On the first day of the new early signing period for college football, the Texas State Bobcats signed 18 players — 11 players on offense, six defensive and one for special teams.
Four of the six newcomers are defensive backs, an area of desperate need.
Bowie safety Pierce Withers, West-Orange Stark cornerback Jarron Morris, Cypress Creek safety Ladarius Anthony and Allen defensive back CJ Johnson all signed with the Bobcats. Withers, Morris and Anthony have 3-star ratings, according to 24/7 composite ranking. Johnson was ranked as a 2-star recruit.
With 10 offers on the table from schools like Navy, Air Force, New Mexico State and Toledo, Pierce Withers — the son of Texas State head coach, Everett Withers – said his decision to choose the Bobcats had to do with a lot more than his family ties.
“I signed with the Bobcats because I wanted to make it a point to stay in Texas,” Withers said. “That’s how it should be. There’s no place like Texas.
“It means a lot to play for my dad but I really try to make a name for myself. I don’t want to be known as the coaches kid or anything, just be known as Pierce Withers. I’m going to work just as hard and do the same thing if I were anywhere else. But playing for your dad doesn’t happen a lot in College football so it should be a unique experience.”
Fort Bend Travislinebacker Jake Lynch and Fayetteville defensive end Dotson Schaefer make up the other two defenders.
At 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, Lynch is a 3-star prospect expected to move to defensive end along with Schaefer (6-4, 230 pounds, 2 stars).
Another position that was in dire need of depth was the offensive line.
Withers signed four linemen: Jalen Momerelle (6-5, 298 pounds), Kylar Cooks (6-5, 255 pounds), Miles Macadory (6-6, 290 pounds) and Morgan Moore (6-5, 280 pounds). All four are 2-star prospects.
The Bobcats also signed four receivers, including three 3-star recruits — Harker Heights receiver Jacoby Hopkins, Lake Ridge receiver TJ Graham and Stephenville receiver Blake Aragon.
Two-star receiver out of Cypress Springs, Jah’marae Sheread (6-5, 200 pounds) also signed on Wednesday. He is expected to switch to tight end.
Archbishop Hannan defensive end Seth Caillouet also signed with Texas State with the intention of switching to tight end. The Bobcats also signed Corpus Christi Calallen tight end Jackson Lanam. Both players are 2-star prospects.
Tyler Vitt out of MacArthur, the Bobcats’ second highest rated prospect, was the lone quarterback to sign and Chris Kessler out of Longview was the only kicker.
Texas State had five pledges not sign today: Tyler Junior College safety Brandon Johnson, Allen safety Taj Bickham, Northwest receiver August Pitre and Woodlands offensive lineman Peyton Fifield.
The Bobcats are still expecting to sign those five and will be looking to add around ten more players to their 2018 class, either this week or on national signing day in February.
Texas State’s signees (18)
S;Ladarius Anthony;6-1/170;Hou. Cypress Creek
CB;Jarron Morris;5-8/150;West Orange-Stark
OLB;Jake Lynch;6-5/211;Fort Bend Travis
DE;Dotson Schaefer;6-4/230;Fayetteville (Ark.)
QB;Tyler Vitt;6-1/202;San Antonio MacArthur
WR;Jacoby Hopkins;6-0/191;Houston Heights
WR;TJ Graham;6-1/177;Mansfield Lake Ridge
WR;Jahmarae Sheread;5-7/160;Hou. Cypress Springs
DE;Seth Caillouet;6-3/225;Covington (La.) Hannan
TE;Jackson Lanam;6-4/215;Corpus Christi Calallen
OT;Miles Macadory;6-6/290;Garland Sachse
OT;Morgan Moore;6-5/280;Okla. City Midwest City