Texas UIL State Championship Preview

AT&T Stadium, (DallasCowboys.com)

AT&T Stadium, (DallasCowboys.com)

This weekend marks the final weekend of the Texas high school football season. What began with camp in August will end under the state’s brightest lights, AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Justin Wells and Joe Cook plan to be there from Thursday through Saturday to see everything from Bremond to Lake Travis. In addition, Fox Sports Southwest will carry all 12 games so you can see it from your couch.

The best teams make it to state, and the top squads have the best talent. Several good prospects and Texas targets will be there including UT commit Taquon Graham. Let’s look closer.

2A DIVISION 1 – Crawford vs. Refugio

2017 Refugio ATH Jaylon Mascorro: A little more than a year ago, Mascorro was one of the options Texas had on the table for its 2017 quarterback take. Fast forward to the present and Mascorro is now a running back. Mascorro was committed to Houston but de-committed back in April. He currently has offers on the table from Kansas, Rice, SMU, Texas State, and UTSA.

2A DIVISION 2 – Iraan vs. Bremond

2017 Bremond ATH Roshauud Paul (TEXAS A&M): Awarded the Mr. Texas Football award from Dave Campbell’s, Paul plays quarterback but will likely switch to receiver at the next level. Paul can stop on a dime and change direction very quickly. He’s also the winningest QB in TXHSFB history. So he’s go that going for him….which is nice.

3A DIVISION 1 – Mineola vs. Yoakum

2018 Yoakum ATH Jordan Moore, WR Joshua Moore, OL/DL Silas Robinson: We’ve written a lot about the Moores recently. Still feel good about them and Texas. Robinson was in communication with the last staff and likely projects to an interior lineman at the next level. Plays with a lot of energy and effort. Yoakum’s coach, Bo Robinson, is former Longhorn All SWC performer from Lindale, TX, who had a cup of coffee with the Houston Oilers.

2017 Mineola QB Jeremiah Crawford: The 3A Preseason Offensive and Overall Player of the Year from Dave Campbell’s Texas Football has enjoyed unbelievable success as a 3-year starter in ETX. He’s tallied 2,598 yards and 41 touchdowns on the ground this year. He’ll make some D2 school very happy.

4A DIVISION I – Abilene Wylie vs Carthage

2018 Carthage RB Keaontay Ingram: The ETX RB has burst on the scene in his junior campaign. He finished 2nd in East Texas in rushing (behind Crawford) with 2,045 yards and 29 scores on his way to the state championship. He just picked up his first offer – TCU – and Texas, SMU, and Baylor could be next.

4A DIVISION 2 – Sweetwater vs West Orange-Stark

2017 West Orange-Stark QB Jack Dallas: The ’15 Title Game MVP is back for another helping of 4A foes. The kid couldn’t handle Gilmer two years ago thanks to Kris and Demarco Boyd, but grabbed the crown last December. Smart, good arm, and mobile enough to create for his team, he’s one to keep your eyes on.

2017 Sweetwater DB Michael Green: The TexasFootball.com All 4A defensive back makes plays, just ask the Gilmer Buckeyes.

5A DIVISION 1 – Highland Park vs. Temple

Taquon Graham. (Joe Cook/IT)

Taquon Graham. (Joe Cook/IT)

2017 Temple DE Taquon Graham (TEXAS) and LB/S Ashton Logan: We talked about Graham the last time he was in Jerry World. He said he was “100% committed for now,” but is still hearing overtures from other schools like Oklahoma and Michigan. Logan, formerly committed to Arizona State, is a hybrid LB/S that teams up with Graham to make a formidable defense.

5A DIVISION 2 – Aledo vs. Corpus Christi Calallen

2017 Aledo OT Chuck Filiaga and DE Wes Harris (TCU): Filiaga has been on Texas’ radar ever since he visited Charlie Strong right after his move to the Lone Star state. He made it to ND and recently made it to Austin to meet with the new staff. There hasn’t been much indication as to where Filiaga’s heading, with Texas, Oklahoma, Michigan, and TCU seeming to be the major players. Filiaga is set to announce in January at the Army Bowl. Harris is a defensive tackle prospect who does a pretty good job of fighting off blocks.

6A DIVISION 1 – The Woodlands vs. Lake Travis

2017 Lake Travis TE Cade Brewer (SMU) and QB Charlie Brewer (SMU): Justin said Cade visited on Sunday and also has Texas’ QB commit Sam Ehlinger in his ear. Brewer has said ‘thanks, but no thanks’ to overtures from other schools (A&M and OU), but things could be heating up with the Horns. He’s one to watch. Charlie, his QB he’s not related to, can make plays with his arm or feet. The Mustangs are getting a good one.

2017 Woodlands QB Eric Schmid (SAM HOUSTON STATE): The senior signal-caller has put together an impressive year with 3,400+ yards in the air, 1,000+ on the gorund and 35 scores. At 6-foot-1, 180, he’s a little under the radar despite 4.5 speed and playmaking ability.

6A DIVISION 2 – Desoto vs. Cibolo Steele

2017 Desoto QB Shawn Robinson (TCU), WR K.D. Nixon (Tennessee), OL Edward Ingram (LSU), OL Xavier Newman (Colorado), WR Laviska Shenault (Colorado): Desoto is absolutely loaded and did their part defeating a solid Cedar Hill team. Robinson is extremely talented at QB and put on a show against Joey McGuire’s Longhorns. Has been one of the top teams in the state all year and Saturday could be their chance to prove they are THE best.

2017 Cibolo Steele QB Xavier Martin (Texas Tech), 2018 S Caden Sterns (LSU): Martin has been in the fold for Kingsbury for a while now, and looked good when I saw him play. Sterns might be one of the top safeties in the nation for 2018. Even though Ed Orgeron said he would recruit Louisiana first, Sterns was Coach O’s first commit as full time HC at LSU.