Four players to watch in the 2013 high school football season

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As you’re reading this in the last week of June, consider that we are about six weeks away from the beginning of high school football fall camp.

Weren’t the students just released from school less than three weeks ago? But the summer is no longer a time for the student-athletes to just hang out, relax and maybe do a little of this and that to kill some time.

For about the last 10 years, those days have ended. The summer is now the time for 7-on-7 football, religious attention to strength and conditioning work and teammates doing extra side work. Football is a year round sport.

That said, there are several important storylines developing during this period that will be monitored as early August approaches.

Keller quarterback: Coach Carl Stralow knows that his quarterback senior-to-be Hunter McEachern (6-2, 190) must stay on course to continue to develop a chemistry and help an offense that seemed to be getting better toward the end of the 2012 season.

The Indians may be the surprise team for our coverage area. However, this summer is going to go a long for way McEachern to deliver the message that this team is his. Stralow was really excited about how spring football ended. The trenches shouldn’t be a problem, as defensive end Sione Teuhema is arguably the best defensive lineman in the area. And his younger brother Maea, a junior, is the best offensive lineman in the area. Both are verbally committed to Texas.

Is Nick Foster the best overall player? That’s a really good question for the Keller Fossil Ridge defensive back. If it means anything, he was the first player to verbally commit, as he did so in February to TCU.

Foster has the speed to play in the secondary at 4.42 seconds. His recovery speed is pretty special. Plus, when you’re 5-11 and 180 with a chance to play a little heavier in the fall and not lose a step, you know you’re pretty good.

That’s what Foster is all about. He has all of the intangibles to play cornerback. It should be a lot of fun when he’ll be matched up against Carroll’s top receivers when the Panthers and Dragons meet in October. The work he is doing this summer should only enhance what he’s capable of doing. Repetitions are so important.

Personally, I think Foster is our top player. I wouldn’t be surprised if he finishes the 2013 season with six interceptions.

Who faces more pressure – Ryan Agnew or Griffin Pickler? Carroll and Colleyville Heritage’s new quarterbacks are following remarkable players. Agnew, who replaces Kenny Hill, faces the standard pressure, because he has to maintain the level of excellence that’s always expected of a Dragons quarterback. Agnew did see a lot of playing time in 2012, so he has the varsity experience. This summer working with the other skill players is an important time so he can continue his development.

For Pickler, who replaces Cody Thomas, he really didn’t have much varsity time in 2012, so the summer is really important for him to demonstrate he can be the leader that Thomas was. What he doesn’t need to do is try to be like Thomas. The 7-on-7 season success isn’t so much the issue. He just needs to keep working with everybody and be ready to take the next step in August.

We likely left stories out of the mix. But keep this thought in mind: If these four young men have great seasons this fall, the 2013 high school football season should be very special.

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