Featured in Sunday's All-Area team in the San Antonio News-Express was Cibolo Steele linebacker Ryan Simmons. The newspaper's Defensive Player of the Year, Simmons was at the Cowboys practice with his father. Simmons was fresh off winning a Texas Class 5A Division II state championship over Denton Guyer.
Simmons had a key interception in that contest and had five for the season along with an amazing 179 tackles. He has visited Wake Forest and is scheduled to visit Oklahoma State (Jan. 7) along with Stanford and Oregon. Those four schools make up his top four choices.
Ashaad Mabry out of San Antonio MacArthur was there along with a friend. The big defensive tackle was a second team All-Area selection and helped his team make a deep run into the playoffs that ended with a loss to Cibolo Steele in the quarterfinals.
The parents of Plano West offensive lineman and soon to be freshman for the spring semester Travis Cross also were at the practice.
Prospects, family members, and coaches are allowed to attend practice but Oklahoma State coaches are not permitted to have conversations with prospects and parents as the recruiting calendar is in a dead period for contact.