UTEP Football Adds Versatility and Speed with 2016 Signing Class
UTEP head football coach Sean Kugler told a packed crowd at the Larry K. Durham Center this afternoon that he wanted to achieve a certain standard with his 2016 football signing class. He was looking for players who were productive on film, displayed good versatility, and gave his team an upgrade in speed. Add in good character individuals and you have the Kugler formula for recruiting success at UTEP. These future Miners will not grade high in any recruiting service's final rankings. However, the team signed 24 prospective student athletes, including seven players from El Paso high schools. The last time UTEP had this many El Paso kids sign National Letters of Intent was 1999.
For the fourth year in a row, the Miners signed the Player of the Year in El Paso, Eastwood's Richie Rodriguez. In fact, 19 of the 24 signees come from the state of Texas. Kugler balanced his list to include 12 players on each side of the ball. He wanted hitters for his new 3-4 defensive scheme, and many of his 2016 defensive class are explosive, high-energy types that are not afraid to lay the wood to an opposing player.
On offense, the Miners added four new running backs and each one looks like they can star in the Sun Bowl backfield for years to come. He even signed a 5'6 multi-purpose athlete that runs a 10.3 100-yard dash and can return both kickoffs and punt returns. How many Miner fans would love to see another Howard Jackson running wild?
UTEP signed only one quarterback to the class of 2016, Eastwood star Mark Torrez. He will join a trio of signal callers that include former Andress Eagle Ryan Metz and Las Cruces Mayfield Trojan Kavika Johnson. New offensive coordinator Brent Pease will have a chance to work with them next month when Spring practice begins March 14th at Glory Field. A detailed look at every member of the UTEP 2016 signing class is listed below.
2016 UTEP Signing Class Roster
Name POS HT WT Hometown (Previous School)
Tiano Tialavea DL 6-3 350 Seattle, Wash. (O’Dea HS)
Keith Sullivan DL 6-7 255 Houston, Texas (Aldine Davis HS)
Christian Johnson DL 6-2 255 El Paso, Texas (Parkland HS)
Josh Ortega DL 6-2 275 El Paso, Texas (Montwood HS)
Justin Rogers DB 5-11 185 Los Angeles, Calif. (Los Angeles HS)
Broderick Harrell DB 5-11 195 Wolfforth, Texas (Frenship HS)
Eric Foster DB 6-0 185 El Paso, Texas (Americas HS)
Joseph Pickney DB 6-0 185 Crosby, Texas (Crosby HS)
Sione Tupou LB 5-11 240 Allen, Texas (Allen HS)
Dedrick Simpson LB 6-2 260 Houston, Texas (Dobie HS)
Dylan Parsee LB 6-2 210 San Angelo, Texas (San Angelo Central)
Kolbi McGary LB 6-0 205 Cedar Hill, Texas (Cedar Hill HS)
Walter Dawn ATH 5-6 170 Mesquite, Texas (Poteet HS)
Brannon Bullitt WR 6-0 210 El Paso, Texas (Chapin HS)
Richie Rodriguez WR 5-9 175 El Paso, Texas (Eastwood HS)
Amorama Noel TE 6-3 240 Houston, Texas (Alief Elsik HS)
Kevin Dove RB 6-0 250 El Campo, Texas (El Campo HS)
Antonio Dupree RB 5-11 225 Baltimore, Md. (Gilman HS)
Quardraiz Wadley RB 6-0 180 Kennedale, Texas (Kennedale HS)
Ronald Awatt RB 5-11 195 Wolfforth, Texas (Frenship HS)
Mark Torrez QB 6-0 185 El Paso, Texas (Eastwood HS)
Tanner Stallings OL 6-1 300 Hutchinson, Kan. (Hutchinson CC)
Bobby Deharo OL 6-4 270 El Paso, Texas (Montwood HS)
Jared Goldwire OL 6-6 300 Covington, Wash. (Kentwood HS)
Tiano Tialavea | DL | 6-3 | 350 | Seattle, Wash. (O’Dea HS)
Played in three regular season games during senior campaign … posted a season-best nine tackles versus Lakes … registered five stops and a forced fumble in win over Roosevelt … also notched tackles in victory over Lakeside … played in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl game, leading the West to a 21-14 victory with eight tackles, six tackles for loss and a sack … during junior season, recorded 25 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries … currently holds a 3.28 GPA.
