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    A-State Football Announces 16 Additions to Highly-Touted 2024 Recruiting Class

    February 7, 2024

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    JONESBORO, Ark. (2/7/24) – Arkansas State head football coach Butch Jones announced Wednesday on National Signing Day that the Red Wolves have added 16 players to the Red Wolves’ highly-touted 2024 ranked first in the Sun Belt Conference for the third consecutive season by one of the major recruiting services.

    The class ranks atop the Rivals Sun Belt Conference ranks, is second in 247Sports and third in On3 rankings. Nationally, the signing class ranks as high as 71st by Rivals and comes in at 78th by 247Sports, and 84th by On3, marking the third consecutive year Jones and his staff have assembled an incoming class rated among the top three in school history. Thirty-six players from 11 different states make up the group that is also listed among the top 10 in the Group of Five for the third consecutive year. This is the first class in program history with multiple ESPN300 recruits.

    Although just five of the 16 players announced today are high school recruits, 25 total high school signees are the most announced as part of an A-State class in program history. Eleven of the remaining class members are either FBS, FCS or Division II transfers. Including 11 transfers and four early enrollees announced in December, 15 members of the class will be available to participate in A-State’s upcoming spring camp slated to begin March 10.

    A-State added six players on the offensive side of the ball, including wide receivers Reginald Harden Jr. (Benedict College), Malik Hornsby (Texas State/Arkansas) and AJ Wallace (South Pittsburg HS). Also joining the class were offensive linemen Riley McGeehe (New Hope HS) and EJ Ndoma-Ogar (Missouri/Oklahoma), and tight end James Rexroat (Republic HS).

    Defensively, the Red Wolves added 10 players to the class, eight of which are FBS or FCS transfers. A-State added four defensive ends; Noah Collins (Georgia Tech), Gideon Herbert (Rabun Gap-Nacochee School), Kamari Stephens (Jacksonville State/Florida A&M) and Bryan Whitehead (Liberty), three linebackers; Jourdyn Burruss (Cookeville HS), Chris Pearson (Houston) and Kyle Taylor (Tarleton State), two defensive tackles Lucas Banks (Mississippi Valley State) and Micaiah Overton (Texas A&M), and cornerback Jordan Mahoney (UMass).

    “This is the most complete class we’ve had among all our classes when you really look at it,” Jones said. “We were able to address our immediate needs, but just as important, we were able to address our long term and future needs as well. As we set a vision for the future of this program, it’s not just set up for win one year and be done, we’re going to set this program up for long term success. In our four classes now, we’ve gone from signing 13 high school players in 2021, 17 the next year, last year 23 and this year 25. We addressed our immediate needs, but look down the road and make sure we are set with quality depth and competition within the program.”

    The entire class is made up of 36 players, 33 who led their teams to the state playoffs while in high school, including 10 who played in a state championship game. Out of those 10, seven were part of a state title while in high school.

    The group also consists of 29 players who were listed as at least a three-star prospect by either 247Sports, ESPN, On3 or Rivals coming out of high school. Out of 25 high school players who have signed with A-State, a school-record 23 are rated as a three-star recruit by 247Sports.

    The current class in total includes 16 offensive players and 20 defensive players, including five on the offensive line and nine on the defensive front. A-State has added six wide receivers, most among any position, but inked at least one player at every offensive and defensive position.

    A-State added 10 players from Texas, seven from Alabama, five from Georgia, four from Florida, three from Tennessee, two from Arkansas and one each from Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and South Carolina.

