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This month, Ja’Tavion Sanders became the third member of UT’s 2021 class to win a state title.

Ja’Tavion Sanders poses with Denton Ryan head coach Dave Henigan after signing with Texas on December 16, 2020.
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On January 15, the 2020-21 football season finally ended for the Texas Longhorns #trUTh21 class when five-star athlete Ja’Tavion Sanders and his Denton Ryan teammates prevailed over Cedar Park in the Class 5A Division I state championship by a lopsided score of 59-14. Sanders caught five passes for 82 yards and one touchdown in the win, which gave Ryan its third state championship overall and its first since 2002. He finished his senior season with 63 catches for 1,161 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Sanders became the third member of the Longhorns’ 2021 signing class to win a state championship during their high school careers. Tight end signee Gunnar Helm was a member of two Colorado 5A state championship teams, and linebacker Terrence Cooks was a member of the 2019 Shadow Creek team that defeated Denton Ryan in the 5A Division I state final.

The dominating state championship victory gave Ryan a measure of redemption after losing to Alvin Shadow Creek in the state final a year ago, and it also ensured the continuation of a streak that has now run for 25 years. In every Texas high school football season dating back to 1996, at least one of the state championship-winning teams has had a future Texas Longhorn on their roster. I’ll have the full list of the players and teams that have contributed to that streak at the end of this post.


In the previous five high school football seasons (2015-2019), I chronicled the week-to-week exploits of the recruits committed to the Texas Longhorns on this site, noting the highs and lows of theirs and their teams’ seasons and flavoring the posts with no small amount of historical tidbits. This typically required a post per week from mid-August until after the Texas state championship games in mid-December, with each weekly post being the product of a few hours’ worth of research in an attempt to adequately summarize the previous week’s games for groups of commits that sometimes numbered well over 20.

With all the complications that the current coronavirus pandemic brought to the logistics of the 2020 season — not to mention the headache of trying to follow the weekly scheduling or rescheduling of games in a year where contests were frequently canceled, schools would sometimes seek out new opponents for makeup games days or even hours before their originally scheduled kickoff, and teams’ MaxPreps were were often useless — I did a very 2020 thing and opted out of covering the season in my usual manner. As a result, I got a lot more sleep most weekends and was much more disconnected from the high school football scene in general than in probably any year since I was 10 years old. (Note: I’m the same age as Quan Cosby.)

But with the season now completed for all Texas Longhorn signees and commits (barring any late commitments from California prospects, whose season may not begin until February or March, if at all), now seems a good time for a post recapping how the 2020 football season went for each of them. Since I already touched on the season by Sanders in the above paragraphs and in my earlier post previewing the state championship, I’ll focus on the program’s other 21 commits below.


2021 QB Charles Wright (Austin)

In three seasons as Austin High’s starting quarterback, Wright passed for over 8,100 yards. As a senior in 2020, the one-time Iowa State commit passed for 2,759 yards, added another 442 yards on the ground, and accounted for 36 total touchdowns in nine games played. Wright’s primary goal for his senior season was leading his school to its first postseason win since 1957, and though Austin reached the Class 6A playoffs for the first time since 2017, the Maroons fell in the first round to Vandegrift, 45-24.

Wright has enrolled early at Texas.


2021 RB Jonathon Brooks (Hallettsville)

Brooks was named Mr. Texas Football for 2020 after a senior season in which he rushed for 3,530 yards, caught 15 passes for another 284 yards, scored three defensive touchdowns, had a punt return touchdown, and reached the end zone a staggering 70 times overall.

Accumulating 1,749 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns would be great career numbers for a whole lot of high school running backs; Brooks accumulated those stats in just the six games of Hallettsville’s 2020 playoff run. Included in that run was a 501-yard, nine-touchdown effort in a 61-48 win over Lorena in the third round.

A very successful program for much of the last decade, Hallettsville advanced four rounds into the playoffs five different times between 2004 and 2019. But until 2020 the Brahmas had never played for a state championship and had only once gotten as far as the state semifinals, back in 1976 when they fell 9-0 to eventual Class 2A state champion Rockdale.

On Dec. 17 in Arlington, Hallettsville faced off against Tuscola Jim Ned in the Class 3A Division I state final, a rematch of an October neutral site non-district game in which Jim Ned topped Hallettsville, 24-21. Hallettsville appeared well on its way to getting revenge and taking home its first state championship trophy when it took a 21-0 lead midway through the 2nd quarter. But the game was far from over.

