In a year in which the city boasts several of the state's top college prospects, many of those prospects make what is an impressive 2008 Preseason All-Greater San Antonio Team, released today by TexasPrepInsider.com.
The choice for preseason area MVP was not an easy one as there were several deserving candidates, but perhaps no player's efforts will be directly correlated with the success of his team that those of Southwest running back Stephen Salinas, who is our pick as the best prep player in the area.
Last season Salinas helped the Dragons post an 11-1 record all while rushing for more than 1,600 yards and 34 touchdowns on the ground during an impressive junior campaign. Salinas is joined on the first team offense by Kerrville Tivy receiver Logan Vick, who had an all-State junior season and is our pick as the area's offensive player of the year entering the 2008 season.
Defensively is where the talent level picks up as Scout.com four-star linebacker Tom Wort of New Braunfels has been selected as the preseason defensive player of the year. Wort was a tackling machine last season and is expected to do great things as a senior, especially after seeing his recruiting stock soar during the spring and with his subsequent pledge to Oklahoma. Another Scout.com four-star prospect anchors the defensive line as Warren's Calvin Howell leads an impressive looking front four that also features East Central's Thomas Gray, Judson sack master Chris McAllister, and Reagan's Spencer Nealy.
TPI.com has picked Reagan to win what should be a tough 26-5A race and their talent level shows as Nealy is one of four Rattlers on the preseason team joining offensive lineman Brady Brown, kick returner Derrick Wallis, and defensive back LaQuince McCall.
The selection process at defensive back was very tough as San Antonio is home to some of the state's top defenders as McCall, a Baylor commit, is joined by Madison's Andrew Green, Warren's Joseph Bonugli, and Steele's Kendrick Geyen.
TPI.com's choice as the area coach if the year is Judson's Jim Rackley as the Rockets advanced to the Class 5A, Division I state championship game last season and are the overwhelming favorites to not only win the District 27-5A title, but enjoy yet another long playoff run.