High-SchoolFootball: Texas

Elite 11 Watch: Skyline QB DeVante Kincade

April, 5, 2012

Throughout this offseason, we’ve spotlighted Class of 2013 quarterbacks who have a shot at making the Elite 11 finals in July. This week, we profile a player who's already earned that honor in Skyline (Dallas) junior DeVante Kincade.

In DeVante Kincade's mind, he was about four months overdue for his chance to throw passes at Cowboys Stadium.

Last December, the Dallas Skyline junior quarterback stood one win away from playing for the Class 5A, Division I state title under the bright lights of "Jerry's World." But the Raiders' undefeated season unraveled in the final two minutes during a 28-24 semifinal loss to eventual champ Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas).

"It was real tough, watching them score and then recover the onside kick and score again," recalled Kincade, who threw for 3,720 yards and 37 touchdowns last season. "We had 40 seconds after that to try and win the game, but we couldn't get the lead back. That loss gave me more fire and flames to work way harder and add on to our intensity."

So when Kincade finally did get to throw in Cowboys Stadium at last month's Dallas Elite 11 Regional Quarterback Camp, he was more than ready to shine. Using strong footwork and impressive accuracy, Kincade earned MVP honors and the first of 24 spots at the Elite 11 finals in Redondo Beach, Calif., in July.

Kincade took some time out to talk about his Elite 11 selection, recruitment and how RGIII is biting his style.

ESPNHS: What was the experience like at the Dallas Elite 11 regional?
Kincade: I had a really great time. There were a lot of great juniors there, so I knew I had to set the tone and get it done. We did things like throwing on the run and rolling out for the throw with things swinging in our face. It was really fun and challenging.

ESPNHS: What do you think stood out to the counselors that led them to name you the MVP?
Kincade: I felt like I did well in the footwork drills and being accurate. It almost felt like I was back at Skyline; I felt comfortable. I was just trying to be a leader and play to the best of my ability. I really wasn't expecting to win MVP, but God blessed me so that I did.

ESPNHS: What do you think the Elite 11 finals will be like?
Kincade: Oh, it's going to be way more intense. Trent Dilfer is a different guy. He's actually kind of like one of our coaches at Skyline, our offensive coordinator. He has a real passion for the game and I like that. I saw some of it on TV last year and they coach you really hard, which is good.

ESPNHS: What are your strengths as a quarterback?
Kincade: I think I have real good accuracy. I can also get out of the pocket and make throws on the run. I can play out of the shotgun and make hard throws as well.

ESPNHS: What are some things you are working to improve upon?
Kincade: I want to buy more time in the pocket instead of just rolling out so much. I think it'll help to make more throws in the pocket and only run if I really have to.

ESPNHS: Speaking of which, I'm sure you know a lot of critics have their thoughts about your size and what you need to adjust in your game. How do you respond to them?
Once I came into Elite 11, I came in confident. I know I'm not as highly recruited as a lot of the other guys, so I had to be confident in myself. I know I'm better than them. That's not to sound cocky, but it's just a confidence I have in myself and my ability.

ESPNHS: The weekend wasn't all good news for you. Your top receiver in junior Ra' Shaad Samples fractured his left foot and is expected to be out three to four months. How concerned are you about his injury?
Kincade: I was shocked when I heard it. I couldn't believe it. We have great chemistry, where he knows where I'm going to throw it and I know where he will be. He knows when I'm having a bad game and I know when he's having a bad day, too. I'm sure he will come back strong, though.

ESPNHS: Which schools are recruiting you right now and where are you at in the process?
I've got offers from Kansas State, Colorado, Notre Dame, Mississippi State, Illinois and Oregon State. I don't have any favorites at this point. I think after spring football is over, I'll break it down some to a list of favorites.

ESPNHS: I noticed you wear a glove on your left hand. Is that something you do for style or grip?
I've always been doing that since middle school. It does help me grip the ball better, and I feel like a different person when I put the glove on (laughs). A lot of people think I got it from Robert Griffin, but I was wearing it way before him.

School: Skyline (Dallas)
Position: QB
Class: 2013
2011 Team Record: 14-1 (lost in Class 5A, Division I semifinals)

2011 Stats
Completions-Attempts: 186-263 (.707)
Passing yards: 3,720
TD: 37
INT: 8
Rushing yards: 857
TD: 17

Brandon Parker covers high school sports for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

Elite 11 Watch: Texas QB Tyrone Swoopes

February, 10, 2012
Tyrone SwoopesDamon Sayles/ESPN.com Whitewright (Texas) junior quarterback Tyrone Swoopes passed for 1,394 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushed for 2,267 yards and 27 scores this past fall.
Throughout this offseason, we’ll spotlight Class of 2013 quarterbacks who have a shot at making the Elite 11 finals in July. This week we profile Whitewright (Texas) standout Tyrone Swoopes.

