(South Padre Island, Texas)-The McDonald’s All-South Texas Football Region IV-Rio Grande Valley players will be honored at the South Padre Island Convention Center on March 29, 2024 with a dinner at 7:00 p.m. The event will be part of the High School Sports Magazine’s Football Coaching Convention presented by DHR Hospitals. “This event will honored players from the Rio Grande Valley for their performances from 2023,” says HSSM Publisher, David A. Amador. “We are excited to make this event happen.”

HSSM will play host with special guest speakers, Super Bowl Champion Everson Walls of the New York Giants and formerly of the Dallas Cowboys, WR Nico Collins from the Houston Texans, and Shea Patterson, former starting quarterback from the University of Michigan, now with CFL Saskatchewan Roughriders. HSSM will honor all players selected and parents are invited to attend this event. Most Valuable Players and Coaches of the Year will also be named. Dinner Tickets may be purchased at www.HSSMLive.com for $50 each.

Here are the list of the 2023 McDonald’s All South Texas Football players selected by High School Sports Magazine.

Top Quarterbacks

Michael Montoya-Brownsville Veterans HS  jr 5’10 180lbs 1,106 passing yards 16 TDs 650 rushing 16 TDs; led team to the UIL State 5A Division I Semifinals.

Ruben Atkinson-Rio Hondo HS jr. 6’2  2,128 passing 20 TDs 359 rushing 9 TDs

Josh Chavira-ODEM HS sr 5’10 2,302 passing 19 TDs 218 yards rushing 8 TDs

Andres Sepulveda-Weslaco HS 2,909 career passing 31 TDs 675 rushing 11 TDs

Aaron Corona-San Benito HS 21-4 overall record two-year starter

Sharyland HS Bo Krell 1,703 yards passing 18 TDs University of Houston Christian University signee

Julian Valdez-Sharyland Pioneer HS 5’11 sr. 5,878 career passing yards 63 TDs  2,297 rushing yards career 28 TDs 13 total career interceptions from 599 attempts

Aiden Olivas-Lyford HS 5’10 165lbs 3,228 yards passing 21 TDs  854 yards rushing 13 TDs; 3,568 career passing 23 TDs 1,086 rushing 13 TDs

Geoffrey LeFerve-Donna HS jr 6’3 215lbs  3,324 passing 24 TDs; 5,146 passing career 44 TDs

JJ Acosta-Taft HS sr 6’2 205lbs  8,986 passing yards 553 completions 19 INTs 94 TD passes 2,935 yards rushing 21 TDs TSWA All-State District MVP 

Jaime Lopez-PSJA HS sr 5’11 175lbs 8,880 passing career 87 TDs 925 rushing 15 TDs; ranks third all-time passing from the Rio Grande Valley. 

Braden Luedeker-Mission Veterans HS sr 6,130 career passing 56 TDs  1731 yards rushing 39 TDs TSWA All-State Midland University Signee

Jayden Paluseo-Flour Bluff HS jr. 6’3″ 185lbs 3,086 passing yards 40 TD; 301 rushing 5TDs  

Ale Aparicio-PSJA North HS sr. 5’9 165lbs 3,057 career passing 37 TDs; 1,525 yards rushing 27 Tds UTRGV Signee

TOP Running backs

Emiliano Colunga-PSJA Memorial HS jr 6’0 165lbs 1,305 rushing yards 9.4 per carry 12 TDs

Damian Figueroa 5’10 Tuloso-Midway HS sophomore 1,484 rushing yards 15 TDs

Ulysses Melendez-Edinburg North HS 6’0 185lbs 2,217 career rushing 26 TDs 6.6 yards per carry TSWA All-State

Alvin Trevillion-Brownsville Veterans jr (fullback) 1,467 rushing yards 10 TD TSWA All-State

Ryen Abrego-Edinburg HS sr 5’5  1,420 rushing yards 17 TDs

Ethan Guerra-PSJA North HS sophomore 5’7 1,572 yards rushing 21 TDs; 2,677 yards career 34 TDs; REC

Elias Rodriguez Jr.-Weslaco HS sr  1,687 yards rushing 24 TDs 

Issac Lozano-Roma HS sr  senior 1,822 rushing 28 TDs; 4,748 career rushing  Two-Time 5A All-State TSWA

Fabian Garcia-San Benito HS sr 5,195 career rushing yards; 61 TDs Two-Time TSWA All-State 5A Selection-UTRGV signee

