Bowie seniors, juniors heat up
Since coach Kenny Perry took over at Arlington (Texas) Bowie after leaving Haltom City (Texas) Haltom High School this past year, it's been a whirlwind of events.
He's had two seniors already make their commitments, one senior with several scholarship offers leave the school, and has a junior class that could be one of the best that Bowie has had in the last several years.
"It's going really good here," Perry said. "I'm back in my element here in Arlington. Chris Jones went ahead and made a commitment to Rice. They got a steal there. He's a top 100 kid in this area and he's going to be a great college player.
"Then, Julian Herron, he has committed to SMU."
Senior defensive back Andre Richardson was one of the fastest rising prospects in the Metroplex. However, Richardson had some personal problems that forced him to leave Bowie and transfer to Mansfield Timberview. It is unknown at this point if any of his scholarship offers are still on the table.
The junior class for Perry is definitely one to watch.
"We're loaded," Perry said about his 2008 prospects. "We've got two receivers, a cornerback, linebacker, and a defensive end that are going to go somewhere. We've probably got about seven Division I kids on this team."
Those top juniors include running back Jeremy Davis, a 5-foot-10, 170-pounder who broke the 1,000 yard mark rushing this year with around 400 yards receiving.
"He and Cyrus Gray (Desoto (Texas) High School) were unanimous all-district selections at running backs," Perry said. "So with Gray in there, it's obvious we had some pretty good backs in our district."
Two receivers, Andre McGee and Roddy Magino look to make a splash with early recruiting interest as well.
"Roddy is about 5-foot-10, 165 pounds and a 4.4-second (40-yard dash) kid," Perry said. "Then we have Andre who is a big receive that goes about 6-3, 180 pounds."
Defensive end Eric Mebane is also a junior to keep an eye on. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound defensive end is a prospect that "can really run" according to Perry. People are already looking at him because of his length.
Many people are already well aware of undersized linebacker Marcus McGraw.
"He lead the area in tackles," Perry said about McGraw. "He had around 145 of them. He's going to e a good one. He is only about 5-10, 200 pounds, but he can really get down the field in a hurry."
Sleeper cornerback Kip Edwards is also a 2008 prospect to watch as things start heating up in the spring.