San Marcos, Texas – Texas State head football coach Dennis Franchione announced on Wednesday that 25 student-athletes have signed letters of intent to play football with the Bobcats as they continue their transition to the NCAA Division I FBS.
“We have gone from 63 players on scholarship and now we are close to having 85 players for next season,” said Franchione. “We were fortunate to have more scholarships available at the semester because of the transition. We were able to sign nine players (five junior college transfers and four high school) who began school in January. It is nice to have them here for offseason workouts and spring practice. That certainly enhances their chances of making a contribution next year.”
The nine new players who are attending Texas State are Jordan Albritton, Justin Booth, Duke DeLancellotti, Thomas Evans, Darius Hood, Jordan Moore, Tyler Potter, Kamu Taulelei and Jacob Woten. Albritton, Booth, Hood and Moore are the four high school players. DeLancellotti, Evans, Potter, Taulelei and Woten are the five junior college transfers.
The Bobcats signed 14 players from Texas, eight players from California junior colleges, two players from Alabama and one player from a junior college in Kansas.
“While the nucleus of our signing classes will always come from Texas, this class has a little bit of a national flair to it with the junior college players from California and Kansas,” said Franchione. “We also signed a couple of high school players from Alabama.
Franchione also looked to upgrade the overall talent level and athleticism on Texas State’s roster to help with the transition to the FBS and improve the depth on the offensive and defensive lines and at the linebacker and quarterback positions.
“We were able to sign seven defensive linemen and five offensive linemen,” said Franchione. “We also added four linebackers and three quarterbacks with this class. We were able to sign a little bit of everything with this class.
“The caliber of players in this class reflects our move to the FBS, our move to the WAC, our stadium improvements and of course, the overall image of Texas State. As our level of competition increases on the field, this is happening in recruiting. We were fortunate to win some recruiting battles versus teams from the Big 10, Pac 12, ACC, Conference USA and Mountain West schools.”
In addition to adding the signees, Franchione also announced that he would award a scholarship to Charlie Will Tuttle, a redshirt freshman who started six games at center for the Bobcats last season.
Texas State’s battles on the field in 2012 will kick off at Houston on Sept. 1. The Bobcats also play their first game in the renovated Bobcat Stadium against Texas Tech on Sept. 8.
2012 Texas State Football Recruits:
Justin Albritton, DB, 5’11”, 185, Hankamer, Texas (Anahuac HS)
Two sport star who earned All-State First-Team honors as a cornerback and All-State Third-Team running back selection … named district offensive MVP and All-District selection for coach Darrell Barbay … ranked as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com … ranked as one of the top 140 players in Texas by Scout.com … led Anahuac to a 9-3 overall record and a 6-1 district record … son of Vickey Albritton of Hankamer, Texas … cousin, Aaron, plays football at Toledo … hobbies include playing sports, hunting and driving four wheelers.
Damani Alexcee, S, 6’2”, 175, League CIty, Texas (Clear Springs HS)
Rated as one of the Top 100 players in the Greater Houston area by Vype Magazine.com … earned All-District 24-5A First-Team honors as a junior and senior … was a two-time Academic All-State and All-County selections … helped Clear Springs finish the 2011 season with an 8-4 and an undefeated district record … registered 92 tackles, three interceptions and seven passes defended as a senior… played for coach Clint Hartman … also was a two-time Regional qualifier in the hurdles and high jump for the track and field team … member of Mu Alpha Theta … plans to major in business administration at Texas State …son of Pam Ridley and Kevin Alexcee … his brother, Khary, was a two-time All-District linebacker and attends Texas State.
Justin Booth, DE, 6’5”, 266, Dayton, Texas (Dayton HS)
Sat out the 2011 season after earning All-District 19-4A selection at offensive tackle for coach Jerry Stewart in 2010 ... member of the Houston Chronicle's Greater Houston 100 ... two-year starter for the Broncos who reached the Region III D2 finals in his junior year and the regional semifinalist as a senior ... three-year starter on the Broncos' basketball team, averaging 15 points and 12 rebounds ... competed in power lifting … son of Jeanne and Turk Booth of Dayton … plans to major in exercise and sports science at Texas State.
