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2013 Northwestern State Football Signees

19 of anticipated 19 as of Wednesday 11:45 a.m. 

Zach Adkins, QB, 6-1, 195, Romana HS, Riverside, CA (Riverside City College)

James David Almond, QB, 6-1, 190, Haughton HS, Bossier City, LA

Orlando Calhoun Jr., LB, 6-0, 198, Northside HS, Lafayette, LA

Marion Chapman, LB, 6-1, 215, Wayne County HS, Waynesboro, MS (Jones County CC)

Dannie Harmon Jr., LB, 6-2, 240, Rayne HS, Rayne, LA

Basil Jackson, LB, 6-0, 215, Juan Seguin HS, Arlington, TX

Brandon Kelly, DT, 6-1, 265, St. Mary's HS, Natchitoches, LA

Desmond Lacey, RB, 6-0, 175, West Sabine HS, Pineland, TX

Shane McLendon, CB, 6-0, 175, Oak Grove HS, Hattiesburg, MS

Calvin Moody, RB, 6-0, 217, Airline HS, Bossier City, LA

Manuel Mukes IV, CB, 5-11, 175, Parkview Baptist HS, Baton Rouge, LA

Roderick Ross, CB, 6-0, 195, Richwood HS, Monroe, LA

Shakeir Ryan, WR, 5-9, 160, Northside HS, Lafayette, LA

Zach Schumann, OL, 6-3, 283, Marysville-Pilchuck HS, Marysville, WA (College of the Siskiyous, Cal.)

John Shelton, K, 5-10, 160, Winnfield HS, Winnfield LA

Christian Van Buren, DB, 6-0, 190, Pineville HS, Pineville, LA

Jermaine Walker, CB, 5-11, 170, Sugarland Dulles HS, Stafford, TX

Isaiah Wheeler, DL, 6-2, 260, Hamilton Christian HS, Lake Charles, LA

Jason Yarbor, CB, 5-11, 175, Meridian HS, Meridian, MS (East Mississippi CC)

 

2013 Demon Football Signee Bios

 

Zach Adkins, QB, 6-1, 195, Romana HS, Riverside, CA (Riverside City College)

Co-offensive player of the year at Riverside after completing 67 percent of his passes (193-289-6)  for 2,744 yards and 28 touchdowns for a 9-2 team that ranked fourth in the Southern California Community College top 20 … his completion percentage (66.8) was third among all California community college QBs and his 28 TDs ranked ninth, although his 289 attempts ranked only 30th. … his six interceptions  were the fewest in the state by any QB with at least 250 attempts … added 3 rushing TDs in his only year as a starter, beating out a transfer from Utah for the starting job … averaged 249.5 pass yards per game, 16th among 50 QB's ranked in the 70-team California Community College Athletic Association … noted for  his leadership and competitive savvy by coach Tom Craft …  played quarterback and cornerback at Romana HS … threw for 1,373 yards and 13 TDs, going 96-197-9 for the Rams … also ran for 455 yards  … was a two-time first-team all-league pick in 2008 and 2009 … also  basketball at Romana HS … son of John and Mandy Adkins … has a brother, Casey, and a sister, Karina … full name is Zachary John Adkins … born 4/20/92 … recruited by Louisiana Tech before its coaching change.

 

 

James David Almond, QB, 6-1, 190, Haughton HS, Bossier City, LA

Standout quarterback for coach Rodney Guin at Haughton, who was the first verbal commitment to NSU last summer and held firm on his pledge … threw for 2,047 yards and 23 touchdowns, completing 64 percent of his passes, and ran for an additional 279 yards and five TDs … led Bucs to a 7-4 record and first round of Class 5A playoffs … as a junior, threw for 2,475 yards and 32 TDs, completing 58 percent of his passes and ran for 277 yards and two more scores while Haughton went 9-3 and reached the second round of the playoffs, falling to eventual state champion West Monroe … second-team all-district pick as a senior, honorable mention all-district as a junior … set school record for career passing percentage and is second in Bossier Parish history … Wendy's High School Heisman winner in 2012 for combined academic, athletic accomplishment … National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award from North Louisiana Milton McNaughton Chapter … 3.8 GPA … son of Brian and Brandi St. Andre, who are teachers … father is a coach … has one broker, Jake … grandfather, Mike Almond, chosen as one of the Demons' Top 100 Players of the Century in the 2007 Centennial Celebration of NSU football … grandfather still ranks among NSU receiving leaders, and set single-game record with 10 catches at Louisville … was the 1979 "Mr. Irrelevant" as the final player chosen in the NFL Draft, by the world champion Pittsburgh Steelers … his uncle, Dustin Almond, was a star QB at Southern Mississippi, where he topped some of Brett Farvre's records, later played in the Cleveland Browns NFL training camp, and has been involved in arena football … plans to major in business … Beta Club, FCA member … National Honor Society.

