Coppell linebacker Brandon Mullins was named the Associated Press defensive player of the year for 5A. He finished with 133 tackles and had scholarship offers from Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Christian.
He instead will play lacrosse as a longstick midfielder at Syracuse.
Wide receiver Tyler Landis led the Cowboys in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. Like Mullins, he was on the Dallas Morning News all-area first team.
He will play lacrosse as a midfielder at Brown.
Starting tight end Nate Hruby will play lacrosse as a midfielder at Air Force.
Starting cornerback Sam Johnston, a defenseman in lacrosse, will play for High Point, a school in North Carolina that will field a Division I program for the first time in 2013.
Two other Coppell seniors who didn't play football also attracted attention from college lacrosse coaches: High-scoring attackman Trent Dennington committed to Air Force and faceoff specialist Alec Lucas will play for Stony Brook.
It's not a bad haul by any standard. It's an exceptional haul for a school from Texas. There, football is king and lacrosse isn't sanctioned as an official high school sport.
The scenario has led to a stint of surprising popularity in lacrosse circles for Coppell High lacrosse coach Jared Venia, 27, a former club player for Central Michigan and high school football referee in Texas.
In one two-hour span at a camp this past summer, Venia took questions about his players from coaches representing two final four participants and an NCAA quarterfinalist.
"The level of athlete down here is unbelievable," Venia said. "It's one of the reasons I love the football program. I promise you, there are very few other places in the country where kids have to work out as hard as they do to get on the football field here.
"For instance, Brandon is in high school, but he has the body size of a sophomore or junior in college. To play football here, workouts are an hour and a half before school and an hour and a half after school. We're drawing from a big group, then making that big group disciplined."
Per NCAA rules, college coaches cannot comment on the Coppell seniors because none has signed a letter of intent. But one Division I coach who saw Mullins play over the summer said: "He's very legit. Trust me, he's good."
Mullins said he is firm on his commitment to play lacrosse at Syracuse, despite the interest from major college football programs.
In the midst of the school's football success, Mullins's father said his son often came home from practices and games, picked up his lacrosse stick and started throwing checks around the living room.