2014 All-Area Football: First-team offense and defense

All-Area Football team

SportsDay’s Picks for All-Area Football team.



Selections made by SportsDayHS staff; text by Corbett Smith

QB Shawn Robinson, Denton Guyer, So.

Ht., Wt.: 6-3, 195

About Robinson: A transfer from Saginaw Chisholm Trail, Robinson won the starting job and led Guyer to a 10-2 record. He was named the 5-6A MVP after accounting for 50 touchdowns: 33 passing, 17 rushing. Robinson also rushed for 1,416 yards – averaging 10.3 yards per carry.

What’s next? The recruiting battle will be fierce for Robinson, who already holds offers from Texas, TCU, Ole Miss and others.

RB Soso Jamabo, Plano West, Sr.

Ht., Wt.: 6-3, 200

About Jamabo: An accomplished basketball player, Jamabo showed why he’s one of the nation’s most sought running back prospects, leading Plano West to the second round of the 6A Division I playoffs by rushing for 2,279 yards. He led area 6A players in scoring with 47 touchdowns.

What’s next? Still uncommitted, Jamabo holds offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Oregon and others.

RB Aca’Cedric Ware, Cedar Hill, Sr.

Ht., Wt.: 5-10, 195

About Ware: A part of a four-back rotation in 2013, Ware had a breakout senior season, leading Cedar Hill to its second-straight state title. He rushed for 2,440 yards and 34 touchdowns in 2014. Along with McKinney North running back Ronald Jones II, Ware is pledged to USC.

What’s next? Ware and Jones would be the first Texas running backs to sign with USC since Coppell’s Emmanuel Moody in 2006.

RB Chris Warren, Rockwall, Sr.

Ht., Wt.: 6-2, 225

About Warren: The son of former Seattle Seahawks great Chris Warren, the senior averaged 9.39 yards per carry, finishing the season with 2,329 yards and 34 rushing scores. Rockwall led 6A area schools in total offense (548.7 yards) and scoring (52.8 points).

What’s next? Warren is uncommitted, holding offers from Alabama, Texas, Texas Tech, Washington and others.

WR Jalen Guyton, Allen, Sr.

Ht., Wt.: 6-1 185

About Guyton: As the primary target for star quarterback Kyler Murray, Guyton was a home-run threat for the 6A Division I champs. He led Allen in all the major receiving categories, with 82 catches for 1,770 yards and 22 touchdowns, averaging 21.6 yards per catch.

What’s next? A starter on two of Allen’s three-straight title winners, Guyton is pledged to Notre Dame.

WR DaMarkus Lodge, Cedar Hill, Sr.

Ht., Wt.: 6-1, 185

About Lodge: A threat to score every time he touched the ball, Lodge was a key reason for Cedar Hill’s repeat as state champion — named the title game’s offensive MVP. Often double-teamed, Lodge still had 63 catches in 2014, finishing with 1,218 yards and 25 scores.

What’s next? The area’s top-ranked receiving prospect, Lodge holds offers from LSU, Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M and others.

OL Greg Little, Allen, Jr.

Ht., Wt.: 6-5, 285

About Little: An early season knee injury to Oklahoma-bound Bobby Evans forced Allen to move Little from right tackle to left tackle, protecting Murray’s blindside. The junior responded well, allowing just one sack and finishing with 88 pancake blocks.

What’s next? Little is considered by recruiting website 247Sports.com as the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect from the Class of 2016.

OL Justice Powers, Cedar Hill, Sr.

Ht., Wt.: 6-2, 290

About Powers: A steamroller at left guard, Powers was instrumental in Cedar Hill’s potent rushing attack, which finished the season with 5,113 yards on the ground. Powers had 184 pancake blocks, allowed one sack, and graded out at 94 percent.

What’s next?: Powers recently picked up his first FBS offer from Houston, with more expected to come.

OL Keaton Sutherland, Flower Mound Marcus, Sr.

Ht., Wt.: 6-6, 280

About Sutherland: In a season of transition, with Marcus in its first year under coach Gerry Stanford, Sutherland was a constant. After missing the final two months of his junior season with a torn labrum, Sutherland had a strong senior campaign, with an 88 percent grade and 86 knockdowns.

What’s next? A U.S. Army All-American selection, Sutherland is pledged to Texas A&M.

OL Maea Teuhema, Keller, Sr.

Ht., Wt.: 6-5, 335

About Teuhema: It was hard to miss Teuhema, a mountain on the edge of Keller’s offensive line for the last four seasons. An Under Armour All-American selection, Teuhema finished with 108 pancake blocks. According to Rivals.com, he’s the top guard prospect in the country.

What’s next? Teuhema will join his older brother Sione — a defensive end — at LSU next season.

OL Patrick Vahe, Euless Trinity, Sr.

Ht., Wt.: 6-3, 290

About Vahe: Under legendary coach Steve Lineweaver, Trinity’s offensive line — the “Hawgs” — have always been a strong suit, and Vahe upheld that tradition. He allowed one sack and finished with 80 knockdowns for the regional finalists.

