High School: LSU

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.
DALLAS – The nation’s top recruit said his commitment to Florida State may not be a closed case Thursday.

Denton Ryan defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. sent that message to the audience at the 2011 Tom Landry Award presentation, as well as a local TV audience.

“Right now I am verbally committed to Florida State, but I am keeping my options open,” Edwards said on stage.

Edwards says he still has LSU and Oklahoma under consideration and is also taking a recruiting trip to Texas this weekend. After traveling to Austin, Edwards will take trips to LSU and Oklahoma and said he may even travel west to check out USC.

Edwards says he’s taking time to envision himself in the game plans of schools other than Florida State.

“I’m seeing how I could fit into the scheme of a defense and just the atmosphere of the whole campus,” Edwards said.

Edwards committed to Florida State in March of this year, but was in attendance at Oklahoma’s Big 12 opener against Missouri, according to ESPN HornsNation.

Edwards then told ESPN National Recruiting that after watching OU dismantle Texas in the Red River Rivalry, he saw the Sooners as a good fit.

He went on to say that he wants to escape the shadow of his father, former Florida State and Dallas Cowboys player Mario Edwards Sr., and “start his own trend.”

Edwards also said he had bumped up his weight from 270 pounds to 290 pounds, Thursday.

Edwards was a finalist for the Landry Award, given each year to Dallas-Fort Worth’s top football player, which went to Aledo running back Johnathan Gray.
AUSTIN -- Georgetown took down Alief Elsik in the 5A state semifinal Friday, 56-51 , and will face Irving MacArthur in the final at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Frank Erwin Center.

Georgetown's Krystal Forthan was the game's leading scorer with 27 points. The 6-4 Forthan, ESPN Hoopgurlz No. 5 recruit in the nation for the class of 2011 and LSU commit, is a dominating post presence but can also ball handle and hit from behind the arch. It will be interesting to see which star player, Forthan or MacArthur's Alexis Jones, will have the bigger game Saturday.

After the gama, Georgetown head coach Rhonda Farney discussed Saturday's matchup with MacArthur and the meeting of star players.

"I know that they have some phenomenal players and that they played phenomenal this afternoon," he said. "It's going to be tough. I think everyone's best kids will cancel each other out and it will come down tomorrow night to players 4, 5, 6, 7 and maybe even deeper than that to win the game."

McKinney QB/pitcher signs with LSU

February, 3, 2010
McKinney two-sport star Zach Lee signed a letter of intent to play football and baseball at LSU on Wednesday.

The senior quarterback and right-handed pitcher is considered equally valuable in both sports.

As quarterback, he threw for 2,564 yards and 31 touchdowns and led McKinney to back-to-back playoff appearances. A pro-style quarterback, Lee is a four-star football prospect according to ESPNU.

As a pitcher, he has a dominating fastball and is still a risk to be picked in the MLB draft this spring.