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2013 ETSN.fm Preseason East Texas Football Super Team

Whitehouse’s Patrick Mahomes scrambles for yardage during Friday’s scrimmage vs. Mount Pleasant at Wildcat Stadium. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

If the 2013 ETSN.fm Preseason East Texas Football Super Team team is any indication, this fall will be incredible.

Of the 29 players on our team, 13 are already committed to Division I FBS programs. Another eight hold at least one FBS offer.

Positions of strength? Pretty much everywhere. But receiver definitely stands out with two players committed to Texas, one to Baylor, and another with a half dozen FBS offers.

The defense is also loaded with college-bound prospects on the line, at linebacker, and in the secondary, where the class of 2015 gives ETSN.fm’s preseason Super Team some junior-class punch.

Whitehouse senior quarterback Patrick Mahomes is our preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while Gladewater junior defensive tackle Daylon Mack is the preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Both players had monster 2012 campaigns and are primed for even bigger seasons this fall.

Without further adieu, ETSN.fm presents the 2013 Preseason East Texas Football Super Team.

 


Whitehouse QB Patrick Mahomes. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Whitehouse QB Patrick Mahomes. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
QB

Patrick Mahomes

Whitehouse
 
 
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year

Class: Senior (committed to Texas Tech)
Height: 6-3
Weight: 203
2012 Stats: 237 of 418, 3,839 yards, 46 TDs, 9 INTs; 190 rushing yards, 6 TDs
2013 Outlook: Mahomes' monster 2012 season was his first at quarterback after starting at safety in 2011. Texas Tech signee Dylan Cantrell is gone, but Mahomes has Jake Parker, Coleman Patterson, and Jaylon Dews back after that receiving trio caught 150 passes in 2012. Whitehouse is ranked No. 6 in Class 4A by the Associated Press, and multi-sport star Mahomes is a big reason.

 
Newton RB Kevin Shorter. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Newton RB Kevin Shorter. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
RB

Kevin Shorter

Newton
 
 

Class: Senior (committed to Texas)
Height: 6-0
Weight: 190
2012 Stats: 151 carries, 1,810 yards, 31 TDs
2013 Outlook: With almost 30 college offers in hand, Shorter aims to follow up a big junior season with an even more impressive high school finale. Shorter committed to Texas on Aug. 16 and joins Brandon Johnson to give Newton head coach W.T. Johnston a combined 3,059 rushing yards and 48 touchdowns from last season for the AP Class 2A preseason No. 1 Eagles.

 
Elkhart RB Jeffery Wilson. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Elkhart RB Jeffery Wilson. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
RB

Jeffery Wilson

Elkhart
 
 

Class: Senior (offers from New Mexico State, North Texas, Texas State, ULM)
Height: 6-0
Weight: 190
2012 Stats: 278 carries, 2,329 yards, 26 TDs
2013 Outlook: Wilson was a one-man highlight reel at times for the Elks, who relied heavily on his running exploits during the 2012 season. Wilson had multiple 300-yard efforts as a junior, and we expect more of the same for this Division I-bound tailback in 2013.

 
Alto RB Jacolby Whitaker. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Alto RB Jacolby Whitaker. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
RB

Jacolby Whitaker

Alto
 
 

Class: Senior
Height: 5-10
Weight: 194
2012 Stats: 304 carries, 2,696 yards, 39 TDs
2013 Outlook: The AP Class A preseason No. 3 team boasts 5,000 total yards of offense returning in its backfield, which features the game-breaking Whitaker and quarterback Zac Sturns. Whitaker finished first in East Texas in carries and second in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns last year, trailing only Oregon State signee Damien Haskins of New Boston each category.

 
Mount Pleasant WR K.D. Cannon. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Mount Pleasant WR K.D. Cannon. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)
WR

K.D. Cannon

Mount Pleasant
 
 

Class: Senior (committed to Baylor)
Height: 6-0
Weight: 160
2012 Stats: 104 catches, 1,597 yards, 25 TDs
2013 Outlook: Widely regarded as East Texas' No. 1 recruit in the 2014 class, Cannon has caught 165 passes for 2,601 yards and 35 touchdowns in his first two varsity seasons. He and Shorter are each approaching 30 offers entering their senior seasons, but both seem to be quite content with the college pledges they've made. Cannon committed to Baylor on Aug. 10. As a junior, he led East Texas in catches and touchdown grabs and finished second to SMU signee JaBryce Taylor of Lufkin in receiving yardage.

