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Tulsa Football Signs 24 Student-Athletes to National Letters-of-Intent

Head Coach Steve Kragthorpe and the Golden Hurricane coaching staff signed 24 recruits to national letters-of-intent.
Head Coach Steve Kragthorpe and the Golden Hurricane coaching staff signed 24 recruits to national letters-of-intent.
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Feb. 2, 2005

Tulsa, Oklahoma - The University of Tulsa Head Football Coach Steve Kragthorpe announced today the signing of 24 student-athletes to national letters-of-intent, including one four-year college transfer, seven junior college transfers and 16 high school seniors.

Tulsa's recruiting class has been rated as the best among Conference USA schools by Rivals.com, and is also ranked 54th nationally. The Hurricane signed seven players with a three-star rating from Rivals.com. Tulsa will begin membership in C-USA beginning with the 2005 season.

Among Tulsa's signees, nine are offensive players and 15 are on the defensive side of the ball. Tulsa has signed five prep players from Oklahoma and another four-year transfer also from the state, while nine high school players come from the state of Texas and one each from Kansas and Canada.

Tulsa signed seven junior college players, including five from schools in California and one each from Texas and Kansas.

"I really believe we've signed an excellent class," said Kragthorpe. "We addressed needs that we've identified to continue to help us build this program."

Rivals.com also rates Tulsa's group of linebackers as the 21st ranked group in the nation, while Tulsa has the 30th ranked group of defensive tackles, 31st ranked group of receivers and the defensive end class ranks 45th nationally.

"We signed a number of big physical players who will help bolster our offensive and defensive fronts," said Kragthorpe. "We added to our defensive class with some junior college players that we feel can come in and have an immediate impact for us. We also added two junior college wide receivers that possess the skills we were looking for at that position, and can who contribute quickly."

Among the seven junior college transfers, five are defensive players while two are wide receivers. Five of those junior college transfers have earned three-star ratings from Rivals.com, including receivers Ryan Bugg and Idris Moss (pronounced E - dris), and linebackers Steve Craver, Alain Karatepeyan (pronounced Kara - tape -ee -n) and Martelle Narcisse (pronounced Nar - cease).

Moss andCraver were two highly-recruited players out of high school as well, with Moss signing at UCLA and Craver at Nebraska.

Five of the junior college players also played at California Junior Colleges. "We ventured into California where we have some strong recruiting ties. Coach Stubbs, Coach Moore and myself have had extensive experience recruiting in those areas and have developed solid relationships over the course of our careers. We've found that a number of those players have a willingness to venture out and try new things," added Kragthorpe.

Tulsa East Central linebacker Popsie Floyd, who is ranked as the 25th top prep linebacker in the nation by rivals.com, is joined by four more Oklahoma High School players to ink national letters-of-intent with the Hurricane today. Jenks receiver Jesse Meyer, Coweta lineman Curt Puckett, Comanche lineman Jody Whaley and Enid tight end Jacob Collums earned all-state mention from the Tulsa World.

Tulsa plucked six players from the state of Texas that were named to the Dallas Morning News Top-100 All-Area team, including Terrell Nemons (pronounced Tur - rell Knee-mons), who was ranked 12th on the all-area list and was the 33rd-ranked player in the state. Nemons was also named to Dave Campbell's Texas Football Super Team.

In addition to Nemons, defensive backs Josh Burris, Mark Fisher, Rodney Henderson and James Lockett, and linebacker Cedric Godfrey made the all-area top-100 list by the Dallas Morning News. Nemons and Godfrey, both from Cedar Hill High School, were also joined by prep teammate George Clinkscale to sign with the Hurricane.

Tulsa also added University of Oklahoma transfer Courtney Tennial, the Tulsa World Player of the Year in 2002 as a running back to its recruiting class. Tennial set the state's single-season rushing record with 3,426 yards and 36 touchdowns as a senior at Glenpool High School. He will sit out the 2005 season and have two years of eligibility remaining with the Hurricane.

