These players will make big impacts at their new schools
Just last week, Dallas ISD fired 15 coaches, administrators and other employees involved in a basketball recruiting scandal. But let’s not pretend this is simply an isolated incident.
The fact of the matter is kids transfer to different high schools for athletic purposes all the time. With over 1,000 schools in the state, it’s just difficult for the UIL to regulate. On the other hand, a lot of kids do have legitimate reasons for transferring such as parents getting a new job in a different town or an opportunity for a better education.
And those transfers could give teams that extra boost needed to take the next step.
Take Gilmer — the Buckeyes are one of DCTF’s favorites to win the 4A Division II state and according to a report by David Smoak, there is a strong possibility Troup athlete and Baylor commit Blake Lynch is on his way in. If the report comes into fruition, that would make Gilmer the UNANIMOUS favorite to hoist the trophy in December.
While we wait on the final word from Lynch, here is a look at some top players from around the state that have already found new homes this offseason.
LB Anthony Hines/ Old School: Episcopal School of Dallas/ New School: Plano East- Hines is one of the most sought after recruits in the 2017 class and holds an eye-popping 33 offers. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder still has a lot of room to grow and will be a terror on Plano East’s defense for years to come. At ESD last season, Hines racked up 129 tackles including 29 for loss, 11 sacks and three forced fumbles. With Hines coming in and Landis Durham and Austin Corbett back in the fold, Plano East has a stacked group of linebackers.
ATH Ladarryl Blair/ Old School: Dallas Kimball/ New School: South Oak Cliff- Blair joins the recruiting factory that is South Oak Cliff after a solid junior season at Dallas Kimball, where he passed for 1,318 yards, rushed for 637 yards and scored 21 total touchdowns. Blair is an excellent athlete and can play all over the field, but he is likely to take over for departing senior Kenneth Arthur at quarterback. South Oak Cliff is loaded with talent, and Blair, a Boise State commit, makes them even scarier.
QB Nate Kowalik/ Old School: Hallettsville/ New School: Goliad- Hallettsville is one of DCTF’s favorites to win the 3A Division I state title. But the Brahmas took a big step back when they lost Kowalik to district foe Goliad after his father, Russell, was named the school’s principal. Kowalik was a TSWA honorable mention all state pick a year ago after passing for 3,529 yards and 41 touchdowns and suddenly makes Goliad an interesting dark horse.
ATH Christian Wallace/ Old School: Sealy/ New School: Katy Tompkins- Wallace was drawing early comparisons to former Sealy star and Texas A&M wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones before transferring to Katy Tompkins last month. The rising junior already holds offers from Houston, TCU, Texas and others and is one of the top overall prospects in the 2016 class. While Wallace is certainly an intriguing specimen on the recruiting front, he also gets it done on the field. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder can play both running back and cornerback and will make a huge impact for a Katy Tompkins team that will be playing its first varsity football season this year.
RB/LB Bryan Smith/ Old School: Post/ New School: Sundown- Not only is Sundown getting a new coach in Steve Smith, the Roughnecks are also adding one of the most dynamic two-way players in all of Class 2A. Smith’s son, Bryan, will be joining him from Post, where he rushed for 1,053 yards, recorded 135 tackles and scored 20 touchdowns. Smith is a two time all state pick and will be looked at as a leader on both sides of the ball this season. Sundown reached the regional round of the playoffs last year, and this father and son combo could carry the Roughnecks deeper into the postseason.
Other transfers to keep an eye on: OL Hanner Shipley (Marble Falls Faith to Marble Falls), QB Devin Williams (FW Southwest to Mansfield Timberview), WR D’Aundrey Bradley (Dallas First Baptist to Cedar Hill), WR Brenndan Johnson (Waco Reicher to Waco Midway) and QB Jalen Williams (Houston Bellaire to La Marque).
EJ Holland is the associate editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.
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