DENTON, Texas North Texas head coach Todd Dodge has announced that 20 players have signed National Letters of Intent to play football for the Mean Green in 2007. Among the class are 18 high school seniors, as well as transfers from the Naval Academy and a junior college. The crop of high school seniors is exclusively from Texas, with seven of them from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Each of the transfers played their high school football in the Lone Star State as well.
Included in the class of 2007 are three sets of high school teammates and six players named to the AP All-state teams. The class brings in a combined 10 state titles and won 47 playoff games last season.
"It is very exciting to announce the 2007 signing class for the North Texas football team," head coach Todd Dodge said. "It has been a whirlwind for my staff and myself over the past four weeks but we have worked very hard to ensure that the future of North Texas football is in good hands with the signing of these 20 young men. We knew that we could get quality football players to come to North Texas, but we wanted to make sure that we also signed young men with character and that is exactly what we did. We addressed needs at every position and we believe that this group has the ability to be something truly special."
2007 North Texas Football Recruiting Class
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (HS)
Marquese Davis LB 6-1 230 lbs Atlanta HS
- In 2006 recorded 154 tackles, three interceptions, forced four fumbles and had seven fumble recoveries ... 2005 District 14-3A first team All-district selection ... 2006 District 16-3A first team All-district selection ...2006 District 16-3A Defensive Co-MVP ... ... Team Texas 3A Second Team by Texashsfootball.com ... First team All-Northeast Texas by Texarkana Gazette ...First Team Texas 3A-Region II by TexasHSfootball.com ... Member of 3A-Division II area finalist ... Named to roster in 2007 Max Emfinger High School All-American Bowl Game ... Named to roster in 2007 Oil Bowl (Oklahoma All-Stars vs Texas All-Stars) ... Named to Jim Stefani Recruiting "watch list" before 2006 season... 2006 Third team All-Smoaky.com.
Jesse DeSoto DB 6-2 275 lbs S.A. Lee HS
- In 2006 had 51 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, seven sacks, and four forced fumbles ... No. 7 prospect in San Antonio area by San Antonio Express-News ... 2005 District 26-5A first team all-district selection ... 2006 unanimous 26-5A first team all-district selection ... San Antonio Express-News all-area first team selection ... Rated as 19th-best defensive tackle in Texas by Rivals.com ... Second team 5A-Region IV by TexasHSfootball.com ... State Top-100 prospect by San Antonio Express-News.
Sam Dibrell WR 6-2 205 lbs S. A. Alamo Heights HS
- In 2006 hauled in 92 receptions for 1,556 yards (16.9 ypc, 103.7 ypg) and 20 TD ... 4A Honorable Mention All-state in ... Team Texas 4A First Team by Texashsfootball.com ... 4A First team All-State by Texas Sports Writers Association ... Member of 4A Division I state champions; first state title in school history ... 11 receptions and 169 yards in 2006 state title game versus Copperas Cove ... Named week-seven San Antonio Express-News Player of the Week for 12 catch, 234 yard, 3 TD performance versus state-ranked Boerne ... Ranked 17th overall prospect in San Antonio Express-News Area Top-20 ... All-Area Sub-5A by San Antonio Express-News ... District 27-4A first team selection ... Rated 38th-best receiver in Texas by Rivals.com ... First team 4A All-Region IV by TexasHSfootball.com ... 2005 unanimous first team All-district 28-4A ... Member of Alamo Heights team named Most Outstanding Team for 2006 in 4A by texashsfootball.com ... Tied for first at the 2006 Nike College Station Training Camp with 23 reps in the bench press.
Kevin Ealey DB 5-9 185 lbs Brenham HS
- In 2006 had 77 rush for 455 yards and nine touchdowns ... Also had 18 receptions for 299 yards and four scores ... In 2005 had 63 rush for 423 yards and six touchdowns, with five receptions for 51 yards ... 2006 and 2005 District 18-4A first team selection at defensvie back and second team selection at running back ... In 2005 scored go-ahead touchdown in win over LaMarque; the game was chosen by TexasHSfootball.com as the 11th-best game in the state in 2005 ... 2005 4A All-Region III by TexasHSfootball.com ... Member of 2006 4A Region III Area Champions ... Member of 2005 4A Region III Champions ...Was a key member of a Cubs defense kept 14 of 28 opponents under 200 total yards combined in 2005 and 2006.