Keith Sullivan | DL | 6-7 | 255 | Houston, Texas (Aldine Davis)
Started three years of varsity football at Aldine Davis … led team in most defensive categories, recording 53 tackles (23 solo), 13.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, 11 pass breakups, seven quarterback hurries, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery … helped the Falcons claim the District Championship in their first year as a varsity football program … also guided the team to back-to-back Texas Class 6A Playoff appearances … selected to the Greater Houston Area North East All-Star game as a senior … a two-time 18-6A All-District second team honoree … named to 2015 Greater Houston High School Rotary Lombardi Award watch list … a three-star recruit on rivals.com … also played varsity basketball for three seasons.
Christian Johnson | DL | 6-2 | 255 | El Paso, Texas (Parkland HS)
Played four seasons of varsity football at Parkland HS, playing defensive end and linebacker … saw action in 39 games and racked up 180 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 33.5 sacks, 45 quarterback hurries and five fumble recoveries … during senior campaign, posted a season best 64 tackles (29s/35a), 4.5 sacks, 17 quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery … recorded eight showings with five or more tackles … registered a career high nine tackles (6s/3a) and two sacks for 20 yards versus Del Valle … as a junior, tallied 42 tackles (28s/19a), 5.5 sacks, four quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery … recorded four performances with five or more tackles, including a season-best nine in a victory over Mountain View … during sophomore season, notched 32 tackles (19s/13a), 15.5 sacks, 16 quarterback hurries, four tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles … registered five showings with two or more sacks … set a career best of 3.5 sacks for 31 yards in a 49-21 win over Hanks … also added two fumble recoveries for 79 yards and a touchdown versus the Knights … as a freshman, played in eight games … tallied 42 tackles (24s/18a), five tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks, eight quarterback hurries and one forced fumble … had five performances with five or more tackles … closed the season with a season best of eight tackles (5s/3a) and three sacks in a victor over Eastlake … put the pressure on versus Riverside notching one sack and a career best six quarterback hurries … name to the 2016 El Paso Times’ All-City Defense first team … played in the 24th Annual Greater El Paso Football Showcase All-Star Football game … a two-star recruit on scout.com and rivals.com.
Josh Ortega | DL | 6-2 | 275 | El Paso, Texas (Montwood HS)
Played on the varsity squad for three seasons at Montwood … accumulated a career-high 40 tackles (11 solo) during senior season in eight games with the Rams … added 4.0 sacks, two passes defensed, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and four hurries … opened senior campaign with four tackles and three quarterback hurries during a victory against Las Cruces … registered a season-high nine tackles against Amarillo … recorded a sack and six tackles during a one-point victory against Americas … tallied seven tackles (three solo), a sack and a pass defensed in a win over Eastwood … overall, tallied 94 tackles (50 solo), 8.0 sacks, 6.0 tackles for loss and seven hurries during career … during junior season, recorded a career-high 13 tackles, including eight solo stops against Americas … named to All-District 1-6A first team defense … name to El Paso Times All-City first team defense … played in the 24th Annual Greater El Paso Football Showcase All-Star Football Game in the Sun Bowl.
Justin Rogers | DB | 5-11 |185 | Los Angeles, Calif. (Los Angeles HS)
Played two season of varsity football seeing action at cornerback and wide receiver … on defense, registered 96 tackles (61s/35a), six interceptions (55 yards) and 10 pass breakups … offensively, posted 2,587 yards on 90 receptions (28.7 avg.) and 25 touchdowns … also had 313 yards on 30 carries for six scores, including a career-long 90-yard sprint, while tallying 3,060 all-purpose yards … during senior campaign, notched 69 tackles (50 solo), 10 pass breakups and three interceptions (15 yards) … reeled in 49 catches for 1,596 yards (32.6 average) and ran for 313 yards on 30 carries … notched a career-high 12 stops (eight solo), while adding one interception, two receptions for 90-yards (career-long 45 yards) and three carries for 30 yards in a 42-7 victory over Jefferson … produced a career-best 305 all-purpose yards, totaling 230 yards on five carries for three touchdowns and registered 75 yards rushing on two carries and a score in a 57-0 sweep against Chavez … also notched career-longs versus the Eagles, 90-yard receiving and a 50-yard run … produced 12 showings of 100-plus yards and two for over 200 yards … posted 197 yards on seven receptions for three touchdowns, five stops and a two-point conversion versus Bell … rambled for 192 all-purpose yards (22 rushing, 135 receiving and 35 kick returning) and a touchdown in victory over Dorsey … as a junior, recorded 41 receptions for 991 yards (24.2 avg.) and seven touchdowns, while adding 27 stops (11s/16a) and three interceptions … broke out onto the scene in a win over Rancho Dominguez, hauling in nine catches for 229 yards (including a season-long 52-yard reception) for a pair of scores, a kick return for 55 yards and a season-best nine tackles … tallied a team-best four receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown versus Village Christian … led the team to it’s first 2014 CIF Los Angeles City Section Championship title in 49 years, posting six catches for 103 yards against Monroe … was named to 2015 All-City offensive team and 2014 All-City defensive team … a two-star recruit on rivals.com.
