Another 2011 RB is on the radar

Cy Creek is home to one of the top prospects in the state of Texas in the 2011 class. Running back Jermichael Selders burst onto the scene as a sophomore earning first team all-district honors and the recruiting attention has followed. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with Selders and his coach about his season and his summer plans.

Houston, Tx. (Cy Creek High) - The 2011 class is already shaping up as the year of the running back in Texas with a number of prospects that will be both regionally and nationally recruited. One of several talented ball carries is Cy Creek's Jermichael Selders.

The 5-11.5, 170-pound speedy, darting back came out of the gates in impressive fashion in 2008 rushing for 192 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries in his first varsity game against Klein Oak. Throw in two catches for 45 yards and the immensely skilled sophomore put 237 all-purpose yards in the books on his first Friday night.

Like all other Houston area teams, Cy Creek then had games cancelled against Tomball and Oak Ridge due to Hurricane Ike. Selders then missed the Langham Creek game before returning to the field against Cy Ridge.

Cy Creek, who went 8-2 and won the 15-5A-district title, upset the favorite Rams with Selders rushing for 161 yards on 26 carries.

The regional track qualifier in three events added games of 100 yards rushing or more against Cy Woods, Cy Fair and Jersey Village in district play with his season high of 211 coming in a blowout win over Cy Fair.

The Cougars entered the playoffs with a 7-1 record and seven game winning streak. The streak stretched to eight with a hard fought win over Cedar Park in the first round in which Selders totaled 89 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.

The second round opponent was none other than the team that knocked off the Cougars to begin the 2008 season, Klein Oak. Different month, same result as the talented Klein Oak squad ended Cy Creek's season 49-21 despite another impressive outing by Selders. Selders again topped 100 yards against Klein Oak rushing for 137 yards and two scores on 20 carries to finish the season with 1,114 yards in nine games on 163 carries.

Shortly after the season, the darting, violent cutting sophomore was awarded 15-5A first team all-district honors.

Head coach Greg McCaig has watched his budding star for two years now at Cy Creek and says Selders is a natural running back. "

I think Jermichael is truly a running back," McCaig told Burnt Orange Beat on Monday afternoon. "He's a downhill runner. He's a guy with the ability to keep his shoulder pads square to the line of scrimmage and keep progressing downhill. He's always making yards and has great vision. He has a jump cut and skip cut that you really can't teach. He can change direction without losing speed and can then accelerate on a vertical path,"

Since the end of the season, college programs have begun to show interest in rising sophomore with the Texas Longhorns inviting Selders to their spring game in April.

"I went to the Texas spring game," Selders said. "I thought it was a nice facility and they really have a good team. I left my house at 9am that morning and got there a little after 11. They had my name on a sign and then brought me to the field to watch the team warm up. I met Coach Giles."

Selders, who runs in the high 10.7's in the 100-meters and 22.0 in the 200, said he plans to return to Austin in June for camp as well as others in the region.

"I am going to go to some camps. I'm going to go to the Texas camp. I'll go to A&M and probably a lot of camps in the area," Selders said.

Selders is one of several D-I prospects that will suit up for Cy Creek in 2009 as the Cougars should be one of the top teams in the Houston area.

Sophomore nose guard George Woods, 6-0, 290-pounds with a bench press of 365-pounds and squat in the high 500's, is another 2011 prospect that has a chance to emerge as a highly sought recruit.

Jermichael Selders File

Klein Oak 23-192, two TD's (15, 9) 2-45 receiving
Tomball cancelled
Oak Ridge cancelled
Langham Creek DNP
CyRidge 26-161, one TD (45) 1-17
CyWoods 20-102, two TD's (19, 10) 4-9
CyFair 15-211, two TD's (42, 79) 2-29
CyFalls 15-60, two TD's (1, 16) 3-32
Jersey Village 15-100 4-35, one TD (21)
CySprings 12-62 1-2
Cedar Park (playoffs) 17-89, two TD's (2, 35)
Klein Oak 20-137, two TD's (2, 2) 2-(-4)

Season totals 163-1,114 13 TD's 19-165 1 TD

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