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Coach Burns and staff add 22 players to the Golden Hurricane squad.
Coach Burns and staff add 22 players to the Golden Hurricane squad.
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Feb. 7, 2001

Tulsa, Okla. - The University of Tulsa signed 22 football student-athletes to National Letters-of-Intent today, including 21 high school seniors and one junior college athlete, announced Head Football Coach Keith Burns. In addition, junior college transfers Don Gibson and Reginald Reese are currently enrolled in second semester classes.

"Obviously, this class will help The University of Tulsa become the type of football program we desire to be," said Burns. "The best way to improve our football team it to create competition, and that's what we did. Last year, 10 of our 23 signees played, and that number will likely increase for the 2001 season.

Among Tulsa's 24 newcomers, 14 are from the state of Oklahoma, six from Texas, two from Mississipppi and one each from Arkansas and Canada. Eight of Tulsa's Oklahoma signees were named to all-state teams, while six were selected as either Oklahoma "Blue Chip" and "Red Chip" performers.

The Oklahoma players earning all-state honors include quarterback Tyler Gooch and linebacker Josh DuPree, both of Tulsa's Union High School, Jenks defensive tackle Brandon Lohr, offensive lineman Derek Warehime of Choctaw, Lawton Eisenhower defensive end Andrew Franklin, Chickasha running back Kevin McKenzie and Morris linebacker Mark Holata.

"It's important for us to recruit locally. We want to be Tulsa's Team with area players, but it's critical that we get players that other universities want. This class exemplifies that," said Burns.

The Hurricane had six players named to Max Emfinger's Oklahoma Super Top 30 list, while three Texas prep stars were selected to Max Emfinger's Texas Super Top 175 seniors. The three Texans are defensive backs Jermaine Hope and Jeff Thibodeaux, both of West Orange-Stark High School, and Irving offensive lineman Victor Mercado.

"We wanted to improve our overall speed, and we accomplished that. We would have liked to have added another tackle on the defensive front, but we were able to get good ends and improve our speed upfront."

"I have to credit our coaches who identified good players, stayed with it in the recruiting process and finished. It's a good mix of talent with a large number from Oklahoma and six from Texas. It's a solid class. Now, we're just anxious to get them on campus."

2001 University of Tulsa Football Signees

NamePos.Ht.Wt.Cl.Hometown (High School/JUCO)
Chris BensonDB6-1180Fr.Nashville, Ark./Nashville HS
Caleb BlankenshipWR6-3205Fr.Tulsa, Okla./Union HS
Mark BullardRB6-1190Fr.Colcord, Okla./Colcord HS
Josh DuPreeLB5-11215Fr.Tulsa, Okla./Union HS
Andrew FranklinDE6-2228Fr.Lawton, Okla./Eisenhower HS
Don GibsonDB5-10185Jr-JCGloster, Miss./SW Mississippi CC
Tyler GoochQB5-11175Fr.Tulsa, Okla./Union HS
Cory HathawayDE6-3215Fr.Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada/Lethbridge Coll. Inst.
Mark HolataLB6-3255Fr.Morris, Okla./Morris HS
Jermaine HopeDB5-9155Fr.Orange, Texas/West Orange-Stark HS
Haskell HudgensDE6-2242Fr.Corpus Christi, Texas/WB Ray HS
Dustin KlineOL6-4270Fr.Tulsa, Okla./Union HS
Jermaine LandrumWR5-10160Fr.Vinita, Okla./Vinita HS
Deraund LoganDB6-2175Fr.Dallas, Texas/Duncanville HS
Brandon LohrDE6-1245Fr.Jenks, Okla./Jenks HS
D'Wayne McIntoshDT6-5270Jr-JCTulsa, Okla./Northeastern Oklahoma JC
Kevin McKenzieRB5-10193Fr.Chickasha, Okla./Chickasha HS
Richard McQuillarWR6-3185Fr.Midwest City, Okla./Choctaw HS
Victor MercadoOL6-4310Fr.Irving, Texas/Irving HS
Reginald ReeseDB5-11185Jr-JCMagnolia, Miss./SW Mississippi CC
Clint RountreeWR6-1190Fr.Tahlequah, Okla./Tahlequah HS
Jeff ThibodeauxDB5-10155Fr.Orange, Texas/West Orange-Stark HS
Derek WarehimeOL6-2270Fr.Midwest City, Okla./Choctaw HS
Sean YoderWR5-9175Fr.Nederland, Texas/Nederland HS

