Texas: Best in the West

Cordell Dorsey, 2014 Safety

With spring football upon us in the Lone Star, FOXSportsNEXT's coverage kicks off out west in the Texas panhandle, where live several rising stars and plenty of sleepers. We bring you video features, names to know, and much more…

Montrel Meander
S/WR, Amarillo Palo Duro, Signed to Texas
A year ago this time, Amarillo Palo Duro safety/receiver Montrel Meander was flying completely unknown in the heart of the Texas panhandle. Today, he stands signed to the University of Texas, headed to Austin in June.

Meander admitted, "Amarillo, we do have problems making it out big, and everybody who was talented they went somewhere and they came back and just let it waste, but I was determined to get out of here and do something to make my family proud."

We take look back with the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder, at how it all unfolded, before looking forward… Meander 'Making it Out Big' (VIDEO)

Charleston White
CB/WR, Amarillo Palo Duro, Signed to Washington State
White was another, who just a year ago, was flying well below the radar, and now stands signed to Washington State University, over several other Division I programs, and headed to Pullman in June.

We again take a look back, to how it all unfolded, before looking forward… White to Hit Ground Running (VIDEO)

Lorenzo Joe
2014 WR, Abilene Cooper, Committed to Texas
A year ago this time, the name Lorenzo Joe may not have rung a bell to many. The Abilene Cooper receiver was just a kid making the transition to quarterback following Clayton Nicholas' leave to Texas Tech, and hoping for that first offer.

Today, he sits the first pledge, the "bell cow", of the Texas Longhorns' 2014 Class, and with national recognition.

If you know Joe, you know this is just the start of a great journey. Our exclusive sit-down… 'Lo Joe' to Leave Legacy (VIDEO)

Cordell Dorsey
2014 S/LB, Abilene Cooper
Dorsey, a Chicago native, moved to Abilene at the age of ten. He admits Texas high school football has been "the best thing" for him, noting its caliber of play has made him the quick-footed and instinctful safety he is today.

It's also gotten him plenty of exposure. After a strong sophomore campaign at both outside linebacker and safety, Dorsey quickly turned the heads of Texas, Baylor and Texas Tech. And while the three looked to offer early, it was a torn ligament and cracked rotator cuff in his right shoulder that following spring that caused all three to tap the breaks.

With surgery and an aggressive rehab, Dorsey returned to the field last fall at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds and in time to put together another impressive run.

He's now up to 205 and holds six offers in Texas Tech, Baylor, SMU, Washington State, Oregon State and Texas State, with Oklahoma likely to soon follow.

For Dorsey, though, his six scholarship offers are more than just an opportunity to continue playing at the college level. They're the "golden ticket" to a better future, for both himself and his family… More than the Game (VIDEO).

Trey Dye
2014 WR, Abilene Cooper, Committed to BYU
Born in Provo, Utah, raised in Utah county, and the son of BYU legend James Dye, it was almost a "no brainer" when Abilene Cooper's Trey Dye received that Cougars offer in February. And while there is pride and even a little pressure in following in dad's footsteps, "I think people realize I'm not my dad," he noted.

Our sit-down video interview with the wideout that looks to create his own name in BYU blue… "Like Father, Not Exactly Like Son" (VIDEO)

Jake McMillon
2014 DE, Abilene HS, Committed to Texas
It was a Big 12 battle for the 6-foot-3, 255-pounder, who spent the month of March heavily weighing Texas and TCU.

Several thought he would carry on his grandfather Donald McMillon's legacy at TCU. And while that was carefully considered, in the end, it was his "gut feel" with the 'Horns that ended the process April 1. McMillon handed Mack Brown & Co. their 11th pledge of the 2014 class: STORY

With a handful of programs making there way through Abilene this spring in attempt to "waver" the commitment, McMillon firmly declared he remains "100 percent" to Texas.

Dylan Douglass
2014 MLB, Canyon HS
Canyon, Texas is home to one of state's biggest '14 sleepers (literally and figuratively) in linebacker Dylan Douglass.

Douglass certainly doesn't disappoint entering a room at 6-foot-3 and a rock solid 230 pounds. Rice was the first to offer earlier this spring, and a plethora of programs are scheduled to see him in the coming weeks, Texas Tech and TCU being two.

Look for full feature and film this week at FOXSportsNEXT.

Shenard Shepherd
2014 LB, Amarillo Palo Duro
This 6-foot-1, 185-pound high-flying linebacker is one of a handful of sleepers in the Texas panhandle. Lucky for him, exposure will be at an all-time high at Palo Duro High School this spring, courtesy of 2013 stars Montrel Meander and Charleston White, who after big fall seasons, lured several major college football programs to the school prior to National Signing Day.

With Meander headed to Texas and White to Washington State, both programs will be through in the coming weeks, along with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Baylor, TCU, SMU, and Tulsa.

"I feel that I have great speed to catch anyone from behind If I need to. I'm good at open field tackles, and I feel I can cover anyone on the field if I needed to," explained Shepherd of his strengths.

His junior campaign: VIDEO.

Malik Sims
2014 CB, Amarillo Palo Duro
Sims is another who looks to take full advantage of the attention surrounding Palo Duro this offseason. Starting at quarterback for the Dons, he noted it only helps him in the secondary.

"I have speed, I'm quick and since I'm a quarterback, I can recognize the receiver's route easier."

Texas Tech is a program giving the 5-foot-10, 150-pounder a look. With family having graduated from the University, it certainly sits highly in Sims' favor.

"Some of my uncles graduated from there, so my family is big Tech fans. I've always liked Tech's program, and I love their campus. I could see myself in Lubbock."

Look for full feature and film this week at FOXSportsNEXT.

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