Broderick Harrell | DB | 5-11 | 195 | Wolfforth, Texas (Frenship HS)
Played two seasons of varsity football, seeing action at cornerback and wide receiver … compiled 73 tackles (54s/19a), two interceptions and 312 all-purpose yards … during senior campaign, notched 69 stops (51s/18a), 15 pass breakups, a tackle for loss, 12 receptions for 301 yards and two scores … posted a career-best 128 yards and a touchdown on four catches during a win over Amarillo, including a career-long 71-yard reception … also tied career-best 16 stops (11 solo) against Sandies … recorded a career-high 16 tackles (11 solo) and tallied 90 yards on three receptions and a touchdown versus Monterey … also had a key 66-yard catch in victory over the Plainsmen … registered a reception for 40 yards, five tackles and three pass breakups versus San Angelo Central … set eight solo stops and two passes defended in a victory against Cooper … had seven performances with five or more tackles … as a junior, helped the Tigers finish the season 9-3 … opened the campaign with three tackles and an interception (nine yards) in win over Burgers … garnered 2-6A All-District second team honors and was named to Lone Star Varsity Super team.
Eric Foster | DB | 6-0 | 185 | El Paso, Texas (Americas HS)
Played and started two seasons of varsity football, seeing action as a quarterback and wide receiver … as a senior, threw for 1,258 yards, 13 touchdowns and only four interceptions, and ran 164 times for 976 yards and 10 scores … led Americas past Eastwood throwing a career-best 356 yards and four touchdowns, while gaining 103 rushing yards and a score … ran for over 100 yards in five showings, including a career best of 201 yards in the victory over Franklin … finished the season posting a stellar performance versus San Angelo Central in the Class 6A playoffs, completing 11-of-15 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns … also threw a career-long 63-yard pass against the Bobcats … during junior campaign, played wide receiver … led the Trailblazers past Eastwood registering seven receptions for a career best 175 yards and two touchdowns … tallied 179 all-purpose yards against El Dorado running for a career best 107 yards … was named to the 2016 El Paso Times’ All-City Offense honorable mention team … played in the 24th Annual Greater El Paso Football Showcase All-Star Football game … a two-star recruit on 247sports.com.
Joseph Pickney | DB | 6-0 | 185 | Crosby, Texas (Crosby HS)
Played three seasons of varsity football, seeing action at cornerback and safety … registered a total of 224 tackles (152s/79a), six tackles for loss, 16 pass breakups, one sack, two quarterback hurries, six interceptions, one forced fumble and two forced fumbles …during senior campaign, notched 73 stops (49s/31a), four tackles for loss, six interceptions, seven pass breakups, one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry … recorded a career-high of 15 tackles (11 solo) in victory over Humble … tallied 13 stops (nine solo), two tackles for loss and one interception in win against Dayton … set a career-high of four pass breakups, with five tackles against New Caney …posted seven stops in three showings versus Nederland, Porter and King …during junior campaign helped the cougars finish 13-2-1 and 7-1 in league play … registered 105 stops (73s/32a), five pass breakups, two interceptions, one sack, one quarterback hurry and one tackle for loss … tied career high of 15 tackles (nine solo), one sack and a quarterback hurry in win over Angleton … had three performances with 11 tackles in wins over Nederland, Kingwood Park and Hutto … as a sophomore, totaled 46 stops (30 solo), one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a tackle for loss … posted a season-high nine tackles (six solo) and first interception in a 49-9 victory over King … notched six showings with four or more tackles … was named All-State second team, a two-time All-District first team and a four year regional qualifier for track.
