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AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Football program will officially welcome the second wave of its 2021 signing class on Wednesday, the first day that prospective student-athletes are allowed to sign their National Letters of Intent during the February signing period. Signings will be announced here as they become official, as well as on Texas Football’s social media channels. Fans can get the latest information by following @TexasFootball on Twitter and Instagram.

FEBRUARY SIGNEES

To Be Announced

DECEMBER SIGNEES AND ENROLLED GRADUATE TRANSFERS

*Early enrollee, will participate in spring drills

Jaden Alexis*
WIDE RECEIVER

5-11 • 185 • Fr.-HS

Pompano Beach, Fla. (Monarch)

HS Coach: Dante Lombardi


An all-county and all-district selection … ranked No. 53 among wide receivers nationally and No. 59 overall in the state of Florida by Rivals … slotted at No. 59 at his position nationally and No. 59 in the state of Florida by ESPN … the No. 57 receiver nationally and No. 49 recruit in Florida according to 247Sports … a PrepStar All-Midlands Region selection … elected not to play in the 2020 season … named first-team All-County by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, and second-team All-Broward 8A-6A by the Miami Herald in 2019 … pulled in 49 receptions for 894 yards and eight touchdowns, while also rushing for one touchdown as a junior … also played defense and recorded one interception … posted six 100-yard receiving games … caught six passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns against Nova … made two receptions, both for touchdowns, for 108 yards against Pompano Beach … tallied five receptions for 125 yards and one touchdown against Stoneman Douglas … collected a season-high nine receptions for 106 yards against Coconut Creek … recorded six receptions for 130 yards and one touchdown against Spanish River … snagged eight receptions for 108 yards and one touchdown against Boca Raton … helped Monarch to a 6-4 overall record in 2019 … also participated in track and field in high school … holds personal-bests of 10.75 in the 100-meter dash and 22.27 in the 200-meter dash … chosen Junior Class President at Monarch … father, Rich, was a running back who played college football at the University of Washington and is tied for seventh on the school career rushing touchdowns list with 28, he also went on to play in the NFL for the Jacksonville Jaguars and the St. Louis Rams.

Morice Blackwell Jr.
(mahr-EECE)

LINEBACKER

6-1 • 200 • Fr.-HS

Arlington, Texas (Martin)

HS Coach: Bob Wager


An All-America, all-state and three-time all-district honoree … selected for the 2021 Under Armour All-America Game … also played safety and participated on special teams at Martin … ranked No. 294 nationally, No. 31 among linebackers and No. 48 in the state of Texas by ESPN … ranked No. 38 in the state of Texas and No. 18 among outside linebackers by 247Sports … ranked No. 47 in the state of Texas and No. 27 among outside linebackers by Rivals … listed as the No. 2 linebacker and No. 20 overall in the Area Top 50 by the Dallas Morning News … rated No. 46 on the Austin American-Statesman’s Fab 55 … ranked the No. 4 outside linebacker and No. 77 overall in the state by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football … a PrepStar Top 350 All-American … chosen District MVP and first-team All-District 8-6A in 2020 … registered 95 tackles, eight tackles for loss, one sack, two fumble recoveries, including one for a touchdown, four passes batted down, one forced fumble and two rushing touchdowns as a senior … secured at least eight tackles in eight games with five in double digits and a high of 15 versus Temple … collected four tackles for loss against College Park … scored a rushing touchdown and a fumble recovery touchdown against Arlington … caught a touchdown pass against Richardson … secured 11 tackles against Southlake Carroll … helped Martin to an 10-2 overall record, including a 6-0 district mark and title, and an appearance in the 6A Division 1 regional playoffs in 2020 … a second-team honoree on Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Super Team in 2020 … selected honorable mention All-State 6A by the Associated Press and Texas Sports Writers Association in 2019 … chosen unanimous District MVP and first-team All-District 4-6A … tabbed first-team All-Area … posted 128 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, two sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, including two for touchdowns, two interceptions and seven pressures as a junior part of a defense that allowed just 14.6 points per game including three shutouts and six games of seven points or fewer … secured 21 tackles against Rockwall and 15 against Hebron in back-to-back games … also forced a fumble, recovered a fumble for a touchdown and blocked a punt against Hebron … collected 14 tackles, including three for a loss against Arlington … helped Martin to an 11-2 overall record, including a 7-0 district mark and title, and an appearance in the 6A Division 1 regional playoffs in 2019 … named Defensive Sophomore of the Year and first-team All-District 4-6A in 2018 … tallied 112 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, two sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception for a touchdown, while causing three safeties as a sophomore … notched 16 tackles against Rockwall, and 14 each in back-to-back games against North Crowley and Sam Houston … also returned an interception for a touchdown against Sam Houston … blocked two punts against Trimble Tech … helped Martin to a 5-2 district record and an appearance in the 6A Division 1 bi-district playoffs in 2018 … also competed in Track and Field as a high-jumper and sprinter.

