Print and Go Back ESPN.com: Football [Print without images]

Thursday, February 18, 2010
Houston Launching Pad

By Brian Stumpf
ESPN RISE

The Houston Nike Combine was attended by many outstanding prospects in the Class of 2011, but a handful of underclassmen left their mark as well. Here's a look at seven players from Houston who have future star written all over them and what they need to do to get there.

NIKE Combine Links

Over the next week, ESPN RISE will have several items pertaining to the NIKE Mobile and Houston Combines. For complete coverage of the event be sure to check ESPN RISE daily.

Griffin Gilbert, 6-4 _, 181, TE/WR, Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) Class of 2012
Results: 4.96 40, 4.31 shuttle, 32.5 PB, 31.0 VJ, 74.49 SPARQ Breakdown: Younger brother of Texas QB Garrett Gilbert will be catching passes, not throwing them at the next level. Caught 43 passes for 522 yards and six TDs as a sophomore and should grow into a fine college tight end as he continues to fill out.

Lonnie Gray, 5-10, 167, DB, Lamar Consolidated (Rosenberg, Texas) Class of 2012
Results: 4.61 40, 4.66 shuttle, 35 PB, 39.2 VJ, 89.16 SPARQ Breakdown: Second team all-district pick was one of the top underclassmen to emerge Sunday. He should grow to be close to 6-feet tall and already has elite speed and leaping ability. Could be top recruit to come out of Lamar Consolidated since Jacquizz Rodgers.

Garrett Hope, 6-1 _, 205, LB, The Woodlands (The Woodlands, Texas) Class of 2012
Results: 5.11 40, 4.85 shuttle, 39.5 PB, 30.7 VJ, 74.01 SPARQ Breakdown: Was honorable mention all-district as a sophomore on a very good Woodlands team that spent most of the year ranked in the ESPN RISE FAB 50. Also a standout baseball player.

Mitchell Meyers, 6-3, 242, DL, The Woodlands (The Woodlands, Texas) Class of 2012
Results: 5.04 40, 4.78 shuttle, 36 PB, 31.6 VJ, 79.23 SPARQ Breakdown: The Woodlands should be superb again this year with all-everything RB Daniel Lasco returning, but with Class of '12 prospects like Meyers and Hope in tow, the Highlanders seem set for years to come.

Anthony Smith, 5-10 _, 274, DT, Westfield (Houston, Texas) Class of 2012
Results: 5.15 40, 4.78 shuttle, 46 PB, 30.1 VJ, 98.13 SPARQ Breakdown: Explosive underclassman lacks ideal height but has superior strength, demonstrated by vertical and power ball throw. Should team with Texas commit Desmond Jackson to form a dominant front wall for Westfield this fall.

Corey Thompson, 6-0 _, 190, ATH, Elkins (Missouri City, Texas) Class of 2012
Results: 4.70 40, 4.28 shuttle, 38 PB, 36.3 VJ, 103.86 SPARQ Breakdown: Talented underclassman has all the tools; started at safety as sophomore but lists WR as his primary position. Has great size and could end up lining up at both positions this fall.

Joshua Wilhite, 5-9 _, 165, RB, Hightower (Sugar Land, Texas) Class of 2013
Results: 4.66 40, 4.41 shuttle, 36 PB, 33.0 VJ, 85.86 SPARQ Breakdown: Played a prominent role on Hightower's 11-1 team last fall as a freshman, ranking second on the squad in rushing. Has great speed and should only get bigger and stronger as he continues to physically mature.