Buffs Football Announces 2012 High School Recruiting Class
CANYON, Texas – West Texas A&M head football coach Don Carthel has announced the 2012 high school recruiting class, which includes the signing of 42 student-athletes to play football for the Buffaloes this fall. Nine of the recruits had ties to West Texas or the Texas Panhandle.
“It has been an exciting day for myself and my entire staff here at West Texas A&M,” Carthel said. We have 42 signees as of right now and are looking at possibly signing two or three more players later in the week. The majority of our recruits came from the state of Texas, with one of the players coming over from New Mexico. We are really excited to get these young men on campus and see what they can offer to the Buffalo football program.”
Overall, the Buffs added 24 players on offense, 17 defensive players, and one kicker/punter.
“The bulk of our recruits came on the offensive side of the ball,” Carthel said. We brought in quite a few running backs, but we feel that down the road if some of them cannot materialize into a top-three running back for us, they can still play safety or the linebacker position. We also brought in a few top-rated quarterbacks and hope to get them in here and learn the system so that they can have some success running the offense a few years down the road.
Carthel and his staff targeted four key players on the defensive side of the ball and announced that they were able to sign three of the players. Three of these players happened to be local area products, William Tolliver (Canyon, Texas/High), Phillip Sorrells (Amarillo, Texas/High), and Ra’shondric Sheppard (Amarillo, Texas/Tascosa).
“Overall we felt that we had a really good signing class this year,” Carthel said. “We targeted some players that we felt we needed to add depth to that certain position, and we also signed some players that can come in and make an immediate impact to our football program. All the coaches are really looking forward to getting these athletes on the WTAMU campus and going to work for the upcoming 2012 season.”
The Buffs are coming off an 8-4 season, where they went 7-3 in the Lone Star Conference. WT made it’s seventh-consecutive trip to the postseason, downing Central Missouri in the Lower Kanza Bowl, 26-7. The Buffs had 20 players named to the all-conference team, with eight players earning first team honors, and the defense finished first in almost every defensive category in the LSC.
The Buffs will open-up the 2012 season in Pueblo, Colo., on Thursday, Aug. 30, as WT takes on CSU-Pueblo. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TE/LB • 6-1 • 230
Orange, Texas (Little Cypress-Mauriceville)
Played for the Bears under head coach Randy Crouch... all-District selection as a tight end his junior and senior seasons... all-academic selection for three years... Was also a four-year letterman in basketball.
Coach Carthel: “Preston is a very strong and athletic young man. During film evaluations our staff saw a very physical football player that will be a great fit for us at tight end. Preston has excelled in the classroom and is a very physical football player that should be able to help us in our multiple TE formations.”
Jose Arzate K/P • 6-0 • 185 McAllen, Texas (High) Played for the Bulldogs under head coach Tony Harris... Was an all-State honorable mention selection... Earned first team all-District honors... Also lettered in soccer at MHS.
Coach Carthel: “Jose had a tremendous career at McAllen HS. Jose has worked out with our all conference kicker,Sergio Castillo, during the summer months. They should be a great duo the next couple of seasons as Jose develops. We had Jose ranked very high as both a placekicker and a punter. He has lots of weapons in his kicking abilities.”
QB • 6-4 • 190
Dumas, Texas (High)
Played for the Demons under head coach Mike Burt... Lettered in football, basketball and baseball while attending Dumas HS.
Coach Carthel: “Clayton quickly became a top target in the panhandle area for our recruiting class. We first got acquainted with Clayton during our summer camp. He possesses a large athletic frame and the intangibles to grow into a top notch signal caller for the Buffaloes.”
DB • 6-0 • 190
Houston, Texas (Alief Taylor)
Played for the Lions under head coach J.D. Jordan... Helped lead team to a 7-5 record his senior season... Played every position in the secondary... Was a team captain... Also lettered in basketball and track.
Coach Carthel: “We feel very fortunate to sign Danzell Barrett, as we found him late in the recruiting process. He is a fluid corner, with great instincts. He was all over the field on the tape we watched, and should be a fun and exciting athlete to keep your eye on.”
Blake Bootz TE • 6-3 • 200 Humble, Texas (Summer Creek) Played for the Bulldogs under head coach Brian Ford... Was an all-District selection... Tallied 16 catches for 254 yards his senior season... Member of the National Honor Society... Also lettered in basketball and wrestling.
