Manor High School’s Erick Fowler will be among the most closely watched players in Central Texas when the high school football season kicks off this week. The senior linebacker is considered one of the state’s top college prospects.
Fowler committed to LSU over the summer but does not shy away from discussing other schools he is still considering, including the University of Texas. “A lot can happen between now and February,” he said, referring to National Signing Day.
The attention from recruiters is nothing new for Fowler, whose first scholarship offer came from UCLA during his sophomore year.
“I never thought I would be in this position. I started out in a ghetto football team in Austin. I wasn’t even that good in middle school, so I did a whole bunch of work by myself on and off the field,” he said.
Fowler credits his teammates for helping transform him from a player who used to finish near the back of the pack in sprints in to a team leader.
“He’s a kid that the other kids are going to look up to because he’s one of the best playmakers we have on our team and fortunately in the state,” Mustangs head coach Sadd Jackson said. “I’m just glad he plays with us and not against us.”
Manor begins its season Aug. 28 at Arlington Sam Houston High School.