Jamal Polley-Edinburg Vela HS sr  1,964 yards rushing 31 TDs; 3,550 career rushing 51 TDs5A All-State TSWA Selection-UTRGV Signee

Rene Martinez-Falfurrias HS sr 5’11 185lbs 1,971 rushing 17 TDs; 5,354 career rushing 40 TDs

Mauricio Mendoza La Joya HS 865 yards rushing 5TDs 50 yards rec

TOP Wide Receivers 

Gerry Gomez- Brownsville Veterans sr 6’1 643 yards receiving 5 TDs; 24.7 yards per catch Eastern New Mexico signee; 5A DI Semifinals

Caleb Torres-PSJA Southwest sr 32 rec 703 yards 8 TDs

Enrique Rodriguez-TAFT HS 6’1 sr 2,510 yards rec 39 TDs 341 yards rushing (career)

Xavier Rodriguez-Donna HS jr 5’7  1,143 yards 7 TD

Andres Gutierrez-Zapata HS sr 6’1 175lbs 1,354 rec yards 14 TDs; 3,245 career rec yards 30 TDs

Ryan Vallejo-PSJA HS jr 5’9 1,204 receiving 14 TDs; 1,739 yards career 18 TDs

Leo Espinoza, Sharyland Pioneer HS sr 6’1 180lbs 1,259 rec yards 19TDs; 2,408 30 TDs career rec 18.7 per catch TSWA All-State 

Cameran Dickson-Flour Bluff HS 6’2 175lbs sr 946 receiving 12 TDs; 1,820 career receiving yards 21 TDS

Jayden Johnson-Flour Bluff HS 5’10 899 yards rec  12 TDs 

Jaxson Shupe-Edinburg Vela HS 6’2 185lbs sr  303 receiving 33.7 yards per catch-851 career yards rec 9TDs UTRGV Signee 

Bernade Gonzalez-Edinburg Vela HS 31 catches 5 TDs Two passing TDs 143 yards rushing TD

Colton Harrison-GregoryPortland HS 6’3 205lbs 1,734 career receiving yards 19TDs

Justin Arellano-Alice HS sr 5’10 175lbs Texas A&M Kingsville signee 636 yards receiving 9 TDs 19.9 yards per catch

Obed Marin-Mission Veterans Memorial HS 6’0 sr 1,074 12 TDs 22.38 per catch; 1,464 career rec 11 TDs

Abel Lucio-Mission Veterans Memorial HS  979 yards 16.0 avg 61 rec 12 TDs

Gabriel Rios-Brownsville Lopez HS sr 5’10  951 rec yards 5 TDs 17.3 per catch

Isaias Gonzalez-Lyford HS sr 5’8 150lbs 925 yards rec 8 TD 18.5 per catch

Trey Canales ODEM HS sr 5’8 825 yards rec 5 TDs 54 catches

Obed Alvarez-McAllen HS 6’1 sr  770 yards rec 11 TDs 374 yards rushing 3 TDs 402 yds KRTexas A&M Kingsville signee 

Nick Karam 6’0 McAllen HS sr 799 yards rec 6 TDs 68 catches

Julius Olmedo, Santa Rosa HS 6’1 sr. 984 yards rec 18 TDs career

Terrell Jackson- Kingsville HS 6’3 WR sr 38 rec 502 yards 

Joseph Ruiz, Brownsville Hanna HS jr 5’7 

Weslaco East HS Jediah Rivens 6’1 sr 

McAllen Memorial HS Dylan Goodson sr 5’11 541 yards rushing 788 yards rec career

Harlingen HS Adam Sanchez jr. 5’11 165lbs 55 catches 550 3 TDs

TOP Tightends

Rio Hondo HS Joshua Laster TE/DE 6’3 jr

Nick Tovar-Brownsville Veterans-TE 6’3 sr UTRGV Signee

Noah Rocha-Edinburg Vela HS TE 6’3 jr

Julius Arredondo PSJA North TE 6’1 sr

Quarterback Sack Leaders

Matthew Cano-Edcouch-Elsa HS 13.5 11 hurries

Matthew Enriquez-Edcouch-Elsa HS 11.5 sacks 16 hurries

Abram Garcia La Joya Palmview HS 11 QB Sacks 6 caused fumbles two rec fumble 3 caused safeties 7 batted balls

