Houston Yates' first line of defense begins with defensive end Quinten Smith, who combines the size and speed coveted by college recruiters. Smith (6-foot-2, 214 pounds) verbally committed to Houston during a Cougar summer camp, but is being wooed by several schools.
"I'm getting a lot of calls and a lot of coaches are coming by to watch practice," he said. "UTEP recently offered my and Utah and North Texas have visited with me at school recently. I'm exploring some other options right now."
Smith has offers from Arkansas, Iowa, Houston, Louisiana Tech, Grambling and Alcorn Stat, while favoring Houston, Texas A&M, UTEP and Arizona.
"Schools talked to my coach about moving me to the defensive line because they like my size and speed," he said. "They see me putting on some weight in college and keeping my speed down."
Smith demonstrated he could play with the big boys last weekend when he tallied three sacks against Booker T. Washington offensive lineman Reginald Youngblood, who hadn't given up a sack in two seasons.
"That was not only big for me, but for our team," he said. "It gave us the confidence to win that game. That was our district championship - now we are just getting ready for the playoffs."