Campbell's first UCA class has 6 from Arkansas

Campbell's first UCA class has 6 from Arkansas

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CONWAY - The University of Central Arkansas football coaching staff added 16 recruits on Wednesday, the first day of the National Signing period, giving head coach Steve Campbell and his staff 24 newcomers to the Bears program.

The 16 newcomers join a group of eight mid-year transfers already enrolled at UCA.

The across-the-board signing class includes seven linebackers, four wide receivers, four defensive linemen, two tight ends, two quarterbacks, two offensive linemen, two defensive backs and one placekicker. The state-by-state breakdown has seven from Texas; six from Arkansas; four from Kansas; two from Mississippi; two from Alabama; one each from Florida, South Carolina and Oklahoma.

The Bears open the 2015 season with road games at Samford University on Sept. 3 in Birmingham, Ala., then travel Sept. 12 to Stillwater, Okla., to take on the Big 12 Oklahoma State Cowboys.

The first home game for the Bears will be Oct. 3 against Abilene Christian at First Security Field at Estes Stadium.

6-4, 200      Wide Receiver
Itawamba Community College, Mississippi.
     • Goshen (Ala.) High School
JC Gridiron #17 ranked receiver.
247 SPORTS 3 Star receiver.
14th ranked receiver in junior college.
Rivals 3 Star receiver
     • Itawamba Community College (Miss.).
48 catches for 818 yards, 8 TD's, in two seasons.

6-6, 225
Wide Receiver
Butler Community College (Kan.)
    • Marysville (Kan.) High School
Team captain.
2011-2012 All League receiver.
2011-2012 All-State receiver.
National Underclassmen Top 100 WR's.
Elite 15 National WR.
Tom Lemmings Prep Report Top Players in Nation.
200 Meter school record holder 21.8.
100 Meter regional track champion 10.5.
Rivals 2 Star.
     • Butler Community College, Kansas.
30 catches for 800 yards, 6 TD's.

5-9, 180
Wide Receiver
Arkansas State University
Conway (Ark.) HS
     • Conway High School
2 Year All-State wide receiver.
2 Year All-Conference wide receiver.
School Record receiving yards Conway High School.
2 Star Rivals.
     • Arkansas State University, Arkansas.
30 catches for 300 yards.

6-4, 255
Tight End
Fort Scott Community College (Kan.)
    • Galena (Kan.) High School
3 Time All CNC conference player at wide receiver/linebacker.
3 Time All State tight end and linebacker.
Selected for the Kansas Shrine Bowl.
Kansas Preps All Class linebacker.
    • Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College
All Conference tight end 2013-2014.
16 receptions for 250 yards.
Averaged 15.6 yards a reception.
Noted as a blocking tight end.

6-4, 250
Tight End
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M
Thomas (Okla.) High School
    • Thomas (Okla.) High School
Top 100 players in Oklahoma.
Mr. Football in Oklahoma 2012.
    • Northeastern Oklahoma A&M
1st Team All-American NJCAA.
1st Team All-Conference TE.
25 catches for 500 yards, averaged 20 yards a reception, 2 TD's.

6-3, 235
Thomasville (Ala.) High School
    • Thomasville (Ala.) High School
3.4 GPA Honors student.
ASWA All-State team.
126 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 2 int's, 1 fumble recovery during senior year.
210 tackles, 4 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 int's, for career.

6-3, 300
Defensive lineman
Highland (Kan.) Community College
Piper (Kan.) High School
    • Piper (Kan.) High School
1st Team Kansas All-State defensive lineman.
2nd Team All-Jayhawk defensive lineman.
65 tackles, 12 tfl's, 3 sacks, 1 int for TD.
State Champion wrestler at 275 lbs.
All-American Greco Roman wrestler.
2 time state qualifier wrestling.
School record holder for most pins.
    • Highland Community College
35 tackles, 12 tfl's, 5 sacks.

6-3, 370
Defensive lineman
Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College
    • Coffeyville Community College
25 tackles.
6 tackles for loss, 2 sacks.
2nd Team All-Jayhawk conference defensive tackle.


6-0, 180
Conway, Ark.
Conway (Ark.) High School
    • Conway High School, Arkansas.
All-State kicker 2014.
2 Time All-Conference.
Arkansas All-Star team.
Specialist of the Year in Arkansas.
All-Metro team.
Team captain.
Honor student.
2 Star rivals.

