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Texas Football – National Signing Day Recap

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Via University of Texas Athletics

The Texas Longhorns football team welcomed 23 newcomers on National Signing Day, first-year head coach Charlie Strong announced Wednesday.

The list of incoming recruits signing national letters of intent for the 2014 season included:

• Alex Anderson*, OL - New Orleans, La. (Landry-Walker)
• Andrew Beck*, LB - Tampa, Fla. (Plant)
• Roderick Bernard, WR - Houston, Texas (Sharpstown)
• John Bonney, DB - Houston, Texas (Lamar)
• Donald Catalon, RB - Houston, Texas (Eisenhower)
• Terrell Cuney, OL - Jasper, Texas (Jasper)
• Poona Ford, DT - Hilton Head, S.C. (Hilton Head)
• Armanti Foreman, WR - Texas City, Texas (Texas City)
• D'Onta Foreman, RB - Texas City, Texas (Texas City)
• Edwin Freeman, S - Arlington, Texas (Bowie)
• Garrett Gray, WR - Marble Falls, Texas (Marble Falls)
• Jason Hall, DB - Grand Prairie, Texas (South Grand Prairie)
• Cameron Hampton, LB - Dallas, Texas (Carter)
• Jerrod Heard, QB - Denton, Texas (Guyer)
• Lorenzo Joe, WR - Abilene, Texas (Cooper)
• Dorian Leonard, WR - Longview, Texas (Longview)
• Jake McMillon, DT - Abilene, Texas (Abilene)
• Chris Nelson, DT - Lakeland, Fla. (Victory Christian)
• Derick Roberson, DE - San Antonio, Texas (Brennan)
• Elijah Rodriguez, OL - Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek)
• Jermaine Roberts, DB - New Orleans, La. (St. Augustine)
• Kevin Shorter, RB - Newton, Texas (Newton)
• Blake Whiteley*, TE - Vancouver, BC, Canada (Arizona Western CC/West Vancouver)
*Early Enrollee, will participate in spring drills

2014 Signee Profiles

Alex Anderson
Offensive Lineman
6-5 • 310 • Fr.-HS
New Orleans, La. (Landry-Walker)
H.S. Coach: Emanuel Powell

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Played both offensive and defensive line … named first-team 4A All-State as an offensive lineman by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association in 2013 … selected to the 2013 New Orleans All-Metro 5A-4A team by The Times-Picayune … tabbed first-team All-District 9-4A … ranked as the No. 33 offensive guard in the nation by Scout … No. 47 OG in the nation by ESPN … No. 62 OG nationally and No. 46 player in Louisiana by 247Sports … No. 33 player in Louisiana by Rivals … recorded 80 pancakes as a senior … registered five pancakes against Karr … part of a line that scored 60-plus points twice during the season, including the opening round of the playoffs … helped Landry-Walker to an 11-2 record and an appearance in the 2013 4A state semifinals … helped Walker to a 6-4 record and advance to the second round of the 4A playoffs in 2012 … played at Bonnabel High School as a sophomore … posted 50 tackles and nine sacks … part of a defense that allowed only 14.9 points per game … helped the Bonnabel to a 5-4 record in 2011 … began playing football at age 8 … active in community service at Landry-Walker … enjoys being able to help youth.

Andrew Beck
Linebacker
6-3 • 230 • Fr.-HS
Tampa, Fla. (Plant)
H.S. Coach: Robert Weiner

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Four-year letterman and two-year starter at Plant High School … selected first-team 8A All-State by the Associated Press in 2013 … also named first-team All-Western Conference and first-team All-Hillsborough County … ranked as the No. 46 outside linebacker in the nation by ESPN … No. 23 ILB nationally and No. 68 player in Florida by Rivals … No. 24 ILB nationally and No. 66 player in Florida by 247Sports … No. 36 MLB nationally by Scout … registered 110 tackles, seven sacks, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble as a senior … helped Plant to an 11-2 record and an appearance in the 8A state semifinals in 2013 … recorded 126 tackles, six sacks, 35 tackles for loss and eight passes defended as a junior … notched 23 tackles and six tackles for loss against Tampa Bay Tech … also played some tight end that season … helped Plant to a 10-1 record and an appearance in the 8A regional semifinals in 2012 … part of a Plant team that won the 2011 8A State Championship … named to the Principal's Honor Roll … began playing football at age 6 … father, Chris, played soccer and lacrosse at Army … father is in the military and has moved 11 times in his life, including spending time in Fort Hood, Texas, and twice in Germany … frequently participated in community service activities through his team … enjoys golf, fishing and cooking.

