Guyer tight end picks up Michigan offer

While Shawn Robinson is stealing all of the recruiting spotlight in Denton, and with good reason given his hefty list of big-time offers, one of the guys Robinson will be throwing to this upcoming season picked up a big one on Monday.

Sophomore tight end Brian Polendey, a big 6-5, 240-pounder who will be a junior in the fall along with Robinson, was offered by Michigan on Monday, according to Guyer head coach John Walsh — his second FBS offer after Houston offered recently.

Polendey, who moved to Denton from Washington last year, played on the JV as a sophomore and has grown into a guy who has a chance to be an elite tight end prospect in an age when big pass-catching tight ends are starting to be coveted in the mold of your Rob Gronkowskis, Jimmy Grahams, etc.

Polendey will give the Wildcats a weapon they’ve never really had before. They’ve had big guys at tight end, who are basically a sixth offensive lineman (Cole Underwood, Xavier Brown, etc.) and then they’ve had basically one pass-catching tight end in Austin Otto, who was a great high school tight end but didn’t have elite size like Polendey does.

So be ready, folks. The Guyer offense will likely have some new looks to it in 2016 with a new kind of weapon. But you won’t get a sneak peak on Thursday in Guyer’s spring game because Polendey will be sidelined with a minor ankle turn, along with several other starters who are dealing with minor bumps and bruises.

Weather permitting, playoffs to resume today

Teams from the area will try again today to get playoff games in as all of Thursday’s baseball and softball games were postponed due to inclement weather.

With more rain and thunderstorms predicted for today more adjustments are probable to the playoff schedule.

Baseball:

In Class 6A, Guyer will open its playoff series against Flower Mound Marcus at 6 p.m. tonight at Plano High School. Game 2 and the if needed game is  scheduled for Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Plano West.

In Class 5A, Denton will travel to North Richland Hills to face Birdville at 4:30 p.m. today. Game 2 is slated for noon on Saturday at Denton’s Cotton Nix Field. If a third game is needed, Denton and Birdville will meet at Saginaw later Saturday.

Lake Dallas will attempt to get its series started today against Boswell at Argyle. Game 1 is slated for 1 p.m. and Game 2 is set for 4:30 p.m. Game 3, if needed, will be played at noon on Saturday.

Pilot Point and Holliday will open their Class 3A bi-district series today at 4:30 p.m. in Ponder, Game 2 is scheduled for 7:30 and the if needed game will be played at noon on Saturday.

Softball:

Guyer opens its Class 6A area round series with South Grand Prairie at 6 p.m. tonight at Colleyville Heritage. Game 2 and the if needed game will be played Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m., also at Colleyville Heritage.

Lake Dallas and Burleson were washed out in their attempt to play Thursday night. They will play Game 1 at 1:30 p.m. today in Prosper and then head to Burleson to play Game 2 at 7 p.m. tonight. If a third game is needed, it will be played in Burleson at 9 a.m. Saturday.

In Class 3A, the Sanger-Bonham series will be played in Bonham with Game 1 slated for today at 6:30 p.m. Game 2 and the if needed game is scheduled for Saturday at 12 p.m.

Krum and Princeton are scheduled to open their best-of-three series today at 7:30 p.m.. Game 2 is now scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday. If a Game 3 is needed, it will be played at 4:30 p.m. All games are in Prosper.

Pilot Point and Grandview’s area round series in Class 3A was postponed Thursday and will start today in Bowie. Game 1 is slated for 2 p.m. with Game 2 at 4 p.m.

A look at potential contract for Mario Edwards Jr.

After signing with Florida State in 2012, Ryan graduate Mario Edwards Jr. helped the Seminoles win their third national championship on Monday night.

Mario Edwards Jr. signs with Florida State back in 2012. The former Ryan standout won a national title with the Seminoles and was recently drafted by the Oakland Raiders. (DRC file photo)

I’m not pretending like I know the inter-workings of the NFL and how all these top execs work through contracts — especially those for rookies. But I am a bit curious as to where Florida State defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. will end up on the scale.

The former Ryan standout was taken in Round 2 of the NFL Draft Friday as the 35th overall pick by the Oakland Raiders. Before I go any further, I want to congratulate Edwards on making it into the NFL. It was a foregone conclusion that he would, but the question remained as to when.

Now that we know which round and pick he is, I took the liberty of searching out who was the 35th pick in last year’s draft. It was former Nevada offensive linemen Joel Bitonio, who was taken by the Cleveland Browns.

For what it’s worth, Bitonio signed a 4-year rookie contract worth $5,461,698. It included a signing bonus of $2,292,144. His guaranteed income was reportedly $3,700,403.

In 2013, tight end Zach Ertz was drafted by the Eagles as the 35th pick. He, too, signed a 4-year rookie contract worth $5,379,198, with $3,657,854 guaranteed.

