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National Signing Day 2013: Tulsa Golden Hurricane

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Coach Bill Blankenship and his staff inked 21 players to national letters of intent on Wednesday to play football for the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Of the 21 players, 12 are Oklahomans, five players from Texas, two are from Colorado and one each from Arkansas and Missouri.

Here is the list of the 2013 Tulsa football signees:

CB - Will Barrow

5-10 • 170

Dallas, Texas • Skyline HS

Barrow helped lead his team to a 12-2 record and to the fourth round in the state playoffs as a senior, earning first-team all-district honors and was an honorable mention Class 5A all-state selection. He was Rivals.com No. 93 overall prospect in the state of Texas and the No. 68 cornerback in the country. He is the cousin of former Tulsa linebacker Curnelius Arnick and chose Tulsa over Texas Tech, Houston and Washington State.

 

S - Joe Bean

6-1 • 195

Hooker, Okla. • Hooker HS

Bean was a four-year letterwinner at Hooker High School where he played quarterback, receiver and running back on offense, and middle linebacker and free safety on defense. Bean rushed for 4,794 career yards, while passing for 1,780 yards in his career; he also had over 500 receiving yards in his career. On defense he totaled 258 career tackles, 17 TFLs and five interceptions on his way to being named all-district on three occasions. He gained over 2,000 yard rushing, 1,000 yards passing and 200 yards receiving and was credited with 105 tackles, 10 TFLs and two interceptions his senior season. As a result, Bean was named the District Player of the Year as a senior. Bean chose Tulsa over Colorado State, San Diego State and Wyoming.

 

OL - Rob Boyd

6-4 • 310

Vian, Okla. • Vian HS

Boyd was a four-year letterwinner and starter at Vian High School, starting on the offensive line and at defensive tackle, and helped his team post a four-year record of 42-7 record, including 13-1 his senior season. Boyd was ESPN's eighth-ranked recruit in the state of Oklahoma and  earned first-team Tulsa World all-state honors as a senior. He was also an Oklahoma Coaches Association East all-state team selection and selected as the District 2A-6 Offensive Lineman of the Year in both his junior and senior seasons. He was named the Muskogee Phoenix Offensive Player of the Year and was also ranked No. 3 on The Oklahoman's "Top 30" list. Boyd chose Tulsa over Navy, Memphis and Louisiana-Monroe.

 

DT - Jesse Brubaker

6-4 • 260

Wylie, Texas • Wylie East HS

Brubaker started at tight end for three years and at defensive tackle his senior campaign, helping lead his team to a 9-4 record and third round of the Class 4A state playoffs as a senior. He had 50 tackles, 10 TFLs and four sacks his senior season and also caught 43 passes for 540 yards and three TDs. Brubaker earned all-state honors on offense and defense and was ranked by 247Sports as the No. 113 prospect in Texas and the No. 32 tight end in the nation. He chose Tulsa over SMU, Louisiana Tech and New Mexico.

 

CB - Ray Crockett, II

6-1 • 170

Southlake, Texas • Southlake Carroll HS

Crockett did not play prep football until his junior season but started at receiver as a junior and at cornerback his senior season, helping lead his team to a two-year record of 28-2 and the Class 5A state championship as a junior. Crockett was credited with 30 tackles, 12 pass break-ups, three interceptions and two forced fumbles as a senior. His father, Ray Crockett Sr., played in the 14 years in the NFL with the Detroit Lions (5), Denver Broncos (7) and Kansas City Chiefs (2).

 

DE - Frankie Davis

6-3 • 235

Broken Arrow, Okla. • Broken Arrow HS

Davis earned second-team all-state honors as a senior and completed his career with 151 tackles. He was credited with 82 tackles, five sacks and three fumble recoveries his senior season and helped lead his Tiger team to the Class 6A state quarterfinals and an overall 8-4 record. He also totaled an impressive 19 tackles and two sacks in two playoff games. He was ESPN's 17th-ranked recruit in the state of Oklahoma and chose Tulsa over Air Force, Colorado State, New Mexico and Memphis.

