January 18, 2012
Houston LB a Hot Commodity
Last season the Houston (TX) Sharpstown Fighting Apollos had one of their better seasons in recent years. Featuring a strong rushing attack and a stout defense the Apollos finished with an 8-4 (6-0) record on their way to sweeping their district and will have a key contributor coming back in 2012 featuring a name to watch for the 2013 recruiting class.
As a 6-foot-2, 238-pound inside linebacker Reggie Chevis is already on the Houston radar, they've been in contact with him and will certainly be eyeing him this coming season.
"I've been hearing a lot from U of H," the talented defender said. "I'm also hearing from Texas Tech, Texas A&M, LSU, Tulsa, Boise State, Nebraska, Rice, Texas and Miami are some of the schools that have contacted me."
While Chevis would love to play in the 4-2-5 defense he has grown accustomed to, he feels he can adjust to whatever defense comes his way at the next level.
"I'd like to be an inside backer in a 4-2-5 defense," he said. "I like the 4-2-5, it helps me a lot with tackles and I move well in that scheme I think. But I think I can adjust to any defense."
Chevis is very familiar with the University of Houston growing up watching them and went to every home game last season.
"I went to all the home games last year for Houston," Chevis added. "I love the atmosphere; I know some of the players personally including Charles Sims and Derrick Matthews."
When asked if he was a Houston fan, Chevis responded "Big time."
"I'm from the third-ward here in Houston, I grew up in Houston and we used to go to a lot of the Houston games when I was a kid," Chevis added, something that could put the Cougars at the top of his list.
Sharpstown suffered a tough loss to perennial Texas powerhouse La Marque in the second round of the state playoffs, something Chevis would like to improve upon come next season.
"We had a pretty good year last year," Chevis said. "Our coach strives for excellence and is never satisfied with mediocre, we just have to keep doing striving for excellence."
Chevis will be back on the field next fall lined up at his inside linebacker spot, eying another shot at the playoffs. "Most definitely," the talented linebacker said when asked if his team would be back in the playoffs next year.
With the Apollos eyeing a shot at prominence, Chevis will be someone to keep an eye on during the 2012 and 2013 recruiting season.
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