Northwestern State Football 2019 Signing Class (21 signees)

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Zachary Clement, QB, 6-0, 195, Broussard, LA-Lafayette Christian HS

 

Spencer Cody, OL, 6-4, 310, Pearland, TX-Dawson HS

Johnathan Daigle, DE, 6-2, 245, Welsh, LA-Welsh HS

David Fitzwater, TE, 6-4, 245, Shreveport, LA-Calvary Baptist Academy (Tulsa)

NSU SID Doug Ireland

Benaiah Franklin, WR/RB, 6-0, 200, Atlanta, GA-Wheeler HS (Purdue)

Erik Hart, RB, 5-10, 180, Waco, TX-China Spring HS

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TK Hamilton, WR/RB, 6-0, 170, Waskom, TX-Waskom HS

Kunta Hester Jr., DB, 6-0, 170, Harvey, LA-John Ehret HS

 

Ja’Quez Jackson, DL, 6-2, 290, Rayville, LA-Ouachita HS

Jordan McCray, G, 6-4, 320, Ennis, TX-Ennis HS

Christian Mobley, OT, 6-5, 310, Tomball, TX-Tomball HS

Chandler Moncrief, DE/OLB, 6-0, 245, West Monroe, LA-West Monroe HS

Jared Pedraza, LB, 6-0, 200, Franklin, TX-Franklin HS

NSU Head Coach Brad Laird

 

Bryce Rivers, QB, 6-3, 220, San Antonio, TX-John Paul Stevens HS (UT-San Antonio)

 

Adrion Robertson, LB, 5-9, 195, Houston, TX- Thurgood Marshall HS (Kilgore College)

 

Scotty Roblow, K/P, 6-5, 170, Shreveport, LA-Byrd HS

NSU Offensive Coordinator Brad Smiley

Aubrey Scott, ATH, 5-11, 165, Frierson, LA-North DeSoto HS

 

Corey Smallwood, TE, 6-4, 225, McKinney, TX-Bonham HS (Navarro JC)

 

Darius Whitfield, DL, 6-3, 275, Mobile, AL-St. Paul’s Episcopal School (South Alabama)

Robbie Williams III, WR, 6-4,200, Tyler, TX-Chapel Hill HS

Ja’Bralen Yarber, DT. 6-1, 280, Tyler, TX-John Tyler HS

NSU Recruiting Coordinator Jake Olsen

 

 

CAPSULE BIOS

 

Zachary Clement, QB, 6-0, 195, Broussard, LA-Lafayette Christian Academy

Four-year letterman for coach Trev Faulk’s Knights … named Outstanding Player on the LSWA All-State team, and first-team LFCA All-State, first-team all-district and first-team All-Acadiana as a senior, leading the Knights to a 14-0 season and a state title … voted LCA’s Superdome Classic MVP after rolling up 333 yards and accounting for five touchdowns (111 rushing on 13 carries, 2 TDs; 222 yards passing, 3 TDs) as the Knights scored 42 second-half points in a 56-7 championship game win … also earned district offensive MVP honors, throwing for 2,055 yards and 36 touchdowns on 65 percent aim (92-142) while rushing for 637 yards and 11 touchdowns … played in the I-10 Bowl and was the National Athletic Association of Private Schools 4A Quarterback of the Year … first-team all-district and district offensive MVP as a junior, throwing for 973 yards and 13 scores and adding 686 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in just seven games (an injury ended his season) as LCA went on to win a state championship … named honorable mention all-state by the LSWA and second-team all-state by the LFCA … first-team all-district selection and second-team All-Acadiana pick as a sophomore, throwing for 1,754 yards and 27 touchdowns and rushing for, 1,569 yards and 19 scores … second-team all-district quarterback as a freshman, throwing for 1,084 yards and nine touchdowns and adding 975 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in eight games at quarterback .. two-year basketball letterman for coach Caleb Starks helped lead the Knights to a state title as a sophomore and district titles in his two seasons … four-year track and baseball letterman helped LCA capture the district and regional track titles as a sophomore … born 8/16/2000 … son of Lisa and Getano Clement … two sisters, Caroline and Annie-Lauren … honor roll student owns a 3.785 grade point average and is a member of the Beta Club and National Honor Society … plans to major in pre-physical therapy … wants to attend physical therapy school and “make it to the next level in football.”