Roderick Bernard
Wide Receiver
5-10 • 175 • Fr.-HS
Houston, Texas (Sharpstown)
H.S. Coach: Charles Perridon

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Three-time all-district selection … chosen first-team All-District 21-4A as a wide receiver in 2013 … chosen to the Houston Chronicle's Top 100 (Houston area) … ranked as the No. 56 wide receiver in the nation by Scout … No. 69 WR nationally and No. 55 player in Texas by 247Sports … No. 73 WR in the nation by ESPN … No. 80 WR nationally and No. 62 player in Texas by Rivals … No. 9 WR recruit in Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football … rushed 60 times for 594 yards and four TDs while catching 25 passes for 364 yards and two TDs with two kick return TDs as a senior … helped Sharpstown to a 5-5 record and an appearance in the 4A DII bi-district playoffs in 2013 … tabbed first-team All-District 21-4A as both a defensive back and as an athlete in 2012 … made 34 receptions for 790 yards and nine TDs with 13 rushes for 119 yards and two TDs as a junior … helped Sharpstown to an 8-3 record and an appearance in the 4A DII bi-district playoffs in 2012 … named second-team All-District 21-4A as both a running back and a defensive back in 2011 … helped Sharpstown to an 8-3 record and an appearance in the 4A DII area playoffs in 2011.

John Bonney
Defensive Back
6-1 • 183 • Fr.-HS
Houston, Texas (Lamar)
H.S. Coach: Tom Nolen

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Four-year starter and three-time all-district honoree … participated in Nike's The Opening … did not miss a start and played every special teams down during his career … helped Lamar to four distict championships and an overall 45-7 record … pulled in six interceptions with 93 return yards and one TD during his career … selected first-team All-District 20-5A in 2013 … chosen to the Houston Chronicle's Top 100 (Houston area) … listed on the Austin American-Statesman's Fab 55 (state's top prospects) … ranked as the No. 14 safety in the nation by Scout … No. 20 safety in the nation by ESPN … No. 22 safety nationally and No. 32 player in Texas by 247Sports … No. 30 safety nationally and No. 39 player in Texas by Rivals … No. 8 safety recruit in Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football … recorded 36 tackles and eight passes defended as a senior … led a defense that posted a shutout and held Alief Taylor to 118 total yards, including five rushing yards in a playoff game … the defense allowed an average of just 8.9 points per game, including four shutouts … helped Lamar to an 11-1 record and an appearance in the 5A DI regional playoffs in 2013 … tabbed second-team All-District 20-5A in 2012 … recorded five interceptions as a junior … helped Lamar to a 15-1 record and an appearance in the 5A DI state title game in 2012 … named honorable mention All-District 20-5A in 2011 … helped Lamar to a 10-3 record and an appearance in the 5A DI regional playoffs in 2011.

Donald Catalon
Running Back
6-0 • 200 • Fr.-HS
Houston, Texas (Eisenhower)
H.S. Coach: Kundre Thompson

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Three-time all-district honoree and four-year letterman … selected first-team All-District 18-5A as a running back and second-team as a defensive back in 2013 … chosen to the Houston Chronicle's Top 100 (Houston area) …  listed on the Austin American-Statesman's Fab 55 (state's top prospects) … ranked No. 161 overall, No. 12 running back nationally and No. 19 player in Texas by 247Sports … No. 193 overall, No. 19 running back nationally and No. 25 player in Texas by Rivals … No. 242 overall and No. 22 running back by ESPN … No. 27 RB in the nation by Scout … No. 8 RB recruit in Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football … rushed for 866 yards on 125 carries (6.9 ypc) and had 410 yards receiving as a senior … also started five games at cornerback and recorded 38 tackles and one interception … rushed for 202 yards and two TDs against League City Clear Springs … rushed for 118 yards and two TDs against MacArthur … caught three passes for 117 yards and one TD against Houston Nimitz … helped Eisenhower to an appearance in the 5A DII bi-district playoffs in 2013 … tabbed second-team All-District 18-5A as a running back in 2012 … named third-team DCTF Super Team … rushed for 1,331 yards and 10 TDs on 182 carries (7.3 ypc) with 12 receptions for 152 yards and a TD as a junior … also played at defensive back and totaled 17 tackles … helped Eisenhower to an appearance in the 5A DII bi-district playoffs in 2012 … selected as the top all-purpose player and Newcomer of the Year in District 18-5A in 2011 … rushed for 1,156 yards and seven TDs on 172 carries (6.7 ypc) as a sophomore … played in seven games as a freshman with one start … rushed for 211 yards and averaged 5.1 yards per carry.

