Taylor’s Foster, Katy’s Washington named preseason all-state

Eleven Katy ISD seniors land in top 300 recruits

By Cole McNanna | Special to the Katy Times
Posted 8/29/20

In the most recent installment of “Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine,” four Katy ISD athletes earned a spot on the preseason Super Team. Two were honored on preseason …

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Taylor’s Foster, Katy’s Washington named preseason all-state

Eleven Katy ISD seniors land in top 300 recruits

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In the most recent installment of “Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine,” four Katy ISD athletes earned a spot on the preseason Super Team. Two were honored on preseason all-state teams and 11 players were recognized as top-300 recruits in the state entering their final season.

Also, three Katy Tigers were named to the Class of 2022’s top 100 recruits and Morton Ranch’s David Hicks landed on the Class of 2023’s top 25 recruits.

In updated, comprehensive rankings of each classification released Aug. 12, Dave Campbell’s had all but one KISD school in the top 200 out of 245 6A schools. In 5A-DI, Paetow was ranked No. 31 out of 129 teams.

Leading the way for KISD in the 6A rankings were the Katy Tigers at No. 4. The reigning District 19-6A champions were also DCTF’s pick to win the district once again under the 6A preseason coach of the year Gary Joseph, who enters his 16th year at the helm of the program.

The Tigers had the lone KISD representative on the Super Team defense with defensive back Hunter Washington landing on the second team. Washington was also one of the two preseason all-state picks, along with Taylor’s Bryce Foster, a top 25 defensive back recruit and was tabbed as the preseason defensive MVP of District 19.

The Tompkins Falcons, behind the district’s preseason offensive MVP Jalen Milroe, were next at No. 19 in the DCTF rankings. Milroe was also one of the Katy quarterbacks in the top 25 quarterback recruits, along with the Tigers’ Bronson McClelland, and landed on the Super Team third-team offense.

After a historic run in the postseason, the Taylor Mustangs checked in at No. 33 in the 6A rankings ahead of the 2020 season. Two members of the “nasty” offensive line that helped spur last year’s win streak return this year as well as made an appearance on the Super Team offensive line. Foster earned first-team distinction and Hayden Conner, a University of Texas commit, garnered a spot on the second team. That pair, along with Morton Ranch’s Aaron Session, were also top 40 offensive line recruits.

The Seven Lakes Spartans, projected to take the final playoff spot with a fourth-place finish in district, was ranked No. 145 entering the year and was followed closely by the Morton Ranch Mavericks which checked in at No. 158.

Taking the No. 163 slot in Class 6A was the Mayde Creek Rams whose 5-foot, 10-inch, 205-pound running back Julius Loughridge was named one of the top 25 running back recruits. The Cinco Ranch Cougars rounded out the district’s representatives in the 6A rankings at No. 207.

Other KISD athletes landing in the top 300 recruits included Katy tight end Fernando Garza (top 10), Taylor linebacker Trevor Woods (top 25), Katy defensive back Dalton Johnson (top 25) and Tompkins defensive back Dru Polidore (best of the rest).

For the Class of 2022’s top 100 recruits, the Katy Tigers’ Bobby Taylor (6’ 3”, 180-pound defensive back), Malick Sylla (6’ 5”, 220-pound defensive lineman) and Ty Kana (6’ 1”, 195-pound linebacker) cracked the list.

On the Class 5A stage, the Paetow Panthers are projected to finish fifth in District 10 after taking fourth last year and clinching the first playoff berth in school history. Running back Damon Bankston, a player to watch, returns along with 11 other starters from both sides of the ball of last year’s squad.

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