Jonathon Brooks
RUNNING BACK

6-0 • 190 • Fr.-HS

Hallettsville, Texas (Hallettsville)

HS Coach: Tommy Psencik


An all-state honoree and district MVP … ranked No. 15 among running backs and No. 41 in the state of Texas by Rivals … slotted at No. 20 among running backs and No. 51 in the state of Texas by 247Sports … ranked No. 39 at his position and No. 92 in the state of Texas by ESPN … ranked the No. 6 running back and No. 54 overall in the state by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football … named a top-10 finalist for Dave Campbell’s Mr. Texas High School Football Player of the Year in 2020 … selected to the Texas MaxPreps All-State first team … a PrepStar All-Midlands Region selection … rushed for 3,530 yards and 62 touchdowns on 295 carries (12.0 ypc) as a senior … also caught 15 passes for 284 yards and three touchdowns, intercepted two passes with 116 return yards (58.0 ypr) and returned three punts for 124 yards (41.3 ypr) as part of 4,054 all-purpose yards … registered 299 rushing yards and six touchdowns against Columbus … totaled 310 yards (240 rushing and 70 receiving), five rushing touchdowns, one receiving touchdown and one special teams touchdown in a playoff win against Little River … rushed 27 times for 501 yards (18.6 ypc) and nine touchdowns in a playoff win over Lorena … scored on runs of 3, 69, 25, 1, 6, 36, 29, 46 and 52 yards … scored the game-winning touchdown on a 46-yard punt return for a touchdown in a playoff quarterfinals win over Columbus, while also rushing for 192 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown … registered 304 yards and six touchdowns, including one on an interception return, in the state semifinal win over Llano … rushed for 305 yards and three touchdowns in the state title game against Jim Ned … helped Hallettsville to a 13-3 overall record, including a 5-0 district mark and title, and an appearance in the 3A Division 1 state championship game, falling by just one point in overtime … helped Hallettsville reach the championship game for the first time in its history, and the semifinals for the first time since 1976 … named second-team 3A All-State as both a running back and a punter by the Texas Sports Writers Association, while also honorable mention 3A All-State as a running back and to the first team as a punter by the Associated Press in 2019 … chosen overall District MVP and first-team All-District 14-3A … rushed for 1,310 yards and 24 touchdowns on 138 attempts (9.5 ypc), while catching 13 passes for 233 yards (17.9 ypr) and one touchdown, along with 600 yards on special teams as a junior … also punted 20 times with a 42.3 average and a long of 71 … helped Hallettsville to an 11-3 overall record, including a 4-1 district mark, and an appearance in the 3A state quarterfinals in 2019 … selected first-team All-District 14-3A as a running back and to the second team as a punter in 2018… also was a first-team All-District basketball player.

Casey Cain
WIDE RECEIVER

6-3 • 180 • Fr.-HS

New Orleans, La. (Warren Easton)

HS Coach: Jerry Phillips


An all-region honoree … ranked No. 129 among wide receivers and No. 24 in the state of Louisiana by 247Sports … slotted at No. 24 and No. 35 in his home state by Rivals and ESPN, respectively … listed in the top 10 of New Orleans area recruits in 2020 … a PrepStar All-Southeast Region selection … anchored an offense that scored at least 20 points in 11 out of 12 games this season, including five games with at least 35 points … caught two touchdowns of 39 and 26 yards in length during a 62-27 quarterfinal win over Tioga … finished with four catches for 72 yards and two touchdowns in a playoff win over L.B. Landry … also caught a pair of two-point conversions … scored two touchdowns, including a 54-yard effort on a screen pass, in the season opener against Karr … hauled in a 17-yard touchdown pass against Holy Cross … has helped Easton compile a 9-3 overall record, including a 4-0 district mark and title and an appearance in the LHSAA Non-Select Prep 4A state semifinals in 2020 … caught 16 passes for 329 yards and four touchdowns in seven appearances as a junior, per MaxPreps … part of an offense that averaged 39.4 points per game, including four games of 50-plus points with a high of 77 against Lusher … scored a 32-yard touchdown against Holy Cross … caught two passes for 44 yards and one touchdown against Eleanor McMain … made a season-high five catches for 50 yard against Peabody … logged three catches for a season-high 111 yards and two touchdowns against Lakeshore … made two catches for 30 yards in the 4A state title game against Edna Karr … helped Easton to an 11-4 overall record, including a 4-0 district mark and title, and an appearance in the LHSAA Non-Select Prep 4A state title game in 2019 where Easton fell to Edna Carr by one point, 35-34 … caught seven passes for 78 yards and one touchdown as a sophomore … helped Easton to a 11-3 overall record, including a 3-1 district mark, and an appearance in the LHSAA Non-Select Prep 4A state title game in 2018 where Easton fell to Edna Carr by eight points, 28-20 … a three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and track and field … competed in the 200 meters, 110-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles and triple jump.

JD Coffey III*
DEFENSIVE BACK

6-0 • 180 • Fr.-HS

Kennedale, Texas (Kennedale)

HS Coach: Richard Barrett


An All-America and three-time all-state honoree and district MVP … selected for the 2021 Under Armour All-America Game … named a finalist for the 2020 SI All-American team … finished his career with 313 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, 19 interceptions, 25 pass break ups and 10 touchdowns … ranked No. 123 nationally, No. 7 at safety and No. 18 in the state of Texas by Rivals … slotted at No. 197 nationally, No. 9 at his position and No. 30 in the state of Texas by ESPN … ranked No. 224 nationally, No. 16 at safety and No. 35 in the state of Texas by 247Sports … listed No. 32 on the Austin American-Statesman’s Fab 55 … chosen as the top safety in the area and No. 9 overall by the Dallas Morning News … ranked the No. 2 safety and No. 43 overall in the state by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football … selected to the Texas MaxPreps All-State first team in 2020 … tabbed District MVP and first-team All-District 6-4A … a PrepStar Top 350 All-American … recorded 104 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and five interceptions as a senior … part of defense that allowed just 11.6 points per game, including three consecutive shutouts and three other games of just seven point … helped the defense hold opponents under 50 yards rushing eight times, including two negative games … helped Kennedale to a 10-1-1 overall record, including a 7-0 district mark and title, and an appearance in the 4A area playoffs in 2020 … a first-team honoree on Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Super Team in 2020 … selected first-team 4A All-State as a defensive back by the Associated Press in 2019 … also tabbed second-team all-state as a kick returner and third team as a defensive back by the Texas Sports Writers Association … named defensive MVP and first-team All-District 6-4A Division 1 … recorded 82 tackles, six tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown, six pass breakups, and four total touchdowns as a junior … part of a defense that registered four consecutive shutouts … helped Kennedale to a 7-4 overall record, including a 6-0 district mark and title, and an appearance in the bi-district playoffs in 2019 … chosen honorable mention 4A All-State as a defensive back by the Texas Sports Writers Association in 2018 … selected first-team All-District 6-4A Division 1 as both a safety and kick returner … posted 39 tackles and six interceptions as a sophomore … received first-team 4A All-State honors as a defensive back in 2017 … named Defensive Newcomer of the Year in District 5-4A Division 1 … registered 88 tackles, six interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown, 11 tackles for loss and two pass breakups as a freshman.

