North Texas Announces 2003 Football Recruiting Class

DENTON (2/5/03) North Texas head coach Darrell Dickey has announced that 24 players have signed National Letters of Intent to play football for the Mean Green in 2003. Among the class are 17 high school seniors and seven junior college transfers. Of the high school seniors, 14 come from Texas, while two come from Oklahoma and one from Kansas. North Texas returns 13 starters from a team that finished 8-5 and won the New Orleans Bowl and its second straight Sun Belt Conference title.

"We are extremely happy with the list of football players that have decided to continue their careers at North Texas," head football coach Darrell Dickey said. "Our reception in the homes of recruits has improved each year and this year was no exception. We really solidified the depth on our offensive and defensive lines and believe that everyone in this class has an excellent chance to make instant contributions toward our goal of defending as Sun Belt Conference champions."

2003 North Texas Football Recruiting Class

Name ............................................... Pos. ............. Ht. ...............Wt. .......... Hometown (HS)
Josh Alexander ...............................DL............... 6-3 ............... 278 ........... Fort Worth, Texas (Southwest HS)
Rendal Bailey ..................................OL............... 6-4 ............... 290 ........... Forth Worth, Texas (Christian HS)
Cordale Baldwin ..............................RB............... 5-10 ............. 185 ........... Pflugerville, Texas (Pflugerville, HS)
Jeremy Brown .................................OL............... 6-5 ............... 285 ........... Tecumseh, Okla. (Tecumseh HS)
Lawrence Brown ............................. DE/LB ......... 6-3 ............... 200 ........... Houston, Texas (North Shore HS)
Blake Burruss .................................. DE/TE ......... 6-7 ............... 235 ........... Oklahoma City, Okla. (Westmoore HS)
Joey Byerly .....................................QB .............. 6-4 ............... 215 ........... Orange, Texas (West Orange-Stark HS)
Raifu Durodoye ..............................DL............... 6-1 ............... 235 ........... Denton, Texas (Denton HS)
Allan Harrison ................................DB .............. 6-2 ............... 188 ........... Big Lake, Texas (Reagan County HS)
Maurice Holman ............................. LB ............... 6-1 ............... 209 ........... Mt. Vernon, Texas (Mt. Vernon HS)
Jonathan Ieans ...............................QB .............. 6-5 ............... 200 ........... Houston, Texas (Madison HS)
Curt Jones .......................................DL............... 6-2 ............... 260 ........... Sinton, Texas (Sinton HS)
Zach Muzzy ....................................WR ............. 5-10 ............. 175 ........... Alvin, Texas (Alvin HS)
Brian Nelson ...................................CB............... 6-0 ............... 180 ........... Mansfield, Texas (Summit HS)
Montey Stevenson .........................DL............... 6-2 ............... 240 ........... Alvarado, Texas (Alvarado HS)
T.J. Raymond ..................................DL............... 6-2 ............... 295 ........... Grand Prairie, Texas (South Grand Prairie HS)
Adam Vinegas .................................DL............... 6-3 ............... 276 ........... Olathe, Kan. (Olathe North HS)

Junior College Transfers

Lonnie Chambers* ..........................OL............... 6-3 ............... 284 ........... Trinity Valley CC
Charles Dupree* .............................DE............... 6-3 ............... 228 ........... Northeast Oklahoma A&M
Eli Hutchinson* ..............................DE............... 6-4 ............... 213 ........... Northeast Oklahoma A&M
Dupree Jones ..................................RB............... 5-10 ............. 180 ........... Northeast Oklahoma A&M
Arther McNac* ...............................LB ............... 6-0 ............... 260 ........... Northeast Oklahoma A&M
Damion Nobles ...............................OL............... 6-4 ............... 290 ........... Navarro JC
Michael Pruitt .................................DL............... 6-1 ............... 275 ........... Northeast Oklahoma A&M
* Currently enrolled in school at North Texas

PLAYER BIOS

Josh Alexander, DT (6-3, 278) - Fort Worth, Texas (Southwest HS) As a starter at offensive tackle, Alexander earned second team all district honors in district 7-4A. Can play both offensive and defensive line.

