High School: Mesquite Horn

Rockwall teams head east instead of DeSoto

February, 2, 2012
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NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas -- North Mesquite, Mesquite Horn and Mesquite High will continue their ties to East Texas foes Longview and Tyler Lee for the fifth straight realignment.

This time, the Mesquite schools will be joined by Rockwall and Rockwall-Heath for a seven-team District 12-5A. The Rockwall schools are moving up from Class 4A.

Rockwall was a part of the East Texas district along with the Mesquite schools in 2004-05.

The last two realignments included DeSoto in the East Texas district, but the Eagles got a reprieve this time.

DeSoto athletic director Pam Deborde said the news of a move to District 7-5A to join neighbors Cedar Hill and Duncanville brought a lot of excitement to Eagles athletes on Thursday.

“Now our kids can play teams they grew up playing against and in some cases played on the same teams with,’’ Deborde said. “Our seniors are upset that this didn’t happen in time for them.’’

Mesquite athletic director Steve Bragg was unfazed.

“We’re used to going to East Texas,’’ said Bragg. “We’ve developed some very good friendships. Financially, it is a strain on our school district, but we understand that somebody has to go. Nobody likes to travel but somebody has to. And we’re looking forward to working with the Rockwall schools.’’

Deborde said DeSoto never formed a rivalry in its present district.

“It was time for us, we served our four years,’’ she said.

Mes. Horn's Harris talks about signing with A&M

February, 1, 2012
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ESPN Midlands Regional Recruiting Coordinator Damon Sayles interviews Mesquite Horn cornerback De’Vante Harris, one of Texas A&M’s newest recruits.

Mesquite Horn cornerback Harris headed to A&M

January, 16, 2012
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Four-star cornerback De'Vante Harris (Mesquite, Texas/Horn) de-committed on Twitter, so why not announce his new commitment to Texas A&M on the social media network?

With one tweet Monday night, Harris became the latest verbal commitment to the Aggies.

Harris tweeted, “Officially committed to Texas A&M University! Joining the #AGGSWAGGMOVEMENT!! Wazzam!! Hollaa10x!!! We finna mob in the SEC!”

Mesquite Horn CB decommits from Oklahoma

January, 7, 2012
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According to a twitter post, Mesquite Horn cornerback and Under Armor All-American De'Vante Harris has rescinded his verbal commitment to the University of Oklahoma.
@Official_DH10: Just decommitted from the University of Oklahoma.

The four-star recruit committed to Oklahoma in April of 2011 and had been actively involved in forming a bond with other OU recruits via social media.

Harris has offers from Stanford, North Texas, Virginia, Mississippi State, Kansas State, SMU and Texas Tech.

Harris had said OU was his first choice even before the Sooners had offered him a scholarship just months earlier, when he was given his All-American jersey at a Horn pep-rally.

For more on why he originally picked OU, click here for a feature on Harris written in November.

Read more about Harris' decision to decommit here.

Plano West downs DeSoto in Meadows Classic

December, 27, 2011
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DUNCANVILLE, Texas -- Just because Kiran Lakhian is the tallest Plano West player, don’t expect the 5-11 senior to be limited to playing in the paint.

The versatile Lakhian did a little bit of everything, even handling the ball in the backcourt at crucial times, to help the Lady Wolves defeat DeSoto, 57-49, in the second round of the 61st Sandra Meadows Classic on Tuesday evening at Sandra Meadows Memorial Arena.

“To tell you the truth, I’m not really sure what my position is any more,‘’ said Lakhian, who led the Lady Wolves with 11 points. “Our whole team is versatile. I think I’m a guard. That’s what I played when I was a freshman.’’

Plano West coach Don Patterson said he utilized Lakhian at all five positions during the 2010-2011 season.

Lakhian contributed one of the eight 3-pointers that helped Plano West (19-1) nullify DeSoto’s interior size advantage. Seven of the 3’s came in the first half.

“We’re known for our 3-point shooting,’’ Lakhian said. “That’s about an average game for us. We can do better.’’

DeSoto (17-5) overcame a seven-point halftime deficit and took a three-point lead into the fourth quarter. But Plano West went on a 12-1 run in the first five minutes of the final period to regain control.

Earlier on Day 1 of the 32-team tournament, Plano West reached the 97-point threshold for the second time this season in a 97-37 rout of Fort Bend Kempner. And the Lady Wolves did it without a player scoring more than Mattie Swearingen's 17 points. Plano West placed five scorers in double figures and all 12 in uniform scored.

