Donovan Adkins

Kilgore defensive back and kick returner Donovan Adkins (above, 2) was chosen as a member of the East Texas preseason dream team, as selected by members of the media here.

The 13th annual East Texas High School Football Preseason Dream Team consists of players from the combined coverage areas of the Longview News-Journal, Tyler Morning Telegraph, Marshall News Messenger, Texarkana Gazette, Kilgore News Herald, Lufkin Daily News, Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel, Panola Watchman, Palestine Herald-Press and Jacksonville Daily Progress.

OFFENSIVE MVP

JORDAN JENKINS, Lindale / Running back / 6-2, 205

By the numbers: 218 carries, 1,422 yards, 27 touchdowns; 21 catches, 392 yards, 3 TD; 5 kickoff returns, 253 yards, 2 TD; Verbal to Baylor

OFFENSE

KAI HORTON, Carthage / Quarterback / 6-4, 220

By the numbers: 253 of 415, 3,746 yards, 49 touchdowns, 6 interceptions

CALEB BERRY, Lufkin / Running back / 6-2, 215

By the numbers: 864 yards, 13 TD; Verbal to Washington

KADEN MEREDITH, Longview / Running back / 5-9, 185

By the numbers: 183 carries, 1,646 yards, 20 TD; 6 catches, 102 yards

MASON COURTNEY, Carthage / Running back / 5-11, 200

By the numbers: 231 caries, 1,679 yards, 18 TD; 39 catches, 471 yards, 5 TD

MATTHEW BOWER, Union Grove / Fullback / 5-10, 175

By the numbers:151 caries, 932 yards, 9 TD; 5 catches, 95 yards; Solid blocker for team that averaged 261.1 yards per game rushing

MONTRELL SMITH, Carthage / Tight end / 6-3, 220

By the numbers: 28 catches, 279 yards, 4 TD; Graded out at 90 percent with 17 knockdowns

JALEN HALE, Longview / Receiver / 6-2, 175

By the numbers: 7 catches, 164 yards, 3 TD; First freshman to play varsity football for Longview in John King’s 16 seasons

DOZIE IFEADI, T.K. Gorman / Receiver / 6-2, 200

By the numbers: 39 catches, 850 yards, 11 TD

DYLAN FLUELLEN, Gilmer / Receiver / 6-2, 180

By the numbers: 40 catches, 669 yards, 6 TD

TYRESE JONES, Spring Hill / Receiver / 5-11, 175

By the numbers: 38 catches, 757 yards, 5 TD

DION DANIELS, Tyler Legacy / Offensive line / 6-4, 270

By the numbers: Three-year starter with “countless” pancakes, according to the coach

TEE KELLUM, Carthage / Offensive line / 5-10, 325

By the numbers:Graded out at 94 percent with 47 knockdowns

CHRISTIAN WEBB, Pine Tree / Offensive line / 6-3, 245

By the numbers: Key blocker for a team that averaged 37.5 points and 498 yards per game, had a 2,000-yard passer and a pair of 1,000-yard rushers and a 1,000-yard receiver

JACKSON ANDERSON, Mineola / Offensive line / 6-3, 290

By the numbers: Verbal to Colorado

TORI PHILLIPS, Pleasant Grove / Offensive line / 6-7, 295

By the numbers: Key blocker for defending state champs

DEFENSIVE MVP

LANDON JACKSON, Pleasant Grove / Defensive line / 6-6, 257

DEFENSE

By the numbers: 111 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 17 sacks; Has 37.5 sacks in three seasons; Verbal to LSU

GARFIELD LAWRENCE, Tyler Legacy / Defensive line / 6-4, 240

By the numbers: 33 tackles, 4 sacks, fumble recovery, one defensive TD, one blocked punt

CLAYTON SMITH, Texas High / Defensive line / 6-5, 215

By the numbers: 72 tackles, 11 sacks, 21 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles

KYLON LISTER, Carthage / Defensive line / 6-1, 245

By the numbers: 97 tackles,10 TFL, 7 QB pressures, three sacks, three fumble recoveries, one interception

BRENT WARREN, Sabine / Defensive line / 6-2, 200

By the numbers: 147 tackles, 8 sacks, 24 tackles for loss, one forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one defensive TD

TABER CHILDS, Harleton / Defensive line / 6-2, 215

By the numbers: 98 tackles, 30.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, three fumbles recoveries, 20 QB pressures

JACK JANIS, Tyler Legacy / Linebacker/ 6-1, 225

By the numbers: 95 tackles, 14 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 recovery, 3 PBU

TREVION SNEED, Mineola / Linebacker / 6-1, 225

By the numbers: 96 tackles, 15 QB pressures

KYBRIEN JACKSON-JAMERSON, Longview / Linebacker / 6-0, 200

By the numbers: 60 tackles, 5 sacks, 9 TFL, 5 PBU, 1 forced fumble

PEYTON SNOW, Winona / Linebacker / 5-5, 160

By the numbers: 163 tackles, 3 interceptions, 3 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 defensive TD

DONOVAN ADKINS, Kilgore / Defensive back / 5-10, 170

By the numbers: 57 tackles, 5 interceptions, 5 PBU

CAYDEN FORTSON, Sabine / Defensive back / 6-0, 170

By the numbers: 70 tackles, 6 interceptions (2 returned for TD), 10 PBU, 1 fumble recovery, one KO return for TD

LYRIK RAWLS, Marshall / Defensive back / 6-2, 195

By the numbers: 3 interceptions

DILLON WILLIAMS, Nacogdoches / Defensive back / 6-0, 180

By the numbers: 63 tackles, 2 interceptions

CALEB ENCARNACION, Lufkin / Kicker / 5-10, 155

By the numbers: 52-55 PAT, 8-10 FG; 76 total points

COOPER MCCLURE, Atlanta / Punter / 5-11, 180

By the numbers: 22 punts, 38.4 average, long of 52 yards

D.J. ALLEN, Gladewater / Utility / 6-0, 200

By the numbers: 20 catches, 565 yards, 8 TD; 26 of 64 passing, 486 yards, 3 TD; 44 carries, 220 yards, 3 TD; 47 tackles, 3 interceptions

JAVONTA THOMAS, Van / Return specialist / 5-11, 180

By the numbers: Averaged 21.4 yards per return; Also caught 59 passes for 770 yards and 8 TD and rushed for 330 yards and four TD

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