Monday, February 7, 1983

Abilene Christian 2013 Signing List


Wildcats go big in first NCAA Division I football signing class
ABILENE – ACU head football coach Ken Collums said when the 2013 recruiting season opened that the No. 1 priority for his team was to get bigger and more physical as the Wildcats get ready to move up to the Southland Conference and NCAA Division I football in 2013.

That meant the need to get bigger and deeper along both the offensive and defensive lines, a point that was driven home when Collums was in the stands in early January when North Dakota State and future SLC opponent Sam Houston State met for the FCS national championship at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco.

“We've known this, but watching North Dakota State and Sam Houston State just re-affirmed to me that we'd better have some guys who are big and who can run and hit,” Collums said as he and his staff began the recruiting process.

And on Wednesday, when Collums announced the program's first NCAA Division I signing class, ACU had inked five offensive linemen and three defensive linemen among the 18 players who will be first-year Wildcats in 2013.

Those five offensive linemen average 6-4, 275 pounds, while the three defensive linemen average 6-2, 265 pounds, all with plenty of room to grow over the course of what Collums hopes will be a redshirt season for each of them during the 2013-14 academic year.

“I feel very good about the five offensive linemen that we signed,” Collums said.  “Those are five guys who should be foundations for the future, and all of them are quality players.

“On the defensive side, we were only able to sign three guys right now; we missed out on a couple of guys that we went after pretty hard,” he said.  “I would have liked to have signed one or two more guys, and I think we still will do that.  Just because today (Wednesday) is signing day doesn't mean that the search ends.  We'll keep looking and try to add a couple more guys before we get started in August.”

The offensive linemen signed by the Wildcats are Sam Fodale (6-1, 280, Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport, La.), Austin Hisler (6-4, 250, Cedar Park), Riley Mayfield (6-7, 285, Cedar Park), Chance Rieken (6-4, 270, Comfort), and Hayden Wall (6-4, 275, Hallsville).  The defensive linemen the Wildcats inked are Gabe Hernandez (6-1, 285, El Paso Chapin), Josh McKinnies (6-1, 280, Mayde Creek), and Josh Hailey (6-6, 230, A&M Consolidated).  Hernandez and McKinnies could play in 2013 out of necessity, although Collums' stated desire is to redshirt each freshman and have them as seniors in 2017 when ACU can compete for the Southland Conference title and a berth in the FCS national playoffs for the first time.

Collums and his coaches also put a premium on finding defensive players who can run and cover, and he said he believes they were able to do that with the signings of defensive backs D.J. Arnold (5-10, 180, Wichita Falls Rider), Quinton Baker (6-0, 180, Manor), and Quentin Bryant (6-0, 180, Mart).

“We had to establish some big guys up front, and we did that to a degree,” Collums said.  “We still need to improve there because we haven't reached our goals yet in a couple of spots defensively. But we also wanted to get some good athletes who can run and hit and we were able to do that with Arnold, Baker and Bryant.  Those guys might be able to play cornerback or safety or maybe even grow into something that would allow us to move them closer to the line of scrimmage.  But the thing about each of them is that they can all run and they're all strikers."

The only receiver the Wildcats added in the class is junior college transfer Cedric Gilbert (6-2, 220, Cisco Junior College), who played his high school ball at Lancaster.  Gilbert is a big, physical receiver who will make an immediate impact on the Wildcats' offense.

“We haven't had a wide receiver like Cedric, and we've had some great ones,” Collums said.  “We've had fast guys and
we've had smaller guys who can maneuver.  But we've never had a 6-2, 220-pound guy that can maneuver in the open field and can run away from guys.  His ability to adjust to the ball will give the quarterback the freedom to get the ball out there and let Cedric go get it.”

Collums inked two high school quarterbacks in Kade Munden (6-3, 195, China Spring) and Will Weathers (6-2, 210, Brook Hill Academy in Tyler).  Both are multi-dimensional quarterbacks with the ability to throw and run, something the Wildcats have lacked under Collums.

“Both guys move around better than (former quarterback Mitchell Gale),” Collums said.  “I put a premium on finding guys with the ability to run and move around because we're probably going to have to add some quarterback run concepts to what we do offensively as we move up.  Both of those guys bring that ability to the table.”

The Wildcats also added three running backs to the roster, including a transfer in former Abilene High standout Herschel Sims (5-8, 215), who, because of NCAA transfer rules, won't be eligible to play for the Wildcats until 2014.  Sims joins the Wildcats after starting his career at Oklahoma State in 2011 and then playing at Lamar in 2012.  Also signing with the Wildcats on Wednesday were De'andre Brown (5-9, 180, Lewisville) and Randy Gober (5-8, 185, Waco La Vega).  Gober was one of the top players in the Super CenTex region and was a top-25 region player by the Waco Tribune-Herald.

“All three of those guys really wanted to be here, and each of them are upper-level running backs,” Collums said.  “They each bring different things to the table.  De'andre is more of a game-breaker type who can also catch the ball out of the backfield.  Defenses will struggle to tackle him in the open field.  Gober has great running skills and very good instincts.  There will not be a defender on the field happy about tackling him in the fourth quarter because of the way he runs.  And Herschel is a great all-around back. I'm looking forward to getting them all on the field and seeing what we've got.”

The Wildcats also added punter / placekicker Nik Grau (6-1, 195, Grapevine), who could definitely see the field for the Wildcats as a true freshman in 2013.

Because the Wildcats won't be playing a Southland Conference schedule until 2014 and aren't eligible for a conference championship or playoff berth until 2017, Collums said some athletes they talked to weren't interested in signing with ACU.

“We ran into some issues, just like we knew we would,” Collums said.  “But we knew about those going into this process.
I think it speaks to how much the guys we signed (Wednesday) wanted to be here that they would look past that.  These guys wanted to be here and wanted to be with us and wanted to be part of what we are as a program. It just makes you love those guys even more. It also goes to show that because of who we are and what we're striving to do that guys want to be part of that.

“That all starts at the top, and I?give a lot of credit to (ACU president) Dr. Phil Schubert and (ACU director of athletics)
Jared Mosley for giving us the resources we needed to go out and get these guys,” Collums said.  “We had great weekend visits for these guys, and I want to thank everyone involved with those in helping us get this signing class put together.  I also want to thank my assistant coaches for their great work and tireless efforts over the last few months putting this together.  Now we have to start thinking about the 2013 season and getting ready for spring training,  two-a-days in August and the first game later that month.”


2013 ACU SIGNING LIST

D.J. Arnold, DB, 5-10, 180, fr, HS, Wichita Falls (Rider HS)
­– As a senior in 2012, Arnold set the Rider single-season record with eight interceptions on his way to earning Defensive MVP honors on the Red River 22 team as selected by the Wichita Falls Times Record-News. A first team all-District 5-4A selection in 2012, Arnold finished with 92 tackles to go along with his eight interceptions.  He also ran for 100 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries.  He helped lead the Raiders to a Class 4A Division II state semifinal appearance in 2012.  He was an honorable mention Class 4A all-state selection by both the Associated Press and the Texas Sports Writers Association.  Also competes in track and field and is part of Rider's 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams.

Quinton Baker, DB, 6-0, 180, fr, HS, Austin (Manor HS) – Also received interest from Baylor, New Mexico, Texas State, Tulsa and UTEP. Finished his senior season with 55 tackles (34 solo), 10 passes defended and one interception for a 12-4 Manor team that went 6-1 in district play. He was a first team all-District 17-4A selection after the season.  As a junior he had 50 tackles (21 solo) and one interception for a 5-6 squad. He was a second team all-District 17-4A selection after the season. As a sophomore he had 15 tackles (5 solo), one pass defended and one interception for a 4-6 team.

De'andre Brown, RB, 5-9, 180, fr, HS, Lewisville (Lewisville HS) – Brown signed with Wildcats after originally committing to New Mexico State.  As a senior at Lewisville, Brown ran for 1,239 yards and 11 touchdowns and had a long run of 92 yards. A two-time first team all-District 5-5A selection, Brown ran for 523 yards and nine touchdowns on 81 carries as a junior and caught 24 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns.  Finished his career with 2,107 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns on 317 carries and caught 45 passes for 471 yards and two scores. His father, Eric Gober, played at ACU in the early 1990s.

Quentin Bryant, DB, 6-0, 180, fr, HS, Mart (Mart HS) – As a senior, Bryant helped Mart reach the state semifinals and was a first team all-Central Texas defensive back and second team all-Central Texas wide receiver.  He was a second team Class A all-state defensive back by the Associated Press, but was a first team all-state selection by TheOldCoach.com.  As a junior he led the Panthers to a district title and a spot in the state semifinals, earning Associated Press honorable mention all-state honors at defensive back.  As a senior he had 63 tackles and 5 interceptions for 107 yards in returns.  He also had 1 touchdowns, 9 pass breakups, and 3 fumble recoveries.  He also carried the ball 33 times for 662 yards and 11 touchdowns and had 20 catches for 540 yards and 6 touchdowns. He was a first team all-district selection at both wide receiver and defensive back and a second team all-district selection at placekicker.  As a sophomore he was a starter on Mart's Class A Division I state championship team and was an honorable mention selection on the all-Super CenTex team.  As a freshman in 2009, Bryant was part of a Mart team that reached the state quarterfinals.

