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Arkansas Tech Football announces 2010 signing class

RUSSELLVILLE, Arkansas – Arkansas Tech University Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Steve Mullins announced the signing of 34 student- athletes to National Football Letters of Intent on Wednesday, the first official day that high school players are allowed to sign letters of intent to play college football.

The group of 34 signees includes 16 high school players from the state of Arkansas.

Here is list of this year's signees.

Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Hometown (High School)

L.J. Berry CB 5-9 180 Waldo, Ark. (Magnolia)

Kyle Bottoms OL 6-4 285 Spring, Texas (Klein Oak)

Andreveus Brandon CB 5-9 170 Bastrop, La. (Bastrop)

Andre "A.J." Calhoun CB 6-0 185 Jonesville, La. (Block)

John Creech TE/DE 6-3 240 Hindsville, Ark. (Huntsville)

Jimmy Ford, Jr. LB 5-11 220 El Dorado, Ark. (El Dorado)

Wesley McKinney Ford SS 6-0 190 Magnolia, Ark. (Magnolia)

Garrett Gills WR 6-0 195 Murfreesboro, Ark. (Murfreesboro)

Daniel Godfrey LB 6-0 200 Hooks, Texas (Hooks)

Josh Hale WR 6-4 210 Fayetteville, Ark. (Fayetteville)

Austin Hartness K 5-11 190 Greenwood, Ark. (Greenwood)

Caleb Hartwig LB 6-3 230 Paragould, Ark. (Greene County Tech)

Nick Hopkins S 6-1 190 Nashville, Ark. (Nashville)

Carlos Ibarra QB/P 6-1 184 Atlanta, Texas (Atlanta)

Curdarius Johnson CB 6-1 175 Jonesville, La. (Block)

Robert Johnson LB 5-10 220 Nashville, Ark. (Nashville)

Cody Jones QB/P/K 6-3 185 Lexington, Tenn. (Jackson Christian)

Larry Kilpatrick DL 6-3 275 Searcy, Ark. (Searcy)

Latydrick Lawrence WR 6-0 165 Jonesboro, La. (Jonesboro Hodge)

Obidah Lyons OL 6-3 310 Southaven, Miss. (Southaven)

Jacob Midyett LB 6-2 235 Junction City, Ark. (Parkers Chapel)

Tyler Moon FB 5-11 235 Euless, Texas (Colleyville Heritage)

Shawn Onyechi RB 5-11 190 Deer Park, Texas (Deer Park)

Scrib Pipkins FS 5-11 215 Shreveport, La. (Evangel Christian)

Ryan Purifoy WR 5-7 170 Camden, Ark. (Fairview)

Chris Ramey LB 5-11 210 Wagoner, Okla. (Wagoner)

Cobie Savoie QB 5-8 175 Raceland, La. (Central Lafourche)

Brandon Smith LB 6-1 215 Lonoke, Ark. (Lonoke)

Thomas Soehner RB 6-2 195 Prairie Grove, Ark. (Prairie Grove)

Jesse Stone QB 6-2 190 Little Rock, Ark. (Christian Academy)

Byron Thomas RB 5-10 180 Raceland, La. (Central Lafourche)

Jacob Tiger DL 5-11 260 Vian, Okla. (Tahlequah Sequoyah)

Cassius Washington WR 5-10 170 Shreveport, La. (Booker T. Washington)

Shelby Zeagler DE 6-5 245 Sicily lsland, La. (Block)

 

This year's signees bios are as follows:

L.J. Berry of Waldo, Ark. (Magnolia High School): Berry is a 5-foot-9, 180-pound tailback and cornerback with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash. On the season, Berry, who will play cornerback at Tech, intercepted two passes which were both returned for touchdowns. On offense as a tailback, Berry rushed for 1,250 yards and scored 16 touchdowns, along with catching 10 passes for three touchdowns. Berry was named a two-time All-District selection and was also an All-State honoree in Class 5A and was named to play in the AHSCA All-Star Football game. He helped lead Magnolia to a 7-4 record this past season and a 21-13 record in his high school career. Along with playing football at MHS, Berry also runs track. "L.J. is a great athlete who can do many things. He is a great defensive back with great speed and feet. In addition, he is a great running back, also deep snaps and returns kicks," Magnolia High School Coach Robert Day said.