 

Spencer Cody, OL, 6-4, 310, Pearland, TX-Dawson HS
First team all-district performer for coach Eric Wells …lettered two years and helped the Eagles reach the state playoffs each season … part of an offense that averaged 27.5 points per game his senior season … two-time academic all-district two years in a row … two-sport letterman who played three years of lacrosse … was a member of Dawson’s Leadership Council … maintained perfect attendance all four years of high school … born 4/3/2001 … son of Stephanie and Michael Cody … both parents were student-athletes at Texas A&M … one brother, Jackson … plans to major in nursing … life’s ambition is “to raise a family where I can teach them how to become strong, independent adults so they can pass those teachings to their children.”

Johnathan Daigle, DE, 6-2, 245, Welsh, LA-Welsh HS
Four-year letterman for coach John Richardson’s Greyhounds … earned all-district, all-parish and All-Southwest Louisiana honors … tackling machine helped drive Welsh to a state runner-up finish as a senior, collecting 136 tackles, nine sacks and three forced fumbles … keyed Welsh’s state championship run as a junior, notching 147 tackles, seven forced fumbles and five sacks … totaled 365 tackles in his prep career in which he helped lead Welsh to four straight playoff appearances, all of which lasted until at least the quarterfinals… honor roll student and member of the Beta Club owns a 3.9 grade point average … born 10/18/2000 … son of Renee and Kevin Daigle … has two sisters, Emily and Anna … plans to major in health and exercise science and wants to attend physical therapy school … life’s ambition is to “become successful and be the best man I can be in life.”

 

 

David Fitzwater, TE, 6-4, 245, Shreveport, LA-Calvary Baptist Academy (Tulsa)
A two-year letterwinner who played in 24 games, mostly on special teams, in two seasons at Tulsa, Fitzwater was a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award finalist for the South region and twice on the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team … he was an offensive tackle and defensive end for state championship teams at Calvary Baptist Academy in his sophomore and junior seasons, then played tight end as a senior on offense in 2015 while earning first-team all-district honors both ways and Academic All-State accolades … had seven receptions for 78 yards, two TDs while making 91 tackles and five sacks on defense as the Crusaders went 9-3 …first-team All-City at defensive end, honorable mention All-State … career defensive totals of 192 tackles, eight sacks, two interceptions, two caused fumbles … was also all-district in baseball …all-district first-team left tackle for the Crusaders’ state championship teams … named “Best of Preps” by The (Shreveport) Times in both football and baseball in 2015 … was class valedictorian, a National Honor Society member and served on the Student Council … was a Fellowship of Christian Athletes Huddle Leader …lettered four years in football at Calvary for coach John Bachmann, three years in baseball for coach Shannon Cunningham … at Tulsa, redshirted as a true freshman in 2016 … had a 4-yard kickoff return at Temple in 2018 and a tackle vs. SMU … born 2/26/1997 … son of Mike and Kelli Fitzwater, who are both teachers and coaches …two brothers, Daniel and Malachi (19) … one older sister, Mikaela (25) … majoring in applied science and allied health with a pre-med concentration … wants to be a family doctor …also wants to “raise a family that loves the Lord” … his favorite sports movie is “Friday Night Lights” and his favorite overall is “The Patriot” … enjoys “The Office” TV show.

 

Benaiah Franklin, WR/RB, 6-0, 200, Atlanta, GA-Wheeler HS (Purdue)
Came to Purdue to play both baseball and football, but had surgery as a true freshman in 2016 and wasn’t able to play baseball for the Boilermakers … helped Purdue reach bowl games in his redshirt freshman and sophomore seasons … was the leading receiver in the 2018 spring game with seven catches for 116 yards, but had  no regular-season stats …  at Wheeler High, a three-year, two-sport starter … Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-Region selection as an athlete after his senior season …  as a junior, had 26 receptions for 514 yards and five touchdowns… also had offers from Miami (Ohio), Kennesaw State, Middle Tennessee, Troy, Arkansas State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, and recruiting interest from Maryland … had a 3.0 GPA … was part of the chess club and the dance team … worked on the Wheeler video board and the school newspaper … read to special needs children after football games …held two jobs to support his mother and family … born 5/8/1997 … full name is Benaiah John-Forside Franklin … son of Charles Franklin, who works in construction, and Audra Reed, a hospice care worker … he has two brothers, Marley and Professor, and another brother who is deceased … his brothers and a cousin are artists/rappers:  Skooly, Young Marley, Honchoeuro, KIDD and Kief Brown … Skooly is signed to 2 chainz … general studies major with a business minor … his nickname is “Bengii” … wants to pursue an NFL career … hopes to have his own foster care home and work with his mother to develop an organization that helps single parents with transportation, shelter and food … plans to run the family business, SGE (Sharks Gotta Eat) involving brothers and cousins, and to take over the family’s clothing line … his philosophy is “be the person you needed around when you were younger. Work hard or don’t eat.”

