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Camden native one of 40 signees to play football at Tech
Camden native one of 40 signees to play football at Tech

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas Tech University Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Steve Mullins announced the signing of 40 student-athletes to National Football Letters of Intent on Wednesday.

The group of 40 signees includes players from eight different states, including 18 high school players from the state of Arkansas. Among the state of Arkansas signees are three players from Class 7A State semifinalist North Little Rock and Dardanelle High School All-State kicker/punter Randy Velazquez.

Here is list of this year’s signees.

Name                                Pos.      Hgt.  Wgt.    Hometown (High School)

Tony Adams                       WR        6-0    175      Allen, Texas (Allen)

Camerron Bennett              LB          6-0    218      Cedar Hill, Texas (Cedar Hill)

Ethan Boatman                   OL         6-0    300      Sulphur Springs, Texas (SSHS)

Demarquaz Bradley            WR/LB   6-2    205      Pittsburg, Texas (Pittsburg)

Christian Brewer                 SS         6-1    195      Waxahachie, Texas (Waxahachie)

Jared Bryant                       DB         5-10  180      Baton Rouge, La. (Tara)

Jeremy Collins                    OL         6-5    245      Greenland, Ark. (Greenland)

Brenden Daniels                 OL         6-2    275      Mena, Ark. (Mena)

Tony Dennis                       WR/RB   5-10  180      Springdale, Ark. (Springdale)

Aaron Farris                        OL         6-1    275      Jenks, Okla. (Jenks)

Michael Fine                       WR        6-5    190      Springdale, Ark. (Har-Ber)

Demetris Ford                     LB          6-0    230      Magnolia, Ark. (Magnolia)

T.J. Fountain                      DL         6-2    215      Little Rock, Ark. (Central)

Jesse Galloway                   OL         6-2    297      Aurora, Mo. (Aurora)

Gerventae Goldman            DL         6-1    220      Monroe, La. (Neville)

Trevon Gooden                   LB          5-11  185      Texarkana, Texas (Texas)

Zemaric Holt                       DE         6-4    220      Midway, Fla. (East Gadsden)

Aaron Johnson                    DE         6-4    254      Morris, Okla. (Morris)

Ejay Johnson                      RB         5-8    185      O’Fallon, Ill. (O’Fallon Township)

Zabian King                        DB         6-0    195      Nashville, Tenn. (John Overton)        

Skyler McElroy                    OL         6-5    280      Magazine, Ark. (Magazine)

Andrick Mitchell                  ATH       5-9    175      Monroe, La. (Richwood)

Justin Owens                      QB         6-1    190      Sulphur Springs, Texas (SSHS)

Ben Pierce                          LB          6-2    200      Clarksdale, Miss. (Lee Academy)

Clay Price                           QB         5-11  185      Lindale, Texas (Lindale)

Xavier Rogers                     DL         6-6    260      Earle, Ark. (Earle)

Devaughn Sanders             WR        5-11  175      Monroe, La. (Ouachita Parish)

Keitron Smith                     DB         5-11  175      Camden, Ark. (Fairview)

Trevon Lenard Tatum          LB          5-11  217      Willis, Texas (Willis)

Randy Taylor                      DL         6-3    285      El Dorado, Ark. (Parkers Chapel)

Quincey Thomas                 CB         6-0    185      North Little Rock, Ark. (NLR)

Edwin McDonald-Thorton    FS         5-10  170      Monticello, Ark. (Monticello)

Randy Velazquez                K/P        5-11  170      Dardanelle, Ark. (Dardanelle)

Dylan Warner                     OL         6-5    330      Pocahontas, Ark. (Pocahontas)

Henry Wesley                     WR        6-2    195      Winnsboro, La. (Franklin Parish)

Jalen West                          DB         5-10  180      Sherwood, Ark. (Sylvan Hills)

Kody White                         TE         6-6    240      Cave City, Ark. (Cave City)

Larry Wilbourn                    LB          6-0    230      North Little Rock, Ark. (NLR)

Clay Williams                      DB         6-1    180      DeKalb, Texas (DeKalb)

Kendall Williams                 RB         5-11  215      North Little Rock, Ark. (NLR)

 

This year’s signees’ bios are as follows:

Tony Adams of Allen, Texas (Allen High School): Adams is a 6-foot, 175-pound receiver with 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash who played for Tom Westerberg at Allen High School. Last season, Adams, who missed five games due to injury, caught 20 passes for 357 yards and had a touchdown reception. He earned Honorable Mention All-District honors and helped lead AHS to three straight second-round playoff appearances. Westerberg said that Adams was poised to be Allen’s top receiver in 2011, but an injury forced him to sit out five games. “Tony is a tough, intelligent kid whose route running skills were the best on the team,” Westerberg said of Adams. “His absence on offense was very noticeable in those five games. He is a great kid with a great attitude.”  