Jim Ned cut the deficit to 21-7 with a touchdown in the final minute of the first half, then shaved another seven points off the deficit late in the third quarter to trail 21-14 going into the fourth. A few plays into the fourth quarter, Jim Ned took possession following a Brooks fumble and chewed up tons of clock on a drive that culminated in a game-tying score with 4:07 left in regulation. Neither team scored in the remaining four minutes and the game went into overtime.

On Hallettsville’s possession in the first overtime period, they handed the ball to Brooks four times, with the final handoff resulting in a four-yard touchdown to put the Brahmas ahead 28-21 after the point-after attempt. Jim Ned likewise scored on its possession, but elected to attempt a game-winning two-point conversion.

After a Brahma defensive lineman jumped offsides, Jim Ned had a free play and its quarterback connected with the receiver Brooks had been covering for the conversion after Brooks froze before the snap upon seeing his teammate jump. The win gave Jim Ned its first state championship in school history. The only previous trip to a state final for the Indians came in 2003, when their team led by a junior quarterback named Colt McCoy lost 28-7 to San Augustine in the Class 2A Division I championship.

If he contributes in the coming years, Brooks will be the first Hallettsville alum to letter at Texas since running back Kermit Goode, who gained 234 yards from scrimmage and scored a pair of touchdowns as a sophomore in 1978.


2021 WR Jaden Alexis (Pompano Beach, Fla. Monarch)

Alexis, a composite four-star receiver prospect, did not play in the 2020 season. In 10 games as a junior in 2019, he caught 49 passes for 894 yards and 8 touchdowns. In his absence, the 2020 Monarch Butterflies Knights won each of their four games in a shortened regular season by a combined margin of 150-21, beat their first playoff opponent 35-0 on Dec. 4, then had their season end in the second round when Covid-19 forced them to forfeit that game.


2021 WR Casey Cain (New Orleans, La. Warren Easton)

After the start of the Louisiana high school football season was delayed by a full month, Cain and his Warren Easton teammates opened their 2020 campaign on Oct. 3 with a 45-20 loss to traditional New Orleans power Edna Karr. Their season ended on Dec. 18 with a 35-13 loss to that same Karr team in the semifinals of the LHSAA Class 4A playoffs.

In between those two losses, Warren Easton went 5-2 in the regular season and won its first three playoff games. Louisiana’s playoff system is organized as a 32-team seeded bracket for each classification, and Warren Easton was the sixth seed in the Class 4A playoffs. After easily defeating 27th-seed Breaux Bridge and 22nd-seed Landry-Walker in the first two rounds, the Eagles dominated third-seed Tioga in the quarterfinals by a score of 62-27. Karr was the second seed and beat Warren Easton a week later, then advanced to the 4A state championship, where it lost 35-19 to top-seeded Carencro.

The Warren Easton-Edna Karr matchups pitted two Orleans Parish schools that have each won six state football championships, though it should be noted that five of Edna Karr’s have come since 2012, while the first five of Warren Easton’s were won between 1915 and 1921.


2021 WR Keithron Lee (Bryan Rudder)

As a senior, Lee led his Rudder team with 65 receptions for 1,139 yards and 16 touchdowns, was second on the team in all rushing categories with 65 carries for 554 yards and 9 touchdowns, and added a kickoff return TD. Seventeen of his 26 touchdowns on the season came in Rudder’s first four games, as the Rangers got off to a 4-0 start. But the team then went 2-4 in district play and missed out on what would have been the program’s very first playoff berth in its 13 varsity seasons.

Lee finished his varsity career with nearly 3,500 yards from scrimmage and 50 total touchdowns. He was committed to UTSA for nearly five months before reopening his recruitment in September; Texas extended an offer two months later. He committed to the Longhorns on Christmas Day and was the program’s final commit of the Tom Herman era. Because he announced his pledge a few weeks after the early signing period, Lee is one of two members of the 2021 class who have yet to sign with the program, along with Ishmael Ibraheem (more on him in a bit).

With all the ways Steve Sarkisian managed to scheme Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith open in the 2020 season, I imagine he’s already got some plays in mind for whenever Keithron Lee eventually sees the field in burnt orange.