Erik Hart, RB, 5-10, 180, Waco, TX-China Spring HS
Three-year letterman for coach Brian Bell’s Cougars … named one of the top 25 prospects in Central Texas … broke his own school record for single-season rushing yards as a senior, totaling 2,117 yards on 304 carries with 26 touchdowns … owns the school single-game record for rushing touchdowns with five, something he did twice … added 188 yards on 18 catches with one touchdown and returned a pair of kicks for touchdowns as China Spring went 6-6 and reached the second round of the state playoffs … totaled six touchdowns – four rushing, one receiving and one kick return – in China Spring’s 48-15 first-round win against Benbrook … was chosen to participate in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl but declined the invitation … honorable mention all-district selection as a junior in which he set a then-school record with 1,559 rushing yards on 220 carries … as a sophomore, rushed 104 times for 670 yards and six touchdowns as China Spring went 13-2 and reached the state semifinals … two-year track and field letterman also spent four years in the school choir … born 10/24/2000 … son of Marie Hicks-Hart and Erik Hart … mother served in the U.S. Air Force and served one tour of duty in Iraq … has 10 siblings ranging in age from 13-32 … plans to major in electrical engineering technology and later pursue a master’s degree … wants to have a successful career, give back to the community and mentor children and help them realize their dreams.

 

TK Hamilton, WR/RB, 6-0, 170, Waskom, TX-Waskom HS

Two-sport standout lettered in both football and track and field for four years … rushed for 1,537 yards and 29 touchdowns, caught 12 passes for 250 yards and four scores and completed a 34-yard touchdown pass in his senior season as Waskom went 10-2, won the district title and was an area finalist … rushed for 1,343 yards and 26 touchdowns and caught nine passes for 197 yards and three scores as Waskom won the district and reached the regional semifinals … ran for 419 yards and eight touchdown as a sophomore, helping Waskom reach the bi-district round of the playoffs … carried 42 times for 347 yards and six touchdowns as part of a 16-0 Class 3A Division II state championship team as a freshman … born 7/1/2001 … son of Felicia Stephens and Billy Hamilton … has one brother, Tesean … plans to major in health and human performance with a concentration in sports medicine … plans to become a coach after graduation, working for his high school coach … life’s ambition is to make money.

Kunta Hester Jr., DB, 6-0, 170, Harvey, LA-John Ehret HS
Helped lead coach Marcus Scott’s Patriots to the state semifinals as a senior … collected two interceptions in a second-round playoff win against Haughton … part of a defense that tossed three shutouts and held four other opponents to seven or fewer points … also lettered in track and field … born 12/27/2000 … son of Synikia and the late Kunta Hester Sr …. has four brothers – Khaliq, Kalen, Kaydon and Reginald – and one sister, Asjah … his uncle, Larry Foster, is a former NFL wide receiver for the Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals … either wants to play in the NFL or become a successful designer.

 

Ja’Quez Jackson, DL, 6-2, 290, Rayville, LA-Ouachita HS

Two-sport letterman – football and track and field – for the Lions and football coach Jeff Fitzgerald  … first-team all-district selection had 73 tackles, 14 for loss, and seven sacks as a senior, helping Ouachita go 8-4 and reach the second round of the playoffs … collected 60 tackles, 13 for loss, 8 sacks, a blocked punt and scored a touchdown as a junior as Ouachita posted a 6-4 record … born 6/1/2001 … son of Lakeithsha Jackson and Larry Brown … has two sisters, Jakiya and Jaliya … owns a 3.5 grade point average … two-time Student of the Month … plans to major in nursing … wants to play in the NFL or become a nurse … life’s ambition is to “be impactful in people’s lives.”

