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Looking Back at East Texas’ 2013 Football Class

John Tyler’s Justice Liggins (3) and Fred Ross celebrate after Ross’ onside kick recovery in the fourth quarter of a 57-53 Class 4A Division I state semifinal loss to Denton Guyer in Midlothian in December. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

The classes of 2014 and 2015 appear to be two of the strongest East Texas football classes in recent memory.

Twelve East Texans in the 2014 class have already committed to Division I FBS programs, while 29 have received at least one FBS offer. Nine 2015 East Texans already have an FBS offer.

But first, let’s take a look back at the 2013 East Texas football class, which featured its own major recruits in Carthage defensive tackle Isaiah Golden, John Tyler receiver Fred Ross, and several others.

A total of 99 East Texans signed scholarships with Division I, Division II, JUCO, or NAIA schools to continue their football careers.

Here’s a glance at how the class of 2013 breaks down by level of play, in-state and out-of-state signees, and which conferences to which they’re headed. Non-scholarship Division III commits are not included.

2013 East Texas Football Signees by Level of Play

(scholarship signees only)

Division I FBS (17)

  • Lucas Askew, TE, Harmony — Texas State
  • Tyus Bowser, DE, John Tyler — Houston
  • Dylan Cantrell, WR, Whitehouse — Texas Tech
  • Bivins Caraway, QB, Longview — ULM
  • D.J. Dean, DB, Newton — Arkansas
  • Everett Dickerson, ATH, Atlanta — SMU
  • Isaiah Golden, DT, Carthage — Texas A&M
  • Damien Haskins, RB, New Boston — Oregon State
  • Colin Jeter, TE, Longview — Air Force
  • Sid Moore, DT, Van — North Texas
  • Fred Ross, WR, John Tyler — Mississippi State
  • Dac Shaw, LB, Mineola — TCU
  • Nick Siler, OL, Henderson — Air Force
  • JaBryce Taylor, WR, Lufkin — SMU
  • Greg Ward, QB, John Tyler — Houston
  • Trey Washington, DB, Gilmer — SMU
  • Corion Webster, RB, Atlanta — Oklahoma State

 

By Conference
  • American Athletic Conference — 5 (SMU, Houston)
  • SEC — 3 (Arkansas, Mississippi State, Texas A&M)
  • Big 12 — 3 (Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, TCU)
  • Mountain West — 2 (Air Force)
  • Sun Belt — 2 (Texas State, ULM)
  • Conference USA — 1 (North Texas)
  • Pac-12 — 1 (Oregon State)

 

By State
  • Texas — 10
  • Colorado — 2
  • Arkansas — 1
  • Louisiana — 1
  • Mississippi — 1
  • Oklahoma — 1
  • Oregon — 1

 

Division I FCS (17)

  • Brannon Beaton, DE, Whitehouse — Lamar
  • Patrick “Monsta” Brown, Henderson — SFA
  • Colby Campbell, S, Whitehouse — Lamar
  • Hunter Conn, OL, Whitehouse — Lamar
  • A.J. Davis, LB, Kilgore — Sam Houston State
  • Aaron Doddy, ATH, Hooks — SFA
  • Tristan Durden, OL/DL, Tatum — Grambling State
  • Darion Flowers, WR/DB, John Tyler — Sam Houston State
  • Richard Gipson, LB, John Tyler — Lamar
  • Desmond Lacey, ATH, West Sabine — Northwestern State
  • Demontrai Lewis, DE, Lufkin — Sam Houston State
  • Justice Liggins, WR, John Tyler — SFA
  • Romando Stewart, DE, Newton — Lamar
  • Luc Swimberghe, K, Lindale — Sam Houston State
  • Hayden Wall, OL, Hallsville — Abilene Christian
  • Tory White, RB, Longview — Lamar
  • Will Weathers, QB, Bullard Brook Hill — Abilene Christian

 

By Conference
  • Southland — 16 (Abilene Christian, Lamar, Northwestern State, Sam Houston State, SFA)
  • SWAC — 1 (Grambling State)

 

By State
  • Texas — 15
  • Louisiana — 2

 

Division II (23)

