Seven Texas Freshmen Suit Up in All-Star Game

Texas players report to camp this coming Sunday, but on Tuesday night seven Longhorns will play in the THSCA All-Star game in Fort Worth.

North Team

Malcolm Williams, Garland, WR
Williams played receiver, running back, safety and returned kicks for his high school team, but will lineup at wide receiver for Texas. Blessed with size (6-3, 215), speed and big hands, Williams has the potential to be a game-breaker. Working in Garland's rushing attack, he had 38 receptions for 550 yards (14.5 ypc) and four TDs, while rushing 30 times for 440 yards (14.7 ypc) and six TDs his senior year. The first-team 5A all-stater recorded 45 tackles and four interceptions on defense.

Keenan Robinson, Plano East, LB
The tall Plano East linebacker has drawn comparisons to Longhorn great Derrick Johnson and has a very similar combination of build and speed. Named first team All-American by both Parade and USA today, Robinson has been told by Texas coaches that he could figure into the deep Texas linebacker rotation as a true freshman. Robison believes his greatest assets are his pass-coverage skills and speed, having shaved his time in the 40 to a 4.5. He recorded 273 career tackles with nine tackles for loss, five sacks, five forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, six PBU, one interception and one blocked punt.

Tray Allen, South Grand Prairie, OT
Allen comes to Texas as the top offensive line recruit in the nation. Mack Brown typically avoids playing offensive linemen as true freshmen, but Allen will be a primary back-up at tackle this season and it's easy to see why. The 6-4.5, 310-pound bruiser sustains blocks extremely well and has the footwork of a much more experienced lineman. Allen was both a Parade and USA Today All-American and was part of a line that led South Grand Prairie to an average of 379.0 total yards per game and 207.8 rushing yards per game.

Michael Wilcoxon, Aledo, DT
Wilcoxon didn't receive a lot of attention for most of his high school career, but the tough DT is built in the mold of Derek Lokey. Working out of the nose tackle position, he recorded 217 career tackles with 10 sacks, 25 TFL, 44 pressures, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception during his career. With three key senior DTs on the Texas roster, signing Wilcoxon could end up being very significant for the Longhorns.

South Team

Earl Thomas, West Orange Stark, CB
In the young Texas secondary, Thomas will compete for time on the field this season and he's definitely got the athleticism to do it. Talk about a do everything player. Thomas recorded 112 career tackles with 11 interceptions, two kickoff return TDs, two punt return TDs, 1,850 rushing yards and 2,140 receiving yards in his career. He was named second- team 3A all-state by The Associated Press and third-team all-state by the Texas Sports Writers Association at receiver as a senior and was also named the district 21-3A MVP.

Brandon Collins, Brenham, WR
The 5-10, 162-pound Collins could play either DB or WR for Texas, but will suit up at wideout in the THSCA All-Star game. He certainly had success there in high school. Collins averaged 19.1 yards per reception and a TD every 3.4 catches for his career, totaling 99 receptions, 1,893 yards and 29 TDs. In the defensive backfield, the speedster posted 14 interceptions (four returned for TDs). The all-state selection in football was also tabbed all-district as a point guard in basketball and was a regional qualifier in the 110 hurdles, the 300 hurdles and the long jump.

Russell Carter, Houston Westbury, DE
Another intriguing freshman adding depth the Texas defensive line in 2007 is Russell Carter. Carter started two years for Houston Westbury and posted 250 tackles during that time. He was named to the 5A All-State team as a senior and was also named first-team All-Houston area. He was a very effective pass rushiner with a huge push off the ball, snagging an impressive 14 sacks his final year in high school.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth.

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