It's going out on a limb to call a sophomore a "can't miss" Division I prospect, but there are exceptions.
Klein offensive lineman J.B. Shugarts is a "can't miss" with an exclamation point. The 6-6, 285-pound man-child is being mentored by teammate Christ Stewart, another national recruit from the north Houston school, and watched Michigan freshman Mark Ortman from the junior varsity sideline.
While it's two years away, Shugarts is the next big-time recruit for the Bearcats.
"He's a good athlete with good feet," Klein coach Stan Labay said. "He's a big kid who also plays basketball, so he's pretty athletic. We had to move him up to the varsity level as a sophomore and he's done a good job for us. College coaches all noted him when they came through to see Chris Stewart. He'll be a major Division I kid."
Shugarts is ready for the recruiting process already. After his freshman season, he took unofficial visits to Miami, Auburn, Pittsburgh, Texas and Colorado to attend camps.
"I'm getting a lot of mail from everyone right now including Tennessee, Michigan, Texas A&M, Ohio State, Miami – everyone," he said. "But right now I'm just concentrating on getting better and playing on a pretty big offensive line. I'm learning from one of the best right now in Chris (Stewart)."
Miami comes up in most of his conversations but it's too early to tell. He's still got braces for goodness sakes.