Guyer WR set to explode on to scene

Guyer wide receiver Alex Honey runs with the ball against Cedar Hill in his first varsity start last season at Longhorn Stadium in Cedar Hill. He will be a key figure in the Wildcats' passing game in 2014. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

In recent years, Guyer has made a habit of spitting out tall, lanky and at times just awkward wide receivers and overnight watching them blossom into standouts with big-time college potential.

Two that come to mind immediately are Conner Crane, who was a three-year starter and progressed from strictly a deep-threat wide receiver into a do-it-all, well-rounded receiver who earned a scholarship to Stanford. After Crane, there was Ellis Jefferson, who began to emerge as a junior but really stood out as a senior and is set to play for Arizona State as a redshirt freshman this season.

In a couple of years, could we be talking about Alex Honey in the same breath?

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Dillman officially staying at Guyer

Kevin Dillman will remain at Guyer despite being ruled ineligible for varsity competition by the UIL. The Nebraska pledge will play quarterback for Guyer's junior varsity. (Denton Record-Chronicle)

In pretty unsurprising news, considering the regular season begins in a week and he’d yet to enroll at Liberty Christian, Guyer senior quarterback Kevin Dillman has decided he will stay at Guyer and play junior varsity football after being ruled ineligible on Aug. 11 by the UIL.

Dillman, a three-star recruit according to 247Sports, committed to Nebraska in April, just two months after moving to Lantana from La Mirada, California. Then, two weeks ago, he was ruled ineligible by the UIL meaning he’d either have to play JV as a senior or transfer to a TAPPS school with hopes of being ruled eligible by that governing body, which likely would’ve happened.

Dillman, a Sweden native, who by all accounts is already a team leader for Guyer despite just having arrived in February, said he made the decision on his own, and without advisement from the coaching staff at Nebraska. He said he considered both Plano Prestonwood and Liberty Christian, but the decision ultimately came down to Guyer and Liberty Christian.

“Oh yeah, it was definitely a hard decision,” said Dillman, a 6-foot-3, 215-pounder with a rocket arm. “I’ve yet to hear from Nebraska what they want me to do, so it’s a decision I based on myself. Pretty much, it’s the people I was around here. They had a more competitive edge in football and their attitude [at Guyer]. That’s why I felt I fit in more here.”

For more on the Dillman decision, which leaves Guyer with probably the best JV quarterback in the free world, see Tuesday’s edition of the Denton Record-Chronicle.

 

 

Guyer’s John Walsh did the ALS challenge … and so did I

As you can plainly see, Guyer head football coach John Walsh stepped up to the plate on Wednesday morning, along with his entire staff, and participated in the latest craze, the ALS ice bucket challenge to help raise money for ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease) awareness.

It’s an awful, awful disease for which there is no cure. And while I’ve had my opinions on the recent viral phenomenon, it’s hard to argue with the facts, that it’s raised millions and millions of dollars for ALS research. And that’s obviously a good thing.

So, if you watch the video, you’ll figure out that Walsh and the two-time defending state champions challenged one pretty well-known figure around these parts in Allen head coach Tom Westerburg, or as Walsh accidently called him “Westerburger,” the coach he’ll be looking across the Apogee Stadium field at on Aug. 29. Then, he challenged some scrub known around these parts by the name of Adam Boedeker. Yep, yours truly.

I couldn’t not accept the challenge. Instead of taking the easy way out and having people dump ice water on me in 100-degree heat, I waited until 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday when it was a blustery 91 degrees and dumped the water on myself. So enjoy my video, and my nervous stammering of things like “Guyer Football Wildcats” and “Ice Busket Challenge.”

I challenge Lake Dallas head football coach Michael Young, Guyer head baseball coach Johnny Kinzy, my good buddy Nathan Cross and former Denton Record-Chronicle UNT beat writer Tim MacMahon, now of ESPN Dallas.

I hope all of you do what I did and donate some cash (or skrilla, as the kids might say) to a wonderful cause. Remember, this isn’t about dousing yourself in ice water. Now, it’s time to go warm up. Adios.

