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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.

FW Trimble Tech moves into regional tourney

February, 29, 2012
Fort Worth Trimble Tech continued its run through the 4A boys playoffs Tuesday with a 78-50 win over Waco University in the regional quarterfinal.

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Trimble Tech standout and TCU commit Charles Hill led his team with 20 points, including several big slams.

Trimble Tech must now travel again, this time to Snyder's The Coliseum to face Denton Ryan in the regional semifinals Friday at 4 p.m.

While Hill said he was excited to advance, it is just one more step towards the ultimate prize.

"We still have to get to state," Hill told ESPNDallas.com via twitter. "I would like to get a taste of Austin."

No. 1 Trimble Tech tops Southwest with style

February, 7, 2012

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Whoever thinks style points are meaningless in high school basketball clearly hasn’t seen Fort Worth Trimble Tech hoop.

The No. 1 4A school in ESPNDallas.com's poll has not only gotten the job done so far in District 6-4A at an undefeated 14-0, but it also finishes with flair.

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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comCharles Hill scored a game-high 25 points in Trimble Tech's win over Southwest.
Tuesday, against Fort Worth Southwest’s full-court press, Trimble Tech had the opportunity to turn the game into a street-ball, trick contest in a 91-74 win.

“With today’s teenager, we give them a carrot, which is allowing them to be a little bit more free on offense as long as they give it to me on defense and rebound and hustle,” Trimble Tech coach Wendell Ivory said.

In the show that Trimble Tech likes to put on, the headlining act is senior guard Charles Hill, who threw down several monstrous dunks to add on to the many acrobatic layups he finished.

The TCU signee's energetic play sparked his team’s offense twice in the second half, once on a huge dunk in the third quarter that resulted in a small run that built up some separation between the teams and again in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach with a string of four baskets in a row.

“When you play a team like Southwest, they’re going to make runs, but you’re going to make runs," Ivory said. "The key is when you make your runs, you have to stay on top of them and limit their runs. But you’re going to get a bunch because they gamble on the defensive end.”

Southwest’s aggressive press created odd-man rushes for Trimble Tech that resulted in several easy baskets and a few alley-oop dunks.

Hill had a game-high 25 points and was joined in the 20-plus point club by teammate Jai Deng, who netted 23.

While normally allowing an opponent to score 74 points in a game would indicate poor defensive play, Ivory said Southwest’s style of high-tempo, transition offense forces a coach to accept the fact that points will be put on the board despite a good effort on the defensive end of the court.

Trimble Tech can clinch the district championship with one more win, giving the school a chance to prove itself and the quality of play Fort Worth has to offer in the playoffs. Defending its city includes protecting the tradition that was created many years before by a Fort Worth Dunbar coaching legend.

“Let’s just be honest: this is the city that Robert Hughes Sr. built," Ivory said. "As long as that legacy is here, we’re going to be OK, basketball wise. There are a lot of good players in the district.”

FM Marcus sends two linemen to area colleges

February, 1, 2012
Two Flower Mound Marcus linemen decided to stay close to home to play college football.

Defensive lineman Josh Carraway signed with TCU and offensive lineman Ryan Rentfro sent his letter of intent to North Texas on Wednesday. Marcus had 11 total players sign, the school's biggest signing class under head coach Bryan Erwin.

"It's just a great class from top to bottom," Erwin said. "Our kids really developed over the last couple years to earn this opportunity."

Marcus cornerback Deion Sanders Jr. did not sign Wednesday. He held an offer from Houston earlier in the season. It's unclear whether that offer was still on the table after head coach Kevin Sumlin left for Texas A&M.

Sanders addressed his future on his Twitter account Wednesday morning:
" For everybody that wants to know, I will address this now and later on tonight. I have more offers than what you see on Rivals .. Way way more... But I did not sign anywhere today. I will go to Prep School in Atlanta for 5 months and then go to a Division 1 college in January or February of next year."

Fate shined on two Arlington Martin signees

February, 1, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Two Arlington Martin players signed letters of intent Wednesday, and head coach Bob Wager couldn’t help but reflect on how both could have had an unhappy outcome.

