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  • Every year, National Signing Day comes with some of the expected and then some of the unexpected almost always comes out of the clear blue sky. The 2012 signing class was certainly no different.

    Allen, Addison make the double-flip to Oregon

    File photo by Michael Henderson

    Chance Allen, Fort Bend Elkins

    The Oregon Ducks came away with a double-flip from two of Fort Bend ISD's top recruits in Fort Bend Elkins (Missouri City, Texas) wide receiver Chance Allen and Fort Bend Hightower (Missouri City, Texas) athlete Bralon Addison. Allen was the first of the day to sign between the duo after flipping to the Ducks from his Oklahoma State commitment. With Allen, dressed in full Oregon gear a short time later, Addison dropped his commitment to the Texas A&M Aggies for the Ducks. Addison's signing with the Ducks caused swift reaction from fans and players alike from all parts of the region and the country.

    National Signing Day Decisions by Uncommitted Headliners

    In statewide interest, there were two major National Signing Day decisions to be made by Brandeis (San Antonio) safety Colin Blake and Skyline (Dallas) wide receiver Thomas Johnson. Blake, the country's No. 13 safety according to MaxPreps, chose to make his college home in Tallahassee at Florida State. Blake had also considered TCU and Oklahoma after decommitting recently from Texas A&M.

    Johnson decommitted from the Texas Longhorns just after participating in the Under Armour All-America Game and came down to a Signing Day decision in which he selected the Texas A&M Aggies. Johnson, the No. 94 overall recruit and No. 8 wide receiver according to Max Preps, selected the Aggies over the TCU Horned Frogs and the Oregon Ducks.

    Where the cream of crop is headed

    Below is a list of where some of the top Texas players have signed. In total, the state of Texas has 409 players signed to a Division I Letter of Intent on National Signing Day. Florida was second with 356, while California was third with 299 total signees. Click here to see the entire list of Texas signees

    DE Mario Edwards, Jr. - Florida State
    RB Johnathan Gray - Texas
    WR Cayleb Jones - Texas
    RB Trey Williams - Texas A&M
    DT Malcom Brown - Texas
    QB Matt Davis - Texas A&M (early enrollment)
    WR Thomas Johnson - Texas A&M
    OT Kennedy Estelle - Texas
    RB LaDarrell McNeil - Tennessee
    DT Javonte Mageee - Baylor
    DT John Michael McGee - Oklahoma
    RB Brian Nance - Baylor
    OT Camrhon Hughes - Texas
    OG Curtis Riser - Texas
    WR Dominique Wheeler - Texas Tech
    OLB Jordan Richmond - Texas A&M

    Texas State, UTSA make move into WAC with 2012 Class

    The Texas State Bobcats will be making the move from the FCS level and into the FBS WAC in 2012. The Bobcats' signing class from within the state included 14 of their total 25 signees. Some of those players include safety Damani Alexcee from Clear Springs (League City, Texas), Willis (Texas) quarterback Fred Nixon, Aledo (Texas) offensive tackle Hayden Lambert and Fort Bend Dulles (Sugar Land, Texas) linebacker Stephen Smith.

    Much like Texas State, the UTSA Roadrunners will be making the jump from the FCS level and into the WAC in the 2012 season. UTSA will be playing in only its second season in school history in 2012 and will be doing it with 11 Texas high school football players out of its 23 in the 2012 class. Some of head coach Larry Coker's additions include New Braunfels (Texas) linebacker Charles Wort, Frankston (Texas) running back Treston Coleman, Friendswood (Texas) tight end Trevor Stevens and Aldine (Houston) offensive guard Zach Hester.

    Crystal Ball into the Class of 2013 for Texas

    Looking ahead to the Class of 2013, the state of Texas has no shortage of major headliners and talent. Celina's Jake Raulerson, Whitewright's Tyrone Swoopes and Dallas Jesuit's Jake Oliver have already gobbled up multiple offers from various program throughout the country. Texas will have what could be a very strong defensive line class with an equally talented wide receiver group.

    Here is an early look at some of the names to watch in the 2012 season and looking ahead to Signing Day 2013:

    OT/DT Jake Raulerson - Celina (Texas)
    OLB Paul Whitmill - Bastrop (Texas)
    DT Vincent Taylor - Madison (San Antonio)
    WR Derrick Griffin - Terry (Rosenberg, Texas)
    DT Justin Manning - Kimball (Dallas)
    WR Jake Oliver - Dallas Jesuit
    WR Ricky Seals-Jones - Sealy (Texas)
    RB LaQuintas Wallace - Lee (Tyler, Texas)
    OT Kent Perkins - Lake Highlands (Dallas)
  • Photo by Jim Redman

    Jelon Hornbeak

    Grace Prep's (Arlington, Texas) all-star lineup was too much for Fort Bend Travis (Richmond) in the featured matchup of the Thanksgiving Hoopfest on Saturday in Duncanville.

