REVEALED: 2023 Mr. Texas Football Watch List

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HOUSTON – Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, the leading publication for all things football in Texas, and the TaxAct TaxAct Texas Bowl proudly announce the 100-player watch list for the Mr. Texas Football High School Player of the Year Award presented by Kroger. The voters, when appropriate, will add players to the watch list.

Mr. Texas Football annually recognizes the most outstanding high school football player in the state of Texas. Each week, fans are given a chance to vote for the player of the week on At the end of the high school football season, 10 finalists will be named. Fans can then cast their vote as to who should be named Mr. Texas Football. The winner of the 2023 Mr. Texas Football Award presented by Kroger will be announced prior to the TaxAct Texas Bowl, which will be played at NRG Stadium  on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2023.


Current players on this year’s watch list include:

Duncanville DL/LB Colin Simmons

Lake Belton WR Micah Hudson

Silsbee WR Drelon Miller

Conroe Oak Ridge LB Justin Williams

Timpson ATH Terry Bussey

Waco Connally DB Kobe Black

Willis QB DJ Lagway

Midlothian WR Bryant Wesco

Longview RB Taylor Tatum


Former winners of the award include 2018 Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall pick QB Kyler Murray (2013 and 2014 winner, Allen), 2012 Heisman Trophy winner QB Johnny Manziel (2010 winner, Kerrville Tivy), former Texas Longhorns RB Johnathan Gray (2011 winner, Aledo), former Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Jacquizz Rodgers (2007 winner, Lamar Consolidated), current Ole Miss Rebels QB Spencer Sanders (2017 winner, Denton Ryan) and former Dallas Cowboys QB Garrett Gilbert (2008 winner, Lake Travis). Timpson’s Terry Bussey took home the award in 2022 and makes another appearance on this year’s Top 100 watchlist.

For more information on the Mr. Texas Football Award, visit or


About the TaxAct Texas Bowl

The TaxAct Texas Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events and managed locally by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment. The Bowl annually showcases teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, two of the country’s premier athletic conferences. Through the years, the TaxAct Texas Bowl has been a tremendous success both on and off the field. Since 2014 the game is the most attended Bowl in the country outside of the “New Year’s 6” games.  The bowl has also generated an average of $40 million annually for the Houston economy and has contributed over $2.4 million in financial support to DePelchin Children’s Center, The Bowl’s official charitable beneficiary and one of the oldest children’s organizations in the city.


About Dave Campbell’s Texas Football:

For more than 63 years, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football has been “the bible” to millions of football fans across the Lone Star State. The annual summer edition of the magazine remains a rite of passage for all Texans, previewing every football team in the state — from the rabid world of Texas high school football, through the college ranks, and into the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans. Over the course of six decades, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football remains the undisputed leader in Texas high school football, Texas college football and more. is the online home of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, covering high school football, college football and recruiting across the Lone Star State. From thought-provoking commentary to videos to podcasts to its daily live show, nobody covers football in Texas like


Full 2023 Mr. Texas Football Player of the Year

Top 100 Watch List

Abbott LB Joey Pavelka

Albany RB Adam Hill

Aledo LB Dahvon Keys

Aledo QB Hauss Hejny

Allen DL Zina Umeozulu

Austin Vandegrift OL Blake Frazier

Austin Vandegrift WR Miles Coleman

Bay City DL Carlon Jones

Baytown Christian SB Braydon Anderson

Beckville ATH J'Koby Williams

Bellaire Episcopal DB Breylan Thompson

Benjamin ATH Grayson Rigdon

Beuamont United OL Weston Davis

Boerne LB Hutson Hendrix

Canadian QB Camren Cavalier

Center RB Kaden Dixon

Chapel Hill RB Rickey Stewart

China Spring QB Cash McCollum

Clear Lake ATH Hunter Moddon

Collinsville QB Logan Jenkins

Columbus LB John Schobel

Conroe Oak Ridge LB Justin Williams

Cy-Fair QB Trey Owens

Daingerfield ATH Aeryn Hampton

Dallas Carder RB Kaeden Landry

Decatur RB Nate Palmer

Denton Guyer ATH Eli Bowen

Denton Guyer WR Josiah Martin

DeSoto QB DJ Bailey

Duncanville DL/LB Colin Simmons

Duncanville RB Caden Durham

Forney DB Aaron Flowers

Fort Bend Hightower RB Jeremy Payne

Fort Bend Hightower WR Zion Kearney

Fort Worth All Saints RB Reid Watkins

Fort Worth Covenant Classical DL Luke Evans

Franklin RB Jayden Jackson

Frisco Emerson QB Michael Hawkins Jr.

Frisco Reedy OL Max Anderson

Frisco Wakeland QB Brennan Myer

Fulshear RB Davion Godley

Glen Rose WR Camden Raymond

Godley RB Landon Thigpen

Gunter DB Colin Peacock

Hawley WR Diontay Ramon

Hooks RB Keyshawn Walls

Houston St. Thomas RB Johann Cardenas

Hutto QB William Hammond

Ingleside WR Jaydon Smith

Jacksboro QB Lando Belcher

Jasper LB Ty'Anthony Smith

Katy Paetow DL Loghan Thomas

Katy Taylor TE Ian Flynt

Klein Forest WR Jelani Watkins

Lake Belton DB Selman Bridges

Lake Belton WR Micah Hudson

Lancaster DB Corian Gipson

Lancaster RB Kewan Lacy

Lewisville DB Jaydan Hardy

Lexington ATH Joseph Kerr

Lindale OL Casey Poe

Longview Pine Tree DL Deayln Evans

Longview RB Taylor Tatum

Loraine RB AJ Williams

Lorena WR Jadon Porter

Lovejoy LB Payton Pierce

Lovejoy WR Parker Livingstone

Lufkin RB Kedren Young

Mart RB JD Bell

McKinney DB Xavier Filsaime

Melissa DL Nigel Smith

Melissa TE Gunnar Wilson

Midlothian WR Bryant Wesco

Montgomery Lake Creek RB Tyvonn Byars

Mount Vernon DL Boone Morris

Odessa WR Ivan Carreyon

Parish Episcopal DL Caleb Mitchell Irving

Parish Episcopal QB Sawyer Anderson

Pleasant Grove ATH Jaylen Boardley

Port Neches-Groves ATH Shea Adams

Price Carlisle ATH Clayton Hart

Refugio LB Kaleb Brown

Refugio RB Ernest campbell

Richland OL Daniel Cruz

San Antonio Veterans Memorial RB James Peoples

San Antonio Warren QB Antonio Meza

San Benito ATH Fabian Garcia

Sharyland Pioneer QB Julian Valdez

Silsbee WR Drelon Miller

South Oak Cliff LB Brandon Jones

Sunray QB Armando Lujan

Taft QB JJ Acosta

Timpson ATH Terry Bussey

Tolar RB Peyton Brown

Tyler ATH Derrick McFall

Victoria West ATH Kamauri Montgmoery

Waco Connally DB Kobe Black

Westbrook QB Parker Matlock

Willis QB DJ Lagway

Wolfforth Frenship QB Hudson Hutcheson

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