Defensive lineman Devonte Fields, who signed with TCU, was very nearly dropped from the program as a sophomore.

“He couldn’t get anywhere on time,’’ Wager recalled. “I brought his mother into a meeting, the three of us. And I asked Devonte how he thought he could be an NFL player without getting anywhere on time. Tears rolled down his cheeks. And I guess mom took over from there. Never underestimate the power of mom.’’

Fields (6-foot-4, 240 pounds) said he thinks about the incident all the time. Even on signing day. And he doesn’t like to think what his life might be like had he not had that meeting.

“Today, I feel like I accomplished one of my goals in life,’’ said Fields, who is No. 73 in the ESPNU 150.

Wager said Mustafa Haboul wound up in football as a high school freshman for one simple reason -- he got in the wrong line.

“He didn’t realize he was in the line to play football,’’ Wager said. “He knew nothing about the game. All he would do was chase the ball wherever it went.’’

Haboul said basketball was the only sport he would watch in those days. He tried to watch football, but didn’t understand the game well enough to be interested.

Gradually he learned the game and he enjoyed the physical aspect.

Haboul (6-foot, 247) wound up at nose guard for the Warriors.

“Last season, we issued him a new helmet,’’ Wager said. “You should have seen that helmet after the season. It was beaten up like one I’ve never seen. It can’t even be reconditioned.’’

On Monday, two days before signing day, Haboul got a scholarship offer from the University of North Texas.

“My mom was jumping around, my dad was laughing,’’ Habou saidl. “The whole thing is amazing. I never thought I’d be a part of this today.’’

Martin had seven players sign FBS scholarships. The previous best for the school was five last year.

Arlington ISD's new centralized ceremony a hit

February, 1, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Kolby Listenbee is already attending classes at TCU, but the former Arlington Bowie quarterback didn’t want to miss Wednesday's Signing Day ceremony.

For the first time, the event was under one roof at the Arlington ISD’s Professional Development Center for all six of the district’s high schools, and Listenbee was there to walk across the stage, shake the hands of dignitaries and have his picture made with Bowie coach Kenny Perry.

Listenbee (6-foot, 177), who led Bowie to the third round of the playoffs, is listed as a wide receiver with the Frogs but still hopes to get a shot at quarterback. He committed long before TCU joined the Big 12.

“The conference change is pretty cool because TCU will got a lot more exposure playing all the Texas schools,’’ said Listenbee, one of five Bowie D-1 recruits.

Perry said the district’s centralized ceremony “is a great way to showcase the talent we have, and we have a lot of it in Arlington.’’

Said Bowie defensive end Jesse Rogers, who signed with North Carolina: "This way we get to see the guys that have been your competition.''
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Argyle came within inches of sending the 3A Division II state final into overtime Friday.

Argyle quarterback Austin Aune left a long, vertical pass just an inch or two short, allowing defensive back Brennen Blakemore to make an unbelievable interception to seal Wimberly's 21-14 state championship win.

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Travis L. Brown for ESPNDallas.comQuarterback Austin Aune scored Argyle's only touchdown on an 8-yard run early in the fourth quarter.
Blakemore made a full-extension dive to reel in the pass with one hand and had enough sense to transfer the ball to his opposite hand to secure the pick upon impact with the ground.

The interception gave Wimberley the ball back with 2:01 remaining in the game, just a few kneels away from the title.

“I gave it everything I got and it just wouldn’t get there,” Aune said. “The kid made a great play -- a one-handed catch. You’ve just got to tip your hat to him. It’s a game of inches and if he would have missed it and we would have scored and would have been back in there.”

“It’s probably number one [play of my high school career],” Blakemore said. “To be at Cowboys Stadium and do something like that, it’s pretty awesome.”

Aune, a TCU commit, had trouble getting behind his throws because he spent the entire week leading up to the state championship with flu-like symptoms that removed him from practice and kept him under doctor’s supervision in the 24 hours leading up to the game as his condition worsened.