 
Carthage WR Terian "Tee" Goree. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Carthage WR Terian "Tee" Goree. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
WR

Terian "Tee" Goree

Carthage
 
 

Class: Senior (offers from Colorado State, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, ULL, ULM, UTSA)
Height: 6-2
Weight: 170
2012 Stats: 66 catches, 1,261 yards, 17 TDs
2013 Outlook: Goree had one of the best receiving seasons in Carthage history as a junior, finishing tied for seventh in East Texas in catches, placing fifth in receiving yards and fourth in touchdown grabs. He's back with 6-foot-6 classmate O'Keeron Rutherford to give UTSA-bound veteran quarterback Blake Bogenschutz two FBS-caliber receivers for a Carthage offense returning 10 starters.

 
Lufkin WR KeKe Coutee. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Lufkin WR KeKe Coutee. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
WR

KeKe Coutee

Lufkin
 
 

Class: Junior (committed to Texas)
Height: 5-10
Weight: 160
2012 Stats: 64 catches, 864 yards, 10 TDs
2013 Outlook: Coutee's breakout sophomore season sets the stage for two big campaigns the next two years. The Texas athlete pledge joins Texas A&M commit Jamal Jeffery and FBS recruit Terry Mark to give new starting quarterback Trey Cumbie what very well may be East Texas' best receiving corps.

 
Longview WR Dorian Leonard. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Longview WR Dorian Leonard. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
WR

Dorian Leonard

Longview
 
 

Class: Senior (committed to Texas)
Height: 6-4
Weight: 200
2012 Stats: 21 catches, 444 yards, 4 TDs
2013 Outlook: Leonard made an impact despite as a junior despite Longview breaking in a new quarterback mid-season and the Lobos' penchant for running the ball. He caught the eye of major programs, receiving six offers before committing to Texas on June 13. After a strong 7-on-7 summer, Leonard joins classmates Jordan Whitaker, Chris Pellum, and Stephon Anthony to give junior quarterback Dezmond Chumley plenty of options.

 
Nacogdoches C Jacob Bragg. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Nacogdoches C Jacob Bragg. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
OL

Jacob Bragg

Nacogdoches
 
 

Class: Senior (committed to Kansas)
Height: 6-4
Weight: 311
2013 Outlook: Bragg was one of the most impressive performers at the ETSN.fm Football Recruiting Combine at APEC training facility in Tyler on May 19. He committed to Kansas in June during a visit to Lawrence after receiving several FBS offers. He and Jasper's Terrell Cuney are widely considered the region's top offensive linemen.

 
Jasper C Terrell Cuney. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Jasper C Terrell Cuney. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)
OL

Terrell Cuney

Jasper
 
 

Class: Senior (committed to Texas)
Height: 6-3
Weight: 260
2013 Outlook: Cuney's recruitment really picked up during the late winter, culminating in his commitment to Texas in March. He'll anchor a Jasper offense that scored almost 40 points per game last year and returns most of its key playmakers from a strong 9-3 squad.

 
(ETSN.fm)
(ETSN.fm)
OL

Adrian Goodacre

Carthage
 
 

Class: Senior (committed to Louisiana-Lafayette)
Height: 6-4
Weight: 318
2013 Outlook: Goodacre makes the move from right guard to left tackle, where he'll protect UTSA commit Blake Bogenschutz' blind side. Goodacre is one of Carthage's five returning offensive line starters and teams with 2012 ETSN.fm First Team Super Team pick Griffin Bankhead to give the Bulldogs two 300-pounders on the left side.

 
Van OL Wyatt Santos. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Van OL Wyatt Santos. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
OL

Wyatt Santos

Van
 
 

Class: Junior
Height: 6-2
Weight: 299
2013 Outlook: Santos shared Offensive Lineman MVP honors at the ETSN.fm Football Recruiting Combine after an impressive performance on the bench press (24 reps at 225 pounds) and in one-on-one drills vs. some of the region's top defensive linemen. He leads a Van front that will block for Matt Savis, who ran for 1,312 yards and 16 scores as a sophomore.

