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Tulsa Football Signs 22 Student-Athletes to National Letters-of-Intent

Head Coach Steve Kragthorpe and the Golden Hurricane signed 22 student-athletes to national letters-of-intent on Wednesday.
Head Coach Steve Kragthorpe and the Golden Hurricane signed 22 student-athletes to national letters-of-intent on Wednesday.
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Feb. 1, 2006

Tulsa, Okla. - University of Tulsa Head Football Coach Steve Kragthorpe announced today the signing of 22 student-athletes to national letters-of-intent, including 17 high school seniors and five junior college players.

Tulsa, winners of Conference USA and the 2005 AutoZone Liberty Bowl, had another solid class of recruits under Kragthorpe, his fourth recruiting class as the Hurricane head coach.

The junior college players are all on the offensive side of the ball, including three receivers, one tight end and one lineman. The Hurricane class includes six Oklahoma High School seniors and seven prep seniors from the state of Texas. Tulsa also dipped into the states of Florida, Tennessee, California, Louisiana, Missouri and South Carolina to complete its recruiting class.

"I really like the chemistry of this recruiting class," said Kragthorpe. "Much like our season in 2005 we have a group of guys that our not only committed to being good football players, but good people. This class has a great feel. It's a group of guys that will continue to help us grow and expand our opportunities on the football field.

"While our recruiting philosophy remains the same in terms of drawing a circle 300 miles around Tulsa, the national exposure we garnered by playing in and winning the Conference USA Football Championship Game and the AutoZone Liberty Bowl has allowed us to expand our recruiting territories in a very positive fashion. Combine that with the new hires on our coaching staff and the ties these coaches have has enabled us to sign some quality players from other geographic areas," added Kragthorpe.

Each side of the ball is equally represented with Tulsa's signing class, as there are 11 offensive players and 11 on the defense. Priorities for the Hurricane recruiting class included receiver and cornerback, as Tulsa inked five wide receivers, two tight ends and four cornerbacks.

The wide receivers include three junior college transfers -- Corey Kizer, Dion Toliver and Alonzo Wilson -- as well as high school receivers Stephen Polk from Dallas' Pinkston High School, and Blanchard (Okla.) High School's Daniel Morrell. Tulsa singed four high school cornerbacks including two from the state of Texas -- Dominique Crawford and Charles Davis -- as well as one from Missouri -- Kenny Sims -- and Oklahoma -- Jamad Williams, a Midwest City High School product.

"We addressed the needs that we determined we had at the wide receiver and defensive back positions, particularly at wide receiver. We feel we've added some immediate help by bringing in three junior college receivers, but at the same time we've been able to bolster our offensive and defensive lines," Kragthorpe said.

Three players on this year's signing class have already enrolled in classes at Tulsa. Junior College transfers Devin Adair, a tight end from El Camino Junior College, and Justin Morsey, from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and Sapulpa High School, have been on campus since the spring semester began on January 9. In addition, high school senior Tanner Antle, a linebacker from eight-man Foyil High School, enrolled for spring classes as well.

2006 Football Newcomer Bios


Devin Adair • TE
6-0 • 225 • Jr-JC
Torrance, Calif. • Mira Costa HS • El Camino JC
A mid-semester transfer from El Camino Junior College . . . had a three-star rating by Rivals.com . . . was a starter as a sophomore and caught 39 passes for 740 yards and nine touchdowns . . . earned all-Mission Conference accolades and all-state honors in 2005 . . . junior college coach John Featherstone . . . was a three-year letterwinner at Mira Costa High School . . . started both his junior and senior seasons at tight end and cornerback . . . had career statistics of 70 receptions for over 1,500 yards and 22 TDs . . . on defense, had 50 tackles and three interceptions in his career . . . had 40 receptions for 826 yards and 12 TDs his senior season . . . earned all-Bay League and all-area honors as a senior . . . high school coach was Don Morrow.