Terrell Cuney
Offensive Lineman
6-3 • 260 • Fr.-HS
Jasper, Texas (Jasper)
H.S. Coach: Darrell Barbay

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Selected to the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl … named second-team 3A All-State by the Associated Press in 2013 … tabbed first-team All-District 20-3A in 2013 …  listed on the Austin American-Statesman's Fab 55 (state's top prospects) … ranked as the No. 5 center in the nation by ESPN … No. 5 center nationally and No. 68 player in Texas by 247Sports … No. 6 center in the nation by Scout … No. 13 center nationally and No. 74 player in Texas by Rivals … No. 2 OL recruit in Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football … graded out at 92 percent with 24 pancakes and only two sacks allowed as a senior … anchored a line for an offense that averaged 38.0 points per game and 246.5 rushing yards per game (2,958 yards) … helped Jasper to an 8-4 record and an appearance in the 3A DI regional playoffs in 2013 … named first-team All-District 20-3A in 2012 … chosen first-team DCTF Super Team … part of a line that helped the offense average 39.0 points per game as a junior … helped Jasper to a 9-3 record and an appearance in the 3A DII area playoffs in 2012 … recorded 55 knockdown as a sophomore … helped Jasper to a 6-5 record and an appearance in the 3A bi-district playoffs in 2011

Poona Ford
Defensive Tackle
6-1 • 288 • Fr.-HS
Hilton Head, S.C. (Hilton Head)
H.S. Coach: B.J. Payne

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Participated in the 2014 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl … selected for the 2013 Shrine Bowl (S.C. vs. N.C. all-stars) … tabbed first-team statewide All-State in 2013 … named Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Area by the Beaufort Gazette … chosen first-team All-Lowcountry by the Charleston Post and Courier … named a Top 50 recruit in the Carolinas by the Charlotte Observer … ranked No. 266 overall and the No. 22 defensive tackle in the nation by ESPN … No. 19 DT nationally and No. 7 player in South Carolina by 247Sports … No. 24 DT nationally and No. 11 player in S.C. by Rivals … No. 24 DT in the nation by Scout … posted 135 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, seven sacks, 17 pressures and two forced fumbles as a senior … also had 34 carries for 155 rush yds and seven TDs and played on special teams … registered four tackles for loss and two sacks while rushing for 51 yards and three TDs in a 33-32 win over rival Bluffton … led a defense that improved its scoring average by double digits from 2012 to 2013 … helped Hilton Head to a 7-4 record and an appearance in the 3A playoffs in 2013 … the seven wins were the most for Hilton Head since 2008 … tabbed first-team All-Area by the Beaufort Gazette in 2012 … recorded 154 tackles, 44 tackles for loss and 10 sacks as a junior  … helped Hilton Head to a 6-6-1 record and an appearance in teh 3A playoffs in 2012.

Armanti Foreman
Wide Receiver
6-0 • 180 • Fr.-HS
Texas City, Texas (Texas City)
H.S. Coach: Leland Surovik

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Four-time district honoree … caught 149 passes for 3,067 yards (20.5 ypc) and 32 TDs in his career … rushed 66 times for 894 yards (13.5 ypc) and nine TDs … participated in the 2014 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl … named second-team 4A All-State as a defensive back by the Associated Press in 2013 … shared District MVP honors in District 24-4A with his brother, D'Onta, in 2013 … also named first-team All-District 24-4A as both a wide receiver and defensive back … listed on the Austin American-Statesman's Fab 55 (state's top prospects) … chosen to the Houston Chronicle's Top 100 (Houston area) … named Offensive Player of the Year by the Houston Touchdown Club … ranked No. 106 overall and as the No. 20 wide receiver in the nation by Scout … No. 124 overall and the No. 15 WR in the nation by ESPN … No. 142 overall, No. 20 WR nationally and No. 15 player in Texas by 247Sports … No. 182 overall, No. 26 WR nationally and No. 21 player in Texas by Rivals … No. 2 WR recruit in Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football … caught 42 passes for 750 yards (17.9 ypc) and nine TDs, while rushing 16 times for 182 yards and a TD as a senior … recorded 20 tackles, six INTs, returning three for TDs,  and one fumble recovery on defense … also returned kickoffs and punts, including one punt for a TD … pulled in three interceptions against Dawson … returned an interception 101 yards for a TD against Ball, in addition to making five receptions for 91 yards and two TDs … caught five passes for 133 yards and one TD against Terry … helped Texas City to a 12-1 record and an appearance in the 4A DII regional playoffs in 2013 … tabbed Special Teams Most Valuable Player in district 24-4A in 2012 … also named first-team All-District 24-4A as a wide receiver in 2012 … named second-team DCTF Super Team … caught 36 passes for 891 yards (24. 8 ypc) and 10 TDs, while rushing 34 times for 611 yards (17.9 ypc) and four TDs as a junior … also returned one punt and one kickoff for a TD … helped Texas City to a 9-3 record and an appearance in the 4A DII area playoffs in 2012 … tabbed first-team All-District 24-4A as a wide receiver in 2011 … made 42 receptions for 909 yards (21.6 ypc) and 11 TDs as a sophomore … named District 24-4A Newcomer of the Year in 2010 … caught 29 passes for 517 yards (17.8 ypc) and two TDs.

