Boom OLB Zamar Kirven 2018 (Update: Signed)

Plays baseball, basketball, track and football


Quan Cosby was a duel sport athlete from Mart. He first played minor league baseball and was nails as a WR at UT. Hopefully he has some of Quan’s magic!

Never heard about this kid. Hopefully, he is good.

So Quan fenced? :sunglasses:

Kirven was All-Central Texas in basketball (and basketball MVP of his district), and won his region in shot put. I think he plays four sports for Mart.


That sounds like a stout athlete. Glad to have him on board.

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Another under the radar kid as he doesn’t have a profile on any of the recruiting services yet:

Here’s his HUDL

A 6’3, 205-pound prospect, Kirven starred for 2A Mart in 2016, racking up 122 total tackles and 21 tackles for loss throughout a standout junior campaign. The central Texas product led Mart to a 12-1 record with the lone loss coming to Crawford, 27-20, in the playoffs.

Kirven becomes commit number five for Houston as part of Major Applewhite’s debut recruiting cycle as the Cougars head coach.

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This is proof that Applewhite is searching under every rock, and trusting his staff’s ability to evaluate.

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Yep. This also may be where we are seeing the benefit from the high school coaches wanting CMA being the head guy.


I do agree with you, Patrick. But man, Judas 2016 recruiting class spoil us, and the 2017 was going to be just as good if he hadn’t bolted. Both classes would of been Top 40 nationally.

Hopefully, Major and his staff, have an eye for talent.

Levine built his roster with 10-12 kids a year who had at least one P5 offer, and the rest either: 1) kids who had lots of G5 offers, or 2) diamonds in the rough or 3) waiver wire “fill a need” pick ups.

(Herman used that roster to win the Peach Bowl.)

We’ve seen something similar with Major. After he took over, he signed some:

Very highly touted guys with lots of P5 offers
Noah Jones
Amaud Willis-Dalton
Bryan Jones
David Anenih

Some diamonds in the rough
Payton Turner
DJ Small

Some kids with several good G5 offers
Davion Mitchell
Grant Stuard
Devondic Bynum
Tre’Von Bradley

Some waiver wire need fills
Mix - OL from Auburn
Green - Juco OL
Chevis - DL from A&M
Jefferson - WR from Ariz St

So far in 2018, we are seeing the same thing:

Commits with P5 Offers
Kelan Walker
Dekalen Goodson
Spencer Wells

Commits that appear to be diamonds in the rough
Jack Freeman
Zamar Kirven


Just remember, Levine only had one class that was decently rated. We seemed to do ok with the guys that were brought in.

Some of these kids just haven’t made it to where the scouts can see them and may not be rated until later on this season. Major will get kids with stars (Walker is a 4*) but we also need these kids that other schools may not see.


It doesn’t matter what Levine’s classes were ranked. We all know by now Levine surrounded himself w bad coaches and Tom clearly got more out of the underrated talent than Levine’s staff. Levine was a hell of a talent evaluater.

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Talked to a buddy this weekend who is a hard core Aggie. He said he was sad to see Chevis leave and that we’re going to love him. Great locker room guy, very smart, and was on tap to get legitimate playing time for the Aggies this year. Hope he’s right. Our front 7 should be so good this year.


Mart LB Zamar Kirven discusses his commitment

High School coach drove him to Houston to talk to the coaching staff. Also said that he doesn’t see many scouts or D1 coaches come through Mart. Sounds like a good kid.


“Chip on my shoulder” that’s all I needed to hear.

Like you said @pray10 the benefit of having high schools wanting CMA here


My dark horse pick of this class. He’ll be entertaining to watch as a freshmen just as Stuard was.


Might be. He was District MVP last year as a basketball player and was 5th at state in the shot put.

He needs to gain some weight though as he’s only 205, unless they plan on changing him from LB. He also played WR so he’s definitely an athlete.

I wonder if his brother will come with him as a walk-on. He’s a WR/DB for Mart, but is about 4 inches shorter.


Said he talked to TCU for awhile, but chose Houston because it felt like family.