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Football Signings Announced

Thirty-one student-athletes, 14 from junior colleges and 17 from Texas high schools, have signed letters-of-intent to attend Sam Houston State University and play football for Bearkat head coach Ron Randleman.

Of the 14 junior college players, six are already enrolled at Sam Houston State and will participate in football spring practice this semester.

"The two things that jump out at me when I look at our 1999 football recruiting class are speed and experience," said Randleman. "We have upgraded our squad speed considerably. And the experience comes from the 14 junior college players, by far the largest amount of junior college talent we have signed. Last year, for example, we signed only one junior college athlete.

"This year we felt like we need immediate help, especially in the secondary, on special teams, and in the defensive line. We targeted our needs early and stayed on target. The high school players who signed with us all come from successful Texas programs.

"We are extremely pleased with our recruiting effort this year at Sam Houston State and I have to compliment our staff for their hard work."

Players who have signed with SHSU are:


Tight end, 6-3 230, Lake Jackson Brazoswood H.S.
First team all-District 24-AAAAA tight end and team "Most Valuable Player" at Brazoswood in 1998 ... starter on Class AAAAA Division II area finalist playoff team in 1997 ... three-year baseball letterman

Jerrell BARRON

Defensive back, 6-2 185, Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.
Two-year starter at cornerback for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston, MS ... all-district back in high school in Gulfport, MS, playing both on offense and defense ... track and basketball letterman

Brian BELL

Defensive back, 6-1 180, Port Arthur Jefferson H.S. - Iowa Central C.C.
Two-year starter at safety for Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, IA, earning all-region honors ... set Iowa Junior College Conference record for interceptions ... all-District 22-AAAAA defensive back at Port Arthur Jefferson ... track letterman


Punter, 5-11 205, Groveton H.S. - Navarro J.C.
Averaged 39.4 yards per punt and started at quarterback for Navarro Junior College in 1998 ... four-sport letterman at Groveton High School, playing football, baseball, basketball and track

Courtney BOSTON

All-around, 5-11 170, Trinity H.S.
Three-year starter for Trinity, playing wide receiver, quarterback and defensive back ... All-District 21-AAA ... also lettered in basketball, track and baseball ... top track times include 10.5 100 meters and 21.8 200 meters


Linebacker, 6-2 218, Haltom City Haltom H.S. - Tyler J.C.
All-conference linebacker for Tyler Junior College squad that rolled up 7-2 record in 1998 ... all-District 7-AAAAA linebacker for Haltom on 11-1 district championship team that reached the Class AAAAA Division I regional finals in 1996


Fullback, 5-11 215, Garland Lakeview Centennial H.S.
All-District 10-AAAAA fullback ... rushed for 815 yards on 146 carries as senior on 6-4 team at Lakeview Centennial in 1998 ... rushed for 425 yards as junior in 1997 ... power lifter and track letterman


Offensive lineman, 6-1 280, El Campo H.S.
All-District 24-AAAA offensive lineman ... starter on back-to-back district championship teams in 1997 and 1998 ... four-year letterman ... track letterman ... father, Ronnie Carroll, Sr., was a 1971 NAIA All-American and three-year all-Lone Star Conference defensive end for Sam Houston State and played for the Houston Oilers


Fullback, 5-10 225, Bay City H.S.
Three time All-District 24-AAAA fullback at Bay City ... starter on 12-2 Class AAAA Division I state finalist team in 1998 ... rushed for 912 yards as senior ... gained 878 yards rushing on 7-3 state playoff team in 1997 ... all-district in baseball as catcher


Linebacker, 6-0 214, Austin L.B.J. H.S. - Ranger J.C.
Starting safety for Ranger Junior College ... All-District 26-AAAA at Austin LBJ, playing on 7-4 district champion in 1995 ... three-year starter as fullback and linebacker ... basketball and track letterman... ran 10.7 100 meters and 22.5 200 meters


Kicker, 5-9 160, Kilgore H.S.
All-East Texas and All--District 17-AAAA kicker, playing on back-to-back 9-3 district championship teams at Kilgore ... kicked 24 field goals (long of 54) and 105 of 111 point after attempts in three years ... averaged 38.4 yards per punt ... starting wide receiver as senior ... baseball and soccer letterman

Dominick CRAVENS

Defensive end, 6-3 220, Tyler John Tyler H.S.
All-District 12-AAAAA defensive end for 8-3 Class AAAAA Division II regional semifinalist at John Tyler High School in 1998 ... starter on 12-3 Class AAAAA Division II semifinalist team as junior ... baseball letterman


Defensive lineman, 6-3 280, Lindon, UT Newbury Park (CA) - Snow College (Utah)
Starting defensive lineman at Snow College in Utah on 8-2 team in 1998 ... originally signed out of high school with BYU ... three-year starter in high school at running back and linebacker, rushing for 1400 yards ... basketball and track letterman


Defensive lineman, 6-4 240, DeSoto H.S.
All-District 7-AAAAA defensive lineman ... starter on 6-4 Class AAAAA Division II state playoff team as senior and 7-3 district runner-up team as junior ... three-year letterman

