Wednesday, January 21, 1970

Tarleton Recaps 1-21

Jones gets 1,000 in Tarleton win

By BRAD KEITH
Sports Editor
brad.keith@empiretribune.com

JoAnne Jones reached a scoring milestone and Tarleton State (15-2, 2-0) survived a scare in its first time to take the court as a nationally-ranked team in NCAA Division II.

Jones was scoreless thanks to foul trouble and the TexAnns looked listless at halftime when they trailed Eastern New Mexico (5-13, 0-3) 21-16.

But Tarleton, ranked No. 24 by the USA Today/ESPN Division II coaches poll, scored the first 10 points of the second half and never trailed again in a 55-43 win in a Lone Star Conference South Division contest at Wisdom Gym.

As for Jones, she scored nine points in the first eight minutes of the second, then hit a basket with 4:41 remaining to give her the 11 points she needed to reach 1,000 for her career. She is the 19th TexAnn to reach that mark in school history, earning a standing ovation.

Jones also grabbed four rebounds, moving into 10th all time at Tarleton with 568.
The milestone basket by Jones made it 48-35, giving Tarleton its largest lead of the night to that point.

Tarleton went cold after that and didn’t score again until Morgan Stehling knocked down a pair of free throws at the 2:43 mark. The charity shots made it 50-41 after the Zias had used a 6-0 push to get back in the game.

Tarleton stretched the lead back out to 54-41 and finally earned its biggest lead of the contest when Shelby Adamson hit a pair from the stripe to make it 56-41 with 40 seconds left.

Stehling led the TexAnns with 15 points and also had five rebounds. Jones finished with the 11 she needed and Adamson had 10 to go with seven boards. Brittnie Haley had eight points and nine rebounds while Sundberg tallied six points and three assists.

Tarleton shot 37 percent from the floor while holding ENMU to just 29.5 percent. The TexAnns converted 24 ENMU giveaways into 17 points.

The TexAnns struggled early on, leading for only a brief spell in the first half when an 8-0 run made it 10-6.

ENMU jumped right back on top, however, using a 13-3 surge to lead 19-13.




Defense paves the way for Texans

By BRAD KEITH
Sports Editor
brad.keith@empiretribune.com

Tarleton State (14-3, 2-0) held a Lone Star Conference opponent to under 40 points in a game for the first time in almost 13 years Wednesday night, blowing away Eastern New Mexico (7-10, 2-1) 76-36 in an LSC South battle at Wisdom Gym.

Tarleton defeated Texas A&M-Commerce 60-39 on Feb. 22, 1997 and had surrendered 40 or more points to every LSC team it faced since that time.

But the Texans, who entered the contest second in the nation in field goal percentage defense, were on point defensively Wednesday night, holding the Greyhounds to just 32.6 percent from the floor including only 16.7 percent from the arc.

"We work extremely hard defensively," Tarleton head coach Lonn Reisman said. "We were first in the nation in field goal percentage defense (in 2002-03). This is as close as we've come since then to having a defense like we had with that team."

Tarleton out-rebounded ENMU 40-22 and had seven fewer turnovers than the Hounds, resulting in 15 more shot attempts. That, teamed with the Texans' 44.8 percent shooting performance that included 11 three-point bombs led to their second 40-point home win over the Greyhounds in three years. Tarleton defeated Eastern 84-44 in 2008.

Effran Bryant knocked down three shots from outside the arc and led all scorers with 13 points. Darrion Washington, who also hit three treys, tallied 11.

"Darrion is one of the most improved players in our program and we expect that with him having gone from a freshman to a sophomore," Reisman said. "He's a warrior. He dives on the floor, takes charges and gets through screens. He loves the physicality of the game."

Three other Texans also reached double figures as Devon Hills, Corin Henry and Jeremiah Wilson added 10 each. Wilson collected 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double.

"Jeremiah is playing hard and he's playing smart. He's playing good team basketball," Reisman said. "Him and Wale (Ogunoye) and Dante (Smith) have to keep banging the boards like they did tonight for us to be successful."

Henry collected six assists and Bryant had four. Dante Smith had seven points and nine boards, while Wale Ogunoye also scored seven and Chris Harrell had six - giving the Texans eight players with at least six points.

The Texans, who have won nine of their last 10, outscored ENMU 24-6 off turnovers, 18-7 in second-chance points and 26-13 off the bench.

The game was close for the first 13 minutes before Tarleton exploded, going on an extended 31-3 run that made it 52-20 with 15:24 remaining.

The run began with the Texans scoring 17 of the final 19 first half points. They opened the second half by scoring the first nine points and 14 of the first 16.

The lead finally grew to more than 40 when Wilson capped his double-double with a pair of free throws that made it 74-33 with three minutes left.

Tarleton, which won its fifth straight against Eastern New Mexico, is alone in first place in the LSC South. The Texans are half a game ahead of West Texas A&M (2-1) and Eastern and one game clear of Midwestern State (1-1). Tarleton visits WTAMU at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Along with first place being on the line at WT, there is also a milestone within reach for Reisman, who is in his 22nd year at Tarleton. Already the winningest coach in school history, his next victory will No. 450 with the Texans.

Wednesday, January 14, 1970

Incarnate Word - 2009 Football Signings

Shane Knight QB 6-0 190 Houston (Northland Christian)
Chase Nickerson QB 6-2 205 San Antonio (Central Catholic)
J. J. Johnson RB 5-8 200 Schertz (Clemens)
Bryden McClure RB 5-10 175 Corpus Christi (Calallen)
Matt Garza WR 5-9 165 Corpus Christi(Calallen)
Colton Palmer WR 6-3 215 Kerrville (Tivy)
Derrick Walls WR 5-8 155 San Antonio(Reagan)

Robert Anderson TE 6-1 210 San Antonio (Taft)
Zach Behnsch TE/LS 6-2 203 San Antonio(Reagan)
Chaz Cobb TE/DE 6-3 215 Goodwell, Okla.
Tim Dixon OL 6-2 298 Leander (Leander)
Brian Hughes OL 6-4 300 San Antoni(Madison)
Cody McCoy OL 6-2 280 Rockwall (Rockwall)
Eric Salas OL 6-2 275 San Antonio (Roosevelt)
Steve Seaman OL 6-2 280 Corpus Christi (King)
Klayton Smith OL/DL 6-2 265 Cuero (Cuero)

Robby Horton DL 6-2 285 Beeville (Jones)
Brandon Terry DL 5-11 282 Liberty Hill (Liberty Hill)
Anthony Vela DL 6-0 275 Blanco (Blanco)
Zack Zellars DL 6-2 240 Baytown (Lee)

Diego McClain LB 6-2 255 San Antonio (Highlands; TAMU/Kingsville)
Rashaad Patterson LB 5-11 215 Katy (Morton Ranch)
Ross Bishop CB 5-9 160 Franklin (Franklin)
Jesson Gil CB 5-10 175 The Woodlands (The Woodlands)
Todd Lyons S 5-11 185 Humble (Humble)
Aaron Stokes S 5-11 185 Mansfield (Timberview)
Anthony Stokes S 5-11 185 Mansfield (Timberview)



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True to the concept of signing day in college football, player commitments to Incarnate Word’s program began rolling in shortly after the opening bell on Wednesday (February 4).

Cardinals Coach Mike Santiago and his staff were waiting by the fax machine to receive the national letters of intent and within minutes some of their anxiety began to abate when the machine delivered Rashaad Patterson’s paperwork. He is a linebacker out of Katy Morton Ranch in the Greater Houston area.

Patterson and 26 others make up UIW’s Signing Class of 2009.

According to NCAA rules, football recruits can verbally commit to a school earlier than the first Wednesday of February, in this case the 4th, but 7 a.m. on this day is the first time they can sign and deliver the official documents.

The Class of 2009 joins Incarnate Word’s inaugural Class of 2008 which produced more than 30 athletes who were on campus going through fall drills as redshirts. The Cardinals will take the field for the first time ever on August 29 to begin an independent schedule as part of the NCAA ‘s Division II. In the fall of 2010 UIW will join the Lone Star Conference.

“A year ago,” Santiago said, “we had to sign players at all positions. We had to do some of the same this year but we also were able to concentrate somewhat on specifics, like the offensive line and wide receiver.

“This year’s goal was to sign players who are better than those on campus already. Our measuring stick was for these guys to be as good or better than the current players. And I tell our current players that is the goal. That gives them the challenge to stay ahead of our recruits. Of course we won’t know until we take the field in the fall. A big factor in our recruiting this time was this group will not have the luxury of redshirting. They are going to have to come in and play immediately.”

The coaching staff has put together a group of players who will draw fan interest in San Antonio and the surrounding areas. Ten of the 28 are from San Antonio schools. Another seven are from schools nearby the city or in South Texas.

“We have a smart group,” Santiago said. “The cumulative grade point average of these guys is 3.54 while their cumulative SAT scores are 1,060. Because of the types of players we were searching for we found ourselves in recruiting battles that we didn’t have a year ago.

“I just hope these guy’s times in the 40 are as good as their GPAs.”

Tuesday, January 13, 1970

Texas A&M Commerce - 2009 Football Signings

QB - Brandon Colquitt - Flower Mound HS
RB - Aaron Wingfield - Kennedale HS
WR - Dionte Garrett - Lake Highlands HS
OL - Connor Wise - DuPont Manual HS (KY)
DL - Lamar White, Jr. - Arlington Seguin HS
DL - Nova Finau - L.D. Bell HS
LB - Derek Lee - Bolivar HS (MO)


Brandon Colquitt
6-0, 190
Quarterback
Flower Mound, Texas/Flower Mound HS
A two-time all-district selection…as a senior, he completed 164 of 294 passes for 2,037 yards and 23 touchdowns…named team MVP in the season-opening win over Plano East, when he completed 24 of 35 passes for 275 yards and four touchdowns…against Holtom, in limited action, he 19 of 28 passes for 373 yards and five touchdowns… earned second team all-district honors…as a junior, he completed 174 of 299 passes for 2,087 yards and 16 touchdowns…also received interest from Michigan State, Southern Mississippi, Tulane and Idaho State.

Nova Finau
6-1, 225
Defensive Line
Hurst, Texas/L.D. Bell HS
Earned all-district honors...led the team with nine sacks and 11 tackles for minus yardage as a senior.

Dionte Garrett
6-0, 180
Wide Receiver
Garland, Texas/Lake Highlands HS
Caught 29 passes for 767 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior…earned all-district and all-city honors as a senior.

Derek Lee
Linebacker
6-0, 225
Bolivar, Mo./Bolivar HS
One of the top linebackers in the state of Missouri, where he was a two-time all-state selection...as a senior, he made 156 tackles – including 100 solo efforts…recorded seven tackles-for-loss, including four sacks…earned Central Ozarks Conference Player of the Year honors in offense as a junior and in defense as a senior…an accomplished wrestler, where he ranks No. 1 in the state of Missouri at 215 lbs.

Lamar White, Jr.
6-1, 215
Defensive Line
Arlington, Texas/Juan Seguin HS
A four-sport athlete at Juan Seguin High School, where he has participated on the football, wrestling, baseball and track and field teams…a three-year letterwinner and two-year starter on the football team…recorded a program-best number of tackles as a freshman.

Aaron Wingfield
5-8, 180
Running Back
Arlington, Texas/Kennedale HS
Ran for an average of 9.3 yards per carry and 165.6 yards per game as a senior en route to 212 carries for 1,987 yards and 26 touchdowns en route to all-state honors…he had four games in which he ran for over 200 yards…named all-district and District 12-3A Player of the Year…served as team captain during his senior year…member of the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400-meter relay teams in track and field.

Connor Wise
6-3, 265
Offensive Line
Louisville, Kentucky/DuPont Manual HS
An honorable mention all-state selection and all-district honors at one of the top programs in the state of Kentucky as a senior…capable of playing guard or tackle...selected to participated in the East vs. West all-star game in the state of Kentucky.

