Ryan recruiting notes: Ryan’s J.T. Williams to make decision tomorrow

Ryan senior defensive tackle J.T. Williams has narrowed his college choices to Houston Baptist, Southern Miss and Massachusetts. Williams will make his decision tomorrow on national signing day. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

We’re less than 24 hours away from national signing day, and one of Ryan’s biggest recruits still has a decision to be made.

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An illustrated look at the 2014-16 UIL football districts

Earlier today, the University Interscholastic League released its 2014-16 realignment and reclassification.

We posted the districts earlier, and we’ll have more on the new changes in tomorrow’s paper. But until then, here’s an illustrated look at where the football district of your favorite school is located.

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5-star QB from California enrolls at Guyer

We’ve known for a few weeks Guyer was possibly getting a big-time quarterback as a move-in from California, and on Monday, Kevin Dillman started school at Guyer after moving from La Mirada, Calif.

The guy has a really interesting story. He’s from Sweden and played on the Sweden national team as a 13-year-old with 18- and 19-year-olds, moved to California and became one of the top prospects in the country. Now, he’s moved to Guyer zone and enrolled at Guyer.

“It’s his first day of school,” Guyer head coach John Walsh said. “There’s a kid by the name of Kevin Dillman here, and that’s all I know. I can confirm he is enrolled at Guyer High School right now.”

Dillman has offers from just about everyone you could imagine — 16 in all — including schools like UCLA, Clemson and national champion Florida State. He’s 6-4, 220 pounds and will be a senior next season. If you watch his highlight videos, you see his prowess throwing the ball as well as his athleticism, including several kickoff return touchdowns. He missed much of his junior season at La Mirada due to an achilles injury.

Dillman could replace Jerrod Heard, who is set to sign with Texas on Wednesday after winning back-to-back Class 4A Division I state titles. Heard was a three-year starter at Guyer after J.W. Walsh started for three years before heading to Oklahoma State.

According to 247sports.com, he’s a 5-star recruit and is nationally the second-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2015, one spot ahead of Allen star Kyler Murray.

Walsh said they will file his paperwork with the UIL and expect to have his move-in approved in the next few weeks.

Ryan football recruiting notes, including updates on J.T. Williams and Sekou Clark

Things are getting a little clearer at Ryan  with a week left until national signing day., but there is still uncertainty regarding the Raiders’ top recruits.

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Fox Sports Southwest to televise UIL realignment

If you want to catch all the realignment fun but don’t feel like leaving your house for it, you can leave the house slippers on.

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THSCA is not fond of “Friday Night Tykes”

One of the newest entries into the reality television genre has caught a lot of heat from folks around the state.

The Esquire Network debuted a new show called “Friday Night Tykes,” a show about five pee-wee football teams in San Antonio.

Well, the Texas High School Coaches Association is not pleased with the show’s representation of the state’s beloved past time. The THSCA issued the following statement today regarding the program:

“The language and coaching tactics on Esquire Network’s “Friday Night Tykes” are in sharp contradiction to the Texas High School Coaches Association’s core beliefs”, says Executive Director D. W. Rutledge.  “It also contradicts what is taking place on the majority of youth football fields across the state.  We are disappointed that the Texas Youth Football Association President Brian Morgan suggests that this style of coaching in our youth leagues is acceptable in Texas.  Nothing could be further from the truth.”

 

To be fair, I haven’t seen the show because I can’t find the Esquire Network on my local cable provider (that, and I watch “Friends” 90 percent of the time my television is on). But when you see tweets like this, you know it’s time to be concerned.


If you want to see what all the fuss is about, you can catch the first episode here.

Ryan senior DE Sekou Clark commits to Louisiana-Monroe, per reports

Ryan senior defensive end Sekou Clark orally committed to Louisiana-Monroe, per multiple recruiting services. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

With national signing day rapidly approaching, Ryan senior defensive end Sekou Clark moved one step closer to continuing his football career.

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Recruiting update on Ryan’s J.T. Williams, Sekou Clark

The closer it gets to national signing day, the more hectic college football recruiting gets for kids that are still undecided.

Well, we’ve got updates on Ryan defensive linemen J.T. Williams and Sekou Clark.

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Former Guyer, Oklahoma State WR Josh Stewart declares for NFL draft

Oklahoma State wide receiver Josh Stewart, a former Guyer standout, celebrates his first-quarter touchdown in the Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma State and Missouri at AT&T Stadium on Friday. Stewart, a junior, declared Tuesday for the NFL draft this spring. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

Josh Stewart has heard a lot of opinions about his NFL draft prospects recently, but on Tuesday he said the only one that matters is his own as he officially declared for the upcoming NFL draft following his junior season at Oklahoma State.

Stewart played his final college game on Friday in the Cotton Bowl at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium and scored a 40-yard touchdown before leaving late in the game with a concussion.

On Tuesday, he had hired an agent and declared for the draft, more than week prior to the Jan. 15 deadline for underclassmen to declare. He is the 17th underclassman wide receiver to declare for the draft. Last year, 29 receivers were selected over the three-day, seven-round draft.

“I’ve talked with a lot of people, and everyone has their own opinions and at the end of the day it had to be for me and my family,” Stewart said. “That’s what I felt would be best and the decision I’d be happy with. That’s really all that matters, and that’s what it came down to. I’m willing to take whatever comes. I’m excited for the chance to live out my dream. It’s going to be a good journey.”

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Two Denton ISD DEs shined in bowls

 

Florida State defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. and Oklahoma State defensive Jimmy Bean both starred in their respective bowl games. Edwards graduated from Ryan, while Bean graduated from Guyer. (Denton Record-Chronicle illustration/Ben Baby)

While watching Florida State come from behind and beat Auburn in a thriller for the final BCS championship before we head to playoff system (rejoice!), it hit me.

There’s a pretty solid chance that in two years we could have two high draft picks in Denton ISD products, who just happen to play the same position.

You see, I covered the Cotton Bowl on Friday and saw former Guyer standout Jimmy Bean dominate a tough Missouri offensive line. Then, of course, on Monday night everyone watched former Ryan standout Mario Edwards turn in an equally dominant effort against Auburn to earn himself a national championship.

In fact, the numbers are eerily similar.

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