STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton head football coach Cary Fowler has released the 2011 Texan Football Signing Class, and the head coach is very pleased with his initial signing class of 37 student-athletes, including 26 high school recruits and 11 transfers.
Fowler believes the Texan coaching staff has done a great job adding depth to the football program.
“We have signed what we considered to be a complete team,” Fowler said. “We have a lot of versatile athletes, and we felt like if we could recruit about 30 high school kids that would be a complete team, we would add depth to our program for years to come.”
Fowler also added the transfers, some of which are already on campus for the spring semester.
“We had five sophomores on this last year’s team, so we had to upgrade that class heading into 2011,” Fowler said. “There are some very talented and experienced players that will give us an immediate impact.”
Fowler knows several other student-athletes are expected to sign once the winter weather clears, but the head coach feels comfortable those players will sign once they get a chance to do so.
“Due to the snow and ice, we are still waiting on a few players to return their paperwork, but we believe they will once they are able to do so,” Fowler said.
This was the first full-year of recruiting for Fowler and his staff.
“We went into the year ready to change our recruiting philosophy in a few ways,” Fowler said. “We went hard after Division I kids, and we are signing five or six kids that were Division I recruits that happened to not go to that level, and now they are going to be Tarleton Texans. That is exciting. We had two kids that turned down Navy and Air Force to come play at Tarleton. It would be a great honor to play for one of the Academies, but their interest was to come here and focus on life after football as well. That is a big lift for us, too.”
Fowler also said they types of players which the staff recruited will somewhat change the face of the Texan roster.
“We wanted long, athletic guys that can play football, Fowler said. “We don’t want to have to trim then down. I feel we upgraded every position on the field, and I especially am excited about the quarterback position for the future.
“The academics were a big thing we wanted to look at, and we have a lot of high-character kids on this list,” Fowler continued. “We did an extensive background check of these kids, and I am excited about this class. There are team captains, leaders and hard-working students as well. I am excited about the future of our program.”
2011 Tarleton Transfer Signings
Chase Bowers, DT, jr, 6-4, 260, Panama City, Fla. (Kilgore JC)
Recorded 14 tackles last season for the Rangers at the defensive tackle position…
Coaches say: “Chase will be wreaking havoc on the defensive line for the Texans in 2011. Out of high school Chase was a Florida Atlantic commit and has shown great athleticism on tape.”
Cameron Bridgewater, LB, jr, 6-1, 205, Channelview (Kilgore JC)
As a freshman, had 17 tackles at Kilgore Junior College before recording 75 tackles in 2010 as a sophomore, including three and a half sacks… Had one fumble recovery…
Coaches say: “Cameron will bring great energy and excitement to the Texan defense in the fall. With his speed, he has the ability to play sideline-to-sideline running a 4.4 40-yard dash. He will also have the ability to be an effective blitzer from the linebacker position.”
Brad Croak, WR, jr, 5-9, 175, Vidor (Navarro JC)
As a freshman, had three catches for 70 yards for an average of 23.3 yards per catch with a long of 43 yards… As a sophomore, had 23 catches for 203 yards and two touchdowns… Averaged 8.8 yards per game and had a long of 26 yards…
Coach says: “Brad and fellow teammates Joe Jones and Roddy Green played together for 2 seasons. Brad brings a tremendous amount of skill to our offensive side of the ball. While at Navarro, Brad played running back and slot receiver.”
Roddy Green, WR/QB, jr, 6-0, 200, Mart (Navarro JC)
As a freshman at Navarro, Green was 46-of-90 for 668 yards passing with eight touchdowns and three interceptions… Rushed 49 times for 278 yards with two touchdowns… During his sophomore season, Green was 102-of-183 in passing for 1,242 yards and 13 touchdowns… He threw seven interceptions… Rushed for 286 yards on 107 carries… Recorded six rushing touchdowns…
Coaches say: “Roddy led his team to the National Junior College Championship game where he played lights out. Roddy is a dual-threat athlete, who will bring great energy to our team. Roddy is a leader on and off the field.”
Ramonte Harris, CB, jr, 6-0, 185, Mansfield Summit (Kilgore JC/UTEP)
Played in 10 games for the Miners at Texas-El Paso… Recorded five solo and five assisted tackles for a total of 10 as a freshman… As a sophomore at Kilgore Junior College, had an interception he returned for eight yards… Had eight tackles and two passes defended…
Coaches say: “Ramonte started for the UTEP Miners as a true freshman at safety, but has the speed and athleticism to play corner as well. With Ramonte’s size and speed he can be dominant presence in the Texans backfield at any position.”
