Just south of Houston, the Clear Lake area is growing at a rapid pace. New high schools barely seem to be able to keep up with the growth.
247Sports visited two of the schools in the district in Clear Lake and Clear Falls.
Clear Lake is home to class of 2014 offensive lineman Blake Blackmar. The 6-foot-5, 309-pound junior has been a known name for some time since he did the almost unthinkable in starting on the offensive line as a freshman at a Class 5A school.
His father Bruce played offensive line at the University of Texas in the 80’s and the younger Blackmar now has plenty of interest from the Big 12 as well.
Baylor was the first to offer Blackmar at a junior day last month. Kansas State followed suit at a junior day of its own. Texas Tech was the latest when the Red Raiders threw their hat into the ring last week. In addition, he has made trips to Oklahoma State and TCU while Cal could be close to offering as well.
Blackmar, a unanimous all-district selection this past season, played tackle for part of the year before moving to center. Colleges are recruiting him all over the line with Kansas State telling him they like him as a tackle while Baylor likes him on the interior. At the moment, his top two schools are Baylor and Kansas State.
The Falcons have a pair of sophomore standouts as well. Wide receiver Jordan Davis played inside this past year but will likely play on the outside as a junior. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound pass-catcher will make the transition to tight end in college though.
He camped at Florida State this past summer and picked up a very early offer from the Seminoles. Clear Lake has a connection to Florida State as former Falcon kicker Dustin Hopkins just finished his career in Tallahassee as the NCAA all-time kicking scoring leader. Davis is high on Florida State with Oklahoma and Texas A&M rounding out his top three. He also plans to camp at Georgia this summer.
Inside linebacker Nathan Fox was a recent standout at the Houston Nike Football SPARQ Combine. At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds already, the sophomore could even end up being a quick defensive end at the next level. He is receiving early interest from Indiana and Oregon and plans to camp at Oregon this summer.
Sophomore tight end Jordan Davis has already been offered by Florida State and has a top three of FSU, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.
Clear Lake has a trio of under-the-radar seniors-to-be as well. When Blackmar was playing tackle, his fellow bookend on the line was Matthew Mucha. The 6-foot-6, 255-pounder is hearing from Kansas State, Northwestern, Oklahoma State and Texas State. Quarterback Sam Smith, the son of the Clear Lake head coach of the same name, as well as safety C.J. Jones are also two players to watch.
Just like its neighbor to the north, Clear Falls is home to a versatile offensive line prospect. Though Cole Anderson was a unanimous all-district pick as a tackle, the 6-foot-4, 265-pound junior probably does not have long enough arms to play that spot in college. He will likely move inside to play guard or center.
Every school that comes by seems to be very impressed with his feet and Texas State recently became the first to offer. In addition, a number of other schools appear to be on the verge of doing so. Duke, Houston, Michigan State and Northwestern are all very high on him and could offer at some point this spring. Anderson likes the Big Ten but he also has strong academics so Duke is intriguing to him as well.
Clear Falls, which played its first-ever varsity season this year, is very young and the sophomore class has a chance to be special.
Leading the way is athlete John Humphrey. The speedy 5-foot-11, 165-pound wide receiver is dynamic with the ball in his hands. His father, also named John, was a member of the Austin American-Statesman Fab 55 in 1995 as a running back out of Galveston Ball. He signed with Mississippi State before eventually landing at Texas A&I (now named Texas A&M-Kingsville). The younger Humphrey is also a track standout and should have a number of offers at this time next year. He could end up playing quarterback as a junior.
Colleges have already started to inquire about sophomore linebacker David Orr as well. His older brother Austin Orr is a sophomore defensive end at North Texas and the 6-foot-1, 210-pound younger brother looks likely to follow his path to an FBS school.
Another sophomore linebacker prospect for Clear Falls is Marcus Foster. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound defender is actually a converted safety so he is definitely a plus-athlete at the position.
Rounding out the group of standout sophomores is defensive end Rahn Bailey. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound defender saw limited action this year but is a big part of the plans for his junior season. His athleticism and build should garner him looks from schools this spring.
Like Clear Lake, Clear Falls also has a couple of under-the-radar juniors.
Running back Brandon Hayward is an impressive 6-foot, 205 pounds and has very good speed. He was behind an all-district performer as a junior but has a chance to have a breakout performance his senior year. Wide receiver Ke'Shawn Holmes is also a playmaker at 6-foot, 170 pounds.