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August 14, 2013

Recruiters are all over these area players

PORT ARTHUR — After football season comes recruiting season, when players decide where they might spend the next four years and the rumor mill goes crazy.

Before that, though, these highly-touted recruits ply their trade in actual games. In fact, Southeast Texas figures to see plenty of big name college recruits this season, both playing for schools in this area and playing against them.

Here’s a quick list of some of the names on the Class of 2014 Top 100 prospect lists in Texas who will be making appearances in this area this year.

Tony Brown, CB, Beaumont Ozen

He’s either the top or second-best recruit in the state, depending on what list you’re checking out. Brown has scores of offers from teams and still has not committed to a school. At this point, it figures that Brown will carry this down to the deadline, but in the meantime, he will be playing lockdown corner for the Panthers and new head coach Keeath Magee.

De Shawn Washington, DE, Nederland

It’s been a remarkable rise for Washington, who went from being ignored by most of the top prospect lists to rocketing into the Top 20 of most. The big defensive lineman has committed to Texas A&M and should provide plenty of devastating highlights with the Bulldogs before going to Aggieland.

Hoza Scott, LB, La Porte

Another Aggie recruit, Scott is a top 10 talent. In fact, Rivals lists him as the third-best player in the state in the Class of 2014. He’s a familiar face to the Titans, as Port Arthur Memorial has played against him in each of the past three seasons. Scott is an athletic linebacker who should make an impact in his senior season in La Porte.

Zach Whitley, LB, North Shore

Another linebacker in 21-5A is headed to a big-time school. Whitley has already committed to Alabama and the Tide must see plenty that they like in the North Shore player. Whitley is an inside linebacker ranked in the top 20 on most lists, with a good 40 time and the size to hold up on the interior of a defense.

Armanti Foreman, WR, Texas City

Better work quickly, because Foreman will be here before you know it. The versatile receiver recently committed to the University of Texas and will be in Southeast Texas along with Texas City to take on Port Neches-Grovs in a scrimmage Aug. 23. Foreman caught 38 passes for 959 yards and nine TDs last season. ESPN ranked him as the 15th best player in the state.

Kevin Shorter, RB, Newton

The Newton star has drawn plenty of attention this summer. Ranked No. 48 on Rivals.com list of the best in the state, Shorter still hasn’t made his college decision yet. He was supposed to announce that decision soon, but postponed after a visit to Texas. The big back is also considering Arkansas and Texas A&M.

Aaron Sharp, QB, Humble Summer Creek

Sharp has long drawn interest for his two-way abilities, but recently committed to Kansas State. He’s the No. 59 prospect in the state, according to Rivals, and the 17th best quarterback in the country. He threw for 2,421 yards and 30 TDs during the regular season last year. He’ll be playing PN-G on Sept. 12.

Terrell Cuney, OL, Jasper

The seventh-best center in the nation according to Rivals, Cuney committed to Texas in the spring. He’s an imposing figure at 6-foot-3 and 260 pounds, which is one of the reasons why he clocks in at No. 63 on the Rivals state list. ESPN lists his run blocking as a big reason why Texas and many other teams were interested in him.

Najee Toran, OL, North Shore

Another North Shore talent, the 6-3, 263 pound offensive lineman ranked No. 73 on Rivals list. He hasn’t decided on a school yet, but has offers from the likes of Boise State, Colorado, Oklahoma and TCU. He should be able to anchor the inside of North Shore’s offensive line and provide a tough test for Memorial’s defenders.

Dakota Allen, LB, Humble Summer Creek

Another Summmer Creek Bulldog makes the list, as Allen snuck onto the back end of both Rivals and ESPN’s lists. Allen is an inside linebacker who has offers from many schools, including Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Iowa State and Kansas State. He ran a 4.79 40-yard dash at the SPARQ combine and had a 32-inch vertical jump.

Raelon Singleton, WR, Crosby

Staying in District 19-4A, Crosby’s 6-foot-4, 185 pound monster of a receiver has already committed to Utah. That means he will be an absolute coverage nightmare for Nederland on August 30, when the two schools face off to open the season. Last year, Singleton caught 39 passes for 622 yards and six TDs.

David Coleman is a sportswriter for the Port Arthur News. He can be emailed at dcoleman@panews.com and found on Twitter at @MDavidColeman.

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