High School Football Players in Houston to Watch for 2023

DJ Lagway has slowly, but surely came into his own as the signal caller at Willis. His junior year, Lagway threw for over 2 thousand yards and 24 touchdowns with just 5 picks and he ran for another 500 yards and 7 scores. D J battled injuries last year, but after a great summer, he’s ready to thrive. Lagway verbally committed to Florida.

Cy-Fair quarterback, Trey Owens, put 18-6A on notice last year. And then he verbally committed to the University of Texas which has made the entire state take notice. Owens threw for over 3 thousand yards as a junior and tallied 34 touchdowns. Trey’s pinpoint accuracy and precision led the Bobcats to a 10-2 season.

Zion Kearney (Keer-knee) should be a big time playmaker in the Hightower offense this year. Last year, Kearney had 39 catches for 765 yards and 8 touchdowns for a Hurricanes team that reached the regional semifinals. Zion was a unanimous selection as first team all district as he uses his 6’2 height to go get the pigskin in the air. Kearney has verbally committed to Oklahoma.

The Atascocita coaching staff is all smiles after wide receiver Jelani Watkins transferred over from Klein Forest. If you see him slumped over when he walks, it’s from all the gold medals he’s wearing from track and field. And Jelani has translated that speed to the gridiron as well. HIs quickness may get him open, but it’s his hands and route running that helped Watkins become a first team all district player last year. Jelani has verbally committed to LSU.

On defense, Shadow Creek’s Maurice Williams is one of the state’s elite defensive backs. Williams plays free safety for the Sharks, but most see him as linebacker at the next level. Maurice had 43 tackles, 3 fumble recoveries and 2 picks as a junior. He’ll always be there for the big hit and brings the quickness head coach Brad Butler expects of his defensive starters. Williams verbally committed to Houston.