 

Orlando Calhoun Jr., LB, 6-0, 198, Northside HS, Lafayette, LA

Three-year all-district linebacker at Northside … helped Vikings reach state quarterfinals in his sophomore season and the state playoffs as a senior… played for former LSU standout linebacker Trev Faulk … state champion wrestler as a junior  … became Vikings' first state champion wrestler since 2008 under coach John Simmons … was fourth in the state as a sophomore, and fifth as a freshman … Vikings were third in the state (17-9) in his freshman year, fourth (20-7) in his sophomore season, and state champs as a team (28-3) in his junior year …. Also ran on state runner-up 4x100 meter relay team as a junior … son of Orlando and Patricia Calhoun … father works for the Scott Police Department, mother is a trucking company dispatcher … has a brother and a sister … plans to major in criminal justice and also interested in architecture … has a 3.1 GPA … interested in law school and becoming a defense attorney … full name is Orlando Dale Calhoun Jr. … born 1/23/95.

 

 

Marion Chapman, LB, 6-1, 215, Wayne County HS, Waynesboro, MS (Jones County CC)

Played in 39th Annual Mississippi Junior College All-Star Game … 10th in the nation in tackles (106, including 68 solos, fifth nationally) … had 3 sacks (-13), 3.5 more tackles for loss (-9), recovered two fumbles, forced one, and made an interception … helped Bobcats go 6-3 in 2012 and was voted team captain … as a freshman, made 22 tackles and forced a fumble for the Bobcats … at Wayne County HS, was a first-team All-State and All-District linebacker who made 98 tackles, eight sacks, three fumble recoveries and an interception as a senior, when he won the War Eagles' Best Linebacker Award a season after earning the Best Defensive Lineman Award … played in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game as a senior … was a three-year all-conference player … led his team in tackles as a junior and senior … he won the War Eagle Award as a sophomore … son of Charles Chapman, a judge, and wife Belinda … has two siblings … born 3/11/92 … interested in a college coaching career.

 

Dannie Harmon Jr., LB, 6-2, 240, Rayne HS, Rayne, LA

All-District 5-3A tight end and safety for the Wolves … had 13 catches for 800 yards and four touchdowns, while making one interception, recovering a fumble, forcing a fumble and scoring two defensive touchdowns … was all-parish … Rayne's 9-3 record carried them to a regional round playoff appearance under coach Curt Ware … a year earlier, the Wolves reached the 3A quarterfinals as Harmon had 15 catches for 400 yards and five TDs as he earned all-district and all-parish honors … four-year letterwinner in football and basketball, and has lettered in track and baseball …  son of Dannie Harmon Sr. and Cheryl Harmon … has a younger brother, Darien, and two younger sisters … wants to major in business administration … full name is Dannie Ray Harmon Jr. … born 11/8/94.

 

Basil Jackson, LB, 6-0, 215, Juan Seguin HS, Arlington, TX

Missed the first half of the season due to full body cramps and was told he wouldn't play at all, but made it back in midseason and wound up nominated for Texas prep defensive player of the year … won Dallas Morning News Defensive Player of the Week award 10/21 after Arlington Seguin's upset of Waxahachie, when he had the game-clinching interception and returned  a blocked extra point 105 yards for two points … ran back a fumble and interception for TDs in a win over Mansfield Lake Ridge … was chosen Suguin's team MVP, defensive MVP and defensive Skill Player of the Year … as a junior, won team's Special Teams Player of the Year and Most Improved awards … claimed two straight Cougar Pride Leadership Awards … described by Coach Carlos Lynn as a "workout freak" who set school records with squat lift of 550 pounds and a power clean of 290 pounds … lettered twice in football, twice in wrestling and once in power lifting … member of Key Club, Boys of Truth and FCAA…. 3.26 GPA who is on the AP Honor Roll … wants to start a Christian-based mentoring program after college … son of Tunyesse Luster, a nurse … his sister Keanne Williams is a nurse … has an older brother, Tyler … born 11/24/94 … full name is Basil Kre-One Jackson … nickname is "Caveman."

 

Brandon Kelly, DT, 6-1, 265, St. Mary's HS, Natchitoches, LA

First-team all-district defensive lineman and a kicker as a senior after earning all-district honors as an offensive guard and at kicker a season earlier … 57 tackles, two caused fumbles, three tackles for loss, and led the Tigers with four sacks … added a pass breakup and a fumble recovery … made 32 tackles with a caused fumble as a junior … played offensive guard in his first three seasons … helped coach Charlie Cryer's Tigers compile a four-year record of 35-11 with four straight playoff trips … three-year baseball letterman for SMHS's Class A powerhouse, which won 2011 state title … also lettered in track and field once … member of FCA and FBLA along with 4-H …  son of Keenan Kelly, an attorney, and Melissa Kelly, a teacher … has a 3.2 GPA … full name is Brandon Kyle Kelly … born 2/22/95.

