Irving Prospects on the Rise

Irving High School is home to several talented juniors. Many of these kids have the size and skill to play several different positions. Assistant Coach Joseph Evans provided some good information regarding his 2008 prospects.

The most talented player on Irving's roster is Wendell Jones. He is a pure athlete and plays both sides of the ball. The 6-foot-0, 180 pound Jones runs the 40-yard dash in a blazing 4.48 seconds.

"He is a two way player that will be counted on at tailback and at corner," Evans said. "The ball will be in his hands as many ways as we can get it to him."

One of the biggest junior wide receivers in the state of Texas has to be Demarius Washington. At 6-foot-4, 195 pounds, Washington has the size to be a dominant receiver on the next level.

"He will be our next big target at wide receiver that will have the big play ability that we have had at the wide receiver spot for the last five or six years," Evans said.

There is a quarterback competition at Irving High this year and both kids have great potential. Both 6-foot-2, Chase Gallegos and Ryan Shelley will be in a dog fight to see who will get the starting nod at the beginning of the season.

"Gallegos is a move-in quarterback with a lot of polish from Grace-Prep that will be in a tough fight for the starting quarterback position," Evans said. "Shelley will fight for the starting quarterback position but will be on the field as a QB or wide receiver."

Chris Garza has the size and athletic ability to play both sides of the ball. The 6-foot-2, 230 pound Garza played fullback all of last year but has since moved to the defensive side of the ball.

"He started at fullback as a sophomore all 10 games last year," Evans said. In the spring, he moved over to middle linebacker and is doing a great job there. We expect a lot from him in the 2006 season."

Irving has high hopes for defensive back Darrius Tate. The 5-foot-11, 179 pound Tate will see his first high school football action this season.

"He is a newcomer to the defensive secondary but brings a lot of speed and athleticism," Evans said.

Another newcomer to the defensive side of the ball is Billy Draper. The 5-foot-11, 200 pound defensive end will also be playing his first high school game in a couple of days.

"He transferred in for the 2005 season and sat out the varsity season and played on the junior varsity at middle linebacker," Evans said. "He has worked hard over the summer and moved to the defensive end position. He is doing a great job there."

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