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ASU Football inks first recruiting class under Gus Malzahn

JONESBORO (ASU) - First-year Arkansas State head football coach Gus Malzahn announced at a Wednesday afternoon press conference at the ASU Football Facility that 27 high school and junior college standouts from eight different states signed with the Red Wolves on National Signing Day.

With a Parade All-Amercian, Under Armour All-American, NJCAA All-American, 24 players that earned either junior college all-conference or high school all-state recognition and 18 players rated at least three stars by one or more of the major recruiting sources, the 2012 class could be considered one of the best in the history of the ASU football program.

While the 2012 class rankings are not final, as of Wednesday evening Arkansas State had the top-rated class in the Sun Belt Conference by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com.

The Red Wolves' first recruiting class under Malzahn is made up 22 high school players and five junior college transfers.  Defensive end Lawrence Cayou will also continue his career at ASU after inking with the Red Wolves during the mid-term signing period, and along with FBS-transfers Michael Dyer (RB) and Travis Bodenstein (OL) will be available for spring camp.

The Red Wolves signed five offensive linemen, the most among any position, and have signed 11 players expected to play on the offensive side of the ball.  Including three defensive ends and four interior defensive linemen, A-State inked 12 defensive players and an additional four players listed as athletes that could potentially play on either side of the ball.

"I really feel like we filled our needs," said Malzahn. "There were a couple of glaring areas that I felt like we needed to address.  We lost some very good defensive linemen last year, and we feel like we addressed that. We lost three very good offensive linemen off last year's group, and we feel like we addressed that also. The college football game is won up front, so we feel very good about that and we mixed in some very good skill players to boot."

Eleven players from Arkansas are included in the class, followed by five from Texas, four from Alabama, four from Mississippi, three from Kansas and one each from Georgia, Oklahoma and Tennessee.  The 11 players from Arkansas, which includes Bodenstein, are the most to join the Red Wolves in an incoming class since the 2005 season.

"A couple of facts that stand out in my mind about this class is that 11 players are from the state of Arkansas," said Malzahn. "If you remember when we first got here, we said that we were going to recruit this state like it had never been recruited before. Eleven is a great start, but I really feel like it will grow in the future."

2012 ARKANSAS STATE FOOTBALL INCOMING CLASS

1.         Dexter Blackmon:  6-4, 283, Jr., DL, Selma, Ala. (Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College)

