6 Katy footballers land on MaxPreps' preseason all-state team

MaxPreps ranks Tigers No. 11 nationally

By Cole McNanna | Sports Reporter
Posted 7/18/20

Katy football was well-recognized on MaxPreps’ Texas preseason all-state team with three representatives on the first-team defense, two on the first-team offense as well as another second-team …

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6 Katy footballers land on MaxPreps' preseason all-state team

MaxPreps ranks Tigers No. 11 nationally

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Katy football was well-recognized on MaxPreps’ Texas preseason all-state team with three representatives on the first-team defense, two on the first-team offense as well as another second-team offense selection. Four Katy Tigers and one player each from the Taylor Mustangs and Tompkins Falcons were honored.

Leading the list is a new face on the campus of Katy High School but a familiar one to Katy ISD. Brandon Campbell enrolled at Katy High on March 26 and announced his verbal commitment to the University of Southern California two days later.

Campbell grew up in Katy and attended Mayde Creek High School as a freshman before making his varsity football debut for the Taylor Mustangs as a sophomore.

Last year, Campbell suited up for the Pearland Oilers where he ran for 879 yards and 18 touchdowns and also racked up 280 receiving yards and three scores. He was also the lone Katy representative on MaxPreps’ preseason All-American team, landing a spot on the second-team offense.

Three of Campbell’s new teammates rounded out the Tigers’ representatives and helped their team check in at No. 11 in MaxPreps’ national preseason top 25. Katy was the third-highest Texas team, behind only North Shore (5) and Duncanville (8) and ahead of Southlake Carroll (16) and Shadow Creek (24). Only California had as many teams in the rankings, followed closely by four teams from Florida.

Leading this year’s Tiger defense will be the three members of the preseason all-state first-team defense in senior defensive back Hunter Washington and junior classmates Ty Kana and Malick Sylla.

Washington enters his final season in Katy colors as a Florida State University commit and returned both of his interceptions for touchdowns last year. Kana, the 6-foot, 2-inch, 210-pound linebacker, was a big help to Katy’s regional finalist season last year while Malick Sylla looks to make some noise in the trenches with his 6-foot, 5-inch, 225-pound frame.

Earning preseason first-team all-state offense distinction was Taylor Mustangs offensive lineman Bryce Foster, also known as “The Mountain.” The 6-foot, 5-inch, 330-pound senior was a key cog to Taylor’s historic playoff run last fall and proved himself to be one of the nation’s top weight throwers on the spring track circuit.

Tompkins’ senior quarterback Jalen Milroe rounded out Katy’s honorees, making the second-team offense. Last year, the University of Texas commit led the Falcons to the regional finals with nearly 3,000 yards of total offense and 36 touchdowns.

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