Recruiting Class Highlights

  • 14 signees from Oklahoma (six from the immediate Tulsa area), six from Texas, two from Missisippi, one from Arkansas and one from Canada

  • five Tulsa World all-state selections (Josh Dupree, Tyler Gooch, Jermaine Landrum, Brandon Lohr and Derek Warehime)

  • seven Daily Oklahoman all-state performers, including five first-team all-state selections (Josh Dupree, Andrew Franklin, Tyler Gooch, Brandon Lohr and Derek Warehime), one second-team all-state performer (Mark Holata) and one third-team selection (Kevin McKenzie)

  • two Daily Oklahoman "Blue Chip" members (Tyler Gooch, Brandon Lohr)

  • four Daily Oklahoman "Red Chip" members (Josh Dupree, Mark Holata, Kevin McKenzie and Derek Warehime)

  • six Max Emfinger's Oklahoma Super Top 30 members (Tyler Gooch, Mark Holata, Jermaine Landrum, Kevin McKenzie, Clint Rountree and Derek Warehime)

  • three Max Emfinger's Texas Super Top 175 members (Jermaine Hope, Victor Mercado and Jeff Thibodeaux)

  • seven Rivals.com honorable mention all-region selections (Chris Benson, Tyler Gooch, Mark Holata, Jermaine Landrum, Brandon Lohr, Victor Mercado and Derek Warehime)

    2001 University of Tulsa Football Signees

    Chris Benson, DB, 6-1, 180, Fr., Nashville, Ark./Nashville HS
    Was a three-year letterwinner at Nashville High School . . . started all three seasons as a defensive back . . . was named to the SuperPrep magazine Arkansas Top 16 (10th) . . .was a preseason SuperPrep magazine all-Midlands region selection . . . was named to the Arkansas Gazette Arkansas Super Team his senior season . . .was a two-time all-conference and all-area selection . . . tallied 102 tackles, 20 pass breakups, six caused fumbles and four interceptions his senior campaign . . . had 112 tackles, including 61 solos while adding five interceptions, four fumbles caused, four fumble recoveries and 15 pass breakups as a junior . . . was an all-district and all-area selection both his junior and senior seasons . . . totalled 293 career tackles and 45 pass breakups . . . on offense, caught nine passes for 214 yards and two TDs . . . also a two-time all-state performer in track . . . chose Tulsa over Arkansas State . . . high school coach was Billy Laird.

    Caleb Blankenship, WR, 6-3, 205, Fr., Tulsa, Okla./Union HS
    Was a three-year letterwinner and two-year starter at Union High School . . . was a member of teams that compiled a three-year mark of 38-4 and was the Class 6A runner-up . . . had 44 receptions for 627 yards and nine touchdowns his senior season . . . ranked eighth in the state among all Class 6A receivers . . . tallied 63 catches for 853 yards and 11 touchdowns during his prep career . . . was a Tulsa World all-metro and honorable mention all-state selection as a senior . . . was selected to participate in the Oil Bowl . . . chose Tulsa over Navy, Army, Air Force, North Texas and SW Missouri State . . . younger brother of TU quarterback Josh Blankenship . . . high school coach was his father, Bill Blankenship.