D'Onta Foreman
Running Back
6-2 • 215 • Fr.-HS
Texas City, Texas (Texas City)
H.S. Coach: Leland Surovik

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Four-time district honoree … rushed for 4,382 yards (8.2 ypc) and 61 TDs in his career … participated in the 2014 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl … named second-team 4A All-State as a running back by the Associated Press in 2013 … shared District 24-4A MVP honors with his brother, Armanti, in 2013 … also named first-team All-District 24-4A as both a running back and defensive end … chosen to the Houston Chronicle's Top 100 (Houston area) … ranked the No. 67 RB nationally and No. 143 player in Texas by 247Sports … No. 68 RB in the nation by Scout … No. 74 running back in the nation by ESPN … No. 6 athlete recruit in Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football … rushed for 2,102 yards and 31 TDs on 202 carries (10.4 ypc) as a senior … also recorded 22 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, five sacks, five pressures, one interception and returned kickoffs … rushed for over 100 yards in every game but one, including three 200-yard games … tallied 246 yards and four TDs, including a 99-yard run against Terry … helped Texas City to a 12-1 record and an appearance in the 4A DII regional playoffs in 2013 … tabbed first-team All-District 24-4A as a running back and second-team as a linebacker in 2012 … rushed 112 times for 1,073 yards (9.6 ypc) and 18 TDs as a junior … tallied 40 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, one sack and nine pressures … helped Texas City to a 9-3 record and an appearance in the 4A DII area playoffs in 2012 … selected first-team All-District 24-4A and Special Teams Player of the Year in 2011 … rushed for 816 yards and 10 TDs on 138 carries, while catching 20 passes for 224 yards and two TD and returning eigh kickoffs for 262 yards (32.7 ypr) and one TD … honorable mention All-District 24-4A as a running back 2010 … rushed 77 times for 391 yards and two TDs.

Edwin Freeman
Safety
6-1 • 215 • Fr.-HS
Arlington, Texas (Bowie)
H.S. Coach: Danny Dearman

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Selected to the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game … participated in Nike's The Opening … named second-team All-District 3-5A as a linebacker … chosen to the Area Top 100 by the Dallas Morning News … ranked No. 128 overall and as the No. 7 outside linebacker in the nation by ESPN … No. 125 overall, No. 12 safety nationally and No. 15 player in Texas by Rivals … No. 234 overall and No. 21 OLB in the nation by Scout … No. 25 OLB and No. 35 player in Texas by 247Sports … recorded 101 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and three pass breakups as a senior … registered eight tackles and two tackles for loss against Mansfield … part of a defense that allowed 17 or fewer points six times … the defense also allowed just 301.9 total yards per game, including only 130.7 passing yards … helped Bowie to a 7-4 record and an appearance in the 5A DI bi-district playoffs in 2013 … selected unanimous first-team All-District 3-5A at linebacker in 2012 … named second-team DCTF Super Team … part of a defense that allowed just 18.6 points per game including three or fewer in four games … posted a three-game stretch allowing a total of six points … helped Bowie to an 11-2 record and an appearance in the 5A DI regional playoffs in 2012 … named District 4-5A Defensive Sophomore of the Year in 2011 … played safety as a sophomore in 2011 and made two interceptions … part of a defense that allowed seven or fewer points in six games … helped Bowie to a 9-4 record and an appearance in the 5A DI regional playoffs in 2011

Garrett Gray
Wide Receiver
6-4 • 211 • Fr.-HS
Marble Falls, Texas (Marble Falls)
H.S. Coach: Todd Dodge

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Two-time all-state selection … had 160 receptions for 2,588 yards (16.2 ypc) and 37 TDs in two years of football … named first-team 4A All-State by the Associated Press in 2013 … selected first-team All-District 25-4A … chosen first-team All-Centex by the Austin American-Statesman … ranked as the No. 67 wide receiver in the nation by ESPN … No. 123 WR nationally and No. 112 player in Texas by 247Sports … No. 40 tight end in the nation by Scout … made 78 receptions for 1,267 yards (16.2 ypc) and 17 TDs as a senior … also had 197 rushing yards and three TDs, along with a 94-yard kickoff return for a TD … posted 14 receptions for 202 yards and five TDs against Burnet … caught 10 passes for 185 yards and three TDs and rushed for a TD against Vista Ridge … tabbed second-team 4A All-State by the Associated Press in 2012 … named first-team All-District 25-4A … selected first-team All-Centex by the Austin American-Statesman … caught 82 passes for 1,321 yards (16.1 ypc) and 20 TDs as a junior … made 17 receptions for 293 yards (22.5 ypc) and five TDs against Boerne-Champion … tallied 14 receptions for 149 yards and two TDs against Burnet … only played two years of high school football, prior to that played only basketball.