Sam Fodale, C, 6-1, 280, fr, HS, Shreveport, La. (Evangel Christian Academy) – Starter at center on Evangel Christian Academy team that finished the 2012 season at 12-3 and reached the Louisiana Class 2A state championship game where it lost to national powerhouse John Curtis Christian High School.  Curtis finished the season as the consensus national championship, according to five of the seven most widely regarded high school football polls.  Fodale also started as a junior at Evangel Christian, helping the Eagles to an 8-6 record. Played in the Max Emfinger All-American Bowl in January was named the Bowl Game Offensive Lineman co-MVP, helping the West Team to a 14-10 victory.  He was an honorable mention selection to the Class 2A all-state team by the Louisiana Football Coaches' Association after his senior season. A three-year starter at center at Evangel Christian Academy, Fodale has been snapping out of the shotgun since the seventh grade.

Cedric Gilbert, WR, 6-2, 220, jr, Tr, Lancaster HS (Cisco Junior College) – Transfers to ACU from Cisco Junior College and could be an immediate impact player for the Wildcats in 2013.  Passed on offers from Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette and North Texas to sign with ACU.  As a freshman in 2011 at Cisco, Gilbert caught 36 passes for 658 yards and six touchdowns.  He had his biggest game of his freshman season against eventual conference champion Navarro College when he caught 12 passes for 228 yards and three touchdowns.  Last year as a sophomore he caught 27 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns in only eight games.  Aside from being a top football recruit out of Lancaster High School, Gilbert was also part of Lancaster's dominating Class 4A track and field teams.  As a senior in 2011, he ran on the Tigers' state championship teams in both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays, and as a junior anchored the 4x400 relay team to the state title.

Randy Gober, RB, 5-8, 185, fr, HS, Waco (La Vega HS) – Signed with the Wildcats after also receiving interest from several schools, including Syracuse. As a senior he ran for 1,755 yards and 23 touchdowns, including a 7-touchdown game in a win over Connally in District 17-3A play.  His play earned him District 17-3A Offensive MVP honors and a spot on the all-district first team.  As a junior in 2011 he ran for 1,376 yards and 17 touchdowns and was the District 19-3A Offensive MVP.  The Pirates finished 11-1 in 2011, losing to Tyler Chapel Hill in the second round, and finished 7-4 in 2012 with a loss to Taylor in the first round of the Class 3A Division I state playoffs. As a sophomore in 2010, Gober was a second team
all-District 19-3A pick.

Nik Grau, P / PK, 6-1, 195, fr, HS, Grapevine (Grapevine HS) – Grau could come in and challenge to be the Wildcats' punter and placekicker as a freshman.  As a senior in 2012, he hit 11 of 13 field goals, including a career-best 52-yarder against L.D. Bell in a late September game.  As a senior he was a first team all-District 6-5A selection as both a punter and placekicker.  As a junior in 2011, he hit 8 of 12 field goals, including a long kick of 45 yards.  He was the first team all-District 6-5A placekicker.  Also plays soccer at Grapevine where he's been a two-time all-district forward.  He scored 15 goals as a junior in 2012.

Josh Hailey, DL, 6-6, 230, fr, HS, College Station (A&M Consolidated HS) – Named second team Class 5A Region II Elite Team by TexasHSFootball.com after his senior season in 2012. He was also voted first team all-District 14-5A after his senior season. As a senior he finished with 75 tackles (9 tackles for loss) and five sacks.  He also had 23 quarterback pressures, one forced fumble, two pass breakups and one interception.

Gabe Hernandez, DL, 6-1, 285, fr, HS, El Paso (Chapin HS) – Selected to play in the Greater El Paso Showcase in December after his high school career ended.  As a senior he was a first team all-District 1-4A selection at defensive tackle.  As a junior he was a first team all-District 1-4A selection after amassing 112 tackles (44 solo and 68 assisted), including three tackles for loss.  He also had four sacks for 20 yards in losses.  He helped Chapin to a 9-3 record as the team reached the second round of the Class 4A Division I state playoffs where it lost to Wichita Falls Rider and future ACU teammate D.J. Arnold.

Austin Hisler, OL, 6-4, 250, fr, HS, Cedar Park (Cedar Park HS) – Starter at offensive guard on Cedar Park's Class 4A Division II state championship team in 2012.  Voted the District 25-4A Offensive Lineman of the Year and was a first team all-district lineman.  He was a second team Class 4A all-state selection by the Associated Press and the Texas Sports Writers Association.  First team all-state by TheOldCoach.com and first team all-Super CenTex. His father, George Hisler, played at ACU.

Josh McKinnies, DL, 6-1, 280, fr, HS, Houston (Mayde Creek HS) – As a senior in 2012, McKinnies was voted second all-District 19-5A.  As a senior, McKinnies finished with 59 tackles (18 solo), including nine tackles for loss.  He also had five sacks, 10 quarterback pressures and three forced fumbles.  He was an honorable mention selection to the all-district team after his junior season in 2011.

Riley Mayfield, OL, 6-7, 285, fr, HS, Cedar Park (Cedar Park HS) – Starter at offensive guard on Cedar Park's Class 4A Division II state championship team in 2012.   Voted first team all-District 25-4A and was named to second team all-Super CenTex.  Also received interest from Baylor, Texas State and Central Arkansas and passed up offers from Central Arkansas and Texas State to sign with the Wildcats.

Kade Munden, QB, 6-3, 195, fr, HS, China Spring (China Spring HS) – As a senior, Munden threw for 1,599 yards and ran for another 449 yards.  He also averaged 38 yards per punt.  He was an academic all-state honorable mention selection and was a second team all-District 17-3A selection.  He was an all-Super CenTex honorable mention selection at quarterback.  He helped lead the Cougars to the playoffs where they lost in the first round to top-ranked Navasota. As a junior he was academic all-district and an all-district honorable mention selection at quarterback.  After his junior season he the MVP of the Texas Quarterback Showcase Combine. Munden also plays baseball and has been voted all-district each of the last two seasons.

Chance Rieken, OL, 6-4, 270, fr, HS, Comfort (Comfort HS) – Helped lead Comfort back from an 0- 4 non-district start to a 4-2 District 3-2A record and a berth in the Class 2A Division I state playoffs.  After the season he was voted the District 3-2A Offensive Lineman of the Year and was a first team all-district selection.  He was also the District 3-2A Defensive Lineman of the Year and was first team all-Hill Country.

Herschel Sims, RB, 5-8, 215, jr, Tr, Abilene (Lamar) – Won't be eligible to play until 2014 because of NCAA transfer rules.  Will have two years of eligibility remaining (2014 and 2015).
     Sophomore (2012 at Lamar): Played in seven games in 2012 before leaving the team in the midst of a 4-8 campaign. Still finished second on the team in rushing yards with 388 on 96 carries (4.0 yards per carry). Sims scored two touchdowns and had a long run of 25 yards on the season.  He had a season-best 99 yards on 18 carries in his last game of his season, a 52-21 win over McMurry on Oct. 13 in Beaumont. He also ran for 83 yards and one touchdown in a 31-0 win over Prairie View A&M on Sept. 8.
     Freshman (2011 at Oklahoma State): Played in nine games as a true freshman at Oklahoma State, finishing third on the team with 242 rushing yards. Helped the Cowboys to a 12-1 record, a Big 12 championship and a 41-38 win over Stanford in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Posted 100-yard rushing efforts against Texas Tech (111) and Baylor (104), and averaged a robust 7.8 yards per carry on the season. Ripped off an 81-yard touchdown run against Baylor for OSU's longest play of the year and the longest in the Big 12 in 2011. Scored on a 1-yard run against Kansas for his first collegiate touchdown.
     At Abilene High School: Ran for 2,352 yards as a junior and 709 during an injury-plagued senior campaign for Abilene HS.  Ranked as the second-best all-purpose running back in the country as a senior by Rivals.com. A SuperPrep All-American, he was also ranked as the No. 8 player in Texas and the No. 73 overall recruit in the nation by Rivals.com ... First-team Associated Press all-state and was the Texas 5A Offensive Player of the Year as a junior. Ranked as the No. 5 running back in America and the No. 6 player in Texas by Scout. Placed fourth in the state meet as a sprinter.

Hayden Wall, OL, 6-4, 275, fr, HS, Hallsville (Hallsville HS) – Wall, who played for former Wildcat assistant coaches Clayton and Cody Farrell at Hallsville, was a first team all-District 14-4A selection in both 2011 and 2012.  As a senior he helped Hallsville to a 7-4 record, third-place district finish and a first-round playoff appearance.  He was a two-time winner of Hallsville's Offensive Lineman of the Year award.  As the Hallsville left tackle, Wall graded out at 95 percent for the 2012 season, finishing with 75 pancake blocks and 56 knockdown blocks.  He was a first team all-East Texas performer in 2012 and a second team all-East Texas performer in 2011. Wall also garnered interest from Central Arkansas, Sam Houston State, Louisiana Tech and Texas-San Antonio.

