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Eight northwest Houston athletes earn TSWA all-state football honors in 6A

February 27, 2019

Eight student-athletes out of northwest Houston received football honors when the Texas Sports Writers Association released the 68th Annual Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association’s all-state football teams across all UIL classes, last week.

Leading the group of NW Houston Class 6A honorees was Klein Oak senior Tyler Hudson, who was selected twice as an honorable mention.

Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District led all NW Houston districts with four school being represented.

Cy-Fair had the most selections with two in senior Graham Lakin and Hunter Rangel. Cy Ranch had one selection in senior Jarred Jones, junior Josh White represented Cy Creek and senior Raymond Richardson represented Jersey Village.

Dekaney senior Marcus Banks represented Dekaney.

According to the Texas Sports Writers Association, TSWA promotes the recognition of the athletic accomplishments of Texas high school teams and student-athletes’ individual feats by picking athletes for the all-state teams and distinguishing the endeavors of Texas high school coaches for their work with athletes.

TSWA members are sports writers and sports editors from daily and weekly newspapers from Texas, as well as sports internet services.

Longview junior quarterback Haynes King was named Offensive Player of the Year and fellow Lobo senior defensive back Jephaniah Lister was named Defensive Player of the Year. Lobos head coach John King was named Coach of the Year after leading Longview to its first state championship in 81 years.

NW Houston selections

Cy-Fair offensive lineman Graham Lakin, Air Force signee, was selected to the second team at the center position.

Lakin started as a lineman for multiple years, helping the Bobcats win the 2017 Class 6A Division II state championship and a trip back to the postseason in 2018, whey they finished as regional quarterfinalists with an overall 11-3 record. Lakin was also awarded second place as the top high school football scholar-athlete in greater Houston, Nov. 14.

Dekaney senior cornerback Marcus Banks, Alabama signee, was selected to the third team at the defensive back position.

The four-star athlete committed to Alabama, out of Texas A&M, Florida and Florida State, during the 2019 All-American Bowl, Jan. 5, after decommitting from LSU last October. In 2018, Banks had 36 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble. He also scored receiving touchdowns and returned kickoffs and punts. Dekaney missed the postseason in District 16-6A via a five-team tiebreaker for fourth place.

Cy Woods senior offensive lineman Brock Gunderson, Brigham Young University signee, was selected an honorable mention at the tackle position.

The three-star signee helped lead Cy Woods to a 7-4 overall record and tied for second place in District 14-6A along with Langham Creek and Tomball Memorial with a 6-2 record. Gunderson earned first-team all-district honors as a senior and junior and was also a second-team all-district selection as a sophomore. Cy Woods finished the season as bi-district finalists.

Klein Oak senior wide receiver Tyler Hudson, Central Arkansas signee, was selected as an honorable mention at the wide receiver and kick returner positions.

The three-star wide receiver was named to the offensive first team in District 15-6A and committed to Central Arkansas in January. Hudson also held offers from Rice, Cornell, Texas Southern, Harvard, Columbia, Brown, Dartmouth and Yale. Klein Oak finished the season as third-round finalists.

Jersey Village senior athlete Raymond Richardson, Incarnate Word signee, was selected as an honorable mention at the quarterback position.

Richardson helped lead Jersey Village to a 10-2 overall record and the District 17-6A championship with an 8-0 record as a quarterback and signed with Incarnate Word as a wide receiver. Richardson was voted District 17-6A Offensive MVP as a senior at quarterback, also earned first-team all-district honors and was a second-team all-district selection at both wide receiver and defensive back as a junior. Jersey Village finished the season as area round finalists.

Cy Ranch senior defensive lineman Jarred Jones was selected as an honorable mention at the lineman position.

Jones was named the 2018 District 14-6A Defensive MVP and also earned unanimous first-team all-district honors. Jones finished the season with 52 tackles, including 20 tackles for loss, and six sacks.

Jones holds offers from Bethel College, East Texas Baptist University, Midland University, Howard Payne University, Wayland Baptist University, Austin College, Hardin-Simmons University, Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Grand View, Cisco College and Dordt College. Cy Ranch finished the season as area finalists.

Cy Creek junior linebacker Josh White was selected as an honorable mention at the linebacker position. He also received honors on the Associated Press Class 6A all-state team.

White was named 2018 District 17-6A Defensive MVP and also earned first-team all-district honors.

White is a 6-1, 200-pound outside linebacker from Houston and is currently the No. 12-ranked inside linebacker and No. 28 overall prospect in Texas for 2020, according to ESPN. He had 119 tackles as a sophomore.

As a junior in only 14 games, White finished with 150 total tackles, including 28 tackles for loss and four sacks. White also recorded four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

The four-star athlete has over 20 offers including Alabama, Auburn, Houston, Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, LSU, Baylor, Miami, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

In late January, decommitted from Oklahoma State, after committing to the Cowboys last October. Cy Creek finished the season as regional quarterfinalists.

Cy-Fair senior defensive back Hunter Rangel was selected as an honorable mention at the defensive back position.

Rangel was named 2018 District 17-6A Defensive Newcomer of the Year and also earned first-team all-district honors.

Cy-Fair went undefeated and won the 6A-II UIL State Championship when Rangel was a junior. In his senior year, the Bobcats finished as regional quarterfinals. Rangel had 71 total tackles, 51 solo tackles and 20 assisted, along with four interceptions, two caused fumbles and one sack in 2018.

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