    Future Oklahoma Sooner Jelon Hornbeak scored 16 points as the Lions – ranked No. 15 in's preseason Xcellent 25 – held off Travis 76-72 in overtime. Grace Prep (4-0) is one of the most talented teams in the country with high-major recruits Isaiah Austin (five-star 7-footer headed to Baylor), Emmanuel Mudiay (considered one of the top sophomores in the country) and 6-foot-9 junior Karviar Shepherd.

    Led by junior twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison, Travis (3-1) was coming off a season-opening victory win over 2010 national champion Yates (Houston) and established itself as a prime contender for the Texas Class 5A state title.

    Grace Prep improved to 2-0 at the event following a big win over Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.) on Friday night.

    Also going two-for-two at the Hoopfest was Marcus (Flower Mound) – the team likely to be ranked No. 1 nationally come Monday morning. The Marauders beat aforementioned Yates on Friday night and got a tougher-than-expected test from Upper Room Christian Academy (Raleigh, N.C.) on Saturday, winning 61-54. Upper Room was blown out by Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas) a day before.

    In perhaps the he most entertaining game of the entire event, Keith Frazier dropped in 35 points to lead Kimball (Dallas) to a 90-80 win over Douglass (Oklahoma City, Okla.). The Oklahoma school received 44 points of its own from star junior Stephen Clark.

    The state of Texas could have as many as four teams ranked in MaxPreps' new-look high school rankings next week.
  • A load of Texas players have made recent verbal commitments in the Dallas area. Signing Day is Feb. 2. Among them are:

    Cedar Hill senior defensive end Jude Akpunku has orally committed to Navy, according to Cedar Hill coach Joey McGuire. Cedar Hill had an up-and-down season on defense, but Akpunku (6-3, 215) was one of the bright spots.

    Richardson Berkner senior Spencer Edmonds has orally committed to Air Force, according to Berkner coach Jim Ledford. The 6-5, 216-pound tight end and receiver caught 45 passes for 673 yards and nine touchdowns last season.

    Woodrow Wilson running back Carl Harris, who rushed for for 1,836 yards and 23 touchdowns last season, has orally committed to Memphis, according to Woodrow Wilson coach Bobby Estes. Woodrow Wilson linebacker Chad Polk and tight end/defensive end Ishmael Thorns gave oral commitments to Sam Houston State.

    The Dallas Morning News also reported several oral commitments, including Irving defensive end Horace Arkadie (Arkansas), Kimball defensive tackle Isiah Norton (Colorado State) and A. Maceo Smith defensive tackle Keithen English (Houston).

    As expected, some players changed commitments over the last week. The biggest was Euless Trinity star quarterback Brandon Carter, who switched from Oklahoma to TCU. Carter was recruited as a defensive back for Oklahoma, but he might be able to play receiver at TCU.

    Some other changes:

    Mesquite Horn inside linebacker Kyle Boyd has changed his commitment from Iowa State to Baylor, according to The Dallas Morning News. Duncanville linebacker Josh Hunt, the District 5-5A Most Valuable Player who had committed to Wake Forest, is now orally committed to North Texas, according to the Denton Record-Chronicle. The Record-Chronicle also reported that Lincoln defensive back Kerry Swarn, who in the fall was committed to Arizona, is now committed to North Texas.

    When he didn't get a scholarship offer from a big school, Flower Mound quarterback Paul Millard decided to accept an invitation to walk on at West Virginia. He graduated early at Flower Mound and then enrolled last week at the school in Morgantown, W.V. To Millard's surprise, a scholarship opened up and he was awarded it on his first day there. "That's a cool deal," he said. It also seems fitting for a quarterback who threw for more than 400 yards and four touchdowns per game last season.

    Todd Dodge, the head football coach at Southlake Carroll when the Dragons were 79-1 and won four 5A state titles from 2002 to 2006, has been hired as the quarterbacks coach at Pittsburgh. Dodge was hired as head coach at North Texas in December of 2006, but he was fired last year midway through a fourth straight losing season. Some had speculated that he would return to high school coaching, but he found a spot on the staff of new Pittsburgh coach Todd Graham, who coached Allen High School from 1995 to 2000

    The Green Bay Packers expect to practice for next week's Super Bowl at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, but if the weather is too cold or wet, they could move down the street to Highland Park High School. SMU doesn't have an indoor facility, but Highland Park does have one for its football team. That shows how big high school football is in North Texas, where many 4A and 5A schools have indoor workout facilities and a few 3A schools even have them.

    Matt Wixon is the high school sports columnist for The Dallas Morning News. He can be reached at or on Twitter @mattwixon.
  • I've received some passionate e-mails this week from fans stating a case for their team's inclusion in our national rankings.

    Most made a great argument, especially considering four ranked teams fell last week yet remained in the Top 25 – an unusually high number. DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), Jeffersontown (Louisville, Ky.), Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) and Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) all lost but filled the No. 20 through No. 23 slots.

