Big defensive linemen that can move well are always at a premium. College coaches seem to salivate when they find a prospect that fits that mold. Because of that, a top Houston junior is seeing quite a bit of attention.
Humble, Texas defensive tackle Paul Boyette Jr.. The 6-foot-4, 280-pound first-team all-district selection has seen numerous recruiters come through the doors if his high school as of late and they have all taken notice.
"I'm hearing a lot from Texas, Texas Tech, (Texas) A&M, OU, Oklahoma State, UCLA, Alabama," Boyette said. "There are like 20-something schools that are sending me a lot of stuff."
In fact, Boyette has already picked up several early offers from some top programs.
"Bama has offered me. I really do like Alabama," he said. "Coach Bo Davis had come by my school for the last game of the regular season. He liked what he saw and everything. I've talked to him since and he asked me how I liked Alabama and everything. I told him I was really interested in them and everything.
"OU, Oklahoma State and Nebraska have talked about offering. Nebraska and OU have both actually offered already. OSU hasn't just yet. A&M is very close to offering too."
Boyette says that Alabama is the early leader and Davis have kept in regular contact.
"We've been touching base every once in a while," he said. "I talked to him through Facebook one day and he asked me if I was ready to be a member of the Crimson Tide. I'm just waiting a little while, until after signing day. That's where I might go. I've gone through the process of registering with the Clearinghouse so I'm just waiting for that to happen. They're my No. 1 school right now."
Boyette says he also regularly talks to a couple of Big 12 coaches.
"I talk to coach (James) Patton at OU," he said. "He also came to my last game. Coach (Bobby Jack) Wright is also my recruiter for them.
"At A&M I've talked to coach Terrell Williams and coach (Mike) Sherman. Coach Williams and I have a very close relationship. We talk a lot. He asks me how I'm doing and everything. My first time ever going to A&M was this year when they beat OU. I really liked it. Their atmosphere was crazy and I could really see myself playing there. He said I could have a very good shot of playing my freshman year."
In addition to a game at Texas A&M, the big defender also visited a Big 12 North program this fall.
"I also went to a game at Missouri," Boyette said. "That's another school that's recruiting me hard. I talk to coach (Bruce) Walker and coach (Josh) Henson. I went there to go see Missouri and OU play. I was supposed to make it to the Texas-Oklahoma State game but I had the playoffs."