    2024 Arkansas State Football Recruiting Class (announced Feb. 7 in bold)

    1.     Lucas Banks: 6-2, 270, Sr., DT, Houston, Texas (Mississippi Valley State)*

    2.     Brandon Barnes: 6-1, 165, Fr., S, Dallas, Texas (Skyline HS)

    3.     Royce Baucom: 6-5, 310, Fr., OL, Guntersville, Ala. (Guntersville HS)

    4.     Jaylen Boardley: 6-0, 190, Fr., RB, Texarkana, Texas (Pleasant Grove HS)*

    5.     Chase Bogle: 6-2, 205, Fr., LB, Lucas, Texas (Lovejoy HS)

    6.     Jourdyn Burruss: 6-0, 200, Fr., LB, Cookeville, Tenn. (Cookeville HS)

    7.     Jabari Bush: 6-4, 200, Fr., TE, Katy, Texas (Paetow HS)

    8.     Drew Collins: 6-4, 235, Fr., DE, Adamsville, Ala. (Minor HS)*

    9.     Noah Collins: 6-5, 243, Sr., DE, Loganville, Ga. (Georgia Tech)*

    10.   Josh Flowers: 6-3, 210, Fr., QB, Mobile, Ala. (Baker HS)*

    11.   Reginald Harden Jr.: 6-5, 200, rJr., WR, Jacksonville, Fla. (Benedict College [S.C.]/Florida State)*

    12.   Gideon Herbert: 6-3, 235, Fr., DE, Rabun Gap, Ga. (Rabun Gap-Nacochee School)

    13.   Malik Hornsby: 6-2, 190, rJr., WR, Missouri City, Texas (Texas State/Arkansas)*

    14.   Trason Hunt: 6-5, 275, Fr., OL, Bentonville, Ark. (Bentonville HS)

    15.   Braden Jackson: 6-0, 180, Fr., CB, Gulf Shores, Ala. (Gulf Shores HS)

    16.   Jordan Mahoney: 6-0, 180, Sr., CB, Rock Hill, S.C. (UMass)*

    17.   Alex Martin: 6-2, 305, Fr., DT, Little Rock, Ark. (Parkview HS)

    18.   Riley McGehee: 6-6, 275, Fr., OL, New Hope, Ala. (New Hope HS)

    19.   David Moore: 5-11, 170, Fr., CB, Fort Worth, Texas (North Crowley HS)

    20.   EJ Ndoma-Ogar: 6-3, 335, rJr., OL, Allen, Texas (Missouri/Oklahoma)*

    21.   Kemari Nix: 6-1, 195, Fr., S, Kennesaw, Ga. (Kell HS)

    22.   Baker North: 6-3, 315, Fr., OL, Mission, Kan. (Bishop Miege HS)

    23.   Micaiah Overton: 6-4, 300, Sr., DT, Bessemer, Ala. (Texas A&M/Liberty)*

    24.   Chris Pearson: 6-2, 200, So., LB, Orange Beach, Ala. (Houston)*

    25.   Montez Redding: 6-2, 180, Fr., WR, Jonesboro, Ga. (Jonesboro HS)

    26.   James Rexroat: 6-4, 230, Fr., TE, Republic, Mo. (Republic HS)

    27.   Jayvion Showers: 6-2, 170, Fr., WR, Pensacola, Fla. (Pensacola Catholic HS)

    28.   Devin Spencer: 5-8, 170, Fr., RB, Riverview, Fla. (Summer HS)

    29.   Kamari Stephens: 6-3, 250, Sr., DE, Jacksonville, Fla. (Jacksonville State/Florida A&M)*

    30.   Josh Stone: 6-0, 171, Fr., CB, Atlanta, Ga. (Carver HS)*

    31.   Kiandre Terry: 6-0, 170, Fr., WR, Byram, Miss. (Jackson Academy)

    32.   Kyle Taylor: 6-1, 225, rJr., LB, The Colony, Texas (Tarleton State)*

    33.   Obi Udom: 6-3, 235, Fr., DT, Frisco, Texas (Heritage HS)

    34.   AJ Wallace: 6-1, 175, Fr., WR, Chattanooga, Tenn. (South Pittsburg HS)

    35.   Bryan Whitehead: 6-1, 245, Jr., DE, Bartlett, Tenn. (Liberty/Marshall)

    36.   Kyle Williams: 6-0, 172, Fr., DB, Slidell, La. (Northshore HS)
    * Available to participate in A-State’s 2024 spring camp (15)

    Arkansas State Football 2024 Recruiting Class By The Numbers
    By Position: Offense (16)
    QB (1): Josh Flowers
    RB (2): Jaylen Boardley, Devin Spencer
    WR (6): Reginald Harden Jr., Malik Hornsby, Montez Redding, Jayvion Showers, Kiandre Terry, AJ Wallace
    TE (2): Jabari Bush, James Rexroat
    OL (5): Royce Baucom, Trason Hunt, Riley McGehee, Baker North, EJ Ndoma-Ogar

    By Position: Defense (20)
    DT (4): Lucas Banks, Alex Martin, Micaiah Overton, Obi Udom
    DE (5): Drew Collins, Noah Collins, Gideon Herbert, Kamari Stephens, Bryan Whitehead
    LB (4): Chase Bogle, Jourdyn Burruss, Chris Pearson, Kyle Taylor
    CB (5): Braden Jackson, Jordan Mahoney, David Moore, Josh Stone, Kyle Williams
    S (2): Brandon Barnes, Kemari Nix

