What is the best college team?

Our district produces a number of the finest highschool soccer gamers within the state on a yearly foundation, which attracts scouts from main faculty packages.

With Nationwide Signing Day across the nook on Wednesday, I assumed it may be enjoyable to ask a query I take into consideration loads this time of yr. In the case of recruiting in Southeast Texas, which faculty soccer group runs the present?

I will get this out of the best way for now: There isn’t any simple reply to the query. There are loads of nuances that may change the conclusion, relying on the way you view the query.

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For the sake of this column, let’s simply take a look at the primary part packages. There are such a lot of to select from in Texas, so let’s get right down to enterprise to seek out out which college prevails in recruitment in Southeast Texas.

Wanting again over the previous few recruiting seasons, one factor instantly jumped out to me — key recruits from Southeast Texas nonetheless go to conventional Texas powerhouses.

I could piss individuals off by saying this, however I take into account the “conventional powers” to be the College of Texas and Texas A&M.

Take final yr’s hiring class, for instance. West Brook defensive again Bryce Anderson was the 2022 Residence Class No. 1 award, and it went to Texas A&M. One other four-star prospect, Jaylon Guilbeau of Port Arthur Memorial, chosen Texas.

In case you go by high quality, Texas and Texas A&M are nonetheless within the lead.

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This yr’s class does not essentially have that elegant expertise. There are many expert gamers with Division One abilities this season, however not the 4 or 5 stars we noticed final yr.

Subsequent yr’s event will inform us extra concerning the mentality of elite native recruits. Silsbee’s Dre’lon Miller and Jasper’s TyAnthony Smith each have reveals from everywhere in the nation. Will Texas or Texas A&M get any of those gamers? Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher just lately attended a basketball sport in Silsbee to go to Miller.

In the case of amount, few different packages make their mark in Southeast Texas. The very first thing that involves thoughts is Texas Tech.

The Pink Raiders signed three homegrown gamers of their early signing class final month – all of them defensive linemen. He picked Woodville’s Braylon Rigsby, Little Cypress-Mauriceville’s Amier Washington, and Orange Texas Tech native Quincy Ledet.

Pink Raiders coach Joey McGuire clearly prioritized the area, and the recruits started to reply.

Behind (or maybe in entrance of) Texas Tech is the College of Houston. The Cougars have a big recruiting presence in southeast Texas, as evidenced by two native early interval signers.

Port Arthur Memorial offensive lineman Cayden Boye and West Orange-Stark defensive again Jamal Shaw each signed with the Cougars final month as prime Division I prospects. Each had scholarship affords from everywhere in the nation, however selected to remain near their residence in Houston.

The Cougars have been a gentle in native recruiting currently. Final yr, West Orange Stars offensive lineman Demetrius Hunter signed with Houston.

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I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out a number of the different packages which have recruited our area effectively. West Orange-Stark’s Tyrone Brown signed with Baylor just a few years in the past, as did present NFL defensive again Callon Barnes who got here out of Silsbee Excessive Faculty.

Texas Christian discovered success at Newton Excessive Faculty, getting gamers like Josh Foster and Darwin Barlow.

On the FCS stage, Lamar College has a house area benefit relating to space recruiting, but it surely does not at all times use it effectively. We’ll see if new coach Pete Rossomando can change this development.

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For these on the lookout for a solution to the query I requested in the beginning of this column, this is the most effective I may give you.

If we’re speaking about high quality, Texas, Texas, and A&M nonetheless get treasured prospects from Southeast Texas.

If amount is what you need, Texas Tech and Houston are on the high of the checklist.

Personally, I believe there may be sufficient expertise in Southeast Texas for all the state’s faculty soccer packages to get their piece of the motion.



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