Beaumont (Texas) West Brook is starting to become one of the top programs in the state's largest classification. The Bruins have had several players go the Division I route the past few years. The class of 2012 has not had the early fanfare of others at the school did but it is headlined by a very good defender.
Junior defensive end Caleb Bluiett came into his own during the 2010 season. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound prospect helped anchor a defense that was among the Houston area's best.
"I'm getting a lot of stuff from schools," Bluiett said. "Tulsa, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Texas, Iowa State, Duke, Missouri and some others are all recruiting me. Those are the ones I remember off the top of my head."
Bluiett had the opportunity to take in a game at an in-state school this season.
"I don't know of any junior days just yet," he said. "I did go to the Texas-Iowa State game this year, though. I liked it. I liked the experience and watching the teams play. I got to talk to the coaches and the players on the field afterward and shook a couple of their hands. Coach (Major) Applewhite is recruiting me for them. So is coach (Oscar) Giles."
Another in-state Big 12 program has also been in contact with Bluiett and he says the two make up his top group.
"Texas A&M and Texas, those are my top two," he said. "I've talked to one of the coaches at A&M. They seem to like me as well."
Bluiett could possibly move inside at the next level and be a quick pass-rushing defensive tackle but he says no schools have mentioned it.
"They all say they see me at defensive end," he said. "That's what I play for West Brook."
He fared well at the position this year.
"I made first-team all-district and the Super Gold team," Bluiett said. "That's an award for the (Golden Triangle) area's top players."
Fellow defensive end Ben Goodman, a Kansas commit, received much of the attention for West Brook this year. Bluiett says it helped him up his own game.
"I know Ben gets a lot of attention on the other side," he said. "I guess it surprised me a little bit how well I did this year. I just stepped up like I needed to, though."