National Signing Day for HS Football Players Across Texas

Dozens of North Texas athletes signed letters of intent Wednesday

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    NEWSLETTERS

    On signing day, Denton Ryan's Mario Edwards says he's headed to Florida State.

    National signing day for high school football players opened with the usual plethora of pick-a-cap news conferences and a few high-profile flip-flops.

    It's the day high school athletes dream about.

    Two of the biggest names in the country inked their letters of intent in North Texas Wednesday morning.

    Aledo RB Taking His Talents to Austin

    [DFW] Aledo RB Taking His Talents to Austin
    Aledo running back Johnathan Gray said Wednesday that he is headed to Austin to play for UT.

    ESPN's No. 1 player in the country, Denton Ryan defensive end Mario Edwards, Jr., signed with his dad's alma mater Florida State. Edwards was bombarded with offers from dozens of top programs, but in the end chose the Seminoles, even giving a tomahawk chop before picking up the pen.

    The No. 2 player in the country stuck with his early commitment and signed with the University of Texas. Aledo running back Johnathan Gray was Gatorade's National Player of the Year for the last two seasons. There were rumors that he was considering bailing on the Longhorns for the TCU Horned Frogs or Texas A&M Aggies.

    Meanwhile, there were no big surprises for the national champion Crimson Tide. And that was a good thing because Nick Saban and his staff had already lined up a class that most of the analysts had ranked as either the best in the nation or very close to it.

    "There was little intrigue or drama to this class," said Allen Wallace of SuperPrep Magazine.

    No, just talent.

    The Tide swept through the South to reload and along the way picked up Allen quarterback, Alec Morris.

    LONGHORN'S LATE PITCH

    Signing day at Texas tends to be pretty boring. Mack Brown's classes are usually locked up airtight weeks, if not months, before letters of intent start setting off the fax machines.

    This year, however, the Longhorns swooped in late to pick up linebacker Torshiro Davis, who is from Shreveport and had committed to LSU.

    For the second straight year, Texas signed one of the most highly regarded running backs in the country, landing Johnathan Gray from Aledo to go with last year's freshman sensations Joe Bergeron and the other Mack Brown.

    Alphabetical school-by-school list of North Texas football players who signed national letters of intent at Big 12 schools Wednesday and Texas' Football Bowl Subdivision schools (doesn't include West Virginia):
     
    BAYLOR
    Dominique Banks, dl, 6-2, 260 Ryan HS, Denton
    Terrell Burt, db, 5-10, 165, Wylie HS, Wylie
    Corey Coleman, wr, 5-11, 180, Pearce HS, Richardson
    Aiavion Edwards, db, 6-0, 210, Stephenville HS, Stephenville
    Kyle Fuller, ol, 6-4, 270, Wylie HS, Wylie
    Kiante' Griffin, wr, 6-0, 200, Hebron HS, Carrollton
    Patrick Levels, db, 5-10, 180, Roosevelt HS, Dallas
    Brian Nance, lb, 6-2, 210, Trinity HS, Euless
    Jamal Palmer, de, 6-2, 230, Boyd HS, McKinney
    Seth Russell, qb, 6-3, 195, Garland HS, Garland

    KANSAS
    Courtney Arnick, lb, 6-2, 205, Carter HS, Dallas
    Tyler Holmes, dl, 6-3, 280, Sachse HS, Garland
    Ty McKinney, dl, 6-3, 310, Trinity Valley CC, Athens

    KANSAS STATE

    Will Davis, lb, 6-1, 213, Carroll HS, Southlake
    Aderius Epps, ol, 6-2, 295, Cedar Hill HS, Cedar Hill
    Demonte Hood, dt, 6-0, 295, Bowie HS, Arlington
    Mike Moore, lb, 6-1, 213, Skyline HS, Dallas
    Steven West, wr, 6-1, 190, Fossil Ridge HS, Keller

    OKLAHOMA STATE
    Ashton Lampkin, db, 5-11, 175, Dunbar HS, Arlington
    Dominic Ramacher, ath, 6-3, 230, Guyer HS, Denton
    x-Jeremiah Tshimanga, lb, 6-2, 230, Richland HS, North Richland Hills
    Michael Wilson, ol, 6-6, 275, Aledo HS, Aledo
     
    TEXAS
    Adrian Colbert, db, 6-2, 191, Mineral Wells HS, Mineral Wells
    Bryce Cottrell, de, 6-3, 235, West HS, Plano
    Alex De La Torre, lb, 6-1, 230, Ryan HS, Denton
    Bryson Echols, db, 5-10, 165, DeSoto HS, DeSoto
    Johnathan Gray, rb, 5-11, 202, Aledo HS, Aledo
    Peter Jinkens, lb, 6-1, 200, Skyline HS, Dallas
    Nick Jordan, pk, 6-1, 175, Coppell HS, Coppell
    Hassan Ridgeway, de, 6-4, 255, Mansfield HS, Mansfield
    Curtis Riser, ol, 6-4, 285, DeSoto HS, DeSoto
    Kendall Sanders, wr, 6-0, 175, Athens HS, Athens
    Dalton Santos, lb, 6-3, 250, Van HS, Van

