RUSSELLVILLE, AR – 39 new players will join the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys football program, with 19 of the signing seniors coming from Arkansas, head coach Raymond Monica announced Wednesday.
“I think coach Kyle Shipp did a great job coordinating our recruiting efforts,” said head coach Raymond Monica. “He has been a tremendous asset since I have been here. We have been able to successfully recruit in-state and I think we’ve filled some needs. We addressed some needs on the offensive and defensive line, and I feel like we did a really good job up front. We also needed to create some depth in the secondary, and I think we did.”
A complete list of signees follows:
DJ Anderson WR 5-10 195 Jonesboro, Ark. (Jonesboro HS)
Will Anderson DE/TE 6-6 215 Huntsville, Ark. (Huntsville HS)
Brady Barbay OL 6-1 260 Coldspring, Texas (Coldspring-Oakhurst HS)
Daniel Barnes C 6-3 270 North Little Rock, Ark. (North Little Rock HS)
Logan Bartholomew RB 5-8 180 Prairie Grove, Ark. (Prairie Grove HS)
Bret Bell DE/DT 6-1 230 Batesville, Ark. (Batesville HS)
Trey Bradley OT 6-4 280 Mayflower, Ark. (Mayflower HS)
Micca Brown TE 6-3 230 Rogers, Ark. (Rogers Heritage HS)
Madison Chambliss WR 6-3 205 Mayflower, Ark. (Mayflower HS)
Jarrett Clayton DB 5-10 170 Memphis, Tenn. (Memphis Central)
Andrew Craig S 6-0 170 Corinth, Texas (Lake Dallas HS)
Jabyes Cross QB/FS 6-2 205 Riviera Beach, Fla. (Fort Scott CC / Inlet Grove HS)
Jalen Curtis WR 5-10 165 Russellville, Ark. (Russellville HS)
Patrick Dade II C 6-1 285 Cedar Hill, Texas (Navarro College / Lincoln HS)
JV Davis WR 6-0 180 Benton, Ark. (Benton HS)
Jackob Dean QB/WR 6-0 180 Norman, Okla. (Norman HS)
Rodrick Douglas DT 6-1 275 Memphis, Tenn. (Memphis Central HS)
Christopher Eastburn LB 6-0 220 Lake Hamilton, Ark. (Lake Hamilton HS)
Kortilous Ellis C 6-1 280 Charleston, Miss. (Northeast CC)
Kabion Ento WR/CB 6-2 175 Pine Bluff, Ark. (Dollarway HS)
Jordan Hill DB 5-10 180 Dallas, Texas (North Mesquite HS)
Wesley Hooks G/DT 6-2 275 New Boston, Texas (New Boston HS)
Jimmie Jackson WR/TE 6-2 205 Bentonville, Ark. (Bentonville HS)
Trey Jackson RB 5-11 180 Texarkana, Texas (Princeton HS)
Dillon Kinsey DT 6-1 260 Van Buren, Ark. (Van Buren HS)
Justin Lewis DL/OL 6-0 275 Texarkana, Texas (Texarkana HS)
Kyre Lewis DT 6-1 300 Hughes Springs, Texas (Hughes Springs HS)
Justyn Oliphant RB 5-8 170 Mesquite, Texas (Mesquite Horn HS)
Rodriguez Parker LB 6-0 220 Shreveport, La. (Airline HS)
Michael Perry ATH 5-10 165 Pottsville, Ark. (Pottsville HS)
Jace Pitchford QB 6-0 185 Howe, Okla. (Poteau HS)
Josh Qualls QB 6-1 180 Rogers, Ark. (Rogers Heritage HS)
Bayshawn Scott WR/DB 5-11 185 Garland, Texas (Garland HS)
Kelton Smith RB 5-11 205 Gallman, Miss. (Co-Lin CC / Copiah Academy)
Braden Stringer RB 5-8 180 Blanchard, Okla. (Blanchard HS)
Steven Swindle QB 6-0 200 Hattiesburg, Miss. (Jones County JC / Oak Grove HS)
Stephen Watson OT 6-3 295 Pine Bluff, Ark. (Pine Bluff HS)
Kody Williams TE/LB 6-3 225 Roland, Ark. (Robinson HS)
Nick Woodfork DT 5-10 285 Pine Bluff, Ark. (Dollarway HS)
The signees’ bios are as follows:
WR / 5-10 / 195 / Jonesboro, Ark. (Jonesboro HS)
Passed for 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior… also ran for 1,150 yards and 18 touchdowns… an all-conference and all-state selection… led his team to a 9-3 record… his high school coach cited him as “a big reason for the resurgence in Jonesboro football.”