Monday, January 12, 1970

West Texas A&M - 2009 Football Signings

QB - Spencer Church - Canyon HS
QB - Blake Forester - New Braunfels HS
QB - Mark Glawe - Randall HS
QB - Tyler Grabarkewitz - Round Rock Westwood HS
QB - Luke Halpin - Mesquite HS
QB - Kaleb Horsford - Stratford HS
QB - Dustin Vaughn - Calallen HS
RB - Ketrich Harmon - Frankston HS
RB - Darius Miller - Midland HS
RB - Tevin Mitchell - Quanah HS
RB - Jock Tilghman - San Antonio Clark HS

RB - Chris West - Mayde Creek HS
WR - Torrence Allen - MeridianHS
WR - Bryan Blackwell - Frankston HS
WR - Clayton Cockrell - Canadian HS
WR - Clint Cockrell - Canadian HS
WR - Dakota Dill - Spring HS
WR - Aarrhon Flores - Floydada HS
WR - Joshua Graves - Stephenville HS
WR - Trevor Hammargren - Aztec HS (NM)
WR - Cole Hicks - Bandera HS
WR - Chris Hight - Dallas Madison HS
WR - Derrick Osborn - Naaman Forest HS
WR - Sidney Parker - Big Spring HS
WR - Jimmy Lee Randle - LaPorte HS
WR - Lance Ratliff - Frenship HS
WR - Alex Reyes - Canadian HS
WR - Danny Reyes - Canadian HS
WR - Brennan Shay - Farmington HS (NM)
WR - John Simpson - Lancaster HS
WR - Regis Wilson - Austin LBJ HS
WR - LaRay Woodard - Big Spring HS
OL - Emory Atterberry - Santa Fe NM St Michaels HS
OL - Daric Gorton - China Spring HS
OL - Cameron Graves - Euless Trinity HS
OL - Micah Kemp - Ennis HS
OL - James Maddox - San Antonio Stevens HS
OL - Sam Scholl - Bryan HS
OL - Marc Waller - Groesbeck
OL - Craig Watts - Killeen HS
OL - Shaun Wesley - Canyon HS
DL - Kenneth Garrett - Crooked Oak HS (OK)
DL - Chris Olson - Flower Mound Marcus HS
DL - Charles Rigsby - Liberty-Eylau HS
DL - Tony Scott - Duncanville HS
DL - Sean Tillotson - Mansfield Summit HS
DL - Garrett Wilbanks - Clear Lake HS
LB - Nick Berry - San Antonio Roosevelt HS
LB - Brandon Boyd - Houston Eisenhower HS
LB - Joshua Carr -Kemp HS
LB - Michael Drake - Perrin HS
LB - Jacob Hanna - Lumberton HS
LB - Ronnie Hodges - Humble HS
LB - Cade Hollandsworth - Big Spring HS
LB - Jonathon Lindsey - Strawn HS
LB - Eric Needham - Wellington HS
LB - Jed Rankin - Canadian HS
LB - Hayden Rybiski - Pleasant Grove HS
LB - Valmaali Sapoi - Euless Trinity HS
LB - William Thornton - Converse Judson HS
LB - Kyle Voss - Belton HS
DB - Kevin Butcher - Huntsville HS
DB - Justin Carroll - Abilene HS
DB - Kendrick Geyen - Cibolo Steele HS
DB - Ryan Grametbaur - New Braunfels HS
DB - Paris Johnson - San Antonio Southwest HS
DB - Tarin Lee - San Antonio Warren HS
DB - Zamir Linton - Big Spring HS
DB - Thaddeus McCray - Beaumont Ozen HS
DB - John McSheffrey - Sulphur Springs HS
DB - Dwight Morrison - Dallas Lincoln HS
DB - Justin Reeves - Arlington Seguin HS
DB - Nevin Sneed - Katy Taylor HS
DB - Chad Ward - La Vega HS
DB - Dexter Williams - Aldine Nimitz HS
K - Sergio Castillo - La Joya HS



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Coming on the heels of another 11-win, record-breaking season, West Texas A&M head football coach Don Carthel and his staff today announced its 2009 high school recruiting class. The 2009 recruiting class consists of 78 student-athletes who will join the program in the fall and help to make the Buffs a force on the Division II football scene for years to come.
“There was a tremendous amount of talent in Texas this year,” said Coach Carthel. “We feel very fortunate to have landed the amount of strong talent that we have. We will probably redshirt a large number of these young men, but the future is bright.
“With the style offense we employ, we are an attractive program to skill players,” Carthel added. “We signed several tall, fast receivers. Our quarterbacks are all athletic and can run. And, our incoming running backs may be the best we’ve seen. The running back position may just be the strongest position in this class. “Defensively, we had some holes to fill in our secondary from a year ago, and we feel like we’ve rung the bell with this class. We also signed some outstanding individual talent at both the defensive line and linebacker positions; guys who can run to the football and play with a lot of passion."
Broken down by position, the Buffaloes signed nine offensive linemen, seven quarterbacks, five running backs and 20 receivers. Defensively, they signed seven defensive linemen, 13 linebackers and 16 defensive backs, plus one kicker.
BUFF SIGNEE CAPSULES
Torrence Allen
Wide Receiver • 6-1 • 170
Meridian, Texas (High)
Allen earned district Most Valuable Player honors under Coach Larry Moorhead at Meridian (Texas) HS. He also competed in track & field, winning the Class 1A State Championship in the triple jump, with an effort of 47-11. A three-sport athlete, Allen also earned varsity letters in basketball and is the son of Tony and Denise Allen.

Coach Carthel: "Allen was a multi-sport star in high school. He will begin his career at wide receiver, but could be a great collegiate safety, as well."


Emory Atterberry
Offensive Line • 6-5 • 245
Santa Fe, N.M. (St. Michaels)
Atterberry earned first-team all-State, all-Region and all-District 2-3A as an offensive and defensive lineman at Santa Fe (N.M.) St. Michaels HS. In 2008, he helped lead the Horsemen of Coach Joey Fernandez to an 8-5 record and a state playoff berth. In 2007, the Horesmen finished 12-2, advancing to the state playoffs. A three-sport athlete, Atterberry also lettered in basketball and track & field. He is a member of the National Spanish Honor Society and is the son of Martin and Kendra Atterberry.

Coach Carthel: "Atterberry has tremendous potential and is a very mature, well-coached athlete. He will be in the lineup soon and could become one of the top offensive linemen in the LSC."


Keith Baker
Defensive Back • 5-10 • 185
Humble, Texas (High)
An all-around athlete, Baker passed for over 1,200 yards and 13 TDs as a senior at Humble (Texas) HS, in addition to rushing for 450 yards and six TDs to earn first-team all-District 21-5A honors. As a junior in 2007, Baker accounted for over 1,100 passing yards, 50 rushing yards and 11 TDs in earning second-team all-district accolades for Coach Walt Beasley’s Wildcats. The son of Dreck and Lisa Baker, Baker has also earned varsity letters in basketball and track & field.

Coach Carthel: "Baker will move from the offensive side of the ball to defensive back. He was the starting free safety at Humble HS as a sophomore."
Nick Berry
Linebacker • 5-11 • 220
San Antonio, Texas (Roosevelt)
Berry earned first team all-District 26-5A and all-Area honors while at San Antonio (Texas) Roosevelt HS in 2008. He also earned all-district honors as a junior in 2007. Coached by Neal Lahue, Berry also earned varsity letters in wrestling and track & field. He earned an outstanding achievement award in English and is the son of Cheryl Beverly.

Coach Carthel: "Berry is a great addition to our inside linebacker position. He is a three-sport athlete and an outstanding wrestler at a Class 5A program."


Bryan Blackwell
Wide Receiver • 6-3 • 200
Frankston, Texas (High)
Blackwell was a first-team all-District 19-2A pick as a defensive back, and was a second-team all-district selection at quarterback, in addition to earning all-East Texas honorable mention recognition at both positions. He helped lead Coach Sam Well’s Indians to a 22-9 mark over the past three seasons, passing for over 2,200 yards and 21 Tds. Defensively, he recorded 12 career interceptions. A basketball and baseball letterwinner, Blackwell is the son of Shawn and Michelle Blackwell.

Coach Carthel: "Blackwell will move from quarterback to a receiver slot for us. He was a three-sport star at Frankston High and is a versatile athlete."


Brandon Boyd
Linebacker • 5-10 • 225
Houston, Texas (Eisenhower)
Boyd was the District 19-5A Defensive Most Valuable Player as a senior at Houston (Texas) Eisenhower HS. Coached by Ray Evans, he also earned Northeast Houston Defensive Player of the Year honors and was a second team all-Greater Houston pick. In addition to football, Boyd also lettered in track & field and is the son of Yvonne Boyd.

Coach Carthel: "Brandon reminds us a lot of Anthony Scott. He has really good upper body strength and is well built. He also ran a 10.8 in the 100 meters, which is tremendous for an athlete his size."


Jamal Burleson
Defensive Back • 5-10 • 170
Pflugerville, Texas (High)
Burleson was a first-team all-District 25-5A honoree while helping lead Pflugerville (Texas) HS to an 8-3 mark in 2008, and a bi-district playoff berth. In addition, he also earned TSWA all-State and all-Centex honors as a kick returner. The son of Alma Burleson and Hugh Albert, Burleson also earned varsity letters in track & field.

Coach Carthel: "Burleson has tremendous cover skills and will compete for playing time as a true freshman."


Kevin Butcher
Defensive Back • 5-9 • 170
Huntsville, Texas (High)
Butcher was named second team all-district as a receiver and as a defensive back under Coach Mitchell Lacy at Huntsville (Texas) HS. He also competed in track & field for the Panthers for three years.


Joshua Carr
Linebacker • 6-0 • 200
Kemp, Texas (High)
Carr was named Offensive Co-Most Valuable player and all-Henderson County Player of the Year as a senior at Kemp (Texas) HS. Under Coach Greg Anderson, he rushed for 1,450 yards and garnered 93 tackles and seven sacks for the Yellow Jackets in 2008. An Academic all-District 14-3A selection, Carr also lettered in track & field and basketball. He is the son of Tom and Kristie Carr.

Coach Carthel: "Carr was a great high school linebacker from the East Texas area. He has good speed and a nose for getting to the football."


Justin Carroll
Defensive Back • 6-0 • 175
Abilene, Texas (Abilene)
Carroll earned first team all-district honors as an outside linebacker and safety at Abilene (Texas) HS under Coach Steve Warren. As a senior, the team achieved a record of 10-1. Carroll also competed in baseball, earning all-district recognition. He is the son of Chester and Janet Carroll.

Coach Carthel: "Carroll is an excellent defensive player from Class 5A power Abilene High. He will be a safety while at WT."


Sergio Castillo
Kicker • 5-11 • 180
Mission, Texas (La Joya)
Castillo earned first team all-district honors as a placekicker and was a second team selection as a punter. He also lettered in baseball and soccer, while also playing in the band. Castillo is the son of Maria Cazares.

Coach Carthel: "Castillo had great stats as a punter and kicker. He was one of the best in the nation as ranked by several national kicking services."


Spencer Church
Quarterback • 6-2 • 225
Canyon, Texas (High)
Church earned all–District 3-4A honors after passing for 28 TDs and leading the Canyon (Texas) Eagles to a 6-4 mark and a playoff berth in 2008. As a junior in 2007, he was named District 5-3A Offensive MVP as well as all-Region after tossing 36 TDs and passing for 3,625 yards. Coached by Blake Bryant, Church is a member of the National Honor Society and was named Academic Class 4A all-State this past year. He is the son of Perry and Lisa Church.

Coach Carthel: "Spencer has been very successful and very comfortable in a similar high-powered offensive scheme at Canyon High School. He is a typical pocket passer and is very accurate with his throws."


Clayton Cockrell
Wide Receiver • 6-0 • 160
Higgins, Texas (Canadian)
As a running back and defensive back at Canadian (Texas) HS under Coach Kyle Lynch, Cockrell helped his team to back-to-back Texas Class 1A State Championships. He was selected to the all-district first team and also received academic all-district recognition. Cockrell also competed in basketball and track, qualifying for regionals in track. Cockrell is the son of Dan and Drucy Cockrell.

Coach Carthel: "Clayton was very successful over the past two seasons in an offense similar to what we run. He has excellent potential as an inside receiver."


Clint Cockrell
Wide Receiver • 5-10 • 160
Higgins, Texas (Canadian)
Cockrell played wide receiver at Canadian (Texas) HS under Coach Kyle Lynch and helped his team claim back-to-back Texas Class 1A State Championships. Cockrell also competed in basketball and track and is the son of Dan and Drucy Cockrell.

Coach Carthel: "Clint has very good experience operating in an offensive scheme very similar to what we employ at WT. He has the ability to succeed in our system."


Dakota Dill
Wide Receiver • 6-3 • 195
Spring, Texas (High)
Dill was named first team all-district wide receiver under Coach Sunny Karas at Spring (Texas) HS. Dill was also a three year letterman on the baseball diamond for the Lions and is the son of Elizabeth Dill.


Michael Drake
Linebacker • 6-2 • 195
Weatherford, Texas (Perrin)
Drake helped lead the Perrin (Texas) Pirates to an 8-3 record in 2008. Coached by Brad Hutton, he earned District 15-1A Offensive Most Valuable Player honors after rushing for over 1200 yards. He also holds the school record in the 100 meters and 200 meters and earned additional varsity letters in track & field, baseball and basketball. He is the son of Charles and Beverly Drake.

Coach Carthel: "Drake will transition to linebacker. He has excellent speed and should develop into an outstanding player."


Aarrhon Flores
Wide Receiver • 6-0 • 170
Floydada, Texas (High)
Flores rushed for over 1,000 yards in both his junior and senior seasons at Floydada (Texas) HS, earning all-District 2-2A and all-South Plains while playing for Coach Rusty Purser’s Whirlwinds. A multi-sport standout, Flores qualified for the State track & field meet, competing in the long jump, triple jump, 100 meters, 200 meters and the 800 meter relay in 2007. As a sophomore in 2006 he qualified for state in the 200 meters and the long jump. He is the Floydada HS Student Council president and is the son of Julio and Jeanette Flores.

Coach Carthel: "Aarrhon is probably the fastest receiver we have signed this year. He has the potential to be a big-play type receiver."


Blake Forester
Quarterback • 6-4 • 195
New Braunfels, Texas (High)
Forester was a 2008 honorable mention all-district honoree as a senior at New Braunfels (Texas) HS, while also earning varsity monograms in basketball and track & field. The son of Scott and Sherry Forester, he also was named academic all-district.

Coach Carthel: "Blake is an excellent athlete, has tremendous arm strength and is an outstanding student, as well. He should be a good fit in our offensive scheme."