Duke DeLancellotti, QB, 6’1”, 195, San Clemente, Calif. (San Clemente HS/Santa Ana College)
Ranked among the Top 11 Juco Dual Threat Quarterbacks in the nation by Junior College Gridiron Dirty Dozen … completed 34 of 56 passes for 550 yards and six touchdowns … ran for 214 yards and five touchdowns on 38 carries … his five touchdowns ranked third among San Ana’s team scoring leaders … Graduated from San Clemente High School in 2009…was a four-year letter-winner in football and lacrosse…Named Southwest Region Most Valuable Player his sophomore year…named First-Team All-League during his senior year … son of Mark and Alba DeLancellotti…has two sisters, Amanda and Andrea … Amanda is a senior softball player at Wagner … enjoys playing lacrosse and beach volleyball.
Thomas Evans, DE/LB, 6’4”, 250, Davis, Calif. (Mission Viejo HS/American River College)
Transfer from American River College … led ARC to two conference championships with an 11-0 record in 2011 … posted seven quarterback sacks and 12 tackles for losses as a sophomore … also recovered two fumbles for the Beavers … earned All-South Coast League Second-Team honors as a tight end at Mission Viejo High School … helped lead Diablos to two straight South Coast League championships … son of Scott and Cindy Evans … his older brother, Sean, played football at Willamette University in Oregon and his brother, Ian, played at Davis High School … father is an English professor and author and mother is a high school counselor.
Matt Gray, OL, 6’6”, 300, Prattville, Ala. (Prattville HS)
Named a two-star recruit by Rivals.com … played for coach Jamey Dubose … helped lead Prattville to a Class 6A state championship … earned All-District Second Team honors as a junior after helping Woodbridge High School in Virginia finish as the runner-up in district play … letterman in 2009 and 2011 at Prattville … invited to Under-Armor All-American combine … son of Patrick Gray of Alamogondo, N.M. and Rebecca Rivera of Prattville … his father is 6’10”,
Jerrid Jeter-Gilmon, LB, 6’0”, 218, Brenham, Texas (Brenham HS)
Named a three-star recruit by Rivals.com … earned All-District 17-4A First-Team as a linebacker after registering 89 tackles, 15 tackles for losses, two interceptions and five quarterback sacks… earned All-District Second-Team honors as a defensive end during his junior season when he recorded 65 tackles, one interception and three fumble recoveries.
Darius Hood, DT, 6’0”, 280, Plano, Texas (Plano East High School)
Three-time All-District 8-5A selection …named Old Coach Defensive MVP his junior season … earned Second-Team All-Region honors his junior year … named to 5A All-Junior team after helping Plano East to a 5A Area appearance against Coppell in 2009… three-year letterman for head coach Johnny Ringo … member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes … plans on majoring in physical therapy at Texas State … son of Anita and Bryant Hood.
Hayden Lambert, OL, 6’5”, 265, Aledo, Texas (Aledo HS)
Named All-District 5-4A First-Team selection … played for coach Tim Buchanan … two-year letterman for two-time Class 4A state championship team … also a member of the varsity team during the state championship season as a sophomore … earned Academic All-District honors and was a Honorable Mention Academic All-State section … member of the National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America … competed at the state conference for FBLA … son of Randy and Cynthia Lambert.
Robert Lowe, RB, 5’10”, 200, Waxahachie, Texas (Waxahachie HS)
Named a three-star recruit by Rivals.com … chosen DFW All-Area 4A Second-Team after rushing for 1,682 yards and 32 touchdowns on 233 carries as a senior … averaged 7.2 yards per carry … also caught 23 passes for 361 yards and a touchdown … named District 15-4A Offensive MVP … earned All-District First-Team honors as a junior and senior … also Ran for 1200 yards and scored 19 touchdowns while averaging 7.1 yards per carry as a junior … his father, Robert, Sr., is an assistant coach at Waxahachie.
Jaryl Mamea, DE, 6’1”, 255, Fagasa, American Samoa (Samoana HS/Chabot CC)
Named a two-star recruit by Rivals.com … named an All-Golden State Conference selection as a sophomore … helped lead Chabot to a conference championship and a berth into the Capital City Bowl game … played in seven games … recorded 34 total tackles and had nine tackles for losses … registered four quarterback sacks and broke up one pass in 2011 … recorded 17 tackles and three tackles for losses as a freshman … also assisted on a quarterback sack … was a two-year letterman at Samoana High School … major at Texas State is science … son of Tasainamao Tupuola and Marty Mamea. . . . . . .
