5.Dylan Cantrell

  • Receiver
  • Whitehouse
  • 6-3, 205
  • committed to Texas Tech; additional offers from Arkansas, Louisiana Tech, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Navy, Ole Miss, Rice, SMU, Texas State, Wake Forest, Washington State, West Virginia; interest from TCU (per Cantrell)

Dylan Cantrell had an enormous junior season teaming up with former Whitehouse standout Jonathan Aldridge. The Texas Tech commit caught 87 passes for more than 1,400 yards and 21 touchdowns to make a name for himself in recruiting circles and rise out of the shadows of Aldridge and former Whitehouse superstar Trey Metoyer, who is now at Oklahoma.

Cantrell will help break in a new quarterback -- junior Patrick Mahomes, who started at safety in 2011, or junior Ryan Cheatham -- after the graduation of record-setting Whitehouse QB Hunter Taylor. The new quarterbacks' ability to take over the QB reins and continue Whitehouse’s well established passing tradition will impact Cantrell’s likelihood of matching or exceeding the huge statistics he compiled as a junior.

Cantrell, who started his senior season with a big performance against Gilmer in a scrimmage, may have the largest offer list of any East Texas recruit, but he told ETSN.fm recently that he’s a solid commitment to Texas Tech.

The ETSN 25 countdown so far ...

No. 6: LaQuintas Wallace, RB, Tyler Lee

No. 7: Tyus Bowser, DE/LB, John Tyler

No. 8: D.J. Dean, ATH, Newton

No. 9: Greg Ward, ATH, John Tyler

No. 10: Bivins Caraway, QB, Longview

No. 11: Lucas Askew, TE/WR, Harmony

No. 12: Damien Haskins, RB, New Boston

No. 13: Tristan Durden, DT, Tatum

No. 14: Nick Siler, OL, Henderson

No. 15: Syd Moore, DT, Van

No. 16: Patrick "Monster" Brown, ATH, Henderson

No. 17: Everett Dickerson, ATH, Atlanta

No. 18: Zacchaeus Page, OL, Tyler Lee

No. 19: Darion Flowers, WR, John Tyler

No. 20: Demontrai Lewis, DE, Lufkin

No. 21: Jonathan Hunt, DT, Texas High

No. 22: JaBryce Taylor, WR, Lufkin

No. 23: Tre Allen, ATH, Chapel Hill

No. 24: Justice Liggins, WR, John Tyler

No. 25: Trey Washington, DB, Gilmer