Kenneth Garrett
Defensive Line • 6-4 • 260
Oklahoma City, Okla. (Crooked Oak)
Garrett has the versatility to play a variety of positions along the defensive line. As a senior at Oklahoma City (Okla.) Crooked Oak HS, he played defensive tackle, end, linebacker, as well as offensive tackle for Coach Daryl Williamson. A basketball , track & field, wrestling and powerlifting letterwinner, Garrett is the son of Anita Garrett.

Coach Carthel: "Garrett might just be the gem of this recruiting class. He was one of the most dominant players in the State of Oklahoma and has great size and speed for an interior lineman."


Kendrick Geyen
Defensive Back • 6-1 • 190
Cibolo, Texas (Steele)
Geyen earned all-district honors as a junior and a senior under Coach Mike Jinks at Cibolo Steele (Texas) HS. He also competed in track & field, lettering for four years. On the field, Geyen led the Knights to district championships in 2007and 2008.

Coach Carthel: "Kendrick is a tremendous athlete. He could play as a freshman and should develop into an impact player for us."


Mark Glawe
Quarterback • 6-3 • 220
Amarillo, Texas (Randall)
As a quarterback at Amarillo (Texas) Randall HS under Coach Ken Plunk, Glawe led his team to an 8-3 record and a second-consecutive district championship. He was selected as a team captain as a junior and senior and was the October Chamber of Commerce Athlete of the Month. A multi-sport athlete, Glawe competed in basketball, baseball, and powerlifting and was a Superintendant scholar and a member of the National Honor Society. Glawe is the son of Mark and Amber Glawe.

Coach Carthel: "Mark has good height and arm strength. He displayed his leadership abilities by guiding his high school program to a banner season."


Daric Gorton
Offensive Line • 6-4 • 250
China Spring, Texas (High)
Gorton earned first-team all District 7-3A honors as a senior at China Spring (Texas) HS. An honorable mention all state selection while playing for Coach Mark Bell, Gorton also earned all-academic honors, as well. A basketball and track & field letterwinner, Gorton is the son of Randal and Debra Gorton.

Coach Carthel: "Daric has tons of potential as an athletic center. He played through a knee injury this past season."


Tyler Grabarkewitz
Quarterback • 6-3 • 185
Austin, Texas (Westwood)
Grabarkewitz passed for 1,850 yards and 16 TDs, while also rushing for 450 yards and nine TDs as a senior for Coach Anthony Wood’s Austin (Texas) Westwood Warriors. The son of Sherri West and Teddy Grabarkewitz, Tyler also earned District 16-5A honorable mention honors.

Coach Carthel: "Grabarkewitz showed great signs in a very good Austin-area program. He led his team to several key wins over his career and is a very strong student."


Ryan Grametbaur
Defensive Back • 6-1 • 195
New Braunfels, Texas (High)
Grametbaur logged 75 tackles while helping lead the New Braunfels (Texas) Unicorns to a 6-4 mark in 2008. In addition, he registered five tackles for lost yardage and five interceptions to earn all-District 26-5A and all-State honors while playing for Coach Chuck Caniford. As a junior, he totaled 171 tackles and two quarterback sacks. Grametbaur is the son of Stacey and Lauri Grametbaur.

Coach Carthel: "Ryan was an all-State safety at Class 5A New Braunfels. He has tremendous size and strength, and graduated from high school this past December."


Cameron Graves
Offensive Line • 6-2 • 260
Euless, Texas (Trinity)
Graves earned first team all-district honors under Coach Steve Lineweaver at Euless Trinity (Texas) HS. He was named first team All-Tarrant County for the Trojans while lettering in football for two seasons, also being named academic all-state.

Coach Carthel: "Cameron comes in as a very athletic offensive lineman and played extremelyl well for on of the best Class 5-A programs in the state."


Joshua Graves
Wide Receiver • 6-3 • 205
Stephenville, Texas (High)
Graves was a first-team all-State, all-Big Country and all-District selection as a wide receiver at Stephenville (Texas) HS. Playing for Coach Joe Gillespie, Graves helped guide the Yellowjackets to an 11-4 record in 2008. Graves earned academic all-district honors, as well as lettering in track & field and basketball. He is the son of Brad Graves and Kay Wesson.

Coach Carthel: "Joshua should be a strong candidate for playing time as a tight end. He helped lead the Yellow Jackets to a great season and was a first team all-State pick. He has the ability to be a true tight end."


Luke Halpin
Quarterback • 5-11 • 180
Mesquite, Texas (High)
Halpin earned first team all-district and district Most Valuable Player honors as a senior at Mesquite (Texas) HS, after passing for 2,004 yards and 17 TDs while throwing just two interceptions. A team captain for the Skeeters, he was a second team all-district pick in 2007 and was named district Newcomer of the Year in 2006. A golf and baseball lettermen, as well, he is a member of the school’s honor roll and is the son of Steve and Mary Ann Halpin.

Coach Carthel: "Luke is a versatile athlete who we’re very excited to have join our program"


Trevor Hammargren
Wide Receiver • 6-0 • 160
Aztec, N.M. (High)
Hammargren had a prolific career at Aztec (N.M.) HS, catching 69 passes for 1,191 yards and 22 TDs. Defensively, he registered 72 tackles and three interceptions. For his efforts he was named the 2008 District 1-4A Player of the Year, earned first-team all-District and all-District Academic honors, as well as earning first-team all-State on both offense as well as defense after helping guide the Tigers to a 12-1 record and a state runner-up finish. The son of Alan and Lorry Hammargren, Trevor earned the Tiger Award for posting the highest grade point average on the team, with a 4.25. Hammargren also earned varsity letters in track & field while at Aztec HS.

Coach Carthel: "Trevor had a tremendous season, posting big receiving numbers this past season in an offense similar to ours."


Jacob Hanna
Linebacker • 6-1 • 215
Lumberton, Texas (High)
Hanna was a two-time all-State selection as a defensive lineman at Lumberton (Texas) HS, as well as earning District 22-4A offensive Most Valuable Player honors as a running back. Playing for Coach Alvin Credeur rushed for 2,325 career yards on 290 carries and scored 34 touchdowns, registered 143 tackles (with 56 coming behind the line) and 19 sacks, and posted a 41.35 punting average. He also lettered in track & field, soccer, powerlifting and golf at Lumberton High and is the son of Justin and Suzy Hanna.

Coach Carthel: "Jacob is a very versatile athlete. He was an excellent high school punter, and he showed excellent speed in the 100 meters in track. He also displayed explosiveness as a shot putter."


Ketrich Harmon
Running Back • 6-2 • 255
Frankston, Texas (High)
Harmon earned team Most Valuable Player honors, as well as earning all-State and first team all-District 19-2A honors as a running back at Frankston (Texas) HS. He also earned second team all-district honors as a defensive end. During his career with the Indians, he rushed for 3,616 yards, 40 TDs offensively, while defensively, he was involved in 178 tackles and 57 quarterback sacks. As a junior in 2007, he earned all-State honors and was district MVP at running back. Harmon is the son of La’Marcus Harmon and Sandrew Ellis.

Coach Carthel: "Harmon will remind WT fans of the great Dewayne Miles. He could be in the lineup this fall as a true freshman. He has extraordinary strength and tremendous speed. Ketrich is definitely one of the best overall athletes we have signed in several years."


Cole Hicks
Wide Receiver • 6-1 • 180
Bandera, Texas (High)
Hicks was a first-team all-district and all-area selection the past two seasons at Bandera (Texas) HS. As a senior, he caught 51 receptions for over 900 yards and 17 TDs. Coached by Larry Prince, he was also in on 94 tackles and six interceptions as a defensive back. As a junior in 2007, he caught 48 passes for 890 yards and 14 TDs, while making five interceptions. A regional qualifier in the 400 meters and 4x400 meter relay in track & field, Hicks is the son of Greg and Nancy Hicks.

Coach Carthel: "We’re really excited to have Cole join us. He was a highly-ranked wide receiver and was really high on our board."


Chris Hight
Wide Receiver • 6-2 • 195
Dallas, Texas (Madison)
Playing for coach Ronald Johnson, Hight earned first team all-District 11-3A honors as a junior in 2007. A member of the National Honor Society and an Honor Roll student, Hight is the son of Claude and Angela Hight.

Coach Carthel: "Hight has the knack for making big plays. He should fit well in the outside receiver position. He is an outstanding student, as well."


Ronnie Hodges
Linebacker • 6-0 • 220
Humble, Texas (High)
Hodges was named 2008 Defensive Lineman of the Year while playing at Humble (Texas) HS. He also was a first-team all-district selection at defensive end for the Wildcats. Hodges is the son of Ronnie and Beverly Hodges.

Coach Carthel: "Ronnie is an aggressive tackler and has good, rangy, speed. He is the type of defender that offenses have to keep an eye on. He has a nose for the ball and makes things happen."


Cade Hollandsworth
Linebacker • 6-1 • 275
Big Spring, Texas (High)
This linebacking prospect was a first-team all-District 4-4A and honorable mention all-State pick, as well as being named District Defensive Most Valuable Player in 2007. An honorable mention all-district choice in 2008, he helped guide Coach Phillip Ritchey’s Steer’s to an 8-5 record and a berth in the 2008 state playoffs. A two-sport standout, Hollandsworth also lettered in baseball. He is the son of Alan and Linda Hollandsworth.

Coach Carthel: "Hollandsworth was an outstanding inside linebacker for Big Spring High. He also played some defensive end and has great leverage and strength."


Kaleb Horsford
Quarterback • 6-4 • 185
Stratford, Texas (High)
Horsford was a member of the Stratford (Texas) Elks Class 1A State championships in both 2008 and 2005. Playing for Coach Eddie Metcalfe, Horsford also led the Elks to a semi-finalist berth in 2007. Solid in the classroom, he was a two-time Academic all-District selection, earning the honors in 2007 and 2008. He is the son of Lance and Dinah Horsford.

Coach Carthel: "Horsford led Stratford to a stat championship this past season. He is a very intelligent athlete that could play numerous positions. He comes from a ‘coaching family’ and is a well-rounded student-athlete that has had success in several sports."


Paris Johnson
Defensive Back • 5-10 • 165
San Antonio, Texas (Southwest)
Johnson helped guide the San Antonio (Texas) Southwest Dragons to a 9-3 mark in 2008. A three-sport letterwinner, he excelled in basketball and track & field, in addition to football. He is the son of Elvis and Lynell Mack.

Coach Carthel: "Paris is one of the most exciting players we’ve seen, on film, in a long time. He makes things happen whenever he touches the ball. He scored eight times on defense in 2008, which tells he gets his hands on the ball a lot."


Micah Kemp
Offensive Line • 6-5 • 305
Ennis, Texas (High)
This sizeable offensive line prospect was a three-time all-District 16-4A selection while at Ennis (Texas) HS. He was the recipient of the Lions’ Offensive Line Award, as well as the team’s Leadership Award after helping lead coach Sam Harrell’s squad to an 11-2 record and a post-season playoff run. Micah is the son of Victor and Shannon Kemp.

Coach Carthel: "Kemp is an outstanding powerlifter with great size that should help in gaining a spot on the offensive line."


Tarin Lee
Defensive Back • 5-11 • 180
San Antonio, Texas (Warren)
Lee earned first-team all-district honors in 2008 and honorable mention all-area honors after helping lead the San Antonio (Texas) Warren Warriors to a 9-3 mark. A three-year letterwinner, Lee also earned varsity letters in track & field. He is the son of James and Tracy Lee.

Coach Carthel: "Tarin’s work ethic could lead him to an outstanding career in the secondary at WT."


Jonathon Lindsey
Linebacker • 6-2 • 220
Strawn, Texas (High)
Lindsey was named the Texas High School Six-Man Player of the Year under Coach Dewaine Lee at Strawn (Texas) HS. He also competed in track & field, winning the Class 1A State Championship in the Discus. Lindsey will also be competing in track & field at West Texas A&M, he is the son of David and Pam Lindsey.

Coach Carthel: "Jonathon will be another two-sport star for WT. It’ll be fun to watch him make the switch to 11-man football."


Zamir Linton
Defensive Back • 6-0 • 190
Big Spring, Texas (High)
Linton was a first team all-District 4-4A cornerback pick in 2008 for Coach Phillip Ritchey’s Big Spring (Texas) HS squad. In addition to his success on the gridiron, he also took district first-place honors in the 4x100 and 4x200 meter relays in track & field. A member of Who’s Who, Linton is the son of Floyd Linton and Winnie Parker.

Coach Carthel: "Linton excelled in three sports at Big Spring High. He has an intimidating presence in the secondary."


James Maddox
Offensive Line • 6-5 • 245
San Antonio, Texas (Stevens)
Maddox was a second team all-District 28-5A selection as a senior at San Antonio (Texas) J.P. Stevens HS. Coached by Lee Bridges, he played on both sides of the line to help guide the Falcons to a 7-4 mark in 2008. A two-sport athlete, Maddox also lettered in baseball and is the son of Jay and Lisa Maddox.

Coach Carthel: "Maddox brings size and strength to this offensive line class."


Thaddeus McCray
Defensive Back • 5-8 • 175
Beaumont, Texas (Ozen)
McCray showed his abilities in both the defensive secondary, as well as being a return specialist for Coach Ishan Rison’s Beaumont (Texas) HS Panthers. In addition to football, McCray earned varsity letters in both track & field, as well as powerlifting. He is the son of James and Linda McCray.

Coach Carthel: "McCray will play corner for us, but could also see time at Nickel or Dime. He has excellent speed and is an outstanding student."


