Humble Young, but Talented

The Humble Wildcats feature a young team, but a talented one in 2009 led by a pair of junior defensive backs and a very impressive sophomore class. On Tuesday, Burnt Orange Beat traveled to Humble to check out the youthful defense full of promise, and filed these scouting reports and photo gallery.

The Humble Wildcats have produced some of the top players from the Houston area in the last 15 years. Names such as David Boston, David Givens, Bert Berry and Sammy Davis all wore the purple and white and have gone on to have NFL careers.

Like most growing areas, Humble High is changing with the opening of Atascocita High and Summer Creek High, which opened this year. Gone is the talent in numbers for head coach Walt Beasley, but all is not lost with a talented junior class backed up by what could be a terrific sophomore class.

In last week's season opening loss to CyRidge 34-17, the Wildcats started six sophomores and juniors on defense and played two or three others. All six of the starters have a chance to play division one football down the line led by three sophomore defensive linemen that have big time potential led by defensive tackle Zorrell Ezell.

Alfonso Harleston 2011

Harleston lines up at corner for the Wildcats. In the season opener, the 6-1, 175-pounder with 4.51 speed, posted a pair of tackles. Harleston looks good on the hoof with a body type that will likely fill out to 6-1, 190-195 pounds in time.

At corner, Harleston moves well and showed the ability to sink his hips and change direction. When the ball is in the air, the junior has to work to play the ball in the air with better timing. Against the run, Harleston has to become more physical taking on blocks and coming up to make a play on the ball carrier.

Harleston camped at Texas June 14.

Bryson Burris 2011

Burris may not be the top prospect on the Humble defense, but he's the best player. The 5-10, 170-pounder with 4.6 speed recorded 13 tackles in the season opener. Burris, who lived in New Orleans until Hurricane Katrina, combines physicality, ball skills and instincts to be a very productive player for Humble.

Burris comes up and makes hit after hit in the intermediate passing game as well as in the run force. Burris doesn't possess the size that Harleston has, but will likely be 5-10 and 180 in time.

Burris camped at LSU in July.

Zorrell Ezell 2012

Ezell is a terrific sophomore defensive tackle prospect. At 6-1.5 and 245 pounds, he possesses the motor, ability to run, physicality and feet desired by many college programs. Ezell was dominant on Tuesday and did so without using his hands and extending the arms as well as he will in time. He beat his man with first step quickness, relentless attitude and a strong lower body.

If Ezell continues building on his impressive skill set, he will likely be a nationally recruited prospect. Ezell posted five tackles in his first varsity game.

Paul Boyette 2012

Like Ezell, Boyette is a sophomore defensive tackle for Humble. The 6-3, 265-pounder posted four tackles in his first varsity game. Not the pure athlete playing on the interior Ezell is, Boyette uses his size and strength to take on would be blockers, hold his ground and control a gap.

Boyette, who wears a 17 shoe and has a number of big people in his family, will likely be an offensive tackle down the line.

Kyndahl Hill 2012

Hill is a 6-5, 195-pound defensive end that started his varsity football career with an eight-tackle performance last week. Hill is a prospect that has a very high ceiling that is new to the game and is in a daily learning process. The sophomore has very long arms and showed a good sense of timing deflecting passes along the line of scrimmage.

Hill isn't likely done growing either, as his father is 6-9. Hill will also be a varsity basketball player for Humble this year.


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