Houston Announces 2012 Football Signing Class

    Coach Tony Levine capped his initial signing class at UH.
    Coach Tony Levine capped his initial signing class at UH.
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    Feb. 1, 2012

    Houston, Texas - University of Houston Head Coach Tony Levine unveiled his 2012 recruiting class on Wednesday as 24 standouts (and one transfer) signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Cougars next fall.

    Houston had a great mixture of players in Levine's inaugural class. Four players announced today were awarded High School All-America recognition as seniors, including the first Scout.com "Five-Star" player (Deontay Greenberry) and the first Under Armor All-American (Donald Hopkins) in program history. Ranked by some publications as the No. 1 recruiting class in Conference USA, UH signed 11 players that earned All-State recognition in the state of Texas and 20 in-state products in total.

    "I am certainly pleased to welcome this talented group of student-athletes to our program," Head Coach Tony Levine said. "Recruiting is about relationships and we have developed some great relationships with these young men, their families and their high school coaches over the years. There is no question Houston Football has become a national brand and now we can offer the opportunity to earn an education from a Tier One institution, play in a soldout stadium, and compete in a Bowl Championship Series conference. It's certainly an exciting time at the University of Houston."

    Houston Class of 2012 Player Bio Sketches:
    Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown Previous School
    Jacob Abels OL 6-5 290 Sugar Land, Texas Fort Bend Austin
    High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN.com and Scout.com ... Ranked the No. 91 player at his position by Scout.com ... Was the top offensive lineman for Dan Schreiber's Bulldogs, helping the team rush for more than 1,200 yards ... Was a standout performer at the Nike Football Training Camp in Houston and his great frame and long wingspan allow him to project as a tackle with maturation ... Unanimous selection to the All-District 23-5A Zone B squad ... All-Sun Team pick by the Sugarland News.

     

     

    Steven Aikens LB 6-2 200 Arlington, Texas Seguin
    High School: Three-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Named one of the country's Top 100 outside linebacker prospects and was named a First Team All-District pick at safety as a senior ... Third Team All-State by Rivals.com ... Earned honorable mention All-State recognition from the Associated Press ... Named one of the Dallas-Fort Worth Players of the Week in Week 2 by the Dallas Morning News with 19 tackles and a pass broken up ... Named his team's MVP recording 122 total tackles, three interceptions and two fumbles recovered ... Was nominated for the DFW Hero Award in 2011.

    Rex Dausin QB 6-3 195 San Antonio, Texas Warren
    High School: District 27-5A Offensive Most Valuable Player as a senior and twice named First Team All-District ... Quarterbacked a club that went 19-6 his final two seasons ... Three-year letterwinner ... Second Team All-State by the Padilla Poll as a senior ... All-Area selection by the San Antonio Express-News ... Led his club into the state playoffs and finished with an 11-2 overall mark ... Produced some incredible statistical numbers including completing 21-of-29 passes for 452 yards and six TDs in a win over Churchill to earn Offensive Player of the Week honors from the San Antonio Express-News ... Finished the year throwing for 3,310 yards and 34 scores ... Completed 65 percent of his passes ... Rushed for 564 yards and 15 more TDs for a total of 3,874 yards of total offense and 49 total touchdowns ... Twice named an All-District pick at quarterback ... Threw for 2,254 yards and 20 TDs as a junior ... Completed an impressive 57 percent of his passes as a first-year starter ... Outstanding athlete and was a starting wide receiver as a sophomore before taking over at quarterback later that year ... Played for his father Bryan Dausin at Warren ... Comes from a huge football family ... His father and uncles (Randy and Chris) played offensive line at Texas A&M ... Randy Dausin played from 1982-86, Chris Dausin played from 1988-92 and played for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1993 ... His father was an Aggie from 1978-82 and had a free agent stint in training camp with the Houston Oilers in 1983.

