Henderson State signs 34 to play for National Signing Day | HS Sports
by Troy Mitchell
ARKADELPHIA, Ark. -- It was another big signing class for Head Football Coach Scott Maxfield as 34 student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent to play at Henderson State University.
Among the 34 signees were 14 from the state of Arkansas including Bentonville High School quarterback Dallas Hardison.
Hardison had a stellar career at Bentonville throwing for over 6000 yards and completing 73.5 percent of his passes (377-of-513). An All-State selection and member of the Vype Magazine All-Arkansas Team, Hardison passed for 69 career touchdowns and rushed for 14.
In the 2011 Class 7A State Championship Game against Fayetteville, Hardison completed 31-of-40 passes for 370 yards and three touchdowns.
Wendell Thompson of El Dorado highlights the receivers signing to play for the Reddies. An All-State selection, Thompson collected nine receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown in El Dorado’s 24-20 win over Lake Hamilton in the 2011 Class 6A State Championship.
Additional receivers include Rashad Shepherd of Conway High School, Corey Chappell of Rowlett (TX) High School, Cody Clayton of Sulpher Springs (TX) High School, James Jackson of Centerpoint High School in Birmingham, Ala., and junior college transfer Demitrius White of Feather River Community College.
Prescott High School running back Daniel McCoy hopes to help the Reddie running game in the future. McCoy rushed for 2,259 yards and compiled more than 40 touchdowns this past season earning him All-State honors.
McCoy ended his prep career with 4,051 yards rushing on 547 attempts while totaling 436 points.
Quinta Thomas joins McCoy as one of four running backs to sign with the Reddies. Thomas played at Catholic High School in Little Rock and was an All-State pick after rushing for over 1,000 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Additional running backs signing with the Reddies are Cordarius Irby of Conway High School and Terrence Brown of Borger (TX) High School.
Henderson State has had some talented tight ends the past five years, and Sheridan High School product Josh Miller looks to follow suit.
Miller is a Class 6A All-State selection who averaged 18.5 yards per reception last season totaling 796 yards on 43 receptions.
A three-year letterman, Miller doubled as a return specialist having 17 kickoff returns for 319 yards and ended the year averaging 100.8 all-purpose yards per game.
Seven offensive linemen will join the Reddies next fall. Among those signees are Arkansas products Billy Couch of Rogers Heritage, Ricky Miller of El Dorado,
and Garrett Whitley of Centerpoint. Also joining the squad is Anthony Brister of Henderson (TX) High School, Patrick McGrath from Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, Tenn., Austin Sherrod from Briarcrest High School in Collierville, Tenn., and Trevor Rogers from Ouachita Parish High School in Monroe, La.
Henderson State added 14 players on the defensive side of the football including six linebackers.
Headlining the linebackers is Class 6A All-State selection Josh Davis of El Dorado High School and Brian McDaniel of Little Rock Central.
Davis helped lead the Wildcats to three straight state championships, while McDaniel was an All-Conference selection.
Additional linebackers include Brennan Broussard of Slidell (LA) High School, Charles Linares of North Dallas (TX) High School, Miles McKinney from Borger (TX) High School, and Alex Reason from West Mesquite High School in Balch Springs, Texas.
Defensive backs continuing their playing careers at Henderson include Sean Frierson from El Dorado High School, Beau Baker from Keller (TX) High School, Darius Owens from Yukon (OK) High School, Ony Nwoke of Rowlett (TX) High School and Caleb Shannon of Carthage (TX) High School.
Also signing with the Reddies is All-Conference defensive tackle Will Yeager from Lovelady High School in Crockett, Texas, and defensive end Larry Carroll of New Boston (TX) High School.
NAME POS. HT WT SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Baker, Beau DB 6-1 190 Keller HS Keller, Texas
Brister, Anthony OL 6-2 280 Henderson HS Henderson, Texas
Broussard, Brennan LB 6-0 215 Slidell HS Slidell, La.
Brown, Terrence RB 5-9 185 Borger HS Borger, Texas
Carroll, Larry DE 6-3 235 New Boston HS New Boston, Texas
Chappell, Corey WR 5-7 150 Rowlett HS Rowlett, Texas
Clayton, Cody WR 5-8 170 Sulpher Springs HS Sulpher Springs, Texas
Couch, Billy OL 6-3 285 Rogers Heritage HS Rogers, Ark.
Davis, Josh LB 6-0 215 El Dorado HS El Dorado, Ark.
Frierson, Sean DB 5-10 180 El Dorado HS El Dorado, Ark.
Hardison, Dallas QB 5-11 180 Bentonville HS Bentonville, Ark.
Irby, Cordarius RB 5-11 215 Conway HS Conway, Ark.
Jackson, James WR 5-11 185 Centerpoint HS Birmingham, Ala.
Linares, Charles LB 6-0 195 North Dallas HS Dallas, Texas
McCoy, Daniel RB 6-0 185 Prescott HS Prescott, Ark.
McDaniel, Brian LB 6-2 220 Central HS Little Rock, Ark.
McGrath, Patrick OL 6-6 285 Ravenwood HS Brentwood, Tenn.
McKinney, Miles LB 6-2 215 Borger HS Borger, Texas
Miller, Josh TE 6-1 225 Sheridan HS Sheridan, Ark.
Miller, Ricky OL 6-2 310 El Dorado HS El Dorado, Ark.
Nwokoye, Ony DB 5-11 170 Rowlett HS Rowlett, Texas
Owens, Darius DB 5-11 185 Yukon HS Yukon, Okla.
Polite, Cammeron ATH 5-10 200 Central HS Little Rock, Ark.
Reason, Alex LB 6-0 205 West Mesquite HS Balch Springs, Texas
Rogers, Trevor OL 6-4 280 Ouachita Parish HS Monroe, La.
Shannon, Caleb DB 6-0 190 Carthage HS Carthage, Texas
Sheperd, Rashad WR 6-2 190 Conway HS Conway, Ark.
Sherrod, Austin OL 6-2 275 Briarcrest HS Collierville, Tenn.
Thomas, Quinta RB 5-10 185 Catholic HS Little Rock, Ark.
Thompson, Wendell WR 5-9 150 El Dorado HS El Dorado, Ark.
Turner, Rashidi WR 6-2 190 Rowlett HS Rowlett, Texas
White, Demitrius WR 5-7 160 Feather River CC Waycross, Ga.
Whitley, Garrett OL 6-4 290 Centerpoint HS Glenwood,Ark.
Yeager, Will DT 6-3 245 Lovelady HS Crockett, Texas