    By State/Country
    Alabama (7): Royce Baucom, Drew Collins, Josh Flowers, Braden Jackson, Riley McGehee, Micaiah Overton, Chris Pearson
    Arkansas (2): Trason Hunt, Alex Martin
    Florida (4): Reginald Harden Jr., Jayvion Showers, Devin Spencer, Kamari Stephens
    Georgia (5): Noah Collins, Gideon Herbert, Kemari Nix, Montez Redding, Josh Stone
    Kansas (1): Baker North
    Louisiana (1): Kyle Williams
    Mississippi (1): Kiandre Terry
    Missouri (1): James Rexroat
    South Carolina (1): Jordan Mahoney
    Tennessee (3): Jourdyn Burruss, AJ Wallace, Bryan Whitehead
    Texas (10): Lucas Banks, Brandon Barnes, Jaylen Boardley, Chase Bogle, Jabari Bush, Malik Hornsby, David Moore, EJ Ndoma-Ogar, Kyle Taylor, Obi Udom

    Lucas Banks: DT | 6-2 | 270 | Houston, Texas / Mississippi Valley State
    Was a three-year letterwinner at Mississippi Valley State, appearing in 25 games including a career-high 11 contests in 2023 … Posted 50 career tackles and 22 solo stops … Had a career-high 6.0 TFL and 2.0 sacks as a junior … During the 2023 season, finished with six games with at least three tackles … Also threw discus for Mississippi Valley State … Attended North Shore Senior High School winning state title in 2019.

    Brandon Barnes: S | 6-1 | 165 | Dallas, Texas / Skyline HS
    Two-time second-team all-district … Rated by On3, and Rivals as a 3-star recruit … Displayed versatility by playing both wide receiver and defensive back for Skyline High School in Dallas, while also seeing time at quarterback in 2023 … Defensively, had 43 tackles and two interceptions as a junior … Offensively, rushed for 234 yards and three touchdowns, while completing 45 of 79 passes for 423 yards and three scores … Also competes in track and field as a long and triple jumper … Committed to the Red Wolves over Arizona State.

    Royce Baucom: OL | 6-5 | 310 | Guntersville, Ala. / Guntersville HS
    Tabbed by and On3 as a 3-star offensive lineman … Earned second-team All-Region 7 honors as a senior, helping Guntersville go 11-2 and reach the fifth round of the state playoffs … Defending Class 5A state champion in the shot put … Chose A-State over offers from Georgia State, Georgia Southern, Marshall, Navy, Middle Tennessee and others.

    Jaylen Boardley: RB | 6-0 | 190 | Texarkana, Texas / Pleasant Grove HS
    Two-way standout for Pleasant Grove High School … Rated as a consensus 3-star recruit by On3, ESPN, and Rivals … Ranked as the No. 23 ATH nationally by On3 … First-team all-district honoree who rushed for 1,219 yards and 20 touchdowns while catching 23 passes for 428 yards and four more scores as a senior … As a junior, rushed for 625 yards and four touchdowns and added five more touchdowns receiving on 304 yards … Held offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and others

    Chase Bogle: LB | 6-2 | 205 | Lucas, Texas / Lovejoy HS
    Rated by On3 as a 3-star linebacker … Racked up 126 tackles, including 26 TFLs and 11 sacks as a senior in 2023 … First Team All-District 7-5A honoree … Helped the Leoards to a 12-2 overall mark and unblemished 7-0 record in district play en route to a district title … Aided his team to a quarterfinal finish in the UIL 5A state playoffs … Earned honorable mention academic all-state honors … Also competes in lacrosse and track and field for Lovejoy … Offered by Colgate, Davidson, Stetson and UTEP. 

    Jourdyn Buruss: LB | 6-0 | 200 | Cookeville, Tenn. / Cookeville HS
    Two-time All-Region selection … Team captain … First Team All-Region 4-6A in 2023 … Helped Cookeville to 8-4 record in 2023 as linebacker and running back … Finished eighth in tackles for loss in school history … Also wrestled in high school … Offered by Charlotte, East Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech. 

