RB Zachary Evans (GP North Shore - 2020 - 5'11, 205):
Evans headlines a North Shore team that is heavy with major college recruits. Many consider him to be the No. 1 prospect in the state in the 2020 cycle and that makes him the most important component for a potential title run. He needs to play well to help keep pressure off a young quarterback. Evans has about 40 offers and is taking a strong look at schools like Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss, Texas, and Texas A&M.
QB Haynes King (Longview - 2020 - 6'3, 180):
King is one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the state, and his continued responsibility with the football in the playoffs will be key for the Lobos. The gunslinger has completed over 72% of his passes for 27 touchdowns and 0 interceptions throughout a nine-game regular season schedule. Arkansas, Auburn, Houston, Louisiana Tech, and ULM have offered. Has the added pressure of being the son of Longview head coach John King.
QB Chase Griffin (Hutto - 2019 - 5'10, 190):
The 5A-DI tournament is loaded with teams that could compete for the championship. Griffin and the Hippos might be the favorite to make the state title game on their side of the bracket. The UCLA commit has been lights out in the regular season. He has completed 210 of 290 passes for 3,176 yards and 43 touchdowns entering a first-round match-up with Austin McCallum.
RB Jase McClellan (Aledo - 2020 - 5'10, 205):
Aledo fell short of its state championship aspirations in 2017 but enters the 2018 playoffs as the likely favorite. All of Aledo's best teams are centered around a strong defense and a formidable rushing attack, and that is precisely the strengths of the team in 2018. McClellan is already verbally committed to Oklahoma.
WR Langston Anderson (Midlothian Heritage - 2019 - 6'1, 190):
Midlothian Heritage boasts one of the state's best wide receiver duos in Anderson and 2020 standout Jay Wilkerson. Anderson -- who is considering offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, and TCU -- is a deep ball threat and a match-up nightmare. The state title runs through Carthage, and a potential third-round game between these two Region III powerhouses looms large.
WR Jordan Whittington (Cuero - 2019 - 6'1, 200):
Whittington might be the most crucial player in all of the playoffs as it relates to his team's title aspirations. The Texas commit does a little bit of everything. He is a pure athlete who stars and dominates the competition. Whittington is an electric player when he has the ball in his hands on offense, and he will also play safety on defense.
TE Baylor Cupp (Brock - 2019 - 6'6, 250):
Brock made it to the state title game one year ago. The Texas A&M commit is a monster at the point of attack and sometimes blows defensive linemen off of the ball. He can be a weapon in the passing game and will make big plays down the field when defenses stack the box to stop the run. At the 3A level, Cupp is a dominant force.
ATH Josh Foster (Newton - 2019 - 6'0, 165):
The TCU commit's future may be in the defensive backfield, but he is Newton's quarterback. Foster has the Eagles entering the playoffs on a 24 game winning streak. He is a dangerous runner. Foster will play defense when his team needs him too. Lots of talk will center on RB Darwin Barlow or ATH Tamauzia Brown, but Foster's play will be most integral.
DK Blaylock (New Deal - 2019 - 6'5, 170):
New Deal is one of the top teams in the entire bracket, but it's on schedule for a second-round showdown with Stamford. Blaylock needs a monster game to help his team score enough points to advance past that game. His size will be a huge problem, and he could turn in the type of effort it takes to pull off the upset. Blaylock is committed to Iowa State, a team that loves to feature big-framed receivers.
OL Trevor Roberson (Wellington - 2019 - 6'11, 355):
Wellington has a shot to make a championship run. It will line up and run behind this monster as much as possible. If Wellington advances to the title game, it is likely that Roberson would be the largest football player to ever step on the field at AT&T Stadium. Roberson will play his college football at Texas Tech.