    Deontay Greenberry WR 6-3 187 Fresno, Calif. Washington Union
    High School: Five-star recruit nationally ... The first Scout.com "five-star" player to select the University of Houston in school history ... Ranked the No. 7 wide receiver nationally and the No. 46 player overall by Scout.com ... Was a five-star recruit, the No. 17 overall player in America and the No. 3 wide receiver by 247sports.com ... Was a participant in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl ... Caught 109 passes and produced state-record totals of 2,165 yards and 33 touchdowns in 14 games at Washington Union High School in Fresno, Calif. ... Led the Panthers to a California Division III State Championship with a 14-0 overall record ... First Team All-State selection and the MaxPreps.com California Division III Player of the Year in 2011 ... Was a member of the ESPN Under Armour Top 150 ... ESPN-Cal-Hi Sports "Mr. Football" in 2011.

    Blake Herman OL 6-7 290 Needville, Texas Needville
    High School: Two-star player by both Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Honorable mention All-State selection ... Recognized by recruiting analyst Tom Lemming and Max Preps as one of the country's top tackle prospects ... First Team All-District 29-3A along the offensive line ... Standout at the Houston Nike Football Training Camp ... Has a high motor and is still filling out into his large frame ... Two-time All-District and All-Area pick.

    Donald Hopkins DT 6-2 285 Lago Vista, Texas Lago Vista
    High School: Four-star performer by ESPN.com and is the first UH signee selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Game ... Among the country's Top 20 defensive tackles by ESPN.com and an impact player by Rivals.com ... Played three seasons for Head Coach Alan Haire ... A Top 30 player in the entire state of Texas by ESPN.com ... Twice led his club to district championships and won district, area and regional championships in 2011 with an 11-2 overall record ... Was part of a program that won 31 games the last three years, including a 13-1 mark in 2010 ... Three-year varsity letterwinner ... First Team All-District 13-2A ... First Team All-CenTex as a senior, finishing with an incredible 92 tackles and six sacks from his down lineman position ... Second Team All-State as a senior ... Also competed in track and field for the Vikings.

    Jarrett Irving DB 5-10 180 Spring, Texas Dekaney
    High School: First Team All-State regardless of classification by Dave Campbell's Texas Magazine ... One of just 50 players nationally selected to play for Team USA in the 2012 International Bowl ... Most Valuable Player of the 2011 Class 5A State Championship Game after recording two interceptions, returning one 61 yards ... Led Dekaney to a 14-2 record and that state crown ... Finished the season with nine interceptions and led Dekaney to its first-ever state title ... Played for Head Coach Willie Amendola at Dekaney ... Ranked a three-star player by both Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Saw time at quarterback as a junior and threw for 413 yards and three scores, while rushing for 521 yards and six TDs ... Also a standout baseball player that earned First Team District 13-5A honors as an outfielder.

    Ryan Jackson RB 5-10 180 Angleton, Texas Angleton
    High School: A three-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com ... A shifty running back that has great acceleration and is adept at catching the football out of the backfield ... Named a Class 4A All-State selection as a senior and District MVP ... Rushed for 1,703 yards to win the district's rushing crown in the regular season ... Averaged nearly 10 yards per rush ... He also finished with 23 rushing touchdowns ... Fueled an offense that averaged nearly 45 points and 425 yards a game ... Made 23 receptions for 384 yards and six TDs as a senior ... He also contributed on kickoff returns and averaged 57 yards on six returns (one score) ... Played for Head Coach Ryan Roark and went a perfect 14-0 en route to the District 23-4A crown and advanced to regional finals before suffering their lone loss of the year ... Rushed for 1,315 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior on just 187 carries ... Named All-District as a junior and was a part of the All-Greater Houston squad ... Also participated in track ... Ran a personal best 10.3 in the 100 meters.

    William Jackson ATH 6-2 175 Houston, Texas Wheatley
    High School: Combination of great size and athleticism ... Two-time All-District 22-4A selection on both sides of the football, including twice being named a First Team selection at defensive back ... Was a First Team pick as a wide receiver as a junior and Second Team selection as a senior ... Made 20 receptions for 357 yards and four touchdowns as a senior ... Averaged nearly 18 yards per catch for Head Coach Cornelius McFarland and the Wildcats ... Had two interceptions on defense and was not challenged much through the air during his senior campaign ... Made 15 receptions for 269 yards and six TDs as a junior ... Also hauled in four interceptions leading Wheatley to the District 22-4A title in 2010.

