Guyer freshman gets first college offer

Guyer freshman running back Noah Cain (22) evades a tackle by Southlake Carroll junior defensive back Jake Murphy (18), Friday, November 20, 2015, at Eagle Stadium in Allen, TX. David Minton/DRC

Guyer freshman running back Noah Cain (22) evades a tackle by Southlake Carroll junior defensive back Jake Murphy (18), Friday, November 20, 2015, at Eagle Stadium in Allen, TX. David Minton/DRC

Not to downgrade any Division I athletic offer, but to make a big deal out of a Tulsa offer might be a bit weird on the surface.

But in my 11 years of doing this at two different daily papers (the last nine here in Denton), I saw something today that I’ve never seen, as Tulsa made a scholarship offer to Guyer freshman — yes, FRESHMAN — Noah Cain.

Is this unheard of? No, but again, it’s something I’ve never seen with a school(s) I cover. Lane Kiffin has famously, or infamously, offered an eighth-grader, so stuff like this happens, but it’s not common.

Of course, as we all know, Cain is a really special talent. As a freshman, yes a 14-year-old, he ran for 1,058 on 112 carries (9.4 yards per carry) and 10 touchdowns, and that was after he missed a few games with a broken hand. To put that in layman’s terms, that’s basically a first down every time he touched the ball. The one thing Cain seemed to lack at times was home run speed, but he made up for it with an insane ability to bounce off tacklers and run with some serious force and aggression. It’s rare enough to see a freshman running back excel for a high-level varsity program, but to do it by mixing it up in between the tackles was even more impressive. Oh, and that speed? It will come with an offseason or two in Guyer’s renowned strength and conditioning program. Hell, it might already be there for all we know, and I’ll find out when spring football begins on Monday.

Bottom line, Cain is going to be special, and I wouldn’t be shocked at all if Tulsa just started a flood of offers for him. Again, nothing at all against Tulsa, but don’t be shocked when the big boys of college football start throwing offers his way even though he won’t graduate high school until 2019.

Guyer loses quarterback, girls hoops coach

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) holds the ball out as he runs out of bounds against Southlake Carroll, Sunday, November 23, 2014, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. David Minton/DRC

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) holds the ball out as he runs out of bounds against Southlake Carroll, Sunday, November 23, 2014, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. David Minton/DRC

The popular phrase two years ago when Shawn Robinson arrived on campus at Guyer was that the rich were simply getting richer.

Coming off six straight seasons of having a future Football Bowl Subdivision quarterback under center, another one fell in Guyer’s lap.

Now, the Wildcats are on the wrong end of the same story, as Robinson will transfer to fellow state power DeSoto for his senior season. He’s once again following his coaching parents.

Robinson’s mother, Andrea, is leaving the same job at Guyer to become the head girls basketball coach at DeSoto after two years with the Lady Wildcats, pending school board approval. His father, Othell, confirmed he has an offer to join DeSoto’s football staff.

Andrea Robinson said she hopes to start her new job on Monday, pending release from her Denton ISD contract.

“It’s tough and unfair for Shawn,” Andrea Robinson said. “He can’t help the fact he has two coaches for parents. If there’s a move for advancement, he gets the backlash. He doesn’t wake up and say, ‘It’s my senior year. I want to move now.’ I hate he gets penalized for that. He loves where he is. Guyer’s been good to Shawn, and Shawn loves Guyer.”

Guyer travels to DeSoto in Week 2 of the 2016 season on Sept. 2.

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Guyer safety chooses Northwestern over Ivy

Guyer junior defensive back Bryce Jackson (29) and senior defensive end Cameron Wax (9) squeeze Mansfield junior running back Kennedy Brooks (5), in a UIL Class 6A Division 2 state quarterfinal, Saturday, December 5, 2015, at Dragon Stadium in Southlake, TX. David Minton/DRC

Guyer junior defensive back Bryce Jackson (29) and senior defensive end Cameron Wax (9) squeeze Mansfield junior running back Kennedy Brooks (5), in a UIL Class 6A Division 2 state quarterfinal, Saturday, December 5, 2015, at Dragon Stadium in Southlake, TX. David Minton/DRC

Bryce Jackson makes it very clear academics are important to him and his future, and that’s evident from a quick glance at the Guyer safety’s football scholarship offer list.

It reads as a who’s who of the best academic institutions in the country, including Harvard and Cornell, but Jackson wanted something else those two programs can’t provide – big-time college football.

So when Northwestern stepped forward and offered the 6-1, 185-pound Jackson on Wednesday afternoon while he was visiting the school in Evanston, Ill., he quickly pulled the trigger and committed.