    Jabari Bush: TE | 6-4 | 200 | Katy, Texas / Paetow HS
    Ranked as a 3-star wideout by 247Sports and On3, while rated as a 2-star recruit by Rivals … Second-Team All-District 19-6A selection … Academic all-district honoree … Versatile TE/WR hybrid playing running back, tight end, wide receiver and special teams … Totaled 25 catches for 358 yards in 2023 … Also fielded offers from Hawaii, UAB and others.

    Drew Collins: DE | 6-4 | 235 | Adamsville, Ala. / Minor HS
    Graded a 3-star recruit by, who tabbed him as the No. 66 player in the state of Alabama and No. 115 at his position … Had five sacks, two of which resulted in fumbles, eight tackles for loss and 54 total tackles this past season … Also played tight end and had four catches for 70 yards and a touchdown … Also offered by Austin Peay, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Troy, UAB and Western Kentucky … Brother, Kelby, plays defensive end at Florida.

    Noah Collins: DE | 6-5 | 243 | Loganville, Ga. / Georgia Tech
    Appeared in 27 games over three seasons played at Georgia Tech … Logged 30 career tackles, 17 solo, 4.5 tackles for loss and one sack … In 2023, played in nine games and finished with nine total tackles, including a sack in a 30-17 win over UCF in the Gasparilla Bowl … Played in 11 games and made one start in the 2022 campaign … Posted 16 tackles, including 2.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and a blocked kick … As a true freshman in 2021, played in seven games contributing on defense and special teams … Finished freshman year with five tackles coming over the last five games of the season …  Rated a three-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN out of Grayson High School … Tabbed as the No. 31-ranked weakside defensive end nationally by Rivals and the No. 42-ranked player in the state of Georgia by ESPN … In his senior season at Grayson, led team to a 14-0 record and the Georgia 7-A state championship … As a junior, helped Grayson to a first-place region finish and Georgia 7-A state quarterfinal appearance … Recorded 65 tackles (30 solo), 9.0 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks during his prep career … Also blocked two kicks and recovered a fumble … Offered by Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Cincinnati, Colorado, Florida, Georgia State, Kansas State, Kentucky, LSU, Maryland, Mercer, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M and UCF before signing with Georgia Tech.

    Josh Flowers: QB | 6-3 | 210 | Mobile, Ala. / Baker HS
    Graded a 4-star recruit by ESPN, 3-star recruit by, On3 and Rivals … ESPN lists him as the No. 7 dual-threat quarterback in the class and the No. 18 player from the state of Alabama … ESPN ranks him as the No. 288 player in the ESPN300, the first ESPN300 high school recruit in program history and fourth among all Sun Belt Conference programs since ESPN300 began in 2009 … 247Sports composite ranks him as the No. 31 player in the state of Alabama … In high school career, 350-of-526 (.665) passing for 5,571 yards and 50 touchdowns while rushing 432 times for 3,661 yards and 41 scores … In 33 varsity games played, had 19 outings with 100 or more rush yards … As a senior, accounted for 3,561 total yards … Was 134-of-198 passing for 2,126 yards, 20 touchdowns and six interceptions … Rushed 159 times for 1,435 yards and 14 scores … As a junior, accounted for 2,820 yards of offense … Completed 108-of-169 passes (.639) with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions … Rushed 158 times for 1,367 yards and 15 scores … Led Baker to a 4-2 record in Alabama 7A regional play and a home playoff game, just the second home postseason contest in the school’s history … Started as a sophomore, leading Baker to a 7-4 record … Completed 108-of-159 pass attempts (.680) for 1,992 yards with 20 TD and two interceptions … Rushed for 895 yards and 12 touchdowns on 115 carries. 

    Reginald Harden Jr.: WR | 6-5 | 200 | Jacksonville, Fla. / Benedict College (S.C.)/Florida State
    Played two seasons at Division-II Benedict College … Totaled 23 receptions for 564 yards and six scores with an average reception covering 24.5 yards … Played in 10 games in 2023 and caught 17 passes for 424 yards  and four touchdowns … Had three receptions of 50 or more yards, including an 87 yard reception against Lenoir-Rhyne … Finished the season finale against Lenoir-Rhyne with six catches for 230 yards and three touchdowns … Played in two games in 20220 at Benedict College and had six catches for 140 yards and two scores … Began his career as a walk-on at Florida State … Converted to wide receiver from defensive end … Played in one game while with the Seminoles … Prepped at Raines High School where he played basketball, football and ran track … Helped lead the Vikings to back-to-back Class 4A state titles in 2017 and 2018 and a regional semifinal appearance in Class 5A in 2019 … Recorded 50 tackles and seven sacks as a senior … Earned All-State and All-Class 5A honors as a senior. 