 

Desmond Lacey, DB/ATH, 6-0, 175, West Sabine HS, Pineland, TX

A four-sport standout who was a first-team all-district quarterback and safety at West Sabine for coach Tod Stark, … district MVP as a junior when he threw for 17 touchdowns and 1,472 yards on 77-152 aim, while running for 11 scores and 1,125 yards on 136 carries (8.3 average) … as a senior, threw for 14 touchdowns and 1,186 yards (53-118-4), while rushing for 1,241 yards (135 carries, 9.2 average) and 14 TDs … won Southeast Texas player of the week and Ford Tough player of the week awards … is also a regional qualifier in the triple jump, 200 meter dash, and on relays, including a state-meet qualifying 4x100m relay team … an all-district guard in basketball last season … also has four letters in baseball .. helped West Sabine to district championships in his first two seasons of hoops, then a bi-district championship in his junior campaign … was honorable mention all-district as a sophomore for coach Jeff Parks … ran on district and area champion 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams last spring, with the 4x100 foursome going on to the state meet under coach Jonathan Jones … son of Bobby and Elaine Lacey … his father is a lumber grader and his mother is a teacher … has two sisters, Christina (22) and Tatyana (14) … born 12/27/94 … full name is Desmond Tamar Lacey …  student council vice-president ... National Honor Society member who ranks seventh in his class with an average grade of 92.135 … also vice president of his class and an FCA member … nickname is "Dez."

 

Shane McLendon, CB, 6-0, 175, Oak Grove HS, Hattiesburg, MS

Nominated for the Mississippi East vs. West All-Star Game … Pine Belt Sports.com preseason all-area team member who led Class 6A with six interceptions, while making 46 tackles and blocked three field goals for the Warriors … has been clocked at a 4.40 in the 40-yard dash … high school teammate of Demon baseball freshman Cort Brinson  and they teamed up on the 2010 South State Championship team … played for coach Nevil Barr … has a 26 ACT score … son of Deirdre K. McLendon … full name is Shane Austin McLendon.

 

Calvin Moody, RB, 6-0, 217, Airline HS, Bossier City, LA

A four-year all-district running back who was also an all-district linebacker as a freshman … has also lettered three years in track and in basketball once … helped his teams go a combined 34-15 in four seasons … played for coach Bo Meeks, a former NSU QB, at Airline HS .. son of Jason and Pat Roberts, who are business owners … father played three years of football at Louisiana-Monroe … cousin Emmanuel Moody played running back at Southern California … borne 2-12-93 … majoring in business … signed at mid-year and is attending NSU.

 

Manuel Mukes IV, CB, 5-11, 175, Parkview Baptist HS, Baton Rouge, LA

Track and football standout for legendary Demon football player Kenny Guillot at state power Parkview Baptist … PBHS won state championships in Mukes' sophomore and senior seasons (2010, 2012) .. second-team All-State as a senior, all-district in his final two seasons … made eight interceptions in the last two years … runs 100 meter dash, and high jumps, in track and field … son of Manuel Mukes III, a pastor, and Sahran Robinson, a nurse … has one sister, Baci Robinson.

 

Roderick Ross, CB, 6-0, 195, Richwood HS, Monroe, LA

91 tackles, eight interceptions in his final two seasons as a two-way player for the Rams … All-State and All-Northeast La. as a junior when he had 55 tackles, 18 pass breakups, and seven interceptions for a 7-4 team … had 46 tackles, three pass breakups and an interception as a senior, along with 12 catches for 374 yards and three touchdowns … a four-year letterman who had 10 catches for 253 yards as a sophomore … part of three state playoff teams in a tradition-rich program … son of Felix and Carla Ross … father works for a sheriff's department, mother works at a hospital … has an older brother, Marcus … he is related to former NFL receiver Odessa Turner, chosen one of the Demons' Top 100 Football Players of the Century in the 2007 Centennial Celebration … Turner was a Super Bowl starter in 1991 for the world champion New York Giants and also played for the 49ers … interested in a criminal justice major and a career in law enforcement … has a 3.1 GPA …born 10/2/94 … nickname is "Mayhem."

 

Shakeir Ryan, WR, 5-9, 160, Northside HS, Lafayette, LA

All-State receiver (second-team LSWA, first-team coaches) after 84 catches for 1,035 yards and nine touchdowns, along with 405 rushing yards and three TDs as a senior for his uncle, coach Trev Faulk … All-Acadiana, all-district … didn't play as a junior after a school transfer but did run a 6.81 in the 60 meter dash indoors, the nation's eighth-fastest time by a junior sprinter in AAU competition … as a sophomore was third at the state meet with a 21.65 in the 200 … made 18 catches for 325 yards and six touchdowns … has a 2.9 GPA .. son of Shekethia Ryan, who works for the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office … has two brothers, Sage (9) and Sky (3) … is a cousin to longtime NFL standout RB Kevin Faulk and Jasper Faulk, another NFL vet … fullname is Shakeir Dedrick Ryan, nicknames are "Shake" and "Keir" … born 8/11/95.

