STEPHENVILLE - Tarleton Football wrapped up National Signing Day with the addition of 26 players to the Texan Football Team Wednesday morning. Tarleton head coach Todd Whitten will join Byron Anderson on the Tarleton Sports Network tonight at 6 p.m. at the San Miguel Room of the Agave to discuss his class. The show can be heard on 90.5 FM or online at TarletonSports.com/ListenLive.
"I'm very thankful for our coaching staff and their families for putting up with the long hours and many miles they've traveled over the last few months," said head coach Todd Whitten. "Our coaching staff has put in many hours and I believe that we've brought in a quality group of kids who can help this team win football games.
"We really think this class of kids can be a great addition to our program," he continued. "They are quality students on the field and in the classroom and, most importantly, they could fill some areas of need for our football team."
Tarleton added 26 players to the squad during Wednesday's National Signing Day. Of the 26 newest Texans, 13 come to Tarleton as junior college transfers while Whitten added 13 high school signings. The 2017 Tarleton recruiting class includes additions of 11 players on offense, 12 players on defense, two specialists, and an athlete.
Here is a look at the newest members of Tarleton Football:
Tyler Junior College: Competed two seasons for Tyler Junior College … First-team All-America … First-team All-Conference … As a sophomore, went for 1,396 receiving yards on 77 receptions with 16 touchdowns … Signed with the University of New Mexico our of high school.
Skyline High School: Lettered three years at Dallas Skyline and was a team captain for head coach Reginald Samples … First-team All-District … Second-team All-State as a senior … As a junior, his team advanced to the state semifinals with a record of 15-1 … During his team's run to the state semifinals, he totaled 66 receptions for 952 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns.
Personal: Is a 2015 graduate of Dallas Skyline High School … Son of Latoya Guinyard and Branton Kidd and father, Kenneth Rollison … Has three siblings: Jayvon, Give'Neshia, and Brantona … Majoring in Kinesiology … Born Sept. 13 … Full name is Savon D.L. Rollison.
DB | 5-10 | 180 | Cross City, FL | Dixie County HS | Feather River CC
Dixie County High School: Signed with Florida A&M University out of high school … Lettered three seasons in football for head coach Brent Wilkerson … Was a first-team All-District and team's Most Improved Player … Team MVP as a junior and senior during undefeated seasons … Also lettered four years and was a team captain in basketball … Lettered two seasons in baseball.
Personal: Is a 2013 graduate of Dixie County High School in Cross City, Florida … Son of Deborah Mitchell … Majoring in Kinesiology … Born July 9 … Full name is Cody Leron Mitchell.
RB | 5-9 | 220 | Gainesville, TX | Gainesville HS | Trinity Valley CC
Trinity Valley Community College: Played two seasons for Trinity Valley CC … Played in 19 games over the last two seasons … Totaled 1,061 yards in his career, including 788 yards as a sophomore last season which ranked him No. 6 in the region … Recorded 139 carries in his career and 14 touchdowns … Was a second-team All-SWJC selection last season after rushing 102 times for 788 yards and 12 touchdowns in his final season … Had three 100-yard rushing performances, including a career high 141 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns against Navarro on Sept. 3, 2016.
Gainesville High School: Lettered four years and was a team captain for head coach Keith Hall … Earned first-team All-District honors in three straight seasons … Was an All-State honoree in 2013 and was named the District MVP as a senior in 2014.
Personal: Is a 2014 graduate of Gainesville High School … Son of Sheena and Jimmy Berryman … Majoring in Kinesiology … Born January 29 … Full name is Adam Shon Berryman.
DB | 6-2 | 205 | Phoenix, AZ | Mountain Pointe HS | Pima CC
Pima Community College: Played one season at Pima CC in 2015 after spending the 2013 year at New Mexico State as a true freshman … Played in nine games and recorded 56 tackles at PCC … Also had a 0.5 sack, 2.5 tackles for a loss, and two pass breakups.
Mountain Pointe High School: Lettered three years in football and was a team captain for head coach Norris Vaughan … Also competed in basketball and lettered one season in track, where he ran the 100m and 400m.