Rendel Baily, OL, (6-4, 290) - Forth Worth, Texas (Christian HS) Coached by Kenny Davidson - Bailey was the leader of a line that blocked for a pair of running backs that combined for more than 3,000 rushing yards in the regular season. His team was second in the area with an average of 361 rushing yards per game, also posting an average of nearly 36 points per game. He received first team TAPPS All-State as well as All-District 2-4A recognition at offensive tackle. His Cardinal squad participated in the TAPPS statewide playoffs this season and was the only private school to defeat eventual TAPPS 4A state champion Grace Prep (11-2) in the regular season.

Cordale Baldwin, RB, (5-10, 185) - Pflugerville, Texas (Pflugerville HS) Coached by George Hermann Baldwin received second team All-District 14-5A honors as a running back. As a senior he had 600 yards rushing on 66 carries and five touchdowns while also recording 22 tackles on defense. As a junior he had 51 tackles as a linebacker and earned second team all-district honors. He is also an Academic All- District performer as a senior. On the same night he was crowned Homecoming King, Baldwin exploded against Temple with an amazing 78-yard touchdown run. Against arch-rival Connally, Baldwin scored on a 77-yard touchdown run.

Jeremy Brown, OL, (6-5, 285) - Tecumseh, Okla. (Tecumseh HS) - Coached by Chris McMullen Former teammate of North Texas running back Patrick Cobbs. Has a 4.0 grade point average. A two-way starter, he had 87-tackles and five sacks as a junior defensive lineman. As a senior, Brown was named to the 2002 Tri-County All-Star Football Team. He started at defensive tackle his sophomore season and then played both ways in his junior and senior seasons. He placed third in 3A Regional Track Meet with a shot put of 45-1 . He was listed as the 27th best player in the state of Oklahoma by OUFans.com. Joe Dickenson’s Fab50 publication listed Brown as the 26th best player in the state of Oklahoma. Mokanfootball.com listed Brown as a three star prospect.

Lawrence Brown, DE/LB (6-4, 200) Houston, Texas (North Shore HS) Coached by David Aymond Brown was named to the 23-5A second team all-district in his junior and senior seasons. North Shore, which finished the season 11-1, also has been ranked No. 1 in the state for more than 10 weeks over the past two years and earned 29 victories in their last 30 regular season games. Brown joins former North Shore teammate and current North Texas running back Kevin Moore.

Blake Burruss, DE/TE (6-7, 235) - Oklahoma City, Okla. (Westmoore High School) Coached by Mike Whaley Burruss started every game for team that finished 11-2 and advanced to the 6A state semifinals. He earned first team Mid State Oklahoma All-Conference honors and first team All-District honors in 2002 after recording 46 tackles including six quarterback sacks and 12 tackles for loss. Named first team all-city defense by the Daily Oklahoman in 2002. Started every game as a junior, tallying 44 tackles and 13 tackles for loss.

Joey Byerly, QB (6-4, 215) - Orange, Texas (West Orange- Stark HS) Coached by Dan Hooks - Byerly was nominated as the Texas High School Player of the Week by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine. In a key game against previously unbeaten Beaumont Central, Byerly completed 11-of-14 passes for 166 yards and one TD as West-Orange Stark won 17-7. The Jaguars, who were 2-7 in 2001, were one of the state’s biggest surprises in 2002 finishing 8-2. Named fourth best quarterback prospect in the state by 5ATexasFootball.com. Byerly was second team all- conference 20-4A at QB. In his junior year Byerly completed 42 passes on 63 attempts for 520 yards and six touchdowns with only three interceptions. He rushed for 85 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns and averaged 35.6 yards on 54 punts. Joey was a first team all district tight end as a sophomore. Byerly is an excellent punter and has punted for West Orange-Stark since his sophomore season. Recruiting Guru David Garvin says "Byerly has everything recruiters are looking for in a signal caller-size, speed and smarts."

Lonnie Chambers, OL (6-3, 284) Trinity Valley CC Starting center for a team that finished 10-2 and second in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference standings. Chambers was named honorable mention all-conference after allowing just four quarterback sacks in 12 games in a pass-oriented offense that led the conference in passing attempts and passing yards.

Charles Dupree, DE, (6-3, 228) Northeast Oklahoma A&M Helped team win Southwest Junior College Football Conference championship as a starter at defensive end. Recorded 74 tackles and five quarterback sacks in addition to 10 tackles for losses. He broke up nine passes for the Golden Norsemen, who finished the season ranked No. 2 in the nation with a 11-1 record. His best game last season came against Trinity Valley when he had 10 tackles including one quarterback sack and recovered a fumble on the NEO 1-yard line to preserve a 14-7 win and the conference championship.

