DENTON, Texas (2/01/06) North Texas head coach Darrell Dickey has announced that 18 players have signed National Letters of Intent to play football for the Mean Green in 2006. Among the class are 14 high school seniors and four junior college transfers. Of the 14 high school seniors, 12 are from Texas, with the other two coming from Oklahoma.
“We are very pleased to announce an outstanding group of young men have signed National Letters of Intent to play football at the University of North Texas,” head coach Darrell Dickey said. “Physically speaking, this class is very impressive. We have addressed needs along the defensive and offensive fronts and added a nice mix of talented skill position players. Seven of the signees are already 275 pound or more, including six that will be true freshmen. We stressed a need to get this program back in a position where we are contending for conference championships and we feel that the players that we are bringing in will definitely help us do that.”
2006 North Texas Football Recruiting Class
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (HS)
Kelvin Drake OL 6-2 300 Galveston, TX (Ball HS)
Nicholas Foster OL 6-3 340 Allen, TX (Allen HS)
Robert Gordon DB 5-11 175 Ardmore, Okla. (Ardmore HS)
Kail Krider DE 6-3 245 Leonard, TX (Leonard HS)
Matthew Menard DL 6-5 275 Spring, TX (Westfield HS)
Chris Neal ATH 5-8 162 Kaufman, TX (Kaufman HS)
Sam Owusu-Hemeng DE 6-1 275 Arlington, TX (Seguin HS)
Tim Patton DL 6-2 301 Tulsa, Okla. (East Central HS)
Kendrick Ridge DL 6-1 275 Garland, TX (South Garland HS)
Craig Robertson LB/S 6-0 210 Stafford, TX (Stafford HS)
Draylen Ross DE 6-3 245 Ft. Worth, TX (Diamond Hill-Jarvis)
Esteban Santiago DL 6-5 275 El Paso, TX (Coronado HS)
Bryant Seidle TE 6-3 230 Cypress, TX (Cy-Fair HS)
Marquis Sykes DE 6-3 253 Coppell, TX (Coppell HS)
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Previous School (Hometown)
Brian Carlson DT 6-5 255 Kilgore College (Spring, Texas)
Roy Loren DB 6-2 205 Coffeyville (Prairie Village, Kan.)
Trent Stanley OL 6-2 290 Coffeyville (Topeka, Kan.)
Woody Wilson QB 6-1 185 Coffeyville (Fayetteville, Ark.)
Brian Carlson DT 6’5” 255 lbs Kilgore College
A talented athlete, Carlson lined up at tight end for Kilgore College ... Was a bruising blocker, but still caught six passes for 40 yards, including a 20 yard long ... Could play on the defensive line or at tight end for North Texas ... Will have two years of eligibility for the Mean Green.
Kelvin Drake OL 6’2” 300 lbs Galveston Ball High School
Garnered first team all-district and all-area selections as a senior after being named second team all-district as a junior ... As a junior, was named to the All-Greater Houston Underclassman Team by Texas Prep Extra ... Earned three letters in football as well as a letter in powerlifting at Galveston Ball ... Had perfect attendance in high school and was named to the Honor Roll ... Is a member of Who’s Who Among American High School Students ... Son of Jeanetta Jones ... Born May 30, 1988.
Nick Foster OL 6’3” 340 lbs Allen High School
Was selected to the All-Region second team by TexasHSFootball.com ... Named first-team All-District in 8-5A ... Paved the way for a 1,000-yard rusher and one of the Metroplex’s top offenses, averaging over 360 total yards per game.
Robert Gordon DB 5’11” 175 Ardmore High School
Versatile and athletic, Gordon led Ardmore High School to the 5A District 1 crown and an undefeated regular season ... First-team all-district at cornerback as a senior, and voted the best defensive back in the district ... Unanimous selection to the Daily Ardmorite Super Team ... Recorded 48 tackles, five interceptions and three fumble recoveries at cornerback ... Also had 20 punt returns for 239 yards and had a long of 52 ... As a wide receiver, he hauled in six catches for 81 yards ... Also a sprinter on the Ardmore track team ... Participated on the 4x100-meter relay team that recorded the fastest time in Oklahoma in 2005.
Kail Krider DE 6’3” 245 lbs Leonard High School
Was named to the All-District 15-2A team the last three years as a linebacker ... Also received all-district honors as a tight end the last two seasons ... Only played in five games as a senior before breaking his fibula ... Leonard was 4-1 with Krider in the lineup and finished the season 6-4 ... In the five games before the injuries he registered 58 tackles, two forced fumbles, one interception and two sacks ... Also had six catches 64 yards ... Led the team in tackles as a sophomore and junior ... Currently a starter on the Leonard varsity basketball team.
Roy Loren DB 6’2” 205 lbs Coffeyville Community College
A tall, physical defensive back that helped lead Coffeyville to the Region VI Championship ... Named honorable mention All-Jayhawk Conference ... Member of the secondary that held opponents to 143 passing yards and a conference leading .44 completion percentage ... Piled up 45 tackles and 1.5 sacks for the Ravens in 2005.
