When I was a junior in high school back in 1998, I believe that my school's football team was loaded with as much Division 1 talent as you would see at any school across Texas. From that two year period, my junior year to my senior year we sent 9 kids to big time D-1 schools and this does not include some NFL talent that we had when I was a freshman and sophomore, but I'll get to that at a later point. The school that I'm referencing is Lufkin High, in East Texas, a school I'm sure you all are familiar with considering we have a 2010 recruit from there and we all know about the one we went after last year from Lufkin.
Now let's get down to who these kids were: ATH Courtnee Garcia, Texas. He ended up transferring to SFA, but when he was here he fielded a few punts and did some special teams work. DT Miguel McKay, Texas. He actually played OLB in high school, but these two kids were part of Mack's first recruiting class here on the 40 acres. DB Marcus Jones, North Carolina. Not sure how his career at UNC turned out, but didn't look like a bad place to go at the time considering Mack had just turned it into a top 5 program and they had just sent Gregg Ellis to the league. RB Desmond Garcia, Arkansas. Not too productive at UA, but this kid could fly. DB Terrance Kiel, Texas A&M. Played all 4 years at A&M and was a part of that Aggie team that knocked off #1 OU back in 2002, quarterbacked by another kid from Lufkin. Played 4 years in NFL for Chargers. God rest his soul. WR Sparky Hamilton, Arkansas. Somewhat productive career, went undrafted, then to Packers training camp and then played arena league. OT Rex Hadnot, Houston. Redshirted first year at UH, then played next 4 and is now getting ready for his 6th year in the league. Currently with the Browns. C Don Muhlbach, Texas A&M. Redshirted, then played sparingly over next 4 years, but is now about to enter his 6th year in the league as deep snapper with the Lions. QB Brian Bradford, Texas. Turned down offers from Sam Houston and SFA to play quarteback and came to Austin and punted for the horns.
Now the kicker is, that with all this talent we didn't even make the playoffs that year. Playing in the toughest district in Texas at the time that including Longview, Marshall, Tyler Lee, Tyler John Tyler, and Nacogdoches, and this was back when only the top 3 teams advanced to the playoffs.
As I mentioned earlier, when I was a freshman we had a WR Brian Gilmore, who went to Midwestern State, then on to an eight year career in the NFL with the Cardinals, Dolphins, and 49ers. My sophomore year we had a DB Jacoby Shepherd, who went on to Oklahoma State and then to a brief career in the NFLwith Rams and Texans.
So needless to say there was a ton of talent in Lufkin at the time, especially my junior and senior year. I can't think of any other high school in the state that has had this much talent on one team. Galena Park North Shore had a good amount of kids go D-1 back when Bobby Reid was the QB there, but this is a team that won state that year, not one that couldn't even make the playoffs.
From what I've read Dallas Skyline has plenty of talent this year, with a couple of kids committed to A&M, one to OU and one to LSU, but I would love to hear what you think about the talent in Texas and if you think there's a school with more talent than what Lufkin had. I use past tense here, because it seems like we're only producing about 1 or 2 kids that go D-1 nowadays. Although the one we produced a few years back that's now at OSU, is a beast, and I sure hope we can contain him in Stillwater this fall.