Raifu Durodoye, DL (6-1, 260) - Denton, Texas (Denton HS) Coached by Gary Fischer - Durodoye was a first team All-Denton County and 6-4A first team All-District Selection at defensive tackle. Durodoye had 81 tackles and 8 sacks in his senior season. Durodoye’s mother Beth Durodoye is an associate professor of counseling, development and higher education at North Texas

Allan Harrison, DB (6-3, 195) - Big Lake, Texas (Reagan County HS) In his senior season Harrison had 60 tackles and three interceptions and received third-team all-state honors by The Associated Press. Harrison was also a first-team All-District 2-2A player and was a member of the All-West Texas Super Team, a squad selected by the San Angelo Standard Times covering players in all classifications. He was also his district’s offensive MVP as a wide receiver and running back.

Maurice Holman, LB (6-1, 209) - Mt. Vernon, Texas (Mt. Vernon HS) - The defensive MVP of District 11-3A for a team that finished 9-1 and won the district title. Led team with 165 tackles as a senior and had 95 tackles as a junior when he also first team all-district. On November 4th, The Dallas Morning News awarded Holman with an honorable mention "Player of the Week" award for his 18-tackle, 11-solo performance against Mineloa. He placed 3rd in the discus in his district meet as a junior and was second team all-district in basketball as a junior also.

Eli Hutchinson, DE (6-4, 213) Northeast Oklahoma A&M Earned honorable mention all-conference after helping Northeast Oklahoma win the Southwest Junior College Football Conference title with an 11-1 record. Team ranked No. 2 in the nation and won the Red River Bowl. Started all 12 games, recording 52 total tackles, including 12 quarterback sacks and 17 tackles for loss. He broke up six passes and recovered one fumble for the Golden Norsemen. He helped his team lead the conference in rushing defense, allowing opponents just 95 yards per game.

Jonathan Ieans, QB (6-5, 205) - Houston, Texas (Madison HS) Coached by Ray Seals - A first team 18-5A selection at quarterback, Ieans threw for nearly 1,000-yards and eight touchdowns in a predominantly running offense as a senior. He finished second in the district in passing yards. He is also a talented basketball player averaging around 10-points per game, including a season-high 23 points in a recent upset against Houston Washington.

Curt Jones, DT (6-2, 265) Sinton, Texas (Sinton HS) - Coached by Jimmie Mitchell - Jones will join his brother, North Texas strong safety Craig Jones, as a member of the Mean Green. Jones was a Class 3A second team All-State and first team All- District 30-3A selection as a defensive end. Jones was selected by the Corpus Christie Caller Times as one of the Super 11, honoring the top 11 players in South Texas. In his senior season Jones made 85 tackles, nine sacks and recovered six fumbles. Sinton’s 2002 Pirate squad were Class 3A Division I state quarterfinalists.

Dupree Jones, RB (5-10, 180) Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Coached by Dale Patterson and Joey Florence Originally signed with North Texas in 2001 before enrolling at NEO. Will have three years of eligibility at North Texas. Jones was an Honorable Mention All Southwest Junior College Football Conference selection at running back. He was the Most Valuable Player of the Red River Bowl after rushing for the game-winning touchdown in overtime against Lake Erie Community College. Jones split time with another back and missed four games with an ankle injury but still amassed 568-yards and five touchdowns during the season. Jones’ NEO squad was ranked No. 2 in the nation last season. A member of the 2000 4A boys’state champion Denton Ryan basketball team. NEO head coach Dale Patterson compared Jones with North Texas’ leading rusher the last two seasons Kevin Galbreath saying "While Galbreath was a more physical inside runner, Jones is faster to the outside and has more big play capabilities."

Arther McNac, LB (6-0, 260) Northeast Oklahoma A&M Played in all 12 games helping the Golden Norsemen to a 11-1 record and a No. 2 national ranking. He totaled 32 tackles, including four quarterback sacks and eight tackles for loss. Played in a linebacker rotation that helped his team lead the Southwest Junior College Football Conference in rushing defense, allowing just 95 yards per game. His best performance came in a 14-10 win over Kilgore when he intercepted a pass at the NEO 30-yard line late in the fourth quarter to preserve the victory.