Jason Hall
Defensive Back
6-2 • 190 • Fr.-HS
Grand Prairie, Texas (South Grand Prairie)
H.S. Coach: Brent Whitson

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Two-time all-district honoree … named honorable mention All-State 5A by the Associated Press in 2013 … tabbed first-team All-District 7-5A … selected second-team All-Area and to the Area Top 100 by the Dallas Morning News … ranked as the No. 49 safety nationally and No. 82 player in Texas by Rivals … No. 50 safety nationally by Scout … No. 87 safety in the nation by ESPN … No. 110 safety nationally and No. 158 player in Texas by 247Sports … registered 57 tackles, six interceptions, six pass breakups, one pressure and two defensive TDs as a senior … named Defensive Player of the Week by the Dallas Morning News after grabbing three interceptions, including a 62-yard return for a TD in the fourth quarter and another at the goal line at the end of the game to secure a 15-8 win over Duncanville … had a 29-yard interception return TD against Flower Mound … selected honorable mention All-District 7-5A in 2012 … recorded 34 tackles, one interception, two pass breakups, one forced fumble and one recovered fumble as  junior … helped South Grand Prairie to a 5-5 record in 2012.

Cameron Hampton
Linebacker
6-0 • 201 • Fr.-HS
Dallas, Texas (Carter)
H.S. Coach: Patrick Williams

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Two-time all-district selection … named honorable mention 4A All-State by the Associated Press in 2013 … selected first-team All-District 11-4A in 2013 … listed on the Austin American-Statesman's Fab 55 (state's top prospects) … chosen to the Area Top 100 by the Dallas Morning News … ranked as the No. 13 MLB nationally by Scout … No. 17 inside linebacker in the nation by ESPN … No. 30 OLB nationally and No. 57 player in Texas by Rivals … No. 60 OLB nationally and No. 97 player in Texas by 247Sports … No. 3 LB recruit in Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football … posted 93 tackles and 15 sacks in the regular season as a senior … part of a defense that surrendered just 13.1 points per game … the defense had a stretch of seven games during the season that included six in single digits and three shutouts with back-to-back shutouts against North Dallas and Pinkston … helped carter to a 9-2 record and an appearance in the 4A DII bi-district playoffs in 2013 … tabbed Defensive Most Valuable Player of District 11-4A in 2012 … chosen first-team DCTF Super Team … registered 154 tackles as a junior … part of a defense that allowed 18.7 points per game, including allowing over 21 points just twice … helped Carter to a 9-3 record and an appearance in the 4A DII area playoffs in 2012 … recorded 75 tackles and nine sacks and six interceptions as a sophomore.

Jerrod Heard
Quarterback
6-2 • 190 • Fr.-HS
Denton, Texas (Guyer)
H.S. Coach: John Walsh

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Two-time first-team all-state and District 5-4A MVP honoree … selected to the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl … participated in Nike's The Opening … chosen to compete in the Elite 11 Camp … led Guyer to back-to-back 4A DI State Championships in 2012 and 2013 … produced a career record of 36-8 as a starter, which includes one forfeited victory … named second-team 4A All-State by the Associated Press in 2013 … selected first-team All-Area and in the Area Top 100 by the Dallas Morning News … tabbed District 5-4A Most Valuable Player in 2013 … listed on the Austin American-Statesman's Fab 55 (state's top prospects) … ranked No. 37 overall and as the No. 2 quarterback in the nation by Scout … No. 79 overall, No. 1 dual-threat QB and No. 8 player in Texas by 247Sports … No. 149 overall and No. 6 QB in the nation by ESPN … No. 85 overall, No. 4 dual-threat QB nationally and No. 10 player in Texas by Rivals … No. 1 QB recruit in Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football … completed 146-of-231 passes (63.2 percent) for 2,148 yards and 22 TDs with only six interceptions, while rushing 251 times for 2,172 yards (8.7 ypc) and 28 TDs as a senior … rushed for at least 100 yards in 12 games … connected on all nine of his passes for 95 yards and one TD, while rushing for 159 yards and two TDs against Brennan to earn his second state title game MVP honors in two years … posted an 8-to-1 TD to INT ratio during the 2013 playoffs … posted 219 rushing yards and 135 passing yards against Birdville during the playoffs … tallied 216 rushing yards and two TDs with 117 passing yards and two TDs against Rider … led Guyer to a 14-2 overall record during the season … selected first-team 4A All-State by the Texas Sports Writers Association in 2012 … tabbed honorable mention 4A All-State by the Associated Press … named District 5-4A Most Valuable Player … chosen DCTF Offensive Player of the Yer and first-team Super Team … rushed 250 times for 2,138 yards (8.6 ypc) with 35 TDs and completed 155-of-250 passes (62 percent) for 2,090 yards and 17 touchdowns with only seven interceptions as a junior … led Guyer back from a 16-point deficit against Georgetown in the 2012 4A DI title game by passing for 189 yards and two TDs and rushing for 143 yards and five TDs, accounting for all of the team's TDs … earned the first of his state title game MVP honors … led Guyer to a 14-2 overall record during the season … selected District 7-5A Offensive Newcomer of the Year in 2011 … completed 130-of-223 passes for 2,286 yards and 28 TDs with just 10 interceptions, while rushing for 650 yards and five TDs on 136 carries as a sophomore … led Guyer to an 8-4 record and an appearance in the 5A DII area playoffs.

