Two years ago, Bellaire Episcopal was home to LSU commit Kellen Theriot and Northwestern linebacker David Nwabuisi. Last year, offensive lineman John Wooldridge took the baton and was a Division I commit to TCU.
Several athletes are looking to be that prospect in 2009 and quarterback Shane Carden could be the guy. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound signal-caller had a solid junior season and worked this offseason with quarterback guru Steve Clarkson.
"He's very athletic and has a strong arm," coach Steve Leisz said. "He can really throw the deep ball well and his mechanics are improving. He had a nice camp at the Elite 11 and I think his confidence will be high coming into the season."
While Carden has no offers, he is receiving interest from the likes of Colorado, Boise State, Rice, Houston, Northwestern, San Diego State and Oregon. He has taken several unofficial visits this summer.
Hybrid athlete William Buckwalter (6-3, 245-pounds) plays tight end and defensive end for Episcopal. He holds offers from UTEP and Houston, while Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Tulane and Rice are nearing.
"William has a great first step and is so explosive," Leisz said. "He had 11 sacks last year and just gets up field so well."