Personal: Is a 2013 graduate of Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix, Arizona … Son of Sabreena and Robert Warren … Has four siblings: Myesha, Alisha, Junia, and the late Lemuel Warren … His grandfather, Brian, played football for the University of Arizona before going to play in the Canadian Football League where he won two Grey Cups playing for the Toronto Argonauts and Edmonton Eskimos … Majoring in Business … Born Sept. 5.
OL | 6-4 | 290 | Montebollo, CA | Schurr HS | East Los Angeles College
East Los Angeles College: Played two seasons on the offensive line for East LA.
Schurr High School: Lettered three years and was a two-time team captain for head coach Marco Ramirez … Two–time first-team All-League … Two-time first-team All-Area … Lineman of the Year … Also lettered three years in wrestling … In wrestling, was a two-time first-team All-League, two-time first-team All-Area, and three-time league champion.
Personal: Is a 2014 graduate of Schurr High School in Montebollo, California … Son of Luiz Maria Roman and Pedro Lorenzo … Has two siblings, Juan and Pedro Luis … Majoring in Kinesiology … Born July 16.
WR | 6-0 | 175 | Rio Rancho, NM | Rio Rancho HS | Navarro College
United States Marine Corps: Spent five years serving the United States of America in the U.S. Marine Corps, reaching the rank of Sergeant … Served in Afghanistan from October 2011 through May 2012 before returning home and walking on at Navarro Junior College in 2015 … He played for Navarro in 2015 before redshirting last year.
Personal: Is a 2010 graduate of Rio Rancho High School in Rio Rancho, New Mexico … Son of Hope and Brandon Franks … Has two brothers, Jonathan and Haden … Majoring in Kinesiology … Born Oct. 26 … Full name is Jacob Quinn Kaspar-Eubysk.
DE | 6-5 | 270 | Stockholm, Sweden | Jakobsberg HS | Glendale CC
Glendale Community College: Played two seasons for Glendale Community College … Last season, he played in six games and made 12 tackles from the defensive end position … Also had 0.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for a loss, and two forced fumbles … Went to GCC after playing football and soccer at Jakobsberg High School in Stockholm, Sweden.
Personal: Son of Nima and Sahadou Inoussa … Has one sibling, Matinou … Majoring in Kinesiology … Born April 25.
OL | 6-6 | 360 | Dallas, TX | Bishop Dunne HS | Trinity Valley CC
Trinity Valley Community College: First-team All-Conference selection … Led the Cardinals to an 11-1 record last season with 49.6 points, 260.4 rushing yards, and 299.2 passing yards per game … Signed with the University of Arkansas as a top-rated prospect out of high school.
Bishop Dunne High School: Lettered three years in football for head coach Michael Johnson … First-team All-District … First-team All-State.
Personal: Is a 2014 graduate of Bishop Dunne High School in Dallas … Son of Millette Pruitt … Majoring in Kinesiology … Born Sept. 14.
OL | 6-4 | 295 | San Antonio, TX | Highlands HS | Navarro College
Navarro College: Honorable mention all-conference … played last year for Navarro, helping his team score 45.8 points and 564.2 total yards per game … His team finished in second place in its conference standings with a record of 6-3, 4-3.
Highlands High School: Lettered two years and was a team captain for head coach Bert Lopez … Two-time first-team All-District … Named the 2013 Offensive Player of the Year.
Personal: Is a 2013 graduate of Highlands High School in San Antonio … Son of Claire and Charles Sheppard … Has three siblings: Brittany, Charles, and Nicole … Majoring in Kinesiology … Born March 15 … Full name is Deon Jordan Sheppard.
OL | 6-8 | 340 | New Bern, NC | New Bern HS | Arizona Western College
Arizona Western College: Played last season for Arizona Western College and helped his team to a WSFL championship … Transferred to AWC after spending two years at North Carolina A&T where he was a part of two MEAC championship teams at NCAT, including the 2015 NCAT Celebration Bowl championship team.
