Jan. 12, 2006
By Tom Lemming, CSTV Recruiting Editor
CSTV recruiting expert Tom Lemming is out on the road on his NCSA tour that will take him to 46 states during which he will see more than 1,000 of the top high school football prospects in the country. Here is the third of his reports:
I went from Beaumont to Houston, Texas, normally one of the country's most talented areas for football players. I was able to meet with a number of the players at Aldine High School for interviews and film-watching, 35 in all. The group was led by DT Patrick Dorsey, who is a 6-2, 265-pounder and still growing. The player I was most impressed with is a QB who will be recruited more as a DB, Sam Proctor, from Pasadena, Texas. He is a big, physical kid who already looks like he belongs in college. When it is all said and done, I am sure he will be recruited as a free safety.
RB Foswitt Whitaker may be small at 5-9, 170, but he is one of the more explosive players in the Houston area. DT Jarvis Bernard, a 6-2, 255-pounder from Houston Sterling and his teammate, who will be one of the top running backs in the state next year, Ira Duckworth.
DB Jacoby Reed has excellent instincts but isn't a blazer. WR-RB Jack Freeman is small, 5-10, 165, but has great hands from Houston Cy-Falls. RB Eli Lemon from Houston Yates, who is the brother of Orie Lemon, is a good, steady back.
LB Ahmad Howard from Brenham, close to Houston, has All-American potential at TE and LB. He is about 6-3, 220 pounds. The best linebacker on film is Derik Stephens, a 6-3, 220-pounder from Houston Cy-Falls. Elliott Coffee, a DB from Sugarland Clements, about 10 miles south of Houston, also will raise eyebrows. A couple of others to watch are RB Josh Lewis from Houston Cy-Springs and a big and talented WR Terrance Tolliver, a 6-5, 210-pounder from Hempstead.
Those are a few of the talented players from Houston. The area appears to be a little down this year. This year there are good players but not the great players such as Vince Young in the past. Proctor is at the head of the class.
I then headed from Houston to Dallas, the premier place in the state of Texas for high school talent this year.
In Dallas I normally use the Dallas Cowboys' facilities for my interviews thanks to my friend Sean Payton, the Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator and coach Bill Parcells. This year, because the Cowboys played on Sunday Jan. 1, I interviewed the players at SMU, thanks to coach Phil Bennett.
After meeting 45 of the top prospects in North Texas, I believe it will be awfully tough for any other city to beat out Dallas for pure volume on blue-chippers.
The most impressive players were LB/DE Richetti Jones of Dallas Lincoln, a 6-2, 220-pound super-fast pass rusher who already has several offers and the state's number one offensive lineman Tray Allen, a 6-4, 290-pounder of South Grand Prairie. DT Stephen Thomas is a 6-2, 270-pounder from North Mesquite who is worth watching as is outstanding super-fast WR Malcolm Williams, 6-3, 200 pounds form Garland.
G.J. Kinne is a 6-3, 200-pound QB from Canton who is coached by his father Jerry Kinne who led the school to a state championship this season despite being shot by an irate Canton fan early in the season. G.J., will be one of the most recruited QBs in the state.
Another All-American to look for is LB Keenan Robinson, a 6-3, 220-pounder from Plano East, one of the state's top two LB prospects. An outstanding DE Marquis Frazier is 6-3, 250 pounds from Garland. Another offensive lineman who looked good on film is Kyle Hix, a 6-6, 305-pounder from Aledo. One of the better QBs in the southwest is Nathan Dick, a 6-3, 200-pounder from Allen. A surprising player with All-American ability from Dallas Greenhill is Alvin Jordan, a 6-3, 230-pound LB. DE/OT Ben Bass from Plano West is a blue-chipper with All-American potential at 6-4, 280.
OT/DE John Jones at 6-5, 270 from Cedar Hill has tons of ability. LB Von Miller impressed at 6-2, 220 from DeSoto. Finally, another QB that will be nationally recruited once people see him is Brock Mansion, a 6-5, 225-pounder from Dallas Episcopal.
All 45 players are big-time players with some All-American potential.
The next day I headed to Austin, where I saw one of the state's top players, possibly the best, RB Joseph Reese, a 6-2, 190-pounder from Pflugerville Hendrickson. He is skinny in the arms with a wide receiver look who can run a 10.3 100 meters. He has all the instincts to be a great one. He only played half the season in 2005 because of injuries but he is no secret to big-time colleges.
OL Matt Nader is a 6-5, 290-pounder from Austin Westlake and his QB Nick Foles, 6-3, 190, will be heavily recruited players this spring. Also, from the Austin area is TB Cameron Bell, a 6-2, 215-pounder from Round Rock Stony Point. For a smaller town Austin has a lot of good players this year.
Next: San Antonio, where several more of the top prospects in the state of Texas will visit with me. I will then talk about some of the nation's premiere performers who were at the U.S. Army National Combine.
Tom Lemming is CSTV's football recruiting editor. He appears regularly on CSTV's Generation Next show, and maintains rankings and offers analysis on CSTV.com.