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“First half, I was real weak,” Aune said. “I got an IV in me at halftime and in the second half I felt good. I wish I had felt that good in the first half -- we would have won, I promise you that. I gave it everything I had, but it wasn’t enough, I guess.”

The first half was a defensive struggle, ending with a 7-3 Wimberley lead at halftime.

Wimberley scored added another touchdown at the end of the third quarter on a 66-yard pass from Brady Lambert to Dennis Smith.

Aune scored his team’s first and only touchdown early in the fourth quarter on an 8-yard run to the left pylon. Aune hit Chadd Bossow in the back corner of the end zone to complete the two-point conversion. Bossow was able to drag one toe to secure the catch.

Wimberley retaliated quickly with a 76-yard touchdown run by Trinity Wilson just over thirty seconds later.

Argyle brought the score within a touchdown on a 37-yard field goal by Cole Hedlund but could not find the end zone on its final two possessions with under five minutes left in the game.

However, the game came down to Blakemore's interception, which he and his teammates agreed was worthy of SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays.

“I watch that every morning when I eat my Cocoa Puffs,” Blakemore said. “I wouldn’t mind sitting on the couch and see it run by there. That would be pretty awesome.”

ARLINGTON, Texas – District 4-5A, containing mostly Arlington ISD schools, has been surprisingly competitive this season.

Teams such as Arlington and Arlington Lamar have silently made moves throughout district play to be in a position to take the district title with one game left in the regular season.

Also in the three-way tie of 5-1 teams is a perennial mainstay Arlington Martin squad which can claim its second district title in as many years with a win over Fort Worth Paschal on Thursday, coupled with an Arlington loss to Arlington Bowie.

Martin already has sealed the Division I No. 1 seed and broke the school record for most wins in a season with nine.

“We’ll try to go out and take care of our business and we’ll be a fan and watch what happens Friday night,” Martin coach Bob Wager said. “Certainly, we would like to repeat as district champion but the prize that comes around Christmas time is what we are looking for.”

Martin is also celebrating its second year sending a player to the Under Armor All-American Game after standout defensive end Devonte Fields was given his All-American jersey Tuesday.

Click here for an in-depth feature from ESPN Recruiting on Fields , a TCU commit, and his selection to the All-American Game.

TCU coach remembers former player McCarty

October, 18, 2011
Tuesday, TCU coach Gary Patterson sent out his condolences for former TCU tight end and Mansfield Timberview assistant coach Cody McCarty.

"It's a tough loss in our family," Patterson said. "To see someone at 29-years-old, in the youth of his life, pass away is a hard thing for us. It makes you appreciate every day that you get up. His wife and his kids -- everyone always talks about the ones that you leave have to do all the fighting. Our prayers will be with them."

Patterson said he has been in contact with former players that were teammates and close friends with McCarty since his death.

McCarty died Sunday of unknown causes at Huguley Memorial Medical Center in Burleson, where he lived. He was in his first year as offensive coordinator and coached quarterbacks at Timberview.

He played tight end at TCU from 2000-2004, catching 39 passes for 636 yards during his collegiate career.

Click here for more information on McCarty and his death.
Saturday’s halftime was all too short for Arlington Bowie’s coaching staff.

After the Volunteers (2-2, 0-1 District 4-5A) lost both of their quarterbacks to injury in the first half, coach Kenny Perry said his staff had to draw up a completely new offense for the second half during the brief time before the third quarter started.

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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comArlington Bowie running back Russell Hansbrough may be pressed into quarterback duties because of injuries.
Bowie will be forced to run that same offense Friday against Arlington Sam Houston, but -- not that it’s any consolation -- the Vols will have an entire week to game plan running backs Blake Bradford and Russell Hansbrough into the quarterback position.

In the first quarter of Saturday’s 39-22 loss to Arlington Martin, Bowie starting quarterback Kolby Listenbee was forced out of the game with concussion-like symptoms after taking a hit from future TCU teammate Devonte Fields.

Perry said after the game he was fairly certain Listenbee would be unable to go Friday.

In the second quarter, backup Keaton Perry suffered what was believed to be a torn meniscus. After the game, Kenny Perry said he believed the injury would end his son’s season.

