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Tulsa Football Signs 25 to National Letters-of-Intent

University of Tulsa Head Football Coach Todd Graham announced today the signing of 25 student-athletes to national letters-of-intent, including three junior college transfers and 22 high school seniors.
University of Tulsa Head Football Coach Todd Graham announced today the signing of 25 student-athletes to national letters-of-intent, including three junior college transfers and 22 high school seniors.
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Feb. 4, 2009

Tulsa, Oklahoma - University of Tulsa Head Football Coach Todd Graham announced today the signing of 25 student-athletes to national letters-of-intent, including three junior college transfers and 22 high school seniors.

This year's recruiting class is filled with prep seniors with tremendous credentials. The Hurricane has signed 13 players who earned a three-star rating by Rivals.com and one four-star rated student-athlete.

Among the prep seniors, three have already enrolled at The University of Tulsa, including Rivals.com four-star quarterback Shavodrick Beaver and two of the top seniors in the state of Oklahoma, receiver Brett Davis and linebacker Cody Wilson. Beaver is among the nation's top prep quarterbacks as Rivals.com has him rated as the No. 5 Best Scrambling Quarterback nationally and the nation's eighth-best Dual Threat Quarterback.

"We're very, very excited about this recruiting class," said Graham. "We think that this class, from top to bottom, is by far the most talented, the most explosive, the fastest and the biggest that we've signed since we've been here. It takes our recruiting to a new level and a place we haven't been since I've been a part of the program over the last six years.

"Winning recruiting battles against Big 12 schools, SEC schools, ACC schools and competing at a national level is exciting as a program, and I think it speaks volumes about the success and national exposure we've had," added Graham. "From top to bottom, there's an unbelievable amount of playmakers in this recruiting class."

Tulsa has posted 21 wins in the last two seasons since Graham's return as head coach. The Hurricane registered a 10-4 record in 2007 and an 11-3 mark this past season. In each of those seasons, Tulsa has had the nation's top-ranked offense by averaging 543.9 yards in the 2007 campaign and 569.9 yards in 2008.

"We have a distinctive vision in recruiting. We want 50 percent or more of our class to come from the state of Oklahoma. We want to own Oklahoma and we've been very successful in doing that. Obviously, Oklahoma is a base for us. We've also been able to attract kids from Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. This year, Louisiana was a state rich in talent and the specific skills that we were looking for. We've been able to get some of the best-of-the-best out of Louisiana this year," Graham added.

 

 

"Our coaches did an excellent job identifying and then closing the deal on an outstanding recruiting class," said Graham.

The incoming Hurricane class includes 14 offensive players, 10 on defense and one specialist. Tulsa has 15 incoming high school seniors from the state of Oklahoma and five from Louisiana, while three high school seniors come from Texas and one from Georgia. In Graham's two years as head coach, the Hurricane has signed a total of 24 Oklahoma high school student-athletes.

Among the junior college transfers, the states of California, Florida and Oklahoma are represented. Tulsa's JUCO signees addressed needs on the offensive line and in the defensive secondary. The Hurricane signed, who Graham calls "one of the top junior college impact players in the country and who will be a big-time player in Conference USA" in the likes of safety Arthur Render. Cornerback Laquentin Black is an Oklahoma native, but attended North Iowa Area Community College, while offensive lineman Eric Sproal, who originally signed with Fresno State out of high school, will have three years of eligibility remaining.

On the defensive side of the ball, Tulsa has signed five defensive backs, including three safeties, three linemen and two linebackers.

"Defensively, our focus was mostly at safety and defensive lineman. We had to replace a deep snapper with the graduation of John Warren, and we did that with Michael Brodsky, who was rated as the nation's best deep snapper by Ray Guy," said Graham.

The Hurricane signed one quarterback, running back and tight end, while inking six receivers and four offensive linemen to this year's recruiting class.

"Offensively, our focus was to replenish the depth at wide receiver. We're always interested in improving the skill level of our football team. To be able to attract one of the top quarterbacks in the nation in Shavodrick Beaver was important to us, and at the running back position we recruited Alex Singleton who is big and powerful, and who we think is the missing link in our offensive package," said Graham. "The big focus was at the wide receiver position and at the offensive line. We feel we've gotten bigger and more explosive upfront, and have added big time explosiveness, speed and playmakers at the wide receiver position."

