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Recruiting Class Press Release | VIDEO - Signing Day Fan Event

Welcomg to Signing Day LIVE at SMUMustangs.com. Recruits will be added to the list below as they are confirmed. Bios and possible links to highlight videos of each signee will be available.

January Enrollee
Conner Preston
QB/6-0/200/Gardena, Calif. (Junipero Serra)

Prep: A three-star Rivals.com recruit... Selected to PrepStar Magazine's All-West Region Team... Compiled 29-1 record as a starting quarterback at Junipero Serra... Led the state with over 3,500 passing yards and 42 touchdowns, earning first-team All-State and All-CIF honors... Ranked as the No. 2 quarterback and No. 13 player overall in the state by CaliHiSports.com... Guided his team to an undefeated 15-0 season in 2009, throwing for 44 touchdowns... Maintained a 4.3 GPA... The 2010 Mission League Offensive MVP... Threw for over 2,000 yards as a sophomore... Also played baseball... Chose SMU over offers from Colorado, Maryland, Cincinnati and others.
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7:30 A.M.
K.C. Nlemchi
RB/6-1/195/Katy, Texas (Cinco Ranch)

Prep: A three-star Rivals.com, ESPN.com and FoxSports.com recruit... Rated by Rivals as the No. 36 running back in the nation and the 78th-best player overall in Texas... Named an All-American by PrepStar Magazine... Named one of Dave Campbell's Texas Football's five 5A "Money Players" and the preseason Offensive MVP... Ranked as the No. 102 player in the state by Scout... Named to MaxPreps.com's Texas Top 300... Rushed for over 1,200 yards and 18 touchdowns and added two receiving touchdowns as a senior... Carried 284 times for 2,388 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior... A 2009 APSE and TexasFootball.com Class 5A first-team All-State selection... Named the 2009 Houston Offensive Player of the Year by the Houston Chronicle... Chose SMU over offers from Arkansas, Tulsa, Tulane and Utah.
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8:00 A.M.
Stephon Sanders
DE/6-3/230/Mesquite, Texas (Horn)

Prep: A three-star Rivals.com, ESPN.com and FoxSports.com recruit... Rated by Rivals as the No. 36 defensive end in the nation... Selected to PrepStar Magazine's All-Midlands Region Team and TheOldCoach.com's All-Area squad... Named to MaxPreps.com's Texas Top 300... Ranked No. 64 on the Dallas Morning News' Area Top 100 list... Registered 77 tackles (53 solo), 11 tackles for-loss and four sacks during his senior season... As a junior, recorded 57 tackles, 3.5 sacks, three pass breakups and a forced fumble... A two-time All-District selection... Named Academic All-State... Also played baseball and basketball... Held 15 offers, including ones from Arkansas, Duke, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas, Utah, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wake Forest.
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8:15 A.M.
Robert Seals
DE/6-2/220/Pearland, Texas (Dawson)

Prep: A two-star Rivals.com, ESPN.com and FoxSports.com recruit... Selected to PrepStar Magazine's All-Midlands Region Team and the Houston Chronicle's Top 100... Named to MaxPreps.com's Texas Top 300... Recorded 13 tackles for-loss, 7.5 sacks and two forced fumbles as a senior and 50 tackles and 7.5 sacks as a junior... A three-time first-team All-District selection... Also tabbed All-Brazoria County... Nominated for two post-season all-star games - The Bayou Bowl and the Space City Classic... Also lettered in basketball.


8:15 A.M.
Darrian Wright
DT/6-2/280/Dayton, Texas (Dayton)

Prep: A three-star Rivals.com recruit... Selected to PrepStar Magazine's All-Midlands Region Team... Named the District Player of the Year and preseason All-State by Dave Campbell's Texas Football... Voted Defensive MVP by the coaches in his district... Named first-team All-State and All-District as a senior... Named to MaxPreps.com's Texas Top 300... Recorded 123 tacks, 15 TFLs, seven sacks, four forced fumbles and 21 hurries in 2010... As a junior, tallied 73 tackles, 23 TFLs and seven sacks... Also played basketball and threw the shot in track... Chose SMU over offers from Northwestern, Kentucky, Tulane and Colorado State among others.
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8:38 A.M.
Rodney Hubert
DB/5-11/165/Brenham, Texas (Brenham)

