Since 1980, the Houston Touchdown Club has awarded its Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year awards for Greater Houston. Past winners include the likes of Vince Young and Thurman Thomas on offense and Sam Adams and Santana Dotson on defense.
This year’s awards ceremony is this coming Wednesday and there are several Texas A&M commitments and targets among the finalists.
On offense, a pair of Aggie receiver pledges are among the finalists in Jalen Preston of Manvel and Caleb Chapman of Clear Brook. Also among the 10 finalists on offense are a pair of A&M lineman commits in Luke Matthews of Fort Bend Elsik and Colten Blanton of Cy Ranch.
On defense, no current A&M commits are up for the honor but one player that is a finalist is uncommitted four-star Conroe Oak Ridge defensive end Joseph Ossai, who’s Crystal Ball is heavily in favor of the Aggies. Four-star Texas defensive tackle commit Keondre Coburn of Spring Westfield is also a finalist and he is still strongly considering the Aggies.
Since 2012, the Touchdown Club has also awarded honors to private school players in Houston. The ceremony was held this past week and Houston Episcopal wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, who is at A&M this weekend for an official visit, was named the Offensive Player of the Year winner. The national top 50 prospect has seen a number of Crystal Ball predictions for the Aggies as of late.
2017 HOUSTON TOUCHDOWN CLUB FINALISTS
OT Colten Blanton – Cy Ranch (Texas A&M)
WR KeSean Carter – The Woodlands (Texas Tech)
WR Caleb Chapman – Clear Brook (Texas A&M)
QB John Holcombe – Humble Summer Creek (Kansas State)
QB Amryn Jeffrey – Fort Bend Travis
RB Brant Kuithe – Cinco Ranch
OG Luke Matthews – Fort Bend Elkins (Texas A&M)
TE Mustapha Muhammad – Fort Bend Ridge Point (Michigan)
WR Jalen Preston – Manvel (Texas A&M)
RB Craig Williams – Crosby (Baylor)
DL Jaylon Allen – Atascocita
LB Chad Bailey – Fort Bend Ridge Point (Missouri)
LB Jace Bobo – Cy-Fair
DT Keondre Coburn – Spring Westfield (Texas)
DB Cameron Godfrey – Klein Collins
DE Blake Kuithe – Cinco Ranch
DT Moro Ojomo – Katy
DE Joseph Ossai – Conroe Oak Ridge
LB Jackson Shearer – The Woodlands
LB Jeremiah Walter – North Shore