    Gideon Herbert.: DE | 6-3 | 235 | Rabun Gap, Ga. / Rabun Gap-Nacochee School
    Graded a 3-star recruit by 247Sports and ESPN  … Led high school squad to a 13-1 record and runner-up finish at the conference championship in 2023 … As a senior, played in five games and totaled 11 tackles, including five for a loss … As a junior, led the conference in sacks and tackles for loss … Earned all-conference honors after recording seven sacks, 13 tackles for loss and 17 quarterback hurries … Also played soccer, ran track and wrestled over his prep career … His cousin, Chris Ezeala, played in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens … Offered by Appalachian State, Austin Peay, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Columbia, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Michigan, Georgia State, James Madison, Liberty, Miami (OH), Middle Tennessee, Princeton, Samford, South Alabama, Southern Illinois, Troy, Tulane, Western Kentucky and Yale. 

    Malik Hornsby.: WR | 6-2 | 190 | Missouri City, Texas / Texas State/Arkansas
    Has played in 23 collegiate games at Texas State (2023) and Arkansas (2020-22) … As a junior with Texas State, played in seven games as a backup quarterback … Was 8-of-15 passing for 83 yards … Had 35 rush attempts for 229 yards and six scores … Over his three-year career at Arkansas, played in 16 games, including a start against LSU in 2022 … Was 18-of-39 passing for 314 yards and one touchdown in his time at Arkansas … Also rushed for 307 yards on 57 attempts with one rushing score … Four-star prospect out of Fort Bend Marshall High School according to 247Sports and ESPN … Slotted at No. 228 in ESPN’s Top 300 … Rated as the No. 5 dual-threat quarterback in the country and 14th overall player in the state of Texas by 247 … Led team to back-to-back state championship games in 2018 and 2019 … 25-3 record as a starting quarterback in high school … Totaled more than 5,000 yards of total offense in two years and scored 82 touchdowns against four interceptions in his time at Fort Bend Marshall … Signed with Arkansas over Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Mississippi State, Oregon, Tennessee, Baylor, Texas A&M, Purdue and others.

    Trason Hunt: OL | 6-5 | 275 | Bentonville, Ark. / Bentonville HS
    Finalist for the 2023 Farm Bureau Offensive Lineman of the Year … Two-time 7A All-State … Helped Bentonville finish as 7A State Runner-Up the last two seasons … Named Brandon Bulsworth Foundation Player of the Game in the 2023 state title contest … Also offered by Central Arkansas, Colorado State, Missouri State and North Texas.

    Braden Jackson: CB | 6-0 | 180 | Gulf Shores, Ala. / Gulf Shores HS
    Rated as a 3-star cornerback by 247Sports and Rivals … Helped lead the Dolphins to a 15-0 record and 5A state title … Tallied 35 tackles, including 3.0 tackles for loss in 2023 … Picked off six passes, returning three for touchdowns, and blocked three punts … On offense, tallied 378 yards receiving and five touchdowns … As a junior, recorded 47 stops (34 solo) with a 91-yard interception returned for a touchdown, while racking up 449 yards and four scores as a receiver … Chose A-State over offers from Indiana, Liberty, N.C. State, Troy and Tulane.

    Jordan Mahoney: CB | 6-0 | 180 | Rock Hill, S.C. / UMass / South Pointe HS
    Saw action in eight games as a junior … Had 20 solo tackles, 29 total tackles, 1.5 TFL for two yards, a forced fumble and three pass breakups … Played in 12 games as a sophomore, recording 42 tackles, 3.0 TFL, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, three interceptions and six pass breakups … Was named to Phil Steele’s 2022 All-Independent Team as a first team cornerback … Earned Pro Football Network All-Independent Team honors as a second team cornerback … One of five FBS players with a pick six and a scoop-and-score in 2022 … Appeared in 11 games as a true freshman … finished the 2021 campaign with 29 total tackles and three pass breakups … Rated a 3-star defensive back according to ESPN out of high school … Was also rated a top-50 recruit in the state of South Carolina by … As a senior, had 33 tackles, nine pass breakups, two interceptions and two forced fumbles … Originally fielded offers from Akron and Benedict College. 

