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Houston Touchdown Club Pre-Season Team

Every season the Touchdown Club of Houston selects a group of standout high school football seniors from around the greater Houston area at every position for their annual Pre-Season nominees. The selection committee then monitors the players throughout the season, even adding certain players who have breakout seasons and make a significant impact for their respective teams.
After the season ends, the Touchdown Club of Houston narrows the list to 10 finalists on offense and 10 finalists on defense, awarding one offensive player of the year and one defensive player of the year form the area at a banquet held every December.
Here is a look at the pre-season nominees on both offense and defense for the 2015-16 season.
Quarterback: Jalen Hurts (Alabama), D'Eriq King (TCU), Collin Rock (SMU) and Chase Hildreth. pick: D'Eriq King accounted for nearly 4,000 total yards and 59 touchdowns for the Manvel Mavericks, earning his second consecutive District 6A-22 MVP this past season. He might very well be the player to beat for the offensive player of the year this season.
Running Back: Darius Anderson, Rakeem Boyd, Kyle Porter and Trayveon Williams (TCU). pick: Kyle Porter is replacing the reigning offensive player of the year, Rodney Anderson, from last season. The Rivals 250 prospect is a different type of player, more of an all-purpose back, and should get plenty of touches in Katy's run heavy offense.
Offensive Line: Travis Bruffy, Austin Myers (TCU) and Dixie Wooten (Houston). pick: Austin Myers somehow continues to fly under the radar, but make no mistake, the 6-foot-5, 290-pound TCU commitment is a mauler and a key piece of the Manvel offense.
Wide Receiver: Tyrie Cleveland, Reggie Hemphill (Texas), Zarrian Holcombe and Courtney Lark (TCU). pick: The combination of Dillon Sterling-Cole to Tyrie Cleveland is one that should prove very tough to beat this upcoming season. The two Houston Westfield standouts now have a year of playing together and should roll into the season clicking on all cylinders.
Athlete: Maciah Long, Jordan Myers (Rice) and Jeremy Smith (Arizona State). pick: Jeremy Smith leads a talented Fort Bend Marshall team at quarterback and should continue to light up the scoreboard in the 2015-16 season.
Defensive Line: Ross Blacklock, Isaiah Chambers, Jordan Elliott (Houston), Ed Oliver (Houston) and Bravvion Roy (Baylor). pick: Ed Oliver is simply on another level athletically and can line up at defensive tackle, but also moves across the line for Westfield, causing fits for the opposing offenses. He is easily a favorite for the defensive player of the year award this season.
Linebacker: Trey Baldwin (Missouri), Paddy Fisher (Northwestern), Dontavious Jackson, Clifton Lewis (TCU), Jeffrey McCulloch and Robert Revels. pick: This one is tough, but after watching each player in action this past season and into the off season, our pick goes to Dontavious Jackson from the 'E Block' at Elsik high school. At 6-foot-2, 240-pounds, not only does Jackson have the size, but he moves incredibly well for his size and finishes plays with punishing hits. He is a team leader and a very talented prospect that has collected over 60-plus scholarship offers from college programs across the country.
Defensive Back: Deontay Anderson, Eric Monroe (LSU), Sewo Olonilua (TCU) and Collin Wilder (Houston). pick: Another very talented group and a tough call, but in his first season playing defense for Kingwood, Sewo Olonilua is a big bodied athlete that routinely made things look easy during off season camps and combines this summer at both linebacker and defensive back. He will most likely project to safety or linebacker at the next level, but Olonilua will do a little bit of everything for the Mustangs this season.