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SportsDayHS 2011 All-Area football first, second teams: Meet the season's top players
Selections made by SportsDayHS staff. Text by Mark Dent
QB Devante Kincade, Skyline, Jr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-2, 180
About Kincade: While leading Skyline to the state semifinal, Kincade threw for 3,270 yards and 32 touchdowns on 186-for-263 passing. He rushed for 857 yards and 17 touchdowns.
What’s next? Kincade will be back for his senior season, leading a Skyline team with an excellent opportunity to make a deep playoff run.
WR Jake Oliver, Jesuit, Jr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-4, 194
About Oliver: He caught 108 passes for 1,637 yards and 23 touchdowns, leading area 5A schools in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. He was third among area 5A players in receptions in 2010.
What’s next? Oliver will have a rare opportunity to become a three-time first-team all-area player in the fall.
WR Ra’Shaad Samples, Skyline, Jr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-0, 170
About Samples: Samples caught 65 passes for 1,369 yards and 19 touchdowns, finishing second in the area in receiving touchdowns. He is the son of Skyline coach Reginald Samples.
What’s next? With one year of high school left, Samples already has offers from multiple high-level FBS schools.
WR Andrew Rodriguez, Allen, Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 5-9, 170
About Rodriguez: Rodriguez caught 64 passes for 1,369 yards and 18 touchdowns, averaging 22.9 yards per catch. He was first-team All-State.
What’s next? Rodriguez has not committed to play college football.
RB Cameron Washington, Corsicana, Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-0, 190
About Washington: Washington rushed for 3,136 yards and 46 touchdowns for a team that made the state semifinal. He set a school record for rushing yards and led the area in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns.
What’s next? Washington has received little interest, but according to Rivals, has an offer from Lamar.
RB Joel Kimpela, Euless Trinity, Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 5-10, 185
About Kimpela: Kimpela rushed for 2,090 yards to lead area 5A players. He also had 25 touchdowns. His 10 yards per carry put him near the top of the area. He had 345 rushing yards in a playoff victory against Allen.
What’s next? Kimpela has received little recruiting interest. According to Rivals, he has no offers yet.
WR/RB/QB Corey Coleman, Richardson Pearce, Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 5-11, 180
About Coleman: Coleman rushed 82 times for 566 yards and 15 touchdowns, caught 69 passes for 933 yards and 11 touchdowns and threw for 110 yards.
What’s next?: Coleman has committed to Baylor. He is averaging more than 16 points a game on the basketball team.
OL Curtis Riser, DeSoto, Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-3, 283
About Riser: Riser had 82 pancakes and a 94 percent grade. He did not give up a sack, blocking for a team that was sixth in the area in total offense.
What’s next? Riser has committed to Texas, where he could play offensive guard or tackle.
OL Hiva Lutui, Euless Trinity, Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-3, 284
About Lutui: Lutui had 43 pancakes, 114 knockdowns, more than a 90 percent grade and didn’t allow a sack. He anchored the No. 1 rushing offense in 5A.
What’s next? Lutui has committed to UCLA but has recently visited other schools after coaching changes for the Bruins.
OL Trey Keenan, Argyle, Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-5, 270
About Keenan: Keenan had 85 pancakes this year and did not allow a sack in his career. He was named AP All-State for the second consecutive year.
What’s next? Keenan has committed to Texas Tech as an offensive tackle.
OL Chris Edling, Corsicana, Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-4, 225
About Edling: Edling had 72 pancakes and 97 percent grade for the No. 1 rushing offense of area 4A teams. He caught 17 passes for 193 yards.
What’s next? Edling has two offers from non-FBS schools.
OL Steven Baggett, Arlington Martin, Sr.
Ht., Wt: 6-3, 255
About Baggett: Baggett had 54 pancakes and allowed just one sack this year. He was named first team All-District 4-5A.
What’s next? Baggett has committed to play at Boise State.
