February 6, 2013

Southern football signs 25 players on national signing day

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Joplin, Mo. -- Missouri Southern football coach Daryl Daye announced his second recruiting class today in a press conference on campus, introducing the public to 25 new players that will don the green and gold next season. 

The group of signees includes players from 11 different states, including Missouri, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kansas, California and Tennessee. There are 12 high school student-athletes and 13 junior college transfers. Eleven of the junior college transfers are on campus already and will be available for Spring Ball. 

Daye expects that at least five or six more players will sign in the days to come. Below are short bios of each player. 

High School Athletes

Brandon Berg – OL – 6-2, 250 – Tulsa, Okla. – Tulsa Union High School 

Berg was a three-year starter for coach Kirk Fridrich and the Redskins at Tulsa Union High School … A two-time state champion, Berg was an All-District selection as a senior as a center and the versatile lineman played every position on the offensive line at Union, including tight end … He was also a three-time All-District Academic selection, showing off his skills in the classroom … Berg is the son of David and Sandra Berg. 

Elliot Blankenship – S – 6-1, 190 – Jonesboro, La. – Jonesboro-Hodge High School

Blankenship was a three-year starter for coach Todd Scott at Jonesboro-Hodge High School in Jonesboro, La. … A Top 100 athlete in the state of Louisiana, Blankenship was an All-District pick on both sides of the ball, earning honors as a defensive back as a junior and outside linebacker as a senior … on the offensive side, he earned honors at the running back position … As a junior, he recorded 38 tackles, two interceptions and returned one for a touchdown … as a senior he had 74 tackles and two forced fumbles … for his career he had 159 tackles, five interceptions, three returns for a touchdown and two forced fumbles … He also racked up over 2,000 yards rushing and 25 touchdowns … Blankenship is the son of Eddie Blankenship and Lajulia Spence. 

Austin Carmichael – WR – 6-2, 200 – Broken Arrow, Okla. – Broken Arrow HS

Carmichael was a two-year letterwinner at Broken Arrow High School for coach Steve Spavital … As a senior, he was a member of the 6A All-District team, and was a recipient of the 2012 Guts Church Big Hit Award … Carmichael is the son of Sam and Jennifer Carmichael.  

Jocqui Davis – WR – 6-1, 185 – Lewisville, Texas – Lewisville HS

A team captain at Lewisville High School in Lewisville, Texas, Davis was a First-Team All-District, All-Region and All-State selection for coach Greg Miller … As a senior, Davis caught 48 passes for 624 yards and an average of 11.8 per reception … He also hauled in 22 touchdown catches and carried the ball 15 times for 331 yards, an average of 22.0 per carry …  He was a three-time recipient of the Outstanding Weekly Catch Award … Davis is the son of Marnie Davis.

Caleb Domingue – S – 6-3, 195 – Baton Rouge, La. – Christian Life High School

A four-sport athlete at Christian Life High School in Baton Rouge, La., Domingue was a four-time letterwinnner for coach Keith Dooley … on the football field, Domingue was a three-time honorable mention All-District pick his freshman through junior seasons … this past year as a senior, he was named first-team All-District, All-Parish and All-State as a safety … Domingue also lettered in baseball, track and soccer … AS a track athlete, he was an All-Region honoree and he was an All-District pick in soccer, as well … He is the son of Rusty and Denise Domingue.

David Heinkel – DB – 6-1, 185 – Williston, Fla. – Williston High School

Heinkel was a three-year starter on both the football field and the basketball court as he played for coach Jamie Baker at Williston High School in Williston, Fla. … On the football field, he was a two-time first-team All-Conference pick, while earning the Captain Award his junior year and the Ike Floyd Ironman Award his senior season … He played in the Flordia-Georgia Border War All-Star Game where he had seven tackles one forced fumble, a pass deflection and an interception … Heinkel is the son of David Sr. and Tammy Heinkel.

Colby Hinkle – FB – 5-8, 225 – Copan, Okla. – Dewey High School

Hinkle played defense for coach Chris Revard at Dewey High School in Oklahoma … He was named his team's Defensive Player of the Year in both 2011 and 2012, while being named the Linebacker of the Year his senior season … He was a team captain and was an honorable mention All-State pick this past year … He is the son of Curtis and Ginger Hinkle. 

Ty McKenzie – LB – 6-0, 217 – Owasso, Okla. – Owasso High School
McKenzie was a two-year starter for head coach Bill Paterson, a Southern alum, at Owasso High School in Owasso, Okla. … as a junior, he was a three-time Defensive Player of the Week, while leading the team with 117 tackles … He helped his team to the state semi-finals and a 9-4 record that year … as a senior, he was the District 6A-1 Defensive Player of the Year … He was a first-team All-Vype linebacker, while being named an All-Metro selection and All-State pick … he was the second-leading tackler in 6A in the state of Oklahoma, leading his team with 148 stops … He was an Academic All-Conference pick and helped his team to the state semi-finals again, leading his team to an 10-3 record … Ty is the son of Valerie and Pat McKenzie. 