Bron Hager DB 6-1 210 lbs Austin Westlake HS
- State top-100 player by Fort Worth Star-Telegram ... Father, Britt Hager, was All-America linebacker for Texas; played nine seasons in NFL for Philadelphia, Denver and St. Louis ... Member of 2003 TAPPS 6-man state champions ... Named second team All-district 25-5A at RB ... Rated as 23rd-best inside linebacker in Texas by Rivals.com ... Named 5A Region IV Player of the Week for Bi-District performance (111 yards rushing, 4 TD) by 5ATexasfootball.com ... Rushed 10 times for 37 yards and 2 TD, caught 5 passes for 75 yards in state championship game versus Southlake Carroll ... Key member of 5A Division I state finalists.
Breece Johnson WR 6- 175 lbs Colleyville Heritage HS
- In 2006 had 88 receptions for 1,343 yards (15.2 ypc, 95.9 ypg) and 19 TD ... District 5-5A first team All-district ... First team Dallas Morning News All-area ... Named to 2006 Fort Worth Star-Telegram Super Team ... AP First team 5A All-state ... Team Texas 5A 1st Team by Texashsfootball.com ... Third team 5A All-state by Texas Sports Writers Association ... MVP of 2006 Texas 7-on-7 tournament ... Member of 2006 Texas 7-on-7 tournament champions ... 2006 5ATexasfootball.com second team All-Texas ... Four 100-yard receiving games in 2006 ... Caught TD pass in first seven games of 2006; multi-TD games in first four ... Put up 8 rec., 116 yards, and 4 TD in playoff first round matchup with Coppell ... Rated as 33rd-best receiver in Texas by Rivals.com ... First team 5A All-state by TexasHSfootball.com ... First team 5A-region I by TexasHSfootball.com ... Member of 5A-Region I finalist ... Named 5A Region I Player of the Week for Bi-District performance (8 catch, 116 yards, 4 TD) by 5ATexasfootball.com.
J.J. Johnson OL 6-2 278 lbs Plano West HS
- Was named unanimous first team All-District 9-5A selection in 2006 ... 2005 All-District 8-5A second team ... Rated as fourth-best center in Texas by Rivals.com ... Key member of offensive line that paved the way for a Wolves offense that rushed for 2,518 yards in 11 games in 2006 ... Member of 2006 Bi-district qualifier.
Marcus King WR 6-3 200 lbs Euless Trinity HS
- In 2006 had 27 catches; 557 yards; 7 TD (20.6 ypc) ... Area Top 50 and State Top 100 selection by Fort Worth Star-Telegram ... 2006 District 7-5A first team All-district selection ... 2006 second team selection to Fort Worth Star-Telegram Super Team ... Member of 2005 5A-Division I State Championship team ... Four catches for 87 yards and TD versus Carroll in final HS game ... Leading receiver for team that rushed for 283 yards per game; only averaged 12 passing attempts per game ... 2006 5Atexasfootball.com third team All-Texas ... 2005 second team All-district 6-5A ... Member of 2006 5A Bi-district champions.
B.J. Lewis WR 6-1 190 lbs Waco Robinson HS
- In 2006 had 49 receptions for 958 yards (20.31 ypc) and eighttoucdowns along with 72 tackles, six interceptions, a fumble recovery, two forced fumbles and 13 pass breakups ... 2006 First team 3A All-state by Texas Sports Writers Association at defensive back ... 2006 Super Centex second team by Waco Tribune Herald ... 2006 First team All-District 17-3A as wide receiver and defensive back ... 2005 First team All-District 17-3A at wide reciever ... No. 21 Central Texas prospect by Waco Tribune Herald ... 3A Team Texas first team at wide receiver and third team at defensive back by Texashsfootball.com ... First team 3A Region III at wide receiver and defensive back by Texashsfootball.com ... Second team 3A Academic All-state by Texas High School Coaches Association ... 2005 Second team 3A All-Region III at WR by Texashsfootball.com ... Key member of 3A-Division I state finalists; first state finals appearance in school history ... Averaged 5 receptions, 108.6 ypg in 2006 playoffs and scored at least one TD in each playoff game.
Micah Mosley RB 6-1 205 lbs Nederland HS
- In 2006 had 297 rushes for 2,403 yards and 29 touchdowns to go along with 13 receptions for 274 yards and three scores ... Rushed 28 times for 406 yards and 5 TD in game versus Lumberton ... Four-year letterman ... Went over 200-yard mark five times in senior season; over 130-yard mark in 10 of 11 games played ... AP 1st team 4A All-state ... First team 4A-Region III by TexasHSfootball.com ... Team Texas 4A second team by TexasHSfootball.com ... Offensive MVP of District 22-4A ... Member of 4A-Region III area finalist in 2006 ... 2006 Super Team Offensive MVP by Beaumont Enterprise ... 2006 Super Team Offensive MVP Port Arthur News ...Preseason All-Southeast Texas second team offense by Setexassports.com ... Named 2006 SETX Members Choice Player of the Year by Setexassports.com ... 2,403 yards in 2006 is Nederland HS all time single-season record ... 4,557 career yards is all-time record at NHS ... Named Port Arthur News player of the week in week 6 for 39 rush, 246 yard, 3 TD performance versus Port Neches Groves ... Winner of Cory Fulbright Spirit Award given to player who demonstrated most outstanding spirit and dedication in 4A by texashsfootball.com ... 2004 20-4A Offensive Newcomer of the Year.