I’m not suggesting Edwards’ contract will mirror Bitonio’s or that of Ertz, especially since they all play different positions, but it was worth the look for anyone who might be curious. Congrats again to Mario Edwards Jr.

 

 

Local NFL prospects make pre-draft visits

Florida State junior defensive end Mario Edwards was named to the Bednarik Award watch list on Monday afternoon by the Maxwell Football Club.

Florida State junior defensive end Mario Edwards was named to the Bednarik Award watch list on Monday afternoon by the Maxwell Football Club. (AP)

The 2015 NFL Draft starts Thursday, but teams are sure to continue scheduling pre-draft visits for prospective players leading up to the big day. As of this weekend, SBNation.com had put together a comprehensive list of each team’s moves over the last few months. The list includes a list of players each team has visited with, and which of those players were invited in for a private workout.

There are three former local players who are hoping their football careers continue. Two of them were very busy according to the aforementioned list, which is below.

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Robinson nation’s top QB in 2017 class

Quarterback Shawn Robinson eludes a Keller Central defender

Guyer quarterback Shawn Robinson eludes a Keller Central defender last season. David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle

This isn’t too surprising, but it’s news, nonetheless.

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson, who is set to begin spring football with the Wildcats on April 27 to prime for his junior season, has been getting tons of accolades and big-time offers recently, and on Tuesday he added another.

Robinson, who recently picked up offers from defending national champ Ohio State along with Alabama to add to his prestigious list, was named the top quarterback in the country in the latest Top 247 for 2017 released by recruiting website 247 Sports.

Robinson is the No. 11 player on the list and the top-ranked quarterback and has a four-star rating from the service. Other services, including Scout, have tagged Robinson with the rare five-star rating.

“We think he’s the best quarterback in the country regardless of classification, so I’m glad everyone else thinks so too,” Guyer head coach John Walsh said.

Robinson burst on to the scene last year as a young sophomore, having just turned 15 a month before the season began. He ended up throwing for 2,799 yards and 33 touchdowns with just five picks. On the ground, he rushed for 1,416 yards and 17 scores while leading Guyer to an area-round playoff berth.

Walsh said he has to pinch himself every once and a while to make sure he isn’t dreaming thinking about the prospect of coaching the 6-3, 195-pound Robinson for two more years at the high school level.

“It’s definitely something that makes you feel good as a program knowing you have your quarterback solidified with that kind of talent and that kind of leadership,” Walsh said. “He brings so much to the table with his physical talent, but he’s also extremely humble. I don’t know who all reads the papers and the Internet to see he’s the No. 1 guy, but you wouldn’t know it just seeing him at school.”

Ryan football nabs 5 district games at Collins in 2015

Ryan quarterback Spencer Sanders eludes a Trophy Club Nelson defender last year. (Mike Mezeul, for the DRC)

Ryan quarterback Spencer Sanders eludes a Trophy Club Nelson defender last year. (Mike Mezeul, for the DRC)

Ryan will play six games in the friendly confines of C.H. Collins in 2015, five of them in District 5-6A. If you remember, the Raiders played four of their seven district games on the road last year. That included three trips to Keller ISD Athletic Complex.

Keller ISD is a nice stadium, but attendants lock straggling reporters (like me) inside without checking the press box before they leave. I hate climbing gates.

This year, Ryan gains two extra district games at C.H. Collins, and only has to travel to Trophy Club Nelson (Oct. 2) and Keller (Oct. 22). For those keeping track, yes, the final regular-season game is technically an away game against Guyer. But since it’s both teams’ home stadium … it’s simply a matter of switching sidelines.

The Keller game is one of three Thursday night games — including nondistrict. The schedule only features one home game in nondistrict against Hebron.

So without further delay, here is the 2015 Ryan football schedule.

Date Opponent Time
Friday, Aug. 21 At Grapevine (scrimmage) TBA
Friday, Aug. 28 At Rockwall 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 3 Hebron 7 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 10 At Wylie East 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 18 OPEN
Friday, Sept. 25 Keller Central 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 2 At Trophy Club Nelson 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 9 Keller Timber Creek 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 16 Keller Fossil Ridge 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 22 At Keller 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 30 Justin Northwest 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 6 At Guyer (C.H. Collins) 7 p.m.

 

Hodapp set to become Guyer softball ironman

Guyer's Hannah Hodapp (3) connects against Burleson-Centennial in a playoff game last May at Saginaw High School in Fort Worth. David Minton/DRC

Guyer’s Hannah Hodapp (3) connects against Burleson-Centennial in a playoff game last May at Saginaw High School in Fort Worth. David Minton/DRC

Any time a Guyer softball player can break an all-time school record held by Kylee Crosek, it’s a pretty big deal.