David Mayo, LB, Scappoose, Ore. (Scappoose HS/Santa Monica CC)
Named a two-star recruit by Rivals.com … named an All-Pacific Conference selection as a freshman … helped lead Santa Monica to the Pacific Conference championship and a berth into the American Bowl … recorded 68 tackles, including eight tackles for losses … also had one quarterback sack, broke up two passes and recovered a fumble … played in the East-West Shrine game while representing Columbia County after his senior season at Scappoose … named an All-State Second-Team selection after leading the Tribe with 10.6 tackles per game … also played running back and ran for 1,116 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior.
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Dallas McClarty, DT, 5’11”, 280, League City, Texas (Clear Springs HS)
Named a two-star recruit by Rivals.com … rated as one of the Top 100 players in the Greater Houston area by Vype Magazine.com … two-time Class 5A All-State Team selection by Texas Associated Press of Sports Editors … named District 24-5A Defensive MVP as a senior in 2011 and a All-District First Team as a sophomore and junior … four year starter at Clear Springs for coach Clint Hartman … registered 108 tackles and eight quarterback sacks as a senior … also recovered three fumbles and forced another three fumbles … had a season-high 14 tackles against Pearland Dawson … recorded 133 tackles and 8½ quarterback sacks as a junior … tallied 107 tackles and eight sacks as a sophomore … plans to major in sports medicine at Texas State … son of Dallas and Nesha McClarty … his cousin, Leonard Marshall played football at LSU and in the NFL with the New York Giants.
Damion McMiller, LB, 6’3”, 230, Stockton, Calif. (Lincoln HS/San Joaquin Delta CC)
Played one season at San Joaquin Delta CC and ranked second among team leaders with 76 tackles including 9.0 tackles for losses of 34 yards … also recorded 2 ½ quarterback sacks, intercepted two passes and broke up three passes … played in three games as a freshman at Weber State … earned All-State Second-Team honors as a senior at Lincoln during the 2008 campaign …was an outside linebacker during his junior and senior years for coach Jim Rubiakes … named All-Conference as a junior and senior … son of Damion and Lei McMiller.
Ryan Melton, OL/TE, 6’5”, 285, Liberty, Texas (Liberty HS)
Rated as a three-star prospect by 247sports.com … named an All-District 22-3A First-Team selection as an offensive lineman and a Second-Team selection as a defensive end during his senior season … was an All-Area selection as a tight end after catching 15 passes for 203 yards and a touchdown during his junior campaign … three year starter for head coach Shane Deel after he began playing organized football as a freshman … also saw action as a defensive end and offensive tackle at Liberty … also lettered in basketball and track and field … son of Kenny and Trudi Melton.
Jordan Moore, QB, 6’2”, 190, Houston, Texas (Aldine HS)
Transfer from Navy Prep … earned Second-Team All-District 18-5A honors after running for 732 yards and 11 touchdowns and throwing for 541 yards and a touchdown in 2010 … also caught nine passes for 63 yards … played for coach Lionel Crawford … plans on majoring in pre-physical therapy at Texas State … son of George II and Tonya Moore.
Fred Nixon, QB, 6’3”, 200, Willis, Texas (Willis HS)
Named a three-star recruit by Rivals.com … rated as one of the Top 100 players in the Greater Houston area by Vype Magazine.com … named the District 18-4A Offensive MVP as a senior after completing 140 of his 244 passes for 2,261 yards and 23 touchdowns … also ran for 139 yards and five TD’s on 55 carries as a senior … led Willis to a District 18-4A championship … named the District 18-4A Offensive Player of the Year and was Co-Offensive Most Valuable Player All-Montgomery County as a junior after completing 136 of 218 passes for 1,993 yards and 26 touchdowns … threw for 2,121 yards and 15 touchdowns during his sophomore season … played for coach Audie Jackson at Willis.
Tyler Potter, OL, 6’4”, 295, Jr. Corona, Calif. (Corona Santiago HS/Santa Ana CC)
Earned offensive Player of the Week honors after the Fullerton game … served as team captain … played for coach Geoff Jones … recorded 10 pancake blocks against Southwestern College … helped Santa Ana reach the California Community College Playoffs in 2010 with a 9-2 overall record …Was a three-year letter-winner in football at Santiago High School … played for coach Steve Mitchell … named First-Team All-League his junior and senior year … also earned All-Country honors … plans to major in sports medicine at Texas State … son of Randall and Laurie Potter of Orange, Calif.