2.         Travis Bodenstein:  6-5, 310, Jr., OL, Springdale, Ark. (Kansas)**

3.         Tevin Bryson:  6-4, 285, DL, Humboldt, Tenn. (Humboldt)

4.         Lawrence Cayou:  6-4, 260, Jr., DE, New Orleans, La. (Highland (Kan.) Community College)*

5.         Jemar Clark:  6-6, 305, OL, McCrory, Ark. (McCrory)

6.         Kendrick Daniels:  5-7, 155, RB, Sulphur Springs, Texas (Sulpher Springs)

7.         Michael Dyer:  5-9, 210, Jr., RB, Little Rock, Ark. (Auburn)**

8.         Michael Flint:  6-3, 297, OL, Oxford, Ala. (Oxford)

9.         John Gandy:  6-0, 245, DE, Houston, Texas (Blinn (Texas) College)

10.        Bryce Giddens:  6-0, 265, OL, Moultrie, Ga. (Colquitt County)

11.        Michael Gordon:  5-9, 190, RB, Camden, Miss. (Velma Jackson)

12.        Ishmail Hayes:  6-6, 245, DE, Jr., Houston, Texas (Blinn (Texas) College)

13.        Rocky Hayes:  5-11, 177, DB, Heflin, Ala. (Cleburne County)

14.        Quanterio Heath:  6-2, 200, LB, Rison, Ark. (Rison)

15.        Tres Houston:  6-2, 183, Soph., DB, College Park, Ga. (Northeast Mississippi Community College)

16.        Chris Humes:  5-11, 190, DB, Hoover, Ala. (Spain Park)

17.        Colton Jackson:  6-5, 240, OL, Ozark, Ark. (Ozark)

18.        Derek Keaton:  5-11, 170, ATH, Camden, Ark. (Camden Fairview)

19.        Fredi Knighten:  5-10, 160, QB, Little Rock, Ark. (Pulaski Academy)

20.        Warren Leapheart:  6-4, 205, WR, Morrilton, Ark. (Morrilton)

21.        Todd Mays:  5-11, 200, ATH, Olive Branch, Miss. (Olive Branch)

22.        Devin Mondie:  6-6, 300, OL, Olive Branch, Miss. (Olive Branch)

23.        Austin Moreton:  6-3, 295, ATH, Fort Smith, Ark. (Southside)

24.        Eddie Porter:  6-3, 235, Jr., LB, Woodlands, Texas (Blinn (Texas) College)

25.        Braelon Roberts:  6-5, 170, WR, Dallas, Texas (Bishop Dunne)

26.        Darrius Rosser:  6-4, 260, DL, Marion, Ark. (Marion)

27.        Dezmond Stegall:  6-1, 208, QB, Searcy, Ark. (Searcy)

28.        Quintaz Struble:  6-2, 235, DL, Oklahoma City, Okla. (Heritage Hall)

29.        Marquis Walker:  5-11, 172, DB, Rison, Ark. (Rison)

30.        DeKeathan Williams:  6-1, 200, ATH, West Helena, Ark. (Central)

*Junior College Midterm Signee and is available for spring practice

**FBS transfer available for spring practice.

BY STATE

Arkansas (11):  Jemar Clark (OL), Quanterio Heath (LB), Colton Jackson (OL), Derek Keaton (ATH), Fredi Knighten (QB), Warren Leaphart (WR), Austin Moreton (ATH),

            Darius Rosser (DL), Dezmond Stegall (QB), Marquis Walker (DB), DeKeathan Williams (ATH)

Texas (5):  Kendrick Daniels (RB), John Gandy (DE), Ishmail Hayes (DE), Eddie Porter (LB), Braelon Roberts (WR)

Alabama (4):  Michael Dyer (RB), Michael Flint (OL), Rocky Hayes (DB), Chris Humes (DB)

Mississippi (4):  Michael Gordon (RB), Tres Houston (DB), Todd Mays (ATH), Devin Mondie (OL)

Kansas (3):  Dexter Blackmon (DL), Travis Bodenstein (OL), Lawrence Cayou (DE)

Georgia (1):  Bryce Giddens (OL)

Oklahoma (1):  Quintaz Struble (DL)

Tennessee (1):  Tevin Bryson (DL)

BY POSITION

Offensive Line (6):  Travis Bodenstein, Jemar Clark, Michael Flint, Bryce Giddens, Colton Jackson, Devin Mondie

Defensive End (3):  Lawrence Cayou, John Gandy, Ishmail Hayes

Defensive Back (4):  Rocky Hayes, Tres Houston, Chris Humes, Marquis Walker

Running Back (3):  Kendrick Daniels, Michael Dyer, Michael Gordon

Quarterback (2):  Fredi Knighten, Dezmond Stegall

Wide Receiver (2):  Braelon Roberts, Warren Leaphart

Defensive Line (4):  Dexter Blackmon, Tevin Bryson, Darius Rosser, Quintaz Struble

Linebacker (2):  Quanterio Heath, Eddie Porter

Athlete (4):  Derek Keaton, Todd Mays, Austin Moreton, DeKeathen Williams

HIGH SCHOOL SIGNEES:  22

JUNIOR COLLEGE TRANSFERS:  6

FBS TRANSFERS:  2

 

BIOS:

Dexter Blackmon:  6-4, 283, Jr., DL, Selma, Ala. (Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College)

3-star recruit by Scout.com, 247Sports, . . . 247Sports No. 17 ranked junior college defensive tackle in the nation . . . Second Team All-Jayhawk Conference selection as a sophomore, finishing the 2011 campaign with 29 tackles, 4 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery . . . Also had a 63-yard interception return . . . Attended Selma High School, playing varsity all four years . . . Rivals.com 3-star recruit out of high school . . . Also ranked No. 71 defensive tackle in the nation and No. 28 player in the state by Rivals.com at Selma.

