If the first two wins over 5A opponents, Dickinson and Brazoswood, are any indication, Wildcat fans may be attending high school games with the purple and white on deep in November and maybe December.
As expected, junior jack-of-all-trades Quandre Diggs set the tone. Attend an Angleton game in 2009 and one can see the 5-9, 192-pounder play quarterback, safety, return punts and kick offs, hold on PAT and field goals and punt. Diggs' role has been well defined since he was a freshman, play until you cramp, and Diggs has done it in terrific fashion.
On Friday, Diggs rushed for 95 yards on 15 carries scoring from a yard out, returned a punt 19 yards, completed six of 10 passes for 60 yards and a touchdown, recorded a pair of tackles at safety in limited snaps and punted twice for a 37.5 average.
Diggs had the appearance of running back with ball in his hands. In the opening quarter, the younger brother of Quentin Jammer had a 23-yard run that was all heart, strength and continuously chopping feet. Diggs broke five or six tackles and carried defenders for five yards in one of toughest runs one will see on the high school level.
Diggs wasn't the lone junior prospect on the field. Brazoswood junior linebacker Clarence Green was all over the field making five tackles in the opening quarter and double digits for the game. Green, 5-11 and 190 pounds, has speed to burn and is max effort player that is hard to knock off of his feet.
The junior, who ran 4.47 at Texas A&M camp during the summer, showed the ability to run sideline to sideline against a very fast Angleton team that features four or five ball carriers with sub 4.6 speed.
Green is an honor roll student that is receiving heavy interest from Texas A&M, Baylor and Houston. He'll get looks at safety by many programs.
Brazoswood senior defensive end Dartwan Bush was another impressive prospect on the field Friday night. At 6-2, 250 pounds with 4.68 speed and first step quickness, Bush is drawing heavy interest from Nebraska, Baylor and Iowa State among others.
Bush has very, very long arms, a quality first step and an ideal body type to be a 270-pound end or possibly a 280+ pound defensive tackle at the next level. Bush played hard on Friday night in a game where others may have taken snaps off. Angleton was aggressive and blocked through the whistle on a consistent basis with Bush being the target of double teams and plays away from him.
Bush recorded a pair of tackles for loss, including an impressive showing of lateral movement and use of his long arms to toss Diggs for a three-yard loss in the first quarter. Bush is one of the more underrated senior prospects in the state.
The top sophomore prospect on the field was Wildcat linebacker and safety Ryan Jackson. At 5-11, 175 pounds with 4.5 speed and quickness to go with it, Jackson made an impact on the game from his outside linebacker position run blitzing, shooting gaps and chasing down plays from sideline to sideline. The cousin of Diggs also got a pair of carries that went for 24 yards after rushing for 72 yards in the season opener.
Jackson is another playmaker with both speed and quickness and like players such as D.J. Monroe and Diggs, has the appearance of player that loves physical play.
Angleton senior speedster Henry Josey, who has offers from Missouri, TCU, UTEP and Tulsa, flashed his speed on a number of occasions. Josey is the son of legendary Texas high school sprinter and jumper Henry Neal out of Greenville.
Josey posses legit 4.4 speed on a power packed frame. At 5-8.5 and 180 pounds, Josey projects to slot receiver or corner on the next level. The senior posted 144 rushing yards in the opener against Dickinson and totaled 49 yards and three tackles in limited duty.