Tanner Antle • LB
6-4 • 190 • Fr.
Foyil, Okla. • Foyil HS
Enrolled at Tulsa at mid-semester . . . played eight-man football at Foyil High School . . . was a four-year letterwinner . . . helped his team post a 12-1 mark as a senior and an 11-1 record his junior season . . . played quarterback and linebacker and handled the punting duties . . . registered 120 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions his senior season . . . at quarterback, he had over 2,500 yards in total offense and accounted for 20 touchdowns . . . was a Tulsa World second-team all-state punter his senior season . . . named to play in the OCA All-State game for the East squad . . . was named the District Player of the Year and the County Offensive Player of the Year . . . high school coach was Trent Worley.

Jon Bell • DT
6-1 • 255 • Fr.
Shreveport, La. • Evangel Christian HS
A four-year letterwinner at Evangel Christian Academy . . . started as a sophomore at offensive tackle, and as a junior and senior on the defensive end . . . played on state championship teams as a freshman, sophomore and senior . . . finished his junior season as the state runners-up . . . was a member of teams that compiled a 48-11 record in his four years . . . was credited with 179 tackles, 45 stops for lost yardage, 36 sacks, 15 caused fumbles and 11 fumble recoveries . . . totaled 100 tackles, 28 for lost yardage and 21 sacks as a senior . . . also caused 10 fumbles and seven fumble recoveries . . . earned first-team all-state, all-city and all-district accolades as a senior . . . was named the District's Outstanding Player of the Year, and was the Shreveport Defensive Player of the Year . . . as a junior, totaled 79 tackles, 17 stops for lost yardage, 12 sacks, seven caused fumbles and six fumble recoveries . . . earned second-team all-state honors, and first-team all-city and all-district merits . . . also lettered in powerlifting, wrestling and track . . . was the teenage national champion and record holder in the 242-pound powerlifting weight class . . . high school coach was Dennis Dunn.

Mike Bryan • LB
6-1 • 215 • Fr.
Coweta, Okla. • Coweta HS
Was a three-year letterwinner and starter at Coweta High School . . . started all three seasons at quarterback and linebacker . . . led the Oklahoma Class 5A in tackles both his junior and senior seasons . . . had 248 tackles, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions in his senior season . . . completed 52 percent of his passes for 561 yards and seven touchdowns, and rushed for 740 yards . . . had 627 career tackles, eight fumble recoveries and four interceptions . . . threw for 2,094 yards and rushed for 2,172 yards in his career . . . was ranked 27th in the state of Oklahoma by Rivals.com . . . earned Tulsa World all-state and all-metro honors his senior season . . . was named to the Daily Oklahoman all-state team as a senior . . . named to play in the OCA All-State game for the East squad . . . was named the District 5A-4 Player of the Year . . . was selected to participate in the 2006 Oil Bowl . . . his father, Rick, played at Oklahoma . . . tallied 194 tackles as a junior, while earning honorable mention all-state merits by the Tulsa World . . . high school coach was Trandy Birch.

Logan Cawyer • TE
6-4 • 234 • Fr.
Miami, Okla. • Commerce HS
Was a four-year letterwinner at Commerce High School . . . started four years at linebacker and three seasons at tight end . . . was on teams that combined to register a 46-6 record in four years . . . earned Tulsa World all-state honorable mention accolades his senior season as a tight end . . . named to play in the OCA All-State game for the East squad . . . caught 52 passes for 778 yards and 17 touchdowns, while totaling 281 tackles, 15 sacks and seven interceptions in his career . . . had 41 receptions for 603 yards and 13 TDs his senior season . . . was credited with 84 tackles, five sacks and four interceptions as a senior . . . named the District Defensive Player of the Year as a senior . . . tallied 11 receptions for 175 yards and four touchdowns his junior campaign . . . also had 112 tackles and five sacks from the defensive side of the ball his junior season . . . also lettered four years in track and basketball and three seasons in baseball . . . high school coach was Rick Trimble.