Tulsa loaded up in the receiving corps this year. Ricky Johnson, a 6'2" receiver from Carencro High School in Louisiana leads this group of skilled, fast and explosive players. Johnson is the state of Louisiana's third-ranked senior receiver according to Rivals.com. Fellow Louisiana receiver Jordan James, Texas' Freeman Kelley and Oklahoman's Brett Davis, Anthony Foster and Justin Skillens round out an explosive and talented group of receivers.

"Naturally, what we've done offensively, being the number one offense in the country two straight years and the most prolific offensive attack, has really allowed us to attract guys nationally from a skill standpoint and this year Louisiana has been big for us in that department," said Graham.

"We're very excited about this class and what it means for the future of our program. More importantly, the character of these kids is unbelievable. We think we have a great fit. We just don't look at film and offer scholarships. It's the fit that is important. The young men in this class have incredible leadership skills and character," said Graham. "To describe this class it would be -- explosive, fast, big and impactful. We're excited about this group. This class is the best we've ever had, and should probably be at the top of Conference USA as one of the best recruiting classes in the league. But, naturally, time will tell. The unbelievable character, skill, speed and explosiveness of this class is exciting."

2009 Tulsa Football Signees Roster
Name	Pos.	Ht.	Wt.	Class	Hometown/Previous School
*Shavodrick Beaver	QB	6-3	190	Fr-HS	Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider HS
Laquentin Black	CB	5-10	175	Jr-JC	Davis, Okla./North Iowa Area CC
Michael Brodsky	DS	6-1	210	Fr-HS	Alpharetta, Ga./Milton HS
Greg Brown	TE/DS	6-2	240	Fr-HS	Bixby, Okla./Bixby HS
Daeshon Bufford	DE	6-3	222	Fr-HS	Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe HS
Stetson Burnett	OL	6-4	308	Fr-HS	Lawton, Okla./MacArthur HS
*Brett Davis	WR	5-11	188	Fr-HS	Shawnee, Okla./Shawnee HS
Brian DeShane	OL	6-3	290	Fr-HS	Tulsa, Okla./Union HS
Trent Dupy	C	6-2	280	Fr-HS	Enid, Okla./Enid HS
Anthony Foster	WR	5-9	173	Fr-HS	Tulsa, Okla./Union HS
Shawn Jackson	LB	6-0	240	Fr-HS	Tulsa, Okla./McLain HS
Jordan James	WR	6-2	197	Fr-HS	Lafayette, La./St. Thomas More HS
Jack Jewell	DE	6-6	250	Fr-HS	Norman, Okla./Norman HS
Ricky Johnson	WR	6-2	190	Fr-HS	Lafayette, La./Carencro HS
Freeman Kelley	WR	5-11	165	Fr-HS	Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster HS
Dexter McCoil	SAF	6-4	175	Fr-HS	Lutcher, La./Lutcher HS
Gabe McGee	DT	6-1	305	Fr-HS	Duncan, Okla./Duncan HS
Brian Mincher	OL	6-3	280	Fr-HS	Jenks, Okla./Jenks HS
Antonio Parker	CB	5-10	165	Fr-HS	St. Rose, La./Destrehan HS
Tony Peoples	SAF	5-11	172	Fr-HS	The Colony, Texas/The Colony HS
Arthur Render	SAF	6-0	175	Jr-JC	Miami, Fla./Palomar JC
Alex Singleton	RB	6-1	235	Fr-HS	LaPlace, La./East St. John HS
Justin Skillens	WR	5-9	165	Fr-HS	Tulsa, Okla./BT Washington HS
Eric Sproal	OL	6-4	305	So-JC	Placentia, Calif./Santa Ana CC
*Cody Wilson	LB	6-0	220	Fr-HS	Broken Arrow, Okla./Lincoln Christian HS