Sione Tupou | LB | 5-11 | 240 | Allen, Texas (Allen HS)
Member of the Allen Eagles that went 14-1 that made it to the semifinals in the UIL 6A State Championships and ended the season ranked 16th nationally by MaxPreps … played in an outlandish 545 plays during the 2015 season for the Eagles … during senior campaign, racked up 42 tackles (35 solo and seven assisted), eight tackles for loss, five sacks, 10 quarterback hurries and five forced fumbles … recorded a season-high four tackles in six different games … collected four tackles (two solo), one sack and three quarterback hurries in the UIL 6A playoffs quarterfinal victory against Denton Ryan … notched four unassisted tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack in a shutout triumph over Flower Mound … in a 65-0 win over Plano, jarred out two forced fumbles, along with three quarterback hurries and three stops … recorded four tackles and a tackle for loss in each game versus Denton Guyer and McKinney Boyd … posted four tackles in three of the five playoff games for Allen … as a junior, compiled 72 tackles (50s/22a), four sacks, three tackle for losses and three forced fumbles … recorded 25 stops during Allen’s playoff run to a state title … had a career-high 12 tackles in the 2014 season opener against Denton Guyer … followed that performance up with 10 stops, one sack and a forced fumble against McKinney Boyd … named to 2015 All-District first team and 2014 All-District 6-6A second team … was selected to the 2016 Polynesian All-American Bowl.
Dedrick Simpson | LB | 6-2 | 260 | Houston, Texas (Dobie HS)
Played on the varsity squad for three seasons … during senior campaign, recorded 69 tackles (44 solo), 10.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and three pass breakups … tallied 7.0 tackles for loss during a victory over Sam Rayburn … named team captions during junior and senior seasons … played at the tight end and fullback positions during goal line situations during junior and senior campaigns … as a junior, tallied 64 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 10.0 sacks, 11 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a pass breakup … during sophomore season, played linebacker, offensive line and running back … earned back-to-back District 22-6A first team honors as a linebacker in 2014 and 2015 … first Dobie High School football player to earn a Division I scholarship in 10 years … efforts helped the Longhorns to a 5-3 district mark; Dobie fell in the first round to North Shore, the eventual 2015 Football Conference 6A-DI Texas state champions.
Dylan Parsee | LB | 6-2 | 210 | San Angelo, Texas (San Angelo Central HS)
Played three seasons of varsity football, seeing action as a defensive end, linebacker and punt returner … registered a total of 112 tackles (69s/43a), 11 tackles for loss, eight sacks, five punt returns, one interception and one forced fumble in last two seasons with the Bobcats … during senior campaign led the Bobcats to a 11-2 finish, notching 68 stops (47s/21a), eight tackles for loss, eight sacks, an interception, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble … finished campaign ranking first in sacks and fourth in tackles in 6A Region I District 3 … recorded a career-best 13 tackles (8s/5a), a forced fumble and two sacks in a victory over Midland Lee … guided the team to a 59-27 win over Midland, posting seven tackles, five tackles for loss, a career-best four sacks and an interception (37 yards) … opened the season with a 42-0 victory against Del Rio, tallying 10 stops (four solo) … set eight performances with five or more tackles … during junior campaign tallied 44 stops (22 solo) and three tackles for loss … helped the squad finish the season 12-2 … posted a season-best nine tackles (four solo) in 49-21 victory over Midland Lee … recorded six performance with five or more tackles … secured six stops and a tackle for loss in playoff victory over Bowie … named to 2015 All-West Texas Super team and a two-time 3-6A All-District first team honoree … a two-star recruit on rivals.com.
Kolbi McGary | LB | 6-0 | 205 | Cedar Hill, Texas (Cedar Hill HS)
Played varsity football two seasons, seeing action as a free safety … combined for 59 tackles (47s/12a), three quarterback hurries, one pass breakup and two tackle for loss … during senior campaign, notched 54 stops, two sacks, two tackle for loss, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry … led team in solo tackles with 47 … recorded a career-best 10 tackles (nine solo) in win versus Coppell … posted a stellar performance in 26-2 victory against DeSoto, tallying eight solo stops, a quarterback hurry, a pass breakup and a career-long run for 32 yards … came up with nine tackles (seven solo) against Mansfield … played in seven games and registered five or more stops in five showings … as a junior saw action in three games and helped the Longhorns finish the season 14-2 and 5-1 in league play … opened the campaign with a season-high eight stops (four solo) and a quarterback hurry in win over South Oak Cliff … posted tackles versus Bowie and Skyline … named to 2015 AP Texas Class 6A honorable mention team, 2015 All-District 8-6A first team defense and 2014 All-District first team.