Dominique Crawford • CB
5-9 • 170 • Fr.
Giddings, Texas • Giddings HS
Played running back and defensive back during his prep career . . . totaled 130 tackles and four interceptions as a safety his senior season, while running for over 800 yards and a 14.0 average per carry . . . earned first-team all-district merits at safety and running back as a senior . . . earned first-team all-area accolades as a kick returner . . . won the Class 3A state 100m and 200m as a freshman . . . has been clocked at 10.6 in the 100m and 6.8 in the 60m . . . high school coach was Derek Fitzhenry.

Charles Davis • CB
5-9 • 155 • Fr.
Fort Worth, Texas • North Crowley HS
A three-year letterwinner at North Crowley High School . . . started three years on offense and his final two seasons on defense . . . had career statistics of over 1,500 passing yards, 1,500 rushing yards and 800 receiving yards . . . had 150 career tackles and 32 pass breakups . . . played receiver and free safety as a senior . . . had 300 yards receiving and five touchdowns, and also had 600 return yards his senior season . . . tallied 98 tackles, 23 pass breakups and one interception as a senior . . . earned first-team all-district honors at safety his senior campaign . . . was named to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's SuperTeam as a senior . . . had 25 tackles and nine pass breakups his junior season . . . was the 7-4A District Sophomore of the Year after throwing and rushing for over 1,000 yards . . . also lettered four years in track . . . high school coach was Mike Papas.

Ronnie DeWitt • OL
6-5 • 260 • Fr.
Lake Austin, Texas • Lake Austin HS
Was a three-year letterwinner and starter at Lake Austin High School . . . played left tackle both his junior and senior seasons, and split time between right and left tackles his sophomore season . . . helped lead his prep team to the district championship both as a junior and senior . . . had an average grade of 90-percent his senior season with 38 pancakes . . . earned first-team all-district and all-CenTex Texas teams as a senior . . . graded at 84-percent his junior season . . . was a first-team all-district and second-team all-CenTex Texas teams . . . also lettered in track . . . high school coach was Jeff Dicus.

Anthony Egbuniwe • DE
6-4 • 220 • Fr.
Greenville S.C. • J.L. Mann HS
Was a three-year letterwinner at J.L. Mann High School . . . started both as a junior and senior at defensive end . . . totaled 191 tackles, 24 sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his career . . . earned all-region and all-county honors as a senior . . . was credited with 89 tackles and 13 sacks his senior campaign . . . totaled 54 stops and six sacks as a junior . . . also lettered three years in basketball . . . high school coach was Mickey Cracker. (pronounced E-boon-a-way).

Donald Gobert • FS
6-3 • 180 • Fr.
Crockett, Texas • Crockett HS
Was a two-year starter at Crockett High School . . . was credited with 90 tackles in 10 games as a senior . . . also had five pass break-ups and three forced fumbles . . . was named the District Defensive Player of the Year . . . high school coach was Steven Burrow.

Clark Harrell • QB
6-2 • 190 • Fr.
Ennis, Texas • Ennis HS
Was the starting quarterback at Ennis High School his senior season . . . led his team to an 11-2 record and to the regional finals . . . completed 323-of-464 passes for 3,924 yards and 39 touchdowns his senior season . . . was leading passer in Texas Class 4A as a senior . . . was named the District 14-4A MVP and earned first-team all-district honors . . . was injured in the first game of his junior season, and missed the remainder of the season . . . high school coach was his father Sam Harrell.

