High-SchoolTexas: Jordan Richmond

Headlining the ESPN High School Football Kickoff this past weekend was none other than the nation's No. 1 recruit Mario Edwards Jr. and Denton Ryan (although Hillcrest, Missouri's Dorial Green-Beckham made a case of his own).

Edwards Jr. did not disappoint, recording one sack and forcing a fumble that led to a touchdon in the Raiders' 25-9 win in front of a national TV audience. All-State linebacker Jordan Richmond also made his mark, intercepting a pass to help hold Sulphur Springs to 159 yards versus Denton Ryan's 320. Tailback Jerrick Harvey chipped in 115 yards and a score on the ground, squelching any chance of the Wildcats backing up their coach's guarantee of a victory.

Allen also lived up to its top billing with a complete effort in its 28-13 win against Cedar Hill.

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Stock is rising for McNeil, Richmond

August, 24, 2011
Each week, we'll take a deeper look into our All-State football team to see whose stock is rising and falling based on recent performance and news. I know some of you are wondering, how can you have a stock watch when football hasn't officially started? Easy. Every football fan knows that the season never truly ends.

UP — LaDarrell McNeil, DB, Wilmer Hutchins
Last week, McNeil broke several schools' hearts while making Tennessee fans very happy with his commitment to the Vols. Now, with a college pledge under his belt, McNeil can focus on what should be another big year. Last fall, the senior racked up 132 tackles and three interceptions for now-closed A. Maceo Smith High. McNeil's presence at the reopened Wilmer Hutchins should make the Eagles' return to prep football a good one.

DOWN — Brian Nance, LB, Euless Trinity
Nance had ACL surgery this past summer, placing his availability for the start of the season in jeopardy. The latest word out of Trinity is that the talented linebacker will be ready for Friday's opener against Lee, but just how healthy Nance will be remains to be seen. The skills to succeed are definitely there, what with Nance posting 121 tackles (10 for loss) and three sacks for the Trojans last year.

UP — Jordan Richmond, LB, Denton Ryan
The more Mario Edwards Jr.'s stock continues to rise, so too will Richmond's. Edwards Jr., the reigning Class 4A Defensive Player of the Year and nation's top recruit in the ESPNU 150, is bound to draw his share of double teams on the defensive line, which should open the way for Richmond to excel. The senior linebacker took advantage last year, recording 120 tackles (20 for loss) for a solid Raiders defensive unit.

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