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James makes decision for Houston

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Missouri City (Texas) Fort Bend Marshall High School is again on the map with several Division I prospects and already three commitments.
The first two commitments were defensive tackle Jeremy Coleman (TCU) and safety Kristophar Rhymes (Baylor). Marshall coach Michael O'Guin says that now there is a third and another prospect on the verge of making a decision.
"Leonard James has committed to Houston," O'Guin said. "He also had another offer from Louisiana-Lafayette. Leonard wanted to stay close to home. He's really close to his mom and he wanted me as close to her as he could so she could see him play. He's a really good athlete.
"James started as a tailback, but we moved him over to defensive end. He caught on quick and got in the rotation as a junior. They're projecting him as an outside linebacker in Houston's scheme. It's just the perfect fit for him. That's where he wants to go and he doesn't anticipate looking around or taking any other visits."
Another Marshall prospect looking over his options is defensive tackle Phillip Longino who stands at 6-foot, 260 pounds. Offers have come for him and he's in the process for taking unofficial visits over the next week or two.
"Phillip has some unofficial visits set up that he's planning to take," O'Guin said. "He's doing an unofficial visit to Houston on Friday, Louisiana Tech on Saturday, then he's trying to take an unofficial visit to SMU one day next week. He's been offered by those schools and also Air Force, Louisiana-Lafayette, and Central Florida.
"He's thinking about making a decision something in the next week or so."
O'Guin says that Longino, an all-district selection as a junior, like James, started his career on offense. After moving from fullback over to defensive tackle, things really clicked.
"He's the strongest kid we have in the program with a 415-pound bench," O'Guin said. "He's really good at playing double-teams and he's just a physical player. You watch his film, and you also see a good burst off the ball. We just feel he's going to be a big asset for us coming back for our senior year."
Other prospects that are expected to gain attention include defensive lineman Steven Ogebedle, cornerback Michael Duhon, and linebacker Justin Fletcher.
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