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Mbu Leads Group of Foster Prospects
Recently, Scout.com made a quick stop through Richmond (TX) to check in on the prospects from Foster High School. In speaking with coach Mark Wiatrek, he spoke about the number of top players he has returning in his junior class. Headlining the group of talented Falcon players is lineman Joey Mbu, who is a three-year starter for Foster. "He (Mbu) is the real deal. You know I sent his video to TCU and they are going to be all over him," Wiatrek said. "He is just athletic. He is 6-foot-3, 297-pounds and can move. He is quick at the point of attack, but his negatives is he is not good in space because he does not have a lot of speed." For Foster, Mbu plays on the defensive line and racked up 56 tackles and three sacks as a junior. But, due to his speed (5.3 40-yard), Wiatrek said that most college programs see him on the offensive line. Mbu has what college coaches are looking for when it comes to playing in the trenches. "When you look at big guys, they sometimes look a little sluggish in stance, but not Joey," Wiatrek said. "He looks like a running back when he gets in his stance and has tremendously long arms. He has a good drop in the hip and runs smooth even though he is big. College coaches are looking for that no matter what position they play." Wiatrek said that programs Rice, SMU and Kansas State are all actively recruiting him, but he has yet to pull in that first offer. Aside from Mbu on the offensive line, both Austin Cortez (6-1, 270) and A.J. Soza (6-1, 265) have put in good work during their tenure at Foster. Wiatrek describes Cortez as a player with "good strength, quick feet and (girth) size." He spoke on Soza as well. "Soza plays a unique position at center. And a lot of times it's hard to find a guy who can snap the ball and fire out at the same time and be as physical as he is," Wiatrek said. "That is where he is good because he has tremendous upper body strength." With the number of potential prospects on the Foster line, there should be plenty of opportunities to help quarterback Luke Tomas make plays. Tomas, who is 6-foot-1, and weighs about 175 pounds, is the one of the Falcons' top playmakers returning. Tomas (6-1, 175) generated nearly 500 yards of total offense and scored 11 touchdowns. "Tomas is a good athlete. He can create when he is on the field," Wiatrek said. "He is a running passer and that is really the kind of thing colleges are looking for these days. They are not looking for the pocket passer anymore. "They want guys who can create on the run. And that is what Luke does well." On defense, cornerback Gerald Coleman (5-9, 165) is back after a junior season where he got two interceptions. "Coleman's biggest strength is being able to read between the run and the pass. He just intercepted two passes last year, but a lot of that had to do with nobody would throw to his side," Wiatrek said. "He is a player who breaks on the ball extremely well. It's like you can't beat him deep, but you can't run on his side either."
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