Texas currently has 32 commitments across its 2014, ’15 and ’16 recruiting classes. With the season kicking off this weekend, it’s the perfect opportunity to look at what lies ahead for the future Horns.
2014 Commitments (23)
QB Jerrod Heard – Denton Guyer (5-4A)
Heard led Guyer all the way to a Division I state championship last year with 2,115 yards passing, 2,164 yards rushing and 53 combined touchdowns. Guyer is the favorite to repeat as 4A champs by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, where they’ll unsurprisingly start the season ranked No. 1 in the state. DCTF also named Heard its 4A preseason Offensive Player of the Year – not surprising considering he returns as both the leading passer and rusher in the district. Look for Guyer to run through 5-4A en route to an opportunity to defend its title in the 4A Division 1 tournament.
DE Derick Roberson – San Antonio Brennan (28-4A)
Brennan doesn’t have the name recognition as Guyer, but, thanks in large part Roberson’s presence on defense, it starts the year ranked No. 4 in the state by DCTF. Roberson (88 tackles, 12 sacks in 2012), who only started focusing on football when he moved to Texas before his sophomore season, made it a 4A sweep for the Longhorns by being selected as the preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Brennan made it to the quarterfinals in 2012 and they’ll look to take things farther this fall after getting through a relatively weak district in the regular season.
WR Armanti Foreman/RB D’Onta Foreman – Texas City (24-4A)
The Foreman twins are two key pieces on a team loaded with athletes at the skill positions. Armanti (891 receiving yards, 10 touchdowns in 2012) is the reigning 24-4A Special Teams Player of the Year and is one of two preseason 4A All-State selections at wide receiver (Mt. Pleasant’s KD Cannon) by DCTF. D’Onta was a unanimous first team All-District selection in 2012 after rushing for 1,073 yards and 18 touchdowns. Pearland Dawson will be a tough test for Texas City, but the Foreman brothers and returning quarterback Andrew Allen have the potential to keep the Stingarees playing after Thanksgiving.
RB Donald Catalon – Aldine Eisenhower (18-5A)
In retrospect, Donald Catalon rushing for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012 is pretty spectacular. The Longhorn pledge broke his toe in the second game of the season and didn’t have surgery until the offseason. If he can fully recover there’s no reason to think DCTF’s award of the 18-5A preseason Offensive Player of the Year is a stretch. Eisenhower went 4-2 in district play a year ago and returns Catalon as well as quarterback Trevion Roberts, two players that could lead Eisenhower deep into the playoffs in 2013.
LB Otaro Alaka – Cy Falls (17-5A)
Alaka has started for Cy Falls since he was a sophomore. He was a unanimous All-District selection in 2012 after posting 88 tackles and 11 sacks. He’s also the preseason 17-5A Defensive Player of the Year, according to DCTF. The Golden Eagles are unranked by DCTF to start the season, though it’s not due to the Cy Falls defense. The offense may keep Cy Falls out of state title contention, but they should be able to put up a fight in a very tough district.
WR Lorenzo Joe – Abilene Cooper (2-5A)
Cooper will lean on Joe a ton in 2013. For the second straight year the future Texas wide receiver will play quarterback for the Cougars. As a junior he threw for 1,988 yards and 15 touchdowns while also running for nine scores en route to being named 2012 All-District. The Cougars went 6-2 in district play a year ago, finishing second to Abilene High. With Abilene breaking in a lot of new players, 2-5A could be Cooper’s to win in 2013.
RB Kevin Shorter – Newton (10-2A Division 1)
15 starters return to an Eagles squad that lost in the state semifinals to eventual champion Cameron Yoe a year ago. Shorter is on the short list of preseason 2A MVP hopefuls after rushing for 1,810 yards and 31 touchdowns a year ago. The semifinal loss was the only one of the season for the Eagles in 2012, and with so much talent returning, it’s easy to see why they’ve been pegged as the top team in 2A by Dave Campbell and the Associated Press entering the fall.
