Sunday, February 6, 1983

Angelo State 2013 Signing Day List

New Signees
DB, 6-2, 200, New Mexico Military Institute 
Ontario, Canada 

Will Wagner on Blair Smith:
"Blair has the ability to play all three safety positions and his knowledge of our defense will allow him to come in and complete quickly. We're excited with the athleticism and physical presence he brings to our defense."

At New Mexico Military Institute: 
  • Made 48 total tackles with one sack and one interception

WR, 6-1, 170, Frenso City College / Hoover Hi
gh / Fresno, California 

Will Wagner on Anthony Yancy:
Anthony is an exciting wide receiver with big play ability. His speed and elusiveness will give us the chance to stretch the field and the potential to make big plays on every down ."

At Fresno City College: 
  • Caught 23 passes for 464 yards and two touchdowns
  • Averaged 20.2 yard per catch

DE, 6-3, 245, South Oak Cliff Hi
gh / Dallas, Texas 

Will Wagner on McKendric McKenzie:
McKendric has only played football one year, but posses the tools to be an outstanding defensive lineman in the LSC.  His athletic ability and versatility will allow him to play multiple spots on the line."

At South Oak Cliff:
  • Played for head coach Emmett Jones at South Oak Cliff
  • Named Honorable Mention on the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Class 4A All-State as a senior

OL, 6-4, 280, Permian Hi
gh / Odessa, Texas 

Will Wagner on Andre Gillette:
Andre is a very athletic and physical lineman that comes from a great program. His ability and maturity will be a great addition to our offensive line."

At Permian High:
  • Played for head coach Gary Gaines at Permian
  • Named first team all-district as a senior
  • Named first team All-Permian Basin
  • Member of first team all-region team

DB, 5-11, 185, South Oak Cliff Hi
gh / Dallas, Texas 

Will Wagner on Richard Franklin:
Richard is an amazing athlete that also qualified for regionals in swimming.  He does a great job playing in space and making open field tackles."

At South Oak Cliff: 
  • Played for Emmitt Jones at South Oak Cliff
  • Named second team all-district as a senior
  • Named first team all-district as a junior
  • Regional qualifier as a swimmer

TE, 6-1, 240, Sonoroa Hi
gh / Sonora, Texas 

Will Wagner on Kade Wimberley:
Kade is an athlete in a tight end's body. He played multiple positions for Sonora including Kicker.  We are very excited to see him develop as a Ram football player."

At Sonora High
  • Played for Craten Phillips at Sonora
  • 3-2A first team all-district as a senior, second team as a kicker
  • Named second team all-state as a kicker
  • Selected as All-West Texas kicker
  • Named academic all-state and all-district
  • 342 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns on 23 catches as a senior, played offensive line as a junior
  • Played in the FCA All-Star game for the south team

LB, 6-1, 205, Pflugerville Hi
gh / Pflugerville, Texas 

Will Wagner on Ashton Thielke:
We have had our eyes on Ashton since last summer.  He is a very physical linebacker that runs downhill.  His instincts on the field will make him a great linebacker in the LSC."

At Plfugerville High:
  • Played for head coach George Hermann at Pflugerville
  • First team all-district as a senior
  • Second team all-district as a junior
  • Member of academic all-district team
  • Named honorable mention academic all-state
  • Recorded 103 tackles with 17 for loss as a senior with two interceptions and forced three fumbles
  • Recorded 72 tackles as a junior and 12 tackles for loss

DL, 6-4, 250, Midland Christian Hi
gh / Midland, Texas 

Will Wagner on Bryson Taylor:
Bryson has unbelievable “get off” and plays with wild abandonment.  He is a two-time state champion that will bring a high intensity and work ethic to our defense."

At Midland Christian: 
  • Played for head coach Greg McClendon at Midland Christian
  • Member of two TAPPS Division II State Championship Teams
  • TAPPS Division II District 1 First team all-state as defensive line and honorable mention on the offensive line
  • Named to all-district times three times as defensive lineman and as offensive lineman senior year
  • Voted team captain by teammates
  • Three year letterwinner at Midland Christian
  • MC rushed for 2,849 yards and passed for 2,869 yards

TE, 6-4, 230, Keller Hi
gh / Keller, Texas 

Will Wagner on Trevor Stafford:
Trevor is a physical point of attack tight end.  He not only is a great run blocker, but he possesses soft hands in the pass game.  Trevor will be an impact player at the tight end position."