"I think this is an excellent class. There's no question that we targeted some big-time players in terms of the way they were viewed by other people whether that's other School's or recruiting services," said Kragthorpe. "Our attitude is that we're going to recruit the very best players."

This is the second consecutive season that Tulsa has had the best recruiting class in its respective conference according to Rivals.com. Tulsa's 2004 class was ranked the best among Western Athletic Conference schools.

2005 Tulsa Football Signee Profiles


Ryan Bugg WR 6-0 190 Jr-JC Atascadero, Calif./Allan Hancock JC
Played two years at Allan Hancock Junior College . . . had 50 receptions for 850 yards his sophomore season . . . was a second-team all-Western States Conference selection . . . named the Team Offensive MVP . . . received a three-star rating by Rivals.com . . . junior college coach was Kris Dutra . . . was a two-year letterwinner at Atascadero High School . . . started two years on offense and his junior season at defensive back . . . played both running back and receiver as a prep senior . . . had 49 receptions for 795 yards and rushed for 732 yards in his career . . . rushed for 731 yards and had 29 catches for 465 yards his senior campaign . . . was a second-team all-San Luis Obispo County and P.A.C. 5 all-conference selection as a running back . . . had 21 receptions for 330 yards as a junior, while earning first-team all-county honors and was a Los Podres League selection . . . also lettered three years in track . . . set the school record for the 100-meters and 110-meter hurdles . . . high school football coach was Sam DeRose

Josh Burris DB 5-10 175 Fr. Garland, Texas/South Garland HS
Was a two-year letterwinner and two-year starter at free safety at South Garland High School . . . helped his team compile a 9-2 record as a senior and a 9-3 mark his junior season . . . was ranked 51st among the top-100 by the Dallas Morning News . . . led his team in tackles as a senior with 98 stops . . . returned two interceptions for touchdowns as well as a 45-yard fumble recovery as a senior . . . earned second-team all-district merits as a senior . . . tallied 122 tackles and six interceptions his junior campaign . . . was a first-team all-district selection and was also an honorable mention all-state performer his junior season . . . high school coach was Mickey Moss.

George Clinkscale LB 6-0 225 Fr. Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill HS
Was a two-year letterwinner and starter at Cedar Hill High School . . . had 145 career tackles, including 11 sacks and 31 stops for lost yardage . . . also caused nine fumbles and recovered seven fumbles in his career . . . totaled 83 tackles and 23 for lost yardage . . . also had seven sacks, three caused fumbles and four fumble recoveries . . . was a second-team all-district performer both his junior and senior seasons . . . was selected to participate in the the Coca Cola All-Star Game . . . was his team's Defensive MVP as a senior . . . tallied 62 stops and had 11 stops for lost yardage during his junior season . . . also lettered two years in track and three years in powerlifting . . . high school coach was Joey McGuire.

Jacob Collums TE 6-4 228 Fr. Enid, Okla./Enid HS
Was a three-year letterwinner at Enid High School . . . was a two-way starter at tight end and defensive end for three seasons . . . had career totals of 29 receptions for 414 yards and three TDs . . . compiled 90 career tackles, eight sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and six pass deflections from his defensive end position . . . earned all-district honors and was an honorable mention Tulsa World all-state selection as a senior . . . totaled 13 catches for 165 yards and two touchdowns as a senior . . . had 45 tackles and forced three fumbles his senior season . . . caught 12 passes for 185 yards and one TD and had 30 tackles his junior campaign . . . high school coach was Tom Cobble . . . (pronunciation . . . Columns).

Steve Craver LB 6-1 225 Jr-JC Hurst, Texas/Kilgore JC
Played two years at Kilgore (Texas) Junior College . . . signed with Nebraska out of L.D. Bell High School . . . helped lead his JUCO team to a 10-2 record and the conference championship in 2004 . . . started both years at linebacker . . . had 60 tackles, seven pass breakups, two sacks and one interception in his sophomore season . . . tallied 45 tackles and five pass breakups in his first season . . . junior college coach was Jimmy Rieves . . . played his prep football at L.D. Bell High School . . . was a three-year letterwinner and started as a senior on offense, and his junior season on defense . . . as a prep senior, he was rated as the #32 safety in the nation, ranked #21 in the Dallas-area and the #77 best senior in the state of Texas by Rivals.com . . . played quarterback, receiver, running back, free safety and cornerback as a senior . . . had 400 rushing yards and six touchdowns and 460 passing yards and four TDs his senior season . . . also tallied 75 tackles as a senior . . . high school coach was Ross Dodson.

