Signing off: Linemen highlight Steers' recruiting class


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Members of the Texas College 2013 signing class pose for a photo on National Signing Day. (Harold Wilson/Tyler Morning Telegraph)

The Texas College Steers sized up National Signing Day as a step in the right direction.

The Steers added ideal size to their roster Wednesday in attempt to beef up their team for a more physical style of play in 2013.

The Steers secured more than 35 signees with a mixture of prepsters and transfers, nearly half who play in the trenches.

The group included a pair of Mississippi Valley State transfers: defensive tackles LaKendrick Abney (6-0, 275) and Kristian Graves (6-2, 315).

The Steers scooped up three John Tyler products, defensive tackle Earnest Jackson, a 6-1, 320-pounder who spent half a year at Tyler Junior College, and current high school seniors Duan Brooks and Jamarcus Warren.

Michael Cheatham (6-4, 350) and Joshua Trahan (6-4, 320), who transferred from Evangel (Mo.) and Blinn, respectively, added much-needed size to a Steers team that rushed for an average of 106 yards per game during last year’s 2-9 season.

“Offensive and defensive lineman are our major need at this point,” Cumby said. “I think we had a good turnout with the spring transfers, which are half the kids. A good number are already here.”

The Steers see themselves lining up in more power sets in the fall, making the fullback and tight end staples of the offense. Cumby hopes the current crop of newcomers marks a step in the right direction.

“Normally it takes about four years to get the kids in that you want,” Cumby said. “We really believe this is going to be the year for us. We had our first 7-on-7 (Tuesday) and we looked 100 times better than last year.”

STEER SCOOP: TC senior linebacker Dontay Livingston recently earned Central States League Defensive Player of the Year honors. Livingston, a Dallas native, finished with 129 tackles. Other Steers making the first team were sophomore defensive lineman Luis Castro (six sacks), junior offensive lineman Joseph Cook, sophomore defensive lineman Sam Houston (seven sacks), senior receiver Johnny Thomas (26 receptions, 472 yards) and senior defensive back Demetrius Ward (56 tackles, two interceptions). …The Steers are working to complete their 2013 schedule. TC has lined up non-conference games with Incarnate Word, Hardin Simmons and Houston Baptist. The Steers are attempting to line up a classic game against Langston at Kinkaid Stadium in Dallas.

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2013 Texas College Signees

Athlete, Position, Last School Attended/Hometown

LaKendrick Abney, DT, Mississippi Valley State/Dallas

Wilson Bien-Aime, OL, King           

Sir Michael Branch, WR, Waco High                                           

Duan Brooks, RB, John Tyler

James Calvin, OL, Fort Worth Dunbar

Terrell Campbell, DE, Tyler JC, Alief

Michael Cheatheam, OL, Evangel (Mo.)/Dallas

Trevor Conley, ATH, Dallas Roosevelt         

Emmanuel Cross, OL, Faulkner (Ala.)/DeSoto                          

Romario Dunbar, OL, King                                          

Michael Edwards, DE, Dallas Samuell

Byron Evans, WR, Waco High                                           

Datron Fairfax, FB, Dallas Roosevelt

Josue Gonzalez, RB, King                                           

Jonathon Graves, OL, Fort Worth Dunbar

Kristian Graves, DT, Mississippi Valley State/Dallas

Darion Gregory, RB/S, Gladewater

Dexter Harmon, LB, Southeast Prep/Fort Bend

Joseph Heyward, OL, King

Earnest Jackson, DL, Tyler JC/Tyler

Kasey Johnson, LB, Gladewater

Charles Jones, LB, Langston/Texarkana

Austin Long, OL, King                                           

Julius Lujan, OL, Fort Worth Dunbar

Dennis Meyer, OL, King

Londell Perkins, LB/RB, Marshall

Joshua Porter, RB, Waco High                                        

Dailen Powell, WR, Dallas Roosevelt

Antonio Ragston, QB, Hempstead

Herbert Rivers, LB, Conrad                                      

Juan Robinson, TE, Dallas Roosevelt

I’Keem Smith, WR, Dallas Roosevelt         

Bobby Tatum, OL, TJC/Forney                           

Morris Toe, DB Conrad     

Joshua Trahan, OL, Blinn/Orange

Ronald Turner, RB, Hempstead                                   

Jamarcus Warren, DB, John Tyler