Will Weathers, QB / Athlete, 6-2, 210, fr, HS, Tyler, Texas (Brook Hill School) – A two-year starter at Brook Hill School, Weathers also had an offer from Air Force. Weathers completed 100 of 144 passes for 1,420 yards, 17 touchdowns and only two interceptions in 2012, while rushing for 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns on 123 carries.  Weathers accounted for 2,562 total yards and 42 total touchdowns during Brook Hill's 2011 TAPPS Division III state championship season. After moving up to TAPPS Division II for the 2012 season, Brook Hill finished 6-5 with a first-round playoff loss to Midland Christian.


Signing Day

Sunday, February 6, 1983

West Texas A&M 2013 Signing Day List

Signing Day Press Conference

Full Release with Student-Athlete Bios



CANYON, Texas – Fresh off one its highest finish in school history, at No.4 in the final American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Poll, West Texas A&M head football coach Don Carthel announced the 2013 high school recruiting class, which includes the signing of 37 student-athletes to play for the Buffaloes this fall.  Overall, the Buffs added 27 players on offense and 10 defensive players.

“The 2012 deep playoff run gave us lots of momentum going into 2013 and the recruiting efforts by our coaching staff,” Carthel said.

The Buffaloes are coming off of a 12-3 season and their first berth in the NCAA Semifinals along with a share of their fifth Lone Star Conference championship.  WT finished fourth in the final American Football Coaches' Association poll.

“We were able to put together another quality group of student-athletes in this signing class,” Carthel added.  “Most of these athletes will redshirt next fall and be ready to get on the field in 2014.  The Buffs will be losing over 30 seniors next season and there will be multiple spots open on the roster for this group of talented athletes.”

WT won road games in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history at then-No. 20 Chadron State, at then No. 4 Ashland University and at then-No. 1 Colorado State-Pueblo, before falling at No. 2 Winston-Salem State in the National Semifinal.  WT improved to 6-6 all-time in school history in the NCAA Tournament all under Carthel.

The Buffaloes open the 2013 schedule Saturday, Sept. 7 at Western State College in Gunnison, Colo. The rest of the schedule will be released in the coming weeks.


2013 West Texas A&M Football High School Recruiting Class
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (High School)
Jermaine Adams WR 6‐1 200 Universal City, Texas (Judson HS)
Connor Allen LB 6‐2 210 Lantana, Texas (Guyer HS)
Ethan Brinkley QB 6‐3 210 Rockdale, Texas (Rockdale HS)
Timothy (T.J.) Broden, Jr. DB 5‐7 162 Houston, Texas (North Shore HS)
Jordan Cipriani DE 6‐1 225 Cypress, Texas (Cypress Woods HS)
Isiah Cowan RB 6‐1 188 Killeen, Texas (C.E. Ellison HS)
Rickey Daniels II WR 5‐8 161 Desoto, Texas (Desoto HS)
Jerrod duBois TE 6‐5 205 Ozona, Texas (Ozona HS)
Malcolm Franklin RB 5‐11 190 Refugio, Texas (Refugio HS)
Freddy Gibbs WR 6‐3 180 Wylie, Texas (Wylie HS)
Tanner Graham DL 6‐2 250 Alamogordo, N.M. (Alamogordo HS)
James Griffin DL 6‐2 192 Waco, Texas (Connally HS)
Akeem Harrison TE 6‐1 216 Killeen, Texas (Killeen HS)
Daireck Hicks OL 6‐2 265 Arlington, Texas (Arlington HS)
Tanner Hodges QB 6‐3 212 Burleson, Texas (Burleson Centennial HS)
Carter James LB 6‐2 230 Justin, Texas (Northwest HS)
Daron Jefferson WR 6‐3 185 Waco, Texas (Waco HS)
Jordan Jones A‐Back 6‐0 208 Houston, Texas (Westfield HS)
Joshua Keith OL 6‐6 310 Katy, Texas (Houston Christian HS)
Joshua Kenebrew WR 5‐10 165 Sugarland, Texas (Fort Bend Austin HS)
Colton McDonald DB 6‐1 188 Haslet, Texas (Northwest HS)
Dominique Messer WR 6‐4 195 Milano, Texas (Milano HS)
Garrett Neuman OL 6‐4 315 Hondo, Texas (Medina Valley HS)
Chris Nunez OL 6‐3 254 Big Spring, Texas (Big Spring HS)
Kennedy Nwanne DL 6‐3 242 Richmond, Texas (Lamar Consolidated HS)
Devon Petty OL 6‐4 330 Hewitt, Texas (Midway HS)
Aaron Ploeger OL 6‐7 277 Corpus Christi, Texas (Flour Bluff HS)
Marcell Porter RB 5‐7 170 Abilene, Texas (Abilene HS)
Raymond Racine WR 6‐2 180 Round Rock, Texas (Cedar Ridge HS)
DeShaun Rawls RB 5‐9 190 Texas City, Texas (Texas City HS)
Dontha Robinson WR 5‐10 165 Arlington, Texas (Arlington HS)
Hunter Streuling DB 5‐11 165 Austin, Texas (Lake Travis HS)
Toriese Thomas OL 6‐4 335 Waco, Texas (Waco HS)
Dillon Vaughan OL 6‐6 283 Corpus Christi, Texas (Calallen HS)
Anthony Walker LB 6‐1 230 Allen, Texas (Allen HS)
Cedric (C.J.) Washington RB 5‐9 199 Fort Worth, Texas (Brewer HS)
Joshua Woods RB 5‐9 190 Amarillo, Texas (Amarillo HS)




Tarleton State 2013 Signing Day List

Recruit Profiles

STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton head football coach Cary Fowler has announced the 2013 national signing day class, which includes 31 players that have signed to play for the Texans beginning in the fall.

The Texans added 14 offensive players and 14 defensive players, to go along with three more athletes that can play both sides of the ball. Of the 31 signees, eight players had ties to the Cross-Timbers area.

“It is an exciting day in Tarleton football, I guess it is an exciting day across the country,” Fowler said. “I am very excited about this signing class, just as we have been excited about the last three years now. We have had to take a lot of players over the past few years, but this year we honed in on certain players and the strength of their positions. We competed against a lot of [NCAA] Division I schools and were able to sign some kids that had visits to Division I campuses.”

The Texans are coming off a 6-4 season overall, where they went 5-3 and finished tied for third-place in the Lone Star Conference. The Texans reeled off a three-game winning streak to end the season; which included a pair of road wins over Incarnate Word and North Alabama, while downing Angelo State at home.

Of the eight area players signed, Tarleton managed to sign five players from Stephenville High School.

“We got to see a lot of the Stephenville players a lot, as they played here in our stadium this season,” Fowler said. “The players from Stephenville know how to win. They are state champions and they will bring great leadership to this team. All of these kids had options and we feel very fortunate to get the players that we did.”

To view the complete press conference, click on the link above. Player capsules, including short biographies on the players can be found by clicking the link above as well.


Midwestern State 2013 Signing Day List


WICHITA FALLS, Texas - Midwestern State coach Bill Maskill unveiled a strong 2013 recruiting class following a furious day of activity Wednesday for National Signing Day.
 
The bumper crop of prospects includes 34 prep standouts who chose to continue their careers for the defending Lone Star Conference champions.
 
"This is a very solid, athletic class," MSU coach Bill Maskill said. "We were able to address depth needs with a very strong group of skill players."
 
The class includes 19 offensive postion players including six offensive linemen, six wide receivers, three quarterbacks, three tight ends and a runnings, while 15 defensive position players fill out the class including seven defensive linemen, five linebackers and three defensive backs.
 
Midwestern State claimed its third Lone Star Conference championship in the last four years rolling to a 9-1 regular season mark. The Mustangs fell to Indianapolis (Ind.) in the opening round of the NCAA Division II playoffs. The Mustangs have advanced to postseason competition on six occasions and have recorded winning campaigns in each of the last 13 seasons.

"I really like our class," Maskill said. "We've very athletic. We didn't sign many defensive guys but you wouldn't ever turn down the ones we got."

