The Blinn College football coaching staff waited patiently for 44 National Letters of Intent to be sent in during head coach Ryan Mahon's first recruiting class for the Buccaneers on National Signing Day, Wednesday, Feb. 1.
Blinn had a well-rounded recruiting class and was able to fill all position needs across the board.
"It is a different feeling now that I am head coach because I am the one giving out the offers and showing off the program to the athletes and their families," Mahon said. "It has been a special experience because you only get your first signing class once."
On the offensive side of the ball, running back Carlos Grace (Crosby) could have a chance to contribute running behind offensive lineman Garrison Tullos (Bryan). Wide receivers Keric Wheatfall (Cy-Ranch) and Quinton Newton (Klein Collins) have a chance to catch some passes on the field in the fall.
On the defensive side of the ball, linebackers Giovonnia Moore (Columbus, Ga.) and Trevor Harmanson (Dickinson) could be factors. Defensive back Kerry Johnson (Westfield) will be out on the field making life difficult for wide receivers while Vonte Davis (Terry) is an athlete that can help the defense out but does not have a set position.
The complete list of defensive signees are: Austin Gauffney (ATH – Cy-Ranch), Brennon Davis (LB – Grapevine), Brodrick Mourning (LB – Taylor), Charles Hester (LB – Stafford), Darius Milton (ATH – Austin), Deldric Shields (DB – Pittsburg), D'Juan Matthews (DL – Cy-Ridge), Donovan Banks (DB – Sweeny), Isaiah Moore (DB – La Grange), Jared Young (LB – Elkins), Jaylan Hill (DL – Ennis), Kahlil Thomas (DB – Austin LBJ), Kirsten Williams (DB – Klein Forest), Kyri Danner (ATH – Memphis, Tenn.), Michael Gayden (DL – Dulles), Miles Banks (DB – Elkins), Quinton Lazard (DB – Taylor), Reginald Beason (ATH – Memphis, Tenn.), Tarik Cooper (LB – Texas City), Terrance Williams (LB – Dulles), TJ Simien (DL – Lake Travis) and Tuciano Pope (DB – Channelview).
The complete list of signees on the offensive side of the ball are: Daveon Boyd (QB - Atascocita), Ben Gansallo (OL – Dulles), Dashun Horne (WR – Stony Point), Dawson Chumley (WR – Groveton), Greg Williams (WR – Cinco Ranch), Hunter Crooks (OL – Dayton), Jacob Cook (RB – Elgin), Jay Stinebaugh (OL – Alvarado), Kyle Parks (QB – Center), Rhett Read (TE – Leon), Robert Frank (RB – A&M Consolidated), Trendon Rolan (OL – Ennis), Jaylin Martin (TE – Westfield) and Sicory Smith (WR – Cameron).
Blinn finished 2016 with a 5-4 record, falling just short of the Southwest Junior College Football Conference playoffs.
Blinn has competed in intercollegiate athletics since 1903 and captured 34 NJCAA national championships since 1987. For more information, visit www.buccaneersports.com.
About Blinn College
With an enrollment of 19,422 students, Blinn ranks among the nation's leaders in transferring students to leading four-year universities and has received national recognition for affordable educational excellence. For more information, visit www.blinn.edu.