A McGehee defensive end, Monticello linebacker, Star City running back, Dumas wide receiver, a Dumas offensive lineman, Fordyce defensive end, and a Watson Chapel strong safety are among the 25 student athletes who signed national letters of intent to play football at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
The signees are:
Dale Bass, a 6’5, 200-pound defensive end from McGehee High School
Bass was named All-Conference, All-State, conference Defensive Player of the Year, All-Seark, and will play in the Arkansas All Star Game.
Jacob Bishop, 6’2, 240-pound offensive lineman from Dumas High School.
Bishop was an All-State and All-Conference selection. In a preseason interview with Bishop’s high school coach, Mark Courtney said Bishop is real strong, has a good motor, and good work ethics. “He’s the kind of kid you want to coach. He’s here every day, he’s never late, and when he shows up he’s here to work,” Courtney said.
Troy Brunson, a 5’10”, 195-pound linebacker from Monticello High School
Brunson, an All-State and All-Conference selection, had 65 tackles, 38 assists, 15 tackles for loss and 3 interceptions.
Drue Harvey, a 5’10”, 190-pound running back from Star City High School
Harvey, an All-State and All-Conference selection, played on both sides of the ball at Star City. On offense, he had 2,111 yards rushing with 24 touchdowns and 87 catches for 1,218 yards with 14 touchdowns. On defense, he had 57 unassisted tackles, 147 assisted tackles, six interceptions, seven fumble recoveries, and eight forced fumbles.
Trey Winchester, a 6’1”, 175-pound wide receiver from Dumas High School
Winchester, an All-Region and All-Conference selection, had 1,100 career receiving yards with 28 career touchdowns. He finished with over 2,500 all-purpose yards in his career. He was also a four-year all-conference letter winner in baseball.
Michael Hemphill, a 6’3”, 210-pound defensive end from Fordyce High School
Hemphill, an All-State and All-Conference selection, finished the season with 55 tackles, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.
Cedrick Burnett, a 5’11, 175-pound strong safety from Watson Chapel High School
Burnett, was an All-Conference selection in 2009 and 2010, and an All-State in 2011 5A Southeast All State player.
Marshall Everett, a 6’, 220-pound linebacker from Bryant
Everett, an All-Conference selection, completed his high school career with 87 tackles including a game-high 13 tackles against Little Rock Central.
DJ Green, a 6’2″, 285-pound offensive lineman from Jonesboro High School
Green, an All-State selection and two-time All-Conference pick, Green helped lead Jonesboro Hurricanes to the 6A playoff semi-finals before losing to the eventual state champion, El Dorado. He was a Jonesboro Sun “Best Under the Sun” selection and a member of KAIT’s 2011 Super Team.
Elgie Richards, a 6’3″, 235-pound quarterback from Arkansas High School in Texarkana, Ark.
Richards, an All-State, All-Conference and All-City pick, passed for 1,582 yards and 17 touchdowns with a career-high game against Benton where he went 28-33 throwing for 325 yards with three touchdowns. He was a Texarkana Gazette Player of the Week pick.
E. J. Robinson, a 5’10”, 275-pound defensive tackle from Conway High School
Robinson, an All-State and All-Conference selection, was team captain his senior year. He had 79 tackles, 14 for a loss, two sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Trent Collier, a 5’11”, 195-pound rover from Central High School in Memphis Tenn.
Collier was a two-year starter at Memphis Central where he also plays baseball.
Anthony Cowan, a 6’1″, 210-pound outside linebacker and defensive end from Cordova High School in Cordova, Tenn.
Recipient of the Fletcher Cleaves “Hard as Nails” Award, Cowan had 85 tackles, four sacks, and 22 tackles for loss. He was an All-District selection as a junior and a senior. As a junior, he had recorded 91 tackles 17 tackles for loss 3 forced fumbles.
Tony Cox, a 6’3″, 295-pound defensive tackle from Arlington High School in Arlington, Tenn.
Cox, a two-time first team All-Region selection, was named “Best of the Preps” by the Memphis Commercial Appeal. He also played in the 2012 Metro Memphis All-Star Game.
