Texas Talent Rebuilding Oklahoma School

Saginaw QB John Polston headlines a talented 2016 recruiting class for Oklahoma Panhandle State University (Image: Richard Rodriguez, Star-Telegram)

On National Signing Day, coaches at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, a Division-II school in Goodwell, Oklahoma, focused their attention to the south and were able to land 27 recruits out of the state of Texas from offensive linemen to quarterbacks to wide receivers and they are recruits who could make an immediate impact.

“I think we’ve got a lot of guys who can come in and help us right away,” said new defensive coordinator Eric Daniels. One of those players the new DC is excited about is 6’2″ 174-pound defensive back Suade Fisher out of Tascosa High School in Amarillo.

“[Fisher] does a great job as far as pressing, definitely challenges the receivers and with the quarterbacks he’s going to make them earn their money. He’s a good long armed kid with great ball skills and does a good job of going up and making plays.”

The other is Marcus Jones, a 6’1″ 185-pound defensive back out of Akins High School in Austin, Texas who Daniels calls a ‘playmaker.’ “He’s a big time playmaker,” says Daniels, “he’s very fluid in the hips and he’s one of those guys who can hit the home run for you.”

On the other side of the ball the Aggies look like they have brought in their own share of power and guys who can change things in just a single year. They signed 16 players on the offensive side of the ball including two quarterbacks, two running backs and four wide receivers.

But it isn’t those players offensive coordinator Lucas Peters is excited about, it’s the four players they are bringing in to the 2016 offensive line and all four out of the state of Texas.

Chad Hickson out of Denton Guyer,  Rafael Ramirez out of Richland, Carlos Lopez out of Del Rio, and Romario Martinez out of Mesquite Horn

“We’re most excited about the offensive line, we really do feel like we signed four starters at that position,” says Peters. “Maybe not starters next year but at some point in their career at Panhandle State we see those guys starting.”

But most of all Peters says that the program can finally start to develop the players they have coming in instead of replacing depth each and every year.

“We’re finally at a point after four seasons where we’ve turned it around,” Peters said. “We’re not having to rely on young guys every year. We’ve got some experience coming back so we feel like we can really develop these freshmen and maximize their opportunity to play as fifth year seniors.”

Texas has helped out a school in Oklahoma and could turn Panhandle State into a team to watch especially heading into their first season in the Lone Star Conference which may have been one of the highest selling points of this recruiting class. There’s no question there’s a lot of talent in the state to the south and this coaching staff saw it as well. Only time will tell how much the Lone Star State will help it’s neighbor to the north become a Division-II powerhouse.

Rest of the signing class out of the state of Texas:

KJ Anderson (5’9″ 175), RB, Spruce HS (Dallas, TX)

Colton Luster (6’1″ 215), LB, Vega HS (Vega, TX)

Dharius Timmons (5’10” 195), LB, Denton Guyer HS (Denton, TX)

John Polston (6’2″ 209), QB, Saginaw HS (Saginaw, TX)

Lajarius Anthony (6’0″ 235), DE, Ellison HS (Killeen, TX)

Colton Thompson (6’1″ 190), RB, Pampa HS (Pampa, TX)

Draven Cantly (5’10” 150), WR, Lamar HS (Arlington, TX)

Keandre Johnson (5’9″ 275), DL, Colleyville Heritage (Colleyville, TX)

Hayden Cooper (6’0″ 180), ATH, McNeil HS (Austin, TX)

Brandon Julian (6’3″ 250), DE, Killeen HS (Killeen, TX)

Kobe Slaughter (5’11” 210), RB, Burleson HS (Burleson, TX)

Travis Taylor (6’3″ 195), ATH, Cumby HS (Cumby, TX)

Russell Gray (6’0″ 185), WR, Mesquite HS (Mesquite, TX)

Tyrek Domio (6’2″ 190), LB, Spring HS (Spring, TX)

Cameron Rose (5’11” 175), WR, Spring HS (Spring, TX)

Adrian Johnson (6’0″ 200), LB, Connally HS (Waco, TX)

Sir Darren Duncan (6’0″ 230), LB, Shoemaker HS (Killeen, TX)

Zakerrius Walker (5’8″ 180), RB, Shoemaker HS (Killeen, TX)

Josh Gordon (6’0″ 238), FB, Elgin HS (Elgin, TX)

Dejon Jeffery (5’10” 180), DB, Lakeview Centennial HS (Garland, TX)

Major Norman (5’11” 185), DB, Lakeview Centennial HS (Garland, TX)

About Todd Kaufmann

Growing up in San Diego, CA, Todd made the move to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas in the spring of 2008. Since then, he has covered events such as the Byron Nelson Classic, the Colonial Tournament, the AT&T Cotton Bowl, numerous home games for the Texas Rangers as well as high school football around the metroplex. You can also find some of his written work in the weekly Prosper Times and monthly Prosper Magazine. He and his wife Kerri make their home in Little Elm, Texas with their daughter, Hannah, and yellow lab, Ranger. Contact: Website | Facebook | Twitter | More Posts

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