    Mark Bullard, RB, 6-1, 190, Fr., Colcord, Okla./Colcord HS
    Lettered four years at Colcord High School while helping his team compile a four-year record of 36-10 . . . was a starter at both running back and strong safety his junior and senior seasons . . . rushed for 5,954 yards and 96 touchdowns during his career . . . was also credited with 234 career tackles and 23 interceptions . . . was a two-time all-district selection his junior and senior seasons . . . was the District 2A-6 Offensive Player of the Year as a senior, and the District A-6 Running Back of the Year his junior season . . . had 1,681 yards and 26 touchdowns on 180 carries for a 9.3 average as a senior . . . was the third-leading rusher in the state Class 2A classification . . . also caught 12 passes for 345 yards and three TDs his senior campaign . . . tallied 38 tackles and three interceptions as a senior . . . rushed for 1,624 yards and 28 TDs his junior season . . . was the state high jump champion as a sophomore and junior . . . chose Tulsa over Northeastern State and Central Arkansas . . . high school coach was Bryan Hutson.

    Josh DuPree, LB, 5-11, 215, Fr., Tulsa, Okla./Union HS
    Was a three-year letterwinner at Union High School . . . was a member of three Class 6A state runner-up and a team that compiled a three-year mark of 38-4 . . . was a Tulsa World all-state selection as a senior . . . earned first-team all-state merits by the Daily Oklahoman . . . was a first-team Tulsa World all-metro selection . . . named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association all-state team . . . recorded 11 double-figure tackles games as a senior . . . had a team-leading 154 tackles to rank fourth in Clasas 6A and 11th overall in the state his senior season . . . had 37 stops for losses that totalled 117 yards . . . completed his prep carer with 357 tackles, 14 quarterback sacks, five fumble recoveries and one interception, which was returned for a touchdown . . . tallied 166 tackles and nine sacks his junior season . . . was a first-team all-metro selection and honorable mention all-state pick by the Tulsa World . . . selected to play in the Oil Bowl . . . was named to the Daily Oklahoman "Red Chip" list . . . high school coach was Bill Blankenship.

    Andrew Franklin, DE, 6-2, 228, Fr., Lawton, Okla./Eisenhower HS
    Was a three-year letterwinner at Lawton Eisenhower High School . . . started both his junior and senior seasons at defensive end . . . was a first-team Daily Oklahoman all-state performer his senior season . . .earned Tulsa World all-state honorable mention merits . . . had 176 tackles, which ranked third in Class 6A, 17 quarterback sacks . . . compiled 26 tackles for lost yardage his senior season . . . was named the co-Defensive Player of the Year in District 6A-1 as a senior . . . was an all-district and all-area performer as a senior . . . collected 93 tackles, three fumbles caused and three fumble recoveries his junior season . . . chose Tulsa over Toledo, Oklahoma State and North Texas . . . high school coach was Bill Whitely.

    Don Gibson, DB, 5-10, 185, Jr., Gloster, Miss./SW Mississippi CC
    Was a two-year letterwinner at Southwest Mississippi Community College . . . moved to cornerback for his sophomore season and splitting time his freshman season at running back and receiver . . . was a first-team all-Mississippi Junior College Athletic Association all-state performer his sophomore season . . . was credited with 82 tackles, including 46 solos as a sophomore . . . also tallied two fumble recoveries, two interceptions and 15 pass breakups . . . returned kickoffs for a 30.8 year average and returned one kickoff for a touchdown . . . played prep football at Amite County High School . . . had 3,150 rushing yards and 700 receiving yards during his prep career as a four-year letterwinner . . . also had 170 tackles during his high school career . . . was the District 6-3A Offensive Player of the Year his senior season . . . chose Tulsa over UAB and Arkansas State . . . junior college coach was Kenny Edenfield.