Devon Robinson-San Benito HS 10.5 sacks 

Patrick Reddick-San Benito HS 8.0 sacks

Mario Martinez-Edcouch-Elsa HS 7.5 sacks 9 hurries

Jorge Rios-PSJA HS sr 7.5 sacks 16 hurries

Isaias Vela-Lyford HS 7.0 sacks 32 hurries

Luke Bonura-Calallen HS 7.0 sacks 

Chris Gonzalez-Port Isabel HS 7.0 sacks 28 hurries

Jayden Kemp- CC Tuloso-Midway HS 7.5 sacks 5 hurries

Interception Leaders

Andrew Rivera-Pioneer HS 6 TSWA All-State

Nicolas Gonzalez-Edinburg HS 6 TSWA All-State

Brandon Hernandez-San Benito HS 7 TSWA All-State

Gilbert Trillo sr-Brownsville Veterans HS 6 Eastern New Mexico Signee; THSCA All-State

Homer Garcia-Sharyland HS 5

Jason Salinas-San Diego HS 5

LeeRoy Palacios-PSJA North HS 5

Armando DeLa Garza-Lyford HS 5

Cameron Dickson-Flour Bluff HS 5

Field Goals Made/Attps

Pedro Espinoza-Weslaco East HS 8-8 36 longest

Angel Guajardo-Mission HS 8-9 30 yards

Leo Quezada-Rio Hondo HS 7-9 45 yards

Jose Contreras-Los Fresnos HS 7-11 46 yards

Jeziel Ovalle-Harlingen South HS 6-7 23 yards

Johnathon Juarez-San Benito HS

Omar Garcia-PSJA Memorial HS Longest FG 51, 42, 47 

KOHL’s Kicking and Punting Showcase ranked nationally 18th 5-Star 


Raul Isasi-PSJA North HS 72-77

Jonathan Juarez-San Benito HS 62-63 

Roman Reyna-Brownsville Veterans HS 57-60

Isiah Gaytan-Mission Veterans 50-51

Luis Garcia-Edinburg Vela sr 49-49

Julian Betancourt-Weslaco 41/44 4/6 FG

Jeziel Ovalle Harlingen South sr 6’0 HS 28-28 made 6-7 FG


Miguel Ortiz-Los Fresnos HS 42.47 17 punts 66 longest

Alex Martinez-Weslaco East HS 39.74 19 punts 57 longest

Obed Almeda-Raymondville HS 39.43 28 punts 62 longest

Addean Vela PSJA Southwest sr 42 punts 39.5 avg

Obed Almeda Raymondville HS sr 39.42 avg 28 punts

Omar Garcia-PSJA Memorial HS 38.76 17 punts 58 longest

Bernabe Gonzalez-Edinburg Vela HS sr 21 punts 37.6 65 yards longest (5 inside 20yards)

Said Esparza McAllen HS sr 37.0 avg 29 punts (8 inside 20)

JC Valdez Edinburg HS sr 37.0 avg


Jaime Martinez sr-Brownsville Veterans HS 171 tackles THSCA All-State

Aiden Uribe-Mission Veterans jr HS 165 tackles 58 solo TSWA All-State

Humberto Leal-Donna HS jr 155 tackles 90 solos TSWA All-State

Keyan Lopez-Rio Hondo HS 151 tackles 48 solos TSWA All-State

Isaiah Rico-Edinburg North TSWA All-State 36 solos 4 QB sacks 2 INTs Def TD


Gilbert Trillo-Brownsville Veterans HS sr

860 yards rushing 15 TDs; 365 yards Rec 9 TDs; 1,401 total yards

180 solos tackles Tot 274  12 career INTs 4 Fmb recoveries

TSWA All-State THSCA All-State; Sports Illustrated MVP-South Texas Region

Keyan Lopez Rio Hondo HS jr 829 yards rec 16 YDs 47 catches; 319 tackles

TSWA All-State 319 tackles 83 solos 32 TFL 10.5 sacks 2 INTs 3 FM rec 6 caused fm

Santi Longoria Sharyland HS sr 422 rushing 520 yards rec

Pedro Mechaca LJ Juarez-Lincoln sr 1,028 yards rushing 6 TDs 214 yards rec 1 TD

Esiah Gracia-Santa Maria HS  2,558 rushing career 1,529 receiving career 326 KO career

Brandon Felix-La Villa QB sr 2,187 yards passing 24 TDS 2,128 yards rushing 30 TDs  career

