After a dream season in 2005, Rosenberg (Texas) Lamar Consolidated is working harder than ever to build on its momentum.
The hardest working athlete in the program is senior leader James Rodgers -- a 5-foot-6 defensive back.
"Pound for pound, the best football player in this program is James," Lamar coach Lydell Wilson said.
Offered by Utah State, the only knock on Rodgers is his size. He is currently being evaluated by SMU, Northwestern and Iowa State.
"I pride myself on my work ethic and I know I will get the looks from colleges," Rodgers said. "Every college comes through here to see Jarvis (Jones) and Lavar (Brown), so I get an opportunity to be seen."
Bounced in the second round of the playoffs by Yates, Lamar has its program back on solid footing. Rodgers is one of the cornerstones.
"We want to make a run at state," he said. "After the success we had last year, we are working harder and more kids are coming out for football. I hope that our class had something to do with that."
Rodgers brother, Jaquizz Rodgers, has also been on the recruiting radar since posting some large rushing totals as a sophomore. The area's second leading rusher and leading scorer will carry the torch after his brother is gone.