Future Mulerider

Kobe McDonald of the Magnolia Panthers has signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at Southern Arkansas.

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.

Logan Abernathy

OL | Mount Ida, AR | Mount Ida HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/4640723/logan-abernathy

Myles Baker

DB | Memphis, TN | White Station HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/3590880/myles-baker

Eloi Bigirimana

LB | Fort Worth, TX | Timber Creek HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/3924360/eloi-bigirimana

Corbin Boler

OL | Brandon, MS | Brandon HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/3908859/corbin-boler

Demoni Boyd

DL | Covington, LA | Mandeville HS

https://www.hudl.com/profile/4051935/demoni-boyd

Anterrious Branch

DB | Cordova, TN | Germantown HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/5049189/anterrious-branch

Michael Caldwell

WR | Texarkana, AR | Arkansas HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/4701017/michael-caldwell

Cade Chastain

OL | Rogers, AR | Har Ber HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/5292874/cade-chastain

Mitchell Cole

OL | Paris, TX | Paris HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/4145287/mitchell-cole

Kameryn Cuevas

DB | Gilmer, TX | Gilmer HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/3463606/kameryn-cuevas

Dennis Daniels

RB | Warren, AR | Warren HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/3446557/dennis-daniels

Kid Dickerson

DB | Mesquite, TX | Poteet HS

https://www.hudl.com/profile/3869769/kid-dickerson

Donald Dobson

TE | Rowlett, TX | Rowlett HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/6238293/donald-dobson

Parker Flowers

LB | Wesson, MS | Loyd Star HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/7870532/parker-flowers

Zachary Foster

WR | Rowlett, TX | Sachse HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/4287374/zachary-foster

Dylan Gibson

TE | Azle, TX | Azle HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/3201768/dylan-gibson

Rayshaad Hall

DB | West Memphis, AR | West Memphis HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/4289583/rayshaad-hall

Rob Hogue

FB/H | Conway, AR | Conway Christian HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/4123604/rob-hogue

Peter Ihaka

OL | Wylie, TX | Wylie East HS

https://www.hudl.com/profile/8821173/peter-ihaka

Deonte Jamison

DB | Prescott, AR | Prescott HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/5501260/deonte-jamison

Hayden Mallory

QB | Gonzales, LA | St. Amant HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/3245116/hayden-mallory

Jay Marks

DL | Prescott, AR | Prescott HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/2988111/jay-marks

Garon Martin

OL | Sherwood, AR | Sylvan Hills HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/3385178/garon-martin

Kobe McDonald

LB | Magnolia, AR | Magnolia HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/4075715/tkobe-mcdonald

Michael Newsome

DB | Allen, TX | Allen HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/3862489/michael-newsome

Ahmadric Pelican

LB | Lewisville, TX | Lewisville HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/3895094/ahmadric-pelican

Andrew Pierce

LB | Mesquite, TX | Poteet HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/4466918/andrew-pierce

Micah Small

WR | Magnolia, TX | Klein Oak HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/3104615/micah-small

Lance Smith

RB | White Hall, AR | White Hall HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/5532681/lance-smith

Seth Smith

WR | Conway, AR | Conway Christian HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/4123635/seth-smith

Anthony Spurling

TE | Mount Ida, AR | Mt. Ida HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/4641164/anthony-spurling

Justin Stolberg

QB | Covington, LA | Fontainebleau HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/3192911/justin-stolberg

Austin Stubber

QB | Hope, AR | Hope HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/3185691/austin-stubber

Prince Udenze

DL | Forney, TX | Forney HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/3920161/prince-udenze

Will Walton

TE | Hope, AR | Spring Hill HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/4157975/will-walton

John Westmoreland

WR | Benton, LA | Benton HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/2820116/john-westmoreland

TD Williams

DB | Paris, TX | Paris HS

https://www.hudl.com/profile/4446409/td-williams

Tre Williams

DB | Wynne, AR | Forrest City HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/6506594/tre-williams

Jalen Williams

DL | Slidell, LA | Slidell HS

https://www.hudl.com/profile/3786257/jalen-williams

Odies Wilson

DB | North Little Rock, AR | Parkview HS

https://www.hudl.com/profile/2672284/odies-wilson-iv

Tylar Wiltz

LB | Breaux Bridge, LA | Breaux Bridge HS

http://www.hudl.com/profile/3634000/tylar-wiltz

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