J.J. Harp (QB, 6-2, 180, Argyle, Texas/Argyle HS) garnered second team all-state laurels at AHS and was the District 8-3A MVP. AS a senior, he completed 245 of his 344 pass attempts (71 percent) for 3,513 yards along with 35 touchdowns and only nine interceptions.
Shaun Rutherford (QB, 6-1, 185, Bay City, Texas/Bay City HS) earned honorable mention all-state and District 24-4A Offensive MVP honors after leading the Houston area in passing yards. As a senior, he completed 245 passes for 3,310 yards and 24 touchdowns. He also was named Ford Tough Player of the Week for his performance against Brenham in week four of the season.
Travis Chrisman (QB, 6-4, 210, Comfort, Texas/Comfort HS) threw for 3,000 yards as a senior at CHS with 33 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He was a three-time all-district selection, earning all-region and Newcomer of the Year honors in 2005. Chrisman earned All-Hill Country honors and Built Ford Tough Player of the Week. As a senior, he was chosen as the regions’ most valuable offensive player. Chrisman also competed in track, golf and baseball at Comfort HS.
Joseph Banyard (RB, 6-0, 200, Sweetwater, Texas/Texas Christian Univ./Sweetwater HS) transferred to ENMU from the Horned Frogs of TCU. As a senior at SHS, he rushed for 1,245 yards and 21 touchdowns, earning honorable mention 3-A all-state honors. He also was a Second Team Texas High School Football selection and a Third Team Texas Sports Writers Association pick.
Terrence Griffin (RB, 5-10, 190, Conroe, Texas/Caney Creek HS) rushed for over 1,300 yards as a senior at CCHS, earning first team all-county honors for his efforts. As a junior, he was chosen first team all-district and first team all county as a defensive back. In a power lifting meet in Conroe, Texas, he was voted “Pound for pound the strongest lifter.”
Robert Carter (RB, 5-11, 180, Rockwall, Texas/Rockwall HS) was an all-district 10-5A selection after rushing for 1,117 yards and 11 touchdowns on 221 carries (5.05 yards/carry). He also was chosen by the Dallas Morning News as Player of the Week. Carter’s balance and athleticism also served him well, earning him two all-district selections on the WHS wrestling team.
Curtis Jackson (RB, 5-10, 185, College station, Texas/A&M Consolidated HS) joins the Hounds after playing at A&M CHS for Tiger’s high powered offense.
Kedric Carver (RB/S, 5-11, 175, New Deal, Texas/New Deal HS) was a highly decorated player for NDHS, earning the Associated Press selected him for first team all-state honors at safety and honorable mention at running back. He was chosen as South Plains defensive player of the year, and Super Team running back and All-South Plains running back by the Lubbock Avalanche Journal. The Top—o-Texas magazine chose him as the Super Team running back, and he also made first team academic all-state. In playing both safety and running back for the Lions, he was named District 5-1A’s Most Valuable Player. Over his career, he has rushed for 3,608 yards in his last three seasons with 41 rushing touchdowns. He also has recorded seven interceptions, 21 pass deflections, and four fumble recoveries.
Kiethy Flye (RB, 5-10, 175, Abilene Texas/Abilene HS) and
J.J. James (WR, 5-10, 175, Abilene Texas/Abilene HS) both come to the Hounds after earning All-District status at AHS. Flye was an honorable mention all-state and first team all district selection as a senior, in addition to earning a spot on the Second Team 2007 All-Texas Team. He also was selected as a Built Ford Tough Player of the Week. Flye rushed for 1,711 yards for a 7.6 yards per carry average to finish his career with 2,392 overall rushing yards. James made 63 catches last season for 694 yards, averaging 10.9 yards per reception. For his career, he posted 1,024 yards receiving with an average of 11.3 yards per catch.
Anthony Owusu-Appiah (WR, 6-0, 190, Hurst Texas/L.D. Bell HS) Owusu-Appiah earned All District 5A honors after leading the Blue Raiders to the state playoffs. As a senior, he caught a team-best 49 passes for 492 yards (10.4 yards per catch) and five touchdowns, and rushed for 500 yards (15.6 yards per carry) and five touchdowns. At the conclusion of the season, he amassed 1,200 all-purpose yards.
Matt Handler (WR, 6-3, 200, Argyle, Texas/Argyle HS) Handler was selected 3A honorable mention all-state and first team all-district honors. AS a senior, he hauled in 61 receptions for 1,045 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Darian Dale (WR, 6-0, 180, Bay City, Texas/Bay City HS) was one of Rutherford’s top targets last season at BCHS, making 63 receptions for 878 yards and six touchdowns. A great deep threat, he averaged 15 yards per catch, and was an asset to the Blackcats with his ability to stretch the field. For his efforts, he was selected Associated Press Class 4A Honorable Mention All-State and First Team District 24-4A.
Brandon Marbley (WR, 5-9, 165, Houston, Texas/Westside HS) earned all-district honors as captain of the team at WHS. He also was a regional qualifier in the 800 and 400 relays for the track team.
Evan Fraley (OL, 6-7, 315, Montgomery, Texas/Montgomery HS) captained the MHS team and earned all-district honors last season.
