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North Houston school loaded in 2010

The Klein (Texas) Forest Golden Eagles have developed Division I talent for years, most recently Kansas wide receiver Jonathan Wilson and Kendrick Payne of California.
It's also a terrific basketball school putting out over a dozen Division I hoopers over the past five seasons. True freshman Toure' Murry of Wichita State is the starting point for the Shockers and won't give it up his spot for four years.
With the tradition and athletes passing through the halls of the north Houston school, Klein Forest is secure for years. But who is the baton passed to in 2010?
Kendrick Payne's brother, Damion Payne, led the city of Houston in interceptions in 2008 and will enter next season as Eagles' top prospect.
"He's that big cover corner that everyone looks for," coach Kenny Hammock said. "He's physical, he has the academics and the bloodline for big things."
Payne favors California, Florida, Missouri, Oklahoma State and Texas early, but he's still waiting on his first offer.
"I'm really working this offseason and am already ready for spring ball," Payne said. "As for last year, I credit the defensive line for getting to the quarterback. All I have to do is run to the ball."
Joining Payne on the district first-team was Cameron Nwosu, a 5-foot-10 inside linebacker, who chased down backs and receivers all season for Klein Forest.
"I really like the Big 12 and Conference USA," he said. "I'd like to stay in Texas but I've very open. I'm going to hit the one-day camp and combines hard this spring and get my name out there. I've got the highlight tape to back it up."
Also on defense is tackle Simon Morgan, who favors Texas A&M early. During Hurricane Ike, Morgan missed several practices as he traveled to the storm's ground zero as a volunteer fireman.
"He's a great kid and is still getting bigger," Hammock said. "He's very physical and explosive on the inside."
Klein Forest's top offensive recruit is 2010 offensive lineman Zach Bolton, who was also an all-district selection. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound tackle is looking at Texas, Texas A&M, Arkansas and Alabama.
"He's a can't-miss guy," Hammock said. "He's got light feet for his size and is a great technician."
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