Newcomer of the Year

QB Alice HS Lucian Cruz 2,080 passing 24 TDs 705 yards rushing 12 TDs 

Harlingen HS Nathan Huerta 6’0 soph RB 942 yards rushing 83 rec 18TDs

PSJA HS Emiliano Fraga WR jr 792 rec yards 9TDs

Donna HS June Garza 6’1 45 rec 723 yards 9TDs

Brownsville Veterans-Andrew Quintero DL 6’0 soph

Brownsville Lopez-QB Lupe Ramirez jr 2,030 passing 14 TDs

McAllen HS Oliver Schwartz LB 6’2 soph 107 tackles 25 solos 2 QB sacks 4 tackles for loss one forced fumble

Weslaco HS Chris Luna sophomore DB 5’7 40 tackles 3INTs 5 tackles for losses 1 forced fumbles 1 fumble recovery

Pioneer HS Dylan Tijerina RB sophomore 

Harlingen South HS Austen Shroyer 546 yards passing 4 TD 161 yards rushing

Mission HS Shelby Sital sophomore 674 yards rec 6TDs

Ethan Delgado-Edinburg Vela HS sophomore DE 6’0 54 assists 26 solos 7 TFL 14 QB pressures sack 2 FMB rec


Diego Trevino-Alice HS 5’11 Center TSWA All-State; Top 5 Student

Alex Botello-Alice HS 6’2 OL sr Hardin Simmons signee

Brownsville Porter-Ivan Martinez 6’1 sr

Brownsville Pace-Michael Salazar 6’2 jr

Matthew Pinon-Brownsville Veterans 6’3 sr 

Sports Illustrated All-South Texas  TSWA All-State

Eastern New Mexico Signee…

Israel Yanez-Brownsville Veterans HS 6’2 sr New Eastern Mexico signee 

Leonardo Garza-Brownsville Rivera 6’3 jr

Erick Cervantes-Brownsville Hanna 6’3 jr

Jon Pitts-La Joya HS 6’6 sr

Judah Gonzalez-Weslaco East OL 6’2 jr

Gabriel Banda-McAllen Rowe 6’1 OL sr

Michael Banda-McAllen Rowe 6’1 OL sr

Jordan Brewster-PSJA North 6’4 OL jr TSWA All-State

Joe Derek Vecchio-PSJA North C 6’2 sr UTRGV signee TSWA All-State 

Marcus Cabellero Edinburg Vela OG sr 

Kai Vinluan-Edinburg Vela sr Center 5’9 260lbs

Ronnie Ramirez-Edinburg Vela OL 6’3 jr

Lisandro Garcia-Grulla HS OL 6’4 sr

David Justice-Valley View HS OL 6’4 jr

Hector Ortiz-Valley View OL sr 6’2 

Johnathon Solis-Economedes HS 6’1 OL sr.

Jerry Rios-Santa Rosa HS TSWA All-State 

Gustavo De La Cerda 5’10 sr- Donna HS TSWA All-State

Rey Lerma-Brownsville Pace 5’9 center sr

Steven Martinez jr OG 6’1 Port Isabel HS TSWA All-State

La Feria HS Ricky Barba OT 6’4 jr

Carlos Rodriguez-McAllen Memorial HS center sr 6’0 sr OL

Josh Lang McAllen Memorial HS 6’4 sr OL

Arian Villarreal-McAllen HS 6’4 jr OL

Maddox Braxton-McAllen HS 6’4 jr OL

Mailk Robledo-Mission HS 6’3 sr OL

Michael Garza-Mission HS OL 6’2 sr OL

Adrian Salinas-Edinburg HS sr center 3-year starter

Issac Ramirez-San Benito HS 5’10 OL

Julian Lopez-PSJA Memorial HS sr 6’2 OL

Anthony Johnson-Harlingen HS sr OL 5’9

Rigo Benavidez-Mission Veterans HS sr 6’1 

Diego Zavala Weslaco OL sr

Carlos Garcia 5’9 OL

Angel De La Cruz Raymondville HS 5’10 40 pancakes


Matt Garza Weslaco DL sr

Los Fresnos HS-Erik Burberg 6’3 DE sr

Los Fresnos HS-Lance Garcia 6’2 DE sr

Los Fresnos-Ryan Garcia 6’2 DL sr

Harlingen-Sterling Tomlin 6’0 LB jr

Weslaco-Miguel Rodriguez DT 6’2 sr

Pablo Cadena-Weslaco HS sr 6’2

PSJA Jayden James DE 6’2 jr

McAllen HS Heriberto Balderas 6’2 DE

McAllen Rowe Juan Garcia 6’4 DE

PSJA Memorial Marcus Hernandez DL 6’3 

PSJA North Danny Garcia 6’2 DT/DE UTRGV signee TSWA All-State

PSJA North Dante Garcia 6’2 DT UTRGV signee TSWA All-State

Port Isabel HS Christopher Gonzalez DE 6’3 jr TSWA All-State 

Economedes HS-Anthony Gonzalez 6’0 DL sr.