Coach Carthel: “Blake had a great high school career. We saw a guy that has great ability and a ton of potential for the future. We will work hard to put some weight on him and develop him into a very athletic TE.”
Played for the Jaguars under head coach Travis Pride... Multiple Player of the Week selections his senior year... all-District selection and was named the district’s MVP... an all-State Honorable Mention seleciton... Also lettered in track for three years.
Coach Carthel: “A great runner with the speed to make big plays. Calvin scored 28 TD’s as a senior in a very tough 5A district. He is a very unselfish player and has lots of talent as an all around athlete. We are very excited to be getting a runner of this caliber.”
OL • 6-2 • 270
San Antonio, Texas (Johnson)
Played for the Jaguars under head coach Ron Rittimann... Was a first team all-District selection... Named second team all-Area his senior season... Also lettered in baseball and wrestling.
Coach Carthel: “Austin is an extremely hard worker & and has a lot of ability. He is a very strong and mature player for his age. We are very excited about him because he plays the game the way it’s supposed to be played, with passion. He was a very physical player at Johnson HS and we expect him to adjust from playing tackle to the center position for the Buffs.”
LB • 6-2 • 200
Austin, Texas (Lyndon B. Johnson)
Played for the Jaguars under head coach Demo Odems... Honorable Mention all-District as a junior... Named first team all-District his senior season... Member of the National Honors Society... Also lettered in basketball.
Coach Carthel: “We really like what we found in Patrick. He’s a versatile linebacker, who can really run. He’s got a tremendous nose for the football, and gets there with a bad attitude. He really stood out on film with how hard he plays. He should make an impact on special teams early in his career. He’s a guy we’ll have to slow down in practice, and that’s a good thing.”
QB • 6-4 • 185
Boyd, Texas (High)
Played for the Yellowjackets under head coach J.G. Cartwright... Set the Boyd HS career passing record with 5,095 yards... TSWA and APSE all-State selections his senior season... First team all-District selection and district MVP... Also lettered in baseball.
Coach Carthel: “Jared comes to us after having an exceptional high school career throwing the football. He has had proven success in an air raid offensive scheme and exhibits the tools and experience to have continued success at the collegiate level. We expect Jared to pick up the offense and our passing concepts in a short amount of time.”
LB • 6-0 • 230
Temple, Texas (High)
Played for the Wildcats under head coach Mike Spradlin... Was a first team all-District honoree... Earned Defensive MVP honors his senior season.
Coach Carthel: “Seth is a guy who reminded us of current MLB Kyle Voss. He is really put together for a senior in high school, and his motor never stops. Because of his size and demeanor, he’s a guy who could see some playing time early in his career. Seth could be a major factor on WT special teams as early as next fall.”
TE/RB • 6-1 • 240
Temple, Texas (High)
Played for the Wildcats under head coach Mike Spradlin... Honorable Mention all-District selection... Earned defensive honors as a player his junior season... Captain’s Award honoree his senior year... Member of the National Honors Society... Also lettered in soccer.
Coach Carthel: “Blake will have a major impact on our program. He is a great tight end that can be a physical, punishing blocker, and he has the athleticism to be very effective in our passing game. He was a vital part of our recruiting class and we expect early returns on his abilities as both a blocker and a receiver.”
WR • 6-4 • 200
Giddings, Texas (High)
Played for the Buffaloes under head coach Chris Jones... Along with football, he lettered in two other sports while attending GHS (basketball, track).
Coach Carthel: “A recruiting goal with this signing class was to gain some height at the outside receiver position; Alex provides a tall rangy prospect with tons of athletic ability. Alex has shown great speed and endurance as a track athlete. There is a tremendous upside with Alex, as he will grow quickly and provide a difficult match up on the edge.”
J.B. Frontz TE • 6-1 • 230 El Paso, Texas (Riverside)
Played for the Rangers under head coach Eric Frontz... First team all-State selection... First team all-District honoree.. Tallied over 120 catches his junior and senior seasons...
Coach Carthel: “J.B. is a great pick up for us late in this signing class. As a First Team All-State tight end with a tremendous upside he is truly a steal for us. He had over 120 receptions during his last two seasons. He is hard to bring down once he gets the ball in his hands. J.B. will have a great career as a Buffalo.”E’lon Fusilier
WR • 6-2 • 200
Houston, Texas (Eisenhower)
Played for the Eagles under head coach Kundre Thompson... Houston Chronicle all-Area selection... all-District selection... Helped guide his team to a 7-4 record his senior season.
