Another inside linebacker is emerging in the Houston area and this time it's from Missouri City (Texas) Elkins High School. That is the two-year varsity starter Blake Slaughter.
Slaughter, checking in at 5-foot-11, 214 pounds at last weekend's NIKE Combine in Keller, Texas, is drawing looks from school such as SMU, Rice, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, and Vanderbilt. Slaughter, a second-team all-district selection as a junior, racked up 124 tackles and five sacks in 2006.
"I'm a hard-hitting middle linebacker," Slaughter said. "I can run sideline to sideline, but I play with toughness. I feel like I play the position the way it's meant to be played."
Slaughter holds the single game and single season tackle record at his high school. He's also tied for the single-season sack record there as well. A star in the classroom as well, it's no surprise that he's drawing interest from all over the state and beyond.
Kansas State appears to be a school that could be on the verge of an offer.
"Kansas State, I feel like they're close," Slaughter said. "They send me handwritten letters every day, it's like three or four at a time some weeks."
Though Slaughter isn't one of the biggest linebackers in height in the state, he says that everyone likes him at that position for the next level.
"A lot of schools say that I'm physical enough to be a middle linebacker in college," he said. "That's where everybody wants me at."