Tommy Daniels DL 6-2 338 Fr-GS Ennis, Texas/Ennis HS
Signed with Tulsa last year, and enrolled at Tulsa in January of 2005 . . . was a two-year letterwinner and starter at Ennis High School . . . started both his junior and senior seasons at defensive tackle . . . was rated as the 51st best prospect in the Dallas/Fort Worth area by the Dallas Morning News . . . had 64 tackles his senior season . . . earned second-team all-district accolades both his junior and senior seasons . . . tallied 54 tackles his junior campaign . . . high school coach was Sam Harrell.

Mark Fisher DB 6-0 195 Fr. Dallas, Texas/Lincoln HS
Was a three-year letterwinner at Lincoln High School . . . started his junior and senior seasons at cornerback, and his sophomore year on offense . . . rated as the 75th best player in the Dallas Metroplex by the Dallas Morning News . . . named to Max Emfinger's top-100 in the state of Texas . . . was on team's that posted a three-year record of 33-6 . . . was credited with 12 pass breakups and four interceptions his senior season . . . also rushed for 860 yards as a senior . . . earned first-team all-district honors both his junior and senior seasons . . . had career totals of 972 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, as well as 15 receptions for 309 yards and three TDs . . . totaled 19 pass breakups and six interceptions in his career . . . high school coach was Reginald Samples.

Popsie Floyd LB 6-1 218 Fr. Tulsa, Okla./East Central HS
Was a three-year letterwinner and defensive starter at East Central High School . . . started three years at defensive end and also his senior year at running back . . . helped lead his team to the state Class 5A semifinals both as a junior and senior, as well as a three-year record of 30-6 . . . totaled 145 tackles and ranked second in the state in all classes for quarterback sacks with 22 on the season . . . was a Tulsa World Preseason Blue Chip selection . . . earned first-team Tulsa World all-state and all-metro honors . . . named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association and Daily Oklahoman all-state honors . . . ranks as the #25 linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com . . . received a three-star rating by Rivals.com . . . also had 273 yards and three TDs on 23 carries at tailback his senior season . . . in his most extensive time at tailback, he had 151 yards on 10 carries in one game . . . totaled 102 tackles and 20 sacks as a junior . . . also lettered two years in basketball and three years in track . . . high school coach was Travis Hill.

Cedric Godfrey LB 6-1 235 Fr. Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill HS
Was a two-year letterwinner and starter at Cedar Hill High School . . . started at middle linebacker both his junior and senior seasons . . . ranks No. 74 on the Dallas Morning News' All-Area top-100 . . . had career totals of 221 tackles, 10 caused fumbles and four sacks . . . tallied 102 tackles his senior season, and 119 stops as a junior . . . was a second-team all-district performer his senior season, and was named to Dave Campbell's top-20 linebackers in the state of Texas . . . selected to participate in the Coca Cola All-Star Game . . . also lettered four years each in track and powerlifting . . . high school coach was Joey McGuire

Rodney Henderson DB 5-10 160 Fr. Grand Prairie, Texas/South Grand Prairie HS
Was a three-year letterwinner at South Grand Prairie High School . . . started three years at defensive back, and at receiver his final two seasons . . . rated as the 98th best player in the Dallas Metroplex by the Dallas Morning News as a senior . . . was selected to participate in the Coca Cola All-Star Game . . . earned first-team all-district honors on defense for three years, while claiming first-team all-district merits on offense as a senior and second-team accolades his junior season . . . totaled 105 tackles and 13 interceptions, including six for TDs during his career, while catching 51 passes for 919 yards and 14 touchdowns in his career as well . . . compiled 44 tackles and two interceptions his senior season . . . caught 19 passes for 400 yards and five TDs as a senior, and returned three punts for 117 yards and one touchdown and had one kickoff return for a 40-yard TD . . . high school coach was David Fisher.