Rodney Edmiston, a 6’1″, 195-pound safety from Ensworth High School in Nashville, Tenn.
As a senior, Edmiston had 48 tackles, one touchdown interception and seven pass deflections. He was nominated for preseason All-State as a senior and made All-District team. He was a two-year starter on a team that won back-to-back state championships, the first championships in school history.
Ryan Flemmons, a 6′, 255-pound defensive tackle from Central High School in Memphis, Tenn.
Flemmons, the 2009 Best Defensive Lineman of the Year pick, started on offense and defense his sophomore year. As a power lifter, he won the Strongest Competitor in Memphis Award, setting several state records. He is also a member of the track team as a thrower.
Xavier Green, a 6’3″, 235-pound defensive end from Natchez High School in Natchez, Miss.
Green, a three-year letterman with a huge frame, is very versatile and has tremendous explosion off the ball. During his senior year, he played on both sides of the ball. He played tackle on offense and defensive end on defense. Green was team Offensive Player of the Year, team MVP, and the recipient of the 2011 Iron Dog Award. He also throws the shot put for the track team.
Harvey Harrod, a 6’1″, 280-pound offensive lineman from Langham Creek High School in Houston, Texas
Harrod, an All-District selection, helped lead Langham Creek to the Texas state playoffs with 6-5 record in one of state’s strongest districts.
Andrew Holmes, a 6’2″, 295-pound defensive tackle from White Haven High School in Memphis, Tenn.
Holmes, a two-year letterman, was an All-District selection his senior year.
Kiyan Jones, a 5’9″, 170-pound cornerback from Patterson High School in Patterson, La.
During Jones’ senior season, his team went 11-1 and won the district championship. He was an All-District selection and had 37 tackles, two interceptions, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and had three rushing touchdowns.
Raphael Mozie, a 6’1, 290-pound offensive lineman from Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, La.
Mozie, a two-time All-District and All-Metro selection, is a very versatile athlete who played multiple positions on the offensive line. He was a three-year letterman on a team that produced players like Major Applewhite, Warrick Dunn and Travis Minor. Mozie also threw the shot put for the track team and is a member of the school’s wrestling team.
Dominic Pizzitolo, a 6’2″, 225-pound defensive lineman from Fountainbleau High School in Covington, La.
Pizzitolo, a three-year letterman and two-time First Team All-District selection, was voted as his team’s defensive Most Valuable Player and was selected as a team captain. He finished the 2011 season with 24 tackles for loss and nine sacks.
Devin Preyer, a 5’9″, 175-pound cornerback from Mitchell High School in Memphis, Tenn.
Preyer played three seasons at Mitchell High School where he had 1,000 all-purpose yards and seven interceptions. He was named All-District, All-Metro, All-State, and All-Dream Team in 2011-12.
Trey Taylor, a 5’9”, 170-pound wide receiver from Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport, La.
Taylor is a member of a two-time state champion team at Evangel Christian Academy. As a senior, he had 31 receptions for 410 yards with seven touchdowns at wide receiver. As a running back, he had 140 rushes for 700 yards and six touchdowns, and as a quarterback he went 79-for-129 for 1,143 yards and 15 touchdowns. He was named to the 2011 first-team Louisiana All-State, 2011 first-team All-District, 2011 first-team Team All-City in Shreveport.
Trey Tolliver, a 6’2″, 292-pound offensive lineman from Glen Oaks High School in Baton Rouge.
Tolliver, a three-time All-District pick, was selected as a member of the Louisiana Class 3A All-Metro team and was a US Army Red Stick Bowl All-Star Game selection. He also throws the shot put for the track team and is a member of the school’s wrestling squad
Nick Williams, a 5’11”, 180-pound running back from DeSoto Central High School in Southaven, Miss.
Williams, a First Team All-Metro and First Team All-District pick, was team MVP with 9.5 yards per carry. He was named the Defensive Player of the Year, Special Teams Player of the Year, was a two-time Ed Jones Player of the Week pick, Ed Jones Player of the Year, and was voted Mr. DCHS.