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      WT Football announces 2013 signing class

      2013 West Texas A&M Football High School Recruiting Class

      Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (High School)

      Jermaine Adams WR 6-1 200 Universal City, Texas (Judson HS)

      Connor Allen LB 6-2 210 Lantana, Texas (Guyer HS)

      Ethan Brinkley QB 6-3 210 Rockdale, Texas (Rockdale HS)

      Timothy (T.J.) Broden, Jr. DB 5-7 162 Houston, Texas (North Shore HS)

      Jordan Cipriani DE 6-1 225 Cypress, Texas (Cypress Woods HS)

      Isiah Cowan RB 6-1 188 Killeen, Texas (C.E. Ellison HS)

      Rickey Daniels II WR 5-8 161 Desoto, Texas (Desoto HS)

      Jerrod duBois TE 6-5 205 Ozona, Texas (Ozona HS)

      Malcolm Franklin RB 5-11 190 Refugio, Texas (Refugio HS)

      Freddy Gibbs WR 6-3 180 Wylie, Texas (Wylie HS)

      Tanner Graham DL 6-2 250 Alamogordo, N.M. (Alamogordo HS)

      James Griffin DL 6-2 192 Waco, Texas (Connally HS)

      Akeem Harrison TE 6-1 216 Killeen, Texas (Killeen HS)

      Daireck Hicks OL 6-2 265 Arlington, Texas (Arlington HS)

      Tanner Hodges QB 6-3 212 Burleson, Texas (Burleson Centennial HS)

      Carter James LB 6-2 230 Justin, Texas (Northwest HS)

      Daron Jefferson WR 6-3 185 Waco, Texas (Waco HS)

      Jordan Jones A-Back 6-0 208 Houston, Texas (Westfield HS)

      Joshua Keith OL 6-6 310 Katy, Texas (Houston Christian HS)

      Joshua Kenebrew WR 5-10 165 Sugarland, Texas (Fort Bend Austin HS)

      Colton McDonald DB 6-1 188 Haslet, Texas (Northwest HS)

      Dominique Messer WR 6-4 195 Milano, Texas (Milano HS)

      Garrett Neuman OL 6-4 315 Hondo, Texas (Medina Valley HS)

      Chris Nunez OL 6-3 254 Big Spring, Texas (Big Spring HS)

      Kennedy Nwanne DL 6-3 242 Richmond, Texas (Lamar Consolidated HS)

      Devon Petty OL 6-4 330 Hewitt, Texas (Midway HS)

      Aaron Ploeger OL 6-7 277 Corpus Christi, Texas (Flour Bluff HS)

      Marcell Porter RB 5-7 170 Abilene, Texas (Abilene HS)

      Raymond Racine WR 6-2 180 Round Rock, Texas (Cedar Ridge HS)

      DeShaun Rawls RB 5-9 190 Texas City, Texas (Texas City HS)

      Dontha Robinson WR 5-10 165 Arlington, Texas (Arlington HS)

      Hunter Streuling DB 5-11 165 Austin, Texas (Lake Travis HS)

      Toriese Thomas OL 6-4 335 Waco, Texas (Waco HS)

      Dillon Vaughan OL 6-6 283 Corpus Christi, Texas (Calallen HS)

      Anthony Walker LB 6-1 230 Allen, Texas (Allen HS)

      Cedric (C.J.) Washington RB 5-9 199 Fort Worth, Texas (Brewer HS)

      Joshua Woods RB 5-9 190 Amarillo, Texas (Amarillo HS)

      2013 West Texas A&M Football Recruiting Class

      Jermaine Adams

      Universal City, Texas (Judson HS)

      WR, 6-1, 200

      Played for head coach Mark Smith at Judson High Schoolâ?|Helped lead his team to an 8-3 record as a senior and earned all-district honors as a wide receiver and punterâ?|Played multiple positions in high school, including quarterback, safety, and return specialistâ?|Was named to the AB Honor Roll as a senior.

      Coach Carthel on Adams

      â??Jermaine comes from the storied Converse Judson program. He is physically gifted and versatile athlete who knows how to win. He could be a factor at both the inside and outside receiver positions.â??

      Connor Allen Lantana, Texas (Guyer HS)LB, 6-2, 210Helped lead Guyer High School to the state championship in 2012 with a 15-2 record for head coach John Walshâ?|Named first team all-districtâ?|Was named Defensive Player of the Game in the state championship win over Georgetown.

      Coach Carthel on Allen

      â??Connor was the MVP of the state championship game. He played along the defensive line for Guyer, but will transition to outside linebacker for us. He has tremendous athleticism and is a relentless pass rusher.â??