 

Zach Schumann, OL, 6-3, 283, Marysville-Pilchuck HS, Marysville, WA (College of the Siskiyous, Cal.)

A first-team All-California Region II offensive lineman … team was ranked sixth in the Northern California Community College top 20, finishing 10-1 and winning the Mid-Empire Conference in the Northern California Football Association, playing in a bowl game …  Siskiyous ran for 252.4 yards per game and averaged 34.9 points per game … in high school, he was an all-conference choice who played in Washington's East-West All-Star Game … his team was 17-4 and made two straight playoff appearances in his two seasons … also wrestled … son of Dave and Marsha Shumann … father is a public utility district lineman, mother is a 911 dispatcher … one younger sister, Sydney (18) … plans to enter coaching and education field … full name is Zachary John Schumann … born 11/24/92.

 

John Shelton, K, 5-10, 160, Winnfield HS, Winnfield LA

All-State Class 2A kicker (LSWA, coaches) … three-year first-team all-district selection … holds school records for career field goals, extra points, kicking percentatge at tradition-rich Winnfield program under coach Andy Pyles … twice All-Cenla pick by Alexandria Town Talk … honorable mention all-state as a junior when Winnfield was state finalist, losing to national power John Curtis … Shelton hit a FG in the game despite being "iced" with a timeout by Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame coach J.T. Curtis … led the state in kick scoring as a junior … regional qualifier in the pole vault as a sophomore and junior … all-district center fielder in baseball as a sophomore … Winnfield's special teams MVP for three seasons … started all 52 career games, scoring in all but three … says he "would like to be the next great NSU Demons placekicker" and "I am a football player who kicks!" … son of Dr. Mark Shelton, a physician, and Jennifer Shelton a medical technologist … has two older brothers, Matthew (28) and Andrew (26), both former kickers for the Tigers … Andrew played baseball at Louisiana College, now is an assistant coach there … grandfather Lee Shelton graduated from Louisiana Normal (former name of NSU) in the class of 1941 … born 11/4/94 … wants to become a dentist in a rural community and go on a medical mission trip … full name is John Maxwell Shelton … 3.5 GPA.

 

Christian Van Buren, DB, 6-0, 190, Pineville HS, Pineville, LA

Outstanding track athlete  who played football for former standout Demon offensive lineman Robbie Martin at Pineville … had 81 tackles, five sacks, five forced fumbles and five recoveries, along with two pass breakups, for the Rebels in his junior season … was a state qualifier in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles as a junior … won district title in both events, was regional runner-up for the Rebels … son of Kenderick and Andrea Van Buren .. father works for the Louisiana State Police, mother is a speech pathologist … has one sister …  3.5 GPA … National Honor Society … Freshman Mentor … interested in majoring in pre-physical therapy.

 

Jermaine Walker, CB, 5-11, 170, Sugarland Dulles HS, Stafford, TX

All-District 23-5A defender who made 57 tackles, had seven pass breakups, forced two fumbles and recovered two for a 7-5 team that reached the second round of the state playoffs under coach Jim Creech … squad was 6-5 and reached the postseason in his junior season … three football letters, two in track … honor roll student at Dulles HS … son of Kimberly Walker, a lab technician … has a younger brother, Jeremiah (11), and sister, Jaelyn (15) … his uncle, Kevin Mack, played football at Oregon and transferred to Southern University … played in the Fiesta Bowl for the Ducks … interested in being a teacher and coach … full name is Jermaine Lamell Walker Jr. … born 10/19/95.

 

Isaiah Wheeler, DL, 6-2, 260, Hamilton Christian HS, Lake Charles, LA

Three-year All-Southwest Louisiana selection by the Lake Charles American Press … four-year all-district pick … topped 100 tackles as a senior … also lettered four years in basketball … played for former McNeese All-American and Alexandria native Reggie Nelson … Beta Club and FCA member … son of Derrick and Keri Wheeler … two older brothers, Aaron and Ryan … his relative, Bruce Seale, played for the NBA's Seattle Supersonics … interested in a career as a criminal investigator and a major in criminal justice … born 5/19/94 .. nickname is "Zay"

 

Jason Yarbor, CB, 5-11, 175, Meridian HS, Meridian, MS (East Mississippi CC)

All-Mississippi Junior College as a sophomore after completing his career with 68 tackles, six interceptions and three forced fumbles as a sophomore … is a starter on East Mississippi's baseball team … helped East Mississippi win the 2011 national junior college championship alongside current Demon center Warren Jones … made 77 tackles and an interception, earning second-team All-Mississippi JC honors as a freshman … at Meridian HS under coach Larry Weems, he had 13 interceptions in his final two seasons … was all-district in football and baseball as a junior and senior …. Son of Victoria Liddell, an instructor at Meridian Community College, where new Demon baseball pitching coach Chris Curry was head coach the last two years … has one brother, Frederick Liddell (6). 

