Var'Keyes Gumms is New Orleans born and bred.
The West Bank-native happened to land at Dekaney High School a few years back, who is led by Baton Rouge-native coach Anthony Williams.
"There was a lot going on in New Orleans and moving to Houston was just a better opportunity," Gumms said. "Playing for Coach Williams reminds me of home. He's a Louisiana guy who just understands."
Ahmonte Watkins wanted to see how he would stack up against Texas track competition.
In a twist of fate, he moved from Riverside Academy in Reserve, Louisiana in January to live with his mom and sister, who live in the Klein Forest High School zone.
The Golden Eagles won Class 6A state a year ago.
"When I got here, I really wanted more competition on the track side," he said. "I hit a PR (personal record) in the 200-meters the week before the virus hit. We were really going to be good as a team."
While he wanted to test himself on the oval, the real test will come on the football field next year. The 5-foot-10, move-in running back is a four-star recruit for newly-hired head coach Johnathan Wilson.