Lorenzo Joe
Wide Receiver
6-2 • 192 • Fr.-HS
Abilene, Texas (Cooper)
H.S. Coach: Todd Moebes

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Three-time all-district honoree … participated in Nike's The Opening … named District 2-5A Offensive Most Valuable Player in 2013 … chosen All Big Country 3A-5A Player of the Year by the Abilene Reporter News … listed on the Austin American-Statesman's Fab 55 (state's top prospects) … ranked No. 129 overall and as the No. 25 wide receiver in the nation by Scout … No. 173 overall, No. 23 WR nationally and No. 20 player in Texas by Rivals.com … No. 230 overall and No. 27 athlete in the nation by ESPN … No. 44 WR in the nation and No. 28 player in Texas by 247Sports … No. 1 ATH recruit in Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football … passed for 1,864 yards and 13 TDs on 120-of-206 attempts (58.3 percent), while rushing 1,657 yards and 22 TDs on 205 carries (8.1 ypc) as a senior … rushed for over 100 yards eight times during the season, including 243 yards and three TDs against Odessa, and 202 yards and three TDs against Abilene in back-to-back games … completed 21-of-33 passes for 352 yards and two TDs against Midland Lee … led Cooper to and 8-5 record and an appearance in the 5A DII regional playoffs … tabbed first-team All-District 2-5A as a quarterback in 2012 … chosen first-team DCTF Super Team … completed 144-of-236 passes (61.0 percent) for 1,995 yards and 15 TDs with only three interceptions as a junior … also rushed for 829 yards and nine TDs … passed for 199 yards and one TD and rushed for 128 yards and two TDs on just five carries (25.6 ypc) against Lubbock Coronado … connected on 18-of-24 pass attempts for 260 yards and two TDs against Odessa Permian … led Cooper to a 9-3 record and an appearance in the 5A DII area playoffs in 2012 … selected honorable mention 5A All-State as a receiver in 2011 … tabbed first-team All-District 3-5A … caught 48 passes for 762 yards and nine TDs, while rushing for 200 yards and two TDs on 21 carries (9.5 ypc) … helped Cooper to a 9-4 record and an appearance in the 5A DII regional playoffs.

Dorian Leonard
Wide Receiver
6-4 • 200 • Fr.-HS
Longview, Texas (Longview)
H.S. Coach: John King

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Two-time all-district selection … posted 61 receptions for 1,170 yards and 15 TDs during his career … selected unanimous first-team All-District 12-5A in 2013 … listed on the Austin American-Statesman's Fab 55 (state's top prospects) … ranked as the No. 117 wide receiver in the nation by ESPN … No. 58 WR nationally and No. 54 player in Texas by Rivals … No. 60 WR nationally and No. 48 player in Texas by 247Sports … No. 62 WR in the nation by Scout … No. 3 WR recruit in Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football … caught 40 passes for 763 yards and 11 TDs as a senior … pulled in four receptions for 107 yards (26.8 ypr) and three TDs against Mesquite … caught six passes for 106 yards (17.7 ypr) and two TDs against North Mesquite … helped Longview to an 11-2 record and an appearance in the 5A DII regional playoffs in 2013 … tabbed honorable mention All-District 12-5A in 2012 … made 21 receptions for 407 yards (19.4 ypr) and four TDs as a junior … helped Longview to a 9-4 record and an appearance in the 5A DII regional playoffs in 2012 … helped Longview to an 11-2 record and an appearance in the 5A DII regional playoffs in 2011.

Jake McMillon
Defensive Tackle
6-3 • 240 • Fr.-HS
Abilene, Texas (Abilene)
H.S. Coach: Steve Warren

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Four-year starter who played in 48 career games … tabbed first-team All-District 2-5A in 2013 … named to the All-Big Country second team (Abilene Reporter News) … ranked as the No. 29 strongside defensive end nationally and No. 96 player in Texas by 247Sports … No. 41 DT nationally by Scout … No. 74 DT in the nation by ESPN … No. 5 DE recruit in Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football … recorded 43 tackles (18 solo), four tackles for loss, one sack, three pass breakups and two pressures as a senior … forced three turnovers against Amarillo Tascosa … named third-team 5A All-State by the Texas Sports Writers Association in 2012 … selected honorable mention 5A All-State by the Associated Press in 2012 … chosen Defensive Most Valuable Player and first-team All-District 2-5A in 2012 … tabbed All-Big Country Defensive Most Valuable Player (Abilene Reporter News) … named first-team DCTF Super Team … recorded 52 tackles, 14 sacks, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles as a junior … helped Abilene to an undefeated regular season, a 12-1 final record and an appearance in the 5A DII regional playoffs in 2012 … selected first-team District 3-5A in 2011 … also chosen Sophomore Newcomer of the Year for the district … helped Abilene to a 10-4 record and an appearance in the 5A DII quarterfinals in 2011 … became the first freshman starter in 15 years at Abilene … helped the Eagles to a 9-4 record and an appearance in the 5A DII regional playoffs in 2010.