Camerron Bennett of Cedar Hill, Texas (Cedar Hill High School): Bennett is a 6-foot, 218-pound linebacker with 4.68 speed in the 40-yard dash who played for Joey McGuire. This past season, Bennett, who was a First-Team All-District selection and a team captain, recorded 41 solo tackles, 23 assisted tackles, seven sacks and 17 tackles for loss. He was a three-year starter at CHHS and led the team to an 8-4 record in 2011 and helped lead them to four Class 5A State Playoff berths and four straight District Championships. Bennett chose Tech over Henderson State and Colorado State-Pueblo. “Cam is a very fast, physical player that has a nose for the football,” McGuire said about Bennett.

Ethan Boatman of Sulphur Springs, Texas (Sulphur Springs High School): Boatman is a 6-foot, 300-pound offensive lineman who played for Greg Owens at Sulphur Springs. This past season, Boatman recorded 57 pancake blocks en route to earning First-Team All-District honors at offensive line. He led SSHS to a District and Bi-District Championship and an Area finalist appearance. “Ethan is an extremely aggressive and physical player – nasty,” Owens said about Boatman. “He is also a very intelligent player – made all of our line adjustments at the line of scrimmage.”  

Demarquaz “Bear” Bradley of Pittsburg, Texas (Pittsburg High School): Bradley is a 6-foot-2, 205-pound linebacker that will play wide receiver and linebacker at Tech. Bradley, who runs a 4.7 time in the 40-yard dash, played for Robert Manley at PHS. This past season, Bradley recorded 80 tackles, including 47 solo stops and added 11 tackles for loss, three pass break-ups, forced two fumbles and had three fumble recoveries on defense. On the offensive side of the ball, Bradley, who was named a First-Team All-District selection at linebacker and earned Honorable Mention All-District honors at receiver, caught 15 passes for 376 yards and had two touchdowns. As a sophomore and junior, Bradley earned Honorable Mention All-District honors at both linebacker and receiver. Helped lead PHS to a 5-5 record in 2011 and was a member of the school’s State semifinal team as a sophomore in 2009. In his three year playing at PHS, Bradley led the school to a 23-11 overall record. “Bear is a tough, physical player that enjoys contact. He is very quiet, but makes a loud noise with his play on the field and with his performance in the classroom,” Manley said about Bradley.

Christian Brewer of Waxahachie, Texas (Waxahachie High School): Brewer is a 6-foot-1, 195-pound strong safety with 4.7 speed in the 40-yard dash. This past season, Brewer recorded 102 tackles, forced three fumbles and had three fumble recoveries en route to earning 15-4A All-District honors. Brewer also served as a team captain and won the school’s Head Hunter Award. Was a part of a WHS squad that finished with a 9-3 record this past season and took home both a District and Bi-District Championship. “Christian has the intangibles it takes to be a successful football player. Hard work ethic, commitment, leadership and field savvy,” Waxahachie Head Football Coach David Ream said about Brewer.

Jared Bryant of Baton Rouge, La. (Tara High School): Bryant is a 5-foot-10, 180-pound defensive back that played for Ron Lejeune at Tara High School. He earned Defensive MVP honors at this year’s Max Emfinger All-American Game in Shreveport, La., after recording five solo tackles, two assisted stops and breaking up three passes.

Jeremy Collins of Greenland, Ark. (Greenland High School): Collins is a 6-foot-5, 245-pound offensive and defensive lineman that will play on the offensive line as a Wonder Boy. In 2011, Collins earned All-Conference honors and a was a member of the KURM Dream Team after grading out the highest of all the Greenland offensive lineman. Collins helped lead the Pirates to the second round of the Class 3A Playoffs the past two seasons, including posting a 9-3 record this past fall. “Jeremy is a great kid and I’m proud of him,” Greenland Head Coach Lee Larkan said. “Has great potential once his body fills out.”

