Guyer WR offered by new SMU regime

Guyer senior wide receiver Alex Honey dives to make a catch deep into Plano territory last month at AT&T Stadium. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

Guyer senior wide receiver Alex Honey added another offer to his list recently, and from the sound of it, they might keep coming with less than two months before National Signing Day.

Guyer head coach John Walsh confirmed Honey got an offer from SMU and new head coach Chad Morris, adding the Ponies offer to a list that includes Air Force, Texas State and Louisiana-Monroe.

Honey grew tremendously as a player from his junior to senior season and proved to be a versatile wideout in the Wildcats’ potent offensive attack. He tied for the team lead in receptions (41) with Adam Scott, a Harvard pledge, but made them all count, averaging 23.9 yards per catch to go with 14 touchdowns.

The crowd seems to be catching on to Honey, as well, as some bigger programs are beginning to show interest, most notably Big 12 programs Iowa State and Texas Tech.

Dillman has Nebraska offer pulled

 

Guyer senior Kevin Dillman, left, encourages sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) late in Guyer's playoff loss to Southlake Carroll last month at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Dillman was ruled ineligible to play his senior season despite being committed to Nebraska since the spring. On Tuesday, Dillman had his Nebraska offer pulled. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

Kevin Dillman has had a pretty rough year, to say the least.

The Guyer senior, who moved to Texas from La Mirada (Calif.) in January, was ruled ineligible in August to play his senior season for the Wildcats and spent the season on the junior varsity while holding several major college offers and committing to Nebraska as a quarterback back in the spring.

Along the way, Dillman and the Guyer coaching staff decided to work him in at the tight end/H-back position, and it was quickly evident he excelled there and had a future at the next level. At 6-3, 230 pounds and now finally healthy after rehabbing a torn achilles tendon suffered as a junior, Dillman appeared ready to hit the ground running at Nebraska this summer.

But that’s not the case anymore. Nebraska fired head coach Bo Pelini last month and hired Mike Riley away from Oregon State, and on Tuesday, Dillman said he had his offer pulled from Nebraska.

 

He then tweeted “this is a bump in the road for me to fulfill my dreams and goals. I will find a way.” If you take Guyer head coach John Walsh’s word for it, Dillman will still have a bright future in college football, despite the bumps in the road.

“His character and how he handles himself as a leader in our program — you don’t have enough characters to write as far as what I want to say about him because I think he’s as top-notch as there is,” Walsh said. “That’s why I know he’s going to find a place and it’s all going to work out in the end.”

Walsh said he was all-in on Dillman’s re-opened recruiting and was working hard to get him chances elsewhere. He said despite his short time of playing somewhere other than quarterback, where the Sweden native has played since he was junior-high age, Dillman’s size, work ethic and athleticism will make him a good college H-back or tight end.

“Since Kevin’s been at Guyer he’s had as good a work ethic as anyone who’s been raised here from the seventh grade on up,” Walsh said. “I think he’s a Division I football player, and we’re going to find a place for him to land.”

Recruiting Buzz: Ryan’s Dave Bolisomi

Ryan OT Dave Bolisomi sets up for a block earlier this season against Keller Fossil Ridge. (David Minton/DRC)

Ryan OT Dave Bolisomi is a hard guy to miss, both on the football field, and lately, in the recruiting world. The 6-6, 290-pound Bolisomi has picked up offers from Arizona State, TCU and Oklahoma State — all in the last 24 hours — for a total of 10 offers.

Bolisomi told me in a phone interview this afternoon that he may have another one by this evening, but I’ll let him break the news on that via Twitter when it happens.

He’s also recently had a phone conversation with Cal, who is also interested.

“It’s all been great, but I’m just taking it all in one day at a time,” Bolisomi said on Tuesday. “I’ll hopefully be ready to make a decision within the next few weeks.”

Bolisomi was part of a veteran offensive line that paved the way for Ryan’s rushing attack this past season. Despite not making the playoffs, Ryan was easily one of the better run-oriented offenses in District 5-6A — rushing for 2,438 yards in 10 games. That number was second only to Guyer among district opponents.

Here is a complete list of Bolisomi’s offers (as of 3 p.m today): Grambling, Abilene Christian, San Diego State, North Texas, Houston, Boise State, Stephen F. Austin, Arizona State, TCU, Oklahoma State.

 

Weekend recap: And then there were two

 

Guyer senior wide receiver David Haynes fights for yardage against Southlake Carroll on Saturday night as Guyer was eliminated from the postseason with a 58-42 loss. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

The area representation in the Texas high school football playoffs dwindled quite a bit over the weekend, as a disastrous first half led to doom for Guyer, Denton ran into a buzzsaw and injuries eventually caught up with Sanger.