    Tyler Gooch, QB, 5-11, 175, Fr., Tulsa, Okla./Union HS
    Was a four-year letterwinner and two-year starter at Union High School . . . compiled a 25-3 record as a starter his junior and senior seasons . . . was a Tulsa World and Daily Oklahoman first-team all-state performer . . . listed among Max Emfinger's Oklahoma Super Top 30 senior prospects (19th) . . . was third in Class 6A in passing as a senior . . . completed 63-percent of his passes (179-of-282) for 1,901 yards and 29 touchdowns his senior season . . . had career totals of 3,796 yards while completing 311-of-519 passes for 44 TDs . . . rushed for 572 yards and eight TDs his senior season . . . had 1,441 career rushing yards and 17 touchdowns . . . completed 125-of-224 passes for 1,803 yards and 14 TDs his junior season . . . rushed for 778 yards and nine touchdowns on 118 carries as a junior . . . was a preseason SuperPrep magazine Midlands region All-America selection . . . was named to the Daily Oklahoman "Blue Chip" list . . . chose Tulsa over Northwestern, Oklahoma State and Toledo . . . high school coach was Bill Blankenship.

    Cory Hathaway, DE, 6-3, 215, Fr., Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada/Lethbridge Coll. Inst.
    Was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at Lethbridge Collegiate Institute . . . started three years at linebacker and two seasons at tight end . . . helped lead his team to a three-year record of 33-14 . . . had career statistics of 360 tackles, 63 stops for lost yardage, 21 quarterback sacks and 12 interceptions . . . also caught 184 passes for 2,400 yards during his career . . . had 130 stops, including 33 for lost yardage and eight sacks as a senior . . . was named the Tier One League MVP . . . had 62 receptions for 800 yards his senior season . . . tallied 100 tackles during his junior campaign, while catching 54 passes for 700 yards . . . chose Tulsa over Washington State and Wyoming . . . high school coach was Cliff Walters

    Mark Holata, LB, 6-3, 255, Fr., Morris, Okla./Morris HS
    Was a four-year letterwinner at Morris High School . . . started all four years on defense, and was the starting fullback his junior and senior seasons . . . tallied 359 tackles, 46 stops for lost yardage, 28 quarterback sacks and seven fumble recoveries during his four-year career . . . was a Tulsa World honorable mention all-state selection as a running back his senior season . . . named to the Daily Oklahoman "Red Chip" list . . . was a second-team Daily Oklahoman all-state selection as a punter . . . was the Class 3A-4 District Offensive Player of the Year his senior season . . . had 103 tackles, 25 tackles for lost yardage and 17 sacks as a senior . . . rushed for 1,236 yards and eight TDs for a 6.1 yard average per carry his senior campaign . . . punted 52 times for 2,119 yards and a 40.7 average his senior season . . . listed among Max Emfinger's Oklahoma Super Top 30 senior prospects (18th) . . . collected 113 tackles and rushed for 520 yards his junior season . . . chose Tulsa over Arkansas, Oklahoma State, USC and Mississippi . . . high school coach was Larry Crenshaw.

    Jermaine Hope, DB, 5-9, 155, Fr., Orange, Texas/West Orange-Stark HS
    Was a three-year letterwinner at West Orange-Stark High School . . . started three years at cornerback and his senior year at receiver as well . . . helped lead his team to a 15-1 record at the Class 4A state finals his senior season . . . his team compiled a 32-5 record in his three years as a letterwinner . . . collected 58 tackles, five interceptions and 10 pass breakups as a senior . . . caught 28 receptions for 420 yards and two touchdowns his senior season . . . named to the Class 4A all-state first-team as a senior . . . was selected as the Willie Ray Smith Defensive award winner as a senior . . . was a two-time all-district and all-county selection . . .named to the Port Arthur Super Gold team as a senior . . . listed among Max Emfinger's Texas Super 175 senior prospects (168th) . . . had 48 tackles and 17 pass breakups his junior season . . . chose Tulsa over Louisiana-Lafayette, Tulane and McNeese State . . . high school coach was Dan Hooks.