Brenden Daniels of Mena, Ark. (Mena High School): Daniels is a 6-foot-2, 275-pound offensive lineman that played for Jeff Weaver at Mena High School. He played center as a junior and then played left guard and nose tackle this past fall. He earned 4-4A All-Conference honor and was named a 4A All-State selection. Daniels was a team captain in 2011 and was a Leadership Council representative in both 2009 and 2010. “Brenden is a great player and great competitor. He is an even better person,” Weaver said of Daniels. “He will make Arkansas Tech proud.”

Tony Dennis of Springdale, Ark. (Springdale High School): Dennis is a 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back and wide receiver with 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash. This past season, Dennis rushed for 504 yards and averaged 7.9 yards per carry and scored four touchdowns. Along with his running, Dennis also caught 40 passes for 772 yards and averaged 19.3 yards per catch and had seven touchdown receptions. He was also a weapon on special teams for the Bulldogs as he returned 16 kickoffs for 349 yards and averaged 21.3 yards per return and returned six punts for 97 yards, including returning one for a touchdown. On the season, he recorded 1,722 all-purpose yards and averaged nearly 156 all-purpose yards per contest. He earned Class 7A West All-Conference and Class 7A All-State honors this season and was a member of the KURM Dream Team. Helped lead SHS to Class 7A State Playoff berths in both 2010 and 2011. Along with playing football at SHS, Dennis is a starter for the Bulldogs Basketball team that is in second place halfway through the conference schedule. “Tony has the natural ability to change directions without slowing down,” Springdale Head Coach Shane Patrick said of Dennis. “He is a true competitor, very clutch. I expect him to have a great collegiate career at Arkansas Tech.”

Aaron Farris of Jenks, Okla. (Jenks High School): Farris is a 6-foot-1, 275-pound offensive lineman who played for Allen Trimble at Jenks High School. This past season, Farris earned All-District and First-Team All-VYPE Eastern Oklahoma honors and was named a Second-Team All-State selection after grading out at an average of 88 percent on the year. He helped lead JHS to a 10-3 record this past season and a State semifinal berth and he was a member of Jenks’ 2010 Class 6A State runner-up team. Farris is also a beast in the weight room as he is in the Top 3 in all of the off-season tests at Jenks High School. “Aaron is passionate and tough! He is exactly what you want in an offensive lineman,” Trimble said of Farris.

Michael Fine of Springdale, Ark. (Springdale Har-Ber High School): Fine is a 6-foot-5, 190-pound receiver that has 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash. Fine, who plays for former Wonder Boy football player Chris Wood at Har-Ber, caught 50 passes for 896 yards and had 13 touchdowns this past season and as a junior in 2010, Fine caught 36 passes for 965 yards and had 11 touchdown receptions. Fine, who holds Har-Ber’s school record for career receiving yards (1,861), career pass receiving touchdowns (24) and career yards per catch (26.8), was a two-time First-Team Class 7A All-Conference selection and a two-time First-Team honoree on the NWA Media Super Team, along with being named the KURM Dream Team this past season. He was a member of the Wildcats 2009 Class 7A State Championship Team and was a part of the three consecutive State Playoff teams at Har-Ber. Along with playing football for the Wildcats, Fine is also a member of the school’s basketball team. “Michael is a great wide receiver, a game changer,” Wood said of Fine. “He can really go get the ball.”

 

Demetris Ford of Magnolia, Ark. (Magnolia High School): Ford is a 6-foot, 225-pound linebacker who played for Robert Day at Magnolia High School. Ford, who older brother, Wesley McKinney, is a redshirt freshman defensive back with the Wonder Boys, recorded 76 solo tackles, 48 assisted stops and added seven tackles for loss, four sacks, forced four fumbles and recovered two fumbles last season. In addition, Ford picked off one pass on the year and earned All-District honors. “Demetris is a great player from a great family,” Day said about Ford. “He is headed to a great school. I’m excited he is getting to go and play college football with his brother.”

 

T.J. Fountain of Little Rock, Ark. (Little Rock Central High School): Fountain is a 6-foot-2, 215-pound defensive end with 4.7 speed in the 40-yard dash who played for Ellis “Scooter” Register. He was a two-year lettermen and starter with the Tigers after transferring from Joe T. Robinson. He recorded 27 tackles, including seven assisted stops and added eight tackles for loss and had one fumble recovery this past year and finished his two-year career at CHS with 42 total tackles. Register said that Fountain played on most of the Tigers special teams units. “T.J. is a hard worker and has a fast motor,” Register said of Fountain. “He plays hard and his best football is ahead of him. He’s a young man with great character.” 