Corey Kizer • WR
6-2 • 210 • Jr-JC
Memphis, Tenn. • Melrose HS • Coahoma (MS) JC
Started both seasons at wide receiver at Coahoma Community College . . . caught 48 passes for 876 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore . . . totaled 28 receptions for 512 yards and seven TDs his freshman season . . . earned first-team all-conference and all-state merits as a sophomore . . . junior college coach was Freeman Horton . . . was a three-year letterwinner and starting receiver at Melrose (Tenn.) High School . . . had 41 receptions for 870 yards and 11 touchdowns his senior season . . . tallied 49 catches for 900 yards and 12 touchdowns his junior season . . . earned all-metro and all-state accolades as a prep senior . . . was the No. 7-ranked player in the state of Tennessee by the Memphis Commercial Appeal . . . was the 27th-ranked receiver in the nation by Rivals.com . . . was named the No.8 ranked player by SuperPrep in the Dixie area . . . earned four letters in track, while winning the state title in the 200m (21.3) and 400m (47.66) his senior season . . . high school coach was Kenny Ingram.

Daniel Morrell • WR
6-1 • 186 • Fr.
Blanchard, Okla. • Blanchard HS
Was a three-year letterwinner and starter at Blanchard High School . . .played receiver and defensive back . . . ranked eighth in the state among all classes in receiving with 70 receptions for 1,051 yards and 13 touchdowns his senior season . . . also had 120 tackles as a senior . . . was named to the Class 3A Coaches All-Star team as a receiver . . . named Little All-City receiver by the Daily Oklahoman as a senior . . . named to play in the OCA All-State game for the West squad . . . was named the 3A-1 Defensive Player of the Year . . . totaled 130 receptions for 2,112 yards and 25 touchdowns in his career . . . also tallied 187 career tackles, five interceptions, three caused fumbles and three fumble recoveries . . . caught 34 passes for 619 yards and seven TDs as a junior . . . also had 44 tackles and one interception his junior season . . . was the Class 4A state 100-meter champion his junior season . . . also lettered three letters in track and two letters in powerlifting . . . high school coach was Billy Langford.

Justin Morsey • OL
6-2 • 274 • So-JC
Sapulpa, Okla. • Sapulpa HS • NEO A&M
Enrolled at Tulsa for second semester . . . transferred to Tulsa from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M after one season . . . played right guard at NEO A&M and helped his team to a 9-3 record . . . was a four-year letterwinner at Sapulpa High School . . . started three seasons on both the offensive and defensive lines . . . earned Tulsa World first-team all-state and all-metro honors in 2004 . . . was named the 6A-4 Offensive Lineman of the Year . . . graded out at 99-percent his senior season, and had 80 pancake blocks . . . also had 85 tackles and five sacks on defense as a senior . . . was ranked as the 39th top prep senior in Oklahoma in 2003 by Rivals 100.com . . . also lettered four years in wrestling . . . high school coach was Mike Hainzinger.

Stephen Polk • WR
6-1 • 195 • Fr.
Dallas, Texas • Pinkston HS
Was a four-year letterwinner and starter at L.G. Pinkston High School . . . had 113 receptions for 1,520 yards and 19 touchdowns in his career . . . caught 49 passes for 672 yards and nine TDs as a senior . . . earned first-team all-district honors . . . was named to the Dallas Morning News Top-100 All-Area team . . . had 42 catches for 569 yards and eight touchdowns his junior campaign . . . earned first-team all-district merits his junior season . . . also lettered in baseball, track and basketball . . . high school coach was James Argenti.

Tyler Scarbrough • DE
6-3 • 240 • Fr.
Stillwater, Okla. • Stillwater HS
A three-year letterwinner at Stillwater High School . . . started three years on defense and his final two seasons at tight end . . . earned honorable mention all-state merits as a senior . . . named to Oklahoma Coaches Association Class 6A All-Star Team . . . was ranked 29th in the state of Oklahoma by Rivals.com . . . named to play in the OCA All-State game for the East squad . . . earned first-team all-district honors his senior season . . . tallied 65 tackles and 10 sacks as a senior, while catching 12 passes for 97 yards and two TDs from his tight end position . . . totaled 147 career tackles and 18 quarterback sacks . . . high school coach was Kirk Fridrich.

