Many people may not have heard of Dallas (Texas) St. Marks defensive end/tight end Sam Acho, but apparently a handful of Division I schools have with offers already on the table.
Former St. Marks coach Todd Wright who coaced Acho at St. Marks last year is now at Dallas Episcopal High School, but continues to assist Acho with his recruiting process. He says that the second his film went out, the offers started coming in and he became the next big thing from the Lone Star state.
"I sent the tapes out to schools like TCU and they just fell in love with him," Wright said about the defender. "They made an offer and would love to have him on either side of the ball. I also got a phone call from Virginia's Al Groh and said that they were offering him as well.
"Other than that, I know for sure that he's got ones from Oklahoma State, Tulsa, and SMU. He just got back from the Southern Cal camp and I know they are extremely interested. He ran a sub-4.7 40-yard dash out there for those coaches."
California is another school that has shown interest in the talented Acho. What makes this talented young man special is not just his 6-foot-3, 248-pound frame but his outstanding work in the classroom.
"He's extremely bright and he's got excellent SAT scores," Acho said. "At first, he was just looking at great academic schools and looking to go that route first. I told him that he can go to a big time school for football and not just school work. He's got a lot of options in front of him."
"He's the hardest working kid I've ever coached. The reason why I'm at another school and still helping him is because he's that great of a kid and a person."
Wright says that the first thing out of coach's mouth is that they don't see that kind of speed very often from a high school defensive end weighing in at 248 pounds. That speed also helped him at tight end where he made some catches for his team on offense.
He was an all-state selection as a sophomore and a junior in private school competition.
"He'll play both ways for us again this year," Wright said. "He didn't get as many catches last year because we had great receivers, but schools are definitely looking at him both ways. He reacts to plays so well, it's like he was sitting in their huddle and knows where everythign is going.
"He's just a bright, head-savy kid, who can do it all."