ESPN launched its list of the Top 300 high school football recruits from the respective classes of 2021 and 2022 Wednesday and it featured a pair of standouts from Montgomery County who are both hoping to hit the gridiron this fall, pending the containment of COVID-19 in Texas.
Derrick Harris Jr., a senior outside linebacker at New Caney chimed in at No. 189 in the country for the class of 2021. He is ranked the No. 18 outside linebacker overall among the seniors in the country and is a four-star recruit.
Harris Jr., listed by ESPN at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, committed to the University of Texas last August prior to his impressive junior season with the Eagles.
Last fall during a district championship season for New Caney, Harris was the District 9-5A Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-Montgomery County selection. Harris Jr. totaled 81 tackles including four sacks. Harris Jr. harassed quarterbacks and running backs alike in the backfield with 16 tackles for loss and 25 quarterback hurries.
Against the pass, Harris had an interception and broke up seven attempts. He also forced and recovered a fumble.
Harris Jr. was the district Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore.
The Woodlands athlete Teddy Knox was rated No. 219 by ESPN. He is a four-star recruit.
Knox, a speedy 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior, committed to Mississippi State late in June.
He was a second-team all-district receiver for the Highlanders last season after collecting more than 550 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. He finished with 22 catches for 303 yards through the air as was used in the return game and also took direct snaps at quarterback.
The ESPN 300 is loaded with talent across Greater Houston.
Offensive guard Jaden Roberts is the top prospect from the region at No. 82. The North Shore star committed to Auburn back in May.
Right behind Roberts at No. 84 is Episcopal offensive guard Donvan Jackson (Ohio State) and No. 85 rated L.J Johnson, an uncommitted Cy-Fair running back.
No. 100 is North Shore wide receiver Shadrach Banks (Texas A&M), No. 112 is Katy Tompkins quarterback Jalen Milroe (Texas), No. 122 is Foster wide receiver Cody Jackson (Oklahoma) and No. 147 is Katy Taylor offensive guard Bryce Taylor (uncommitted).
Montgomery County didn’t have any representatives in the Class of 2022 ESPN 300.
From the region there was No. 35 Katy defensive end Malick Sylla, No. 46 North Shore cornerback Denver Harris, No. 69 Dickinson tight end Donovan Green, No. 70 Klein Cain running back Jaydon Blue, No. 71 Atascocita offensive lineman Kam Dewberry and No. 95 Dickinson offensive tackle P.J. Williams in the Top 100. All seven juniors are uncommitted at this point.