    Haskell Hudgens, DE, 6-2, 230, Fr., Corpus Christi, Texas/WB Ray HS
    Was a two-year letterwinner at W.B. Ray High School . . . started both his junior and senior seasons at linebacker . . . helped lead his team to a 9-1 record and Bi-district playoffs as a senior . . . had a team-leading 115 tackles . . . was the team-leader in fumble recoveries with five . . . was a two-time all-district and all-metro 29-5A performer . . . earned all-South Texas honors by the Caller Times as a senior . . . earned honorable mention all-state merits his senior season . . . was selected as his team's defensive MVP and the Bay Area Sports MVP as a senior . . . was credited with 86 stops, three interceptions, five quarterback sacks and two fumble recoveries as a junior . . . chose Tulsa over TCU, UTEP and Southwest Texas . . . also lettered in basketball and track . . . high school football coach was Gary Tuberville.

    Dustin Kline, OL, 6-4, 270, Fr., Tulsa, Okla./Union HS
    Was a three-year letterwinner at Union High School . . . was a two-year starter at offensive guard . . . helped lead his team to a three-year record of 38-4 and runner-up at three straight Class 6A state championships . . . was a Daily Oklahoman honorable mention all-state performer . . . earned second-team Tulsa World all-metro honors as a senior . . . was also named to the 6A-3 all-district team his senior campaign . . . chose Tulsa over Kansas . . . high school coach was Bill Blankenship.

    Jermaine Landrum, WR, 5-10, 160, Fr., Vinita, Okla./Vinita HS
    Was a three-year letterwinner at Vinita High School . . . started three years on both offense and defense . . . led his team in rushing yards (895), touchdowns (17) and interceptions (4) . . . also caught 18 passes for 180 yards . . . completed 23 -of-59 passes for 645 yards and five TDs as a senior . . . also returned eight kickoffs for 238 yards and one TD, and 14 punts for 161 yards . . . totalled 39 tackles, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries . . . was a Tulsa World all-state performer as a senior . . . named honorable mention all-state by the Daily Oklahoman . . . named the District 3A-3 MVP and the Verdigris Valley Conference MVP as a senior . . . named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association all-state team . . . listed among Max Emfinger's Oklahoma Super Top 30 senior prospects (28th) . . . was a SuperPrep magazine preseason all-Midlands region selection . . . as a junior, totalled 390 rushing yards and nine TDs, 134 receivng yards and two touchdowns on 10 catches and returned 14 kicks for 533 yards and two TDs . . . collected 77 tackles and five interceptions his junior season as well . . . also lettered four years in track and basketball . . . was the Class 3A state champion in the 400m dash (49.2) as a junior . . . chose Tulsa over TCU and Oklahoma State . . . high school coach was Allen Forrest.

    Deraund Logan, DB, 6-2, 175, Fr., Dallas, Texas/Duncanville HS
    Was a three-year letterwinner and starter at Duncanville High School . . . had 108 tackles, four interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries his senior season . . . was a first-team all-district performer both his junior and senior seasons . . . earned second-team all-area merits as a senior . . . registered 23 career interceptions, ranking second on the school's all-time list to current NFL player Ray Crockett . . . chose Tulsa over LSU, TCU and Iowa State . . . high school football coach was Bob Alpert.

    Brandon Lohr, DE, 6-1, 245, Fr., Jenks, Okla./Jenks HS
    Was a three-year letterwinner and two-year starter at Jenks High School . . . was a Tulsa World and Daily Oklahoman first team all-state selection . . .was named to the Daily Oklahoman "Blue Chip" list . . . was a member of three state Oklahoma Class 6A champions . . . had 93 tackles, 20 sacks and 21 quarterback hurries his senior season . . . his 20 sacks was a new school single-season record . . . was credited with 141 tackles and 11 sacks as a junior . . . had 283 tackles over his three seasons . . . chose Tulsa over Missouri and Oklahoma State . . . high school coach was Allan Trimble.

    D'Wayne McIntosh, DT, 6-5, 270, Jr., Tulsa, Okla./Northeastern Oklahoma JC
    Was a two-year letterwinner at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M . . . tallied 92 tackles, 14 quarterback sacks and 20 stops for lost yardage as a sophomore . . . was ranked 63rd nationally on the SuperPrep JUCO Top 100 list . . . was the team's defensive player of the week twice as a sophomore, after totalling 16 tackles and one sacks vs. Trinity Valley, and 12 stops, two sacks and one fumble recovery vs. Navarro Junior College . . . played prep football at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Okla. . . . chose Tulsa over Alabama State and Middle Tennessee . . . junior college coach was Dale Patterson.