Prep: A three-star Rivals.com recruit... Selected to PrepStar Magazine's All-Midlands Region Team... Named to MaxPreps.com's Texas Top 300... Named All-District after notching 26 tackles, three interceptions and 12 pass breakups as a senior... Racked up 80 tackles, two interceptions and six pass breakups as a junior... Runs a 4.48 40... Ranked as the nation's No. 85 corner by ESPN.com... Also ran track... Chose SMU over Colorado State and others.
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9:25 A.M.
Rishaad Wimbley
DT/6-0/295/Forney, Texas (Forney)

Prep: A three-star Rivals.com recruit... Selected to PrepStar Magazine's All-Midlands Region Team... Named first-team All-District... Ranked No. 84 on the Dallas Morning News' Area Top 100 list... Competitive power lifter in high school, taking second at state - bench press: 425; squat: 640; deadlift: 635.


9:35 A.M.
Zach Wood
DE/6-3/260/Rowlett, Texas (Rowlett)

Prep: A three-star Rivals.com, ESPN.com and FoxSports.com recruit... Ranked as the nation's No. 56 defensive tackle by ESPN.com... Named to MaxPreps.com's Texas Top 300... Had 99 tackles, 32 TFLs and eight sacks as a junior... Totaled 115 tackles and 10 sacks during his senior campaign... A 2010 Class 4A All-State honorable mention selection... Named Dave Campbell's Texas Football's preseason Defensive District MVP... Held numerous offers, including ones from Minnesota, Virginia and Houston.
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9:35 A.M.
Michael Sparling
DB/6-2/175/La Habra, Calif. (La Habra)

Prep: A two-star Rivals.com and FoxSports.com recruit... Rated as the No. 1 defensive back in Orange County and chosen All-County by the Orange County Register... Finished his senior season with eight interceptions, 13 pass breakups and 55 tackles, leading La Habra to an 11-3 record and its fourth straight CIS Championship... Tallied six interceptions, 44 tackles and 16 pass breakups as a junior... A first-team All-League and All-CIF selection ...Four-year varsity starter... Averaged 36 yards per punt return... Also lettered in baseball.


9:50 A.M.
Jarrett Spencer
DE/6-3/240/Rockwall, Texas (Rockwall)

Prep: A three-star FoxSports.com recruit... Selected to PrepStar Magazine's All-Midlands Region Team... Ranked No. 92 on the Dallas Morning News' Area Top 100... Had 35 tackles and six sacks as a senior... As a junior, had three sacks in one game against Turner and totaled 29 stops on the year... Also lettered in track.
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10:00 A.M.
Derek Longoria
LB/6-3/205/Brownwood, Texas (Brownwood)

Prep: A three-star Rivals.com recruit... Selected to PrepStar Magazine's All-Midlands Region Team... Had 115 tackles and three interception returns for touchdowns as a senior... Also rushed for three scores... Named Academic All-District 5-3A and to the All-Big Country Super Team... A two-way player in high school, rushing for 500 yards and intercepting three passes as a junior... A preseason All-State pick by Dave Campbell's Texas Football... Averaged 41.8 yards as Brownwood's punter... A 2010 Class 3A second-team All-State selection.


10:40 A.M.
Jonathan Yenga
LB/6-2/200/Euless, Texas (Trinity)

Prep: A three-star Rivals.com and FoxSports.com recruit... Rated as the nation's No. 41 outside linebacker and the No. 71 player in all of Texas by Scout... Selected to PrepStar Magazine's All-Midlands Region Team... Named to MaxPreps.com's Texas Top 300... An AP honorable mention All-State choice... Chosen to the Ft. Worth Star Telegram's Area Top 50 and rated No. 51 on the Dallas Morning News' Area Top 100... Led Euless Trinity to the 2010 State Championship game after winning the State Championship as a junior... An All-District honoree... Named Dave Campbell's Texas Football's preseason Defensive District MVP... Averaged 9.3 tackles per game during his senior season, racking up 134 stops, seven TFL and three sacks on the year... Totaled 143 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one pick as a junior... Chose SMU over offers from Oklahoma State, Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Minnesota and Tulsa among others; Personal: Brother, Youri, was a four-year starter for SMU.
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10:40 A.M.
Kris Weeks
OL/6-5/300/Sachse, Texas (Sachse)

Prep: A three-star Rivals.com, ESPN.com and FoxSports.com recruit... Selected to PrepStar Magazine's All-Midlands Region Team... Named to MaxPreps.com's Texas Top 300... Ranked No. 81 on the Dallas Morning News' Area Top 100 list... A first-team All-District selection... Also competed in power lifting and track.
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10:40 A.M.
Christian Holloway
DE/6-5/240/Torrance, Calif. (Bishop Montgomery)

