With national signing day rapidly approaching, Ryan senior defensive end Sekou Clark moved one step closer to continuing his football career.
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.
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.”
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.
On Monday night in the BCS National Championship game, Florida State sophomore defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. came up with a performance that shouldn’t shock people around here.
In Florida State’s 34-31 win over Auburn for the Seminoles’ third national title, Edwards racked up six tackles, three tackles for loss and a sack.
The Mississippi native joins defensive end Jarvis Moss (Florida, 2007) defensive tackle Derek Lokey (Texas, 2006) and Ishie Oduegwu (Texas, 2006) as former Ryan players to win a national championship.
It was only fitting that Edwards put Ryan in the spotlight in one of the biggest sporting events of the year.
Last week, former area high school football standouts headlined the Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma State and Missouri.
But on the final day of the college football season, another area standout will play a prominent role in the most prominent game of the season.
It may be the last day of 2013, but Ryan’s Class 5A Division II semifinal against Keller Fossil Ridge will be remembered by many long after another year ticks off the calendar.
If you were at this game – and didn’t leave after halftime – then you witnessed the best game in 2013.
For the last four days, I’ve counted down the top five contests of 2013. We’ve had great state championship games, thrilling playoff contests and crosstown rivalries, but nothing could top Ryan and Fossil Ridge’s unforgettable game.
During the final three days of the University Interscholastic League state football championships, 221,339 people watched the state’s best football games at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium.
But the 22,071 in attendance for the Class 3A Division II state championship saw Argyle and Fairfield put on the weekend’s most thrilling game.
Argyle finally added the state’s most cherished trophy to its showcase in one of the best games of 2013.
For a while, it didn’t look like the Class 4A Division I state semifinal between Guyer and Highland Park was going to be very exciting. In fact, Guyer’s chances of repeating as state champions looked pretty bleak as the two teams entered the fourth quarter at Allen’s Eagle Stadium.
But Guyer has a knack for playing in thrilling state semifinal games. The Wildcats’ came up with a huge fourth-quarter comeback win over the Scots, and that contest checks in as the No. 3 game of 2013.
Argyle senior Cole Hedlund racked up another accolade following a historic season.
The Arkansas pledge was a first-team nod for USA Today’s All-USA team after he knocked down 24 field goals this season, one shy of his national record he set in 2011 for most field goals made in a season.
In three years as Argyle’s kicker, Hedlund shattered the national record for most career field goals made. He finished his career with 56 field goals.
Allen junior quarterback Kyler Murray also made the All-USA first-team, joining Hedlund and a slew of the nation’s top high school prospects.