2022 WR Armani Winfield (Lewisville)

Winfield, a composite four-star recruit, became the first Longhorn commit of the Steve Sarkisian era when he pledged to the program on Jan. 12. During his junior season he caught 43 passes for 596 yards and 5 touchdowns, according to Dallas Morning News stats, and earned All-District first-team honors at wide receiver from the coaches of District 6-6A.

Winfield was the second-leading receiver on the 2020 Lewisville Fighting Farmers team behind senior Isiah Stevens, who has reported three Division I offers but is unsigned. The pair were the favorite targets of senior quarterback and Boise State signee Taylen Green, and they helped lead Lewisville to a 7-4 record and a third straight playoff berth, the longest postseason streak the program has had since its dominating run from 1991 to 2001 that included five outright district titles and a pair of state championships. But Winfield had his junior season ended by future Longhorn teammate Morice Blackwell and his Arlington Martin team, which ran roughshod over Lewisville in the first round of the 6A Division I playoffs by a score of 68-0.

Lewisville will have to replace Green behind center next fall, but along with Winfield the team will return four All-District offensive linemen and their district’s co-Offensive Player of the Year, Damien Martinez, a 2022 running back who reports offers from Georgia Tech and Kansas.


2021 TE Gunnar Helm (Englewood, Colo. Cherry Creek)

Helm caught 33 passes for 411 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2020 and was the second-leading receiver for a Cherry Creek Bruins team that finished 9-0 in a very shortened season and won Colorado’s 5A state championship. Cherry Creek, which is Colorado’s largest high school with an enrollment of over 3,700 students, won its second consecutive state championship and tenth overall with its Dec. 5 win over Valor Christian. With that win the Bruins closed their 2020 season on a 23-game winning streak; the program’s last loss was to Valor Christian in the 2018 state championship game.

At the time of my early August post previewing the upcoming season, Colorado’s high schools were slated to begin football practices in February of this year, with games set to begin in March, but the state reversed course on that long delay of its football season not long after that post was published. Schools were given the choice between playing in the fall or spring, and most opted to play in the normal fall period, and for those schools play began in October with a shortened five-game regular season. So rather than play the first game of his senior season a full month after the February national signing day, as it first appeared would be the case, Helm got to hoist a state championship trophy 11 days before officially becoming a part of the #trUTh21 class.

Gunnar Helm will not be the first Cherry Creek alum to play at Texas, as that is also the alma mater of former Longhorn receiver and current San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan.


2021 OL Hayden Conner (Katy Taylor)

In 2019, Hayden Conner’s Katy Taylor team had probably the most unusual season of any team I’ve followed in the years I’ve written weekly posts about Longhorn recruits. The Taylor Mustangs had a wholly unremarkable regular season in which they went 5-5 and were utterly dominated by the best teams on their schedule, with four of those five losses coming by 26 or more points. But their 3-3 district record was just good enough to get them into the Class 6A Division II playoffs, and once there the Mustangs took advantage of an unusually weak group of teams in Region III (the champions of all eight districts in that region ended up in the Division I bracket) and won four playoff games to reach the state semifinals.

But that surprising playoff run ended with a 63-3 loss to eventual state champion Austin Westlake.

Taylor got off to a 4-0 start in 2020 and finished the regular season 7-2, with its only losses coming against highly-ranked district rivals Katy and Katy Tompkins. The Mustangs won their first playoff game by forfeit over Richmond George Ranch, then beat Houston Heights 28-13 in the area round, but there was no magical run to the semifinals this time — a 10-9 loss on Christmas Eve to League City Clear Falls ended the Mustangs’ season and Hayden Conner’s high school career. Clear Falls went on to lose in a blowout to Katy the following week.


2021 OL Max Merril (Houston Strake Jesuit)

Merril’s Strake Jesuit team went 4-5 in the regular season, but its 4-3 record in district play was good enough for the Fighting Crusaders to finish alone in fourth place in District 23-6A, and they advanced to the playoffs for a fourth straight season. But it was a short playoff run, as they fell 21-16 in the first round to the Clear Falls team that eliminated Merril’s fellow offensive line signee Hayden Conner two weeks later.

Merril was unanimously voted to the All-District team first team at offensive tackle.


