Player Spotlight: Stephen Amoako

The secondary was stacked last season at Arlington Martin with Devonta Burns, Ryan Pollard, and Stephen and Eric Amoako. The Warriors went 10-3, the most successful season in school history. Burns signed with Texas A&M in February and Pollard with the Air Force Academy. The good news the Amoako twins return for their senior season.

"Getting to play with some great players like Ryan Pollard help improve my game," said Stephen Amoako. "I got better in man coverage, keeping my composure, and playing hard every snap. I played corner last year, but this year I'm going to play strong safety in our 4-2-5 defense and probably move around a lot closer to the line."

Stephen Amoako made 37 tackles in 2010, eight pass breakups, and one interception as his first year as a starter. He has five offers include Kansas State, Pittsburgh, North Texas, Minnesota, and Purdue.

"So far we've been to KU and K-State," said Stephen on campus visits he and his brother Eric have made this spring. "We're going to Oklahoma State this weekend. In a couple of weeks we're taking the plane to Pitt.

"Our mom always comes on the visits with us. My uncle Chuck (Charles Johnson) who played at Army is coming with us from Washington (state) when we visit Purdue and Minnesota."

It's the twins ambition to play together in college. Both Stephen and Eric have been offered by the same schools and taken the same visits together.

"When we were at KU's Junior Day," said Stephen, "the K-State coaches heard we were in-state and asked us to come by. So it was a casual visit. We still got to see a lot of the place. They were doing stadium renovations. It was a nice environment. We're planning on going back for a more formal visit.

Stephen says he's hoping to see his (and Eric's) offer list increase. He says both Kansas and Oklahoma State are showing heavy interest in the twins.

"We're hoping to decide by the middle of summer," Stephen said of their commitment. "Playing together in college is definitely something we want to do. We've never not played together. If something comes along that's too good to pass up, then it could be a possibility. The most important thing is that we both go on to play at the college level.

"Academics are very important to me. The place I go to college may be the place I start my career. For football, I look at who my position coach will be and if he can help me reach my full potential as a player.

"For school, I want to be in a good environment. Distance is not necessarily an issue. Our mom always stresses to us to go out and experience new things, so I can see us going out of state."

Amoako, 6-0, 190, has a best of 4.42 in the 40 run at his high school. In the off-season he runs the 4x1 and the 4x2 relay and the high jump for the track team. He's hoping to make some big plays for the Warriors next fall as the try to defend their District 4 title.

"Last season a lot of my pass breakups should have been interceptions," said Stephen. "I'm hoping not to make as many drops and have at least five interceptions. I don't want to allow any touchdowns. To not get beat means don't make mental mistakes, and don't get lazy."

The Warriors fell to Euless Trinity in the 3rd round of the Texas 5A playoffs. They only return two on offense next season, but should have a strong defense with eight returning players, two of them named Amoako.

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