COMMERCE, TEXAS -- Texas A&M University-Commerce head coach Guy Morriss and his staff have wrapped up their 2012 Lion signing class, announcing 23 additions to the A&M-Commerce roster. 19 of the newcomers will be freshmen this fall with four transfers aimed to bolster the Lion roster.
"Overall, we feel really good about this class, and feel we've addressed
some key needs," said coach Morriss about his incoming class. "Our goal
was to go out and find those players that we felt would best fit our
system and were excited about coming to play here. We feel we reached
that goal and are looking forward to getting these kids out on the
Morriss said he and his staff concentrated heavily this offseason on the
quarterback and defensive back positions, two key areas that were
hard-hit by injuries in 2011. The Lions should have ample depth heading
into the fall season at both slots, adding five quarterbacks and six
players to the defensive backfield including a pair of transfers at both
Offensively, A&M-Commerce also brought in four wide receivers and a
pair of offensive lineman while on the defensive side of the ball, the
Lions added a pair of defensive linemen and two linebackers with a kick
returner also brought into the mix on special teams.
"Looking over this class, we feel it is as strong as any class we've
brought in and stacks up as well as with any of the classes before,"
said Morriss. "We are expecting all of the transfers to be competitive
in spring workouts and compete for jobs from the opening practice. There
are a few of the incoming high school players that have a chance to
compete for a starting job as well, so we're looking forward to getting
them out on the practice field.
A&M-Commerce begins its spring workouts in early April with the 2012
Blue and Gold game scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21st at
Memorial Stadium. The Lions' 2012 season gets underway on Saturday,
September 1st when A&M-Commerce plays host to Southeastern Oklahoma
State at 6 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.
2012 A&M-Commerce Signing Day Class
Hometown Previous School
Byron Brooks KR Farmersville, Texas Farmersville H.S.
Joshua Brown QB Dallas, Texas Bryan Adams H.S.
Troy Dorsey LB Dallas, Texas W.T. White H.S.
Justin Duncan QB Tabor City, N.C. Louisburg College (N.C.)
Kerry Fellers WR Burleson, Texas Burleson H.S.
Lenzell Fulcher DB Dallas, Texas Roosevelt H.S.
Darrian Gilmore WR Hallsville, Texas Hallsville H.S.
Justin Gomez QB Fairfield, Calif. Solana College (Calif.)
Elijah Guttierez LB Anna, Texas Anna H.S.
Kylon Higgins DB Plano, Texas Plano East H.S.
Kamryn Howard DB Tyler, Texas Tyler H.S.
Vondrick Jackson DB DeSoto, Texas DeSoto H.S.
Jalen Jones DB Texarkana, Texas Texas H.S.
Tre Jones WR Plano, Texas Plano East H.S.
Trever Lasseter QB Lone Oak, Texas Lone Oak H.S.
Ethan Lierman OL Friendswood, Texas Clear Brook H.S.
Shaquelle Massey DB Anchorage, Alaska Mesa Community College (Ariz.)
Jaylyn McDuffie OL Grand Prairie, Texas Arlington Bowie H.S.
Austin Smith QB League City, Texas Clear Creek H.S.
Darik Walker LB Mesquite, Texas North Mesquite H.S.
Dimitre Wells DL Dallas, Texas Adamson H.S.
Ryan West WR Texarkana, Texas Texas H.S.
Robert Wheeler DB Tyler, Texas Central Arkansas Univ.