Junior report: Spring Westfield OL Jeray Chatham

<B>Jeray Chatham</b>, a 6-3 1/2, 265-pound OG from Spring Westfield, makes the '04 OL class in the state of Texas a little deeper. After Westfield took their spring break last week, IT finally caught up with head coach <B>Ronnie Lynch</b> about his bluechip lineman.

"He's been a 3-year starter for us and is definitely one of the better kids in our district this year," Lynch told IT. "6-4, 265 and can run a 5-flat forty. He's already getting a lot of attention from several schools and will be heavily recruited."

Obviously the kid possesses good size and excellent quicks, but does he have that nasty demeanor O-line coaches are always looking for in their linemen?

"I've coached all over the place," Lynch said. "I coached at Deer Park for 12 years and not sure how much you know about Deer Park, but we've had a lot of good talent come from that school. I would have to say that the only other kid I've coached --and I coached at Alvin as well as a couple of other places -- that played with a defensive lineman's personality was a guy by the name of Ricky Canales who was a 3-year starter for UTEP. Canales won every offensive lineman award they had and all of the awards in the weightlifting. And Jeray definitely is in the same mold as Canales was."

With guys like Tommy Jeter who played DL for Texas, Corey Pullig who took snaps for A&M and New York Yankee pitcher Andy Pettitte, Lynch has seen some star-studded talent.

"Of course, we (Westfield) had Tony Ugoh who is at Arkansas and Jeray is every bit the caliber of him. Like I said, Jeray and Ricky (Canales) were the only two kids to play with that defensive lineman-type of mentality. So Jeray definitely belongs in the top category of offensive linemen."

Weight room numbers: 375-pound bench, 275-pound incline, 390-squat, 265-pound power clean.

Testing was done on February 12, 2003.

With a lot of senior offensive linemen in district 15-5A, Chatham had a bit of trouble getting noticed as a junior, but he did grab a second-team all-district award.

Scholarship offers?

"He's got offers from Michigan, LSU, Oklahoma State and Iowa State," the Westfield head man told IT.

Lynch said that the above four are his favorites for the simple reason that they've actually extended Chatham an offer.

As far as attending any camps, Lynch said Chatham may go to one of the Michigan camps, but wasn't sure if he'd be attending any others.

"I probably should have been fired last year for not doing more with our team than we did last season," Lynch kidded. "We sent so much talent to division I-A and II-A schools last year that you wouldn't believe it. Our district has got to have some of the best players in it right now if you were to look around the Houston area. It goes in cycles, I guess."

"Last year," Lynch said, "We sent three linebackers to Texas Southern, a wideout to Southwest Texas, SMU and Minnesota, our quarterback to Southwest Texas, offensive guard to Syracuse, a DE to Iowa State, kicker to Nebraska and a free safety to Tennessee."

Holy...that's 11 kids, coach.

"Yeah, five of them to D-II and six of them to D-I," Lynch marveled.

With Chatham, RB Webster Patrick and LB Marquise Rogers, it looks as if Lynch has three standout D-I kids alone as college coaches will be flocking to Westfield's practice fields this spring. Over 54 college coaches were there for last year's spring practices. We've told you before and we'll tell you again, district 15-5A is arguably the best district in the Houston area.

Keep a watchful eye on the kids playing in 15-5A. We've already done reports on (Klein Forest) DE McCollins Umeh and (Spring) LB/DE Ronnie Palmer with more profiles from this very district to come in the very near future.

Westfield's Webster Patrick is next on the list from district 15-5A, with Westfield LB Marquise Rogers, The Woodlands RB Kenny Hicks, The Woodlands RB Samson Taylor, Spring RB Drew Gause, The Woodlands QB Jordan Dodson, The Woodlands WR Danny Amendola, Klein Forest WR Bobby McCoy, Klein Forest FS Dominic Patrick and Klein OT Caleb Morris on tap next.

In our Inside Scoop this week, we'll touch a little on these very kids as well as offer an early ranking of that district's best from No. 1 to No. 13.

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