 

Travis Bodenstein:  6-5, 310, OL, Springdale, Ark. (Kansas)**

Originally signed with Kansas coming out of high school in 2011 . . . Did not see any action in last year as a true freshman with the Jayhawks . . . Three-time Arkansas AP Super Team selection at Shiloh Christian High School . . . First team all-state by ArkansasVarsity.com as a senior . . . Named 4A All-State by the Arkansas Coaches Association . . . Four-year all-area team selection . . . Earned EA Sports and Maxpreps All-America honors as a sophomore . . . As a sophomore he was named to the Arkansas Super Sophomore Team while averaging five pancake blocks per game . . . Did not allow any sacks as a sophomore in 2008 . . . Team won three straight Class 4A state championships.

 

Tevin Bryson:  6-4, 285, DL, Humboldt, Tenn. (Humboldt)

3-star recruit by 247Sports, which lists Bryson as the No. 12 overall player in the state of Tennessee and No. 46 defensive tackle in the nation . . . 3-star recruit by Rivals.com . . . 2-star recruit by Scout.com and ranked as the No. 111 defensive tackle in the nation by the Web site . . . Tennessee Sports Writers Association Class 2A All-State choice as a senior . . . All-district and All-West Tennessee selection . . . Recorded 51 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 5 sacks and 3 forced fumbles in 2011 . . . Also a varsity basketball letterman . . . Also recruited by Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Missouri and Middle Tennessee.

 

Lawrence Cayou:  6-4, 260, Jr., DE, New Orleans, La. (Highland (Kan.) Community College)

2011 All-Jayhawk Conference selection at Highland Community College . . . Recorded 42 tackles, a team-high 4.0 sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss and 3 forced fumbles as a sophomore to earn recognition on the all-conference squad . . . 3-star recruit by Rivals.com . . . 2-star recruit by JCFootball.com and Scout.com . . . Ranked as the No. 9 strong-side junior college defensive end in the nation by 247Sports . . . Originally signed with Texas Tech before transferring to Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College for his freshman campaign . . . Recorded 10 tackles and 1 sack in four games played with the Wolfpack . . . Named Class 4A All-State Honorable Mention and first team all-district as a senior at McDonogh 35 High School . . . Posted 17 sacks during his senior season and also returned a fumble for a touchdown in the state playoffs . . . A three-year letterman at McDonogh, Cayou's career high school stats included 115 tackles, 20 sacks, 3 interceptions and 3 touchdowns . . . 2-star recruit by Rivals.com coming out of high school . . . Also recruited by Western Kentucky and Ole Miss before signing with Arkansas State.

 

Jemar Clark:  6-6, 305, OL, McCrory, Ark. (McCrory)

Ranked as the No. 6 player in the state of Arkansas by Rivals.com, which lists him as a 3-star recruit . . . ESPN.com 3-star recruit . . . Listed as the No. 7 player in the state of Arkansas and No. 94 offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.com . . . 3-star recruit by Scout.com ranked as the No. 95 offensive tackle in the nation by the Web site . . . Rated as the No. 5 player in the state of Arkansas by SuperPrep, which made him a 2012 SuperPrep Southwest Team selection . . . 3-star recruit by 247Sports, which lists Clark as the No. 9 prospect in the state of Arkansas and No. 79 offensive tackle in the nation . . . Three-year starter on the varsity football team at offensive tackle and defensive end . . . Arkansas Activities Association All-State selection in 2011 . . . Named to the Associated Press Arkansas Super Team as a senior . . . All-conference choice . . . Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas Team . . . VYPE magazine All-Arkansas Team . . . Helped lead McCrory to two conference championships and one conference runner-up, three playoff appearances, two state quarterfinals and a 28-8 record . . . Also recruited by Louisiana Tech, Memphis and Kansas.

 

Kendrick Daniels:  5-7, 155, RB, Sulphur Springs, Texas (Sulpher Springs)