John McSheffery
Defensive Back • 5-11 • 170
Sulphur Springs, Texas (High)
McSheffery was a member of Sulphur Springs’ 2008 Class 4A State championship team, as well as being a first team all-district and AP all-State honorable selection as a defensive back. Member of the National Honor Society and a first-team Academic all-district selection, McSheffery is the son of John and Laura McSheffery.

Coach Carthel: "John was the defensive leader of the Class 4A State championship team. His savvy ability allows him to be a playmaker"


Darius Miller
Running Back • 5-10 • 195
Midland, Texas (High)
Miller was an all-State and all-District 2-5A selection at running back for Midland (Texas) HS in 2008, rushing for 1,750 yards, grabbing over 500 receiving yards and scoring 26 touchdowns. Playing for Coach Craig Yenzer, he was also named team MVP for the Bulldogs. Miller is the son of Helen King.

Coach Carthel: "Miller has excellent speed and jumping ability. He has the power to be an all0around athlete in the backfield, as well as being a strong student in the classroom."


Tevin Mitchell
Running Back • 6-0 •190
Quanah, Texas (High)
Mitchell was a first-team all-state selection as a senior at Quanah (Texas) HS. Coached by James McDaniel, he rushed for 2,055 in 2008 to earn Offensive Most Valuable Player honors. He gained all-state honorable mention honors as a junior in 2007 (when he carried the ball for over 2,700 yards). A letterwinner in track & field and basketball, Mitchell is the son of John Mitchell.

Coach Carthel: "Mitchell was one of the most exciting running backs the Panhandle has seen in a long time."


Dwight Morrison
Defensive Back • 5-8 • 145
Dallas, Texas (Lincoln)
Morrison was a two-time second team all-District 12-4A selection wile at Dallas (Texas) Lincoln HS. Playing for Coach Tyson Garner’s Tigers, Morrison earned Newcomer of the Year honors as a sophomore in 2006. A regional finalist in track & field, he also was a member of the school’s honor roll for three-consecutive years. Morrison is the son of Dwight Morrison and Nikki Tadlock.

Coach Carthel: "Morrison may lack size, but he has a big heart. He will be a fan favorite."


Eric Needham
Linebacker • 6-2 • 210
Wellington, Texas (High)
Needham earned 2008 all-State honors as a linebacker, and all-district accolades as both a linebacker and running back. A member of the Amarillo Globe-News Super Team, he was coached by Wade Williams and helped lead the Wellington (Texas) Skyrockets to an 11-1 season and a bi-district championship. Needham is the son of Craig and Dee Dee Needham.

Coach Carthel: "Eric is a tremendous local talent that many felt was the top linebacker in the Panhandle."


Chris Olson
Defensive Line • 6-4 • 205
Flower Mound, Texas (Marcus)
Olson was a captain and earned all-District 6-5A honors this past season at Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus HS. He played both defensive end and tight end for Coach Bryan Erwin’s Marauders, while also lettering in track & field. A National Honor Society member as well as being a member of the English honor society, Olson is the son of Keith and Rhonda Olson.

Coach Carthel: "Olson committed early to the Buffaloes and has a chance to make an impact early in his career."


Derrick Osborn
Wide Receiver • 5-11 • 190
Mesquite, Texas (Naaman Forest)
Osborn earned first team all-district honors, as well as being named Offensive MVP while helping lead the Naaman Forest Rangers to an 11-2 district championship in 2008. He also earned sophomore of the year accolades while playing under Coach Bill Patterson. A multi-sport athlete, Osborn also lettered in track & field and basketball. He is the son of Derrick Osborn and Tara Shoemaker.

Coach Carthel: "Derrick is an outstanding athlete for one of the top programs in the Metroplex. He made some great plays as a quarterback and should be able to make the adjustment to an inside receiver position."


Sidney Parker
Wide Receiver • 5-11 • 170
Big Spring, Texas (High)
Parker earned all-Big Country, all-Region and all-District 4-4A honors this past season at Big Spring (Texas) HS. He recorded 21 catches for 485 yards and five TDs as a receiver for Coach Phillip Ritchey. A standout on the track, as well, he was a regional qualifier for the Tigers in the 400 meters, 800 meters, triple jump and mile relay. Parker is the son of Sidney and Shirley Parker.

Coach Carthel: "Parker performed at a high level as a productive receiver at Big Spring. He was a district champ in the 800 meters and was a strong student, as well."


Jimmy Lee Randle
Wide Receiver • 6-5 • 200
LaPorte, Texas (LaPorte)
Randle earned first team all-district honors as a wide receiver at LaPorte (Texas) HS under Coach Jeff LaReau. He totaled the most receptions in a season with 54 catches for 730 yards and four touchdowns. A multi-sport athlete, Randle is a two-year letterwinner in basketball and track, and is the son of Sherry Thomas.

Coach Carthel: "Randle is a great threat on the outside, with good speed, height and jumping ability. He should develop into the type of receiver we expect at WT."


Jed Rankin
Linebacker • 5-10 • 200
Canadian, Texas (High)
A two-time all-State selection, Ranking was earned Most Valuable Defensive Player honors for the Canadian (Texas) HS Class 1A State Championship team. An all-District 1-1A honoree, Rankin also earned all-District honors as an actor in Drama. He is the son of Bo and Teresa Rankin.

Coach Carthel: "Jed was a Class 1-A Defensive Player of the Year and has a nose for the football. He is a very sure tackler and should develop with the addition of size and strength."


Lance Ratliff
Wide Receiver • 6-4 • 175
Lubbock, Texas (Frenship)
Ratliff played wide receiver, defensive back and placekicker while at Lubbock (Texas) Frenship HS. A 2008 all-District 4-4A selection, he also earned all-City and all-South Plains recognition as both a receiver and placekicker. He logged 36 catches, 13 TDs, booted a long field goal of 49 yards and had a 102 yard kickoff return while playing for Coach Brad Davis. An Academic all-District pick in football, basketball, track & field and baseball, Ratliff is the son of Aaron and Dan Ratliff.

Coach Carthel: "Ratliff is probably the most versatile athlete we sign this year. He is an outstanding receiver and excellent free safety, as well as being one of the better punters and placekickers in the South Plains. He was highly-recruited by several schools and is one of the better athletes in Texas."


Justin Reeves
Defensive Back • 5-11 • 165
Arlington, Texas (Seguin)
Reeves earned Defensive Player of the Year honors as a defensive back for the Arlington (Texas) Seguin Cougars. Coached by Carlos Lynn, he also excelled in track & field and wrestling. Reeves is the son of Dwayne and Mattie Tate.

Coach Carthel: "Reeves has the opportunity to be a state champion in the hurdles this Spring. He will be a two-sport athlete at WT."


Alex Reyes
Wide Receiver • 5-11 • 170
Canadian, Texas (High)
Reyes earned second team Class 1A all-State honors as a wide receiver and linebacker for Coach Kyle Lynch’s Canadian (Texas) HS Class 1A State Championship. He also was an all-Districk 1-1A selection at both receiver and defensive back. A three-sport letterwinner, Reyes also competed in basketball and track & field. An Academic all-District 1-1A honoree, he is the son of Ricardo and Julia Reyes.

Coach Carthel: "Alex is a very talented receiver with good numbers and numerous big plays while helping Canadian HS to back-to-back championships."


Danny Reyes
Wide Receiver • 6-0 • 175
Canadian, Texas (High)
Reyes earned first team Class 1A all-State honors as a wide receiver and linebacker for Coach Kyle Lynch’s Canadian (Texas) HS Class 1A State Championship team. A three-sport letterman, Reyes also earned varsity letters in track & field and basketball. He is the son of Ricardo and Julia Reyes.

Coach Carthel: "Danny should develop into a solid player for WT. He had some great games during Canadian High’s run through the state playoffs."


Charles Rigsby
Defensive Line • 6-0 • 280
Texarkana, Texas (Liberty-Eylau)
Rigsby played tight end, nose guard, and defensive end while at Texarkana (Texas) Liberty-Eylau HS under Coach Pat Brady. He led the team in tackles for loss and tallied a career total of 160 tackles in four seasons. Rigsby received all-district honorable mention recognition and was a team captain. He also competed in track and powerlifting, placing ninth in the state in powerlifting. Rigsby is the son of Charlotte Rigsby.

Coach Carthel: "Rigsby turned down some Division I offers to join our football program, and we’re glad he did."


Hayden Rybiski
Linebacker • 6-0 • 205
Texarkana, Texas (Pleasant Grove)
Rybiski was an honorable mention all-State honoree in 2008 while playing for Texarkana (Texas) Pleasant Grove HS. He helped lead the Hawks to a 9-3 record in 2008 and a berth in the state playoffs. A two-teim all-East Texas and all District 16-3A honoree, he was coached by Kevin Davis and is the son of Barry and Christy Rybiski.

Coach Carthel: "Hayden was the first commitment we received for the 2009 class. It should be fun watching him develop as a collegiate player."


Valmaali Sapoi
Linebacker • 6-3 • 240
Euless, Texas (Trinity)
Sapoi lead the Trojans to a 13-1 record as a senior under Coach Steve Lineweaver at Euless Trinity (Texas) HS. In his five games as a senior, Sapoi tallied 45 tackles and four sacks. He lettered in football for two seasons and he is the son of Naitini Keili Sapoi.

Coach Carthel: "Via mad all kinds of plays last year at Trinity HS. Had he not hurt his knee, I doubt that we would have been able to get him."


Brennan Shay
Wide Receiver • 6-2 • 195
Farmington, N.M. (Piedra Vista)
West earned first team all-district honors in both his junior and senior seasons as a quarterback and wide receiver at Piedra Vista HS under Coach Jared Howell. In his senior season, he tallied 1200 rushing yards and 1110 passing yards. As a sophomore, Shay received second team all-district recognition. A multi-sport athlete, Shay lettered in basketball, track, and baseball and was listed on the honor roll. He earned first team all-district and first team all-state recognition in baseball. Shay is the son of June and Brian Shay.

Coach Carthel: "Shay is an outstanding receiver with good speed and ability. He should flourish in our offense and is a solid student, as well."


Sam Scholl
Offensive Line • 6-5 • 250
Bryan, Texas (High)
Scholl saw action at several positions on the Bryan (Texas) HS offensive line in 2008. A two-sport athlete, he also participates in the shot in track & field and is the son of Molly Marchman.

Coach Carthel: "Scholl is a very tough, well–coached player from a solid Bryan HS program. He has great work ethic and should develop quickly. He was one of the top O-line prospects in the Centex region."


Tony Scott
Defensive Line • 6-0 • 270
Dallas, Texas (Duncanville)
Scott earned first team all-District 7-5A honors for the Duncanville (Texas) HS Panthers in 2008. He also served as a team captain for Coach Jeff Dikus. A two-sport letterman, Scott also competed in the discus in track & field and is the son of Samantha Gray.

Coach Carthel: "Tony has tremendous speed and power. He has squatted over 725 pounds. If he was just a little taller, he’d be playing Division I football."


John Simpson
Wide Receiver • 6-4 • 185
Lancaster, Texas (Lancaster)
As a wide receiver and corner back under Coach Andrew Jackson at Lancaster (Texas) HS, Simpson helped lead his team to a District Championship. He is a multi-sport athlete, competing in soccer, track, and baseball. Simpson is the son of Patricia and Dexter Simpson.

Coach Carthel: "Simpson is an excellent receiver from a team that was loaded at that position this past season. He will provide a great outside target for our quarterbacks. He is strong in the classroom, as well."


Nevin Sneed
Defensive Back • 5-11 • 185
Katy, Texas (Taylor)
Sneed was named Defensive Most Valuable Player for his performance as a senior at Katy (Texas) Taylor HS. He played a multitude of positions under Coach Flint Risien, including receiver, linebacker and defensive back, as the Mustangs advanced to the Region Semifinals with a record of 8-5. Sneed also lettered in both basketball and lacrosse and is the son of Cernal and Valerie Sneed.

Coach Carthel: "Sneed is a really good defensive back prospect. He is athletic and has rangy ability that makes him a promising safety prospect."


William Thornton
Linebacker • 6-2 • 210
San Antonio, Texas (Judson)
Thornton was a second team all-City selection following an 8-2 District 27-5A championship year at San Antonio (Texas) Judson HS. He played nose guard, linebacker and defensive end for Coach Jim Rackley, while also participating in track & field and wrestling. Thornton is the son of Padrica Pritchard.

Coach Carthel: "Thornton played nose guard at Class 5A power Converse Judson. We’ve yet to see anyone knock him off his feet on film."


Jock Tilghman
Running Back • 5-7 • 175
San Antonio, Texas (Clark)
Tilghman was named the San Antonio Offensive Player of the Year under Coach Lloyd Alexander at San Antonio Clark (Texas) HS. He was named first team all-state as well as the Dave Campbell’s Texas 5A Offensive Player of the Year. Tilghman also lettered in track for the Cougars and is the son of Bridgette Tilghman.


Sean Tillotson
Defensive Line • 6-2 • 245
Arlington, Texas (Mansfield Summit)
A first-team all-District standout for Mansfield (Texas) Summit HS, Tillotson played at defensive end and linebacker for Coach Kyle Geller’s Jaguars. As a senior, he registered 107 tackles, 21 TFLs and six sacks. His junior season saw him log 96 tackles, 23 TFLs and three sacks. A three-sport performer, Tillotson also lettered in track & field and baseball. He is the son of Bill and Christina Tillotson.