Henry Hunter, QB, jr, 6-0, 220, Sachse (James Madison)
Signed with Division I James Madison last spring, but did not play in 2010 for the Dukes… In high school, the two-year starter at quarterback was a first- team All-District 10 5A honoree… Completed 77-of-156 passes for 1,239 yards with eight touchdowns… Rushed for 686 yards on 164 attempts for 14 touchdowns… As a junior, was 108-of-203 for 1,678 yards and 14 touchdowns… Rushed for 630 yards on 135 attempts and had 10 touchdowns… Was named the team’s Offensive Most Valuable Player in 2008 and 2009… Also played varsity basketball for three years and was on the A/B Honor Roll all four years...
Coaches say: “Henry was recruited by Head Coach Cary Fowler a year ago out of Sachse High School. Last year at this time, he signed with James Madison University. Henry will bring great leadership to the Tarleton football team. He is a dual-threat quarterback who can make tough throws and has the ability to move in the pocket and scramble when in trouble.”
Desmond Jackson, DB, jr, 6-0, 205, Seguin (Oklahoma)
Saw action in five games in 2009 as a member of the special teams… Had two tackles against Texas A&M… In 2008 as a redshirt freshman, was named to the All-Big 12 Academic Second Team… Played in nine games as a member of the special teams and was a reserve in the secondary… Registered a career-high three tackles against Tennessee-Chattanooga, and he broke up his first career pass against Washington… In high school, he recorded 86 tackles and three interceptions as a senior… Recorded eight receptions for 210 yards with one touchdown… Was selected to play in Offense-Defense Bowl in Florida… Was also chosen to play in the Austin Wrangler’s Lone Star Arena Football Classic and was selected for the Oil Bowl… Was voted first-team all-area… As a junior, he had seven interceptions with six taken back for touchdowns as a junior… Named an All-San Antonio selection as a junior… Ran a 4.5 40-yard dash and bench pressed 305 and squatted 425 pounds…
Coaches say: “Desmond was a four-star Rivals athlete that signed with Oklahoma. While at OU, Desmond made the switch from offense to defense, where he never looked back. Desmond will bring great work ethic excitement to our program.”
Dre Jones, DT, jr, 6-4, 300, El Paso Andress (Navarro JC)
Had half a sack last season for national champion Navarro during his sophomore season… Played at Tarleton as a freshman in 2009… Recorded seven solo and 22 assisted tackles for a total of 29… Had five tackles for minus-nine yards, including half a sack for minus-two yards… Played in 11 games and had a pass breakup, a pass defended and a blocked kick…
Coaches say: “Dre was a Four-Star Rivals player out of high school. Dre will be a dominant force for our defensive line this season and posses a never-quit attitude on the field. He is a transfer from the Junior College National Champions, Navarro Junior College.”
Joe Jones, DB, jr, 6-2, 210, Carthage (Navarro JC)
As a freshman, Jones recorded 13 tackles… Caught seven catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 17.0 yards per reception... In 2010, Jones had two interceptions for 64 yards, one of which he returned for a touchdown… Had 64 yards of total returns… In 2010, Jones had 36 tackles, two passes defended and three recovered fumbles as a sophomore…
Coaches say: “Joe is an athletic player who possesses great speed and skill and who plays with tremendous passion on defense. As a standout all-conference defensive back, Joe was one of the top-rated secondary players in the SWJCFC.”
Kelvin Tomlinson, DB, jr, 6-1, 190, Fort Worth Southwest (Lon Morris)
This was Lonn Morris’ first year to play football in 70 years… No stats available…
Coaches say: “Kelvin was a signee of the Texans three years ago, in which he played two seasons at Lon Morris College. Kevin has great range along with great ball skills. He led his Lon Morris with four returned INTs for touchdowns.”
Cordell Valentine, WR, jr, 6-0, 185, Vicksburg, Miss. (Hinds CC)
Played in nine games as a sophomore in 2010 and recorded 18 receptions for 453 yards and six touchdowns… As a freshman in 2009, had 12 catches for 212 yards and a touchdown in eight games played…
Coaches say: “Cordell runs a sub 4.3 40. Cordell is transferring from Hinds Community College in Mississippi where he was an all-star just 3 months ago. With his speed and quickness Cordell will be a touchdown threat every time the ball is in his hands.”
2011 Tarleton High School Signings
Andre Allen, DE, 6-4, 225, Killeen Ellison
Named Second Team All-District 12-5A defensive end in 2010.
Coaches say: “Andre showed great ability and upside this past summer at our Senior All-Star Camp. He has great length to be an effective pass-rusher off the edge. Along with his athletic ability, Andre is a man of integrity and will bring great leadership qualities to the Texans.”
Jarett Alvarado, DL, 6-1, 260, Rowlett
Named Second Team All-District 10-5A defensive lineman.
Coaches say: “Jarett has the size and strength to move down and play defensive tackle or end and rush the quarterback from either position. Jarett is a versatile defensive lineman who loves to get physical.”
