ECU Football Signs 30 for 2013

ADA – The East Central University football team has bolstered its roster with the signing of 30 players for the 2013 season. The group includes six defensive backs, four defensive linesman, four wide receivers, three outside linebackers, two quarterbacks, two tight ends, two offensive lineman, two running backs, two defensive ends, two inside linebackers and a long snapper.

Defensive Backs
Cameron Durant, DB, 6-1, 175, Tulsa, Okla. (Booker T. Washington)
Durant was the team captain as a senior…tallied 57 tackles, three tackles-for-loss, two forced fumbles, four pass break-ups and six interceptions as a senior…team claimed the 2010 5A State championship…also a member of the track team that earned all-state honors in the 4x400 meter relay.
“Cameron has tremendous coverage skills. With his size and speed he will have great range on the back end.”
Vernon Johnson, DB, 6-1, 200, Desoto, Texas (Desoto)
Johnson as a Texas All-District 7-5A First Team pick as a senior…he tallied 87 tackles, six TFL, six sacks, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and four pass break-ups.
“Vernon is another player who has great speed. He is a true run and hit player who can play in every phase of the defense; pressure, fits, tackling and coverage.”
Shannon Larry, DB, 5-9, 200, White Settlement, Texas (Brewer)
Larry was an academic all-district honorable mention…also an all-state powerlifter.
“Shannon has terrific power. He is very explosive player on the back end. He can cover very well, but is a very tough run player.”
Jeff Surrell, DB, 6-0, 185, Ardmore, Okla. (Ardmore)
Surrell was the district co-Defensive Back of the Year…named the Ardmore super team defensive back of the year.
“Jeff is a defensive back that has great size and range. He can cover a lot of area on the back end. He has great body control, speed and flexibility.”
Davy’Aun Thomas, DB, 5-11, 170, Lawton, Okla. (Lawton McCarthur)
Thomas was a first-team all-district corner and punt returner pick.
“Davy’Aun has tremendous coverage skills. He is a very fluid athlete who transitions into coverage very well.”
Jhames West, DB, 6-1, 190, Oklahoma City, Okla. (Westmoore)
West tallied 892 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior…also added 1,275 passing yard and 13 passing touchdowns…an all-state honorable mention selection.
“Jhames is multi-talented in every area. We love the idea that he will roam in our secondary and be a terrific run and hit player.”

Defensive Lineman
Everett Baker, DL, 6-6, 240, Pottsboro, Texas (Pottsboro)
Baker tallied 88 tackles and 16 tackles-for-loss as a senior…was the Texas 6-2A Defensive Player of the Year and named to the All-6-2A District First Team…an all-state honorable mention and the All-Texhoma Land Defensive Tackler of the Year.
“Everett is a big tough guy. This player loves it physical. He is a great effort player who the game means a lot to.”
Ryder McCaskill, DL, 6-2, 260, Davis, Okla. (Davis)
McCaskill earned first team all-district, all-area and all-state honors as a senior…also named to the Ardmore Super Team and the district MVP.
“Ryder is another very active lineman. He has great strength and toughness that shows at all times. Another great player from a great program.”
Victor Sanders, DL, 6-2, 300, Midwest City, Okla. (Midwest City)
Sanders was an honorable mention all-city pick as a senior.
“Victor is a powerful leverage player. He has explosive hand speed and plays with a high motor.”
Dequan Wilford, DL, 6-2, 255, Gainesville, Texas (Gainesville)
Wilford tallied 115 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 10 tackles-for-loss and one interception as a senior…named to the all-district and Cooke County first teams.
“Wilford is an explosive player who plays with great leverage. He shows speed to make plays on the edge, and power to stuff up the middle.”
Wide Receivers
Randall Case, WR, 5-9, 170, Jones, Okla. (Jones)
Case tallied 21 touchdowns as a senior…named to the all-state, little all-city and all-district first teams…also a 3A All-Star selection.
