It is still early to gage what kind of talent will eventually emerge in the class of 2010, but there are some promising young prospects that are already beginning to make an impact.
The best of the bunch thus far looks to be Austin Bowie wide receiver DeAndre Perry. A prototype college pass catcher at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds with solid 4.6 speed, Perry burst onto the scene as a sophomore for a Bowie squad that went 8-3 in 2007. Perry was a unanimous first team all-District 25-5A selection and earned all-area honors from Texas Prep Insider after catching 42 passes for more than 600 yards and four touchdowns.
The consensus is that the receiver group in the 2009 class statewide is down from what was a stellar 2008 crop, meaning that if Perry could further assert himself as one of the state's best in 2010 he could be one of the first receivers to come off of the board with many programs sure to be looking for a top pass catcher.
Staying in the city of Austin another player to keep an eye is Anderson's Ty Neal. He saw limited action this past season but the 5-foot-10, 170-pounder is one of the top athletes in the Trojan program and he could be the focal point of the football program that Coach Mark Reiland is building.
Moving further north to Round Rock, Princeton Collins put his name on the map with a solid sophomore season for the Westwood Warriors. Collins, a 6-foot, 180 pound slasher with breakaway speed (4.5) had over 800 yards and eight touchdowns in his debut season running behind an offensive line that featured Kansas signee Trevor Marrongelli. Another Warrior to keep an eye on is kicker Jordan Williamson. An all-District selection, Williamson could be follow what is now becoming a solid line of kickers to come out of the program with Jason Ricks and former all-State pick Justin Putnam coming down the pipeline previously.
Other 2010 prospects to note…
Darren Thornhill, Cedar Park – He should get an expanded role in the Timberwolves offense as a junior. He was an all-District pick as a return specialist as a sophomore.
Nehemiah Hicks, Hutto – A bigger bodied receiver with a ton of upside, he was an first team all-District selection as a sophomore.
Two to watch in 2011… Jaquarius Daniels, Austin Reagan – He played quarterback for the Raiders and is a classic dual threat signal caller. A very good athlete who also earned district Newcomer of the Year honors in basketball as a freshman.
Stephen Williams, Round Rock Stony Point – A spark plug at 5-foot-8, 155-pounds, Williams had over 530 all purpose yards (400 receiving) during his freshman season and scored seven total touchdowns for the District 14-5A champion Tigers.