 

LB - C.J. Gooden

6-2 • 220

Ashdown, Ark. • Ashdown HS

Gooden was a three-year starter at Ashdown High School where he played middle linebacker and tight end. He recorded 110 tackles, four sacks and two interceptions as a senior, earning  first-team Democrat-Gazette all-area honors as a junior and senior. He also received all-state honors by the Democrat Gazette his senior campaign and was the 10th-ranked senior prospect in Arkansas in the postseason by Rivals.com. Gooden earned Arkansas Class 3A first-team all-state honors his senior season. He chose Tulsa over Texas State.

 

HB - Chris Hall

6-0 • 235

Tulsa, Okla. • Union HS

A three-year letterwinner and starter at Tulsa Union High School, Hall played tight end and fullback helping lead Union to a three-year mark of 37-5 and two state championships. He received a post-season ranking of 20th in the state of Oklahoma by Rivals.com after his senior season. Hall completed his prep career with 107 receptions for 1,057 yards and six TDs, including 46 receptions for 446 yards and three touchdowns as a senior. He was ESPN's 19th-ranked recruit in the state of Oklahoma and chose Tulsa over Arkansas, Memphis and Utah State.

 

LB - Jake Hanks

6-2 • 230

Fort Collins, Colo. • Fort Collins HS

Hanks started for three years on defense and two years on offense in high school and played defensive end and fullback as a senior. He totaled 61 tackles and 6.5 sacks his senior season, while rushing for 348 yards and four TDs from his fullback position. He was awarded Front Range League all-conference accolades as a senior in addition to being named to the Colorado Prep Report first-team Elite Defense in his senior season. He was also the 2012 Colorado Class 5A state champion in the shot put. Hanks chose Tulsa over Air Force, Wyoming and Northern Colorado.

 

ATH - Jaylen Lowe

6-0 • 180

Owasso, Okla. • Owasso HS

Lowe played quarterback at Owasso and led his team to the school's first district title since 1986 as a senior, guiding Owasso to the Class 6A state semifinals. He was selected to the OCA East all-state team after completing 139-of-230 passes for 2,332 yards and 28 TDs, while rushing for 563 yards and 14 touchdowns his senior season. He was also named first-team all-state as a punter, averaging 39.8 yards on 27 punts as a senior.

 

WR - Keevan Lucas

5-10 • 195

Abilene, Texas • Abilene HS

Lucas enrolled at Tulsa at mid-semester and will participate in spring practice. He was a two-year starter at Abilene High School and helped lead his team to a 12-1 record as a senior and 10-4 mark his junior season. He caught 124 passes for 1,825 yards, a 14.7 average and 14 touchdowns in 21 career games, including 56 receptions for 886 yards and seen TDs in seven games as a senior before suffering an injury. Lucas earned first-team all-district and honorable mention all-state accolades both as a junior and senior and also earned three letters in track, tying the school record in the 200 with a time of 21.5. He chose Tulsa over Louisiana Tech, Texas Tech, SMU, New Mexico and Colorado State.

 

OL - Blake Mejia

6-3 • 280

Tulsa, Okla. • Union HS

Mejia as a three-year starter at Union High School, earning first-team all-metro and all-state selections on the offensive line his senior season and was ranked No. 21 on The Oklahoman's "Top 30" list. He helped Union win state titles his sophomore and junior seasons, while finishing as the state runner-up as a senior. Mejia chose Tulsa over Memphis and New Mexico.

 

ATH - Ben Oberste

6-2 • 203

Sallisaw, Okla. • Sallisaw HS

Oberste was selected to the OCA East all-state team as a senior after he threw for 1,498 yards and 17 touchdowns on 106-of-198 passes his senior season. He also completed 147-of-282 passes for 1,771 yards and 20 touchdowns, while rushing for 753 yards and 13 TDs on 106 carries during his junior campaign on his way to honorable mention all-state honors. He was ESPN's 18th-ranked recruit in the state of Oklahoma and chose Tulsa over Navy and Arkansas State.

 

DT - Lionell Phillips

6-2 • 285

Garland, Texas • Naaman Forest HS

Phillips was a four-year starter at Naaman Forest High School and collected 64 tackles, 12 TFLs and five sacks his senior season. He compiled 230 career tackles and 19 career quarterback sacks and was a first-team all-district selection his sophomore and senior seasons, while earned second-team all-district accolades as a junior. He chose Tulsa over Kansas, Houston and New Mexico.

