Targeting Texas

Houston's Reid what ISU likes at quarterback. (TI)

Although it is relatively early in the recruiting process, Iowa State has already begun its scouting of seniors-to-be in the state of Texas. A few of the top players have already received scholarship offers from the Cyclones and some others could in the near future. Here is a sampling of some of the players within the state of Texas that Dan McCarney's staff is currently recruiting.

OFFENSE:

Cedric Dockery, OL, 6-5, 365, Garland (Texas) Lakeview Centennial H.S.

The mammoth younger brother of former Texas first-team All-Big 12 offensive lineman standout Derrick, Dockery actually brings 20 more pounds to the table than his brother did as a senior in Austin. Is one of the top out-of-state offensive line prospects on ISU's board. He is actively considering Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, Colorado and LSU.

Tyrone Byrd, OL, 6-5, 265, Sugar Land (Texas) Hightower H.S.

Athletic offensive lineman that has scholarship offers from ISU, Iowa, LSU, Oklahoma State and UCLA. He's also considering Arkansas, K-State, Arizona, Kansas, Baylor, Colorado, Alabama, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Louisiana Tech. Will most likely wait out the recruiting process and take visits before making a decision.

Walter Thomas, OL/DL, 6-5, 320, Houston (Texas) Ball H.S.

Currently has offers from ISU, LSU and Oklahoma, in addition to recruiting interest from Texas, Alabama and Arkansas. One of the top incoming seniors in the state by InsideTexas.

Bobby Reid, QB, 6-3, 215, Galena Park (Texas) North Shore H.S.

Reid possesses all the tools to be a great Division I prospect at quarterback after completing 66-0f-113 passes for 1,169 yards with 13 touchdowns in 2002. He is big, strong and runs a 40 time in the 4.4 range. He has offers from Arizona, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Iowa State, Texas A&M, Arkansas and Wisconsin.

David Washington, WR, 6-4, 190, Baytown (Texas) Sterling H.S.

Prolific receiver in one of the most difficult districts in the Houston area, Washington has blazing speed. He could also figure in as a defensive back.

Tremaine Johnson, OL/DL, 6-2, 255, Galena Park (Texas) H.S.

Vincent Chase, OL, 6-5, 240, Irving (Texas) H.S.

Jeray Chatham, OL, 6-5, 255, Houston (Texas) Westfield H.S.

DEFENSE:

Brian Orakpo, DE, 6-3, 220, Houston (Texas) Lamar H.S.

Impressive in spring Nike Camp performance and already has offers from the likes of Iowa State, Missouri and Houston. He also has interest in Texas, Colorado, Stanford and Texas A&M. Considered the top pass rushing defensive end in District 18-5A, Orakpo has a personal-best 4.56 time in the 40.

Franklin Okam, DT, 6-5, 312, Dallas (Texas) Lake Highlands H.S.

Possessing great size, strength and quickness, Okam will be one of the top defensive tackle prospects in Texas this season. Recorded 114 tackles (49 solos, 65 assists) with two fumble recoveries, three caused fumbles, five sacks, seven QB pressures, 15 other tackles for losses and 10 deflected passes as a junior. In addition to ISU, Texas A&M, Kansas State and Oklahoma have offered scholarships.

McCollins Umeh, DE, 6-3, 235, Houston (Texas) Klein Forest H.S.

As a junior, the Klein Forest DE showed even more ability to disrupt opposing offenses as he totaled 84 tackles, 56 solo, nine stops for loss, eight sacks and two fumble recoveries. ISU, Texas A&M and Kansas have offered scholarships, and Umeh also lists Iowa, Ohio State, Colorado and Florida as other top schools on his list.

Zaire Wilborn, CB, 6-1, 170, Houston (Texas) Worthing H.S.

A tremendous cover cornerback that can also play free safety, Wilbron should be one of the top defensive backs in the country in 2003. As a junior he recorded 7 interceptions and ran three of those interceptions back for touchdowns. Receiving interest from Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Baylor and Houston, in addition to having a scholarship offer from ISU.

William Lewis, DB/QB, 6-3, 185, Baytown (Texas) Lee H.S.

Slated to take over at quarterback for the departed Drew Tate, who signed with Iowa in the Class of 2003, Lewis is likely to be recruited more for his skill as a defensive back. He has 4.6 40 speed. Heartland Recruiting and InsideTexas consider Lewis a preseason Top 100 player in Texas.

Walter Hudson, DB, 6-0, 190, Dallas (Texas) Wilmer-Hutchins H.S.

A two-way threat for a 2002 playoff qualifier, Hudson also starred as a receiver. He is considered one of the top 100 players in Texas for 2004 by Heartland Recruiting.

Jackie Rhodes, DB, 6-2, 180, League City (Texas) Clear Creek H.S.

First-team District 24-5A selection as a junior.

Emmanuel Phillips, DL, 6-5, 237, Alief (Texas) Hastings H.S.

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