Klein (Texas) Klein Oak High School has been a hotbed over the past few seasons as it relates to football recruiting. With that said, coach David Smith is blessed with one of the most talented 2011 prospects in the country.
Defensive end Nathan Hughes is shooting up the recruiting charts after his stellar play as a sophomore. The 6-foot-5 defender recently attended the University of Texas one-day camp and was called to the head coach's office.
"Nathan got to meet coach Mack Brown and lets just say they really like him," Smith said. "I think if Texas offers, it is a done deal. He has been a Texas fan ever since he can remember and it would be a dream come true."
Hughes was an all-district selection as a sophomore and combines size, speed, responsibility, and a great football IQ.
"Nathan can run, is flexible and has a great frame with long arms," said Smith. "He is a tremendously instinctive player and I would be shocked if he were not one of the top five players in the state his senior year, if not the best.
"What also sets him apart is his leadership," Smith said. "He is a sophomore who organizes a lot of our offseason and takes role on a daily basis."
Also in the Panther den is defensive back Trey Payne, a senior, who was recently offered by UTEP. Inside linebacker Demmetrick Gilliam has also been offered by the Miners.
"Payne is a great cover corner who has great ball skills," Smith said. "Gilliam used to play running back, so he is very explosive and covers a lot of ground."