2013 Northwestern State Football Signees

19 of anticipated 19 as of Wednesday 11:45 a.m.

 

Zach Adkins, QB, 6-1, 195, Romana HS, Riverside, CA (Riverside City College)

James David Almond, QB, 6-1, 190, Haughton HS, Bossier City, LA

Orlando Calhoun Jr., LB, 6-0, 198, Northside HS, Lafayette, LA

Marion Chapman, LB, 6-1, 215, Wayne County HS, Waynesboro, MS (Jones County CC)

Dannie Harmon Jr., LB, 6-2, 240, Rayne HS, Rayne, LA

Basil Jackson, LB, 6-0, 215, Juan Seguin HS, Arlington, TX

Brandon Kelly, DT, 6-1, 265, St. Mary’s HS, Natchitoches, LA

Desmond Lacey, RB, 6-0, 175, West Sabine HS, Pineland, TX

Shane McLendon, CB, 6-0, 175, Oak Grove HS, Hattiesburg, MS

Calvin Moody, RB, 6-0, 217, Airline HS, Bossier City, LA

Manuel Mukes IV, CB, 5-11, 175, Parkview Baptist HS, Baton Rouge, LA

Roderick Ross, CB, 6-0, 195, Richwood HS, Monroe, LA

Shakeir Ryan, WR, 5-9, 160, Northside HS, Lafayette, LA

Zach Schumann, OL, 6-3, 283, Marysville-Pilchuck HS, Marysville, WA (College of the Siskiyous, Cal.)

John Shelton, K, 5-10, 160, Winnfield HS, Winnfield LA

Christian Van Buren, DB, 6-0, 190, Pineville HS, Pineville, LA

Jermaine Walker, CB, 5-11, 170, Sugarland Dulles HS, Stafford, TX

Isaiah Wheeler, DL, 6-2, 260, Hamilton Christian HS, Lake Charles, LA

Jason Yarbor, CB, 5-11, 175, Meridian HS, Meridian, MS (East Mississippi CC)

 

2013 Demon Football Signee Bios

 

Zach Adkins, QB, 6-1, 195, Romana HS, Riverside, CA (Riverside City College)

Co-offensive player of the year at Riverside after completing 67 percent of his passes (193-289-6)  for 2,744 yards and 28 touchdowns for a 9-2 team that ranked fourth in the Southern California Community College top 20 … his completion percentage (66.8) was third among all California community college QBs and his 28 TDs ranked ninth, although his 289 attempts ranked only 30th. … his six interceptions  were the fewest in the state by any QB with at least 250 attempts … added 3 rushing TDs in his only year as a starter, beating out a transfer from Utah for the starting job … averaged 249.5 pass yards per game, 16th among 50 QB’s ranked in the 70-team California Community College Athletic Association … noted for  his leadership and competitive savvy by coach Tom Craft …  played quarterback and cornerback at Romana HS … threw for 1,373 yards and 13 TDs, going 96-197-9 for the Rams … also ran for 455 yards  … was a two-time first-team all-league pick in 2008 and 2009 … also  basketball at Romana HS … son of John and Mandy Adkins … has a brother, Casey, and a sister, Karina … full name is Zachary John Adkins … born 4/20/92 … recruited by Louisiana Tech before its coaching change.

 

 

James David Almond, QB, 6-1, 190, Haughton HS, Bossier City, LA

Standout quarterback for coach Rodney Guin at Haughton, who was the first verbal commitment to NSU last summer and held firm on his pledge … threw for 2,047 yards and 23 touchdowns, completing 64 percent of his passes, and ran for an additional 279 yards and five TDs … led Bucs to a 7-4 record and first round of Class 5A playoffs … as a junior, threw for 2,475 yards and 32 TDs, completing 58 percent of his passes and ran for 277 yards and two more scores while Haughton went 9-3 and reached the second round of the playoffs, falling to eventual state champion West Monroe … second-team all-district pick as a senior, honorable mention all-district as a junior … set school record for career passing percentage and is second in Bossier Parish history … Wendy’s High School Heisman winner in 2012 for combined academic, athletic accomplishment … National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award from North Louisiana Milton McNaughton Chapter … 3.8 GPA … son of Brian and Brandi St. Andre, who are teachers … father is a coach … has one broker, Jake … grandfather, Mike Almond, chosen as one of the Demons’ Top 100 Players of the Century in the 2007 Centennial Celebration of NSU football … grandfather still ranks among NSU receiving leaders, and set single-game record with 10 catches at Louisville … was the 1979 “Mr. Irrelevant” as the final player chosen in the NFL Draft, by the world champion Pittsburgh Steelers … his uncle, Dustin Almond, was a star QB at Southern Mississippi, where he topped some of Brett Farvre’s records, later played in the Cleveland Browns NFL training camp, and has been involved in arena football … plans to major in business … Beta Club, FCA member … National Honor Society.