C Terrell Cuney – Jasper (20-3A)
Cuney is a preseason All-State selection by DCTF and is one of the top centers in the country, according to 247Sports. Jasper, ranked No. 14 in 3A, is under second-year head coach Darrell Barbay and will be led on the field by the Cuney family. Along with Terrell at center, his cousins Terrance (running back) and DeAnthony (middle linebacker) return. The Bulldogs made the playoffs after going 3-1 in district in Barbay’s first year – they could be looking to make more noise in the postseason in Year 2.
DE Sione Teuhema – Keller (4-5A)
Even with two future Longhorns (Sione and 2015 pledge Maea Teuhema), Keller is projected by DCTF to finish fourth in 4-5A this season. The Indians will get tested by a tough district that includes Southlake Carroll, the No. 5 team in the state. Keller only put up three wins last season, but they all came on a three-game winning streak in district play to finish the season which may be a sign of good things to come. It’ll be a tough task navigating the district, but with some quality athletes to go with the future Longhorns in the trenches, the Indians may find a better result in 2013.
LB Cameron Hampton – Dallas Carter (11-4A)
Yet another Texas commit named to a preseason All-State team, Hampton will be responsible for leading the way on the Carter defense. The future Horn put up 154 tackles in 2012 as Carter went 6-1 in 11-4A before losing in the second round of the playoffs. Good things are expected at Carter in 2013 with 12 returning starters, most notably Hampton, DCTF’s 11-4A preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
DL Jake McMillon – Abilene (2-5A)
2-5A will be an entertaining district for Longhorn fans with McMillon and Cooper’s Lorenzo Joe battling it out. McMillon is just a three-star recruit, but Dave Campbell tabbed the blue-collar lineman a preseason 5A All-State selection this year. McMillon was the only freshman to ever start in the 18 years Steve Warren has been the head man at Abilene; he’s now started 38 varsity games with an entire season to go. Texas fans should circle Oct. 4, that’s when Abilene’s McMillon will be lining up opposite Lorenzo Joe and Abilene Cooper in P.E. Shotwell Stadium.
WR Garrett Gray – Marble Falls (25-4A)
Marble Falls is going to need to find some magic this fall to make the playoffs out of a very tough Central Texas district. The Mustangs finished 1-5 in district play in 2012 despite huge numbers in first-year head coach Todd Dodge’s offense, but the defense was poor and now the quarterback must be replaced. Garrett Gray (1,226 yards receiving, 18 touchdowns in 2012) will be a weapon, but a lot must go right for Marble Falls to grab a playoff spot in 25-4A.
DT Trey Lealaimatafao – San Antonio Warren (27-5A)
Warren missed the playoffs in 2012 after going 3-5 in district play, but they return 13 starters this fall. Lealaimatafao leads what should be a solid defense with a good line and secondary. Lealaimatafao posted 28 tackles and four sacks on the interior of the Warrior line last fall. Making the playoffs won’t be a gimme for Warren in 2013, but with the experience returning the Warriors should be there at the end of the year with a chance to finish in the top four of the district.
WR Emmanuel Porter – Dallas Lincoln (12-4A)
Emmanuel Porter is one of several threats Lincoln will have on offense this season. A year after going 7-0 in 12-4A play, Lincoln returns 12 starters, but it will be breaking in a new head coach. James Argenti retired after the 2012 season and the reins of one of the top Dallas area schools were handed over to former assistant Zarnell Fitch. DCTF projects Lincoln to take the district crown again in 2013, and with all the explosiveness on offense returning, a deeper run in the playoffs is certainly not out of the question.
WR Dorian Leonard – Longview (12-5A)
Longview looks primed to have another playoff run with a few talented returning starters from a team that went 4-2 in district play and advanced three rounds in the state playoffs last fall. At 6-4, 200 pounds, Leonard is a force on the field, and on the other side of the ball Longview has Zaycoven Henderson, a 6-1, 280-pound senior defensive tackle bound for TCU. Leonard turned some heads at the recent state 7-on-7 tournament in Leander. If he can take that momentum into the fall he may not only help lead Longview back into the playoffs, but could see his recruiting stock – currently rated the No. 73 wide receiver – soar.
