Cedar Park (Texas) has quickly become one of the top programs in the Austin area if not the entire state. The Timberwolves have sent quite a few players on to the next level in recent years and the class of 2012 will be no exception.
In the past week, safety Zach Espinosa picked up his first offer. The 6-fot-2, 190-pound junior is already a two-year varsity standout and he is beginning to get recognized for his efforts.
"I have an offer from Army," Espinosa said. "The coach wanted to offer me and he said he's going to go back and tell the head coach. That was just a few days ago."
In addition to West Point, a Big 12 school is among the other programs that have been showing a lot of interest in Espinosa.
"I've been emailing back and forth with the coaches from Mizzou," he said. "I've been talking to my recruiter, coach (Brian) Jones, and also the defensive coordinator, coach (Dave) Steckel. They came and watched me a few times at school and they really liked me. I've gotten nods from the area recruiter and the defensive coordinator so I've just got to get that last nod from the safeties coach and I will get offered by them too.
"I'm hearing from Houston and Kansas. They came to watch me. Baylor is coming down pretty soon also. I've gotten calls from North Texas, Mizzou, Army, Navy and some others. They just say they're going to come out and watch me and that they want me to go out to their camps and stuff."
Espinosa is hoping to make the rounds visiting college campuses this summer.
"I'm going to go up to Mizzou this summer, probably early June," he said. "I'm going to go check it out and just hang out with the safeties coach.
"For sure I'm definitely going to head up to Mizzou. I'm pretty much just going to see whoever is showing me the most interest and I'll show them the most interest back. I'm definitely going to be camping around Texas though."
Though Espinosa says he plans to take his official visits before making a decision he does admit to wanting a certain offer.
"I'm hoping for the Mizzou one right now," he said. "Coach Jones and I are really close. We always email back and forth. That would be nice to get that Mizzou offer since it's such a prestigious program."