Guyer ranked No. 11 in national computer poll

Guyer head coach John Walsh hoists the Wildcats' second consecutive 4A state title trophy back in December. Now, Guyer moves up to Class 6A and one computer poll has the Wildcats ranked No. 11 in the nation. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

Computer polls are always kind of silly, that much has been established in college football and the BCS and all of that madness.

Recently, there’s been an advent of computer polls broaching the high school football world, including one of the more nationally known ones put out by the fine folks at MaxPreps.

In their latest computer poll, the MaxPreps Freeman Rankings, there are a few notable DFW area powerhouses being well-represented, including two-time defending Class 4A Division I state champions Guyer, who are moving up to the state’s largest classification this year after a two-year hiatus.

Guyer is ranked No. 11 in the poll and is the third-ranked Texas team behind Allen (No. 1) and Cedar Hill (No. 4). Guyer and Allen, of course, open the season on Aug. 29 at UNT’s Apogee Stadium in a game that will have several eyes on it from across the state, and apparently, the country.

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Don’t be shocked if Dillman stays

The speculation immediately began on Monday when Guyer senior quarterback Kevin Dillman was ruled ineligible to play his senior year by the University Interscholastic League — where would Dillman go next?

The Sweden native, who moved to Lantana with a longtime family friend and guardian back in February, had quickly made himself a part of Guyer’s football family despite trying to rehab from a torn Achilles tendon he suffered during his junior year at La Mirada HS in California. In April, he committed to Nebraska, choosing the Huskers over 15 other FBS offers at the time.

Now, he can’t play for Guyer, where he was overtaken in the spring by sophomore phenom Shawn Robinson, albeit the fact that Dillman could never fully compete because he wasn’t given full medical clearance.

So surely he’s going to head off to Liberty Christian, right? It’d make sense considering the UIL ruled him ineligible and Liberty Christian is a member of TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools), which also has residency rules but nothing as strict as the UIL’s. It would give Dillman a chance to play as a senior assuming he could beat out the two QB options the Warriors have. He’s at full health now and watching him it’s easy to see why he was so heavily recruited.

But it might not make as much sense as you’d think. A big reason for Dillman to go somewhere and play is the fact that he’s still relatively unseasoned as a quarterback and is just gifted with super athletic talent. Remember, he grew up in Sweden before coming to California as a foreign exchange student, so he hasn’t been around top football coaching for much of his life. There’s a lot of thought that Dillman could lose his offer from Nebraska if he doesn’t play varsity football this fall, and that’s not a far-fetched thought.

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BREAKING: Guyer’s Dillman denied eligibility

Guyer quarterback Kevin Dillman, who came to Guyer in January from La Mirada, California, was denied a waiver request for UIL eligibility on Monday morning in Austin.

Dillman’s story is an interesting one, as the Sweden native came to the States as a freshman foreign exchange student, gained U.S. citizenship and has stayed throughout high school while his parents have remained in Sweden. He lives with a longtime family friend in Lantana, which is Guyer’s attendance zone.

He tore his Achilles tendon as a junior in California and wasn’t fully cleared to participate in spring drills at Guyer, limited to throwing. Sophomore Shawn Robinson moved in with his coaching parents after Dillman and won the starting job.

Dillman committed to Nebraska back in April, choosing the Huskers over 15 other Football Bowl Subdivision offers, at the time.

More to come on this later, but again, Dillman will not be able to play his senior season at Guyer.

Argyle in rare position regarding kicker

Cole Hedlund was the latest of a run of three straight Division I kickers for Argyle, and now they're looking for someone to replace him. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

For nearly a decade, the Argyle Eagles have had a Division I kicker as a weapon on their roster.

Kickers are often overlooked, but they are huge for field position when you have a lockdown defense like the one Argyle has grown accustomed to, and a valuable weapon in late-game situations when a team needs three points.

And dating back to the days of Ben Parks, who was a standout linebacker and kicker who originally committed to Wyoming before signing with Baylor on national signing day, the Eagles have had a top-notch one.

Following Parks, of course, were Chad Hedlund, who kicked for three years before heading to Wake Forest, and his younger brother Cole, who signed with Arkansas in February after setting national records for both career field goals and field goals in a season (2012).

In other words, Argyle head coach Todd Rodgers has been #blessed at kicker.

