COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Let the Division I defensive back system continue at Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial because there are several corners waiting in the wings to make their mark.
The all-star cast is lead by Texas commit and Texas Top 100 member Robert Joseph but teammates Justin Robertson and 2007 prospect Barry Valcin are ready to make their move along with Joseph to the state's elite group. The 5-foot-11, 177-pound Valcin wants to make sure he's a leader first and foremost.
"I'm just trying to learn from these guys and do what I can do help the team," Valcin said. "These guys have been helping me from day one with stuff like how to use proper technique, getting in front of a pass, and proper side-to-side movement when you're in the backfield."
Valcin, already a top prospect for the 2007 cycle, looks to make waves when his recruitment gets underway just like his teammates. Joseph made his early commitment but tells younger players like Valcin to keep pushing no matter what the situation.
"I'm still hungry and I train everyday like I'm still fighting for a scholarship," Joseph said about his Texas commitment. "You have to do that or you get lazy and we as a team want to be the best out there so we like to have that mindset."
Fellow senior-to-be safety Robertson has received two offers from UTEP and Houston with Arizona knocking on the door. If you ask the defensive backs, Robertson and the rest will tell you that they feel they are the best each time the whistle is blown.
"That's the strength of our team at PA," Robertson said. "People ask and we tell them we've got the best secondary in the state of Texas. I don't know man, we just love this game."
"I never thought I'd be getting scholarship offers but at the same time our focus is this team and making it to state this year."
Memorial also touts a sophomore-to-be in another stellar defensive back, Rashard Brown who will be another defender to watch in the future.