If proximity had anything to do with recruiting, the University of Houston would sign several of Yates High School's talented 2007 prospects.
The Cougars have already extended two verbal offers to Lion prospects – defensive lineman Patrick Dorsey and running back Eli Lemon. Lemon, the brother of Orie Lemon, has also been offered by Oklahoma State.
"Patrick Dorsey is a beast on the defensive line," Yates coach Clarence McKinney said. "He's a little undersized but he so explosive and wrecks offensive lines."
Dorsey was a first-team, all-district selection for Yates, which reached the playoffs last season for the 24th year in a row. The Lion leader has big expectations for himself and his team in 2006.
"Our defense should totally dominate," he said. "We are putting in a lot of work and we should go deep in the playoffs.
"For me, I'm excited about the recruiting process. I like Texas and LSU right now and will be narrowing down my favorites after the summer. I'd like to take some visits and have a clear decision by signing day," he said.
Dorsey is currently working on his speed and quickness as a member of the Yates' soccer team, which is coincidently coached by his football position coach Jeff Ceasar.
"He's just so athletic," Ceasar said. "He can play anything. It's funny, when he has the ball or is coming at it kids just get out of the way or bounce off of him. It's a little unorthodox for a nose guard to be playing soccer but it's really keeping him in shape.
"If it makes him even quicker and more explosive that he already is, he will be even more dominant than last year," he said.
Imagine the yellow cards Dorsey could accumulate on the pitch.