2019 UIL State Championships preview

AT&T Stadium, (DallasCowboys.com)

AT&T Stadium, (DallasCowboys.com)

There are plenty of prospects set to compete this weekend for UIL State Championships at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. There’s Division I talent at all levels playing Thursday through Saturday, from 2A to 6A. Many have interest in the Longhorns and are top targets for Tom Herman and the rest of the Texas staff.

With that in mind, here’s a list of teams and prospects set to compete this weekend to see who is the best in the Lone Star State.

Thursday 11 AM – 2A Div. I

New Deal vs. Mason

2019 New Deal WR DK Blaylock

Blaylock is a tall, decently quick athlete for the Lions from just north of Lubbock. He’s asked to play both ways in the state’s smallest 11-man classification, and his film shows effort on both sides of the ball. Likely more athletic than anyone he’s on the field with, should be a big name we hear this weekend.

Thursday 3 PM – 3A Div. II

Canadian vs. Newton

2019 Newton RB Darwin Barlow – TCU

2019 Newton WR Josh Foster – TCU

2019 Newton OL Caiden Walker – SFA

2020 Newton DL James Sylvester

2020 Newton RB Kevin Watson

All that talent in one East Texas town has Newton looking for back-to-back state championships. Barlow and Foster are electric, while Sylvester is a constant threat in opponents’ backfields. Four-star Tamauzia Brown has had a tumultuous senior campaign with multiple suspensions. His availability is unknown.

Thursday 7 pm – 3A Div. I

Malakoff vs. Grandview

2020 Grandview RB Tremayne Gullatte

2021 Grandview DE Dematrious Crownover

2021 Malakoff QB Darion Peace

East Texas vs. The Zebras.

Friday 11 am – 4A Div. II

Texarkana Pleasant Grove vs. Cuero

2019 Cuero WR Jordan Whittington – TEXAS

2019 Cuero RB Keiran Grant – ARMY

2021 Texarkana Pleasant Grove DL Landon Jackson

There’s talent on both sides of this 4A battle. Texas commit Jordan Whittington will be all over the field for the Gobblers, but don’t look past Keiran Grant as being a credible threat in the run game as well. When it comes down to it, look for Cuero to lean heavily on Whittington. Landon Jackson will be trying to make it difficult for Whittington to get the ball in space.

Friday 3 PM – 4A Div. I

Waco La Vega vs. Liberty Hill

Neither team is star-studded, but Liberty Hill runs one of the most unique offenses in Texas.

Friday 7 PM – 5A Div. II

Aledo vs. Fort Bend Marshall

2019 Aledo DL Colt Ellison – TCU

2019 Aledo LB Wyatt Harris – TCU

2019 Aledo OL Chandler Knandel – CENTRAL ARKANSAS

2020 Aledo RB Jase McClellan – OKLAHOMA

2020 Fort Bend Marshall QB Malik Hornsby

2020 Fort Bend Marshall WR Devon Achane

2020 Fort Bend Marshall CB Avery Helm

2021 Aledo WR JoJo Earle

A great way to end Friday’s action, Marshall is playing for more than just a state title. They’re playing for Drew Conley, who Houston-area police said was killed by his uncle during an argument a couple weeks ago. Conley was a member of the Buffs, who had to play Corpus Christi Calallen with heavy hearts. Led by star QB Malik Hornsby, Marshall made its way to the state finals to play a program familiar with championship games. Aledo has star RB and Oklahoma commit Jase McClellan racking up yards for an always well-coached Bearcat team. If there wasn’t enough going on in this game, Achane and Earle are downright electric.

Saturday 11 am – 5A Div. I

Highland Park vs. Alvin Shadow Creek

2019 Alvin Shadow Creek S Ronald Nunnery – HOUSTON

2019 Alvin Shadow Creek OL Cam’Ron Johnson

2019 Alvin Shadow Creek S Jevin Murray – NORTH TEXAS

2019 Alvin Shadow Creek WR Kealon Jackson – NORTH TEXAS

2019 Alvin Shadow Creek S Kaymen St. Junious – AIR FORCE

2019 Dallas Highland Park OL Regan Riddle – RICE

2020 Alvin Shadow Creek DL Alec Bryant

2020 Dallas Highland Park DL Prince Dorbah

2020 Alvin Shadow Creek S Xavion Alford

2020 Dallas Highland Park QB Chandler Morris

2020 Alvin Shadow Creek LB Jeremiah Harris

Despite this being its first season of varsity football, the Shadow Creek Sharks are in the state finals. If you’re wondering where Manvel went, here’s your answer. The Sharks are talented and are in a suburb of Houston that has produced plenty of next-level talent, but they face a tough test in the Highland Park Scots. HP is looking for back-to-back-to-back titles and will rely on QB Chandler Morris, son of Arkansas HC Chad Morris, to help them get there. In addition, DL Prince Dorbah is a major Texas target along the Scot d-line.

Saturday 3 PM – 6A Div. II

Longview vs. Beaumont West Brook

2019 Beaumont Westbrook WR Deonte Simpson – NORTH TEXAS

2019 Beaumont Westbrook WR Damon Ward – NORTH TEXAS

2019 Longview OT Marcus Williams – TCU

2019 Beaumont Westbrook CB Drew Rawls – TULSA

2019 Longview WR Kamden Perry

2019 Longview RB Jessie Anderson – ABILENE CHRISTIAN

2019 Beaumont West Brook QB L’Ravien Elia

2020 Longview QB Haynes King

2020 Longview DL Sawyer Goram-Welch

2021 Beaumont West Brook ATH Bryce Anderson

A nice appetizer prior to what should be an excellent main course, there’s plenty of talent on both sides of the first title game for the state’s largest classification. Haynes King, one of the top QBs in Texas for 2020, leads the Lobos, who are looking for the second state championship in program history.

Saturday 7 PM – 6A Div. I

Galena Park North Shore vs. Duncanville

2019 Duncanville WR Marquez Beason – ILLINOIS

2019 Duncanville S Stacy Brown – MISSOURI

2019 Duncanville CB Tre’shon Devones

2019 Galena Park North Shore DL Tony Bradford – TEXAS TECH

2019 Galena Park North Shore CB Keeyon Stewart

2019 Galena Park North Shore S Dorian Hewett – SYRACUSE

2019 Galena Park North Shore WR Ajani Carter – UTEP

2019 Duncanville OL De’Braylon Carroll

2020 Galena Park North Shore RB Zach Evans

2020 Duncanville QB/ATH Ja’Quinden Jackson

2020 Duncanville S Chris Thompson

2020 Galena Park North Shore OL Dameion George

2020 Duncanville WR Zeriah Beason

2020 Galena Park North Shore CB Joseph Wilson

2020 Galena Park North Shore LB Corey Flagg

2021 Galena Park North Shore WR Shadrach Banks

2021 Duncanville OL Savion Byrd

2021 Galena Park North Shore QB Dematrius Davis

Two teams with elite (and young) talent on both sides of the ball, the 6A DI title game features several players who have already signed to play at the Power 5 level next year. North Shore’s Zach Evans is the top prospect in the state, but there’s plenty of talent surrounding him. The same goes for Duncanville, with Ja’Quinden Jackson leading the way under center for the Panthers. This one could be the best game of the weekend.