Spring (Texas) Westfield High School coach Corby Meekins has directed some of the most talented athletes deep into the Class 5A state playoffs over the past several years.
Under that same direction is a new name popping up on the radar.
Quick tackle Brenel Myers (6-foot-2, 265-pounds) moved into Westfield two years ago from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Myers never played organized sports and was walking the halls of the north Houston school when destiny hit.
"Our offensive line coach saw this kid and approached him," Meekins said. "He asked him if he ever played football and he hadn't. No basketball, no nothing. The coach got him out for the off-season after the 2005 season and the rest is history."
Myers started 10 games on the junior varsity level last year, before getting pulled up the varsity for the playoffs. He played three offensive series during The Woodlands' playoff game, replacing an injured starter. The starters came back and Myers was back in a reserve role for the remainder of the playoffs.
Six months later, Myers completed a terrific off-season where he earned a starting spot on the offensive line and shined at Wednesday's spring game.
"Brenel was just offered by UTEP and Boise State after the game," Meekins said. "He's a great kid and has persevered."
While Myers has an unconventional recruiting story, linebacker Herman Mitchell is writing his own chapter at Westfield. Mitchell is the next physical hybrid athlete at Westfield, who collected offers from Arkansas, Baylor and Louisiana Tech this week.
"He's just a tremendous player," Meekins said. "He's being recruited at linebacker and he is very physical. He could be one of the best to come out of here. Oklahoma is evaluating him very seriously as well."
Mitchell also has offers from Colorado and Missouri.