New Bern High School: Lettered two seasons and was a team captain for head coach Bobby Curlings … Led his team to the 2012 4A State Championship with a perfect 15-0 record … All-District … All-State … Also lettered two years in basketball and three years in wrestling … Competed in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas All-Star Game in December 2013.
Personal: Is a 2014 graduate of New Bern High School in New Bern, North Carolina … Son of Donshe Best … Has three siblings: Donshe Jr., Destiny, and Kyre … Majoring in Kinesiology … Born June 12.
RB | 5-10 | 225 | North Richland Hills, TX | Birdville HS | Navarro College
Navarro College: Played in 18 games over two seasons at Navarro … Last year, rushed for 741 yards on 121 carries with four touchdowns … Rushed for 1,118 yards in his Navarro career.
Birdville High School: Lettered three years and was a team captain for head coach Jim Skinner … As a senior, named District MVP and first-team All-District … Rushed for 2,987 yards and 55 touchdowns as a senior.
Personal: Is a 2014 graduate of Birdville High School … Son of Kristal and Kim Turner … Has four siblings: Isaiah, Poem, George, and Khopper … Majoring in Kinesiology … Born Dec. 24 … Full name is Xavier Darnell Turner.
DB | 6-2 | 200 | Stafford, VA | Colonial Forge HS | Iowa Western CC
University of Maryland: Played in 14 games over two seasons with the Terps … Recorded two tackles twice, including at No. 1 Ohio State on Oct. 10, 2015 … Transferred to Iowa Western Community College, where he played last year.
Colonial Forge High School: Lettered four years and was a team captain for head coach Bill Brown … Played cornerback, wide receiver, and kick returner during his career … Helped lead his team to the Virginia 6A semifinals as a senior … Totaled 62 tackles, recorded four forced fumbles, and had an interception … Also had 50 receptions for 743 yards and nine touchdowns on offense … First-team All-State … First-team All-Region … First-team All-Area … First-team All-District … Named the 'Player of the Year' by the Fredricksburg Free Lance Star … Three-star recruit by ESPN … Two-star recruit by Rivals.com.
Personal: Is a 2014 graduate of Colonial Forge High School in Stafford, Virginia … Son of Reta and Lawrence Okani … Has three siblings: David, Jannel, and Divine … Twin brother, Daniel, is a linebacker at James Madison University … Sister, Jannel, is a student-athlete at Norfolk State University … Majoring in Kinesiology … Born March 22.
DB | 5-10 | 185 | Miami, FL | South Dade HS | Fort Scott CC
Fort Scott CC: Played in 18 games over two seasons for FSCC … Recorded 20 tackles as a defensive back after playing primarily running back in high school … Accounted for 777 all-purpose yards.
South Dade High School: Led his team with 1,155 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns as a junior to lead SDHS to its first state championship.
Personal: Is a 2015 graduate of South Dade High School in Miami, Florida.
LB | 6-0 | 220 | Gatesville, TX | Gatesville HS
Gatesville High School: Lettered four years in football and was a two-year team captain for head coach Kyle Cooper… As a senior, named second-team All-District and honorable mention Super CenTex … Second-team All-District as a linebacker, fullback, and punter during his junior season, as well as an All-Area linebacker … 2014 Defensive Newcomer of the Year … Four-time Academic All-District … 2016 Academic All-State … Also lettered three years in track and powerlifting.
QB | 6-1 | 180 | Fort Worth, TX | Timber Creek HS
Timber Creek High School: Led Timber Creek to its first winning record as a senior … Also led the Falcons to their first-ever playoff victory against Arlington Martin … First-team All-District … As a senior, was 218-for-351 passing for 3,312 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Personal: Son of Jill and Craig Tatum.
RB | 5-10 | 175 | Iowa Park, TX | Iowa Park HS
Iowa Park High School: Named 4A first-team All-State by Texas Associated Press … Red River 22 MVP … District Offensive MVP … First-team All-District … Rushed for 1,892 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior for Iowa Park last season … As a junior, Young Texan Award winner for the month of May … Rotary Club Student of the Month in January … First-team All-Academic … Honorable mention All-State as a junior in 2015 … Three-time area qualifier in track for the 100m and 200m … Two-time track regional qualifier in the 100m and 200m.
