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October 14, 2004
The Wal-Mart of Houston recruits
This year's recruiting superstore in Spring, Texas, is Westfield High School, where three athletes have already committed and more are to come.
Robert Kibble (UCLA), Devin Gregg (Texas A&M) and Sandy Riley (Texas Tech) have committed early, while Patrick Handy, Chris Mitchell and Darrell Charles are waiting their turn.
Playing beside Oklahoma State commitment Jeray Chatham helped get Handy some early exposure, but the 6-foot-4, 300-pound offensive lineman is taking care of the rest himself.
"He is going to get some major offers as the season goes on," Westfield coach Corby Meekins said. "He has had a great season and is generating some major interest right now."
Handy currently holds offers from SMU and Texas-El Paso.
Linebacker Chris Mitchell has an offer from SMU as well, while others schools are nearing.
"Everyone is requesting tape on him right now," Meekins said. "If you are looking for a cookie-cutter linebacker, he's not your guy, but someone is going to end up with a stud."
Charles, who boosted his stock at the Nike Camp in Baton Rouge, La., this summer, is a bit of an enigma. He is splitting time with another talented fullback in David Milton, and is yet to get his first offer.
"I think schools think of him as a fullback only," the first-year coach said. "I really believe he and Milton could be recruited as a tailback."
While Westfield's senior class is churning out prospects, its junior class will follow suit. Quarterback Pierre Beasley, wide-outs DeMarcus Connor and Michael Ride, running back Terrence Sweeney and safety Danny McCray will all be recruited in 2006.
"Beasley has the world in front of him," Meekins said. "He was a backup as a sophomore on varsity and has gotten better every snap. He plays basketball also, but he is very committed to football. He's got a chance to be very special."
McCray (6-2, 205) will also be a prime recruit at safety.
"He's a 300-pound bench press guy and a great kid," Meekins said. "He has great grades and is a punisher."
Sweeney has rushed for over 700 yards and seven touchdowns this season with several games to play and has taken over most of the rushing responsibilities for the Mustangs' talented stable of backs.