Plano West advances to a 4:30 p.m. quarterfinal Wednesday against either The Woodlands College Park or Flower Mound.

No trouble for host team: Duncanville (19-1), taking aim at its 19th Sandra Meadows Classic title, is off to a 2-0 start after first-day routs over Garland Naaman Forest (76-28) and Mesquite (72-38). Guard Empress Davenport led the Pantherettes with 27 points in the nightcap and totaled 43 for the day.

Still unbeaten: Southlake Carroll defeated Mesquite Horn, 67-55, in the opening round to remain undefeated on the season. Carroll (17-0), the top-ranked team in the tournament, was led by Kayla Reinhart’s 30 points. The 5-10 senior forward/post scored all but eight of her points in the second half.

Game of the day: Mesquite 80, Euless Trinity 76 (2OT): Mesquite rallied from an eight-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to force overtime in its opening-round encounter. The teams were tied after one quarter and at halftime in addition to ties after regulation and the first overtime. Sophomore guard Briana Caro hit clutch shots at the end of regulation and overtime to extend the game for Mesquite. Cemetra Jenkins, a 5-5 senior guard, led Mesquite with 29 points and Tori Henderson, a 6-foot senior forward, scored 28 for Trinity. Later in the day, Trinity gained some satisfaction with a fourth-quarter rally of its own, coming from seven points behind to defeat Garland Naaman Forest, 47-45, in a consolation game.

Moriah of UConn: Moriah Jefferson, a 5-8 senior signee of the University of Connecticut, helped her home school team, THESA, to a 67-56 win over Garland with a 27-point effort. Jefferson was 8-of-8 on free throws and got off to a blazing start with 14 points in the opening quarter. She added a game-high 17 points in a 49-39 second-round win over Temple on Tuesday evening.

No complaints: Ashley Brodhead-Richard, the coach of 2010 Louisiana Class 5A state champion St. Thomas More, couldn’t complain about her team’s defense, at least not with a straight face, after holding Longview Spring Hill to four field goals in a 75-11 thrashing. Spring Hill did not have a basket in the second and fourth quarters. More prevailed over Bishop Lynch, 61-48, in a second-round evening game, sinking 26 free throws.

A&M signee does early damage: DeSoto guard Jordan Jones, a Texas A&M signee, scored 10 of her 12 points in the opening three minutes, then surrendered playing time in the Lady Eagles’ lopsided 77-43 victory over Denton Ryan. All 12 Lady Eagles scored and Jones finished as leading scorer. In DeSoto’s 57-49 second-round loss to Plano West later in the day, Jones led the Lady Eagles with 20 points, connecting on four 3-pointers.

Defending champion cruises to win: Fort Bend Hightower, the 2010 Sandra Meadows Classic champion, breezed to an easy 59-40 opening-round win over Frisco Liberty. Tyler Gilbert, a 6-2 senior post, led the Lady Hurricanes, scoring 15 of her game-high 19 points in the second half.

Day’s top scorer: Nelsha Peterson, a 5-11 senior forward at Mesquite Horn, took individual scoring honors in the opening-round with 31 points in a 67-55 loss to Southlake Carroll. Peterson outscored the rest of her team by seven points. She had 12 2-point baskets, one 3-pointer and went 4-of-4 from the free throw line.

On tap Wednesday: Southlake Carroll vs. Little Rock (Ark.) Hall in a noon second-round matchup. Quarterfinals begin at 1:30 p.m. with Lafayette, Louisiana entry St. Thomas More facing THESA.

Mes. Horn sending Harris to All-American game

November, 14, 2011
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Despite Mesquite Horn's 48-47 bi-district playoff loss to Copperas Cove on Saturday, the football season isn't over for for one Jaguar.

Horn cornerback De'Vante Harris accepted his jersey to play in the Under Armour All-American game Friday and will represent his community Jan. 5 at Tampa Bay's Tropicana Field and on ESPN.

Click here for my story for ESPN Recruiting on Harris' journey -- which took him from being an undersized freshman to a national All-American -- and his future at Oklahoma.

Horn, Copperas Cove becoming familiar foes

November, 11, 2011
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Saturday will mark the third almost-annual bi-district affair – Mesquite Horn vs. Copperas Cove.