TE-DE / 6-6 / 215 / Huntsville, Ark. (Huntsville HS)
Notched 66 tackles, including six for loss… four sacks and two QB hurries… recovered two fumbles… an all-district and all-academic selection… an all-state honoree… winner of the Brandon Burlsworth Award… team MVP… also lettered in basketball.
OL / 6-1 / 260 / Coldspring, Texas (Coldspring-Oakhurst HS)
Anchored an offensive line that averaged 328 rushing yards per game… a two-time first team all-district selection, was also named acdademic all-state and second team all-state as a senior… ranked second in his class… part of a team that has won four consecutive district championships… a district champion in the discus throw and a regional qualifier in the discus throw and powerlifting.
C / 6-3 / 270 / North Little Rock, Ark. (North Little Rock HS)
No penalties… notched 15 pancake blocks and 25 champion blocks… average grade of 91% after 13 games… an all-conference selection, helped his team to the state semifinals… his high school coach says he “does a great job of leading the offensive line.”
RB / 5-8 / 180 / Prairie Grove, Ark. (Prairie Grove HS)
An all-conference selection… averaged 14.6 yards per carry as a senior… led his team to a 10-2 record and a playoff appearance… was named outstanding defensive player as well as outstanding running back for his team… also ran track, qualifying for the state meet each year in high school.
DE-DT / 6-1 / 230 / Batesville, Ark. (Batesville HS)
A three-time all-conference and all-state selection… led his team to an 11-3 record and a state runner-up finish… posted 105 tackles with one fumble recovery and two pass breakups with nine sacks as a senior.
OT / 6-4 / 280 / Mayflower, Ark. (Mayflower HS)
Had 34 knockdowns and 16 pancakes… an all-conference selection… his dad played basketball at Ouachita Baptist… he also lettered in baseball… his high school coach says his “football IQ is very high and it allows him to play every position on the offensive line at a very high level.”
TE / 6-3 / 230 / Rogers, Ark. (Rogers Heritage HS)
Runs a 4.7 40-yard time… helped his team to a 5-6 record… his high school coach says he “has great hands”.
WR / 6-3 / 205 / Mayflower, Ark. (Mayflower HS)
Caught 54 passes for 964 yards and 19 touchdowns… an all-conference selection, earned honorable mention all-state honors… named team captain as a senior, leading his team to the playoffs… his high school coach says he “is a rare combination of size and speed.”
DB / 5-10 / 170 / Memphis, Tenn. (Memphis Central)
Tallied 56 tackles, one interception, and eight pass breakups as a senior… forced one fumble and recovered two… rushed for 600 yards, scoring four touchdowns… a 2013 all-district selection, he was also named to Pepsi Best of the Preps in Memphis… an AutoZone Liberty Bowl All-Star Game Selection.
S / 6-0 / 170 / Corinth, Texas (Lake Dallas HS)
Racked up 80 tackles and three interceptions… forced three fumbles and scored a defensive touchdown as a senior… a second team all-district safety… named defensive captain and defensive backs MVP… his father played college football at East Central… his high school coach says he “is really versatile and contributes in all aspects of the game.”
QB-FS / 6-2 / 205 / Riviera Beach, Fla. (Fort Scott CC / Inlet Grove HS)
Had 50 tackles with three interceptions… signed with Florida Atlantic out of high school.