Crosek was the first softball star for Guyer in the fledgling years of the program as a four-year starter. By the time she was a senior, she helped lead the Lady Wildcats to the Class 4A state tournament in Austin. Simply put, Crosek holds just about every school record at Guyer. I once saw her intentionally walked to lead off a game. That tells you what you need to know.

But on Friday, Crosek is losing one of her school records, and she’ll be on hand to see it as a member of the junior varsity coaching staff while doing her student teaching at Guyer and helping out with softball.

That’s because Hannah Hodapp will set a new school record for career starts when she steps on the field to start for Guyer against Keller in a key District 5-6A game to determine first place in the district and start off the second round of district play.

Hodapp started as a freshman and has never left the starting lineup since. She entered Wednesday’s win against Ryan hitting .476 with a .500 on-base percentage and a 1.119 OPS. She has a double, a triple and a homer to go with 13 RBIs and 16 runs in 12 games played. She has eight stolen bases and has been caught just once.

Hodapp, a West Texas A&M signee, will make her 111th career start, passing up Crosek’s mark of 110, which Hodapp tied on Wednesday night in a 10-0 win over Ryan. In that game, Hodapp went 1-for-2 with a walk, an RBI and a stolen base, also scoring on a passed ball at home.

Guyer football schedule features 4 Thursday games

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) tries to get to the sideline as Ryan sophomore linebacker Tyreke Davis (21) hangs on Nov. 7 at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) tries to get to the sideline as Ryan sophomore linebacker Tyreke Davis (21) hangs on Nov. 7 at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle

Guyer will play four — count ‘em FOUR — Thursday night games in 2015 and will be the first game played at Allen Eagle Stadium since 2013, assuming they can get that $60 million fortress back up and running by August.

All four games against Keller ISD schools are on the road and will all be played on Thursday nights. The schedule also features a home date against defending Class 5A Division I state champion Ennis, which Guyer defeated on a last-second field goal last year at Ennis.

So without further delay, here it is, folks. The Guyer football schedule for the 2015 season.

Date Opponent Time
Friday, Aug. 21 At Euless Trinity (scrimmage) 7 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 28 At Allen 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 4 Ennis 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 11 At Wichita Falls Rider 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 18 OPEN
Thursday, Sept. 24 At Keller 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 2 Justin Northwest 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 8 At Keller Fossil Ridge 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 15 At Keller Central 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 23 Trophy Club Nelson 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 29 At Keller Timber Creek 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 6 Ryan 7 p.m.

 

Guyer QB picks up 5-star rating

Guyer quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) dives into the end zone in Guyer's playoff game against Southlake Carroll. The junior-to-be earned a five-star rating from Scout on Monday.

Coming as a surprise to absolutely no one, Guyer quarterback Shawn Robinson will enter his junior season for the Wildcats as a five-star recruit by at least one recruiting service.

Scout announced on Monday that Robinson was its first quarterback in the Class of 2017 to earn a five-star rating from its Midlands division, which includes Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota.

“I don’t know a whole lot about what stars mean, but I do know Shawn is really dang good,” Guyer head coach John Walsh said.

This, like I said, is a surprise to no one. Robinson had his coming-out party on the Texas high school landscape last season after moving to Guyer from a young Saginaw Chisholm Trail program after his mother, Andrea, was hired in April as the Guyer girls basketball coach. Robinson started as a freshman at Chisholm Trail, but went relatively unnoticed. Then, he went to Guyer and took off.

The 6-2, 205-pound sophomore used his pass-first approach to throw for 2,799 yards and 33 touchdowns to go with just five interceptions. But he’s also not only a plenty capable runner, he’s a lethal one. He rushed for 1,416 yards and 17 scores while averaging more than 10 yards per carry in leading Guyer to the area round of the Class 6A Division II playoffs as a 15-year-old.

Robinson already has offers from Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Baylor, TCU, Nebraska and Arizona State, and the next two years of watching him ought to be really fun for area high school football fans.

Guyer, Argyle, Aubrey, Ponder moved to Monday

The Guyer Wildcats-Cedar Hill Class 6A second round playoff game scheduled from this afternoon has been postponed again due to the inclement weather  and officials from Guyer and Cedar Hills are working on details when the game will be re-scheduled.

The Ponder-Peaster Class 3A second round playoff game has been re-scheduled to Monday night at 7 p.m. at Saginaw Chisholm Trail High School.

The Argyle-Wilmer-Hutchins Class 4A playoff game, scheduled for 5 p.m. today at Loos Field House in Addison has been postponed and will be played Monday night. Time and site is still undetermined.

The Aubrey-Dallas Lincoln Class 4A playoff game, scheduled for 7 p.m., has been postponed until Monday. A time and place for the game is undetermined.