IT's early rankings of the top 100 high school prospects in the state of Texas. Originally published…
Rodgers on the Road: Mid Cities
RODGERS ON THE ROAD IN THE MID CITIES: Most of the schools in those communities are all Class 5A (largest classification) schools and there are a bunch of good players in Districts 5-5A, 6-5A, 7 5A, and 8 5A. All of those schools now compete in Region I and along with District 4-5A, of which powerhouses Duncanville and Desoto are members, now head west at playoff time to clash with the traditional West Texas power cities like Abilene and Midland. While Grand Prairie's super QB Rhett Bomar is probably the headline prospect in the Mid Cities this spring, the area supports a large number of top flight offensive linemen, which we intend to profile this week. The Arlington schools are particularly strong this year with each school boasting a top player. Adam Hill (6-3, 290) represents Lamar. Hill plays tackle but is mobile enough to play either guard or center at the college level. Sean Lobo (6-3,275) of Sam Houston is another Division I prospect. John Walden (6-2, 300) has been starting on the varsity at Bowie since his freshman year, while Ray Zielinski (6-5, 285) of Martin is the biggest of the bunch. The first lineman in the area to make a verbal commitment was Coppell's Cameron Schacht, who has already cast his lot with Bob Stoops' Oklahoma Sooners. Schacht (6-5, 260) is tall and mobile, has excellent feet, and will fit well in the Sooners pass-oriented system. Schacht isn't the only skilled pass protector being eyed by Oklahoma and other top flight programs. State Champion Southlake Carroll's Adam Ulatoski (6-5, 275) may be the most skilled pass protector in the state this year. Behind record-setting QB Chase Wasson, the Dragon's threw the ball all over the park, and Ulatoski failed to give up a sack all season. Richard Middleton (6-4, 285) may be the best offensive linemen to come out of the Colony in a number of years. Middleton has excellent strength and is another player who could play several positions up front. There might not be another Ofa Mohetau at Euless Trinity or anywhere in the metroplex, but the above players will bring a lot of college line coaches to the Mid Cities this spring. Many of these players will also be part of the upcoming Nike Training Camp to be held at Texas A&M on Saturday, May 3. College line coaches, particularly like Nike's format which not only brings many of the top offensive linemen in Texas to one spot, but gives those players an opportunity to match up with the state's top defensive linemen in the very competitive one-on-one drills.
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