October 10, 2007

Houston home to several sleepers

With The Woodlands, Texas offensive lineman Brandon Thompson committing to Nebraska over the weekend, some might think that Greater Houston is out of uncommitted Division I athletes.

They would be wrong.

While Klein Oak's Terrance Robinson, Nimitz athlete Michael Thomas, Cy Falls back Shane Turner, Lamar Consolidated running back Jaquizz Rodgers and Aldine linebacker Anthony Lewis are the final headliners, there are several sleepers that have had tremendous senior seasons to date.

South Houston athlete Milton Howell has exploded on the scene leading the Trojans to their best start in decades.

"Milton is starting to draw some serious attention," Trojan coach C.L. Whittington said. "He transferred from Pasadena and he's learned how to run a pro-style offense. While he might not be a quarterback on the next level, he is a Division I athlete."

The 6-1, 190-pound athlete has nine touchdowns and has led South Houston to an early 4-1 record. He is receiving interest from the likes of Houston, SMU and Texas Tech along with several other I-AA schools.

Also setting the Houston-area's Friday night lights ablaze are quarterbacks Max Jenkins of Langham Creek and St. Pius' Billy Noonan.

Jenkins has thrown for 989 yards and eight touchdowns, while Noonan has thrown for 939 and 10 touchdowns. Both are 6-foot quarterbacks and are tremendously accurate. For now, only I-AA schools have pulled the trigger.

North Shore offensive lineman Armando Alvarez (6-foot-4, 250 pounds) has been dominating the line of scrimmage for the Mustangs en route to a 5-0 start.

"Someone is going to get a steal with Alvarez," Mustang offensive coordinator Brian Ford said. "He's so strong, has the frame and loves to strike his opponent. He's an absolute steal."

Bellaire Episcopal's David Nwabuisi has shown tremendous versatility on both sides of the ball. He has scored 14 touchdowns and over 900 yards rushing, completely dominating his private school opponents. The 6-foot athlete has an official offer from Arizona State. Stanford, Rice, Boston College and TCU are showing significant interest.

With over 100 verbally committed athletes, the Bayou City is still busting at the seems with talent.


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