August 25, 2010

Catalon an explosive talent

In his first year at Houston Westside, running back Benjamin Catalon had a pedestrian number of touches: 18 carries and eight receptions. His offensive totals, though, were anything but pedestrian: a combined total of 426 yards and six touchdowns, with an average of 14.1 yards per carry and 21.6 yards per reception - enough to have him named District 20-5A newcomer of the year.

As a result, it's pretty understandable why Catalon figures to be the focal point of Westside's offense as it operates largely from the spread in 2010.

"I think we're looking pretty good; we're still getting into things, making sure we're getting the right blocks," the class of 2012 back said. "Earlier in camp, things were a little slow, but we're picking it up. I think we're going to have a good offense."
Catalon said he likes the variety Westside's offense offers.

"It's about 50/50 (run/pass), but it's run first," he said. "You can read the blocks and pick where you're going, or even get outside."

The five foot, 8-inch, 185-lb. Catalon camped at Texas A&M this summer and, with his impressive speed (4.4 in the 40-yard dash), caught the attention of the Aggie coaching staff.

"I was up there for the June 9 camp and I think I did pretty good," he said. "Since then, I've been talking with them; I've talked to coach Toth. He said they were taking a look at us and to keep working hard, that they'd be around."

Catalon said the trip to College Station had helped spark a mutual interest.

"I really like the town; it looked nice and you could tell it had a good atmosphere," he said. "The facilities are really nice; the weight room is nice, the field, the indoor practice field … and I liked the jerseys of the NFL players hanging up when you come in."
When it comes to choosing a school, however, the decision will be more than just about facilities.

"I'm looking for a good mix," Catalon said. "A combination of academics and athletics. I'm looking for a place with a good business program."

With Sept. 1 - the day juniors can pick up new offers - looming, who does Catalon hope to hear from?

"I really like Texas A&M; I'm not so big on Texas," he said. "I like Oklahoma State, Tulsa, TCU and Houston. I'd really like to get an offer from A&M."

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