Ralston Dews: 2008 lineman emerging

North Shore offensive lineman Ralston Dews has the size to make a major impact on the football field and could be considered one of the top interior lineman prospects in the state of Texas for the class of 2008. Dews is interested in several of the top programs throughout the nation but one school stands out as his overall favorite.

"I'm interested in Texas, Miami, Oklahoma, Florida State, and USC," Dews said. "Right now, I'd say Texas is my favorite. They have a good team every year, and they are close to home. It's important for my family to be able to come see me play. If I go out of state, they couldn't come see me play as much."

The 6-foot-1, 344 pound Dews earned second team all-district honors for his performance as a sophomore offensive lineman. He runs the 40-yard dash in 5.27 seconds.

Because of his superior size and quickness, college recruiters are asking Dews to move from the offensive side of the ball, which he has played throughout his high school career, to the defensive line. Dews should make an excellent space eating defensive tackle.

"Last year I played left guard and this year I am moving to left tackle," Dews said. "Right now everybody is recruiting me to play defensive tackle."

Dews has several qualities he looks for in a school other than athletics.

"Academics are very important. Going on in life and being successful is important to me," Dews said. I would also like to go to a school with a good tradition and a winning team."

Dews attended summer camps at Texas A&M, Baylor and Houston. Dews and his dad plan on watching some of the elite Big 12 teams in action this fall. They hope to see the Texas Longhorns take on Rice. They would also like to check out an Oklahoma State game.

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