Written by Corbett Smith
All-Area first-team offense, defense: DeSoto QB Desmon White, Coppell DL Solomon Thomas among some of the top talent
Selections made by SportsDayHS staff; text by Corbett Smith
QB; Desmon White; DeSoto; Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 5-8, 160
About White: DeSoto’s offense didn’t miss a beat after graduating 2012 SportsDayHS offensive player of the year Dontre Wilson, and White was the reason. He passed for 3,870 yards and 39 touchdowns, and rushed for a team-high 1,798 yards and 19 scores.
What’s next?: Without a FBS offer until mid-season, Wilson picked up two D1 offers in quick succession. He’s committed to TCU as a slot receiver.
RB; Xavier Turner; Birdville; Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 5-10, 205
About Turner: Turner had one of the most productive seasons in Texas high school history, rushing for 2,981 yards and 52 touchdowns – eighth all-time for rushing scores in a season. He also helped Birdville back to its second-straight 4A Division I Region I final.
What’s next?: He picked up his first Division I offer from UTSA this week, and holds offers from Stephen F. Austin, Butler and others.
RB; Ronald Jones; McKinney North; Jr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-0, 185
About Jones: The 13-4A MVP helped orchestrate a nice turnaround for McKinney North, which made the second round of the 4A playoffs after finishing 3-7 in 2012. In his first season as the featured back, Jones finished with 2,406 yards and 39 touchdowns.
What’s next?: Recruiting has picked up significantly after his productive season, with offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, and TCU in recent months.
WR; Ian Sadler; Argyle; Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 5-11, 190
About Sadler: Sadler put on a show in the Class 3A Division II final, scoring four touchdowns to help Argyle to its first state title. Including punt and kickoff returns, Sadler had 2,378 all-purpose yards as a senior, with 38 scores.
What’s next?: The championship game offensive MVP is committed to Texas Tech, where he will join fellow Argyle classmate DB Connor Wilson.
WR; DaMarkus Lodge; Cedar Hill; Jr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-1, 185
About Lodge: Predicted to make a splash during his junior season by coach Joey McGuire, Lodge did just that – with 72 catches, 1,255 yards and 22 touchdowns. He was also named the 5A Division II final offensive MVP.
What’s next?: Lodge is considered one of the top 50 juniors in the country, with offers from Auburn, Baylor, Ohio St., Texas A&M and others.
WR; Fonzale Davis; South Oak Cliff; Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 5-10, 180
About Davis: Davis was one of the state’s most productive receivers with 77 catches, 1,651 yards and 18 touchdowns. He was a key cog in S.O.C. becoming the first Class 4A Dallas ISD team to advance past the second round since 2008.
What’s next?: Davis is committed to North Texas, part of a talented group of new receivers, including Carthage duo Terian Goree and O’keeron Rutherford.
OL; Tejan Koroma,; Allen; Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-0, 255
About Koroma: The center on Allen’s dominating offensive line over the past two seasons, Koroma registered 94 pancake blocks and graded out at 97 percent during his team’s 16-0 run to the state title. Allen averaged 491 yards on offense in 2013.
What’s next?: A two-time first-team APSE all-state selection, Koroma is committed to Brigham Young.
OL; Ty Barrett; Skyline; Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-5, 295
About Barrett: Skyline coach Reginald Samples said that one of his staff’s best moves this season was to move Barrett – a tackle – inside to the center position. Barrett immediately provided strength and steadiness, not allowing a sack and getting 27 pancake blocks.
What’s next?: The TCU pledge has said he’s “100 percent” committed to the Horned Frogs, but is slated to take an official visit to Arizona State this weekend.
OL; Jonathan Alvarez; Mesquite Horn; Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-3, 300
About Alvarez: Playing a majority of his snaps at center, Alvarez did not allow a sack all season. Horn’s line – including Alvarez and highly recruited junior Conner Dyer – was a strength, propelling one of the area’s most balanced attacks (374 yards per game).
What’s next?: Alvarez is committed to play at Oklahoma, and is expected to stay as an interior offensive lineman.
OL; Patrick Vahe; Euless Trinity; Jr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-3, 290
About Vahe: With great footwork and fast feet, Vahe helped Trinity gain an eye-popping 5,281 rushing yards this season, the area’s best. He allowed just one sack and graded out at a team-high 92 percent, with 88 knockdown blocks.
What’s next?: Vahe’s been committed to Texas since July, but his primary recruiter – former UT offensive line coach Stacy Searels – is now at Florida.
OL; Demetrius Knox; Fort Worth All Saints; Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-5, 300
About Knox: Helping All Saints to its second straight SPC title, Knox allowed two sacks in 258 pass attempts and had 64 pancake blocks. He won the Rotary Lombardi Award in the South region, picked from a group that included Coppell’s Solomon Thomas among others.
What’s next?: The All-SPC selection is committed to Ohio State, and is considered by Rivals.com as the best offensive guard prospect in the country.