Coach Carthel: "Sean shows a lot of promise in an already strong defensive line class. He has great pass rushing ability and is always around the quarterback."


Dustin Vaughan
Quarterback • 6-5 • 220
Corpus Christi, Texas (Calallen)
Vaughn earned first team all-District 31-4A honors as both a quarterback as well as a punter. He also earned all-Metro and all-South Texas honors with Coach Phil Danaher. An all-State academic selection, he graduated in the top 10 of his class and was a member of the National Honor Society. Vaughn also played basketball and baseball in high school, being named a basketball newcomer of the year and helping his baseball team to a class 4A state championship. He is the son of Scott and Gina Vaughn.

Coach Carthel: "Vaughan has all the tools to be another record-setting quarterback at WT. He competed in three sports at a very competitive 5-A program and is a top student at a very competitive school."


Kyle Voss
Linebacker • 5-11 • 220
Belton, Texas (Belton)
As a multi-position player under Coach Rodney Southern, Voss was named defensive player of the year and earned first team all-district honors as a senior. He recorded 365 career tackles. Voss also earned first team all-district recognition as a sophomore and a junior and was newcomer of the year as a sophomore. A multi-sport athlete, Voss also earned letters in track & field, basketball, and powerlifting. He is the son of Karl and Trudi Voss.

Coach Carthel: "Kyle is the most intense person in this class. He will no doubt be fun to coach."


Marc Waller
Offensive Line • 6-6 •310
Groesbeck, Texas (High)
This sizeable offensive lineman was a second-team all-District 19-3A selection this past season at Groesbeck (Texas) HS. While playing for the Goats, he was coached by Stephen Burrow. Waller is the son of Don and Susan Waller.

Coach Carthel: "Waller is a huge talent. We look for him to develop into an impact player."


Chad Ward
Defensive Back • 6-1 • 185
Waco, Texas (La Vega)
As a running back/defensive back at Waco (Texas) La Vega HS, Ward rushed for over 900 yards and 16 TDs during 2008. Coached by Willie Williams, he was named Texas Prep second team on defense, as well as being selected to the Centex honor roll. Ward also lettered in track & field, advancing to the state meet where he finished second in the 4x100 and 4th in the 4x200 relays. He is the son of Earnest and Alecia Ward.

Coach Carthel: "Chad switched his commitment from the Air Force Academy to WT, and we are thrilled! He has the ability to play as a freshman and can play any position in the secondary. He was an early graduate from Waco La Vega."


Craig Watts
Offensive Line • 6-4 • 285
Killeen, Texas (High)
Watts earned all-District 25-4A honorable mention honors in 2008 at Killeen (Texas) HS. A member oft eh 2008 Super Centex team, he helped lead Coach David Gaskamp’s Kangaroos to a 9-5 mark and a berth in the State quarterfinals. A multi-sport letterwinner, Watts also competed in track & field and wrestling and is the son of Craig and Roselyn Watts.

Coach Carthel: "Watts is an outstanding prospect with lots of raw talent. He could be very successful as an offensive lineman, as he has shown he has the athleticism to block in our style of offensive scheme."


Shaun Wesley
Offensive Tackle • 6-7 • 240
Canyon, Texas (Canyon)
Wesley played offensive tackle and defensive end while at Canyon (Texas) HS. He was an all-District 3-4A selection in both his junior and senior years under Coach Bill Bryant. An Academic all-State pick in football, Wesley was a superintendent scholar and a two-year member of the National Honor Society. He was a three-year letterwinner in track & field, placing first at district and advancing as a regional qualifier. Wesley is the son of Daryl Wesley and LeeAnn Shaw.

Coach Carthel: "Wesley is a tall, athletics, intelligent lineman with lots of energy and talent. He showed power and explosiveness a year ago in the shot put, throwing for over 51 feet. He should develop into a solid tackle in our offense."


Chris West
Running Back • 5-7 • 170
Houston, Texas (Mayde Creek)
West earned second team all-District17-5A honors as a running back, wide receiver, and kick returner at Houston (Texas) Mayde Creek HS under Coach Lance Carter. He helped lead his team on a second-consecutive playoff run after a 10-year playoff drought. A track & field letterwinner, West is the son of Derek and Rhoda West.

Coach Carthel: "West is a tremendous athlete with skills as a blocker, runner and receiver out of the backfield. He has all the tools to be an impact player for us. Both of his parents were outstanding athletes, as well."


Garrett Wilbanks
Defensive Line • 6-2 • 220
Houston, Texas (Clear Lake)
As a linebacker and defensive end at Clear Lake (Texas) HS under Coach Troy Aduddell, Wilbanks registered 47 tackles, seven sacks, and nine tackles for loss in his senior season. He received all-district recognition as well as academic all-district honors. Wilbanks also competed in track and is the son of Garrett and Dena Wilbanks.

Coach Carthel: "Garrett is really strong, both in the classroom and on the field."


Regis Wilson
Wide Receiver • 6-1 • 180
Austin, Texas (LBJ)
As a wide receiver and running back at Austin (Texas) Lyndon B. Johnson HS, Wilson earned all-district first team honors under Coach Demo Odems. He is also a three-year letterwinner in basketball and track. Wilson is the son of Paul and Toni Wilson.

Coach Carthel: "Wilson comes from a solid Austin LBJ program that is known for producing great athletes over the years. He is a three-sport athlete and has shown well in every sport during his career."


Dexter Williams
Defensive Back • 5-11 • 175
Aldine, Texas (Nimitz)
Williams was named first team all-district under Coach David Suggs at Aldine Nimitz (Texas) HS. He also competed in track & field for three seasons for the Cougars. Williams was a three year letterman on the football field.

Coach Carthel: "Dexter can play any position in our secondary."


LaRay Woodard
Wide Receiver • 6-1 • 175
Big Spring, Texas (Big Spring)
Woodard played wide receiver and strong safety under Coach Phillip Ritchey at Big Spring (Texas) HS. He also competed in track, winning the District 4-4A 110 high hurdle championship and placing second at the State meet in the long jump with an effort of 23-8. Woodard is the son of Dennis and LaDonna Woodard.

Coach Carthel: "Woodard is a tremendous athlete that has had a lot of success on the football field as well as in track as a hurdler and long jumper. He has a good chance to qualify for state in more than one event this Spring. He has a knack for making big plays and should make an impact on the football field in the near future."

Sunday, January 11, 1970

Southeastern Oklahoma - 2009 Football Signings

QB - Jercolby Bradley - Irving HS
QB - Reid Golson - Grandview HS
RB - Eric Cleere - Chisum HS
RB - Hunter McPherson - Redwater HS
RB - LaChristian Shepherd - Sachse HS
FB - Alex Rice Glenpool OK HS
WR - Billy Allen - Lake Highlands HS
WR - Troncais Banks - Sachse HS
WR - Kesie Camp - Forney HS
WR - Le'Derian Cockrane - Cedar Hill HS
WR - Tague Hinkley - Thackerville HS
WR - Roman Hurndon - Mount Pleasant HS
WR - Dexter Richmond - Irving Nimitz HS
TE - Coby Ragsdale - Collinsville HS
OL - Curtis Frye - Richland HS
OL - David Hernandez - Smith HS
OL - Cameron Hickey - Flower Mound Marcus HS
OL - Josh Higgins - Sherman HS
OL - Kyle Marley - Edgewood HS
OL - Jordan Smith - Aledo HS
DL - Evan Conder - Irving HS
DL - Qynton Harris - Mustang HS
DL - Colby Long - Frisco Centennial HS
DL - Pharron Minniefield - Texarkana HS
LB - Logan Moore - Atoka OK HS
LB - Logan Russell - Plainview OK HS
DB - Izzy Eziakor - Wylie HS
DB - Mitch Lawdermilk - Collinsville HS
DB - Mitchell Manning - Broken Bow OK HS
DB - Vincent McDaniel - South Grand Prairie HS
DB - Carl Perryman - Rowlett HS

Saturday, January 10, 1970

Tarleton State - 2009 Football Signings

QB - Aaron Doyle - Evant HS
QB - Jackson Crawley - Dallas Woodrow Wilson HS
RB/LB - Jerod Cochran - Grandview HS
RB - Raphael Sned - Fort Worth Western Hills HS
WR - Terrell Howard - Mount Pleasant HS
TE - Will McLane - Smithson Valley HS
OL - Colton Duncan - McKinney North HS
OL - Casey McKenna - Vista Ridge HS
OL - Gray Mowrey - South Garland HS
OL - Joshua Patti - Richmond Foster HS
OL - Cole Vitolo - Wichita Falls Rider HS
DE - Tarmaine Elliott - Mount Pleasant HS
DE - Cory Jackson - Allen HS
DL - Zack Shaver - Wichita Falls HS
DL - Jarry Tennell - Bryan HS
LB - Thomas Curry - Pflugerville Connally HS
LB - Emeka Ekwulugo - Boswell HS
LB - Julius Hurndon - Daingerfield HS
LB - Matt McBride - AllenHS
LB - Carl Moore - Daingerfield HS
LB - Gary Young - Garland HS
DB - Kevin Adkins - Garland HS
DB - Greg Brown - Garland HS
DB - Corey Graham - Mesquite Poteet HS
DB - Dashaun Phillips - Duncanville HS
DB - Branden Wright - Garland HS

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STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton head football coach Sam McElroy has announced the 2009 recruiting class that consists of 26 future student-athletes who signed national letters-of-intent on Wednesday – the NCAA’s national signing day.

“This is a really talented group of athletes,” said the Texan head football coach. “This is probably the most athletic group we have signed since I have been here. We have a lot of speed and a lot of talented skill players.”

The list of all-district players is long, and the Texans have signed seven all-state players, four district most valuable players and the UIL 2A Defensive Player of the Year.

“We have four players who played on state championship teams this year and several who have received all-district and all-state honors,” McElroy said. “The list includes good size on the offensive line and more defensive guys than offensive guys, but that is what we recruited more this year. These guys can really run and we believe we filled the holes we felt we needed to address.”

McElroy believes this class will contribute to the program for years to come.

“I am not going to say that none of these kids will end up helping us in the fall because there are usually a handful that will,” McElroy said. “But we want the majority of this class to come in and have a year to get ready to contribute to the program in major ways in the future. We want them to come in here and grow without pressing them into a major role as a true freshman. We feel this class will help us continue the winning tradition to which this program has grown accustomed.”

The Texans, who finished the 2008 season 8-3 overall and just missing the NCAA playoffs, will open the spring football schedule on Monday, Feb. 23. The team will host the annual Purple/White Spring Scrimmage on Friday, March 27 at 7 p.m. before hosting the Bobby Fox Memorial Golf Tournament on Saturday, March 28.

Friday, January 9, 1970

East Central - 2009 Football Signings

MAURICE COTTON, RB, 5-9, 185, Tulsa, Okla
TERRANCE CRUMLEY, WR, 6-3, 190, Ft. Worth, Texas
ANGELO SHIPP, WR, 6-1, 185, Muskogee, Okla
JACK LEWIS, OL, 6-1, 240, Muskogee, Okla
TOBYN LARGE, OL, 6-3, 305, Montgomery, Texas
KEVAN ANDERSON, DE/OLB, 6-1, 215, Muskogee, Okla.
MATT MESSER, DE/OLB, 6-1, 230, Muskogee, Okla
BRANDON DABNEY, DE, 6-2, 220, Norman, Okla.
ERIK HOWELL, LB, 6-2, 230, Muskogee, Okla
DERRICK DUNCAN, OLB, 6-0, 200, Tulsa, Okla
CURTIS FORTENBERRY, LB, 6-0, 215, Ft. Worth, Texas
RONALD GAMBLE, LB, 5-11, 210, Tulsa, Okla
ADRIAN WILLIAMS, LB/DE, 5-11, 230, Brazosport, Texas
JORDAN BROWN, DB, 5-10, 185, Muskogee, Okla
D’NICCKO CUBIT, DB, 5-11, 175, Muskogee, Okla
VICTOR COOPER, FS, 6-0, 185, Red Oak, Texas
NORRIS WRENN, FS, 6-0, 170, Lawton, Okla
TYLER McGREW, Athlete, 5-11, 185, Broken Arrow, Okla. (Bixby HS).
AIRIUS ERVIN, Athlete, 6-2, 220, Lawton, Okla
COLBY OGLETREE, Athlete, 6-2, 215, Montgomery, Texas
PHILLIP PAWELEK, Athlete, 6-2, 175, Pleasanton, Texas


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ADA – Considering limited recruiting time, East Central University head football coach Tim McCarty is certainly excited about his 2009 recruiting class.
“We addressed some issues on our roster with the emphasis being on speed, particularly at the skilled positions,” said McCarty, who is entering his second stint as the Tiger head coach this fall.
Among the 22-man, all-freshmen list are seven players out of Muskogee High School. In fact, McCarty and his staff signed 15 players out of the state of Oklahoma and seven more from Texas.
“We wanted to emphasize high school players. We want to build a championship football team and we want to build that foundation with freshmen,” McCarty said.
Speed will be the primary weapon to add to that building process, according to McCarty.
“From a defensive standpoint, we need to be able to run to the ball and make tackles for minimum or no gain, lock up a receiver and run downfield,” said McCarty. “From an offensive standpoint, we need to hit a crease in the line, burst through the line of scrimmage and be able to score in the open field. On special teams, we need to cover down field and be in position to make the tackle while the ball is in the air. I think we will be able to accomplish these things with this recruiting class.”
Among the signees were three players who earned their district’s top awards, including linebackers Erik Howell, of Muskogee, and Amos Cherry, of Coweta, along with the athletic Phillip Pawelek, out of Pleasanton High School (Texas). Also, Tyler McGrew, out of Bixby High School, was the district’s top receiver.
“We’re in this for the long haul and need a great foundation. The players that we recruited will buy into this,” McCarty said. “I’m very pleased with the high quality of athletes we got. They bring toughness and athletic ability which will make our roster better.”
Here are brief sketches of each ECU signee:

KEVAN ANDERSON, DE/OLB, 6-1, 215, Muskogee, Okla. Anderson was a 2008 All-District 6A-4 selection for Muskogee’s Roughers after posting 38 tackles, five sacks and eight tackles for lost yardage in 2008. He was voted Muskogee Rougher Comeback Player of the Year.

