A look at the tough choices the DCTF staff made for the All-Texas High School Team.
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One of the greatest joys of working for Dave Campbell’s Texas Football is also one of its greatest stressors.
The DCTF staff is tasked every year with handing out a variety of awards in the high school and college ranks. From Teams of the Year, Coaches of the Year, Players of the Year, Games of the Year on down the line, it can be a lot of fun to take a 10,000-foot view of the football landscape in Texas.
It can also be, well, very stressful. You always feel pressure to get the right picks, to give these awards to the most truly deserving candidate.
And this year, there was no greater challenge than putting together our All-Texas High School Team for the 2013 Winter Edition of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, in which we select the best players at every position in the state regardless of class.
It’s a gargantuan task. That’s more than 1,400 teams worth of players to consider, and we had to come up with the very best of the best to put on the 2013 All-Texas High School Team.
We announced the first-team selections in our press release for the Winter Edition’s release, but in case you missed them, here they are again:
QB \\ Kenny Hill, Sr. \\ Southlake Carroll
RB \\ Adam Taylor, Sr. \\ Katy
RB \\ Dontre Wilson, Sr. \\ DeSoto
WR \\ Jake Oliver, Sr. \\ Dallas Jesuit
WR \\ Austin Collins, Sr. \\ Navasota
WR \\ Marcell Ateman, Sr. \\ Wylie East
OL \\ Kent Perkins, Sr. \\ Lake Highlands
OL \\ Andrew Billings, Sr. \\ Waco
OL \\ Bryan Manley, Sr. \\ Stephenville
OL \\ John Wesley Shipp, Sr. \\ Refugio
OL \\ J.J. Gustafson, Sr. \\ Dallas Jesuit
TE \\ Charlie Reid, Sr. \\ FW All Saints
UTIL \\ Dee Paul, Sr. \\ Munday
K \\ Ben Grogan, Sr. \\ Arlington Martin
Offensive Player of the Year: Dee Paul, Munday
Best QB: Kenny Hill, Southlake Carroll
Best RB: Adam Taylor, Katy
Best WR: Jake Oliver, Dallas Jesuit
Best OL: Kent Perkins, Lake Highlands
DL // Matt Dimon, Sr. // Katy
DL // Edgar Luna, Sr. // Cameron Yoe
DL // Justin Manning, Sr. // Dal. Kimball
DL // Deon Hollins, Sr. // FB Marshall
LB // Sammy Douglas, Sr. // Arlington
LB // Josh Walker, Jr. // Gilmer
LB // Reggie Chevis, Sr. // Hou. Sharpstown
DB // Isaiah Brown, Sr. // Katy
DB // Maurice Smith, Sr. // FB Dulles
DB // Jordan Sterns, Sr. // Cibolo Steele
DB // Ranthony Texada, Sr. // Frisco Centennial
UTIL // Hagen Hutchinson, Sr. // Stamford
RET // Patrick Brown, Sr. // Henderson
P // Rio Schmidt, Sr. // Mason
Defensive Player of the Year/Best DL: Matt Dimon, Katy
Best LB: Sammy Douglas, Arlington
Best DB: Ranthony Texada, Frisco Centennial
Most Versatile: Jordan Sterns, Cibolo Steele
So, there you have it: the 2013 All-Texas High School First Team. You’ll have to pick up the magazine to see our second-team selections.
But while I have you here, a few of my own after-the-fact observations on our selections:
Small schools rule: Players from Classes 3A and under take up nine spots on our first team, a remarkable number. The headliner, though, is Munday’s Dee Paul getting our Offensive Player of the Year nod. He was, quite simply, the most dominant player in the state, and is well-deserving of the award. I’m also glad that we were able to get guys like Hagen Hutchinson of Stamford, Patrick Brown of Henderson and Rio Schmidt of Mason on the team. They were outstanding this year and deserved recognition.
Katy’s dominance: Only one team in the state had more than one player on our first-team All-Texas High School team, and that’s the 5A Division II state champion Katy Tigers, who notched three spots. When you have the best RB (Adam Taylor), the Defensive Player of the Year (Matt Dimon) and a standout defensive back (Isaiah Brown), it’s easy to see why the Tigers took home another title.
D-Line delight: What a lineup on our first-team defensive line. Matt Dimon was obviously sensational for Katy, as he took home our Defensive Player of the Year award. Edgar Luna was probably 2A’s best defensive player at Cameron Yoe in leading the Yoemen to a title. Justin Manning was a force of nature in Dallas ISD for the Kimball Knights. And anyone tasked with blocking Deon Hollins at Fort Bend Marshall – our preseason Defensive Player of the Year pick – was playing a losing game. What a year for the defensive hogmollies.
QB controversy?: Let’s get this out of the way: there were a whole heck of a lot of great quarterbacks in the state of Texas this season. Our pick of Kenny Hill from Southlake Carroll as the best was by no means a slam dunk, but we felt it was the right call considering how close Hill came to leading the Dragons back to the state title game. It’s not entirely about how far you get your team, but that certainly helped in Hill’s case. (Oh, and our second-team guy wasn’t an easy choice, either. A lot of great quarterbacks got left off this list.)
In all, it was a delight to help put this All-Texas High School Team together. We know not everyone will agree with all of our picks, but trust me: we agonized over these decisions far more than you think.
Greg Tepper is the associate editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.