Chris Nelson
Defensive Tackle
6-3 • 280 • Fr.-HS
Lakeland, Fla. (Victory Christian)
H.S. Coach: Tommy Lewis

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Three-time all-county selection … tabbed second-team 2A All-State by the Associated Press in 2013 … selected Small School Player of the Year and first-team All-County by The Ledger (Lakeland) … ranked as the No. 39 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout … No. 58 defensive tackle nationally and No. 116 player in Florida by 247 Sports … No. 75 DT in the nation by ESPN … No. 75 DT nationally by Rivals … recorded 100 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 18 pressures, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries as a senior … registered at least seven tackle in 12 of 14 games … tallied seven tackles, two sacks three tackles for loss and a fumble recovery against Agape Christian … logged nine solo tackles against Warner Christian … led a defense that allowed just 20.1 points per game … helped Victory Christian to a 10-4 record and an appearance in the 2A state championship game, falling by just seven points … chosen first-team All-County by The Ledger (Lakeland) in 2012 … accounted for 70 tackles and five sacks as a junior … selected honorable mention All-County by The Ledger (Lakeland) as a linebacker in 2011 … posted 150 tackles and 10 sacks at linebacker as a sophomore … helped Victory Christian to an 8-3 record and an appearance in the 2A regional playoffs in 2011.

Derick Roberson
Defensive End
6-3 • 235 • Fr.-HS
San Antonio, Texas (Brennan)
H.S. Coach: Stephen Basore

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Three-time all-state honoree … selected to the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game … named 4A Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-State by the Associated Press in 2013 … tabbed unanimous first-team All-District 28-4A … selected All-Texas Defensive Player of the Year, 4A Player of the Year and first-team All-Texas  by Dave Campbell's Texas Football … chosen All-Area Defensive Player of the Year by the San Antonio Express-News … listed on the Austin American-Statesman's Fab 55 (state's top prospects) … ranked No. 57 overall and as the No. 9 defensive end in the nation by Scout … No. 78 overall and No. 8 DE in the nation by ESPN … No. 93 overall, No. 6 weakside DE nationally and No. 12 player in Texas by Rivals … No. 100 overall, No. 7 strongside DE nationally and No. 11 player in Texas by 247Sports … No. 3 DE recruit in Texas by DCTF … registered 111 tackles, 20 sacks and 39 tackles for loss, 39 pressures, four passes batted down, three recovered fumbles and one forced fumble as a senior … led a Brennan defense that allowed only 5.1 points and 109.1 yards per game and produced shutouts in nine of 16 games … totaled four sacks and eight tackles for loss against Highlands … posted 10 tackles, three sacks, four tackles for loss and a 13-yard fumble return for a TD against Southwest … helped Brennan to a 15-1 mark overall with an appearance in the 4A DI state championship game in 2013 … selected second-team 4A All-State by the Texas Sports Writers Association in 2012 … tabbed honorable mention 4A All-State by the Associated Press … chosen first-team All-District 28-4A … named second-team DCTF Super Team … recorded 88 tackles, 12 sacks, 35 tackles for loss, 37 pressures, three passes batted down and one blocked kick as a junior … helped Brennan to a 13-1 record and an appearance in the 4A DII regional playoffs … named honorable mention 4A All-State by the Associated Press and the Texas Sports Writers Association in 2011 … chosen first-team All-District 28-4A ... notched 105 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, nine sacks, 32 pressures and one interception as a sophomore… helped Brennan to a 7-4 record and an appearance in the bi-district playoffs in 2011.

Jermaine Roberts
Defensive Back
5-9 • 170 • Fr.-HS
New Orleans, La. (St. Augustine)
H.S. Coach: Cyril Crutchfield

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Two-time all-state honoree … participated in the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game … tabbed first-team 5A All-State by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association in in 2013 … named to the 2013 Nifty 50 and the New Orleans All-Metro 5A-4A team by The Times-Picayune … selected first-team All-District 9-5A … ranked No. 250 overall and as the No. 19 cornerback in the nation by ESPN … No. 27 cornerback nationally and No. 17 player in Louisiana by Rivals … No. 29 cornerback nationally and No. 20 player in Louisiana by 247Sports … tallied 56 tackles and six interceptions as a senior … returned a kickoff 88 yards for a TD against Jesuit … helped St. Augustine to a 9-2 record and an appearance in the 5A DI state semifinals in 2013 … named the first-team 4A All-State by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association in 2012 … chosen to the All-New Orleans Area large school team … selected All-District 10-4A … recorded 47 tackles, nine interceptions with two returns for TDs, 13 pass breakups, two fumble recoveries with one return for a TD, and two kickoff returns for TDs as a junior … helped St. Augustine to a 9-4 record and an appearance in the 4A state quarterfinals in 2012 … helped St. Augustine to an 8-4 record and an appearance in the 4A regional playoffs in 2011.