Jesse Galloway of Aurora, Mo. (Aurora High School): Galloway is a 6-foot-2, 297-pound offensive lineman and deep snapper who played for Rick Scholten at AHS. This past season, Galloway recorded 46 tackles, including 17 assisted tackles and one sack as a defensive lineman and recorded 19 tackles as a junior in 2010. He earned First-Team All-State, All-District and All-Conference honors this past fall and was an Honorable Mention All-Conference honoree as a junior and helped lead AHS to two consecutive Missouri Class 3A State Playoff appearances. Along with playing football at Aurora, Galloway is a member of the school’s basketball team. “Jesse is a great hard working kid. He will develop into an outstanding offensive lineman,” Scholten said about Galloway.

Gerventae Goldman of Monroe, La. (Neville High School): Goldman is a 6-foot-1, 220-pound defensive lineman with 4.65 speed in the 40-yard dash. As a high school player, Goldman, who played for Mickey McCarty at Neville High School, was a two-time All-District selection and was a part of three District Championship teams and Neville’s two State Championship squads.

Trevon Gooden of Texarkana, Texas (Texas High School): Gooden is a 5-foot-11, 185-pound receiver, linebacker and kick returner with 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash. This past season, Gooden, who earned First-Team All-District honors as a senior, recorded 102 total tackles, including 80 solo stops and added five tackles for loss, five sacks, forced three fumbles and picked off three passes, including returning two of those interceptions for touchdowns. He was a part of three consecutive State Playoff teams at Texas High, including advancing to the second round as a sophomore in 2009. “Trevon was a jack of all trades as he played on all special teams, at receiver and at rover on defense,” Texarkana Coach Barry Norton said. “He is physical and fast and Trevon was a difference maker in all aspects of the game. He’s a great kid and will make a great Wonder Boy.”

Zemaric Holt of Midway, Fla. (East Gadsden High School): Holt is a 6-foot-4, 220-pound defensive end that runs a 4.78 in the 40-yard dash. This past season, Holt, who helped lead the Jaguars to a 10-3 record in 2011, recorded 35 tackles, 7.5 sacks and forced one fumble. He played in the annual Florida vs. Georgia High All-Star Football Game. “He will be a great pass rusher as he has a solid work ethic,” East Gadsden Coach Corey Fuller said. Fuller was a teammate of Wonder Boy assistant coach Jo Nixon at Florida State in the mid-1990s.  

Aaron Johnson of Morris, Okla. (Morris High School): Johnson is a 6-foot-4, 254-pound defensive end and tight end that will play on the defensive line at Tech. Johnson recorded 127 tackles and led the entire state of Oklahoma in sacks with 27 this past season. He was named the Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2011 and was selected to the Class 2A All-Star Team. Johnson helped lead Morris to a 6-6 record in 2011 and a second round appearance in the State playoffs. In addition to playing football at MHS, Johnson is a dominant inside force for the school’s basketball team and is a very skilled calf roper. “Aaron is a one of the best players I’ve ever coached. He’s a great kid,” Morris High School Coach Larry Crenshaw said. “Someone is going to get a good one!”    

 

Ejay Johnson of O’Fallon, Ill. (O’Fallon Township High School): Johnson is a 5-foot-8, 185-pound running back with 4.43 speed in the 40-yard dash. In 2011, Johnson gained 1,417 rushing yards and scored 30 touchdowns. He was named a two-time First-Team All-State and All-Conference selection and was named the Belleville News-Democrat Large School Football Player of the Year. In addition, he broke six school records, including scoring a school record 49 rushing touchdowns and his 2011 team set a new school mark for most points scored in a single season. Johnson helped lead the Panthers to a 10-2 record this past season and the Class 7A quarterfinals. “He was the best athlete of the team this year, a team first guy that won’t except anything less than his very best,” O’Fallon Head Coach Brandon Joggerst said of Johnson. “He will make a big time impact on Arkansas Tech’s program.”

Zabian King of Nashville, Tenn. (John Overton High School): King is a 6-foot, 195-pound strong safety and running back with 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash. King, who play defensive back at Tech, recorded 87 tackles and four interceptions on defense last season and added 761 all-purpose yards and scored 13 touchdowns on offense. He was named the All-City Player of the Year and an All-District selection. King was one of Overton’s team captains and also runs track for the Bobcats. “I am very excited for him. He is a great young man that was a leader for our team,” Overton Coach Terry Anderson said about King.

