ULM + Wyoming Offer Bishop Gorman Receiver Judah Bell
[UPDATED, 10:17 p.m.]
Louisiana-Monroe added three East Texas players to its big board Tuesday as it works toward building its 2017 recruiting class. Wyoming made its second move within the region in a two-day span.
It has been a big day for local college football prospects. Bishop Gorman receiver Judah Bell had the biggest with new offers from ULM and Wyoming in the evening hours.
Bell (6-3, 180), who now holds 12 college football scholarship opportunities from FBS schools in total, announced the offers through his personal Twitter account.
Earlier Tuesday, ULM offered Gladewater athlete Austin Hawley and Gilmer safety Kollin Hurt. The program was the first among the FBS level to target those two prospects.
Bell entered the day far more established in terms of scholarships offers on the heels of recording 1,350 yards and 16 touchdowns during his junior campaign on 68 receptions. He helped guide Bishop Gorman to the bi-district round of the TAPPS Division II playoffs in the process.
Wyoming got in touch with Nacogdoches defensive back Josh Thompson on Monday evening and gave him his latest of 10 FBS offers.
The ULM program, which got to Bell a few hours ahead of Wyoming, is in a transitional period. Matt Viator joined the school in December after a very successful 10-year career with McNeese State of the FCS level.
Viator guided McNeese State to a 78-33 overall record -- including a 54-18 mark in Southland Conference play -- in addition to winning four league championships.
ULM has dropped off a little since making national headlines in 2012 with a win against then-No. 8 Arkansas and losses by a combined eight points to Auburn and Baylor to open that campaign. It ultimately reached the Independence Bowl that year.
The team posted a 6-6 followup, dropped to 4-8 in 2014, and former head coach Todd Berry was let go after starting last season with a 1-9 record. ULM finished the 2015 season 2-11, granted a 13th regular season game by the NCAA as a reward for playing Hawaii on the road in a non-conference contest.
Eight former East Texas high school players will be on ULM's 2016 roster, and the program now has offers out for a total of eight current regional players.
Wyoming posted a 2-10 record last season under second-year head coach Craig Bohl.
Bohl led North Dakota State to FCS championships in 2011, 2012 and 2013 before moving to Laramie, Wyo.
Former Pleasant Grove linebacker Lucas Wacha completed a five-year playing career at Wyoming last season. He was the only local player on the roster. There will be one Texan on the 2016 roster, defensive back Anthony Makransky from Friendswood.
The program most recently reached a bowl game during the 2011 season.
Bell, like all high school football prospects in their junior year, will become eligible to sign with any program that offers him in February.
2017 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers
- Judah Bell, Tyler Bishop Gorman, WR, 6-3, 180 — offers from Bowling Green, Coastal Carolina, Houston, Kansas, Memphis, Navy, North Texas, SMU, ULL, ULM, UTSA, Wyoming (12)
- Noah Bush, Athens, LB, 6-2, 225 — offer from Army (1)
- Lagaryonn Carson, Liberty-Eylau, DE, 6-4, 261 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, North Texas, Oklahoma, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M (9)
- Trestan Ebner, Henderson, WR, 5-11, 180 — offers from Arkansas, Houston, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, North Texas, Ole Miss, SMU, Syracuse, UTSA, TCU, Tulsa (12)
- Montrell Estell, Hooks, WR/DB, 6-2, 180 — offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Kansas, Notre Dame, SMU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulane (12)
- Octavius Evans, Center, WR, 6-2, 186 — offers from Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Texas State, ULL (6)
- Austin Hawley, Gladewater, DB, 6-1, 200 -- offer from ULM (1)
- Kollin Hurt, Gilmer, DB, 6-3, 175 -- offer from ULM (1)
- Jordan Johnson, Hooks, ATH, 6-0, 195 — committed to Air Force (1)
- Kayce Medlock, Arp, ATH, 5-9, 186 — offers from Army, Colorado, SMU, Tulane, ULL (5)
- Damion Miller, John Tyler, WR, 6-1, 189 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Baylor, Houston, Kansas, Missouri, North Texas, Oklahoma State; Ole Miss; SMU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech (11)
- LaMarcus Morton, Gilmer, WR, 6-2, 175 — offer from Arkansas State, Indiana, Texas Tech, Tulsa, ULL, ULM, UTSA (7)
- Javontavius Mosley, John Tyler, CB, 6-1, 170 — offers from Arkansas State, Houston, North Texas, SMU, Texas State, ULL, ULM, UTSA (8)
- Dhailon Phillips, Lufkin, WR, 6-3, 195 — offer from Texas State (1)
- Kordell Rodgers, Lufkin, QB/ATH, 5-10, 165 — offer from Texas State (1)
- Bryson Smith, John Tyler, QB/ATH, 6-0, 170 — offers from Arkansas State, Bowling Green, Houston, New Mexico, North Texas, Purdue, SMU, Texas State, Tulane, ULL, ULM, UTSA (12)
- Major Tennison, Bullard, TE, 6-6, 248 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas Tech (11)
- Josh Thompson, Nacogdoches, CB, 6-0, 180 — offered by Louisiana Tech, Minnesota, Ohio, SMU, Texas State, Tulane, ULM, UTSA, Washington State, Wyoming (10)
- Traveion Webster, Longview, S, 6-0, 197 — offered by ULM (1)