“I was just looking for a combination of big college football and great academics, and the Ivy League schools were missing the football,” Jackson said. “My top three was between them, Wake Forest and Duke, but Duke never offered me and I thought Northwestern felt like a better fit for me.”

Oral commitments are non-binding. The first day a Class of 2017 recruit can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 1.

Jackson tied for the team lead with 120 tackles in helping lead Guyer to the Class 6A Region I final in December. He had 10 stops behind the line of scrimmage, nine pass breakups and tied for the team lead with four interceptions.

“With the offers he has it says a lot about his GPA, and his GPA on the field is just as good,” Guyer coach John Walsh said. “When you can pass defend and make tackles 2 yards past the line of scrimmage, it shows you can read your keys and that you’re very intelligent. That shows up from Bryce on the field.”

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Falcons’ Boyce commits to Texas

Lake Dallas defensive back Kobe Boyce (3) signals an incomplete pass after breaking up a third-down pass intended for Everman's Chase Hall (1) during the Lake Dallas High School Falcons vs. the Everman High School Bulldogs playoff football game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Saturday, December 5, 2015. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News)

Lake Dallas defensive back Kobe Boyce (3) signals an incomplete pass after breaking up a third-down pass intended for Everman’s Chase Hall (1) during the Lake Dallas High School Falcons vs. the Everman High School Bulldogs playoff football game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Saturday, December 5, 2015. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News)

Kobe Boyce has lived in Corinth his entire life, but Lake Dallas football coach Michael Young just recently got to know him.

Boyce made a big impression on the football field last season for the Falcons after spending the first two years of his high school career at a small private school. His performance in Lake Dallas’ deep playoff run paid dividends when he committed to Texas on Sunday morning after a weekend visit to Austin.

Oral commitments are non-binding. The first day a Class of 2017 recruit can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 1.

“I feel like that was a huge reason why I got noticed was how deep we went and how I played in the playoffs,” the junior cornerback said. “I felt like coming to Lake Dallas put me more on the map, too, and then I just showed out.”

Boyce, a 6-0, 170-pound corner, participated in Nike’s The Opening in March and caught the attention of several large programs, garnering offers from the likes of Arkansas, Baylor, Texas A&M, Mississippi, Mississippi State, among others.

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Guyer-ex, UT QB Heard injures shoulder in practice

 

Former Guyer and current Texas quarterback Jerrod Heard (13) breaks through the California defense on a 45-yard touchdown run with just over a minute to play during the fourth quarter of an NCAA football game at Royal Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Austin. Texas failed to convert the tying extra point and California won the game 45-44. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)

Former Guyer and current Texas quarterback Jerrod Heard (13) breaks through the California defense on a 45-yard touchdown run with just over a minute to play during the fourth quarter of an NCAA football game at Royal Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Austin. Texas failed to convert the tying extra point and California won the game 45-44. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)

Jerrod Heard was thrown into the fire, perhaps a little sooner than Texas wanted, last season but kept his head above water and helped lead Texas to bit of an improvement in head coach Charlie Strong’s second season in Austin. Improvement in the sense they had a signature win over Oklahoma but not in the sense of W/L record. Against OU, he rushed for 115 yards.

Heard became the Longhorns’ starter under center after their first game and had a monster effort in a crushing loss to Cal when he threw for 364 yards, rushed for another 163 and ran for three touchdowns. But that was the high point for Heard from an individual standpoint.

Now, the former Guyer standout who led the Wildcats to consecutive Class 4A state championships in 2012 and 2013, might be in danger of losing his weak grasp of the starting job after news broke on Wednesday that he suffered a shoulder injury in practice on Tuesday.

Of course, that’s all the Longhorns would say as no further information was given in a short release to media.

In his 10 starts last year, Heard threw for 1,214 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions while rushing for 556 yards and three touchdowns. He was second on the team in rushing.

According to the folks at Burnt Orange Nation, Heard has been working as the backup to senior Tyrone Swoopes, who Heard supplanted as the starter a year ago.

A significant injury will obviously hurt Heard’s case to be the starter, and could even hurt his chances of being the team’s backup with early enrollee Shane Buechele in camp fresh off his senior year at Arlington Lamar. With new offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert in place, the word on the street is that the quarterback competition is truly a wide-open one.

Guyer tight end commits to Miami

Guyer junior tight end Brian Polendey (83) celebrates with running back Christian Moore (21) after a touchdown against Keller Fossil Ridge on Oct. 8 in Keller. David Minton/DRC

Guyer junior tight end Brian Polendey (83) celebrates with running back Christian Moore (21) after a touchdown against Keller Fossil Ridge on Oct. 8 in Keller. David Minton/DRC

Guyer tight end Brian Polendey took a visit to Florida over spring break to visit his father, whose job was recently transferred to the Tampa area.