Kyle Bottoms of Spring, Texas (Klein Oak High School): Bottoms is a 6-foot-4, 285-pound offensive lineman, who played for Coach David Smith at Klein Oak High School. This past season, Bottoms, who was named an Honorable Mention All-District lineman, played in all 10 games for the Panthers and recorded 24 pancake blocks. He helped lead Klein Oak to the quarterfinals of the Texas Class 5A State High School Playoffs in 2006 and 2008. Bottoms' grandfather, the late Dan Birdwell, was drafted in 1962 by the Oakland Raiders after being an All-American offensive lineman at the University of Houston. "Kyle is just learning the offensive line position and his best football is ahead of him yet," Smith said about Bottoms.

Andreveus Brandon of Bastrop, La. (Bastrop High School): Brandon is a 5-foot-9, 170-pound cornerback, who played for Coach Brad Bradshaw. This past season, Brandon recorded 63 tackles and picked off three passes on defense and returned 11 punts for 275 yards and had two touchdowns. Brandon, who helped lead the Bearcats to an 8-4 record in 2009, was named a First-Team All-District and a First-Team All-Northeast Louisiana cornerback. "Andreveus is a tremendous kid," Bradshaw said of Brandon.

Andre ‘A.J.' Calhoun of Jonesville, La. (Block High School): Calhoun is a 6-foot, 185-poind tight end and cornerback, who played for Coach Benny Vault at Block High School. This past season, Calhoun, who will play cornerback at Tech, recorded 59 tackles, five tackles for a loss, recovered two fumbles and picked off four pass. On offense, he caught 13 passes for 245 yards and scored four touchdowns. Calhoun, who helped lead the Bears to an 8-4 record in 2009, was named a First-Team All-District selection at both tight end and defensive back and was also an Honorable Mention All-Metro honoree.

John Creech of Hindsville, Ark. (Huntsville High School): Creech is a 6-foot-3, 240-pound tight end and defensive end with 4.8 speed in the 40-yard dash. This past season, Creech recorded 64 tackles, 11 sacks, had 19 quarterback hurries, forced four fumbles and recovered three fumbles. He earned All-Conference honors in 2007 and 2009 and helped lead Huntsville to back-to-back Class 4A State Playoff the past two seasons. Creech's parents are missionaries in Panama and he is bilingual. "John is one of the best defensive players to ever play at Huntsville High School," Huntsville Head Coach Ken Harriman said. "He is a great team player and did a great job of coming back after having to sit out his junior year with a knee injury."

Jimmy Ford, Jr. of El Dorado, Ark. (El Dorado High School): Ford is a 5-foot-11, 220-pound linebacker that runs a 40-yard dash time of 4.6. On the season, Ford, who was a two-time 6A South All-Conference honoree, recorded 107 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss, one sack, three quarterback pressures, two forced fumbles and he recovered three fumbles in 13 games for the Class 6A State Champions. In addition to being named a two-time All-Conference selection, Ford, who played for Coach Scott Reed, was also named an All-State selection in 2009, along with being named to the 2009 All-Area Team and was named a Golden Triangle Award winner.

Wesley McKinney Ford of Magnolia, Ark. (Magnolia High School): Ford is a 6-foot, 190-pound strong safety that runs a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash. This past season, he recorded 54 solo tackles, 38 assisted tackles and had nine tackles for a loss of 25 yards. In addition, he recorded three quarterback sacks and had one fumble recovery. Ford was named an All-District and All-State selection and was also a Burlsworth Award winner. He helped lead Magnolia to a 7-4 record this past season and a 21-13 record in his high school career. Along with playing football at MHS, Ford also plays basketball and baseball. "Wesley is a high character leader. He is very strong, a big hitter and is great in the classroom," Magnolia Coach Robert Day said. "He has great hands and is a great special teams player."

Garrett Gills of Murfreesboro, Ark. (Murfreesboro High School): Gills is a 6-foot, 195-pound wide receiver with 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash. This past season, Gills carried the ball 67 times for 338 yards and averaged 5.0 yards per carry and scored five touchdowns and he also caught 55 passes for 676 yards (12.3 yards/catch) and scored 13 touchdowns. On defense, Gills, who was named a three-time 7AA All-District selection and was a finalist for the AA State Farm Defensive Player of the Year, recorded 115 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and four interceptions as a linebacker. In addition, Gills returned 25 kicks for 175 yards and returned 15 punts for 204 yards. He was named a Class 2A All-State selection in 2009 and was also named the 7AA Outstanding Back this past season. "Garrett is a hard worker and is very physical and loves football," said Murfreesboro Head Coach Jay Turley.

