Football Adds 15 Recruits On Signing Day
Feb. 5, 2003
FOOTBALL SIGNS 15 TO NATIONAL LETTERS OF INTENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 5, 2003
CONTACT: Rob Meyers
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- Stephen F. Austin head football coach Mike Santiago announced today the signing of 15 student-athletes to letters of intent to play football and continue their education at the university next fall. Included among the 15 signees are a Houston Chronicle Top 100 recruit and two first team All-State selections in 2002.
"We entered this recruiting season looking to address two major areas of concern - the offensive line and wide receiver- and with the young men we have signed today, we really did better at addressing those areas than I had anticipated. The four offensive linemen we signed today are among the highest quality offensive linemen that I've seen signed in my 17 years in this conference. The wide receivers we've signed also possess the size, speed and ability needed to be excellent receivers in this conference, and I feel we've done a great job of making this team better in the years to come," said Santiago.
The 2003 signing class consists of four offensive linemen, three wide receivers, two quarterbacks, two defensive backs, two defensive linemen, a linebacker and a fullback.
Included among the four offensive lineman are two All-State selections in 2002. Brendan Flannery, a 6-3, 285 pound lineman from Converse Judson helped the Rockets to the 2002 Class 5A state title, earning First Team All-State honors along the way. He joins Cole Parks, a 6-4, 240 pound center from Stephenville as a Class 4A All-State selection. Parks has also been selected to take part in the annual Oil Bowl game later this year.
Two other offensive lineman, Tobi Kaiyewu and Trent Calloway, teammates from Dulles High School in Missouri City, have also agreed to join the 'Jacks program. Kaiyewu was a Houston Chronicle Top 100 recruit.
Included among the three wide receivers signed by Santiago and his staff is Chance Dennis, a 6-2, 195 pound receiver from Houston North Shore High School. Dennis was among the eight finalists for the Houston Touchdown Club's Offensive Player of the Year honor and was a standout at Northshore High School. Garrett Inman, a 6-4, 195 pounder from Dallas / Lake Highlands High School also possesses both the size and speed to be a top notch receiver in the SLC.
The third receiver in the class, Cedric Reescano is also listed as a defensive back, and was a three sport letterwinner in high school. A three time all-district selection, Reescano was also an AP honors student at Lake Highlands.
In spite of having three young quarterbacks already on the roster, the 'Jacks added two more quality quarterbacks in this signing class, each possessing a different style of play. Danny Southall, a 6-3, 190 pounder from Hitchcock High School is described by Santiago as an athlete. Southall threw for over 3,500 yards and 48 touchdowns during his career, setting the single season touchdown record at Hitchcock along the way. Southall was an All-State selection in 2002 and was the district 27-AA MVP as a senior.
The second quarterback is more of a pure drop back style passer in 6-4, 200 pound Robbie Parks. Parks completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,848 yards and 18 touchdowns for Keller High School. He was also selected to appear in the Coca-Cola All Star game where he was 10-14 passing for 125 yards and one touchdown.
A fullback also is included among this year's group in the form of 5-11, 215 pound Michael Motte of Houston's North Shore High School. Motte is an excellent receiver out of the backfield, recording 67 catches for 833 yards in his high school career.
While the 2003 signing class leans to the offensive side of the ball, Santiago said that the defensive players signed in this group will look to help strengthen an already strong defensive unit. "We will be a senior secondary next year, but the young men we signed today should have an impact a year down the road," said Santiago.
Two defensive backs are included among the group, Jonathan Denman is a two-time First Team All-District selection from Kempner High School in Missouri City, and joins Jack Criss, Jr. of Dallas Carter in this year's class.
Robert Castillo of Greenville High School in Greenville also joins the 'Jacks as a linebacker. Castillo played both running back and linebacker in high school, where he earned both offensive MVP honors and was named the District 14-4A outstanding linebacker in 2002.
The 'Jacks also added a pair of talented defensive linemen in the group with the signing of Sean McKinney, a 6-3, 275 pound defensive end form Sherman, and Martin Thompson, Jr., a 6-1, 290 pound lineman from Aldine Eisenhower High School.
"Each year at this time, we talk about the potential that recruits have to develop into good football players. And, as I've said in the past, the true measure of a recruiting class can't be made at this time, but several years down the road. I feel that the athletic ability combined with the character of the young men signed by our staff this year, gives this group the chance to develop into a great recruiting class," said Santiago.