Edwin McDonald-Thorton of Monticello, Ark. (Monticello High School): McDonald-Thorton is a 5-foot-10, 170-pound defensive back with 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash. This past season, McDonald-Thorton earned First-Team All-Conference honors after recording 37 tackles, including 14 assisted stops, five tackles for loss, three pass break-ups and one interception. Was a part of Monticello’s 2009 Class 5A State Championship Team and led the Billies to a 7-3-1 record in 2011. “I am really excited for Edwin. He worked hard for the last three years,” Monticello Coach Greg Tiner said about McDonald-Thorton. “He is a great young man that will represent the school and community in the right way.”

Skyler McElroy of Magazine, Ark. (Magazine High School): McElroy is a 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive lineman who played for Josh Jones at Magazine High School. McElory, who was named a two-time All-Conference and All-State selection in 2010 and 2011, recorded 50 pancake blocks on the offensive line and had 30 tackles and two sacks on the defensive line this past season. He was a member of Magazine’s 2010 Class 2A State Championship Team and led the team to a 12-1 record in 2011 and a 37-4 record during his high school career. “Skyler is a very fired up to play college football,” Jones said. “I’m excited for him play at my alma mater.”

Andrick Mitchell of Monroe, La. (Richwood High School): Mitchell is a 5-foot-9, 175-pound athlete with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash. At Richwood, Mitchell played receiver, quarterback, running back and defensive back. On offense last season, Mitchell, who was a team captain, accounted for 26 total touchdowns, including 15 rushing scores and 11 passing touchdowns and he threw for 1,219 yards. He earned Team MVP honors and was named an All-Conference, All-Northeast Louisiana and All-State selection. “Andrick is an all-around player, who has a big heart and plays hard,” Richwood Coach Warren Trimble said. “He was a team leader. Arkansas Tech has gotten themselves a player.” 

Justin Owens of Sulphur Springs, Texas (Sulphur Springs High School): Owens is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound quarterback with 4.7 speed in the 40-yard dash. As a senior in 2011, Owens, who played for his dad, Greg Owens at SSHS, passed for 2,705 yards and had 26 touchdowns and added 288 rushing yards and five touchdowns. He was named the District 13-4A Offensive MVP and earned First-Team All-District honors and was an Honorable Mention All-State selection. In addition, Owens, who was been selected to play in the East Texas FCA All-Star Game in June, earned Honorable Mention Academic All-State accolades. Led SSHS to an 8-4 record in 2011 and a District and Bi-District Championship and helped the Wildcats to an Area finalist appearance. In addition to playing football at Sulphur Springs, Owens also plays catcher for the SSHS baseball team and is involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes. “He is an outstanding young man that works hard and is poised and has a strong and accurate arm,” Coach Owens said about his son. “Justin is a team player and demonstrates great leadership though his actions and is a great competitor.”

Ben Pierce of Clarksdale, Miss. (Lee Academy): Pierce is a 6-foot-2, 200-pound linebacker with 4.7 speed in the 40-yard dash and played for Ricky Weiss at Lee Academy. This past season, Pierce, who recorded 75 tackles at linebacker, earned First-Team All-District honors as a linebacker and was an Honorable Mention All-District honoree as an offensive lineman. He served as a team captain at Lee Academy and led the team to a 5-6 record this past fall. “Ben is a hard worker, who plays every snap as hard as he can,” Weiss said about Pierce. “He comes from a great family and will represent the community very well.”

Clay Price of Lindale, Texas (Lindale High School): Price is a 5-foot-11, 185-pound quarterback and free safety with 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash. Last season, Price, who will play quarterback at Tech, recorded 2,277 passing yards and had 22 passing touchdowns. In addition, he added 704 rushing yards and scored 14 touchdowns on the ground. He earned District MVP honors and was both an Honorable Mention All-East Texas and All-State selection this past fall. As a junior in 2010, Price earned Second-Team All-District honors. Was a part of Lindale’s back-to-back District and Bi-District Championship teams in 2010 and 2011 and led the school to a District title in 2009. “Clay is the smartest kid on the field. He can do it all,” Lindale Coach Mike Meador said about Price. “One of the best kids I’ve ever coached and he will be missed.”

