|Clayton named to Super Team|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
July 8, 2004 -- SSHS head football coach Brad Turner has never had a player named to Dave Campbell's Super Team. Until now.
Keenan Clayton, the Wildcats' do-it-all defensive back, kick returner and running back, was selected by Texas Football magazine as First Team Super Team at defensive back, which recognizes the best position players in the state in all classifications.
The last Sulphur Springs players to be on the First Team were defensive tackle Damione Lewis and linebacker Kwaesi Palmer under head coach Chuck King during the 1995 season.
"We're very happy for Keenan to be getting this kind of recognition," Turner said. "I'm sure him being in the top recruiting lists has something to do with it. You have to have a good junior season, for sure, and he did. That and the fact that he's one of the top recruits in the state was probably what got him recognized."
Clayton has already been offered full scholarships to virtually every Big 12 university as well as notable national powers LSU, Arizona and Notre Dame. The question remains where he will play in college.
For the Wildcats, the answer is everywhere.
He will start at defensive back and running back/wide receiver as well as return punts. Last season, he finished with 44 tackles, one interception and two fumble recoveries on defense, led the team in scoring with 98 points, amassed 372 yards rushing on just 48 carries (7.8 yards per carry average) and 470 yards receiving, to go along with a school-record three punt returns for touchdowns.
The 6-3, 205-pounder runs the 40 in 4.4 seconds and the magazine says in part he "could have easily been named as a utility player on either side of the ball. Outstanding defensive back ... outstanding kick and punt returner. Can do it all."
Coach Turner said he doesn't know who picks the Super Team, but that Clayton deserves the recognition.
"How they pick it, I don't know," he said. "But, Keenan's an awesome talent."
He isn't the only District 12-4A player on the Super Team. Texarkana's All-State middle linebacker, Chris Collins (6-1, 225) is also a First Team selection. Collins' teammate Chris Brown (6-3, 220) is a Third Team selection at defensive line.
Also recognized by the magazine at Top 300 talent (top 300 seniors in the state) are Winnsboro quarterback Josh Neiswander (6-2, 190) and several SSHS opponents this year in Lancaster quarterback Antoin Broom (6-1, 175), Lancaster defensive lineman Herman King (6-5, 220), Lancaster linebacker Chad Washington (6-1, 205), and Texarkana defensive back Curtis Sanders (5-8, 175).
Top Juniors listed by the magazine include Lancaster offensive lineman Edgar McNac (6-4, 305), Texarkana linebacker Dustin Earnest (6-2, 220), and Dallas White linebacker Demaurier Thompson (6-2, 190). Among the Top Sophomores is Texarkana quarterback Ryan Mallette (6-4, 180).