Hayden Conner*
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN

6-5 • 315 • Fr.-HS

Katy, Texas (Taylor)

HS Coach: Chad Simmons


A two-time all-district honoree and four-year varsity letterman  … named a finalist for the 2020 SI All-American team … ranked No. 258 nationally, No. 12 among offensive guards and No. 44 in the state of Texas by ESPN … ranked No. 41 among offensive tackles and No. 54 in the state of Texas by Rivals … slotted at No. 55 among offensive tackles and No. 97 in the state of Texas by 247Sports … listed No. 38 on the Austin American-Statesman’s Fab 55 … ranked the No. 4 offensive guard and No. 55 overall in the state by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football … named unanimous first-team All-District 6A-19 in 2020 … also Academic All-District … a PrepStar All-Midlands Region selection … tallied 49 pancake blocks in a shortened nine-game regular season as a senior … part of a line that averaged 22.9 pancake blocks per game … anchored the line for an offense that averaged 32.3 points per game … blocked for an offense that rushed for 185.9 yards per game, including three games of 300-plus yards and four-plus rushing touchdowns … posted 10 pancake blocks against Katy … helped Taylor to a 7-2 overall record, including a 4-2 district mark, and a playoff appearance in 2020 … a second-team honoree on Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Super Team in 2020 … tabbed first-team All-District 19-6A in 2019 … accumulated 87 pancake blocks as a junior … notched 11 pancake blocks against Deer Park … collected 20 pancake blocks against Morton Ranch … contributed on an offensive line that rushed for 2,570 yards, scored 23 rushing touchdowns and produced eight 100-yard games … anchored a line that blocked for over 200 yards rushing six times, including two games over 300 yards … helped protect for an offense that passed for 361 yards against Morton Ranch … blocked for an offense that rushed for 300 yards against Seven Lakes … part of an offense that rushed for 427 yards and six touchdowns against Cinco Ranch … helped Taylor to a 9-6 overall record, including a 3-3 district mark, and an appearance in the 6A Division 2 state semifinals in 2019 … selected first-team All-District 19-6A in 2018 … blocked for a unit that averaged 205.3 rushing yards per game during his sophomore season … helped Taylor to a 6-6 record overall, including a 3-3 district mark, and an appearance in the 6A Division 2 area playoffs in 2018 … earned Academic All-District 19-6A honors in 2017 … interested in studying aerospace engineering at Texas.

Terrence Cooks II*
LINEBACKER

6-2 • 210 • Fr.-HS

Pearland, Texas (Shadow Creek)

HS Coach: Brad Butler


A two-time all-district honoree and member of Shadow Creek’s undefeated 2019 5A Division 1 State Championship team … listed No. 44 on the Austin American-Statesman’s Fab 55 … ranked No. 209 nationally, No. 25 among outside linebackers and No. 33 in the state of Texas by ESPN … slotted at No. 29 at his position and No. 56 in the state of Texas by 247Sports … ranked No. 33 at his position and No. 52 in the state of Texas by Rivals … ranked the No. 2 inside linebacker and No. 48 overall in the state by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football … a PrepStar Top 350 All-American … selected second-team All-District 23-6A in 2020 … recorded 72 tackles, including 47 solo stops, nine tackles for loss, five sacks, seven pressures, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles as a senior … part of a defense that allowed 18.5 points per game, including three consecutive shutouts followed by a six-point game … tallied 25 tackles, including 12 solo, three tackles for loss, one sack and a forced fumble against Pearland … helped Shadow Creek to a 6-4 overall record, including a 4-1 district mark and an appearance in the 6A Division 2 regional playoffs in 2020 … a second-team honoree on Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Super Team in 2020 … selected second-team All-District 10-5A Division 1 in 2019 … notched 72 tackles, including 49 solo tackles, two tackles for loss, and three forced fumbles as a junior … part of a defense that allowed just 11.4 points per game, including three shutouts and four other games of seven points or fewer … helped Shadow Creek to the 2019 5A Division 1 state title with a perfect 16-0 record, including a 7-0 district mark and title … played at Fulshear High School as a sophomore in 2018 … tabbed first-team All-District 13-4A Division 1 that year … secured 13 tackles, including 11 solo stops and two tackles for loss against LaGrange … played at Houston Christian as a freshman in 2017 … collected 39 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, three pressures, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and one blocked field goal … posted five tackles, including two tackles for loss, two sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery against Kincaid … Cooks’ father (Terrence Cooks Sr.) played linebacker at Nicholls State and in the NFL for the New England Patriots.