Moton Hopkins DL 6-2 250 Fr. Converse, Texas/Randolph HS
Was a three-year letterwinner at Randolph High School . . . started three years at both tight end and defensive end . . . helped lead his team to a 10-2 record both his junior and senior seasons . . . tallied 357 career tackles, 41 stops for lost yards, 22 sacks, six forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries . . . had 117 tackles, 17 for lost yardage, six sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries from his defensive end position as a senior . . was named the District MVP his senior season . . . was an all-area, all-district and Class 2A all-state selection as a senior . . . totaled 154 tackles, 17 stops for lost yardage, eight sacks and two forced fumbles his junior season . . . was named to the all-Greater San Antonio team as a defensive end his junior campaign . . . earned first-team all-district honors on offense and defense as a junior, and was a first-team all-state performer . . . also lettered three years in track and powerlifting and one year in basketball . . . high school coach was Peter Wesp.

Alain Karatepeyan LB 6-1 250 So-JC Chatsworth, Calif./Pierce College
Played one season at Pierce Junior College . . . totaled 70 tackles, 17 sacks, 11 forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries in the 2004 season . . . was named the Team MVP . . . earned all-Western States Conference, all-California and JC Grid-Wire All-America accolades . . . received a three-star rating by Rivals.com . . . was named the conference player of the week three times . . . in an upset over Bakersfield College, he forced four fumbles and blocked one punt . . . junior college coach was Dave Banuelos . . . was a four-year letterwinner at Chatsworth High School . . . started four years at linebacker, and one year on offense . . . had 138 tackles, 15 sacks, eight forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries his senior season . . . also caught 50 passes for 850 yards and rushed for 650 yards as a senior . . . was named the Team MVP . . . earned first-team West Valley all-conference honors as a junior and senior . . . tallied 158 tackles, 16 sacks and four interceptions as a junior . . . high school coach was Bill Coan . . . (pronunciation . . . Kara - tape - ee - n)

Kevin Lane OL 6-5 315 Fr. Calgary, Alberta, Canada/St. Mary's HS
Was a three-year letterwinner at St. Mary's High School . . . was a two-way starter at tackle for three seasons . . . helped lead his team to a 9-1-1 record and the provincial semifinals as a senior . . . earned first-team all-conference, all-Canada and all-Western Canada his senior season . . . was a two-year team captain . . . also earned two letters in basketball . . . high school coach was Bill McConkey.

James Lockett DB 5-10 183 Fr. Arlington, Texas/Mansfield Summit HS
Was a three-year letterwinner at Mansfield Summit High School . . . started at linebacker his senior season, and at running back as a sophomore . . . helped lead his team to a 9-4 record as a senior and a 9-2 mark his junior season . . . recorded 111 tackles, 38 for lost yardage, 10 sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception as a prep linebacker . . . . ranked No. 99 on the Dallas Morning News' All-Area top-100 . . . was named the District 4-5A Defensive Player of the Year and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram MVP as a senior . . . earned honorable mention all-state accolades . . . registered 183 tackles and 13 sacks in his career, while rushing for 368 yards and eight touchdowns . . . high school coach was Tim Beck.

Jesse Meyer WR 6-3 197 Fr. Jenks, Okla./Jenks HS
Earned two letters at Jenks High School . . . started at receiver both his junior and senior seasons, and at defensive back as a senior . . . was a member of the Class 6A state championship team as a junior and the state runner-up his senior season . . . tallied 55 receptions for 1,101 yards and 13 touchdowns during his career . . . was a second-team Tulsa World all-state performer as a senior . . . was an all-metro selection by the Tulsa World . . . also earned all-conference and Oklahoma Coaches Association all-state accolades . . . had 36 receptions for 811 yards, a 22.5 average and eight TDs his senior campaign . . . tallied 45 tackles, including 33 solos, and had four interceptions his senior season . . . also blocked two kicks and returned one interception for a 96-yard touchdown as a senior . . . had 19 receptions for 290 yards and four TDs his junior season . . . also lettered three years in track . . . had best-times of 22.4 in the 200 meters and 49.1 in the 400 meters.

