Aldine (Texas) High School is home to one of the state's top running backs in Dontae Williams, but defensive end Phillip Dean is also an intriguing prospect.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Dean had a productive spring under new coach Lionel Crawford, and is getting extra work this summer at the school.
"He's a great kid and will be a nice player in college," Crawford said. "He's got a lot of upside and college recruiters see that. He has the academics and the work ethic to make it."
Dean received his first official offer from Miami (Ohio) University, who is coached by Mike Haywood, who is no stranger to the Bayou City. Haywood recruited Houston for LSU, the University of Texas and Notre Dame, before getting the head job at Miami (Ohio).
At the other defensive end position is Julius Green, who is also receiving notice. At 6-7, 240 pounds, Green has the tools to be a nice surprise for a mid-level Division I program if his football light switch goes off.
"You can't teach 6-foot-7, but he needs some work on the football field," coach Crawford said.
Also working out at the north Houston facility is former Mustang Daniel Campbell, who committed to USC out of high school. He ended up at Hargrave Military Prep last season and was heavily pursued by several national programs. Campbell, however, will be playing for Navarro Junior College next season.