Juan Davis*
TIGHT END

6-4 • 215 • Fr.-HS

Fort Worth, Texas (Everman)

HS Coach: Dale Matlock


An all-district quarterback in high school … ranked at No. 31 among tight ends and No. 72 in the state of Texas by Rivals … ranked No. 44 among athletes and No. 101 in the state of Texas by 247Sports … slotted at No. 51 among athletes and No. 104 in the state of Texas by ESPN ranked the No. 3 athlete and No. 60 overall in the state by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football … a PrepStar All-Midlands Region selection … was a quarterback and receiver in high school … caught 40 passes for 780 yards (19.5 ypc) and eight touchdowns, and rushed for 790 yards and 12 touchdowns on 107 carries (7.4 ypc) in 12 games this season … posted season-highs with 10 catches for 220 yards and two touchdowns against Azle … tallied 128 rushing yards and one touchdown on 10 carries against Haltom … made five catches for 79 yards in a win over Seguin … caught three passes for 38 yards and two touchdowns against University … marked the first of four-straight games with a receiver touchdown … also caught touchdowns against Cleburne, Burleson and Joshua … posted five catches for 102 yards and the touchdown against Burleson … posted season highs of 164 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns on 18 carries (9.1 ypc) and caught three passes for 52 yards to help lift the Bulldogs to a 41-33 playoff win over Poteet … rushed for a touchdown, caught a touchdown and blocked a kick against Lovejoy … helped Everman to a 6-6 overall record, including a 2-1 district mark, and an appearance in the 5A Division 2 area playoffs in 2020 … a second-team honoree on Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Super Team in 2020 … selected second-team All-District 5-5A D2 in 2019 … completed 30-of-63 passes for 380 yards and six touchdowns as a junior … also carried the ball 153 times for 859 yards (5.9 ypc) and scored 12 touchdowns … rushed 15 times for 135 yards and a season-high three touchdowns against Seguin … racked up 81 rushing yards and two touchdowns against Centennial … rushed for 127 yards on 15 carries and scored twice in a win over Burleson … scored touchdowns on two of his four carries in a win over University … carried the ball 12 times for a season-high 200 yards and two scores against Joshua … earned first-team all-district honors at wide receiver as a sophomore … caught 41 passes for 499 yards and seven touchdowns … also logged 40 carries for 235 yards … made six catches for 79 yards in the season opener against Crowley … caught a season-high 10 passes against Stephenville … hauled in five catches for 79 yards and his first touchdown of the season against Aledo … made a 29-yard touchdown catch vs. Midlothian … caught seven passes for a season-high 112 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Cleburne … caught a 30-yard touchdown pass against University … made five catches for 47 yards and one touchdown in the season finale against Joshua … also competed in Track and Field … competed in the 200 meters, triple jump, 4×200-meter relay and 4×400-meter relay … logged a 24-second 200-meter dash and 43-foot triple jump as a sophomore in the spring of 2019.

Darion Dunn*

DEFENSIVE BACK

6-1 • 192 • Sr.-TR

Oakdale, La. (McNeese/Oakdale)


Elected to transfer from McNeese in August 2020 … named to the 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl Top 250 Watch List … earned 2020 Preseason HERO Sports FCS All-American third team honors … selected 2020 Preseason All-Southland Conference 1st Team … appeared in 29 games at McNeese, making 23 starts, and recorded 83 tackles, seven interceptions and 20 pass breakups … tabbed first-team All-Southland Conference in 2019 … started all 12 games and posted 42 tackles, tied for conference lead with five interceptions and ranked 18th in the FCS with 16 passes defended … pulled in two interceptions against both Alcorn and Northwestern State … played in 11 games, making seven starts as a sophomore in 2018 … finished seventh on the team with 33 total tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss, tied for the team lead with two interceptions notched a season-high five tackles on three occasions at Houston Baptist, versus Nicholls and at Northwestern State … named SLC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance at HBU where he picked off two passes to go along with his five tackles … chosen preseason second-team All-SLC in 2018 … appeared in six games with two starts as a redshirt freshman in 2017 … tallied eight tackles including one for a loss … recorded three tackles at Akron … redshirted in 2016 … also ran hurdles with the track and field team at McNeese and won a bronze medal in the 110-meter hurdles at the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships … finished third in the 60-meter hurdles at the SLC Indoor Track Championships in both 2018 and 2019, before setting a school record and winning the event in 2020 with a time of 7.89 seconds … SLC Commissioner’s 2017 Fall Academic Honor Roll

High School 

An all-state honoree at wide receiver for Oakdale High School in Oakdale, La. … named a Louisiana Class 2A All-State selection at wide receiver in 2015 … chosen to the All-Southwest Louisiana Small School First Team … tabbed first-team All-District 3-2A as both a wide receiver and a defensive back … registered 1,006 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior … a first-team 2A All-State selection by the Louisiana Football Coaches Association and honorable mention by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association in 2014 … selected first-team All-SWLA and All-CENLA … earned second-team all-district honors as a wide receiver as a sophomore … ran track in high school and was a state champion in the 110-meter hurdles.