Justin Ward (OL, 6-5, 310, Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood HS) was an all district selection on Brownsville’s line after recording 55 pancake blocks. He also was a regional qualifier in power lifting and received the National History Achievement Award. Ward competed for the track team at BHS, tossing the shot put and discus.
Jaime Villafuerte (OL, 6-3, 310, San Antonio, Texas/Ronald Reagan HS) earned all district honors at RRHS for his play on the offensive line, grading 80 percent as a senior with 45 pancake blocks. He also threw the shot put and discus for the track team.
Adam Robinson (OL, 6-6, 305, Lubbock, Texas/Lubbock Cooper HS) earned All-District 4-3A, all-city, All-South Plains, and all-state honors for his performance as a senior. The awards were well deserved, as he graded 85 percent on run blocking and 100 percent on pass protection with no sacks allowed. Robinson was chosen as his offensive line’s most valuable player seven times last season. As a power lifter, he has benched 385 lbs. and squatted 600 lbs., giving him a great chance to reach the state championships. As a junior, he was a regional qualifier in power lifting as well as the shot put and discus for the track team.
Stephen Smith (OL/DL, 6-2, 265, Albuquerque, N.M./La Cueva HS) Smith, a versatile lineman garnered First Team All-Metro honors at La Cueva. He earned first team all-district status playing both offensive and defensive line, and was a first team All-State Farm All-Metro choice on the offensive line. Smith also was selected to play in the New Mexico North/South All-Star Game.
Nathan Carver (C, 6-3, 265, Clovis, N.M./Clovis HS) was a first team all-district offensive center for the Clovis Wildcats and played in the New Mexico North/South All-star game.
Ira Wallace’s (OL/DL, 6-1, 315, Odessa, Texas/Permian HS) versatility should allow him to help the Hounds’ offensive and defensive lines. He was a two-year starter at PHS and earned an all-district selection. He performed exceptionally well on the offensive line as a senior, grading 80 percent with 50 pancake blocks. He also competed in power lifting and track.
Ricky Padilla (OL/DL, 6-2, 250, Las Cruces, N.M./Las Cruces HS) was a first team all-state selection for the Las Cruces’ offensive line and a second team all-district choice on the defensive line. He also was selected to play in the New Mexico North/South All-Star Game.
Nick Adams (DE, 6-4, 255, Houston, Texas/Clear Lake HS) earned All-District 24-5A two straight seasons. As a senior, his ability to find the opposing ball carrier allowed him to register 105 tackles, including nine for a loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries ad eight pass breakups.
Josey Childs (DL, 6-0, 200, Midland, Texas/Midland Lee HS) was selected as the Rebels’ defensive most valuable player as well as the defensive line’s most valuable player. MLHS utilized Child’s speed and ability to find the ball, as a senior he led the team with 88 tackles, nine sacks and 15 tackles for a loss. Childs also finished third on the team with two forced fumbles. For his efforts, he was selected First Team All-State and First Team All-District 3-5A. As a junior, he also was first team all-district and completed the regular season with 92 tackles including 12 stops for a loss, eight sacks and two forced fumbles.
Isaiah Yandall (DT, 6-3, 280, Euless, Texas/Trinity HS) a defensive tackle from Trinity high school will be joining the team to take part in off-season workouts.
Matt Cornett (DE, 6-3, 220, La Vernia Texas/La Vernia HS) and Patrick McGrath (DE/LB, 6-1, 250, La Vernia, Texas/La Vernia HS) were teammates at LVHS and should be very familiar with each other’s tendencies on defense. Cornett was a unanimous first team all-district selection for LVHS. He also benched 360 lbs. and squatted 560 lbs. while competing for the power lifting team. McGrath earned district MVP honors and was a first team all-district selection at both defensive end and linebacker. As a senior, his pass rush ability was a great asset to his team as he recorded 12 quarterback sacks. For his career, he finished with 300 tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles. He also competed for the power lifting team, benching 450 lbs. and squatting 650 lbs.
Jason Fidge (OLB, 6-1, 188, Conroe, Texas/Conroe HS) captained the Conroe Tigers as a senior and paced the squad with 106 tackles including a team-best 14 stops for a loss, two sacks and two interceptions. He was voted Courier Readers “Fan” tastic Player of the week, first team district 15-5A and first team all-county.
Taniela Vake (LB, 6-1, 200, Hurst, Texas/L.D. Bell HS) Vake earned First Team All-District 5A honors and was the squad’s defensive captain. He finished with 100 tackles including 10 for a loss, one interception and three quarterback sacks.
Edward Zamora (OLB, 6-0, 210, San Antonio, Texas/NMMI/Taft HS) transferred to Eastern from NMMI, where he made the Commandment Honor Roll all five semesters. He earned Bronco Defensive Hustler award as a freshman, recording 130 tackles, seven sacks, two interceptions, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and a pass break up.
Reggie Butler (FS, 5-11, 165, Baytown, Texas, Robert E. Lee HS) was a First Team District 21-5A selection, recording 65 tackles and three interceptions with two returned for touchdowns.
Ryan Cook (DB, 5-10, 165, Houston, Texas/Mayde Creek HS) led the Rams to a third place finish in the 5A Region III District 18 standings in his senior season. For his efforts, he was selected as the district’s most valuable player.