Corey Moss – QB – 6-2, 190 – Thomaston, Ga – Upson-Lee High School

Moss was a three-year lettermen at quarterback for coach Tommy Watson at Upson-Lee High School in Thomaston, Ga. … As a junior, he was a first-team all-Region and All-State selection, while being named on the All-Middle Georgia team and listed as a finalist for the Thomaston Times Athlete of the Year … As a senior, He was the 4AAAA Region Offensive Player of the Year, while being named the MVP of the Georgia vs. Florida All-Star Game … As a senior, he had 236 rushing attempts for 1,501 yards, while passing for 682 yards … he rushed for 20 touchdowns and threw for 17 more … Also a three-year letterwinner on the track and field team, he was part of a state medalist 4x100m relay team, while making the finals in the 100m hurdles … He is the son of Terri Parmer and Alonzo Moss. 

Gabe Sachetta – QB – 6-0, 185 – Joplin, Mo. – Joplin High School

Sachetta was a two-year letterwinner on both the football field and basketball court at Joplin High School … As a member of Chris Sheilds' Eagle football squad, Sachetta was a two-time All-Ozark Conference quarterback, as well as being named twice to the All-Southwest Area Football Coaches Team … In two seasons as a starter with the Eagles, Sachetta completed 213 passes for 2,868 yards … He has averaged 13.5 yards per completion and has 29 career touchdown passes … He also has 118 rushes for 441 yards and seven scores on the ground … He is the son of Kerry and Amber Sachetta. 

Lance Walker – RB – 6-1, 185 – Jonesboro, Ark. – Nettleton High School

Walker was his team's leading rusher as a senior, playing for coach Jay Murphee at Nettleton High School in Jonesboro, Ark. …  An All-County, All-state and All-Region selection, he had 94 carries as a senior for over 900 yards and 12 touchdowns … He also added 16 catches for 335 yards for an average of 21 yards per catch and four touchdowns through the air … He played in Max Emfinger's High School All-American Bowl as part of the West team in Daphne, Alabama this past season … Also a three-year letterwinner in basketball, Walker is the son of Tiawana Jones. 

Jeffery Williams – DB – 6-1, 190 – St. Amant, La. – St. Amant High School

Williams was a three year letterman for Coach David Oliver's St. Amant Gators … He was a 3-year member of both the 3.0 GPA and 1000lb club … He was a 3-time member of the prestigious Iron Man Club and was named the team's 2011 Iron Man Winner, an award given to the top student athlete on the team … He was a four- time Student-Athlete of the Week and was named both Defensive and Special Teams Player of the Week … He was an All-District, All-Parish, All-State selection as a senior … He is a 3-year letterman in track … He is the son of Jeffery Williams Sr and Roxey Hatten.

Junior College Transfers (*-already enrolled and on campus)

*Tre Carothers – CB – 6-2, 190 – Oxford, Miss. – Itawamba Community College (Miss.)

An All-State JUCO defensive back at Itawamba Community College in Mississippi, Carothers was a two-year starter for the Indians… A 2011 graduate of Oxford High School in Oxford, Miss., Carothers was an All-State, All-Area and All-Region selection while setting the school record for interceptions in a single season with ten for coach Johnny Hill … Also ran track in high school, where he was a three-time state champion, a four-time All-State selection and an All-American honor … Carothers is the son of Arlene Carothers.

*Donnell Chapman Jr. – TE – 6-2, 255 – Batesville, Miss. – Northeast Mississippi Community College

A two-year starter at tight end for coach Ricky Smither, Champan was an all-conference selection this fall for the Tigers … A 2011 graduate of South Panola High School, Chapman was a three-year starter at tight end for coach Lance Poe, helping lead his team to a state championship … An All-Conference selection as a senior, Chapman was an All-Region selection as a junior, while being named honorable mention as a sophomore … Chapman is the son of Willie Chapman Sr. and Gloria Chapman

Marquiz (Mar-keys) Edget – S – 6-2, 212 – Grenada, Miss. – Holmes Community College

Edget was a Mississippi All-Star selection at Holmes Community College where he played for coach Jeff Koonz … This past season, Edget recorded 32 tackles, six tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks … In high school, Edget prepped at Grenada High School where he played for coach Lamar Pitcott and was a team captain and led the district in tackles two years in a row … He was a top 20 selection in the state of Mississippi where he was twice named All-District, All-County and All-State … Edget is the son of Latonya Edget. 

*Levi Freeman – OL – 6-2, 290 – Petal, Miss. – Pearl River Community College (Miss.)

