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May 13, 2008

What I hear: Royse City's Morrison gets big offer

Royse City quarterback Richard Morrison has gotten an offer from Arizona. Wilcats offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes is very high on Morrison, a slender 6-2 athlete with a huge upside.

Morrison is a terrific athlete and while he's been great for Royse City in football, baseball and track, that leaves a lot of technique and experience work that he's just hit the tip of in high school.


Others getting first offers: Flower Mound defensive back Collin Ashley from Wake Forest. Ashley has been burning up combines with 4.4 times. He's a little undersized and will play more receiver for Flower Mound this year, but he's a college prospect at DB... Ashley, by the way, could have gone the way of baseball like his buddy Jacob Morris, who transferred to Coppell.

Morris separated his shoulder in football and plans to concentrate on baseball. Arizona State is the favorite heading to the July 1 date as the first time to make a formal offer.

Parish Episcopal defensive back Andre Brackens is running a 4.5 in combines and has received offers from Rice and Brigham Young. Parish quarterback Brant Costilla has put together several good camps and got a visit from Georgetown last week and is getting Ivy League attention.

FROM SPRING PRACTICES

Katy and Dickinson updates...

Katy loses a lot from its fourth state title since 1997, but coach Gary Joseph is confident in the program.

The Tigers graduated QB Bo Levi Mitchell (SMU), who passed for 2,500 yards and 37 touchdowns, RB Aundre Dean (UCLA), who rushed for 2,500 yards and 26 TDs and every receiver.

Senior Michael Webber, who missed all of '07 with an ACL tear after gaining 432 as a sophomore, looks like he'll return at full speed.

Michael Stojovich and Parker Ray are competing for QB this spring.

Returning starters - OG Aaron Poteet, OT Cameron Travis and DB Andrew Harrell - are missing spring practices with shoulder injuries but will provide senior leadership.

All-district DE Micah Marks, NT Elvin Tapong and all-district PK Raul Balbuena also return. The defending Class 5A, Division II champions have qualified for the playoffs every season since 1990. The Tigers have five Saturday games, including Florida's Cy-Bay on Oct. 4.

DICKINSON UPDATE

Gators ninth-year coach Warren Trahan says Dickinson has "a chance to be as good a team as we've had here," possibly resulting in the Gators' first back-to-back playoff teams ever. Dickinson is back in 5A for the first time since the 1980s.

Dickinson returns six starters both ways. Defensively, there are DEs Caleb Butler and Danyel Hunter, NG Nick Singletary, LB Armond Bellard and CBs Darius Dickerson and Kenion Peterson.

Lasy year, QB Brody Trahan started 4-0 before a season-ending ACL injury. He looks like he'll be fully recovered.
Clay Honeycutt threw for 1,193 yards and 13 TDs, but will return to WR in '08.

WR Donald Hunter led the Gators with 34 catches and joined Texas A&M recruit Ivory Wade on the all-district team. IR Corey Thomas and T Ed Preston also return. LB Chris Alonso, FS Jashad Simms, C C.J. Davis and G Chris Kyles are other standouts.



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