Feb. 7, 2001
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack head football coach Mike Santiago announced today the signing of thirteen high school seniors to national letters of intent to further their education and play football at the university next fall. Included among the signees are nine offensive and four defensive players. Wednesday is the first day high school student-athletes can sign letters of intent.
"I am extremely pleased with the student-athletes we've been able to sign. As a staff, we identified our needs as a team, and we've been able to fill those needs with some of the finest high school student-athletes from both Texas and Louisiana. Not only have we signed several young men from the Houston and Dallas areas, but we've also added several student-athletes from right here in East Texas," said Santiago.
The 2001 signing class is highlighted by the addition of the Louisiana Offensive Player of the Year, Zeke Dixon, a 6-2, 210 pound quarterback from Westlake High School in Westlake, Louisiana, just outside Lake Charles. Dixon earned All-State honors as a senior for coach Max Calderara, passing for over 3,000 yards and leading his team to the state semifinals. He was named the Western Louisiana Player of the Year and is a Top 100 recruit in the state.
Also included among the class of thirteen high school signees are a pair of teammates from Hemphill High School. The `Jacks have signed both Larron Singleton, a 6-4 275-pound offensive lineman and Scott Morgan, a 6-4, 240-pound defensive lineman from coach Larry Upshaw's Hornets. Both Morgan and Singleton are two-time All-District selections and earned All-State honors as seniors. Both are also listed as a Texas Top 300 recruits according to Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine.
The `Jacks also picked up another East Texas product, signing Corey Goodall of Trinity. Goodall is a three-time All-District pick, earning District newcomer of the Year honors as a sophomore in 1998. The 6-4, 202 pound safety played for coach Don Hill at Trinity High School.
SFA also picked up three other offensive linemen, Joey Nunan, a 6-5 300-pound All-State performer at Hardin High School for coach Jack Parker, Matt Hoelscher, a 6-4, 275-pound lineman that played for Jim Slaughter at A&M Consolidated High School, and Tad Roberts a 6-7, 312-pound lineman from Klein Oak High School in Spring. Nunan was an All-State selection in 2000. Hoelscher also earned numerous football honors and was a state finalist in the shot put and discus. Roberts was also an All-District selection for coach David Smith at Klein Oak.
At the skill positions, SFA also added Tony Tompkins, a 5-8, 165-pound tailback from Port Arthur Thomas Jefferson High School. Tompkins earned All-State honors as a senior for coach Al Ceyela and was a finalist for the Golden Triangle's Offensive Player of the Year Award.
The `Jacks also signed a 5-9, 195 tailback out of Cedar Hill High School, Ron Middleton. Middleton rushed for over 1000 yards as a both a junior and senior for coach Robert Woods. He is also among the best 4A sprinters in the state, running a 10.3 100-meter time. He is also a member of the Dallas Morning News' Top 300 list.
Caleb Stone, a 6-6, 240-pound tight end from San Benito High School has also agreed to attend SFA in the fall and continue his playing career with the `Jacks. The standout tight end earned All-District, All-Rio Grande Valley, and All-South Texas honors as a senior, leading his team in receptions.
Rounding out the skill positions is another player from the Austin area, Michael David, a 5-10, 195-pound receiver from Georgetown. David is a two-time All-District selection for coach Larry Moore, and led his team in both rushing and receiving as a senior. He was also an All-Greater Austin First Team and All-Central Texas selection. David is also an excellent sprinter, qualifying for the regional finals in the 200-meters.
Defensively, the Lumberjacks picked up a defensive lineman from Dallas' W.T. White High School, Antonio Fletcher. Fletcher, 6-2, 300-pounds, was an All-District selection for coach Mike Zoffuto as a senior, and led the team in tackles.
SFA also signed punter Clay Gilbert from Richardson. The 5-8, 165-pound J.J. Pearce product was an All-District football player for coach Bobby Reyes, and an All-Region Soccer player as a junior.
In addition to the thirteen high school signees, SFA announced earlier the addition of two I-A transfers. Courtnee Garcia, a receiver from the University of Texas, and formerly of Lufkin High School and Matt Lazarine, an offensive lineman from Arkansas State, and formerly of Tyler Lee High School.
Garcia was one of the top receivers in the state as a high school athlete, and spent the past two years at Texas where he was the top punt returner for the Longhorns in 1999.
Lazarine was a highly touted recruit out of high school, where he was a teammate of current Lumberjack receiver Anthony Dingle. Lazarine was a Texas Top 300 recruit as a senior in high school.
MICHAEL DAVID REC 5-10 195 Georgetown HS / Georgetown
ZEKE DIXON QB 6-2 210 Westlake HS / Westlake, Louisiana
ANTONIO FLETCHER DL 6-2 300 W.T. White HS / Dallas
CLAY GILBERT P 5-8 165 J.J. Pearce HS / Richardson
COREY GOODALL S 6-4 202 Trinity HS / Trinity
MATT HOELSCHER OL 6-4 275 A&M Consolidated / College Station
RON MIDDLETON RB 5-9 195 Cedar Hill HS / Cedar Hill
SCOTT MORGAN DL 6-4 240 Hemphill HS / Hemphill
JOEY NUNAN OL 6-5 300 Hardin HS / Hardin
TAD ROBERTS OL 6-7 312 Klein Oak HS / Spring
LARRON SINGLETON OL 6-4 275 Hemphill HS / Hemphill
CALEB STONE TE 6-6 240 San Benito HS / San Benito
TONY TOMPKINS RB 5-8 165 Thomas Jefferson HS / Port Arthur
COURTNEE GARCIA WR 5-8 170 Lufkin/ Lufkin (University of Texas)
MATT LAZARINE OL 6-5 310 Tyler / Lee (Arkansas State)