Kade Cole, LB, 5-11, 220, Mineral Wells Community Christian School
Named first team all-district and first team all-state on offense and first team all-district and first team all-state in 2010.
Coaches say: “Kade will be making the transition from Six-Man football to 11-Man football. He has shown great athletic ability the past two summers while attending camps and on his game film. Kade is a great football player and a better man.”
Bo Davis, DE, 6-2, 225, McKinney Boyd
Served as team captain in 2010.
Coaches say: “Bo has great speed (4.5 40-yard dash) and athleticism. He is going to be a terror for offensive linemen in the Lone Star Conference for years to come. He has the ability to put his hand in the dirt and rush the passer and on the next play drop into coverage. Don’t be surprised to see Bo leaping over would-be blockers on his way to sack the quarterback for the Texans.”
Nathan Fisher, DB, 6-3, 195, Midlothian
Named First Team All-District 5-5A defensive back as a senior… Named team’s Most Valuable Player in 2010…
Coaches say, “Nathan is a dual-threat athlete on the football field and track. Nathan has great size with tremendous speed and range on both sides of the ball. Physical play is the nature of his game.”
Jade Grant, LB, 6-1, 215, Richardson Berkner
Was a 2010 first team all-academic team member… Received the Leadership Award…
Coaches say: “Jade is a defensive end/linebacker who had to play most of his senior year on the offensive line to help the team. Jade has a motor that does not stop, and he absolutely refuses to lose.”
JD Harris, OL, 6-4, 225, Arlington Seguin
Named Second Team All-District 7-4A offensive lineman in 2010… Played on the same team at Seguin High School with current Tarleton redshirt freshman, Juan Gonzalez…
Coaches say: “JD is a great pick up because of his long length and range out on the edge. JD is a young man of tremendous pride in his craft, and he has an unwilling desire to be the best.”
Roderick Harris, LB, 5-10, 200, North Mesquite
Was the District 11-5A Defensive Most Valuable Player as a senior… Named First Team All-District 11-51 as a linebacker…
Coaches say: “Roderick has been talked about as one of the best linebackers to ever come through his school. Roderick has great instincts for the ball – who is a sure tackler in space. He understands the game of football.”
Spencer Harvey, OL, 6-4, 260, McKinney
Named Second Team All-District 10-4A offensive lineman in 2010…
Coaches say: “Spencer has the athletic ability to play any position on the offensive or defensive line. With his length and athleticism, Spencer is going to be an outstanding offensive lineman for the Texans.”
Robert Hinton, DL, 6-3, 265, Rockwall
Named Second Team All-District 10-4A offensive lineman in 2010… Was honorable mention Academic All-State honoree…
Coaches say: “Robert played on both sides of the ball for Rockwall. Robert is also an All-State wrestler in the heavy weight division. With Robert’s size and quickness, he is going to be a major contributor on the defensive line for years to come.”
Kole Johnston, TE/LB, 6-3, 190, Crawford
Named District 4-2A Defensive Most Valuable Player in 2010… Was First Team All-District 4-2A linebacker and was named First Team All-Big Country linebacker… Named First Team All-District 4-2A tight end and was an honorable mention All-Cen-Tex tight end.
Coaches say: “Kole is a versatile athlete who can play multiple positions on both sides of the ball. While at Crawford, he played both tight end and linebacker. Kole has chosen to stay closer to home turning down an offer from Youngtown State.”
Sean “Tank” Mitchell, LB, 5-10, 190, Namaan Forest
Was First Team All-District 10-5A running back in 2010…
Coaches say: “Sean comes to us from former Texan Mark Elam. Sean’s nickname is Tank, he can play inside or outside linebacker along with being a running back. He plays the game how it is supposed to be played, physical. Tank has the ability play many different positions on the football field.”
Marc Martinez, LB, 6-0, 220, Waco Midway
Named First Team All-District 8-4A linebacker in 2010… Was named to Academic All-State team as well… Named 2009 First Team All-District 8-4A linebacker and First Team All-Cen-Tex linebacker…Named first team all-district linebacker in 2008...
Coaches say: “Marc comes to us from Coach Terry Gamble who is a member of the Tarleton Athletics Hall of Fame. He will bring great toughness to the Texans playing with a torn ACL for most of the 2010 Season. He is a LB with great instincts and knows the game of football.”
Tyrone Melton, DL, 6-1, 245, Sachse
Was first team all-district selection at defensive line in 2010… Named the Fighting Mustang of the Year… Was a www.texashighschoolfootbal.com Top 200 Player… Named Second Team All-District 10-5A defensive lineman as a junior in 2009…
Coaches say: “At 6-1 and 245-pounds of solid muscle, there is no one more physically ready to play than Tyrone Melton. An all-state power lifter, Tyrone is probably the strongest guy in this class. With Tyrone’s 4.6-second 40-yard dash, combined with his size, he is going to be a major presence in the Texan defense.”