Elite 11 Watch Archive

Tyrone Swoopes knows he's not your average quarterback. Rated a four-star recruit in the Class of 2013 by RecruitingNation, the junior quarterback can hurt you with his arm, but at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, Swoopes has the imposing, athletic build to make opponents pay on the ground, as well. The proof lies in his 540 rushing yards and seven touchdowns during an October contest for the Tigers this past season. Scary thing is, Swoopes is determined to make his passing ability just as explosive as his rushing prowess.

ESPNHS: How would you describe yourself as a quarterback?
Swoopes: I'm not bad, but I think I could work on the passing aspect of it. Sometimes, I tend to drop the ball and run when I feel pressured instead of stepping around and throwing it. I think that'll be important for me to develop going to the next level because there, it won't be as easy as it is now.

ESPNHS: What was it like rushing for 540 yards in one game as a quarterback?
Swoopes: It was fun. During the game, I didn't think anything of it. I didn't know what I had done until everybody was telling me after the game. I thought it was pretty cool.

ESPNHS: After you finishing playing basketball, what do you plan on working on this offseason?
Swoopes: I'm going to work on my accuracy because when I'm tired, sometimes late in the game I won't do the certain things that I should do with my mechanics.

ESPNHS: Which quarterbacks do you like to watch and study?
Swoopes: I watch Cam Newton the most because he's exciting to watch. I've paid attention to how he's developed from college to the NFL, where he still runs a bit but he passes a lot more than he did in college.

ESPNHS: What would it mean to be invited to the Elite 11 camp?
Swoopes: Well, I got invited to the regionals this summer, and I'm looking forward to that. But I saw the TV show last summer about the national camp and I think it would be fun to go out to California because I've never been there. Just to meet those guys and be around those other great quarterbacks would be a good experience.

ESPNHS: What does it take to be an elite quarterback?
Swoopes: I think an elite quarterback has to be able to lead his team through anything that comes up through adversity. You can't get too worked up because you have to be a leader and control the game.

ESPNHS: Which schools have offered you so far and do you have any favorites?
Swoopes: I've gotten offers from Notre Dame, Stanford, Oregon, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Baylor, Oklahoma, Auburn and Alabama. I think Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas are my three favorites right now because I went to their junior days and I enjoyed it. Those will be the only places I've really been so far. [Note: Swoopes will be attending a Texas junior day this weekend.]

School: Whitewright (Texas)
Position: QB
Class: 2013
2011 Team Record: 7-4 (lost in first round of Class 2A playoffs)

2011 Stats
Completions-Attempts: 110-209 (.526)
Yards: 1,394
TD: 15
INT: 7
Rushing Yards: 2,267
Rushing TDs: 27

Brandon Parker covers high school sports for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

Addison Marshall wins 2011 Insperium Awards

January, 17, 2012
Football is a game that demands both physical and mental toughness. But the ultimate tests in life often come off of the field and demand even more than the gridiron does, as Addison Marshall of Foster (Richmond, Texas) has proven.

Marshall was recently named the winner of the 2011 Insperium Football Awards. The award celebrates outstanding young athletes, not because of their statistical performance, but because of their ability to inspire teammates, classmates, families and communities. As the winner Marshall will receive a $7,500 college academic scholarship.

A senior defensive end at Foster, Marshall has been bravely battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia since 2009, all while continuing his academic work and supporting his teammates, remaining a pivotal part of the team. After nearly two years of intense treatments that included over 140 doses of chemo, 22 blood transfusions, 26 spinal taps, and 16 hits of brain radiation, Marshall worked his way back onto the field for the second half of the final game of his senior season this past November.

On both the field and in life, Marshall is fond of the saying, "play until the whistle blows."

Texas tailback Johnathan Gray makes history

October, 27, 2011

Superstar running back Johnathan Gray of Aledo (Texas) needed four touchdowns on Thursday night to move into second place on the all-time lists for career points and touchdowns scored in high school football history, so he went ahead and scored seven, tying his season-high.

Just another night on the gridiron for the record-setting runner who is set to become a Texas Longhorn next year. In the 67-42 win over Birdville (Texas), Gray racked up 258 yards on 31 carries, marking his seventh 200-yard effort of the season and the 44th 100-yard outing of his storied career. His 44th 100-yard game set another career state record.