“Randall is a dynamic play maker. He has great ability in multiple areas”
Jack Higginbotham, WR, 6-1, 175, Norman, Okla. (Norman North)
Higginbotham garnered 47 catches for 1,066 yards and 10 touchdowns as senior…named the 6A-3 District Wide Receiver of the Year…named to the Daily Oklahoman and All-City all-conference teams…a OSSAA Coaches All-State selection.
“A true hidden gem that has a very bright future. He has the ability to go over the top for big plays”
Dezmon Jackson, WR, 6-2, 185, Mesquite, Texas (Mesquite)
Jackson was a Texas 12-5A All-District Second Team pick as a wide receiver as a senior…he tallied 27 receptions for 440 yards and three touchdowns.
“Dezmon has terrific speed and ball skills. He has a great demeanor to play the game at a high level.”
David Moore, WR, 6-1, 205, Gainesville, Texas (Gainesville)
Moore tallied 40 catches for 700 yards as a senior…averaged 17.5 yards per catch, with 12 total touchdowns…a first team all-district pick on both sides of the ball…also named to the All-Cooke County first team and all-region first team.
“David is a developed receiver. He has great body control, speed, ball skills and can make the contested catch. He will be a fun one to watch.”
Outside Linebackers
Tanner Masters, OLB, 6-0, 200, Coppell, Texas (Coppell)
Masters recorded 70 tackles, 40 solo and 30 assists as a senior…tallied six tackles for loss, four sacks, seven quarter back hurries, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two pass break-ups…was a unanimous all-district first team pick and an honorable mention academic all-district selection.
“Tough and hardnosed are two words to describe this player. Tanner can run and shows he truly loves to play.”
Dallen Mercer, OLB, 6-3, 205, Velma, Okla. (Velma Alma)
Named to the all-state and all-district first team as a running back and a linebacker…also earned all-area running back and linebacker first team honors.
“Dallen has a tall rangy body that can play sideline to sideline. Has a proven record as an athlete.”
Christopher White, OLB, 5-10, 195, Gainesville, Texas (Gainesville)
Tallied 172 total tackles and added two interceptions as a senior…was a first team All-Texhoma land and Cooke County pick…also named to the District 9-3A Defensive MVP and an honorable mention all-state player.
“Chris shows how to play football. He has a great understating of the game and its positions.”
Quarterbacks
Jordan Avants, QB, 6-3, 215, Garber, Okla. (Garber)
Avants tallied 221 carries for 2,009 yards and 38 touchdowns rushing as a senior…also added 1,885 yards and 20 touchdowns as a quarterback…was 102-of-160 passing…tallied 642 career carries for 5,168 yards and 78 touchdowns…also added 4,017 career passing yards and 42 touchdowns. ..earned all-district honors as a sophomore and senior…also named the B-1 District Offensive Player of the Year…named to the 8-Man All-Star team and was a first-alternate All-State selection in 2012.
“Jordan is a diamond in the rough. He has the ability to do multiple things, is extremely competitive and it shows.”
Carson Hyles, QB, 6-4, 195, Rowlett, Texas (Rowlett)
Hyles was a Texas 11-5A All-District Honorable Mention pick as a senior…he tallied 15 touchdowns, six rushing, as a quarterback…had a total of 2,385 passing yards and 96 rushing yards…garnered a 64% completion percentage.
“Carson is a very smart and accurate quarterback. He understands how to manage an offense on the field, shows great posture and poise in the pocket and game.”
Tight Ends
Ned Adair, TE, 6-3, 240, Fort Gibson, Okla. (Fort Gibson)
Adair was the District 4A-4 Tight End of the Year and a 4A-4 First Team All-District pick…averaged 29 yards a reception as a senior…also a member of the baseball team, where he was an all-metro team selection as a pitcher.
“Ned has terrific hands for the tight end position. He is a fast twitch player that has awesome ability.”
Blake Gordon, TE, 6-4, 220, Stroud, Okla. (Stroud)
Gordon was a OSSA Coaches All-State pick…tallied 202 tackles, 10 fumble recoveries, 11 forced fumbles and an interception for a touchdown…a District 2A-5 picked for three seasons…named the District 2A-5 MVP…also a member of the Stroud basketball team.
“Blake has a terrific frame to go with his ball skills. He is a big physical tight end who can block and catch.”