4-year varsity letterman . . . 2011 First Team All-District 13-4A selection . . . Dave Campbell's Texas Football Top 300 in the state, and top-25 running back in the state . . . 3-star recruit by Scout.com, which also ranked Daniels as the No. 88 running back in the nation . . . 3-star recruit by Rivals.com . . . A 2-star recruit by ESPN.com, ranked No. 104 running back prospect in the nation . . . Ranked as the No. 31 all-purpose back in the nation by 247Sports . . . SuperPrep Texas 121 selection, ranking No. 112 among all players in the state by the publication . . . Four-year varsity letterman . . . Averaged 7.3 yards per rush as a senior, piling up 920 yards and 7 touchdowns on 126 attempts . . . Also recorded 167 receiving yards in 2011 . . . Helped lead Sulphur Springs to an 8-4 record and the state playoffs in 2011 . . . Rushed for 1,546 yards and 17 touchdowns on 164 carries as a junior, earning a spot on the Class 4A Texas Sports Writers Association All-State Team . . . Also recorded 20 receptions for 210 yards and three touchdowns for Sulphur Springs, which posted a 9-3 record in 2010 . . . Sophomore season rushed 92 times for 351 yards and one touchdown and caught 24 passes for 134 yards and another touchdown . . . Rushed 43 times for 177 yards and one touchdown while catching 22 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown as a freshman . . . Also a track and field letterman . . . Also recruited by Louisiana Tech, Memphis and Iowa State among others.

 

Michael Dyer:  5-9, 210, Jr., RB, Little Rock, Ark. (Auburn)

Rushed for 2,335 yards and 15 touchdowns in two seasons at Auburn . . . Rushed for over 1,000 yards as both a freshman and sophomore, earning 2011 First Team All-SEC and 2010 SEC Coaches' All-Freshman Team recognition . . . Recorded 10 100-yard rushing performances and had five games of 150-plus yards . . . First Auburn running back to rush for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons . . . Ended his career at Auburn tied for ninth all-time with Rudi Johnson and James Bostic for career 100-yard rushing games, and also 10th in career rushing yards . . . .  He was one of five players in school history with back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons and first since Carnell Williams (2003-04) . . . Named the Offensive MVP of the 2010 BCS National Championship Game after rushing for 143 yards . . . 2011 Maxwell Award Watch List and Doak Walker Award Watch List . . . Named the SEC Player of the Week on Oct. 31, 2011 . . . Rushed for 1,242 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore . . . Ranked 20th in the nation in rushing yards (103.5 ypg) in 2011 . . . Named CollegeFootballNews.com Second Team Freshman All-America . . . Ranked ninth in the SEC and 55th in the nation in rushing as a freshman (78.1 ypg), posting 1,093 yards and five touchdowns . . . Holds the AU Freshman rushing record, eclipsing mark of 829 yards by Bo Jackson in 1982 . . . Nation's top-rated running back by ESPN.com/Scouts, Inc. . . . No. 5-ranked player in the ESPNU 150 . . . Ranked 11th on the Rivals.com Rivals100 . . . No. 2-rated running back by Rivals.com and Scout.com . . . Named to the 2010 Parade All-American Football Team . . . Was a participant in the 2010 Under Armour All-American game . . . Named the 2009 Gatorade Player of the Year in the State of Arkansas . . . Named to the PrepStar Dream Team as the No. 10-ranked player in the nation . . . Ranked No. 14 overall and the No. 2 running back in the SuperPrep Elite 50 . . . Also ranked as the No. 1 player in Arkansas and an All-American by SuperPrep . . . No. 15-ranked player and No. 2-ranked tailback/slot back by Tom Lemming on Maxpreps.com . . . Selected to the 2009 ArkansasVarsity.com All-State Team . . . No. 3 on the Mobile Press Register's Super Southeast 120 . . . Member of the Orlando Sentinel's 2009 All-Southern First Team . . . 2009 EA SPORTS All-American . . . Finished his high school career with 8,097 yards rushing and 84 touchdowns . . . Rushed for 2,502 yards and 31 touchdowns as a senior . . . Had 242 rushing attempts for 1,984 yards and 19 TDs while catching 12 passes for 219 yards and a TD as a junior . . . Had 279 carries for 2,710 yards and 28 TDs and caught 22 passes for 183 yards and 3 TDs as a sophomore . . . Rushed 131 times for 901 yards and 6 TDs while catching 7 passes for 61 yards and a TD as a freshman.

