Klein Cain's super-sophomore emerging as national recruit

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Having an ear to the ground as it relates to Houston football recruiting, you hear things early.

"Have you heard about this kid dominating the Klein Little Leagues?" which turns in to "You have to see this kid… in the seventh grade."

I've heard it for nearly two decades working for Rivals.com and finding VYPE a decade ago. Street legends of kids dominating the pre-varsity landscape. Most fizzle out, but the name Jaydon Blue continues to trend.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound sophomore RB has all the tools to be an elite recruit under the direction of coach James Clancy at Klein Cain.

Klein Cain?

New school Klein Cain is in its embryotic stages, but coach Clancy has a sophomore class that is loaded that includes Blue, WR Matthew Golden, QB Carson Roper and DT Lukia Rawls. Golden is a can't-miss DI inside WR, who will start receiving offers in before the end of the season. Roper is going to grow into the position and has huge upside, while Rawls is a run-stopping tackle.


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The Texans should swing for the fences. Composite image by Jack Brame.

With each passing day, the Deshaun drama thickens. It's progressed to Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeting, basically humbling himself to Deshaun.

A city that a few short weeks ago offered up mega star power across the board, has now seen James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and George Springer all depart for a variety of reasons. The impact of Deshaun leaving would be irreversible guaranteeing the Texans resting comfortably in the bottom of the AFC South for the next decade, wallowing in futility.

The saga will only intensify in two weeks should Patrick Mahomes collect another Lombard Trophy. As 2017 draft class contemporaries, Deshaun is comparing his career to #15. Another ring would place Mahomes up 2-0 in that discussion with Watson.

Perhaps the Texans should take a play from the Oilers playbook and inquire on Dabo Swinney. In the pursuit of securing the services of Warren Moon, the Oilers made a power play and secured the services of Moon's former CFL coach, Hugh Campbell. I've attended several luncheons and engagements in which Deshaun served as the keynote speaker. In many of those venues, a short video presentation would include personal greetings and feel good overtures directed to Deshaun from Dabo. The end result was Deshaun lighting up like a Christmas tree. There's a viable relationship in place there.

At the end of the day, Deshaun is a competitor. Losing DeAndre Hopkins was a major loss, but not to the degree that you might think. Deshaun still went out and threw for over 4,000 yards this season, and with a sub-par supporting cast, even pulling guys off of the practice squad in late December contests to fill out the receiving corps. The issue for Watson is trust, and culture. Hence, the recent headlines surrounding the Jets as a future home make very little sense. The Jets in 4 of their last 5 seasons have had double-digit losing seasons. Until the recent resurgence of the Browns, the Jets far and away have held the title of the "laughingstock" of the NFL.

The biggest challenge for the Texans is who could persuade Deshaun to stay? Could team President Jamey Rootes calm down the noise? It certainly won't come from Texans Ring of Honor recipient Andre Johnson. If I were Cal McNair, I would place a call to 105 Sikes Hall in Clemson, SC and ask for Dabo's office. That's as good of a place to start as any other.

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