Xavier Rogers of Earle, Ark. (Earle High School): Rogers is a 6-foot-6, 260-pound defensive and offensive lineman that will play on the defensive line at Tech. This past season, Rogers recorded 130 tackles, including 58 solo stops, 72 assisted tackles and 10 sacks at defensive end and earned All-Conference and Class 3A All-State honors. In addition, Rogers, who served as a team captain at Earle, was selected to play in the AHSCA All-Star Game in June at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville. “Xavier is a great young man with a great family. He has tons of upside at the college level,” Earle Coach Jeff Spaletta said about Rogers. “The Earle community is excited for Xavier and this opportunity at Arkansas Tech!”

Devaughn Sanders of Monroe, La. (Ouachita Parish High School): Sanders is a 5-foot-11, 175-pound receiver with 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash who played for John Carr at Ouachita Parish. This past fall, Sanders caught 12 passes for 200 yards and had a touchdown and returned five punts for 10 yards. He was a two-time All-Conference selection and helped Ouachita Parish to the second round of the Louisiana Class 5A State Playoffs last season. In addition, he was part of a OPHS program that posted a 22-5 record the past seasons, including earning two consecutive Louisiana Class 5A State Playoff berths. “Devaughn is a great young man with a great attitude,” Carr said about Sanders. “He is going to be a great player for Arkansas Tech.”

Keitron Smith of Camden, Ark. (Camden Fairview High School): Smith is a 5-foot-11, 175-pound defensive back with 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash who played for Buck James at Fairview. He played high school football in Texas for three years, before transferring to Fairview for his senior year. As a senior in 2011, Smith recorded 120 tackles and earned First-Team All-Conference and All-State honors and helped lead the Cardinals to the Class 5A State semifinals. In Texas, Smith was a three-time All-District and two-time All-State selection after recording 444 tackles, including 195 as a junior in 2010. He earned Defensive MVP honors in 2010 and was named the Newcomer of the Year as a freshman in 2008 after recording 114 tackles. As a sophomore in 2009, he had 135 tackles.  

Trevon Lenard Tatum of Willis, Texas (Willis High School): Tatum is a 5-foot-11, 217-pound linebacker with 4.74 speed in the 40-yard dash. This past season, Willis, who was named the 2011 Defensive MVP, recorded 147 total tackles, four sacks and carried the ball seven times for 29 yards and scored three touchdowns. Tatum helped lead the Wildkats to an 8-3 record in 2011 and a District Championship and Bi-District finalist. In 2010, WHS was a Bi-District Champion and Area finalist. “Trevon plays with passion on every down. He is a man of character and integrity,” Willis Head Coach Audie Jackson said about Tatum.

Randy Taylor of El Dorado, Ark. (Parkers Chapel High School): Taylor is a 6-foot-3, 285-pound defensive lineman with 4.7 speed in the 40-yard dash. In 2011, Taylor earned All-Conference, All-State, All-Arkansas and was a Golden Triangle Award winner after recording 128 tackles, 10 sacks, seven forced fumbles on defense and rushing for 727 yards and scoring five touchdowns as a fullback. “Randy is a great player and I think Arkansas Tech is a great fit for him,” Parkers Chapel Coach Mark King said. “He is very excited to be a Wonder Boy.”

Quincey Thomas of North Little Rock, Ark. (North Little Rock High School): Thomas is a 6-foot, 185-pound cornerback with 4.59 speed in the 40-yard dash. Thomas, who is a one of three Charging Wildcats to sign this year with Tech, recorded 62 tackles this past season and had four interceptions. He was named a two-time 7A-Central All-Conference selection and helped lead the Charging Wildcats to the State semifinals and the 7A-Central Conference title this past fall. “Quincey has great hips and feet and plays the game with passion,” North Little Rock Head Coach Brad Bolding said.

Randy Velazquez of Dardanelle, Ark. (Dardanelle High School): Velazquez is a 5-foot-11, 170-pound kicker and punter who played for former Wonder Boy quarterback Josh Price at Dardanelle. This past season, Velazquez was one of the top kickers in the state of Arkansas as he was 17-for-25 on field goals. The 17 made field goals set a new single-season state record and bettered the old mark of 16 held by former Wonder Boy kicker Kyle Magrini, who made 16 field goals as a junior at Greenwood in 2000. In 2011, Velazquez connected on a school record 54-yard field goal in the Sand Lizards season opener against Danville and he was named an All-Conference and All-State selection and has been selected to play in the AHSCA All-Star Game in June at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville. Velazquez missed only one extra point attempt last season and was 65-for-66 in his career on extra point attempts and was 30-of-47 in his career on field goal attempts. Six of his eight field goal misses in 2011 were on attempts of 50 yards or longer. “Randy was a game changer for his team and was very valuable inside the 50-yard line,” said Price, who is Tech’s all-time leader in both career passing and total offensive yards. “He is also a great kid!”