Coach Carthel: “E’Lon is a big, physical, tough receiver with unlimited ability. We are excited to see what he develops into and we know that there are a lot of big plays to be made by E’Lon at WT. He is an outstanding student and will provide great leadership for our program.”
DT • 6-0 • 310
San Antonio, Texas (McCollum)
Played for the Cowboys under head coach Carl Klann... Third team all-State selection... District’s defensive MVP his senior season... Recorded over 100 tackles on the season... Lettered and was a regional qualifier in track & field.
Coach Carthel: “We needed to add some size up front on defense, and we were able to do that with Roland. His high school coach, Carl Klahn, really sold us on his work ethic and tenacity off the field. He played four years of varsity football at San Antonio McCollum, and will have a chance to play early in his career here at WT.”
Justin Griego OL • 6-8 • 250 Albuquerque, N.M. (La Cueva)
Played for the Bears under head coach Ed Lucero... First team all-District selection... Second team all-Metro honoree... Member of the National Honors Society... Also lettered in basketball.
Coach Carthel: “A huge amount of potential is what we saw in Justin. He is a very athletic young man that excels in an outstanding basketball program and on the football field. He has the chance to become a great player here at WT.”
Will Herrmann OL • 6-3 • 315 Brenham, Texas (High)
Played for the Cubs under head coach Glen West... Helped guide the team to an 11-1 record his senior season... First team all-District selection... Was an intricate part in leading an offense to score 36.5 points a game... Was an all-Brazos Valley honoree.
Coach Carthel: “We feel like Will is a steal for us. He is physically ready to play right now and he has a chance to be thrown into the mix early at several positions. Will has great upper body strength and is very mature for his age.”
WR • 6-0 • 175
Sonora, Texas (High)
Played for the Broncos under head coach David Sine... Helped lead his team to a 12-1 record his senior season... Honorable Mention all-State honoree... First team all-District selection... Was an all-Academic selection... Recorded over 50 catches and 1,000 yards his senior season... Lettered in six sports total.
Coach Carthel: “Word is tough and passionate receiver who has a tremendous work ethic and desire to be great. Word was very successful in high school in at least four different sports. He is a guy who has the ability to play all of our receiver positions. He was also a very good DB in a very successful high school program.”
Played for the Eagles under head coach Kirk Eaton... First team all-District selection... Also lettered in track & field.
Coach Carthel: “Kevon is a big pick-up for us at nose guard. While he’s not 6’4”, he plays like it. This guy is disruptive, and quick as a cat inside the trenches. He played a high level of football in a great district, and was very productive from his defensive line position. Kevon has tremendous upper body strength and should be able to plug things up inside.”
Tracy Huseman QB • 6-1 • 200 Littefield, Texas (High)
Played for the Wildcats under his dad, head coach Bryan Huseman... Guided his team to an 8-4 record his senior year... Named first team all-District selection... Was his district’s MVP... Also lettered in baseball, basketball and track & field.
Coach Carthel: “Tracy was a great high school quarterback and athlete at Littlefield. He led the Wildcats deep into the playoffs each of the past two seasons. Being a coaches’ son he has very good leadership skills and an understanding of the game of football. Combining his background with his athletic ability, will make him a great player for the Buffaloes.”
WR • 6-4 • 200
Houston, Texas (Westside)
Played for the Wolves under head coach Mark Byrd... Recorded 10 catches for over 200 yards as a senior... Lettered in basketball and track & field.
Coach Carthel: “A tall vertical threat that brings a lot of athleticism. His big frame will provide a great target with some big playmaking ability. He is a two year starter who excelled in a run oriented offense. Davis should develop into a very physical receiver for the Buffs.”
DL • 5-9 • 280
Houston, Texas (Cy-Falls)
Played for the Eagles under head coach Kirk Eaton... First team all-District selection... Also lettered in track & field.
Coach Carthel: “We were able to pick up Kaylon as a late edition. He was a key figure on a great football team at Spring-Westfield. We felt as if he was overlooked and we jumped at the chance to get him. He is a powerful runner with a lot of ability.”
OL • 6-3 • 230
Abilene, Texas (Cooper)
Played for the Cougars under head coach Todd Moebes... Honorable mention all-District selection... Named team’s offensive line MVP... Helped lead his team to a 9-4 record his senior season.
Coach Carthel: “During film evaluations we all agreed that Cody was by far the most technique sound offensive lineman that we watched. He has the frame to add weight quickly and he is an outstanding student. Cody should grow into a solid offensive tackle for us in a short time.”
