With explosive offenses taking over at the high school, college and NFL levels, numerous stars emerged from Texas during the 2010s, having major impacts on their programs.
Here’s a look at the top offensive players of the decade.
OL – Eric McCoy, Lufkin (Texas A&M)
Playing high school football for the Lufkin Panthers and committed to Texas A&M. During his college career, McCoy started all 38 games of his eligibility as a cornerstone and rock for the Aggie offensive line. After his senior season, the New Orleans Saints drafted him in the second round, where McCoy has become a staple for the legendary Drew Brees at center.
OL – Luke Joeckel, Arlington (Texas A&M)
Regarded as a 4-star recruit by Rivals.com in 2010, Joeckel held offers from multiple D1 schools, including Texas Tech where a long line of family members attended and played their college careers. During his senior season at Arlington, he anchored an offensive line that averaged just under 475 yards per game in the 2009 season. Once in Aggieland, Joeckel was a fixture at his position for three years as part of A&M offenses that averaged 31, 39, and 44 points per game during his time on campus. He won the Outland Trophy in 2012, was a unanimous All American that year as well. Eventually, Joeckel was the second pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
OL – Conner Williams, Coppell (Texas)
Williams was an all around athlete in high school. As a freshman, he started the final 3 games for a 6A program as a tackle. During his sophomore year, Coppell moved him to tight end before ultimately making the move back to the OL to finish his high school career as a two-way player on both the OL, and DL. As a sophomore for the Longhorns, he became just the fourth sophomore in school history to receive first-team All-American honors. Later he was drafted in the second round by the Dallas Cowboys.
OL – Spencer Drango, Cedar Park (Baylor)
Rivals.com had Drango listed as a 4-star recruit coming out of high school, where he held offers from Baylor, Texas, Stanford, and Arkansas. During his senior year of high school, he allowed zero sacks, and helped anchor a Cedar Park team that went 13-1. At Baylor, he earned the nation’s leading blocking percentage of 99.2 % in blocking proficiency according to pro football focus. He was apart of the winningest Baylor program in school history. Currently Drango plays in the NFL with the LA Chargers.
OL – Jake Matthews, Elkins, Missouri City (Texas A&M)
The Matthews name is no stranger to the football scene. Jake Matthews has a family history of NFL bloodlines. In high school, Matthews was a US All American in high school and helped Johnny Manziel earn a Heisman trophy while playing tackle for the Aggies. As a senior in college, Matthews was selected to the first team all SEC team, and went on to be drafted by the Atlanta Falcons, where he currently continues the streak of NFL players in the Matthews family.
TE – Jace Amaro, San Antonio MacArthur (Texas Tech)
Undoubtedly one of the states best TE’s during the decade Amaro was a three sport athlete that ended up sticking to football. During his senior season he made 56 receptions for 887 yards with 11 touchdowns for the Brahmas. Went on to play college ball for the Red Raiders where he continued to excel. During the 2013 season he set the single season NCAA record for most receiving yards by a TE in a single season and was drafted in the second round by the New York Jets. Currently Amaro is on an XFL roster for the Seattle Dragons.
WR – Marvin Mims, Frisco Lone Star (Oklahoma committed)
How can you keep Mims off this All-Decade team? You can’t ignore what the young man did in 2019, breaking state records as a WR. This season Mims became the states all-time leader in receiving yards in Texas High School football history and led his team to a state semi matchup between the Rangers and the Raiders of Denton Ryan. Just one week prior to setting this all-time record, Mims set a single season record for receiving yards, not just in the state, but now holds a national record for most receiving yards in a single season. History remains to be written for his college and professional career.
WR – Mike Evans, Galveston Ball (Texas A&M)
Evans was a late bloomer in high school football, only playing his senior season. During that season, he recorded 25 catches, 648 yards and 7 touchdowns. Playing with Johnny Manziel, and leading the Aggies in receptions during the 2013 season earned him AP All-American honors with 1,394 receiving yards on just 69 receptions. Evans is now a star in the NFL playing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who drafted him in the first round.
WR- Terrance Williams, Dallas W.T. White (Baylor)
Williams is another little known recruit coming out of high school who went on to big things. Williams was ranked only a 2-star recruit by Rivals.com and chose to play college football for Baylor after putting up 972 yards on 59 receptions his senior year in high school. After becoming a go to receiver for RG3, Williams was drafted by his hometown, America’s team, Dallas Cowboys in the 3rd round.
RB – Trayveon Williams, Houston C.E. King (Texas A&M)
Williams was a 4-star recruit coming out of RB rich Houston. With offers to play college ball from multiple in state schools, he attended Texas A&M. During his 2018 season with the Aggies, Williams was prolific and set the single season rushing record and earned first team all-sec honors with 1,760 yards rushing.
QB – Kyler Murray, Allen (Oklahoma)
The state of Texas produces so many QBs this was the hardest choice. But how can you ignore Kyler Murray and what he did at Allen High School. During his prolific high school career, Murray led his team to 3 consecutive state titles, and a 43 game winning streak. In his senior season, he was named the Gatorade football player of the year and finished out his high school career with an astonishing 42-0 record.