At Keller High: 
  • Played for head coaches Carl Stralow and Kevin Atkinson at Keller.
  • District 4-5A first-team tight end
  • Named honorable mention on the academic all-district team

DB, 5-10, 170, McKinney Hi
gh / McKinney, Texas 

Will Wagner on Jonathan Shannon:
Jonathan is a great football player as well as a tremendous basketball player averaging over 20 points a game.  His play making ability will be a great asset to our defense."

At McKinney High:
  • Played for head coach Jeffrey Smith.
  • District 10-5A first-team wide receiver in 2012
  • Two-time honorable mention all-district cornerback
  • Second team all-district running back/wide receiver
  • Had 50 receptions for 738 yards and rushed for 691 yards on 101 carries as a senior.
  • Recorded eight receiving and five rushing touchdowns as a senior.
  • Ran for 865 yards on 100 carries as a junior with three touchdowns.
  • District 10-4A first-team basketball player as a junior.
  • Is averaging 15.3 points per game for McKinney on the baseball court as a senior.
  • Named the defensive MVP in basketball and to the all-region team
  • Four-year letterman in football and basketball at McKinney

WR, 6-1, 185, Abilene Cooper Hi
gh / Abilene, Texas 

Will Wagner on Anthony Pierson:
Anthony is one of the most physical WR's we've seen on film for quite some time.  He has great speed for a big receiver and soft hands.  Anthony should be able to make an immediate impact to the wide receiver corps."

At Abilene Cooper:
  • Played for Todd Moebes at Abilene Cooper
  • Caught 39 receptions for 638 yard and five touchdowns as a senior
  • Named first team all-district 2-5A
  • Selected to the second team All-Big Country team

K, 5-9, 160, Klein Collins Hi
gh / The Woodlands, Texas 

Will Wagner on Rhett Peterson:
Rhett is best described as “Mr. Clutch.”  He has a strong leg and ice in his veins.  We are very excited to watch Rhett grow as a player."

At Klien Collins:
  • Played for Drew Svoboda at Klein Collins
  • Named second team all-district kicker as a senior
  • Named honorable mention all-district as a junior
  • Led the district in scoring with 65 points
  • Two-time academic all-district
  • Named honorable mention academic all-district
  • Kicked 12 field goals and 83 PAT's for his career

DB, 5-10, 180, Morton Ranch Hi
gh / Katy, Texas 

Will Wagner on Denzel Mosley:
Denzel does a great job playing the deep ball as well as working down against the run.  He has the ability to play both safety positions."

At Morton Ranch High: 
  • Played defensive back for Dave Meadows at Morton Ranch
  • District 19-5A All-District first team defense
  • Returned punts and kicks and returned one kickoff for a touchdown as a senior
  • Intercepted four passes as a junior and senior and made 86 tackles

OL, 6-5, 250, Prosper
 High / Prosper, Texas 

Will Wagner on Ahmon Mayes:
Ahmon is a versatile offensive lineman that will be able to help us at a number of positions throughout his career." 

At Prosper High:
  • Played for Kent Scott at Prosper
  • Named all-district second team
  • Member of the varsity football team in 2011 and 2012
  • Member of powerlifting team
  • State qualifier in track & field

LB, 6-2, 170, Frisco Liberty
 High / Frisco, Texas 

Will Wagner on Devin Maddox:
Devin does a great job playing the both the run and pass.  We're excited about the speed and playmaking ability that Devin will bring to our defense."

At Grand Prairie High:
  • 6'-2”, 170, Linebacker, Frisco Liberty
  • Played for head coach Galen Zimmerman
  • Two-time District 9-4A first-team linebacker
  • Recorded 63 solo tackles, 88 total tackles and three sacks during senior season
  • Recovered two fumbles and had one interception as a senior
  • Had five double-digit tackle games in 2012
  • Recorded 88 tackles (8.8 per game) and 5.5 sacks as junior
  • Had two 14-tackle games as a senior
  • Had three sacks in a Frisco Liberty win over Frisco Heritage as junior

DB, 5-11, 180, 
Grand Prairie High / Mansfield, Texas 

Will Wagner on LaTrell Lewis:
Latrell is a great athlete that brings speed and play making ability to our defense.  His ability to play the run and pass will make him a great safety for our defense."

At Grand Prairie High:
  • Played for coach Gary Bartel at Grand Prairie
  • Played for head coach Gary Bartel.
  • District 7-5A honorable mention selection. 

LB, 6-0, 205, 
Brandeis High / San Antonio, Texas 

Will Wagner on Josh Lewis:"Josh has a great passion and work ethic that will make him a great player for the Rams.  His understanding of the defense puts him in position to make plays every snap.  His potential is unlimited."