 

Orlando Calhoun Jr., LB, 6-0, 198, Northside HS, Lafayette, LA

Three-year all-district linebacker at Northside … helped Vikings reach state quarterfinals in his sophomore season and the state playoffs as a senior… played for former LSU standout linebacker Trev Faulk … state champion wrestler as a junior  … became Vikings’ first state champion wrestler since 2008 under coach John Simmons … was fourth in the state as a sophomore, and fifth as a freshman … Vikings were third in the state (17-9) in his freshman year, fourth (20-7) in his sophomore season, and state champs as a team (28-3) in his junior year …. Also ran on state runner-up 4x100 meter relay team as a junior … son of Orlando and Patricia Calhoun … father works for the Scott Police Department, mother is a trucking company dispatcher … has a brother and a sister … plans to major in criminal justice and also interested in architecture … has a 3.1 GPA … interested in law school and becoming a defense attorney … full name is Orlando Dale Calhoun Jr. … born 1/23/95.

 

 

Marion Chapman, LB, 6-1, 215, Wayne County HS, Waynesboro, MS (Jones County CC)

Played in 39th Annual Mississippi Junior College All-Star Game … 10th in the nation in tackles (106, including 68 solos, fifth nationally) … had 3 sacks (-13), 3.5 more tackles for loss (-9), recovered two fumbles, forced one, and made an interception … helped Bobcats go 6-3 in 2012 and was voted team captain … as a freshman, made 22 tackles and forced a fumble for the Bobcats … at Wayne County HS, was a first-team All-State and All-District linebacker who made 98 tackles, eight sacks, three fumble recoveries and an interception as a senior, when he won the War Eagles’ Best Linebacker Award a season after earning the Best Defensive Lineman Award … played in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game as a senior … was a three-year all-conference player … led his team in tackles as a junior and senior … he won the War Eagle Award as a sophomore … son of Charles Chapman, a judge, and wife Belinda … has two siblings … born 3/11/92 … interested in a college coaching career.

 

Dannie Harmon Jr., LB, 6-2, 240, Rayne HS, Rayne, LA

All-District 5-3A tight end and safety for the Wolves … had 13 catches for 800 yards and four touchdowns, while making one interception, recovering a fumble, forcing a fumble and scoring two defensive touchdowns … was all-parish … Rayne’s 9-3 record carried them to a regional round playoff appearance under coach Curt Ware … a year earlier, the Wolves reached the 3A quarterfinals as Harmon had 15 catches for 400 yards and five TDs as he earned all-district and all-parish honors … four-year letterwinner in football and basketball, and has lettered in track and baseball …  son of Dannie Harmon Sr. and Cheryl Harmon … has a younger brother, Darien, and two younger sisters … wants to major in business administration … full name is Dannie Ray Harmon Jr. … born 11/8/94.

 

Basil Jackson, LB, 6-0, 215, Juan Seguin HS, Arlington, TX

Missed the first half of the season due to full body cramps and was told he wouldn’t play at all, but made it back in midseason and wound up nominated for Texas prep defensive player of the year … won Dallas Morning News Defensive Player of the Week award 10/21 after Arlington Seguin’s upset of Waxahachie, when he had the game-clinching interception and returned  a blocked extra point 105 yards for two points … ran back a fumble and interception for TDs in a win over Mansfield Lake Ridge … was chosen Suguin’s team MVP, defensive MVP and defensive Skill Player of the Year … as a junior, won team’s Special Teams Player of the Year and Most Improved awards … claimed two straight Cougar Pride Leadership Awards … described by Coach Carlos Lynn as a “workout freak” who set school records with squat lift of 550 pounds and a power clean of 290 pounds … lettered twice in football, twice in wrestling and once in power lifting … member of Key Club, Boys of Truth and FCAA…. 3.26 GPA who is on the AP Honor Roll … wants to start a Christian-based mentoring program after college … son of Tunyesse Luster, a nurse … his sister Keanne Williams is a nurse … has an older brother, Tyler … born 11/24/94 … full name is Basil Kre-One Jackson … nickname is “Caveman.”

 

Brandon Kelly, DT, 6-1, 265, St. Mary’s HS, Natchitoches, LA

First-team all-district defensive lineman and a kicker as a senior after earning all-district honors as an offensive guard and at kicker a season earlier … 57 tackles, two caused fumbles, three tackles for loss, and led the Tigers with four sacks … added a pass breakup and a fumble recovery … made 32 tackles with a caused fumble as a junior … played offensive guard in his first three seasons … helped coach Charlie Cryer’s Tigers compile a four-year record of 35-11 with four straight playoff trips … three-year baseball letterman for SMHS’s Class A powerhouse, which won 2011 state title … also lettered in track and field once … member of FCA and FBLA along with 4-H …  son of Keenan Kelly, an attorney, and Melissa Kelly, a teacher … has a 3.2 GPA … full name is Brandon Kyle Kelly … born 2/22/95.

