Mean Green Announces 2006 Fooball Recruiting Class
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 trans
“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.”
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (HS)
Kelvin Drake OL 6-2 300
Nicholas Foster OL 6-3 340 Allen,
Robert Gordon DB 5-11 175
Matthew Menard DL 6-5 275 Spring,
Chris Neal ATH 5-8 162 Kaufman,
Tim Patton DL 6-2 301
Craig Robertson LB/S 6-0 210 Stafford,
Draylen Ross DE 6-3 245 Ft. Worth, TX (Diamond Hill-Jarvis)
Esteban Santiago DL 6-5 275
Bryant Seidle TE 6-3 230
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Previous School (Hometown)
Brian Carlson DT 6-5 255 Kilgore College (Spring,
Roy Loren DB 6-2 205
Trent Stanley OL 6-2 290
Woody Wilson QB 6-1 185
Brian Carlson DT 6’5” 255 lbs
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Was a Class 5A All-State selection at
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
Craig Robertson LB/S 6’0” 210 lbs
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
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 ...
Bryant Seidle TE 6’3” 230 lbs
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
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
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
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.