    The reason is simple. The teams listed above have accomplished more so far this season than the others on the outside looking in.

    Photo by Lonnie Webb

    Northland senior guard Trey Burke and<br> head coach Satch Sullinger.

    Here is a glance at the outsiders who garnered the most consideration for a spot in the Xcellent 25 last week and what they need to accomplish to crack the list;

    Dr. Krop (Miami, Fla.) (14-2): I watched the Lightning play four times in Fort Myers at the City of Palms Classic. I liked – didn't love – what I saw. Yet Krop boasts wins over No. 24 Winter Park - by 21 points – and most recently a strong Dwyer program minus Jacoby Brissett. The standard of proof is cut and dry for the Miami school – beat No. 3 Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.) at the Marriott Invitational Jan. 22. Outside of that, a dominant state championship run may be the only ticket in.

    Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) (12-2): Like Dr. Krop, I was able to watch 128 minutes of Panther basketball in Fort Myers. Unlike Dr. Krop, I absolutely loved what I saw from Dwyer. Head coach Fred Ross' squad has it all and I would be surprised if they don't carve out a Top 25 spot before the end of the season. However, they need a full-time, fully-committed Brissett to really make things go. The two-sport star missed Dwyer's showdown with Krop while participating in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

    Eastern (Louisville, Ky.) (13-1): The Eagles are 13-1 coming off a win last week against No. 21 Jeffersontown. Sounds like a potential Top 25 resume, except for the fact that J-Town was missing three injured starters and beat Eastern in the final of the King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic two weeks earlier. Eastern won't necessarily have to beat its rival again to prove it belongs with a win over Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) on the resume, as well as a 29-point pounding of Chane Behanan and Bowling Green (Ky.).

    Etiwanda (Calif.) (15-0): It was very tempting to bite on Etiwanda's glossy record, which includes recent victories over highly-regarded Sacramento and Loyola (Los Angeles). Something about the Eagles' overall resume leaves me wanting more, however. There probably isn't a game left on Etiwanda's schedule that would automatically vault it into the Xcellent 25, but remaining undefeated will be hard to overlook.

    Kalamazoo Central (Kalamazoo, Mich.) (6-0): The Giants – Michigan's defending Class A state champions – have won 21 games in a row dating back to last season. While that's an impressive run, with just six games to go on this season, I don't have a solid read on Central just yet. A state championship game rematch Saturday with 4-1 Huron (Ann Arbor) should tell us more. Kalamazoo Central has four senior averaging double figures in the scoring column – T.J. Buchanan (15.0 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game), Dequavian McCants-Wilson (13.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists), 6-foot-7 Darius Norman (12.0 points, 8.8 rebounds) and Tyler Bell (10.5 points, 4.7 rebounds).

    Kimball (Dallas, Texas) (19-2): Based on developments over the last couple weeks, the Knights may be the most controversial exclusion. Kimball beat No. 18 Lincoln (Dallas) in a tournament final Dec. 29, then followed up with another tournament victory in New Orleans, downing Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia, Pa.), Riverside Academy (Reserve, La.) and Westchester (Los Angeles, Calif.) in the process. Kimball is rolling, but none of the teams it beat in Louisiana are Top 25 quality and Lincoln handled the Knights by 16 in late November. If the Dallas power continues to pile up wins and doesn't slip, it could slide into the Top 25 in the coming weeks.

    McCluer North (Florissant, Mo.) (14-0): While fellow St. Louis school Chaminade checks in at No. 19 this week, many locals might argue they aren't even the area's best team. Arkansas signee B.J. Young leads the unbeaten Stars, who have a win over Branden Dawson and Lew Wallace (Gary, Ind.) and also won a tournament in Illinois last month.

    Northland (Columbus, Ohio) (6-0): A win over Rice (New York, N.Y.) doesn't carry the weight it has in past years, but combine that with an unbeaten record built with blowouts and a talented roster, and the Vikings are on the radar in their first year without Jared Sullinger. Michigan-bound senior Trey Burke may be having an All-American season, averaging 23.5 points and 6.2 assists per game.

    Oak Ridge Military Academy (Oak Ridge, N.C.) (19-2): Like many of the North Carolina independent schools, Oak Ridge has tackled a challenging schedule this season and is holding up quite well with a 19-2 mark. The signature victory came Nov. 20 in a 58-57 win over No. 16 Quality Education Academy (Winston-Salem, N.C.). A win at this weekend's Bass Pro Tournament of Champions in Missouri would make the Cadets tough to deny.

    Powers Catholic (Flint, Mich.) (5-0): Like fellow Michigan school Kalamazoo Central, just not enough information on the Chargers to justify a Top 25 ranking. Powers Catholic is loaded with talent, but has played just five games. That hasn't stopped's Freeman Rankings from loving the Chargers, however. The computer-generated rankings have them at No. 22 nationally.