 

Michael Flint:  6-3, 297, OL, Oxford, Ala. (Oxford)

4-star recruit by ESPN.com, listing Flint as the No. 16 guard in the nation and No. 14 overall player in the state of Alabama . . . 3-star recruit by Rivals.com, which lists Flint as the No. 40 overall player in the state . . . 2-star recruit by Scout.com and 247Sports . . . Ranked as the No. 53 player in the state and the No. 85 guard in the nation by 247Sports . . . 2012 SuperPrep All-Dixie Team and ranked as the No. 23 overall player in the state by the publication . . . 3-year varsity football starter at offensive tackle . . . Team captain and MVP lineman . . . Under Armour All-America selection as a senior . . . Named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 6A All-State team as both a junior (honorable mention) and senior (1st Team) . . . Recorded 48 pancake blocks and allowed just one sack as a senior . . . Helped lead the Yellowjackets to a 12-2 record and the 2011 Class 6A state semifinals . . . Three-time all-county and all-region selection (2009-11) . . . 2011 Pigskin Round-up All-Star . . . 2011 Sporting News All-America choice . . . Also recruited by Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Auburn and Clemson.

 

John Gandy:  6-0, 245, DE, Houston, Texas (Blinn (Texas) College)

Earned honorable mention NJCAA All-America honors as a sophomore . . . Named a First Team All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference selection as a sophomore in 2011 . . . Helped lead Blinn to a 9-2 record and No. 10 ranking in the final NJCAA Football Poll . . . Posted 33 tackles (17 solo) and 2 sacks as a sophomore . . . Recorded 29 tackles (15 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and 1 fumble recovery as a freshman . . . Varsity football letterman at Cypress Ridge High School in Houston . . . 2-star recruit by Scout.com, Rivals.com and 247Sports.

 

Bryce Giddens:  6-0, 265, OL, Moultrie, Ga. (Colquitt County)

3-star recruit by Rivals.com . . . 2-star recruit by Scout.com and 247Sports . . . Ranked as the No. 30 and No. 35 center in the nation by Scout.com and 247Sports, respectively . . . 4-year varsity letterman with 45 career starts, including 36 consecutive . . . Named Class 5A First Team All-State by the Atlanta Journal Constitution in 2011 . . . Associated Press all-state selection as a junior and senior . . . Earned All-Region 1-5A honors as voted on by the region's coaches as a sophomore, junior and senior . . . Chosen to play in the 2011 Georgia North-South high school All-Star game in Columbus . . . Also an accomplished member of the wrestling team with an overall record of 88-12.

 

Michael Gordon:  5-9, 190, RB, Camden, Miss. (Velma Jackson)

ESPN.com 3-star recruit, No. 13 player in the state of Mississippi and No. 44 running back in the nation . . . 247Sports 3-star recruit, No. 19 all-purpose back in the nation and No. 23 overall player in the state . . . 3-star recruit by Rivals.com, which lists Gordon as the No. 22 overall player in the state . . . 2012 SuperPrep Dixie Team as the No. 26 overall player in the state of Mississippi . . . 2-star recruit by Rivals.com . . . 3-year varsity letterman . . . Recorded over 2,400 all-purpose yards as a senior, including 2,002 rushing yards on 179 attempts and 412 receiving yards on 24 catches . . . Recorded 38 total touchdowns in 2011 . . . Rushed for 458 yards and eight touchdowns in a single game . . . First team Class 3A all-state selection as a senior . . . Also named the Region 4-3A MVP . . . Mississippi North-South Game . . . Rushed for 1,096 yards and 18 touchdowns on just 98 attempts as a junior, while also recording 10 receptions for 159 yards and 3 touchdowns . . . state power lifting champion . . . Sophomore season rushed for over 600 yards . . . Also recruited by Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Memphis and UAB.

 

Ishmail Hayes:  6-6, 245, DE, Jr., Houston, Texas (Blinn (Texas) College)

4-star recruit by 247Sports . . . 3-star recruit by Rivals.com . . . 2-star recruit by Scout.com . . . SuperPrep JUCO 100, ranking No. 64 among the publications top-100 junior college players . . . Recorded over 15 tackles and 4 tackles for loss as a sophomore . . . Posted 15 tackles and 3 sacks as a freshman . . . Varsity football letterman at Davis High School in Houston . . . Named all-state by the Texas Sports Writers Association multiple times . . . Earned all-district honors.