Idris Moss WR 5-10 170 Jr-JC Alameda, Calif./Chaffey College
Transfers from Chaffey College . . . played at UCLA before transferring to Chaffey College prior to the 2004 season . . . was the second-leading receiver in the Foothill Conference with 54 receptions for 810 yards and six touchdowns . . . also led the conference in kickoff returns with 10 for 349 yards, with a season-long of 64 yards . . . received a three-star rating by Rivals.com . . . junior college coach was Carl Beach . . . red-shirted the 2002 season at UCLA . . . had four catches in the 2003 season at UCLA for 92 yards, including two catches for 66 yards against USC . . . was a three-year letterwinner and starter at Eisenhower High School . . . played cornerback and quarterback . . . was a PrepStar All-America selection as a prep senior . . . ranked seventh in the nation by Rivals.com as an athlete . . . was ranked as the #25 defensive back in the nation by SuperPrep and the #25 wide receiver by Tom Lemming . . . was a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and the #16 athlete in the nation . . . was named to the Los Angeles Times All-Inland Empire team and the Region Back of the Year . . . earned second-team all-state and first-team all-county and all-league merits his senior season . . . threw for 1,341 yards and nine TDs, while rushing for 307 yards and six touchdowns his senior season . . . passed for 1,843 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior, and rushed for 410 yards and four TDs . . . high school coach was Tom Hank . . . (pronunciation . . . E - dris)

Martelle Narcisse LB 6-0 250 So-JC St. Martinville, La./Coffeyville CC
Was a second-team all-Jayhawk Conference selection at defensive end . . . had 82 tackles, including 34 solos and 21 stops for lost yardage . . . also had six fumble recoveries and caused three fumbles . . . received a three-star rating by Rivals.com . . . junior college coach was Jeff Leiker . . . was a four-year letterwinner at St. Martinville High School . . . started his final three seasons at running back . . . was a three-time all-state and all-conference selection . . . was also a three-time Class 5-4A MVP . . . his team compiled a 33-7 record in his final three seasons, while rushing for 4,795 career yards . . . rushed for 1,720 yards his senior season . . . also lettered four years in track . . . (pronunciation . . . Nar - cease)

Terrel Nemons DL 6-3 337 Fr. Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill HS
Was a three-year letterwinner at Cedar Hill High School . . . started his final two seasons at defensive tackle . . . named to the Dave Campbell's Texas Football SuperPrep Team . . . ranked 36th in the preseason by Scout.com in the Southwest Hot 100 prospects . . . ranks No. 12 on the Dallas Morning News' All-Area top-100, and 33rd on the Dallas Morning News All-State top-100 team . . . received a three-star rating by Rivals.com . . . ranks as the 21st best defensive tackle in the country by ESPN.com . . . also ranks as the 26th defensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com . . . was selected to participate in the Coca Cola All-Star Game . . . earned second-team all-district honors both his junior and senior seasons . . . had 58 tackles and three sacks his senior season . . . also totaled 51 tackles and four sacks as a junior . . . also lettered twice in track and three times in powerlifting . . . high school coach was Joey McGuire . . . (pronunciation . . . Tur - rell Knee- mons)

Curt Puckett OL 6-3 291 Fr. Coweta, Okla./Coweta HS
Was a three-year letterwinner at Coweta High School . . . started at offensive tackle, and nose guard on defense for three years . . . graded at 91-percent during his career on the offensive line . . . on defense, he tallied 135 tackles, nine fumble recoveries and two interceptions during his career . . . was a Tulsa World honorable mention all-state selection his senior season . . . graded out at 96-percent as a senior with 45 pancake blocks . . . also had 55 tackles and four sacks his senior season . . . was an Oklahoma Coaches Association all-state selection . . . was named the 5A-3 Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year . . . high school coach was Trandy Birch.

