May 21, 2007
Friendswood has six prospect on the radar
Friendswood (Texas) High School is another school with multiple Division I athletes making for a strong year in the Houston area's 2008 class.
Friendswood has three offensive linemen, a linebacker, a receiver and an underclass quarterback who will play at the highest level of college football.
"We have some great athletes, but I'm worried about our depth," Friendswood coach Steve Van Meter said. "Most of these guys will play both ways."
The most recent Friendswood prospect offered is Blake Sargent, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound lineman, who was offered by the University of Houston last week.
"Blake plays offensive line for us but the Houston coaches like him at defensive line," Van Meter said. "He has great feet and mobility. For us he'll play both ways."
Joining Sargent on the offensive line is Cameron Kaufhold, who has been offered by Baylor and Houston. Returning from a knee injury that kept him out much of his junior year is Luke Landers (6-foot-5, 270-pounds).
"Two years ago, Luke was the most polished of everyone," Van Meter said. "He's getting back from injury and will be ready for the fall. They (colleges) want some early film on him and his size and grades alone should get him looks."
Also on offense is receiver Mathew McLaren, who has been offered by Air Force and is getting significant interest from Houston.
"Matt will play receiver and some safety for us this year," Van Meter said. "He's that important to us."
Like Landers, linebacker Will Ebner was out a lot of his junior season due to an injury, but his sophomore year is what makes him a top target. He recorded more than 100 tackles as one of the younger players on varsity.
Ebner, who will also double as a running back, picked up his first offer from Houston a month ago. Northwestern evaluated Ebner and offered late in the spring.
Junior-to-be quarterback Jacob Karam was also (verbally) offered this spring by Stanford after impressing during the NIKE Camp in Fort Worth, Texas.
"Now that he got his first offer, I think that more will be coming soon over the next two years," Van Meter said. "I know Houston is getting close."
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