Aldine High School in Houston had a bumper crop in 2007 with the signings of Daniel Campbell to Southern California, Derron Thomas to Oregon, Anthony Lewis to Houston and Demetrius Dugar to Northwestern.
Will Mustang coach Bob Jones have the same pool to draw from in 2008?
Senior athlete Tiki Anderson will quarterback Aldine this season and will have several offensive weapons to lean on. The 6-0 Anderson is the brother of Oklahoma State Cowboy Terrance Anderson, who also was a Mustang signal-caller.
"It's been kind of quiet, but I'm going to hit some camps and combines coming up and hopefully that will get this started," Anderson said. "Of course I like Oklahoma State, but I'm hearing from Houston a little bit also."
Anderson will be flanked by several skill players and a talented running back.
Junior running back Dontae Williams is a tremendous talent at 6-foot-1, 200-pounds, who was the district's leading rusher after the first four games last season. The 2010 athlete was moved to linebacker to fill a need on defense last year.
"He is the real thing. He is a kid in a man's body," Jones said. "He's so fast, talented and physical. He's going to be a great back and a major Division I prospect when his time comes."
All-district returner Mike Williams will lead a talented receiving corps that all complement each other. Williams (5 feet 10, 175 pounds) is Anderson's go-to guy, while 6-foot-4 senior Clyde Greer will be the downfield target. On the inside is junior Alex Jones, who possesses track speed and sure hands.
"Williams can really run and is very dependable," Jones said. "Clyde's brother played at Miami, so he has a little bit of a bloodline, and Alex is our inside quick receiver that can break a big one."
Moving from offense to strong safety is senior Tavon Bolden, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound athlete that could be one of the biggest sleepers in Houston.
"He's a player," Jones said. "He's got the legit size to be that big safety that everyone is looking for. He will anchor our defensive backfield. And watch out for our young defensive end."
Junior Phillip Dean is a 6-foot-4, 235-pound pup that will have two seasons hit the national recruiting scene.