Tulsa Offers Daingerfield’s Denzel Mims
Tulsa became the third FBS program and fourth school overall to offer Daingerfield receiver Denzel Mims with a college football scholarship opportunity Friday.
Mims announced the news through his personal Twitter account. It was his fourth such announcement in a five-day span.
The Golden Hurricane team joins Arkansas State, Central Arkansas and Texas Tech as a possible landing spot for the rising senior.
Mims (6-4, 180) exploded upon the East Texas football recruiting scene just days after winning the gold medal in the Class 3A 200 meter dash event last weekend in Austin. His time of 21.30 beat his closest competitor by 11-hundredths of a second for the individual state title.
Daingerfield had a rough go at it last season with a 1-9 record. Mims, however, was able to record some impressive feats during his junior season.
The receiver recorded 39 catches for 682 yards with six offensive touchdowns. He also made 24 tackles, four interceptions and scored two touchdowns as a defensive back.
Tulsa also struggled as a team in 2014. A 2-10 record cost Bill Blakenship his job as head coach of the program.
The Golden Hurricane team is turning to Phillip Montgomery to get group back on track. Montgomery spent most of his career as an assistant coach under Art Briles, dating all the way back to Stephenville High School, and is just embarking on his own head coaching career.
Montgomery played a role on offensive staffs at Baylor that helped push Robert Griffin III to a Heisman Trophy and developed a handful of other players into NFL caliber prospects.
Tulsa's 2015 recruiting class benefitted as a result. Texas High receiver Jarion Anderson and running back Javon Thomas are among the players the Golden Hurricane successfully pulled in despite the coaching transition.
Montgomery's staff is active within the East Texas region once again as they build the 2016 signing class.
Aside from Mims, Tulsa has offered Mineola twin offensive tackles Austin Anderson and Riley Anderson as well as Nacogdoches safety Brandon Jones. The Andersons are both currently committed to Texas A&M.
Mims and the rest of the college football world's 2016 prospects will become eligible to sign with programs on Feb. 3.
2016 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers
- Austin Anderson, OL, Mineola, 6-4, 289 – committed to Texas A&M; additional offers from Arizona State, Arkansas State, Auburn, California, Cincinnati, Houston, Illinois, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, North Texas, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, Southern Miss, TCU, Texas, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Vanderbilt (27)
- Riley Anderson, OL, Mineola, 6-5, 287 – committed to Texas A&M; additional offers from Arizona State, Arkansas State, Auburn, California, Cincinnati, Houston, Illinois, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, North Texas, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, Southern Miss, Texas, TCU, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Vanderbilt (27)
- Demarco Boyd, RB/LB, Gilmer, 6-0, 215 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Baylor, Florida State, Texas A&M (4)
- Gabe Foster, RB/DB, Newton, 6-3, 180 — offer from Purdue (1)
- Ke’Mon Freeman, QB/ATH, Liberty-Eylau, 5-11, 188 – offers from Arkansas State, North Texas (2)
- Travon Fuller, CB, Athens, 6-0, 160 — committed to Texas A&M (1)
- Alex Gregory, WR, Nacogdoches, 5-11, 175 —offer from Texas State (1)
- Zach Hall, ATH, Tyler Lee, 5-11, 170 – offers from Baylor, Texas Tech (2)
- La’Darius Hamilton, LB, Corrigan-Camden, 6-1, 220 — offer from ULL (1)
- Keenen Johnson, ATH, Alto, 6-1, 190 – offers from SMU, ULL (2)
- Brandon Jones, S, Nacogdoches, 6-0, 190 — offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Boise State, California, Florida State, Georgia, Houston, Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, Purdue, SMU, Stanford, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UCLA, USC, Washington State (38)
- Braylon Jones, DT, John Tyler, 6-3, 285 – offers from Air Force, Army, Colorado State, Houston, Navy (5)
- Bronson Massie, DE/LB, Lufkin 6-3, 202 – offers from California, Colorado State, Louisiana Tech, Texas State (4)
- Denzel Mims, WR, Daingerfield, 6-4, 180 – offers from Arkansas State, Texas Tech, Tulsa (3)
- Cody Mitchell, TE, Jasper, 6-5, 225 — offers from Illinois, Louisiana Tech, Missouri, Texas State, ULL (5)
- Kendrick Rogers, WR, Frankston, 6-6, 207 — offers from Arkansas State, Cincinnati, Houston, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Mississippi State, North Texas, SMU, ULL, ULM (10)
- Micahh Smith, DB, Marshall, 5-11, 185 — offer from Texas State (1)
- Aphonso Thomas, RB, Van, 6-0, 190 — offers from Colorado State, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, Texas State (5)
- Andre Wiley Jr., OLB/S, Liberty-Eylau, 5-10, 170 – offers from Arkansas State, Army, Louisiana Tech, Navy (4)