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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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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Edwards Jr. helps Florida State win BCS title, brings spotlight to Ryan again

After signing with Florida State in 2012, Ryan graduate Mario Edwards Jr. helped the Seminoles win their third national championship on Monday night. (Al Key/Denton Record-Chronicle)

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.

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Ryan-ex Mario Edwards Jr. to play in tonight’s BCS title game

Florida State sophomore defensive end and Ryan graduate Mario Edwards will start for the No. 1 Seminoles in tonight's BCS National Championship game. (Steve Cannon/Associated Press)

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.

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Top 5 games of 2013: No. 1 — Ryan vs. Keller Fossil Ridge, football

Trent Willis and the Ryan Raiders pulled off a 31-point comeback against Keller Fossil Ridge in the year's top game. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

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.

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Ryan’s Laws, Orozco make AP 5A all-state team

Ryan senior kicker Marc Orozco and junior offensive lineman Dakota Laws were named to the Associated Press Class 5A all-state team. (Brad Loper/The Dallas Morning News)


Ryan junior offensive lineman Dakota Laws and senior kicker Marc Orozco landed on the Associated Press Class 5A all-state team.

Laws and Orozco were both second-team selections, and the duo played a huge role in helping the Raiders reach the Class 5A Division II Region I final.

Laws finished the year with 45 pancake blocks, one sack allowed and he graded at 90 percent. Orozco knocked down seven field goals, including a long of 54 yards, 39 point-after attempts and 36 touchbacks. Orozco also made the honorable mention list as a punter.

Ryan senior defensive tackle Reese Strait joined Coppell senior defensive end Solomon Thomas as honorable mention selections. I have no idea why either of them are on the honorable mention list, but as we’ve seen all week, the all-state voting doesn’t make a whole lot of sense sometimes.

Oh, and Cedar Hill junior wide receiver DaMarkus Lodge was also an honorable mention pick. Oh, and Hebron defensive back Jamal Adams.


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Louisiana Tech offers Ryan senior DT J.T. Williams

Ryan senior defensive tackle J.T. Williams picked up his fourth FBS scholarship today when Louisiana Tech offered him this afternoon. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

Ryan senior defensive tackle J.T. Williams reported his fourth Football Bowl Subdivision scholarship offer today.

Louisiana Tech threw its name among the list of schools recruiting Williams. He’s already received offers from Missouri, Houston and North Texas. Houston Baptist, which will join the FCS’ Southland Conference in 2014, also offered Williams and fellow Ryan defensive lineman Sekou Clark.

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Weekday Recap: Argyle, Guyer advance

Jerrod Heard and the Guyer Wildcats waltzed into the 4A DI semifinals with a 53-28 win against Birdville. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

It took a while for the roads to thaw out and the weekend’s slate of football games to wrap up.

But when the ice somewhat melted, Guyer and Argyle moved closer to an appearance in the state championship game. Ryan’s valiant season ended after what looked like another improbable comeback was going to occur.

Adam Boedeker and I look back at Monday’s action and look forward to this weekend’s state semifinal games.

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What you need to know: Cedar Hill

Aca'cedric Ware and the Cedar Hill Longhorns play Ryan on Monday with a berth in the Class 5A Division II state semifinals on the line. (Garett Ray Fisbeck/The Dallas Morning News)

When Ryan steps back onto the field at Apogee Stadium on Monday, the Raiders will be nine days removed from the biggest comeback in school history. Ryan hopes there is still some magic left at Apogee for the Class 5A Division II Region I final against Cedar Hill.

No more ice problems. No more waiting around. Finally, we have football.

Here’s what you need to know about Cedar Hill.

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Ryan-Cedar Hill set for 3 p.m. on Monday

Ryan and Cedar Hill’s Class 5A Division II Region I final is set for 3 p.m. on Monday at Apogee Stadium, according to Ryan head coach Joey Florence.

As you’ll recall, this game was scheduled to be played on Saturday, but all the ice on the roads changed quickly changed those plans.

Florence said both teams are adamant they want to play tomorrow, but it’s going to depend on tomorrow’s road conditions. Florence said the decision to cancel school tomorrow will be made around 5 or 6 p.m. tonight.

Even if school is canceled, Florence said they will still try to have the game played. As of now, the state semifinal between the winner of Monday’s game and Lake Travis is still set for Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Baylor’s Floyd Casey Stadium.

We’ll keep you updated if we hear any changes, but it sounds like this game is finally going to be played.