May 14, 2007

Austin High pipeline starting to grow

In all the years that Texas head coach Mack Brown has resided in Austin, there haven't been many prospects that have come through the doors of Stephen F. Austin High that the Longhorns have had an interest.

For all of its history and strong enrollment, the Maroon program hasn't been a pipeline for elite football players at any time in recent history.

However, that appears to be changing. After landing a commitment from offensive lineman Mark Buchanan this spring, the Longhorns will likely set up an annex on school grounds because of the influx of talent that has stormed into the program.

After Buchanan finishes his senior season in the fall, the next big thing on the recruiting scene for the Maroons will be junior athlete Emory Blake. The 6-2, 180-pound Blake, who is the son of former NFL quarterback Jeff Blake, has already emerged as one of the top prospects in the Lone Star State in 2009.

With his combination of size, speed and raw athleticism, the question with Blake doesn't involve whether or not he can play at the next level. Instead, it centers on his position.

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