JORDAN BROWN, DB, 5-10, 185, Muskogee, Okla. Brown was a 2008 All-District 6A-4 pick as a defensive back for the Roughers as he was also voted Defensive Player of the Year on the squad. He registered 95 tackles (seven for losses), one interception and broke up 10 passes.

D’NICCKO CUBIT, DB, 5-11, 175, Muskogee, Okla. Cubit was also a 2008 All-District 6A-4 honoree as a defensive back as he compiled 42 tackles (four for losses), seven forced passes and six pass breakups for Muskogee.

ERIK HOWELL, LB, 6-2, 230, Muskogee, Okla. Howell was named 2008 District 6A-4 Player of the Year and was a Class 6A Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State selection as well as being voted as the Roughers’ defensive player of the year in 2007 and 2008. He posted 405 career tackles, including 156 last fall with eight for lost yards and four quarterback sacks.

JACK LEWIS, OL, 6-1, 240, Muskogee, Okla. Lewis started as an offensive guard for Muskogee this past season and was chosen as a 2008 All-District 6A-4 as an offensive lineman.

MATT MESSER, DE/OLB, 6-1, 230, Muskogee, Okla. Messer was selected as a 2008 OCA Class 6A All-State performer as well as being named to the 6A-4 all-district team. He compiled 65 tackles, including six for losses, and eight sacks, one interception and scored a defensive touchdown.

ANGELO SHIPP, WR, 6-1, 185, Muskogee, Okla. Shipp was an All-District 6A-4 as a wide receiver as he collected 520 yards in receiving with three touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, he totaled 28 tackles.

AMOS CHERRY, LB, 6-0, 220, Coweta, Okla. Cherry set the school record for unassisted tackles in a career (217) and game (18) for Coweta High School. He was also named District 5A-4 Player of the Year while earning two-time all-district and all-metro honors. Cherry was an all-state selection as a senior after posting 137 tackles and finishing with 527 for his career.

VICTOR COOPER, FS, 6-0, 185, Red Oak, Texas. Cooper was a Second Team All-State selection and a First Team All-District for Red Oak High School.

MAURICE COTTON, RB, 5-9, 185, Tulsa, Okla. Cotton was an honorable mention all-state honoree as a running back for Booker T. Washington High School as he rushed for 500 yards and scored six touchdowns. He also earned first team all-district and all-metro awards. While serving as team captain, he also played defense where he totaled 27 tackles and intercepted three passes.

TERRANCE CRUMLEY, WR, 6-3, 190, Ft. Worth, Texas. Crumley had 27 catches for 472 yards and five touchdowns this past season for North Crowley High School. He also rushed the ball eight times for 75 yards, collected 302 yards in kickoff returns and completed 1-of-2 passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.

BRANDON DABNEY, DE, 6-2, 220, Norman, Okla. Dabney was an all-district and all-conference pick for the Norman Tigers as he registered 63 tackles (39 solo) with 21 tackles for lost yardage and 11 sacks as a defensive end.

DERRICK DUNCAN, OLB, 6-0, 200, Tulsa, Okla. Duncan was a District 5A-3 honorable mention pick for Booker T. Washington High School as he collected 45 tackles, intercepted two passes, forced one fumble and recovered a fumble.

AIRIUS ERVIN, Athlete, 6-2, 220, Lawton, Okla. Ervin was a Daily Oklahoman and Tulsa Word All-State honorable mention award winner. He also captured all-district honors and was a three-year starter on both sides of the ball for Lawton High School. He also posted 223 career tackles.

CURTIS FORTENBERRY, LB, 6-0, 215, Ft. Worth, Texas. Fortenberry compiled 162 tackles, including 12 for losses for North Crowley High School. He also finished with three quarterback sacks, caused four fumbles, made three fumble recoveries, intercepted three passes and broke up four more.

RONALD GAMBLE, LB, 5-11, 210, Tulsa, Okla. Gamble was All-Metro selection and an honorable mention All-State pick out of Booker T. Washington High School. Gamble, who was also a First Team All-District 5A-3 at linebacker, compiled 130 tackles with six sacks and three interceptions this past season.

TOBYN LARGE, OL, 6-3, 305, Montgomery, Texas. Large was a first team all-district and first team all-county as well as an academic all-district for Montgomery High School. He was also voted as an all-area and all-state by scout.com as well as making the All-State Academic Second Team.

TYLER McGREW, Athlete, 5-11, 185, Broken Arrow, Okla. (Bixby HS). McGrew played several positions for Bixby’s Spartans, including running back, receiver, strong safety, cornerback and linebacker. McGrew was named District 5A-3 Receiver of the Year and an OCA Class 5A All-Star. Offenseively, he had 36 catches for 447 yards and one touchdown, rushed 18 times for 123 yards and was even 2-of-4 passing for 33 yards and one TD. He also had three punt returns for 73 yards. Defensively, he had 85 total tackles (25 unassisted) with seven tackles for lost yards, three sacks, four forced fumbles, 11 pass breakups and two interceptions.

COLBY OGLETREE, Athlete, 6-2, 215, Montgomery, Texas. Ogletree was an honorable mention all-state pick and a first team all-district selection out of Montgomery High School. He made 18 receptions for 252 yards and two touchdowns this past season.

PHILLIP PAWELEK, Athlete, 6-2, 175, Pleasanton, Texas. Pawelek was the district’s most valuable player while competing for Pleasanton High School as a running back, wide receiver, quarterback and free safety. He rushed for 1,814 yards and scored 24 touchdowns (both school records) while carrying the ball 234 times.

ADRIAN WILLIAMS, LB/DE, 5-11, 230, Brazosport, Texas. Williams was a two-time all-district honoree and made the All-Brazoria County Team this past year for Brazosport High School.

NORRIS WRENN, FS, 6-0, 170, Lawton, Okla. Wrenn performed well on both sides of the ball as a wide receiver and defensive back for MacArthur High School as he was a First Team All-District Receiver. He caught 33 passes for 493 yards and five touchdowns on offense and registered 94 tackles and three interceptions as a defensive back.

Thursday, January 8, 1970

Central Oklahoma - 2009 Football Signings

QB - Taylor McBane - Savanna (Savanna)
QB - Ethan Sharp - Eufaula (Eufaula)
RB - Josh Birmingham - Luther (Luther/Wyoming)
RB - Matthew Mitchell - Sallisaw (Sallisaw)
FB - Tim Branch - Poteau (Poteau)
WR - Greg Everidge - Lawton (Eisenhower)
WR - Don Hawkins - Tulsa (Lincoln Christian/NEO)
TE - Gavyn Clare - Tulsa (Union)
OL - Jantzen Haan - Edmond (Deer Creek)
OL - Cody Hughes - Norman (North)
OL - David Lamb - Oklahoma City (Putnam North)
OL - Cade Collins - Chandler (Chandler)
DE - Isaiah Blackshear - Saginaw, Texas (Saginaw)
DL - Orlando Hudson - Purcell (Purcell)
DL - Sam Moses - Broken Arrow (Broken Arrow)
DL - Dustin Reid - Purcell (Purcell)
DT - Anthony Horn - Okmulgee (Okmulgee/Ark.Tec
DE - Joey Fowler - Moore (Westmoore/Texas Tech)
DE - Chris Webber - Muldrow (Muldrow)
LB - Aaron Applegate - Wagoner (Wagoner)
LB - Drake Ballew - Broken Arrow (Broken Arrow)
LB - Brian Didonato - Mustang (Mustang)
LB - Kerry Wallace - Midwest City (Midwest City)
DB - Jeremy Harris - Spencer (Star Spencer)
DB - Brad Harmon - Lawton (MacArthur)
DB - Ozell Littleton - Midwest City (Carl Albert)
DB - Creadell Pennon - Altus (Altus)
DB - Anthony Phillips - Mustang (Mustang)
DB - Randy Stanley - Tulsa (Union)

Wednesday, January 7, 1970

Midwestern State - 2009 Football Signings

QB - Quinton Rollerson - Paris, Texas/Paris HS
RB - Peter Smith - Forney, Texas/Forney HS
RB - Keidrick Jackson - Arlington, Texas/Bowie HS
RB - Chauncey Harris II - Converse Judson HS
FB - Kyle Echols - Vernon, Texas/Vernon HS
WR - Christopher Bisson - Cedar Park, Texas/Vista Ridge HS
WR - Thomas Carper - Dallas, Texas/Bryan Adams HS
WR - Sheldon Galloway - Clairmont H S (Southwestern (Calif.) College)
WR - Chad Harrison - Decatur, Texas/Decatur HS
WR - Antwone Moore - Wichita Falls, Texas/Wichita Falls HS
OL - Bryan Keith - Wichita Falls, Texas/Wichita Falls HS
OL - Vaughn Howard - Irving, Texas/MacArthur HS
OL - Nathan Bidelman - Celina, Texas/Celina HS
OL - Dylan Deford - Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider HS
OL - Jordan Kulwitzky - Visalia, Calif./Tracy HS (College of the Sequioas (Calif.)
OL - Brandon Teinert - Georgetown, Texas/Georgetown HS
DT - Dayarion Broadnax - Brenham, Texas/Brenham HS
DL - Tim Kemp - Waco, Texas/La Vega HS
DL - Chris Shaw - Senatobia, Miss./Senatobia HS (Northwest Mississippi CC)
DL - Marqueez Turner - Dallas, Texas/Bryan Adams HS
DL - Stanley Thomas - Alvin, Texas/Manvel HS
DL - Quincy King - Richardson, Texas/Berkner HS
DL - Josh Neal - Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite HS
LB - Tyler Tackett - Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider HS
LB - Brandon Jeffery - Denison, Texas/Denison HS
LB - Zach Bracken - Bridgeport, Texas/Bridgeport HS
ROV - Dozie Ejesieme - Rowlett, Texas/Rowlett HS
DB - Kirk Risby - Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill HS (Trinity Valley CC)
DB - Kerry Nation - Dallas, Texas/Skyline HS
DB - Stefan Nelson - Dallas, Texas/Hillcrest HS
FS - Justin Henderson - Ranchview HS


Sheldon Galloway
Notables: Galloway was fourth in the Southern California Football Association in receptions per game (6.6) and receiving yards per game (106.1). He caught 66 passes for 1,061 yards and seven touchdowns including a long of 70 yards last season at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif. Southwestern College, which was 7-4 in 2008, competed in the inaugural Tremblay Financial Services Bowl, but fell to Pasadena, 45-14. Galloway is related to Joey Galloway.
What coach Maskill said: "He's a big, athletic receiver that can run and catch."

Jordan Kulwitzky
Notables: Kulwitzky earned 2008 North California Football Association All-Valley Conference recognition after helping the College of the Sequioas to a 5-5 mark as a sophomore. The Giants were ninth in the 35-team NCFA averaging 170 rushing yards and rated fifth in total offense with 405.9 total yards per game.
What coach Maskill said: "He is big, burly kid that will compete for playing time. He's is a big athletic lineman that can run and move well. His future is in front of him."

Kirk Risby
Notables: Risby garnered second-team All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference honors and was second in the league with six interceptions as a sophomore in 2008. He also recorded 22 tackles from the secondary as Trinity Valley CC finished with a 6-4 mark. Risby is a cousin of former MSU running back Chris Risby.
What coach Maskill said: "Kirk is a bigger corner height-wise and really athletic. I'm looking forward to having him here with us to compete in the fall."

Chris Shaw
Notables: Helped Northwest Mississippi CC to consecutive 6-3 regular seasons as the Rangers advanced to the first round of the Mississippi State Playoffs in 2007 and 2008 as a starter on the defensive line.
What coach Maskill said: "He's an older, mature kid who is just a block of granite. Chris is rock solid with great character."

Nathan Bidelman
Notables: Bidelman garnered District 9-3A first-team honors after helping the Bobcats to a Class 3A state finalist appearance as a senior in 2008. Bidelman also earned Class 3A first-team all-state recognition from the Texas Sportswriters of America.
What coach Maskill said: "Nathan is a big offensive lineman with his future in front of him. He's lean and runs extremely well for a kid his size."

Christopher Bisson
Notables: Garnered District 16-5A honorable mention after leading Vista Ridge High with 28 receptions for 471 yards and two touchdowns as a senior in 2008. Also named to the Hill Country News Dazzling Dozen.
What coach Maskill said: "Christopher is a taller receiver that is athletic. He returned punts and kickoffs at Vista Ridge. He'll bring speed and size that we haven't had."