Offensive Lineman
Shaun Edwards, OL, 6-7, 320, Dell City, Okla. (Destiny Christian)
Edwards was an all-city, all-state, and all-state private school pick…also earned all-state honors on the basketball court…named to the honor roll.
“Shaun has all the tools to become a terrific player. He has great discipline and body control, never panics and understands the flow of the defense.”
Jeremy Newton, OL, 6-8, 255, Enid, Okla. (Garber)
Newton led his team to a 9-3 record as a senior…earned all-district honorable mention honors.
“Jeremy has a great frame. With his athletic ability, we are counting on him growing into that frame. He has a lot of skills.”
Running Backs
Seth Handley, ATH, 5-7, 170, Enid, Okla. (Enid)
Handley rushed for 1,240 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior…led the team in receiving with 31 catches for 427 yards and two touchdowns…a first team all-state according to the Oklahoma Coaches Association and a first team All-6A-1 District pick.
“Seth has explosive speed and has the ability to run, catch and return kicks. He is a special player in multiple phases.”
Coleton McDonald, RB, 6-1, 2-5, Mounds, Okla. (Liberty Mounds)
McDonald tallied 3,193 yards rushing and 39 touchdowns as a senior…a 2012 Oklahoma All-State selection…garnered 6,062 career rushing yards and 72 career touchdowns.
“His stats speak for themselves and he has great size and speed. He is a very tough runner and knows how to put the ball in the end zone.”
Defensive Ends
Parker A’neal, DE, 6-4, 240, Skiatook, Okla. (Cascia Hall Prep)
A’neal was a 4A All-District pick and earned all-state honorable mention honors in football…also a member of the varsity baseball team.
“Parker is a multi-talented defensive end as a pass rusher and run stopper. Has a big motor and uses all his tools very well.”
Evan Coles, DE, 6-1, 235, Tulsa, Okla. (Norman North)
Coles tallied 85 tackles as a senior…led the state of Oklahoma in sacks (13)…also added 28 quarterback hurries…named the 6A-3 District Defensive Lineman of the Year…a Daily Oklahoman and all-city selection.
“Evan led the state in sacks. He will bring great value in that area.”
Indside Linebackers
Terrance Bonner, MLB, 6-0, 210, Moore, Okla. (Southmoore)
Bonner tallied 126 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery as a senior…leaves Southmoore as the all-time leading tackler…earned 2012 all-state honorable mention honors.
“Terrance is always around the ball. He is a tackling machine that brings great speed and toughness to the table.”
Josh Morgan, MLB, 5-11, 230, Oklahoma City, Okla. (Westmoore)
Morgan recorded 141 tackles to lead 6A players…added two sacks, 12 quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles as a senior…an all-state honorable mention…also the 2012 state power lifting champion at the 220 weight class…holds the state powerlifting record for squat (635 pounds).
“Physical is how you talk about Josh. A terrific kid who loves the game for the contact.”
Long Snapper
Kristian Castellanos, LS, 6-1, 220, Fontana, Calif. (A.B. Miller)
Castellanos has a 98% accuracy on all short and long snaps throughout his high school career..was the 2011 Snap, Hold & Kick Southern High School Competition Runner-up.
“Kristian can almost write to book on long snapping. We put great value in every position on the team and he has that value.”
ECU also added our mid-year transfers that boosts the new additions to the 2013 roster to 34. The group of four transfers are:
Kellan DeLaRosa, S, 6-1, 205, Spring Valley, Calif. (Southwestern)
Joel Reser, OL, 6-1, 3-5, Oklahoma City, Okla. (Northeastern Oklahoma)
JoJo Snell, RB, 5-9, 190, Grantier, Miss. (Mississippi Gulf Coast)
Robert VanDeripe, OLB, 5-10, 200, Cypress, Calif. (Golden West)
“Our mid-year transfers have been with us since January. They are all terrific players and bring great value to our successful program.”
Notes: The 2013 signing class includes 20 from Oklahoma, nine from Texas and one from California…ECU signed three from Gainesville High School and two from Norman North High School.


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