HOT TAKES: Are Texas High School football players too polished?

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The phenomenon known as "Friday Night Lights" does not translate to "Saturday Success" or even "Sunday Stardom."

The reasons might surprise you.

Texas is thought to be the epicenter of High School Football nationwide, and it is. Katy, Permian, North Shore, Duncanville, Argyle, Converse Judson, Lake Travis, Westlake, Highland Park… It goes on and on.

These are name brands. If you are in California or Florida, you still know these programs.

But here's the thing… For the number of GREAT HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYERS in the state, a shocking number of athletes don't translate to the highest level.

Take the NFL. Where do you think Texas ranks in the country as NFL players per capita? Top 5? Top 10?

Nope. Try 11 th behind the likes of Hawaii, Mississippi, Nebraska and even Nevada.

Wait what?

Hence the argument.

The "Texas High School Football Player" has a ceiling. You heard it here, first.

Having worked for the first national recruiting website for over a decade and covering HS sports as a co-founder of VYPE 12 years ago, I've had some time to develop my theory.

There are tons of Texas kids on the national recruiting lists. There are so many four and five stars, right? Well, the upside is not always there.


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HOUSTON - Dyllon Peavy credited his night to practicing perfect.

His perfect practice turned into a perfect game right when Westfield needed it as the senior linebacker turned into Jesuit Dallas' biggest nightmare on both sides of the ball on Saturday night inside NRG Stadium.

Peavy racked up 13 tackles, forced a fumble - which was recovered by Westfield - registered an unbelievable one-handed interception in the end zone and rushed in for a touchdown, Kendal Taylor rushed for 204 yards and two scores and Westfield defeated Jesuit Dallas 38-28 in the Class 6A Division II Region II Final.

"Just pride," Peavy said about Westfield being back in the state semis. "Looking out for my brothers, my teammates and my coaches. You know we have our coaches back and they have ours."

Westfield moves on to play Denton Guyer, which handled Tascosa easily, winning 42-7 on Saturday. There have been no details on where that game will be played next week.

This is the first State Semifinals trip for Westfield since 2014.

"We haven't been to the semis since my brother was head coach in '14," Westfield coach Matt Meekins, who was an assistant coach on that staff, said. "It's nice to get back."


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