Zach Muzzy, WR (5-10, 175) - Alvin, Texas (Alvin HS) - Coached by Michael C. Bass Muzzy was named the All Greater Houston first team utility back by the Houston Chronicle. He was also a first team 24-5A All-District selection at wide receiver his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Muzzy was awarded the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football/Gulf Lubricants player of the week this season and is listed in Don Cartwright’s State Top 75 Honor Roll. In his senior season, Muzzy returned 18 kickoffs for 548 yards, with one touchdown and a 30.4-yard per return average. As a receiver, Muzzy had 29-receptions for 676-yards and eight touchdowns with a 23.31 average per catch. As a punt returner, Muzzy returned 24-punts for 883-yards, with one touchdown and a 36.8 average per return. He was first team All- Conference in 24-5A as a wide receiver. As a junior, Muzzy had 35 receptions for 580-yards. Muzzy hauled in five passes for 107 yards, including a 42-yard TD and totaled 123 return yards on three kick returns in Alvin’s 30-27 win over state powerhouse Houston Klein Oak. Head Coach Mike Bass said of Muzzy, "He is probably the best receiver I’ve ever been around. He’s so disciplined on his routes." Muzzy also punted and played defensive back for the Yellowjackets.

Brian Nelson, DB (6-0, 180) - Mansfield, Texas (Summit HS) - Coached by Tim Beck A second team All-District selection at corner back, Nelson is the son of former NFL receiver Brian Nelson who played for the Minnesota Vikings. Nelson is also a very talented basketball player that just started playing football his junior year. Nelson had eight tackles, two interceptions in a Summit win over arch-rival Mansfield. For his performance against Mansfield, The Dallas Morning News awarded Holman with an honorable mention "Player of the Week" award.

Damien Nobles, OL (6-4, 290) Navarro Junior College - Coached by Chuck Lawrence Nobles was an Honorable Mention All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference selection at offensive tackle. Helped his team average 396 yards of offense per game and finish second in the conference with 2,417 yards passing.

Michael Pruitt, DT (6-2, 285) Northeast Oklahoma A&M Coached by Dale Patterson - Pruitt was a first-team NJCAA All- American selection and the Southwest Junior College Football Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore at NEO, which went 11-1 and finished the season ranked No. 2 in the nation. He was also named first team All-America by Junior College Gridwire. He had 87 total tackles, nine quarterback sacks and 17 tackles for a loss. Rivals.com ranks Pruitt as the No. 41 junior college recruit and the fourth-best junior college defensive tackle in the country. Collegefootballnews.com ranks Pruitt as the No. 14 junior college recruit and top junior college defensive tackle in the nation. In high school, Pruitt was selected honorable mention to the All-State team as a linebacker and played in the state All Star game.

T. J. Raymond, DL (6-2, 285) - Grand Prairie, Texas (South Grand Prairie HS) Coached by David Fisher - A two-way starter for the Warriors - The Dallas Morning News selected Raymond as one of the "Best of Arlington" at the defensive tackle position. As a senior, he recorded a team-leading six sacks despite missing three games. Named second team All-District 8- 5A. Against district-foe Irving, Raymond broke through to block both an extra-point and field goal attempt and narrowly missed blocking another field goal try.

Montey Stevenson, DL (6-2, 260) - Alvarado, Texas (Alvarado HS) - Selected to play in the Coca Cola High School All Star Game. Montey was first team all-district 15-4A as a junior and second team as a senior. Right now Montey is one of the top basketball players in his region and recently scored 17-points in an Alvarado win.

Adam Venegas, DL (6-5, 290) - Olathe, Kan. (Olathe North HS) Coached by Gene Wier - Venegas received 6A first team All- State honors and was named by the The Topeka Capital-Journal as one of the top 11-players in the state of Kansas. Venegas is the defending state wrestling champion, capturing the Class 6A heavyweight title a year ago. He earned unanimous All-Sunflower League (All-District) honors this season. He ranked second on North’s defense in the Eagles’ point system, racking up 30 solo tackles, 29 assists, seven tackles for loss and a team-high six sacks. He also recovered a pair of fumbles. He had nine career sacks and never started on a North team that lost just one game. The Eagles’ defense allowed just 9.9 points and 62.8 rushing yards per game this year. Participated on the East squad in the 2003 Shrine Bowl Game pitting the best players in the state of Kansas.


 

 

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