In the midst of the visit, he worked in a business trip to the University of Miami and quickly decided he wanted to spend his collegiate years there. He committed to the Hurricanes on Monday night.

“The location, obviously, was a huge selling point,” Polendey said. “It’s a really nice place. It’s a small private school, too, so I’ll get a great education and have fun doing it, and that’s what life’s all about.”

Oral commitments are non-binding. The first day a Class of 2017 recruit can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 1.

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Robinson holds firm as Scout’s No. 1 QB

 

Denton Guyer High School quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) throws a pass as he is pressured by San Angelo Central High School defensive tackle Jordan Schellhase (41) during the second quarter as Denton Guyer High School hosted San Angelo Central High School at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Friday, November 27, 2015.  (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

Denton Guyer High School quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) throws a pass as he is pressured by San Angelo Central High School defensive tackle Jordan Schellhase (41) during the second quarter as Denton Guyer High School hosted San Angelo Central High School at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Friday, November 27, 2015. (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

Depending on which recruiting service you look at, and when you do it, there’s been a pretty consistent game of tug of war between Guyer junior quarterback Shawn Robinson and fellow junior signal caller Tate Martell from famed Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas.

My boy Greg Powers of Scout.com just tweeted out the newest set of Scout rankings for the 2017 class, and Robinson sits atop the quarterback perch and checks in at No. 11 in the Scout 300 — the top 300 players in the country. Martell is No. 13 overall, and both players earned the coveted five-star ranking from Scout.

Here’s what Scout’s Brian Dohn wrote about Robinson, who is coming off a bit of a “sophomore slump” his junior season in his second season at Guyer after playing his freshman season at Saginaw Chisholm Trail.

Shawn Robinson, a 6-foot-2, 205-pounder from Denton (Texas) Guyer, is verbally committed to TCU. He picked the hometown Horned Frogs over offers from a host of national names and fits well in the Sonny Cumbie / Doug Meachem offense.

Powers wrote the following as a more in-depth look at what the TCU pledge brings to the table.

Robinson has all of the tools that you are looking for in a young quarterback prospect. Physically and mentally he is prepared for the next level. Had a tough time picking the area of improvement for his profile. Has the true ability to beat you with his arm or his legs any snap. He works well outside the pocket extending plays and will find receivers before just taking off when things break down, but when he does run he is a threat to score.

These accolades are nothing new for Robinson, who helped lead Guyer to the regional final in Class 6A Division II this past season despite an up-and-down season. When it was showtime in the playoffs, however, Robinson was at his best.

Guyer football’s stunning signing day void

Former Guyer linebacker Mike Carrillo will sign with Trinity Valley CC after a standout career at Guyer. He's part of a signing class that includes no FBS players but still put together the second-best playoff run in the state's largest classification in program history.

Former Guyer linebacker Mike Carrillo will sign with Trinity Valley CC after a standout career at Guyer. He’s part of a signing class that includes no FBS players but still put together the second-best playoff run in the state’s largest classification in program history.

There are two ways you could look at Guyer’s lack of high-profile college football signees as National Signing Day rolls around on Wednesday.

For the first time since 2007, when Guyer went 1-9, the Wildcats will be without a player signing with a Football Bowl Subdivision program this year. That year, former quarterback Jake Witt signed with FCS program Nicholls State but went on to transfer to Florida International, an FBS school. Heck, even in 2006, the Wildcats had one player go on to an FBS program when tight end Mark Weber went to Air Force and that was from an 0-10 Guyer team in its first year of existence.

In all, Guyer has had 45 players sign Div. I scholarships in its 10 years of varsity football, and 36 of those 45 have been the FBS variety.

But this year, after a 10-4 season that saw Guyer advance to the regional final in Class 6A, the Wildcats will have no players sign with an FBS program, or even an FCS program for that matter. So what’s that mean? Well, it depends on how you look at it.

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The day after: Thoughts on the new 6-6A

The UIL announced the new districts for its realignment at the Birdville Fine Arts Complex in North Richland Hills on Monday, February 1, 2016. (David Woo/The Dallas Morning News)

The UIL announced the new districts for its realignment at the Birdville Fine Arts Complex in North Richland Hills on Monday, February 1, 2016. (David Woo/The Dallas Morning News)

In Sunday’s paper, I wrote about some possible scenarios for Guyer in the newest district alignment following Monday’s biennial UIL realignment. The most logical of the bunch seemed to be a pairing that featured the four schools from Lewisville ISD (all in Denton County) along with old district foes Trophy Club Nelson, Coppell and Southlake Carroll.