 
(Courtesy 247Sports.com)
(Courtesy 247Sports.com)
OL

Ryan Cox

Jefferson
 
 

Class: Senior
Height: 6-6
Weight: 290
2013 Outlook: Cox has caught the attention of college recruiters during the offseason after his debut season as a sophomore in 2012. He has the frame to be one of East Texas' next big offensive line recruits. He led a front that helped Deion Williams, now graduated, rush for 1,434 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2012.

 
(Courtesy Hallsville ISD)
(Courtesy Hallsville ISD)
K

Paden Brown

Hallsville
 
 

Class: Senior
Height: 6-0
Weight: 180
2012 Stats: 9-for-9 FGs, 38-for-39 PATs
2013 Outlook: Brown was virtually perfect last season on his 48 chances to convert kicks. He amassed 65 points for the 7-4 Bobcats, who reached the postseason for the second consecutive season. Head coach David Plunk has high hopes in 2013 for Brown, who gives Hallsville a serious weapon in the kicking game.

 
Sulphur Springs RB Willy Ivery. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Sulphur Springs RB Willy Ivery. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
ATH

Willy Ivery

Sulphur Springs
 
 

Class: Senior (offers from Colorado State, New Mexico, North Texas, Texas State, Toledo)
Height: 5-8
Weight: 180
2012 Stats: 86 carries, 914 yards, 22 TDs; 54 catches, 674 yards, 6 TDs; 28.3 yards per KO return, 1 TD
2013 Outlook: Perhaps no athlete in the region exemplifies the adjective "electric" with the ball in his hands as well as Ivery, who did it all last season for the 8-3 Wildcats. Ivery is a threat to hit the home run on the ground, through the air, and on special teams. He already holds five FBS offers and will undoubtedly get more as his senior season progresses.

 
Gladewater DT Daylon Mack. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Gladewater DT Daylon Mack. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)
DL

Daylon Mack

Gladewater
 
 
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

Class: Junior (offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, Clemson, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Oklahoma, SMU, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech)
Height: 6-1
Weight: 311
2012 Stats: 62 tackles, 16 for loss, 6 sacks, 6 fumble recoveries
2013 Outlook: Mack exploded onto the recruiting scene as a sophomore and could be East Texas' highest-rated recruit since Texas High's Ryan Mallett in 2007. Like Longview's Zaycoven Henderson, Mack looks like a factory-made prototype for a four-man front's interior "3-technique" defensive tackle spot, where he can both anchor and penetrate at will. Mack ran a 4.84-second 40 at the ETSN.fm Recruiting Combine, but his strength -- 24 bench reps of 225 pounds -- really sets him apart.

 
Longview DT Zaycoven Henderson. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Longview DT Zaycoven Henderson. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
DL

Zaycoven Henderson

Longview
 
 

Class: Senior (committed to TCU)
Height: 6-1
Weight: 293
2012 Stats: 48 tackles, 10 for loss, 2 sacks
2013 Outlook: A foot fracture will sideline the Lobos' man in the middle for the first month of the season, but he's expected back by mid-October. Henderson's combination of size, speed, and intensity is exactly what you want in a defensive tackle, which is why he has plenty college offers from which to choose. Henderson was the best player on the field in Longview's 2012 third-round playoff loss to Austin Westlake and should come back from his foot injury with a vengeance.

 
Lufkin DT D.J. Williams. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Lufkin DT D.J. Williams. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
DL

D.J. Williams

Lufkin
 
 

Class: Senior (offers from Houston, Miamia, Missouri, North Texas, Oklahoma)
Height: 6-4
Weight: 293
2012 Stats: 58 tackles, 4 sacks
2013 Outlook: Dominant at times as a junior, Williams is the latest in a long line of Lufkin defensive line prospects such as Ju Parks (Texas A&M), Jamarkus McFarland (Oklahoma), Tomme Mark (Houston), and Demontrai Lewis (Sam Houston State). Williams will anchor the front of Lufkin's 4-3 scheme this season. His big frame makes him attractive to college programs running the 4-3, where he's a defensive tackle, and the 3-4, where he could be play end.