The loss of Listenbee also affects the special teams, as he is Bowie's punter.

Hansbrough, the team’s starting running back, has no previous experience at quarterback. Bradford may have had limited experience at quarterback his freshman year three years ago, Perry said.

Bowie also lost starting offensive lineman Demonte Hood to a knee injury for the majority of Saturday’s game and his status for Friday is uncertain.

“We’re just going to have to practice this week with what we’ve got,” Perry said. “We’ll be all right.”

Euless Trinity QB Kautai probable for Week 5

Euless Trinity quarterback Kailahi Kautai will probably see his first action since the third game of the season Thursday against rival Hurst L.D. Bell, coach Steve Lineweaver said Friday after the Trojans' Week 4 win over Colleyville Heritage.

Kautai went down in Trinity’s district opener against Richland and has not seen the field the last two games. Lineweaver said Kautai could have played against Heritage but he did not want to risk losing him for the remainder of the season.

A pair of players, the more proficient passer Joel Sullivan and the athletic option runner Matt Hawkins, have filled in at quarterback for third-ranked Trinity (5-0, 3-0 District 6-5A).

“We like both of them and really went by feel,” Lineweaver said.

Before Kautai’s injury, Hawkins was not on the quarterback depth chart, but he was moved over from the defensive side of the ball to help fill the void. Hawkins had some previous quarterback experience at the JV level.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- After the conclusion of the Arlington Bowie-Arlington Martin game Saturday, anyone associated with Bowie had to leave Cravens Field with a horrible taste in his mouth and a strong desire for a mulligan.

In a game that potentially put the District 4-5A title on the line -- not to mention city bragging rights -- Bowie lost starting quarterback Kolby Listenbee and backup Keaton Perry to injuries, leading to Martin’s 39-22 blowout.

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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comArlington Bowie starting quarterback Kolby Listenbee got knocked out of the game with concussion-like symptoms.
Bowie was forced to go to a quarterback by volunteer system, favoring backup running back Blake Bradford under center. Bowie head coach Kenny Perry said he thought Bradford may have taken a few snaps as a freshman, three years ago.

“When you lose both your guys it’s just a shame, because I thought it was a totally different game,” Perry said.

Bowie gained the momentum early after a 59-yard touchdown pass from Listenbee to DJ White on the Vols' first possession of the game.

In the second, Listenbee ran a quarterback draw up the middle but was met with a punishing blow from Martin defensive tackle Devonte Fields that sent him to the sideline for the remainder of the game with concussion-like symptoms.

Ironically, knocking out Listenbee helped Fields and Martin on Saturday, but it might stir up a little bad blood next year when the two are teammates at TCU. However, it wasn’t something that bugged Fields in the slightest.

“We ain’t teammates yet, so I have a job to do,” Fields said.

Backup quarterback Keaton Perry, the head coach’s son, entered -- but not for long.

He was hit around four minutes later and suffered what trainers believed was a torn meniscus, which would end his season.

Perry attempted a courageous comeback effort in the opening minutes of the second half, but quickly threw two interceptions that both would result in Martin touchdowns.

A deflated Bowie team cued the beginning of the show for Martin’s two-headed running extravaganza of Kyle Hicks and Cameron Williams.

Hicks, a junior, was the main attraction, running for two touchdowns and 141 yards, followed by Williams with 64 yards and a touchdown of his own.

Both backs alternated throughout the game -- Hicks with just two more touches -- but neither back gave the other any competitive trash-talking in the spirit of fun.

“It’s not really a competition, but we like to do better than each other,” Williams said with a smile. “It’s not like that though -- just brotherly love. You block for me and I’ll block for you.”

The win gives Martin fans the right to be the pride of Arlington for a year but leaves Bowie fans scratching their heads and wondering what could have been.

“I’m proud of the way our kids played. We played hard and didn’t give up. Injuries are a part of the game and we’re going to go on,” Kenny Perry said.

Argyle two-sport star profiled by ESPN RISE

August, 10, 2011
There's a nice profile on Argyle outfielder/quarterback Austin Aune over on ESPN RISE.

