David Minton - Denton Record Chronicle DRC Offensive Player of the Year Jerrod Heard, Sr./QB/Denton Guyer/Ht: 6-2, Wt: 180/In Guyer’s option-read attack, Heard is a perfect fit. The Texas pledge rushed for 2,138 yards and 35 touchdowns for the Class 4A Division I champs, sparking a comeback against Georgetown in the final with three third-quarter touchdowns. While he was named an Elite 11 finalist this summer, picked among the nation’s best high school quarterbacks, his passing performances at camps and combines was up and down. If he improves on his 2012 passing numbers — 62 percent completion rate, 2,090 yards, 17 TDs, seven interceptions — Guyer will be an overwhelming favorite to win another state title.
Brad Loper - Staff Photographer Defensive Player of the Year Solomon Thomas, Sr./DE/Coppell/Ht: 6-3, Wt: 263/Sometimes the best football players don’t look impressive as they get off the bus. That’s not the case with Thomas, who Coppell coach Joe McBride sai looks like “a mannequin at Dick’s Sporting Goods.” Powerhouse college programs from across the country are hoping to drape a uniform over the model defensive end, who had a terrific junior season. Thomas had 89 tackles, 81/2 sacks and 18 quarterback hurries for a team that finished 11-2. As a senior, Thomas’ size, strength, speed and intelligence could make him the Dallas area’s most dominant defensive player.
John F. Rhodes - Special Contributor QB Desmon White, Sr./DeSoto/Ht: 5-8, Wt: 160/Diminutive playmaker passed for 3,521 yards and 34 TDs, rushed for 1,335 yards and 12 TDs.
Stewart F. House - Special Contributor RB Soso Jamabo, Jr./Plano West/Ht: 6-3, Wt: 200/If he keeps growing, two-sport star might be a better basketball prospect, rushed for 1,697 yards, 24 TDs.
Brad Loper - Staff Photographer RB Xavier Turner, Sr./Birdville/Ht: 5-10, Wt: 205/Becomes the focal point of the offense, and can carry the load; 1,586 yards, 31 TDs.
RB Chris Warren, Jr./Rockwall/Ht: 6-2, Wt: 225/1,059 yards, 13 TDs as a sophomore, expect numbers to jump in Rodney Webb’s offense.
Stan Olszewski - Staff Photographer WR Trae Hart, Sr./First Baptist/Ht: 5-11, Wt: 155/Purdue pledge put up video-game numbers in 2012; 108 rec., 2,044 yards, 29 TDs.
WR DaMarkus Lodge, Jr./ Cedar Hill/ 6-1, 185/ Only six catches last year, but sat behind Laquvionte Gonzalez and Quincy Adeboyejo.
OL Ty Barrett, Sr./ Skyline/ 6-5, 295/Half-brother of NY Giants WR Reuben Randle, the TCU pledge will be a three-year starter.
courtesy OL Tejan Koroma, Sr./Allen/Ht: 6-0, Wt: 255/Center was first-team all-state for 5A-D1 champs; 65 pancakes, 85 knockdowns, only one sack allowed.
Christian Randolph - Staff Photographer OL Patrick Vahe, Jr./Euless Trinity/Ht: 6-3, Wt: 290/Another roadgrader from Trinity, but this Texas pledge also has quick feet and great first step while pulling.
OL Conner Dyer, Jr./ Mesquite Horn/ 6-5, 280/ Long-armed and fleet -footed, Dyer helped Horn to 274.1 yards per game rushing in 2012.
OL Maea Teuhema, Jr./ Keller/ 6-4, 330/ Pledged to Texas along with older brother Sione; massive and strong (400 pound bench press).
Tom Fox - Staff Photographer K/P Drew Brown, Sr./Southlake Carroll/Ht: 5-10, Wt: 170/Brother of NFL kicker Kris Brown, Nebraska pledge hit 26 of 34 FG in two years, with long of 49.
Michael Ainsworth - Staff Photographer DL Myles Garrett, Sr./Arlington Martin/Ht: 6-4, Wt: 230/Agile and powerful, he had 17 tackles for loss, 9 sacks and an INT last year.
courtesy DL Xavier Washington, Sr./Cedar Hill/Ht: 6-1, Wt: 235/Blew up backfields last year with 32 tackles for loss, 15 sacks, 5 forced fumbles.
DL Grant Blankenship, Sr./ The Colony/Ht: 6-5, Wt: 230/Rising star had 10 sacks last year, is committed to Notre Dame.
Stewart F. House - Special Contributor LB Christian Sam, Sr./Allen/Ht: 6-2, Wt: 206/Arizona St. commit had 11 sacks last year, is part of Allen super LB combo with Tay Evans.
Mark M. Hancock - Special Contributor LB Edwin Freeman, Sr./Arlington Bowie/Ht: 6-1/Wt: 215/Switched from safety to LB last season, has been all district last two years.
courtesy LB Malik Jefferson, Jr./Mesquite Poteet/Ht: 6-3, Wt: 210/Switched from safety to LB last season, has been all district last two years.
LB Cameron Hampton, Sr./ Carter/ 6-2, 205/ 11-4A Defensive MVP as a junior, committed to Texas.
Matt Strasen - Special Contributor DB Nick Orr, Sr./DeSoto/Ht: 5-10, Wt: 170/TCU commit had 87 tackles, 3INTs last season; will be four-year starter.
Mark M. Hancock - Special Contributor DB Jamal Adams, Sr./Hebron/Ht: 6-0, Wt: 190/Intense safety has 123 tackles, 7 INTs over last two seasons; played varsity as freshman.
G.J. McCarthy - Staff Photographer DB Derrick Dixon, Sr./Skyline/Ht: 5-10, Wt: 180/Texas Tech commit had 4 INTs, 5 forced fumbles last year; might play some RB as senior.
DB Ed Paris, Sr./ Mansfield Timberview/ 6-1, 200/ LSU commit had 7 INTs last season and returned 2 for TDs.
Michael Clements - Denton Record Chronicle Michael Clements for DRC KR Ian Sadler, Sr./Argyle/Ht: 5-10, Wt: 195/Texas Tech commit was 2012 3A all-state returner, had two returns for TD in same game.
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