    Thaddeus LaGrone LB 6-2 206 Allen, Texas Allen
    High School: Athletic outside linebacker that has tremendous ball skills and instincts ... Multi-sport athlete that also competed in basketball and track ... Was an All-District linebacker and First Team All-Collin County in 2010 ... Recorded 92 tackles, five sacks, 14 total tackles for loss, four interceptions and five passes broken up ... First cousin is MLB standout Torii Hunter of the Anaheim Angles.

    Mac Long OL 6-4 282 Edna, Texas Edna
    High School: Four-star performer by ESPN.com and has the ability to play each position along the offensive line ... First Team All-State (all classes) by Dave Campbell's Texas Magazine ... First Team Class 2A All-State by the Texas Sports Writers Association ... Ranked as the country's No. 12 center prospect ... Three-time All-State, All-Area and All-District selection ... Offensive line MVP of the National Underclassman combine as a sophomore in 2009 ... First Team All-State as a junior and senior ... Teammate of another UH signee, Devin Parks ... Played for Mike Pierce at Edna High School ... Also was a thrower in track and was a regional qualifier in discus ... Offensive line coach at Edna was former Cougar standout Josh Lovelady.

    Cameron Malveaux DE 6-6 227 Hamshire, Texas Hamshire Fannett
    Developing defensive end prospect that has excellent measurables with his 6-foot-6 frame ... Just 17-years-old and First Team All-District on the gridiron and on the hardwood ... Received the Longhorn Pride Award from his high school ... Won his school's top defensive lineman award ... Was his school's top defender in basketball as well ... Was the MVP of the Bill Tennison Memorial Tournament, scoring 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in the championship game.

    Tomme Mark DT 6-2 260 Lufkin, Texas Lufkin
    High School: Ranked a three-star performer by both Rivals.com and Scout.com ... First Team All-State selection by the Texas Sports Writers ... Ranked the country's No. 42 defensive tackle prospect ... District 14-5A Co-Defensive Player of the Year ... Registered 53 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, seven sacks and a fumble recovery as a senior ... Had 67 stops and 14 tackles for loss as a junior ... Named First Team All-State in Texas by Rivals.com's TheOldCoach.com ... First Team All-Area as a senior for Head Coach John Outlaw ... Was a member of the Lufkin basketball and track and field squads.

    Xavier Maxwell WR 6-2 183 Humble, Texas Humble / Blinn C.C.
    Junior College: Gives the Cougars another deep play threat with great size at the wide receiver position ... Played in nine games for the Buccaneers and made 24 grabs for 630 yards and six scores ... Helped the club to a Top 10 national ranking ... Led the team in receiving touchdowns (six), receiving yardage (630) and yards per catch (26.3) ... Caught 16 passes for 398 yards and two scores as a freshman ... Averaged 24.9 yards per reception as a freshman, which led the club ... Ranked second on the squad in receiving yardage and second with those two TD grabs ... Played one season with current Cougar, Dominic Miller.

    High School: Had a great senior season for Humble High School, making 39 catches for 549 yards and nine scores ... Led Walt Beasley's club in all three categories ... Also saw time on defense as a defensive back and recorded three interceptions ... Had three catches for 49 yards and two scores in his prep finale vs. Houston Nimitz ... Had six touchdowns over his last four games to close the year ... Earned First Team All-District 19-5A honors as a wide out as a senior ... Also a standout in basketball that garnered Second Team All-District honors on the hardwood ... Played basketball four years at Humble and played baseball for three seasons.

