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Houston school is loaded up and down

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While Daniel Johnson and Russell Roberts headline a senior class at Spring Woods, the Tigers will be loaded with prospects in 2007.
Johnson is officially visiting Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M, while his academic status comes into focus.
"He's got a shot to be a late qualifier," Spring Woods coach Dwayne Eggerman said. "Texas Tech has been the most consistent school recruiting Daniel."
Johnson played one game this season before suffering a knee injury. Roberts is visiting the Air Force Academy this weekend and has an official visit set up with Tulane in January. SMU and Oklahoma State have also offered Roberts, who scored a 1,280 on his SAT.
"Russell looks just like Daniel on the football field and is a major prospect," he said. "But he's just not as fast vertically. That's the only difference. Russell could put on 20 to 30 pounds and be a linebacker."
Next season, Eggerman has four more Division I prospects to build on.
"Next year should be our year," he said. "We have some playmakers."
Leading off is running back Marcus Mendoza (5-foot-10, 170 pounds), who rushed for just under 1,000 yards and 16 touchdowns. Mendoza missed three games last year and still earned second-team, all-district honors.
"Marcus just knows how to put the football in the end zone," he said. "He's a 4.4 guy with some nice moves. He can do it all and will have some early offers."
Splitting time with Mendoza is Mike Jones (5-foot-10, 200 pounds) - a bruising back with nice speed.
Moving from defensive back to quarterback is Jereme Gray (6-1, 180), who ranks first academically in his class.
"Jereme will be recruited as an athlete and can really run," he said. "He could play wide out our safety at the college level."
Also on defense is Kevin Brothers -- a 6-foot-3, 245-pound defensive end.
"Kevin is so athletic and has the frame to put on some weight," he said. He's going to be one of the best defensive linemen we've had here."
What about juniors-to-be?
"Greg Burks is a can't miss kid at linebacker," he said. "He's just a linebacker but he's so big and talented."
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