Derrick Harris Jr.*
LINEBACKER

6-2 • 215 • Fr.-HS

New Caney, Texas (New Caney)

HS Coach: Travis Reeve


A two-time all-state and all-district honoree … ranked No. 188 nationally, No. 21 among outside linebackers and No. 29 in the state of Texas by ESPN … ranked No. 20 at his position and No. 43 in the state of Texas by Rivals … listed as the No. 32 weakside defensive end and No. 84 player in Texas by 247Sports … ranked the No. 3 outside linebacker and No. 63 overall in the state by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football … chosen to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Super Team Defense in 2020 … missed most of his senior season due to a knee injury … helped New Caney to the state playoffs in 2020 … a first-team honoree on Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Preseason Super Team in 2020 … a PrepStar Top 350 All-American … tabbed second-team 5A All-State by the Texas Sports Writers Association in 2019 … selected Defensive MVP and to the first team of District 9-5A Division 1 … logged 89 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, five sacks, broke up seven passes and intercepted one as a junior in 2019 … anchored a New Caney defense that helped the Eagles finish 10-1 … finished with 11 tackles (9 solo) and one tackle for loss in the season opener against Crosby … posted a season-high 12 tackles and three tackles for loss against Heights the following week … registered 10 tackles and three tackles for loss again against Willis … bagged six total tackles, including three for a loss, in a win over Galena Park … recorded eight tackles and two for a loss in a shutout win over Kingwood Park … recorded at least six tackles in his final seven games of the season, including a nine-tackle outing against Austin … was named the District 9-5A-1 Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore … also earned honorable mention all-state honors from the Associated Press … helped the Eagles post a 10-2 record … logged 83 total tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 10 quarterback hurries, broke up six passes and intercepted two … posted nine tackles in the season opener against Crosby … logged 11 tackles and a career-high six tackles for loss in a win over Heights the following week … notched three tackles for loss against Willis and four tackles for loss against Wisdom in his next two games … also intercepted a pass against Willis …  notched his second interception of the season and returned it 43 yards for a touchdown against Galena Park … totaled 11 tackles and three tackles for loss against Kingwood Park … posted a career-high 17 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and broke up three passes against Austin … also swam in high school.

Gunnar Helm*
TIGHT END

6-5 • 230 • Fr.-HS

Englewood, Colo. (Cherry Creek)

HS Coach: Dave Logan


An All-State and All-Centennial League performer from the state of Colorado  … ranked No. 13 at his position and No. 3 in the state of Colorado by Rivals … ranked No. 16 at his position and No. 7 in the state of Colorado by ESPN … slotted at No. 14 in the state of Colorado by 247Sports … helped lead Cherry Creek to back-to-back state titles and 23-straight wins over his final two seasons … chosen first-team 5A All-State by the Colorado High School Activities Association in 2020 … was named a first-team All-Centennial League selection … caught 28 passes for 367 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior … caught at least one touchdown in each of his first four games of the season … hauled in four passes for 48 yards and one touchdown against Smoky Hill … caught three passes for 36 yards and two touchdowns against Cherokee Trail … logged season-highs with eight catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns against Grandview … posted five catches for 59 yards and one score against Overland … caught three passes for 45 yards and one touchdown against Ponoma, his final game of the season … logged 25 catches for 370 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior … hauled in three catches for 37 yards and one touchdown in the season opener against Doherty … recorded season-highs with six catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns in a shutout win over Mullen … logged a 14-yard touchdown against Chaparral … caught a 13-yard touchdown against Arapahoe … logged five catches for 53 yards and one score against Grandview … part of a 12-2 Cherry Creek team that finished as the Class 5A runner-up in 2018 … also played basketball.

Jamier Johnson*
(juh-MEER)

DEFENSIVE BACK

6-0 • 170 • Fr.-HS

Pasadena, Calif. (Muir)

HS Coach: Zaire Calvin


A two-time all-league and all-area honoree who played both ways on offense and defense in high school … ranked No. 214 nationally, No. 21 among cornerbacks and No. 18 in the state of California by Rivals … slotted at No. 286 nationally, No. 17 among cornerbacks and No. 24 in the state of California by ESPN … ranked No. 25 among cornerbacks and No. 26 in California by 247Sports … did not played in 2020, with John Muir expected to play a spring schedule due to the COVID-19 global health crisis … played both ways as a junior … chosen first-team All-Pacific League in 2019 … a PrepStar Top 350 All-American … logged 32 total tackles (27 solo), three tackles for loss, four interceptions, one pass breakup and one forced fumble as a junior … also blocked one punt and blocked one field goal … logged two tackles and an interception in his season opener against Burroughs … also blocked a punt … posted three tackles, including one for a loss, one interception and blocked a field goal against Burbank … made four tackles, including a season-high two for a loss, and intercepted a pass against Arcadia … logged three tackles and an interception against Crescenta Valley … marked his fourth-straight game with an interception … recorded a season-high seven tackles against both Brentwood and Chaffey … totaled five tackles, all solo stops, against Linfield Christian … caught 17 passes for 217 yards and rushed for 108 yards on the offensive side of the ball … made a season-high four catches against both Burroughs and Burbank … also rushed for a season-high 33 yards against Burbank … logged three catches for a season-high 63 yards against Arcadia … posted three catches for 55 yards in the season finale against Marina … helped John Muir to an 11-3 record and a runner-up finish in the CIF Southern Section Division 11 … spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at Northview High School before transferring to Muir … chosen to the Valle Vista All-League First Team on offense in 2018 … selected to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune All-Area Second Team … caught 35 passes for 539 yards and nine touchdowns on offense while recording 36 total tackles and an interception while playing defensive back as a sophomore … caught at least three passes in eight games … pulled in a season-high six receptions against Los Altos … registered a season-high 120 receiving yards on four catches with one touchdown against Wilson … recorded three receptions for 98 yards and two touchdowns against Rowland … helped Northview to a 12-1 overall record, including an undefeated regular season and 5-0 league mark and title, and an appearance in the Southern Section Division 7 state semifinals in 2018 … named to the Valle Vista All-League First Team on defense in 2017 … secured 23 tackles, three interceptions with 71 return yards and one touchdown as a freshman … posted a 41-yard interceptions return for a touchdown against Rosemead … helped Northview to a 7-4 overall record, including a 4-1 league mark, and an appearance in the first round of the Southern Section Division 8 playoffs in 2017.

