The Southern Arkansas University football program has announced the signing of 41 players for the 2017 season.
The newest Muleriders signed National Letters of Intent (NLIs) on Wednesday as part of National Signing Day for college football.
Among the players was Magnolia High School senior Kobe McDonald, a linebacker.
"Our goal heading into this year's recruiting was to find the best student-athletes that had what we were looking for at each position," said head football coach Bill Keopple. "We were able to address all of our needs at each position. The fact that we won nine games last year, and have nine returning starters on defense along with eight returning on offense, definitely made it much easier to attract quality talent."
"I'm so proud of the number of young men we were able to get in this class," said Keopple. "We've never signed this many in one class which makes it a great time to be a Mulerider!"
Keopple's 2017 signing class features 20 defensive players and 21 offensive players. Of the 20 defensive players signed, half (10) will help bolster the secondary while the other 10 signees will shore up the front seven with six coming in as linebackers and four as defensive linemen.
On the offensive end, the most signees in terms of position will come in the trenches as they signed six offensive linemen. Five wideouts, four tight ends, a pair of running backs and a fullback/H-back will add depth to the skill positions of the Great American Conference's top offense each of the last three years. Additionally, Keopple inked three quarterbacks to help provide depth at that spot.
Geographically, the 2017 signing class features more Arkansans with 17, followed by Texas with 14 signees from the Lone Star State. Louisiana brought six signees and Mississippi and Tennessee each yielded a pair of commits.
The following is a list of the 2017 Southern Arkansas Football signing class. Click the links to check out each signees' HUDL highlight reels.
OL | Mount Ida, AR | Mount Ida HS
DB | Memphis, TN | White Station HS
LB | Fort Worth, TX | Timber Creek HS
OL | Brandon, MS | Brandon HS
DL | Covington, LA | Mandeville HS
DB | Cordova, TN | Germantown HS
WR | Texarkana, AR | Arkansas HS
OL | Rogers, AR | Har Ber HS
OL | Paris, TX | Paris HS
DB | Gilmer, TX | Gilmer HS
RB | Warren, AR | Warren HS
DB | Mesquite, TX | Poteet HS
TE | Rowlett, TX | Rowlett HS
LB | Wesson, MS | Loyd Star HS
WR | Rowlett, TX | Sachse HS
TE | Azle, TX | Azle HS
DB | West Memphis, AR | West Memphis HS
FB/H | Conway, AR | Conway Christian HS
OL | Wylie, TX | Wylie East HS
DB | Prescott, AR | Prescott HS
QB | Gonzales, LA | St. Amant HS
DL | Prescott, AR | Prescott HS
OL | Sherwood, AR | Sylvan Hills HS
LB | Magnolia, AR | Magnolia HS
DB | Allen, TX | Allen HS
LB | Lewisville, TX | Lewisville HS
LB | Mesquite, TX | Poteet HS
WR | Magnolia, TX | Klein Oak HS
RB | White Hall, AR | White Hall HS
WR | Conway, AR | Conway Christian HS
TE | Mount Ida, AR | Mt. Ida HS
QB | Covington, LA | Fontainebleau HS
QB | Hope, AR | Hope HS
DL | Forney, TX | Forney HS
TE | Hope, AR | Spring Hill HS
WR | Benton, LA | Benton HS
DB | Paris, TX | Paris HS
DB | Wynne, AR | Forrest City HS
DL | Slidell, LA | Slidell HS
DB | North Little Rock, AR | Parkview HS
LB | Breaux Bridge, LA | Breaux Bridge HS