Tyrik Rollison can hang another impressive award on his wall.
Rollison, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound quarterback for the Sulphur Springs Wildcats, is on the Parade magazine’s All-American team.
The team, which will officially be released Jan. 25 when the magazine is published, features only seven quarterbacks in the nation selected. The team consists of the top 58 players chosen from 25 states.
Rollison’s career ended with a bang as he led the Wildcats to a 14-2 record and state Class 4A, Division I title.
“This is a tremendous honor,” Sulphur Springs head football coach Greg Owens said. “He was on the Army All-American team and now he’s on this prestigious team.”
The coach continued, “Ty deserves it, not only for his stats, but for what he can do on the field. He takes charge of the football field and can some incredible things happen. He is an outstanding college recruit who will be a big asset to whatever college he signs with, he has all the ability he needs to play well in college. We’re very proud of what he has accomplished.”
This year, Rollison completed 315-of-428 for 4,728 yards,53 touchdowns, 15 interceptions. 1,094 yards rushing, 14 touchdowns in his career he completed passes for 9,433 yards and 94 touchdowns.
Rollison had not heard about the honor and when told, rolled his eyes skyward and said, “whoa.”
“I didn’t know, I guess I am excited, it’s an honor,” Rollison said. “I think I can compete against the best quarterbacks in the nation.”
Rollison said he got to see some of the elite players in action when he played in the Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.
“Those guys can play, but I fit in with them and could play as well as they could,” Rollison said. This is a team honor, I could not have been picked if it wasn’t for the team around me. The guys who protected me so I could make the plays. Without them I could not be where I am now.”
Rollison said he is narrowing down his choices for a college with Oklahoma State still on the list. A visit to Kansas State was canceled. He has a visit Saturday to Auburn University in Alabama.
“I just want to make the right choice for me,” Rollison said. “I still have time to make a good decision.”
Garrett Gilbert was the Player of the Year on the team.
As a senior, Gilbert led Lake Travis to a 16-0 season and a second straight state championship. He passed for 55 touchdowns and a record 4,851 yards, with only six interceptions.
Players were selected by coaches, journalists, scouts, and recruiters, which will be listed in this Sunday’s issue.
Also named to the All-American team from the state of Texas are: Tyrik Rollison, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound quarterback from Sulphur Springs High School; Russell Shepard, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound quarterback from Cypress Ridge High School in Houston; Kendial Lawrence, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back from Rockwall-Heath High School in Heath; A.J. Dugat, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound receiver from Dayton High School in Dayton;
Jamarkus McFarland, a 6-foot-3, 295-pound lineman from Lufkin High School in Lufkin; Mason Walters, a 6-foot-7, 295-pound lineman from Friendship High School in Wolfforth; Alex Okafor, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound lineman from Pflugerville High School in Pflugerville; Chris Williams, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker from Abilene High School in Abilene and Craig Loston, a 6-foot-2”, 200-pound defensive back from Eisenhower High School in Houston.
Fifteen PARADE All-Americans have won the Heisman Trophy: Tim Tebow, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, Eric Crouch, Chris Weinke, Ron Dayne, Herschel Walker, Charles Woodson, Rashaan Salaam, Marcus Allen, Billy Sims, Earl Campbell, Tony Dorsett, Steve Spurrier, and Mike Garrett.
The 2008-2009 NFL boasts 172 PARADE All-Americans, including Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts, Vince Young of the Tennessee Titans, and Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings—to name just a few.
See the entire PARADE All-America High School Football Team and their college picks at Parade.com.
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