On Thursday, 247Sports hit the road to check out a few schools around the Golden Triangle area of Southeast Texas.
The first stop was Silsbee and the Tigers have plenty of talent for a smaller school. Leading the way is quarterback Patrick Reed. Though the 6-foot-2, 180-pound junior has played other positions in the past, he says all schools are recruiting him as a dual-threat passer.
Reed might even be a little bit taller than 6-2 and he has a good arm. He showed dramatic improvement as a passer between his sophomore and junior years. At the moment he has an offer from local FCS program Lamar. Texas State is showing quite a bit of interest as well and is trying to get him in for a junior day.
The coaches at Silsbee expect Reed to pick up his fair share of offers before all is said and done and that is likely the case.
However, the most impressive prospect at the Class 3A program has not played a down of varsity football yet. Freshman offensive tackle Patrick Hudson measures in at 6-foot-5.5, 330 pounds but does not look any bigger than 280 or so. He has great feet and is already the strongest player on the team. As long as he keeps progressing, he could have offers from every school in the country when it is his turn to go through the process. Though it is still very early, he admits to watch a trio of SEC schools in Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M growing up.
The next stop was about an hour north in Jasper. After sitting through a 45-minute tornado warning that kept the school locked down and the team out of the fieldhouse, the weather finally let up.
Four-star offensive lineman Terrell Cuney, the nation’s top center, did not participate in offeseason workouts because he was headed to a powerlifting meet. He did talk a little bit about his recruitment though.
The 6-foot-3, 265-pound junior has visited LSU, Texas and Texas A&M and is hoping to see Oklahoma State at some point as well. This weekend he is headed to a junior day at Texas – he actually made the trip on Thursday evening and plans to stay in Austin all weekend – and he made it no secret that the Longhorns are at the top of his list.
Silsbee freshman offensive tackle Patrick Hudson has a chance to be a top national recruit in the class of 2016.
However, Cuney did say that he will not likely commit this weekend. He has a junior day planned at Texas A&M for next weekend and wants to see a few other places. Still, he is friends with current Texas offensive line commit Demetrius Knox and, if Knox shows up in Austin for the junior day, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Cuney end his recruitment.
The final stop of the day was always-loaded West Orange-Stark. The school just on this side of the Louisiana border is known for producing skill position players with plenty of speed and the next few classes are no different.
The headliner at the school is actually sophomore safety Deionte Thompson. Though the 6-foot-2, 175-pound two-way standout has yet to pick up his first offer, there is no doubt he will be a national recruit next year.
This weekend Thompson is heading to a junior day at Alabama. When Crimson Tide area recruiter Burton Burns came by the school a year ago, he immediately noticed the then-freshman. SMU is close to extending an offer and Thompson is a fan of Baylor, LSU and Texas.
West Orange-Stark received a nice transfer in the offseason in running back Chris James. The 5-foot-10.5, 185-pound junior came from Beaumont (Texas) Ozen and is already making a big mark on his new school’s track team.
Iowa State and TCU have shown the most interest in James so far and he is the cousin of UTEP defensive back signee Quentin Tezeno.