Justin Padron LB 6-0 220 lbs Southlake Carroll HS
- In 2006 248 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, three interceptions, three sacks, three forced fumbles and scored a touchdown along the way ... Leader of defense that held nine opponents to seven points or less in 16 games ... Member of three consecutive state title teams at Carroll ... First team Dallas Morning News All-area ... Named to 2006 Fort Worth Star-Telegram Super Team ... AP first team All-state ... Team Texas 5A first team by Texashsfootball.com ... First team 5A All-state by Texas Sports Writers Association ... 2006 District 5-5A defensive MVP ... 2006 5A Defensive MVP by 5ATexasfootball.com ... State Top 100 and Area Top 50 prospect by Fort Worth Star-Telegram ... Named to 2006 PrepNation.com 101 All-America Team by ... Named to Texas top-20 linebackers by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football ... Listed on "worth mentioning" for 2006 All-Texas high school team by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football ... Rated as 14th-best inside linebacker in Texas by Rivals.com ... First team 5A-Region I by TexasHSfootball.com ... Defensive MVP of 5A-Region I by TexasHSfootball.com ... First team 5A All-state by TexasHSfootball.com ... Winner of 2006 Jack Pardee Award (Outstanding Linebacker) for 5A by TexasHSfootball.com ... Rated as 63rd in nation among inside linebackers by ESPN.com.
A.J. Penson LB 6-1 220 lbs Lufkin HS
- 2006 First team All-district 15-5A ... In 2006 recorded 85 tackles and 14 tackles for loss ... In 2005 had 85 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, and three sacks ... First team 5A-Region II by TexasHSfootball.com ... 2005 First team All-district 14-5A at defensive end ... Team Texas 5A first team by Texashsfootball.com ... Honorable mention 5A All-state by Texas Sports Writers Association ... 2006 Second team All-Texas by 5Atexasfootball.com ... 2005 All-Junior selection by 5Atexasfootball.com at defensive end ... Rated as No. 40 MLB in nation by Scout.com ... Rated as No. 7 inside linebacker in Texas by Rivals.com ... Two-year starter on district champion Lufkin Panthers ... Member of 2005 state semi-finalist and 2006 Bi-district champions ... State Top-100 prospect by San Antonio Express-News.
Sam Roberson WR 6-4 210 lbs Somerville HS
- In 2006 had 50 receptions for 1,065 yards and 12 TD, while at defensive back he also had eight interceptions ... 2006 Honorable mention AP All-state ... Team Texas 2A third team by Texashsfootball.com ... 2006 Preseason All-Texas 2A Region IV second team selection at wide receiver ... Was selected to play in East Meets West All-America game in Orlando, Fla. ... All-Brazos Valley first team by Bryan-College Station Eagle ... Rated by Rivals.com as the 24th-best receiver in Texas ... First team 2A-Region IV by TexasHSfootball.com at defensive back ... Second team 2A-Region IV by TexasHSfootball.com at wide receiver ... Key member of 2A-Region IV Division II finalist ... Second team All-state at defensive back by Texas Sports Writers Association ... 2004 Offensive Newcomer of the Year for District 25-2A.
Kyle Russo DE 6-3 245 lbs Southlake Carroll HS
- In 2006 posted 103 tackles, 21 sacks, and one fumble return for a touchdown ... In 2005 put up 90 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and one interception ... 2006 District 5-5A first team All-district selection ... Team Texas 5A first team by Texashsfootball.com ... Second team 5A All-State by Texas Sports Writers Association ... Member of 2006, 2005 and 2004 5A state champions ... Named to Area Top 50 by Fort Worth Star-Telegram ... First team Dallas Morning News All-area ... Named to first team All-Texas by 5Atexasfootball.com ... First team 5A All-state by TexasHSfootball.com ... First team 5A-Region I by TexasHSfootball.com ... 2005 Second team All-district 5-5A.