Jordan McCray, G, 6-4, 320, Ennis, TX-Ennis HS
Ranked as the No. 143 guard in the country by 247Sports.com … helped coach Sam Harrell’s Tigers average 25.8 points per game as a senior … was a unanimous first-team all-district selection as a junior when Ennis captured the district championship and reached the second round of the state playoffs … helped push the Tigers to the playoffs in all four years of his career … also lettered in basketball … born 12/10/2000 … son of Monica and Alphonse Cooper … has two brothers, Alphonse Cooper Jr. and Ahmeer Cooper, and one sister, Autumn … plans to major in computer information systems and wants to work for the FBI … life’s ambition is to “fulfill all my dreams and make my parents proud.”

Christian Mobley, OT, 6-5, 310, Tomball, TX-Tomball HS
Two-year letterman for coach Kevin Flanigan’s Tigers … helped Tomball break an eight-year playoff drought as a senior … part of an offensive line that led an offense to an average of 355.7 yards per game (234.3 passing, 121.4 rushing) and an average of 29.5 points per game … second-team all-district selection as a senior … did not play football from his sixth-grade year through his sophomore year because of a knee injury … helped lead Tomball to a 7-3 record as a junior … also lettered in basketball … holds a 3.7 grade point average … born 12/18/2000 … son of Julien and Todd Mobley … one brother, Nicholas … cousin Paige Mobley is a model and actress … plans to major in business administration … wants to become a sales representative.

Chandler Moncrief, BUCK, 6-0, 245, West Monroe, LA-West Monroe HS
One-year letterman for coach Jerry Arledge’s Rebels … helped lead the Rebels to a 14-1 record as a senior and a state runner-up finish … all-district selection as a senior and part of a defense that pitched four straight shutouts to open the state playoffs … lettered three seasons at Sterlington High School … totaled 194 career tackles, 113 of which were solo … tallied eight career sacks, one interception and one forced fumble … also lettered in basketball and track and field … holds a 3.0 grade point average … born 5/17/2001 … son of Chanti and Michael Moncrief … two brothers, Keagan and Javien … cousin of current Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Donte Moncrief … plans to major in nursing … wants to play in the NFL or begin his career as a registered nurse before becoming a nurse practitioner.

Jared Pedraza, LB, 6-0, 200, Franklin, TX-Franklin HS
Rated a three-star prospect by 247sports.com … four-year letterman for coach Mike Hedrick’s Lions … helped lead Franklin to a perfect district record (6-0) as a senior and a second-round playoff berth … named honorable mention Class 3A All-State by the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors … two-way standout was named District 10-3A-I MVP as a junior after recording 158 tackles, 14 pass breakups, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery and rushing for 1,135 yards and 17 touchdowns on offense … earned first-team Texas Sports Writers Association All-State honors as a junior … first-team all-district pick as a sophomore … named the District 12-3A-II Newcomer of the Year in his freshman season of 2015 … born 12/27/2000 … son of Joey Pedraza.

 

Bryce Rivers, QB, 6-3, 220, San Antonio, TX-John Paul Stevens HS (UT-San Antonio)
Played seven games in two seasons at UTSA, throwing for 506 yards, two TDs, and completing 58 percent (42-72-4) of his passes … as a sophomore, in three games, he was 37-64-2 (58 percent) for 463 yards and two touchdowns .. was the Roadrunners’ primary QB for the last two games, starting the finale, a 269-yard performance (20-32-1, 1 TD) vs. bowl-bound North Texas last Nov. 24 … threw for 6,041 yards and 56 touchdowns, completing 441 of 723 passes (61 percent) in his final two seasons at Stevens High School  … completed 61 percent of his passes as a senior (205-338) for 2,630 yards and 26 touchdowns and ran for 147 yards and two scores … played in the 2017 San Antonio All-Star Game .. … first-team all-district (28-6A Zone B) as a senior … also second-team all-area … as a junior, honorable mention all-state, first-team all-district while throwing for 3,411 yards and 30 TDs on 61 percent aim (236-385) … ran for five touchdowns and led Stevens to a nine-win season for coach Darryl Hemphill … was a two-time all-district pitcher in baseball, first-team as a junior (his final season on the diamond) … earned three letters in football and baseball … graduated early to participate in 2017 spring practice with the Roadrunners … began  his UTSA career when NSU QB coach Anthony Scelfo was on staff there in 2017 … born 11/28/1997 … son of Ben and Tammy Rivers … dad is student life director at the University of Texas Health Science Center … mother works in marketing at Santa Rosa Hospital … he’s a health and physical education major who wants to be a college football coach … nickname is “B-RIv” … has one sister, Sydney (18).