Donna HS Gabriel Enriquez 6’1 DE sr

Brownsville Hanna HS-Erick Cervantes DE 6’3 jr

Rio Hondo HS-Tomas Cavazos DT 6’3 jr.

Brownsville Lopez HS Thaddeus Bodney  DE 6’3 sophomore 

La Feria HS James Ransom DE 6’4  jr

Jackson Quintanilla-McAllen DT sr 6’1 

Carmine Castilleja-San Benito HS DT 5’10 sr

Shea Garza-Harlingen HS DE 6’0 sr

Brandon Cantu-Edinburg Vela sr 5’10 DT 41 assist 10 solo 8 TFL TD 10 QB pressures 3 sacks FM Rec

Valley View-Pablo Valdez DT/DE jr 6’0 

Valley View-Adrian Montalvo DE sr 6’3

PSJA SW Jose Gallegos sr DE 5’10 

Mission Veterans-Raul Valdez DT 6’2 sr

Gilbert Lerma Harlingen South 6’0 DT


Mike Gonzales-PSJA North 6’1 LB Texas Lutheran signee  TSWA All-State 272 tackles 138 solos 13.5 sacks 26 hurries 2 INT career 41 TFL

Alexzander Botello-Edinburg Vela HS sr 5’10 LB 63 assist  25 solos 10 TFL 9 QB Pressures 4 QB sacks Fumble forced

Derek Rodriguez-Edinburg Vela jr 6’1 DB 

Luis Garcia-Edinburg Vela 6’2  jr 15 solos 30 assists 2 TFL Int

Port Isabel HS Tristian Garcia sr LB 5’10 TSWA All-State offense/defense

Raymondville HS-Gustavo Oviedo 5’10 LB

Rio Hondo HS Keyan Lopez 5’11 LB

San Diego HS Jason Salinas 5’11 sr

Alice HS Nik Garza 5’9 sr LB

Alice HS Matthew Carrillo DB 5’8 sr

Alice HS Joaquin Molina DB sr

Calallen HS Chris Alonso LB sr 5’11

Calallen HS Jude Hernandez LB 6’0

Diego Cruz-Santa Rosa HS sr TSWA All-State 

Cody Longoria PSJA LB 5’9 jr

Jose Medellin, Brownsville Rivera HS 5’9 jr

Mission Veterans-Chris Garza LB jr. 

Flour Bluff Hs Christian Arriaga sr 6’0 LB

Flour Bluff HS Bryce Schmidt sr 6’0 LB

Gregory Portland HS Gabe Juarez sr LB 5’10

Gregory-Portland HS Brodie Mitchell LB 6’3 sr

CC Tuloso-Midway HS Adrian Reyes LB 5’9 sr

Hidalgo HS Derrick Garza DB 5’9 sr

Kingsville HS Jaiden Lewis 5’10 sr LB

McAllen Memorial HS Daniel De La Cruz 6’0 sr LB

Gael Perez-Brownsville Pace sr SS

Andres Barrera sr McAllen HS FS

Greg Granados-Weslaco East jr FS 

Marco Trevino-Mission HS SS sr

Angel Torres-Edinburg HS sr LB

Harlingen HS Jacob Ortiz LB 6’0 jr

Harlingen HS Sterling Tomlin LB 6’0 jr

Christian Garza-San Benito HS sr LB 6’0

Jesus Vizeros-Valley View sr. DB 5’8

Mission Veterans-Pablo Lopez sr SS

Weslaco HS Josh Rivera LB

Weslaco HS Noah Cazares DB sr

Mikey Gonzalez 6’0-DB sr 109 tackles 67 solos 

Marcus Garza Harlingen South 5’11 

Slevin Gutierrez Raymondville HS sr 6’0 DB/SS

Matthew Jimenez Raymondville HS jr 126 tackles