The college football superstore of Texas is stocked again, and college recruiters are flocking to see the volume of prospects. La Marque (Texas) High School is always loaded, but the Gulf Coast town is especially loaded with the bigs.
Aundre McGaskey has already committed to Texas and Raphael Guidryhas his fair share from Big 12 schools. But, the athletic Michael Ray could be the ultimate prize.
"Aundre is a great player, but Michael's stock is fixing to soar," La Marque coach Bryan Erwin said. "Miami was in here the other day and just loves him. I haven't seen an official offer yet, but they really loved him.
"He's been a starter for three years and he's so athletic for how big he is. He's big, strong and nasty and has put on 30 pounds from last year. The big boys are going to be coming back on him."
Ray will play both ways during his senior season on the interior lines and often doles out the punishment to his own teammates.
"Michael can play either (side) in college," Erwin said. "We just don't have a lot of tape on him on defense. He could be a great defensive lineman or center. We've been working hard on Raphael (Guidry) and punished him a little bit. To get back to where he was, we made him go against Michael all day yesterday."
Missouri, Kansas State, Kansas and Baylor have already offered Ray, but more will follow as the spring goes along. He will be an academic qualifier by the fall.
Miami is a school that is showing lots of interest and could be close to an offer as well.
In another interesting development at La Marque, offensive lineman Brandon Garrett (6-foot-6, 275 pounds) may only have one more year of high school eligibility left. Erwin is trying to petition for another year of eligibility because of Garrett's age. Garrett was thought to be an incoming junior, but this may be his last year.