Running backs have been making waves at Cibolo (Texas) Steele since the days of five-star Malcolm Brown in the 2011 class. When Brown departed Texas Tech signee Justin Stockton took over.
As Stockton heads to Lubbock to join former Steele head coach Mike Jinks, who is now the Red Raiders' running backs coach, standout 2016 running back Bryson Denley is preparing to take on the workload.
Like Stockton, Denley was able to gain valuable experience and turn a few heads of his own while starring next to a standout senior Steele running back.
The 5-9, 170-pound Denley rushed for 711 yards and 12 touchdowns and averaged over 8 yards a carry on his way to first-team all-district honors as a sophomore. He also caught the attention of college coaches.
" I'm getting talked to by Oklahoma, USC, UCLA, Texas Tech, Baylor, TCU, OSU, and Iowa State," Denley said.
He also recently received his first scholarship offer by way of the 2013 Big 12 Champions.
"Baylor," Denley said of who delivered his first offer.
He was excited about the opportunity but he was not surprised.
"They told me they were going to offer when they came to my school for spring practice," Denley said.
The Oklahoma Sooners have also let him know they are very interested. It should also come as no surprise the Red Raiders are hot on his trail.
"They just want me to go down to the campus and visit the school," Denley said. "They'll probably offer this summer."
Growing up he admits he has been a fan of the Oregon Ducks and their fast paced offense, but as he looks at the early recruiting picture there are four other schools standing out.
"Baylor, Oklahoma, UCLA, and USC," Denley said. "They just have a good offense, a good school, a good education."
At this point in the recruiting process he is in no rush to make a decision, but he does have an idea about how he would like to handle the decision making process.
"I'm just going to take it slow and decide my senior year," Denley said.