Walter Dawn | ATH | 5-6 | 170 | Mesquite, Texas (Poteet HS)
Played on the varsity football team three seasons … during senior year, tallied 746 yards on 106 carries (7.0 avg.) and 44 receptions for 858 yards (19.5 avg.) … notched a career-best 402 all-purpose yards in victory over Wylie East, running for 141 yards, 213 receiving yards, two kick returns for 40 yards and an interception for eight yards … was named SportsDay HS Offensive Player of the Week for showing against Wylie East … opened the season with back-to-back games of over 200 all-purpose yards … ran for a career-best 173 yards on 14 carries with three carries for 44 yards and a punt return for 28 yards in win over Berkner … helped the Pirates secure a 40-0 blowout against Newman Smith hauling in a career-long catch of 77 yards and posting two receptions for 107 yards and a kick return for 15 yards … ran the ball 19 times for 153 yards and a game-long rush of 75 yards in victory over Forney … posted a career-long run of 80 yards versus South Garland finishing the night with 136 all-purpose yards … tallied eight showings of 100-plus all-purpose yards and four for 200-plus yards … as a sophomore helped the team go 12-2 overall and 6-1 in league play … dashed for 645 yards on 63 carries and had 38 receptions for 558 yards … ran four times for a season-high 132 yards and had three catches for 33 yards in 31-10 victory over West Mesquite … posted a dominating performance against Forney, recording 181 all-purpose yards, with a season-high five catches for 117 yards … racked up seven performances with over 100 all-purpose yards … named to 2015 12-5A All-District first team offense … a three-star recruit on scout.com.
Brannon Bullitt | WR | 6-0 | 210 | El Paso, Texas (Chapin HS)
Played three seasons of varsity football at Chapin … led district in receptions (66), receiving yards (1,516) and touchdowns (22) in 12 contests … receiving scores ranked tied seventh in the state of Texas and tied 29th in the nation … added a rushing score and an interception return for a pick six … efforts helped the Huskies to a 10-2 overall record and an undefeated mark (8-0) in district play … amassed a career-high 239 yards on eight receptions (29.9 avg.) and four scores, including an 82-yards catch during a 45-14 win against Canutillo … registered a career-high 10 receptions for 114 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a season-opening game against Eastwood; named to the Academy Sports Right Stuff Player to Watch following contest against the Troopers … hauled in nine passes for 198 yards and four touchdowns in a playoff loss to Randall … recorded 164 yards on eight catches and a touchdown, including an interception return for another score during a 48-15 triumph versus El Paso … had rushing score and 102 receiving yards on three catches (34.0 avg.) during a 35-0 win over Jefferson … tallied seven receptions for 120 yards and two touchdowns during a 32-2 playoff win against Bel Air … during junior season, hauled in 52 catches for 998 yards and nine touchdowns in 11 games played … overall in three years, gathered 144 receptions for 3,013 yards (20.9 avg.) and 36 touchdowns … named to Scout.com All-State team, All-District 1-5A first team offense and to the El Paso Times All-City first team … played in the 24th Annual Greater El Paso Football Showcase All-Star Football Game in the Sun Bowl … two-star recruit on rivals.com.