Daniel Godfrey of Hooks, Texas (Hooks High School): Godfrey is a 6-foot, 200-pound linebacker that runs the 40-yard dash in a time of 4.45. This past season, Godfrey, who was a three-year, two-way starter, was a First-Team All-District, All-Area and a First-Team All-Northeast Texas selection and was also named the Defensive Player of the Week following the Redwater game. On the season, Godfrey recorded 96 total tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one safety. He was part of two Texas Class 2A State Playoff teams at Hooks in 2006 and 2009 and earned All-District honors for throwing the discus in track as junior in 2008. "Daniel is a three-year lettermen who has a wide array of talent. He started 11 games at outside linebacker and also played different offensive positions," Hooks High School Coach Jim Rice said. "I feel Daniel will make an immediate impact at Tech. The Hooks coaching staff wishes him the best."

Josh Hale of Fayetteville, Ark. (Fayetteville High School): Hale is a 6-foot-4, 210-pound receiver with 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash. This past season, Hale caught 46 passes for 650 yards and scored five touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to a 5-5-1 record and a berth in the Class 7A State Playoffs. Hale, who also participates in the long jump, triple jump and throws the discus in track at FHS, was named an All-Conference selection. Was part of three Class 7A State Playoff teams with the Bulldogs and was also a member of Fayetteville's 2007 Class 7A State Championship team. "Josh is a fantastic young man and a great player. His best football is ahead of him," Fayetteville Head Coach Daryl Patton said. "Once he matures physically it is no telling what he will become."

Austin Hartness of Greenwood, Ark. (Greenwood High School): Hartness is a 5-foot-11, 190-pound kicker, who played for Coach Rick Jones at Greenwood. Hartness was a two-time 5A West All-Conference selection and a Class 5A All-State honoree this past season. This past season, Hartness, who is the big school record holder for extra points, was 43-for-50 on point-after attempts and was 4-for-4 on field goals with a long field goal of 44 yards. In his four-year career with the Bulldogs, Hale was 200-for-214 on extra-points, including connecting on 65 straight extra points as a junior in 2008 and was 22-for-25 on field goals. In addition, 70 percent of his career kickoffs went into the end zone, including putting 28 of his kickoffs in the end zone this past season. During his four years at GHS, Hartness kicked in two state championship games and led the Bulldogs to a 32-7 record, including a 10-2 mark in 2009. Along with accolades on the field, Hartness is a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club and is going to major in computer engineering at Tech. "Austin was a great kicker for us for four years. He kicked in two state championship games," Jones said about Hartness. "He is a very hard worker and a great team player."

Caleb Hartwig of Paragould, Ark. (Greene County Tech High School): Hartwig is a 6-foot-3, 230-pound receiver and linebacker with 4.7 speed in the 40-yard dash. On the season, Hartwig caught 38 passes for 649 yards and scored five touchdowns. He was named a two-time All-Conference and All-State selection and helped lead GCT to its first playoff win in school history this past season. "Caleb is a great kid with unlimited potential," Greene County Tech Coach Jeff Conaway said.

Nick Hopkins of Nashville, Ark. (Nashville High School): Hopkins is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety that runs a time of 4.5 in the 40-yard dash time. This past season, Hopkins recorded 40 tackles, 18 assisted tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack. In addition, he collected seven interceptions, broke up five passes and scored two touchdowns. He was named a Second-Team All-Conference selection and helped lead the Scrappers, who were coached by former Wonder Boy assistant coach Billy Dawson, to a 12-1 record and a 7-4A Conference Championship.

Carlos Ibarra of Atlanta, Texas (Atlanta High School): Ibarra is a 6-foot-1, 184-pound quarterback and punter with 4.64 speed in the 40-yard dash. This past season, Ibarra passed for 1,224 yards and a single-season school record 19 touchdowns and averaged 43.5 yards per punt. In his three-year career, he passed for a school-record 3,064 yards and had a school-record 35 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Was named a Second-Team All-District selection in 2008, an Honorable Mention All-District honoree in 2009 and was also named a member of this past season's All-Northeast Texas Team. Along with holding the school's career record in passing yards, touchdowns and single-season touchdown mark, Ibarra also holds the school's passing yards in a game record (373), passing touchdowns in a game (3) and passing yards in a season (1,552 yards in 2008) record. "Carlos has had a positive impact on our program. His intelligence and leadership will be sorely missed," Atlanta Head Coach Ronnie Melton said.