TRENT CALLOWAY OL 6-5 265 Missouri City / Dulles HS
Calloway is one of four offensive linemen signed in the 2003 class... two sport letterwinner at Dulles HS, lettering in both football and basketball... was a first team All-District pick as a senior and helped his team to a first round playoff berth in 2002.
ROBERT CASTILLO DB 6-2 205 Greenville / Greenville HS
Castillo played both tailback and linebacker in HS, rushing for 1,779 yards as a senior and over 2,600 yards in his career... was the district 11-4A Offensive MVP and also voted the Most Outstanding Linebacker in the district as a junior... three sport letterwinnner.
JACK CRISS, Jr. DB 6-1 185 Dallas / Carter HS
Three sport letterman at Dallas Carter HS... lettered three years in football where he led the team in interceptions (5) and also led the secondary in sacks.... part of state champion 4x400-meter relay team... was a team captain and a first team All-District selection as a senior... member of the National Honor Society.
JONATHAN DENMAN DB 6-1 180 Missouri City / Kempner HS
Three sport letterwinner at Kempner, lettering in track, basketball and football... was a District 20-5A First Team pick as a senior.
CHANCE DENNIS WR 6-2 195 Houston / North Shore HS
Outstanding wide receiver with big play potential... one of 8 finalists for the Houston Touchdown Club's Offensive Player of the Year this past year... had 33 catches for 800 yards and 7 touchdowns as a senior... ran both the 110 and 300-meter hurdles in high school.
BRENDAN FLANNERY OL 6-3 285 Converse / Judson HS
First Team All-State performer as a senior, helping Converse Judson to the state 5A championship... was a two-time All-District, All-City selection... also voted the team MVP in both 2001 and 2002.... served as a team captain in 2002 championship season and was picked to represent the team when they met with Gov. Rick Perry following the state title game.
GARRETT INMAN WR 6-4 195 Dallas / Lake Highlands HS
Two sport letterman at Lake Highlands HS where he was a two-time all-district, all-city selection for the Wildcats... helped team to a playoff appearance in 2002... was a member of the AP Honor Roll and recipient of the Athletic Academic Award.
TOBI KAIYEWU OL 6-4 320 Missouri City / Dulles HS
A Houston Chronicle Top 100 recruit who was also a three time All-District selection... has great size and good mobility.
SETH McKINNEY DL 6-3 275 Sherman / Sherman HS
Four sport letterman at Sherman HS... where he helped the football team to consecutive bi-district championships... was a First Team All-Texomaland pick as a senior and a two-time All-District selection... his father, Jeff McKinney played football at Texas Tech.
MICHAEL MOTTE FB 5-11 215 Houston / North Shore HS
The only back signed this year.... lettered three years at North Shore as a fullback... recorded 67 catches for 833 yards... also had 43 carries for 426 yards in his career... was a preseason First Team All-State fullback selection.
ROBBIE PARK QB 6-4 200 Keller / Keller HS
One of two quarterbacks signed in 2003... more of a pure drop-back type passer... threw for 1,848 yards and 18 TDs in his high school career with a career completion percentage just under 59%... picked to play in the Coca-Cola All Star game where he was 10-14 for 125 yards and a touchdown.
COLE PARKS OL 6-4 240 Stephenville / Stephenville HS
First Team All-State offensive lineman in 2002... helped team to the Area finals in 2002... selected to play in the Oil Bowl later this year in Wichita Falls... was an All-District, All-Big Country pick in 2002 as a center.... active in student council, also an Eagle Scout.
CEDRIC REESCANO WR/DB 5-11 180 Romayor / Hardin HS
Versatile athlete that could fill role on either side of the ball.. was a three time All-District selection in football and a regional qualifier in track twice in his high school career... credited with second longest return of a blocked field goal in high school history (107 yards)... returned 12 kicks for touchdowns in his career.
DANNY SOUTHALL QB 6-3 190 Hitchcock / Hitchcock HS
Passed for 3,557 yards and 48 TDs in his high school career ... was All-State and District 27-2A MVP in 2002.... helped lead Hitchcock to bi-district championship as a senior... lettered in four sports... was an Academic All-State pick and a member of the National Honor Society.
MARTIN THOMPSON. Jr. DL 6-1 290 Houston / Aldine Eisenhower
Two year letterwinner at Aldine Eisenhower for coach Richard Carson... earned All-Greater Houston, and First Team All-District Honors as a senior.. was also voted the District 21-5A Defensive MVP.