Plethora of commitments ahead of National Signing Day

Plethora of commitments ahead of National Signing Day

There’s no doubt that we’re in the middle of college football’s crazy season. Coaches are busy trying to maintain current commitments while seeking commitment from players who haven’t made a decision yet. This part has been common in college football for years.

However, the addition of the transfer portal, with a window that coincides with National Signing Day, forces coaches to try to figure out their needs after the window closed last week while leveraging the portal to fill some of the gaps. these voids.

Last week, we looked at FCS commitments. This week, the focus is on commitments we can confirm for Division II schools, as well as updated commitments to FCS teams. NAIA and JUCO can sign players with a National Letter of Intent at NSD next Wednesday.

But what about Division III? The players announce their commitment to continue their career in a DIII program next year. However, DIII does not have athletic scholarships and is not officially part of National Signing Day activities. Per NCAA Division III Bylaws, an athlete may sign a non-binding celebration form at any time. However, the institution is prohibited from announcing the commitment until the athlete has posted a financial bond.

With that in mind, we at Dave Campbell will wait to announce our commitments to Division III schools until the university makes an official announcement.

Southland Conference

Houston Christian head coach Braxton Harris has announced the hiring of Eric Daniels, who will serve as the Huskies’ defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. Daniels spent the last three years as a defensive coordinator at Towson and served as a defensive coordinator at Briar Cliff and Oklahoma Panhandle State before joining the Tigers.

UIW has received commitments from defensive end Logan Granville (Fort Bend Marshall HS), defensive back D’Arius Carmouche (South Grand Prairie HS) and defensive back AJ Harris (Lakeview Centennial).

Lamar received a commitment from wide receiver Michael Vasquez (Clark HS), defensive lineman Peyton Christian (Kilgore HS), offensive lineman Eli Ripley (Iowa Western) and defensive end Alex Haralson (Fort Worth Christian ).

Texas A&M-Commerce secured a commitment from linebacker Peaster Tramar Gilbert.

Southwestern Athletic Conference

Prairie View A&M has received a commitment from linebacker Nigel Hill of Pasadena Dobie High School.

Texas Southern received a commitment from Buda Johnson High School kicker and kicker Patrick Hellen.

Western Athletic Conference

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Stephen F. Austin community following the tragic passing of catcher Graylan Spring and former SFA baseball player Micah McAfoose.

Sam Houston announced the addition of Brad Cornelsen as offensive coordinator last week. Cornelsen was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Virginia Tech from 2016-2021. This will be his first coaching job at Texas after coaching at Illinois State, Oklahoma State , Northeast State and Memphis before joining the Hokies.

Bixby defensive back Tyson Williams has announced his engagement to Abilene Christian.

Celina’s kicker and punter Kaden Lorick, engaged to Sam Houston. Lorick was first hired in Nevada.

Washington State Security Adrian Shepherd and Riverside Community College Security Marseille Taylor have announced plans to transfer to SFA.

Lone Star Conference

West Texas A&M released its 2023 football schedule on Thursday. Head coach Josh Lynn will begin his first campaign at the helm of Western Colorado on September 2. The Buffs have six home games on the schedule, including LSC rivals Midwestern State and Angelo State.

Sources confirmed to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football that Sul Ross State is scheduled to move to NCAA Division II and join the Lone Star Conference on July 1, 2024. The Lobos have been charter members of the American Southwest Conference since 1996 The decision marks a comeback. at the LSC for the Lobos, who was a member of the conference from 1950 to 1976 when the LSC competed in the NAIA.

Midwestern State adds Shawn Byrnes to the Mustangs coaching staff. Byrnes will be the offensive line coach. Byrnes has spent the past five years coaching the offensive line in northern Colorado and at the University of Ottawa in Arizona. A native of Paradise Valley, Arizona, Byrnes played his college prom at Texas Tech.