Curdarius Johnson of Jonesville, La. (Block High School): Johnson is a 6-foot-1, 175-pound cornerback and quarterback, who played for Coach Benny Vault at Block High School. Johnson, who will play cornerback at Tech, recorded 80 tackles, four forced fumbles and picked off eight passes, of which, two were returned for touchdowns this past season. On offense as the Bears quarterback, Johnson was 23-for-44 passing for 430 yards and had eight touchdowns, while he carried the ball 80 times for 680 yards (8.5 yards/carry) and scored eight times on the ground. On the season, Johnson earned First-Team All-District honors at both quarterback and defensive back and was named the District Offensive MVP. In addition, he was named an Honorable Mention Class 1A All-State selection at defensive back and Second-Team All-Metro honors at defensive back.

Robert Johnson of Nashville, Ark. (Nashville High School): Johnson is a 5-foot-10, 220-pound linebacker and fullback, with 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash. This past season, Johnson, who is expected to play linebacker at Tech, recorded 48 total tackles, 22 assisted stops, seven sacks and two forced fumbles playing for former Wonder Boy assistant coach Billy Dawson. On the season, Johnson was named a 7-4A All-Conference selection and was a 2009 Linebacker MVP. Helped lead the Scrappers to a 12-1 record in 2009 and a 7-4A Championship.

Cody Jones of Lexington, Tenn. (Jackson Christian School): Jones is a 6-foot-3, 185-pound kicker and punter, who runs a time of 4.8 in the 40-yard dash. Jones was a three-time All-State selection, a two-time All-Region honoree and an All-West Tennessee selection in 2009. As a punter at JCS, Jones, who named a finalist for Mr. Football as a kicker in 2007, averaged 40.1 yards per punt and hit three field goals and 24 extra points this past season. Along with kicking duties, Jones also played quarterback for the Eagles as he threw for 2,007 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2009 and gained 398 yards rushing and scored six touchdowns. As a junior in 2008, Jones, who was a team captain, passed for 2,683 yards and 22 touchdowns. He was part of an Eagle team that compiled an 18-16 record in his three years, including posting a 4-6 record this past season. Along with being a standout on the field, Jones is standout in the classroom as he carries a 3.9 grade point average and has scored a 30 on his ACT. "Cody has a great work ethic paired with outstanding athletic ability," Jackson Christian Coach Brian Stewart said. "He is the kind of young man you love to coach."

Larry Kilpatrick of Searcy, Ark. (Searcy High School): Kilpatrick is a 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive lineman with 5.35 speed in the 40-yard dash. On the season, Kilpatrick, who has been selected to play in this summer's AHSCA All-Star Football Game at the University of Arkansas, recorded 60-plus tackles, six quarterback sacks and blocked two punts, including returning one for a touchdown. In his two year high school career, Kilpatrick was a two-time All-Conference selection and was named an All-6A All-State honoree this past season. He helped SHS earn its first playoff berth in six years in 2009. "Larry has unlimited potential. He is very talented, only played two years of football," Searcy Coach Tim Harper said.

Latydrick Lawrence of Jonesboro, La. (Jonesboro Hodge High School): Lawrence is a 6-foot, 165-pound receiver and running back with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash. This past season, Lawrence, who will play receiver at Tech, gained 850 yards rushing and scored 11 touchdowns and was 36-for-83 passing for 704 yards and he tossed three touchdowns. On defense, he had 37 tackles and picked off six passes. For his accomplishments, Lawrence was named a First-Team 2A All-District selection and the team's MVP in 2009. He helped lead the Tigers to an 8-4 record this past season and the second round of the Class 2A State Playoffs.

Obidah Lyons of Southaven, Miss. (Southaven High School): Lyons is a 6-foot-3, 310-pound offensive lineman, who played for Coach Ed Rich at Southaven High School. This past season, Lyons, who started all 11 games at right guard, was named an Honorable Mention All-District selection and was also named to the 2009 Chargers of Steel. Lyons was a two-year starter for SHS and helped lead the Chargers to a 9-3 record and the first round of the Class 6A Mississippi State Playoffs. Along with playing football, Lyons is a member of the chess team and the school's powerlifting team. "Obie was a key part of the offensive line that produced around 4,000 yards of offense in 2009," Rice said about Lyons.

