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Houston's Youth Movement: Underclassmen Amongst H-Town's Best
August 2, 2012VYPE MAGAZINE - Central Houston
Youth Movement: Underclassmen Amongst Houston’s Best
By Ahmard Vital
Fox Sports Next
Across the city there are a number of Greater Houston area players who are the best at their positions not only state wide, but also nationally. What many may not know is that plenty of these players are not even going into their final years of high school football.
Yes indeed, the Houston area is loaded with talent in the class of 2014. Here are a few players to watch on the offensive side of the ball.
QB - When talking about a youth movement, one cannot look past the plethora of talent at one of North Houston’s newest schools in Summer Creek. And its chosen leader is none other than Aaron Sharp, who will be one of the leading candidates in the area in regards to recruiting. He already hauled in one offer this summer from UT-El Paso, but don’t be surprised if more are steadily coming throughout his junior season. Other top 2014 signal callers are: Ronald Monroe, Bush; Zac Cripps, Clear Springs; Darrell Colbert Jr., Lamar
RB - North Houston has a couple of top guys, one of which made his debut early in his career. At Eisenhower, Donald Catalon came on to the scene as a freshman for the Eagles and provided a late-season spark. He continued to perform well as a junior too, running for close to 1,100 yards. That play was good enough for a couple of Division I offers from SMU and Texas Tech. Speaking of the Big Conference Red Raiders, that coaching staff has also offered Cy Woods’ Sam Stewart, a player who came in due to an injury to the Wildcats’ starting back. Mississippi State has also offered Stewart.
Staying on the north side at Klein Oak, Larenzo Stewart has also made a name for himself as he is getting looks from a number of programs and holds a Baylor offer. Keep an eye on Klein’s David Hamm also. And though the primary focus is on class of 2014 guys, it does not hurt to mention Katy running back Rodney Anderson (2015), who gave the Tiger offense a spark last season as a freshman.
WR - Alief Taylor’s Keenen Brown and Dawson’s Tony Upchurch are two of Houston’s finest. Brown has four offers, including SEC program Ole Miss and future Big East schools SMU and Houston while Upchurch got the call from LSU late this off season. And while these guys may be the most decorated, St. Thomas’ all-purpose guy Chris Zook and Bush’s Donald Monroe could see some more recruiting action in the fall of 2012.
TE - Manvel’s Koda Martin is in a class of his own. This coach’s son, who stands 6-foot-5, is projected to be a massive prospect who can play a number of positions. Tight end is most likely, but that doesn’t matter in recruiting as martin has a dozen offers. Oklahoma, Colorado and Arkansas are just a few. More to come.
OL - For the most part, it usually takes more time for college coaches to offer lineman on the offensive side, but know that Houston has a great deal of guys who will be national recruits. Clear Lake’s Blake Blackmar, Reagan’s Gewhite Stallworth, Brenham’s Austin Schlottmann, North Shore’s Najee Toran, La Porte’s Michael Leagan and North Shore’s Trevon Tate are a few of the names that will likely make the big boards at a number of Division I colleges.