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Houston Adds 21 in Early Signing Period

Dec. 20, 2017

HOUSTON --After arriving at its Honolulu hotel at 2:45 a.m. local time, the Houston Football program immediately turned its attention to the new December signing period, adding its first signee at 3:01 a.m. local time, 7:01 a..m. CT, as it welcomed 21 new members to the #HTownTakeover.

The group is composed of two junior college transfers and 19 high school seniors with 17 hailing from the state of Texas, two from Louisiana and one each from Arizona and Florida.

Running back Kelan Walker, who was Houston’s first commit of the 2018 class, was the first signee to submit his National Letter of Intent as his paperwork arrived at 7:01 a.m. CT, one minute into the opening period for the central time zone.

Two junior college transfers, offensive lineman Bo Alexander and defensive back Gleson Sprewell, will arrive on the Houston campus in January along with three freshmen midyear enrollees, defensive end Tahj Brown, defensive back Garrison Vaughn and quarterback Julon Williams.

With two spots of the 25 allowed signings per year already taken from defensive lineman Isaiah Chambers, who transferred to the program from TCU in September, and cornerback Alexander Myres, who was awarded a scholarship within two years of walking on to the program, Houston has two remaining spots in the 2018 class.

The early signing period runs through the end of day Friday with National Signing Day scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Feb. 7.

2018 Signing Class
Bo Alexander | OL | 6-4 | 272 | Orlando, Fla. (Arizona Western)
Max Banes | OL | 6-5 | 301 | Houston, Texas (St. Thomas HS)
Tahj Brown | DE | 6-3 | 256 | Donaldsonville, La. (Donaldsonville HS)
Jack Freeman | OT | 6-3 | 278 | Midlothian, Texas (Heritage HS)
Dekalen Goodson | LB | 6-2 | 226 | Tyler, Texas (John Tyler HS)
Logan Hall | DE | 6-6 | 241 | Belton, Texas (Belton HS)
Zamar Kirven | LB | 6-3 | 205 | Mart, Texas (Mart HS)
Kameron Lewis | OT | 6-4 | 268 | Spring, Texas (Klein Collins HS)
Ja’Kori Morgan | WR | 6-2 | 204 | Houston, Texas (Clear Lake HS)
Donavan Mutin | LB | 6-0 | 222 | Spring, Texas (Klein Collins HS)
Johnathan Phenix | DB | 6-0 | 184 | McGregor, Texas (McGregor HS)
Peyton Sawyer | WR | 5-11 | 173 | League City, Texas (Clear Springs HS)
Willie Smith | DE | 6-1 | 245 | Spring, Texas (Spring HS)
Gleson Sprewell | DB | 6-2 | 180 | Surprise, Ariz. (Mesa CC)
Zaire Taylor | CB | 6-1 | 182 | Helotes, Texas (O’Connor HS)
Henry Thomas | WR | 5-11 | 175 | Missouri City, Texas (Fort Bend Marshall HS)
Christian Trahan | TE | 6-3 | 235 | Sulphur, La. (Sulphur HS)
Garrison Vaughn | DB | 6-1 | 194 | Belton, Texas (Belton HS)
Kelan Walker | RB | 5-11 | 214 | DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto HS)
Spencer Wells | TE | 6-4 | 233 | Pearland, Texas (Dawson HS)
Julon Williams | ATH | 5-10 | 185 | Converse, Texas (Judson HS)

Bo Alexander | OL | 6-4 | 272 | Orlando, Fla. (Arizona Western)

Will have two years of eligibility remaining after transferring from Arizona Western … helped lead the Mats to an undefeated 9-0 regular season and the sixth-best junior college running game in the nation with 257.7 rushing yards per game … signed with Houston over Cincinnati, Temple and UNLV among others … coached by Tom Minnick at Arizona Western … began his prep career at 7-A Winter Springs HS before transferring to 8-A Dr. Phillips HS after his family moved across Orlando prior to his senior season ... named second-team all-Central Florida as a senior at Dr. Phillips after earning third-team all-state recognition as a junior at Winter Springs ... as a senior, was key cog in an outstanding offensive line that paved the way for running back Daquan Isom to rush for 1,440 yards and 17 touchdowns while helping lead Dr. Phillips to an undefeated regular season and berth in the Florida 8-A regional finals ... as a junior, helped running back Julius Bennett rush for more than 1,000 yards while leading Winter Springs to its first-ever playoff berth ... coached by Rodney Wells ... was also a district-champion wrestler as a heavyweight.

Max Banes | OL | 6-5 | 301 | Houston, Texas (St. Thomas HS)
Three-star recruit by ESPN … No. 79 OT in the nation by ESPN … No. 168 player in the state of Texas by ESPN … earned Second Team All-State honors and First Team All-District honors as a senior … picked up 2017 St. Thomas High School Lineman of the Year honors … finalist for the 2017 Touchdown Club of Houston Private School Lineman of the Year … son of Houston letterman (1986-89) and 1990 Houston Oilers NFL Draft pick Joey Banes … signed with Houston over SMU among others … coached by head coach Rich McGuire.
Tahj Brown | DE | 6-3 | 256 | Donaldsonville, La. (Donaldsonville HS)
Three-star recruit by ESPN and 247Sports … No. 41 inside linebacker by ESPN … No. 37 defensive end by Rivals … No. 59 defensive end by 247Sports … No. 23 player in the state of Louisiana by Rivals … signed with Houston over Kansas State, Mississippi State and NC State among others … coached by head coach Brian Richardson.