It seemed to be a great idea and the most logical way to put Guyer alone in 6A in terms of Denton ISD schools. But as we all know, logic doesn’t always make the cut when it comes to realignment, and the result for Guyer was shocking to pretty much everyone.

Instead, Guyer ended up in the new District 6-6A, not with the Lewisville ISD schools, Nelson and Carroll, but instead with Allen, three Plano schools, two McKinney schools and Wylie??? That means Guyer’s closest trip for a district game will be a 26.6-mile trip through rush hour traffic to Plano West. (Flower Mound Marcus, for instance, would’ve been 7.2 miles). Continue reading

Weekend recap: End of the road

Allen quarterback Mitchell Jonke (2) dives for a touchdown as Ryan linebacker Nick Watts tries for the stop in the first quarter during the Allen High School Eagles vs. the Denton Ryan High School Raiders playoff football game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Saturday, December 5, 2015. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News)

Allen quarterback Mitchell Jonke (2) dives for a touchdown as Ryan linebacker Nick Watts tries for the stop in the first quarter during the Allen High School Eagles vs. the Denton Ryan High School Raiders playoff football game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Saturday, December 5, 2015. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News)

While Argyle and Lake Dallas lived to see another week and a state semifinal football game, this past weekend marked the end of the road for three other DRC-area teams, as Guyer, Ryan and Krum all lost in the regional final round.

Buckle up, as Steve and I look back on the week that was and look ahead to next week’s games while putting a bow on the season of the departed teams.

Ryan vs Allen

AB: When I was on Dave Campbell’s Texas Football podcast on Friday, I was asked what Ryan would have to do to win this game and what kind of chance I thought the Raiders had at pulling the gigantic upset. I proceeded to tell them my line about how I told myself after the Ryan-Guyer game that I was finished picking against Ryan. Then, came this game. Sorry, but I just don’t see anyone beating Allen this year. The fact Ryan made the game somewhat interesting is a testament to the year the Raiders had, and to do that without super-special two-way star Tyreke Davis was really impressive. Another thing from that podcast: It was brought up that we might as well start calling Ryan the 2016 Class 5A Division I state champion, because, y’all, it’s gonna happen. Great season for the Raiders, and I think it’s safe to say their 13-0 start was totally unexpected, and I’ll call Steve a liar if he says otherwise.

SG: I wrote in my game story that Ryan had practically every card in the deck stacked against it heading into this game, but in no way was that to suggest the Raiders didn’t belong there. Many experts refused to give Ryan its due credit this season, and maybe that’s because as reporters we get comfortable seeing certain teams in the mix every year. The thing is, Ryan is one of those teams. Yes, the Raiders were coming off a 5-5 season, but going 13-1 this year is about the standard since 2000. There was every reason to believe Ryan could beat Allen, at least in my opinion. That didn’t happen, but that’s OK. This program is back in the mix, and with a drop to Class 5A next year, will go from being the team no one wanted to pick each week this season to being the odds on favorite. This season only proved that point.

Guyer vs Mansfield

AB: This game got out of hand, but not before Guyer blew a chance to possibly get the ball rolling the other way when they shot themselves in the foot repeatedly in the first quarter. Truthfully, Guyer had a great chance to have a three-score lead in the first quarter, as its defense was bottling up Mansfield’s offense and getting turnovers of its own. Only problem was, Guyer had three first-quarter fumbles and five turnovers in the game, and oh, another thing, Mansfield was really, really good. Like John Walsh said after the game, those fumbles made the game out of hand, but I’m not exactly positive Guyer would’ve won that game even without the fumbles. It definitely would’ve been a lot closer though. A lot happened to Guyer this year — injuries, identity shift, and other stuff — and for the Wildcats to find themselves in Round 4 with a chance at the state semis speaks volumes about what they were able to do this season.

SG: I was a little surprised by this outcome. This round of playoffs is always tough to predict because every team that has made it this far is extremely talented. Mansfield is a perfect example, but a Guyer win was not out of the question. Had Guyer lost by one or two touchdowns, I wouldn’t have batted an eye, but to lose 44-7? I remember reading my buddy Adam on Twitter that Guyer’s opening touchdown drive looked incredibly easy. But they didn’t score again and were held to a paltry 190 yards. Guyer hasn’t lost by that wide a margin, or been beaten that soundly, since it was a fledgling program 9-10 years ago. It’s far from a death sentence, and the Wildcats have plenty to be proud of in a season where – like Ryan – many experts weren’t giving them enough credit.

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