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Houston Northland Christian has not been immune to the revolving door of players moving in and out of private schools.
Most notably, Cypress Falls move-in quarterback J.P. Tillman left Northland Christian. He camped this summer at several schools and received offers from Missouri and Duke.
Tillman committed to Missouri and is now the starter at Cy Falls.
Why did he leave Northland Christian in the first place?
Tillman lost the starting position to Jeff Abt (6 feet 4, 175-pounds) during the last regular season game a year ago and the playoffs. Tillman had no guarantees entering this season and transferred.
Abt attended quarterback camps this summer, improving on his mechanics and arm.
"I'd consider myself a drop back passer, but I don't have much of an opportunity run the ball," the junior quarterback said. "I've already started getting some mail but I'd like to go to school in California – like the University of San Diego or San Diego State.
"I feel like I have to dominate at this level to get noticed," he said. "I also play baseball as a pitcher. I throw about 86 miles per hour."
Though Northland lost Tillman, Klein Forest's Mark Wilson arrived to man the defensive line.
"I played tight end at Klein Forest, but it was my senior year and I felt like a needed a change," Wilson said. "Everyone has been very welcoming here and I'm looking at playing at the next level."
Northland Christian has welcomed Wilson (6-1, 265), who leads the team in tackles.
Aldine Nimitz move-in Kendrick Blue (6-1, 185) also moved to Northland Christian.
"I think it's the best decision I've ever made," Blue said. "What's different is the number of kids out here. In public schools, there is just more kids playing. The speed is a little different."
Houston, TCU and Iowa State are a few schools who have found Blue in his move. At Nimitz, Blue was a successful defensive back. He has moved to running back at Northland.
"I don't care where I play," he said. "I just want to play in college."
Northland's top prospect is linebacker Garrett Van Dyke, who took an unofficial visit to Texas when the Longhorns played Rice.
"It was very nice," the 6-foot-2, 211-pound linebacker said. "I got to see all of their facilities and get on the field before the game. It was impressive. I've been getting a lot of mail from Wisconsin, Texas A&M, TCU and Arkansas."
Other Northland Christian prospect include kicker Clark Fangmeier. Fangmeier (6-0, 180-pounds) is the nation's No. 15 kicker and is receiving interest from Kansas State and Harvard. He is also doubling as a receiver and leads the team with 11 receptions.
J.P. Tillman VideoClick Junior defensive lineman Scott Milbourn (6-1, 266) and junior running back Matt Krob (5-9, 165) will also draw attention from various colleges as a senior. Here to view this Link.
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