      Ethan Brinkley

      Rockdale, Texas (Rockdale HS)

      QB, 6-3, 210

      Is Rockdaleâ??s all-time leading passer with over 4,600 yards...Two-time first team all-district selectionâ?|Played for head coach Jeff Millerâ?|Started 31 games in his high school career.

      Coach Carthel on Brinkley

      â??Ethan is a multi-sport athlete, who holds the school passing record at Rockdale. He is a competitor and a talented thrower who can flat-spin the ball. He also is a lefty.â??

      Timothy Broden, Jr.

      Houston, Texas (North Shore HS)

      DB, 5-7, 162

      Helped lead his team to a 13-2 record as a senior under head coach David Aymondâ?|An 8-4 record as a juniorâ?|Also competed in track, where he lettered for two years and earned Most Improved honor.

      Coach Carthel on Broden

      â??What Tim lacks in size, he makes up for with his desire and passion for the game of football. He is extremely fun to watch and plays the game the way it was meant to be played. Weâ??re excited about his potential as a football player and a person.â??

      Jordan Cipriani

      Cypress, Texas (Cy-Woods HS)

      DL, 6-1, 225

      Earned second team all-district as a senior and named as a player to watch in 2012â?|Had 65 tackles with six sacks in 2011 for head coach Trent Faith.

      Coach Carthel on Cipriani

      â??We were excited about how hard Jordan played on film and his exceptional desire to be a Buffalo. He will continue to develop and should be a contributor in the future on our defensive line.â??

      Isiah Cowan

      Killeen, Texas (Ellison HS)

      RB, 6-1, 188

      Earned second team all-district and all-area honors for head coach Buddy McBrydeâ?|Also competed in track and basketball where he was a second team all-district honoree.

      Coach Carthel on Cowan

      â??Isiah is a tall running back with great speed. He is a multi-sport athlete who was a second team all-district selection in a very tough 5A Central Texas district.â??

      Rickey Daniels II

      DeSoto, Texas (Desoto HS)

      WR, 5-8, 161

      Helped lead his team to a 14-1 record under head coach Claude Mathisâ?|Had 546 receiving yards along with seven touchdowns and 51 catchesâ?|Earned second team all-district honors in 2011 and 2012â?|His Eagles are the No. 2-ranked team in Texas and third nationally according to MaxPrepsâ?|A two-star prospect according to

      Coach Carthel on Daniels

      â??Rickey is an inside slot receiver who can score on any play. He comes from a very successful program at Desoto.â??

      Jerrod duBois

      Ozona, Texas (Ozona HS)

      TE, 6-5, 205

      Played at Ozona High School where he helped lead his team to a 9-3 record for head coach Ray Brownâ?|Helped lead the team to the Bi-District championshipâ?|Earned all-district honors in 2010 and 2012, as well as All-West Texas in 2011 and 2012â?|Named FCA All-Star in 2013â?|A three-time Academic All-District selection and 2012 first team Academic All-State.

      Coach Carthel on duBois

      â??Jerrod is one of the top kids in West Texas. He can play multiple positions and is an exciting and physical player to watch.â??

      Malcolm Franklin

      Refugio, Texas (Refugio HS)

      RB, 5-11, 1990

      Helped lead his team to a 12-1 record for head coach Jason Herringâ?|Won a state title in 2011 with a 15-0 mark.

      Coach Carthel on Franklin

      â??Malcolm was injured his senior year, but had a tremendous junior year for the 15-0, state champion Refugio Bobcats.â??

      Freddy Gibbs

      Wylie, Texas (Wylie HS)

      WR, 6-3, 180

      Helped lead his team to a 7-4 record as a senior for head coach Bill Howardâ?|Went to state semifinal as a sophomore and earned second team all-district with 39 receptions, 590 yards and eight touchdownsâ?|Went 11-4 as a juniorâ?|Had 507 yards as a senior with seven touchdowns.

      Coach Carthel on Gibbs

      â??Freddy is an outside receiver with great ball skills and the ability to go deep.â??

      Tanner Graham Alamogordo, N.M. (Alamogordo HS)

      DL, 6-2, 250

      Earned first team all-district honors in 2011 at both defensive end and tight end for head coach Tommy Standeferâ?|A 2012 first team all-district honoree at both positionsâ?|Earned first team all-state accolades in 2012 as a DE and second team all-state honors as a TEâ?|A three-time Golden Scholar and member of National Honor Society.

      Coach Carthel on Graham

      â??Tanner was a first team all-state performer on both sides of the ball and is extremely physical pass rusher. He will be a great asset to our defensive line in the future.â??

