- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
The Texas high school football season officially came to an end on Saturday. That day proved to be a big one for 2014 quarterback commit Jerrod Heard, but he’s not the only future Longhorn who thrived in 2012.
Receiver commit Jake Oliver delivered another historic season. He finished No. 1 among Class 5A receivers in the DFW area in both receptions and receiving yards, and in doing so set the new state record for career receptions with 308. That’s good for second-best in the national record books, too.
While the season stats of Tyrone Swoopes will earn some scrutiny, there’s no questioning what Heard did in his junior year. The Denton Guyer standout finished with 4,228 total yards of offense and a combined 52 touchdowns (35 rushing).
If Texas is in search of a new running back for its 2013 class, several put up big numbers in 2012. Katy’s Adam Taylor rushed for 2,668 yards and 44 scores, Little Elm’s Ke’aun Kinner put up 2,929 yards and 28 touchdowns, and Oregon commit Dontre Wilson rushed for 1,895 yards and produced 48 total touchdowns.
Of offered prospects for the 2014 class, three stood out with breakout junior seasons: Mount Pleasant (Texas) receiver K.D. Cannon caught 96 passes for 1,516 yards and 25 touchdowns, Arlington (Texas) Timberview safety Ed Paris picked off seven passes and returned two for touchdowns and Arlington (Texas) Martin defensive end Myles Garrett racked up 65 tackles, eight sacks, 16 tackles for loss and an interception.
Texas’ verbal commits went a combined 144-76 on the season. That’s a combined winning percentage of 65.4 percent, and right on par with where they stood at midseason (78-47) when we did our midseason stat check for the Oct. 18 edition of The Heard.
Three commits – juniors Heard, Demetrius Knox and Daniel Gresham -- finished their seasons with state titles in their respective classes, and juco tight end signee Geoff Swaim won the Nor Cal Conference Championship at Butte (Calif.) College.
Here’s how Texas’ committed recruits for 2013 and 2014 fared:
Class of 2013
QB Tyrone Swoopes, Whitewright
81/193 passing, 874 passing yards, 9 passing TDs, 2 interceptions, 118 rushes, 1,368 rushing yards, 16 rushing TDs. (Record: 1-8)
WR Jake Oliver, Dallas Jesuit
93 catches, 1,354 receiving yards, 18 receiving TDs. (Record: 9-3)
WR Jacorey Warrick, Houston Cypress Falls
28 catches, 441 receiving yards, 7 receiving TDs, 16 rushes, 155 yards, 2 rushing TDs. Warrick suffered a season-ending torn meniscus on Oct. 4. (Record: 8-3)
TE Geoff Swaim, Butte College
9 catches, 88 receiving yards, 3 TDs. (Record: 10-1)
CB Antwuan Davis, Bastrop
23 tackles, 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, 23 rushes, 308 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs (Record: 3-7)
S Erik Huhn, Cibolo Steele
1 interception. Huhn suffered a season-ending torn ACL on Aug. 31. (Record: 14-1)
ATH Chevoski Collins, Livingston
104 rushes, 494 rushing yards, 9 rushing TDs, 32/74 passing, 5 passing TDs, 7 interceptions, 3 catches, 41 receiving yards. (Record: 5-6)
Class of 2014
QB Jerrod Heard, Denton Guyer
155/250 passing, 2,090 passing yards, 17 passing TDs, 7 interceptions, 250 rushes, 2,138 rushing yards, 35 rushing TDs. (Record: 14-2)
ATH Lorenzo Joe, Abilene Cooper
144/236 passing, 1,995 passing yards, 15 passing TDs, 3 interception, 131 rushes, 782 rushing yards, 9 rushing TDs. (Record: 9-3)
RB Daniel Gresham, Fort Worth All Saints
87 rushes, 984 rushing yards, 18 rushing TDs. (Record: 11-0)
RB Donald Catalon, Houston Eisenhower
155 rushes, 1,076 rushing yards, 7 rushing TDs, 9 catches, 128 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD. (Record: 4-7)