RICHARDSON, Texas - Replacing a star defensive lineman like Ugo Chinasa is not easy for any team, but with the junior defensive lineman who are already making noise for Richardson (Texas) Berkner High School, it doesn't look like it will be that big of a problem.
Defensive end Kramer Lucio and defensive tackle Adrian Campbell have also been the starting juniors up front for the stout Berkner defense. Armed with great size and ability, both Campbell and Lucio are expected to keep the tradition of strong defense going at the Dallas area school for some time.
"We're one of the top defenses in the area right now," Lucio said about his squad. "It all starts up front on either side of the ball and with our size that we have, I think it has helped us make a statement."
Both Lucio and Campbell are receiving their fair share of Division I interest already before even the spring has begun. Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Iowa, Kansas and Boston College have been the consistent programs showing a lot of attention to the Berkner duo.
Lucio has a team in there that he really likes already.
"I like Baylor a lot," Lucio said about his early favorite. "It's close to home and there is just something about them that I've always liked."
Campbell, a 6-foot-6, 240-pound defensive tackle is very open at this time but he also has a team that he's been eyeing for sometime.
"I like Texas, but there haven't been any letters sent yet," Campbell said. "I'm hoping to hear more as we go along because I'm just kind of learning about all this stuff right now."
With different schools in mind for their college days, the similarities are what both defensive stars want to do during their junior year.
"I think as a defense, it's hard to say we haven't been doing well," Campbell said. "I think if you watch though, we'll be even better as our season goes along and we get into our senior year. By that point, we'll be even better."
Lucio also has the same frame of my mind. His attitude is about a team victory rather than individual performances.
"I just want to do what I can to help the team win," Lucio said. "We go into every game with the mindset to shut down the other team's offensive line. If we do that, then the defensive is playing well and we're making things happen for our offense."