October 16, 2007

Sleeping Lions pick up interest

Jack Yates High School is the class of the Houston Independent School District as well as a hot-bed for college recruiters. The Lions are undefeated this season with the help of several Division I prospects.

Headliners Damion Square and LeRoy Chevalier have verbally committed to Alabama and Texas A&M, respectively, but several other prospects are emerging for the Lions.

"Teams are running away from Square, and when they don't, he just dominates the game," Yates coach Clarence McKinney said. "When they run away from him though, Kenneth Frankson is there to meet them. He has had a tremendous season and is just getting better."

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound defender holds offers from UTEP, Hawaii and Stephen F. Austin.

"He's going to get some more offers after people see his tape this year," McKinney said. "He's getting longer and faster. He will fill out, but he is getting longer."

Frankson is not the only sleeper emerging for Yates. Cornerback Jeremiah Alexander has verbally committed to Hawaii while receiver Quinton Powell and linebacker Kennon Gilliard have also turned up their game.

"They are both going to get some looks," McKinney said. "Powell is that big, physical receiver everyone looks for and Gilliard is a prototype Division I linebacker."

The biggest surprise for McKinney is super sophomore Darvion Trahan, a 6-foot-3 quarterback who can run and throw.

"We have had to depend on our defense the last couple of years," he said. "He leads our offense and we can score from anywhere on the field. He's still a pup, but he's got a future."


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