Houston Worthing's Roy Watts remains solid to the University of Texas – never once wavering on his commitment. For Longhorn fans, they hope that Watts turns out like several Worthing Colts who came before him such as NFL legend Cliff Branch, Otis Taylor and Mike Singletary.
"We've had some good one's come out of here," Worthing coach Eddie Snow said. "I know he's the strongest on this team and is a great technician on the offensive line. He's a man playing among kids."
Watts has not taken an official visit to Austin, but plans to this fall for a game. Outside of Texas, the 6-5 wide-body had only one other favorite.
"I really liked Florida State," he said. "But they didn't offer early. I probably still would have gone to Texas."
While Watts is committed, his teammate since the ninth grade is still looking around. Defensive tackle Eric Smith (6 feet 5, 330-pounds) has offers from several regional schools including North Texas, Arkansas and Missouri and is receiving interest from Texas A&M and Colorado.
"I'm really wide open right now," he said. "We are just focused on the season and making the playoffs and then I'll handle the recruiting. I do like Missouri a lot."
Worthing's sleeper is running back Issac Harrison (5-9, 180-pounds) who has filled in nicely for the departed Deon Wallace (Louisiana-Lafayette). Harrison has rushed for 625 yards on 88 carries and 10 touchdowns through five games and is receiving some interest.
"I've just had to come in and prove to everybody that I am as good as Deon," he said. "We supported our senior last year and now it's my turn. I'm going for big things right now like all-Greater Houston and 1,500 yards."
Kansas among others have begun writing Harrison.
Who's next for Worthing? Junior receiver Tyrone Carrier (5-8, 165-pounds) is a member of the Class 4A state champion 4 x 100-meter relay team. Carrier has used his speed to return kicks and catch passes for six touchdowns this season.
"I just make people miss," he said. "I'm going to have to fit into a system that uses small receivers."
Carrier has started since the ninth grade and has all-district selections in those two seasons.
The big catch may be 6-8 tight end Emerson Herndon, whose brother earned a scholarship to the Air Force Academy last season. Herndon is a sophomore who also splits time in basketball.