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List of local college football pledges is growing quickly

Keller Indians defensive lineman Houston Miller (88) committed to Texas Tech this week.
Keller Indians defensive lineman Houston Miller (88) committed to Texas Tech this week. Special to the Star-Telegram

With the number of scholarship offers in the area, you won’t have trouble finding a football game this fall that features one or multiple players committed to a Division I school.

The list of local pledges is already growing quickly.

This week, five area players announced commitments: Michael Badejo (SMU), Craig JimLawson (SMU), Kellen Diesch (Arkansas), Hunter Donnelly (Colorado State) and Houston Miller (Texas Tech).

Here’s a look at each player:

Mansfield Timberview LB Michael Badejo: Badejo committed to SMU after visiting the Dallas campus earlier this week. This is the kind of recruit Chad Morris is targeting —Badejo had offers from multiple schools, including Washington, but he chose the Mustangs because they were close to home and they offer the chance of early playing time. DFW is deep with talent, and Badejo, a largely unknown prospect before January, is another example of that.

Mansfield Timberview LB Craig JimLawson: JimLawson is Badejo’s running mate in Timberview’s front seven, and his commitment to SMU was another solid local pickup by the Mustangs.

Keller DE Houston Miller: After a couple visits to Lubbock, you had to expect that Miller was strongly considering Texas Tech. And he went a step further this week with a commitment to the Red Raiders. Miller has been a highly productive player for the Indians, and his stock rose dramatically once his junior film became available.

Trophy Club Nelson OL Kellen Diesch: Diesch and fellow Nelson prospect Brandon Bowen rose to Power 5 prominence this spring. Since Bret Bielema arrived af Arkansas, the Razorbacks have been an attractive option for offensive linemen. Diesch should fit nicely into what Bielema is building.

Arlington Martin LB Hunter Donnelly: Colorado State was one of the first teams to show interest in Donnelly, and he awarded the Rams with a commitment this week. Donnelly has been Burleson Centennial’s best player the last two seasons, and he should add to Arlington Martin’s talented defense his senior year.

Committed players

Arlington Lamar QB Shane Buechele (Texas)

Arlington Lamar OL Chris Owens (Alabama)

Arlington Lamar DB Madre Harper (Oklahoma State)

Aledo OL Wes Harris (TCU, 2017)

Aledo OL Hunter Harris (Kansas)

Mansfield Timberview LB Michael Badejo (SMU)

Mansfield Timberview QB Devin Williams (Texas State)

Mansfield Timberview LB Craig JimLawson (SMU)

Keller DL Houston Miller (Texas Tech)

Trophy Club Nelson OL Kellen Diesch (Arkansas)

Arlington Bowie OL Tope Imade (Texas)

Arlington Martin LB Hunter Donnelly (Colorado State)

Fort Worth Paschal ATH Dylan Thomas (TCU)

Quick hits

Fort Worth All Saints defensive tackle Mike Williams earned a spot in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which is held each January in San Antonio.

Oklahoma State offered Fort Worth South Hills twins Tracin and Tylan Wallace, who will be juniors this fall. Tracin started the last two years at quarterback while Tylan played receiver. Houston, Vanderbilt, Tulsa and SMU have also offered both players.

The Star-Telegram’s Southlake Journal had an update this week on recruits from the Keller and Southlake area. Eighteen players from across the Keller schools, Carroll, Byron Nelson, Grapevine and Colleyville Heritage have Division I offers.

Among them is Heritage’s Reid Harrison-Ducros, who picked up offers from Boise State and Texas State this week.

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