There should be no lack of talent with new head coach Brian Basil at Irving (Texas) MacArthur High School taking control. Led by athlete Ron Brooks who seems to be adding offers by the day, the Cardinals should be in good shape in 2006.
Brooks has now picked up offers from Nebraska, TCU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Kansas according to the talented athlete and coach Basil. Next year he'll get an increased role taking the reigns at quarterback.
"That's where we anticipate him fitting in," Brooks said. "You look at this guy and you can see how explosive he is and how he can make things happen. We want him to handle the ball every play on offense. That's where we have him slated as of right now.
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"Colleges are looking at him as receiver or as an athlete."
Apparently, his abilities have done well so far with a stack of offers before him. His teammate Bret Harris has picked up a Nebraska offer with verbal offers from Oklahoma State and TCU.
"I just got situated here last week, so there are a lot of calls I have to return on him," Basil said about Harris. "I see him as a safety on the next level. He can really run, he's physical, and size-wise I remember Michael Huff when he played at Nimitz and that's who he reminds me a lot of."
While the comparisons for both Harris and Griffin are flowing, a pair of defensive linemen are also getting heavy attention. Defensive tackle Tom Wilson and Kelly Griffin could be closing in on offers of their own.
Griffin plays defensive end with his great speed, but has the size to even be a tackle on the next level.
"He's phenomenal," Basil said about Griffin. "When I was defensive coordinator here a few years back and he was in his sophomore year, he was defensive newcomer of the year in the district. He's a great kid, extremely strong and just makes plays.
Last year he made big plays even through injury.
"He really battled last year, so he didn't get a huge chance to show off," Griffin said. "He's a difference maker. But you could tell, when he wasn't in we weren't nearly as good."
TCU and Oklahoma State have sent verbal offers to Griffin. Written ones are expected to follow. That is a similar story with tackle Wilson
"Well, he really came on last year," Basil said. "That was his first year to play defensive tackle. Sophomore year he played on the offensive line. He runs well for his size. He runs in the 4.8 range. He's really got a motor and I think as he comes along next year, he's going to draw some attention."