At Brandeis High:
  • Played for head coach John Campbell at Brandeis
  • Named  first team all-district as a senior
  • Named second team all-district as a junior
  • Recorded 117 tackles as a junior
  • Team captain as a senior
  • Member of the two-time track district champions
  • Named to the San Antonio News Express Class 5A Super Team second team as a linebacker

OL, 6-5, 250, 
Georgetown High / Georgetown, Texas

Will Wagner on Jacob Hildebrand:
Jacob has a big frame and a lot of potential.  He is a smart football player that helped lead his team to Class 4 Division 1 Runner up.  We are very impressed with his ability on the field."

At Georgetown High School:
  • Played for head coach for Jason Dean at Georgetown
  • Named to the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors All-State Second Team
  • First team All-District as a senior
  • Member of first team academic all-district team as a senior
  • Named first team All-Central Texas
  • Second Team All-District as a junior
  • Member of first team academic all-district team as a junior
  • Member of 2012 4A Division I State Finalist team

DB, 5-10, 170, Abilene Cooper High / Abilene, Texas

Will Wagner on Fred Lawrence:
Fred will bring speed and a physical presence to the corner position.  He has ability to change games as a returner and corner."

At Abilene Cooper High School:
  • Played for Todd Moebes at Abilene Cooper
  • 53 tackles, 9 PBU's and two kickoff returns for touchdowns as a junior
  • Named first team All-District as a junior
  • 71 tackles, four interceptions, eight tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 17 pass breakups, two kickoff returns and one punt returned for touchdowns
  • Unanimous 2-5A All-District pick as a senior
  • Two-time First Team All-District
  • Named first team All-Big Country
  • Named honorable mention all-state as a senior
  • Selected as a team captain

DB, 6-4, 180, Copperas Cove High / Copperas Cove, Texas

Will Wagner on Kincey English:
Kincey has great size and ability that allow him to match up with the bigger receivers.  He also has the ability to play multiple spots on our defense."

At Copperas Cove High School:
  • Played for Jack Welch at Copperas Cove
  • Named honorable mention all-district cornerback
  • Member of academic all-district team         
  • Member of bi-district runner-up squad

Mid-Year Signees

QB, 6-2, 205, Seminole High/Seminole, Texas

Will Wagner on Jacob Burtch: 
"Jacob is an athletic QB that brings in tremendous leadership skills.  He is a student of the game both on and off the field that will make him a high quality QB in the LSC in the future.  The fact that he enrolled early will only help his development."

At Seminole High School:
  • Played quarterback for father, Chris Burtch (Angelo State Alum) at Seminole High.
  • Threw for 2,211 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushed for 563 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior.
  • He had a season high 396 yards as a senior.
  • 2,211 passing, 543 rushing, 29 passing and 7 rushing touchdowns as a junior
  • 2,919 passing yards and 25 touchdowns, 563 rushing yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore
  • Texas Sports Writers Association Honorable Mention Quarterback in 2011
  • Texas Sports Writers Association First team as punter in 2012
  • Named District 2-3A Co-Offensive Most Valuable Player in 2012
  • Named 2012 All-Permian Basin Utility Player as a senior
  • Named 2011 Class 3A All-South Plains Quarterback

DB, 6-1, 205, Mt. San Jacinto Community College/Norco High/Norco, Calif.

At Mt. San Jacinto Community College:
  • Named all-conference at Mt. San Jacinto Community College
  • Recorded 56 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles at San Jacinto Community College
At Norco High:
  • As a senior at Norco High registered 47 tackles and six interceptions
  • Recorded 47 tackles and six interceptions as a senior at Norco High

OL, 6-6, 285, Stephen F. Austin / Abilene Cooper / Abilene, Texas

At Stephen F. Austin:
  • Played in three games as a sophomore and seven as a freshman
  • Appeared in three games as a sophomore at SFA.
  •  A key member in the 'Jacks offensive line that led the nation in pass protection surrendering fewer sacks than anyone else in the country
  • Played in seven games during freshman season, earning starts against Lamar and McNeese State
  • Graded out at 80 percent
  •  Finished the season listed second on the depth chart at left guard
  • SFA offense finished the year as the FCS passing offense national champion, and finished among the nation's top 20 in sacks allowed.
At Abilene Cooper:
  • Led the Cooper Cougars to 9-4 record, a district title and a Class 4A area title as a senior
  • Named to all-Big Country team by Abilene Reporter News
  • Graded out at 92 percent with 88 knockdowns
  • Named first team all-District 4-4A selection

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