Whitten announces signing of 23 recruits for upcoming season

The Sam Houston State football team took another step towards a Southland Conference championship on Wednesday afternoon as head coach Todd Whiten announced the signing of 23 total recruits, including 17 high school and six transfer athletes. “I would like to congratulate our coaching staff,” Whitten said. “I think they really worked hard, put in the long hours on the road and did a good job in evaluating these guys both athletically and academically to come up with a very good signing class”.The 10-week recruiting process came to a close with 13 offensive recruits and ten on the defensive side of the ball.Will Clay (6-ft. 1-in., 200lbs.) a running back from Snyder High School, headlines the offensive class. During his senior season, Clay rushed for over 3,000 yards and 42 touchdowns. The Class 3A star claimed Dave Campbell’s Texas Football “Player of the Year” honor along with being named by the Texas Sportswriters as the “Co-Player of the Year”. On the defensive side of the ball, the Bearkats tried to offset the loss of defensive back Byron Richmond with the signing of Jamal Skipper from Kilgore Junior College (5-ft. 8-in., 185lbs.).”The Skipper kid out of Kilgore had nine interceptions last year and six interceptions his freshman year,” Whitten said. “I don’t think we have had 15 interceptions in three years. Hopefully he’ll be able to continue to do that here for us.”As for how good the recruits will turn out to be, only time well.”We worked hard, evaluated and feel we have a good group of guys,” Whitten said. “But like I say every year, you really need to answer that in two years.”

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