WR / 5-10 / 165 / Russellville, Ark. (Russellville HS)
Caught 85 passes for 1,100 yards and eight scores… also threw for a touchdown… a second-team all-state selection.
Patrick Dade II
C / 6-1 / 285 / Cedar Hill, Texas (Navarro College / Lincoln HS)
Four pancake blocks and one sack… an honorable mention all- conference selection… led his team to a 9-3 record.
WR / 6-0 / 180 / Benton, Ark. (Benton HS)
Caught 63 passes for 1,357 yards and 14 touchdowns… a first team all-conference selection… led his team to the playoffs his senior year… his high school coach says that JV “is a sure-handed receiver that was always a threat to get behind the secondary.”
QB-WR / 6-0 / 180 / Norman, Okla. (Norman HS)
Threw for 1,000 yards with seven touchdowns as a senior… as a junior, had 750 receiving yards, 1,100 rushing yards, and eight rushing touchdowns. A first team all-conference selection, also was named honorable mention all-state… won the team leadership award and was named offensive player of the year… also ran track, competing in the 200-meter dash, long jump, and high jump.
DT / 6-1 / 275 / Memphis, Tenn. (Memphis Central HS)
Notched 62 tackles on the season, along with 7.5 sacks… had 14 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles… an all-district and all-metro team selection, was named Pepsi Best of the Preps in Memphis… also participated in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl All-Star Game… captained his team to an 8-4 record.
LB / 6-0 / 220 / Lake Hamilton, Ark. (Lake Hamilton HS)
Lettered at Lake Hamilton High School… saw action at fullback and linebacker… runs a 4.8 40-yard time.
C / 6-1 / 280 / Charleston, Miss. (Northeast CC)
32 pancake blocks… allowed just one sack… a first team all-conference selection.
WR-DB / 6-2 / 175 / Pine Bluff, Ark. (Dollarway HS)
Intercepted nine passes… made 56 tackles and racked up three defensive scores… also caught 36 passes for 835 yards and eleven touchdowns… an all-conference selection, he was named Southeast Arkansas Defensive Player of the Year… led his team to a 13-1 record and a playoff berth… his high school coach says he “is one of the best to come through Dollarway.”
DB / 5-10 / 180 / Dallas, Texas (North Mesquite)
Notched 73 tackles with an interception and ten pass breakups… named team defensive back of the year en route to becoming a first team all-district selection at safety… played six-man football as a junior… his high school coach said that he is a “good player with a ton of upside.”
G-DT / 6-2 / 275 / New Boston, Texas (New Boston HS)
Racked up 75 tackles, 12 sacks, and three fumble recoveries… also forced three fumbles… an all-district selection three times… also was named all-area and all-northeast texas… an all-state selection as a junior… led his team to the state playoffs three times.
WR-TE / 6-2 / 205 / Bentonville, Ark. (Bentonville HS)
Caught 35 passes for 756 yards and 11 touchdowns… an all-conference selection, was also named to the KURN Dream Team and Max Emfinger’s All-American… led his team to a 2013 state title… his high school coach calls him “an unselfish receiver who does a great job being a physical blocker downfield.”
RB / 5-11 / 180 / Texarkana, Texas (Princeton HS)
Rushed for 1,799 yards… scored 22 touchdowns… racked up 1,991 all-purpose yards… an all-state and all-district honoree… named team MVP… his high school coach says he “is a diamond in the rough.”
DT / 6-1 / 260 / Van Buren, Ark. (Van Buren HS)
Notched 71 total tackles (24 solo, 47 assisted)… seven sacks and 12 tackles for loss… a two-time all-conference selection, he was also a two-time all-state selection… named to the 2013 Fort Smith TV/Radio Football Dream Team… also wrestled in school, winning a state championship in 2013.
DL-OL / 6-0 / 275 / Texarkana, Texas (Texarkana HS)
2013 District defensive MVP… also named to the all-area first team… an all-northeast Texas offensive line selection, he was also a first team all-district selection on the offensive line and a second team selection on the defensive line… a two-time state qualifier in powerlifting.
