High School: Oklahoma

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.

Keller Central star WR/DB signs with Sooners

February, 1, 2012
Keller Central's Zach Sanchez was one of the few athletes not playing quarterback or running back who could take over a game by himself.

Now Sanchez will try to do the same in the Big 12.

The receiver/defensive back signed a national letter of intent to play for Oklahoma on Wednesday, finishing a career that may leave him as the best player in Central's short history.

Sanchez caught 45 balls for 994 yards and 13 touchdowns in addition to his work on the defensive side of the ball, where he was one of the most feared DBs in the area.

The senior's defining performance came against Denton Guyer. He caught two touchdown passes and returned an interception 85 yards for a touchdown in Central's 21-14 win.

That win went a long way toward solidifying Central's first playoff berth in school history. Central beat Coppell in Week 10 in what amounted to a playoff play-in game, and the Chargers put a scare into top-ranked Allen in bi-district before losing 30-17 at Cowboys Stadium.

Sanchez was originally committed to Baylor but switched late in the process.

Central offensive lineman Simon Goines also signed on Wednesday. He joins Jim Mora's first class at UCLA.

Mesquite Horn cornerback Harris headed to A&M

January, 16, 2012
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
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.
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.

Mes. Horn sending Harris to All-American game

November, 14, 2011

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.

Brandon Carter switches commitment to TCU

January, 18, 2011
ESPNDallas.com high school writer Travis L. Brown was in Euless on Tuesday night to cover the Trinity-Richland basketball games.

He happened to notice a very familiar face in the stands. It was Trinity football star Brandon Carter. The strange thing was Carter, who had verbally committed to Oklahoma last summer, was wearing a TCU hat, T-shirt and hoodie sweatshirt.

When asked about his wardrobe, the four-star recruit revealed he had pulled his commitment from Oklahoma and was planning to call coach Gary Patterson on Wednesday to make his pledge to the Horned Frogs.

You can read more here about Carter's decision to stay close to home.

Best of the Rest: 2010 memorable moments

December, 31, 2010
The little stories that arose during the 2010 high school football season are what made it so memorable. Here are some of the ESPNDallas.com high school team's picks for "Best of the Rest" awards commemorating those stories.

ESPNDallas.com recognizes the top Class 4A and 5A performances from the 2010 football season:

  • Two-Way Players of the Year »
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  • Newcomers of the Year »
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  • Defensive Players of the Year »
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  • Best football performance by a school district: Denton. Class 5A Guyer and 4A Ryan each reached the state finals.
    Honorable mention: Mesquite, after deep playoff runs by Horn, Poteet and West Mesquite.

    Most exciting player: Brandon Carter, Euless Trinity. Every time the ball was in the hands of the Oklahoma commit, opposing defenses cringed. When a team can create an reverse pass package around Carter and run it with ease several times throughout a season, it knows it has something special.

    Best playoff format change: State finals venue. By having a single venue for the state championship games, many more fans were able to either attend or watch on television.

    Feistiest team: Wylie Pirates. Seeemingly outweighed and outmanned, the Pirates came within a couple of yards of advancing to the Class 4A Division I state title game. QB Nico Ramirez epitomized the trait, leading his team on a deep playoff run after suffering a dislocated shoulder in the last week of the regular season.

    Toughest playoff road: Euless Trinity. In its final four Class 5A Division I playoff games, Trinity faced opponents' winning streaks, when combined, of 52 games. The Trojans last three opponents -- Coppell, Round Rock Stony Point and Pearland -- were undefeated.

    Best passer: Paul Millard, Flower Mound. The senior put up video game-like numbers, throwing for 4,472 yards and 47 touchdowns, sparking upsets of Plano and Flower Mound Marcus along the way.

    Most improved player: Joe Minden, Coppell. With little in the way of previous varsity experience, the senior threw for more than 3,400 yards and 30 touchdowns for the 13-1 Cowboys. By season's end, Coppell shifted from a one-dimensional running offense to a balanced offense that put up 392 yards through the air on Euless Trinity in the Cowboys' final game of the season.

    Euless Trinity star and Oklahoma recruit Brandon Carter talks about getting past Coppell on Friday in their Class 5A Division I regional final clash at Dragon Stadium in Southlake.

    Balance, depth keys for Plano West girls

    February, 2, 2010
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    It’s not that Plano West doesn’t have elite talent. The Wolves have a pair of Oklahoma signees in Jacqueline Jeffcoat and Alexann Yancey, but Plano West is at its best when its depth is on display.

    Only Jeffcoat has a scoring average in double digits, and she’s barely over the hump at 10.3 points per game. The Wolves, however, have a long bench that regularly contributes, which has West just one win away from clinching the District 8-5A title.

    “We usually go about nine or 10 deep,” West coach Don Patterson said. “Our starters have done a great job of getting us off to a good start. The bench comes in and just keeps it going. We can interchange people.”

    The season started slow for West (20-10 overall, 7-0 in 8-5A) despite returning five lettermen. The team struggled with consistency and shooting, leading to a see-saw nondistrict schedule.

    Patterson felt like his team turned a corner against Plano East on Jan. 22. Both teams were 4-0 in district heading into the game, but West dominated the game en route to a 66-45 win.

    “We were sort of out of sync,” Patterson said of the beginning of the season. “We’d play a good game and come back and not play real well. The last two weeks we’ve been playing very well. We’re peaking at the right time. Hopefully it will carry us the rest of district and into the playoffs.”

    Jeffcoat and Yancey were at the forefront of West’s turnaround. Jeffcoat struggled to start the year, but found her game at the right time. Yancey, West’s point guard, averages 4 assists per game in the team’s full-court offense.

    West plays McKinney Boyd on the road at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.