*Enrolled at semester break

2009 Tulsa Football Signees

Shavodrick Beaver • QB • 6-3 • 190 • Fr-HS • Wichita Falls, Texas • Rider HS

Enrolled at Tulsa at the semester break . . . was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at Wichita Falls Rider High School . . . Rivals.com four-star prospect . . . ranked as the Rivals.com No. 5 Best Scrambling Quarterback in the nation, and No. 8 as the nation's top Dual Threat Quarterback . . . also ranked as the nation's No. 206th top prospect by Rivals.com . . . rated as Texas' No. 24 prospect by Rivals.com . . . ranked as the No. 21 quarterback in the nation by Scout.com, and the No. 170th rated overall player by Scout.com . . . totaled 9,050 career passing yards and 125 touchdowns, while rushing for 2,450 yards and 22 TDs in his career . . . played in only four games as a senior, due to injury . . . was named the District 5-4A MVP as a junior while passing for 2,629 yards and 31 touchdowns, and rushing for 482 yards and five touchdowns . . . threw for 1,500 yards and 11 touchdowns during his sophomore season . . . high school coach was Scott Ponder . . . chose Tulsa over Michigan.

Laquentin Black • CB • 5-10 • 175 • Jr-JC • Davis, Okla. • Davis HS • North Iowa Area CC

Was a two-year starter at North Iowa Area Community College . . . totaled 30 tackles and three interceptions in his sophomore season . . . was credited with 38 tackles, including 26 solos, and five interceptions as a freshman . . . junior college coach was Steve LaLonde . . . was an all-state performer his senior season at Davis High School . . . rushed for 1,894 yards and 34 touchdowns, while passing for 458 yards and seven TDs as a senior . . . also registered 36 tackles and 11 interceptions as a senior . . . high school coach was Jody Weber . . . chose Tulsa over Minnesota and Northern Illinois.

Michael Brodsky • DS • 6-1 • 210 • Fr-HS • Alpharetta, Ga. • Milton HS

Was a two-year letterwinner at Milton High School . . . started his senior season on the offensive line . . . played center, guard, tackle and handled deep snapping duties during his senior season . . . was the No.1-ranked long snapper at Ray Guy's Prosnapper.com . . . was his high school's special teams player of the year . . . was ranked as the No. 2 deep snapper in the nation by Prosnapper.com in 2007 and 2008 . . . tied Prosnapper's all-time accuracy record . . . high school coach was Scott Walker . . . chose Tulsa over Georgia Tech and South Carolina.

Greg Brown • TE/DS • 6-2 • 240 • Fr-HS • Bixby, Okla. • Bixby HS

Was a Tulsa World honorable mention all-state and all-district selection as a senior at Bixby High School . . . earned honorable mention all-state accolades by The Oklahoman his senior campaign . . . had 14 receptions for 189 yards and two TDs his junior season in a run-oriented offense . . . high school coach was Pat McGrew.

Daeshon Bufford • DE 6-3 • 222 • Fr-HS Edmond, Okla. • Santa Fe HS

Was a thee-year letterwinner and starter at Edmond Santa Fe High School . . . started his sophomore and junior seasons at offensive tackle, and his junior and senior seasons at defensive end . . . rated as Oklahoma's 30th top prospect by Rivals.com . . . also rated as the nation's No. 58-ranked strongside defensive end by Rivals.com . . . received a three-star rating by Rivals.com . . . registered 52 tackles, 18 stops for lost yardage, seven quarterback sacks and three pass breakups as a senior . . . received all-conference and 6A-1 all-district accolades his senior season . . . earned The Oklahoman Big All-City honorable mention merits his senior season . . . high school coach was Dan Cocannouer. (pronounced Buff-ford)

Stetson Burnett • OL • 6-4 • 308 • Fr-HS • Lawton, Okla. • MacArthur HS

Was a three-year letterwinner and starter at Lawton MacArthur High School . . . played nose guard on defense and tackle on offense . . . helped his team advance to the Class 5A semifinals both his junior and senior seasons, and to the state championship game as a sophomore . . . his MacArthur team posted a three-year record of 32-8 . . . played in only eight games as a senior due to injury . . . received a three-star rating by Rivals.com . . . Oklahoma's 35th-ranked prospect by Rivals.com . . . also ranked as the No. 78th offensive guard in the nation by Rivals.com . . . was named second-team all-state as an offensive lineman by The Oklahoman as a senior . . . was named the District Lineman of the Year his senior season . . . high school coach was Ernie Manning.