Zach Bracken
Notables: Bracken garnered Class 3A second-team all-state honors from the Texas Sportswriters' Association after earning District 8-3A Co-Defensive MVP accolades after recording a team-high 150 tackles (14 for loss) as a senior in 2008. Bracken was also named Wise County Messenger Defensive Player of the Year.
What coach Maskill said: "Zach is a tough, hardnosed physical football player that will run though the wall for you."

Dayarion Broadnax
Notables: Broadnax garnered Associated Press Sports Editors' and Texas Sportswriters Association all-state honors as an offensive lineman last season at Brenham High, but the Mustangs plan to utilize his size and athleticism on defense. Broadnax, who made 29 tackles last season for the Cubs, was a three-year starter as a prep and appeared in 37 varsity contests at BHS. The Cubs reached the Class 4A region III title game this season as they made their fifth-straight postseason appearance.
What coach Maskill said: "Dayarion is a big, physical aggressive kid who I expect to be a really good run stopper. He'll give us a presence inside."

Thomas Carper
Notables: Carper garnered first-team All-District 12-4A honors after finishing 10th in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area with 72 receptions for 1,019 yards and five touchdowns as a senior for Bryan Adams High in 2008.
What coach Maskill said: "Thomas is an interesting case. He was offered scholarships at Northern Colorado, Wyoming and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. He can return punts and kickoffs and has the best hands of anyone we've recruited. He could see playing time next year."

Dylan Deford
Notables: Deford earned second-team All-District 5-4A honors as a senior in 2008. He helped Rider to a regional final appearance in 2007 and to the second round of the Texas schoolboy playoffs in 2008.
What coach Maskill said: "Dylan got a lot of interest late from Division I. He will be a tremendous asset to our line in the future. Signing Dylan is a big time deal for us."

Kyle Echols
Notables: Echols earned first-team All-District 5-3A honors as a nose guard as a senior in 2008. He rushed for 112 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown against Abilene Wylie on Aug. 29, 2008 before an injury forced him to primarily a defensive role.
What coach Maskill said: "We're looking at him as fullback or h-back. He's a tough, physical guy who will play hard."

Dozie Ejesieme
Notables: Ejesieme garnered second-team All-District 10-5A accolades as a senior in 2008.
What coach Maskill said: "Dozie is a raw kid who is very aggressive and can run."

Chauncey Harris II
Notables: Harris garnered Texas Prep Insider third-team all-state and was a Texas Sportswriters Association honorable mention all-state pick after earning District 27-5A Offensive MVP honors as a senior in 2008. Harris rushed for 1,929 yards while leading the Rockets to a district championship. Converse Judson reached the Class 5A state finals in 2007.
What coach Maskill said: "Chauncey is the same kind of back as Marcus Mathis. He's very quick and very elusive with great acceleration. He could see time next season."

Chad Harrison
Notables: Harrison earned first-team All-District 5-3A honors as a wide receiver as a senior in 2008. The three-year letterman had 35 catches for 620 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Eagles and averaged 18 yards per reception. A two-sport standout, Harrison earned all-district accolades as an outfielder at DHS as a junior.
What coach Maskill said: "Chad is a guy that catches the ball well and runs well after the catch. He gives us more size and flexibility in the H-position that we haven't had."

Justin Henderson
Notables: Henderson is a versatile athlete who was the District 11-3A Defensive Player of the Year in 2008 and was a first-team all-district selection as a pitcher last spring on the baseball diamond.
What coach Maskill said: "Justin is a physical, big safety. He brings size, toughness and aggressiveness to the secondary."

Vaughn Howard
Notables: Howard was a second-team All-District 7-5A selection at tackle as a senior in 2008 at MacArthur High School.
What coach Maskill said: "Vaughn is a very good academic kid. He's going to do nothing but get better. He fits the same mold as the linemen that we've had and is athletic and can run."

Keidrick Jackson
Notables: Came on strong in postseason as Bowie High School advanced to the regional finals. Jackson rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-35 win over Midland High in the Class 5A Area Round on Nov. 22 at Wichita Falls' Memorial Stadium.
What coach Maskill said: "Keidrick will give us the flexibility with a thick, physical back yet he has quick feet with explosive ability."

Brandon Jeffery
Notables: : Jeffery garnered Associated Press Sports Editors Class 4A all-state honorable mention and was the District 9-4A Defensive Player of the Year after leading the Denison High School Yellojackets with 118 total tackles (72 solo). He also finished his senior campaign with three sacks, five pass breakups and a fumble recovery.
What coach Maskill said: "Brandon is an undersized linebacker who plays downhill. He's really physical and can run."

Bryan Keith
Notables: : Keith garnered second-team All-District 5-4A accolades as a senior in 2008.
What coach Maskill said: "Bryan has the height and athleticism. We expect big things from him in the future."

Tim Kemp
Notables: : Kemp was the Defensive MVP of District 19-3A after making 50 tackles and recording six sacks for La Vega High during his senior campaign in 2008. Named to the 2008 Super Centex First Team by the Waco Tribune. Kemp also earned honorable mention all-state by the Texas Sportswriters Association.
What coach Maskill said: "Tim is versatile. He played linebacker, defensive end and tackle in high school. We project as a defensive tackle."

Quincy King
Notables: : King garnered second-team All-District 9-5A honors as a senior in 2008 when he was also named first-team all-city by the Richardson ISD.
What coach Maskill said: "Quincy is an athletic defensive lineman that can run. His future is in front of him. If he can't play inside, he'll be able to contribute at defensive end."

Antwone Moore
Notables: : Moore was a first-team All-District 5-4A selection for Wichita Falls High as a senior in 2008. He led the Coyotes with 586 yards on 41 receptions and six touchdowns during his senior season and was third on the team with 341 rushing yards and four scores. Moore, who caught 49 passes for 512 yards and five touchdowns as a junior, hauled in 90 career receptions for 1,098 yards as a two-year starter at WFHS.
What coach Maskill said: "Antwone is a good athletic as anyone that we signed. He can catch and he can run and will fit in well with our program."

Kerry Nation
Notables: : Nation is an athletic corner with natural coverage skills who garnered first-team All-District 9-5A honors as a senior at Dallas Skyline High School.
What coach Maskill said: "Kerry is a really good corner. He's probably undersized, but he can run and has good ball skills. I really like him."

Josh Neal
Notables: : Anchored defensive line for a strong program as a senior at West Mesquite High School. Neal scored on an 80-yard fumble return against Waxahachie on Nov. 15.
What coach Maskill said: "Josh was one of the first guys we really, really wanted to get. He's thick, athletic and makes plays. He's got size and I really like the way he moves."

Stefan Nelson
Notables: : Nelson was an All-District 12-4A selection as a senior in 2008 at Dallas Hillcrest High School. He was named Dallas Morning Sports Day Defensive Player of the Week after making 12 tackles, recording a pass breakup and returning a fumble 47 yards for a touchdown in a 20-13 win over Pinkston High.
What coach Maskill said: "Stefan is a slight corner who can run and is very athletic."

Quinton Rollerson
Notables: Rollerson was named District 10-3A Offensive MVP after passing for a school-record 1,667 yards in the regular season in 2008 when he paced Paris High School to a district championship.
What coach Maskill said: “Quinton is a big 6-5, athletic quarterback who is going to do nothing but get better as time rolls on.”

Peter Smith
Notables: : Smith dazzled at Forney High School where he rushed for 2,020 yards and 26 touchdowns as a senior in 2008. He was named District 15-4A MVP after leading the Jackrabbits to a district championship. The undersized Smith also garnered Associated Press Sports Editors honorable mention all state accolades last season.
What coach Maskill said: "Peter is a little fireplug. He is very strong, very physical and very quick. We targeted from the very beginning as a guy we really wanted to get."

Tyler Tackett
Notables: Tackett garnered first-team All-District 5-4A honors at defensive end as a senior in 2008. He was third on the squad during the regular season with 54 tackles, four sacks, a forced fumble and three pass break ups last season. He helped Rider to a regional final appearance in 2007 and to the second round of the Texas schoolboy playoffs in 2008.
What coach Maskill said: "Tyler knows just one speed and he is always going full-speed in practice. He adds versatility as he can play outside or inside linebacker."

Brandon Teinert
Notables: Teinert garnered all-state honorable mention by the Texas Sportswriters Assocation and he was named first team All-District 16-5A as a senior at Georgetown High.
What coach Maskill said: "Brandon is a 6-3, 290-pound lineman in the same mold of all the linemen we recruit. He's big, athletic and has good feet."

Stanley Thomas
Notables: Physical, athletic defensive lineman notched three sacks against League City Clear Springs High School on Sep. 5, 2008.
What coach Maskill said: "Stanley is very athletic, aggressive and physical. He will grow into a bigger player. He uses his hands well and will be able to do a lot of things."


Marqueez Turner
Notables: Turner earned first-team All-District 12-4A accolades as a senior at Dallas Bryan Adams High School in 2008.
What coach Maskill said: "Marqueez is a thick kid. He's athletic, can run and will get bigger."

Tuesday, January 6, 1970

Texas A&M - Kingsville - 2009 Football Signings

QB - Derek Tesch, 6-4, 210, QB, Blanco, TX (Blanco)
QB - Erik Nino, 6-2, 175, Edcouch, TX (Edcouch-Elsa) - Scout 1 Star
QB - Dean Brantley, 6-2, 180, Missouri City, TX (Elkins) - Scout 1 Star
RB - Connell Davis - Gregory Portland HS (Univ. of Missouri) - Scout 2 Star out of HS
RB - Michael Gowens, 5-8, 168, Corpus Christi, TX (Flour Bluff)
WR - Brandon Lewis - Chaffey JC
WR/DB - Vernon Rogers, 6-0, 181, Houston, TX (Klein Forest) - Scout 1 Star
WR - Edward Richardson, 5-11, 180, San Antonio, TX (Roosevelt)
WR - Donovan Penny, 5-11, 158, Houson TX (Fort Bend Bush HS)
WR - C.J. Griggs, Van Vleck, TX (Van Vleck)
WR/TE - Leo Gonzalez, 6-3, 220, Harlingen, TX (Harlingen)
TE - Larod Roberson - Elsik HS (Blinn JC)
OT - Lee Mattingly - Lincoln-Way Central HS (Ill) (Northern Michigan University)
OL - Ray Quintanilla - San Benito HS (Army)
OT - Devin Shaw, 6-5, 321, Katy, TX (Seven Lakes) - Scout 2 Star
OL - Marcus Stager, 6-5, 315, New Braunfels, TX (New Braunfels) - Scout 1 Star
OL - Kip Maxwell, 6-3, 295, Brenham, TX (Brenham)
OL - Brady Brown, 6-3, 292, San Antonio, TX (O’Connor)- Scout 1 Star
DL - Clint Nix - Santa Barbara CC - Scout 1 Star
DL - Victor Castro, San Antonio, TX (Warren)
DL - Trey Hall, 6-0, 211, Houston, TX (Klein Forest)

DT - Kier Wells, 6-1, 290, Victoria, TX (St. Joseph)- Scout 1 Star
DE - Dezmond Williams, 6-2, 225, Converse, TX (San Antonio Churchill)
LB - Aaron Buckley - Palacious HS (Texas A&M) - Scout 2 Star out of HS
LB - Nathan Goldie - Santa Barbara CC- Scout 1 Star
LB - Ricky Marshall, 6-1, 200, Tyler, TX (John Tyler)
LB - Tronte Robinson, 6-0, 187, Houston, TX (Klein Forest) - Scout 1 Star
DB - Marc Kinney - San Antonio MacArthur HS (Cisco JC) - Scout 2 Star
DB/RB Lavar Hart, 5-9, 200, Garland, Tx (Garland) - Scout 1 Star
DB - Miyoko Turner, Garland (Garland)
Ath - Joseph Vela, Rio Hondo, TX (Rio Hondo)
Ath - Jake Willingham, Van Alstyne, TX (Van Alstyne)
Ath - Tyler McAfee - Port Lavaca Calhoun HS (Nicholls State)
K/P Matt Stoll, 6-0, 160, College Station, TX (A&M Consolidated) - Scout 1 Star


Dean Brantley, a 6-2, 180-pound quarterback from Missouri City, Texas played for Elkins High School. He went 127-for-184 passing for 2,072 yards and 19 touchdowns. He set a school record for most touchdown passes in a season (19) and in a game (4). He was named District 23-5A First Team quarterback as a senior. He was an honor roll student this past year and is an excellent high hurdle sprinter in track. He is the son of Dennis and Carmen Brantley and plans to study Kinesiology. His father ran track at Southern Methodist University.

Erik Nino, a 6-2, 175-pound quarterback from Edcouch, Texas played for Edcouch-Elsa High School. He led E-E HS to four straight playoff appearances and four district championships. He was named the All-Valley Most Valuable Player and First Team All-District 32-4A as a senior. He passed for 1,724 yards and 26 touchdowns and ran for 1,114 yards and 17 touchdowns. He was named the Built Ford Tough Texas High School Player of the Week on October 2, 2008 after rushing for 152 yards and two touchdowns and throwing for 193 yards and two touchdowns against Weslaco East HS. He is the son of Saturnino and Elizabeth Nino and is undecided on his academic major.

Derek Tesch, a 6-4, 210-pound quarterback from Blanco, Texas played at Blanco High School. During his senior year, he was the District 27-2A MVP and earned Honorable Mention All-State honors. He threw for over 1,600 yards with 27 touchdowns and no interceptions. As a junior, he was an All-District tight end and defensive back. He made 176 tackles with six interceptions over his final two seasons. In his three seasons at BHS, he led the team to a 35-5 record. He led the team to a Bi-District championship in 2006, an Area championship in 2007 and a state semifinal appearance in 2008. He earned Academic All-State honors and the United States Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete Award. He is the son of Bill and Cheryl Tesch and plans to study Kinesiology.