    Alex Martin: DT | 6-2 | 305 | Little Rock, Ark. / Parkview HS
    Graded a 3-star recruit by and On3 … Tabbed the No. 19 defensive lineman in the state of Arkansas … Also offered by UAPB, Austin Peay, Cincinnati, Jackson State, Kansas State, Memphis and others … Two-time Class 5A state champion in 2022 and 2023 …Collected four solo stops against Shiloh Christian in the Class 5A State Championship game … As a junior, hauled in 51 tackles, nine TFL, five sacks, two forced fumbles and a recovered fumble on defense … Two-time Class 5A all-state selection as an offensive and defensive lineman … Three-year starter at Parkview High School.

    Riley McGehee: OL | 6-6 | 275 | New Hope, Ala. / New Hope HS
    Named honorable mention Class 4A All-State, the first player from New Hope to earn such accolades since 2018 … Tabbed Region 8 offensive lineman of the year … Also played basketball in high school … Chose A-State over Cornell, Navy, Samford and Troy. 

    David Moore: CB | 5-11 | 170 | Fort Worth, Texas / North Crowley HS
    Graded a 3-star recruit by and On3 … Competed in the UIL Class 6A D1 State Semifinals … Finished his senior campaign with 18 solo stops and 26 total tackles … Also had 1.0 TFL … Tallied four pass deflections and recovered a fumble … Snagged one interception in 2023 … Chose A-State after receiving offers from New Mexico State and Grambling. 

    EJ Ndoma-Ogar: OL | 6-3 | 335 | Allen, Texas / Missouri / Oklahoma
    Has 19 career appearances, including two starts, playing at Missouri (2021-23) and Oklahoma (2019) … Per PFF, has allowed three quarterback pressures in 283 career snaps … In 2023, made appearances in five games for Missouri playing at left guard and right guard … Played 104 snaps primarily at right guard over six games and two starts in 2022 for the Tigers … Logged 130 snaps at right guard in 2021 at Missouri in four appearances … In 2019 with Oklahoma, played in four games at left guard … 4-star recruit by and ESPN in the class of 2020 … 3-star prospect by Rivals … All-American Bowl selection … invited to The Opening … Rated the No. 217 overall prospect in the 2019 class by and No. 225 by ESPN … Touted as the No. 9 offensive guard in the country by ESPN, No. 13 by 247Sports and No. 19 by Rivals … Ranked as the No. 25 prospect in Texas by 247Sports, No. 31 by ESPN and No. 66 by Rivals … Two-time first-team All-American … Two-time first-team all-district … Also held offers from Alabama, Georgia, Michigan and Texas, among others before signing with Oklahoma.

    Kemari Nix: S | 6-1 | 195 | Kennesaw, Ga. / Kell HS
    Rated by, ESPN and On3 as a 3-star recruit … Earned a Scout Grade of 75 by ESPN … Named First Team All-Region as a senior defensive back … Tallied 21 total tackles with 2.0 TFL … Had two interceptions in two years including a pick six for 75 yards in 2022 … Also a dual-threat quarterback for Kell High School … Threw for 2,133 yards and 21 touchdowns his junior and senior seasons … Also rushed for 27 touchdowns and 1,367 yards … Had four 100-plus yard rushing games in 2022 with a fifth one tacked on as a senior in 2023 … Owned a .742 completion percentage as a senior … Had a career-long pass of 80 yards in 2023 … Selected A-State over Liberty, UMass, Missouri, South Carolina and West Virginia.

    Baker North: OL | 6-3 | 315 | Mission, Kan. / Bishop Miege HS
    Graded as a 3-star recruit by … Versatile member of the offensive and defensive line … Was a second team Sports in Kansas pick as a junior … Part of a squad that finished the 2023 campaign with an 8-2 record … Also was a member of the Bishop Miege wrestling program … Also received an offer from Fort Hays State and Western Illinois.

    Micaiah Overton: DT | 6-4 | 300 | Bessemer, Ala. / Texas A&M/Liberty
    Spent the last two seasons at Texas A&M appearing in two games for the Aggies … Earned the Defensive Scout Team award during the 2022 season … Began collegiate career at Liberty, where he was recruited as a tight end … Rated a 3-star recruit by out of Bessemer Academy … Tallied 55 tackles, including 18.0 for loss, and 3.0 sacks as a senior … Added 16 receptions for 368 yards and five touchdowns in his final season … Helped Bessemer Academy to a state runner-up title as a sophomore. 

