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Charles, Youngblood top Gulf Coast talent

Originally Published: July 23, 2004
By Tom Lemming | ESPN Insider
Editor's note: Look for Tom Lemming's 2004 Recruiting Road Trip reports every Tuesday and Friday.

HOUSTON -- I've been interviewing prospects in East Texas and along the Gulf Coast for over 20 years, and my 2004 trip was certainly the easiest - thanks to the Houston Texans who allowed me to use their facilities. A good number of the top prospects in the Houston area met me at Reliant Stadium where we enjoyed a good time looking over the facilities and marveling at the size of the structure. It dwarfs the Astrodome, which lies across the street, and has to be the largest stadium I've ever seen. I also made stops in Port Arthur, Beaumont, Deer Park and a few other stops in the area.

The state's top running back prospect is Jamaal Charles (6-1, 200) from Port Arthur Memorial. Charles, who is without a doubt also one of the top prospects in the country, averaged over 8 yards per carry as a junior, while totaling over 2,000 yards and 27 TDs. He's also been timed at 10.4 in the 100 meters. Charles is committed to the Texas Longhorns.

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