The Texas Golden Triangle is a 30-mile coastal pocket between Houston and the Louisiana border that is rich in college prospects.
This year West Orange-Stark and Port Arthur Memorial boast two of the Triangle's most coveted athletes. Deon Beasley and Robert Joseph are both four-star defensive backs who committed to Texas early in the process.
In that small of an area, rumor and gossip swirl like winds off the Gulf of Mexico. Beasley has been rumored to be wavering on his commitment, but insists he's still solid.
"Right now, I'm still solid," he said. "I still get a lot of mail and text messages. I also get a lot of calls from friends at school checking on me. I talk with Jamaal Charles (Texas) and Kerry Franks (Texas A&M) a lot. Roy Miller (Texas) and a lot of the Texas freshman call me to see what's up. I've been hearing some from Mike Goodson, who committed to Oklahoma State. Me and Robert Joseph hang out all the time also."
Outside of his commitment, Beasley says that he still hears from and likes Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Miami and Oklahoma. He camped in Lubbock this summer.
"I committed to Texas over a one-day camp up there," he said. "It just seems like the best place for me to be. Texas hasn't recruited that many cornerbacks in the past few years so there may be a chance to play early."
He says that he will be attending several of the Texas home games this season whenever his high school schedule does not conflict.
Mr. Popular is moving from cornerback/wide out to quarterback for his senior season.
"It doesn't matter what I play right now, I just want to help my team," he said.