Kansas State + Houston Join Long List Of Schools Targeting Arp’s DeMarvion Overshown
[Updated 5:50 p.m.]
It's been a while since DeMarvion Overshwon has been in the news.
East Texas' leader in scholarship opportunities has an extremely impressive list of interested schools, including both contenders from last season's national championship game. It seems most school that haven't offered Overshown by now probably won't ever pull the trigger on the Arp safety for fear of return on investment.
Kansas State and Houston, however, broke the picket line Wednesday and joined 27 other NCAA Division I FBS programs hoping to land the junior Arp safety. Overshown (6-4, 196) reported the news directly to ETSN.fm.
The Wildcats program has one of college football's best stories since head coach Bill Snyder moved to Manhattan, Kan., in 1988. Kansas State was historically one of the worst gigs in the country and owned an all-time winning percentage of .370 at the time of the coach's arrival.
Snyder has a 202-105-1 record through two stints, has won the Big 12 Conference title twice and twice led the program to major bowl game appearances. He retired after the 2005 season, but returned in 2009 after the program slumped under Ron Prince.
Snyder is one of 11 coaches at any level of college football to coach a game in a stadium named in their honor. Kansas State renamed its venue Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium after the 2005 season as an intended retirement gift.
Unfortunately, Snyder is currently battling throat cancer. The diagnosis earlier this year has not stopped him from coaching.
Kansas State posted an 8-4 regular season record in 2016 and closed the campaign with a win against Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl. It finished fourth in the Big 12 standings.
Houston, which offered later in the day, is currently getting its bearings back together after losing head coach Tom Herman to Texas at the end of the regular season, but a good chunk of the staff stayed in place because the program promoted from within and anointed offensive coordinator Major Applewhite as its next leader.
Applewhite did a good job of retaining most of the Cougars' commitments, including fighting off late interest from Texas for John Tyler quarterback Bryson Smith's signature.
The new coach will oversee a team that reached No. 6 in the Associated Press poll last year before late-season stumbles toward a final regular season record of 8-4 and a Las Vegas Bowl loss.
Overshown will get to gauge the Houston program this season in its premiere non-conference games against Arizona and Texas Tech before the Cougars venture into American Athletic Conference competition.
Overshown, along with SMU running back signee Kayce Medlock, helped guide Arp to a Class 3A Division II state semifinal appearance last season. Arp missed the state championship game by one point.
The safety recorded 173 tackles and four total takeaways in 15 games played. He also caught four balls for 121 yards as a receiver.
Like all college football prospects currently in their junior year of high school, Overshown will become eligible to sign with any school that offers him in February.
2018 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers
- Tre Allison, John Tyler, OLB, 6-0, 200 — committed to SMU; additional offers from Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, ULL (5)
- Chance Amie, Tyler Lee, QB, 6-3, 190 — offers from Arkansas State, Bowling Green, Central Florida, Colorado State, Houston, Iowa State, Rutgers, Southern Miss, Syracuse, Tulane, ULL, Virginia (12)
- Xavier Benson, Pleasant Grove, LB, 6-0, 200 — offers from Army, Southern Miss, Tulane, ULL, ULM (5)
- Drake Centers, Tatum, OL, 6-4, 295 — offer from Texas State (1)
- Dekalen Goodson, John Tyler, DE/OLB, 6-2, 215 — offers from Houston, Mississippi State, Texas State, ULL (4)
- Trae Hall, Henderson, QB/ATH, 6-3, 185 — offer from ULL (1)
- Conner Henson, Harmony, OL, 6-4, 250 — offer from ULL (1)
- Chasen Hines, Marshall, OL, 6-3, 340 — committed to LSU; additional offers from Arizona, Baylor, Louisiana Tech, Minnesota, North Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Southern Miss, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas State, Texas Tech (15)
- Tevailance Hunt, Texas High, WR, 6-2, 180 — committed to Kansas; additional offers from Arkansas State, Bowling Green, Iowa State, Louisiana Tech, Marshall University, Nevada, North Texas, Southern Miss, Tulsa (10)
- Keaontay Ingram, Carthage, RB, 6-0, 198 — offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Florida State, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas, LSU, Memphis, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, USC, UTSA (26)
- Malik Jackson, Lufkin, WR, 5-8, 165 — offer from Arkansas State (1)
- DeMarvion Overshown, Arp, ATH, 6-4, 196 — offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kansas, Kansas State, LSU, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, South Carolina, Southern Miss, Stanford, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, UTSA (28)
- Jonathan Shepherd, Kilgore, WR, 6-3, 196 -- offer from Colorado State (1)
- Tyree Wilson, West Rusk, LB, 6-5, 225 — committed to Washington State; additional offers from Texas State, ULL (3)