7. Carroll (Southlake, Texas) - Full preview
Carroll has not had this much firepower returning on offense since the days of Riley Dodge and Tre Newton. Quarterback Kenny Hill
, a Texas A&M commit, brings talent, athleticism and experience behind center while A.J. Ezzard
gives the team a trusted option at running back. Head coach Hal Wasson also points to special teams as a strength. Tanner Jacobson
and Ray Crockett
give Carroll two bona fide defensive backs to work with.Question marks:
The Dragons’ wide receiver unit will be almost entirely new; replacing Sabian Holmes and Peyton Williams may not be easy. On defense, finding another safety and solidifying the team’s outside linebackers is a priority for Wasson.Outlook:
A team coming off a 16-0, Texas state title-winning season with this much returning is a recipe for a potentially special season. Any hope of a national No. 1 finish could be dashed in the first week, however, where Carroll will face its biggest test of the regular season: On the road against Allen, a game that will showcase the team’s new $50 million facility.