Future Muleriders

The Southern Arkansas football staff has announced 33 recruits on National Signing Day.

The Southern Arkansas football program has announced the signing of 33 players as the newest Muleriders signed National Letters of Intent (NLIs) on Wednesday.

“I’m very excited about the 2018 Mulerider Football Recruiting class,” said head football coach Bill Keopple. “We feel like we’ve signed quality young men at every position. We made an educated decision to address and fill all of our immediate needs to maintain the stability of our football program.”

“We were looking to improve upon what we already have on campus at every position; even though we have a very talented team returning,” said Keopple. “My staff did an outstanding job evaluating prospects within the Ark-La-Tex and worked tirelessly to persuade them to sign with us. It’s important to me that we recruit young me from our Region that have a desire to come work on getting a college degree and be the best student athlete they can be. Thirty-three young men signed with us today and we can’t wait to get them all on campus.”

Entering his 10th year on the sidelines for the Muleriders next fall, Keopple's 2018 signing class features 19 offensive players, 13 defensive players and one special teams player. Of the 19 offensive players signed, 11 are offensive linemen as that position was an area of emphasis to increase depth. In skill positions, Keopple and his staff signed three wide receivers, three running backs, one tight end and one quarterback.

Defensively, the Muleriders will welcome 13 new players with six playing along the defensive line. In the secondary, SAU added three safeties and two cornerbacks. Two of the recruits are linebackers.

The Muleriders also added one special teams player that will be called upon to kick and punt.

Geographically, the 2018 signing class was comprised of talent from the Ark-La-Tex region highlighted by eight Arkansans. The class also netted 15 players from Texas, nine from Louisiana and one from Oklahoma.

The following is a list of the 2018 Southern Arkansas Football signing class.

2018 SAU Football Recruiting Class

John "J.D." Abrams

Caldwell Parish High School Columbia, LA LB 6'3 220

Richard "Rick" Barrick

Seven Lakes High School Katy, TX OL 6'4 270

Caleb Clark

West Memphis High School West Memphis, AR OL 6'5 290

Mahleik Darty

Liberty-Eylau High School Texarkana, TX WR 5'11 175

Frederick "Tank" Davis

Calvary Baptist Academy Shreveport, LA WR 6'0 180

Alfonso Deleon

Captain Shreve High School Shreveport, LA K / P 5'10 185

Jackson Ennels

North Forney High School Forney, TX WR 6'3 215

Jackson "Brock" Floyd

Centennial High School Frisco, TX S 6'1 180

Jared Gaudet

Brother Martin High School Metairie, LA OL 6'2 265

Michael Gillaspia

Clear Springs High School League City, TX WR 6'0 175

Corteze Hurd

Marshall High School Marshall, TX S 6'0 175

Michael James

Lakeside High School Hot Springs, AR RB 6'0 190

Reginald "Reggie" Jeter

Daingerfield High School Lone Star, TX CB 6-0 170

Whitten "Whit" Jones

Malvern High School Malvern, AR S 6'0 190

Slade Manlief

Sulphur High School Sulphur, LA DL 6'1 270

Ryan Mareno

Sam Houston High School Lake Charles, LA OL 6'3 270

Austin Marshall

Katy High School Katy, TX QB 6'1 175

Trevor Matheson

Foster High School Richmond, TX OL 6'4 265

Cameron Officer

Creekview High School Carrollton, TX OL 6'3 280

Briant Parker

Dutchtown High School Geismar, LA DL 6-3 220

Austin Patricia

North Forney High School Forney, TX OL 6'3 290

Marshall Poppenhusen

Cy-Fair High School Cypress, TX OL 6'3 280

Brock Price

Community High School Farmersville, TX TE 6'5 225

Seth Rinke

Spiro High School Spiro, OK OL 6'7 280

Garrett Roberts

Brusly High School Brusly, LA DL 6'4 230

Cullen "Deno" Rogers

Camden Fairview High School Chidester, AR DL 6-3 245

Tyrek Rucks

El Dorado High School El Dorado, AR LB 6'1 220

Jalynn Sidney

West Mesquite High School Balch Springs, TX RB 5'10 230

Tarrion Thompson

Camden Fairview High School Camden, AR DL 6'2 235

Terrell Turman

Sulphur Springs High School Sulphur Springs, TX CB 5-11 175

Matthew Ugbeche

West Mesquite High School Mesquite, TX DL 6'2 240

Wyatt Varvil

Quitman High School Quitman, AR OL 6'3 255

Kor'Davion Washington

Calvary Baptist Academy Shreveport, LA RB 5'9 170

Adam Watson

Magnolia High School Magnolia, AR OL 6'5 250

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