    Kevin McKenzie, RB, 5-10, 193, Fr., Chickasha, Okla./Chickasha HS
    Was a four-year letterwinner and starter at Chickasha High School . . . started four years at running back and his sophomore and junior seasons at linebacker . . . helped his team compile a four-year mark of 42-8 record . . . was a third-team Daily Oklahoman all-state selection as a kick returner his senior campaign . . . earned Tulsa World honorable mention all-state merits as a senior . . . listed among Max Emfinger's Oklahoma Super Top 30 (26th) . . . was the District 5A-2 Player of the Year as a senior . . . was the second-leading rusher in Class 5A and 13th overall in the state as a senior with 1,959 yards and 25 touchdowns on 196 carries . . . was named to the Daily Oklahoman "Red Chip" list . . . had career totals of 5,400 rushing yards and 81 TDs on 675 carries . . . rushed for 1,750 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior . . . tallied 108 tackles, three fumble recoveries and three interceptions his junior season . . . also lettered four years in track . . . high school coach was Tom Cobble.

    Richard McQuillar, WR, 6-3, 185, Fr., Midwest City, Okla./Choctaw HS
    Was a two-year letterwinner at Choctaw High School . . . ranked ninth among Class 6A receivers with 33 receptions for 583 yards and five touchdowns . . . also rushed for 283 yards on 13 carries his senior season . . . tallied 51 tackles and seven interceptions as a senior . . . was an honorable mention all-state selection by the Tulsa World and Daily Oklahoman . . . his seven interceptions was ranked first in Class 6A . . . was named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association all-state team his senior season . . . was named to the Daily Oklahoman's Big All-City second-team as a senior . . . was an all-conference, all-metro and all-district selection . . . had 30 receptions for 562 yards and five TDs his junior season . . . chose Tulsa over SMU and Rice . . . high school coach was Nick Warehime.

    Victor Mercad, OL, 6-4, 310, Fr., Irving, Texas/Irving HS
    Was a three-year letterwinner and two-year starter at Irving High School . . . played both tackle and tight end on offense, and saw action at defensive tackle as well . . . listed among Max Emfinger's Texas Super 175 senior prospects (102nd) . . . averaged 15 pancakes per game as a senior offensive tackle . . . was a first-team all-area selection as a senior and earned honorable mention all-state accolades . . . was named to the Texas top-100 . . . was a two-time second-team 6-5A all-district selection . . . had an average of 16 pancakes per game as a junior . . . was named the team MVP as a senior, and his team's Offensive Player of the Year as a junior . . . chose Tulsa over LSU and Texas A&M . . . high school coach was Jim Bennett.

    Reginald Reese, DB, 5-11, 185, Jr., Magnolia, Miss./SW Mississippi CC
    Was a two-year starting strong safety at Southwest Mississippi Community College . . . totalled 90 tackles, including 52 solos and seven stops for lost yardage as a sophomore . . . was credited with five caused fumbles, three interceptions and five pass breakups . . . also blocked four kicks . . . was named honorable mention Mississippi Junior College Athletic Association all-state his sophomore season . . . chose Tulsa over Arkansas State . . . junior college coach was Kenny Edenfield.