Prep: A three-star Rivals.com and ESPN.com recruit... Registered 65 tackles, 13 sacks and one interception during his senior season... Team Captain... An All-CIF performer... Named to the South Bay All-Area Team and was tabbed Del Rey League Lineman of the Year... Only played two seasons of high school football... Had 12 sacks and five forced fumbles as a junior... Also played basketball and volleyball... Chose SMU over an offer from New Mexico State.
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10:40 A.M.
Jermaine Sams
WR/5-11/177/Covington, La. (St. Paul's)

Prep: A three-star Rivals.com recruit... A two-time All-District selection... Named honorable mention All-State as a senior... Also tabbed All-Catholic Elite... Caught 39 passes for 729 yards and as a senior... Averaged just under 30 yards per kick return, returning six kickoffs for touchdowns in 2010... Hauled in 29 balls for 682 yards as a junior... Chose SMU over Southern Miss and others.
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11:00 A.M.
Arrius Holleman
WR/6-3/170/Lubbock, Texas (Monterey)

Prep: A three-star Rivals.com and FoxSports.com recruit... Named to MaxPreps.com's Texas Top 300... Ranked as the No. 115 player in the state by Scout... Had 36 catches for 748 yards and seven TDs as a senior... Named All-City, All-District, All-Area, All-South Plains and All-West Texas... Caught 34 passes for 557 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior... Chose SMU over offers from Texas Tech, Houston, UTEP and Rice.


1:15 P.M.
Maurice Hood
DB/6-0/190/Tyler, Texas (Tyler J.C./Lee)

Junior College (2009-10): A 2010 first-team NJCAA All-American... Totaled nearly 200 tackles during his junior college career, including 70 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions in just six full games in 2010... A two-time Conference Player of the Week... Had 14 tackles and two tackles for-loss against Blinn J.C. and then notched 18 tackles, a fumble recovery, a pass breakup and two sacks against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M... A two-year starter and unanimous All-Conference selection... A two-star Rivals.com recruit; Prep: A second-team 5A All-State selection as a senior at Tyler Lee.


1:15 P.M.
Nyle Johnson
WR/6-0/185/Baton Rouge, La. (Dunham School)

Prep: A two-star Rivals.com, ESPN.com and FoxSports.com recruit... First-team All-District on offense and a second-team pick as a returner and defensive back as a senior... A three-time All-District choice... Had 86 carries in five games at running back, rolling up 693 yards and six rushing touchdowns... Named the ESPN Player of the Week... Caught 36 passes for 471 yards and five scores... Had five punt returns and two kickoff returns for touchdowns... Named his team's Offensive MVP after sophomore and junior seasons... Selected to play in the post-season Red Stick Bowl... Chose SMU over offers from Connecticut, Tulane and others; Personal: Son of NFL standout and USFL All-Star Trumaine Johnson.


1:15 P.M.
Taylor Lasecki
OL/6-3/260/Frisco, Texas (Frisco)

Prep: A three-star Rivals.com recruit... Named first-team All-District and second-team All-Collin County... Ranked No. 91 on the Dallas Morning News' All-Area list... Also competed in powerlifting, track and baseball.
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1:15 P.M.
Dontae Levingston
OL/6-4/285/Harbor City, Calif. (Narbonne)

Prep: A three-star Rivals.com, ESPN.com and FoxSports.com recruit... Rated by Rivals as the No. 25 offensive guard in the nation and the 37th-best player overall in California... Selected to PrepStar Magazine's All-West Region Team... Named first-team All-City... Averaged eight pancake blocks per game... Also lettered in basketball and track... Chose SMU over offers from USC, Florida, Oregon, Arizona, Washington, Nevada and others.
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1:15 P.M.
Taylor Reich
OL/6-7/295/San Diego, Calif. (Westview)

Prep: A three-star FoxSports.com recruit... Named second-team All-Palomar League in 2010... A 2009 All-Valley League Honorable Mention selection... Named Westview's Lineman of the Year... Chose SMU over offers from Nevada and UTEP.