Brett GUMM

Offensive lineman, 6-2 315, Gilmer H.S.
All-District 16-AAA both on offense and defense ... played for 7-3 team in 1997 ... baseball, golf, tennis letterman ... power lifter

John-Charles GUSEMAN

Defensive lineman, 6-4 282, Lake Jackson Brazoswood H.S.
Two-time all-District 24-AAAAA defensive lineman ... named as Brazoswood defensive lineman of the year ... starter on Class AAAAA Division II area finalist playoff team in 1997 ... track letterman


All-around, 6-2 195, Rocksprings H.S.
All-area and All-District 15-A linebacker and quarterback for 9-2 Class A area finalist state playoff team ... West Texas Class A "Most Valuable Player" ... all-around athlete who also handled punting and kicking duties ... basketball, golf and track letterman


Wide receiver, 5-9 170, San Antonio Roosevelt H.S. - Navarro J.C.
Starting wide receiver for 5-3 team at Navarro Junior College last year ... wide receiver and quarterback at Roosevelt High School, starting on 8-2 team as senior in 1996 and 16-0 Class AAAAA Division II state championship team as junior in 1995... baseball and track letterman with best times of 10.4 100 meters and 21.3 200 meters


Running back, 6-1 180, San Antonio Roosevelt H.S.
Three-year starter at Roosevelt High School ... All-District 25-AAAAA after gaining 935 yards rushing in 1997 ... returned kicks ... also lettered in basketball and track ... posted best times of 14.10 in 110 hurdles and 38.88 in 300 hurdles

Domonique HOLLOWAY

Wide receiver, 6-1 180, Chaffey College (California)
Starting wide receiver at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, playing on 9-2 Southern California Bowl championship team in 1998 ... earned Foothill Western States all-conference honors ... caught 34 passes as sophomore


Defensive back, 6-0 182, Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.
Starting free safety for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College ... three-year letterman as defensive back in high school ... track letterman with best times of 10.54 in the 100 meters and 21.4 in the 200 meters

Tr'maine JACKSON

Defensive back, 5-11 215, Aldine H.S. - Trinity Valley C.C.
Running back and cornerback on Trinity Valley's 1997 NJCAA National Champions ... starting safety in 1998 ... two-year starter at cornerback and played tailback on offense at Aldine High School ... played on 7-4 Class AAAAA Division II state playoff team as junior in 1995 ... track letterman


Defensive back, 6-0 180, Linden-Kildare H.S. - Kilgore J.C.
Starting defensive back for Kilgore Junior College last year ... three-year starter at Linden-Kildare High School, playing linebacker, fullback, defensive back and tailback ... also lettered in basketball


Defensive end, 6-2 258, Butler County C.C. (Kansas)
Starting defensive end for Butler County Community College NJCAA National Champions in 1998 ... four-year starter at Hutchinson (KS) High School, playing defensive end, defensive tackle, fullback and linebacker

Travis MAXEY

Offensive lineman, 6-2 247, Waco H.S.
Two-time All-District 8-AAAAA offensive lineman on back-to-back state playoff teams at Waco High School ... honorable mention all-state and first team All-Super CenTex ... starter on 9-4 team as senior and 7-4 squad as junior

Michael PEEL

Quarterback, 6-1 190, Spring Branch Smithson Valley H. S.
All-area and All-District 27-AAAA quarterback on 11-3 Class AAAA Division II state semifinalist team ... gained 1,537 yards passing and 518 yards rushing ... passed for 1,037 yards and rushed for 521 in 1997 on 11-2 region playoff squad ... baseball letterman


Offensive lineman, 6-2 252, Galveston Ball H.S.
All-county and All-District 24-AAAAA offensive lineman ... starter on 9-2 district champion as senior in 1998 and on 7-5 Class AAAAA Division I regional finalist as junior in 1997 ... power lifter


Wide receiver, 6-1 185, San Bernardino Valley College (CA)
Starting wide receiver for San Bernardino Valley Junior College in California ... caught 35 passes for 792 yards in 1998


All-around, 5-11 185, Aldine H.S.
District 21-AAAAA "All-Purpose Player of the Year" in 1998 ... led Aldine to 10-2 record and Class AAAAA Division II quarter-finals, earned all-district honors as running back and defensive back ... rushed for 921 yards and 12 TDs to earn all-district honors as quarterback as junior on 6-5 state playoff team in 1997


Defensive back, 6-2 197, Aldine Eisenhower H.S.
All-District 21-AAAAA defensive back on 10-4 Class AAAAA Division I state semifinalist team in 1998 ... three-year letterman, starting on 10-3 Class AAAAA Division I quarterfinalist squad in 1997 ... three-year track letterman

Jaquail YOUNG

Defensive back, 6-1 210, Sweeny H.S. - Tyler J.C.K
Starting defensive back for 7-2 Tyler Junior College in 1998 ... honorable mention all-state and all-District 24-AAAA defensive back at Sweeny High School, starting on back-to-back state playoff teams in 1995 and 1996 ... basketball and baseball letterman

For more information about Sam Houston State intercollegiate athletics, check out the Bearkat Athletics Web site.

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Feb. 3, 1999
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