Two years ago it was Corey Campbell to Tennessee, and last season it was Jeray Chatham to Oklahoma State and Webster Patrick to Iowa State. So, who will be this year’s major Division I prospect out of Spring (Texas) Westfield? With this year’s senior class of talented athletes and quality students, it won’t be just one.
The only Mustang with an official offer is safety Robert Kibble (5-11, 185-pounds), who has offered by Wisconsin.
“Robert can play safety or cornerback in college,” Mustang coach Corby Meekans said. “He’s so explosive and quick. He’s a 4.4 (40-yard dash) kid and is a 6-6 high-jumper. He’ll have several offers before it’s said and done.”
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Also in the defensive backfield are cornerbacks Devin Gregg (5-11, 185-pounds) and Joseph Fontenot (5-10, 170-pounds), who are both burners – being timed at 4.4, 40-yard-dashes.
Chris Mitchell, a physically-freakish linebacker, hit the recruiting radar after running a 4.5 (40-yard-dash) in the rain at the NIKE Camp in College Station, Texas, along with his play last season.
“Chris is really going to get some attention in the fall because he is such a play maker,” Meekans said. “He has started at a sophomore, has a 3.8 grade-point-average and a leader for our team. When people see him in person, they are impressed.”
Sneaking into the Nike Camp in Baton Rouge, La., was running back Derrell Charles received some attention with his 5-10, 190-pound frame.
“We had so many kids go to the Nike Camp at Texas A&M, that we met our quota for a high school,” Meekans said. “I didn’t even know that he went to Baton Rouge until Monday. I understand he did well.
“Derrell is a relative unknown having been a blocking back for Webster Patrick the last two seasons,” he said. “He’s a blue-collar worker and is extremely quick off the ball. We are working him at linebacker this spring, so he may play both ways.”
Charles bench presses over 375 pounds and squats over 475 pounds.
Replacing Chatham as the dominant player on the offensive line is Patrick Handy (6-3, 250-pounds) -- who is versatile enough to move to center or play on the defensive line.
“Patrick is receiving interest from some major Division I schools because of his athletic ability,” he said. “He has great feet, great hands and explosiveness that you can’t teach.”
Baylor and North Carolina have been showing interest in tight end Sandy Riley (6-2, 242-pounds), who is proficient at run blocking and receiving.
“Sandy played safety for us as a sophomore and just grew out of the position,” he said. “We are expecting big things out of him this season.”
Riley hasn’t received any offers to date, but lists LSU, Baylor, Texas A&M and Arkansas as his current favorites.
“I’ve always liked LSU and had a great time at their junior day,” he says. “We met with the coaches and got a tour of the school. They tell you a lot about the program and you get to see the campus.
He also lists Iowa State among his favorites, which has three Westfield Mustangs already on campus.
“I will probably see who offers me the best deal and go from there,” he said. “I will probably take some official visits before I commit.”
So, who will this class of seniors-to-be pass the recruiting baton to in 2006?
Pierre Beasley, a 6-4, 195-pound quarterback, who resembles Bobby Reid (Oklahoma State).
“He has a great arm and good speed,” Meekans said. “He has a chance to be special, but he’s raw right now.”