December 3, 2007

Present and future prospects at The Woodlands

While The Woodlands High School's class of 2008 has some unfinished business this season, the buzz around campus is about freshman running back Daniel Lasco.

Offensive lineman Brandon Thompson has verbally committed to Nebraska and remains steadfast that he will be a Cornhusker next season.

"Recruiters are coming through and he tells them that he is rock-solid committed to Nebraska," The Woodlands coach Mark Schmid said. "He went to the campus and is happy with is decision."

Thompson suffered a nasty injury prior to the season on an ATV, which rolled over on his leg. He played through the season but developed a staph infection as a result of the injury.

"He's getting better, but he had an intravenous drip for six weeks," Schmid said. "He is improving."

Fellow offensive lineman John Neil is nearing an offer from Army and would commit if offered.

"The Naval Academy was in today, but I haven't heard anything yet," he said.

Defensive back Justin Osborne has an offer from North Dakota State. He suffered a hand injury during the season but impressed with his run support to be getting college looks.

"Vanderbilt really likes him" Schmid said. "They want to see some film on him covering but they love how physical he is against the run. We shall see if they offer him."

Freshman phenom Daniel Lasco took the Highlander program by storm in the last two games of the season. Lasco (6 feet 1, 175 pounds) combines size and speed that The Woodlands has not seen at running back in years.

"I should have used him earlier," Schmid said. "It would have made our lives a little easier. He's special. When he hits the line of scrimmage, he's going down hill. He jumps in a crease or crack and he's gone. Judging by his performance, he's special.

Lasco rushed for 341 yards on 25 carries and four touchdowns against Magnolia and Westfield High School.

"Against Westfield, he did a great job," he said. "They had to change their defense for him. He's a game-changer."


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