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Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson
Who They Have: The Hawks aren’t typically recognized as one of the state of Texas’ top recruit factories, but coach Chip Killian has had a strong run in recent years. This spring, the guy everyone wants to check out is ESPN Watch List RB Samaje Perine. He came back from a torn ACL and MCL suffered at the end of his sophomore season and rushed for 2,017 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2012. He’s not the only Division-I caliber prospect at Hendrickson. Juniors WR Latrell Martin, DB Chance Waz, ATH Jordan Washington and QB Xavier Conley have been receiving interest in recent months as well.
Where They're Looking: The race to land Perine is already over. He committed to Oklahoma on March 13, choosing the Sooners over Alabama, TCU and several other offers. Several schools -- including Texas and Florida State -- continued to reach out after that pledge, but Perine says he’s done with his recruitment and going to be a Sooner no matter what. Houston is the early favorite for Martin after recently offering a scholarship during his junior day visit. Waz visited Texas in March and is hoping for an offer, and OU has inquired about Washington and Conley.
Who They've Had: Hendrickson’s best class is recent years was in 2012. The Hawks had ESPN 150 athlete Daje Johnson as well as three-star defensive ends Victor Ironkansi and Kingsley Ike. In 2010, Killian paired Johnson with another standout running back, four-star prospect Kenny Williams.
Where They Went: Johnson and Williams both enjoyed breakout seasons in the Big 12 in 2012. Williams led Texas Tech in rushing with 824 yards and five scores as a sophomore and has a chance to be one of the conference’s best backs this fall. Johnson, a running back/receiver hybrid, averaged 11.5 yards per touch for Texas and scored two touchdowns as a true freshman. He’s in for a much larger role in 2013. Ironkansi and Ike signed with Oklahoma State and Purdue, respectively, and both redshirted in 2012.