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
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
"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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Henry MAYBERRY III
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
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
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 ...
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
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
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
For more information about Sam Houston State intercollegiate athletics,
check out the Bearkat Athletics Web site.
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Media Contact: Paul Ridings
Feb. 3, 1999
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