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Players to Watch in East Texas’ 2014 Football Recruiting Class

Gilmer’s Josh Walker runs the ball during the Buckeyes’ 42-21 fourth-round rout of Argyle at Mesquite Memorial Stadium in December. Walker, who is committed to Texas A&M, is a member of what appears to be a strong 2014 recruiting class in East Texas. (Christopher Vinn,

National Signing Day 2013 is still about three weeks away, but it’s never too early to take a look at East Texas’ 2014 football recruiting class.

East Texas’ 2013 football class may be a bit on the thin side, but don’t expect the same for the 2014 group. The region’s juniors are one of the stronger groups in recent memory, headlined by a few players who are already receiving offers and/or have committed.

Mount Pleasant’s K.D. Cannon (6-0, 160) will be one of the nation’s top receiver recruits, while Liberty-Eylau’s Davion Hall (6-2, 185) could play either side of the ball for a major college program.

Texas A&M, which used an 11-2 season and Johnny Manziel’s Heisman Trophy to catch the attention of recruits in SEC and Big 12 country, already has commitments from two 2014 East Texans: Gilmer linebacker Josh Walker (6-1, 220) and Lufkin receiver Jamal Jeffery (5-9, 170).

Whitehouse quarterback Patrick Mahomes (6-3, 200) has received two offers lately and will get more and more attention the closer his senior season gets. The same can be said for Jasper center Terrell Cuney (6-3, 260), who will attend a February junior day event at Texas.

Cuney joins Nacogdoches’ Jacob Bragg (6-3, 300) and Carthage’s Adrian Goodacre (6-4, 310) as key parts of what could be a strong 2014 offensive line class in East Texas.

Here are 40 players listed alphabetically to keep an eye on in East Texas’ 2014 recruiting class:

  • Terry Ausborne, S, John Tyler, 5-11, 165
  • Griffin Bankhead, OL, Carthage, 6-3, 290
  • Tanner Barr, ATH, Gilmer, 6-1, 175
  • Blake Bogenschutz, QB, Carthage, 6-1, 182
  • Jacob Bragg, OL, Nacogdoches, 6-3, 300
  • K.D. Cannon, WR, Mount Pleasant, 6-0, 160 — offers from Baylor, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, West Virginia
  • Caleb Chumley, ATH, Pine Tree, 6-5, 220
  • Joseph Clark, RB/S, Chapel Hill, 5-9, 175
  • Kade Clayton, ATH, Tyler Grace, 6-1, 185
  • Benny Colbert, ATH, Kilgore, 5-10, 175
  • Terrell Cuney, C, Jasper, 6-3, 260
  • DeVondrick Dixon, ATH, Gilmer, 6-0, 180
  • Willie Evans, OL, Daingerfield, 6-4, 340
  • Aaron Foy, ATH, Kilgore, 5-11, 180
  • Reggie Gipson, RB, John Tyler, 5-8, 175
  • Adrian Goodacre, OL, Carthage, 6-4, 310
  • Tee Goree, WR, Carthage, 6-2, 170
  • Davion Hall, ATH, Liberty-Eylau, 6-2, 185 — offers from Arkansas, Baylor, SMU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech
  • Zaycoven Henderson, DT, Longview, 6-2, 290
  • Tre’ Hollins, ATH, Henderson, 6-0, 170
  • Willy Ivery, ATH, Sulphur Springs, 5-8, 175
  • Jamal Jeffery, WR, Lufkin, 5-9, 170 — committed to Texas A&M
  • Brandon Johnson, RB, Newton, 5-9, 180
  • Dorian Leonard, WR, Longview, 6-4, 200
  • Reggie Long, LB, Whitehouse, 6-1, 210
  • Patrick Mahomes, QB, Whitehouse, 6-3, 200 — offers from Rice, Texas Tech (also has Arizona and Arkansas baseball offers)
  • Stephan Maxey, S, Longview, 5-11, 185
  • Jansen McCurdy, WR, White Oak, 6-1, 180
  • Travaughn Moore, OL, John Tyler, 6-3, 260
  • Tevin Pipkin, RB/CB, Carthage, 5-10, 170
  • Anthony Rhone, LB, Texas High, 6-1, 210
  • Okeeron Rutherford, WR, Carthage, 6-5, 180
  • Kevin Shorter, RB/S, Newton, 6-0, 188
  • T’Neous Smith, DE, Mount Pleasant, 6-2, 210
  • Wesley Thompson, LB, Chapel Hill, 6-2, 190
  • Justin Twine, ATH, Hemphill, 5-10, 195 — offer from Baylor (committed to TCU for baseball)
  • Josh Walker, RB/LB, Gilmer, 6-1, 220 — committed to Texas A&M
  • Jordan Whitaker, WR, Longview, 6-4, 185
  • D.J. Williams, DT, Lufkin, 6-3, 280
  • Jeffery Wilson, RB, Elkhart, 6-1, 185


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