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Clear Creek’s Lindberg has become a national recruit

The 6-foot6, 300-pounder has pulled offers from virtually every high major program Vype

New Clear Creek coach Dwayne Lane has to be happy coming back to the district he called home for several years as an assistant at Clear Lake.

After heading to South Houston High School to get his first head coaching job, the powers that be brought him back home to Clear Creek ISD. The cupboard is not bare in the den.

The lead Wildcat is 2020 national recruit Chad Lindberg, who will anchor the offensive line the next two seasons. The 6-foot6, 300-pounder has pulled offers from virtually every high major program. His size is impressive, but something else has caught college recruiters’ eyes.

“Just watch the opening play of my highlight film,” Lindberg laughs. “It was a game against Friendswood. It was just a nasty, fun play where I finished off a block. After I took a look at my film and compared it to others, I figured I was going to get recruited.”

His first offer came from Colorado last December.

“It went quiet for a few months and then the floodgates opened,” he said. “Now I’m just working on all the facets of my game like speed, strength, flexibility and explosiveness during our conditioning camp this summer. I will try and get to some college campuses as well.”

Lindberg likes to hunt and fish, play a little Fortnite and cook. Cook?

“I’m pretty good,” he said. “My favorite meal is surf and turf.”

Lindberg reached the regional track meet throwing the shot put, but knows his future is on the gridiron.

“I love the Texans and J.J. Watt,” he said. “I really liked watching all the college bowl games over the holidays. Any college game I will virtually watch.”

Which begs the question, what are his thoughts on recruiting?

“I’m looking for a great mix of academics and athletics,” he said. “Also a college program’s history of getting offensive linemen to the NFL. Of course that’s the goal.”

This article appeared in the June edition of VYPE Houston Magazine. You can pick up your issue at THESE LOCATIONSYou can also read it online RIGHT HERE.

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5 observations from the Ravens win over the Texans

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Let's be honest; the Texans were not going to beat the Ravens. Baltimore has better players, a better quarterback and a better coaching staff. (And oh, a better kicker). All of that was on display in the Ravens' 33-16 win.

The Ravens move to 2-0, while the Texans dropped to 0-2 after facing the AFC's two best teams.

The Texans will still likely contend for a playoff spot, but nothing the last two weeks indicates they are anywhere near contending in the AFC. A look at five things from the Ravens win:

1) Oh, Brien...It did not take long for Bill O'Brien's goofy coaching to rear its ugly head. Down 3-0 at their own 34 as the first quarter was running out, O'Brien chose to go for it on fourth and one. The play was predictably blown up, the Ravens quickly scored to make it 10-0, and the Texans were instantly in a hole against a superior opponent. You can't give points away against the Ravens. They might have scored anyway with a punt, but there was no stopping them with a short field.

2) Some positives on defense. Despite the score, The Texans looked much better on that side of the ball against an explosive offense. J.J. Watt had two sacks, the team had four total, and they kept Lamar Jackson from destroying them. Seven of the points were scored by the Ravens defense, and O'Brien's gaffe led to seven more. The Ravens wore them down in the fourth quarter, but they played well enough until then to keep the team in the game had the offense been better. They did not force any turnovers, however, and that was one of the differences in the game. They were also blown off the ball on a fourth and one in the fourth quarter that led to the Ravens' 30th points and could not stop the run at all in the fourth quarter. But that's what the Ravens do with a lead, and the Texans offense gave them no breaks by being unable to stay on the field.

3) The difference between real contenders...The Ravens were just so much more skilled on both sides of the ball. Defensively, they focused on taking away the run. David Johnson averaged 3.1 yards per carry. Will Fuller had as many catches as you did. The Ravens forced two turnovers on just really good football plays. The Texans don't make plays like that. They might against lesser teams, but if your goal is to compete with the best, it's just not good enough.

4) Deshaun Watson needs to be better. His numbers looked so so on the surface (25 of 36, 275 yards, 1 TD, 1 interception). He was sacked four times and added 17 rushing yards on five carries. He did not make plays late when they needed one here or there to maybe get back in the game. With his big contract, it's time for Watson to stop being close to elite and take the next step. His interception was more of being fooled by Marcus Peters than throwing a bad ball, but the Texans were just 3 of 9 on third downs. Throw in the ill-advised fourth down play, and they were just 3 of 10 extending drives. Give the Ravens a lot of credit, but again, to compete with the best, you have to be better than that.

5) Now what? The Texans travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers, who have not been impressive in their two wins. Still, it's hard to see Houston as anything but serious underdogs. They are last in the AFC South, and have a lot of work to do. The defense showed some promise at times, but will have to continue to improve. The offense has a long way to go. They match up better with the Steelers than they do the Ravens and Chiefs, but that does not mean they can win. If you were hoping they would give you some indication they can be more than just also-rans, they failed to do that on any level against either the Chiefs or Ravens.

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