Local players invited to NFL Scouting Combine

Florida State DL and former Ryan standout Mario Edwards Jr. chases down Boston College quarterback Tyler Murphy on Nov. 22, 2014. Edwards is one of two local athletes invited to this year's NFL Scouting Combine.

Just a heads up to all of our local football junkies out there that two former area standouts have been invited to participate in this year’s NFL Scouting Combine, which for certain positions, is already underway at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The two players of note are Florida State defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. and Oklahoma offensive linemen Daryl Williams. The 6-3, 295-pound Edwards rose to national prominence in two seasons at Ryan before continuing his career with the Seminoles. He declared for the NFL Draft in early January.

Williams, a 6-6, 329-pound tackle for the Sooners, was a four-star recruit by Scout.com and Rivals.com out of Lake Dallas. He won the Bob Kalsu Award at Oklahoma this past season and was also named All-Big 12 First Team.

Needless to say, being invited to the scouting combine is a huge honor. Check out the schedule of events, as listed on NFL.com.

Schedule

 PLEASE NOTE: the 2015 dates reflect a new day pattern, as the event will shift one day earlier than the historical pattern.

DAY 1 ARRIVALS*: █ Group 1 (PK, ST, OL), Group 2 (OL), Group 3 (TE)

Tuesday
February 17, 2015
Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Wednesday
February 18, 2015
Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Thursday
February 19, 2015
NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ PK/ST Workout ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Friday
February 20, 2015
On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

DAY 2 ARRIVALS*: █ Group 4 (QB, WO), Group 5 (QB, WO), Group 6 (RB)

Wednesday
February 18, 2015
Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Thursday
February 19, 2015
Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Friday
February 20, 2015
NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ PK/ST Workout ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Saturday
February 21, 2015
On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

DAY 3 ARRIVALS*: █ Group 7 (DL), Group 8 (DL), Group 9 (LB)

Thursday
February 19, 2015
Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Friday
February 20, 2015
Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Saturday
February 21, 2015
NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ PK/ST Workout ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Sunday
February 22, 2015
On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

DAY 4 ARRIVALS: █ Group 10 (DB), Group 11 (DB)

Friday
February 20, 2015
Travel to Indianapolis ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Saturday
February 21, 2015
Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Sunday
February 22, 2015
NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ PK/ST Workout ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Monday
February 23, 2015
On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

 

Hey Ryan fans: Playoff basketball scenarios

Ryan freshman Tyrus Johnson puts up an easy basket against Keller Timber Creek.

It’s been a few years since Ryan Raider basketball fans have had playoffs on the mind this late in the season, but here we are. With two games left (on the girls side) and four games left (on the boys side), Ryan is very much in the postseason mix coming into tonight’s crucial District 5-6A home games against Justin Northwest.

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Guyer’s Honey commits to SMU

Guyer senior wide receiver Alex Honey dives to make a catch deep into Plano territory in November's bi-district playoff win over Plano at AT&T Stadium.

Guyer head coach John Walsh is familiar with the wholesale coaching changes that have recently taken place on the SMU football staff with several Texas high school football coaches joining on under new head coach Chad Morris.

Morris made his name coaching high school football in Texas before eventually becoming the offensive coordinator at Clemson and most recently the Mustangs’ new coach, hired to breathe new life into a struggling program.

Now, Walsh said, he is excited to see one of his own players play college football in the area and help bring the Mustangs back to prominence as senior wide receiver Alex Honey committed to SMU late Sunday evening.

“Coach Morris has been one of the hot names out there in the coaching world when any job came open, so getting him in Dallas is going to be great for the program,” Walsh said. “It’s going to be fun getting one of my guys in there and watching not just the maturation of Alex but of the whole program.”

Honey chose the Mustangs over offers from Air Force, Louisiana-Monroe, Texas State, Northwestern State and North Texas.

Oral commitments are non-binding. The first day a Class of 2015 recruit can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 4.

The 6-4, 195-pound Honey finished the year with 41 catches — second on the team to Adam Scott’s 42 — but led the team with 980 yards and 14 touchdowns while averaging an eye-popping 23.9 yards per reception.