Brandon Moore, DB, 5-11, 185, Carrollton R.L. Turner
Named first team all-district defensive back in 2010…
Coaches say: “Brandon has the ability and toughness to play the high safety position and the down safety. He loves the physical aspect of the game and it shows on his tape.”
Christian Osborn, WR, 6-0, 180, Rowlett
Was Second Team All-District 10-5A wide receiver…
Coaches say: “At 6-0, 180-pounds Chris has explosive speed and big-play ability. Chris has tremendous upside.”
Tyler Seale, OL, 6-3, 290, Wichita Falls Rider
Named Second Team All-District 4-4A in 2010… Was an honorable mention all-state offensive lineman… Named to the Red River Top 22…
Coaches say: “Tyler is what you want in an offensive lineman – he is violent and tough. He will bring an attitude to the Texan offensive line. At 6-3, Tyler has the wingspan of a person who is 6-8. This length will be a great advantage at the collegiate level.”
Collin Strahan, QB, 6-0, 185, Mesquite Horn
Was named the Mesquite Horn Most Valuable Player in 2010… Named Second Team All-District 11-5A quarterback… Was a Third Team All-State quarterback…
Coaches say: “Collin comes to us from former Texan Rodney Webb who is also in the Tarleton Athletics Hall of Fame. Collin led his team deep into the Texas High School Playoff race. Collin has a commitment to excellence and always leads by example. He will bring a lot of diversity to our offense with his playmaking ability, because of his arm strength and speed to create on the perimeter.”
Blake Turner, WR, 6-3, 195, Rockwall
Named First Team All-District 10-4A wide receiver in 2010…
Coaches say: “With Blake’s 4.45 speed, he will be a deep threat every time he steps on the field. Having played quarterback for most of his life, Blake is just coming into his own at the wide receiver position. His knowledge of the game from the quarterback position is what sets him apart as a receiver.”
Chance Wallace, QB/DB, 6-0, 180, Canton
Was a Second Team All-District 15-3A quarterback in 2010… Was a Second Team All-State Quarterback and named to the Academic All-District 15-3A team… Rated the No. 144 quarterback in Texas and is a Rivals two-star recruit… In 2009, was the Built Ford Tough Offensive Player of the Week…
Coaches say: “Chance comes to us from former Texan Robert Ivey who is in the Tarleton Athletics Hall of Fame. He has broken most offensive records in his school record books. Chance will bring tremendous effort and passion to our offense because of his will to win at the highest level.”
Savion Washington, RB, 6-0, 200, North Garland
Named First Team All-District 10-5A runningback…
Coaches say: “Savion is a running back with the size and speed to play anywhere on the field. He is a long time soccer player which has helped him to develop some of the best feet in this year’s recruiting class.”
Koe Wetzel, LB, 6-0, 200, Pittsburg
Was an honorable mention all-state linebacker in 2010… Was an ETfinalscore.com Honorable Mention All-East Texas Team linebacker… In 2009, named Second Team All-District 16-3A at linebacker…
Coaches say: “Koe plays the linebacker position with attitude and passion. He plays with relentless effort which made him one of the top linebackers’s in East Texas.”
Ty Weaver, TE, 6-3, 220, Comanche
Served as the team captain as a senior… Was the Dave Campbell Texas Football Magazine Preseason Defensive Most Valuable Player for District 4-2A… Was a First Team All-District 4-2A tight end in 2010… Was a first team all-district linebacker as a senior… In 2009, named first team all-district tight end and line backer… Named to the All-Big Country Honorable Mention list as a linebacker…
Coaches say: “Ty is a guy who stood out at our First Annual Senior All-Star Camp this past summer. After a great junior campaign, Ty broke his arm during his senior season. Despite the set-back he still earned all-district honors. As a tight end, he has great hands and can present match-up problems for linebackers.”
David Wesley, RB, 5-10, 175, Sachse
Named District Offensive Player of the Year in 2010… Was first team all-district running back… Named Sachse Offensive Most Valuable Player and Back of the Year as a senior…Was a Dallas Morning News Player of the Week (Sept. 9, 2010)… Named Second Team All-District 10-5A running back in 2009…
Coaches say: “David is an elusive and explosive running back. David is also a receiving threat out of the back field. In 2010, David rushed for 1,400 yards on his way to being named the Offensive Player of the Year in his district.”
Darren Wicker, DL, 6-2, 250, Namaan Forest
Named First Team All-District 10-5A tight end as a senior…
Coaches say: “Darren played for former Texan Mark Elam at Naaman Forest. Darren has the ability to play anywhere on the defensive line, and line down and play tight end as well. With his great size, tenacity and fight, Darren will be an outstanding football player for the Texans.”