Video: 2017 Early Contenders — No. 7 DeSoto
See who returns for the Eagles after their 2016 championship and 2017 No. 7 ranking.
MaxPreps 2017 Texas Preseason Football Fab 5, presented by the Army National Guard1. DeSoto2016 record:
DeSoto did something it never had in 2016 — win a state championship. Despite losing some key pieces led by 2016 Texas Gatorade Football Player of the Year in Shawn Robinson, the Eagles return some big-time players in 2017. Courtney Douglas
takes over at quarterback and has been waiting for his chance to shine sitting behind Tristen Wallace and Robinson the past few years. BJ Hanspard Jr.
, Kelan Walker
, Gemon Green
and German Green
help fill out one of the most talented teams from Texas.
See the MaxPreps Texas Football Computer Rankings, presented by the Army National Guard2. Allen2016 record:
This could be the year Allen wins its first state title since Kyler Murray led the Eagles to three straight from 2012-14.
The Eagles haven't lost a regular season game since 2012 and have made the UIL state semifinals the past five consecutive seasons.
They are loaded on offense and have one of the best trios in the state with Grant Tisdale
under center, Brock Sturges
at running back and 5-star wide receiver Theo Wease
on the outside.See the MaxPreps Texas football stat leaders3. Steele (Cibolo)
2016 record: 14-2
Head coach: David Saenz
Cibolo Steele was one win away from winning its first state championship since 2010 but lost to Shawn Robinson and DeSoto in the 6A-II UIL final.
The Knights will have a new head coach in David Saenz and quarterback in 2017 but luckily 2018 Texas commit Caden Sterns
will make life easier for both parties. The 4-star safety checks in as the No. 31 recruit overall in the Class of 2018 and is one of the best all-around players in the country. Expect him to make plays on defense, offense and special teams.
Expect Brenden Brady
to play a huge role on offense — he rushed for nearly 1,700 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior.See the MaxPreps Texas football playoff brackets4. Katy2016 record:
Katy was playing its best football of the season toward the end of 2016, but that all changed when Deondrick Glass
got hurt in the playoffs.
He missed the North Shore game in the third round of the 6A-I UIL playoffs. The Tigers lost 20-17 and had their nine-game winning streak snapped. Expect big things from Katy and Glass in 2017.See the MaxPreps Texas football photo galleries5. Ryan (Denton)2016 record:
Denton Ryan returns most of its key players from a 14-1 team that saw it fall by seven points in the 5A-I UIL state semifinals to eventual state champ Highland Park.
The trio of 4-star quarterback Spencer Sanders
, along with Gabriel Dougals
and Chritauskie Dove
at wide receiver, should give the Raiders one of the best offenses in all of Texas in 2017.