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**For Immediate Release**
OPSU’s Wyatt Announces 36 New Player Commitments
- by Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 02/08/2007

Goodwell, Okla. - Mike Wyatt, Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s head football coach, has been on the job for just over a month. Determined to make the Aggie program successful, Wyatt and his assistant coaches have hit the recruiting trail with intensity and he announced today that 36 players have made commitments to join the OPSU team for the fall campaign.

Wyatt’s initial goal was to sign approximately 12 players, but the hard work of the Aggie staff has paid off and that amount tripled on the first signing day. He said, “We are still in the hunt for another 12 or so quality players and I’m pleased with the efforts my assistant coaches have put into addressing our particular needs with only a month on the job.”

“There are some really fine football players in the group and they seem to be really excited about becoming Aggies for 2007. Time will tell how good a class this will be, but on paper, they are a good group,” Wyatt added.

Wyatt noted that a third of the commitments are from lineman – something he is also very pleased about. “Because of the way the bigger guys throw their bodies around, it is important to stock the shelf with guys who can compete for playing time and help create depth,” he said.

It will be six months before all players report to preseason camp, and Wyatt and a great many other people are excited about the future of OPSU football. The new players who have committed to be Aggies include:

NAME POS. HT. WT. High School Honors
Dyran Wright DE 6’1” 240 San Antonio Taft (TX) 1st Team All District, 3 year letterman
Klay Kuban QB 6’0 195 Temple Academy (TX) 2nd Team All District, Team Captain
Brett Thompson WR 6’2” 175 Abilene Cooper (TX) Two-Year Starter
Kyle Jones QB 6’3” 195 League City Clear Creek (TX) Three-Year Letterman
Isiah Mason DE 6’0 240 League City Clear Creek (TX) Three-Year Letterman
Jordan Ricker DB 5’10” 180 San Antonio McArthur (TX) PrepStar All Southwest, All Region
Mitchell Ricker DB 5’9” 175 San Antonio McArthur (TX) PrepStar All Southwest, All Region, All District
Edward Mattes III OL 6’0 270 San Antonio Southside (TX) 1st Team All District
Jeremy Ashby LB 6’0 215 Sanford Fritch (TX) 2nd Team All State, 1st Team All District
Skye Gonzalez QB 5’11” 180 Amarillo Palo Duro (TX) 2nd Team All District, 2nd Team Academic All St.
Gilbert Pedraza OL 5’11” 270 Amarillo Palo Duro (TX) Amarillo Globe Super Team, All District
Jermel Friar WR 5’6” 170 Amarillo Palo Duro (TX)
Steven McAlpine Jr. DB 6’3” 185 Wheeler (TX) 2nd Team All State-Twice, Golden Spread Super Team
James “Chucky” Rivera LB 5’11” 190 Wheeler (TX) 2nd Team All District RB/LB
William Turnbo DL 6’4” 270 Wesson Attendance Center (MS) 2nd Team All State, All Area, 6th in Tackles in State
Jeremiah Dauck LB 6’5” 215 Hoxie (AR) 1st Team All State, 1st Team All Conference
Byron Stocker OL 6’2” 280 Hoxie (AR) 2nd Team All State, 1st Team All Conference
Jeffrey Thompson DB 5’10” 175 Mesabi Range CC (MN) #12 ranked JC, Missouri All Stater
Tony Valadez DB 5’10” 180 New Braunfels (TX) HM All State, 1st Team All Dist., County Player of Year
Tyler Bennett WR 6’1” 170 Holtville (CA) 1st Team All League/ All Valley; City Player of the Year
Michael Ray Smith P 6’2” 180 Lubbock (TX) HM All District
Micah Herron DL 5’9” 250 Lubbock (TX)
Adam Xavier Belgara LB 6’1” 230 Lubbock (TX)
Derek Hester WR 6’3” 180 Lubbock (TX)
Curtis Roberts OL 6’4” 280 Brazoswood (TX) Academic All State
Chris Manross WR 6’3” 198 Perryton (TX) 1st Team All District, Golden Spread Super Team
Weston Taylor DB 6’0” 185 Perryton (TX) 2nd Team All District RB, HM All District LB
Josh Yelder OL 5’10” 260 Mobile Davidson (AL) Team Captain
Michael McLain QB 6’2” 170 Buffalo (OK) 8 Man All Star
Kyle Moralez LS 5’7” 215 Lawton (OK) All District, Oklahoma Sr. Bowl Participant
Patrick Lofton LB 6’1” 225 Skiatook (OK) Tulsa World HM All State, All District, 5A All Star
Jeff Alder LB 6’0 195 Wickenburg (AZ) All State, All Region, 3A Defensive Player of the Year
Michael Billingsley DL 6’4” 230 Oklahoma City Southeast (OK) 1st Team All District, 1st Team All City
Matthew Waters DL 6’6” 360 Oklahoma City Southeast (OK) 1st Team All City
Donald Worth LB 6’0” 210 Oklahoma City Southeast (OK) 1st Team All District, 1st
Team All City
Lane Cappellucci LB 5’9” 210 Hooker (OK) 1st Team All District, District Outstanding
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