Fresno State has struck again at one of the state of Texas' most prominent football programs.
Galena Park North Shore recently broke the record for consecutive regular season wins in Texas high school football history, and a big part of their defense this year is defensive end Terrance Kindle. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder verbally committed to Fresno State this week, joining his former teammate Chase McEntee who is a freshman with the Bulldogs.
"He's extremely fast and explosive," North Shore defensive coordinator Jon Kay said. "He's a great pass rusher and has a great vertical leap. He's got room to grow and a big frame."
"I really like the program," Kindle said. "I'm going to be lined up with one of my teammates I've played with for several years. I think I can go out there and play early."
The University of Houston was also showing interest in Texas-sized sleeper.
While Kindle makes the fourth Division I commit at the state's No. 2-ranked school, there are several more in different classes.
The most talented is senior linebacker Daniel Salinas, who has dominated the district over the past three seasons. The 6-foot senior has a knack for the ball and makes plays all over the field. He was a first-team, all-district selection as a junior and is the heartbeat to the state's toughest defense.
Salinas is being recruited by New Mexico State and Fresno State to date, but his highlight film is undeniable. Jestin White is also being recruited by some Division I schools including Fresno State.
"I really like the West Coast and would love to play with some of my teammates," he said. "I'm graduating early, so I need to get this thing going."
North Shore's junior class is also loaded with talent include Larry Stephens, who is leading the area in interceptions with five. Junior safety Alton Demby has two interceptions, both returned for touchdowns.
"Larry is a straight-A student and can cover and support the run," defensive backs coach Garrett Cross said. "Demby is the best hitter on the team."
On offense receiver Deandrew White could be the best athlete in the program. He's a 10.5, 100-meter and 21.4, 200-meter track star who also triple jumps 45-feet and long jumps 23-feet. Throw in offensive lineman Trey Hopkins and running back Tracy Woods and North Shore is up to another five Division I prospects in 2010.
"I really like Texas," Hopkins said. "I grew up loving Texas and I've talked with the coaches up there. I'm just going to work on getting bigger in the offseason and see what my options are."