Max Merril
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN

6-4 • 280 • Fr.-HS

Houston, Texas (Strake Jesuit)

HS Coach: Klay Kubiak


A two-time first-team all-district performer … ranked No. 68 among offensive tackles and No. 125 in the state of Texas by ESPN … slotted at No. 93 among offensive tackles and No. 182 in the state of Texas by 247Sports … a PrepStar All-Midlands Region selection … selected unanimous first-team All-District 23-6A at offensive tackle in 2020 … battled injuries but anchored a Strake Jesuit offensive line that rushed for 1,869 yards on 316 carries (5.9 ypc) as a senior … the Fighting Crusaders also scored 17 touchdowns on the ground and averaged 207.7 rushing yards per game … started at left tackle as a junior in 2019 … was named a first-team All-District 23-6A selection as an offensive tackle … blocked for an offense that rushed for 242.8 yards per game and average 6.7 yards per carry … Strake Jesuit totaled 3,156 rushing yards on 474 carries and scored 42 rushing touchdowns in 2019 … the offensive averaged at least 6.5 yards per carry in eight of 13 games, led by a 10.2 yards-per-carry average against Alief Elsik … Strake Jesuit carried the ball 43 times for 440 yards and five touchdowns that game … Strake Jesuit rushed for at least 200 yards in 12 of 13 games, including a pair of 300-yard performances (440 vs. Alief Elsik and 353 vs. Brazoswood) … helped the Fighting Crusaders finish with a 10-3 record and reached the third round of the Texas 6A D2 state playoffs … father, Bob, is Senior Vice President of Business Development & Marketing of the Sugar Land Skeeters minor league baseball team.

Byron Murphy II
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN

6-1 • 295 • Fr.-HS

DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto)

HS Coach: Claude Mathis


An all-state and two-time all-district honoree and four-year varsity letterman … ranked as the No. 20 defensive tackle and No. 44 player in the state of Texas by 247Sports … the No. 27 defensive tackle and No. 48 player in the state, per Rivals … slotted at No. 33 among his position and No. 75 in the state of Texas by ESPN … ranked the No. 2 defensive tackle and No. 36 overall in the state by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football … rated No. 19 in the Dallas Morning News Area Top 100 … a PrepStar All-Midlands Region selection … selected to the Texas MaxPreps All-State first team in 2020 … chosen first-team All-District 11-6A … compiled 79 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, 14 pressures, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble as a senior … recorded at least five tackles in 11 games and at least eight tackles in five games … part of a defense that posted two shutouts and five games of seven points or fewer … tallied six tackles including three tackles for loss against Waxahachie … notched eight tackles, two sacks and three pressures against Trinity Christian … posted 10 tackles including five tackles for loss and four sacks in the playoffs against Shoemaker … gathered nine tackles, including six for a loss, four sacks and six pressures in the playoffs against Spring … helped DeSoto to an 10-2 overall record, including a 5-1 district mark, and an appearance in the 6A Division 1 quarterfinals in 2020 … selected first-team 6A All-State by the Associated Press and honorable mention by the Texas Sports Writers Association in 2019 … tabbed a unanimous first-team All-District 7-6A selection … recorded 98 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, eight sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumbles recoveries, including one for a touchdown, as a junior … registered six games with at least five tackles and three with at least 13 … opened the season with 14 tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble and one recovered fumble that he returned 25 yards for a touchdown against Permian … logged 13 tackles, one tackle for loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery against Mansfield Summit … in his next game, gathered 14 tackles, one tackle for loss and one forced fumble against South Grand Prairie … helped DeSoto to a 9-3 overall record, including a 5-2 district mark, and an appearance in the 6A Division 1 area playoffs in 2019 … collected 37 tackles, nine tackles for loss and one sack as a sophomore … posted six games with at least three tackles and two with six tackles … registered three tackles for loss against Mansfield … helped DeSoto to a 9-3 overall record, including a 5-2 district mark, and an appearance in the 6A Division 1 area playoffs in 2018.

Isaac Pearson*
PUNTER

6-2 • 215 • Fr.-TR

Newcastle, Australia (University of Newcastle)


Rated as the No. 3 punter in the 2021 class by 247Sports and No. 1 in Australia … previously played Australian rules football until 19 years old then moved to Melbourne, Australia, to train in American football … trained with Prokick Australia … joins current junior punter Ryan Bujcevski and 2017 Ray Guy Award winner Michael Dickson as Prokick Australia alums to sign with Texas … completed an apprenticeship as a mechanic in a coal mine … plans to major in psychology after studying it at the University of Newcastle.