 
Palestine RB/LB Jarrell Owens. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Palestine RB/LB Jarrell Owens. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
DL

Jarrell Owens

Palestine
 
 

Class: Senior (committed to TCU)
Height: 6-3
Weight: 230
2012 Stats: 60 carries, 283 yards, 8 TDs
2013 Outlook: After an injury greatly limited Owens' playing time as a junior -- and his ability to play much defense at all -- the rangy, athletic defender is poised for a huge senior year playing the edge of Palestine's 3-4 scheme. While Owens plays mostly hybrid linebacker on the outside for the Wildcats, TCU wants him to play defensive end in its 4-2-5 defense, where Owens should thrive as the latest in a long line of East Texas defenders starring for the Horned Frogs.

 
Gilmer LB Josh Walker. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Gilmer LB Josh Walker. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
LB

Josh Walker

Gilmer
 
 

Class: Senior (committed to Texas A&M)
Height: 6-1
Weight: 220
2012 Stats: 92 carries, 622 yards, 15 TDs; 19 catches, 275 yards, 3 TDs; 114 tackles, 9 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 31 QB pressures
2013 Outlook: Walker is a two-way star for the Gilmer Buckeyes, but defense is his true home. He's recorded almost 250 tackles and 18 sacks during the last two seasons and enters his senior season as the top linebacker prospect in East Texas. Walker and quarterback Tanner Barr are the leaders of a Gilmer team that is determined to return to the Class 3A Division II state championship game.

 
Texas High LB Anthony Rhone. (Courtesy Texarkana Gazette)
Texas High LB Anthony Rhone. (Courtesy Texarkana Gazette)
LB

Anthony Rhone

Texas High
 
 

Class: Senior (committed to SMU)
Height: 6-0
Weight: 210
2012 Stats: 163 tackles, 2 INTs
2013 Outlook: Rhone will once again be the leader of Texas High's defense, which held six opponents to 24 or fewer points during last year's 3-7 campaign. Rhone is 1 of 4 East Texans in the 2014 class with at least one D-I FBS offer who projects as a linebacker in college, joining Gilmer's Josh Walker (committed to Texas A&M), Athens athlete Chris Jefferson (committed to SMU), and Whitehouse's Reggie Long (Army, New Mexico State offers).

 
Chapel Hill DB Joseph Clark. (© Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Chapel Hill DB Joseph Clark. (© Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)
LB

Joseph Clark

Chapel Hill
 
 

Class: Senior (committed to Texas Tech)
Height: 5-9
Weight: 180
2012 Stats: 94 carries, 712 yards, 6 TDs; 104 tackles, 4 for loss, 1 sack, 3 INTs, 3 forced fumbles
2013 Outlook: While the Texas Tech Red Raiders want him to play in their secondary, Clark gets one more season of playing middle linebacker for his Chapel Hill Bulldogs, who he's started for since his sophomore season. That year ended in a Class 3A Division I state crown for Chapel Hill, which Clark is determined to get back to the postseason after last year's disappointing season for the Bulldogs.

 
(ETSN.fm)
(ETSN.fm)
LB

Reggie Long

Whitehouse
 
 

Class: Senior (offers from Army, New Mexico State)
Height: 6-0
Weight: 220
2012 Stats: 76 tackles, 2 INTs, 1 fumble recovery
2013 Outlook: A lot of attention goes to Whitehouse's defensive backfield, and deservedly so. But Long is Whitehouse's leading returning tackler after finishing second to Lamar safety signee Colby Campbell in 2012. Whitehouse will lean on Long to head the Wildcats' run support. He patrols sideline to sideline and finishes tackles well. Long is 1 of 3 Whitehouse defenders with at least one D-I FBS offer, joining junior safety Justin Dunning and junior cornerback Nate Brooks.