2021 DT Byron Murphy II (DeSoto)

Murphy, who flipped his commitment from Baylor to Texas on Nov. 18, had an outstanding senior season for perennial talent factory DeSoto. According to the team’s MaxPreps page, he was credited with a team-leading 79 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, and 14 sacks in 12 games played. According to the same source, he finished his three-year varsity career with just shy of 200 total tackles, 43 tackles for loss, and 19 sacks.

He teamed with composite five-star prospect and Texas A&M signee Shemar Turner to form what may have been the state’s very best defensive line duo in 2020. Their efforts helped DeSoto advance four rounds into the Class 6A Division I playoffs and finish with a 10-2 record. The Eagles were ranked 11th in Class 6A at the conclusion of the regular season. Their two losses on the season were a 49-42 November shootout against south Dallas County rival and eventual 6A Division II state runner-up Cedar Hill, and their season-ending 56-28 defeat in the Region II final against seond-ranked Duncanville.

In DeSoto’s four playoff games alone, Murphy was credited with 32 total tackles, 14 tackles for loss, and eight sacks, including a pair of four-sack games in wins over Killeen Shoemaker and 15th-ranked Spring.


2021 DE Derrick Harris, Jr. (New Caney)

Harris had a very productive junior season in 2019, notching a team-leading 89 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, and five sacks, earning his district’s Defensive MVP award and helping lead his New Caney team to its first unbeaten regular season in school history. The Eagles began their 2020 campaign having won seven or more games and reaching the playoffs in five straight seasons, two feats the program had never come close to accomplishing in its first six decades of existence (during one stretch from 1982 to 1990, New Caney won five games total across nine seasons).

Unfortunately, his senior season ended almost as soon as it began, as he suffered a torn ACL early in his first game and was lost for the remainder of the season. In his absence, the Eagles went 5-5 in the regular season and finished in a three-way tie for fourth place in District 8-5A Division I. By virtue of tiebreakers, New Caney got the district’s final playoff spot but was summarily bounced in the first round by 2nd-ranked Highland Park, 56-21.

Based on my research, Harris will potentially be the first New Caney product to letter in football at Texas.

2021 DE Barryn Sorrell (New Orleans, La. Holy Cross)

Sorrell had a forgettable senior season on the field. After a delayed start to the season, Holy Cross’s 2020 campaign peaked with a 56-7 week one win over Chalmette. The Tigers went on to lose their remaining six games, with their regular season finale and first round playoff game both resulting in lopsided losses to the same New Orleans St. Augustine team, by scores of 56-35 and 47-14. Notably, Sorrell crossed paths at one point with future fellow Longhorn signee Casey Cain in a 59-14 loss to Cain’s Warren Easton team on October 24.


2021 DE Jordon Thomas (Port Arthur Memorial)
2022 DB Jaylon Guilbeau (Port Arthur Memorial)

Port Arthur Memorial, the only school with two current Longhorn commits/signees, had its first-ever undefeated regular season in 2020, its 19th season of varsity football. It was the first unblemished regular season by any Port Arthur school since Port Arthur Austin in 1993, and produced the first outright district championship for Memorial (which was formed when the three existing Port Arthur high schools consolidated in 2002). That momentum did not carry the Titans very far into the playoffs, though, as they fell in the first round to Fort Bend Hightower, 41-34.

Jordon Thomas and Jaylon Guilbeau both were voted to the All-District first team by the coaches of District 9-5A Division I, Thomas at defensive end and Guilbeau at cornerback.


2021 LB Morice Blackwell (Arlington Martin)

Blackwell was voted the MVP of District 8-6A following a senior season in which he was credited with 95 tackles, eight tackles for loss, one sack, four passes deflected, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, and a blocked punt. He also scored three offensive touchdowns and gained 104 yards from scrimmage on nine offensive touches.

Due partly to his efforts, Martin won its district for a second straight year and ended the regular season ranked 13th in Class 6A. The Warriors finished with a 10-2 overall record after losing 30-26 in the third round of the 6A Division I playoffs to eventual state runner-up Southlake Carroll.

Martin has now reached the playoffs in 15 consecutive seasons, the longest such streak in the history of Arlington ISD. Former Longhorn walk-on tight end Michael Wilson (who appeared in two games between the 2016 and 2017 seasons) is the only Martin alum to ever earn a football letter at Texas, but he should have some company before long. After Blackwell, the school has some high-profile recruits in its upcoming classes and more about them will undoubtedly be written on these pages in the coming year.