Here is a breakdown of the 2013 Midwestern State Signing Class:
 
2013 Midwestern State Prep Signees

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School
TyRece Boone DT 6-1 250 Keller, Texas/Timbercreek HS
Kellen Bradbury OL 6-4 250 Rowlett, Texas/Rowlett HS
Joshua Cartwright DE 6-2 215 Garland, Texas/North Garland HS
Markain Chambers QB 6-3 190 Dayton, Texas/Dayton HS
Andre Chineme LB 6-0 190 Grand Prairie, Texas/Arlington Bowie HS
Ricky Clark DT 6-2 265 Burkburnett, Texas/Burkburnett HS
Talon Clift OL 6-4 290 Clifton, Texas/Clifton HS
Trace Cross TE 6-3 220 Iowa Park, Texas/Iowa Park HS
Jiuba Eke WR 6-2 218 Houston, Texas/Langham Creek HS
Gary Farquhar WR 6-5 195 Throckmorton, Texas/Throckmorton HS
Austin Farr OL 6-5 250 Belton, Texas/Belton HS
Tyler Fore TE 6-2 210 Graham, Texas/Graham HS
Stephan Gehringer DT 6-2 260 Deer Park, Texas/Deer Park HS
Hagen Hutchinson QB 6-1 185 Stamford, Texas/Stamford HS
Blake Jackson QB 6-1 180 Spring, Texas/Klein Collins HS
Je'Darien Jackson-Hanchett CB 6-0 167 Kingwood, Texas/Kingwood HS
Don Jerry RB 5-10 175 Grand Prairie, Texas/Arlington Bowie HS
Jacob Keene OL 6-4 290 Magnolia Springs, Texas/Kirbyville HS
Tim Lapaglia LB 6-2 225 Leander, Texas/Rouse HS
Sam Lawlis LB 6-2 220 Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock HS
Eric Luna WR 6-0 180 Deer Park, Texas/Deer Park HS
Derek Mankins OL 6-4 275 Windthorst, Texas/Windthorst HS
Bryce Plant LB 6-3 215 Humble, Texas/Kingwood Park HS
Clay Robinson DE 6-3 220 Alvin, Texas/Alvin HS
John Rowell DE 6-4 240 Stafford, Texas/Dulles HS
Malachi Smith CB 5-10 170 Garland, Texas/Berkner HS
Josh Stewart WR 6-4 180 College Station, Texas/A&M Consolidated HS
Malik Tipler LB 5-9 180 Arlington, Texas/Bowie HS
Ben Trotter TE 6-5 220 Arlington, Texas/Pantego CA
Brodey West TE/OL 6-4 260 Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider HS
Brandon Williams WR 6-0 180 Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider HS
Christian Williams DE 6-2 230 Mesquite, Texas/Mesquite HS
Deyleon Williams S 6-2 190 Cedar Hill, Texas/Bishop Dunne HS
Rod Young WR 6-0 160 Fort Worth, Texas/North Crowley HS

2013 Mustangs Signee Bios


TyRece Boone
Pos: DT
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 250
Hometown: Keller, Texas
High School: Timber Creek HS

Notables: two-time District 5-4A Defensive Player of the Year at Timber Creek High in Keller, Texas... earned first-team all-district accolades as a junior and senior... made 30 tackles in nine games in 2012 including 17 solo stops... three-year letter winner for coach Kevin Golden... also earned two letters in wrestling as a heavy weight in 2010 and 2011...
Coach Maskill said: "TyRece will be a big impact guy for us. He is a really good kid with a really big upside. He is very athletic."



Kellen Bradbury
Pos: OL
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 250
Hometown: Rowlett, Texas
High School: Rowlett HS

Notables: earned All-District 11-5A first-team honors as a senior at the offensive tackle position... played for coach Kiff Hardin at Rowlett (Texas) High School...
Coach Maskill said: "Kellen is a big lineman who could play tackle to guard. He is a physical kid."



Joshua Cartwright
Pos: DE
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 215
Hometown: Garland, Texas
High School: North Garland HS

Notables: a second-team All-District 11-5A performer for coach Joe Castillo at North Garland (Texas) High School...
Coach Maskill said: "Josh is an athletic defensive line who played defensive end and tackle. He is  very quick and can really run."



Markain Chambers
Pos: QB
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 190
Hometown: Dayton, Texas
High School: Dayton HS

Notables: earned second-team All-District X-XA honors after leading Dayton High to a 9-2 mark and a bi-district showing as a dual-threat quarterback.... played for coach Jowell Hancock...
Coach Maskill said: "Markain is an athletic quarterback that can run and pass. He's got a big upside."



Andre Chineme
Pos: LB
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 190
Hometown: Grand Prairie, Texas
High School: Arlington Bowie HS

Notables: earned District 3-5A honorable mention for coach Kenny Perry at Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas... helped Volunteers  to an 11-2 mark advancing to the Class 5A Division I Region final...
Coach Maskill said: "Andre is a guy who could play inside as a linebacker or outside as a rover. He is very quick, instinctive and aggressive."



Ricky Clark
Pos: DL
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 265
Hometown: Burkburnett, Texas
High School: Burkburnett HS

Notables: a two-time All-District 6-3A first-team selection on the offensive line for coach Scott Boswell at Burkburnett (Texas) High School... also earned second-team all-district honors on the defensive line as a senior in 2012...
Coach Maskill said: "Ricky played both ways at Burk. We are looking for him to be a defensive tackle. He has a really bright future."



Talon Clift
Pos: OL
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 290
Hometown: Clifton, Texas
High School: Clifton HS

Notables: a four-year letter winner for coach Brandon Brown at Clifton (Texas) High School... earned District 12-2A Offensive Lineman of the Year as a senior in 2012... a two-way first-team all-district performer as a junior in 2011 as a defensive lineman and tight end... named a second-team all-league performer on the offensive line as a freshman in 2009... earned THSCA academic all-state accolades as a senior in 2012...
Coach Maskill said: "Talon is a guy who could play tackle or guard. He is very physical with a burning desire to succeed."



Trace Cross
Pos: TE
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 220
Hometown: Iowa Park, Texas
High School: Iowa Park HS

Notables: earned first-team All-District 5-3A honors after catching 33 passes for 531 yards and four touchdowns as a senior in 2012... also credited with 10 tackles including one stop for loss from his defensive end position... played for coach Scott Ponder...
Coach Maskill said: "Trace is an overlooked good who is really talented. He may be one of the sleepers of the bunch."



Jiuba Eke
Pos: WR
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 218
Hometown: Houston, Texas
High School: Langham Creek HS

Notables: a two-time District 17-5A honorable mention pick for coach Todd Thompson at Langham Creek High School in Houston... helped Lobos to a district title in 2012 advancing to the second round of the UIL playoffs... helped LCHS to a bi-district appearance in 2011... caught 18 passes for 334 yards as a senior in 2012 after notching 13 receptions for 161 yards and three touchdowns as a junior... son of Douglas and Esther Eke of Houston, Texas...
Coach Maskill said: "Jiuba is a big, strong, physical receiver who is very athletic."



Gary Farquhar
Pos: WR
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 195
Hometown: Throckmorton, Texas
High School: Throckmorton HS

Notables: two-time Texas Six-Man Division I All-State wide receiver as a junior and senior in 2011 and 2012... named 2012 Six-Man Player of the Year... led Greyhounds to back-to-back state championships in 2011 and 2012 after finishing as runner-up in 2010... talented multi-sport star earning all-state honors in basketball as a sophomore and junior helping THS to a regional finalist showing in 2010... has qualified for the Class A State Track & Field Championships in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles as well as the high jump... a four-year letter winner on the gridiron for coach Mike Reed... member of the Throckmorton High Honor Roll... son of David and Leisa Farquhar of Throckmorton, Texas...
Coach Maskill said: "Gary will be the first guy we've ever taken out of six-man football. He's got tremenous upside. He's competitive and has a drive to be successful. He can run and jump and has all the skills you need to be successful."



Austin Farr
Pos: OL
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 250
Hometown: Belton, Texas
High School: Belton HS

Notables: earned second-team All-District 8-5A honors as a senior in 2012 for coach Rodney Southern at Belton (Texas) High School... rated as the No. 19 Central Texas Area Recruit by the Waco Tribune...
Coach Maskill said: "Austin is an athletic tackle. He's tall and rangy as a true tackle."



Tyler Fore
Pos: TE
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 210
Hometown: Graham, Texas
High School: Graham HS

Notables: earned APSE Class 3A State honorable mention as an offensive lineman after helping Graham High to a 13-2 mark and a state semifinalist showing as a senior in 2012... a two-time all-district first-team pick as a junior and senior for coach Kenny Davidson...
Coach Maskill said: "Tyler actually played tackle at Graham but we're projecting him at tight end. He's tall and athletic with a good frame."



Stephan Gehringer
Pos: DT
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 260
Hometown: Deer Park, Texas
High School: Deer Park HS

Notables: three-year starter for coach Chris Massey at Deer Park (Texas) High School... earned first-team All-District 21-5A honors as a senior in 2012... helped the Deers to three consecutive playoff appearances including a second-round area showing in 2012...
Coach Maskill said: "Stephan is a physical defensive tackle who is very strong and can move."



Hagen Hutchinson
Pos: QB
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 185
Hometown: Stamford, Texas
High School: Stamford HS

Notables: a four-year letter winner for coach and father Wayne Hutchinson... earned UIL Offensive and Defensive MVP in the 2012 Class 2A Division I Championship game... combined for 13,446  yards of total offense in three years as a starter at quarterback at Stamford High throwing for 9,055 yards on 578-of-896 passing with 110 touchdowns and 22 interceptions while rushing for 4,391 yards on 176 carries with 71 TDs... responsible for 181 career touchdowns... named APSE Class A Offensive Player of the Year after leading SHS to a state title passing for 3,038 yards and 45 touchdowns while rushing for 1,636 yards and 27 more TDs... a three-time District 9-A Offensive MVP.... four-time first-team All-District 9-A performer at defensive back... twice named Ford Built Tough Player of the Week in 2011 and 2012... named Abilene Reporter News Super Team Player of the Year as a junior in 2011 after passing for 3,437 yards and 40 touchdowns and rushing for 1,437 yards and 28 TDs... accounted for 2,396 passing yards with 24 TDs and rushed for 1,136 yards and 15 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2010... guided Bulldogs to a bi-district title in 2010, a Class A Division I state runner-up showing in 2011 before claiming the Class A Division I state championship in 2012...also excels in the classroom as a member of the National Honor Society, A Honor Roll, Top 5 in SHS Class of 2013, a four-year FFA member, named Top Ag Student in 2011 and was Top Biology Student in 2009... father, Wayne Hutchinson, played football at Angelo State (1986-87) and Cisco Junior College (1984-85)... son of Wayne and Kelley Hutchinson of Stamford, Texas...
Coach Maskill said: "Hagen is a really talented kid. He's got moxy and is a true field general. He's instinctive as a dual threat. Hagen is a coach's son and is a guy we've targeted all along."