      James Griffin

      Waco, Texas (Connally HS)

      DL, 6-2, 192

      Earned second team and first team all-district accolades under head coach Mike Rabe...Also competed in track and basketball as he competed in the regionals for the 100m.

      Coach Carthel on Griffin

      â??James is an exceptional athlete who will be a handful for offensive tackles to block. He has great length and has a bright future for us at outside linebacker.â??

      Akeem Harrison

      Harker Heights, Texas (Killeen HS)

      TE, 6-1, 216

      A three-time second team all-America selectionâ?|Under Armor All-America nominee /U.S. Navy nomineeâ?|Helped lead head coach Sam Jones to a 7-4 record as a seniorâ?|Played both wide receiver and tight endâ?|Had an offer from Boise Stateâ?|A two-star recruit by both Rivals and Scout.comâ?|As a junior had 16 receptions for 268 yards and one score as he also played on defense.

      Coach Carthel on Harrison

      â??Akeem is a big, athletic kid who will be valuable in the run and pass game. His versatility and skill set will allow us to use him in many situations and he has been nominated for numerous state and national awards.â??

      Daireck Hicks

      Arlington, Texas (Arlington HS)

      OL, 6-2, 265

      Played for head coach Scott Peach at Arlington High Schoolâ?|Helped lead his team to a 10-3 record in 2012â?|Named all-district three timesâ?|All-Texas as a sophomore, as well as being named Academic All-Texasâ?|Named to the all-area team and earned All-Texas honorable mention honorsâ?|A member of National Honor Society.

      Coach Carthel on Hicks

      â??He is a very athletic center who has a great first step and loves to finish plays.â??

      Tanner Hodges

      Burleson, Texas (Burleson Centennial HS)

      QB, 6-3, 212

      Played for head coach Kyle Gellar as he had 2,151 yards passing, 21 touchdowns, 382 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the ground as a seniorâ?|Earned second team all-district honors and first team all-countyâ?|An academic all-state selection and member of student councilâ?|Also competed in track where he was a regional qualifier for two years.

      Coach Carthel on Hodges

      â??Tanner is a big-framed quarterback with a strong arm and is a student of the game. He played in a multiple offense putting up very good numbers.â??

      Daron Jefferson

      Waco, Texas (Waco HS)

      WR, 6-3, 185

      Helped lead the Lions to a 9-4 record under head coach Marty Herbstâ?|Had 22 catches for 582 yards and 11 touchdowns as a seniorâ?|Had a long catch of 53 yards and average d 41.3 yards per game to lead the team.

      Coach Carthel on Jefferson

      â??Daron is a tall, rangy wide receiver who will provide a tough matchup for opposing defenses. His size and strength should provide a physical presence for the Buff receiving corps. He has a tremendous upside as he has only played one year of football.

      Carter James

      Justin, Texas (Northwest HS)

      LB, 6-2, 230

      Played for head coach Bill Patterson and helped lead the Texans to an 8-3 record which was a school-record for winsâ?|Was a two-time all-district selectionâ?|Named 2011-2012 Defensive Team MVPâ?|Named 2012-13 Wise County Messenger Defensive Player of the Yearâ?|Also participated in baseball and powerlifting where he lettered twice in both.

      Coach Carthel on James

      â??Carter is a fine young man with exceptional character. We feel like he was a Division I inside linebacker, but was probably overlooked due to a knee injury in the final game of his senior year. He has the size and athleticism to be a multi-year starter at inside linebacker for us.â??

      Jordan Jones

      Houston, Texas (Westfield HS)

      A-Back, 6-0, 208

      Helped lead his team to a 12-1 record for head coach Corby Meekins and a 10-4 record in 2011â?|Named first team all-district both junior and senior yearsâ?|A member of National Honor Societyâ?|Distinguished Service Graduate and a 2012 Momentum Volvo Scholar-Athlete.

      Coach Carthel on Jones

      â??Jordan comes from a tough 5A program and is a two-year starter. He will help add depth at our A-Back position. Heâ??s a good blocker with great receiver skills.â??

      Joshua Keith

      Katy, Texas (Houston Christian HS)

      OL, 6-6, 310

      Was a two-time, first team all-state selection for head coach Max Bowmanâ?|Rated top defensive tackle in TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools)â?|A two-time academic all-state selection.

      Coach Carthel on Keith

      â??Josh is a big, raw offensive lineman who has the frame and physical ability to develop quickly and give great talent at the offensive tackle position.â??

