New Hope OL Drawing First Looks

The New Hope Trojans had a season to remember in 2009. The year ended in the 5A north state title game as the Trojans fell to eventual state champion West Point. With success comes attention, so New Hope's players are beginning to see more college coaches taking note of their potential. One senior to be that is beginning to make his way on to the recruiting radar is tackle Earnest Lang.

Earnest Lang profile

"We've been working out and trying to get better," said Lang of his after school activities. "We start spring practice in April, so we're working some on our own to get ready for that and get ready for the season."

With a few adjustments here or there and some hard work, Lang believes the Trojans can be right back in the thick of things in Mississippi's 5A classification again this year.

"We need to build up the defense again," said Earnest. "We think we have a chance to be as good as we were last year. We know West Point is going to be a lot of competition, but we feel like we're getting better. We feel like we can have another good season this year."

A pair of in state programs have hosted the talented offensive lineman on unofficial visits.

"I went to (Mississippi) State and Southern Miss for their junior days," said Lang. "I went to State first. I really liked the campus. I like the academic center.

"I got to talk to a lot of the coaches. Coach Hevesy said he would like me to come to their camp this summer. He told me that he wants me to work hard at my school this summer to get ready for the season.

"I liked the campus at USM too. I talked to my recruiting coach (Barney Farrar) and the offensive line coach there. Coach Farrar said he was going to get back to our school later this year and check on us."

While some other schools are beginning their own fact finding, the Bulldogs and Golden Eagles appear to be the most serious about Earnest at this time.

"Those are the main two schools that are showing me interest right now," said Lang. "I am getting some letters and I plan to work hard to get ready for my senior year. I want to get more physical and just punish guys on the field."

Earnest is waiting for offer number one. He is considering taking summer camping trips to Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Southern Miss.

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