Stephen F. Austin Offers Nacogdoches Receiver Jaylon Maxie
The fun Sunday started even before the ETSN + APEC Football Recruiting Combine got underway.
Nacogdoches High School receiver Jaylon Maxie, a current junior who was invited to today's combine but won't compete due to a shoulder injury, has earned his very first college scholarship opportunity from Stephen F. Austin.
Maxie (6-0, 165) first reported the news through his personal Twitter account very early in the morning, presumably following an offer extended Saturday evening. Universities are barred from publicly discussing who and when they offered a prospect by NCAA rules.
Maxie caught 23 passes for 293 yards and a touchdown last season to help Nacogdoches High School into a three-team tie for the fourth and final playoff spot out of District 16-5A with Lindale and Corsicana. Unfortunately for Maxie, Lindale claimed the last postseason spot with the best point differential in head-to-head games among the three tied teams.
The receiver won't have to travel far from home if he ultimately takes up the Lumberjacks' offer. Stephen F. Austin is based in Nacogdoches.
Second-year coach Clint Conque guided the Lumberjacks to a 4-7 record last season, but the team seemed to turn a corner after the midway mark of the campaign by winning four of its final six games toward a 4-5 Southland Conference record.
One of Stephen F. Austin's losses came against TCU, which was the No. 3 team nationally in the FBS at the time.
Conque guided the 'Jacks to an FCS playoff appearance in 2014.
Maxie is the second identified college prospect from Nacogdoches High School. Defensive back Josh Thompson, who will participate in the combine, has 17 offers in total.
Nacogdoches High School, and a majority of the other schools that constituted the old District 16-5A last season were realigned into District 17-5A without any new schools joining them. At the same time, John Tyler and Lufkin were removed from the group and placed into Class 6A due to growing student populations that reached past the Class 5A cutoff following realignment in 2014.
John Tyler and Lufkin finished first and second in District 16-5A last season and claimed two of the four playoff spots.
Nacogdoches High School will face Corsicana, Ennis, Jacksonville, Lindale and Whitehouse in league games. Of the group, only Lindale and Ennis qualified for the postseason last year. That means two new teams from the group will make postseason appearances in 2016.
Maxie, like all high school football prospects currently in their junior year, will become eligible to sign with any school that offers him on Feb. 1, 2017.