    Adrian McDonald ATH 5-10 170 Lawton, Okla. Eisenhower
    High School: Three-star athlete by Rivals.com and has the ability to play a number of positions at the college level after starring as a dual-threat quarterback for the Eagles ... Played at Lawton for Head Coach Boone Copeland ... Named the District 1-6A Co-Offensive Player of the Year ... Ranked the No. 34 prospect out of Oklahoma by ESPN.com ... Completed 49 percent of his throws and passed for 739 yards as a senior ... Added 1,274 yards on the ground with 11 TDs in the option system ... Rushed for 1,042 yards and threw for 879 yards as a junior ... Scored 17 total TDs that season.

    Larry McDuffey WR 5-11 165 Galena Park, Texas North Shore
    High School: One of the country's fastest players and is a two-sport standout, also starring on the track ... Three-star wide receiver prospect by ESPN.com ... First Team All-District selection after making 28 receptions for 587 yards and nine TDs as a senior ... Averaged 21 yards per catch during his final season ... Recorded a career-best triple jump of 47'1.75" as a junior ... Has been clocked at the sub-4.4 range in the 40-yard dash ... Has been a member of North Shore's back-to-back state championship squad on the track ... Has a career best of 10.5 in the 100 meters.

    Devin Parks ATH 5-10 173 Edna, Texas Edna
    High School: Three-star prospect from Rivals.com ... District 14-2A Offensive MVP in 2011 ... Defending 2011 Texas Class 2A State Champion in the 100 meters ... Clocked a career-best time of 10.68 to win the state title ... Rushed for 1,581 yards and 22 scores as a senior ... Found the endzone 25 times overall and averaged 13.6 yards per carry ... Had 15 catches for 459 yards and three touchdowns ... Averaged 30.6 yards per reception ... Named the Jackson County Player of the Week after carrying 30 times for 342 yards and five scores in a win against Rice Consolidated ... Named Second Team All-State selection by the Texas Sports Writers Association ... First Team All-Area by the Victoria Advocate ... Named the KAVU 25 Player of the Week ... Earned First Team District 23-4A honors as a junior and was named an honorable mention All-State pick ... Began his career at El Campo High School and rushed for 1,325 yards and 16 touchdowns for the Ricebirds as a sophomore ...Teammate of another UH signee, Mac Long ... Played for Mike Pierce at Edna High School.

    Trevon Randle LB 6-2 222 League City, Texas Clear Springs / LSU
    At LSU: Redshirted the season as a reserve linebacker ... Will sit out the 2012 season at Houston and be classified as a redshirt sophomore in 2013, Houston's first season as a member of the BIG EAST Conference.

    High School: Named one of PrepStar's All-American linebackers for the class of 2011 ... A four-star recruit by Scout.com and ranked No. 6 on MaxPrep's list of Top 25 Outside Linebackers ... Ranked as the 17th-best outside linebacker in the nation and 46th player in Texas by Rivals.com ... Member of the Houston Chronicle Texas Top 100 ... Recorded 108 total tackles, including 64 unassisted, to go along with three interceptions, one sack and one fumble recovery his senior season ... Posted 152 total tackles - 93 of those unassisted - four fumble recoveries, three interceptions and one sack his junior season ... Coached by Clint Hartman.

    Andrew Rodriguez WR 5-10 181 Allen, Texas Allen
    High School: One of the most prolific pass-catchers in the state of Texas as a senior in 2011, making 64 grabs for 1,462 yards and 18 touchdowns ... Averaged nearly 23 yards per reception as a senior ... First Team All-State honoree by the Associated Press ... Honorable Mention All-American by Sports Illustrated ... All-District, All-County and All-Area pick ... Top receiver for a club that went 11-1 and claimed District and Bi-District crowns in 2011 ... Has incredible speed and great ability to change directions ... Had seven games with 100+ yards receiving in 2011, including three games of 200+ yards ... Had six games with multiple TDs ... Caught for more than 200 yards in games against Longview, Flower Mound Marcus and Northwest ... Needed just four grabs to top 200 yards vs. Marcus, which included TD receptions of 60 and 79 yards ... Teammates at Allen with another UH signee, Thaddeus LaGrone ... Second Team All-District 8-5A as a junior ... Had some spectacular games for one of the state's top programs, including catching six passes for 173 yards and two scores in a win against Plano East ... Was part of what ESPN.com deemed to be one of the top pass-catch tandems in high school football in 2011 ... Coached by Tom Westerberg at Allen ... Three-year starter that played for a club that went 31-5 during his three seasons in the lineup.

