Dec. 19, 2012
DALLAS - Junior College All-American running back Traylon Shead has signed a National Letter of Intent with SMU and will enroll on the Hilltop in January, Coach June Jones announced today. The 6-2, 225-lb. back will be eligible for the 2013 season.
The Cayuga, Texas, native rushed for team highs in yardage (1,194) and touchdowns (17) for Navarro JC in 2012, earning honorable-mention NJCAA All-America honors. He led Navarro to a final ranking of No. 4 nationally and a 10-2 record.
"With Zach Line graduating, running back will be a position of need in 2013, and Traylon should help fill that void," said Jones. "He was a great high school player and had a great year at Navarro as well. We look forward to having him with us for spring practice and our BIG EAST schedule this fall."
Shead signed with Texas out of high school and spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons in Austin. He redshirted in 2010 and then played for UT against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Rice and Texas Tech in 2011.
As a prep, Shead was ranked as a four-star prospect and the nation's No. 16 running back in the 2010 class. He was an All-American and a three-time First-Team All-State and three-time First-Team All-District selection, earning PARADE All-America honors as a senior. He played in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and finished his career as the state's all-time leader in career TDs (141) and second all-time in rushing yards (10,291 yards).
In addition to being named the two-time Texas 1A Offensive Player of the Year, Shead was also an all-state performer and four-year letterman in basketball and a four-year letterman in track and field, placing eighth in the 100m dash at the state meet as a junior.