Aune is balancing his appearance on the Texas' Rangers Area Code Games baseball team with the start of the Eagles' football practice.

Aune has accepted an offer to play football at TCU, but he also plans to play baseball for the Horned Frogs.

Here's an excerpt from the story:
While his prowess in football originally got him the TCU offer, baseball is just as important to Aune.

“My goal and my dream are to play Major League baseball. We’ll have to see how football turns out,” said Aune, who batted .490 each of the past two seasons with seven home runs as a sophomore and six as a junior.

“When TCU offered me for football I told Coach (Gary) Patterson that baseball was a big part of my life,” Aune told ESPN RISE. “He said if I wanted to try and play both he didn’t have a problem with it. He talked to the baseball coach, and they came out to look at me and said, ‘We can use you on the baseball team.'”
Click here to read the full feature.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- As Orioles pitcher Jake Arrieta stood in the outfield of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington during batting practice Monday, he found many familiar faces in the stands.

The former Plano East and TCU pitcher’s request list was full of tickets for friends and family. But it’s the chance to see fans who followed him through high school and college or a familiar purple Horned Frogs hat that makes his only homecoming trip of the season special.

“It brings back memories of college baseball and growing up as a kid,” Arrieta said. “A lot of the supporters of TCU in Fort Worth an the DFW area come out to support myself … It’s a good feeling to come back and play.”

After his high school career at Plano East, Arrieta elected to stay close to home and pitch for TCU. He was the Mountain West Co-Pitcher of the Year and a second-team All-American in 2006. When the Orioles came calling in the fifth round of the 2007 draft, Arrieta left TCU to chase his pro dreams.

Arrieta, who is in his second year in the majors, is tied for 10th in wins with nine and has a 4.74 ERA. Since being called almost exactly a year ago, Arrieta said his experience has been a constant work in progress.

“I think it’s made a lot of progress,” He said. “Last year I was able to make some big adjustments toward the end of the year, things that really allowed me to be successful consistently at this level, and I’ve been able to carry that over for the most part.”

Added Orioles manager Buck Showalter: “We like the makeup and the way he takes care of himself. Jake’s got a chance to be pretty good, but it’s going to be up to him. It’s not a stuff question. It’s if he can execute.”

Arrieta is not scheduled to make an appearance in Arlington in the Orioles' only series with the Rangers at home, but he said he loves the feeling of being on the field at the ballpark he grew up idolizing.

“To be one of the select few who gets to grow up watching the game of baseball in the venue where you watch so many games as a kid -- being able to play here is very special,” Arrieta said. “It’s the exact same stadium I came to growing up. I have a lot of good memories here and pitching against guys like Michael Young is very surreal.”

7-on-7: Arl. Martin wins Fort Worth qualifier

June, 15, 2011
FORT WORTH -- TCU commit Devonte Fields’ best position is said to be defensive end, but the Arlington Martin senior showed he can also be a force as a receiver.

An acrobatic catch by Fields in the left corner of the end zone spurred Arlington Martin to a 20-11 victory over Aledo in the championship game of the Red Bull 7-on-7 Game Breakers Fort Worth Qualifier on Tuesday night at O.D. Wyatt High School.

“To make that kind of catch, it takes both strong hands and being a good jumper,’’ Fields said. “It doesn’t surprise me that we won this tournament. We work harder than anybody else. We deserve it.’’

As the top two finishers in a 17-team field, Martin and Aledo became the eighth and ninth to qualify for the Red Bull Game Breakers National Finals on July 15-16 at SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium.

Quarterback Brodie Lambert credited the defense for Martin’s 5-0 run through the bracket.

“I think it took three games today before a team scored a touchdown on our defense,’’ Lambert said. “Those guys played great all day.’’

The first 7-on-7 appearance this summer by senior running back Johnathan Gray, a Texas commit, helped Aledo (4-2) reach the finals.

“I was involved in track and then I took a little break,’’ Gray said. “It’s great to be out here with my teammates. I love catching the ball out of the backfield.’’

