Who is next in line at North Shore? Great question entering fall practice on the south Houston state champion’s practice field.
Andre Gurode (Dallas Cowboys) passed the label to Chris Redding (Arizona Wildcats), who passed it Cory Redding (Detroit Lions), who passed it on to Jonathan Jackson (Oklahoma), who passed it on to Bryant Brown
(Houston) who passed it on to Bobby Reid (Oklahoma State), who has passed it on to Dajleon Farr.
But it still begs the question, who is next?
Farr will be the most heavily recruited athlete out of North Shore this season. He will be joined by teammates Everett Edwards (second-team all-Greater Houston), Freddie Patton (offer from Louisiana-Lafayette),
Josh Jolivette (brother of NFL rookie Mike Jolivette), Clifford Gilliam (2003 second leading rusher) and Tyrone Samuels in the college ranks.
They will all end up somewhere. Samuels has been called the school’s best receiver in history by coach David Aymond.
But really, who is the next great Mustang?
Lumbering around the second day of practice is Ryan Riggins. You can feel him nearing.
“When he matures, Ryan Riggins will be the next great North Shore Mustang,” coach Aymond says surveying his practice field.
Riggins has North Shore offensive and defensive coaches fighting for his services. The 6-6, 330-pounder is currently playing on the defensive line and matches Hastings’ Vincent Oghobasse in size.
While Riggins should be their biggest recruit in stature, other soon-to-be juniors will challenge him for the most offers in 2006.
Tight end Earl Mitchell (6-2, 240-pounds), who received some playing time as a sophomore, will be featured as a blocker in the two-tight set.
Quarterbacks Terrance Cain (6-2, 170-pounds) and Kevin Rutledge (6-1,
170-pounds) mirror each other with good feet and above average arms. They will pilot the offense for the next two seasons.
The special athlete who will turn heads this season is running back Allen Sims. The 5-10, 190-pound back has a bright future if he can get on the field. He lettered as a sophomore and was injured with a knee
injury last season. Sims combines strength and speed that college coaches covet in a running back.