KIRK BAUGH        
6-2, 210
White Hall, Ark.
White Hall HS
    • White Hall High School, Arkansas.
All-State QB 5A.
5A Defensive player of the year.
Southeast Arkansas Player of the Year.
All-Conference basketball player 2014.
All-State baseball player 20113.
State champion football team 2012.

6-7, 215
Sugar Land, Texas
Clements High School
    • Clements High School
District Most Valuable Player 2014.
Academic All-District 2014.
Team Most Valuable Player 2014.
All-District quarterback 2013.
Academic All-District 2012.
Houston Chronicle Top 100 recruits.
2 star rivals.

6-7, 300
Offensive line
Russellville, Ark.
Russellville High School
    • Russellville (Ark.) High School
Conference Most Valuable Player.
All-Area football player.
Voted junior star player for Arkansas.
Ultimate Top 100 list.
Hooten's All-State team.

6-6, 290
Offensive lineman
New Boston, Texas
New Boston High School
    • New Boston High School
All-District offensive lineman 2014.
State quarterfinalist 2012.
State semifinalist 2013.
District champions 2014.
Band member 2011.
National Honor Society.

6-1, 205
Wide Receiver
Frisco, Texas
Lone Star High School (invited walk-on)
    • Lone Star High School
Newcomer of the year 2013.
Most Valuable Player 2014.
2nd Team All-County.

5-11, 190
Defensive Back
Gardendale, Ala.
Gardendale High School
    • Gardendale High School
All-State running back 2014.
17 td's, 70 tackles, 2014.
All-Metro 2014.
All-Area basketball 2013.
4 Time state qualifier in track.
Jefferson County Good Character award, 2012, 2013, 2014.

6-2, 195
Defensive Back
Navarro College (Corsicana, Texas)
    • Navarro College
2nd Team All-Conference defensive back.
60 tackles.
3 fumble recoveries.
1 interception.

JAMES POPE        
6-3, 245
Outside Linebacker
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M
Andrews (S.C.) High School
    • Andrews High School
1st Team All-State defensive end.
Defensive Lineman of the Year 2012.
1st team All-Region defensive end.
    • Northeastern Oklahoma A&M
All-Area defensive end 2014

ROY SUTTON        
6-2, 200
Outside Linebacker
Fort Worth, Texas
Fossil Ridge High School
    • Fossil Ridge High School
DFW Super Team member.
3 Year varsity football starter, average 101 tackles a season.
All-State linebacker 2014.
1st Team All-District linebacker.
Area Defensive Player of the Year 2014.
Team captain.
National Honor Society
Guest at the 2012 presidential inauguration.

5-10, 210
Wynne, Ark.
Wynne High School
    • Wynne High School
All-State linebacker 2012.
All-State linebacker 2013.
All-State linebacker 2014.
Jonesboro Sun linebacker of the year. 2012, 2013, 2014.
Farm Bureau Defensive Player of the Year finalist.
Max Emfinger All-American defensive team 2014.

6-3, 230
Blinn College (Brenham, Texas)
    • Blinn College
Defensive Most Valuable Player 2014.
2nd Team All-State linebacker 2013.
1st Team All-State linebacker coaches poll 2014.
1st Team All-Valley team 2014.
2 star rivals.

6-3, 220
Houston, Texas
St. Pius X High School (invited walk-on)
    • St. Pius X High School
All-Conference quarterback 2012.
All-Conference linebacker 2014.
East / West All-Star 2014.
Team's Most Valuable Player 2014.
Rivals underclassman Top 100.

LUKE ROSS        
6-0, 220
Madison, Miss.
Jackson Academy (invited walk-on)
    • Jackson Academy
Voted team Most Valuable Player 2014.
RPT Player of the Week three times.
1st Team All-Conference linebacker 2014.
Defensive Player of the Week two times.
Offensive Player of the Week two times.
Team captain 2014.

6-3, 260
Defensive Lineman
Pensacola, Fla.
J.M. Tate High School
    • J.M. Tate High School
Defensive Player of the Year Pensacola News Journal 2014.
1st Team All-Area defensive lineman 2013.
2nd Team All-State defensive lineman 2014.
1st Team All-Area defensive lineman 2014.
Northwest Florida sack leader with 17.
2 star rivals.

6-2, 315
Defensive lineman
Springdale, Ark.
Har-Ber High School
    • Har-Ber High School
Most Valuable Player defensive line 2014.
1st Team All-State defensive lineman 2013.
1st Team All-State defensive lineman 2014.
KURM Dream Team.
2 star rivals.


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