OL | 5-11 | 295 | McAllen, TX | Belton HS
Belton High School: Three-year starter on the offensive line for head coach Sam Skidmore, an alumnus of Tarleton State University … Two-time first-team All-District selection … Second-team All-District as a sophomore … Also competes in powerlifting, where he was named All-Area and finished in the top 10 at the state meet last year.
K/P | 6-0 | 165 | Eastland, TX | Eastland HS
Eastland High School: Was the kicker and wide receiver for Eastland … Totaled 40 touchbacks while going 68-74 on PATs … Connected on a long field goal of 55 yards … Averaged 44.6 yards per punt as a senior … First-team punter and second-team kicker on the All-Big Country Team … District Special Teams Player of the Year.
DL | 6-3 | 250 | Perryton, TX | Perryton HS
Perryton High School: Lettered three years in football for head coach Steven Coursey … Led Perryton to an undefeated, district championship season last year with 65 tackles, including 26 for a loss, 10 sacks, three forced fumbles, and one interceptions … Named the District MVP … Amarillo Globe News Super Team … Second-team All-State … As a junior, District Defensive MVP and first-team All-District offensive line … Totaled 47 tackles and eight sacks as a junior in 2015 … Second-team All-District DL as a sophomore.
DS | 5-10 | 200 | League City, TX | Clear Springs HS
Clear Springs High School: Lettered two years in football for head coach Craig Dailey … Academic All-State Honorable Mention … Three-year member of the Student United Way … Two-year member of the National Honor Society … Also lettered three years in wrestling and runs the 400m and 800m in track.
Personal: Son of Julie and Joe Reeves.
LB | 6-1 | 220 | Brock, TX | Brock HS
Brock High School: Lettered four years in football for head coach Chad Worrell … District Defensive MVP and first-team All-District as a senior … As a junior, named first-team All-State, All-Area, All-County … First-team Maxpreps All-American in 2015 … 2015 Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year … Led the Eagles to a State Championship, in which he was named the MVP of the state game, in 2015 with a perfect 16-0 record … As a sophomore, boasted 136 tackles en route to being named a second-team All-State selection and the Newcomer of the Year.
ATH | 5-11 | 180 | Tolar, TX | Tolar HS
Tolar High School: Lettered in football at multiple positions, including defensive back, running back, and inside receiver for head coach Mike Franklin … Finished his career with 1,685 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns … Totaled 77 receptions for 1,206 yards and four touchdowns in his career … As a junior, first-team All-District at wide receiver and Texas Sports Writers honorable mention All-State … 2016 Utility Player of the Year.
LB | 6-0 | 220 | Amarillo, TX | Amarillo HS
Amarillo High School: Lettered in football for head coach Mel Maxfield … Named the 3-5A Defensive Player of the Year as a senior … Golden Spread first-team … Region Super Team … Totaled 93 tackles as a senior.
DB | 5-11 | 170 | Waco, TX | La Vega HS
Waco La Vega High School: Lettered in football and track for head coach Willie Williams … As a senior, was a first-team All-District defensive back and led the Pirates to a district championship … As a junior, led the Pirates to the 4A Division I State Championship.
LB | 6-0 | 200 | Midland, TX | Midland Christian
Midland Christian High School: Two-time team captain in football … First-team All-District and second-team All-State DB … Academic All-State … Two-year member of the National Honor Society … Also lettered in track … Won the 2015 state championship in the 4x100m relay.
DB | 5-11 | 175 | Houston, TX | Dobie HS
Dobie High School: Lettered in football for head coach Mike Norman … Over 100 career tackles to go along with six interceptions, 12 pass breakups, 4.0 tackles for a loss on defense … Had six offensive receptions for 134 yards and a touchdown … Also had one kickoff return for a touchdown in his career … All-District selection as a senior.