Future bright at Bishop Gorman
With talented players in Classes of 2012 and 2013, Gaels loaded for years
LAS VEGAS -- The 2012 class at Nevada powerhouse Bishop Gorman has the chance to be one of the top classes the school has produced in recent years. That's saying something, considering the Gaels have produced more Division I talent that any other school in the state in recent years.
Running back Shaquille Powell is drawing early comparisons to Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray, who came out of Bishop Gorman in the Class of 2006. Powell started last season and rushed for 1,555 yards, 29 touchdowns and averaged 11.5 yards per carry.
"I just want to keep working hard," Powell said. "I want to keep it going."
Bishop Gorman head coach Tony Sanchez believes that the strength of his 2012 class is in the trenches. Powell wouldn't have his success without the big linemen, and Bishop Gorman wouldn't have another state title without them, either.
Offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley is a 6-foot-6, 270-pounder who is getting early looks from UNLV, Missouri and others. Stanley is extremely athletic and has a high upside. The key for him, as it is for most young offensive linemen, is going to be to add bulk and strength during the next two years of high school and perhaps a redshirt year in college. Expect Stanley to be heavily pursued once the time comes.
Offensive tackle/guard Ron Scroggins started as a sophomore and has good bloodlines. His father, also named Ron Scroggins, played college football at UNLV and in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks. The 6-4, 295-pounder was an all-conference selection last season, has a good bench press max (for his age) of 295 pounds and plays on the basketball team at Gorman. He has early interest from UCLA, TCU, Colorado, Florida and UNLV.
Interior offensive lineman Nick Strehlow earned all-state and all-conference honors as a sophomore starter last season. The 6-2, 265-pounder likely projects as a center in college.
"You look at those three and you have three potential Division I prospects up there," Sanchez said. "We are what we are, which is a smashmouth, physical football team, and those three stepped right in and adapted well."
But they aren't the only young prospects on this team. Linebacker/defensive end Bryson Mook is a 6-2, 230-pounder who had 35 tackles and 10 sacks last season as a defensive end. He's capable of playing both positions, however, and may end up being a linebacker in college. Colorado, Oklahoma and Washington are among the programs showing early interest.
Looking even further to the future, coaches around Las Vegas are extremely high on the potential of Class of 2013 quarterback Anu Solomon, who was a key factor in the Gaels' championship run.
"With all of the players we have here, the future is certainly bright at Gorman," Sanchez added.
J.C. Shurburtt covers recruiting for ESPN.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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