Feb. 2, 2005
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack head football coach Robert McFarland announced today the names of 17 student-athletes who have signed letters of intent to play football and continue their education at the university next fall. Included among the group are ten offensive players, six defensive players and a kicking specialist.
"I'm extremely excited about what this coaching staff has been able to accomplish in a relatively short period of time in putting this class together, " said McFarland. "With a great deal of cooperation from Texas high school football coaches and SFA alums in the coaching ranks, we hit the ground running and worked hard for about a month in identifying the student-athletes we wanted, then went out and signed them. We have been able to address some needs and also sign quality student-athletes on the field and in the classroom. This group of young men will represent the SFA community in a very positive manner," said McFarland
On the defensive side of the ball, SFA signed three defensive backs, two defensive linemen and one linebacker. Included among the defensive backs is a state champion from Gilmer and a versatile player with great speed from Friendswood and one of the top defensive players in the state of Louisiana.
SFA also picked up a transfer from Tulane along the defensive front in the form of 6-4, 290-pound Ryan Johnson from Dallas Carter. Johnson will have three years of eligibility remaining with the Lumberjacks after playing in 2004 with the Green Wave. Karl Glimp, a 6-5, 255-pound defensive lineman from Hutto was a highly sought after recruit who was a standout on both sides of the ball for the Hippos.
Offensively, the `Jacks added three running backs, two receivers, four offensive linemen and a quarterback. Roy Gardner, a standout receiver from Lufkin will join the Lumberjack program in 2005 after helping the Panthers to a state semi-final appearance in 2004. Aaron Rhea, a 6-1, 200-pound Klein Forest product was tabbed as one of the top-100 receivers in the nation by one recruiting service and will join Gardner in the class of 2005.
SFA also addressed the need for a kicker by signing Michael Perren from Texas City. Perren is listed as a kicking specialist and can handle both kicking and punting chores, but is expected to focus on kicking at SFA. He holds the Texas City High School record with a 53-yard field goal and was listed as the 21st ranked kicker in the country by Rivals.com.
Five of the 17 high school recruits are from the immediate east Texas area, including Gardner from Lufkin, Terrance Lovely and Derrick McKenzie from Gilmer, Damieon Harper from Henderson and Damian Perkins from Hallsville.
5-10 175 DB Friendswood, Texas Clearbrook High School
Three year letterwinner for coach Edward Arledge at Clearbrook HS... led his team in interceptions as both a junior and senior...also led his team with 101 tackles as a senior... was named Team MVP, Defensive MVP and Special Teams Player of the Year in 2004, and was the district 24-5A MVP runner-up... was All-District as a defensive back, return specialist and at punter in 2004 and a Second Team All-Greater Houston Class 5A Defensive pick as a senior... ran 7th fastest shuttle time at the Nike National Combine (3.78) in Baton Rouge, La. combine.
5-10 175 DB Lake Charles, La. LaGrange High School
Two-time All-District selection at LaGrange High School for coach Charles Vicnair... All-District defensive back as a junior and All-District at both wide receiver and defensive back as a senior... also All-State Defensive Back as a senior and a member of the Louisiana All-Star West Team.... returned two punts for touchdowns, had four interceptions and 14 passes broken up in 2004 along with 11 receptions for 328 yards.. member of 4x100-meter relay Class 5A state runner-up as a sophomore... member of Who's Who Among American High School Students.
6-2 208 QB Austin, Texas Westwood High School
Earned First Team All-District and First Team All-CenTex honors as a senior for coach Doug Fertch at Westwood High School... was also an honorable mention All-State selection and played in the Max Emfinger All-American Game... was All-Star Offensive MVP and voted Redzone National Player of the Year while guiding team to 6-4 record.
6-5 282 OL Ennis, Texas Ennis High School
Played both right tackle and center at Ennis for coach Sam Harrell... earned Second Team All-District honors as a senior while helping team to Class 4A Division I state title... ranks 7th in class of 331 seniors at Ennis with an overall GPA of 3.92... member of National Honor Society.
6-1 210 LB Calvert, Texas Calvert High School
Earned All-District all four years for coach Coylan Grimes at Calvert... voted Mr. Six Man Football and High School All-American in 2004... was also a three-time All-State and All-Region pick... Top-50 in Texas according to Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine... voted District MVP in 2004 and was a 2004 All-Centex Team member... four year starter in football, basketball and varsity track... helped team to 46-4 record in his four years at Calvert.