Brett Davis • WR • 5-11 • 188 • Fr-HS • Shawnee, Okla. • Shawnee HS

Enrolled at Tulsa at the semester break . . . was a four-year letterwinner at Shawnee High School . . . played receiver, running back and quarterback on offense and free safety on defense . . . was the 32nd-ranked prospect in Oklahoma by Rivals.com . . . was ranked as the No. 183rd safety in the nation by Scout.com . . . received a three-star rating by Rivals.com . . . had career totals of 2,005 rushing yards, 1,790 passing yards and 1,182 receiving yards . . . was credited with 115 tackles and three interceptions in his career . . . also totaled 54 offensive TDs in his career . . . as a senior, rushed for 550 yards, passed for 70 yards, had 461 receiving yards and accounted for 16 TDs . . . also had 50 tackles in his senior season . . . totaled 555 rushing yards, 453 passing yards and 611 receiving yards and 18 TDs as a junior . . . was named second-team all-state by The Oklahoman as a senior . . . earned The Oklahoman Big All-City first team honors his senior season . . . was the Class 5A state champion in the 300-meter hurdles as a junior . . . high school coach was Billy Brown . . . chose Tulsa over Kansas and TCU.

Brian DeShane • OL • 6-3 • 290 • Fr-HS • Tulsa, Okla. • Union HS

Was a three-year letterwinner and two-year starter at Tulsa Union High School . . . was on the Class 6A State Championship team his senior season, and were runners-up in his junior campaign . . . earned first-team Tulsa World all-state honors as a senior . . . was a two-time Tulsa World all-metro selection . . . also earned first-team all-state merits from The Oklahoman . . . received a three-star rating by Rivals.com . . . the 12th-ranked player in the state of Oklahoma by Rivals.com . . . ranked as the 22nd top offensive guard in the nation by Rivals.com and 28th by Scout.com . . . helped the Redskins average 50.5 points in four playoff games and a 44.7 scoring average overall on the season . . . had 35 pancake blocks his senior season and did not allow a quarterback sack . . . was invited to play in the Oklahoma-Texas Oil Bowl Game . . . high school coach was Kirk Fridrich . . . chose Tulsa over Arkansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Texas A&M and Kansas.

Trent Dupy • OL • 6-2 • 280 • Fr-HS • Enid, Okla. • Enid HS

Was a two-year starter at Enid High School . . . started his freshman season at Chisholm High School before transferring to Enid . . . earned three varsity letters in football . . . played defensive tackle all three years and on the offensive line as a freshman and senior and at fullback his junior season . . . was named second-team all-state as an offensive lineman by The Oklahoman as a senior . . . earned Tulsa World second-team all-state accolades as a defensive lineman his senior campaign . . . was named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association all-state team . . . graded out at 91-percent in 11 games at offensive center as a senior . . . tallied 71 tackles, 21 stops for lost yardage and forced five fumbles his senior season . . . was named the District 6A-4 Defensive Lineman of the Year his senior campaign . . . registered 77 tackles, 12 stops for lost yardage three forced fumbles and two pass deflections in his junior season . . . high school coach was Tommy Parker . . . chose Tulsa over Oklahoma, Kansas, Kansas State and Oklahoma State. (pronounced doo-pee)

Anthony Foster • WR • 5-9 • 173 • Fr-HS • Tulsa, Okla. • Union HS

Played mostly in the secondary as a senior at Tulsa Union High School . . . earned first-team Tulsa World all-state and all-metro honors as a defensive back . . . helped lead his Union team to a 13-1 record in each of his last two seasons, including a state title as a senior . . . totaled 40 tackles and four interceptions . . . received a three-star rating by Rivals.com . . . ranked as the 22nd top prospect in Oklahoma by Rivals.com . . . was the 73rd-ranked receiver in the nation by Rivals.com . . . was a second-team all-state selection as a defensive back by the Tulsa World . . . earned honorable mention all-state accolades by The Oklahoman . . . was one of the state of Oklahoma's top wide receivers in 2007 as he caught 45 passes for 812 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior . . . high school coach was Kirk Fridrich . . . chose Tulsa over Oregon State, Ole Miss and Colorado.

