The top prospects continue to come out of the tradition-rich high school of Killeen (Texas) Shoemaker and coach Ken Gray has a defensive pair ready to go for the 2007 class.
First up is the very talented defensive end Brandon Joiner who made a name for himself at the U.S. Army All-American combine in San Antonio just weeks ago and the 6-foot-3, 220-pound prospect has watched his stock rise considerably.
"He lit it up this year at the combines, he was the MVP of that, and since that everybody has been calling him," Gray said about his top defender. "Texas, Oklahoma State, and Kansas have all been calling about him. Florida has sent something in and they all want film on this kid."
"No offers have come yet, but I think that will come."
Joiner was an all-district performer and an honorable mention as a sophomore.
"There are people just coming in that already know about him," Gray said. "The next couple of weeks will tell a lot. He's going to be a great player, but even though he plays on the end for us, he'll be more of a stand-up guy at linebacker on the next level I think."
On the other side of the defensive line is his teammate Eugene Daniels, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound prospect who colleges are also very well aware of.
"He's a guy that could put on 30 more pounds and not miss a beat in college," Gray said. "Unlike Brandon, I see him as more of a defensive lineman at the next level. He plays basketball right now, so when he went to the combines he hadn't lifted or anything, but he did well."
"Both guys are going to be serious players and get a lot of Division I interest."