Selections made by SportsDayHS staff. Text by Corbett Smith
DL Chase Appleby, Frisco Centennial, Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-0, 270
About Appleby: Explosive off the ball and strong to match, Appleby led one of the best defensive fronts in the area, getting 69 tackles and six sacks while fighting off double teams.
What’s next? Appleby picked up an FBS offer late in the recruiting process, and is committed to Wyoming.
DL Devonte Fields, Arlington Martin, Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-4, 240
About Fields: He ended up behind the line of scrimmage nearly as much as opposing quarterbacks. Fields had 121/2 sacks and 33 tackles for loss, helping Martin to its best-ever finish.
What’s next? An Under Armour All-American, Fields has committed to TCU.
DL Dan Kottman, Denton Guyer, Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-1, 250
About Kottman: A two-time first-team selection, Kottman was unanimously selected as the District 7-5A defensive MVP. He had 73 tackles, 25 for loss, with seven sacks and 12 hurries.
What’s next? The undersized Kottman will see if he can shine at the FBS level; he is committed to San Diego State.
DL Michael Richardson, DeSoto, Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-2, 230
About Richardson: The 11-5A defensive MVP was not only a superb rush end with 13 sacks, but also he was a good run stopper with 55 solo tackles. He also had two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
What’s next? He continues in the footsteps of Von Miller and Cyrus Gray with a commitment to Texas A&M.
LB Will Davis, Southlake Carroll, Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-1, 220
About Davis: A tackling machine for the 5A Division I champs. Davis had 176 tackles, 115 of them solo, with 71/2 sacks, 10 hurries, six pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
What’s next? Davis will see if he can make it in Manhattan. He has committed to Kansas State.
LB Alex De La Torre, Denton Ryan, Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-2, 225
About De La Torre: His senior season was so good, he shared the District 4-4A defensive MVP honors with Mario Edwards Jr. De La Torre had 101 tackles (24 for loss), seven sacks, two forced fumbles and two interceptions.
What’s next? The first in-state commitment to Texas will enroll this month.
LB Peter Jinkens, Skyline, Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-1, 210, About Jinkens: He might have been the best athlete on Skyline’s team, and that’s saying something. Jinkens had 125 tackles, 18 for loss, nine sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
What’s next? Jinkens is committed to Texas, choosing the Longhorns over offers from Florida, Michigan and Texas A&M.
DB De’Vante Harris, Mesquite Horn, Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 5-11, 160
About Harris: The 11-5A MVP, Harris is the son of former Philadelphia Eagles receiver Rod Harris. Teams rarely targeted Harris’ side, yet he had an 84-yard interception return, and five touchdown receptions on offense.
What’s next? Harris was an Oklahoma pledge, but with news that OU DB coach Willie Martinez might not return next season, he has reopened his recruiting.
DB LaDarrell McNeil, Wilmer Hutchins, Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-1, 190
About McNeil: The U.S. Army All-American epitomized “downhill tackler,” with 124 tackles, 54 of them solo, and four forced fumbles, as well as an interception and 11 pass breakups.
What’s next? McNeil has pledged to Tennessee, but is still taking visits to other favorites: Nebraska, Arkansas and Oklahoma State.
DB Iliau Moeakiola, Euless Trinity, Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-0, 185
About Moeakiola: Euless Trinity’s leading tackler, Moeakiola was adept in run and pass coverage. He had 95 tackles, 73 of them solo, as well as four interceptions and eight pass breakups.
What’s next? Moeakiola will join Trinity teammate Hiva Lutui at UCLA, choosing the Bruins over Arizona and Arizona State.
DB Zack Sanchez, Keller Central, Sr.
Ht., Wt.: 6-1, 175
About Sanchez: A two-way star, Sanchez was a big reason that Keller Central advanced to the playoffs for the first time. He had nine interceptions, two defensive scores and 10 pass break-ups to go with 15 offensive touchdowns.
What’s next? Sanchez is committed to Baylor and is projected to move to safety.
K Cole Hedlund, Argyle, So.
