Lion Football: The 2018 Incoming Class

What a day. If Kickoff is Christmas Day, and the release of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football  is Christmas Eve, then national signing day is Thanksgiving. (Being tongue in cheek).

Anyway, let’s start with the class.

Full List:

Emmanuel Adagbon Mesquite, Texas Mesquite Horn HS 5’11 205 K
Jason Bailey-Day Fort Worth, Texas Southwest HS 6’1 205 RB
Devon Beamon Forney, Texas North Forney HS 6’1 288 DL
Mike Bell Round Rock, Texas Round Rock HS 6’3 210 LB
Davion Bradley Houston, Texas Cypress Ridge HS 6’0 173 DB
Zion Burrell Houston, Texas Lamar HS 6’2 190 DB
Christian Burrell Dallas, Texas Richardson HS 6’3 240 DL
Bryson Cain Katy, Texas Cinco Ranch HS 6’4 240 A
Rafael Carbajal Fort Worth, Texas North Side HS 6’2 200 LB
Jaired Chamberlain Trophy Club, Texas Byron Nelson HS 6’3 230 LB
Gus Charles, Jr. Houston, Texas Aldine Davis HS 6’1 175 WR
Colin Christman-Gourley Houston, Texas Stratford HS 6’3 290 DL
Sergio Cruz Hereford, Texas Hereford HS 6’4 270 DL
Johnathan Figueroa San Juan, Texas PSJA Early College HS 5’9 165 K
Gerard Franklin New Orleans, La. Dallas Lakehill Prep. 6’2 176 DB
Donovan Gray Huffman, Texas Huffman Hargrave HS 5’8 180 UTL
Noah Harris Stratford, Texas Stratford HS 6’7 285 OL
Dallas Heinemann Arlington, Texas Arlington HS 6’5 280 OL
Trevor Howard San Antonio, Texas Tarkington HS 6’0 170 DS
Cameron Howe Houston, Texas Waltrip HS 6’3 220 QB
Jack Hurd The Colony, Texas The Colony HS 6’2 200 DB
Bryson Jenkins Frisco, Texas Frisco Centennial HS 6’1 195 LB
Jordan Johnson Tomball, Texas Tomball Memorial HS 6’3 205 LB
Devin Johnson Shreveport, La. Woodlawn HS 5’11 180 WR
Benil Johnson Houston, Texas St. Pius X HS 6’3 260 DL
Dwight Johnson Beaumont, Texas Legacy Christian Acad. 6’6 255 DE
TKai Lloyd Allen, Texas Allen HS 5’11 181 DB
Cameron Macon Dallas, Texas Dallas Carter HS 6’3 180 WR
Chauncey Martin Texarkana, Texas Pleasant Grove HS 6’0 192 RB
Ryan McCoy Frisco, Texas Independence HS 6’0 275 DL
Brayden Miller Keller, Texas Keller HS 6’2 215 LB
Ryan Moore Sugar Land, Texas George Ranch HS 6’3 220 LB
Nick Murphy Dallas, Texas Bryan Adams HS 6’2 170 WR
Stephen Nevarez Magnolia, Texas Magnolia West HS 6’4 305 OL
Jaelyn Nolan Brownfield, Texas Brownfield HS 6’2 177 QB
Jacquez Owens Crystal River, Texas Brazoswood HS 6’2 210 DL
Lance Pena Houston, Texas Klein HS 6’3 190 QB
Vernell Pittman Houston, Texas Bellaire HS 6’6 308 OL
JP Pleasant Burleson, Texas Burleson HS 6’0 280 DL
Mekhi Roberson Oak Cliff, Texas South Oak Cliff HS 6’0 180 DB
Nathan Shirley Huntsville, Texas Huntsville HS 6’6 214 A
Jarvis Smith Spring, Texas Spring HS 5’9 170 DB
Nick Swaney Friendswood, Texas Friendswood HS 6’2 180 WR
Daryion Taylor Humble, Texas Atascocita HS 6’0 160 DB
Isaiah Terrell Waco, Texas Waco La Vega HS 6’1 175 DB
Shawn Thomas Katy, Texas George Bush HS 5’10 140 UTL
Kelso Thomas San Antonio, Texas Churchill HS 6’6 257 OL
Jireh Thompson Houston, Texas Jersey Village HS 5’8 175 DB
Christian Wise Houston, Texas Bellaire HS 6’0 170 DB
Tevin Wofford Waxahachie, Texas Waxahachie HS 6’4 185 WR
Chance Work Sunnyvale, Texas Sunnyvale HS 6’0 185 DS
Jacob Zepeda Leander, Texas Rouse HS 5’10 152 K


By Region:

DFW/North Texas-18

East Texas -1

Central Texas-2

South Texas-2

Austin/San Antonio-3

Deep East Texas/Houston-24

West Texas/Panhandle/Permian Basin/Big Country-2

By Position:

Offensive Line: 5

Defensive Line: 7

Skill Positions: (Running Backs/Receivers/Athletes): 12

Quarterbacks: 3

Linebackers: 7

Defensive Backs: 11

Specialists: 5


A few Thoughts:

A loaded class, I was talking with my partner in crime Russell McLean (aka LionMojo) and we have both been loading up on the film and this class is just stacked. HC Carthel has said for the past 3 seasons he wants to redshirt and develop Freshman as often as possible. Some of these kids, maybe about 2-4 of them could come right in and contribute  but looking at the position breakdown, the staff is looking to re-stock the shelves for Skill position guys and defensive backs. Those positions have been super important in the past few years in making big plays and game changing impacts.

Regionally, two things stick out. This is the fewest amount of East Texans we have signed ever (just one) and Houston is where we have gotten most of our class from, the DFW is the second highest. Typically, DFW is first, East Texas second, and then Houston third. Houston has really been revealed to have some hidden talent, so I see us getting more from that area in the future.


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