2021 LB Terrence Cooks (Alvin Shadow Creek)

As a junior in 2019, Cooks was a member of Shadow Creek’s Class 5A Division I championship team that went undefeated and knocked off a talent-laden Denton Ryan team to win a state title in just the school’s second season of varsity football. With the 2020 realignment, Shadow Creek moved up to Class 6A, and things did not go as swimmingly for the Sharks last fall as in the prior season.

They were rudely welcomed to Class 6A with losses against two-time defending state champion Galena Park North Shore (38-21) and Cypress Bridgeland (27-21), teams that finished the regular season ranked first and seventh, respectively. The Sharks recovered and won their first four district games by a combined score of 163-6, then suffered their only loss in district play in overtime against Pearland Dawson, 31-28.

In the playoffs, Shadow Creek beat League City Clear Creek and Houston C.E. King in the first two rounds, then lost 49-24 to eventual Class 6A Division II state champion Katy. In all, the Sharks went 6-4 in the 2020 season, with those four losses coming against teams that posted a combined season record of 52-4.

Terrence Cooks was credited with 72 total tackles, nine tackles for loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries on the season, and was voted an All-District second-team inside linebacker by the coaches of District 23-6A.


2021 DB J.D. Coffey (Kennedale)

Coffey concluded his high school career by earning District 6-4A Division I MVP honors at the end of his senior season, and he helped lead Kennedale to its ninth straight district title and its 20th straight playoff berth. The Wildcats went 9-0 in the regular season and demolished Brownwood 44-7 in the first round of the playoffs, then had their season end a week later with a 43-17 loss to Melissa.


2021 DB Ishmael Ibraheem (Dallas Kimball)

Ibraheem was credited with 17 total tackles, two tackles for loss, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery as a senior and was voted to the All-District 6-5A Division II first team at cornerback. Kimball won its first seven games of the 2020 season, with two of them being forfeit wins and the other five blowouts in which the Knights outscored their opponents 230-21.

The season went downhill for them afterwards. They were outscored 70-14 in their final two regular season games against South Oak Cliff and Mesquite Poteet, then lost 49-7 to Mansfield Timberview in the first round of the playoffs.

Ibraheem’s future with the Longhorns was put in doubt when on Dec. 12, the day following Kimball’s season-ending loss to Timberview, when he was arrested following an incident that provoked some hyperbolic rumors on social media and Longhorn message boards but which — over six weeks later — has resulted merely in a misdemeanor charge for evading arrest. His case was assigned to Dallas County Criminal Court No. 5, on which presides Judge Lisa Green, a self-described “advocate for young people” who seems quite unlikely to throw the book at a young, first-time offender, which Ibraheem appears to be.

Ibraheem did not sign during the initial signing period in December, and though he is still publicly committed to Texas, it remains to be seen if he will sign with the Longhorns or any other program in February.


2021 DB Jamier Johnson (Pasadena, Cali. John Muir)

When the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announced in July that it would delay the start of its 2020 high school football season from September to early January 2021, that meant there would be no senior season for Jamier Johnson, who is an early enrollee at Texas. In December the CIF announced an indefinite delay to the season’s start, and at this point it’s unclear if football will be played at all in California during the current school year.


2021 ATH Juan Davis (Everman)

After committing to Texas in July of 2019, Juan Davis had a solid but unspectacular junior season. He helped lead Everman into the playoffs, but the Bulldogs finished the 2019 season with an overall record of 4-7. It was the team’s second consecutive sub-.500 season, something that program had not experienced since the the Jimmy Carter administration.

Everman was in danger of finishing with a third straight losing record in 2020 when it entered the 5A Division II playoffs with a 5-5 overall record and a first round matchup with 7-3 Mesquite Poteet, the runner-up from District 6-5A Division II. But Juan Davis gained 216 yards from scrimmage and scored three touchdowns on 21 offensive touches as the Everman Bulldogs upset the Poteet Pirates 41-33, ensuring that the team would finish the season no worse than .500. Everman lost the following week to Lovejoy, 49-21.