Jacob Midyett of Junction City, Ark. (Parkers Chapel High School): Midyett is a 6-foot-2, 235-pound linebacker and quarterback with 4.7 speed in the 40-yard dash. This past season, Midyett, who will play linebacker at Tech, was 41-for-91 passing for 802 yards and three touchdowns and he carried the ball 135 times for 851 yards and scored 21 times. On defense, he recorded 68 solo tackles, 103 assisted tackles, eight sacks, 25 tackles for a loss, five forced fumbles, three interceptions and two touchdowns. Midyett, who was the school's first-ever player selected to the AAA All-Star Team, was named a two-time El Dorado News Times All-Area selection, a two-time All-District honoree and was named the 7AAA Back of the Year this past season. He holds school records in career passing yards (2,674 yards), career rushing touchdowns (34), career passing touchdowns (17), career rushing yards (2,351 yards), career tackles (339), single-season tackles (171) and career touchdowns (61)

Tyler Moon of Euless, Texas (Colleyville Heritage High School): Moon is a 5-foot-11, 235-pound offensive and defensive lineman, who played for Coach Mike Fuller. Moon, who is the brother of Golden Sun junior softball player Tiphani Moon, was named a Second-Team All-District selection this past season. Moon will play fullback at Tech.

Shawn Onyechi of Deer Park, Texas (Deer Park High School): Onyechi is a 5-foot-11, 190-pound running back that runs a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. This past season, Onyechi gained 1,350 yards runs and scored 12 touchdowns to help the DPHS finish with a 7-4 overall record and a first-round playoff appearance. Onyechi was named a First-Team 22-5A All-District selection and was also named an Academic All-District honoree. He participated in the NUC Ultimate 100 Strongest Man competition where he did 34 reps at 185 pounds on the bench and he can squat 500 pounds and has a vertical of 37.5 inches.

Scrib Pipkins of Shreveport, La. (Evangel Christian Academy): Pipkins is a 5-foot-11, 215-pound free safety with 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash. On the season, Pipkins, who was named an All-District selection, recorded 49 tackles, seven pass break-ups, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries, three caused fumbles and he scored one defensive touchdown to help the Eagles finish with a 14-1 record and the 2009 Louisiana Class 2A State champions. In his career at Evangel, which is one of the top high school football programs in the nation on an annual basis, Pipkins helped the Eagles win 36 games and play in two State Championship games and make three consecutive playoff appearances. "Scrib is a great kid and a great player. He is always around the football," Evangel Coach John Bachman said.

Ryan Purifoy of Camden, Ark. (Camden Fairview High School): Purifoy is a 5-foot-7, 170-pound receiver that runs a time of 4.3 in the 40-yard dash. In his high school career, Purifoy was named a two-time All-Conference and All-State selection and was also a two-time member of the Golden Triangle All-Area Team. This past season, Purifoy gained 253 receiving yards and caught three touchdown passes and added 377 rushing yards and three more scores. In addition, he returned seven kicks for 121 yards. Was a part of CFHS team that finished 2009 team with a 10-4 record and a Class 5A State runner-up finish.

Chris Ramey of Wagoner, Okla. (Wagoner High School): Ramey is a 5-foot-11, 210-pound linebacker that runs a 4.75 in the 40-yard dash. On the season, Ramey, who was named a All-Conference, All Verdigris Valley All-District and a Class 4A All-State selection, recorded 162 tackles, nine sacks, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He helped lead the Bulldogs to an 8-4 record in 2009 and a 28-9 record in his high school career, including helped WHS to a District champion and a state semifinal appearance in 2007. Along with playing football, Ramey is also a volunteer fire fighter and a peer mentor. "Chris never has a bad day. He goes hard all the time and loves contact and is very tough," Wagoner Coach Dale Condict said. "He wants to be successful and help others around him successful.

Cobie Savoie of Raceland, La. (Central Lafourche High School): Savoie is a 5-foot-8, 175-pound quarterback with 4.65 speed in the 40-yard dash. This past season, Savoie rushed for 1,122 yards and scored 12 rushing touchdowns and threw for two touchdowns. He was named a three-time All-District selection, an All-Regional honoree and was also named an Honorable Mention All-State selection. In addition, Savoie, who was voted the Team's MVP, was also named the District 8-5A Offensive MVP and was selected to play in the Bayou Region All-Star Game. He helped lead CLHS to the 5A State Playoffs for the first time in eight years in 2009 and was a four-year lettermen in baseball. "Cobie is a great leader and is an outstanding and hard-nosed football player," Central Lafourche Coach Chad Callais said. "He is a true football player with all the intangibles."

