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CULTURE FIT: College Park hires red-hot Coats after State Title with Desoto
Kyle Coats has been named College Park’s third coach in school history and comes over to run the Cavalier program with some new hardware. Coats was the co-defensive coordinator at Desoto High School, which won Class 6A DII State Championship in December.
Coats has been around the college game with stops at the University of Texas, Hardin Simmons, Trinity and ETBU. In the high school ranks, he’s been at Westwood, Desoto and now has his first head job at College Park.
In this can’t-miss interview with the young coach, he talks about his interesting path to Conroe ISD.
AS THE UIL TRACK & FIELDSEASON PROGRESSES THIS SPRING, KLEIN CAIN WILL LOOK FOR THROWER KACIE RHODES TO PROPEL THE HURRICANES INTO POSTSEASON CONTENTION.
Rhodes has built a phenomenal high school career in shot put (Personal Record: 12.89m), discus (PR: 42.35m) and hammer (37.38m). Furthermore, the work she’s put in at the USATF Junior Olympics has made her a seven-time All American.
The path to success for Rhodes began early on, competing as early as six years old. She was following the footsteps of her older sister Kiana Lowery, who would inspire her to push even further.
“When I got to high school and I saw my older sister [Lowery] move to the next level, I thought ‘this is what I really want to do, too’,” said Rhodes. “She’s now at the University of Texas. I learned from her to never be afraid to put myself out there. There’s always going to be competition along the way, and one should always do their best. She is always very resilient, so that rubbed off on me and makes me aspire to compete at a higher level.”
As it turns out, Rhodes will be joining her sister in Austin following her upcoming graduation. The soon-to-be Texas Longhorn had an easy choice to make upon where she intended to continue her track and field career.
“The environment [at UT] appealed to me the most,” Rhodes said. “The track team is like a family, they’re very welcoming. The city of Austin is beautiful and seeing how much fun my sister is having out there, I knew that she would never go somewhere she wasn’t enjoying. She’s also my best friend, so being there with her will really make me happy.”
None of this would have been possible if not for Rhodes’ persistence.
During her sophomore year, Rhodes suffered an ACL tear playing basketball in the ‘Canes’ first game of the season.
“That tear set me back an entire year in track,” she said. “So, I didn’t get to compete in school track, and I wasn’t supposed to compete at all until I was cleared. I began to throw again in the summer, but it was a mental game for me. I was trying to break 40 meters, and that willed me back into contention.”
Rhodes intends to make a push for State this Spring, prior to becoming a Longhorn. As luck would have it, the UIL State Meet is on the campus of the University of Texas. This script just writes itself.
GAME-BREAKERS: VYPE's top offensive standouts at the Under Armour Camp
The Under Armour Underclassman Report Camp was held at Planet Ford Stadium in Spring over the weekend as athletes from Texas and the southeast came to together to show their skills.
Dozens of DI prospects at each position ran through a combine as well as competing in one-on-ones.
Several stars were on hand and others established themselves as solid DI prospects.
Let’s take a look at the offensive side of the ball.
Hauss Hejny – Aledo, QB
Dual-threat QB with a strong, accurate arm. Tremendous football IQ. Like the velocity and different arm angles. Leader of super-program with a State Ring this past fall. A little undersized at 5-foot-11 but the arm talent is there. Decommitted from Baylor but has a solid offers list. Was the QB MVP.
Nate Kibble – Atascocita, OL
Won the offensive line MVP. The next big thing at Atascocita – Kenyon Green, Kam Dewberry and Samu showed him the way. This inside guy is 6-foot-3 and over 300 pounds. Great footwork and stays in front of athletic DLs. Good first punch and has strong hands. LSU, TCU, Texas and Texas A&M have all offered.
Taji Atkins – Westfield, RB
Rushed for over 1,000 yards and 16 rushing TDs as a junior against some good competition. See the Duncanville tape. At 5-foot-9, Atkins can run in space and away from people. Really good in the classroom with offers from some Ivy’s and good mid-majors. No linebacker could keep up with him in one-on-ones. Was a pleseant surprise at the camp.
Andrew Marsh – Jordan, WR
One of the top 2025 WRs in the country. Rangy, athletic and can win 50-50 balls. Huge catch radius, if the ball is around him he is coming down with the catch. Runs track. Has over 24 dozen offers. Will be taking visits to Auburn, Michigan, USC, Oklahoma, LSU, Nebraska and more this off-season.
Quanell Farrakahn Jr., The Woodlands, WR
Also a national 2025 recruit at the receiver spot. Great route runner and gets in and out of cuts with explosion. He is the most athletic player at The Woodlands and can flip to DB when needed. Also returns kicks. Recently dropped Top 5 of Penn State, Florida State, Tennessee, TCU, and Georgia.
OTHERS OF NOTE
Tracy James II, Cy Ranch, WR
One of the most slept on WR in the Greater-Houston Area. His Saturday camp performance earned him an invite to Sunday's invite only camp. Great slot route-runner. Good hands. Has the speed to get behind any defender. His recruitment should pick up during the Spring. College Coaches get on this kid NOW!
Adrian Wilson, Pflugerville Weiss, WR
First time seeing Wilson in person... crazy vertical at 38 inches. Rising 4-star prospect that has been picking up major traction on the recruiting trail. Clean route runner and large catch radius. Really liked his size at Wideout, expect him to rise in rankings soon and for the offer list to grow.
Roman Seymour, Manvel, QB
The upcoming sophomore has all the tools. Great frame -- will fill out a 6-foot-6, 192 pounds. Offered by UH, Pitt and Aggies already. Ball comes out with ease, Great accuracy, Good velocity on throws. Really impressive QB prospect that will be one of the best in the State come his Senior year. New coach Kirk Martin will have a ball with this one.
Jaquise Martin, Bryan Rudder, Athlete
Newcomer of Year in district. Great hands and route running ability. Looked good in the slot at the camp. He can create separation. Will be an all-purpose guy in college like an Anais Smith at Texas A&M. Came away really impressed with the Sophomore from Rudder.
He was the sleeper of the camp.
Joseph Ugwu Jr., Paetow, OL
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound lineman looks the part to be a high-DI. Wide base and 6-foot-8 wingspan. Athletic and good balance in the one-on-ones. Was able to hold his own on the outside. Expect Offers in 3…2…1
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