DT / 6-1 / 300 / Hughes Springs, Texas (Hughes Springs HS)
Named District MVP on the offensive line… a first-team all-district selection, he also earned second team all-state honors on the offensive line and first team all-state honors as a defensive lineman.
RB / 5-8 / 170 / Mesquite, Texas (Mesquite Horn HS)
Carried 150 times for 753 yards and 11 touchdowns… caught 12 passes for 155 yards and one score… a second team all-district selection… also ran two years of track… his high school coach says he is “expecting great things out of Justyn in the future at Tech.”
LB / 6-0 / 220 / Shreveport, La. (Airline HS)
A second team all-district selection as a sophomore and a first-team all-district selection as a junior and senior… named team captain and team MVP.
ATH / 5-10 / 165 / Pottsville, Ark. (Pottsville HS)
An All-State selection… won the High School Heisman… Second runner up for Defensive Player of the Year… led his team to the state playoffs on the strength of a 9-3 record… his mother played basketball at Southern Methodist… his high school coach says “Arkansas Tech is gaining a huge asset in every aspect.”
QB / 6-0 / 185 / Howe, Okla. (Poteau HS)
Completed 94 of 166 passes for 1,510 yards as a senior… 15 touchdown passes… also carried 149 times for 1,217 yards and 15 touchdowns… an Oklahoma Coaches Association First Team All-State selection… also Tulsa World All-State punter… Oklahoma Coaches Association top-4A quarterback… VYPE magazine All-VYPE Team… Regional Player of the Year and Class 4A MVP… led his team to the playoffs and also plays baseball… his coach calls him “one of the best players I have had in 25 years.”
QB / 6-1 / 180 / Rogers, Ark. (Rogers Heritage HS)
Completed 494 of 859 passes for 6,962 yards and 77 touchdowns over the course of his career… an all-state selection, he was selected to play in the Arkansas All-Star game and was named 2013 NWA Big-Six Quarterback of the Year and was named to the KURM Radio Dream Team… a team captain, awarded the Heritage High School Outstanding Character award.
WR-DB / 5-11 / 185 / Garland, Texas (Garland HS)
Had 39 tackles and three interceptions… a first team all-district safety, he was also named team MVP… his high school coach says he “can do it all”.
RB / 5-11 / 205 / Gallman, Miss. (Co-Lin CC / Copiah Academy)
Rushed 101 times for 535 yards… averaged 5.3 yards per carry… scored eight touchdowns… caught 11 passes for 105 yards.
RB / 5-8 / 180 / Blanchard, Okla. (Blanchard HS)
312 carries for 3,207 yards and 44 touchdowns… earned an all-state selection and was invited to play in the state all-star game… a second team all-American… led his team to a 13-1 record and a state runner-up finish.
QB / 6-0 / 200 / Hattiesburg, Miss. (Jones County JC / Oak Grove HS)
Passed for 2,500 yards and 20 touchdowns… a second team all-conference selection… led his team to an 11-2 record.
OT / 6-3 / 295 / Pine Bluff, Ark. (Pine Bluff HS)
12 pancake blocks… allowed only three sacks on the season… a three-time all-Arkansas selection as well as being named all-State and all-Conference.
TE-LB / 6-3 / 225 / Roland, Ark. (Robinson HS)
Caught 36 passes for 624 yards and two touchdowns… racked up 88 tackles, three interceptions and three blocked punts… averaged 39.6 yards per punt… earned all-conference honors… helped his team to a 6-5 record and a playoff berth… also played baseball… his high school coach says he has “really soft hands”.
DT / 5-10 / 285 / Pine Bluff, Ark. (Dollarway HS)
Notched 150 tackles with 11 sacks as a senior… an all-state selection, he played in the state all-star game… led his team to a 13-1 record and a playoff appearance… his uncle, Ernest Moore, played for the Cleveland Browns… his high school coach says he is a “smart player that can play multiple positions” and a “proven leader”.