One underrated player from each 3A region to watch in 2017
THERE ARE ONLY SO MANY HEADLINES TO GO AROUND IN THE LONE STAR STATE, BUT THESE GUYS DESERVE A SPOTLIGHT.
With over 1,400 high schools in the great state of Texas that play football in some form or fashion, there’s no way that every deserving player can be recognized properly with all-state honors or a scholarship to play at the next level. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some under-the-radar guys who could make a big impact in the 2017 season.
Region I: Mark Caballero, RB Idalou
In typical Idalou fashion, RB Mark Caballero gets the job done incredibly efficiently and with little-to-no fanfare. It’s surprising considering the senior-to-be was an all-state selection as a junior, churning out over 1,700 yards and leading the Wildcats to an 8-4 mark. But make no mistake — when the lights come on and you catch a game featuring the green and gold, Caballero is one of the first players you notice. Caballero isn’t a big back at just 150 pounds, but he runs extremely tough and often is able to fight for those tough yards in key situations. He can turn the corner and hit the long runs just as easily. There’s no question once again Coach Lofton will lean on his abilities as Idalou tries to repeat its success from the 2015 season when the Wildcats went all the way to the semifinals.
Region II: Cameron Clamon, QB Kemp
Not known as a hotbed for football talent, Kemp is starting to buzz with it. After seeing a WR sign with Ohio State a year ago, head coach Brandon Hankins has another major talent in QB Cameron Clamon. Despite missing some time in the middle of the season with an injury, the dual-threat QB totaled nearly 3,000 yards of offense and 36 touchdowns. When Clamon is healthy and in the lineup, Kemp has the potential to be in the mix in a very tough region and district. “Cameron is not only one of our top athletes, but one of the hardest workers, he’s an intelligent kid also. He’s an accurate passer and diagnoses coverage quickly and we love the fact he rarely turns the ball over,” Hankins said.
Region III: Hector Dominguez, RB/LB Buffalo
When your team gets their first playoff win in 55 years, the buzz around town is a little louder and for Buffalo that’s certainly the case. A big part of that success is what head coach Gary Grubbs calls the “bone and shoot” offense, led by outstanding RB Hector Dominguez. As a sophomore, Dominguez led the way with 1,424 rushing yards and 14 TDs, along with helping out on the defensive side of the ball. “Hector really is the centerpiece of the team, he’s an outstanding kid, a hard worker and a leader by example,” Grubbs, who describes Dominguez as a hard nosed runner, said. “Hector is a guy who plays at one speed only and that’s fast. He likes to run between the tackles, he carries pads well but can get outside on you. We like him because he’s an excellent receiver out of the backfield and can create matchups that are favorable.”
Region IV: Trevor Parr, WR/DB Goliad
In a region where the headlines revolve around Yoakum and Hallettsville and their stars, a player on a team like Goliad (who went three deep last year) can get overlooked. Such is the case for the Tigers’ extremely talented WR/DB Trevor Parr. The 6’2, 180 pound senior can do it on both sides of the ball. He had over 900 receiving yards and seven touchdowns, while also picking off seven passes on the defensive side of the ball. If Parr has another big year, he and his Tigers teammates should be in the mix down in Region IV.
Matt Stepp is the Texas High School Football Inside for Dave Campbell’s Texas Football. Find him on Twitter: @Matt_Stepp817.