WR Roderick Bernard – Houston Sharpstown (21-4A)
Bernard headlines a young Sharpstown team looking to build on its 6-2 district record from 2012 and first-round exit from the Division II playoffs. Bernard – a 5-foot-9, 175-pound speedster –earned all-district honors at three different positions in 2012 (athlete, defensive back and receiver), and enters his senior campaign as DCTF’s preseason Offensive Player of the Year for 21-4A.
S Jason Hall – South Grand Prarie (7-5A)
Hall is in a tough spot on a team that went just 4-3 in district play a year ago and returns only eight starters. DeSoto is the run-away favorite to take 7-5A in 2013, and with a handful of tough programs, South Grand Prarie has a good chance of missing the playoffs again this season.
(2014 pledges not in Texas HS football: DB Jermaine Roberts/DT Courtney Garnett – New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine; LB Andrew Beck – Tampa (Fla.) Plant; P Corbin Daily – Charlotte (N.C.) Andrey Kell; TE John Thomas – Trinity Valley C.C.)
2015 Commitments (8)
OL Maea Teuhema – Keller (4-5A)
Maea will anchor the offensive line at Keller this season. The 2015 five-star prospect has potential through the roof and could be in contention for the national overall No. 1 ranking when his final two seasons are up.
OL Patrick Vahe – Euless Trinity (6-5A)
Thanks to tough offensive and defensive lines, Trinity looks to have a strong chance at repeating as district champs this fall. Vahe – a cousin of the Teuhema brothers – is the biggest prospect in the trenches for the Trojans, but he’ll have plenty of very capable players around him to make room for running back Homer Babcock, 6-5A’s leading returning rusher.
ATH KeKe Coutee – Lufkin (14-5A)
Lufkin returns 13 starters from a team that went 5-1 in district play and went three rounds deep in the Division II tournament. If new quarterback Trey Cumbie can keep the ball rolling, Coutee should be able to build on his 2012 season in which he caught 52 passes for 835 yards and 11 touchdowns.
S Johnny Shaw – Center (20-3A)
Carthage and Jasper stand in the way of Center’s district title hopes, but the Roughriders managed to make the playoffs in 2012 after a 2-2 season in district play. A lot of talent returns alongside Shaw, so another playoff run should be attainable.
OT Connor Lanfear – Buda Hays (27-4A)
Hays will look to make its sixth straight postseason appearance, but it will have to do it under new head coach Neal LaHue. Lanfear, who started in 2012 as a sophomore, will anchor the offensive line. With some quality talent on defense, the Rebels could make good on their string of postseason berths.
OG Aaron Garza – Sherman (13-4A)
Sherman returns a lot of players from last year’s squad that went 7-1 in district play. The line should be stout with Garza and Terrance Franklin, giving running back Tre Mask plenty of room to work.
CB Jalen Campbell – Corpus Christi Flour Bluff (31-4A)
Flour Bluff took a huge hit in the offseason when it lost Jalen Campbell to a torn ACL. The future Longhorn tore his left knee on a kickoff return in the spring game and is expected to miss most, if not all, of the 2013 season. The Hornets should still be looked at as favorites in the district following their 7-0 run in 2012, but Campbell’s absence will be felt.
DT Bryce English – DeSoto (7-5A)
English will be the big anchor (5-11, 285) in the middle of head coach Claude Mathis’ 3-4 defense. The Eagles had a perfect regular season in 2012 and advanced all the way to the Division I semifinals. They lost all-everything back Dontre Wilson to graduation, but they should still be considered a legitimate threat to take home the 5A crown in December.
2016 Commitments (1)
WR Reggie Hemphill – Manvel (22-5A)
Manvel will look to repeat the success it found in its inaugural 5A season – when it went 7-0 in district play – despite losing four Division 1 players from a year ago. Hemphill, a 2016 UT commitment, is a game-breaker that will help the Maverick offense keep rolling. They also have two-way end Koda Martin – an Aggie pledge – who Dave Campbell named to his first-team All-State defense heading into the season.
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