DeSoto Eagles Poised For Deep Run In Peterman’s Second Year

former DeSoto football coach

DESOTO—Eagle Football has always been a powerhouse with results in reaching the playoffs, top collegiate signees and development of boys into men. Is this the year?

After topping Dave Campbell’s local list of seniors going D1 and ranking preseason #8, the Eagles are on everyone’s radar again. Head Coach Todd Peterman feels good in his second year at the helm.

Here’s how the DeSoto Eagles are shaping up for 2016.

DeSoto has added TCU pledge Shawn Robinson, a transfer from Denton Guyer. Robinson is a four-star recruit and the top-rated quarterback in the area. Four-star recruit K.D. Nixon is ranked the 37th-best wide receiver in the nation by He missed four games last year with a hamstring injury but was still DeSoto’s second-leading receiver.

DeSoto’s offensive line may be the best in the area, with three players ranked among the top 75 recruits in the state. Four-star recruit Edward Ingram has committed to LSU, three-star recruit Xavier Newman is committed to Texas, and three-star recruit Hyrin White is a Missouri pledge.

Wide Receivers Laviska Shenault and Kadarrian Nixon
Wide Receivers Laviska Shenault and Kadarrian Nixon

Laviska Shenault was DeSoto’s leading receiver last season and is committed to Colorado. On defense, defensive back Isaiah Stewart is committed to Nevada. Returning defensive lineman Wesley Green and linebackers Kemonte Yow and Kolby Watts were first-team all-district selections last year.

DeSoto currently has 20 students-athletes with FBS (D1) or FCS (D2) offers, as well as two student-athletes with NCAA Div. 2 offers. There is a total of 22 senior student-athletes with offers before the season even started.

Scoring Good Grades

Head coach Todd Peterman and his staff do an excellent job of posturing their athletes for success both in the classroom and on the field.

“One of the reasons that we have a lot of kids offered scholarships is they all have excellent grades and already have their SAT scores,” Peterman said. “So we start when these kids are freshmen and hammer them with grades, parent calls and all the things needed to be successful. Working behind the scenes with them as SAT and ACT tutors goes a long way toward getting these early offers.”

“You’re not going to get early offers if you don’t have good grades. That’s why we have so many success stories in life besides just being great athletes,” Coach Peterman said in regards to why DeSoto has so many FBS commits.