The top-rated running back by ESPNU and the No. 5 overall player in the ESPNU 150 entered Thursday’s game with 1,052 career points and 176 career touchdowns and increased his totals to 1,100 and 183 to surpass running back T.A. McLendon of Albermarle (N.C.), the former No. 2 all-time in career scoring and touchdowns. Only Mike Hart of Onondaga (Nedrow, N.Y.) has more points and TDs than Gray over the course of a high school career. Hart’s totals of 1,246 points and 204 touchdowns will be difficult to catch for Gray, even with a deep playoff run.

POWERADE FAB 50 Regional Scoreboard

August, 28, 2011
EAST Region Top 20
1. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) season starts Sept. 10
2. Pittsburgh Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, Pa.) season starts Sept. 4
3. Phoebus (Hampton, Va.) season starts Sept. 2
4. Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) season starts Sept. 3
5. Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) season starts Sept. 2
6. Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) 1-0 def. Maryland Christian (Bel Air, Md.), 68-9
7. Allentown Central Catholic (Allentown, Pa.) season starts Sept. 3
8. Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) season starts Sept. 2
9. Holy Spirit (Absecon, N.J.) season starts Sept. 9
10. Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) season starts Sept. 9
11. Stone Bridge (Ashburn, Va.) season starts Sept. 1
12. Everett (Everett, Mass.) season starts Sept. 9
13. St. Anthony's (Melville, N.Y.) season starts Sept. 9
14. North Penn (Lansdale, Pa.) season starts Sept. 3
15. DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) season starts Sept. 3
16. Piscataway (Piscataway, N.J.) season starts Sept. 1
17. St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) season starts Sept. 2
18. Martinsburg (Martinsburg, W. Va.) 1-0 def. Sherando (Stephens City, Va.), 7-0
19. Cathedral Prep (Erie, Pa.) season starts Sept. 2
20. Central Valley (Monaca, Pa.) season starts Sept. 2

SOUTHEAST Region Top 20
1. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 1-0 def. Prattville (Prattville, Ala.), 34-31
2. Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.) season starts Sept. 2
3. Butler (Matthews, N.C.) 1-1 def. Olympic (Charlotte, N.C.) 70-6
4. Armwood (Seffner, Fla.) 1-0 def. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), 20-17
5. Prattville (Prattville, Ala.) 0-1 lost St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), 34-31
6. South Panola (Batesville, Miss.) 1-1 lost Hoover (Hoover, Ala.), 24-13
7. Lincoln (Tallahassee, Fla.) season starts Sept. 2
8. Brookwood (Snellville, Ga.) 0-1, next game Sept. 2
9. Cocoa (Cocoa, Fla.) 0-1 lost Colerain (Cincinnati), 17-7
10. Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) 2-0 def. Edgewater (Orlando, Fla.), 49-21
11. Stephenson (Stone Mountain, Ga.) 1-0 def. Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.), 14-3
12. Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.) 1-0 def. Ballard (Louisville, Ky.), 68-0
13. Maryville (Maryville, Tenn.) 2-0 def. Alcoa (Alcoa, Tenn.), 26-19
14. Miami Norland (Miami, Fla.) season starts Sept. 1
15. Hoover (Hoover, Ala.) 1-0 def. South Panola (Batesville, Miss.), 24-13
16. West Monroe (West Monroe, La.) season starts Sept. 1
17. Alcoa (Alcoa, Tenn.) 1-1 lost Maryville (Maryville, Tenn.), 26-19
18. Daphne (Daphne, Ala.) 1-0, def. Bryant (Irvington, Ala.), 41-14
19. Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.) season starts Sept. 2
20. Plant (Tampa, Fla.) season starts Sept. 2

