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)
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.”