Connell Davis, a 6-3, 201-pound Running Back transfer from University of Missouri, hails from Portland, Texas where he attended Gregory-Portland High School. He red-shirted his first year at Missouri, played 11 games and carried the ball six times as a red-shirt freshman and moved to linebacker as a sophomore making 13 tackles.In high school, Davis was rated as the No. 38 tailback prospect in the country, and the No. 78 prospect at any position out of the state of Texas by Rivals.com. He ran for over 4,000 yards in his high school career, while playing for G-P HS. He helped lead his team to an undefeated regular season in 2004, and a state quarterfinal showing in Class 4A. He rushed for 2,029 yards and scored 28 TDs, in being named a First Team all-state running back by the Texas Sports Writers Association and also earned team offensive MVP honors. He was a two-year team captain. He was a Second Team all-district running back as a junior, when he rushed for 1,156 yards and scored 17 TDs in helping lead his school to the second of three-straight district titles. He earned All-Metro Newcomer of the Year honors as a sophomore after rushing for 1,246 yards and 16 TDs in helping lead his team to the state semifinals. He is the son of John and Shannon Boesen and is majoring in Psychology.

Michael Gowens, a 5-8, 168-pound running back from Corpus Christi, Texas played for Flour Bluff High School. In two years on the varsity team, he rushed for an average of over 8.0 yards per carry. He was named the District 31-4A Most Valuable Player after rushing for 1,450 yards and 24 touchdowns. He rushed for 249 yards and four touchdowns against Miller High School. He was a Caller-Times Super 11 pick this year. He led FBHS to a 17-7 record and a Bi-District championship the last two years. He is the son of Brigitte Guillory and plans to study Kinesiology.

CJ Griggs, a 6-1, 175-pound wide receiver from Cedar Lane, Texas played for Van Vleck High School. He earned First Team All-District and Honorable Mention All-Area honors as a senior. He was the state runner-up in the triple jump as a junior and was a First Team All-District basketball star. He is the cousin of both Quentin Jammer of the San Diego Chargers and Johnnie Lee Higgins of the Oakland Raiders. He is the son of Rodney and Helen Griggs and plans to study Kinesiology.

Donovan Penny, a 5-11, 158-pound wide receiver from Houston, Texas played for George Bush High School. He was named the team’s offensive player of the year in 2008. He is the son of Abe and Floretta Penny and plans to study Mechanical Engineering.

Edward Richardson, a 5-11, 180-pound wide receiver from San Antonio, Texas played for Roosevelt High School. He was a three-year letter winner who earned First Team All-District 26-5A honors as a senior. In 2008, he led RHS to a state playoff appearance. He was coached by former Javelina Neal LaHue. He is the son of Stephanie Wilson and is undecided on his academic major.

Vernon Rogers, a 6-0, 181-pound wide receiver-defensive back from Houston, Texas played at Klein Forest High School. He earned First Team All-District 13-5A honors as a junior and senior. He led KFHS to back-to-back Bi-District championships. He was a high school teammate of Tronte Robinson and Trey Hall. He is the son of Tangela Williams and plans to study Kinesiology.

Leo Gonzalez, a 6-3, 220-pound receiver from Harlingen, Texas played for Harlingen High School. He had 31 catches for 394 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior. He twice had two touchdown catches in a game and had over 100 yards receiving against Austin Westlake in the third round of the playoffs. He is the son of Sergio and Eneida Gonzalez and plans to study Kinesiology.

Larod Roberson, a 6-3, 292-pound Tight End transfer from Blinn College, hails from Houston, Texas where he played football at Elsik High School. He was part of a Blinn team that went 12-0 and earned honorable mention all-league honors. He is the son of Mary Roberson and plans to study Health and Kinesiology.

Brady Brown, a 6-3, 292-pound offensive lineman from San Antonio, Texas played his high school ball at O’Connor High School. He was a four-year letter winner and three-time All-District honoree. He was named First Team All-San Antonio as a senior. He helped lead OCHS to the Area finals in his final two seasons and an undefeated district record as a junior. He served as the President for Fellowship of Christian Athletes for two years. He is among the Top 75 Scout.com South Texas Football prospects for 2009. His grandfather, Bobby Maples, played 14 seasons in the NFL earning all-pro honors in 1967 and 1974, played in Super Bowl XII and played in the 1968 Pro Bowl. He is the son of Andy and Shannon Brown and plans to study History/Education.

Lee Mattingly, a 6-5, 275-pound Offensive Tackle transfer from Northern Michigan University, hails from New Lenox, Illinois where he played football at Lincoln-Way Central High School. He red-shirted his one season at NMU. He was a two-time all-league selection in high school. He helped lead the team to a conference championship and two playoff appearances. He is the son of Kristin Mattingly and plans to study Education.

Kip Maxwell, a 6-3, 295-pound offensive lineman from Brenham, Texas played for Brenham High School. He was part of a 2007 District championship squad and played a key role in the team’s 2008 4A Division II Regional Finalist appearance. He earned First Team All-District honors as a senior and is a two-time Academic All-District honoree. He is the son of Dr. Gerri and Art Maxwell and plans to study Engineering.

Ray Quintanilla, a 6-4, 300-pound Offensive Lineman transfer from Army, is a 2006 graduate of San Benito High School in San Benito, Texas. He helped lead SBHS to the state playoffs in 2004 and 2005. He earned All-District 32-5A, All-Valley, All-Bay Area, All-South Texas and All-State honors. He was named the United States Military Academy Prep School Lineman of the Year in 2006-07. As a freshman at Army, he made the travel team. He is the son of Refugio and Eduwiges Quintanilla and plans to study Kinesiology.

Devin Shaw, a 6-5, 321-pound offensive tackle from Katy, Texas played for Seven Lakes High School. He is listed among the Greater Houston Top 250 prospects list at #98, the Texas 5A Players to Watch and Dave Campbell’s Texas Football as a top prospect. He is also a second degree black belt in Taekwondo. He is the son of Elvis and Maria Shaw and is undecided on his academic major.

Marcus Stager, a 6-5, 315-pound offensive lineman from New Braunfels, Texas played at New Braunfels High School. As a senior he earned Second Team All-District 26-5A and All-CEN-TEX Team honors. He is the son of Randall and Paula Stager and plans to study Civil Engineering.

Victor Castro, a 6-2, 255-pound defensive lineman from San Antonio, Texas played for Earl Warren High School. As a senior, he earned First Team All-District and Second Team All-Greater San Antonio honors. He led Warren HS to a Bi-District championship in 2007 and a District championship in 2008. He is the son of Herman and Dottie Castro and plans to study Kinesiology.

Trey Hall, a 6-0, 211-pound defensive end from Houston, Texas played for Klein Forest High School. He earned First Team All-District 13-5A honors as a senior. He led KFHS to back-to-back Bi-District championships and one Area Final. He is the son of Yolanda Hall and plans to study Kinesiology.

Clint Nix, a 6-2, 250-pound Defensive End transfer from Santa Barbara City College, hails from Oakley, California where he played football and rugby at De La Salle High School. He recorded 62 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks for SBCC in 2008. He earned Second Team All-American Pacific Conference honors as a sophomore and honorable mention honors as a freshman. He teamed with Goldie to help lead SBCC to a share of the conference title in 2008. In high school, he earned all-league honors as a junior and senior and helped lead his team to two North Coast Section titles. He is the son of Brad and Debbie Nix and plans to study Physical Therapy.

Kier Wells, a 6-1, 290-pound defensive tackle from Victoria, Texas played for St. Joseph High School. He was a three-time First Team All-State and All-District honoree. He also earned First Team All-Area honors as a senior. He led St. Joseph HS to the state semi-finals in 2006 and to back-to-back Regional appearances in 2007 and 2008. He is among the Top 75 Scout.com South Texas Football prospects for 2009. He is the son of Kenneth and Alyssa Wells and plans to study Kinesiology.

Dezmond Williams, a 6-2, 225-pound defensive end from Converse, Texas played for San Antonio Churchill High School. As a senior he earned First Team All-District and Second Team All-City honors. He led CHS with 60 tackles and had five sacks. He is the son of Valarie Williams and is undecided on his academic major.

Aaron Buckley, a 6-1, 225-poundLinebacker transfer from Texas A&M, red-shirted this past fall in College Station. He was a hig hly touted four year starter at Palacios High School in Palacios, Texas. As a senior, he was named First Team on Dave Campbell’s Preseason Super Team, AP All State 3A, Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) All State 3A, District 29AAA and All Victoria Advocate. He earned AP Defensive AAA Player of the Year, THSCA Defensive AAA Player of the Year, District 29AAA Most Valuable Defensive Player and Victoria Advocate Area Defensive Player of the Year. He was also named to the Texas Football Second Team All Texas Team. As a junior, Buckley was one of Dave Campbell’s Preseason top 100 Junior’s in the state. He earned Honorable Mention All-State AAA, First Team All-District 29AAA and All-Victoria Area honors. He was also an undefeated state champion in power lifting and holds three regional records. He is the son of Darrell and Deanna Buckley and is undecided on his major.

Nathan Goldie, a 6-0, 210-pound Linebacker transfer from Santa Barbara City College, hails from Morgan Hills, California where he played football and lacrosse at Live Oak High School. He led the Vacqueros of SBCC to the American Pacific Conference championship in 2008 earning First Team all-California and First Team All-APC honors after recording 88 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks. As a freshman, he earned Second Team All-APC honors. At Live Oak HS, he was a two-time First Team all-league performer and played in the 32nd annual Charlie Wedemeyer All-Star Game. He is the son of Beau and Susan Goldie and plans to study Business Administration.

Ricky Marshall, a 6-1, 200-pound linebacker from Tyler, Texas played his high school ball at John Tyler High School. He earned Second Team All-District 11-5A honors and helped lead his team to a Bi-District championship. He was named the JTHS Student of the Month for January 2009 and is on the A+ honor roll. He is the son of Rick and Gail Marshall and plans to study Electrical Engineering.

Tronte Robinson, a 6-0, 187-pound linebacker from Houston, Texas played for Klein Forest High School. He earned All-District 13-5A honors and was the team’s most valuable linebacker. He is a high school teammate of Vernon Rogers and Trey Hall. He is the son of Timothy and Cheryl Robinson and plans to study Kinesiology.

Marc Kinney, a 6-2, 200-pound Safety transfer from Cisco Junior College, hails from Lavernia, Texas where he played football, basketball and ran track for MacArthur High School. At MacArthur, he earned First Team All-District, First Team All-City and Second Team All-State honors while leading his team to the state semifinals. He is the son of Laetitia Kinney and plans to study Psychology.

Miyoko Turner, a 5-9, 158-pound corner back from Garland, Texas played for Garland High School. He earned Honorable Mention All-District honors as a junior and moved up to Second Team All-District honors as a senior. He was part of two state playoff teams and was on the A-B honor roll as a senior. He is the son of Miyoko and Andrea Turner and is undecided on his academic major.

Tyler McAfee, a 6-2, 205-pound transfer from Nicholls State University, hails from Port Lavaca, Texas where he played football, basketball and golf at Calhoun High School. At CHS, he was named the Bay Area Offensive Player of the Year, District 30-4A MVP and team MVP. He rushed for 2,334 yards and 42 touchdowns during his senior year in 2006. He scored eight touchdowns and rushed for 324 yards in a bi-district contest in 2006. As a true freshman at NSU, he played in three games carrying the ball eight times for 21 yards. He is the son of Donald and Joan McAfee and plans to study Wildlife and Range Management.

Joseph Vela, a 5-11, 170-pound athlete from Harlingen, Texas played for Rio Hondo High School. He is the brother of former Javelina quarterback Joey Vela. As a sophomore he was named the District 32-3A Newcomer of the Year and Second Team all-Valley. He ranked among the state leaders with 11 interceptions and while making 32 receptions for 550 yards. As a junior, he was a Second Team All-District quarterback. He rushed for 766 yards, completed 71 percent of his passes for 911 yards and accumulated 24 total touchdowns in leading the Bobcats to first undefeated regular season since 1973. As a senior Vela was the unanimous District 32-3A Most Valuable Player. He was named the Valley Offensive Player of the Year and took home Honorable Mention All-State honors. He rushed for 2,017 yards on 202 carries with a long run of 83 yards and 20 touchdowns. He completed 70-of-157 passes for 914 yards, 15 touchdowns and five interceptions. He led the Bobcats to the Area round of the playoffs as a sophomore and junior and to the third round of the playoffs for the first time in school history as a senior. He is the son Walter and Sheila Vela and plans to study Civil Engineering.

Jake Willingham, a 6-2, 220-pound athlete from Van Alstyne, Texas, is a three-sport athlete at Van Alstyne High School. He passed for 2,400 yards and 29 touchdowns en route to earning Second Team All-State, First Team All-Texomaland and District Most Valuable Player honors. He is the son of Cindy Willingham and is undecided on his academic major.

Matt Stoll, a 6-0, 160-pound placekicker and punter from College Station, Texas, played his scholastic ball at A&M Consolidated High School. He earned Second Team All-District 12-AAAAA as both a kicker and punter this past fall. He is the son of Mike and Debi Stoll and plans to major in Game Ranch Management.

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