LB • 6-0 • 220
Arlington, Texas (High)
Played for the Colts under head coach Scott Peach... Had over 90 tackles his senior season... Named first team all-District selection... Also lettered in track & field.
Coach Carthel: “This is another really good player out of the Arlington area. Merveil was an outstanding player at Arlington High, and we expect him to continue his success here at WT. He’s got tremendous range for an outside linebacker, and was in on nearly every tackle this year. He shows an outstanding ability to pressure the quarterback. Folks in the stands may have a hard time pronouncing his name, but they’ll know who he is when they leave the stadium.”
Evan Lyons DB • 6-0 • 193 Cibolo, Texas (Steele)
Played for the Knights under head coach Michael Jinks... Helped lead team to a 15-1 record his senior season... First team all-District selection... Also lettered in track & field.
Coach Carthel: “Evan is a big physical corner back that should be able to hold up as a big hitting defensive back. He is very physical and carries his weight well on the football field as well as on the track. We are always looking for the bigger secondary players that have the academics and athleticism attributes that Evan possesses.”
Quinten McCoy DB • 6-0 • 180 Arlington, Texas (Bowie)
Played for the Volunteers under head coach Kenny Perry... Helped lead team to a 9-4 record his senior season... Also lettered in track & field.
Coach Carthel: “Quinten is another huge pick up for us in the back end of our defense. He is a crafty player, and was a team leaders while playing at Arlington Bowie. He has a lot of length and a big frame. He could develop into a real presence as an intimidating safety over the next few years.”
RB • 5-11 • 220
Frisco, Texas (Centennial)
Played for the Titans under head coach Mark Howard... Led his team to a 12-1 record his senior season... First team all-District selection... Also lettered in baseball and track & field.
Coach Carthel: “A big, strong back that also has the speed to make plays in the open field. He is a player who can not only make plays happen from the backfield but also spreading out and catching the ball. He affords us the ability to be more multiple with our offense. Darion is big and strong and should be able to make an impact on special teams early in his career.”
Played for the Marauders under head coach Bryan Erwin... Was a member of his team that went 10-2 his senior season... Honorable mention all-District selection as a junior... Second team all-District selection as a senior... Was an all-Academic selection.
Coach Carthel: “Zach has the frame and work ethic to develop into an outstanding defensive lineman for WT. He is a really smart football player and has had a brilliant career at Marcus. He should make the adjustment well and his body will develop into a big man in the near future.”
Tanner Moore TE • 6-4 • 205 Seminole, Texas (High)
Played for the Indians under head coach Chris Burtch... Played over five positions for the Indians... Led his team to an 11-2 record his senior season... First team all-District selection... Also lettered in basketball.
Coach Carthel: “We are very excited to have Tanner joining our program. He is a player that has overcome some major adversity in his high school career. Tanner’s perseverance and passion for the game of football make him a great addition to our team. Tanner will have an immediate impact on this football team as a leader both on and off the field. WT is very fortunate to have someone with his character and academic background. His size and athleticism combined with his work ethic make him a player that can have a great career as a Buffalo.”
Alex Olson LB • 5-11 • 210 Flower Mound, Texas (Marcus)
Played for the Marauders under head coach Bryan Erwin... First team all-District selection... Guided team to a 10-2 record as a senior... Named an all-Academic selection.
Coach Carthel: “Alex is an exciting linebacker to watch. He has been associated with an outstanding program at Marcus HS and he is an outstanding student. Alex will be joining several former Marcus players, including his brother Chris who is a junior starting OLB for the Buffs. He has great strength in the weight room and should develop into a really good linebacker.”
DB • 6-0 • 165
Dallas, Texas (Carter)
Played for the Cowboys under head coach Pat Williams... Team Captain... National Honor Society and Top 10% of Class... Also lettered in track and baseball at Carter.
Coach Carthel: “Eddie is a great pick up from talent rich Dallas Carter. He has tremendous cover skills, and shows great burst coming out of a back pedal. Eddie should finish his high school career with a great spring in track. Eddie is also a great student, and is on track to graduate near the top of his class.”
WR • 5-11 • 175
Odessa, Texas (Permian)
Played for the Panthers under legendary head coach Gary Gaines... all-District 3-5A selection... Also lettered in track for four seasons.
Coach Carthel: “Van has great acceleration which gives him the ability to turn routine plays into big plays. He is a polished receiver and comes from a big time program at Permian, which we feel increases his value and what he can contribute to our program.”
