Head football coach at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Russell Gaskamp, has added 33 hopefuls to his 2013 recruiting class and said the following:
First, I want to commend the work done by the assistant coaches during the recruiting process. They have worked tirelessly over the last two months to find the best players possible to bring to OPSU for our first recruiting class. Second, I would like to thank all of the players who have made the commitment to be a part of our football program. We have sold a vision of "Strength, Unity, and Family" and they know that here at OPSU they will join a brotherhood of young men that find academics, community service, and character development important.
The two most notable things about our class are the balance of great football players from Oklahoma and Texas and the physical attributes of the players. This list does not represent the whole class that we will sign; there will be a handful of players that will sign over the next few weeks.
But our staff has been able to identify excellent student athletes from both states that will fit in here at OPSU and be heavy contributors to the program sooner rather than later. We had to get bigger as a football team from a frame and size standpoint and we feel like we were able to accomplish this with the new additions.
Aggie fans can "like" the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Official Football Facebook page and gain access to highlight videos of the recruits as they come in. These videos will be posted in the next few days. We are very excited about this class and look forward to when they report in the fall!
Signees as of Feb. 6, 2013 include:
Diego Arenas, OL, 6'2, 260, Dickinson HS (Dickinson, TX)
A physical, versatile offensive lineman who can play multiple spots. Has a nasty demeanor and an imposing presence.
Thomas "Chance" Barlow, QB, 6'1, 200, D'Hanis HS (D'Hanis, TX)
An extremely athletic quarterback who can hurt defenses with both his arm and his legs.
Has great leadership qualities.
Derek Bendure, TE, 6'5, 225, Bowie HS (Bowie, TX)
Played both outside linebacker and wide receiver in high school, and will make the conversion to tight end in college. Has a great frame and is very athletic.
Jonathan "Wade" Carroll, DE, 6'2, 235, Arlington HS (Pentego, TX)
A physical defensive end who can set the edge against the run as well as rush the passer. He is expected to contribute immediately.
Tyrell "Ty" Collins, TE, 6'4, 210, North Crowley HS (Ft. Worth, TX)
A stand out player on both sides of the ball in high school. He will make the conversion full time to tight end in college. Has a great frame and athleticism.
Trey Crozier, DL, 5'11, 215, Canyon HS (Canyon, TX)
Has a lot of upside as a player. Expected to be a future contributor to the DL position for the program.
Sterling Dickens, CB, 5'11, 170, Kennedale HS (Ft. Worth, TX)
A physical player with a long, athletic frame who runs well. He is expected to be an early contributor to the program.
Aaron Dougherty, DE, 6'1, 215, Blue Springs South HS (Blue Springs, MO)
A versatile, athletic football player who can play both outside linebacker and defensive end. His brother Drew plays outside linebacker for the Aggies.
Cornelius Fugett, WR, 5'10, 170, Edmond-Santa Fe HS (Oklahoma City, OK)
A team leader at the wide receiver position. He is a very quick route runner with good hands.
Brice Gregory, QB, 6'1, 165, Mooreland HS (Mooreland, OK)
A local quarterback who has the athletic ability to play multiple positions. His father is a former OPSU Aggie.
Delans Griffin, RB, 5'11, 215, Northeast Oklahoma A&M (Clinton, OK)
A transfer player with multiple D-I offers out of high school, he will fill the gap left by Justice Patterson.
Aristeo "Marcus" Ibarra, RB, 5'10, 180, Frederick HS (Frederick, OK)
An elusive runner with good vision. He has excellent hands that make him a factor in the pass and screen game.
Jacob Jandt, WR, 6'2, 205, Pleasanton HS (Pleasanton, TX)
A big, physical wide receiver who was dominant at the high school level. He is also an excellent baseball player.
Markice McCane, LB, 5'9, 190, Del City HS (Del City, OK)
A very athletic and aggressive football player who has good instincts.
Devonte McClennon, DB, 5'8, 160, Temple HS (Temple, TX)
An exceptional coverage guy who is both explosive and athletic in space. Has a real nose for the ball.
Brandon Micheals, OL, 6'2, 275, Gregory-Portland HS (Portland, TX)
An extremely quick and athletic offensive lineman. He is expected to contribute immediately.
Terell Miles, RB, 5'9, 180, Groesbeck HS (Groesbeck, TX)
An extremely fast and explosive runner. He is a true game changer, a home run threat every time he touches the ball.
Tevin Mitchell, DB, 5'10, 180, Piedmont HS (Oklahoma City, OK)
He is very physical versus the run and with good coverage skills.
David Morris, DE, 6'4, 215, Flour Bluff HS (Corpus Christi, TX)
A physical defensive end with a good frame. He gets off the ball quickly and is good with his hands.
Robert Murry, OL, 6'2, 290, Robbinsdale Cooper HS (Crystal, MN)
A big, versatile offensive lineman with a nasty streak. Will bolster the interior of the OL.
Jeremy Nixon, LB, 6'1, 225, Dallas Skyline HS (Dallas, TX)
A true leader who is explosive between the tackles and has good instincts. He will make an impact early in his career.
Bryson Parker, LB, 6', 190, Del City HS (Midwest City, OK)
A physical linebacker who moves with ease and is a great tackler.
Jaluan Parker, DB, 5'10, 175, Edmond-Santa Fe HS (Edmond, OK)
A good coverage guy with fluid hips and athleticism.
John Patt Jr., WR, 6'1, 195, Cypress Ridge HS (Houston, TX)
A big, tough, and physical wide receiver. He uses his speed to separate from defenders and makes tough catches with his hands.
Jordyn Peeler-Clay, DB, 5'11, 180, Creekview HS (Carrollton, TX)
An explosive player with good coverage skills who moves in space well. Can play man coverage versus slot WRs.
Dalonta Perry, OL, 6'3, 285, Hirschi HS (Wichita Falls, TX)
A big offensive lineman with raw athleticism whose best playing days are ahead of him. Moves well in space for his size.
Andrew Ramos, LB, 6', 185, Frederick HS (Frederick, OK)
A very versatile linebacker who is both physical and athletic. Could be a contributor at multiple spots and on special teams early on.
Linden Robertson, LB, 6'2, 195, Arlington Seguin HS (Arlington, TX)
A good open field tackler who is very fast and has great vision. Can be physical at the POA and run sideline to sideline.
Charles Stone, DE, 6'3, 250, North Crowley HS (Ft. Worth, TX)
He is very explosive with a great first step. Uses his hands exceptionally well.
Expected to contribute early in his career.
Jamareus Tatum, DB, 5'9, 180, Groesbeck HS (Groesbeck, TX)
A smart versatile player on both sides of the ball. Showed a lot of skill as a punt/kick returner.
Leroy Taylor, DB, 5'8, 165, Robbinsdale Cooper HS (New Hope, MN)
An extremely fast and athletic player. Has good cover skills and is a dynamic returner.
Cornell Walker, DL, 6'1, 235, Robbinsdale Cooper HS (Brooklyn Center, MN)
A good pass rusher who uses his hands well and has a good change of direction.
Jamal White, WR, 5'10, 190, Butte CC (Alachua, FL)
Transfer wide receiver who is expected to contribute in the fall of 2013.