Richie Rodriguez | WR | 5-9 | 175 | El Paso, Texas (Eastwood HS)
Played three years on the varsity squad at Eastwood … played on both sides of the ball all three seasons … during senior season, led the state of Texas with 1,709 receiving yards, while ranking fifth in receptions (95) and ninth in touchdowns catches (21) in 12 contests … registered nine 100-plus receiving yard games, including two 220-plus yard performances … added 319 rushing yards on 48 carries (6.6 avg.) and a pair of scores … threw a pair of touchdowns on five completions for 80 yards … helped lead Troopers to a nine-win season, including a trip to the area round championship after defeating Frenship in the Class 6A bi-district playoffs … on the defensive side, tallied 24 tackles (16 solo) and 16 passes defensed … opened the 2015 campaign with 160 yards on seven receptions and a trio of scores during a win over Chapin … followed with 11 catches for a season-high 269 yards and four scores in a victory over Canutillo … against Montwood, threw a touchdown on three completions for 55 yards, rushed for a season-high 65 yards and caught six passes for 45 yards and a score … tallied nine catches for 133 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for another during a triumph over El Dorado … reeled in 11 passes for 229 yards and two scores in the victory against Frenship … the next week, hauled in a career-high 13 passes for 125 yards against Lamar in the area round championship … during junior season, recorded 56 catches for 1,204 yards and 13 touchdowns … had a career-day during a 61-26 win over Carlsbad, tallying a career-high 291 receiving yards on eight receptions (36.4 avg.) and four touchdowns, while rushing for two more on a career-best 165 yards on eight carries (20.6 avg.) … on the defensive side in 2014, registered three interceptions, including a 103-yard pick six against El Dorado … opened varsity career in 2013 with 105 yards on four receptions (26.3 avg.) and a pair of touchdowns during a win over Riverside … rushed for 132 yards on 16 attempts and a career-high three touchdowns against Coronado in 2013 … overall in 32-career games, hauled in 198 passes for 3,750 yards (18.9 avg.) and 39 receiving scores … rushed for 1,105 yards on 145 attempts (7.6 avg.) and 13 scores (seven during sophomore season), while on the defensive side recorded 53 tackles (41 solo), three picks for 124 return yards and 19 passes defensed … totaled 53 touchdowns during career … named 2015 El Paso Times’ Player of the Year … named to TheOldCoach Class 6A All-State first team and Class 6A Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Class 6A all-state high school football second team … played in the 24th Annual Greater El Paso Football Showcase All-Star football Game in the Sun Bowl.
Amorama Noel | TE | 6-3 | 240 | Houston, Texas (Alief Elsik HS)
A three-year letterwinner and starter at Alief Elsik … was utilized as a run blocker tight end … recorded a total of 42 pancakes during senior campaign … saw action in three games as a junior … had a reception for 13 yards in win over Fort Bend Kempner … registered a punt return against Fort Bend Austin … was named a two-time All-District 23-6A first team honoree … a two-star recruit on rivals.com.
Kevin Dove | RB | 6-0 | 250 | El Campo, Texas (El Campo HS)
Played three years on the varsity squad at El Campo … recorded 1,964 yards on 233 attempts (8.4 avg.) and 30 touchdowns during senior season … ran 17 times for 170 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 34-yard trip to pay dirt during a win versus Tomball … rushed 18 times for 234 yards and a score during a victory against Wharton … tallied 183 yards and five touchdowns during a triumph versus Bay City … recorded 131 yards on 12 carries during a regular-season finale triumph over Columbia … ran for 212 yards and three scores on 11 carries during a first-round playoff win against Wheatley … rushed for 148 yards during a Class 4A Division I area round playoff win against Kilgore … scored four touchdowns with 222 yards on 300 attempts in a third-round playoff game versus Silsbee … during junior season, registered 2,077 yards on 257 carries (8.1 avg.) and 27 touchdowns … rushed for 244 yards on 33 carries and a pair of scores during a third-round playoff game against Navasota in 2014 … during sophomore season on defense, recorded 61 tackles, 3.0 sacks and two forced fumbles, while registering 155 yards on 15 carries and a trio of scores on offense … during career, rushed for 4,196 yards on 505 attempts (8.3 avg.) and 60 touchdowns … earned back-to-back District 12-4A MVP honors following senior season … District 25-3A all-district football defensive newcomer during sophomore campaign … earned APSE Class 4A All-State football honorable mention offense in 2014 and 2015 … 2014 Collin Street Bakery TSWA Class 4A All-State football first team offense … a two-star recruit on scout.com.