Ht., Wt.: 5-9, 150
About Hedlund: Filling in for his brother Chad, who signed with Wake Forest last year, Cole set the national high school record with 25 field goals. Hedlund scored 147 points, going 72-for-74 on extra points.
What’s next? With two more varsity seasons to go, Hedlund could challenge the state record for field goals (48).
Pos., Player, School, Cl., Ht. Wt.
QB, Alec Morris, Allen, Sr., 6-3, 235
202-for-329 for 3,242 yards, 35 TDs, 329 rush yds, 9 TDs
WR, Thomas Johnson, Skyline, Sr., 6-0, 180
59 catches, 1,077 yards, 13 TDs, Rivals’ No. 32 nat. prospect
WR, Devante Lacy, Grand Prairie, Sr., 5-10, 180
77 catches for 1,156 yards, 12 TDs
WR, Peyton Williams, Southlake Carroll, Sr., 6-1, 185
91 catches for 1,164 yds, 10 TDs, committed to Colorado
RB, Kyle Hicks, Arlington Martin, Jr., 5-10, 185
212 carries for 1,685 rushing yds, 26 TDs
RB, Bryan Driskell, McKinney Boyd, Jr., 5-8, 163
317 carries for 2,072 yds, 28 TDs
WR/DB, Sabian Holmes, Southlake Carroll, Sr., 5-11, 175
85 catches for 1,336 yds and 14 TDs, two inteceptions
OL, Beau Jenkins, Coriscana Mildred, Sr., 6-3, 275
92 percent grade, no sacks allowed, All-District 6-2A
OL, Jimmy Chung, Irving, Sr., 6-3, 280
86 knockdowns, 14 pancakes, committed to La.-Monroe
OL, Henry Lea’aetoa, Euless Trinity, Sr., 6-2, 289
52 pancakes, 101 knockdowns, no sacks allowed
OL, Tanner Stone, Highland Park, Sr., 6-6, 255
85 percent grade, 81 knockdowns, committed to Duke
OL, Chris Thomas, Lancaster, Sr., 6-4, 310
97 knockdowns, 34 dominant blocks, 90 percent grade
Pos., Player, School, Cl., Ht., Wt.
DL, David Harris, Cedar Hill, Sr., 6-0, 240
75 tackles, 51 solo, 21 for loss, 12 sacks, three forced fumbles
DL, Jordan Points, Rockwall-Heath, Jr., 6-4, 255
10-4A defensive MVP, 69 tackles, 12 sacks, three fumble rec.
DL, Jessie Rogers, Arlington Bowie, Sr., 6-4, 240
10 sacks, two fumble recoveries, committed to North Carolina
DL, Deatrich Wise, Hebron, Sr., 6-5, 235
Unanimous 8-5A defensive MVP, nine sacks, 34 hurries, Baylor pledge
LB, Damien Neroes, Garland, Sr., 6-1, 215
Committed to SMU, 10-5A defensive MVP, 62 tackles, 13 sacks
LB, Joe Sikes, FM Marcus, Sr., 6-0, 225
2nd-team 5A AP All-State, 146 tackles, four interceptions, two sacks
LB, Domenic Spencer, Skyline, Sr., 6-0, 215
2nd-team 5A AP all-state, 145 tackles, 27 for loss, eight sacks
DB, George Baltimore, Mansfield, Jr., 6-0, 190
One of the area’s most promising juniors, 95 tackles, 4 INT
DB, Bryson Echols, DeSoto, Sr., 5-10, 180
Texas pledge, two INTs, 9 pass break-ups, also kicker (72 pts.)
DB, Patrick Levels, Roosevelt, Sr., 5-10, 175
177 tackles, 8 INT, 4 TDs, AP 3A def. player of the year
DB, Kameron Miles, West Mesquite, Jr., 6-2, 200
101 tackles, 5 INT, 2 fumble recoveries
K, Travis Tamez, Mesquite Horn, Sr., 5-10, 180
16 of 18 FG, long of 49, 30 of 33 PAT, 42-yard avg on 36 punts