trey's attributes in Larenzo Stewart's play. As sophomores, Trey gained more yards (1,930) and TDs (18) on more carries (237), but Larenzo actually averaged more yards per carry (8.56 to 8.14).
Larenzo wants to improve on everything, saying " I feel every year every minute every hour it's something I can do to improve on everything I need to use on the field."
Larenzo's goals for the next two seasons include trying to double the number of touchdowns and yards he gets every year.
Larenzo has also played some defensive back and says he'll play whatever the coaches want him to play if it's best for the team.
Larenzo has not yet had much contact from colleges . When he growing up his two favorite colleges were Texas and Michigan. He says he's really interested in Oregon right now.
Larenzo plans to make his college choice during his senior year.
Larenzo thought the best player he played against last season was was 2013 LB Cody Purdue from Dekaney.
Larenzo is the kind of speed back that new Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin has shown he loves so you could definitely see Larenzo being a potential Aggie target in 2014.
Larenzo Stewart is No. 34 on our initial Texas Top 50 for 2014, but after reviewing more film, we think Larenzo is definitely a candidate to move into the top 20.
Josh and Larenzo are going to try and attend some camps this summer, are very good friends, and have discussed going to the same college if possible, but they are no package deal, and in the end each will choose what is best for them.
Last season Klein Oak had a dominating 38-6 win over eventual state champions Trey Williams and Spring Dekaney.
I asked Trey Williams what he thought of these young Klein Oak prospects and he said "With those two on board (Josh and Larenzo) I think they will make a big impact for the team. Klein Oak's defense is pretty tough especially with big Josh coming back and Larenzo should have a ball next year."
Klein Oak is always a strong program. The 2011 team had a senior-dominant roster, so it will be interesting to see if Oak has the players coming up to build around Josh, Larenzo, and Ja'Von, and continue their tradition of success.
The Aggie Websider will continue to follow these top 2014 prospects and the Klein Oak team throughout the year.