Houston Sharpstown ran away with its district title this season and advanced out of the first round of the Class 4A Texas state playoffs last weekend. On Friday the team will face its toughest test of the year against perennial power La Marque in the second round.
If the Apollos are to advance they will need the defense to step up to stop a potent running game. Leading the charge on that side of the ball is linebacker Reggie Chevis. The 6-foot-2, 238-pound junior is on the radars of several colleges already.
"I'm hearing from a few schools," Chevis said. "LSU, U of H and Texas Tech have all been in contact with me a lot. Boise State has been too."
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Chevis is still waiting for his first offer but he feels a couple of programs could be close to extending one.
"Nobody has offered me just yet but Texas Tech and U of H have talked to me about it," he said. "I asked the coaches at Texas Tech and Boise State what was the chance out of 10 they would offer me and they both said a 10 out of 10."
Chevis has been invited to attend games at several schools but so far has only been able to make it to the University of Houston, less than 20 minutes from his house.
"I go to pretty much every U of H home game," he said. "They're the closest one and the easiest to make it. I also have ticket offers to Texas Tech and TCU but I haven't had a chance to go."
Chevis actually plays a number of positions for Sharpstown but says schools are mostly looking at him to play a specific one.
"I play both inside and outside for my school," he said, "but I'm more comfortable at middle linebacker. Most schools are looking at me to play linebacker. Boise State has a position called 'Stud.' It's like a 3-4 outside linebacker/defensive end. It's like a DeMarcus Ware-type position."
Though it is still early in the recruiting process for the junior he says one school stands out to him at the moment.
"I would have to say Boise State," Chevis said. "They're showing the most interest and they have some linebackers leaving. They say the spot is open.
"Texas Tech said I could start my first year. I would just have to grind for it. It is going to be a lot of work but I think I can do it."