Shawn Jackson • LB • 6-0 • 240 • Fr-HS • Tulsa, Okla. • McLain HS

Played quarterback and linebacker at McLain High School . . . was a three-time first-team all-metro selection by the Tulsa World . . . accounted for 8,422 total yards and 95 touchdowns in his career, while totaling 522 career tackles . . . rated as the No. 25 prospect in the state of Oklahoma by Rivals.com . . . received a three-star rating by Rivals.com . . . earned first-team Tulsa World all-state accolades as a senior . . . was a second-team all-state selection by The Oklahoman . . . rushed for 2,224 yards and 28 TDs, while passing for 1,112 yards in his senior season . . . collected 133 tackles, three sacks and three fumble recoveries as a senior . . . high school coach was Danny Daniels.

Jordan James • WR • 6-2 • 197 • Fr-HS • Lafayette, La. • St. Thomas More HS

Was a three-year letterwinner and starter at St. Thomas More High School . . . earned a rating of No. 59 in the state of Louisiana by Rivals.com . . . totaled career statistics of 86 receptions for 1,400 yards and 18 touchdowns in his three seasons . . . had 40 receptions for 750 yards and six touchdowns as a senior . . . had 38 catches for 648 yards and 10 TDs during his junior season . . . was a two-time all-district selection . . . earned all-state and first-team all-Acadiana area accolades his senior season . . . had personal-best times of 10.9 in the 100-meters and 22.6 in the 200-meters . . . was a state finalist in the triple jump as a junior with a jump of 44.10 . . . high school coach was Jim Hightower . . . chose Tulsa over Tulane, Louisiana-Lafayette and Hofstra.

Jack Jewell • DE • 6-6 • 250 • Fr-HS • Norman, Okla. • Norman HS

Was a three-year letterwinner and starter at defensive tackle . . . played his junior and senior seasons at Norman High School and his freshman and sophomore years at Bellevue West High School in Nebraska . . . earned honorable mention all-state accolades by The Oklahoman and Tulsa World as a senior . . . was a Big All-City second-team defensive end selection by The Oklahoman his senior campaign . . . had 191 career tackles and set a school record with 27 quarterback sacks . . . totaled 65 tackles and 11 sacks his senior season . . . was named his team's Most Valuable Player . . . high school coach was Greg Nation.

Ricky Johnson • WR • 6-2 • 190 • Fr-HS • Lafayette, La • Carencro HS

Was a four-year letterwinner and starter at Carencro High School . . . received a three-star rating by Rivals.com and Scout.com . . . ranked as the No. 23 prospect in Louisiana by Rivals.com . . . was rated as the No. 85 wide receiver prospect in the nation by Scout.com . . . played quarterback, receiver and running back on offense and in the secondary on defense . . . tallied 600 rushing yards, 250 receiving yards and passed for 200 yards and four TDs as a senior . . . had 20 tackles and three interceptions his senior season . . . totaled 1,100 rushing yards and 18 TDs and had 200 receiving yards as a junior, while also passing for 350 yards and five touchdowns . . . was a first-team all-district selection and honorable mention all-state performer in his junior season . . . also earned first-team all-Acadiana area honors as a junior . . . high school coach was Mac Barousse . . . chose Tulsa over Arkansas, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Georgia Tech.

Freeman Kelley • WR • 5-11 • 165 • Fr-HS • Lancaster, Texas • Lancaster HS

Was a three-year letterwinner and starter at Lancaster High School . . . had 34 receptions for 654 yards, a 19.3 yard average per catch and nine touchdowns in his senior season . . . was an all-district selection as a senior . . . had 20 catches for 216 yards as a junior . . . also lettered three years in track, and had a personal-best time of 10.7 in the 100 meters and a long jump of 23.2 . . . high school coach was Andrew Jackson . . . chose Tulsa over Colorado State, Louisiana Tech and Rice.