Dickinson, Texas (High)
Played for the Gators under head coach Warren Trahan... First team all-district selection as a senior... Also lettered in track for the Gators.
Coach Carthel: “Tyrell is a physical runner with great speed. He has no problem running up the middle or to the outside to gain yards. He is a guy who could very well make an impact early on. He has shown great speed on the track and should be able to help the Buffs in numerous ways.”
QB • 6-3 • 200
Odessa, Texas (Permian)
Played for the Panthers under legendary head coach Gary Gaines... Winner of the John Wilkins Scholarship... Also lettered in track for the Panthers.
Coach Carthel: “Kacey brings valued experience from the storied and tradition rich program at Permian High School in Odessa. He has a big arm and the ability to make plays when things break down. Kacey also brings proven success competing in one of the toughest 5-A districts in the state. Kacey will receive the first Gene Mayfield endowed scholarship.”
DB • 5-11 • 175
Arlington, Texas (High)
Played for the Colts under head coach Scott Peach... Led the Colts to a 6-4 record as a senior... Also lettered in basketball for AHS.
Coach Carthel: “Shammah will add instant speed to our secondary. He is a ball hawking safety, that can cover a lot of ground quickly. He has great instincts when the ball is in the air, and should be a cornerstone player for our secondary for many years to come.”
Played for the Rebels under head coach Kenneth Plunk... Led the Rebels to a 4-6 record as a senior... Also lettered in basketball at THS.
Coach Carthel: “This was another huge pick up for us locally. We feel Ra’shondric could develop into a dominant pass rusher for us in the near future. He’s got great speed off the edge, along with tremendous length. Those two elements are essential ingredients to pass rush success.”
WR • 5-10 • 160
Spring, Texas (Klein Collins)
Played for the Tigers under head coach Drew Svoboda... Was a two-time all-District 13-5A selection during his sophomore and junior seasons... Academic all-District selection... Also lettered in basketball and track.
Coach Carthel: “Richard has great hands and is very good with the ball in space which makes him a great fit for our offense. Richard loves the game of football and it shows when he turns it on as he is a guy who can change the game by himself.”
LB • 5-11 • 210
Amarillo, Texas (High)
Played for the Golden Sandstorm under head coach Mel Maxfield... Was the District 2-5A MVP... Honorable Mention all-State selection... Also lettered in wrestling and track at AHS.
Coach Carthel: “We were extremely excited to get Phillip on board. He had an outstanding career at Amarillo High, playing for Coach Mel Maxfield, and being voted the District Defensive Player of the Year. We’ll start him out at outside linebacker, but he could move inside before it’s all over. He’s a tremendous student, and will be a Pre-Med major here at WT. We’re excited to follow his wrestling career this spring, and hope he brings gold back from the state wrestling tournament.”
Will Tolliver DB • 6-2 • 190 Canyon, Texas (High)
Played for the Eagles under head coach Blake Bryant... Was a three-time all-District 3-4A selection... Led District 3-4A in interceptions as a junior... Also lettered in basketball at CHS.
Coach Carthel: “Will was evaluated as a tremendous all-around athlete. He had a really good career both as a receiver and a safety. He is also one of the top basketball players in this part of the state. He has the body to develop into a dominant safety. He is an honor student and this should help him get on the field soon.”
Myles Wheeler DB • 6-0 • 195 San Angelo, Texas (Lakeview)
Played for the Chiefs under head coach Dough Kuhlmann... Also played some running back his senior year... Second team all-District selection as a senior... Was a two-year letterman in track & field.
Coach Carthel: “Myles had some injuries this past fall and did not get the attention he probably deserved. We feel he is a diamond in the rough and feel very fortunate that he will join the Buffs this fall. He is a big safety that could move to an outside linebacker position. He is an honor student at Lakeview and should be able to learn several positions if necessary to ensure playing time.”
DL • 6-1 • 290
Giddings, Texas (High)
Played for the Buffaloes under head coach Chris Jones... Led the Buffs to a 7-3 record as a senior... Named the Defensive District MVP... First Team all-District selection... Also lettered in track at GHS.
Coach Carthel: “LaPear was one of the top rated offensive and defensive linemen by the WT staff. He played both ways and dominated nearly every snap. He rarely got a break and seemed to enjoy every play. He has the size and strength to play soon and we look forward to having him as a leader in the defensive line for the next 4-5 years.”