Antonio Dupree | RB | 5-11 | 225 | Baltimore, Md. (Gilman HS)
Played four years on the varsity squad at Gilman … during senior campaign, ran for 1,420 yards on 193 attempts (7.4 avg.) and 14 touchdowns … chipped in with 155 receiving yards … efforts helped no. 1 Greyhounds (10-1) win the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship … Gilman ranked no. 13 in the final USA Today Super 25 poll … scored a touchdown in the season opener against St. Edward … found the end zone during a victory over Paramus Catholic … registered 178 yards on 22 carries (8.1 avg.) and a two touchdowns during a triumph against Loyola … tallied 125 yards on 12 carries (10.4 avg.) and a pair of scores during a win against Spalding … ran 18 times for 102 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown dash during a rivalry win and 100th meeting against no. 4 McDonogh to claim the Price Trophy and the MIAA A title … during junior season, rushed for 655 yards and nine touchdowns … rushed for 123 yards on 13 carries and a score at the 2015 Crab Bowl played at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore (high school all-star game) … named to All-Metro Football Offense first team … first team All-MIAA … a three-star recruit on 247sports.com.
Quardraiz Wadley | RB | 6-0 | 250 | Kennedale, Texas (Kennedale HS)
Played two seasons on the varsity squad at Kennedale … rushed for 2,511 yards on 224 carries (11.2 avg.) and 45 touchdowns in 13 games during senior campaign … returned nine kickoffs for 319 yards (35.4 avg.) and a score … registered 10 games of 100-plus rushing yards, including four 200-plus yard games and a pair of 380-plus yard contests … ranked sixth in the state of Texas in rushing yards, ranked third in rushing scores and fourth in total touchdowns … efforts led Wildcats to a 12-1 overall record (5-0 district mark), including a pair of playoff wins … opened senior campaign with a season-high 389-yard performance on 30 attempts (13.0 avg.) and five scores during a victory against Crowley … rambled for 385 yards on 24 carries (16.0 avg.) and six scores during a victory over Carter … tallied a season-high seven rushing scores on 238 yards (7.7 avg.) in a win against Alvarado … tallied 41 rushing yards and a 75-yard kickoff return for a touchdown during an opening round playoff victory against Carter … ran for 243 yards on 12 attempts (20.3 avg.) and a trio of touchdowns in triumph over Gainesville … averaged 21.9 yards per carry (197 yards on nine attempts) and found pay dirt four times in a win against Lake Worth … averaged a season-high 24.0 yards per carry (96 yards), while scoring four times on four attempts during a victory over Diamond Hill-Jarvis … concluded senior campaign with 220 yards on 30 carries (7.3 avg.) and three scores in the third round of the 4A Division I playoffs versus Argyle … played three games on the varsity team during junior season, tallying 82 yards on six carries (13.7 avg.) and a pair of scores … named Texas’ 4A Offensive Player of the Year, while being named to the Associated Press Class 4A All-State football first team … a three-star recruit on scout.com.
Ronald Awatt | RB | 5-11 | 195 | Wolfforth, Texas (Frenship HS)
Played three season of varsity football … compiled 1,722 rushing yards on 277 carries, 1,865 all-purpose yards and 12 total touchdowns in last two seasons at Frenship … during senior campaign, totaled 1,525 all-purpose yards and nine touchdowns … led the district in rushing with 1,382 yards … helped Tigers conclude the season 7-4 and 3-1 in league play … was the teams leading rusher in eight games … finished season running for a career-long 82 yards posting a career-best 242 all-purpose yards in win over Amarillo … finished game versus Sandies tallying 169 yards on the ground on 21 attempts and a touchdown, and added one reception for a career-long 73 yards and a score … amassed 172 yards rushing and found the end zone twice, including a 45-yard run in victory over El Dorado … hit 163 rushing yards and 75 receiving yards, for a total of 238 all-purpose yards in game versus Clovis … rambled for 234 rushing yards on 29 carries and a score in win over Coronado … ran for 131 yards on 28 attempts against Odessa … tallied eight 100-plus yard games and three 200-plus yard games … saw the field four times as a junior … racked up 340 rushing yards on 43 carries and three touchdowns … ran for a season-best 191 yards on 22 attempts and posted two scores in win over Cooper … opened season with 12 carries for 118 yards in 59-7 victory against Burges … named 2015 6A All-District 2 Offensive Player of the Year, 2015 6A All-State honorable mention, 2014 All-District 2-6A first team and 2013 4-4A All-District second team … a two-star recruit on rivals.com.
