LA MARQUE, Texas - Many people are aware of the running backs and cornerbacks that La Marque High School will bring back next year, but two other 2007 prospects are a pair of defensive ends that should make noise not just during their junior year but beyond.
With big frames and speed, 6-foot-4, 220-pound Rapheal Guidry and 6-foot-3, 225-pound Michael Ray are a couple of players looking to gather the same interest that their highly recruited senior teammates have been enjoying this year. With their abilities, they should have no problem.
"I play both tight end and defensive end here, so I'm a dual-threat type of player," Guidry said about his playing style. "There are a lot of juniors on defense, so we return a lot of guys this year and will do the same next year."
Guidry, who says he gets off the ball in an explosive way, made his way to his first college camp this summer when he headed to show off his talents at Oklahoma State. He's looking to hear from a few others when the recruiting process picks up that includes Miami, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech.
His counterpart, the other defensive end Ray, is also starting to hear from a few schools.
"Miami and Northwestern have sent some mail to my house," Ray said. "That really blew me away but I like the atmosphere there at Miami and the way they play. Hopefully that will keep coming."
Wide receiver Jared Perry is a heavily recruited senior that gave both Ray, Guidry, and the other juniors some advice about the recruiting process when their time comes.
"They said the biggest thing is stay out of trouble and keep those grades up," Ray said. "If I can do better than I did last year and keep doing that every game, it should take care of itself."