Marchon Tatmon DB 6-0 197 Jr-JC Oakland, Calif./Chabot College
Played two years at Chabot College . . . helped lead his team to an 8-3 record as a sophomore . . . had 110 tackles and seven interceptions in his two seasons . . . earned all-conference first team honors in 2004 . . . junior college coach was Danny Calcagno . . . played his prep football at Castlemont High School . . . earned two letters and started both on offense and defense as a junior and senior . . . had 63 receptions for 1,590 yards and eight touchdowns as a receiver during his career . . . tallied 130 career tackles and nine interceptions . . . earned first-team all-conference merits as a prep senior after catching 34 passes for 850 yards and five TDs . . . was a second-team all-conference performer his junior campaign . . . high school coach was Lloyd Johnson.

Courtney Tennial RB 5-9 219 Jr-TR Glenpool, Okla./Univ. of Oklahoma
Transfers from Oklahoma . . . enrolled at Tulsa in January 2005 . . . red-shirted in 2003 and did not see action during the 2004 season at Oklahoma . . . will sit out the 2005 season and have two years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2006 campaign . . . was a consensus all-state selection as a senior at Glenpool High School . . . led his team to a 14-0 record and the Class 4A state title as a senior in 2002 . . . was the Tulsa World's Oklahoma Player of the Year his senior season . . . received a three-star rating by Rivals.com as a prep senior . . . set the state's single-season rushing record with 3,426 yards and 36 touchdowns as a senior . . . had 8,212 career rushing yards and 86 touchdowns as a prep star . . . ran for 2,285 yards, an average of 11.9 yards per carry, and 29 touchdowns as a junior . . . high school coach was Steve Edwards.

William Washington DL 6-6 290 Jr-JC Lexington, Ky/Bakersfield JC
Transfers from Bakersfield Junior College . . . earned all-conference honors as a sophomore after registering 42 tackles, 23 stops for lost yardage and 11 sacks . . . had 25 tackles in his first season . . . junior college coach was Jeff Chudy . . . started four years at Dunbar High School . . . played tight end and defensive end in high school . . . totaled 20 receptions for 270 yards on offense, and had 97 tackles and 19 sacks on defense in his prep career . . . was the Team Defensive MVP as a senior . . . was ranked among the top-50 players in Kentucky as a senior . . . was a two-time all-city selection and earned all-district merits his junior season . . . had 42 tackles, including 17 stops for lost yardage and nine sacks as a senior . . . high school coach was Mike Meighan

Jody Whaley OL 6-3 288 Fr. Comanche, Okla./Comanche HS
Was a four-year letterwinner at Comanche High School . . . started four years on the offensive line, and three seasons on the defensive front . . . was a first-team all-state selection by the Tulsa World his senior season, and also earned all-state honors by the Oklahoma Coaches Association . . . earned second-team all-state merits from the Daily Oklahoman as a senior, and was an honorable mention all-state selection by the Daily Oklahoman in his junior season . . . was a three-time Duncan Banner all-area performer, and named to the Lawton Constitution all-area team both his junior and senior seasons . . . was the 2004 Lineman of the Year by the Duncan Banner and Lawton Constitution . . . was also named the District 2A-2 Lineman of the Year as a senior . . . high school coach was Dale Condit.

Travis Wike TE 6-4 266 Fr. Wichita, Kan./Collegiate HS
Was a four-year letterwinner at Wichita Collegiate High School . . . started at tight end and defensive end for three seasons . . . was the 12th best senior in the state of Kansas according to Rivals.com . . . helped lead his team to the District and Bi-District Championships as a senior . . . was an all-conference selection both his junior and senior seasons as a defensive end, and earned all-league honors as a junior tight end . . . also lettered three years in baseball and one year in basketball . . . high school coach was Mike Gehrer.