Making moves through the city has brought plenty of information our way and we would like to share some of it with all of you at this time. By the way, this breakdown is not in chorological order.
Just roll with me.
Offense balls, but defense rules
It's always a good trip over to Cy Creek to check out the spring game and catch up with coach Greg McCaig. In the game, it was an offensive frenzy and the points were stacking up in a hurry in the Cougars' spring game. What the exact score was I'm not too sure, but if memory serves me it was at least a 40-point effort for the offense.
But McCaig explained that it was actually the defense that dominated throughout all of spring. With that combination (defensive funk, offensive firepower) Cy Creek could be in line to make as much or more noise in 2009 postseason play. With underclassman talent in running back Jermichael Selders and Chuck Keeton and senior experience with Brent Mitchum, the Cougars should be in good hands.
Talked with offensive lineman Cameron Fleming after the game and he said the intensity of the team has risen since the preparation for the 2009 season started. Fleming, who is an early commitment to TCU, has been solid to his late February decision. When he gave his verbal pledge, the Horned Frogs were his only option. Since then, things have changed.
College recruiters from other programs have been sending offers his way including Baylor, Stanford, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Air Force, Missouri, and Oklahoma State. All, along with a few other schools, are trying to get in the mix putting their names in the hat.
Hangin' in Fort Bend County
Made the stop in Missouri City to check out the Elkins spring game. This team may see more success in 2009 mainly because defensively the Knights have made huge strides. In talking with coach Robert Crivellari, he said that that was the focus for spring and it showed.
On defense, these guys were flying to the ball, getting in the backfield, and causing turnovers. There were no names on the jerseys, but, I did not need numbers or any form of identification to recognize the big man on offense, Jake Matthews.
Still in prime form, Matthews is one of the best offensive linemen in the nation, but that's no secret. We talked briefly and he still has the Big 3 with Texas, USC, and Texas A&M as top choices for his commitment. Good player and even better kid. Whatever program lands him will get an all-around student-athlete who has great feet and good technique.
Also got the chance to mix it up a little with wide receiver Jordan Jolly. When we spoke last, he had just picked up an offer from Nebraska. Since then, Utah, North Texas, and Kentucky have stepped up as well, bringing his total to seven offers. He was the best all-around player in the spring game.
Moving up the street on Highway 6, I caught a practice over at Hightower. Prior to making it to the field, I ran into one of my childhood favorite players in former Houston Oiler linebacker Michael Barrow, who is now coaching for Miami.
Few changes I got the chance to catch while I was over there. For one, the Hurricane defense seems like it will still be salty, especially when linebacker Shaun Lewis is running the show. But with the departure of last year's linebackers, the coaches have moved Jermaine Longino over to linebacker after playing running back last season. He looked good and seems to be learning the position well. Safety Harvey Jackson looked good as well.
As for recruiting, Lewis is hearing from every major program in the country while Jackson has a little over 10 offers including Oklahoma State, Rice, Duke, Nebraska, and SMU to name a few.
Over at Dulles, there is a youth movement going on and it seems like these guys will be ready to roll in 2009. Headlining the group, running back Jarrell Oliver scored three touchdowns in the spring game. In this family there is good bloodlines as his father, Jarrod, starred at Willowridge High back in the day and went on to play a couple of seasons at Oklahoma in the late 80s.
At quarterback, Zach Lathrop had some good moments in the spring game, but did not seem to get it going as far as rhythm with some of his throws. Athlete Sheroid Evans did not play in the spring game, but was out in support of the team and preparing for state meet, which was this past weekend. Evans ran a 47.18 in the 400m-meter, good enough for a silver medal. London Muse and Darius Hubbard are a couple other underclassmen you should keep an eye on.
Random news floating around at 7-on-7 SQTs
Before I was blasted with the news that coach Jeff Walker was no longer a part of the Bellaire coaching staff, Walker and I spoke at the Houston Texans SQT and quarterback Adrian Nelson came up in conversation.
Walker was confident in saying that he felt that Nelson was a national (Top 10) recruit after two seasons as the Cardinals starting signal caller. He said that college coaches, quite a few from the SEC, would come by and ask about Nelson. No offers have come in as of yet, but we'll just have to wait see how the season unfolds for the Cardinals.
At the Terry SQT, I met with Alvin Manvel coach Kirk Martin and talked about expectations. He has a nice group of talented athletes, headlined by quarterback Dexter Foreman and receiver Saqwan Edwards. Foreman throws a good ball and Edwards can catch anything within an arms length. You'll hear both of those names amongst the elite in their class real soon, if you haven't already.
Last weekend, there was a little buzz at the Cinco Ranch SQT about the good-looking kid playing with Katy's 7-on-7 team. Wearing No. 40, it was none other than running back Donovonn Young, who will line up with the Tigers next season. Standing about 6-foot and weighing about 205 pounds with little to no body fat, Young will add to an already strong Katy ground game with Will Jeffery.
Did I mention that he was only a junior?