Of course, no one plans what has become a football playoff staple as of late, but the cards have fallen just right for Horn and Copperas Cove to face each other in the 5A Division II bi-district round for the third time in four years.

This year is the rubber match.

Copperas Cove won the first bout in 2008 in a hard-fought, close battle. Horn got its revenge last season in blowout fashion, 48-10 in Stephenville.

Two very different teams than those that fought in years past will take the field at Baylor’s Floyd Casey Stadium at 1 p.m., but Horn coach Rodney Webb said he doesn’t see much difference in the top-caliber talent Copperas Cove turns out year after year.

“They’re a good program, which means they are good every year.” Webb said. “They are one of those teams that just replace, and the guys that are playing for them this year look physically just like the guys that were playing in 2008.”

“You wonder sometimes if they are playing seventh- or eighth-year seniors,” Webb joked.

While Copperas Cove’s reboot in quality talent might be intimidating on the field, it makes for easier game planning for a team with which Horn is very familiar. Webb said the amount of game tape they have against Copperas Cove rivals that which they have for most of their long-time district rivals.

“You develop a familiarity for a team,” Webb said. “It’s almost like a regular-season opponent for us. We have so much film on that last year and this year, it’s like we’ve watched them progress through the seasons. There won’t be a lot of surprises.”

The same doesn’t go for Webb’s Horn team. He said they have made a point not to look back at past Horn teams to game plan for this year’s squad, which, unlike last year’s state quarterfinal team, has played lots of close games. Seven out of Horn’s ten regular-season games were decided in the last drive of the game.

Separating each season is a lesson Webb said he learned the hard way seven years ago when he was coaching in Royse City.

“The 2004 team went to the state finals and the 2005 team we tried to make a cookie cutter and it was a mistake,” Webb said. “We got beat in the first round of the playoffs. Each team is unique and will write its own story and this team will write its own story.”

Webb believes this will be another close game that goes down to the wire.

“We do feel good that, if it’s a close game, we have enough confidence in ourself to pull it out,” Webb said.
CLASS 5A DIVISION II REGION 2 PREVIEW

Overview: Most of top-tier teams from the area in the 5A Division II bracket come from Region I, so there shouldn’t be many surprises out of Region II. Don’t expect any Metroplex teams to make it much further than the area round in this region.

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STATE BRACKETS
Class 5A: Div. I | Div. II
Class 4A: Div. I | Div. II

REGION BRACKETS
5A Division I: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2
5A Division II: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2
4A Division I: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2
4A Division II: Reg. 1 | Reg. 2

Two teams from the AP state top 10 are in this region: No. 6 Longview and No. 9 Lufkin. Copperas Cove also received votes in the last AP poll of the regular season.

Favorite: Longview. With a final-game win over DeSoto to take the District 11-5A championship, the Lobos set themselves apart as the front-runner in this region. Longview went 9-1 on the season (5-0 in district), with its only loss coming against a 5A Division I favorite, Allen.

Watch out for: Mesquite Horn. It would be a long shot, but if you are looking for an area team to pull for out of this region, it would have to be the Jaguars (4-6). Horn opens up the playoffs against Copperas Cove, which could be one of the best bi-district matchups in this region. If Horn can withstand this test, it should be fine against the Rowlett-Dallas Lake Highlands winner. Horn went through Copperas Cove and Rowlett last season in route to a quarterfinal loss to Longview. Horn could follow the same path back to the quarterfinals it traveled last year.

Can’t wait to see: Dallas Jesuit vs. Sachse (7:30 p.m. Friday, Mesquite Memorial Stadium). This is the best bi-district matchup with two teams from the area in this region and would rival Horn-Copperas Cove as the region's best game this weekend. Jesuit (8-2) had a quality team throughout the regular season, even after losing its starting quarterback to injury in the third game of the season, and finished second to powerhouse Dallas Skyline in District 9-5A. Sachse (7-3) was a surprise at the beginning of the season, starting 4-0 before taking its first lost to Rowlett. Sachse quarterback Trent White is a beast in the passing game, racking up just under 3,000 yards through the air this season.

We hope to see: Longview-Lufkin. This would a great game if both reach the regional final, with two high-scoring teams.

