Klein, Texas junior star J.B. Shugarts wrapped up his holiday season with the U.S. Army All-American football combine at the this past weekend.
After going through all of the instruction with other national prep underclassmen, Shugarts took in the all-star game with junior prospects eager to playing in the exhibition next year.
The 6-7, 285-pound offensive lineman/tight end palled around with Michael Brewster of Orlando, Florida, and Mike Adams of Dublin, Ohio, during the event. All three will be national recruits for 2008.
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"We had some good instruction and then did some one-on-one drills," Shugarts said. "It thought I did really well. The first guy I went up against was R.J. Washington and I thought I did very well against him.
"It was a great weekend to just hang out with the guys who I'll be playing with or against in years to come."
Over the weekend, Shugarts also announced his final six schools, which includes Texas, Oklahoma, LSU, Florida, Ohio State and Michigan.
"I'm pretty comfortable with those schools and I might even cut in to five over the next few weeks," Shugarts said. "I'm not going to make a decision until I am totally comfortable with one school."
Also over the holiday break, Shugarts joined Gilmer, Texas, athlete Justin Johnson in Atlanta to work with Johnson's personal trainer.
"Atlanta was pretty cool but we were pretty tired after some the workouts that we didn't see much of the city," he said.
While Shugarts will not be playing basketball for the Klein Bearcats this season, he will be staying in shape with another round ball. Shugarts made the varsity basketball team as a freshman, but will be kicking around the soccer ball over the next few months.
"I've got some buddies and we put together a soccer team," he said. "I'm not sure who we are playing but it helps with endurance and footwork. We've been having fun with it.
"I play on the last line of defense."
Now that is a scary thought for the average 135-pound, fleet-footed, Houston-area soccer player.