 

DE - Dalton Rodriguez

6-6 • 258

Tulsa, Okla. • Union HS

Rodriguez was a first-team all-state and all-metro selection on the defensive line his senior season after collecting 78 tackles and nine sacks his senior year. He was ESPN's ninth-ranked recruit in the state of Oklahoma and received a post-season ranking of eighth in the state of Oklahoma by Rivals.com. He was also ranked as the No. 57 offensive tackle nationally by Rivals.com. Rodriguez chose Tulsa over Oklahoma, Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Iowa State, Oregon State, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.

 

LB - Devin Rolan

6-1 • 230

McAlester, Okla. • McAlester HS

Rolan was a second-team all-state selection as a senior after he collected 119 tackles. earning him District 5A-3 Defensive Player of the Year honors. He helped lead McAlester to a 12-1 record and runner-up finish in the Class 4A state championship his junior season and was ESPN's 15th-ranked recruit in the state of Oklahoma as a senior. He totaled 98 tackles, four sacks and one interception as a junior. Rolan chose Tulsa over Indiana.

 

QB - Ryan Rubley

6-4 • 200

Highlands Ranch, Colo. • Mountain Vista HS

Rubley was a two-year starter at Mountain Vista High School and completed 129-of-248 passes for 1,681 yards and 14 TDs as a senior, earning first-team All-Continental League and honorable mention Class 5A all-state honors as a senior. He completed 21-of-32 passes for 274 yards in an upset of Colorado's No.1-ranked team Chapparal early in his senior season. Rubley was ESPN's 10th-ranked recruit in the state of Colorado. He's a mobile QB as evidenced by being a four-year track letterman and he placed sixth in the 200-meters at the state track meet his junior season. He also holds the school records for the 100m, 200m and as a member of the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams. His father, T.J. Rubley, quarterbacked the 1991 Tulsa Freedom Bowl Champions.

 

TE - Kolton Shindelar

6-6 • 252

Liberty, Mo. • Liberty HS

He started at tight end his senior season in a run-oriented offense, totaling just four receptions for 64 yards and two TDs as a senior. He earned first-team all-conference accolades his senior season and was a track star in the 110-meter hurdles, 200 meters and long jump, where he earned all-state honors. His father played football at Iowa State and his grandfather played for the Cleveland Browns. Shindelar chose Tulsa over Missouri, Baylor, Kansas State, Iowa State and San Diego State.


DB - Kerwin Thomas

5-10 • 160

Wagoner, Okla • Wagoner HS

Thomas was named all-metro second team defense as a senior after recording 49 tackles and two interceptions on defense his senior season. He also had 31 receptions for 527 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior and was named to the OCA East all-state team as a receiver.  He helped lead his team to a Class 4A state title as a junior. He chose Tulsa over Wyoming.

 

OL - Zac Uhles

6-4 • 260

Norman, Okla. • Norman HS

Uhles was a two-year starter at Norman High School, starting at left tackle in his final two seasons while also handling short and long snap duties. Uhles paved the way for an offense that rushed for over 3,500 yards and averaged 35 points per game. He was an OCA West all-state team selection his senior season and was named the District 6A-4 Offensive Lineman of the Year. He earned first-team all-district and Mid-State all-conference honors as a senior and was ESPN's 13th-ranked recruit in the state of Oklahoma. He chose Tulsa over Texas State and Pittsburg State.

 

DT - Zach Webb

6-2 • 280

Tulsa, Okla. • Metro Christian HS

Webb was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at Metro Christian Academy and started for three years on the offensive line and his last two years at nose guard, as well. Webb tallied 175 tackles, 40 TFLs, 17 sacks, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in his two years as a starter on the defensive line on his way to first-team all-state honors as a senior. He was selected to the OCA East all-state team and played in the 2013 All-American Bowl Game. Webb recorded 83 tackles, 23 TFLs and six sacks as a senior and was credited with 92 tackles, 17 TFLs and 11 sacks his junior season. Webb chose Tulsa over New Mexico State.

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