 

Adrion Robertson, LB, 5-9, 195, Houston, TX- Thurgood Marshall HS (Kilgore College)

Lettered two seasons at Kilgore College, helping the Rangers finish 10-2 and collect a bowl game victory, conference championship and two Triple Crown titles … first-team all-conference linebacker as a sophomore racked up 105 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 12 games … had four double-digit tackle games as a sophomore, including a career-high 15 against Navarro, and broke up four passes  … had 45 tackles and two forced fumbles in nine games as a freshman … had nine tackles in games against New Mexico Military Institute and Navarro … three-year letterman at Thurgood Marshall High School in Houston for coaches James Williams and Jason Haddock  … first-team all-district linebacker as a senior helped lead Marshall to the fourth round of the state playoffs … played both linebacker and running back as a junior .. born 5/5/1999 … son of Shatina and Andre Robertson … has two sisters, Andrea and Madeline … graduated from Kilgore with a 3.0 grade point average … member of Young Life in high school … plans to major in sport management … wants to become a chiropractor after graduation … life’s ambition is to spread God’s word.

 

Scotty Roblow, K/P, 6-5, 170, Shreveport, LA-Byrd HS

Two-year letterman for coach Mike Suggs’ Yellow Jackets … named first-team all-district as a kicker and punter, first-team all-city (Shreveport Times) as kicker and first-team all-state kicker by the LSL and LFCA as a senior, hitting 6 of 7 field goals with a long of 44 and going 30 for 32 on extra points … averaged 40.4 yards per punt in his senior year … 44-yard field goal came at the final horn and lifted Byrd to a 17-14 win against nationally ranked Bishop Dunne of Dallas … named first-team all-district and all-city as a kicker and second-team all-district as a punter in his junior year after going 3-for-5 on field goals, hitting all 30 extra points and averaging 40.1 yards per punt … nominated for The Times’ Player of the Year award … three-year soccer letterman for coach Gary McCormick … three-time all-district goalkeeper earned the team’s Defensive MVP as a freshman … has a 3.4 grade point average … four-year member of the Key Club … born 3/31/2001 … son of Susan and Scott Roblow … has one sister, Sarah Kate … plans to major in business administration … wants to win a championship at Northwestern State before kicking or punting in the NFL.

 

Aubrey Scott, ATH, 5-11, 165, Frierson, LA-North DeSoto HS

Versatile four-year letterman for head coach Scott Abernathy’s Griffins … three-time first-team all-district, All-DeSoto Parish and all-area selection was named to the LSWA’s Class 4A All-State Team as a senior … accounted for 1,350 total yards (600 rushing, 500 receiving, 250 kick return) and 14 touchdowns as a senior as North DeSoto went 8-3 and reached the state playoffs … rushed for 1,488 yards and had 1,933 yards total offense and 19 touchdowns a s junior, earning all-state honors from the Louisiana Football Coaches Association … helped the Griffins go 8-4 and reach the regional round of the state playoffs … had 1,286 of his 1,486 yards total offense on the ground, scoring nine touchdowns as North DeSoto went 7-5 and reached the regional round of the playoffs in his sophomore season … helped the Griffins post a 10-3 record and reach the state quarterfinals in his freshman year … had recruiting interest from Florida, UL Lafayette, New Mexico State and Texas State … born 11/29/2000 … son of Tonnette Scott … has five sisters, Ebone, Jamaica, Chelsea, Ty and Raighan … plans to major in health and exercise science … wants to play in the NFL or become a football coach … is involved with his church, Mount Moriah Baptist.