Jack Freeman | OT | 6-3 | 278 | Midlothian, Texas (Heritage HS)
Two-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports … 2016 Class 4A First Team All-State … had 73 knockdowns with no sacks allowed as a junior …. 2017 6-4A First Team All-District … named Heritage’s offensive line MVP in 2016 and 2017 … academic all-district in both 2016 and 2017 … coached by head coach Lee Wiginton.

Dekalen Goodson | LB | 6-2 | 226 | Tyler, Texas (John Tyler HS)
Three-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports … totaled 144 tackles including 33 tackles for loss and 21 sacks in his career … also broke up five passes while recovering two fumbles and forcing another … had 42 tackles including six sacks as a senior … junior season saw Goodson total 70 tackles with 20 tackles for loss and 11 sacks … totaled 32 tackles including six sacks as a sophomore … the latest Houston player in the John Tyler HS pipeline following in the footsteps of Tyus Bowser of the Baltimore Ravens and Greg Ward Jr. of the Philadelphia Eagles along with current Cougars Braylon Jones and Bryson Smith … signed with Houston over Colorado State, Mississippi State and SMU among others … coached by Ricklan Holmes.

Logan Hall | DE | 6-6 | 241 | Belton, Texas (Belton HS)
Three-star recruit by 27Sports … No. 102 defensive end by 247Sports … two-year starter for Belton after moving in his sophomore year from Oklahoma … recorded 38 solo tackles, 16 assisted tackles and 10 tackles for loss as a senior … received all-district honors in 2016 … finished his high school career with 106 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and five sacks … signed with Houston over Colorado State, Toledo and Tulsa among others … coached by head coach Sam Skidmore.

Zamar Kirven | LB | 6-3 | 205 | Mart, Texas (Mart HS)
Two-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports … as a junior had 122 tackles including 21 for a loss … also picked up two interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns … coached by head coach Kevin Hoffman.

Kameron Lewis | OT | 6-4 | 268 | Spring, Texas (Klein Collins HS)
Three-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports … named to the 2017 All-District 15-6A Second Team, on just his first year on varsity … also earned All-District 15-6A academic honors … signed with Houston over UTSA, Texas State and Tulsa among others … coached by head coach Drew Svoboda.

Ja’Kori Morgan | WR | 6-2 | 204 | Houston, Texas (Clear Lake HS)
Three-star recruit by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … had 137 receptions for 2,040 yards and 17 touchdowns in his high school career … also had 17 rushing attempts for 229 yards (13.5 yards per rush) and two touchdowns … had 41 receptions for 621 yards and eight scores his senior year … earned 2016 and 2017 24-6A First Team All-District honors … signed with Houston over Kansas State, Oregon State and Utah among others … coached by head coach Larry McRae.

Donavan Mutin | LB | 6-0 | 222 | Spring, Texas (Klein Collins HS)
Three-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports … No. 41 inside linebacker by 247Sports … named District 15-6A MVP as a senior after totaling 66 tackles including 12 for a loss and nine sacks … earned Academic All-State and Academic All-District honors as a senior … had 101 tackles including 14 for loss and 10 sacks while forcing three fumbles as a junior … signed with Houston over Air Force, Colorado State and Missouri among others … coached by head coach Drew Svoboda.

Johnathan Phenix | DB | 6-0 | 184 | McGregor, Texas (McGregor HS)

Two-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports … had 29 tackles, three pass breakups, two forced fumbles and an interception on defense as a senior … offensively, ran for 785 yards and 11 touchdowns on only 96 attempts, averaging 8.2 yards per rush … totaled 22 tackles, nine pass breakups and two forced fumbles as a junior … picked up 13 tackles, seven pass breakups and one interception as a sophomore … earned 2016 second team all-district honors … coached by head coach Judd Thrash.

Peyton Sawyer | WR | 5-11 | 173 | League City, Texas (Clear Springs HS)
Three-star recruit by 247Sports … had 90 receptions for 1,710 yards and 23 touchdowns his final two seasons of high school … a 2017 team captain … earned 2017 24-6A First Team All-District honors as a wide receiver in 2015, 2016 and 2017 … earned 24-6A First Team All-District honors as a punter in 2015 and 2016 … earned 24-6A First Team All-District honors as a kick returner in 2016 … pulled in 42 receptions for 893 yards and 13 scores a senior … totaled 48 receptions for 817 yards and 10 touchdowns in his junior year … also had eight kick return touchdowns and one punt return touchdowns in his final two seasons of action … averaged 34.7 yards per kick return and 17.4 yards per punt return during his career … also team’s starting punter, had 91 punts with an average of 36.8 yards per punt … signed with Houston over Arizona State, Texas Tech and Tulsa among others … coached by head coach Craig Dailey.