 

Rocky Hayes:  5-11, 177, DB, Heflin, Ala. (Cleburne County)

Three-year varsity letterman . . . All-area selection as a junior and senior and all-state choice as a senior . . . Averaged 90 tackles per season . . . Anniston Star Player of the Week . . . Anniston Star Dandy Dozen selection . . . Finished his senior season with 2,036 all-purpose yards and 17 touchdowns . . . Gained 1,312 yards rushing on 152 carries and scored 11 rushing touchdowns . . . Totaled 507 yards and 4 touchdowns on a total of 15 punt and kickoff returns . . . Hauled in 12 receptions for 217 yards and 2 touchdowns . . . Played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game as a senior . . . Won the Top Defensive Skills Award at the South Showcase Combine held in Oxford, Miss. . . . Recorded 79 tackles and 8 interceptions on defense (2 returned for TD's) and posted 300 yards on special teams while also rushing for 1,600 yards and piling up 450 receiving yards with 28 touchdowns as a junior . . . As a sophomore, posted two interceptions on defense . . . Recorded 770 rushing yards and over 400 yards receiving . . . 2-star recruit by Scout.com and 247Sports . . . 247Sports' No. 44 overall player in the state of Alabama . . . Also recruited by Middle Tennessee, UCF and Troy, among others.

 

Quanterio Heath:  6-2, 200, LB, Rison, Ark. (Rison)

3-star recruit by 247Sports, listing Heath as the No. 11 player in the state of Arkansas No. 89 outside linebacker in the nation . . . 3-star recruit by Rivals.com . . . 2012 SuperPrep Southwest Team . . . Ranked as the No. 11 overall player in the state by SuperPrep . . . 2-star recruit by ESPN.com, which ranks Heath as the No. 23 overall player in the state . . . 2-star recruit by Scout.com . . . Little Rock Touchdown Club Class 3A High School Player of the Year for the state of Arkansas . . . Arkansas Activities Association Class 3A All-State selection as a senior . . . Arkansas East All-Star selection . . . Class 7-3A Outstanding Player of the Year in 2011 . . . Hootens 3A Defensive Player of the Year . . . Holds the Rison single-season record for receptions yards . . . Holds the Rison school record for single-season tackles with 120 as a senior . . . Recorded career totals of 227 tackles, 38 tackles for loss and 4 blocked punts . . . Posted 49 receptions for 1,053 yards . . . . Recorded 449 yards rushing on 83 attempts . . . Varsity track and field letterman . . . Holds the school record in the triple jump . . . Also recruited by Tulsa, Ole Miss, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, ULM and Kansas.

 

Tres Houston:  6-2, 183, Soph., DB, College Park, Ga. (Northeast Mississippi Community College)

Playing wide receiver at Northeast Mississippi, Houston led the Tigers in receptions (45), receiving yards (680), and receiving touchdowns (8) as a freshman . . . He ranked 12th in receptions, 9th in receiving yards and 6th in receiving touchdowns in MACJC Region 23 . . . Earned second team All-MACJC state honors . . . 2-star recruit by Scout. com . . . Originally signed with Tulsa out of high school . . . Three-year letterman at Bannecker High School . . . Played quarterback and receiver in high school . . . started on offense as a junior and senior and his senior campaign on defense as well . . . had over 4,000 yards of total offense and was responsible for over 60 touchdowns during his career . . . Credited with 30 tackles and five interceptions from his defensive back position as a senior . . . Threw for 750 yards and rushed for 555 yards, while totaling 22 TDs . . . Also caught passes for 389 yards and six TDs his senior season . . . Earned honorable mention all-region honors . . . Totaled 931 passing yards and 437 rushing yards and 18 TDs as a junior . . . Had 317 receiving yards and seven TDs his junior season as well . . . 3-star recruit by Rivals.com coming out of high school.

 

Chris Humes:  5-11, 190, DB, Hoover, Ala. (Spain Park)

3-star recruit by Scout.com, which lists Humes as the No. 64 cornerback in the nation . . . 3-star recruit by Rivals.com, ranking him the No. 23 player in the state of Alabama . . . 3-star recruit by 247Sports.com, which lists him as the No. 61 corner in the nation and No. 26 overall player in the state . . . 3-star recruit by ESPN.com, listing Humes as the No. 26 overall player in the state and No. 33 cornerback in the nation . . . Named Class 6A All-State honorable mention as a senior by the Alabama Sports Writers Association . . . 2012 SuperPrep Dixie Team, ranking as the No. 37 player in the state of Alabama by the publication . . . Played in the 2011 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game . . .Recorded 44 tackles, including 3 TFL, during the 2011 season . . .  Recorded 32 tackles, 5 interceptions and 9 pass break-ups as a sophomore . . . Also recruited by Arkansas, Auburn, UAB and Kentucky, among others.

