After what coach Terry Morris called a "disappointing season" this past year, several skill players are returning for Corpus Christi (Texas) Carroll, which includes a pair of wide receivers and one very versatile defensive lineman.
Sharing time at both the end and tackle spot is future senior Pryce Macon, a 6-foot-2, 242 pound defensive lineman who has what Morris calls an explosiveness off the ball.
"For lack of a better term, Pryce has a good first step and is real explosive out of his stance," Morris said about his future senior defensive player. "He has real good pursuit as well and is probably one of the better kids we've coached. There is no doubt we're looking for big things from him his senior year."
With Macon's senior year approaching, Morris says that schools will definitely be knocking on this young man's door considering rising potential.
"He's a kid that has a lot of growth potential and could probably go either way at tackle or on the edge," Morris said about Macon. "I think his upside is what we're looking for and what colleges will look for."
"His parents are real active, and he's been to a lot of camps as a junior. He is probably on a lot of college recruiting lists."
As for other players with potential, a 6-foot-4, 215 pound wide receiver like Dior Gipson must be mentioned as another talented young prospect on the Carroll squad.
"Tremendous athletic ability and this young man is still learning the game," Morris said. "He's going to be a big prospect – once he puts everything together and his potential really shines through."
Also at the receiver spot is speedy 6-foot-0, 175 pound prospect Tim Price, who has 4.4 second 40-yard dash speed. Morris says that Price could play either receiver or corner at the next level.
"Tim has that ability to be a great cover corner along with a deep threat as a wide out," Morris said about Price. "He's a thin kid but a big time athlete."
Next season, with the athletes that Morris has coming back, things look to get better for Carroll.
"We expect our leadership to improve and we expect a challenge," he said. "Next year we will have as good of skill kids that we've ever had – it's just a matter of getting the kids up front that can perform."
"Just like the kids that I've talked about that are our top returning players have to help everybody else out – that's just the nature of the beast."