Willie Smith | DE | 6-1 | 245 | Spring, Texas (Spring HS)
Three-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports … No. 91 defensive end by 247Sports … named 2017 District 16-6A MVP and to the District 16-6A First Team … totaled 44 tackles, eight tackles for loss, 2 fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles on defense while rushing 12 times for 71 yards and four touchdowns on defense … unanimous District 16-6A First Team selection in 2016 … had 66 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, 1 interception and one forced fumble as a junior … also had 10 carries for 57 yards and three touchdowns … earned second team all-district 16-6A honors as a sophomore when he had 52 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, seven sacks and one fumble recovery … signed with Houston over Memphis, SMU and Tulsa among others … coached by head coach Trent Miller.

Gleson Sprewell | DB | 6-2 | 180 | Surprise, Ariz. (Mesa CC)
Will have three years of eligibility remaining after transferring from Mesa Community College … had 75 tackles in lone season at Mesa CC while breaking up six passes, picking off two passes and recovering two fumbles … also had two defensive touchdowns, one off an interception return and one off a fumble return … prior to Mesa, played prep ball at Centennial High School … had 12 receptions for 197 yards and two touchdowns along with 35 tackles, 13 pass breakups and one interception as a senior … as a junior, had 18 receptions for 297 yards and one touchdown while totaling 70 tackles, six interception, five pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble … coached by Ryan Felker at Mesa CC.

Zaire Taylor | CB | 6-1 | 182 | Helotes, Texas (O’Connor HS)
Three-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports … unanimous selection to first team all-district as both a junior and senior … helped lead team to an undefeated regular season and area championship as a senior … had 38 tackles and three interceptions along with a fumble recovery and a forced fumble as a junior … signed with Houston over New Mexico, Purdue and SMU among others … coached by head coach David Malesky.

Henry Thomas | WR | 5-11 | 175 | Missouri City, Texas (Fort Bend Marshall HS)
Three-star recruit by 247Sports … pulled in 43 receptions for 773 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior … earned 23-5A First Team All-District honors in 2015 and 2016 … coached by head coach James Williams.

Christian Trahan | TE | 6-3 | 235 | Sulphur, La. (Sulphur HS)
Three-star recruit by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … No. 31 tight end by ESPN … No. 37 player in the state of Louisiana by Rivals … named 2017 3-5A District Offensive MVP … earned 3-5A First Team All-District honors in 2015, 2016 and 2017 … named to the 2016 Louisiana All-Southwest First Team in 2016 … signed with Houston over Arizona State, Mississippi State and Oklahoma State among others … coached by head coach Jeff Wainwright.

Garrison Vaughn | DB | 6-1 | 194 | Belton, Texas (Belton HS)
Three-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports … three-year starter for Belton High School … le Belton with 102 tackles, four interceptions and two forced fumbles his senior year … earned AP First Team All-State honors in his junior season with 93 tackles and five interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns … also had three pass breakups, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a sack en route to earning unanimous First Team All-District honors in 2016 … had 97 tackles and four interceptions as a sophomore … finished his high school career with 279 tackles, 13 interceptions, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, 13 receptions for 170 yards and eight touchdowns and 10 carries for 67 yards … also a regional qualifier in track … signed with Houston over Air Force, Colorado State and Tulsa among others … coached by head coach Sam Skidmore.

Kelan Walker | RB | 5-11 | 214 | DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto HS)
Three-star recruit by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … No. 24 running back by Rivals … No. 31 running back by 247Sports … No. 50 player in the state of Texas by Rivals … named to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football All-Texas Second Team … ran for 1,760 yards and 28 touchdowns in his high school career … signed with Houston over Colorado, Iowa State and SMU among others … coached by head coach Todd Peterman.

Spencer Wells | TE | 6-4 | 233 | Pearland, Texas (Dawson HS)
Three-star recruit by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … No. 42 tight end by ESPN … signed with Houston over Kansas State, Texas State and Tulane among others … coached by head coach Eric Wells.

Julon Williams | ATH | 5-10 | 185 | Converse, Texas (Judson HS)
Three-star recruit by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … No. 67 athlete by 247Sports … No. 94 athlete by ESPN … No. 103 player in the state of Texas by 247Sports … had a career record of 42-12 … as quarterback threw for 6,715 yards and 60 touchdowns while rushing for 3,369 yards and 58 touchdowns in his career … senior season saw Williams throw for 2,074 yards and 19 touchdowns while rushing for 815 yards and 14 more scores … earned second team all-district honors in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 … led Converse Judson to the state semifinals as a freshman and a sophomore … also led team to the second round of the playoffs as a junior and a senior … younger brother of Cincinnati Bengals running back Jarveon Williams … signed with Houston over Oklahoma State, TCU and Utah among others … coached by head coach Sean McAulffe.


 

 

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