    Chris Pearson: LB | 6-2 | 200 | Orange Beach, Ala. / Houston
    Played in 11 games at Houston in 2023 as a true-freshman … Finished season with four tackles, including two against Oklahoma State … Rated a 3-star prospect out of Orange Beach HS … Posted 72 tackles and nine sacks as a senior … Racked up 1,100 return yards on special teams as a senior … Logged 21 touchdowns and 2,000 all-purpose yards … Had a 93-yard punt return touchdown against Bayside Academy … As a junior, helped Orange Beach to the 2A playoffs in the program’s second varsity season … Registered 65 tackles in 2021 with three forced fumbles … Intercepted four passes and scored three defensive touchdowns … Totaled 1,095 rushing yards on 120 carries and had 21 total touchdowns as a junior. 

    Montez Redding: WR | 6-2 | 180 | Jonesboro, Ga. / Jonesboro HS
    Named to Born to Compete 6A All-State team … Finished 2023 season with 908 receiving yards on 41 catches and 12 touchdowns … Recorded 1,133 total all-purpose yards as a senior … Also added a pick six and one forced fumble … Selected Arkansas State over Toledo, Troy and USF … A member of the varsity basketball team earning all-state honors … Averages nearly 18 points per game as a senior. 

    James Rexroat: TE | 6-4 | 230 | Republic, Mo. / Republic HS
    Graded a 3-star prospect by the On3 and 247Sports Composite rankings … Finished runner-up in Class 5A state title game, the first appearance title game appearance in school history … Earned Class 5A All-State recognition … Recorded 25 catches for 604 yards and nine touchdowns in junior season … Chose A-State over Memphis, Missouri State, Murray State, Northern Iowa, Southeast Missouri and UT Martin. 

    Jayvion Showers: WR | 6-2 | 170 | Pensacola, Fla. / Pensacola Catholic HS
    Rated a 3-star recruit by On3 and … Tallied 1,750 receiving yards on 113 catches from 2021-2023 with 24 touchdowns … Had a career-high 874 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior … Played a role during kickoff returns, tallying a total of 260 yards as a junior and senior …  A Good Apple Sportsmanship Award winner … Also played baseball for Pensacola Catholic High School … Received offers from Akron, Alabama State, Army, Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, Southern Miss and Western Michigan. 

    Devin Spencer: RB | 5-8 | 170 | Riverview, Fla. / Sumner HS
    Rated a 3-star recruit by and On3 … All-Conference performer … Led Sumner High School to an 11-2 overall record in 2023 … Rushed for over 1,000 yards as a senior … Had four 100-plus yard rushing performances … Had a career-high 193 rushing yards against Durant … Recorded back-to-back 100-plus yard performances against Durant and Lennard … Rushed for 13 touchdowns in 2023 … Also had one receiving touchdown … As a junior, had 85 rushes 724 yards and six touchdowns in 11 games … Also played on defense as a junior totaling 19 tackles and three pass break-ups … Also competes in track and field events … Selected A-State over Howard, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee Tech and Towson. 

    Kamari Stephens: DE | 6-3 | 250 | Jacksonville, Fla. / Jacksonville State/Florida A&M
    In 2023, appeared in 12 games for Jacksonville State … Had 12 tackles on the season, including 5.5 for a loss and 3.5 sacks … Forced two fumbles and totaled 18 quarterback pressures, including 14 hurries … Spent four seasons at Florida A&M (2019-22) … Earned BOXTOROW HBCU All-American honors in 2022 … First Team All-SWAC in 2022 with 10 sacks and 13 tackles for loss … Prepped at Sandalwood High School.

    Josh Stone: CB | 6-0 | 171 | Atlanta, Ga. / Carver HS
    Rated a 3-star recruit by and On3 … Appeared in nine games as a senior with 23 solo stops and a career-high 42 tackles … Also posted 4.0 TFL in 2023 … Had seven career interceptions including three as a senior for 125 return yards … Had six career pass deflections and one fumble recovery … Had a total of 81 career tackles … Recorded 2.0 sacks for six yards as a sophomore … Member of the 2022 program that finished with a 9-4 overall record … Had offers from Arkansas, Coastal Carolina, James, Madison, Kansas, Louisville, Mississippi State, UAB, Wake Forest and Western Kentucky.