An All-Conference selection at offensive guard for the Wildcats, Freeman was a two-year starter at Pearl River Community College in Mississippi … A 2011 graduate of Petal High School in Petal, Miss., Freeman was an All-Region and All-State selection as an offensive lineman .. Freeman is the son of Jason Freeman and Casey Freeman Sipilli.

*Elbert M. Fulgham III – DT – 6-2, 305 – New Orleans, La. – Dodge City Community College (Kan.)

A two-year starter at defensive tackle for coach Bob Majeski at Dodge City Community College, Fulgham III was a 2012 All-Jayhawk Conference honorable mention, while combining for 69 tackles, including 43 solo, over his two-years playing for the Conquistadors … also collected three pass break-ups, four sacks and four forced fumbles over his two-year career …  A 2011 graduate of Brother Martin High School in New Orleans, LA, Fulgham III was a three-year starter at offensive guard being named All-State his senior year … Named to the top 100 players in the state of Louisiana and named to the 2011 Class Louisiana Sleeper Team- Offense by LA Magazine … Teammate of fellow MSSU signee Chris Williams … Fulgham III is the son of Eldralynn Smith-Fulgham and Elbert Fulgham II.

*Xavier Graham – DL – 6-2, 280 – Biloxi, Miss. – Copiah-Lincoln Community College (Miss.)

A two-year starter for the Wolfpack and coach Glenn Davis, Graham was a two-year starter at defensive tackle where he was named All-Region, All-Metro and first-team All-MACJC …. A 2011 graduate of Biloxi High School, Graham was a team captain as a senior, while being named All-State, All-Region and the Defensive MVP for Harrison County… Graham is the son of Yulwaski and Faren Graham.

*Nick Maier – OL – 6-1, 285 – Redwood City, CA – San Mateo Community College (Calif.)

Played two years along the offensive line at San Mateo Community College for coach Brett Pollack, where he started this past fall at center helping lead the Bulldogs to an 8-3 record and a bowl game victory over Shasta Community College…. Played tackle and guard in 2011 as the Bulldogs went 8-3 with another bowl game victory … A 2010 graduate of Sequoia High School, Maier was an all-county selection at center as a senior for the Cherokees and coach Rob Poulos….Maier is the son of Matthew and Traci Maier.

*Trey McCluskey – OL – 6-3, 305 – Sabetha, Kan. – Independence Community College (Kan.) 

Played two years at Independence Community College, where he was a KJCCC All-League offensive tackle … was a three-time All-State selection in high school at Sabetha High School, where he was a Big 7 All-League selection at defensive lineman … McCluskey is the son of Dale and Katie McCluskey.

*Devyn McPhaull – TE – 6-4, 250 – Leavenworth, Kan. – Fort Scott Community College (Kan.) 

McPhaull was an all-conference selection at tight end at Fort Scott Community College for coach Curtis Horton this past fall … A 2011 graduate of Leavenworth High School, McPhaull was named All-County First Team as a senior, while being named All-Sunflower League Honorable Mention as a junior and senior … McPhaull is the son of Michael and Ladretia McPhaull.

*DeShawn Smith – CB – 5-7, 160 – Smyrna, Tenn. – Dodge City Community College (Kan.)

An All-Conference cornerback at Dodge City Community College in Kansas, Smith played two seasons for the Conquistadors and coach Bob Majeski … A 2010 graduate of Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Smith was an  All-Mid State running back, while also being named All-Area and All-Region 6AAA … Smith is the son of Orlando Smith and Ava Martin.

*Dalvin Taylor – LB – 6-1, 205 – Holcomb, Miss. – Holmes Community College (Miss.)

Taylor played junior college football at Holmes Community College in Mississippi, where he was an All-State, All-Region and all-conference selection at linebacker … A 2011 graduate of Grenada High School, Taylor was named the Best Defensive Player of the Year as a senior… Taylor is the son of Galvin Taylor and Jamie Gentry.

Courtney Ward – WR – 6-4, 228 – St. Louis, Mo. – Fort Scott, Community College

Ward played two years at Fort Scott CC for coach Curtis Horton … While there, he was a team captain and caught 29 passes for 352 yards this season … He averaged 12.1 yards per catch and picked up four touchdowns earning All-Conference honors … He prepped at Hazelwood East High School and played for coach Brian Simmons … While there, he was a two-time All-District and All-State selection, while also earning All-Conference honors in track and field … He lettered in both baseball and basketball, as well … He is the grandson of Salina Ward. 

*Gaige Washington – CB – 6-1, 190 – Clinton, Miss. – Hinds Community College (Miss.)

Washington played two years at cornerback for Hinds Community College in Jackson, Miss. for coach Gene Murphy … A 2011 graduate of Clinton High School in Clinton, Miss., Washington was a second-team All-metro defensive back selection for coach Ray Brown's Arrows where he intercepted ten passes in his high school career… Washington is the son of Larry Washington.