The Huntsville (Texas) Hornets were nasty on defense this season. The Hornets have two 2009 commits in Kirby Ennis to Texas A&M and safety James Davidson to UTEP. There will be one more leaving the nest for the Division I level in defensive end Adam Ayala who worked himself onto the radar with a tremendous senior season.
"Kirby got all the headlines early, but by the end of the year Adam caught up to him," defensive coordinator Shane Martin said. "Those two guys at defensive end could have been the best pair in the state."
The 6-foot-5 Ayala played mostly on the offensive side of the ball as a junior before making the move to defense this year. The change earned him unanimous first-team, all-district honors, joining Ennis as the district's defensive MVP and Davidson on the post-season team.
"Adam is a really smart kid that wants to pursue engineering," Martin said. "He's got a process he's going through with recruiting and keeping it pretty quiet."
Ayala has seemingly narrowed his choices to two in Colorado State and Louisiana Tech. He's been offered by both and will be officially visiting the Rams in weeks to come.
While the Hornets lose those three to graduation, they will be glad to welcome back athlete on Justin Gilbert. Gilbert played quarterback, receiver, defensive back and punter for the Hornets last season.
"Baylor wants to offer him as a defensive back," Martin said. "He's a special kid that plays everything for us be it baseball, track or soccer. He's going to go anywhere he wants. The mail he's got is amazing."