This year, though, could be a different story.

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Former Cibolo Steele star recalls 2010 state title game

Ryan Simmons (52) is a star linebacker at Oklahoma State and teammates with former Guyer standouts J.W. Walsh and Jimmy Bean after he squared off with them in his final high school game for a state championship. (The Dallas Morning News file photo)

Oklahoma State linebacker Ryan Simmons is now good friends with his teammates J.W. Walsh and Jimmy Bean.

But on one Saturday afternoon in December back in 2010, he was going to toe-to-toe with them for the Class 5A Division II state championship when his Cibolo Steele team pulled off a narrow 24-21 victory over Guyer in both schools’ first year in the state’s largest classification.

“Ryan Simmons was their best player on the tape we had to watch that week,” Guyer head coach John Walsh said, “and he didn’t disappoint live.”

In that game, Simmons was named the defensive MVP after collecting eight tackles and an interception of Walsh after he’d dropped into the secondary in Steele’s Tampa Two scheme. The ball was thrown right to Simmons, as Walsh never saw his future teammate.

“Jimmy’s my roommate so he doesn’t really like me mentioning that too much,” Simmons said, with a smile. “Sometimes I might hint at it, but we’ve moved past that. It’s just a memory for me.”

This season, Simmons is moving back to his natural middle linebacker spot after he played outside last year.

Argyle-ex Wilson finished at Tech

Connor Wilson (11) will not play football at Texas Tech and will attend the school as a medical redshirt, Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday at Big 12 Media Days. (DRC File Photo)

Former Argyle standout and Texas Tech signee Connor Wilson, a ball-hawk safety for Argyle as a junior and senior, is finished as a football player before his career at Tech ever began.

No details were released, but Kingsbury said the 6-2, 205-pound safety, is no longer a player in Tech’s program but that he would still attend the university and be a medical redshirt, not counting against the school’s allotted scholarships.

“He’ll be attending Texas Tech on a medical redshirt, so that’s where that’s at,” Kingsbury said. “He’s done playing, but he’ll be coming to school there.”

When asked if the redshirt was just for this upcoming season and if Wilson would return to the field after that, Kingsbury had a quick answer.

“He’s done playing,” Kingsbury said.

Guyer-ex Rhame doing well on Dodgers’ farm

Jacob Rhame pitches for Guyer in a playoff game against Plano in 2011. Now, he's in the Dodgers organization and doing well. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

Jacob Rhame took a roundabout way to get to the professional baseball ranks, but not an uncommon one.

The hard-throwing righty hoped to be drafted out of high school and wasn’t. He went to Oklahoma, pitched just 10 innings as a freshman and left for Grayson College. In Denison, Rhame pitched well for Dusty Hart & Co. and earned a scholarship to Texas State. Instead of going to become a Bobcat, Rhame was drafted in last year’s draft with the Los Angeles Dodgers’ sixth-round pick.

Rhame’s time at Grayson transformed him, physically and mentally. He changed his body, getting in better shape and ending his time there at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, and he also got a better mental approach and admitted back on draft day that he had a bit of an entitled view on baseball when he signed with the Sooners out of Guyer. At Grayson, Rhame was 7-3 with a 1.85 ERA in 14 starts (87 1/3 innings).

So far, Rhame’s career has gone well in the Dodgers’ organization.

Last year, he spent the entire season in the Rookie Pioneer League and made 20 appearances with a 4.58 ERA. He struck out 21 batters in 19 2/3 innings and walked nine — numbers with room for improvement but also showing some promise.

This season, Rhame began the year in Low-A Great Lakes (in Midland, Michigan) in the Midwest League, and he’s pitched even better at the next level.

So far for the Loons, the 21-year-old Rhame has notched three saves and a hold in 28 appearances with a 3.60 ERA. The number that sticks out most for the hard-throwing righty is his K:BB ratio of 40 strikeouts to nine walks in just 35 innings. Any time you have more strikeouts than innings pitched, you’re doing something right, especially if you see yourself as possibly being a reliever at the big-league level.

It’ll be interesting to keep an eye on Rhame, and see where he progresses. The next step up in the Dodgers’ organization would take him to High-A Rancho Cucamonga.