Making a move through the city has brought quite a bit of information our way and I would like to share some of it with all of you at this time. By the way, this breakdown does not go in chorological order.
Here we go.
I have to start by saying that Monday, June 15, Dave Campbell's football magazine hit the newsstands. For all you hardcore fane out there, no explanation is needed for how you feel when that book hits the streets. Enough said.
North side ridin'
If action is what you crave, Spring Westfield is always a good location to see some head knocking. At the Mustang spring game there were plenty of hard hits on defense and these guys were getting after it. Plenty of college coaches on hand from Mississippi State, TCU, Kansas, Baylor, and Tennessee to name a few. What was more impressive was seeing coach Corby Meekins work his way to all of them, real smooth.
Saw that the coaches moved Roland Hannah from running back to linebacker, and it was clear that he has made the adjustments well.
Other linebacker Kenneth Dickie looked good in the spring game as well. On the college front, he has already started making his rounds for summer camps. Texas A&M and Texas State have already seen him on campus and Northwestern is coming up this week. Told us that his family is turning this into a road trip.
Saw on the network that quarterback Jacoby Walker made the pledge to Kansas. Sounds good and I guess that our ‘inspiration' talk took you all the way to a commitment huh Jacoby? Inside joke, you all had to be there to understand.
Also, keep an eye on defensive tackle Desmond Jackson who will likely be a national recruit and the who's who of college programs have already been or on their way to check in and drop a name in the hat. He informed us at the recent 7-on-7 tournament that Texas, Alabama, and the Underclassman combine at Duncanville (DFW area) are his next stops.
One of my early stops on the tour was to the spring game at Atascocita. The Eagles looked okay and the only reason I say that is because there was not a lot going on the offensive end. But the defense was pretty stout. Safety Kent Brooks (Houston commit) had a few collisions that resulted in an incomplete pass.
A player who I feel could have a huge season next year is running back Jarvis Neal. Talked with him briefly and he felt as though he has improved in his running ability, but felt holding on to the ball was something that needed to get better. He did cough it up a few times, but did look impressive between the tackles.
Another player who made his presence known was Cody Nicholson. This kid was everywhere and I can't say that there were many plays where he was not in the game. Fullback and linebacker, that's how I like them: hungry, grimy, and unselfish team players. Got to show lineman love too right? Nathan Gutekunst is a beast and there is a name you will want to remember. Come September 1, his line will likely be blowing up.
Caught some action at The Woodlands spring game and there were lots of young players going hard for a spot. One player who was not going hard (not by choice) was offensive lineman Chad Lindsay, who got about 10-12 snaps in the game.
Lindsay is a nice kid, but when he puts on the hardware, it's a who different story. He already has that SEC-type swagger about himself, and he'll fit right in with the Roll Tide. He'll make his way down to the 1-day camp at Alabama here soon. Also spoke to linebacker Perry Cooper, who obviously takes care of business on the field and in the class. He has a couple of trips lined up with Vanderbilt and selected Ivy League schools making the list. Cooper will camp several places this summer.
Most recently at The Woodlands, Klein Forest was the winner of the tournament in a double overtime win over Oak Ridge. Talked with Damian Payne and Zach Bolton briefly and both are holding double digit offers. Payne is up to 18 offers with Oklahoma, TCU, UTEP, and North Texas while Bolton has 15 offers, mainly from nearly every school in the Big 12.
On the sideline, alumnus Kendrick Payne was on hand for the action. He let us know that he is now on the second team nose guard for the California football team. He stands about 6-foot-3, and weighs 292 pounds.
Tomball wide receiver Jordan Leslie reported five offers from Utah, Houston, Tulsa, Arizona, and Louisiana Tech.
Klein seems to be the team to beat as the Bearkat 7-on-7 team has done well this summer thus far. Word is this Klein team is the real deal and will make a lot of noise this regular season as well. But for the moment, the quarterback, Jamie Peebles, is going hard this summer to show college coaches what he can bring to the table. Peebles has quite the schedule in place which includes stops to Akron, SMU, Central Michigan, Illinois State, Tulane, Louisiana Tech, Northern Illinois, and Tulsa just to name a few. A couple weeks ago he and Mike Reeves went to Louisiana-Monroe for a camp.
The Oak Ridge football team has all around talent. Many times Ivy League schools have to look long and hard to find solid athletes who meet the strenuous academic requirements. Well, they won't find many issues when they come over to Oak Ridge. Guys like Trent Langley, Ryan Cyr, and Brandon Dornak all have the academics qualifications. For the Class of 2012, remember the name Michael Handy, who will line up at running back for the War Eagles. The name Mike Goodson came up in comparison Big 12 back for the future.
Bayou Bowl Briefs
It's always a good weekend when the annual Bayou Bowl is being played. And I must say that this is one of my favorite all-star game as I know and believe Texas high school football is the best worldwide, especially when we face off against our neighbors from the Pelican State.
Of course, for the second year in a row, the Lone Star team came away with a 17-14 victory. Talk about a nasty defense. Guys like Princeton Jackson (Cy Ridge, Iowa State), Tahare Ray (Spring, Kilgore) and Eric Dago (Houston Westside, Utah) were just a few of the guys brining the heat on the Louisiana players.
Loved it man. The bands, the atmosphere, and seeing these boys play high school ball one last time is a great thing. And to top the night off, I ran into one of my favorite legendary Texas high school coaches at the Baytown Whataburger, Les Koenning (retired).
Okay that's enough. Until next time.
See you in the streets.