Houston (Texas) Klein Forest High School in has several Division I skill position prospects in 2008.
"Our track team came in second in state and won the 4x100," Klein Forest coach Kenneth Hammock said. "We've got some kids that can really run and we get them in open space."
While defensive end Kendrick Payne is the Golden Eagle headliner with offers from Fresno State, Iowa State, Rice, Air Force, Stanford and Tulane, receiver Jared Jerkins is on the rise.
"Jared's track speed translates on the football field," Hammock said. "He can make people miss also. He got a good SAT test score and was a first-team, all-district selection last season."
Jerkins has been verbally offered by Oregon, and is receiving interest from California, Kansas, Tulane, Kansas State and Arkansas.
"I had a good year as a receiver and kick returner," Jerkins said. "I'm going to see what happens this year and hope I get some more offers. I don't mind going out of state to play. I just want to play."
Defensive back Josh Hill had three interceptions as a junior and after one-day camps he's added three offers.
"I've been offered by Kansas, Tulane and Rice," Hill said. "I've also been to the UTEP camp and plan on going to Houston's camp. My favorite school is Arkansas, but if I don't get offered by them, I like the schools that have offered me."
Chris Mazin combines great size and speed at the linebacker position. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound outside linebacker has been offered by SMU. Illinois State, Tulsa, Arkansas and Houston are also pursuing the first-team, all-district selection.
"I really like SMU and Illinois State," he said. "I think both are great schools. I want to wait and see what happens through the summer before making a decision. I also want to see how I do at Houston's camp."
Defensive back Deonte Patrick (6-2, 192-pounds) received an offer from UTEP and is receiving interest from Arizona, Arizona State and Kansas. His brother Dominic Patrick is a defensive back at Arizona.