Steele came within a few opportunities of upsetting favored DeSoto in December’s UIL State Championship game, eventually falling 38-29. With two of their star players returning for the upcoming years, it’s likely that the Knights will be back to compete for the Class 6A crown. Both running back Brenden Brady and receiver Onyx Smith combined for close to 2,800 yards and 31 total touchdowns for the team last season.
Their fathers gave Texas HS Football an exclusive on their current college recruitment:
Andre Brady (father of Brenden):
Baylor, Houston and Duke have taken interest recently. A coach from each of the schools is coming to see him next month at Steele. Duke looks the most promising. I’ve been in constant communication with Coach Boyette. He seems pretty excited about Brenden and will see him in May.
Baylor is probably next. Coach Thomas and Coach Nixon sat with us and gave a pretty thorough assessment of his abilities and what they liked about his play after watching his tape. They liked his explosiveness, his ability to get north-south quickly and his versatility (run/pass catching, etc).
Houston is close behind Baylor. Brenden has talked more with them but they have told him they have significant interest in him and coach Carrel will be down in a couple weeks to see him (guess we will see how that translates as well).
If I had to make an assessment right now based on where we stand at the moment I’d say (wish list): Baylor, Houston, Duke, Rice in that order. It may shift a little over the next month or so based on other interest, but I think Baylor is leading the pack on his wishlist.
— Andre Brady (@brady_andre) March 1, 2017
Gordon Smith (father of Onyx):
Things are heating up for him, more teams have reached out: Indiana, Northwestern, UConn, UMass, Colorado St, Harvard, Yale, North TX, TX Southern, TX State, Houston Baptist. He did well at Rivals. We will be at the Texas Lone Star Showcase this weekend in Houston.
Currently, Bowling Green is leading the pack, UTSA is on him too.
— Rivals Camp Series (@RivalsCamp) April 2, 2017
Both athletes have been hitting the road most weekends to attend college visits or camps; the process is expected to last over the next several months, a grueling exercise to find the right commitment for each player. The juniors will enter next season as members of KSAT’s Spring 24 Elite List and will compete in 7-on-7 drills through the summer.
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