Preseason Power 25 Countdown: No. 5 Magnolia

Toby Bicknell
Texas Scouting Director

Leading up to the start of the high school season, we will count down the Top 25 preseason teams every day as part of our comprehensive season coverage.

Team: Magnolia
2017 Record:
Conference Finish: District Runner-Up
Conference: 20-5A
THSA Classification: 5A
Head Coach: Taylor Shiflett
Playoff Run: Bi-District
Returning Starters: 7


Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Jordan Groshans TX Magnolia 2018 SS Kansas
Adam Kloffenstein TX Magnolia 2018 RHP TCU
Cody Wagner TX Magnolia 2018 OF Texas State
Preston Hoffart TX Magnolia 2018 3B/C Blinn JC
Shelby Mullins TX Magnolia 2018 IF  
Adam Nguyen TX Magnolia 2018 IF Stephen F. Austin
Bo Willis TX Magnolia 2019 C Texas Tech
Rudy Gonzalez TX Magnolia 2018 C  


Magnolia returns a ton of firepower from a team that won 24 games last year. The Bulldogs have two players that are ranked in the Top 10 of the TX 2018 Class, as well as the PBR Draft 100.  2018 RHP Adam Kloffenstein, a TCU commit that is ranked No. 4 in the Texas, has the stuff on the mound to shut down any offense. 2018 SS Jordan Groshans, a Kansas commit that is ranked No. 3 in Texas, and is already a household name among professional scouts. But there is a lot more firepower in the lineup. 2019 C Bo Willis, a Texas Tech commit, can shut down a running game from behind the plate and has the power to leave the yard. Add in returners Preston Hoffart (Blinn JC), Cody Wagner (Texas State), and Adam Nguyen (SFA), and you have a veteran lineup that should be able to defend and put up runs. The big question mark for the Bulldogs will be who steps up to take the No. 2 starter role, and what does the bullpen look like. Either way, Magnolia has the offense that could carry them a long way in 2018. 


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