Well, Katy might disagree as the Tigers are the Class 6A DII defending state champs, but let's start on the #Eastside.
The defense is loaded throughout. Upfront is Texas-commit Kris Ross and Tai Leonard (6-foot-4), who is up to double-digit offers. Jacoby Brass is starting to gain momentum and has offers from Marshall and Utah State.
The linebacking corps is led by 2022's Kent Battle and Joshua Garrett and 2023 Jonavan Chenier-Flemings.
The back-end is loaded with national recruit Denver Harris, who is sidelined right now with a knee injury. Caleb Flagg is a beast at safety along with Jayven Anderson (2023), who has recently been offered by UTSA. Class of 2023 corner Jacoby Davis has five SEC offers along with Baylor, Utah, and Michigan. Tavon Griffin will also play safety.
Move-in Darrell Michael Jean was taking QB1 snaps in the spring. He also plays baseball and moves over from Legacy School of Sports Science. He played at Cypress Ranch before that. He has a solid arm and can run. He's getting the kitchen sink thrown at him right now as game speed is different at North Shore. Especially with eight, likely DI, athletes chasing him at practice on defense.
He will have some weapons in receivers Jhalyn Bailey (Colorado-offer), Nessiah Dunham, David Amador and Joseph Richard. The 6-foot-4 Richard is getting his football legs under him after playing basketball only. He will be a senior.
How about a tight end in the mix? Class of 2024 Kaleb Thomas is every bit of 6-foot-4 and is just a baby. He's going to be special at TE and has basketball skills with great feet and hands.
In summary, the OL needs a little work and a big-time RB wouldn't hurt to take the pressure off the new QB. Those are some big shoes to fill.
HOUSTON - It has been a year since Rick LaFavers took over the reins of the Ridge Point football program.
Of course, his first offseason was unlike anyone that he has ever experienced with no spring football, traditional summer workouts and the season itself being pushed back into September. Despite all of that, the Panthers made a run in the playoffs reaching the fourth round where they fell to North Shore.
Well, Spring Football is back in 2021, and Ridge Point has been hard at it for a few weeks. LaFavers brings back his quarterback in Bert Emanuel Jr., who was a standout at the Elite 11 Houston Regional, DK Kalu on the defensive side of the ball, and rising star in Andre Davis at receiver.
VYPE heading out to Spring Football with the Panthers and mic'd up Coach LaFavers for this VYPE Feature.
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