Kenny Scott • DT
6-1 • 324 • Fr.
Anderson, S.C. • T.L. Hanna HS
Was a three-year letterwinner at T.L. Hanna High School . . . started at offensive center as a senior, and was a starting defensive lineman both his junior and senior seasons . . . received a preseason ranking of 36th in the state of South Carolina by Rivals.com . . . was credited with 112 tackles and 29 stops for lost yardage as a senior . . . graded out at 87-percent on offense . . . earned all-area honorable mention accolades his senior season . . . had 82 stops his junior campaign . . . high school coach was Scott Parker.

Kenny Sims • CB
5-11 • 189 • Fr.
Florissant, Mo. • Hazelwood Central HS
Played a Hazelwood Central High School . . . played cornerback and running back as a senior . . . totaled 53 tackles and two interceptions . . . had 41 solos . . . caught 27 passes for 454 yards . . . high school coach was John Pukala.

Dion Toliver • WR
5-10 • 160 • Jr-JC
Riverside, Calif. • Riverside Poly HS • Riverside JC
Was a two-year letterwinner at Riverside Community College . . . started both seasons at receiver . . . helped lead his team to the 2005 Mission Conference Championship . . . caught 35 passes for 480 ayrds and two touchdowns as a sophomore . . . had 19 receptions for 293 yards and one TD in his first year . . . earned second-team all-conference honors as a sophomore . . . junior college coach was Bill Brown . . . was a three-year letterwinner at Riverside Poly High School . . . started both his junior and senior seasons at receiver and defensive back . . . had career stats of 132 receptions for 2,112 yards and 21 touchdowns . . . also had 149 career tackles and 10 interceptions . . . earned first-team all-league honors at receiver both as a junior and senior . . . also earned all-county merits as a defensive back his final two seasons as well . . . caught 50 passes for 978 yards and 14 touchdowns his senior season . . . had 84 stops and five interceptions as a senior . . . high school coach was Steve Hagarty.

Brandon Washington • OL
6-3 • 330 • Fr.
Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill HS
Was a three-year letterwinner and starter on the offensive line at Cedar Hill High School . . . helped lead his team to a 7-4 record and district championship as a senior . . . graded out at 88-percent and had 67 pancakes his senior season . . . earned first-team all-area honors as a senior . . . graded at 85-percent and had 59 pancakes his junior campaign . . . was a second-team all-district selection as a sophomore and junior . . . was ranked among Dave Campbell's Texas Football Top-100 Juniors . . . also lettered three years in powerlifting and one year in track . . . high school coach was Joey McGuire.

Jamad Williams • CB
5-9 • 193 • Fr.
Midwest City, Okla. • Midwest City HS
Was a four-year letterwinner at Midwest City High School . . . started all fours seasons at defensive back, and was the starting running back his junior and senior seasons . . . rushed for 1,852 yards, a 7.5 average per carry and 20 touchdowns his senior season . . . ranked third in Class 6A in rushing and seventh in scoring . . . totaled 61 tackles and two interceptions as a senior . . . earned first-team all-city honors and Tulsa World honorable mention all-state merits as a running back his senior season . . . was named Player of the Year in District 6A-2 . . . selected to the Daily Oklahoman's Big All-City Team . . . named his team's MVP in 2005 . . . totaled 877 rushing yards as a junior, while compiling 80 tackles and five fumbles recoveries . . . led the state in punting as a junior with a 41.1 per game average . . . high school coach was Jesse Wall.

Alonzo Wilson • WR
6-0 • 165 • Jr-JC
Boynton Beach, Fla. • Boynton Beach HS • Independence CC
Played two years at Independence Community College . . . was a two-way player, splitting his time between cornerback and receiver . . . had 19 receptions for 135 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore . . . totaled 27 tackles and four interceptions for 102 return yards and one TD . . . also had 18 kickoff returns for 449 yards . . . was a second-team all-conference performer at cornerback . . . junior college coach was Dave Ward . . . was a two-year letterwinner at Boynton Beach High School . . . started two seasons as cornerback . . . earned all-area and all-conference honors . . . high school coach was Verrl Floyd.