 
Liberty-Eylau ATH Davion Hall. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Liberty-Eylau ATH Davion Hall. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
DB

Davion Hall

Liberty-Eylau
 
 

Class: Senior (committed to Baylor)
Height: 6-2
Weight: 191
2012 Stats: 12 catches, 315 yards, 3 TDs; 29 carries, 340 yards, 7 TDs; 75 tackles, 2 INTs, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 defensive TD
2013 Outlook: Hall, who joins Mount Pleasant's K.D. Cannon not only as a Baylor pledge, but as the two players widely considered the region's top 2014 prospects, can affect a game in all three phases. He's a high-major recruit on either side of the ball, but we especially like him at safety, where he not only can take away an opponent's vertical passing game, but deliver big hits when providing physical run support. Everyone from the Bears to Texas to Stanford to Alabama wants this big, athletic playmaker.

 
Whitehouse S Justin Dunning. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Whitehouse S Justin Dunning. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)
DB

Justin Dunning

Whitehouse
 
 

Class: Junior (offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech)
Height: 6-4
Weight: 200
2012 Stats: 61 tackles, 5 INTs, 3 fumble recoveries, 5 PBUs
2013 Outlook: Dunning's impressive sophomore season helped gain the attention of college recruiters, who love his elite combination of size and athleticism. Dunning clocked a laser-timed 4.41-second 40 at the ETSN.fm Recruiting Combine, where he also had a 40-inch vertical. Dunning should be one of the top defensive playmakers in East Texas this fall.

 
Sulphur Springs QB Larry Pryor. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Sulphur Springs QB Larry Pryor. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
DB

Larry Pryor

Sulphur Springs
 
 

Class: Junior (offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech)
Height: 6-1
Weight: 185
2012 Stats: 118 tackles, 1 INT, 2 forced fumbles, 10 PBUs
2013 Outlook: Pryor enjoyed a breakout sophomore season, leading Sulphur Springs in tackles as the Wildcats finished 8-3 and won the District 14-4A title. He returns with fellow junior safety Zach Spigner to give the 'Cats one of the best safety tandems in the region. With the graduation of quarterback Brad Macek, Pryor is also likely to find himself running Sulphur Springs' offense at times this fall.

 
Gilmer RB/CB Kris Boyd. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Gilmer RB/CB Kris Boyd. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
DB

Kris Boyd

Gilmer
 
 

Class: Junior (offers from Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech)
Height: 6-0
Weight: 175
2012 Stats: 161 carries, 1,276 yards, 19 TDs; 20 catches, 226 yards, 2 TDs; 18 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 3 PBUs
2013 Outlook: After a huge sophomore campaign where he wowed fans with his running back skills, Boyd caught the eye of college programs on the camp circuit as a cornerback, where his combination of size, speed, and fluidity make him a major prospect. Boyd will likely play more cornerback this year for Gilmer's defense, which features difference-makers all over with A&M-bound linebacker Josh Walker and Kris' sophomore brother, Demarco, making plays opposite Walker on the edge.

 
Jacob Fielden, Sr., Harmony. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Jacob Fielden, Sr., Harmony. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
P

Jacob Fielden

Harmony
 
 

Class: Senior
Height: 5-10
Weight: 170
2012 Stats: 19 catches, 245 yards; 19 puns, 43.8 yards per punt, 7 inside 20-yard line
2013 Outlook: While his primary duties may be at receiver, Fielden is a serious special-teams weapon for head coach Tim Russell's Harmony Eagles. After averaging almost 44 yards a punt as a junior, the 2012 all-state selection's punting services should help the Eagles in their field-position battles in a loaded District 9-2A Division I playoff race.

 
Tyler Grace RB/ATH Kade Clayton. (ETSN.fm)
Tyler Grace RB/ATH Kade Clayton. (ETSN.fm)
RS

Kade Clayton

Tyler Grace
 
 

Class: Senior (offers from SMU, Texas State, Old Dominion)
Height: 6-0
Weight: 180
2012 Stats: 119 carries, 1,511 yards, 26 TDs; 26 catches, 502 yards, 6 TDs; 9 KO returns, 39.9 yards per return, 2 TDs
2013 Outlook: Bottom line -- anywhere you put Clayton, he's gonna make something happen. The owner of a 4.40-second laser-timed 40-yard dash and two D-I FBS offers, Clayton accounted for 2,013 yards from scrimmage and 32 touchdowns as a junior. Do not kick off to him; in only nine chances, he returned two for touchdowns, averaging 40 percent of the field when he got the opportunity to return a kickoff. Expect more of that this fall.

 

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