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Sunday, November 4, 2012
Five from Friday: 2014 LBs shine

By Sam Khan Jr.

Each week, GigEmNation will bring you five things from watching high school football action in the Midlands region that week, including observations of Texas A&M commitments and targets and other players that catch our attention. Here's this week's installment:

1. The two 2014 star linebackers on the field Friday night in La Porte, Texas -- La Porte High School outside linebacker Hoza Scott and Houston North Shore inside linebacker Zac Whitley -- played big in what was a big game for both teams. Scott had a sack early, and Whitley was in on the majority of tackles for North Shore in the early going. Throughout the night, both showed athleticism, speed and that they're good tacklers. Both can hit hard and look like smart football players who are in the right position at the right time. Texas and Texas A&M have offered both prospects. A&M leads for Scott, who also has offers from Alabama and LSU, while there's no stated leader for Whitley.

2. La Porte 2013 running back Keith Whitely isn't a large back (5-foot-9, 175 pounds), but he runs bigger than he is. The Bulldogs defeated North Shore, the No. 6 team in Texas Class 5A, 27-10 on Friday, thanks in large part to a huge night by Whitely, who finished with 173 yards and 2 touchdowns on 31 carries. On a 62-yard touchdown run, Whitley broke two tackles and there were several other occasions in which he picked up yards after contact. The top three schools he's considering at the moment are San Jose State, Texas State and UNLV.

3. While Whitely was good, so was La Porte's offensive line. There two prospects among the front five, 2013 guard Maurice Morris and 2014 center Michael Leagan. The unit paved the way not only for Whitely's big day but for 238 total rushing yards, a strong performance against a team with the defense the quality of North Shore's. According to Morris' father Mark, he's looking to possibly land at Princeton.

4. Houston Summer Creek quarterback Aaron Sharp is a rising 2014 prospect. He has been starting for the Bulldogs since he was a freshman and is having a wonderful junior season, throwing for 2,122 yards and 28 touchdowns with just 5 interceptions while completing 65.1 percent of his passes. He has helped lead the Bulldogs to a 9-0 start including a 24-11 win over Mont Belvieu (Texas) Barbers Hill on Thursday when Sharp was an efficient 14-of-21 for 152 yards and 2 touchdowns. He already holds a UTEP offer but is getting interest from several other schools, including in-state programs Baylor, Texas A&M and Texas Tech. Among schools that haven't offered, Texas Tech is highest on the quarterback.

5. Sharp has quality receivers to go to, including 2013 prospects Gregory Hogan and DeQuann Ruffin. Hogan caught seven passes for 60 yards and 2 touchdowns in the win over Barbers Hill but is waiting for his first offer. Ruffin, who caught 4 passes for 43 yards, has offers from Louisiana-Lafayette and McNeese State.