A pair of talented Memphis (Tenn.) Ridgeway prospects are hoping that a summer of hard work will pay off with more scholarship offers this season.
Defensive end Dasmine Cathey and running back Aaron Crawford, both members of the Rivals.com Tennessee Top 20, are still sitting on a limited number of scholarship offers but hope to see that number increase in the near future.
Cathey has added some weight during the summer. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound (up from 194) pass-rushing specialist appears poised for a breakout year.
"The goal is a state championship," Cathey said. "I hope to be a leader on this team and pick my teammates up when they need me."
Cathey had 17 sacks last season and hopes to come close to that number this year.
"I don't know about getting that many sacks, but I hope to get a lot more tackles," he said.
Cathey has a scholarship offer from Mississippi State and is hearing from a number of other programs. He says that some schools have talked to him about playing outside linebacker if he doesn't gain the weight to play defensive end.
Crawford could emerge as one of the top high school backs in the Southeast this year. His junior film certainly is impressive and during he appeared to be in top physical condition during a video interview at his school last week.
He currently holds offers from Mississippi State and Kentucky, but has been hearing from other schools like South Carolina and LSU.
"I am just going to wait until the end of the process to see who really wants me," Crawford said. "But a bunch of schools have been calling and asking about me.
Crawford rushed for more than 2,000 yards last season.
The three-star rated Crawford is the No. 14 overall prospect in the Rivals.com Tennessee top 20. Cathey also is rated three stars and is the No. 13 overall prospect in the Rivals.com Tennessee Top 20.