Everman had a largely ineffective passing game in 2019, and to reliably get the ball into the hands of Davis the team had to either line him up as a wildcat quarterback or give him the ball on sweeps from a wingback position. He was much more of an all-around threat in 2020, finishing the season with 107 carries for 790 yards and 12 touchdowns, a team-leading 40 receptions for 780 yards (19.5 yards/catch) and eight touchdowns, and he completed 8-of-14 passes for 46 yards. He also served as Everman’s punter and averaged 31.8 yards per punt.

He finished his three-year varsity career with 3,312 yards from scrimmage and 45 total touchdowns (six passing, 24 rushing, and 15 receiving), and he may prove to be one of the best evaluations of a three-star prospect by Tom Herman’s staff.

During Herman’s tenure, Davis was long seen as a future tight end or H-back for the Longhorns. But with the 2021 class also including tight end Gunnar Helm, and five-star athlete Ja’Tavion Sanders reported (by Inside Texas) to be starting his college career at tight end, it remains to be seen if Davis will give the program six scholarship tight ends in 2021 or if he will move to the defensive side of the ball.


2021 P Isaac Pearson (ProKick Australia)

Pearson is a product of the same ProKick Australia program that trained former Longhorn punter turned NFL All-Pro Michael Dickson, along with four other Ray Guy Award winners. So it’s basically the Lake Travis High School of punter pipelines.


As promised earlier, here is the list going back to 1996 of teams that won a UIL football state championship with a future Longhorn on their roster. This list does not include Longhorns who won state titles with private school teams, like Jaden Hullaby with Dallas Bishop Dunne in 2018. It also does not include recruits who were part of state championship teams in other states, such as 2021 signee Gunnar Helm of Colorado, or 2019 signee Brayden Liebrock of Arizona.

2020: Denton Ryan (Ja’Tavion Sanders)

2019: Alvin Shadow Creek (Xavion Alford, Terrence Cooks) and Carthage (Kelvontay Dixon)

2018: Longview (Sawyer Goram-Welch), Highland Park (Prince Dorbah), and Cuero (Jordan Whittington)

2017: Highland Park (Prince Dorbah) and Carthage (Keaontay Ingram)

2016: Lake Travis (Cade Brewer and Cameron Dicker) and Carthage (Keaontay Ingram)

2015: Katy (Kyle Porter)

2014: Aledo (Ryan Newsome) and Gilmer (Kris Boyd and Demarco Boyd)

2013: Denton Guyer (Jerrod Heard) and Aledo (Ryan Newsome)

2012: Katy (Kyle Porter) and Denton Guyer (Jerrod Heard)

2011: Aledo (Johnathan Gray)

2010: Cibolo Steele (Malcolm Brown and Erik Huhn), Aledo (Johnathan Gray), Carthage (Kendall Thompson), and Daingerfield (Steve Edmond)

2009: Aledo (Johnathan Gray), Carthage (Kendall Thompson), Daingerfield (Steve Edmond and Chris Jones), and Cayuga (Traylon Shead)

2008: Lake Travis (Garrett Gilbert and Paden Kelly), Sulphur Springs (Bryant Jackson), Carthage (Kendall Thompson), and Daingerfield (Steve Edmond and Chris Jones)

2007: Euless Trinity (Eryon Barnett) and Lake Travis (Garrett Gilbert and Paden Kelly)

2006: Southlake Carroll (Tre Newton), Cedar Hill (Thomas Ashcraft and Jarvis Humphrey), and La Marque (Aundre McGaskey)

2005: Southlake Carroll (Tre Newton) and Wimberley (Buck Burnette)

2004: Southlake Carroll (Tre Newton) and Kilgore (Michael Huey, Eddie Jones, and Britt Mitchell)

2003: Galena Park North Shore (Chykie Brown) and La Marque (Rashad Bobino)

2002: Southlake Carroll (Adam Ulatoski), Texarkana Texas (Nathan Jones and Chris Brown), Denton Ryan (Derek Lokey), and Corrigan-Camden (Eric Foreman)

2001: Mesquite (Marco Martin)

2000: Midland Lee (Cedric Benson)

1999: Midland Lee (Cedric Benson), Stephenville (Kendall Briles), and Mart (Quan Cosby)

1998: Midland Lee (Cedric Benson) and Stephenville (Kendall Briles)

1997: Texas City (Jermaine Anderson, Ervis Hill, Tyrone Jones, and Everick Rawls)

1996: Austin Westlake (Adam Hall and Brett Robin)