Erickson, Hager set for one final shot as high school stars
Before he begins his college football career at Rice, Lake Travis running back Andy Erickson has one more game to play. So does Westlake linebacker Bryce Hager, who will play at Baylor this season.
Erickson and Hager, who helped their respective high school teams to state championship games last fall, will compete for the South squad in the annual Texas High School Coaches Association’s all-star game. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday inside the Alamodome in San Antonio.
The football game is the showcase event of the 78th annual coaching clinic, which is expected to draw about 10,000 high school coaches from all sports to the Alamo City.
Erickson, the AmericanStatesman’s Central Texas football player of the year in 2009, is a big reason Lake Travis has won three consecutive Class 4A state championships while also winning 46 straight games. Hager was an integral part of a Westlake team that reached the 5A state title game before losing to eventual champion Euless Trinity in overtime.
Coached by Andy Evans of Tatum High, Erickson and Hager will be joined on the South team by Bastrop’s Auston Shipley, an All-Central Texas receiver who will play at Blinn Junior College.
The North team, coached by Bob Shipley, will have one Central Texas representative — Wimberley offensive lineman Charlie Tuttle, who will play at Texas State this fall.
The lone University of Texas recruit in the game will be DeSoto wide receiver Darius Terrell. Texas A&M also will have one representative — Lake Travis’ Andy Erickson will play at Rice this fall. Milano linebacker Matthew Jentsch.
The coaching school begins today at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, and the annual THSCA all-star basketball game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. today at Greehey Arena on the St. Mary’s University campus.
Among the players who will participate is Providencebound guard Joseph Young, who helped Houston Yates to an undefeated season and a second straight 4A state title. The Lions ended the 2009-10 season ranked No. 1 in the country by USA Today.