Matt Menard DL 6’5” 275 lbs Spring Westfield High School
Key member of one of the state’s top defenses that held opponents to 179 total yards per game ... Racked up 25 tackles including three tackles for loss in 2005 ... In the defensive line rotation that led Westfield to the 22-5A District title.
Chris Neal ATH 5’8” 162 lbs Kaufman High School
The MVP of District 12-3A, Neal accounted for over 800 rushing yards, 174 passing yards and 145 receiving yards for Kaufman High School in 2005 ... Was named second team all-state kick returner as a junior, as well as first team all-district wide receiver and cornerback ... Was named Offensive Player of the Year in Kaufman County ... A first-team all-district point guard, Neal also lettered in basketball and track ... Son of John Weaver and Carolyn Neal ... Born February 18, 1988.
Sam Owusu-Hemeng DE 6’1” 230 lbs Arlington Seguin High School
Named the Defensive Most Valuable Player for District 7-4A ... Put up the top 40-yard dash time (4.74) and vertical leap (33) among all defensive ends at the Nike Training Camp in Fort Worth ... Led Seguin to the 7-4A District title and playoff berth in its first varsity season ... Leader of one of the area’s top defensive units that allowed only 253 total yards per game in 2005.
Tim Patton DL 6’2” 301 lbs Tulsa East Central
Was a Class 5A All-State selection at Tulsa East Central High School in Oklahoma ... Named the District 5A-4 Defensive Player of the Year ... Honored by Tulsa World as a first-team All-Metro selection ... Selected to start in the 2006 Oklahoma Coaches Association All-Star Game.
Kendrick Ridge DL 6’1” 275 lbs South Garland
Was a unanimous first-team All-District selection in 11-5A as a senior and second-team as a junior ... Leader of the defense that held opponents to 276 total yards per game ... Was named the South Garland defensive player of the week on three occasions in 2005.
Craig Robertson LB/S 6’0” 210 lbs Stafford High School
A two-way athlete at Stafford High School, Robertson was named to the first-team defense and second team offense in District 25-3A as a senior ... As a junior, was named second team offense and defense ... Registered 101 tackles, four sacks and three forced fumbles in 2005 ... Earned 11 total letters in four sports, including first-team all-district nods in basketball, baseball and football ... Averaged nearly 22 points per game in basketball and batted .487 with 21 stolen bases for the Spartan baseball team ... Was named to the Academic Honor Roll and was a member of the Student Council ... Son of William and Beverly Robertson ... Born February 11, 1988.
Draylen Ross DE 6’3” 245 lbs Fort Worth Diamond Hill-Jarvis
A versatile two-way player for Diamond Hill-Jarvis, Ross was a first-team All-District 7-4A tight end as a senior and defensive end as a junior ... Caught ten passes for 117 yards and a touchdown last season ... Recorded 61 total tackles, six sacks and two forced fumbles ... Throws the discus for the Diamond Hill-Jarvis track team ... Brother, B.J., is a running back at the University of New Hampshire.
Esteban Santiago DL 6’5” 275 lbs El Paso Coronado High School
Selected honorable mention All-State as an offensive lineman by The Associated Press ... Named to the second team All-Area as a defensive lineman by TexasHSFootball.com ... Santiago was first team All-District 1-5A on both sides of the ball, and was named to the El Paso Times’ All-City team.
Bryant Seidle TE 6’3” 230 lbs Cy-Fair High School
Was a two-time unanimous first-team all-district selection ... Named to the 5ATexasFootball.com 2005 Super List ... Selected to Dave Campbell’s Texas Top 300 list ... Known as a bruising blocker, but still managed to catch 11 passes for 230 yards and four touchdowns in 2005 ... Was named first-team All-Greater Houston by TexasHSFootball.com and second-team by Rivals.com ... Son of Bill and Regina Seidle ... Born October 7, 1987.
Trent Stanley OL 6’2” 290 lbs Coffeyville Community College
A rock at offensive guard, Stanley was named a second team NJCAA All-American ... Was voted the second-best offensive lineman in the conference, taking first-team All-Jayhawk Conference honors ... Lead blocker on one of the conference’s top offenses that averaged over 41 points and 290 rushing yards per game ... Key member of the Coffeyville team that won the Region VI Championship.
Marquis Sykes DE 6’3” 253 lbs Coppell High School
Earned first-team All-District 6-5A honors at defensive end as a senior ... Team captain of the area’s most potent defenses at Coppell ... Recorded 88 total tackles to go with nine tackles for loss, four sacks, three fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles ... Was twice named the game’s defensive most valuable player for his individual performances in 2005 ... Also used as a blocking tight end.
Woody Wilson QB/ATH 6’1” 185 lbs Coffeyville Community College
Was named honorable mention All-Jayhawk Conference ... Leader of the offense that averaged over 41 points and 419 yards per game ... Threw eight touchdowns with just two interceptions in seven games for the Ravens in 2005 ... Completed 59 percent of his passes for 910 yards in Coffeyville’s run-oriented offense.