Lion Football: The 2017 Incoming Class

Dylan Davis DL 6-3 215 Sunnyvale, Texas Sunnyvale HS
Dayne Douglass LB 6-2 220 Canyon, Texas Canyon HS
Gunnar Palacios QB 6-0 190 Canyon, Texas Canyon
Jordan Gray DB 6-0 195 Frisco, Texas Independence HS
Arnezz Archie WR 6-1 170 Spring, Texas Spring HS
Raini Dorman OL 6-1 270 Henderson, Texas Henderson HS
Mason Ray QB 6-3 210 Bryan, Texas Bryan HS
Ty Reed DL 6-2 220 Richmond, Texas Foster HS
Travis Dafft OL 6-1 255 Prosper, Texas Prosper HS
LaMonte Williams DL 6-2 270 Temple, Texas Temple HS
J.R. Rocha DL 6-0 270 Bremond, Texas Bremond HS
Matt Childers WR 6-4 180 Henderson, Texas Henderson HS
Abideen Bello DB 6-3 190 San Antonio, Texas Roosevelt HS
Deonta Adams WR 6-1 170 Spring, Texas Spring HS
Joshua Morgan DB 5-9 170 San Antonio, Texas Roosevelt HS
John Franklin ATH 5-10 180 Celina, Texas Celina HS
Kamren Baker RB 6-1 170 San Antonio, Texas Clemens HS
Jack Howard A 6-3 230 San Antonio, Texas Clemens HS
Bryse Burris LB 6-3 205 Irving, Texas MacArthur HS
Davion Thompson DB 6-0 190 Mesquite, Texas North Mesquite HS
Jesse Sandoval IV A 6-4 225 San Antonio, Texas Harlandale HS
Dom Velasquez A 6-2 240 Amarillo, Texas River Road HS
Kendric Ford LB 6-0 200 Dallas, Texas Spruce HS
Brandon Bascue DL 6-4 260 Flower Mound, Texas Flower Mound HS
Kelton Collier ATH 6-0 220 Gilmer, Texas Gilmer HS
Kolt Fullen DL 6-2 215 Spring Branch, Texas Smithson Valley HS
Chance Cooper WR 6-3 200 Leander, Texas Rouse HS
Nakkia Cox ATH 5-10 175 Fort Worth, Texas Dunbar HS
Dont’e Howell WR 6-3 190 Mesquite, Texas North Mesquite HS
Solomon Ndukwe OL 6-3 300 Alief, Texas Elsik HS
Jackson Richmond OL 6-4 305 Lewisville, Texas Lewisville HS
Gavin Sharp A 6-5 225 Leander, Texas Rouse HS
E.J. Thompson RB 5-9 200 Cypress, Texas Cy Ranch HS
Darius Williams DB 5-9 165 Fort Worth, Texas Arlington Heights HS
Richard West OL 6-6 240 San Antonio, Texas East Central
Derique Ryan WR 6-1 195 Mansfield, Texas Mansfield HS
Nate Davis RB 5-9 180 San Antonio, Texas Madison HS
Jonathan Alexander DB 6-3 205 Fort Worth, Texas Trimble Tech HS
Nic Smith OL 6-5 275 Commerce, Texas Commerce HS
Sir Charles Miles-Frost LB 5-9 195 Lancaster, Texas Lancaster HS
Tristan Perry P 6-1 200 Mineral Wells, Texas Mineral Wells HS
Alfonso Viramontes OL 6-5 290 Melissa, Texas Melissa HS
Antonio Williams DL 6-1 260 Brazosport, Texas Brazosport HS
Nick Petitti DL 6-4 220 Clear Creek, Texas Clear Creek HS
Isaiah Sayles DL 6-2 185 San Antonio, Texas Wagner HS
Marcus Tucker ATH 6-1 205 Winnsboro, Texas Winnsboro HS
TyRese Audu LB 6-1 170 San Antonio, Texas Wagner HS
Abraham Adesipe DL 6-3 190 Alief, Texas Taylor HS
Darionta Choice ATH 5-8 150 Dallas, Texas Samuell HS


Well, there they are, 49 student athletes getting the chance to play football for Texas A&M-Commerce. First, lets do the geographic breakdown.

Dallas/Fort Worth/North Texas-18

Tyler/Longview/East Texas-4

Austin/San Antonio-12

Houston/Southeastern Texas-9

Waco/Central Texas-3

Lubbock/Amarillo/Midland/Odessa/West Texas-3

As far as where the players come from, the classes have typically had around half the class come from the metroplex. What is somewhat odd is that just down the road in East Texas, we only have 4 commits from behind the pine curtain. Carthel continues to recruit heavily in San Antonio, and picked up 10 players from that city. Also, Carthel and Crew always pick about 3-4 players from West Texas and bring them to Commerce.

Gems: Every crop has its few players that you cannot wait to see play for the Blue and Gold, so here are BTB’s Gems for the 2017 class.

Tristan Perry-Three-year letter winner in football and baseball at Mineral Wells… Recorded 58 total career touchdowns and averaged 41 yards per punt in his high school career… Three-time All-State punter… Three-time All-DFW, Two-time First Team All-District as a punter and a quarterback… Three-time special teams MVP… Set school records for touchdowns in a game (6), passing yards in a game (440) completions in a game (24), punting average and total offensive yards in a career and in a season… Team was Bi-District and Area champions.

This is a guy who is not only an All State Punter, but was a pretty legit QB in HS. Mineral Wells is a pretty good sized school, 5A I believe (could be 4A), but this guy has all the intangibles a Football player needs. Even though he is coming to Commerce to kick, it will be interesting to see if he is used on offense at all. I am all for it. To top that off, he is already enrolled and on campus and graduated high school early. 

Kelton Collier, Gilmer-This guy is a complete athletic freak. He lettered at Gilmer for 4 years and was first team all state. I saw him play in 2015 as a Junior against Celina. Very fast, very explosive and a good overall football player. He signed as an athlete, so where he is will be interesting but I am guessing either DB or WR, maybe even a return specialist. I am stoked about how this guy will be.

Chance Cooper, Rouse-Fantastic Wideout and is a total home run threat. Just watch the film from his time at Rouse HS in Leander. 

Raini Dorman, Henderson-HC Carthel said it all starts up front, and he is right. Dorman is a fantastic lineman and was first team in one the toughest leagues in all of East Texas. Also an all-state powerlifter. Glad we were able to nab him and expect to see him in the trenches soon. 

Jordan Gray, Frisco-Raw athletic talent that you cannot coach. He will need to be developed into a skill guy or a defensive back, but you can bet he will be a super teams stud. 




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