VYPE highlights five sports figures from Lamar Consolidated ISD in this edition of LCISD Headliners presented by Texas Citizens Bank.
Gavin Waits, Fulshear Baseball and Football
The wait is over for Fulshear's Gavin Waits. The 6-foot-4, dual-sport athlete committed to the University of Houston's baseball team over the summer. He's just a sophomore. Waits also plays QB and linebacker for the Falcon football team. The future is bright for Waits and the Falcons as he builds on his high school resume.
Yolanda Sinegal, Lamar Consolidated Volleyball
The Lamar Consolidated volleyball team has a new head coach who will be pacing the sidelines in 2020. The 'Stangs went two rounds deep in the playoffs so the talent is there. Sinegal has been an assistant under the direction of coach Kristen Cavallo, so the transition should be smooth.
Tyler Onyedim, Foster Football
At 6-foot-3, 280-pounds, Tyler Onyedim is a beast in the trenches for the Foster Falcons. He will anchor the defense this season as Dot Nwankwo is off to U of H. Onyedim is committed to Iowa State and will be a perfect fit in the Big 12.
Javon Gipson, George Ranch Football
Javon Gipson is what college coaches look for in a defensive back. Long, rangy and athletic. The Baylor Bears are getting a good one. At 6-foot-3, Gipson will play for one of the best defensive minds in Dave Aranda at Baylor, but he has unfinished business at George Ranch. He has the playoffs on his mind.
Cristian Driver, Terry Basketball
The Terry Rangers have a new head basketball coach. Driver has been the assistant at Manvel High for seven year. The Atascocita grad played his college ball at LeTourneau University. Terry has won a state title over the past decade with Derrick Griffin in the post.
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Frisco Independence safety Caleb Ellis is starting to heat up around recruiting circles. He's picked up a dozen offers in the last month from schools across the country.
"I'm not really surprised because I've always believed in my abilities," he said. "But I'm blessed to be in this position.
"I think what coaches like about me is that I'm versatile," he said. "I can play high-position free safety or come down and play strong safety. I pride myself on not giving up explosive plays whether it be long passes or runs when I come up to support."
At 6-foot, 180-pounds, Ellis combines size and athletic ability. The second-team, all-district DB is also an accomplished jumper on the track team.
Ellis has played football since the third grade and saw himself playing college ball when he as in Little League.
"I was always pretty good," he said. "I played offense to start out and then switched over to defense in high school. I started three games as a sophomore and really stepped up as a junior. We had a great season."
Independence made school history, reaching the Regional Semis.
Before the virus hit, Ellis had an official visit set up to SMU and an unofficial to the University of Houston. He also has offers from Boise State, Boston College, Iowa State, Kansas, ULL, Memphis, Tulane and Washington State, just to name a few.
"My first thing is academics," he said. "I want to find a school that will set me up for after football. I also want to make sure I'm a fit with what they need on defense. I want to make sure I can picture myself on campus, that's why it is so important to be able to take some visits."
For now, Ellis is taking time to get in shape for the 2020 season.
"I'm working on small mechanics," he said. "Footwork, explosiveness and catching the football is what I'm focusing on. I'm modifying my workout to do upper body stuff at home."
In a plot twist, Ellis is a die-hard Houston Texan fan – deep in the heart of Cowboy country.
"I was born in Houston," he laughed. "My favorite player is Deshaun Watson. He can do anything with the ball in his hands. I know it's weird, but I claim Houston as my hometown."