Angelo State transfers and commitments: quarterback Gerald Gardner (Lake Erie College), linebacker Ian Lewis (Georgetown HS), linebacker David Ifeanyi (The Woodlands HS), defensive back Jayden Jones (Yoakum), offensive lineman Connor Carington (Arlington HS), wide receiver Noah McClatchey (Legacy School of Sports Sciences), offensive lineman Brodan Elliott (Georgetown HS) and defensive lineman Greg Salazar (China Spring).

Midwest State transfers and commitments: linebacker Jordan Fields (Allan Hancock College), quarterback Dom Shoffner (Eastern Illinois), wide receiver Tyrone Browning (Tyler JC), wide receiver Kalan McInnis (Duncanville), quarterback Isaiah Marks (Navarro) and athlete Austin Cupton (Hawley).

Texas A&M-Kingsville transfers and commitments: receiver Anthony Isom (Kilgore), running back Santana Scott (Katy Morton Ranch HS), offensive lineman Anthony Bates Jr. (CE King HS), receiver Clearence Hosey (Vanderbilt Industrial), player defensive lineman Josiah Lewis (Corpus Christi Vets Memorial HS), wide receiver Wyatt Elwood (Corpus Christi Flour Bluff), running back Kevin Holmes Jr. (Rudder HS) and defensive lineman Matt Quick (San Antonio Reagan HS) .

UTPB transfers and commitments: offensive lineman Christian Crockett (Summer Creek HS), offensive lineman Maximus Johnson (East Central), offensive lineman Tristin Willis (East Central), defensive back Chance Omli (Butler CC), defensive back Tony Washington (Northeast Mississippi CC), offensive lineman James Morrow (Youngstown State), offensive lineman Thomas Medellin (Lincoln University), wide receiver Zeke Long (Morgan State), offensive lineman Andrew Johnson (McKendree), defensive back Ashton Hamby (Southwestern Oklahoma State), defensive end Malik Allen (Oklahoma Baptist), quarterback Keegan Byrd (Braswell HS), offensive lineman Girevis Bobey-Munoz (Midland Legacy HS), linebacker Sean Burks (Cuero HS), offensive lineman Reid Mitchell (Plano West HS), defensive lineman Mekhi Harris (Cedar Hill HS) and offensive lineman Jayden Deemer (Fort Bend March hall HS).

West Texas A&M transfers and commitments: kicker Preston Gregg (Missouri Southern), linebacker Jimmy D Wayne Harrison (Nebraska-Kearney), defensive lineman Ovahdyah Ben-Israel (Nebraska-Kearney), linebacker Joshua Beaird (New Mexico Military), defensive lineman Dylan Ware (San Saba HS), quarterback Landyn Hack (Panhandle HS), defensive back Cody Chapman (Tompkins HS), defensive back Calen Austin (Denton Guyer HS), long snapper Alex Taylor (Nebraska- Kearney) and quarterback Kanon Gibson (Wink SH).

The Buffs received some good news last week when wide receiver Noah Bogardus and cornerback Ty Dillon removed their names from the transfer portal and announced plans to return to WT for the 2023 season.

American Southwest Conference

Sul Ross State announced the promotion of Caden Fregia to full-time linebackers coach. Fregia began his coaching career as a student assistant working with linebackers following his playing career in 2021.

Sources confirmed to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football that Sul Ross State is scheduled to move to NCAA Division II and join the Lone Star Conference on July 1, 2024. The Lobos have been charter members of the American Southwest Conference since 1996 The decision marks a comeback. at the LSC for the Lobos, who was a member of the conference from 1950 to 1976 when the LSC competed in the NAIA.

Howard Payne head coach Kevin Bachtel has begun assembling the final pieces of his coaching staff with the announcement of Terell Sims as receivers coach. Sims served as receivers coach and passing game coordinator at Sul Ross State last season. Prior to joining the Lobos last season, Sims was Valdosta State’s NCAA Division II wide receivers coach. Some of his previous coaching stops include Eastern Illinois, Virginia State, Florida A&M and Florida International.

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