Dexter McCoil • SAF • 6-4 • 175 • Fr-HS • Lutcher, La. • Lutcher HS

Was a three-year letterwinner and starter at Lutcher High School . . . was a member of two state championship teams . . . helped lead his team to a 14-2 record and the Class 3A state championship as a senior . . . as a sophomore, his team posted a 10-4 record and won the state title . . . played tight end on offense and safety and outside linebacker on defense . . . had career totals of 343 tackles and six interceptions . . . was ranked as the 58th top prospect in Louisiana by Rivals.com . . . earned honorable mention all-state his senior season . . . was credited with 151 tackles, 10 stops for lost yardage, three sacks and one interception as a senior . . . had 10 tackles in a 17-0 win over Crawley Notre Dame in the state championship game . . . was named the District MVP his senior season . . . earned all-district, all-metro and all-River Parish honors both his junior and senior seasons . . . had 108 stops and five interceptions in his junior campaign, while helping his team post a 12-3 record and make the state semifinals . . . high school coach was Tim Detiller . . . chose Tulsa over Tulane and TCU.

Gabe McGee • DT • 6-1 • 305 • Fr-HS • Duncan, Okla. • Duncan HS

Was a three-year letterwinner and starter at Duncan High School . . . started on both the offensive and defensive lines . . . was an all-district performer as a senior . . . totaled 44 tackles and three sacks his senior season, while collecting 53 tackles and five sacks as a junior . . . earned honorable mention all-state accolades by The Oklahoman . . . high school coach was Jim Holloway . . . chose Tulsa over Colorado State.

Brian Mincher • OL • 6-3 • 280 • Fr-HS • Jenks, Okla. • Jenks HS

Was a three-year letterwinner and starter at Jenks High School . . . was on two Class 6A state championship teams in his sophomore and junior seasons and finished as runners-up in his senior campaign . . . helped lead his team to a three-year mark of 38-4 . . . started at right guard as a sophomore and junior, and at left guard his senior season . . . named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association all-state team . . . was a second-team all-state and all-metro selection by the Tulsa World as a senior . . . earned 6A-3 all-district first team accolades his senior season . . . . . . high school coach was Allan Trimble . . . chose Tulsa over Wyoming and Air Force.

Antonio Parker • CB • 5-10 • 165 • Fr-HS • St. Rose, La. • Destrehan HS

Was a three-year letterwinner and starter at Destrehan High School . . . helped lead his team to back to-back state titles and undefeated seasons in 2007 and 2008, as well as a three-year record of 39-2 . . . started all three seasons at cornerback . . . was ranked as the 56th top prospect in Louisiana by Rivals.com . . . also rated as the No. 114th cornerback in the nation by Scout.com . . . was a two-time first-team all-state, all-metro, all-district and all-River Parish selection . . . totaled 103 tackles and 18 interceptions in his three-year career . . . also had six interception returns for touchdowns, two punt returns for TDs and one kickoff return for a touchdown during his career . . . had 43 tackles and six interceptions as a senior . . . collected 36 stops and nine interceptions his junior campaign . . . high school coach was Steve Robicheaux . . . chose Tulsa over SMU, Boise State and Ole Miss.

Tony Peoples • SAF • 5-11 • 172 • Fr-HS • The Colony, Texas • The Colony HS

Was a three-year letterwinner and starter at The Colony High School . . . earned first-team all-district merits as a senior at The Colony High School . . . was a two-time first-team all-district performer . . . had career totals of 4,187 rushing yards and a school record 33 touchdowns . . . rushed 222 times for 1,513 yards and 13 touchdowns in his senior season, while catching 26 passes for 533 yards and two TDs . . . earned third-team all-state accolades as a junior . . . had 1,815 rushing yards, a 6.9 yard average and 13 touchdowns as a junior . . . high school coach was Rudy Rangel.

