DITR: WR/RB/SS/KR Ayson Theus, Duncanville High School (Duncanville, Texas)

Ayson Theus is a talent you rarely see. The 5’9, 170 lb athlete from the class of 2026 plays running back, strong safety, kick returner, and what he is most known for, wide receiver. Ayson pulled in 42 receptions this season for a total of 596 yards, and 2 touchdowns. Ayson was also able to rush in a touchdown on the ground. From the kick returner position, he averaged 35.5 yards per return, which is above par for the average of that position. Ayson was able to lead Duncanville to the 6A Texas State Championship, and he balled out during it. Ayson’s 5 receptions for 105 yards helped Duncanville edge out North Shore 49-33 for Duncanvilles second State Championship in a row. I am not the only person who notices Ayson’s talent, as he has already garnered many college offers. Multiple Power 5 schools like Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, Nebraska, Utah and Pittsburgh, along with some Group of 5 schools like UNLV, and Sam Houston State, have asked Ayson to come play for them. While he may be a tad undersized, that does not stop him from making mind boggling plays. Ayson is able to use his high football IQ, physicality, and shiftiness to execute his assignments. A young man who has been playing the game since he was 4 years old, Ayson Theus is a name you will hear on Sundays.

What made you love the game of football? 

I fell in love with it. I grew a passion for the game the more I played and created bonds and friendships with my teammates. The overall environment of the game is comfortable to me and really fun to play. I really enjoy and have a love for the game. It gives me my passion, my drive to be great.

What are some goals you have for next season?

The top goal is to definitely have over 1000 receiving yards and at least 1500 all purpose yards. I want to have a good breakout season and get stronger. I want to be there for my team and be a good teammate. I want to be that leader and help bring Duncanville their third State Championship in a row.

You play a multitude of positions, which one is your favorite and why?

Receiver is definitely my favorite position. I can get open, and when the ball doesn’t come my way I can immediately start blocking. It lets me do everything on the field. Coach Samples and our offensive coordinator definitely know how to use me in a great way, so i’m always doing something on the field. I also love the position because I can get creative with my routes and be free with my own style, while still making plays for my team.

Duncanville has a decent amount of graduating seniors on the roster. How do you expect yourself, and the returning players, to step up and fill in those gaps?

It is automatically built inside me to step up and fill the shoes of whoever I need to. Losing Caden and Colin and others that are essential to the team is always a loss, but it makes me want to put my best foot forward and fill those shoes. I want to be that person that the coaches look for when they need a play.

What did it mean to you to be able to help Duncanville win their second 6A State Championship in a row?

It felt good you know, it was a big accomplishment. I felt the success of it and not only that, but it helps drive me to win another State Championship, and then another State Championship, and then when I go to college, I want to win National Championships and be the best player I can be. It made me feel really good to be able to win that for my teammates, family, and the whole city of Duncanville.

What are some challenges you have faced in your life, and how did you overcome them?

The biggest challenge for me at one point was my confidence. I felt like everyones 6 foot, 220 lbs and doing everything that I need to be doing. I needed to look into what I’m doing with what God blessed me with. I need to take that and be the best I can be by training hard. I realized I had to show people how different I am and how what I do separates me from everyone else. That allowed me to look myself in the mirror and tell myself “If this is what I really want to do, then I need to work to accomplish my goals and gain my confidence“.

What do you think sets apart Texas high school football from other states?

The stage is big, the lights are bright, the competition is very high. Playing for Duncanville, it doesn’t matter if you are playing in the game or at practice, there is always competition and there is always rivalry. You pretty much have to get with the program or you are going to be left behind. Texas football really separates themselves because we are always competing. It’s a big stage for everybody.

Who do you try and emulate on the field?

Definitely my teammate Dakorien Moore. He’s a real nice receiver and has taught me a lot of things. I started mimicking and studying who he is, and what he does in practice. If I’m watching film of myself, I’ll watch him too to see what I need to do, or change, or improve.

How have your coaches impacted your life?

Coach Brown definitely helped me on the field. Coach Samples and Coach Peterman all kept it real with me. They all told me what I needed to do. They told me that it takes work, it takes grind, it takes dedication. They taught me that you have to keep going whether it is in school, life, or athletics. You have to keep going and going. You have to strive to be the best you can be. Coach Brown helped me with that in a lot of ways. When I lost my confidence he told me a lot of different things that helped me stay on the right path for success. Coach Samples is the same way. They’re my mentors and I look up to them.

Do you have a favorite personal highlight?

I have multiple of them, but I would say my biggest statement was in the State Championship game. I was doing my thing in the first half and then that one hit I took, took me out for a drive. Immediately after that I was right back out there and making plays. That’s the biggest thing that I would show a college coach. That I’m willing to get back up for my team and dedicate myself to this game. How much I love my teammates, how much I love the game, how much I respect the game, and how much I respect my teammates, are all things I would highlight about myself.

What about your game stands out?

I am always helping the people around me. I try to inspire others and be a great teammate.

Do you have a way to early, Super Bowl winner prediction for next season?

I’m going for the Baltimore Ravens. I need Lamar to get a championship ring, that would make me happy.
Duncanville QB Keelon Russell escaping the pocket and completing a pass to WR Ayson Theus