    Bryan (B.J.) Singleton DE 6-4 250 Destrehan, La. Destrehan
    High School: Three-star defensive end by Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN.com that has excellent size and skill ... Able to play anywhere along the defensive front, but will begin his career at defensive end for the Cougars ... Also a standout basketball player that brings excellent feet and hands to his position ... Earned All-District honors in both football and basketball ... Named the Defensive MVP of the Nike Football Training Camp in Houston, which included a number of Division I prospects and signees ... Had 61 tackles and 15 sacks as a junior ... From the same high school that produced Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed along with numerous other Division I and NFL talents.

    Trevon Stewart DB 5-9 195 Patterson, La. Patterson
    High School: Three-star defensive back by Rivals.com and ESPN.com ... One of the country's top corner prospects ... Earned Class 3A All-State honors as a running back after rushing for 550 yards on just 80 carries (6.8 ypc) and catching 30 passes for 380 yards (12.7 ypc) ... Was a standout on defense, intercepting four passes (returning three for scores) ... Also had six punt return scores, 95 total tackles and three forced fumbles as a defensive back ... Played for Head Coach Tommy Minton at Patterson, going 11-1 as a senior and winning the District 9-3A title ... First Team All-District both as a running back and as a kick returner.

    Steven Taylor LB 6-1 205 Cedar Hill, Texas Cedar Hill
    High School: First Team All-District 5-5A ... Led his club to back-to-back district titles ... Versatile linebacker that played inside during his high school career but will be an outside linebacker in college ... Possesses great speed and good instincts ... Collected more than 100 total tackles as a senior, which included three sacks and four forced fumbles ... Helped the Longhorns to an 8-4 mark and a 6-1 league record ... Second Team All-District selection as a junior ... Honorable Mention Player of the Week by the Dallas Morning News after an incredible 17-tackle performance ... Added a blocked punt and a fumble recovery in the Nov. 12, 2010 win.

    Terrence "Boda" Taylor RB 5-11 205 Diboll, Texas Diboll
    High School: A three-star running back that boasts a great combination of speed with size ... Rushed for 1,950 yards and 22 scores as a senior en route to District 18-3A MVP honors ... Third Team All-State selection by the Texas Sports Writers ... Ranked one of the country's Top 50 running backs ... Named Diboll's Newcomer of the Year in 2010 and Most Valuable Player in 2011.

    Davonte Thomas LB 6-1 202 Aldine, Texas Eisenhower
    High School: One of the state's Top 100 players ... A versatile three-star linebacker prospect by Rivals.com that projects at outside linebacker or safety at the collegiate level ... Named Second Team All-Greater Houston before his senior season by the Houston Chronicle ... Member of the Houston Touchdown Club's Preseason All-Greater Houston squad as well ... Three-year letterwinner for Head Coach Dre Thompson ... Also competed in basketball.

    Jontrey Tillman RB 5-9 183 Baldwin, La. West St. Mary
    High School: Versatile athlete that saw a great deal of time at running back as a prep, but has the ability to be a game-breaking wide receiver and kick returner with his speed and quickness ... Had a monster senior season for Head Coach Ryan Antoine, rushing for 1,440 yards and 14 TDs on just 112 carries ... Averaged 12.9 yards per rush in his final campaign en route to First Team All-District accolades ... Racked up 2,200 all-purpose yards, including 1,400 yards rushing as a junior ... Had 19 total TDs ... Won First Team All-District honors as a junior in Class 3A ... Also named First Team Best of the Teche by The Daily Iberian ... Selected the Cougars over Stanford, Colorado, Washington State, Kansas and Northwestern ... Also a standout in track ... District champion in the 300 meter hurdles ... Has a career best 10.4 in the 100 meters.

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