Arthur Render • SAF • 6-0 • 175 • Jr-JC • Miami, Fla. • Miami Northwestern HS • Palomar JC

Was a two-year letterwinner and starter at Palomar (Calif.) Junior College . . . recorded 61 tackles, three sacks, 10 pass breakups and two interceptions as a sophomore . . . had 64 tackles and three interceptions in his freshman season . . . was a two-time all-conference performer and earned first-team all-state honors . . . junior college coach was Joe Early . . . was a three-year letterwinner and three-year starter at Miami Northwestern High School . . . helped his team post a three-year 31-5 record . . . was credited with 75 tackles and four interceptions as a prep senior . . . earned all-Dade County and all-state merits his senior campaign . . . high school coach was Roland Smith . . . chose Tulsa over West Virginia and Wyoming.

Alex Singleton • RB • 6-1 • 235 • Fr-HS • LaPlace, La. • East St. John HS

Was a three-year letterwinner and two-year starter at East St. John High School . . . received a three-star rating by Rivals.com . . . ranked as the No. 39 prospect in the state of Louisiana by Rivals.com . . . rated as the No. 11 fullback in the nation by Rivals.com, and the No. 24 fullback nationally by Scout.com . . . totaled 995 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior . . . rushed for 1,501 yards and 24 touchdowns in his junior season . . . was a two-time Parish MVP and all-district selection . . . high school coach was Larry Dantrieve . . . chose Tulsa over LSU.

Justin Skillens • WR • 5-9 • 165 • Fr-HS • Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington HS

Was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter . . . started three years in the defensive secondary and his final two seasons at receiver . . . helped lead his team to a 13-1 record and the Class 5A state championship as a senior . . . earned first-team Tulsa World all-metro honors as a kick returner during his senior season . . . was also a Tulsa World all-state second-team performer as a kick returner . . . the No. 29-ranked prospect in Oklahoma by Rivals.com . . . received a three-star rating by Rivals.com . . . ranked as the nation's 85th top cornerback by Rivals.com and 111th by Scout.com . . . was named second-team all-state by The Oklahoman as a senior . . . had 812 receiving yards and eight TDs as a senior, while rushing for 500 yards and 10 TDs . . . collected 35 tackles and four interceptions his senior season as well . . . in his junior campaign, he scored TDs on a run, reception and interception . . . totaled 54 tackles and three interceptions during his junior season . . . high school coach was Antwain Jimmerson . . . chose Tulsa over Texas Tech, Iowa State and Air Force.

Eric Sproal • OL • 6-4 • 305 • So-JC • Placentia, Calif. • El Dorado HS • Santa Ana CC

Earned one letter and was a starter at Santa Ana Community College . . . earned all-conference honors while helping his team post a 7-4 record in 2008 . . . signed with Fresno State out of high school . . . had a Rivals.com three-star rating . . . was a two-time first-team all-CIF and all-league selection at El Dorado (Calif.) High School . . . was named the Century League Lineman of the Year as a junior . . . received all-Southern California accolades his senior season . . . chose Tulsa over Nevada and New Mexico State.

Cody Wilson • LB • 6-0 • 220 • Fr-HS • Broken Arrow, Okla. • Lincoln Christian HS

Enrolled at Tulsa at the semester break . . . was a two-year letterwinner and starter at Lincoln Christian High School . . . earned Tulsa World and The Oklahoman first-team all-state accolades . . . was credited with 168 tackles, six quarterback sacks, one interception for a touchdown, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries as a senior . . . also caught 13 passes for 196 yards and two TDs . . . named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association all-state first team . . . earned first-team Tulsa World all-metro honors . . . received a three-star rating by Rivals.com and Scout.com . . . ranked as the No. 26th prospect in Oklahoma by Rivals.com . . . rated as the 68th top outside linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com . . . was named the 2A-7 District Player of the Year as a senior . . . earned second-team Small School All-America honors by MaxPreps . . . helped his team post a two-year record of 23-2 . . . his father, Curtis, played at Missouri and in the NFL with the New England Patriots and Detroit Lions . . . high school coach was Darren Melton . . . chose Tulsa over Army.