Houston tops the best non-BCS teams
Originally Published: November 17, 2011By Adam Finkelstein | ESPN Recruiting Nation
Here's a breakdown of the top recruiting classes from teams in non-BCS conferences after the early signing period. Danuel House (Sugarland, Texas/Hightower) is a high-flying athlete with a college-ready body who is going to put numbers from day one in Houston. Danrad "Chicken" Knowles (Houston/HCYA) is just beginning to tap into his tremendous potential as a skilled 6-foot-9 power forward. Valentine Izundu (Katy, Texas/Lamar Consolidated) is almost flying under the radar in this group, but he's another guy with tremendous upside, who has the size and length to make an immediate impact on the defensive end of the floor. Put the three of them together, and there might not be another program in the country that achieved more relative to its conference affiliation. Shaq Goodwin (Decatur, Ga./Southwest Dekalb), only to face disappointment a few days later when Goodwin announced that he would remain verbally committed, but not sign during the early signing period. On Wednesday, he changed his mind yet again and sent Pastner his letter of intent. Goodwin is a powerful interior presence with deceptive versatility who joins another ESPNU 100 prospect, Damien Wilson (Austell, Ga./Oak Hill Academy), who is an athletic scoring forward expected to make an immediate impact next season.
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