QB - Ryan John - Lawton MacArthur HS
QB - Houston Johnson - Duncan HS
RB - Daniel Barwick - Enid HS
RB - Bryce Moore - Tuttle HS
WR - Jordan Mitchell - Edmond Santa Fe HS
WR - Timmy Winans - Kingfisher HS
WR - Corbin Dickerson - Altus HS
OL - Matt Loeher - Enid HS
OL - Andrew Brooks - Brazosport, TX HS
DL - Antuanya Debose - Milwood HS
DL - Cash Johnson - Kingfisher HS
DL - Deonte Logan - Frederick Hs
LB - Larry Wilson - Mustang HS
LB - Zachary Goodwin - Elgin HS
LB - Josh Zimmer - Washington HS
DB - Barry Williams - Lawton MacArthur HS
DB - Michah Franklin - Duncah HS
DB - Nick Cartwright - Mustang HS
DB - Austin Major - Chandler HS
DB - Jesse Wright - Aledo, TX HS
DB - Chance Tapia - Lawton High HS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 4, 2009
Contact: Justin Tinder, SWOSU Sports Information Director, 580-774-7162
SWOSU EXPECTS TO ADD 21 PLAYERS ON SIGNING DATE
WEATHERFORD, Okla. – Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s upgrade of its football program shifted into high gear Wednesday with the announcement that 21 high school standouts are expected to sign National Letters of Intent with the Bulldogs. A total of 19 of the 21 signees are products from Oklahoma area high schools.
First-year coach Dan Cocannouer said he felt very good about the class as the Bulldogs begin a roster revitalization that promises to significantly improve fortunes for 2009 and beyond.
“These young men will give us a great foundation for our football program. Each one is of strong character and the type of person we want in our program for the next four years.” Cocannouer said. “When people come to watch us, they will know we will play with pride and be proud to wear a Bulldog uniform.”
Cocannouer, who took over at SWOSU on Jan. 1, felt that even with his reduced time frame to recruit, that this class meets or exceeds many of the most pressing needs for his 2009 football team.
“Recruiting is about building relationships with young men,” Cocannouer said. “I didn’t get to a chance to do that as much as I had hoped because of the late start. These kids are not here because of some slick sale job. We intend to be honest with these kids and let them know what our expectations are up front. All have agreed and are committed to making this work.”
Cocannouer said some of the key areas were to find depth at quarterback behind senior-to-be-signal caller Steve Day and to bolster a linebacking corps that has graduated all-American Ruzell McCoy. Cocannouer said a few targeted areas remain and still additional players may be signed until the start of fall drills in August.
The following is a list of football players who have agreed to sign letters of intent at SWOSU.
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
2009 Football Signees
NAME POS HT WT HIGH SCHOOL
Ryan John QB 6-3 190 Lawton MacArthurLed Class 5A in passing completing 224-of-353 passes for 3,107 yards and 27 touchdowns…District 5A-1 Quarterback-of-the-Year...Honorable mention all-state selection.
Houston Johnson QB 6-0 190 DuncanRun-pass threat who threw for 917 yards and 8 TD’s…Carried the ball 101 times for 584 yards and seven TDs.Matt Loeher OL 6-5 285 Enid
Two-year starter for Class 6A playoff team at EnidAndrew Brooks OL 6-2 260 Brazosport, TX
All-district selection…Father, Randy, played at SWOSU in the late 1970’s.Jordan Mitchell WR 5-11 175 Edmond Santa FeStarting wide receiver on Cocannouer’s 6A semi-finals team at Edmond Santa Fe…Caught 38 passes for 450 yards and 5 TDs.
Timmy Winans WR 6-0 180 KingfisherHonorable mention all-state selection…Caught 29 passes for 607 yards and 9 TD’s despite missing last four games with injury.
Corbin Dickerson WR 6-2 210 Altus
Team’s top receiver
Daniel Barwick RB 5-9 175 EnidPass-catching back who finished the season with 104 carries for 933 yards and 9 TDs…Caught 33 passes for 475 yards and 3 TDs.
Bryce Moore RB 5-6 165 Tuttle
Honorable mention all-state selection…Carried 118 times for 863 yards and 13 TDs
Barry Williams DB 5-11 160 Lawton MacArthur
Played slot receiver and cornerback.
Michah Franklin DB 6-0 190 Duncan
Played for former Bulldog Todd Hudson at Duncan
Nick Cartwright DB 6-0 175 MustangFinished 4th in 6A with 7 interceptions
Austin Major DB 6-0 175 ChandlerRushed for 1,102 yards on 150 carries and scored 13 TDs as a running back…Had 5 INT’s.
Jesse Wright DB 6-2 200 Aledo, TX
District 6-4A Defensive MVP…DFW Super Prep Team
Antuanya Debose DL 6-3 215 Milwood
Member of 2006 Class 2A State championship team
Cash Johnson DL 6-2 235 KingfisherWill play in the Oklahoma All-State Game
Deonte Logan DL 6-2 245 Frederick
Selected to play in the Oklahoma All-State Game…Two-time state champion power lifter
Larry Wilson LB 5-10 220 MustangHonorable mention all-state selection…Led Class 6A in tackles with 165…Finished fourth in sacks with 12.
Zachary Goodwin LB 5-10 200 Elgin
Ranked in top 20 in Class 3A with 94 tackles…Defensive MVP of District 3A-1
Chance Tapia DB 6-2 180 Lawton HighHad 4 interceptions as a senior…Could play linebackerJosh Zimmer LB 5-11 205 WashingtonHonorable mention all-stater…Second-leading rusher in Class 2A rushing for 1,873 yards on 310 carries and scored 26 TD’s…Will play linebacker in college.