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Palestine’s Jadarrius Beasley + Walter Sheridan Make College Commitments

Palestine junior Ben Luckett heads upfield during the Wildcats’ 34-14 home loss to Chapel Hill in September. Luckett already has a Texas State offer, according to the Palestine coaching staff. (Lee Loveless,

Palestine running back Jadarrius Beasley and defensive tackle Walter Sheridan have committed, according to the Wildcat coaching staff.

Palestine DB Ivory Brown. (Christopher Vinn,

Beasley, a 5-foot-10, 170-pounder, has committed to Arizona Western College, an NJCAA Division I program that finished the 2012 season ranked No. 7 in the country. Arizona Western is located in Yuma, Ariz. Sheridan, a 6-foot, 260-pounder, has committed to Henderson State, an NCAA Division II school in Arkadephia, Ark.

Beasley ran for 875 yards and eight touchdowns on 88 carries in 2012, which saw the Wildcats finish 7-4 with a first-round playoff appearance. Sheridan had 38 tackles, 10 for loss, two sacks, and three forced fumbles.

Fellow senior Ivory Brown, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound defensive back, has received offers from Arizona Western and Tyler Junior College. Brown led Palestine with five interceptions and nine pass breakups, plus 44 tackles, four forced fumbles, and two defensive touchdowns.

But perhaps the most intriguing recruiting developments in Palestine involve the class of 2014, which, like the rest of East Texas, appears strong.

Palestine OL Brian Thlang. (Christopher Vinn,

Running backs Jarrell Owens and Ben Luckett have already received Texas State offers. Owens is a mammoth of a back. The 6-foot-3 1/2, 245-pounder ran 60 times for 283 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior. Luckett (5-10, 185) carried 72 times for 426 yards and seven touchdowns.

Another Palestine junior receiving Division I FBS attention is offensive lineman Brian Thlang, who has drawn interest from Texas State, Rice, and Houston, according to the Palestine staff. Thlang is 6-foot-2, 275 pounds and anchored Palestine’s offensive line in 2012, when the Wildcats ran for 2,776 yards, an average of 252.4 per game.

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