Elijah Rodriguez
Offensive Lineman
6-6 • 280 • Fr.-HS
Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek)
H.S. Coach: Greg McCaig

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Three-year starter on the offensive line … named first-team All-District 17-5A in 2013 … chosen to the Houston Chronicle's Top 100 (Houston area) … ranked the No. 55 offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN … No. 116 OT nationally by Scout … No. 118 OT nationally and No. 176 player in Texas by 247Sports … anchored an offensive line that helped Cypress Creek average 24.5 points per game as a senior … the Cougars totaled 3,382 yards of offense, including 1,888 rushing and 1,494 passing, while producing a 1,000-yard rusher who averaged 6.4 yards per carry … opened the season with four consecutive wins while averaging 38.5 points per game, including scoring 51 points against Klein Oak and 43 against Cypress Falls … selected second-team All-District 17-5A in 2012 … part of an offense that averaged 29.9 points per game, including four outings scoring 39 or more points as a junior … posted a season-high 52 points against Cypress Springs … helped Cypress Creek to a 6-4 record in 2012.

Kevin Shorter
Running Back
6-0 • 188 • Fr.-HS
Newton, Texas (Newton)
H.S. Coach: W.T. Johnston

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Three-time all-district honoree … accumulated 4,689 total yards (3,690 rushing/999 receiving) and 69 total TDs during his last three seasons … also returned punts and kickoffs along with some punting and place-kicking during his career … tabbed District 10-2A DI Most Valuable Player in 2013 … ranked as the No. 18 all purpose back nationally and No. 61 player in Texas by Rivals  … No. 33 running back in the nation by Scout … No. 55 athlete in the nation by ESPN … No. 129 athlete and No. 207 player in Texas by Rivals … No. 4 RB recruit in Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football … rushed 61 times for 630 yards and nine TDs, while catching 11 passes for 224 yards and four TDs in six games as a senior … also recorded six tackles and one forced fumble … rushed for 221 yards and two TDs against Liberty … led Newton to a 6-0 record in that span en route to a 12-1 record and an appearance in the 2A D1 regional playoffs … named third-team 2A All-State by the Texas Sports Writers Association in 2012 … selected honorable mention 2A All-State by the Associated Press … chosen first-team All-District 10-2A DI at both running back and safety … named second-team DCTF Super Team … tallied 1,810 rushing yards and 31 rushing TDs on 151 carries, while making 15 receptions for 315 yards and five TDs as a junior … posted 58 tackles with three interceptions and a fumble recovery on defense … punted 16 times for 564 yards … rushed for 275 yards and four TDs on 14 carries (19.6 ypc) against Franklin … totaled 231 rushing yards and four TDs on 12 carries (19.3 ypc) against Teague … helped Newton to a 13-1 record and an appearance in the 2A DI state semifinals in 2012 … chosen first-team All-District 10-2A in 2011 … totaled 1,710 yards and 20 TDs as a sophomore, inlcuding 1,250 rushing yard and 460 receiving yards … helped Newton to a 9-3 record and an appearance in the 2A DI area playoffs in 2011.

Blake Whiteley
Tight End
6-5 • 245 • So.-TR
Vancouver, BC, Canada (Arizona Western CC/West Vancouver)
Junior College Coach: Tom Minnick
H.S. Coach: Shawn Anderson

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Ranked as the No. 1 junior college tight end and No. 24 JUCO player overall by 247Sports … No. 1 JUCO TE and No. 50 JUCO player by Rivals … No. 2 JUCO TE by ESPN … played one season at Arizona Western Community College … caught eight passes for 67 yards and two TDs as a freshman with the Matadors … two-time Athlete of the Year (2010, 2012) at West Vancouver High School … two-year starter at wide receiver/tight end … named first-team Western Conference All-Star and first-team Provincial All-Star at West Vancouver in 2012 … selected West Vancouver team MVP … caught 76 passes for 1,228 yards and 18 TDs as a senior … made six receptions for 150 yards and three TDs against Terry Fox … tabbed first-team Western Conference All-Star in 2011 … chosen West Vancouver team co-MVP … caught 36 passes for 600 yards and four TDs as a junior … also played rugby, baseball, basketball and soccer in high school … named the MVP of the rubgy team as a junior and had four tries in the District Championship Game … named to the honor roll in high school … participated in the Arizona Western "Day of Champions" community event with his junior college team … began playing football at age 13 … attracted to the game by watching the NFL … father, Peter, is a native of South Africa … enjoys fishing, golf and video games.

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