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February 5, 2006

Junior Day notebook: Dallas brings it big

DALLAS - Leave it to Texas to do things big.

The first 2006 Rivals.com Junior Day definitely was a packed house with around 300 prospects, accompanied by coaches and parents, making their way to Southern Methodist University this past Saturday.

While there were several prospects just getting started on their recruitment, there were several that are having no problem picking up early offers.

Three prospects that definitely aren't worrying too much about interest include well-known Metroplex stars Richetti Jones and Tray Allen. Those two are joined by one rising star who's name is making the rounds around to several colleges.

That name is John Chiles, the talented athlete from Mansfield Summit who has made waves since transferring over from Carrollton Ranchview. Though he plays quarterback, he's gathered offers not only for his abilities behind center, but his ability to be a solid Division I athlete.

Chiles says that coming to the event was big for him in that he got some questions in and also got to meet some top players from around the state.

"Just listening to the guys talking about the process and hearing what other players around here are going through, you learn a lot," Chiles said. "I was wondering about eligibility and also what an official visit is and all that."

"I got all those questions answered here."

Chiles also says he sees himself as a quarterback, but playing wide receiver is also something he'd be interested in.

Watch for his stock to rise over the next few months. His offer list is already impressive and includes Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Rice and Central Florida.

Allen wants to decide late

It's hard to tell how many offers Tray Allen will ultimately end up with. However, it's a safe bet that it will be numerous.

Five offers from Big 12 schools are only the beginning and Allen says that he doesn't want to stretch things out until the very end. However, a late decision to possibly announce at an all-star game has him very interested.

"I'm going to wait this whole thing out," Allen said. "I mean the chance to play with some top players around this area and in the country, and then making my decision live on television is exciting. Any player would want to do that.

"If I have that chance, I'd like to do that."

Jones' stock is skyrocketing

What a week can do for a high profile recruit like Dallas (Texas) Lincoln linebacker Richetti Jones.

Just days ago he was only holding three offers but now Nebraska and Oklahoma have joined the mix with two more.

"I don't know much about Baylor and Nebraska, but I will," Jones said. "There are a lot of schools that you'd like to see off, but then again, I like what I have so far. I know those schools are interested."

Aside from his success with offers, there was some talk from Jones that a December graduation could be possible. Though nothing is certain, it appears that academically he is doing just fine to say the least.

Texas gunslinger thinking ahead

It's never a bad thing when you've got the talented of quarterback G.J. Kinne and your father was just elevated to the position of a college assistant coach.

While many believed that when Kinne's father, Gary Joe Kinne, took the linebacker's position with Baylor, that the Bears would be a frontrunner. All along, Kinne has said that even though it would be nice to be with his dad, some other schools have made their high interest known.

Kinne said that he has taking a liking to Oklahoma coach Brent Venables and that Alabama has impressed him.

"My dad and I joke about it a lot since he's a coach and my father," Kinne said. "At the same time, he wants me to make my own choice."

If that wasn't enough, with Kinne's family making a move to Waco with the new job, the top quarterback is thinking about either staying in Canton or possibly moving to the Dallas area.

"Coach Steve Bragg is a great coach at North Mesquite and we have a house up there, so that's an option for me that I'm looking into," Kinne said. "I'm pretty coach friends with coach Todd Dodge, but his son is the quarterback now up there so I don't think that will be happening or anything."

Big Dallas DE adding offers

New offers have found Plano (Texas) West defensive/offensive lineman Ben Bass. The 6-foot-5, 265-pounder has now added scholarships from Colorado, Oklahoma State, and Ole Miss.

Bass though will no doubt wait for some big names like Texas, LSU, Notre Dame, and Texas A&M to show up before making a quick decision as he is wide open with his recruitment thus far.

The top player describes himself as both "agile and mobile" but also "hostile." That mean streak will no doubt keep his offer collection full.

Passing the eyeball test

It wasn't hard to miss the biggest player of the day when the 6-foot-8, offensive lineman Terrael Williams from Dallas (Texas) Skyline weighed in at over 400 pounds.

Williams also claims early offers from Kansas State and Oklahoma.

Though several of his teammates showed up with him, it was obvious that Williams was the biggest prospect on hand.

He also spent some time working out this past summer with Dallas Lincoln star Richetti Jones.

"He's a big player man," Jones said. "Don't be confused though, he's not a mean guy. He can play and everything, but he's really a quiet type of kid."


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