Aledo jumped to an early lead in the championship game on a Matthew Bishop touchdown pass. Martin caught up just before halftime and its defense held the two-time Class 4A Division II state champions without a touchdown in the second half.

North Richland Hills Richland settled for third place, falling to Aledo in overtime on a Bishop hookup to Devan Watts for the winning touchdown.

Denton Guyer, last year’s Class 4A Division I state runner-up, finished fourth.

After losing its opening game, Arlington Lamar put together a streak of four straight wins in the afternoon heat before being ousted by Aledo in a consolation quarterfinal. Lamar tied for fifth with Fort Worth Southwest.
Fifteen players formerly of Metroplex colleges and high schools were drafted this weekend in the 2011 NFL Draft.

TCU led the area colleges in players picked with five, including the Cincinatti Bengals’ 35th overall pick of quarterback Andy Dalton in the second round. Dalton, a Katy, Texas, native, hold’s TCU’s record for most wins, going 42-7 in his four years as the Horned Frogs' starting QB.

Odessa native Marcus Cannon went in the fifth round to New England as the 138th pick in the draft. Just before the draft, Cannon was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but he told ESPN Dallas’ Richard Durrett he was thankful to be selected. Cannon, an offensive lineman, was a two-time first team All-Mountain West selection at TCU.

Following Cannon for the Frogs was wide receiver Jeremy Kerley at pick No. 153 to the New York Jets, where he will join former Frogs LaDainian Tomlinson and Drew Colman. Kerley was a first-team All-American return specialist and ranks ninth all time at TCU in career receptions. Kerley played his high school career for the Hutto Hippos.

Safety Colin Jones went to the San Fransico 49ers in the sixth round as the 190th pick overall. Jones was second on TCU during his senior season in tackles with 80 and tackles for loss with 11.5. He was a standout running back and four-year letterman at Bridgeport High School.

The Patriots dipped into the Fort Worth talent pool again in the seventh round, taking cornerback Malcom Williams No. 219 overall. Williams was a two-year letterman for the Frogs and played in high school at South Grand Prairie.

SMU sent a receiver to the NFL through the draft for the second straight year with Aldrick Robinson going to the Washington Redskins as the 178th pick overall, in the sixth round. He follows Emmanuel Sanders who went 82nd overall to the Pittsburg Stealers in the 2010 draft. Robinson, a Waxahachie native, set a school record at SMU with 14 touchdowns and finished second with 1,301 receiving yards in 2010.

Linebacker Von Miller formally of DeSoto went second overall to the Denver Broncos after recording 59 tackles and 1 INT in his 2010 season at Texas A&M.

Following Miller in the first round was Colleyville Heritage’s Christian Ponder as the 12th pick overall to the Minnesota Vikings. Ponder threw for 2,044 yards and 20 TDs in 2010 at Florida State.

In the fourth round, former Dallas St. Mark’s and Texas defensive end Sam Acho went to the Arizona Cardinals as the 103rd pick overall. In 2010, Acho made 60 tackles and forced two fumbles.

The Cowboys selected former Cedar Hill cornerback Josh Thomas in the fifth round, 143rd overall. Cedar Hill head coach Joey McGuire told ESPN Dallas’ Tim MacMahon that Thomas will be a very hard worker for the Cowboys.

Ten picks before Waxahachie’s Robinson was selected, offensive lineman Demarcus Love of Dallas Carter was selected by the Vikings in the sixth round.

Former Metroplex players flew off the board in a flurry in the seventh round, beginning with former Southlake Carroll quarterback Greg McElroy, 208th overall to the Jets. Along with winning a national championship at Alabama in 2009, McElroy threw for 2,987 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2010.

At pick 216, defensive back Mikail Baker, formally of Dallas Skyline and Baylor, went to the St. Louis Rams, three picks before South Grand Pairie’s Williams.

Bringing up the end of the draft were two players from the University of Oklahoma who had come from the Metroplex, Jonathan Nelson and Jeremy Beal. Nelson, a cornerback from Mansfield Summit, went to the Rams as the 229th pick. Beal, a defensive end from Carrollton Creekview, went to the Broncos as the 247th pick.