1:15 P.M.
James Richardson
DB/5-9/175/Baton Rouge, La. (Central)

Prep: A three-star Rivals.com recruit... Named first-team All-State, All-District and District Defensive MVP in 2010... Also tabbed All-Metro... One of six finalists for the Warrick Dunn Award, given annually to the top prep athlete in Louisiana... A four-time All-District selection... Chosen All-District at three spots - defensive back, kick returner and athlete... Invited to play in two post-season all-star games - the Red Stick Bowl and the Who's The Man Bowl... Tallied 62 tackles, eight TFLs and five interceptions during his senior season... Also ran for 262 yards and four scores on 44 carries... Recorded 43 tackles, one sack, two interceptions and two blocked punts as a junior... One of four MVPs at the New Orleans Combine, running a camp-best 4.35 40... Also ran track... Chose SMU over offers from Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, Cincinnati, Marshall and others.
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1:25 P.M.
Davon Moreland
LB/6-3/230/Los Angeles, Calif. (Salesian)

Prep: A four-star Rivals.com and FoxSports.com recruit... The highest-rated player signed by SMU in Rivals' decade-plus database... Rated by Rivals as the No. 17 defensive end in the nation and the 27th-best player overall in California... Ranked as the No. 231 player overall nationally by Rivals and No. 293 overall by FoxSports.com... Scout.com rates him as the nation's No. 20 outside linebacker... Named an All-American by PrepStar Magazine... Had 17 sacks and 95 stops as a senior... Recorded 95 tackles (45 TFLs) and 21 sacks as a junior... Named All-League Defensive MVP... Honored as the Los Angeles Wave Player of the Year... Also played volleyball and boxed... Chose SMU over offers from USC, Oregon, Cal, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington, Texas A&M, UCLA and others.
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1:40 P.M.
Ronnell Sims
WR/5-8/170/Abilene, Texas (Abilene)

Prep: A three-star Rivals.com, ESPN.com and FoxSports.com recruit... Rated by Rivals as the No. 100 wide receiver in the nation and the 83rd-best player overall in Texas... Selected to PrepStar Magazine's All-Midlands Region Team and TheOldCoach.com's All-Area squad... Ranked as the No. 10 athlete in Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football... Named to MaxPreps.com's Texas Top 300... Completed 142 of 224 attempts for 1,893 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushed for 893 yards and 10 scores during his senior season... Accumulated over 2,900 all-purpose yards and 33 touchdowns during his junior year, leading Abilene to the 2009 State Championship... Named All-State in 2009... Averaged more than 240 yards of total offense during senior season... The 2010 District Co-Offensive Player of the Year... Honorable mention Academic All-State... Chose SMU over offers from Baylor, Houston, Tulsa, Louisiana Tech and Rice.
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1:50 P.M.
Darius Joseph
WR/6-1/190/Abilene, Texas (Abilene)

Prep: A three-star Rivals.com and ESPN.com recruit... As a senior, totaled 460 receiving yards and five touchdowns on offense and 50 tackles and two interceptions on defense... An All-District 3-5A selection... High school teammate of fellow SMU signee Ronnell Sims... Also played basketball and ran track.
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1:50 P.M.
Caldwell Flores
WR/6-1/185/Houston, Texas (St. John's)

Prep: On the year, rushed for 994 yards and 12 TDs... Also hauled in a receiving TD... Rushed 14 times for 131 yards and a touchdown in St. John's 34-27 victory over Second Baptist... Had 15 carries for 92 yards and a touchdown against Casady.


1:40 P.M.
Cameron Smith
LB/6-2/240/Austin, Texas (McNeil)

Prep: A three-star Rivals.com, ESPN.com and FoxSports.com recruit... Selected to PrepStar Magazine's All-Midlands Region Team... Named first-team All-Centex and All-District... Named District 16-5A Lineman of the Year... Had 48 tackles and three sacks in 2010... Also tabbed Academic All-District... Also lettered in track... Held over 10 offers, including ones from Illinois, Tulsa, Houston and Utah.


3:00 P.M.
Daren Kitchen
DB/6-1/172/Houma, La. (Vandebilt Catholic)

Prep: A three-star Rivals.com, ESPN.com and FoxSports.com recruit... Rated by Rivals as the No. 56 corner back in the nation and the 24th-best player overall in Louisiana... Selected to PrepStar Magazine's All-Southeast Region Team... In just seven games in 2010, notched 45 tackles and four interceptions - three of which were returned for touchdowns... Tallied 64 tackles and four interceptions during his junior season... Named All-District in 2009... Also ran track... Chose SMU over offers from Michigan, Nebraska, Stanford, Pitt, Kansas, Memphis, and Southern Miss.


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