What’s next? Vahe was originally offered by Mack Brown, and has stayed loyal to Texas through the hiring of Charlie Strong.

UTIL Xavier Castille, Rockwall, Sr.

Ht.;Wt.: 5-11, 195

About Castille: Asked to do a little bit of everything for Rockwall, the senior flourished. He had 90 catches for 1,606 yards and 19 scores, 63 carries for 632 yards and seven touchdowns, completed three passes – two for scores – and had two interceptions on defense.

What’s next? Castille’s list of offers swelled in the final months of the season to include Oklahoma State, Washington and Kansas.


Selections made by SportsDayHS staff; text by Matt Wixon

DL Zach Abercrumbia, Skyline, Sr.

Ht., Wt.: 6-3, 255

About Abercrumbia: The powerful run-stopper had 79 tackles, 14 sacks and 22 tackles for loss. He also forced and recovered a fumble for Skyline, which advanced to the 6A Division semifinals.

What’s next? Abercrumbia is orally committed to Rice.

DL Bryce English, DeSoto, Sr.

Ht., Wt.: 6-0, 315

About English: The run-stuffer had 56 tackles, six sacks, 14 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. He was named the District 8-6A co-Defensive Player of the Year.

What’s next? English, who was formerly committed to UCLA, has offers from several big-time programs, including TCU and Texas.

DL Jalen Goss, South Oak Cliff, Sr.

Ht., Wt.: 6-0, 290

About Goss: The first-team all-state selection had 121 tackles, including 17 sacks and 27 tackles for loss for the 5A regional finalists. He also forced five fumbles and recovered two fumbles.

What’s next? Goss has not announced a commitment but has offers from several schools including Louisville.

DL King Newton, Southlake Carroll, Sr.

Ht., Wt.: 6-2, 260

About Newton: The son of former Cowboys offensive lineman Nate Newton made 90 tackles, including nine tackles for loss and five sacks. The District 7-6A Defensive MVP also forced two fumbles.

What’s next? Newton is orally committed to UT-San Antonio.

LB Malik Jefferson, Mesquite Poteet, Sr.

Ht., Wt.: 6-3, 210

About Jefferson: The winner of the Butkus Award as the nation’s top high school linebacker, Jefferson had 81 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, six sacks, two forced fumbles and blocked four kicks.

What’s next? Jefferson, SportsDay’s top area recruit in the Class of 2015, graduated from Poteet in December and enrolled at Texas.

LB Richard Moore, Cedar Hill, Sr.

Ht., Wt.: 6-3, 195

About Moore: The co-Defensive Player of the Year in District 8-6A had 195 tackles, including 34 for a loss. He also had 16 sacks and forced two fumbles for the 6A Division II champs.

What’s next? Moore is orally committed to Texas A&M.

LB Anthony Wheeler, Skyline, Sr.

Ht., Wt.: 6-2, 215

About Wheeler: The District 9-6A Defensive MVP added to Skyline’s rich linebacker tradition with 137 tackles, including 21 for losses. He also had seven sacks, forced five fumbles and had two fumble recoveries.

What’s next? Wheeler is orally committed to Texas.

DB Niko Small, Arlington Bowie, Sr.

Ht., Wt.: 5-11, 170

About Small: After piling up 120 tackles in the regular season, Small was named the Associated Press 6A Defensive Player of the year. The Co-MVP of District 4-6A also had six interceptions.

What’s next? Small is orally committed to TCU.

DB Julius Lewis, Mansfield, Sr.

Ht., Wt.: 5-10, 170

About Lewis: The first-team selection in District 8-6A had 85 tackles and four interceptions. He also made his mark on offense, rushing 20 times for 230 yards and four touchdowns.

What’s next? Lewis is orally committed to TCU.

DB Prentice McKinney, South Oak Cliff, Sr.

Ht., Wt.: 6-2, 180

About McKinney: The first-team selection in District 13-5A made 89 tackles and had five interceptions. He also forced two fumbles, recovered one, and caught a touchdown pass.

What’s next? Formerly orally committed to Notre Dame, McKinney announced Wednesday that he has switched to North Carolina.

DB Deshon Elliott, Rockwall-Heath, Sr.

Ht., Wt.: 6-2, 205

About Elliott: The first-team selection in District 12-5A made 81 tackles, had three interceptions and caused a fumble. As a receiver, he also had 15 catches for 226 yards and three touchdowns.

What’s next? Elliott is orally committed to Texas

P/K Parker Davidson, Plano West, Sr.

Ht., Wt.: 5-10, 155

About Davidson: The first-team all-state kicker made 73 of 74 point-after tries and 11 of 14 field goal attempts. He was 4 of 4 on kicks of more than 50 yards with a long of 56.

What’s next? Davidson is making recruiting visits, has offer to New Mexico State.

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