North Mesquite's Promising Prospects

North Mesquite High School produces Division I talent every year and there could be as many as four D-I prospects on their roster for the class of 2008. They definitely have two extremely talented wide receivers and Lanear Sampson is gathering most of the early attention. Coach Steve Bragg raved about Sampson's talent and also spoke highly of several other players.

"We have a receiver that is a definite Division I prospect," Bragg said. "There are already a lot of schools on him."

The player that he was speaking about is Lanear Sampson. The 6-foot-1, 180 pound wide receiver runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds and had several catches as a sophomore. Bragg loves Sampson's talent and spoke about what he can bring to the table.

"He started for us as a sophomore and caught 18 or 19 passes," Bragg said. "His route running is great and he has really good hands. If you get it close to him, he will go up and get it. He's really good in one-on-one situations and it's hard to jam him. He has a good understanding of coverages and gets vertical really quick."

Another wide receiver that has an opportunity to get some D-I interest is Daymond Patterson. Despite being small, his game breaking speed makes him a threat to take it to the house every time he touches the ball.

"He is pretty special," Bragg said. "He is a speedster that is not real big. He is around 5-foot-11, 170 pounds, but he can fly. He is a legitimate 4.4 kid. He was our 5th receiver in a four wide receiver set last year. I know that these two (Sampson and Patterson) are going to get some play."

Bragg also has the luxury of having a good quarterback to throw to these talented wide receivers. Blair Johnson has shown shades of potential and could become a good prospect, but needs to have a good year to get the attention of Division I scouts.

"He was really good at the seven-on-seven drills at College Station," Bragg said. "He is very talented. He got hurt last year, but he has been knocking off the rust this spring."

North Mesquite's talent isn't limited to the offensive side of the ball. Linebacker Reggie Allen also has the skills to become a dominant defender.

"We have a really good looking kid that needs a good year," Bragg said. "He is coming off the JV squad, but he is a really special kid. He squatted 500 pounds and runs around a 4.75 forty. He is pretty raw technique wise, but I think he is going to be special."


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