Blake Jackson
Pos: QB
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 180
Hometown: Spring, Texas
High School: Klein Collins HS

Notables: earned All-District 13-5A honorable mention as a senior in 2012 for  coach Drew Svoboda at Klein Collins High in Spring, Texas... helped Tigers to back-to-back playoff appearances in 2011 and 2012...
Coach Maskill said: "Blake has a bright upside. He's a guy who can run and throw with a very good arm. He has a big upside."



Je'Darien Jackson-Hanchett
Pos: CB
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 167
Hometown: Kingwood, Texas
High School: Kingwood HS

Notables: earned All-District 18-5A honorable mention after making 52 tackles including eight stops for loss with eight pass breakups while blocking four field goals as a senior in 2012 for coach Barry Campbell at Kingwood (Texas) High... son of Paul Hanchett and Jackie Black of Kingwood, Texas...
Coach Maskill said: "Je'Darien is a big corner who we think has it all. He can run, is physical and is athletic. We like everything about him."



Don Jerry
Pos: RB
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 175
Hometown: Grand Prairie, Texas
High School: Arlington Bowie HS

Notables: a three-time all-district performer during prep career... a first-team All-Disrict 3-5A awardee after making the move to tailback for coach Kenny Perry at Arlington Bowie High School in 2012... helped Volunteers to a Region I-5A showing as a senior...  a first-team All-District 6-4A performer at wide receiver at Fort Worth South Hills High as a junior in 2011 after taining second-team accolades as a sophomore in 2010...
Coach Maskill said: "Don is really fast as a smaller back, but can really run. He has quick feet."



Jacob Keene
Pos: OL
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 290
Hometown: Magnolia Springs, Texas
High School: Kirbyville HS

Notables: T
Coach Maskill said: "Jacob is a guy who will come in, work hard and dedicate himself. He will be a really good addition to us."



Tim Lapaglia
Pos: LB
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 225
Hometown: Leander, Texas
High School: Rouse HS

Notables: two-year starter at linebacker for coach Joshua Mann at Rouse High School in Leander, Texas... earned APSE first-team all-state honors after making 152 tackles including108 solo stops with seven sacks, four interceptions and four forced fumbles as  a senior in 2012.. an All-District 25-4A first-team and All-CenTex first-team selection as a senior... made 58 tackles in five games as  a junior in 2011... helped Raiders to a Class 4A state semifinalist showing in 2012... earned acadeic all-district honors in 2011 and 2012... son of Mike and Doreen Lapaglia of Leadner, Texas...
Coach Maskill said: "Tim comes from a brand new program at Rouse High. He will grow into his body who could end up being an outside backer or a defensive end. Tim has a big upside in the sense that his body is just now developing."



Sam Lawlis
Pos: LB
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 220
Hometown: Round Rock, Texas
High School: Round Rock HS

Notables: an APSE Class 5A all-state honorable mention pick after making 122 tackles including 22 for loss with seven sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a punt block as a senior in 2012... a first-team All-District 16-5A selection as a senior... also was a second-team all-league perfomer as a punter... also earned Academic All-District accolades as a senior... son of Keith and Jamie Lawlis of Round Rock, Texas...
Coach Maskill said: "Sam can really run as a linebacker after playing safety and quarterback as a junior. He is fast and aggressive and will fit in very well as a mike backer."



Eric Luna
Pos: WR
Height/Weight: 6-0/ 180
Hometown: Deer Park, Texas
High School: Deer Park HS

Notables: two-time first-team all-district performer at wide receiver for coach Chris Massey at Deer Park (Texas) High School... helped Deer to the area round of the playoffs in 2011 and 2012...  caught 37 passes for 572 yards as a senior in 2012...
Coach Maskill said: "Eric runs really good routes and has really good hands. He has a really good understanding of the passing game."



Derek Mankins
Pos: OL
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 275
Hometown: Windthorst, Texas
High School: Windthorst HS

Notables: two-time all-state performer for coaches Chris Tackett and Bill Green at Windthorst (Texas) High School... named to Associated Press Sports Editors honorable mention Class A All-State team in 2011 and 2012... earned Collin Street Bakery TSWA honorable mention all-state honors as a junior in 2011... a two-way first-team all-district performer on the offensive and defensive lines in 2011 and 2012 after garnering second-team honors at both positions as a sophomore in 2010... helped the Trojans to a bi-district showing in 2012 after advancing to the state quarterfinals in 2011... a 2012 THSCA academic all-state selection...
Coach Maskill said: "Derek has gotten better every year as an offensive lineman. He's attended our camps every summer. He played guard and tackle and comes off the ball very well. Derek is a local kid who will get better every day."



Bryce Plant
Pos: LB
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 215
Hometown: Humble, Texas
High School: Kingwood Park HS

Notables: converted quarterback who helped the Panthers to a bi-district playoff appearance in 2011... competed for coach Jim Holley at Kingwood Park High School...
Coach Maskill said: "Bryce is another athletic linebacker who can come off the edge. He will be a weak side linebacker for us. He is instinctive and athletic who can run."



Clay Robinson
Pos: DE
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 220
Hometown: Alvin, Texas
High School: Alvin HS

Notables: a District 22-5A honorable mention at defensive end for coach Trey Herrmann at Alvin (Texas) High School... credited with 38 tackles including 21 solo stops with five tackles for loss as a senior in 2012...
Coach Maskill said: "Clay is aggressive, physical and can run. He's going to be a big kid who will grow into his frame."



John Rowell
Pos: DE
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 240
Hometown: Stafford, Texas
High School: Dulles HS

Notables: a two-time all-district performer for coach Jim Creech at Dulles HIgh School in Fort Bend, Texas... an All-District 23-5A first-team selection as a senior in 2012 and a second-team pick as a sophomore in 2010...  led Vikings to an area playoff showing in 2012 and a bi-district appearance in 2011...
Coach Maskill said: "John can play defensive tackle or end. He played offensive tackle in high school. He is big, athletic and a strong, physical player. We believe he's got tremendous upside."



Malachi Smith
Pos: CB
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 170
Hometown: Garland, Texas
High School: Berkner HS

Notables: made 36 tackles including nine solo stops and sack as a senior in 2012... credited with two pass breakups and a forced fumble... helped Rams to a bi-district showing in 2011... two-year letterwinner for coach Jim Leford...
Coach Maskill said: "Malachi is a hitter and quick with good closing time with speed. He is a heady corner."



Josh Stewart
Pos: WR
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 180
Hometown: College Station, Texas
High School: A&M-Consolidated HS

Notables: a first-team All-District 14-5A selection at wide receiver in his first season on the gridiron as a senior in 2012 for coach David Raffield at A&M Consolidated High in College Station, Texas... helped Tigers to an area round showing in the 2012 playoffs... made 30 receptions for 445 yards and six touchdowns in 2012... a second-team all-district performer on the basketball floor as a junior in 2011 and gained honorable mention as a sophomore in 2010...
Coach Maskill said: "Josh is a first-year player who has played basketball and can jump out of the gym. He's raw, but he's just learning now how to play the game."



Malik Tipler
Pos: LB
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 180
Hometown: Arlington, Texas
High School: Bowie HS

Notables: a two-time all-district perfomer at Arlington Bowie High School for coach Kenny Perry... earned first-team All-District 4-5A mention as a junior in 2011 before gaining second-team accolades as a senior in 2012... helped Volunteers to an 11-2 ark and a regioinal playoff apperance in 2012...
Coach Maskill said: "Malik is instinctive, physical, tough and aggressive."



Ben Trotter
Pos: TE
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 220
Hometown: Arlington, Texas
High School: Pantego Chrisitian

Notables: a two-way all-district performer for coach Jerry Hawkes at Pantego Christian High in Arlington, Texas... a first-team District I Division II performer at tight end and gained second-team honors as a defensive lineman as a senior in 2012... gained second-team accolades at both positions as a junior in 2011... also an all-district honorable mention at center on the basketball floor in 2011...
Coach Maskill said: "Ben is a basketball guy who is very physical. He had a lot of D-1 looks. He's a big body kid who can run and can catch. He will be a big target for us."