MIDWEST Region Top 20
1. St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) 1-0 def. Glenville (Cleveland), 17-14 OT
2. Harrison (Farmington Hills, Mich.) 1-0 def. Cass Tech (Detroit), 43-7
3. Trinity (Louisville, Ky.) 2-0, def. Montgomery Bell Academy (Nashville, Tenn.), 66-21
4. Maine South (Park Ridge, Ill.) 1-0 def. Warren (Gurnee, Ill.), 40-12
5. St. Xavier (Cincinnati) 1-0 def. Springfield (Springfield, Ohio), 30-7
6. Warren Central (Indianapolis) 2-0 def. Indianapolis Cathedral (Indianapolis) 27-24
7. Glenbard West (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) 1-0 def. Wheaton-Warrenville South (Wheaton, Ill.), 21-7
8. Highlands (Fort Thomas, Ky.) 1-0, next game Sept. 1
9. Detroit Catholic Central (Novi, Mich.) 1-0 def. Fordson (Dearborn, Mich.), 42-0
10. Cedar Falls (Cedar Falls, Iowa) 1-0 def. Hempstead (Dubuque, Iowa), 49-3
11. Ursuline (Youngstown, Ohio) 0-1 lost Red Lion Christian (Bear, Del.), 54-18
12. Eden Prairie (Eden Prairie, Minn.) season starts Sept. 1
13. Austintown Fitch (Youngstown, Ohio) 1-0 def. Harding (Warren, Ohio), 28-7
14. Canton (Canton, Mich.) 1-0 def. Walled Lake Central (Walled Lake, Mich.), 42-14
15. Joliet Catholic (Joliet, Ill.) 1-0 def. Carmel (Mundelein, Ill.), 32-31
16. Pickerington Central (Pickerington, Ohio) 0-1 lost Moeller (Cincinnati), 14-0
17. Fishers (Fishers, Ind.) 1-1 lost Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.), 28-7
18. Wheaton Warrenville South (Wheaton, Ill.) 0-1 lost Glenbard West (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), 21-7
19. East Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, Mich.) 1-0 def. Catholic Central (Grand Rapids, Mich.), 21-10
20. Iowa City (Iowa City, Iowa) 1-0 def. Dubuque (Dubuque, Iowa), 28-0

SOUTHWEST Region Top 20
1. Allen (Allen, Texas) 1-0 def. Cedar Hill (Cedar Hill, Texas), 28-13
2. Katy (Katy, Texas) 1-0 def. North Shore (Houston, Texas), 34-6
3. Euless Trinity (Euless, Texas) 1-0 def. Robert E. Lee (Tyler, Texas), 30-7
4. Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) season starts Sept. 2
5. Aledo (Aledo, Texas) 0-1 lost Stephenville (Stephenville, Texas), 48-47
6. Pearland (Pearland, Texas) 1-0 def. Madison (Houston, Texas) 45-24
7. Union (Tulsa, Okla.) season starts Sept. 2
8. Coppell (Coppell, Texas) 1-0, def. Horn (Mesquite, Texas), 20-7
9. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) 1-0 def. Westlake (Austin, Texas), 35-7
10. Denton Ryan (Denton, Texas) 1-0 def. Sulphur Springs (Sulphur Springs, Texas), 25-9
11. Rockhurst (Kansas City, Mo.) 1-0, def. Blue Springs (Blue Springs, Mo.), 35-20
12. DeSoto (DeSoto, Texas) 1-0 def. Leander (Leander, Texas), 43-3
13. Stony Point (Round Rock, Texas) 1-0 def. Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (Monterrey, Mexico), 16-14
14. Steele (Cibolo, Texas) 1-0 def. Madison (San Antonio, Texas), 35-28
15. Lawton (Lawton, Okla.) season starts Sept. 2
16. Lee’s Summit West (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) 1-0 def. Ray-Pec (Peculiar, Mo.), 49-13
17. Midwest City (Midwest City, Okla.) season starts Sept. 2
18. North Shore (Houston, Texas) 0-1 lost Katy (Katy, Texas), 34-6
19. Cedar Park (Cedar Park, Texas) 0-1 lost Westwood (Round Rock, Texas), 21-13
20. Pulaski Academy (Little Rock, Ark.) vs. Central Arkansas Chrisitan (N. Little Rock, Ark.), Aug. 29

WEST Region Top 20
1. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) season starts Sept. 2
2. Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.) season starts Sept. 2
3. Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.) 1-1 def. Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, Ariz.), 22-21
4. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) 1-1 lost Armwood (Seffner, Fla.), 20-17
5. Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) season starts Sept. 1
6. Mullen (Denver, Colo.) season starts Sept. 2
7. Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove, Calif.) 1-0 def. Monterey Trail (Elk Grove, Calif.), 35-6
8. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) 1-0 def. Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, Ariz.), 17-7
9. Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.) season starts Sept. 3
10. Centennial (Corona, Calif.) season starts Sept. 9
11. St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.) season starts Sept. 9
12. Bingham (South Jordan, Utah) 2-0 def. Alta (Sandy, Utah), 21-18
13. Grant (Sacramento, Calif.) 1-0 def. Folsom (Folsom, Calif.), 43-16
14. Alemany (Mission Hills, Calif.) season starts Sept. 2
15. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.) season starts Sept. 3
16. Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) season starts Sept. 2
17. Aloha (Beaverton, Ore.) season starts Sept. 2