Talent pool (FBS recruits): Longview: WR Eric Hawkins (Arkansas). Spring Dekaney: RB Trey Williams (Texas A&M), TE Armand Nance (Boise State), DB Jarrett Irving (Houston). Copperas Cove: ATH Orlando Thomas (Texas). Mesquite Horn: DB DeVante Harris (Oklahoma). Lufkin: DT Tomme Mark (offers: Michigan State, Tulsa, Utah, Kansas, SMU, Stephen F. Austin). Spring Westfield: DT Anthony Smith (Texas Tech). Leander: CB Martel Summers (offers: Arizona, New Mexico, Northwestern, Texas State, UTEP). Austin: WR Cayleb Jones (Texas).

11-5A race shaped by many miles, few games

October, 3, 2011
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Raw numbers sounds favorable enough: six teams, four playoff spots.

But in District 11-5A , which starts its five-week schedule Friday, a top-four finish isn’t a snap. It isn’t unusual for a very good football team to be left out of postseason.

With three Mesquite schools and DeSoto to the west and Longview and Tyler Lee to the east, the road to success in 11-5A follows along I-20.

The opening-night schedule for 11-5A on Friday matches North Mesquite at DeSoto, Longview at Mesquite and Mesquite Horn at Tyler Lee.

“I’d put this district in the top three in the state,’’ said DeSoto coach Claude Mathis, whose team is No. 2 in the ESPNDallas.com 5A Top 10. “I tell our guys this first district game is so important. If you win, you have a good chance to be in the playoffs. If you don't, it is an uphill battle.''

At its greatest distance, from DeSoto to Longview, 11-5A spans 139 miles.

DeSoto (5-0) and Longview (4-1) are expected to once again contend for the title after tying at the top with 4-1 district records in 2010. To heighten the drama, the game will be played Week 10 in Longview. The game was recently switched from Friday to Thursday night to accommodate television.

Mathis points out that last year, three 11-5A playoff teams -- DeSoto, Mesquite Horn and Longview -- advanced to the state quarterfinal round. Longview took it a step further, to a state semifinal.

North Mesquite, off to a 4-1 start this season, was the hard-luck 11-5A team not to make the playoffs in 2010, despite pulling off the rare win in Longview.

“You can say we only play five district games, but playing Longview in Longview is like playing three games,’’ Mathis said.

Young Coppell earns its keep in win over Horn

August, 26, 2011
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MESQUITE, Texas – Coppell head coach Joe McBride knows his young team's high preseason rankings have more to do with 2010 than 2011, and he tried to convey that message to his players.

"I told them 'You know why we're ranked this or that? It's because of Cam McDaniel, Teddy Johnson, Joe Minden, Hayden Hawk. Y'all ain't done jack. You're riding off their foo-foo,'" McBride said.

But if Coppell's performance against Mesquite Horn on Friday is any indication, it's only a matter of time before these new Cowboys earn their rank.

Despite playing numerous first-year starters at key positions, Coppell wore down a physical and more experienced Horn team in a 20-7 win at Hanby Stadium to open the season.

One of the names McBride might list off to reporters in future seasons might be that of receiver Jacob Logan.

Playing his first game at receiver after converting from safety, the junior caught 12 passes for 178 yards in addition to a rushing touchdown, and the majority of his production (141 yards) came in the first half when the Cowboys (1-0) struggled mightily to run the ball.

Logan didn't have any trouble doing anything though. He capped a phenomenal first half with an 8-yard touchdown run that gave Coppell a 10-7 going into the break.

"We threw the ball to me this game, but it's going to be spread out next game," Logan said. "We're not always going to have to throw the ball to me. It's the whole team. If it contributes to the W, it doesn't matter how many balls I caught."

Logan overshadowed the debut of his quarterback -- Jake Larson. Larson went 16-for-25 for 215 yards and two interceptions, but it was his connection with Logan that almost single-handedly kept Coppell afloat while the Jaguars jumped on the Cowboys early.

"He grew series by series," McBride said of Larson. "Do I wish a couple of balls had been a little different? Yeah, but I was proud that we responded."

On its first drive of the game, Horn needed only five plays to get into the end zone as Justyn Oliphant went 37 yards around the right side for a score to give Horn a 7-0 lead.

Horn's second drive went deep into Coppell territory before ending in a missed field goal, suggesting that the Jaguars wouldn't have any trouble moving the ball against Coppell's young defense.

But the unit caught its breath. After giving up 129 yards on Horn's first two drives, Coppell gave up only 88 yards the rest of the game.