Ja’tavion Sanders
(juh-TAY-vee-on)

ATHLETE

6-4 • 220 • Fr.-HS

Denton, Texas (Ryan)

HS Coach: Dave Henigan


An All-America, all-state and two-time all-district honoree who helped Denton Ryan to the 5A Division 1 state title in 2020 … selected for the 2021 Under Armour All-America Game … named a finalist for the 2020 SI All-American team … chosen as a finalist for the 2020 Mr. Texas Football award … ranked No. 13 nationally, No. 2 among athletes and No. 2 in the state of Texas by ESPN … rated No. 13 nationally, No. 1 among athletes and No. 3 in the state of Texas by Rivals … ranked No. 29 nationally, No. 1 among athletes and No. 3 in the state of Texas by 247Sports … ranked the top defensive end and No. 3 overall in the state by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football … chosen for the cover of the 2021 Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Rising magazine … selected to the Texas MaxPreps All-State first team as an all-purpose player in 2020 … chosen co-MVP of District 5-5A Division 1 … chosen to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Super Team Defense … tabbed mid-season 5A co-Player of the Year by the Dallas Morning News … rated No. 2 in the Dallas Morning News Area Top 100 … a PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team selection … pulled in 63 receptions for 1,161 yards (18.4 ypr) and 16 touchdowns, while rushing 23 times for 71 yards and three touchdowns … had four sacks and an interceptions on defense as a senior … part of a defense that allowed just 15.8 points per game, including seven games of 10 points or fewer … posted five 100-yard receiving games … caught at least five passes in nine games … registered seven receptions for 122 yards and two touchdowns against Martin … tallied five receptions for 107 yards and two touchdowns against The Colony … secured a season-high three touchdown receptions against Heritage … accumulated 145 receiving yards on five receptions with two receiving touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns against Independence … recorded season highs of eight receptions and 216 receiving yards (27.0 ypr) with two touchdowns against College Station … gathered seven receptions for 115 yards and one touchdown along with a rushing toucdown against Longview … helped Denton Ryan to a perfect 15-0 record, including a 7-0 district mark and title, and the 5A Division 1 state title … a first-team honoree on Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Super Team in 2020 … named 5A All-State Defensive Player of the Year and first-team all-state at defensive end by the Texas Sports Writers Association in 2019 … selected honorable mention 5A All-State by the Associate Press … chosen first-team All-District 4-5A Division 1 … posted 39 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, 24 pressures, two forced fumbles and three pass breakups as a junior … also played on offense at receiver and caught 47 passes for 763 yards and seven touchdowns … part of a defense that allowed 11.3 points per game, including three shutouts and nine games of 10 points or fewer … notched seven tackles, including five tackles for loss and three sacks with one fumble recovery and five pressures against Fossil Ridge … logged six games with at least five receptions, including season highs of six catches, 97 yards and one touchdown against Poteet … helped Ryan to a 15-1 overall record, including an undefeated regular season and a 7-0 district mark and title, and an appearance in the 5A Division 1 state championship game in 2019 … tabbed Defensive Newcomer of the Year in District 4-5A in 2018 … registered 54 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, six pass breakups, and two interceptions, including one for a touchdown as a sophomore … also caught 23 passes for 378 yards and five touchdowns … part of a defense that allowed just 14.9 points per game, including three shutouts and six games of seven points or fewer … collected at least four tackles in six games, including two with a season-high eight tackles … recorded eight tackles, five tackles for loss and three sacks against West Mesquite … gathered eight tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks against Birdville … tallied season highs of four catches, 77 yards and two touchdown receptions against Brewer … caught at least one pass in 12 games … helped Ryan to a 14-1 overall record, including an undefeated regular season and a 7-0 district mark and title, and an appearance in the 5A Division 1 state semifinals in 2018 … played in four varsity games as a freshman in 2017 … caught five passes for 130 yards … helped Ryan to a 14-1 overall record, including an undefeated regular season and a 6-0 district mark and title, and an appearance in the 5A Division 1 state semifinals in 2017 … also played basketball at Ryan.

Barryn Sorrell

(BAER-in sore-ELL)

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN

6-3 • 250 • Fr.-HS

New Orleans, La. (Holy Cross)

HS Coach: Guy LeCompte


An all-state and academic all-state honoree and all-district selection who played defensive end, defensive tackle and tight end during his high school career … ranked the No. 37 strongside defensive end and No. 17 overall in Louisiana by Rivals … rated the No. 59 strongside defensive end and No. 26 overall in Louisiana by 247Sports … ranked the No. 96 defensive end nationally and No. 29 overall in Louisiana by ESPN … listed No. 13 among the 2020 Top 50 New Orleans area recruits … chosen honorable mention 5A All-State by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association in 2020 … selected to the Louisiana MaxPreps All-State second team … named an iHigh Great American Rivalry Series scholar-athlete … tabbed a 5A Academic All-State honoree … named first-team All-District 9-5A … notched eight tackles and one tackle for loss against Chalmette … posted five tackles, three sacks and one forced fumble against St. Augustine … helped Holy Cross to a Division 1 first round playoff appearance in 2020 … moved to defensive end as a junior in 2019 and recorded 44 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble … registered five tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery against St. Augustine … secured two sacks against Covington … helped Holy Cross to a Division 1 first round playoff appearance in 2019 … played tight end as a freshman and sophomore in 2017 and 2018 … helped Holy Cross to an 8-4 overall record and a Division 1 first round playoff appearance in 2018 … helped Holy Cross to a 5-2 district record and a Division 1 first round playoff appearance in 2017 … holds a 4.6 GPA at Holy Cross.

