The state championship showdown between Lake Travis and Allen on Saturday will feature plenty of next-level talent, based on the players who are expected to sign national letters of intent during the early signing period that opens Wednesday.
Lake Travis has two seniors — quarterback Matthew Baldwin and kicker Cameron Dicker — who will sign Thursday at an on-campus ceremony.
Baldwin, who has thrown for 3,842 yards and 44 touchdowns this fall, decommitted from Colorado State last month and will sign with Ohio State. Dicker is a Texas Longhorns pledge who has made 32 of 41 field-goal attempts and 230 of 233 extra-point attempts in his three-year varsity football career. He has a career-long field goal of 53 yards.
Allen, one of the most heavily recruited schools in Texas, will have a busy signing week. The Eagles expect at least eight players to sign, including Brock Sturges, running back, Arizona State; CJ Johnson, defensive back, Texas State; Jevon Jones, defensive back, Arkansas State; Colton Manning, defensive back, Houston Baptist; Carson Schleker, receiver, Iowa State; Trey Stratford, offensive lineman, Stanford; and Jack Topping, offensive lineman, Army.
The Class 6A, Division I final between the teams also will feature two of the top junior receivers in the country in Theo Wease of Allen and Garrett Wilson of Lake Travis.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Wease is rated as a five-star recruit by 247Sports, and he’s ranked as the second-best receiver and the fourth-best overall prospect in the state for his class. The 6-foot, 180-pound Wilson is a four-star recruit who’s ranked as the 14th-best overall prospect in the 2019 class by 247Sports.
Wease has committed to Oklahoma, and Wilson has multiple scholarship offers, including ones from Texas and Ohio State.
First time for everything: Despite combining for 10 state titles, 13 perfect regular seasons and an overall record of 289-23 over the past 10 years, Lake Travis and Allen have never met in football. Here’s why:
Allen has long had one of the largest enrollments in the state, and school officials recently reported an enrollment of 6,664 students to the UIL for the purpose of realignment and reclassification. That total was more than 1,000 students beyond the figure submitted to the UIL by Plano West, which ranked second on the list of the state’s largest public high schools. In contrast, Lake Travis reported an enrollment of 3,085 students, and the Cavaliers are competing in the Class 6A, Division I football playoffs for only the second time in school history.
Sorting through Allen’s Centex matchups: Although Allen has won four of five games against teams from Central Texas since 2006, most of those victories came in close contests. The Eagles managed only 193 yards of offense and nine first downs last week in beating Cedar Ridge 28-7, and they picked up narrow playoff wins over Stony Point (23-21) in 2008 and Round Rock (42-35) in 2006. Allen defeated Westwood 56-24 in the 2012 playoffs.
Allen’s most notable playoff matchup against an Austin-area squad came in 2015, when Westlake snapped the Eagles’ 57-game winning streak with a 23-17 victory in a state quarterfinal.
CLASS 6A, DIVISION I FINAL
Lake Travis (13-2) vs. Allen (15-0)
3 p.m. Saturday, AT&T Stadium in Arlington, FSSW, 104.9 FM