The third day of fall practice is complete at Galena Park (Texas) North Shore and a handful of Mustang prospects discussed their college intentions after their work out. A glimpse into the future is also unveiled as sophomore frames fill out into junior hard bodies.
Texas commit Chykie Brown takes off his shoes drenched in sweat after participating in cover drills and conditioning.
"They are killing us here," he laughs. "I'm solid to Texas and met some of the other cornerback prospects (Deon Beasley and Robert Joseph) at the one-day camp. I'm happy to be committed and my decision."
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Defensive tackle Ryan Riggins (6-6, 320-pounds) lumbers into the training room after having a rough summer. Riggins' status has been a big question mark to the North Shore staff but is preparing for his senior season.
"I've had a bad summer," he said. "I had my tonsils, adenoids and sinus cavity taken out this summer. I had an allergic reaction to the antibiotics the doctors gave to me so I was hospitalized for that. I was in Californian with my family just recently clearing up some business, so it's been a rough few months.
"I did get through summer school and did well, so I'm getting my books in line," he said. "I had to wear a stupid mask every day from my surgery and got made for of. As far as schools that I like, I really like LSU, Oklahoma State, Miami, Arizona and Texas."
Tight end Earl Mitchell committed to Arizona a few weeks ago, leaving offensive lineman Robert Ramirez and defensive back Kevin Rutland the only two Mustangs with official offers who have not committed.
"I really want to see Ole Miss," Ramirez said. "I just want to see the campus before I make my decision, but they are my favorite right now."
Rutland, last year's second-string quarterback, has moved to cornerback, which has paid off. He attended Kansas State's summer camp and the Wildcat staff followed up with an offer.
"I liked it up there and got to look around," he said. "My parents really want me to look around a little bit before committing, so that's where I am at right now."
Running back Allen Sims (5-11, 210-pounds) is getting interest from Arizona and North Texas, while receiver Chris Riser (5-7, 170-pound) has been offered a baseball scholarship from Kansas State. The all-district selection could double as a return specialist for a Division I school.
"I am getting a lot of interest, but schools just want to see some tape early in the season before offering," Sims said. "I should be fine."
Offensive lineman Freddie Gains (6-5, 330-pounds), quarterback Terrance Cain (6-1, 190-pounds), defensive tackle Zach Aymond (6-0, 270-pounds), and defensive backs Trumaine Johnson and Eric Harrison will also garner Division I looks and Division I-AA offers.
While coach David Aymond is rich in senior talent, he is also blessed with Class of 2007 prospects.
"We have a few kids that you can tell right now that they have Division I potential," he said.
Back-up quarterback Vance Fizer (6-2, 190-pounds) is one of them.
"Vance is a warrior and could start from defensive back to receiver for us right now," Aymond said. "We need him as our second quarterback right now. He's a hard-nosed, athletic kid."
Junior running backs Chris Ganious and Barry Landry, linebackers Terrence Hall and Josh Morris and defensive end Braylan Gurnell highlight the 2007 class.