6-0 165 WR Lufkin, Texas Lufkin High School
Helped Panthers to state semi-finals appearance as a senior and was on three consecutive playoff teams for coach John Outlaw... listed as a Texas Top 300 recruit... was a First Team All-District selection and the top receiver for the Pack as a senior...honor roll student at Lufkin High School... All-A honor roll as a junior.
6-5 255 DL Hutto, Texas Hutto High School
Two-time All-District selection at Hutto High School for Coach Penland at Hutto... was a unanimous selection on both offense and defense as a senior and also earned Second Team All-Williamson County honors at guard... was an All-District tight end in 2003... honorable mention All-District honors in 2001.
6-6 255 OL Henderson, Texas Henderson High School
Played for coach Reid Waller at Henderson High School and was an All-District selection as a senior.
5-11 185 DB Gilmer, Texas Gilmer High School
Helped coach Jeff Traylor to the class 3A Division II state title as a senior and earned First Team All-District honors at both safety and running back... was also a Second Team All-East Texas pick at both positions... honor roll student.
5-10 215 RB Gilmer, Texas Trinity Valley Community College
Played for Jeff Traylor at Gilmer where he was his team MVP and also voted District 11-3A MVP as a senior... was runner-up for state player of the year and for Dave Campbell player of the year honors in 3A as a senior when he was a First Team All-State selection... went to Trinity Valley CC and played two seasons for Coach Surtain following high school career.
6-0 210 RB Hallsville, Texas Hallsville High School
Standout tailback for coach Roger Adams at Hallsville HS... was voted team Offensive MVP as a senior and was also a First Team All-District selection and earned honorable mention All-State honors... has posted a 4.0 GPA through high school and serves as a mentor at Hallsville Elementary School.
5-10 175 K/P Texas City, Texas Texas City High School
Tabbed as a kicking specialist by coaches, Perren can handle both placekicking and punting chores... holds Texas City High School record with 53-yard field goal... chosen 2004 Greater Houston Top 140 Seniors at Texas Prep Extra of Rivals.com... 2004 "Top 12 Underclassmen" at Chris Sailer's National Kicking Competition in Las Vegas... All-District and All-Galveston County in football and also All-District in Soccer... 3.63 high school GPA.
5-10 180 RB Texas City, Texas Texas City High School
Three year starter for the Stingarees and Coach Mike Finn... two-time First Team All-District running back and also a Second Team All-District selection as a sophomore... also voted All-Galveston County and honorable mention All-State as a junior... Texas Top 300 recruit as a senior and voted the Houston Touchdown Club Preseason Team at running back... rushed for 3,212 yards and 38 touchdowns in three seasons.. five KO returns for 34.4 yard average including a 104-yard return for a touchdown as a senior....had 41 total touchdowns in his high school career... tied for sixth fastest time at the Nike Combine in College Station.
6-1 200 WR Houston, Texas Klein Forest High School
A Prep Star Top-100 Wide Receiver in the nation as a senior... First Team All-District as a senior when he caught 31 passes for 560 yards and eight touchdowns for coach Kenny hammock at Klein Forest... also returned punts for a 10.2 ypr average... had 18 catches for 240 and two touchdowns as a junior.
6-4 290 DT Dallas, Texas Carter HS / Tulane
Transfer from Tulane... big defensive tackle with great athleticism.... was a second team All-State selection as a senior at Dallas Carter for coach Alan Wilson... also a First Team All-District and First Team All-Area selection... a member of Rivals.com First Team Defensive Unit in 2003.
6-6 320 OL Pompano Beach, Fla. East Carolina University
Transferred from East Carolina University prior to start of Spring semester... has two years of eligibility remaining... All-District, All-Broward County and All-State at Dillard High School... made Dade Broward All-Star team as a senior... played for Reedly College in 2002 helping team to National Junior College Championship... redshirted in 2003 and played at East Carolina in 2004 starting first five games before being sidelined by injury.
6-6 305 OL Deltona, Fla. Deltona High School
Enrolled at SFA at the start of the 2005 spring semester... An All-County and All-State performer at Deltona High School in Florida, Santos also served as a team captain his senior season.... expected to challenge for playing time right away with the Lumberjacks...has four years of eligibility remaining... will go through spring practice in March.