Walsh added that he wouldn’t be surprised if Honey steps on the field early during his freshman season and makes an immediate impact for what will be a young program with an up-tempo offense under Morris.

“I really think he could play right away and contribute,” Walsh said. “It’s just because of his work ethic and his confidence. He’s still a young guy, too. His upside is huge. As many wide receivers as they’re going to play and the tempo they play with, I think he’ll find the field pretty quick. A lot of tall guys are stiff and play too tall, and he’s past that point. He comes out of breaks and almost plays like a smaller guy in that regard and college coaches noticed that.”

Look for more in Tuesday’s edition of the DRC due to the late news on Sunday.

Guyer’s Thompson decommits from Kansas

Guyer senior defensive lineman Carl Thompson (2) grabs Allen running back David Feliciano (7), in the season opener on August 29 at Apogee Stadium.

With the NCAA recruiting dead period coming to an end soon and programs likely making their final pushes across the area, there appears to be one local star back on the open market, so to say.

Guyer defensive lineman Carl Thompson announced via his Twitter early this morning that he has officially decommitted from Kansas, where he committed back in June. According to 247 Sports, Thompson has 17 offers, including six from major-conference schools: Kansas, Duke, Wake Forest, Northwestern, Minnesota and Vanderbilt.

National signing day is Feb. 4, which is now less than a month away. Thompson has a rare blend of size, speed and athleticism that could make him a defensive end or a defensive tackle at the next level, and Guyer head coach John Walsh said he’ll be a dominant force wherever he ends up.

“Carl is a dynamic player in the trenches that I have no doubt will be an impact player at the next level,” Walsh said.

Thompson was injured in the Wildcats’ eighth game of the season and ended up needing surgery on his knee. There was a chance he could’ve returned had the Wildcats made it to the state semifinal, but they were defeated in the second round by Southlake Carroll.

Thompson finished the year with 36 tackles, including 16 behind the line of scrimmage and three sacks. He also tallied 20 quarterback hurries and had a forced fumble to go with a fumble recovery.

Guyer WR offered by new SMU regime

Guyer senior wide receiver Alex Honey dives to make a catch deep into Plano territory last month at AT&T Stadium.

Guyer senior wide receiver Alex Honey added another offer to his list recently, and from the sound of it, they might keep coming with less than two months before National Signing Day.

Guyer head coach John Walsh confirmed Honey got an offer from SMU and new head coach Chad Morris, adding the Ponies offer to a list that includes Air Force, Texas State and Louisiana-Monroe.

Honey grew tremendously as a player from his junior to senior season and proved to be a versatile wideout in the Wildcats’ potent offensive attack. He tied for the team lead in receptions (41) with Adam Scott, a Harvard pledge, but made them all count, averaging 23.9 yards per catch to go with 14 touchdowns.

The crowd seems to be catching on to Honey, as well, as some bigger programs are beginning to show interest, most notably Big 12 programs Iowa State and Texas Tech.

Dillman has Nebraska offer pulled

 

Guyer senior Kevin Dillman, left, encourages sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) late in Guyer's playoff loss to Southlake Carroll last month at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Dillman was ruled ineligible to play his senior season despite being committed to Nebraska since the spring. On Tuesday, Dillman had his Nebraska offer pulled.

Kevin Dillman has had a pretty rough year, to say the least.

The Guyer senior, who moved to Texas from La Mirada (Calif.) in January, was ruled ineligible in August to play his senior season for the Wildcats and spent the season on the junior varsity while holding several major college offers and committing to Nebraska as a quarterback back in the spring.

Along the way, Dillman and the Guyer coaching staff decided to work him in at the tight end/H-back position, and it was quickly evident he excelled there and had a future at the next level. At 6-3, 230 pounds and now finally healthy after rehabbing a torn achilles tendon suffered as a junior, Dillman appeared ready to hit the ground running at Nebraska this summer.

But that’s not the case anymore. Nebraska fired head coach Bo Pelini last month and hired Mike Riley away from Oregon State, and on Tuesday, Dillman said he had his offer pulled from Nebraska.

 

He then tweeted “this is a bump in the road for me to fulfill my dreams and goals. I will find a way.” If you take Guyer head coach John Walsh’s word for it, Dillman will still have a bright future in college football, despite the bumps in the road.

