The Southwest Preparatory Conference is a division of high school football that most are not familiar with in Texas. This is a conference that consists of teams in Texas and Oklahoma. One of the best teams in the Conference is Bellaire Episcopal and they will be out in force at the Austin Combine. We asked their Head Football Coach, Steve Leisz, to gives us his thoughts on his players coming.
Arguably the top player on the team is quarterback Shane Carden is a three-year starter for Episcopal and has progressed nicely. This off-season his body has started to fill out as he has added 25 pounds of mass according to his coach.
"Shane Carden is blowing up. Shane has been working with Steve Clarkson in California, Throwing and lifting 6 days a week, and has gained 25 pounds since football season has ended. He has had three coaches see him throw this week. All three said that they are going to offer him."
Another player from Episcopal is defensive end William Buckwalter who has an offer from Houston as a defensive end. William also plays on offense at tight end and had 10.5 sacks in 2008.
"William has a quick first step and has the attitude and toughness to find the QB", according to Coach Leisz.
Another player to keep in mind is a three-year starter in Christian Lane. He plays full back and defensive end and has stood out when we were there to see them. Last year was not a great year for Lane due to injuries but he is trying to show he is back.
"Christian is a strong runner, has a second gear in the open field. Soft hands, D-1 baseball player as well. Wants to play Football."
Each team has to have a Charlie Strauss, the player who puts 100% of what he has into his play and sets by example how to work out for football and how to play the game. The game I saw of Episcopal this year I noticed how he kept getting open and making nice cataches. Coach Leisz had some great things to say about him.
"Charlie Strauss is a wide receiver/punt returner. The over achiever. Workout warrior. Always running routes and catching balls, he is Shanes favorite target."
A player with some college football ties in his older brother is Benji Sklar.
"A linebacker, he never gives up on any play. Loves contact and football. Brother plays at Harvard."
Another player coming up to Austin is John Drexel who plays safety.
"He is a smart kid who breaks on the ball well. Last year he was the boundary safety. Looks to be the field safety in 09."
A 2011 player will be joining them on the trip and that is Bobby Magness, who plays wide receiver, corner back and punter.
"He started at corner as a sophomore in 08. Will
take his brother's (Jay class of 09) position at slot. Great hands and and
has a strong leg as a punter. Athlete!!!"
Several schools are sending large groups of players to the Fox Sports/Scout.com Austin combine. In this series we will be looking at the players coming from these schools.