Sitting behind a table, Eddie Lampkin got emotional.
In front of him were five bags. Each with a school the four-star recruit was considering as his next stop after his playing days at Morton Ranch High School are over. On the bags were TCU, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Seton Hall and WKU logos.
While wiping tears away from his eyes, Lampkin unzipped his black jacket to reveal a TCU t-shirt, while his parents pulled off their sweaters and jackets to reveal the same. Lampkin pulled on a purple TCU hat and threw up the hand signal for the Horned Frogs, officially pledging his talents to TCU.
"When my brother and I started out, everybody doubted us," Lampkin said while wiping tears away. "We just wanted to show them that we could do it."
Lampkin's teammate LJ Cryer verballed to Baylor University earlier this summer, making Morton Ranch one of the most talent-rich boys basketball teams in Houston heading into the 2019 season.
HOUSTON - Sitting at home, due to the floodwaters around his area, Carl Semler's phone started to buzz.
What was coming across his phone were photos of Aldine junior running back Jayden Payne standing next to high water outside of Aldine High School, holding a little girl in his arms. The little girl was the daughter of the woman that Payne had helped pull from the water just minutes before.
"Wins are great, we all want to win on the field, but when you're a winner in life, more than anything we want to raise young men to be winners in life," Semler said. "To me, today Jayden Payne had a win in life that is bigger than North Shore beating Duncanville on the last play of the game. This is a win that eclipses anything that you do on a field or a court. This is what education is all about.
"At Aldine, this is what we emphasize. If you live right and you treat others well and you do everything you can to help everybody else then the winning will take care of itself."