South of Houston, down the freeway toward the beach town of Galveston, is home to one of the saltiest defenses in the state of Texas.
Two seasons ago Ball High School produced nationally recruited defenders Walter Thomas and Roderick Johnson, who both ended up at Oklahoma State. Ball has another talented and ferocious duo in Rajon Henley and Dwayne Bazile.
Henley (6-foot-3, 250 pounds) has been offered by Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, LSU, Iowa State, Nebraska, SMU, Utah and Texas Tech. The Aggies and Longhorns are nearing.
"Coach (Ed) Orgeron at Ole Miss used to coach Warren Sapp and Cortez Kennedy while he was at Miami," Ball coach Ron Harmon said. "He says that Rajon is in that mold. He loves him. Rajon runs well, plays hard and has great feet and hands. He's a basketball player also, so he's very athletic."
Coaches who have attended Ball's spring practice come away so impressed with Henley that several get on their cell phones and have the formal offer faxed to the school.
"It's too early to say right now, but I know he likes LSU and Texas A&M," he said.
At the other defensive end spot is Bazile – a 6-foot-2, 235-pound quarterback crusher, who has been offered by UTEP.
"Dwayne is ever more aggressive than Rajon and he could move to an outside linebacker or stand-up end position in college. He's quick and has been well-trained by his father who played college ball."