High School: ESPNU 150

Cedar Hill ATH tops area recruits on ESPN 150

April, 17, 2012

It's a big day in the football recruiting world, with the initial ESPN 150 for the Class of 2013 being released.

Texas is well represented on the list of the nation's top recruits, but the Lone Star state's numbers have slipped from last year. There are 19 Texans on the new list, down from 24 on the final ESPN 150 for 2012.

This year's list has eight players from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The final 2012 list had 12 DFW recruits, led by Denton Ryan's Mario Edwards Jr. at No. 1 and Aledo's Johnathan Gray at No. 2.

The top-rated area recruit among next year's seniors is speedy Cedar Hill athlete LaQuvionte Gonzalez, who already has committed to Texas A&M. Gonzalez lined up at running back, receiver, defensive back, punt returner and kick returner last season for coach Joey McGuire.

Right behind Gonzalez at No. 53 is another speedster, DeSoto's Dontre Wilson. The running back, being recruited as an athlete, has a dozen BCS offers but remains uncommitted.

Here are the area players on the list:

50. LaQuvionte Gonzalez, Cedar Hill, Athlete, Texas A&M
53. Dontre Wilson, DeSoto, Athlete, uncommitted
78. Jake Raulerson, Celina, OT, Texas
85. Justin Manning, Dallas Kimball, DT, uncommitted
87. Kent Perkins, Lake Hollands, OT, Texas
101. Joas Aguilar, Birdville, OG, Texas A&M
133. A'Shawn Robinson, Fort Worth Arlington Heights, DT, Texas
138. Mike Mitchell, Plano Prestonwood Christian, OLB, uncommitted

Find the full list here. Loganville (Ga.) Grayson defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, who is uncommitted, is No. 1.

Ryan DE Mario Edwards tops ESPNU 150

June, 8, 2011
Denton Ryan defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. was named the No. 1 recruit in the nation Wednesday by ESPNU's college football recruiting analysts.

The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Florida State commit recorded 18 sacks and 127 total tackles last season for Ryan on its journey to the Class 4A Division I championship game, where the Raiders lost to Austin Lake Travis.

Here is an excerpt from Mitch Sherman's story on Edwards for ESPN Recruiting:
Last year, when the younger Edwards transferred to Denton Ryan from nearby Prosper High School on the northern edge of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Edwards Sr. joined coach Joey Florence's staff to work with the secondary.

"I'm addicted to it," he said. "I'm addicted to the game."

Edwards Jr. inherited that, too.

"I give his daddy all the credit," Florence said. "He knows what it takes. He brings that professionalism and NFL-caliber energy to our practices."

And the younger Edwards brings an NFL-caliber threat off the edge. Ryan doesn't get too fancy with how it uses Mario Jr. He stays on the right side. Offensive schemes designed to slow him get creative, though they don't often work.

"He's fun to coach, I know that," Florence said.
Also in the top 10 on the ESPNU 150 is Aledo running back and Texas commit, Johnathan Gray, at No. 8.

Four area players are on the ESPNU 150

June, 2, 2010
The first ESPNU 150 for the Class of 2011 was released today. Click here for an overview of the national recruiting list and here for a statistical breakdown.

Four players from area high schools made the list. Here's the lowdown on them, with each player's recruiting status and an excerpt from their ESPNU evaluations:

55. Arlington Sam Houston QB Jamal Turner (Nebraska verbal): Turner is one of the most exciting skilled athletes this class has to offer. He is a dual-threat QB out of the shotgun spread, but most of the damage he does is with his legs.

60. Arlington Martin RB Danzel Williams (Okahoma verbal): Williams is one of the shiftier backs in this class exhibiting great feet, balance and body control. He is built low to the ground, deceptively strong and put-together but does not have the large frame coveted in an every-down, load-back at the major college level.

94. Waxahachie WR LaDarius Brown (Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Alabama, TCU): Brown is a long, smooth glider of an athlete with very good speed, elusiveness and flexibility for such a tall prospect. He has consistently played on both sides of the ball as a safety and wide receiver, but we feel he will likely end up at wide receiver at the next level.

141. Dallas Skyline LB Anthony Wallace (Oklahoma, Texas A&M, LSU, USC, Texas): Wallace is a big strong guy with great instincts. His size and athleticism are what we look for at the inside linebacker position.