High School: Greg McCoy

Eleven area players taken in 2012 draft

April, 28, 2012
Ron Brooks was drafted Saturday as the 124th overall pick by the Buffalo Bills as a cornerback, a position he has played for only three seasons.

Brooks was recruited by LSU out of Irving MacArthur as a wide receiver after spending the majority of his snaps at quarterback in high school.

“He was just a step quicker than anyone else on the field,” MacArthur coach Brian Basil said. “He played quarterback for us his senior year because we wanted the ball touching his hands every snap, but the main thing that separated him at the high school level was his speed and his level of toughness.”

Brooks made the shift over to cornerback his sophomore year at LSU, which Basil believes is proof of his devotion to the game -- one of his many intangibles.

“He understood that whatever it took to get him on the field he would do it,” Basil said. “That’s why when he went to LSU, he was receptive to play defense and on special teams. Those intangibles are what allowed him to make it to this level.”

Brooks played in 53 games at LSU, finishing with 90 tackles and 5.5 sacks. All three interceptions Brooks pulled in were returned for touchdowns.

“For him, I think wherever he had an opportunity to play would be a great fit.” Basil said. “To play at that level is a dream come true and I bet he’s thrilled to death and we’re thrilled for him.”

Redskins pick Plano East/UT linebacker

The Redskins picked up the athlete that “could do it all” for Plano East coach Johnny Ringo.

Keenan Robinson was selected as the 119th overall pick as a linebacker out of Texas, the fourth player to make it to the pro level out of Plano East.

“He was a tremendous leader for us and played both ways,” Ringo said. “He’s just a kid that could do it all. He was a great track athlete and had to give up basketball. He was a tremendous player for us and will be a tremendous representative of Plano East in the NFL.”

Robinson hit Twitter immediately after his selection, affirming his excitement with the team that selected him.

“God is Good… Im right where I needa be,” Robinson tweeted, followed by, “Oo whats up Washington… Im glad to be a Redskin #NoQuestion.”

Robinson started in 39 games for the Longhorns, tallying 317 tackles and 4.4 sacks.

He joins other standouts from the state of Texas in Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III and Richardson Berkner/SMU lineman Josh LeRibeus as a part of the Redskins' draft class.

Other area draftees:

Josh LeRibeus (OG, Richardson Berkner/SMU): Selected 71st overall by the Redskins.

Jamell Fleming (CB, Arlington Seguin/Oklahoma): Selected 80th overall by the Cardinals. First player drafted from Arlington Seguin to be drafted.

Chris Givens (WR, Wylie/Wake Forest): Selected as the first pick of the fourth round, 96th overall, by the Rams.

Taylor Thompson (DE/TE, Prosper/SMU): Selected 145th overall by the Titans.

Cyrus Gray (RB, DeSoto/Texas A&M): Selected 182nd overall by the Chiefs.

James Hanna (TE, Flower Mound/Oklahoma): Selected 186th overall by the Cowboys.

Robert T. Griffin (OG, Euless Trinity/Baylor): Selected 203rd overall by the Jets.

Emmanuel Acho (LB, Dallas St. Mark’s/Texas): Selected 204th overall by the Browns.

Greg McCoy (DB/KR, Dallas Woodrow Wilson/TCU): Selected 220th overall by the Bears.

Woodrow draws motivation from Rose Bowl

January, 4, 2011
Two collegiate players who have played games in the Rose Bowl Stadium over the past two years came from a single area high school.

No, it’s not Euless Trinity or Southlake Carroll. It’s none other than little Woodrow Wilson in the heart of East Dallas who supplied TCU with defensive back Greg McCoy and Texas with linebacker Sergio Kindle.

Woodrow head coach Bobby Estes went to both of his former player’s games in Pasadena, last year when Kindle and Texas played in the national championship game and TCU's New Year's Day Rose Bowl victory.

“It was an electric atmosphere,” Estes said. “It’s historical. ... And to see Greg perform so well. He made some outstanding plays. It was great stuff.”

Estes said he talked to McCoy before the Horned Frogs’ first Rose Bowl game and gave him advice on returning kicks. He said McCoy was elated after the game and was very happy on his decision four years prior to go to TCU.

McCoy joined TCU four years ago when the Frogs were happy to make it to the Texas Bowl. In the four years McCoy has been at TCU, the team has become a national power with two BCS berths and a Rose Bowl victory.

Estes said he will use McCoy’s story to help motivate his players back at Woodrow, showing them that anything is possible in four years' time.

“TCU was very competitive and a good football team when Greg entered TCU, but aspirations of being undefeated and a national championship, that wasn’t on the agenda,” Estes said. “These kids understand that it’s not where you go to school, it’s the difference you make when you go to school, and we apply that to Woodrow Wilson.”

Woodrow’s campus sits just a few blocks away from Juliette Fowler Homes, historically a home for orphans and widows when it was established 119 years ago and now serving as a retirement community. As, perhaps, a new mantra for the Wildcats this upcoming season, Estes drew a connection between TCU’s rallying cry of “Little Sisters of the Poor” and Woodrow’s place in the East Dallas community.

“Being down the street from an orphanage, we might be the little orphans of North Texas, but we want to play like the mighty mites of the area,” he said.