“His character and how he handles himself as a leader in our program — you don’t have enough characters to write as far as what I want to say about him because I think he’s as top-notch as there is,” Walsh said. “That’s why I know he’s going to find a place and it’s all going to work out in the end.”

Walsh said he was all-in on Dillman’s re-opened recruiting and was working hard to get him chances elsewhere. He said despite his short time of playing somewhere other than quarterback, where the Sweden native has played since he was junior-high age, Dillman’s size, work ethic and athleticism will make him a good college H-back or tight end.

“Since Kevin’s been at Guyer he’s had as good a work ethic as anyone who’s been raised here from the seventh grade on up,” Walsh said. “I think he’s a Division I football player, and we’re going to find a place for him to land.”

Recruiting Buzz: Ryan’s Dave Bolisomi

Ryan OT Dave Bolisomi sets up for a block earlier this season against Keller Fossil Ridge.

Ryan OT Dave Bolisomi is a hard guy to miss, both on the football field, and lately, in the recruiting world. The 6-6, 290-pound Bolisomi has picked up offers from Arizona State, TCU and Oklahoma State — all in the last 24 hours — for a total of 10 offers.

Bolisomi told me in a phone interview this afternoon that he may have another one by this evening, but I’ll let him break the news on that via Twitter when it happens.

He’s also recently had a phone conversation with Cal, who is also interested.

“It’s all been great, but I’m just taking it all in one day at a time,” Bolisomi said on Tuesday. “I’ll hopefully be ready to make a decision within the next few weeks.”

Bolisomi was part of a veteran offensive line that paved the way for Ryan’s rushing attack this past season. Despite not making the playoffs, Ryan was easily one of the better run-oriented offenses in District 5-6A — rushing for 2,438 yards in 10 games. That number was second only to Guyer among district opponents.

Here is a complete list of Bolisomi’s offers (as of 3 p.m today): Grambling, Abilene Christian, San Diego State, North Texas, Houston, Boise State, Stephen F. Austin, Arizona State, TCU, Oklahoma State.

 

Weekend recap: And then there were two

 

Guyer senior wide receiver David Haynes fights for yardage against Southlake Carroll on Saturday night as Guyer was eliminated from the postseason with a 58-42 loss.

The area representation in the Texas high school football playoffs dwindled quite a bit over the weekend, as a disastrous first half led to doom for Guyer, Denton ran into a buzzsaw and injuries eventually caught up with Sanger.

Steve Gamel and I take a look at those games, as well as Argyle and Pilot Point continuing their run and getting to practice through Thanksgiving, which is never a bad thing.

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What you need to know: Southlake Carroll

 

Southlake Carroll running back Lil' Jordan Humphrey (25) rushes the ball in the third quarter during a high school football game between Euless Trinity and Southlake Carroll at Dragon Stadium in Southlake, Texas Friday October 17, 2014. Southlake Carroll beat Euless Trinity 10-6.

If not for that matchup Saturday morning between DeSoto and Allen, the game featuring a 10-win Guyer team and an unbeaten Southlake Carroll team on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium might be considered the biggest game in the Metroplex this weekend.

It’s going to be a heated game between two programs that have not seen much of each other in their histories, but have a pretty intense rivalry considering they’ve played three times. What’s going to give? Southlake Carroll’s standout defense, or will a seemingly unstoppable Guyer offense meet its demise via turnover and sloppy play that we haven’t seen in months. I don’t have the answer to that, but I can tell you this, this one is going to be a barnburner.

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Weekend recap: Denton ISD has perfect weekend

Guyer senior running back Anthony Taylor (10) and sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) celebrate in the end zone after one of Guyer's many touchdowns against Plano on Saturday at AT&T Stadium.

It’s been a pretty usual thing for us to see two high schools from Denton ISD in the Texas high school football playoffs, and that’s the case this year, too. It’s a different duo this year, but the results were the same as both Guyer and Denton won their playoff openers.

Steve Gamel and I recap the area playoff action from the weekend and look ahead a bit to Round 2 with this week’s recap.

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