The state of Texas dominated MaxPreps Preseason All-America Football Team with nine honorees — three more than any other state. Three of those players listed come from the Dallas area.
Denton Ryan five-star linebacker Anthony Hill and Denton Guyer four-star safety Peyton Bowen were both named first-team preseason All-Americans, while Southlake Carroll punter Tyler White was named to the second team.
Hill, the No. 1 player on The Dallas Morning News’ top 100 recruits list for the class of 2023, had 131 tackles (18 for loss) and 8 sacks as a junior for Ryan (12-2) in 2021. The nation’s top linebacker recruit, per 247Sports.com, Hill is a Texas A&M pledge.
Bowen, the No. 4 player on The News’ top 100, was named the all-area utility player of the year last season after he scored seven touchdowns (one on defense, three as a returner and three as a wide receiver) for 6A Div. II state runner-up Denton Guyer (14-2). A Notre Dame pledge at safety, Bowen had six interceptions and 59 tackles as a junior.
The area’s top kicker and punter, White — a Texas A&M pledge for football and baseball — was a first-team all-area honoree last season after he went 10-for-12 on field goal attempts with a long off 55 yards. He averaged 42.3 yards per punt and was a MaxPreps second-team junior All-American. He pitched for Carroll’s baseball team in the spring, and helped the team win its third 6A state championship in the last four seasons.
The other in-state honorees include El Campo five-star running back Rueben Owens, a Louisville pledge (first-team), Austin Westlake four-star wide receiver Jaden Greathouse, a Notre Dame pledge (first-team), Austin Westlake four-star offensive lineman TJ Shanahan (first-team), Katy Paetow five-star defensive lineman David Hicks Jr. (first-team), Shiner four-star running back Dalton Brooks, a Texas A&M pledge (second-team) and Austin Westlake four-star edge rusher Colton Vasek, an Oklahoma pledge (second-team).