In Focus: Clear Springs 2011 Prospects

Clear Springs appears to be ready to take the next step and become a 5A playoff team in 2009. With a terrific junior class featuring Trevon Randle, Donnie Baggs and Sam Richardson and all 11 starters back on both sides of the ball, winning 24-5A is not out of the question. Burnt Orange Beat visited the Chargers practice and watched some video of their Saturday scrimmage vs. Sam Rayburn.

Clear Springs won five games in their first varsity season in 2008. The Chargers return all 22 starters from last year, were strengthened by a talented senior D-I move in from Arizona and have one of the top junior classes in the Houston area.

The headliners of the 2011 class for head coach Clint Hartman are running back Trevon Randle, corner/kick returner Sam Richardson and linebacker Donnie Baggs. Throw in defensive end Keishe Wilcox (6-2, 215) and slot receiver Dmitri Donald and Clear Springs is blessed with five D-I prospects in the class.

Add to the mix D-I talents in the senior class in receiver James Cunningham (6-1, 175, 4.4) and safety Dominque Guest (6-0, 195, 4.6) and the Clear Creek I.S.D. program is oozing talent and potential.

On Tuesday, Burnt Orange Beat took in some of the Chargers practice as well as watching some video of their scrimmage against Sam Rayburn on Saturday.

Donnie Baggs Scouting Report

Baggs is a legit 6-2, and 205 pounds. The junior played safety as a sophomore, but moved to his more natural position of linebacker in the spring and has taken off as a defender and prospect. In the spring and in the scrimmage Saturday, Baggs showed his ability to react quickly, run, scrape down the line of scrimmage and make the big hit.

Baggs, who has legit 4.6 speed, can at times, play too fast, but that is part of his transition back to linebacker. He overran a couple of plays, but more than made up for it making plays from inside out from his inside linebacker spot. Because of his speed and agility, he shows fluidity dropping into coverage.

Baggs impressed Texas in the spring and at summer camp. Texas is heavily recruiting the linebacker.

Trevon Randle Scouting Report

Randle is 6-1, between 195 and 200 pounds with legit 4.6 speed. The junior made the move to fulltime running back in the spring after being a 24-5A first team selection at linebacker as a sophomore. Randle will carry the ball 25-30 times per game in 2009, so his agility, speed, strength and toughness will be on full display.

Randle is being recruited as a linebacker by programs from around the region. He attended Texas camp and was impressive. The Longhorns are recruiting Randle.

As a linebacker, Randle has the speed, long arms and liking for contact that college programs desire. He has good hands with the quickness and lateral ability to drop in coverage. Randle likes contact and looks to hit. He plays along the line of scrimmage with fluid movement.

Sam Richardson Scouting Report

Richardson is the best pure football player on the Clear Springs team, which is saying a lot. The junior is smallish at 5-8, and 162 pounds, but is a pure cover corner with exceptional kick blocking (nine blocked kicks/punts last year) skills as well as darting, make you miss ability in the return game.

As a corner, Richardson has very quick feet, a very fluid speed turn, ideal ability to flip the hips and elite level change of direction. In the run force, he's not scared to throw his body around and created a turnover in Saturday's scrimmage with a helmet on ball hit after quickly getting off of a block. Running at Richardson on the high school level is a tough chore. He also had an interception in the scrimmage while lying on his stomach on a tipped ball.

His recruitment will be interesting because many will be scared off by his size, but he's a football player. Richardson camped at Texas, performed very well in one on one drills and posted a 4.4 flat in the forty. Texas is recruiting Richardson.

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