Steve Gamel and I take a look at those games, as well as Argyle and Pilot Point continuing their run and getting to practice through Thanksgiving, which is never a bad thing.

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What you need to know: Southlake Carroll

 

Southlake Carroll running back Lil' Jordan Humphrey (25) rushes the ball in the third quarter during a high school football game between Euless Trinity and Southlake Carroll at Dragon Stadium in Southlake, Texas Friday October 17, 2014. Southlake Carroll beat Euless Trinity 10-6. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News )

If not for that matchup Saturday morning between DeSoto and Allen, the game featuring a 10-win Guyer team and an unbeaten Southlake Carroll team on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium might be considered the biggest game in the Metroplex this weekend.

It’s going to be a heated game between two programs that have not seen much of each other in their histories, but have a pretty intense rivalry considering they’ve played three times. What’s going to give? Southlake Carroll’s standout defense, or will a seemingly unstoppable Guyer offense meet its demise via turnover and sloppy play that we haven’t seen in months. I don’t have the answer to that, but I can tell you this, this one is going to be a barnburner.

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Weekend recap: Denton ISD has perfect weekend

Guyer senior running back Anthony Taylor (10) and sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) celebrate in the end zone after one of Guyer's many touchdowns against Plano on Saturday at AT&T Stadium. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

It’s been a pretty usual thing for us to see two high schools from Denton ISD in the Texas high school football playoffs, and that’s the case this year, too. It’s a different duo this year, but the results were the same as both Guyer and Denton won their playoff openers.

Steve Gamel and I recap the area playoff action from the weekend and look ahead a bit to Round 2 with this week’s recap.

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What you need to know: Plano

Plano quarterback Brooks Panhans runs during a game against Flower Mound Marcus at Clark Stadium in Plano on Oct. 30. It was Panhans' first game back from an injury he suffered in Plano's season-opener. He's now healthy and will take on Guyer in Saturday's playoff opener at AT&T Stadium. (Jim Tuttle/The Dallas Morning News)

It’s here, folks. The most wonderful time of the high school football year, otherwise known as the Texas high school playoffs. In particular, the first two rounds are usually particularly juicy, akin to the NCAA basketball tournament.

Guyer, which finished the regular season as the 10th-ranked Class 6A team in Texas, is fresh off a thorough whuppin’ of a crosstown rival and its first district title as a member of the state’s largest classification. So here’s all you need to know about Guyer’s first step in what they hope is a six-game postseason run.

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Argyle, Guyer both hold place in final AP poll

Argyle quarterback Cooper Rodgers (10) launches the ball to a open receiver during their game at Indian Stadium Friday in Sanger. (James Coreas/For the DRC)

From this point on, it’s all about what you do on the field. Let’s be frank, high school football polls are kind of silly, anyway, and the same can be said about just about any poll in sports.

The final Associated Press high school poll was released Monday and two area teams held their respective places as we head into the postseason where rankings no longer matter (if they ever did).

Guyer stayed put at No. 10 in the Class 6A poll, and Argyle remained at No. 2 in Class 4A, where the Eagles have been since their Week 3 win over Graham.

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Weekend recap: Rivalry games fall flat

Ryan senior running back Maurice Gordon (28) is slammed by Guyer senior defensive back Ian Edwards (12) and junior defensive back Brandon Daniel (16) on Friday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

There were two key, highly anticipated rivalry games being played in Week 11. Instead, the two games were decided by a combined final of 96-14. Oh well, it’s playoff time now, which brings on a whole new level of excitement.

Let’s take a look at the best games (and some not-so-good) from around the area in our Week 11 recap.

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What you need to know: Guyer vs Ryan

Guyer's J.W. Walsh (4) is brought down by Ryan's Alex De La Torre (33),Colby Boliver (31) and Jonny Paramore (11), during a playoff football game, Saturday, December 5, 2009 at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton. (David Minton/DRC)

There may or may not be playoff implications on the line when Guyer and Ryan square off on Friday night at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, but after such a long hiatus between rival games, it’s a safe bet the playoff atmosphere will remain.

Guyer is on a mission and seems impossible to beat, but anything is possible when these two teams meet. I truly believe that despite Ryan’s struggles — and the playoff implications that may or may not be present — this will be a better game than what most people expect going in. For that, I’m all in!

Check out tomorrow’s paper for in-depth coverage from your favorite Ryan and Guyer beat reporters. I’ll have an in-depth game advance story while Adam Boedeker plans on taking you on a trip down memory lane by highlighting some key moments in this awesome rivalry after seeing all of the games except for the first installment in 2006.

As for the game itself, both of us will be in the press box with dueling Twitter accounts as the game plays out. And, of course, the fallout stories will be in Saturday’s paper.

For now, here are some need-to-knows. Enjoy!

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