Dylan Warner of Pocahontas, Ark. (Pocahontas High School): Warner is a 6-foot-5, 330-pound offensive lineman who played for George Williams at Pocahontas. In 2011, Warner recorded 68 pancake blocks on the offensive line and had 54 tackles and four sacks playing on the defensive line. On the season, he was named an All-Conference and All-State honoree and has been selected to be play in the ASHCA All-Star Game this June in Fayetteville. In addition, he was twice selected as the Offensive Player of the Week. “Dylan has a lot of potential. He has great size and is a great young man!” Williams said of Warner.

Henry Wesley of Winnsboro, La. (Franklin Parish High School): Wesley is a 6-foot-2, 195-pound receiver with 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash. As a senior in 2011, Wesley caught 31 passes for over 400 yards and was named an All-Conference selection. He helped lead Franklin Parish to a 6-4 record this past season.

Jalen West of Sherwood, Ark. (Sylvan Hills High School): West is a 5-foot-10, 180-pound cornerback with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash. This past season, West recorded 28 tackles, including seven assisted tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, broke up five passes, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble. For his efforts, West was named a Class 5A Southeast All-Conference selection and earned the school’s Most Outstanding Defensive Back Award. Sylvan Hills Coach Jim Withrow said West played the man cover corner spot and was always matched up with the others teams best receiver.

Kody White of Cave City, Ark. (Cave City High School): White is a 6-foot-5, 240-pound tight end who played for Jon Bradley at Cave City High School. As a senior in 2011, White, who was a two-time Honorable Mention All-Conference selection, caught 29 passes for 417 yards and had three touchdown receptions and as a junior in 2010, he caught 15 passes for 327 yards and had one touchdown. On defense, he also recorded 50 tackles over the last two seasons. “Kody is a hard working kid who is always in the weight room,” Bradley said of White. “He was fun to coach.”

Larry Wilbourn of North Little Rock, Ark. (North Little Rock High School): Wilbourn is a 6-foot, 230-pound linebacker with 4.61 speed in the 40-yard dash. Wilbourn, who was a two-time 7A-Central All-Conference selection and an All-State honoree this past season, recorded 130 total tackles in 2011 and added 12 tackles for loss, forced three fumbles and picked off two passes. He helped lead the Charging Wildcats to the Class 7A State semifinals and the 7A Central Conference Championship. “Larry is a hard-nosed and very physical player,” North Little Rock Head Coach Brad Bolding said.

Clay Williams of DeKalb, Texas. (DeKalb High School): Williams is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound defensive back with 4.48 speed in the 40-yard dash. Williams, who also played quarterback and receiver at DeKalb High School, recorded 56 total tackles, 11 pass break-ups and had six interceptions as a defensive back last season. In addition, on offense, Clay scored 24 total touchdowns in his high school career. In his career, he was a three-time All-District selection and was named the 2011 Defensive MVP and earned All-State and All-Northeast Texas honors this past fall. He was part of a DHS team that finished with a 9-2 record in 2011 and won the 7AA District Championship and Bi-District Championship. Along with playing football at DeKalb, Clay was an All-District honoree in both basketball and baseball and was a State qualifier in the 100-meter dash throughout his high school career. “Clay was an integral part of our rise back to the top. He is very explosive and an unselfish young man,” DeKalb High School Coach Ritchie Pinckard said.

Kendall Williams of North Little Rock, Ark. (North Little Rock High School): Williams, who is the third of three Charging Wildcats to sign with the Wonder Boys this season, is a 5-foot-11, 215-pound running back with 4.58 speed in the 40-yard dash. Williams was a two-time 7A-Central All-Conference selection and earned All-State honors this past season after rushing for 1,402 yards and scoring 16 touchdowns. Williams, who is originally from New Orleans, but moved to Arkansas because of Hurricane Katrina, was a part of a North Little Rock team that finished 9-3 in 2011 and won the 7A-Central Conference title and advanced to the semifinals of the Class 7A State Playoffs. “Kendall has great vision, strength and speed,” North Little Rock Coach Brad Bolding said of Williams.