With early recruiting hitting an all-time high in the state of Texas, juniors are already being targeted and offered by major Division I programs.
One of the top Class of 2009 jumbo athletes already getting offers is Mike Brockers from Houston Chavez High School.
The 6-foot-6, 245-pound prospect plays both ways at defensive end and tight end, and schools are recruiting him on both sides of the ball. However, while Brockers enjoys playing both offense and defense, he does have a favorite position.
"I probably like playing tight end a little more," Brockers said. "I've been working on my technique at tight end this offseason, and I've been working on my pass catching."
Whether it's pursuing the quarterback in the pocket on defense or trying to get open as a receiver on offense, the Houston native has one asset for a big man that attracts college coaches regardless of position – quickness.
"I have pretty good footwork. As a tight end, I think I have good cutting ability and quickness that allows me to get open, but I also understand the importance of blocking at the position," Brockers said. "At defensive end, my combination of quickness and strength allows me to make plays and pursue the ball."
But junior prospect realizes he has room for improvement, and indicated he wanted to get faster and lower his 5.0 forty time he posted last spring at the Nike Combine. However, his current skill set is certainly attracting top schools at the moment, which has resulted in several early offers.
"I've been offered by Texas A&M, Nebraska, LSU, and Arizona State," Brockers said. "Coach Franchione at A&M came by the school this spring to watch me, and afterward they told me I was their No. 1 guy. I was pretty excited about that."
Brockers admits that he didn't know much about the Aggies growing up, but with his recruitment already heating up, he's starting to do his homework.
"I knew just a little bit about Texas A&M until recently," Brockers said. "I did some research on them and it's a pretty good school."
For now, Brockers wants to take his time with the recruiting process and focus on his junior season. There will be plenty of time to figure out where he wants to go to school in two years.
"I'm open right now and I have some time to research my options so I'm not too worried about it at the moment," Brockers explained. "I just want to focus on getting better and helping my team get to the playoffs and win."
Based on the early interest from major Division I programs, the college coaches will gladly wait for his attention.
Houston big man racking up offers
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