State signing day roundup: Houston, UTSA, SMU, UNT ink top-100 classes


Houston coach Major Applewhite continues to try to recapture Tom Herman’s recruiting mojo. The Cougars signed 22 players this year, including 19 3-star prospects, in a class that ranked 72nd nationally by 247Sports’ composite ratings.

Among those 3-star players was one player from the American-Statesman’s Fabulous 55 list of the state’s top recruits — Converse Judson athlete Julon Williams, who signed in the early period last December and is already enrolled.

The Cougars also signed eight prospects from the Houston area.

Herman’s UH classes ranked 89th in 2015 and 36th in 2016. Applewhite’s first two groups ranked 69th in 2017 and 72nd this year.

Houston had five signees from December enroll early.

Elsewhere around the state:

UTSA: The Roadrunners signed 22 players in a class that ranked 84th nationally and sixth in Conference USA.

UTSA inked a handful of junior college prospects, including Santa Ana College running back Deven Boston, who was the nation’s third-ranked JUCO running back. UTSA also got Navarro College defensive end TJ King, East Mississippi’s Lorenzo Dantzler, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M quarterback Cordale Grundy and Mississippi Gulf Coast tackle Treyvion Shannon.

The Roadrunners signed two Central Texas prospects — Wimberley quarterback Jordan Weeks and Del Valle wide receiver La’Thaniel Washington.

SMU: While new Arkansas coach Chad Morris put together the nation’s 54th-rated class, his old school — SMU — struggled to keep pace. The Mustangs signed 18 prospects, including 15 3-stars, in a group that ranked 89th nationally.

Three of the Mustangs’ four early enrollees were junior college signees last December. The fourth was Lamar Consolidated quarterback William Brown, who was the nation’s 51st-ranked pro-style passer.

North Texas: The Eagles just barely cracked the national top-100 class rankings, coming in at No. 100 overall and ninth in Conference USA.

Three safeties — Humble Atascocita’s Alex Morris, Grand Prairie’s Reggie Williams and Ennis’ Kevyon Davis — topped UNT’s list of signees.

Rice: The Owls signed 18 players from seven different states in new coach Mike Bloomgren’s initial class, which ranked 115th overall. There were eight 3-star prospects in the group, including Richmond Foster defensive end Cameron Valentine, The Woodlands offensive tackle Jake Syptak and Southlake Carroll’s Jacob Doddridge, who was the nation’s third-ranked fullback prospect.

Rice signed one Austin player — Westlake safety Matthew Sams.

UTEP: The Miners signed only 14 players, including three 3-star prospects. One of those was junior college quarterback Kai Locksley, a former Texas Longhorn who transferred in from Iowa Western Community College.

UTEP’s class ranked 132nd nationally.



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