Memorial’s next great running back?

Published 12:18 am Friday, August 26, 2016

Corey Dauphine. Kameron Martin and Jamaal Charles.

These are the names of the past great running backs to come out of Port Arthur Memorial, and that is just naming a few.

Junior Elijah Hines is ready to put his name up there on the Titans’ all-time rushing list.

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Dauphine is a redshirt freshman at Texas Tech. Martin is a freshman at Auburn and could see a lot of playing time this year.

And Charles? He is the all-time rushing leader in Port Arthur high school history who went to shine at Texas and is now one of the NFL’s best with the Kansas City Chiefs.

“It feels good being the next man to start at running back here at Memorial,” Hines said. “There really isn’t added pressure being the starter. Coach (Kenny Harrison) just makes me grind and work harder. I need to be more focused.”

Speaking of Harrison, the head coach of the Titans has been talking about Hines all summer leading up to the fall practices. He knows Hines has to do the work, but he has become really excited about seeing the junior in the Memorial backfield.

“He is right where we expected him to be at this point,” Harrison said. “Elijah waited his turn. He played behind Kameron Martin and Marcus Younger a year ago and got to see those two guys’ work ethic. Now he is taking full advantage of those opportunities.”

Hines said he is related to Charles through marriage, so his goal for his high school career is quite simple.

“I want to beat Jamaal’s record,” Hines said. “He is someone we all look up to here at Memorial. We look up to him because he made it out. He is in the league, and that is what we all want.”

Charles’ touch on the Titans’ program seems to never end. Dauphine looked up to Charles and so did Martin. It is easy to see why Harrison has so much respect for Charles.

“Jamaal had a great work ethic,” Harrison said. “He is a great guy for our kids to look up to. It is nice having him come out of our program.”

Hines admitted he learned a lot watching guys like Dauphine and Martin have success throughout their careers.

“It is huge following in those guys’ footsteps,” Hines said. “I want to be the next top man to come out of Port Arthur. I looked up to those guys.”

Gabriel Pruett: 721-2436. Twitter: @PaNewsGabe

About Gabriel Pruett

Gabriel Pruett has worked with both the Port Arthur News and Orange Leader since 2000. A majority of the time has been spent covering all aspects of Southeast Texas high school sports. Pruett's claim to fame is...being able to write his own biographical information for this website.

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