Only three starters return for Humble (Texas) High School, but those three are pretty good according to coach Walt Beasley who is looking to lead his team through a tough district schedule.
His team seems to start and end with quarterback/athlete, Texas A&M commit Jerrod Johnson who is about to be named to the All-Greater Houston team for 2005. The 6-foot-6, 219-pound big-bodied talent is joined by a quality defender in linebacker John Richardson who is putting on weight and ready to break out.
"I believe if we get after it, we've got a chance to finish at least third in district," Beasley said. "We've got a young offensive line, but defensively we've got quite a few back. Hopefully they'll carry us until we can get better on offense."
Losing a quarterback and receiver definitely could make it a rougher transition than Beasley would have preferred. However, defensively the 6-foot-1, 233-pound Richardson is backing up the line with his weight reaching nearly 250 pounds now.
"John is coming on now," Beasley said. "The mail just keeps coming for him from colleges all over. Houston, SMU, Missouri, Utah, Arkansas, Colorado, UTEP, and a ton more are sending stuff. I give him a stack about every three days."
"I don't know of any offers yet, but it will happen."
One player that is only a 2007 prospect was supposed to make a huge impact after exploding on to the scene as merely a sophomore. Junior running back Reggie Brown, the 5-foot-11, 200-pound highly touted younger prospect was expected to make another huge impact this season.
During a 7-on-7 tournament this summer, the up-and-coming player tore his ACL after making a cut up field following a big catch. He will be out for his junior season but is expected to receive heavy recruiting interest come his senior year.
One thing is for sure, the College Station bound Johnson is going to really lead the team with not only his athletic ability, but his maturity.
"He handles everything pretty well," Beasley said about his quarterback. "He went to a lot of camps like the Peyton Manning camp this summer and the A&M coaches have told me that he's the best looking quarterback they've seen."