Brodey West
Pos: TE/OL
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 260
Hometown: Wichita Falls, Texas
High School: Rider HS

Notables: a second-team All-District 5-4A selection as a tight end and fullback as a senior in 2012 for coach James Garfield at Rider High School in Wichita Falls...  helped Raiders to a Class 4A state semifinalist showing in 2012 and a state quarterfinal appearance in 2011...
Coach Maskill said: "Brodey played tight end this year. He's big, can run and is physical. Brodey has really good feet."



Brandon Williams
Pos: WR
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 180
Hometown: Wichita Falls, Texas
High School: Rider HS

Notables: garnered District 5-4A Special Teams MVP honors as a senior in 2012.. finished injury shortened senior campaign with 12 receptions for 285 yards... scored four touchdowns, knocked in 26 PATs and converted a field goal to account for 53 total points as a senior in 2012... earned second-team All-District 5-4A honors as a junior...  recorded 20 pass receptions for 459 yards and four touchdowns... voted team captain in 2012... a THSCA Academic All-State honoree... helped Raiders to state quarterfinal showings in 2010 and 2011 before advancing to the semifinals in 2012... son of Brian and Tina Williams of Wichita Falls, Texas...
Coach Maskill said: "Brandon was injured a good portion of this year. He can place kick, can punt and plays soccer. He's a physical receiver and is very instinctive with the ability to find the open area of the field."



Christian Williams
Pos: DE
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 230
Hometown: Mesquite, Texas
High School: Mesquite HS

Notables: two-year starter on the defensive line for coach Robbie Robinson at Mesquite (Texas) High School... an APSE Class 5A honorable mention all-state performer and first-team All-District 12-5A selection after making 62 tackles with 10.5 sacks and 21 tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries as a senior in 2012... helped Skeeters to an 11-1 record and  a district title in 2011... MHS advanced three rounds deep into the 2011 playoffs before advancing to the second round in 2012... member of the A/B Honor Roll... voted team captain going into the 2012 campaign... son of Casey and Ericka Williams of Mesquite, Texas...
Coach Maskill said: "Christian is a really good pass rusher and is very aggressive. He's really physical for his size and has a lot of speed."



Deyleon Williams
Pos: S
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 190
Hometown: Cedar Hill, Texas
High School: Bishop Dunne HS

Notables: earned TAPPS All-State honors after making 93 tackles with three interceptions, four forced fumbles and 12 pas beakups as a senior in 2012... a first-team TAPPS Division I all-district performer... earned second-team all-district performer as a junior finishing with 84 tackles with five inerceptions, four forced fumbles in 2011... helped Falcons to four consecutive TAPPS playoff berths...also a pitcher and outfielder on the baseball diamond
Coach Maskill said: "Deyleon is very fluid and very instinctive. He covers a lot ground and has very good feet."



Rod Young
Pos: WR
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 160
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
High School: North Crowley HS

Notables: accounted for 21 receptions for 302 yards and a touchdown at the wide receiver position as a senior in 2012... caught 12 passes for 132 yards as a junior in 2011... two-year letterwinner for coach Keeath Magee at North Crowley High in Fort Worth...
Coach Maskill said: "Rod really reminds you of David Little. He's long, he's a competitor and really runs good routes."

Texas A&M Kingsville 2013 Signing Day List


KINGSVILLE, TEXAS – Half way through National Signing Day, Texas A&M-Kingsville football program has 20 signees committed with more expected to filter in.
“We’re excited to get the players we wanted – players that want to be in Kingsville,” said head coach David Calloway. “We were really successful in bringing in the players we targeted from the local area. We were able to add a lot of talented players from our own backyard.”
Calloway also said their main focus will be on accountability and determination from the players. That will lead them to bigger and better things.
For the latest information on all of the Javelina signees please go to http://www.javelinaathletics.com/RecruitingClass.cfm?sp=FOOT#
Spring practice begins on March 18 and culminates in the Spring Football Game to be announced at a later date.

Spring 2012 High School Signees

Darrow Adams – A 6-2, 210-pound quarterback from Houston, Texas, played at Galena Park High School. He earned First Team All-District 24-4A in football and basketball, Team MVP in football and leading scorer in the district for basketball. While on the basketball team, Adams led his team to two playoff appearances during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He is the son of Darrow and Emelda Adams and plans to study Broadcast Journalism.

   Frank Barnes III – A 5-6, 150-pound running back from Live Oak, Texas played for Roosevelt High School in San Antonio, Texas, along with signing classmate JaKorey Davis. He earned First Team All-District running back and helped his team to the second round of playoffs. He is the son of Yolanda Barnes and has one sibling, Malia. He plans to study Criminal Justice.

Caleb Bedford – The 6-3, 210-pound quarterback hails from Houston, Texas, and played for Alif Elsik High School. Bedford was a two-sport athlete and earned District 18-5A First Team All-District as a senior and second team All-District as a junior. He also earned Second Team All-District in basketball during his junior year. Bedford led his team to the state playoffs three years in a row. He is the son of Tracy Bradford. Bedford also has three siblings, Josh, Cameron and Hannah and plans to study Kinesology.

Larry Bush, Jr. – A 6-1, 225-pound linebacker from Humble, Texas, played for Nimitz High School. He earned District 18-5A First Team All-District during his senior season, Second Team All-District his junior season, and Team Defensive MVP and Second Team All-District his sophomore season. Bush led his team to two playoff appearances and ended this season with a 5-2 district record. He is the son of Larry Sr. and Doris Bush. He has a sister, Tekisha Smith, and plans to study Mechanical Engineering.

Jordan Darr – A 6-0, 215-pound defensive end from Lissie, Texas, played for East Bernard High School. The three-sport athlete competed in track and field, powerlifting and football. He earned Academic All-State, First Team All-State, First Team All-District for District 13-2A, First Team All-Bi-district and Academic All-District. He led his team to the 2012 State Championship for 2A Division II. Off the field, Darr was awarded the Eagle Scout, on the honor roll and National Honor Society. He was also voted the vice president of the senior class. He is the son of Joe and Amanda Darr. His siblings are Joseph and Josh. Darr plans to study Architectural Engineering.

JaKorey Davis – A 6-0, 180-pound free safety from San Antonio, Texas, played for Roosevelt High School along with Javelina signee Frank Barnes. He also played basketball during his high school career. He earned First Team All-District in 26-5A and helped his team to a state playoff appearance last year. He was also on the ‘AB’ Honor Roll and an AVID Student. He is the son of Ronny and Romanda Davis. He has two siblings, Ronny Jr. and Diantre. He plans to study Criminal Justice with a minor in Kinesiology.

Anthony Delarosa – A 6-3, 300-pound offensive lineman from Houston, Texas, played for Furr High School. He earned District 23-3A First Team All-District and Second Team All-District. He is the son of Jose and Manibel Delarosa. He has three siblings, Karina, Angel and Santiago. Delarosa plans to study Business.

Andrew Dilworth – A 6-2, 175-pound wide receiver joins the Javelinas from Corpus Christi, Texas, played for Flour Bluff High School. The three-sport athlete earned two First Team All-District for 31-4A and Third Team All-South Texas. He led his team to two playoff appearances. He is the son of Melissa Dilworth and has three siblings, Alex and Ashley Darley and Aaron Dilworth. Alex played football for Texas State while his sister Ashley currently plays basketball for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. He plans to study Kinesiology.

Colin Dusek – A 6-4, 245-pound lineman from East Bernard, Texas, played for East Bernard High School. He was a three-sport athlete who competed in track and field, powerlifting and football. He earned Academic All-State, First Team All-State offensive line, First Team All-District in 13-2A, All-Bi-district and Academic All-District. He led his team along with classmate Jordan Darr to the 2012 State Championship for 2A Division II. He is the son of Sandra Brannon and has a sister Catie. He plans to study Physical Therapy.

Jamal Foote – A 6-0, 255-pound defensive lineman from Richmond, Texas, played for Lamar Consolidated High School. He competed in track and field as well as football. Foote received District 23-4A All-District distinction and led his teal to three state playoff appearances. He is the son of Cordero and Myesha Anderson. He has five siblings, Deija, Tyra, Cori, Corae and Jaylin. One of his relatives, Stacey Williams, played at Baylor. He plans to study Education.

Nestor Gonzalez – A 6-1, 240-pound linebacker from Houston, Texas, played for Milby High School. He earned First Team All-District for 1-4A. He is the son of Nolberto and Marfa Gonzalez. He has five siblings, Lili, Angelica, Janeth, Rudy and Wilbert and he plans to study Kinesiology.

Hudson Haas – A 6-5, 320-pound offensive tackle from Cuero, Texas, played for Cuero High School. He competed in football and powerlifting. Haas received District 26-4A Second Team All-District offensive and defensive lineman, All-District Academic and All-Area honorable mention offensive lineman. He is the son of Chris and Kecia Haas. He has two siblings, Haden and Holden. Haas plans to study Agricultural Mechanics.

Caleb Harvey – A 6-2, 280-pound defensive tackle from Cuero, Texas, played for Cuero High School. He competed in football and basketball. Harvey comes to Kingsville along teammate Hudson Haas. He earned Academic All-District, First Team All-District offense and defense for District 26-4A, and First Team All-Area defensive tackle. He helped his team to the Bi-district finalist round in playoffs. He is the son of Clemon and Amber Harvey and has three siblings, Brooklynn, Shaleigh, and Kalyn. He plans to study Phyisical Therapy.