Mark Torrez | QB | 6-0 | 185 | El Paso, Texas (Eastwood HS)
Played on the varsity squad all four years at Eastwood … put up staggering numbers in 12 games during senior season … led district in passing yards (3,837) and touchdowns passes (41) on 277-of-389 passing (71.2 percent) and only nine interceptions … averaged 319.8 passing yards per contest … ranked fifth in district with 1,026 yards rushing yards on 117 attempts (8.8 avg.) and 15 rushing scores … ranked sixth in the state of Texas in touchdown passes, ranked second in passing yards and third in completions … chipped in with a pair of receiving scores in 2015 … helped surge the Troopers to a 9-3 overall record … threw for a career-high 545 yards on 33-of-50 passing four scores during a 6A bi-district playoff win against Frenship … 545 yards ranked tied for 27th most all-time during a single game in Texas state football history … added 149 yards rushing and three touchdowns against Frenship … threw seven touchdowns on 14-of-18 passing (263 yards) in a 61-14 triumph against Socorro … rushed for 227 yards and a pair of scores in a win over Franklin … passed for 449 yards (32-of-40) and five touchdowns in a victory over Canutillo … passed for 312 yards and ran for another 154 yards, while accounting for five touchdowns (two pass, three rush) during a 62-35 win over El Dorado … accounted for all six touchdowns (two rush, four pass) during a 42-28 win against Franklin … named District 1-6A Offensive MVP, while being named all-district first team offense and racked up nine Player of the Week awards … played in the 24th Annual Greater El Paso Football Showcase All-Star Football Game in the Sun Bowl.
Tanner Stallings | OL | 6-1 | 300 | Sterling, Kan. (Hutchinson CC)
Played in nine games during the 2015 season … garnered NJCAA Offensive Player of the Week and Jayhawk Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors for leading the Blue Dragons to a 49-14 victory over Garden City … part of the offensive unit that paved the way for 493 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns against Garden State … the Blue Dragons ranked fourth in NJCAA in rushing yards (2,693) and fifth in rushing touchdowns (32) … rushing offense totaled seven 200-plus yard games, including three 300-plus yard games during the season … named to the 2015 KJCCC Football All-Conference second team … the unit concluded the season ranking first in the conference in rushing yards per game (257.6), yards per rush (5.5) and rushing first downs (81) … played in six games as a freshman … helped the Blue Dragons secure the 2014 Jayhawk Conference title and guided the team to a 52-7 victory over Hudson Valley in the Salt City Bowl … the team concluded the season ranked second in rushing attempts (583), third in rushing yards (3,289) and rushing first downs (145) and fourth in rushing touchdowns (38) … the rushing offense notched 10 games with 200-plus yards and six with 300-plus yards … played three seasons of varsity football as a defensive and offensive tackle for Sterling High School … as a senior the offensive unit posted six showings of 200-plus yards on the ground, including a 428-yard performance against Ellinwood … named 2013 Capital-Journal All-Class honorable mention … garnered 2014 Hutchinson News Academic honors with a 3.85 GPA … two-star recruit on scout.com.
Bobby Deharo | OL | 6-4 | 270 | El Paso, Texas (Montwood HS)
Played three years of varsity football on the offensive line at Montwood … played on the a little on the defensive line for the Rams … Montwood quarterbacks averaged 255.3 yards per games, while ball carriers averaged 133.4 yards per contest … overall, averaged 388.8 yards of total offense … Rams rushing attack gained a season-high 253 yards on 34 attempts (7.4 avg.), while the passing attack registered 325 yards on 12 completions during a 28-14 win over Midland … in consecutive weeks, the Rams passed for 300-plus yards – 365 yards on 25 completions versus Eastwood and a season-high 366 on 14 completions against Socorro … Montwood also rushed for 220 yards on 26 carries (8.5 avg.) and a pair of scores against Socorro … all-district the last three years, including being named All-District 1-6A first team offense in 2015 … named to El Paso Times All-City first team offense for a second consecutive year … played at the offensive tackle position in the 24th Annual Greater El Paso Football Showcase All-Star Football Game in the Sun Bowl.
Jared Goldwire | OL | 6-6 | 300 | Covington, Wash. (Kentwood HS)
Played all four seasons of varsity football … as a senior, saw action in eight games and notched 63 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, seven sacks and two forced fumbles … during freshman season, tallied 18 tackles, 1.0 sack and blocked a punt in seven games played; added a reception for 14 yards … recorded 10 tackles (seven solo) during season finale versus O’Dea … named to Maxpreps.com Freshman first team defense in 2012 … named 4A SPSL Northeast All-League football first team defense following senior season at Kentwood … a two-star recruit on scout.com