Jordon Thomas
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN

6-3 • 240 • Fr.-HS

Port Arthur, Texas (Memorial)

HS Coach: Brian Morgan


A two-time all-district honoree … named a finalist for the 2020 SI All-American team … rated No. 219 nationally, the No. 25 defensive end and No. 37 in Texas by ESPN … ranked No. 296 nationally, the No. 19 weakside defensive end and No. 41 overall in Texas by 247Sports … rated the No. 25 weakside defensive end nationally and No. 73 overall in Texas by Rivals … ranked the No. 5 defensive end and No. 38 overall in the state by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football … listed No. 25 on the Austin American-Statesman’s Fab 55 … a PrepStar Top 350 All-American … named first-team All-District 9-5A Division 1 in 2020 … selected to the Texas MaxPreps All-State second team … chosen as fan’s choice to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Super Team Defense … recorded 65 tackles, including 19 tackles for loss and 12 sacks, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles, one blocked punt and one blocked field goal as a senior … part of a defense that allowed 19.7 points per game, including three games of fewer than 10 points and one shutout … helped Memorial to a 9-1 record overall with an undefeated regular season, including a 7-0 district mark and title, and an appearance in the 5A Division 1 bi-district playoffs in 2020 … a third-team honoree on Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Super Team in 2020 … missed his junior season in 2019 with an ankle injury … selected second-team All-District 9-5A Division 1 in 2018 … recorded 32 tackles, seven tackles for loss and five sacks as a sophomore… helped Memorial to a 10-2 overall record, including a 7-1 district mark, and an appearance in the 5A Division 1 bi-district playoffs in 2018.

Ray Thornton*

LINEBACKER

6-3 • 225 • Sr.-TR

Killeen, Texas (LSU/Shoemaker)

HS Coach: Channon Hall


Graduate transfer from LSU … played in 41 career games with four starts with the Tigers … has recorded 45 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, one forced fumble and one pass deflection during his career … has seen action at outside linebacker and edge rusher … played in nine games as a senior … posted five tackles, including four solo and two sacks for a loss of 23 yards, and a forced fumble in 2020 … appeared in 14 games as a junior … registered nine tackles, one quarterback hurry and recovered a fumble in 2019 … fumble recovery came in first quarter against Alabama to halt a possession inside the LSU 10-yard line and led to a 92-yard LSU drive for a 7-0 lead in the win … had season-best four tackles in win over Arkansas … made two starts as a sophomore while playing in 12 games … the starts came in the Fiesta Bowl win over UCF and in the home-opener against Southeastern Louisiana … collected 21 tackles, including 2.5 tackles of loss and one sack in 2018 … had career-best five tackles against Southeastern Louisiana and Ole Miss … added four tackles against Florida and Alabama … started the final two games as a redshirt freshman, while appearing in six … finished the 2017 season with 10 tackles including three against Texas A&M and in the Citrus Bowl against Notre Dame … redshirted as a true freshman in 2016 … majored in sport administration at LSU. 

 
High School

Played at Shoemaker High School in Killeen, Texas, and was coached by Channon Hall … participated in the 2016 Under Armour All-America Game … rated as the nation’s No. 61 overall prospect by ESPN … ranked No. 195 by 247Sports and No. 259 by Scout … listed as the nation’s 13th-best weak side defensive end prospect and rated as the 31st-best player in the state of Texas for the class of 2016 … named District 12-6A Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 … selected Killeen Daily Herald All-Area Most Valuable Player … recorded 57 tackles and 10 sacks in senior … key contributor on a defense that allowed only 15 points per game in 2015 … helped Shoemaker to a 9-3 overall mark and the school’s first-ever playoff victory in 2015 … recorded 61 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss and five sacks as a junior.

Charles Wright*
QUARTERBACK

6-1 • 195 • Fr.-HS

Austin, Texas (Austin)

HS Coach: Michael Wooten


An academic all-state, district MVP and three-time all-district honoree who was a four-year varsity letterman … ranked No. 25 national among dual threat quarterbacks by Rivals … rated No. 26 nationally among pro-style quarterbacks and No. 128 overall in the state of Texas by 247Sports … ranked the No. 12 quarterback and No. 99 overall in the state by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football … a PrepStar All-Midlands Region selection … finished his high school career with over 8,000 passing yards and 80 passing touchdowns … chosen MVP and first-team All-District 26-6A in 2020 … named second-team 6A Academic All-State by the Texas High School Coaches Association … completed 222-of-345 passes for 2,759 yards and 35 touchdowns with nine interceptions rushed 112 times for 442 yards and five touchdowns in just nine games as a senior … threw for at least 300 yards in five games, including three over 400 yards … passed for at least three touchdowns in seven games, including four with five or more … opened the season with six touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown against Pflugerville Connally … threw for 405 yards and six touchdowns, rushed for 39 yards and one touchdown and led a 21-point fourth quarter comeback against Bowie … rushed for season highs of 109 yards and three touchdowns against San Marcos … passed for a season-high 425 yards, along with five touchdowns against Hays … helped Austin to a 5-4 overall record, including a 4-3 district mark, and an appearance in the 6A Division 2 bi-district playoffs in 2020 … selected first-team All-District 25-6A in 2019 … completed 206-of-371 passes for 2,510 yards and 27 touchdowns with 13 interceptions as a junior … rushed 60 times for 113 yards and one touchdown … posted three games with over 300 yards passing … registered 336 passing yards and four passing touchdowns against Pflugerville Connally … connected on a season-high six passing touchdowns with 347 passing yards against Anderson … threw for a season-high 358 passing yards with two touchdowns against Akins … tabbed Offensive Newcomer of the Year in District 25-6A in 2018 … completed 276-of-450 passes for 2,862 yards and 26 touchdowns with eight interceptions as a sophomore … rushed 91 times for 177 yards and seven touchdowns … passed for over 300 yards in three games … recorded five passing touchdowns against Round Rock Westwood … rushed for three touchdowns against Lehman … tossed for a season-high 409 yards against Del Valle … played in five varsity games as a freshman in 2017 … completed 27-of-36 passes for 408 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions … also played lacrosse at Austin High School … father attended Texas.

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