      Joshua Kenebrew

      Sugarland, Texas (Fort Bend Austin)

      WR, 5-10, 165

      A two-time all-district selectionâ?|Had 35 receptions and 10 touchdowns for head coach Dan Schrieberâ?|Competed at wide receiver and kick returnâ?|Helped lead his team to a 7-4 record in 2012.

      Coach Carthel on Kenebrew

      â??Josh is a good wide receiver who has the ability to stretch the field vertically. He is a dynamic kick returner, too.â??

      Colton McDonald

      Haslet, Texas (Northwest HS)

      DB, 6-1, 188

      First team all-district as a sophomore and Newcomer of the Yearâ?|First team all-district as a senior helping lead the Texans to an 8-3 record under head coach Bill Pattersonâ?|Wise County Elite Team selectionâ?|Had most tackles in a game (25) which was a school-recordâ?|Earned academic all-district honorsâ?|Also competed in track and was a 100m district finalist.

      Coach Carthel on McDonald

      â??Colton is a second generation Buffalo, as his parents both attended WT as student-athletes. He has great size and athleticism. We are extremely excited about his growth potential and ranges as a strong safety.â??

      Dominique Messer

      Milano, Texas (Milano HS)

      WR, 6-4, 195

      Played both linebacker and wide receiver for head coach Craig Jentschâ?|Earned first team all-state honors as a linebacker and honorable mention all-state as a wide receiverâ?|Also competed in basketball and track.

      Coach Carthel on Messer

      â??Dominique is a tall, versatile receiver who will provide a tremendous physical presence at the outside wide receiver position. He played multiple positions in high school. Dominique is an exceptional basketball player and one of the best jumpers in the state at the Class A Level.â??

      Garrett Neuman

      Hondo, Texas (Medina Valley)

      OL, 6-4, 315

      Earned first team all-district honors as a juniorâ?|Named offensive MVP for district as a seniorâ?|Earned all-area honors and all-state honorable mention accolades as a senior for head coach Brian Emersonâ?|National Honor Society Treasurerâ?|Earned academic all-state honors.

      Coach Carthel on Neuman

      â??Garrett was named district MVP for Medina Valley, which is unheard of for an offensive linemna. He is a physical run blocker who is a finisher.â??

      Chris Nunez

      Big Spring, Texas (Big Spring HS)

      OL, 6-3, 254

      Played numerous positions on both offensive and defensive lines for head coach Phillip Ritcheyâ?|Earned honorable mention all-state honors and was an academic all-state selectionâ?|Also competed in track and basketball.

      Coach Carthel on Nunez

      â??Chris is a West Texas product from Big Spring. He is a great leader and highly thought of by everyone in the district.â??

      Kennedy Nwanne

      Richmond, Texas (Lamar Consolidated HS)

      DL, 6-3, 242

      Earned all-district honors on the defensive and offensive lines for head coach Ronald Pattonâ?|Named all-area first team.

      Coach Carthel on Nwanne

      â??Kennedy was a first team all-district and all-area performer. He has a big frame we feel he can grow into. He will definitely be a force to be reckoned with on our defensive line in the years to come.â??

      Devon Petty

      Hewitt, Texas (Waco Midway HS)

      OL, 6-4, 330

      Helped lead his team to a 13-1 record under head coach Terry Gambillâ?|Named first team all-district and first team all-stateâ?|2012 Central Texas Offensive Tackle of the Yearâ?|Most Valuable Offensive Linemanâ?|Also competed in track and powerlifting.

      Coach Carthel on Petty

      â??Devon was a first team all-state selection and took his team deep in the playoffs. He is a big, physical lineman who was a leader for the playoff-bound Waco Midway run game of 2012.â??

      Aaron Ploeger

      Corpus Christi, Texas (Flour Bluff HS)

      OL, 6-7, 277

      Played left tackle and nose tackle for the Hornets and head coach Darrell Andrusâ?|Helped lead team to a 13-1 record as a senior...Also competed in track and field in the discus where he has a great chance of being one of the best throwers in Texas.

      Coach Carthel on Ploeger

      â??Aaron is a tall, athletic lineman. He has great length and natural ability and we are very excited about his future at offensive tackle.â??

      Marcell Porter

      Abilene, Texas (Abilene HS)

      RB, 5-7, 170

      Earned honorable mention all-state honorsâ?|First team all-district accoladesâ?|Named first team All-Big Country and first team All-Big Country Super Teamâ?|Helped lead his team to a 13-1 record for head coach Steve Warrenâ?|Also competed in track.

      Coach Carthel on Porter

      â??Marcell is an instinctive running back with a ton of production and led his team deep into the playoffs.â??