Christian Hicks – A 5-9, 165-pound from Dallas, Texas, played for Wilmer-Hutchins High School. He earned First Team All-District for 11-3A. He was also a part of the National Honor Society. Hicks is the son of DeWayne and Barbara Hicks. He has four siblings, DeWayne Jr., Leamon, Lawyer, and Eithan. He plans to study Kinesiology with a minor of Athletic Training.

Ario Holmen – A 5-10, 200-pound linebacker from Galveston, Texas, played for Ball High School. He is a three-sport athlete in football, baseball and powerlifting. He earned Second Team All-District and team defensive MVP his sophomore season, Second Team All-District, Second Team All-County, and All-County Honorable Mention his junior year. During his senior season, Holmen earned First Team All-District for 24-4A and was named Team Defensive MVP all three seasons. He was also on the National Honor Society and Student Council. He is the son of David and Gerry Holmen. He has two siblings, Alex and Angelena. He plans to study Kinesiology.

John “Bam” Houston III – A 6-2, 210-pound quarterback from Kingsville, Texas, played for H.M. King High School. He also played basketball and competed in track and field. He earned Offensive MVP, District MVP and First Team All-District. He helped his team to win District, become Bi-District Champs and Area Finalists. He was also homecoming king and on the National Honor Society. He is the son of former Javelina John Houston and Katesha Houston. He plans to study Business Administration.

Brandon Jones – A 6-2, 250-pound defensive end from Houston, Texas, played for Nimitz High School along with signing classmate Larry Bush, Jr. He played football and basketball during his high school career. Jones earned Second Team All-District for 18-4A. He also helped his team to several state playoff appearances. He is the son of Loretha Jones and Robert Powell. He has a brother, Joshua. Jones plans to study Accounting.

Christian Neither-Simms – A 6-2, 200-pound running back/linebacker from Waco, Texas, played for Waco High School. He was a football and track and field letterwinner. He earned First Team All-District for 08-4A, First Team ESPN All-Central Texas, Second Team Super Centex, and holds the school record for single-game rushing yards. Neither-Simms helped his team to Bi-District Champs, Area Champs and Regional Finalists this season. He is the son of former Javelina Rodney Simms and Ruthie Simms. He plans to study Pre-Med.

Jamal Pradia – A 6-3, 180-pound wide receiver/full safety from Corpus Christi, Texas, played for Flour Bluff High School. He earned All-South Texas DB, First Team Most Outstanding DB, Second Team All-State. He helped Flour Bluff to three playoff appearances and a regional finalist, as well as District Champs with fellow signee Andrew Dilworth. He is the son of Brandon and Tomica Johnson. He plans to study Kinesiology.

Derek Shedd – A 5-11, 160-pound wide receiver from Sinton, Texas, played for Sinton High School. He earned Second Team All-South Texas corner, First Team All-South Texas safety, MVP receiver, Second Team All-South Texas receiver, and First Team All-District reciever. As a multi-sport athlete, Shedd qualified for the State meet in the 300-meter hurdles. He is the son of JayDee and Carrie Shedd and has a sister, Kristen. He plans to study Kinesiology.

Cameron Shepherd – A 6-0, 180-pound wide receiver/athlete from Houston, Texas, played for Westside High School. He earned Second Team All-District and helped his team win District and postseason playoffs all four years. He also competed in track and field. He is the son of Leah Wade and has four siblings, Mark, Caleb, Josh and Hannah. He plans to study Pre-Med with a minor in Biology.

Jonathan Shyngle – A 6-3, 195-pound wide receiver from Sugar Land, Texas, played for Kempner High School. He is the son of Perinza Cornwell and has two siblings, Jeremy and Jasper. He plans to study Kinesiology.

Sebastian Taylor – A 6-1, 180-pound quarterback from Irving, Texas, played for MacArthur High School. He was named team captain and was vice president of FCA, competed in the Academic Decathlon, will graduate Magna Cum Laude and is ranked 18 out of 505 in his class. He is the son of Tim Taylor and Patricia Frausto and has two siblings, Christian and Jasmin. His father, Tim Taylor, ran track for A&M-Kingsville. He plans to study Engineering with a focus in Natural Gas.

Jake Wallace – A 6-3, 255-pound left tackle/offensive tackle from Victoria, Texas, played for Victoria West High School. He earned Second Team All-District for 30-4A in 2011. Last year He received First Team All-District, and Second Team All-Area and Academic All-District. Wallace helped his team to a playoff appearance his sophomore season. He is the son of Cody and Patty Wallace and has two siblings, Drew and Blake. He plans to study Kinesiology.

Jason Washington – A 5-8, 160-pound wide receiver from Lexington, Texas, played for Lexington High School. He played several sports including football, basketball, track and field, baseball, tennis and golf. He earned First Team All-District three years in a row, First Team All-Brazos Valley two years, All State wide receiver two years and Offensive Newcomer. He was also voted District 14-2A MVP. He led his team to the semi-finals at State and the regional finals. He is the son of J.C. and Kim Washington. His siblings are Kaitlyn, Kaden and Cash. Washington plans to study History.

Jordan Woodward – A 6-2, 250-pound center/guard from Cypress, Texas, played for Cypress Wood High School. He earned All-District honorable mention and was a team captain his senior year. He helped his team into the playoffs his junior year. He is the son of Tony and Paula Woodward and has a sister, Whitney. He plans to study Kinesiology with a minor in Exercise Science.

Jaylon Zallicoffer – A 6-0, 165-pound wide receiver from Humble, Texas, played for Humble High School. He competed in football, baseball, soccer and track and field. He earned First Team All-District for 19-4A his sophomore season, Second Team All-District and All-Academic team his junior season, and First team All-District his senior season. He helped his team to the third round in playoffs during the 2010 season and was named team captain. He is the son of Sherlyn Zallicoffer and has two siblings, Brandon and Quinndon. He plans to study Engineering.  

Incarnate Word 2013 Signing Day List

2013 Cardinals High School Signees

Michael Allen - A 6-0, 205-pound linebacker from Garland, TX played at Garland Lakeview Centennial High School.  He earned second team all-district honors as a junior after making 111 tackles, 51 solo, including eight tackles for loss and seven sacks.  As a senior, he notched 120 tackles, 80 solo, en route to earning first team all-district honors.  He added two sacks and two interceptions in only eight games.  He is the son of Michael and Jacqueline Allen and plans to study criminal justice with a minor in kinesiology.  His father played football for Oklahoma State.

John Almaraz – A 6-3, 317-pound offensive lineman from Houston, TX played at Cypress Lakes High School.  He earned Academic All-District honors and won the team’s Spartan Award.  He is the son of John Almaraz and Ana Rios and is undecided on his field of study.

Jared Ambres – A 6-0, 180-pound safety from Manvel, TX played at Manvel High School.  He earned first team all-district honors as a senior.  He recorded 35 tackles and has six pass breakups in 2012.  He is the son of Christine Ambres and plans to study engineering management.

Daryl Brooks - A 6-3, 175-pound wide receiver from Teague, TX played at Teague High School.  He helped lead his team to an 8-4 record and appearance in the Area Finals as a senior.  He was named first team all-district as a wide receiver and defensive back and took home Super Cen-Tex Honorable Mention honors at wide receiver.  He had 40 catches for 743 yards and eight touchdowns receiving a total of 15 touchdowns.  In addition, he had 50 and four interceptions on defense.  In his junior season, he was a second team all-district quarterback after passing for 920 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushing for 880 yards and 14 touchdowns.  He was named the district offensive MVP in basketball as a junior and was a first team all-district player as a sophomore.  He is the son of Daryl Brooks and Tamica Carter and is undecided on his field of study.

Michael Cameron – 6-1, 275-pound offensive lineman from San Antonio, TX played at Churchill High School.  He was a two-year starter and earned District 26-5A honorable mention honors as a senior.  He helped lead the team to a pair of playoff appearances.  He is the son of Mike and Tracie Cameron and plans to study sports medicine.

Tyler Colbert - A 6-1, 315-pound nose guard from Fort Worth, TX played at Southwest High School.  He was a three-time first team all-district player and led Southwest to a pair of district titles.  He was named to the Dave Campbell's Texas Football Army Strong Team of the Week during his junior season.  He played on the Team USA Under-19 football team in 2012 earning a silver medal at the IFAF World Championships.  He is the son of Lamonte and Ramona Colbert and plans to studying business management.  His brother, Trey, currently plays at Southern Illinois University.  He was also a regional qualifier in the shot put.

Taryn Davis - A 6-6, 220-pound defensive end-outside linebacker from Dallas, TX played at Carrolton Newman Smith High School.  He earned first team all-district honors as a senior at defensive end.  He recorded 33 tackles, four sacks and 11 tackles for loss during the year.  He is the son of Troy and Kristi Davis and plans to study information systems.

