March 30, 2008

Fossil Ridge with loads of talent

Keller (Texas) Fossil Ridge High School was best known last year as the home to five-star defensive end R.J. Washington. Though the Oklahoma commit was a rare prospect, Fossil Ridge head coach Tony Baccarini was not left with a bare cupboard. Four more major college prospects are walking the halls in the class of 2009 at Fossil Ridge.

Brandon Mahoney, an athletic linebacker with sub-4.6 speed is the headliner of the group.

"Mahoney is a national list kind of guy," said Coach Baccarini. "He plays inside or outside. He lines up as a middle linebacker because we run the Tampa 2. I would think he'd be an outside guy in college. He's a good run player too. He plays sideline to sideline."

Mahoney has the offers to back up what his coach says. Thus far his list includes offers from Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Kansas, Wisconsin and Missouri. One school that he hopes to get an offer from is USC. The 6-foot-3 210-pounder grew up in California.

On the offensive side of the ball, Fossil Ridge has some serious weapons as well, particularly in the receiving corps. The group is led by two big, fast and talented wideouts, Terrell Williams and Aaron Fisher.

"[Fisher] is an all-state wide receiver," said Baccarini. "He's a 4.44 forty guy. He's a burner. He broke the school record in the 4x200 last week and he's a 23-foot long jumper."

At this point Fisher has one offer from Arizona but should see several more with his speed, size and athleticism.

"He can outrun anybody on the field," Baccarini said of the 6-foot-3 athlete.

Fisher caught 63 receptions for 1,059 yards and 16 touchdowns last season with one kick return score.

Fisher's teammate in the receiving corps, Williams has some similarly impressive tools.

"Williams is kind of a DeSean Jackson type," Baccarini explained. "He's not as fast as Aaron but he runs about a 4.49."

Among Williams' offers are Cal, Missouri, Ole Miss and Arizona.

The Fossil Ridge program also has a weapon on special team. Kicker Chris Boswell is one of the best kickers in the state and though he doesn't hold a scholarship offer.

"[Chris] is 6-3 170 and has started since he was a freshman and was all-state as a sophomore," said the head coach. "He's 161 for 161 on extra points and he's 29-31 on field goals. He kicked a 41, 43 and 47-yarder in the same game."

The 2008 season will have all the bases covered at Fossil Ridge: offense, defense and special teams.



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