      Raymond Racine

      Round Rock, Texas (Cedar Ridge HS)

      WR, 6-2, 180

      Played safety, cornerback and wide receiver for head coach Todd Fordâ?|Earned all-district honors for the Raidersâ?|Also competed in track.

      Coach Carthel on Racine

      â??Ray is a gifted receiver who can get vertical. He only played wide receiver for one year, but we are definitely excited to see him develop.â??

      DeShaun Rawls

      Texas City, Texas (Texas City HS)

      RB, 5-9, 190

      Helped lead his team to a 9-3 record and a second team all-district selection as a senior for head coach Leland Surovikâ?|Named first team all-district as a juniorâ?|First team all-county and Offensive MVPâ?|Tallied 810 yards as a senior.

      Coach Carthel on Rawls

      â??DeShaun is one of South Houstonâ??s most talented running back prospects. He is a physical runner who knows how to get in the end zone.â??

      Dontha Robinson

      Arlington, Texas (Arlington HS)

      WR, 5-10, 165

      Played for head coach Scott Peach and helped lead the team to a 10-3 record and a regional championshipâ?|Had 47 catches for 867 yards and 12 touchdowns as a seniorâ?|Earned all-district honors as both a junior and seniorâ?|Had 43 catches and 10 touchdowns as a junior.

      Coach Carthel on Robinson

      â??Dontha is the all-time leading receiver at Arlington High School. He will provide a talented return specialist for the Buffs.â??

      Hunter Streuling

      Austin, Texas (Lake Travis HS)

      DB, 5-11, 165

      Helped lead his team to a 9-2 record and a district championship for head coach Hank Carterâ?|Named District Defensive MVPâ?|Earned second team all-state and honorable mention all-state honorsâ?|Had 112 tackles, two interceptions, two sacks and five tackles for lossâ?|Named academic all-district.

      Coach Carthel on Streuling

      â??Hunter was a major contributor on a 2011 state championship team and was the district defensive MVP as a senior. His leadership qualities are off the chart and his desire to be the best are definitely attributes that set him apart from other kids we were recruiting.â??

      Toriese Thomas

      Waco, Texas (Waco HS)

      OL, 6-4, 335

      Played both left tackle and nose guard for head coach Marty Herbstâ?|Earned second team all-district and second team all-state honors.

      Coach Carthel on Thomas

      â??Toriese is a big road-grader offensive lineman who was a staple for a Waco High School playoff run in 2012.â??

      Dillon Vaughan

      Corpus Christi, Texas (Calallen HS)

      OL, 6-6, 283

      Younger brother of current WT quarterback Dustin Vaughanâ?|Helped lead his team to the Bi-District championship with a 9-3 record for head coach Phil Danaherâ?|Hade two state semifinal appearancesâ?|Named to All-South Texas Teamâ?|A first team all-district selectionâ?|Academic honorable mention honors and earned second team All-South Texas as a juniorâ?|Named CITGO/Caller Times Student-Athlete and Flint Hills Academic Athlete.

      Coach Carthel on Vaughan

      â??Dillon is a tall, rangy lineman from Calallen who also is a starter on the basketball team. His intelligence and work ethic gives him a tremendous upside.â??

      Anthony Walker

      Allen, Texas (Allen HS)

      LB, 6-1, 230

      Helped lead his team to a 15-1 record and a state championshipâ?|Earned first team all-region and first team all-district honorsâ?|Also named All-Collin Countyâ?|An Eagle Scholarâ?|Competed in track and lettered three years.

      Coach Carthel on Walker

      â??Anthony is another state champion we recruited on defense. He has the size and speed we desire in our inside linebackers. His leadership and character are some intangible qualities we are definitely excited about.â??

      Cedric (C.J.) Washington, Jr.

      Fort Worth, Texas (Brewer)

      RB, 5-9, 199

      Named first team all-district as a junior and seniorâ?|Named 2010 Newcomer of the Yearâ?|Played for head coach Paul Sharrâ?|Also competed in track, basketball, baseball and powerlifting.

      Coach Carthel on Washington

      â??C.J. is a big, physical back with breakaway speed to take it the distance.â??

      Joshua Woods

      Amarillo, Texas (Amarillo HS)

      RB, 5-9, 190

      Helped lead the Sandies to a 10-3 record this past seasonâ?|Named team MVPâ?|Named to Amarillo Globe-News Golden Spread Teamâ?|Was a two-year starter who rushed for 1,533 yards and 18 touchdowns as a seniorâ?|Named honorable mention all-state.