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Ryan Niblett, Eisenhower
As the last of the Class of 2022 sign their Letters of Intent, you know what time it is?
It's time to look at the Class of 2023. Our No. 1 is no surprise as Rueben Owens has been virtually unstoppable since his freshman year. He went for nearly 3,000 yards last year at little 'ole El Campo. Will this small school talent translate to big-time college football? VYPE says yes.
These are the next household names in Houston-area high school football, so take note.
THE 2023 FAB 50
No. 1 Rueben Owens, El Campo, RB
No. 2 Jaquaize Pettaway, Langham Creek, WR
No. 3 Ashton Porter, Cy Ranch, DL
No. 4 Jonah Wilson, Dekaney, WR
No. 5 Jacoby Davis, North Shore, DB
No. 6 Kedrick Reescano, New Caney, RB, Michigan State
No. 7 Micah Bell, The Kinkaid School, DB
No. 8 Brad Spence, Klein Forest, DE
No. 9 Ryan Niblett, Eisenhower, DB
No. 10 Braylan Shelby, Friendswood, DE
Micah Bell, The Kinkaid School, DB
No. 11 Reid Mikeska, Bridgeland, TE
No. 12 Corey Huff Jr., Nimitz, DB, Baylor
No. 13 Vernon Glover Jr., Dickinson, DB
No. 14 Dylan Spencer, CE King, DL
No. 15 Ja’koby Banks, FB Marshall, WR, Houston
No. 16 Jayven Anderson, North Shore, DB
No. 17 Zachary Chapman, FB Marshall, DL
No. 18 Christian Brathwaite, Cy Ranch, LB, Baylor
No. 19 Seth Davis, Katy, RB
No. 20 Hawkins Polley, Stratford, TE, Baylor
No. 21 Johnathan Hall, Katy, DB
No. 22 Terrance Green, Cy Woods, DL
No. 23 Parker Jenkins, Klein Forest, RB
No. 24 Arian Parish, Katy, DB
No. 25 Marques Neal, Channelview, ATH
No. 26 DK Kalu, Ridge Point, DT
No. 27 Samu Taumanupepe, Atascocita, DL
No. 28 Corey Kelly, Clear Falls, LB
No. 29 Jara Anderson, Cy Park, DL
No. 30 Dylan Rogers, Cy Woods, LB
No. 31 Taylor Davis, Ridge Point, DB
No. 32 David Amador, North Shore, WR, UTSA
No. 33 Ty Morris, Dekaney, DB
No. 34 Louis Williams III, Conroe, WR
No. 35 Kaleb Black, Klein Oak, Athlete
No. 36 Cam’ron Bizer, Yates, DE
No. 37 Ezell Jolly, Ridge Point, RB
No. 38 Ethan Wyatt, Klein Collins, WR
No. 39 Jarred Sample, Cy Ranch, WR
No. 40 Reagan Gill, Jersey Village, OL
No. 41 Daymion Stanford, Paetow, LB
No. 42 Gavin Rutherford, Cinco Ranch, QB
No. 43 Hudson Perroni, Stratford, OL
No. 44 James Walley Jr., Ridge Point, LB
No. 45 Chico Holt, Strake Jesuit, TE
No. 46 Jalen O’Neal, Manvel, DB
No. 47 Reese Osei-Wusu, Bridgeland, OL
No. 48 Allen Aldridge III, Bush, Athlete
No. 49 Alex Kilgore, Paetow, LB
No. 50 David Smith, Clear Falls, RB
WAIT AND SEE
Blake Baker, Cy Ranch, QB
Jalen Baldwin, Dobie, RB
Duke Butler, Shadow Creek, QB
James Eaglin, Ridge Point, DL
Robert Edmonson Jr., Shadow Creek, LB
Payton Farmer, Ridge Point, OL
Kariyen Goins, Angleton, WR
Cortez Hunter, Paetow, DB
Chase Jenkins, Alief Taylor, Athlete
CJ Johnson, Paetow, DB
Rashaad Johnson, North Shore, RB
Zyran King-Brooks, Shadow Creek, Athlete
Caleb Komolafe, Tompkins, DB
Sawyer Matchett, Lake Creek, QB
Jax Medica, Fulshear, WR
Jonathan Nelson, Bridgeland
Corey Nichols Jr., Summer Creek, WR
Paul Omodia, Bush, DB
Andrew Powdrell, College Park, DB
Nash Rankin, Stratford, QB
Ashton Schumann, Clear Springs, WR
Zachary Session, Morton Ranch, OL
Elijay Sims, Terry, DE
Ty Stamey, Klein Collins, TE
Mason White, Montgomery, DB
Cobe Williams, College Park, OL
Triston Williams, Stratford, WR
It’s UIL Realignment Day for the State of Texas as schools learned their fate for the next two years.
The Who’s Who of coaches and administrators were at the Region 4 building as the 9 am hour marked the unveiling of the new districts.
So, what happened?
THE BIGGEST CHANGES
Conroe ISD has New Company
Two years ago, District 13-6A was delegated to being a six-team district. Not any more as the Conroe ISD school (Including move-up Caney Creek) joins Willis and move-ups New Caney and Cleveland.
“Well, I’m not looking for many games this year,” Highlander coach Jim Rapp laughed.
Rapp confirmed The Woodlands will be playing North Shore and Lamar this upcoming season.
Up with Big Boys
Caney Creek, New Caney and Cleveland move up to District 13-6A, but so does Waller (District 15-6A), Katy Jordan and Katy Paetow (District 19-6A). Hightower comes up to District 20-6A along with Beaumont United into District 21-6A.
District 8-5A DI was thrown a curve ball, moving to Region II. The home of Crosby, Barbers Hill, Kingwood Park, Goose Creek CISD schools, Porter and Port Arthur Memorial will now face District 7 in postseason with the likes of Lufkin, Forney, Longview, McKinney North, Tyler and the Mesquite schools.
“It was not expected but we are ready for the challenge,” Lee Martinez, Goose Creek CISD AD said. “Looking at travel in the playoffs will be interesting.”
Martinez will be replacing the GCM HFC coaching job as Shannon Carter, who took a job at Abilene Christian. The Sterling OC Jeremy Moses has taken the RB assistant coaching job at Colorado State.
SEC of H-Town
District 10-5A DI will be a blood bath. It kind of has been for a while. How about this for a lineup? Angleton, Friendswood, Foster, Magnolia, Mag West and Manvel? Throw in Terry, and up and coming Fulshear and Kempner and Foster coach Shaun McDowell calls it the, “SEC of Class 5A”.
The Buffs in a Better District
The Fort Bend Marshall Buffs move out of HISD and into a district with PNG, Texas City, Nederland, Galena Park, Willowridge and Dayton. Warm up the busses. It will better prepare them for the postseason, however.