"They're young," McBride said of his defense. "You're playing a good football team that comes out storming. We took a left and right punch and settled down and battled."

Coppell capitalized on Horn mistakes in the second half. The Cowboys converted two Horn (0-1) personal foul penalties into a 32-yard Nick Jordan field goal to take a 13-7 lead late in the third quarter.

Following a Larson interception that gave Horn new life early in the fourth quarter, Coppell recovered a fumble by Horn quarterback Destri White. Luke Jenner went up the middle for a 20-yard touchdown on Coppell's first play after the fumble to give Coppell a 20-7 lead and seal the win.

Coppell QB Larson debuts vs. Mesquite Horn

August, 25, 2011
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No. 7 COPPELL at No. 9 MESQUITE HORN
7:30 p.m. Friday at Hanby Stadium


When we saw them last: Coppell’s 2010 season ended in a heartbreaking 41-40 loss to Euless Trinity in the region finals, ending a fantastic run by the Cowboys, who lost just the one game last year. After winning three playoff games, Horn lost to district rival Longview, 28-14, its second loss at the hands of the Lobos.

2010 result: Coppell beat Horn, 13-0, in a game that very much looked like a Zero Week game. Neither team showed the precision that fueled their playoff runs.

What’s at stake: Both teams could use a good start to 2011 as both play in highly competitive districts and face difficult nondistrict schedules. Losing early could translate into losing often.

Key matchup: Horn’s offensive line vs. Coppell’s defensive line. Horn has most of its front coming back while Coppell has a very talented and deep group up front defensively, led by DE William Udeh and DT Austin Buss.

Players to watch: Two former backups take over at QB. Senior Jake Larson has the tall task of replacing Joe Minden at Coppell, while sophomore Destri White could be embarking on a memorable career at Horn.

Prediction: Coppell 21, Mesquite Horn 13.

District 11-5A football season preview

August, 24, 2011
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DISTRICT 11-5A

  • DeSoto (11-3, 4-1), lost in DI regional final. Coach: Claude Mathis
  • Longview (10-5, 4-1), lost in DII state semifinal. Coach: John King
  • Mesquite (1-9, 0-5). Coach: Robbie Robinson
  • Mesquite Horn (9-5, 3-2), lost in DII regional final. Coach: Rodney Webb
  • North Mesquite (5-5, 2-3). Coach: Mike Robinson.
  • Tyler Lee (2-9, 2-3), lost in DI bi-district. Coach: Randy Huffstickler
THE BIG QUESTION: How will DeSoto replace record-setting quarterback Ryan Polite?

[+] EnlargeCurtis Riser
Travis L. Brown/ESPN.comDeSoto offensive tackle Curtis Riser is one of the players to watch in District 11-5A.
In his four-year Eagles career, Polite was anything but to opposing defenses. He smashed all the school records by throwing for 10,688 yards and 94 touchdowns. In 2010, the Eagles went four rounds deep in the playoffs and averaged almost 47 point per game. Obviously, Polite’s graduation left big shoes to fill.

Senior Raheem Wilson won the fall competition over sophomore Dezmond White for the starting spot, but coach Claude Mathis said both will see action. Wilson led DeSoto to the state 7-on-7 football championship in July.

“We don’t expect Raheem to be Ryan Polite because Ryan had years of experience,’’ Mathis said.

An advantage for Wilson is the high level of talent that will surround him. Five seniors have already made college commitments, and opportunities await several more.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

OT Curtis Riser, LB Alex Lyons, CB Bryson Echols, DE Michael Richardson, DeSoto; RB J’Haston Faggans, LB Jordan Burton, WR Eric Hawkins, Longview; WR/DB Kavaski Ervin, RB Junior Session, Mesquite; CB/WR DeVante Harris, LB Richard Jones, QB Destri White, Mesquite Horn; QB King Davis, RB Horace Borders, LB Darik Walker, North Mesquite; RB LaQuintas Wallace, QB Joseph Seeber, LB Austin Campbell, Tyler Lee.

DID YOU KNOW?