 

Desmond Lacey, DB/ATH, 6-0, 175, West Sabine HS, Pineland, TX

A four-sport standout who was a first-team all-district quarterback and safety at West Sabine for coach Tod Stark, … district MVP as a junior when he threw for 17 touchdowns and 1,472 yards on 77-152 aim, while running for 11 scores and 1,125 yards on 136 carries (8.3 average) … as a senior, threw for 14 touchdowns and 1,186 yards (53-118-4), while rushing for 1,241 yards (135 carries, 9.2 average) and 14 TDs … won Southeast Texas player of the week and Ford Tough player of the week awards … is also a regional qualifier in the triple jump, 200 meter dash, and on relays, including a state-meet qualifying 4x100m relay team … an all-district guard in basketball last season … also has four letters in baseball .. helped West Sabine to district championships in his first two seasons of hoops, then a bi-district championship in his junior campaign … was honorable mention all-district as a sophomore for coach Jeff Parks … ran on district and area champion 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams last spring, with the 4x100 foursome going on to the state meet under coach Jonathan Jones … son of Bobby and Elaine Lacey … his father is a lumber grader and his mother is a teacher … has two sisters, Christina (22) and Tatyana (14) … born 12/27/94 … full name is Desmond Tamar Lacey …  student council vice-president ... National Honor Society member who ranks seventh in his class with an average grade of 92.135 … also vice president of his class and an FCA member … nickname is “Dez.”

 

Shane McLendon, CB, 6-0, 175, Oak Grove HS, Hattiesburg, MS

Nominated for the Mississippi East vs. West All-Star Game … Pine Belt Sports.com preseason all-area team member who led Class 6A with six interceptions, while making 46 tackles and blocked three field goals for the Warriors … has been clocked at a 4.40 in the 40-yard dash … high school teammate of Demon baseball freshman Cort Brinson  and they teamed up on the 2010 South State Championship team … played for coach Nevil Barr … has a 26 ACT score … son of Deirdre K. McLendon … full name is Shane Austin McLendon.

 

Calvin Moody, RB, 6-0, 217, Airline HS, Bossier City, LA

A four-year all-district running back who was also an all-district linebacker as a freshman … has also lettered three years in track and in basketball once … helped his teams go a combined 34-15 in four seasons … played for coach Bo Meeks, a former NSU QB, at Airline HS .. son of Jason and Pat Roberts, who are business owners … father played three years of football at Louisiana-Monroe … cousin Emmanuel Moody played running back at Southern California … borne 2-12-93 … majoring in business … signed at mid-year and is attending NSU.

 

Manuel Mukes IV, CB, 5-11, 175, Parkview Baptist HS, Baton Rouge, LA

Track and football standout for legendary Demon football player Kenny Guillot at state power Parkview Baptist … PBHS won state championships in Mukes’ sophomore and senior seasons (2010, 2012) .. second-team All-State as a senior, all-district in his final two seasons … made eight interceptions in the last two years … runs 100 meter dash, and high jumps, in track and field … son of Manuel Mukes III, a pastor, and Sahran Robinson, a nurse … has one sister, Baci Robinson.

 

Roderick Ross, CB, 6-0, 195, Richwood HS, Monroe, LA

91 tackles, eight interceptions in his final two seasons as a two-way player for the Rams … All-State and All-Northeast La. as a junior when he had 55 tackles, 18 pass breakups, and seven interceptions for a 7-4 team … had 46 tackles, three pass breakups and an interception as a senior, along with 12 catches for 374 yards and three touchdowns … a four-year letterman who had 10 catches for 253 yards as a sophomore … part of three state playoff teams in a tradition-rich program … son of Felix and Carla Ross … father works for a sheriff’s department, mother works at a hospital … has an older brother, Marcus … he is related to former NFL receiver Odessa Turner, chosen one of the Demons’ Top 100 Football Players of the Century in the 2007 Centennial Celebration … Turner was a Super Bowl starter in 1991 for the world champion New York Giants and also played for the 49ers … interested in a criminal justice major and a career in law enforcement … has a 3.1 GPA …born 10/2/94 … nickname is “Mayhem.”

 

Shakeir Ryan, WR, 5-9, 160, Northside HS, Lafayette, LA

All-State receiver (second-team LSWA, first-team coaches) after 84 catches for 1,035 yards and nine touchdowns, along with 405 rushing yards and three TDs as a senior for his uncle, coach Trev Faulk … All-Acadiana, all-district … didn’t play as a junior after a school transfer but did run a 6.81 in the 60 meter dash indoors, the nation’s eighth-fastest time by a junior sprinter in AAU competition … as a sophomore was third at the state meet with a 21.65 in the 200 … made 18 catches for 325 yards and six touchdowns … has a 2.9 GPA .. son of Shekethia Ryan, who works for the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office … has two brothers, Sage (9) and Sky (3) … is a cousin to longtime NFL standout RB Kevin Faulk and Jasper Faulk, another NFL vet … fullname is Shakeir Dedrick Ryan, nicknames are “Shake” and “Keir” … born 8/11/95.

