Five football players recruited to play at Texas State as freshmen in 2009 took part in the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star game on July 21 at Darrell K. Royal/Memorial Stadium on July 21.
Naturally, the better known players locally played on the South team — quarterback Eric Soza from Beeville and running back Josh Wray from Boerne.
As a four-year starting quarterback at Beeville, Soza passed for 8,052 yards and 86 touchdowns in his career. In 2008, Soza was named District 30-4A MVP and All South Texas Offensive Player of the Year, and selected an All Area First-Team quarterback in 2008.
Wray started for three years as a tailback and linebacker at Boerne, first at Boerne High School and, last year, at Boerne Champion. During his career, Wray rushed for 2,640 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also caught passes for 391 yards and touchdowns. On defense, Wray made 130 tackles, 14 sacks and three fumble recoveries. TD receptions, and registered 130 total tackles, 14 sacks, and 3 fumble recoveries during his career.
Wray was named all-district first team running back in 2007 and 2008, and selected all-district first-team defensive end in 2006 and 2007.
The other Texas State recruits in the game were fullback Frank Reddic, from Kilgore High School, inside linebacker Blake McColloch from Midland Greenwood High School, and defensive end of Jordan Norfleet of Clear Brook High School. Reddick and McColloch both played for the North team, while Norfleet played for the South.
Reddic was a two-time all-District 14-4A first team selection and an all-state second-team choice after running for 2,013 yards and 22 touchdowns on 334 carries. He set school records of 53 carries for 347 yards against Marshall in a bi-district playoff win over Marshall for Kilgore coach Mike Vallery.
McColloch was the District 3-3A MVP and an all-state second team selection after running for 651 yards and six touchdowns on 114 carries.
Norfleet was an all-District 24-5A selection and named Clear Brook’s Defensive MVP and Defensive Lineman of the Year after leading coach Paul Lanier’s district championship team to a 7-3 record.