District 11-5A teams had a 10-4 postseason record last year with three teams advancing to the Region II finals. Longview and Mesquite Horn met for a second time last season in the Division II Region II final, with Longview winning 28-24. ... Mesquite Horn’s DeVante Harris, an Oklahoma commit, is the son of former Texas A&M and NFL player Rod Harris. ... Tyler Lee linebacker Austin Campbell is the nephew of the Tyler Rose, Earl Campbell. … Longview followed up two Class 4A state title game appearances by making it to the state semifinals in its return to Class 5A last season. … Tyler Lee defensive coordinator Randy Huffstickler was promoted to interim head coach in June after the resignation of Mike Owens.

PROJECTED PLAYOFF TEAMS

  1. DeSoto
  2. Longview
  3. Mesquite Horn
  4. North Mesquite
FORT WORTH, Texas – Just a few weeks ago, former Flower Mound Marcus running back Rufus Mason was already at a summer camp at Trinity Valley Junior College, where he will play football in the fall, with the glory of a 2028-yard high school senior season behind him.

Summer conditioning quickly turned into training again for full-contact football when Mason received a text message that said he had really great news.

That great news was that Mason had been selected as a fill-in for the Texas High School Coaches Association football All-Star Game on Tuesday at Cowboys Stadium.

“It’s an honor just to be selected in the All-Star Game," he said. "It’s a great feeling. I was happy to just be nominated and be a late selection. I’m glad I’m here and hopefully I can prove to the people that are watching that I deserve to be here.”

Mason said his high school coach, Bryan Erwin, was very actively involved with promoting Mason to the selection committee that included coaches Joe McBride from Coppell and Rodney Webb from Mesquite Horn.

Webb, the committeeman in charge of selecting 5A players to the North squad, said Mason has had an extra spark in the practices leading up to the game, which made him very interested to see what the power back will do in Cowboys Stadium.

“He’s obviously a guy we missed on a little bit because from day one he’s been one of the most impressive guys out there,” Webb said. “We’ve really enjoyed watching him.”

Before Mason was even ready to grasp the idea of playing in an NFL stadium, he had to get past the excitement from practicing on an NCAA Division I field at TCU and, of course, the endless amount of food available to the players in the TCU cafeteria.

When Mason hits the field Tuesday night, he said he’ll reach a whole new level of excitement that won’t compare to a college practice and a full stomach.

“I just want to put on a show,” Mason said.

Notes:

* Former Denton Ryan running back and A&M Commerce commit Kaylon Alexander will not play Tuesday due to health issues involving his kidneys. Alexander said he became very dehydrated during practices leading up to the All-Star game and was taken to the hospital to get IVs, but would find out through blood work that his kidneys were not functioning properly. Both Alexander and McBride said with a few days rest Alexander would be healthy again and ready to start practices in Commerce.

* Former Aledo cornerback Rylan Riney is getting a chance to be a big man on the football field again after spending time since May gaining a spot as a preferred walk on at Texas A&M. Riney said he will play safety for the Aggies, joining a standout running back with the same last name, DeSoto's Cyrus Gray.

“Just to be down there with those group of guys, it’s going to be a great year for that team and I’m looking forward to help out however I can,” Riney said.

Top CB recruits, including DeSoto's Echols

June, 29, 2011
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ESPN Recruiting analyst Billy Tucker takes a look at the top cornerback prospects of 2012, including DeSoto's Bryson Echols, a Texas commit, and Mesquite Horn's Devante Harris.

Here's a snippet of the report on Echols:
Echols' ball-awareness skills are outstanding. He knows where he is on the field at all times, and also has a feel for breaking receivers and where the quarterback is going with the ball. Texas has a good one in Echols, a corner who is mentally prepared to play the position at the next level, which is exceptional out of high school.

And Harris:
Could be the most underrated cornerback prospect in 2012. Committed to Oklahoma, Harris has excellent footwork and speed, and may have been passed on early in the process due to his lack of size.

To read more about the top CB prospects of 2012, click here.
Mesquite Horn receiver Jakeem Grant has switched his verbal commitment to Texas Tech and Irving defensive end Horace Arkadie has pledged to Arkansas.

Grant, a 5-foot-7, 160-pound speedster, had previously committed to Tulsa but changed his decision after coach Todd Graham left for the Pittsburgh job. He had 79 receptions for 1,306 yards and 13 touchdowns last season and added nine rushing touchdowns.

ESPNU ranks Grant 136th at receiver and gives him three stars with a scouting grade of 75.

Arkadie is ranked 120th at defensive end and has three stars and a grade of 76. He chose Arkansas over Virginia and Purdue.

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