UTIL; Jerrod Heard; Denton Guyer; Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-2, 180
About Heard: One of the state’s most dynamic athletes, Heard led Denton Guyer to its second-straight Class 4A Division I title. His passing and rushing numbers are nearly identical: 2,136 yards and 22 scores passing; 2,161 yards and 27 touchdowns rushing.
What’s next?: Heard kept Longhorn fans happy, staying solid with his commitment to Texas after the hiring of new coach Charlie Strong.
DL Xavier Washington, Cedar Hill, Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-3, 240
About Washington: The all-state honoree was an impact player throughout Cedar Hill’s run to the Class 5A Division II state title. Washington amassed 105 tackles, 46 tackles for loss, 24 sacks and six forced fumbles.
What’s next?: Washington holds a number of offers, including Air Force, Texas-San Antonio, Nevada, Houston and North Texas.
DL Bryce English, DeSoto, Jr.
Ht., Wt.: 5-11, 312
About English: The District 7-5A co-defensive player of the year tallied 76 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and six sacks for DeSoto, which reached the state semifinals for the second consecutive season. English also forced three fumbles and recovered two.
What’s next?: English became the second Texas pledge in the 2015 class after committing at the end of his sophomore year.
DL James Lockhart, Ennis, Jr.
Ht.; Wt.: 6-2, 240
About Lockhart: The junior was a key piece of an Ennis defense that surrendered just 17.5 points per game on the way to the state semifinals. Lockhart had 122 tackles, 8 sacks and forced three fumbles.
What’s next?: Lockhart will have plenty of options after his senior season, holding offers from Ohio State, Texas A&M, Notre Dame and most of the Big 12.
DL Solomon Thomas, Coppell, Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-3, 266
About Thomas: Thomas was the face of Coppell’s menacing defense, racking up 78 tackles, 12.5 sacks and 27 QB pressures. He also had 26 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick.
What’s next?: One of the most sought-after defensive ends in the country, Thomas is deciding between Arkansas, Ohio State, Stanford, Texas and UCLA.
LB Tay Evans, Allen, Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-3, 197
About Evans: The senior linebacker had 78 tackles. 13 tackles for loss and seven sacks for 5A Division I state champion Allen. He forced five fumbles, recovered two and had two pass break-ups. Evans also had five tackles, a sack and forced a fumble in the title game against Pearland.
What’s next?: Evans committed to Oklahoma this fall over offers from Boise State, Rice, San Diego State and SMU.
LB Malik Jefferson, Mesquite Poteet, Jr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-2, 215
About Jefferson: Poteet’s outside linebacker recorded 93 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Poteet, which reached the 4A Division II Region II final, held nine opponents to 20 points or less.
What’s next?: Jefferson will be one of the top returning defensive players in the area next season, and he’ll have his pick of dozens of colleges. Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, USC and Texas A&M have all offered.
LB David Griffith, Plano, Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-2, 190
About Griffith: Plano’s captain and District 10-5A’s defensive player of the year recorded 113 tackles, seven tackles for loss and eight sacks. He led a defense that surrendered just 14.5 points per game.
What’s next?: Griffith, who was a three-year starter and recorded 314 career tackles, committed to Louisiana Monroe before his senior season.
DB Derrick Dixon, Skyline, Sr.
Ht. Wt.: 5-10, 185
About Dixon: The senior safety had 60 tackles, 15 pass break-ups and six interceptions while helping Skyline to the 5A Division I Region II semifinals. He also had six forced fumbles, four recoveries and a touchdown.
What’s next?: Dixon committed to Texas Tech last summer over offers from TCU, West Virginia, Washington State and Rice.
DB Ed Paris, Mansfield Timberview, Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-2, 196
About Paris: The senior collected 47 tackles, 5 INTs and 8 pass break-ups during the regular season and led Timberview to eight wins. He also had a sack, a fumble recovery and a touchdown.
What’s next?: No. 4 in SportsDay’s area recruiting rankings, Paris is committed to LSU.
DB Jamal Adams, Hebron, Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-1, 202
About Adams: The senior totaled 75 tackles, 4 pass break-ups and an INT. He also lined up at WR and returned kicks, collecting a team-high 16 TDs. He had touchdown returns of 100 and 77 yards.
What’s next?: Adams announced his commitment to LSU during the Under Armour All-American Bowl.
DB Armani Watts, North Forney, Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-0, 190
About Watts: The senior was a first-team all-state selection after totaling 64 tackles and nine interceptions this season. Watts was named to the all-district first team in three spots: wide receiver, safety and return specialist.
What’s next: Watts, the top “athlete” recruit in SportsDay’s rankings, is committed to Texas A&M.
K Cole Hedlund, Argyle, Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 5-10, 160
About Hedlund: The senior came one field goal shy of matching his own national record. Hedlund was 24 for 32 and made three field goals longer than 50 yards. He was a perfect 103 for 103 on extra points.
What’s next?: After scoring 175 points for the Class 3A Division II state champions, Hedlund is committed to Arkansas.