18. Centennial (Peoria, Ariz.) 1-0 def. Kellis (Glendale, Ariz.), 52-7
19. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM, Calif.) season starts Sept. 2
20. Lone Peak (Highland, Utah) 2-0 def. Mountain Crest (Hyrum, Utah), 35-14

Denton, Texas -- Special teams miscues threatened to make Denton Ryan’s (Denton, Texas) stay in the POWERADE FAB 50 a short one on Saturday. But the nation’s No. 47-ranked team overcame two botched extra-point attempts and a missed two-point conversion to defeat Sulphur Springs (Sulphur Springs, Texas) 25-9 at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in a game televised on ESPN.

Ryan’s ballyhooed defense, led by the nation’s No. 1 player in defensive end Mario Edwards (Florida State) and two top linebackers in Alex De La Torre (Texas) and Jordan Richmond (Texas A&M), held the Wildcats to just 155 yards and one touchdown, which came on a 77-yard run by Kendrick Daniels in the first quarter.

“Me and Jordan line people up, then you have Mario, who is the big playmaker,” De La Torre said. “We play great as a team. There is no individuality with us.”

It was Edwards' second sack of Sulphur Springs quarterback Justin Owens that really put the game away. He jarred the ball loose with a blindside hit that linebacker Taylor Greer recovered in the endzone for a 25-9 lead with under four minutes left in the third.

Jerrick Harvey had a workmanlike 113 yards on 28 carries and a touchdowns for Ryan, one of eight Texas teams to appear in the preseason FAB 50. Daniels finished with 104 yards rushing.

Key moments

Ryan’s offense set the tone early by running on each of its first six plays on the game’s opening drive, which it capped with a 16-yard score by senior quarterback Kevin Carpenter. But a bad snap on the extra point turned into a fumble that Sulphur Springs’ Tevin Norris returned for two points.

Ryan held Sulphur Springs on a fourth-and-1 from its 17 with 4:25 left in the first quarter, but missed a 47-yard field goal on its next possession. One play later Kendrick Daniels went untouched 70 yards for a touchdown to give Sulphur Springs a 9-6 lead with 21 seconds left in first quarter.

Sam Johnson hauled in a four-yard touchdown pass from Carpenter with 5:34 left in the second to give Ryan a 12-6 lead (extra point was blocked). Jerrick Harvey kept drive alive with a nine-yard run on fourth-and-1 from the Wildcats 16.

Harvey scored from three yards out as time expired in the first half to give Ryan an 18-9 lead (two-point conversion missed). A few plays earlier, Richmond, the No. 6 outside linebacker in 2012, ran for 24 yards on a fourth-and-1 from the Wildcats’ 29.

Players that impressed

RB Jerrick Harvey, Denton Ryan: Was the definition of “workhorse” for the Raiders.

DE Mario Edwards, Denton Ryan: Nation’s top player didn’t disappoint with two sacks and a forced fumble.

LB Taylor Greer, Denton Ryan: Greer, a 5-foot-8, 185-pound senior linebacker, was everywhere, including in the endzone to recover a fumble for a touchdown.

RB Kendrick Daniels, Sulphur Springs: Daniels used his blazing speed to break off a 77-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, one of the Wildcats’ lone offensive highlights.

William Wilkerson is a staff writer for HornsNation.com

Elite 11 Tracker: Winston starts strong

August, 24, 2011
ESPNHS will follow the weekly progress of the ESPNHS Elite 11 quarterbacks during their senior seasons. In addition we will track the top quarterback performances from around the country. The Elite 11 Tracker will be featured every Wednesday.

With just a few states kicking off this past weekend, it was one the Elite 11 MVPs who shined and put on the best performance. Recent Florida State commit Jameis Winston was unstoppable, passing for a touchdown and rushing for an additional four scores leading Hueytown to a win. Gunner Kiel, Patton Robinette and Patrick Towles each led their squads to victories as well.

Austin Appleby, 6-4, 225, Hoover (North Canton, Ohio)
Committed to Purdue
This week: vs. Stow-Munroe Falls (Stow, Ohio)

Connor Brewer, 6-2, 190, Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Committed to Texas
Last Week: 11-of-26 for 198 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in a 42-22 loss to Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Season totals: 11-of-26 for 198 yards, three touchdowns and one interception
This week: at Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, Ariz.)

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