 

Zach Schumann, OL, 6-3, 283, Marysville-Pilchuck HS, Marysville, WA (College of the Siskiyous, Cal.)

A first-team All-California Region II offensive lineman … team was ranked sixth in the Northern California Community College top 20, finishing 10-1 and winning the Mid-Empire Conference in the Northern California Football Association, playing in a bowl game …  Siskiyous ran for 252.4 yards per game and averaged 34.9 points per game … in high school, he was an all-conference choice who played in Washington’s East-West All-Star Game … his team was 17-4 and made two straight playoff appearances in his two seasons … also wrestled … son of Dave and Marsha Shumann … father is a public utility district lineman, mother is a 911 dispatcher … one younger sister, Sydney (18) … plans to enter coaching and education field … full name is Zachary John Schumann … born 11/24/92.

 

John Shelton, K, 5-10, 160, Winnfield HS, Winnfield LA

All-State Class 2A kicker (LSWA, coaches) … three-year first-team all-district selection … holds school records for career field goals, extra points, kicking percentatge at tradition-rich Winnfield program under coach Andy Pyles … twice All-Cenla pick by Alexandria Town Talk … honorable mention all-state as a junior when Winnfield was state finalist, losing to national power John Curtis … Shelton hit a FG in the game despite being “iced” with a timeout by Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame coach J.T. Curtis … led the state in kick scoring as a junior … regional qualifier in the pole vault as a sophomore and junior … all-district center fielder in baseball as a sophomore … Winnfield’s special teams MVP for three seasons … started all 52 career games, scoring in all but three … says he “would like to be the next great NSU Demons placekicker” and “I am a football player who kicks!” … son of Dr. Mark Shelton, a physician, and Jennifer Shelton a medical technologist … has two older brothers, Matthew (28) and Andrew (26), both former kickers for the Tigers … Andrew played baseball at Louisiana College, now is an assistant coach there … grandfather Lee Shelton graduated from Louisiana Normal (former name of NSU) in the class of 1941 … born 11/4/94 … wants to become a dentist in a rural community and go on a medical mission trip … full name is John Maxwell Shelton … 3.5 GPA.

 

Christian Van Buren, DB, 6-0, 190, Pineville HS, Pineville, LA

Outstanding track athlete  who played football for former standout Demon offensive lineman Robbie Martin at Pineville … had 81 tackles, five sacks, five forced fumbles and five recoveries, along with two pass breakups, for the Rebels in his junior season … was a state qualifier in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles as a junior … won district title in both events, was regional runner-up for the Rebels … son of Kenderick and Andrea Van Buren .. father works for the Louisiana State Police, mother is a speech pathologist … has one sister …  3.5 GPA … National Honor Society … Freshman Mentor … interested in majoring in pre-physical therapy.

 

Jermaine Walker, CB, 5-11, 170, Sugarland Dulles HS, Stafford, TX

All-District 23-5A defender who made 57 tackles, had seven pass breakups, forced two fumbles and recovered two for a 7-5 team that reached the second round of the state playoffs under coach Jim Creech … squad was 6-5 and reached the postseason in his junior season … three football letters, two in track … honor roll student at Dulles HS … son of Kimberly Walker, a lab technician … has a younger brother, Jeremiah (11), and sister, Jaelyn (15) … his uncle, Kevin Mack, played football at Oregon and transferred to Southern University … played in the Fiesta Bowl for the Ducks … interested in being a teacher and coach … full name is Jermaine Lamell Walker Jr. … born 10/19/95.

 

Isaiah Wheeler, DL, 6-2, 260, Hamilton Christian HS, Lake Charles, LA

Three-year All-Southwest Louisiana selection by the Lake Charles American Press … four-year all-district pick … topped 100 tackles as a senior … also lettered four years in basketball … played for former McNeese All-American and Alexandria native Reggie Nelson … Beta Club and FCA member … son of Derrick and Keri Wheeler … two older brothers, Aaron and Ryan … his relative, Bruce Seale, played for the NBA’s Seattle Supersonics … interested in a career as a criminal investigator and a major in criminal justice … born 5/19/94 .. nickname is “Zay”

 

Jason Yarbor, CB, 5-11, 175, Meridian HS, Meridian, MS (East Mississippi CC)

All-Mississippi Junior College as a sophomore after completing his career with 68 tackles, six interceptions and three forced fumbles as a sophomore … is a starter on East Mississippi’s baseball team … helped East Mississippi win the 2011 national junior college championship alongside current Demon center Warren Jones … made 77 tackles and an interception, earning second-team All-Mississippi JC honors as a freshman … at Meridian HS under coach Larry Weems, he had 13 interceptions in his final two seasons … was all-district in football and baseball as a junior and senior …. Son of Victoria Liddell, an instructor at Meridian Community College, where new Demon baseball pitching coach Chris Curry was head coach the last two years … has one brother, Frederick Liddell (6).

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