Clark getting early attention from big time schools

On a day off Monday, Jeff Miller got a call on his cell phone, which is of course not unusual for the school district’s athletic director, he receives dozens per day.

He didn’t recognize the unknown number on the screen, so he ignored it.

Several hours later, when he checked his messages, he found out who the mysterious caller was—it was only University of Texas defensive coordinator/head coach in waiting Will Muschamp.

Muschamp had called to invite Tiger lineman LeRaven Clark to the Longhorns’ junior day on Saturday.

That’s as good as offering you a scholarship. They don’t invite you up there for tea and crumpets.

Miller better get used to the inquiries.

Clark has become a hot commodity in the recruiting wars and already has solid offers from TCU and Baylor on the table right now after watching just a couple of minutes of tape on him.

Clark Clark Oklahoma St. and Colorado have also showed interest in the 6-foot-6, 235-pound lineman, but according to Miller, his pupil doesn’t have any preference when it comes to choices.

“He’s not overly excited about anybody in particular,” Miller said. “He’s just taking his time, he’s actually being very professional about it. He’s considering all his options and not getting too excited.”

Sounds like he’ll have his choice of any school in the nation.

Clark has some great bloodlines: he is related to the Locklins—the first family of Rockdale football.

The last time a Rockdale player signed to play with Texas was Tim Speer in 1969.

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Former Tiger star Nic Hammett participated in the alumni baseball game last weekend (as a 6-foot-4, 240-pound second baseman) and informed that he was not going to play baseball this spring, but take part in spring football instead.

Owl head coach David Bailiff requested Hammett—who redshirted last season—focus on football because they are moving him to the other side of the ball from defensive end to tight end.

The Owls were 2-10 last season and open the 2010 season against Texas at Reliant Stadium.

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There has been a lot of speculation that Tiger hoop coach Dusty Loewe might be hanging up his whistle after this season because his last child, Lance will graduate in May.

Ah contrare!

The 32-year veteran with 469 career wins said he will be back and is actually looking forward to the challenges of a new district alignment.

“I think we have a good shot, if not better, at making the playoffs next year in the new district,” Loewe said. “Other than Navasota, we beat all the other schools at all three levels this past year. I want to get Rockdale back in the playoffs before I give it up.”

“I like this group of freshman mixed in with a few off the junior varsity.”

Loewe called the past season “frustrating” because it was Lance’s last season and the Tigers failed to make the playoffs after high expectations.

Except for the 2005-06 season, Loewe has coached one of his kids ever since the 1999- 2000 season when his oldest son Justin was a freshman.

When Loewe’s daughter Miranda (now at RJH) played in high school at Caldwell, he switched over to the girls side so he could coach her.


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