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Whitehouse’s Kostin Wallace Commits to Tarleton State + Kilgore’s Aaron Foy Commits to Navarro College

Carthage defenders converge on Kilgore’s Aaron Foy during Carthage’s 34-23 Class 3A Division I state championship win Dec. 20 in Arlington. (Christopher Vinn,

Two East Texas senior football players decided Wednesday where they will head to college to extend their careers.

Whitehouse defensive tackle Kostin Wallace and Kilgore athlete Aaron Foy announced their commitments via Twitter early Wednesday evening. Wallace pledged to Tarleton State, while Foy committed to Navarro College.

Whitehouse’s Kostin Wallace (77) tries to block Mesquite Poteet’s John Cummings’ punt during Poteet’s third-round playoff win Nov. 29 in Allen. (Jaime R. Carrero,

Wallace, a 5-foot-11, 330-pound run-stuffer, manned the nose tackle spot in Whitehouse’s odd-front defensive scheme. Wallace earned first-team honors on the 16-4A all-district squad as voted by the league’s coaches.

Tarleton State is a Division II program that competes in the Lone Star Conference and regularly recruits East Texas. Wallace recently received multiple D-II offers from the Texans, East Central (Okla.), Lincoln University (Mo.), and Texas A&M-Kingsville. Tarleton State signed three East Texas defenders last year: Longview linebackers DeMarkus Lathan and Torean Sheppard, plus Hallsville linebacker Cayden Ferrill.

Foy, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound speedster, was one of Kilgore’s top players on both sides of the ball in 2013, when the Bulldogs finished 14-1 and reached the Class 3A Division I state championship game.

Foy finished the year with almost 800 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns, averaging 20.9 yards per touch. Defensively, he picked off five passes, recorded two sacks, and broke up eight passes. District 16-3A coaches named him to the league’s first team at three different positions: receiver, defensive back, and kick returner.

Foy boasts a 4.51-second laser-timed 40-yard dash, a 39.1-inch vertical, and a 10-foot, 4 1/2-inch broad jump, all of which he recorded at the Recruiting Combine at APEC training facility in Tyler last May. The broad jump distance tied TCU-bound Longview safety Travin Howard for the best at the event out of 100 participants.

Navarro College is a perennial power in the JUCO Division I-level Southwest Junior College Football Conference.


Carthage OL Cade Clinton. (Christopher Vinn,

Speaking of Navarro, the Bulldogs offered Carthage senior center Cade Clinton after he visited the Corsicana campus.

Clinton is a physical, athletic 6-foot-3, 230-pounder who anchored Carthage’s offensive line in 2013, when head coach Scott Suratt led the Dawgs to the Class 3A Division I state championship, their four state crown in the last six years.

Clinton helped an offensive front that fueled Carthage’s school-record 721 points (45.1 per game) and the 15-win season, which tied the 1991 team that lost in the Class 4A championship game for the second-most wins in a season in school history.


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