Hooks' Montrell Estell fights through a Paul Pewitt defender during a game against the Brahmas on Oct. 21, 2016. Estell committed to the 2017 Longhorns signing class earlier in the year. (Texarkana Gazette)


Class of 2017 yearbook: Hooks athlete Montrell Estell

Posted April 19th, 2017



Hooks ATH (6-1, 185)


HOW DID HE GET HERE?: Estell committed to Charlie Strong, not Tom Herman, on March 10, 2016, less than a month after attending Texas’ junior day. He was recruited by Jeff Traylor. He remained a UT commitment after Herman took over in late November.


RECRUIT RANKINGS: Overall, 253rd; Fab 55, 40th, right above Bullard tight end Major Tennison (Alabama) and right behind Manfield cornerback Salid Adebo (Stanford); Position, 11th


AT HOOKS: Made the all-district team all four years of his varsity career, as well as a Class 3A all-state selection and a two-time district MVP. Played both ways as a wide receiver and a safety, producing more than 3,000 yards of total offense his four years and 38 TDs; on defense, he had nearly 325 career tackles with 11 interceptions (five returned for TDs), four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two punt return TDs.


2013: 96 tackles, 2 INTs, 2 fumble recoveries

2014: 656 off. yards (194 rush, 462 receiving), 9 TDs; 51 tackles, 1 INT

2015: 912 off. yards (412/490), 9 TDs; 69 tackles, 6 INTs

2016: 1,503 off. yards (875/628), 20 TDs; 107 tackles, 2 INTs

THEY SAID IT: “My 16th year, he’s probably the best athlete I’ve coached, just in terms of all-around athletes. He’s had to do so much for us. Sometimes you don’t get to see it because his tongue is hanging out.” — Chris Birdwell, Hooks head coach

WHAT HE’S WALKING INTO: There will be opportunity spots for Estell; this fall, Jason Hall will be entering his senior year while DeShon Elliott and P.J. Locke III will be juniors. Brandon Jones, last year’s heralded signee, will be a sophomore.


  • For whatever reason, every school that recruited Estell wanted him as a receiver, which he says actually was a turnoff. He wanted to be recruited as a defensive back. That’s what Alabama coaches told him, too.
  • Estell was never fazed about Texas’ coaching change. He praised Charlie Strong and former staff member Jeff Traylor. But Tom Herman called Estell shortly after being hired, and offensive line coach Derek Warehime made the journey to Hooks to visit with him face to face. “I heard (Strong) was out and it didn’t really faze me,” Estell said. “I knew it was Texas. They would find somebody.”
  • Raydell Estell was a Pee-Wee football coach for years as Hooks racked up a handful of local Super Bowl titles. All that talent carried all the way through. Estell’s brother Malik, also a senior, signed to play with Arkansas-Monticello and his sister Marena has committed to play softball at UT-San Antonio.