Last season, the Eldorado Eagles of Albuquerque were on the brink of a 5A state championship before they lost in a final game thriller to Las Cruces High School. One of the key components to that success was the strong play of a talented interior line. With the graduation of All-Stater Shane Smith, much of the load in the trenches will fall on the big shoulders 6-3 295 pound lineman Willie Pounds. As a sophomore, Pounds established himself as one of the top players and prospects for the class of 2011.
When talking about his team, Pounds immediately refers to quarterback Armin Day and running back Gary Maestas as players that should have strong seasons for the Eagles. Last year, Day passed for over 2,500 yards and Maestas served notice that his is one of the most versatile offensive performers in New Mexico. When asked about his own game, specifically areas he is working on during the offseason, Pounds quickly says "strength." The concept of the already big Pounds getting stronger should make Day and Maestas very happy and make Eldorado opponents a little nervous.
Along with his weight training, Pounds is putting together a camp schedule that will not only improve his game, but also his recruiting profile. According to Pounds he will camp at Colorado and USC. His skills not going unnoticed, Pounds says UCLA and Oregon are already showing interest.
The recruiting class of 2011 looks to be one of the strongest in recent New Mexico history and Pounds may become one of the top prospects in that class. A strong junior campaign, with a good Eldorado squad, could, not only, bring wins but offers for the big interior lineman.