ALDINE, Texas - With top prospects in this year's senior class, don't look for Aldine High School and coach Bob Jones to be shy of top notch Division I stars in the classes upcoming.
In fact, the 2007 and 2008 classes are already the talk of the school in sophomore safety Curtis Thomas who already has quite the frame standing at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds. The speedy defensive back will be followed by the giant sophomore offensive tackle Daniel Campbell who is already over 6-foot-5, 330 pounds.
The future is very bright for coach Jones and his talented team.
"Thomas will be a weak-side safety for us but will probably be quarterback after Terrance Anderson graduates," Jones said about his young defender. "He's a 4.4 speed kid who is just great athlete all around. His uncle is Juqua Thomas from the NFL."
"Campbell is a big kid with ankles like a wide receiver. He has the opportunity to be on of the great ones to come through this program."
Four-star rated senior defensive back Terrance Anderson is the quarterback right now for the Mustangs, but Johnson has been learning from his friend about both sides of the ball.
When the time comes for him to take over on offense calling the plays, he says he'll be ready.
"Terrance and I went to combines this summer together, worked out together, and pretty much just hung out with each other at all times," Thomas said about the friendship between the two players. "We also went down to the Oklahoma State camp together. I'll be there to help out when my number is called."
Anderson, who is having quite the senior recruiting process with offers from all over the country, is giving the younger players with such talent a taste of what things will be like for them.
"I watch Terrance at all times," Thomas said. "He's like my role model. I just love seeing him play. When he makes a big play, I'm the first one to give him a handshake. I'll always be there for him like he's helped me."
"When my recruiting process comes, I'll really start looking at all the schools out there I like such as Florida and Texas. I'm hoping to hear from them. That would be like my dream places to go to school."
Campbell, a big framed offensive lineman who is barely even 16 years old, is a bit far off from recruiting processes. However, he has the ability to be very special when his time comes.
After sustaining an injury during his freshman year, he stayed down at the junior varsity level to rest up and get ready for a big varsity career. Now, he's healed and ready to learn.
"I'm just the backup being my first year here and I'm learning everyday in practice," Campbell said. "We have a lot of good offensive line back and they may move some guys around to get me in, but I'm getting a lot of experience watching the older players."
Campbell claims that his biggest strength is pass protection. Though he would like to work on his run blocking before college coaches start looking, he's already getting his name out there.
When that recruiting process does come, he'd like to hear from one Florida school in particular.
"I grew up watching Miami and I always loved the way they played on both sides of the ball," Campbell said. "You could say that's my No. 1 school already."
It's very clear that this talented group of juniors at Aldine could be just a taste of the kind of players not only at Aldine, but in the Houston area for the classes of 2007 and even 2008.