 

Colton Jackson:  6-5, 245, OL, Ozark, Ark. (Ozark)

3-year starter on the offensive and defensive line . . . Played left tackle, defensive end and defensive tackle . . . Recorded 41 tackles, 5 sacks and 1 fumble recovery as a senior . . . Named to the Class 4A All-State team as a senior . . . Chosen as the Conference 1-4A Most Outstanding Lineman in 2011 . . . Named all-conference as both a junior and senior . . . Also played on the Ozark varsity basketball team . . . Helped lead Ozark to a 9-2 record and a first-place finish in the 4A-1 conference as a senior . . . 2-star recruit by Scout.com,  Rivals.com and 247Sports . . . 247Sports' No. 16 overall player in the state of Arkansas.

 

Derek Keaton:  5-11, 170, ATH, Camden, Ark. (Camden Fairview)

Played running back and wide receiver at Camden Fairview . . . Three-year varsity letterman . . . Holds the school record for single-season receptions (62) and receiving touchdowns . . . Arkansas Activities Association All-state and all-conference selection . . . Received the Landers Award . . . 3-star recruit by 247Sports, which lists Keaton as the No. 12 overall player in the state of Arkansas . . . 3-star recruit by ESPN.com, listing Keaton as the No. 10 player in the state . . . 2012 SuperPrep Southwest Team, ranking Keaton as the No. 12 player in the state . . . 2-star recruit by Scout.com and Rivals.com . . . Also lettered in basketball and track and field . . . Also recruited by Ole Miss, Louisiana Tech, ULM and Kansas.

 

Fredi Knighten:  5-11, 182, QB, Little Rock, Ark. (Pulaski Academy)

Parade All-America selection - just the second in school history along with RB Jonathan Adams in 1998 . . . Senior season was named Associated Press Arkansas Super Team . . . Recorded 82 touchdowns as a senior, leading the Bruins to the Class 4A sate championship with a 14-0 record . . . Completed 260-of-353 passing attempts (73.6 pct.) for 4,557 yards and 66 touchdowns, while also running for 840 yards (8.0 ypr) and 15 more touchdowns . . . Also caught 6 passes for 124 yards and 1 TD . . . Named all-state as both a junior and senior . . . Ran for 3 and passed for 2 touchdowns in a 63-28 victory over Malvern in the state title game . . . Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Arkansas . . . Landers Award winner, which is issued to the top high school football player in the state . . . Arkansas Surgical Hospital/Drivetime Sports (103.7 FM The Buzz in Little Rock) High School Player of the Year . . . Little Rock Touchdown Club Class 4A High School Player of the Year for the state of Arkansas . . . Led Pulaski Academy to the state championship game as a junior . . . 2-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com, ESPN.com and 247Sports . . . Rated as the No. 15 and No. 21 overall player in the state of Arkansas 247Sports and ESPN.com, respectively.

 

Warren Leapheart:  6-4, 205, WR, Morrilton, Ark. (Morrilton)

Named to the Arkansas Activities Association's Class 5A All-State Team as a senior . . . All-conference selection . . . Helped lead Morrilton to the state playoffs as a senior, recording 920 yards receiving with 12 touchdowns in 2011 . . . 3-time Class 5A-West All-Conference selection . . . Played both receiver and safety . . . Recorded a game-winning interception return that put Morrilton in the playoffs in 2011 . . . Also played on the Morrilton varsity basketball team . . . 2-star recruit by Scout.com, Rivals.com and 247Sports . . . Ranked as the No. 19 player in the state of Arkansas by 247Sports.