    Clint Rountree, WR, 6-1, 190, Fr., Tahlequah, Okla./Tahlequah HS
    Was a four-year letterwinner at Tahlequah High School . . . started three seasons on offense, and was a two-year starter at free safety . . . listed among Max Emfinger's Oklahoma Super Top 30 senior prospects (27th) . . . helped guide his team to the first round of the state playoffs as a junior and senior . . . had career statistics of 93 receptions for 1,047 yards and 14 TDs . . . completed 46-of-102 passes for 627 yards and four touchdowns during his career . . . on defense, was credited with 120 tackles, 12 pass deflections and eight fumble recoveries during his career . . . caught 39 passes for 414 yards and seven TDs as a senior . . . had 331 rushing yards and two TDs on 66 carries during his senior season . . . was also credited with 66 tackles and four fumble recoveries . . . was named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association all-state team . . . was an honorable mention all-state selection by the Tulsa World and Daily Oklahoman his senior season . . . earned first-team all-district as a senior . . . was selected to participate in the Oil Bowl . . . also lettered in basketball and track . . . chose Tulsa over Oklahoma State, Navy and Southwest Missouri State . . . high school football coach was Todd Dilbeck.

    Jeff Thibodeaux, DB, 5-10, 155, Fr., Orange, Texas/West Orange-Stark HS
    Was a two-year letterwinner and two-year starter . . . started his junior and senior seasons at receiver, while was also the starting cornerback as a senior . . . helped lead his team to a 15-1 record and the Class 4A state finals . . . had 61 tackles, 12 pass breakups and seven interceptions as a senior . . . also caught 26 passes for 398 yards and five touchdowns his senior season . . . was a third-team Class 4A all-state performer as a senior . . . earned all-district and all-county merits as a receiver and defensive back . . . named the Port Arthur News Defensive MVP his senior season . . . named to the Port Arthur Super Gold Team and the all-Greater Houston area first team as a senior . . . and listed among Max Emfinger's Texas Super 175 senior prospects (138th) . . . had career statistics of 32 receptions for 450 yards and five TDs . . . chose Tulsa over Tulane, Houston, Sam Houston State and Louisiana Tech . . . high school coach was Dan Hooks.

    Derek Warehime, OL, 6-2, 270, Fr., Midwest City, Okla./Choctaw HS
    Was a three-year letterwinner at Choctaw High School . . . started all three seasons at offensive guard, and the last two years at defensive tackle as well . . . a dominant blocker who helped Choctaw to its best record (5-5) since 1982 . . . earned first-team all-state honors by the Tulsa World and Daily Oklahoman . . . named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association all-state team . . . listed among Max Emfinger's Oklahoma Super Top 30 (21st) . . . was named a top-100 lineman nationally by Rivals.com and top-70 by Street and Smith magazine . . . was named to the Daily Oklahoman "Red Chip" list . . . earned all-district, all-metro and all-conference accolades as a senior . . . credited with 113 knockdowns as a senior and 232 in his prep career . . . allowed only one sack in 482 pass attempts . . . had 71 tackles and two fumble recoveries in his career . . . was a preseason SuperPrep magazine all-Midlands region selection . . . earned honorable mention all-state honors by the Tulsa World as a junior and Daily Oklahoman all-state special recognition merits . . . won the state discus title as a junior . . . chose Tulsa over Colorado State, Wyoming and Oklahoma State . . . head coach was Nick Warehime.

    Sean Yoder, WR, 5-9, 175, Fr., Nederland, Texas/Nederland HS
    Was a three-year letterwinner and two-year starter on both offense and defense at Nederland High School . . . helped lead his team to a 31-7 record in his three seasons as a letterman . . . saw playing time at receiver, tailback, free safety and returned kicks and punts as a senior . . . was named the Willie Ray Smith Offensive award winner as a senior . . . selected as the Port Arthur News MVP . . . was a two-time all-district receiver . . . earned honorable mention all-state merits his senior season . . . had two kickoff returns and two punt returns for touchdowns during his career . . . caught 48 passes for 808 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior . . . also rushed for 384 yards and four TDs on 68 carries his senior campaign . . . was credited with 46 tackles, six pass breakups and five interceptions as a senior . . . had 11 receptions for 225 yards and two TDs his junior campaign despite missing six games with a broken collar bone . . . earned four letters in baseball and track as well . . . chose Tulsa over Sam Houston State and McNeese State . . . high school coach was Larry Neumann.