 

Corey Smallwood, TE, 6-4, 225, McKinney, TX-Bonham HS (Navarro JC)

Played one season at Navarro Junior College in Corsciana, Texas, after spending two seasons at Texas A&M-Commerce … named all-conference at Navarro, catching 15 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown without a drop … caught eight passes for 86 yards as a redshirt freshman at Texas A&M-Commerce, helping the Lions win the 2017 NCAA Division II national championship … lettered three years each in football, basketball and track and field at Bonham High School … accounted for 1,200 yards, 14 touchdowns, an interception and a recovered onside kick as a senior … two-time team MVP as a junior and senior … earned first-team All-Texas Homeland honors as a senior and was a first-team all-district, first-team all-area and honorable mention all-state pick … holds Bonham’s school record for single-game receiving yardage … born 10/30/1997 … son of Brandy Booth and Scott Smallwood … one brother, Cody … majoring in health and human performance … wants to become a coach or personal trainer … life’s ambition is to “strive to be the best in what I’m doing now and in my future profession.”

 

Darius Whitfield, DL, 6-3, 275, Mobile, AL-St. Paul’s Episcopal School (South Alabama)
A four-star Rivals.com high school standout … earned three stars from 247Sports. Com and ESPN.com … Rivals ranked him among the top 30 defensive tackles in the country in 2015 as well as one of Alabama’s to 12 prep prospects … ESPN rated him sixth nationally among centers and one of the top 20 recruits from Alabama … was a U.S. Army All-American … named to the USA TODAY first-team A-List Top 10 … offers from LSU, Florida, Florida State, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Missouri, Arizona State, Louisville and recruited by Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Miami, Wake Forest and Minnesota in 2015 … signed with South Carolina, then redshirted and transferred to Southwest Mississippi Community College for his redshirt freshman season and South Alabama for his sophomore year … has two seasons to play … at Southwest Mississippi, he was third on the team with 51 tackles, including 12 at Northeast Mississippi … nine tackles, including a sack, at nationally ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast … other top games: seven tackles in his debut for the Bears against Coahoma, six stops in the next game against ninth-ranked Holmes, and six more against Jones County …second team all-Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges South Division … in high school, was first-team all-state and all-region after helping the St. Paul’s Episcopal Saints to their second straight state class 5A championship, and a 13-2 record … first-team all-region as a junior as the Saints went 15-0 .. honorable mention all-region as a sophomore for a 10-3 team that reached the state quarterfinals … born 10/2/1997 … son of Charles Whitfield, who works in construction, and Tammie, a retailer … three brothers: Brandon Casher (32), Joshua Casher (22, a 2018 senior for Alabama) and Christian Whitfield (18) … a sister, Constance Casher (28) … majoring in communications … interested in a career as a physical therapist … hopes to reach the NFL so his “family could have a better life.”

Robbie Williams III, WR, 6-4,200, Tyler, TX-Chapel Hill HS
Four-sport letterman at Chapel Hill who handled multiple roles for Jason Hooker’s Bulldogs … totaled 12 all-purpose touchdowns as a senior – eight receiving, two rushing, one passing and one punt return … tallied 515 receiving yards, 40 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and one blocked field goal as a senior while punting for 809 yards and was the team’s field goal kicker … first-team all-district selection as a junior, catching 11 touchdown passes and totaling 581 yards … had more than 2,000 receiving yards in his four years and scored at least nine touchdowns in three of his four seasons … also lettered in basketball, soccer and track and field … born 6/15/2001 … son of Carina Leon and Carlos Martinez … has four brothers – Xavier Williams, Carlos Martinez, Khrisiton Little and Kayde Rush … one sister, Alexis Martinez … will major in health and exercise science … wants to play in the NFL and become a college coach … life’s ambitions include becoming an ambassador for the game he loves and setting a positive example on and off the field.

Ja’Bralen Yarber, DT. 6-1, 280, Tyler, TX-John Tyler HS
Three-year starter for coach Ricklan Holmes’ Lions … three-time all-district selection helped lead John Tyler to a 10-3 mark as a senior and a third-round berth in the state playoffs … had 69 tackles, 26 for a loss, six forced fumbles and an interception for the undefeated district champions … produced a safety in a 22-10 win against Lancaster on Nov. 24 … as a junior, totaled 25 tackles in six games, adding one sack … produced 22 pancake blocks in 10 games as a sophomore offensive lineman … born 7/1/2001 … son of Ann David and Jamie Yarber … two siblings … plans to major in mathematics … plans to complete his undergraduate degree and become a graduate assistant under defensive coordinator Mike Lucas to further his coaching education.