MISSOURI CITY, Texas – Ridge Point High is a new high school on the southwest side of the Greater Houston area. Though the Panthers played their first varsity season this year, they earned a trip to the Class 4A state playoffs.
Cameron Townsend has been offered by Texas and plans to visit Texas A&M this Friday.
Though Ridge Point did have a senior class this year, the team returns most of its top talent. In fact, it is the current sophomore class that has many in the Houston area expecting big things from the Panthers.
The top prospect in the program is linebacker Cameron Townsend. The class of 2015 defender earned first-team all-district honors this year, gaining the attention of several programs.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound linebacker recently picked up his first early offer when he attended a sophomore day at the University of Texas. It came as a bit of a surprise to him to receive an offer this early in the process but he knows he worked hard to get to this point.
“At first I was (surprised about the Texas offer),” Townsend said, “but I knew I earned it. I work hard every day and I made sure I put myself in a good situation to where I do get unexpected offers like that.
“I didn’t go there expecting to be offered but I’m not surprised I did get offered because I know I worked hard for it.”
Townsend has drawn comparisons to a current college standout that attended a nearby high school. He has much the same build and plays with the same speed as Oklahoma State’ Shaun Lewis. Lewis plays the hybrid “Star” position for the Cowboys and Townsend knows he could end up doing something similar at the next level.
“I think I could be an outside linebacker in college,” he said. “I also think I could be a safety in college. That’s one thing I think I bring to the table is versatility, even if I don’t just play one position. I could maybe play even more than position in a game.
“It all depends. Maybe I gain some weight and play linebacker for sure. Maybe I get faster and move to safety for sure. I’m willing to play anything that a school wants me to.”
Once the offer from the Longhorns came in, Townsend started to hear from a couple of other in-state programs and he has another visit lined up for this coming weekend.
“I was invited to Texas A&M this Friday,” he said. “I’m going up there for the Friday Night Lights deal they’re having this Friday. My coach told me Baylor also was interested in me visiting.”
As far as early favorites, Townsend maintains that he is wide open. However, in addition to the schools that have shown interest, he would like to hear from some others – specifically those in a pair of conferences.
“I really like some of the schools in the Pac-12 like USC and Oregon State,” he said. “I like some of the teams in the Big 12 like Baylor and some other schools. I’m just keeping my options open though – whoever likes me, I like them.”
-Ridge Point has a member of the class of 2014 that is receiving attention in safety Camyron Brown. Though he has yet to pick up his first offer, the 5-foot-10.5, 188-pound defender is receiving the most interest from Baylor and North Texas. He has also been hearing from Kansas, Texas State and UTSA.
-There are several other members of the sophomore class expected to be FBS recruits. Dual-threat quarterback Troy Alexander unfortunately suffered a season-ending injury in the first practice of the fall. However, he is back and ready to play his junior year. He was a standout on the camp circuit last summer.
Alexander doesn’t have the job locked up though. After he went down, fellow sophomore Jesse Crebbe took the reins and did a very good job. He has gained the attention of college coaches. Deante Ford is a shifty slot receiver who also plays some cornerback. He will be a big part of the offense this coming season. Jordan Tolbert is a cornerback that has good size and coverage skills.