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Coach Blankenship gets two signees to arrive early on campus.
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Jan. 13, 2014

Tulsa, Oklahoma - University of Tulsa Head Football Coach Bill Blankenship announced today that two recent high school graduates, Jabe Burgess of Greenwood (Ark.) High School and Nigel Carter of Tulsa's McLain High School, began classes today.

Blankenship also indicated that junior Thomas Roberson's playing career has ended. Roberson missed four games in the 2013 season due to concussion type symptoms and has decided not to continue his career for medical reasons. Roberson is a fourth-year senior academically and is expected to graduate this May.

Roberson caught 86 passes for 1,219 yards and 10 touchdowns in 37 career games, while catching 27 passes for 363 yards and four TDs this past season.

True freshman cornerback Ray Crockett has been dismissed from the team, while true freshman quarterback Jaylen Lowe has decided to transfer.

The two incoming Tulsa newcomers will be eligible to participate in spring drills for the Golden Hurricane. Burgess (6-3, 200) led his Greenwood High School team to a 12-1 record as a senior, while completing 152-of-221 passes for 2,110 yards and 21 touchdowns.

A two-year starter, Burgess completed 72-percent of his passes for 5,238 career yards and 47 touchdowns, while leading his Greenwood High School team to a two-year mark of 26-1. Burgess has a three-star rating and is ranked as the 22nd top pro-style quarterback in the nation according to Rivals.com.

Carter (6-3, 185) played at Tulsa's McLain High School and caught 25 passes for 349 yards and five touchdowns in just six games as a senior. In his junior campaign, Carter had 33 receptions for 641 yards and seven TDs, while also scoring on two kickoff returns.