BRENHAM, Texas - You would be hard pressed to find many schools in America with more Division I prospects than Brenham High in Texas. The Cubs already have six members of the class of 2007 that are committed to Division I schools and four guys to keep an eye on in the class of 2008. They took on the Montgomery Bears Friday night in a hard fought 31-9 victory.
As a recruiting analyst who has seen games in over a dozen states in the last four years, I can say that the folks at Brenham were some of the most cordial, hospitable people I have come across. Brenham head coach Glen West is all class as not only does he sport dress pants, long sleeved collared shirt and a tie, but his entire coaching staff does as well. That’s something unseen since Bear Bryant left the sidelines in the early 80’s.
The two biggest names for the Cubs are tight end/defensive end Ahmard Howard and cornerback/wide receiver Brandon Collins, who are committed to the Texas Longhorns. After watching the game, one thing is obvious about Howard at this point. He is a much better defensive end than a tight end. He does have a tall, lean frame that would fit the tight end mold perfectly, however, it’s a great frame for a pass rushing defensive end to add weight. Offensively he did a solid job blocking his defender, but not only did he not catch a pass, there wasn’t even a pass thrown his way.
Defensively Howard was tough to block and collected two sacks and several other tackles. The Bears spent most of the night running up the middle or to the opposite side of Howard. Collins future is definitely on the defensive side of the ball. He caught several big passes and is a playmaker, but his size will likely put him on the defensive side of the ball. He had two interceptions in the game and several tackles.
Brenham quarterback Jarrett Lee is committed to LSU and proved he is an SEC caliber quarterback. He has solid size at 6-foot-3 and is absolutely fantastic at throwing the short ball. Brenham really didn’t attack the Montgomery secondary deep very often so it was hard to get a feel for how well he throws the long ball in a game type situation. While he certainly isn’t Michael Vick or Vince Young he does decent speed and is a threat to run the ball which he proved when he ripped off a 15 yard run for a crucial first down.
Perhaps the player that saw their stock rise the most was safety A.J. Edwards, who is committed to Houston. Edwards flew under the radar and was not talked about by most until he committed to Houston. Most of the game he walked up and played a rover type position and led his team in tackles. He was great in coverage and has solid size. The recruiting process is not over and I would be surprised if some Big 12 schools don’t get involved with Edwards before it’s all over. The other Cougar commitment, wide receiver Justin Daniels is a physically imposing specimen. He made several big catches early on in the game, before the Montgomery defense began to key on him.
Nebraska commitment Shawn Sullivan plays the other safety for the Cubs and was never afraid to come up and lay a lick. He plays with a great passion and has the potential to be a very good player. He has a tendency to “sell out” on plays sometimes and that could cause him to get beat deep every now and again, but he has solid physical attributes that will allow him to recover on the college level.
Lester Ward is one of the top prospects in 2008 in the state of Texas.
You don’t have to watch Brenham play very long to notice junior running back Lester Ward. He has very good size at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds and seems to get stronger as the game wears on. He also showed very good hands out of the backfield and will get recruited at wide receiver by some schools. He’ll see lots of early offers coming in.
Brenham has three other Division I caliber juniors. The most notable is offensive tackle Luke Poehlmann, who is a great looking kid physically. He checks in at 6-foot-5, 260-pounds and has a great frame for adding weight. He is without a doubt a Big 12 caliber player.
Linebacker/fullback Ryan Roberson is another to keep an eye on. Roberson’s future is likely at linebacker. He has decent size at 5-foot-10, 210 pounds but is a definite Division I prospect to look out for. The other prospect is most likely one of the largest players in America, offensive tackle Desmond Carr. He has a massive 6-foot-7, 380-pound exterior, but he moves his feet surprisingly well. I would have liked to have seen more of Carr, but he typically plays only in the red zone. Many schools will recruit him for his size, others will pass on him because he is “too big.” Either way, he’s definitely a player to keep an eye on as he develops over the next year.
Sophomore cornerback Kendrick Washington also deserves mention. The Bears spent most of the night trying to attack Washington and stay away from Collins, but he held his own and had an impressive showing. Montgomery junior quarterback Xavier Webb is also a name to keep an eye on. Webb made play after play and kept the Bears in the game. He checks in at about 5-foot-11, 175 pounds so he likely isn't a quarterback on the college level, but he is a fantastic athlete and will get some looks at wide receiver or defensive back from schools.