  • Corey Bartley, DB, Longview — Texas A&M-Commerce
  • Haden Bryant, WR, Bullard — Northwest Missouri State
  • Mike Davis, RB, Troup — Northeastern State
  • Mason Dickey, OL, Bullard Brook Hill — Fort Hays State
  • Malik Ellis, OL, Daingerfield — Texas A&M-Commerce
  • Thaddeus Fagan, RB, Hallsville — Southeastern Oklahoma State
  • Cayden Ferrill, LB, Hallsville — Tarleton State
  • Darren Franklin, DT, Rusk — Henderson State
  • Elliot Hart, DB, John Tyler — Tarleton State
  • Corey Jenkins, LB, Newton — Southern Arkansas
  • Justin Johnson, DB, New Boston — Southwestern Oklahoma State
  • Traven Johnson, DB, John Tyler — Texas A&M-Commerce
  • Bryce Krumvieda, LB, Van — Texas A&M-Commerce
  • DeMarkus Lathan, LB, Longview — Tarleton State
  • Kiano Lucas, LB, Tatum — Southern Arkansas
  • Gavin Nesbitt, OL, Nacogdoches — West Texas A&M
  • David Overstreet, LB, Rusk — Henderson State
  • Lane Pearce, DE, Carthage — Ouachita Baptist
  • Matt Seamands, OL, Bullard Brook Hill — Southeastern Oklahoma State
  • Torean Sheppard, LB, Longview — Tarleton State
  • McKenlee Smith, OL, Whitehouse — Texas A&M-Commerce
  • Justinn Spady, WR, Longview — Texas A&M-Commerce
  • DeQuante Woods, ATH, John Tyler — Texas A&M-Commerce

 

By Conference
  • Lone Star — 12 (Tarleton State, Texas A&M-Commerce, West Texas A&M)
  • Great American — 8 (Henderson State, Ouachita Baptist, Southeastern Oklahoma State, Southern Arkansas, Southwestern Oklahoma State)
  • Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association — 3 (Fort Hays State, Northeastern State, Northwest Missouri State)

 

By State
  • Texas — 12
  • Arkansas — 5
  • Oklahoma — 4
  • Kansas — 1
  • Missouri — 1

 

Junior College (31)

  • Christopher Bailey, ATH, Diboll — Tyler
  • Paul Barksdale, ATH, Palestine — Trinity Valley
  • Jonathan Barber, WR, Daingerfield — Trinity Valley
  • Chaston Bennett, RB, Rusk — Tyler
  • Jadarrius Beasley, RB, Palestine — Arizona Western
  • D’Vante Botley, DT, Lufkin — Kilgore
  • Ivory Brown, DB, Palestine — Tyler
  • Nakia Brown, DB, Longview — Navarro (double-signed with Texas A&M-Commerce)
  • Ian Chase, Tyler Lee — Tyler
  • Josh Daniels, DL, Kilgore — Tyler
  • Brady English, OL, Gilmer — Tyler
  • Xavier Fluellen, DT, Gilmer — Tyler
  • Dadrian Franklin, ATH, Jacksonville — Tyler
  • Luis Garcia, K/P, Lufkin — Tyler
  • Jessie Harris, Leverett’s Chapel — Kilgore
  • Bryson Haywood, LB, Jacksonville — Trinity Valley
  • Decoryan Holman, TE, Jacksonville — Trinity Valley
  • Montravious James, QB, Mount Pleasant — Trinity Valley
  • Thomas Jones, Palestine — New Mexico JC
  • Lumi Kaba, K/P, Tyler Lee — Tyler
  • Kendrick Mapp, RB, Lufkin — Tyler
  • Edwin Mims, ATH, Daingerfield — Navarro
  • Darrell Minifee, WR, Jacksonville — Tyler
  • Chris Mobley, DL/LB, John Tyler — Tyler
  • Jalen Porter, DE/LB, Longview — Iowa Central
  • Walter Sheridan, DT, Palestine — Trinity Valley
  • Keagan Smith, OL, Whitehouse — Kilgore
  • Brian Taylor, OL, Pittsburg — Navarro
  • Michael Taylor, LB, Alto — Tyler
  • LaQuintas Wallace, RB, Tyler Lee — Tyler
  • Cornelius Williams, DT, Longview — Navarro (double-signed with Texas A&M-Commerce)

 

By State
  • Texas — 28
  • Arizona — 1
  • Iowa — 1
  • New Mexico — 1

 

NAIA (11)

  • Porfirio Benitez, K/P, John Tyler — Texas College
  • Noe Diaz, K/P, John Tyler — Texas College
  • T.J. Dunks, RB, Bullard Brook Hill — Sterling (Kan.) College
  • Necolas Edwards, LB, John Tyler — Texas College
  • Devonte Humber, DB, John Tyler — Texas College
  • KaVante Jefferson, DE, John Tyler — Texas College
  • Brock Kenyon, Tyler King’s Academy — Sterling (Kan.) College
  • Aaron Liker, OL, Center — Central Methodist (Mo.) University
  • Brandon Upshaw, OL, Chapel Hill — MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) University
  • Jamarcus Warren, DB, John Tyler — Texas College
  • C.J. Whitaker, DB, Tatum — Ottawa (Kan.) University

 

By State
  • Texas — 6
  • Kansas — 4
  • Missouri — 1

 

 

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