    TCU
    Austin Aune, qb, 6-2, 185, Argyle HS, Argyle
    Gerren Ballard, te, 6-6, 250, Whitewright HS, Whitewright
    Josh Carraway, de, 6-3, 225, Marcus HS, Flower Mound
    Devonte Fields, dl, 6-4, 240, Martin HS, Arlington
    Kolby Listenbee, ath, 6-0, 170, Bowie HS, Arlington
    Jaden Oberkrom, pk, 6-3, 170, Martin HS, Arlington
    Halapoulivaati Vaitai, ol, 6-6, 265, Haltom HS, Haltom City
     
    TEXAS TECH
    Micah Awe, db, 6-0, 192, Summit HS, Mansfield
    Trey Keenan, ol, 6-5, 270, Argyle HS, Argyle
    La'Darius Newbold, db, 6-0, 180, Lancaster HS, Lancaster
    Kris Williams, lb, 6-3, 210, Bryan Adams HS, Dallas
     
    TEXAS A&M
    De'Vante Harris, db, 5-10, 160, Horn HS, Mesquite
    Sabian Holmes, wr, 5-11, 175, Southlake Carroll HS, Southlake
    Thomas Johnson, wr, 5-11, 180, Skyline HS, Dallas
    Polo Manukainiu, de, 6-5, 255, Trinity HS, Euless
    Michael Richardson, de, 6-2, 230, DeSoto HS, DeSoto
    Jordan Richmond, lb, 6-3, 225, Ryan HS, Denton
    Kimo Tipoti, ol, 6-3, 330, Bell HS, Hurst
    Derel Walker, wr, 6-2, 185, Hillsboro HS, Hillsboro Trinity Valley Junior College

    SMU
    Elie Nabushosi, de, 6-4, 240, Heritage HS, Frisco
    Damien Neroes, lb, 6-1, 215, Garland HS, Garland
    Sam Rice, ol, 6-4, 270, Coppell HS, Coppell
    Lincoln Richard, lb, 6-3, 215, Everman HS, Everman
    Horace Richardson, cb, 6-0, 175, Everman HS, Everman
    Chase Walling, ol, 6-5, 280, Lake Highlands HS, Dallas

    RICE
    Andre Anderson, wr, 5-11, 190, Cedar Hill HS, Cedar Hill
    Brandon Dawkins, ol, 6-6, 305, Prestonwood Christian HS, Plano
    Cameron Decell, pk, 6-5, 205, Boyd HS, McKinney
    Cody Henessee, dt, 6-3, 255, Guyer HS, Denton
    Alex Lyons, lb, 6-0, 220, DeSoto HS, DeSoto
    Tabari McGaskey, lb, 6-0, 210, Lincoln HS, Dallas
    Nate Richards, ol, 6-4, 305, Trinity Valley CC, Athens
    Spencer Stanley, ol, 6-4, 260, Trinity Valley CC, Athens

    TEXAS STATE
    Darius Hood, dt, 6-0, 280, East HS, Plano
    Hayden Lambert, ol, 6-5, 265, Aledo HS, Aledo
    Robert Lowe, rb, 5-10, 200, Waxahachie HS, Waxahachie

    NORTH TEXAS
    David Busby, db, 5-11, 180, Coppell HS, Coppell
    Malik Dilonga, de, 6-4, 250, Trinity Christian HS, Cedar Hill
    Mustafa Haboul, dt, 6-0, 247, Martin HS, Arlington
    Carlos Harris, wr, 5-8, 175, Frisco HS, Frisco
    Brad Horton, de, 6-6, 230, Liberty Christian HS, Argyle
    Roderick Lancaster, wr, 6-2, 200, Life School of Oak Cliff
    Ryan Rentfro, ol, 6-4, 280, Marcus HS, Flower Mound
    Connor Trussell, ol, 6-5, 285, Martin HS, Arlington
     
    HOUSTON
    Steven Aikens, lb, 6-2, 200, Seguin HS, Arlington
    Thaddeus LaGrone, lb, 6-2, 206, Allen HS, Allen
    Andrew Rodriguez, wr, 5-10, 181, Allen HS, Allen
    Steven Taylor, lb, 6-1, 205, Cedar Hill HS, Cedar Hill

    UTEP
    Corey Callicutt, wr, 6-3, 200, South Oak Cliff HS, Dallas
    Jerome Daniels, ol, 6-3, 280, Little Elm HS, Little Elm
    Chester Egbim, lb, 6-1, 200, Rowlett HS, Rowell
    Silas Firstely, de, 6-0, 240, Poteet HS, Mesquite
    Paul Franklin, rb, 6-0, 207, South Oak Cliff HS, Dallas
    Jacob Larson, qb, 6-4, 205, Coppell HS, Coppell
    Devante Richardson, dl, 6-3, 280, Seguin HS, Arlington
    Garrett Simpson, qb, 6-6, 240, The Colony HS, The Colony

    UTSA
    Tucker Carter, qb, 6-3, 215, Trinity Valley CC, Athens
    Jordan Gray, te, 6-4, 250, Trimble Tech HS, Fort Worth
    Trey Mohair, db, 5-11, 185, Ryan HS, Denton
    Brian Vaughn, rb, 5-9, 180, All Saints HS, Fort Worth