Cougars Ink Four in NCAA Mid-Year Football Junior College Signing Period
Dec. 15, 2010
University of Houston head football coach Kevin Sumlin announced today the inking of four junior college players during the NCAA Mid-Year Junior College National Letter of Intent signing period. Three players hail from Navarro Junior College and helped lead their team to the 2010 NJCAA National Championship. All four will join the Houston football program in January to take part in offseason workouts.
The signees are defensive backs Chevy Bennett and D.J. Hayden of Navarro College, offensive lineman Daniel Campbell of Navarro College and defensive lineman Dominique Smith of Blinn College.
"Through graduation we have lost two defensive backs, an offensive tackle and a defensive tackle and with these four mid-year players we view them as immediate replacements," said Sumlin. "Our track record with junior college players has been excellent particularly with mid-year transfers and their ability to get on the field right away and in critical roles for our team."
Below are biographical sketches on each player:
Navarro (2009-10): Helped lead Navarro College to the 2010 NJCAA National Championship ... Ranked fifth on the team in tackles in 2010 with 48, including 44 solos ... Also had one interception in nine games played ... Team allowed only 226 yards of total offense last season, which ranked 12th in the NJCAA and 115 yards passing which was good for 17th nationally ... Recorded 18 tackles and two interceptions as a freshman in 2009 ... Chose Houston over Kansas State, Baylor and New Mexico.
High School: During the 2008 year Bennett made 45 tackles with 35 of them solo ... Averaged 6.4 tackles per game ... Picked off three passes and recovered a fumble ... Returned two kickoffs for 57 yards including a long of 49 ... Had two punt returns for 15 yards ... In 2007, made 44 tackles, got five interceptions, 28 pass breakups, blocked two field goals, and forced two fumbles ... During 2006, tallied 41 tackles and one interception.
Navarro (2009-10): Helped lead Navarro College to the 2010 NJCAA National Championship ... Started on an offensive line that averaged 364.0 yards of total offense per game, including 186.7 on the ground in 2010 ... Team rushing average ranked 15th nationally and 25th in total offense ... In 2009, team rushed for 253.0 yards per game which ranked sixth in the NJCAA and posted 447.6 yards of total offense, seventh nationally ... Chose Houston over Arkansas, Arizona and Kansas State.
High School: Signed with USC out of high school ... Senior honors included Super Prep All-American, Super Prep All-Southwest, All-State Class 5A, All-District and Houston Chronicle Houston Top 100 as a senior offensive lineman at Aldine High in Houston ... Made All-District 19-5A as a junior.
Navarro (2009-10): Helped lead Navarro College to the 2010 NJCAA National Championship ... Played in all 11 games, posting 35 tackles, including 33 solo stops as a sophomore in 2010 ... Had three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown ... Registered six passes broken up ... Team allowed only 226 yards of total offense last season, which ranked 12th in the NJCAA and 115 yards passing which was good for 17th nationally ... Played in 10 games as a freshman in 2009 with 23 tackles and one TFL ... Chose Houston over Arkansas, TCU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss.
Blinn College (2009-10): Played in eight games recording 20 tackles, including four for loss and 2.5 quarterback sacks in 2010 ... Helped lead Blinn to a top-10 national ranking in 2010 ... Team allowed only 137.3 yards rushing per game ... Chose Houston over Kansas State, UCF, Tennessee and UNLV.