Two 2010 Houston-area offensive linemen have a similar leader as they enter the first stage of their recruiting.
Galena Park (Texas) North Shore tackle Trey Hopkins holds offers from the likes of Houston, Stanford, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt, but lists the Aggies as his significant favorite.
"I really liked the junior day I went to and the fact that it is pretty close to home," he said on ESPN 97.5FM The Ticket's 'High School Round-Up.' "I liked the coaches a lot and feel like it could be a great fit for me. I want to make my decision before the season and right now Texas A&M is my favorite. I'll probably go to a few more junior days before making a decision."
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The 6-foot-4 offensive lineman has been starting for North Shore since his sophomore season and is the next in a long line of Division I Mustangs.
"I'm excited it's my time now," he said. "Playing for North Shore has been great and you know you are going to win and get recruited. It's great to be the next Division I prospect to come out of here. It's a lot of hard work, but it's worth it."
Also declaring Texas A&M as an early leader was Jake Matthews of Fort Bend Elkins High School. Having a brother already on the Aggies offensive line doesn't hurt.
"I have to say I've thought about playing with my brother," he said. "The process is just beginning, but I'm very familiar with Texas A&M and Coach (Mike) Sherman. I really like the coaches and the campus."
Matthews also holds offers from Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Stanford and Texas Tech.
Fort Bend Hightower's Shaun Lewis also appeared on the "High School Round-Up" and said he will be attending Texas' Junior Day in February. The 6-foot-1 linebacker said that he will not make a decision until after his senior season.
"I'm excited to get up to Texas," he said. "The recruiting process is coming pretty quickly and I'm just taking it all in. I want to get to some other campuses this spring and summer and take my time with the decision. I'm looking for a defense that will let me run to the ball and pressure the quarter back. That's what I do best."
Lewis was the Class 5A state championship's defensive player of the game against Allen High School.
Also on the packed show was Second Baptist's Connor Wood, who was preparing for an evening basketball game.
"I'm pretty open right now, but I've seen a lot of schools already," he said. "It's an honor to be receiving all of this attention, but I like the pressure. I feel I handle it pretty. All of the schools that have offered me are my current favorites along with some other schools like LSU, Texas and Notre Dame and USC."
In other Houston 2010 news, The Woodlands' Chad Lindsay will be attending Oklahoma's Junior Day this weekend and holds offers from the likes of Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Houston, Nebraska, Tennessee and Texas Tech.
The 6-foot-4 guard attended Houston's Junior Day last weekend.
"Those are a great bunch of coaches," he said. "You can just tell how much their players respect them and how they get along."