There is certainly good reason for college coaches to be paying attention to the 2008 and 2009 classes at Madisonville (Texas) High School.
Coach Greg Morgan says that tight end J.D. Standley and linebacker Alonzo Whaley have picked up big attention in this year's recruiting cycle already. Whaley's brother, running back Chris Whaley, is a 2009 prospect that everyone has their eyes on as well.
The Whaley brothers are certainly two of several Madisonville players on the early recruiting radar.
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"Alonzo has been our leading tackler for two years," Morgan said. "He was selected first-team all-state for linebacker and then he was all-district running back and linebacker. We originally were only going to use him in a small role on offense. Alonzo wound up being a two-way starter."
At 6-foot-1, 213-pounds and very athletic, Whaley is being recruited as an outside linebacker. Several schools are sending mail including Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, SMU, and Missouri to name a few.
The Cowboys look to be the first team planning to offer.
"The last conversation that I had with Oklahoma State, they said they were fixing to offer him," Morgan said. "No one has come across with an official one."
Whaley is also close to breaking the school record for career tackles after this last two seasons. His brother, Chris, is a sophomore who looks to be just as successful on offense.
"Chris is going to be extra special," Morgan said about his 2009 running back prospect. "He was the MVP of the district this year with over 2,100 yards rushing and around 30 touchdowns as a sophomore. He's about 6-3, 218 pounds and runs a 4.45-second 400-yard dash."