Spring Report: North Shore

North Shore is busy going through spring practice as are the majority of team in Texas in the 5A and 4A classes. As usual, the Mustangs have a slew of D-I prospects in their junior and sophomore classes. Burnt Orange Beat breaks down all of the prospects at the talented Houston-area school.

The North Shore Mustangs will enter the 2009 season as one of the favorites to win 5A Region III and compete for the state title due in large part because they return seven first team all-district players, two second team all-district players and some talented newcomers.

Of course, the junior class is receiving the bulk of the attention led by offensive lineman Trey Hopkins (Texas commit), receiver DeAndrew White, corner Larry Stephens (Oklahoma State commit) and safety/return man Alton Demby (Houston commit), but two of the top handful of players in the ultra talented program reside in the class of 2011.

While right tackle Sedrick Flowers wasn't one of the first team all-district members of the 2008 Mustangs, he may well be the most coveted prospect in the program. At 6-2.5, and near 275 pounds with terrific feet, a powerful lower body and long arms, Flowers has already been offered by Texas A&M and is receiving heavy interest from Texas, Florida and Oklahoma State among others.

Joining Flowers in the class of 2011 is outside linebacker Derrick Matthews. Matthews' frame is just beginning to fill out at 6-0, 175-pounds, but he has the type of speed and ability one can't teach. In 2008, Matthews was named 21-5A first team all-district. Like Flowers, the fleet footed 2011 prospect is already drawing heavy interest from around the country.

Returning first team all-district performers for the Mustangs are RB Tracy Woods, WR White, OT Hopkins, S/KR Demby, OLB Matthews, CB Stephens and K Richardo Perez. Second team members include Flowers and DT Jarrod Foster.

Throw in D-I prospects in the 2010 class in safety/corner Devon Gibson and running back/receiver Tim Cornett as well as talented move in Darius Hyncinth (6-4, 205) and the Mustangs will field as many as 12 legit D-I prospect in the 2010 and 2011 classes.

Sedrick Flowers Scouting Report

Simply put, Flowers is one of the top offensive line prospects in the state regardless of class. At 6-2.5, and 275 pounds with terrific feet, flexibility, long arms, the ability to run, a maulers attitude and the ability to break down in space and engage, the 2011 prospect will be nationally recruited and offered by the majority of programs that come through North Shore without question.

Flowers plays right tackle, opposite Trey Hopkins, for the Mustangs, but will slide inside at the next level more than likely. Flowers' strengths showed during the season as well as a recent spring practice are ability to move the feet quickly, keep the feet moving when engaged and the ability to drive block with power and fluid movement. He has above average lateral movement, can run to the second level and finish blocks for a young lineman with the ability to turn defenders and still drive them.

In space, he does a good job of breaking down with a wide base, latching on and controlling smaller and quicker players. His arm length combined with his foot quickness will make him ideal for any college offense playing at guard or even center.

Physically, Flowers is developing in the upper body. His lower body is very strong and powerful needing only to roll the hips a little more consistently to maximize his lower body ability.

Texas, Florida and Texas A&M are the top three early on for his services.

Derrick Matthews Scouting Report

Matthews is quick, fast, moves well laterally and closes to the football with a burst desired by most college programs. His reactionary steps are quick and his turn is fluid. He is a legit 4.6 type in the forty and has the ability to cover in space.

He is also quick off the edge as a pass rusher with the ability to chase from sideline to sideline.

In footwork drills, Matthews is especially impressive with how quick he can pick up the feet and put them down along with his ability to open the should, flip his hips and get to full speed quickly in a straight line without wasted motion. He gets from point A to point B in impressive fashion.

As is the case with many young outside backers (similar body type to Shaun Lewis), Matthews has the appearance of a player that is just starting to fill out in both the upper and lower body. Matthews is a legit 6-0 and 175 pounds with a wiry frame at this point.

The majority of the Big 12 programs have already taken notice of the junior to be.


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