    Kyle Taylor: LB | 6-1 | 225 | The Colony, Texas / Tarleton State / The Colony HS
    Appeared in 22 games in two seasons at Tarleton State … Finished with 109 career tackles, 46 solo stops, 8.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks for 37 yards, two forced fumbles and five pass deflections … Had the fourth most tackles on the team in 2022 and 2023 … Had a career-high eight tackles, along with his fumble recovery, at Stephen F. Austin on Oct. 15, 2022 … At The Colony High School, was the team’s Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year his senior year … First Team All-District as a linebacker, the Defensive Player of the Year runner-up … Had 79 tackles, four sacks and an interception in eight games … Team Defensive Player of the Year, conference Defensive Player of the Year runner-up and Academic All-State his junior year … Had 151 tackles, 20 sacks, 28 tackles for loss, 38 quarterback hurries and two pass breakups … First Team All-District and All-District Academic First Team as a sophomore … Played three years of varsity football … Co-captain his senior year … Was a three-year letterman for baseball … Has three professional athletes in the family – Bobby Taylor of the Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks, Jordan Evans of the Cincinnati Bengals, Trey Burke of the Dallas Mavericks.

    Kiandre Terry: WR | 6-0 | 170 | Byram, Miss. / Jackson Academy
    Named a 3-star recruit by, On3 and … Tabbed as the 49th best wide receiver in Mississippi by On3 … Named to the 6A All-MAIS Football Team … Was a MAIS All-Star … Hauled in over 100 yards on eight receptions with a touchdown and a two point conversion in the MAIS All-Star game … Recorded over 1,000 receiving yards during his high school career with six touchdowns and a long reception of 69 yards as a junior … Also recorded punt and kickoff returns, combining for 14 returns and 185 yards … Had a career-long kickoff return of 69 yards as a junior … Received offers from Campbell, Kent State, Miami (Ohio) and North Alabama.

    Obi Udom: DT | 6-3 | 235 | Frisco, Texas / Heritage HS
    Rated a 3-star prospect by and On3 … The No. 146 ranked defensive lineman in Texas and No. 208 ranked player overall in the state … Earned unanimous First Team All-District 6-5A honors as a senior … Named the 2022 District 6-5A Newcomer of the Year … Had 71 total tackles and 22.5 TFL as a senior … Had a career-high 4.0 TFL against Reedy … Recorded double-digit tackle performances three times in 2023 and two more times in 2022 … Finished his career with 39.5 TFL and 140 total tackles … Had 7.0 sacks, nine quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles, two blocked kicks and a fumble recovery during his breakout season in 2022 … Also a member of the varsity basketball program … Received offers from Air Force, Army, Grambling State and Navy. 

    AJ Wallace: WR | 6-1 | 175 | Chattanooga, Tenn. / South Pittsburg HS
    Graded a 3-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals … Helped South Pittsburg to the 2023 Class 1A state title … All-State selection … … Played in the 2023 TACA East vs West All-Star Classic … Chose A-State over Central Michigan, Chattanooga, Eastern Kentucky, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami (FL), Michigan State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Toledo and Virginia Tech. 

    Bryan Whitehead: DE | 6-1 | 245 | Bartlett, Tenn. / Liberty/Marshall
    Played in 13 games for Liberty in 2023 totaling 14 total tackles, including 0.5 sacks and 3.0 TFLs … Per PFF, totaled 17 pressures off the edge with 11 hurries, five quarterback hits and 0.5 sacks … Had two or more pressures in seven of 13 games played … Prior to his one season at Marshall, played at Pearl River CC and was a NJCAA Second Team All-American … Played in 10 games during the 2021 and 2022 seasons … Totaled 39 tackles, 19.0 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks in 2022 … Added three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and an interception … Added MACCC South Division Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Conference honors to his 2022 accolades … Prepped at Bartlett (Tenn.) HS where he finished career with 61 tackles, seven sacks, an interception and a forced fumble. 

    Kyle Williams: CB | 6-0 | 172 | Slidell, La. / Northshore HS
    Rated a 3-star recruit by, ESPN and On3 … Was the 2023 District 6-5A Defensive Most Valuable Player and earned First Team District 6-5A honors at defensive back and returner … Totaled 42 tackles and three interceptions his senior season … Had 382 punt return yards and two punts returned for touchdowns … Received offers from Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Ole Miss, Southeastern Louisiana, Southern Miss, Texas State and West Virginia … Also a member of the baseball program. 

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