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Spring Westfield Recruiting Brief
For most of the programs across the Greater Houston area, spring football has come to a close. In fact, school is wrapping up as well and summer workouts will commence. But looking back at what was accomplished during the spring, the hope is that progress was made. Last week, the Spring (TX) Westfield program finished out with the annual spring game. And while teams always still have a few questions that need to be answered, one area is certainly solid, the defensive line. On the defensive side of the ball, in the trenches, lineman Desmond Jackson holds things down. The 6-foot-1, 275-pound Jackson (a.k.a. ‘Tank') is the No. 2 rated tackle in the nation and made the early pledge to the in-state Texas team. Jackson, who racked up 37 tackles and four sacks in a shortened season, said that he plans to camp this weekend in Austin and is looking forward to it. Lining up alongside Jackson is another player to keep an eye on, junior Anthony Smith. After speaking with each of these players, it was said that the two of them vibe off of each other which could prove to be a great combination for the Mustang team. The two of them have similar styles of play and 6-foot-1, 275-Smith spoke on how his upperclassman teammate has impacted his game. "He (Jackson) has taught me a lot of things I didn't know. I learned to use my hands more and don't go head to head with offensive lineman because they love that, attack a shade and don't stop," Smith said. "When he brings the hat, I bring the hat and then the team follows." As Smith enters his junior season, much like Jackson last year this same time, he will be on quite a few teams' watch list. So far he said that schools like Oklahoma, Miami, Nebraska, Arkansas and Oklahoma State have all been recruiting him. And, he plans to get out to a couple of them this summer. "Right now, I plan to camp at Miami and Oklahoma State," Smith said. Moving on to the offensive side of the ball, offensive lineman Caleb Ealy is looking to make a name for himself this upcoming season. Though he claimed that he does not have an offer at the moment, the 6-foot-1, 250-pound lineman has been hearing from Baylor, Iowa State, UTEP and Kansas. He said that most programs want him to play center, expect for Central Arkansas, where he could line up at tackle if the position was open. On the night of the spring game, wide receiver Christian Jones was not present, but look for him to be the go-to guy to lead the Mustangs passing attack. The 6-foot-3, 198-pound Jones holds offers from Texas Tech, Stanford, Northwestern, Rice, Kentucky, Kansas, Iowa State, Duke, Baylor and Arkansas. As a junior, Jones caught in 39 receptions for 769 yards and 12 touchdowns.
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