Jamari Gilbert – a 6-1, 178-pound safety from Baytown, TX played at Baytown Lee High School.  He is an outstanding athlete who earned first team all-district honors in basketball and was a regional qualifier in the 200 meters.  He is the son of Fred and Jada Gilbert and is undecided on his field of study.  His father played football at University of Houston.

Kaleb Hardy - A 6-3, 230-pound quarterback from Round Rock, TX played at Florence High School.  He was a first team all-district quarterback and earned Academic All-State honors as a senior.  He passed for 1,380 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushed for 553 yards and six touchdowns in just seven games in 2012.  He was named the district Newcomer of the Year as a junior after passing 1,724 yards and nine touchdowns and rushing for 712 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was a member of the National Honor Society.  He is the son of Ryan and Shari Hardy and is undecided on his field of study.

Jordan Hicks - A 5-8, 167-pound wide receiver from Arlington, TX played at Juan Seguin High School.  He was a first team all-district performer as a junior and named the team's Sophomore of the Year in 2010 and Freshman of the Year in 2009.  He set a school record with 202 yards receiving in a game against Joshua as a sophomore.  He is the son of Charemon Peery and Vincent Hicks and plans to study pre-medicine with a minor in business.

Joel Higgins – A 6-0, 195-pound inside linebacker from Austin, TX played at Sweeny High School.  He was a first team all-district and all-county performer as a senior after being named the team’s defensive MVP.  He was an Academic All-District choice as well.  He is the son of Lonnie and Vicki Higgins and is undecided on his field of study.  He is related to Johnnie Lee Higgins who played at UTEP and for the Oakland Raiders.

Austin Jennings – A 6-3, 275-pound offensive tackle from San Antonio, TX played at Smithson Valley High School.  During his senior year he was named First Team All-District 25-5A and All-Comal County at left tackle.  He helped lead the team to a district and bi-district championship.  As a junior, he was on a team that won the District 27-4A and bi-district titles.  He earned academic all-district honors as a junior and senior.  He is the son of Wes and Lynda Jennings and plans to studying business management with a minor in finance.

Blake Klumpp – A 6-3, 210-pound outside linebacker from San Antonio, TX played at Alamo Heights High School.  He earned first team all-district honors in 2010 and 2012 and was a second team selection in 2011.  He was a three-time Academic All-District choice and earned second team All-Area honors as a senior.  He helped lead Alamo Heights to a pair of district titles and three playoff appearances.  He was also a three-time all-district baseball player.  He is an Eagle Scout and co-editor of the Hoffprint School Newspaper.  He is the son of Billy and Cathy Klumpp and plans to study business.

Corey Lee – A 6-0, 260-pound defensive tackle from Humble, TX played at La Porte High School.  He earned District 21-5A First Team honors as a junior and a senior.  He is the son of Russelyn Lee and is planning to study business.

Keshon Leonard – A 5-7, 160-pound running back from Rosenberg, TX played at Lamar Consolidated High School.  He was a two-time first team all-district and all-area back.  As a senior, he rushed for 1,274 yards and 13 touchdowns on 153 carries.  He rushed for over 100 yards in 7-of-9 games and went over 200 yards in each of his last two games.  He also rushed for over 1,000 yards as a junior.  He is the son of Rodney and Keisha Leonard and is undecided on his field of study.

Matthew Mayle – A 6-0, 170-pound wide receiver from Schertz, TX played at Cibolo Steele High School.  He earned all-district honors in 2011 and 2012.  He had 40 catches for 931 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior and 26 catches for 491 yards and two touchdowns a senior.  He helped lead the team to a State Championship as a sophomore and Runner-Up finish as a junior.  He is the son of Robert and Joanna Mayle and is undecided on his field of study.

Breylann McCollum – A 6-1, 200-pound quarterback from Cibolo, TX played at Cibolo Steele High School.  He was named the district offensive MVP and earned Second Team All-Area honors while leading the team to a State semifinal spot.  He was part of a State championship team in 2010 and State Runner-Up in 2011.  He is the son of Brent McCollum and Chajuann Littlefield and plans to study kinesiology with a minor in education.  His father played football at BYU.

Adrian Norwood, Jr. - A 5-11, 185-pound safety from Waco, TX played at Waco High School.  He was named the Super Cen-Tex Defensive Player of the Year as a senior after recording 101 tackles, four interceptions, 12 pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two blocked field goals.  He also returned a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown during the season.  He earned First Team All-District 8-4A, Super Cen-Tex and ESPN All-Star team honors.  He was named to the Academic All-State Team in 2012.  Ge earned First Team All-State, All-District 8-4A, Super Cen-Tex and ESPN All-Central Texas honors as a junior.  He had 42 solo tackles, eight interceptions and four pass breakups in 2011.  He was a first team all-district safety as a sophomore.  He helped lead Waco to three straight playoff appearances, including a regional final spot as a senior.  He was a member of LEAD and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  He is the son of Adrian and Stacy Norwood and plans to study engineering management with a minor in business.

John Oglesby – A 6-1, 200-pound running back from Katy, TX played at Seven Lakes High School.  He earned honorable mention all-district honors as a senior and was named the team’s comeback player of the year.  He is the son of John and Candice Oglesby and is undecided on his field of study.  His father played running back at TCU.

Chase Ragusa - A 5-8, 170-pound wide receiver from Cypress, TX played at Cypress Woods High School.  He earned all-district honors as a junior and helped lead his team to a pair of playoff appearances, including a State quarterfinal appearance.  He had 21 catches for 334 yards and three touchdowns as a junior.  He is the son of Michael and Kara Ragusa and plans to study business.

Broderick Reeves - A 5-9, 185-pound running back from Mexia, TX played at Mexia High School.  He was a three-time all-district performer earning first team honors as a sophomore and junior.  He rushed for 1,100 yards during his junior season.  He is the son of Trinissa Bluitt and is undecided on his field of study.

Justin Roberts – A 6-4, 240-pound offensive lineman from Schertz, TX played at Cibolo Steele High School.  He played on three teams that advanced deep in the playoffs, including a State 5A Championship in 2010 and Runner-Up finish in 2011.  He earned second team all-district honors.  He is the son of Mark and Lori Roberts and is undecided on his field of study.

Johnny Session - A 5-10, 218-pound running back from Mesquite, TX played at Mesquite High School.  He was a two-time first team all-district selection and helped lead the team to a 12-1 record and berth in the Area finals as a senior.  He rushed for 668 yards and 10 touchdowns and caught 30 passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns in 2012.  During his junior year he rushed for 988 yards and 19 touchdowns on 237 carries and caught 27 passes for 324 yards and a touchdown.  He is the son of Linda Stocks and plans to study business.

Allen Smith - A 6-2, 210-pound outside linebacker from Missouri City, TX played at Fort Bend Marshall High School.  He helped lead Marshall to a 13-1 record and State quarterfinal appearance in 2012.  He was named first team all-district after recording 44 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and nine sacks as a senior.  He is the son of Allen and Carol Smith and plans to study kinesiology with a minor in business.

Michael Thomas – A 6-3, 220-pound tight end from Angleton, TX played at Angleton High School.  He earned first team all-district and all-county honors as a senior after catching 13 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns.  He was an honorable mention all-district honoree as a junior.  He is the son of Sandra Trevino and plans to study business.  His cousin, Emmitt Thomas, is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and current coach for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Deion Williams - A 5-10, 190-pound running back from Katy, TX played at Katy Morton Ranch High School.  He led Morton Ranch to their first ever playoff appearances in 2011 and 2012.  He earned first team all-district honors as a junior after rushing for 937 yards on 167 carries.  As a senior, he was named the district MVP after rushing for 1,807 yards and 18 touchdowns on 196 carries.  He had 49 carries for 547 yards and five touchdowns in one game, the third most yards in Texas High School history.  He is the son of Donald Roberson and Elaine Williams and plans to study pharmacy.

Josh Zellars – A 6-0, 195-pound inside linebacker from Baytown, TX played at Baytown Lee High School.  He earned first team all-district honors as a junior and honorable mention honors as a senior.  During his senior year, he was named Lee’s team MVP and offensive MVP.  He is the son of Warren and Gloria Zellars and plans to study business.  His brother, Zack, played football at Incarnate Word.

Transfers

Jarrius James - A 6-1, 175-pound cornerback from Galveston, TX played at Galveston Ball High School.  He earned second team all-district honors in 2009.  He played two seasons at the College of the Siskiyous and earned first team all-conference honors.  He helped lead the team to a 10-1 record and a 47-18 win in the NFCA Central Division Bowl game.  He is the son of Sabrena Lowe and plans to study early childhood education.

Alex Jenkins - A 6-5, 268-pound defensive lineman from Bath, England played at Bristol Academy.  He graduated from St. Gregory's Catholic School in 2010.  He was first noticed at the Football University (FBU) Camp at Stirling University in Scotland.  At the camp, he gained a spot on the FBU All-Europe Team and was noticed by former NFL defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell.  Cottrell was so impressed with Jenkins that he invited him to the FBU Top Gun Event in Virginia this past summer. He was the first British player to be featured on the Rivals.com website which brought interest from a number of college football programs.  He is the son of Peter and Sandra Jenkins and is undecided on his field of study.

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