Thomas Soehner of Prairie Grove, Ark. (Prairie Grove High School): Soehner is a 6-foot-2, 195-pound linebacker and running back with 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash. On the season, Soehner gained 1,700 yard rushing, scored 22 touchdowns and was the team's second leading receiver. He earned All-State, All-Conference and All-Northwest Arkansas honors and was the Small School Player of the Year. Was a part of three Class 4A State Playoffs teams with the Tigers. "Thomas is very much of a ‘class act' and an All-American kid," Prairie Grove Coach Danny Abshier said. "He will have a great college career."

Brandon Smith of Lonoke, Ark. (Lonoke High School): Smith is a 6-foot-1, 215-pound running back and linebacker, who played for Coach Doug Bost. On the season, Smith, who will play linebacker at Tech, gained 2,000 yards rushing and 300 yards receiving at running back and recorded 95 tackles as a linebacker en route to leading Jackrabbits to a Class 4A State Championship game. He was named a First-Team All-Conference and First-Team All-State selection at running back and was also named this season's Class 4A Offensive Player of the Year.

Jesse Stone of Little Rock, Ark. (Little Rock Christian Academy): Stone is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound quarterback with 4.9 speed in the 40-yard dash. On the season, Stone passed for 1,430 yards and 15 touchdowns, along with throwing six interceptions and he had a 122.9 quarterback rating. Stone, who served as a team captain for the Warriors, was named a two-time All-Conference selection and an All-State selection this past season. "The sky is the limit for Jesse," Little Rock Christian Coach Justin Kramer said. "He gets better everyday and will be a great college player."

Bryon Thomas of Raceland, La. (Central Lafourche High School): Thomas is a 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back with 4.45 speed in the 40-yard dash. During his high school career, Thomas was named a three-time All-District selection and was also named an All-Regional honoree and has been selected to play in the Bayou Region All-Star Game. This past season, he carried the ball 73 times for 630 yards and scored eight touchdowns. Thomas, who was a four-year lettermen for the Trojans, was voted the school's best offensive skill player as a junior in 2008. He helped lead CLHS to the 5A State Playoffs for the first time in eight years in 2009. "Bryon is a great athlete that can make things happen when he has the ball in his hands," Central Lafourche Coach Chad Callais said. "He is also a great kickoff returner."

Jacob Tiger of Vian, Okla. (Tahlequah Sequoyah High School): Tiger is a 5-foot-11, 260-pound defensive lineman, who played for Coach Brent Scott. This past season, Tiger was named an All-District selection after recording 46 tackles, four sacks and two fumble recoveries. He helped lead Sequoyah to a 10-1 record in 2009 and a 21-3 record in his high school career. In addition, Sequoyah won two consecutive district titles in 2008 and 2009. Along with playing football, Tiger also played baseball and participated in powerlifting. "Jacob was undersized, but out best player," Scott said about Tiger. "He was our best guy in the locker room and a great leader."

Cassius Washington of Shreveport, La. (Booker T. Washington High School): Washington is a 5-foot-10, 170-pound receiver with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash. On the season, he gained 971 yards rushing and scored six touchdowns and also recorded 572 receiving yards and caught three touchdown passes. On defense, Washington, who was named the school's 2009 Team MVP, recorded 42 tackles and picked off three passes. In addition, he also returned 16 punts for 321 yards and a touchdown and had eight kickoff returns for 292 yards and two touchdowns. He was named a First-Team All-District selection, an Honorable Mention All-State honoree and was voted to the All-City First-Team (Shreveport-Bossier Area).

Shelby Zeagler of Sicily Island, La. (Block High School): Zeagler is a 6-foot-5, 245-pound defensive end and tight end, who played for Coach Benny Vault. On the season, Zeagler, who played defensive end at Tech, recorded 81 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Zeagler was named a First-Team Class 1A All-State selection, along with being named an All-District honoree, a First-Team All-Metro selection, a Preseason All-Louisiana Team honoree and a District Defensive MVP.

 

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