Last year's weakness is this year's strength at The Woodlands (Texas) High School.
The Woodlands struggled keeping defenses off their quarterback last season. In 2006, The Highlanders will have a more experienced line with significant size. The weight room was clanging Wednesday and the offensive linemen were leading the charge.
"Our offensive line should be much improved next season," Highlander coach Mark Schmid said. "We are bigger and could have two or three Division I kids up front."
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Anchoring the group is Brandon Thompson (6-4, 270 pounds), who recently received an official offer from Texas Tech.
"I like Texas Tech, but I'm going to check out other schools too," Thompson said. "I plan on hitting some camps and combines this summer to try and narrow down my college choice."
Schmid also has high praise for lineman John Neill (6-3, 275-pounds), who has good feet and great speed for his size.
"I like Baylor a lot," Neill said. "I just want to play at the next level, so I'm open. For now, I'm just focused and getting bigger and faster."
Rounding out their offensive line prospects is freshman Chad Lindsay, a 6-3, 270-pound youngster with great upside.
"He should start next season," Schmid said. "He's got some work to do, but he could be a big-time recruit."