 

Todd Mays:  5-11, 205, ATH, Olive Branch, Miss. (Olive Branch)

3-star recruit by 247Sports, ranked as the No. 39 athlete in the nation and No. 10 overall player in the state of Mississippi . . . 3-star recruit by Rivals.com, which ranks Mays as the No. 19 overall player in the state . . . SuperPrep 2012 All-Dixie Team and ranked No. 25 overall player in the state by the publication . . . Passed for 3,116 yards and 28 touchdowns while adding 1,304 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground to lead Olive Branch to the state championship with a 15-0 record as a senior . . . Named first team Class 6A All-State by the Clarion-Ledger and MHSAA  . . . MHSAA All-Region 1 Most Valuable Offensive Player . . . Named to the 2011 Mississippi/Alabama All-Star roster  . . . "Mr. Football" finalist . . . Commercial Appeal "Best of the Preps" Offense finalist and All-Mississippi/Arkansas County Team . . . 5-time Bancorp South Player of the Week . . . 2-time BankPlus Player of the Week . . . Also recruited by Memphis and Louisiana-Lafayette among others.

 

Devin Mondie:  6-6, 300, OL, Olive Branch, Miss. (Olive Branch)

Helped lead Olive Branch to the state championship with a 15-0 record as a senior . . . 2-star recruit by Scout.com, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com . . . Ranked as the No. 43rd overall player in the state of Mississippi by 247Sports.com  . . . Also recruited by Memphis, Louisville and Mississippi State, among others.

 

Austin Moreton:  6-3, 295, ATH, Fort Smith, Ark. (Southside)

Arkansas Activities Association Class 7A All-State Team . . . Twice named an all-area selection . . . Named an  Class 1-7A All-Conference choice two years . . . Super Sophomore Team . . . Graded out at 98% while playing on both sides of the ball for Southside . . . 2-star recruit by Scout.com . . . Also competed in track and field, throwing the shot put.

 

Eddie Porter:  6-3, 235, Jr., LB, Woodlands, Texas (Blinn (Texas) College)

3-star recruit by Rivals.com, 247Sports, Scout.com . . . 247Sports No. 52 junior college player in the nation . . . SuperPrep JUCO 100 selection, ranking as the No. 30 junior college player in the nation by the publication . . . Named a First Team All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference selection as a sophomore in 2011 . . . Helped lead Blinn to a 9-2 record and No. 10 ranking in the final NJCAA Football Poll . . . Recorded 65 tackles and 4 sacks through 10 games in 2011, prior to the Blinn's appearance in the Mississippi Bowl . . . Recorded 22 tackles (10 solo/12 asst.), 5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles as a freshman at Blinn, helping lead the Buccaneers to an 8-3 record and 31-27 victory over Arizona Western in the Heart of Texas Bowl . . .Attended College Park High School, where he was an all-district selection.

 

Braelon Roberts:  6-5, 170, WR, Dallas, Texas (Bishop Dunne)

Four-year varsity letterman . . . Team Co-Captain in 2011 . . . All-district selection as a senior . . . Tom Landy Award nominee . . . Named a High School Gametime Player of the Week during the 2011 season . . . Senior season stats included 32 receptions for 530 yards and 4 TDs . . . Junior season stats included 46 receptions for 681 yards and 9 TDs . . . Recorded 12 catches for 148 yards and 1 TD as a sophomore . . . Also lettered in basketball, earning the district 6th Man of the Year award and all-district honors as a senior . . . Track and field letterman . . . 3-star recruit by Rivals.com . . . 2-star recruit by Scout.com and 247Sports . . . Also recruited by UTEP, Tulsa, Utah State and ULM.

 

Darius Rosser:  6-4, 260, DE, Marion, Ark. (Marion)

Four-year varsity letterman . . . Named an all-conference selection . . . Announced to the Arkansas High School All-Star Team . . . Received an invitation to the All-America and USA Army combines . . . 2-Star recruit by Scout.com . . . Recorded 6.5 sacks as a senior . . . Also lettered in basketball . . . Also recruited by Buffalo, among others.

 

Dezmond Stegall:  6-1, 208, QB, Searcy, Ark. (Searcy)

Three-year varsity letterman . . . Recorded over 5,500 yards passing from 2009-11, while also rushing for 2,400 yards . . . Arkansas Activities Association Class 6A All-State selection . . . Selected to play in the 2012 Arkansas High School All-Star Game . . . Three time all-conference selection from 2009-11 . . . 3-star recruit by Rivals.com . . . 2012 SuperPrep Southwest Team, which ranked Stegall as the No. 14 overall player in the state of Arkansas . . . 2-star recruit by Scout.com, ESPN.com and 247Sports . . . Also lettered in basketball and baseball . . . Also recruited by Florida International, Louisiana Tech and Memphis, among others.

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