North Richland Hills (Texas) Richland coach Eugene Wier has two legitimate Division I prospects this year and with his experience in the state of Kansas for many years, his opinion is certainly valuable.
Wier was a coach for Olathe (Kan.) North High School for more than 20 years where he coached players such as former Kansas State and NFL running back Darren Sproles. Wier, who's obviously seen his fair share of talent, says his two prospects at Richland certainly get high marks from him.
One is linebacker/safety Victor Jones.
"Athletically, he's right there with some of the guys I've coached," Wier said. "Defensively, he's one of the better one. He reminds of Maurice Mack who just graduated from Kansas State and played linebacker at Kansas State. But, Victor is a little faster.
"The thing is, what's intriguing about him, is he has the speed to play in the secondary but the size to play outside linebacker. Those are hard to come by. He can cover and you need a guy these days who is versatile."
Jones was an all-district selection as a junior. Recruiting is picking up.
"He doesn't have any offers but I think he'll have some early," Wier said. "He's been to Oklahoma State and Texas A&M for junior days. TCU invited him to come this weekend."
The other prospect that schools are looking for is defensive/offensive lineman Deveric Gallington who stands at 6-foot-4, 329 pounds.
"He played nose tackle, but we're moving him to offensive tackle this year," Wier said. "I project him to the guard position in college. He's lost weight and he's only 16, so there is a good chance he could get taller."
Wier says that Gallington's hand size and wingspan is what hamkes him impressive. He also added that once Gallington works on conditioning, he'll be a complete player and a highly sought-after prospect.
"I think he'll get an early offer too," Wier said. "You see a guy like that running down a track and it's hard not to like him. He squatted in our testing recently at 600 and benched 400 pounds."