July 27, 2010

Injury sets Pleasant back

Interest in Humble (Tex.) Atascocita receiver Everett Pleasant was beginning to pick up, but that was before he suffered an ACL injury that will force him to miss his entire senior season.

The injury occurred about a month ago during an AAU basketball game.

"It was really frustrating," said Pleasant. "I was at open gym, I did a move and my [left] leg gave out on me. After that point, I've been going to basketball games and watching my team play. It's frustrating just watching and sitting on the bench."

Pleasant underwent surgery on Tuesday and begins rehab Saturday.

Prior to the injury, Pleasant had one offer - from Iowa State - and had received interest from the likes of Texas Tech, Texas, USC, South Carolina and Connecticut. However, only a few schools remain in the mix now that he will miss his senior season.

"Texas Tech is still hanging on," said Pleasant. "Iowa State and USC are still recruiting me as well."

Pleasant says he will remember the schools who stuck by him through injury.

"It's really important, because they're telling me they really want me and that they care about me," said Pleasant. "That's a big plus for them."

When healthy, the 6-foot-4, 218-pound Pleasant is a physical specimen who is being considered at tight end and wide receiver at the next level. As a junior, he caught 19 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns.

"For a big guy I have speed [4.5-second 40-yard dash], and I guarantee no cornerback out there can jump with me," said Pleasant.

Though Pleasant is a multi-sport athlete - he also lettered in basketball and track at Atascocita - he is committing to football from here on out.

"I'm just focusing on football," said Pleasant. "I'm going to do my rehab and get ready for the spring."

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