Five area athletes commit to play at A&M-Kingsville
By BY MIKE FORMAN - MFORMAN@VICAD.COM
Jan. 31, 2013 at 11 p.m.
Updated Jan. 30, 2013 at 7:31 p.m.
Head coach David Calloway's first recruiting class at Texas A&M-Kingsville will include a number of familiar faces for area football fans.
Victoria West's Jake Wallace, Cuero's Caleb Harvey and Hudson Haas, and Refugio's Marcus Thompson and Draigon Silvas have committed to play for the Javelinas next season.
In addition, Refugio running back Malcolm Franklin has committed to play at West Texas A&M.
Wallace and Haas are likely to play on the offensive line, Harvey was recruited as a defensive lineman, Silvas will play running back and Thompson will line up at wide receiver.
The 6-foot-3, 255-pound Wallace was a first-team All-District 30-4A selection for the Warriors at offensive tackle and did not allow a sack.
"He was the mainstay on the offensive line," said West coach Leonard McAngus, who expects Wallace to play guard or center for the Javelinas. "He was a relentless blocker. They got a good one."
The 6-2, 295-pound Harvey played on the offensive and defensive lines for the Gobblers and earned first-team All-District 26-3A honors at both offensive and defensive tackle.
Harvey averaged two pancake blocks a game and did not allow a sack on offense. He had 66 tackles, including 26 solo stops, seven sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery on defense.
"He's a great athlete who was able to play on both sides of the ball for us," said Cuero coach Travis Reeve. "I think he'll excel now that he's able to play on one side of the ball."
The 6-5, 300-pound Haas had 15 pancake blocks and earned second-team all-district honors at offensive tackle.
"He's just one of those guys who got better and better as the year went on," Reeve said. "He became a dominant lineman for us."
The 6-1, 185-pound Thompson was a first-team Class 2A all-state selection and the District 16-2A, Division II MVP after catching 65 passes for 1,640 yards and 25 touchdowns.
The 5-7, 180-pound Silvas was a first-team all-district selection and was named the All-Around player on the Advocate's all-area team after carrying 159 times for 1,050 yards and 22 touchdowns, and catching 13 passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns.
"I remember the first time I saw Marcus and Draigon when they were in the seventh grade, I knew they were going to be special," said Refugio coach Jason Herring. "As I watched them play, I always thought this day would come."
The 5-10, 175-pound Franklin carried only 13 times for 65 yards and one touchdown before suffering a season-ending knee injury in the second game of the season.
"I know West Texas A&M was really high on him," Herring said. "He's worked real hard to get back and I'm glad he's getting a chance to play."
Commitments cannot be official until Wednesday, which is national signing day.