Felix Romero, OL, 6’4”, 297, Cedar Park, Texas (Cedar Park HS)
Named a three-star recruit by Rivals.com … ESPNU No. 57 rated OL in the nation … ESPNU No. 120 overall rated player in Texas … earned unanimous District 25-4A First-Team as well as garnering First-Team District 25-4A honors his junior season … ranked by Texasfootball.com as Top-30 Offensive Lineman … did not allow a sack while also recording 178 knockdown blocks en route to a district championship.
Brandon Smith, WR, 6’2”, 170, Prattville, Ala. (Prattville HS)
Named a two-star recruit by Rivals.com … played for coach Jamey Dubose … helped lead Prattville to a 6A state championship over Hoover HS … had 49 receptions for 753 yards and five touchdowns his senior season … averaged 21 point per game as a senior for the basketball team … registered a 4.5 second 40-time and 35 inch vertical … son of Steven and Valarie McKinney.
Stephen Smith, LB, 6’3”, 205, Missouri City, Texas (Dulles HS)
Earned All-District 23-5A First-Team honors as a linebacker during his senior season … named to the All-Sun First-Team after recording seven quarterback sacks and 18 tackles for losses … ranked third among District 23-5A leaders with 113 total tackles … was a Regional qualifier in the 4x400-meter relay for the track and field team … plans to major in sports medicine at Texas State … son of Dennis and Leslie Smith.
Martel Summers, DB, 6’1”, 190, Leander, Texas (Leander HS)
Named a three-star recruit by Rivals.com … ESPNU No. 79 rated CB in the nation … earned District 16-5A Defensive MVP of the Year … earned All-State honorable mention … recorded 78 tackles (55 solo), broke up six passes, forced one fumble, and had one interception in 2011 … as a junior he registered 78 tackles (56 solo), broke up 10 passes, forced one fumble, and had three interceptions … also logged a 4.5 second 40-time and a 4.1 in the shuttle.
Kamu Taulelei, DL, 6’1”, 265, Fagatogo, American Samoa (Redford HS/Chabot College)
Listed as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com … registered 42 tackles, including 7½ tackles for losses and 3½ quarterback sacks as a sophomore at Chabot College … also broke up a pass … played for coach Danny Calcagno … helped Chabot win the Golden Gate Conference with a 5-0 record and post a 9-2 overall mark … played in three games as a freshman at Eastern Arizona College for coach John O’Mera … recorded four tackles at Eastern Arizona … played at Redford High School in Honolulu for Fred Salonoa.
Rodney Woodland, WR, 5’10”, 180, Detroit, Mich. (St. Mary’s Prep/Saddleback JC)
Named a three-star recruit by Rivals.com … Earned All-Southern Conference honors by the Southern California Football Association after leading Saddleback in receiving with 65 receptions for 1,094 yards and 12 touchdowns … his receiving yards ranked third among SCFA leaders … also led the Gauchos in scoring with 108 points after rushing for six more touchdowns, and in all-purpose yards for the second straight year with 1,376 yards after gaining 165 yards rushing, 77 yards in punt returns and 40 yards on kickoff returns … as a freshman, he caught 43 passes for 488 yards and five touchdowns and led Saddleback in all-purpose yards with 1,082 after gaining 193 yards rushing, 244 yards on punt returns and 157 yards on kickoff returns … went to Saddleback after graduating from St. Mary’s Prep, where he was an All-State Honorable Mention player in football and was an All-American track athlete after finishing seventh in the 200 meters at the Junior Olympics … son of Rodney, Sr. and Denise Woodland..
Jacob Woten, DE, 6’4”, 250, Olathe, Kan. (East/Fort Scott CC)
Played in seven of Fort Scott’s eight games in 2011 … recorded 34 total tackles, including 14 unassisted stops … registered 5.0 tackles for losses of 16 yards and 1,5 quarterback sacks for losses of nine yards … he also led Fort Scott with two fumble recoveries … was a wrestler at East High School and regarded as one of the top five Class 6A high school athletes in his weight division.