Jordan Scoggins DL 6-1 274 lbs Euless Trinity HS
- In 2006 had eight receptions for 110 yards and one score ... In 2005 was team’s second leading receiver with 11 receptions for 361 yards and two scores ... Was named Sophomore of the Year for District 6-5A in 2004 ... Area Top 50 and State Top 100 recruit by Fort Worth Star-Telegram ... First Team All-district 7-5A at tight end ... Team Texas 5A first team by Texashsfootball.com ... Named to second team All-Texas by 5Atexasfootball.com at tight end ... First team 5A-Region I by TexasHSfootball.com ... First team 5A All-Texas by TexasHSfootball.com ... 2005 First team All-district 6-5A ... Member of 2005 5A-Division I state champions ... Key blocker on team that averaged 283 yards rushing per game in 2006 ... Rated as nation’s 61st-best prep tight end by Scout.com ... Rated as No. 20 overall among tight ends in nation by ESPN.com ... Top-100 overall area prospect by Dallas Morning News.
Matt Tomlinson OL 6-5 270 lbs Klein HS
- Was named first team All-District 16-5A in 2006 ... 2006 First team All-Region II 5A ... Area Top-100 prospect by Houston Chronicle ... Team Texas third team by 5atexasfootball.comClass 5A Greater Houston Area second team by Texasprepxtra.com ... Helped pave the way for Klein running backs to amass over 2,800 yards his senior season, including Horace Gibson’s 1,477 yards ... Key member of Klein’s 2006 Bi-district qualifying team.
Giovanni Vizza QB 6-1 195 lbs S.A. Alamo Heights HS
- In 2006 put up numbers of 107 rushes, 667 rushing yards and seven touchdowns along with 218/357 passing (61%) for 3,278 yards, 37 touchdowns to only eight interceptions and a 116.3 QB rating ... In 2005 had 98 rushes for 687 yards and six scores to go along with 127/215 passing (59%) for 2,062 yards and 17 TD ... Rated fifth overall prospect in San Antonio Express-News Top-20 ... Rushed for 141 yards and 2 TD, threw 26-42 for 347 yards and two scores with no interceptions in 2006 state title game versus Copperas Cove ... Member of 2006 4A Division I state champions; first state title in school history ... Named Offensive Player of the Year regardless of classification on 2006 All-Texas team by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football ... Named Offensive Player of the Year for 4A Region IV by TexasHSfootball.com ... Team Texas 4A first team by Texashsfootball.com ... 4A second team All-State by Texas Sports Writers Association ... First team All-Region IV 4A by Texashsfootball.com ... Unanimous All-District 27-4A ... Combined 747 yards passing and seven touchdowns in state finals and semifinals ...2006 All-Area Sub-5A by San Antonio Express-News ... Named 2006 week six area Player of the Week by San Antonio Express-News ... 2005 second team All-District 28-4A ... Rated as state’s ninth-best dual-threat quarterback by Rivals.com ... Member of Alamo Heights team named Most Outstanding Team for 2006 in 4A by texashsfootball.com.
Evan Walker WR 5-11 185 lbs Colleyville Heritage HS
- In 2006 he led the Dallas/Fort Worth area with 99 receptions for 1,476 yards (15.1 ypc, 105.4 ypg) and 15 TD ... AP first team 5A all-state ... Third team 5A All-state by Texas Sports Writers Association ... Team Texas 5A first team by Texashsfootball.com ... District 5-5A 1st team all-district ... Second team Dallas Morning News All-area ... Five 100-yard receiving games in 2006 ... Member of 2006 Texas 7-on7 tournament champions ... Had 13 receptinos, 268 yards, and two touchdowns in final regular season game versus Grapevine ... Named to 2006 All-Texas high school team by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football ... Rated 46th-best receiver in Texas by Rivals.com ... First team 5A All-State by TexasHSfootball.com ... First team 5A-Region I by TexasHSfootball.com ... Member of 5A-Region I finalist.
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Previous School (Hometown)
Cam Montgomery RB 6-2 195 lbs NE Mississippi JC
- As a senior in 2004 at The Woodlands he rushed 226 times for 1,335 yards and 23 TD ... Had six 100-yard games in senior year of high school ... Four-star JUCO recruit by Scout.com ... Rated nation’s third-best JUCO running back by Scout.com.
Greg Garden DB 5-11 187 lbs Navy
- All-District 5-5A selection in 2005 at LB ... 2005 stats include 70 rushes for 425 yards and nine touchdowns on offense, while on defense he registered 84 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and four pass breakups ... Scored a TD in game versus Fossil Ridge in 2005; game was rated the No. 21 game in 2005 by Texashsfootball.com ... Member of 2003 state finalists ... Three-year letterman at Ryan High School.