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FHSU football signs 31 players

By Heather Williams, hwilliams@kwch.com
Published On: Feb 05 2014 05:13:18 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 05 2014 08:09:18 PM CST
HAYS, Kansas -

One of the largest signing classes in Fort Hays State football history has signed on the dotted line. Thirty-one players turned in National Letters of Intent Wednesday, including 13 from the state of Kansas.

“If (fans) got to the football field and don’t know any kids on your team, who are they really gonna root for,” said Head Coach Chris Brown.  “You gotta have kids from this area. It’s home to them.”

Here’s a look at the players that signed with the Tigers courtesy of FHSU’s Sport Information department.

Britton Bishop
6'4 285 OL
Oologah, Okla. (Oologah HS)
Planned Major:  Undecided
Notes:  All-District and All-Conference in 2013…Played in Green County and Jim Thorpe All-Star Games…Nominee for Oil Bowl…Had 47 pancakes in 2013…Four-year letterwinner in football, one letter in track/field.

Austin Buhl
5'11 190 OLB
Colorado Springs, Colo. (Liberty HS)
Planned Major:  Athletic Training
Notes:  Three-year letterwinner in football at Liberty High School…All-Conference First Team selection and All-Area Second Team in 2013…Named school's defensive player of the year in 2013…All-Conference honorable mention in 2012.

Cade Calvert
6'0 165 FS
Salina, Kan. (Salina South HS)
Planned Major:  Finance
Notes:  Senior year (2013) had 107 tackles, three tackles for loss, four interceptions, nine pass breakups, six fumble recoveries (three forced fumbles)…Two-sport letterwinner (football and track/field)…two-time First Team All-AVCTL…2013 First Team All-State (5A)…Holds school record for fumbles recovered and takeaways in a career…2-time state qualifier in hurdles.

Derek Campbell
6'0 205 RB
Manhattan, Kan. (Hutchinson CC)
Planned Major:  Health and Human Performance
Notes:  All-Conference at Hutchinson CC in 2012…All-State Running Back at Manhattan High School in 2010…Two-sport letterwinner in Track and Field and Football.

Dyantre Colston
6'3 190 WR
Belleview, Fla. (Belleview HS)
Planned Major:  Undecided
Notes:  Two-year letterwinner in football…In 2013, had 41 catches for 630 yards and three touchdowns…In 2012, had 25 catches for 310 yards and three touchdowns…First Team All-County in 2013...Rated 3-Star prospect by 247sports, and 2-star prospect by Rivals.com…Finished second all-time in school history for career touchdowns, third all-time in school history for career catches, and third all-time in school history for career yards.

Tevin Evans
6'1 200 LB/DE
Miami, Fla. (Booker T. Washington HS)
Planned Major:  Undecided
Notes:  125 tackles and eight sacks in 2013…First Team All-Dade County...2-star athlete by 247Sports…Played in Dade County vs. Florida All-Star Game…Booker T. Washington HS ranked No. 1 nationally, won HS National Championship in 2013.

Erin Gaither
6'0 190 QB
Wichita, Kan. (Wichita Northwest HS)
Planned Major:  Biology, Pre-Med
Notes:  Threw for 1,119 yards and rushed for 814 yards in 2013…Four-year letterwinner in football, two-year letterwinner in wrestling, one letter in baseball…All-City Honorable Mention in 2014…Made honor roll all four years at Wichita Northwest…National Honor Society member.

Brandon Halperin
6'1 205 LB
Thornton, Colo. (Horizon HS)
Planned Major:  Athletic Training
Notes:  Two-time First Team All-Conference…Two-time First Team All-Region and Player of the Year (2013)…As a senior, had 85 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and a blocked punt.

Colby Hamel
6'3 305 OL
Lakin, Kan. (Garden City CC)
Planned Major:  Justice Studies
Notes:  2012 and 2013 All-Jayhawk Conference honoree...Had 120 pancake blocks in 2013 at Garden City CC…Was a three-sport letterwinner at Lakin High School (Football, Basketball and Track)…Two-time All-State member in football (junior and senior seasons).

Hunter Hewitt
6'3 310 OL
Sterling, Kan. (Sterling HS)
Planned Major:  Agriculture Business
Notes:  All-League for OL and DL in 2012 and 2013…Three-year letterwinner in football, four-year letterwinner in track/field…District 5 All-District Honorable Mention in 2013, First Team in 2012…Named Top Offensive Lineman at Sterling HS…Honor Roll Member, Kansas Honor Scholar…Ranked No. 3 in class.

Doyin Jibowu
6'1 171 FS
Denver, Colo. (George Washington HS)
Planned Major:  Athletic Training
Notes:  Three interceptions, 57 tackles, two forced fumbles and three touchdowns…Three-year letterwinner in football, Second Team All-League…Honor Roll and National Honors Society Member…Team Captain

Gage Kirwan
6'1 185 WR/DB
Gretna, Neb. (Gretna HS)
Planned Major:  Undecided
Notes:  Three-year letterwinner in football at Gretna HS…Three-sport letterwinner in HS (Football, Wrestling and Track and Field)…National Honor Society member for three years…Two-time Academic All-Conference in football…Two-time All-Conference and All-District Honorable Mention.

Jon Kohlscheen
6'2 245 OL/TE
Pleasanton, Neb.  (Pleasanton HS)
Planned Major:  Agriculture
Notes: Three-sport letterwinner at Pleasanton HS (Football, Track/Field and Basketball)…All-District and All-Region honoree in 2-13…All-State Honorable Mention his senior season (2013).

Aquil Knowles
6'1 170 DB
Miami, Fla. (Booker T. Washington HS)
Planned Major:  Undecided
Notes:  Senior year had 70 tackles, two sacks and three pass breakups…Three-year letterwinner in football… Booker T. Washington HS ranked No. 1 nationally, won HS National Championship in 2013.

Maverick LeRock
6'2 200 LB
Osborne, Kan. (Osborne HS)
Planned Major:  Undecided
Notes:  All-State Linebacker and Defensive Line in 2013…Won 8-man Division I State Championship in 2013…Selected to Kansas 8-Man All Star Game…Racked up 1,732 All-Purpose yards, 32 touchdowns, 72 tackles, seven sacks and two forced fumbles in 2013…Three-sport letterwinner (football, basketball and track/field).

Coby Lindsey
6'0 230 LB
Coldwater, Kan. (South Central HS)
Planned Major:  Agronomy
Notes:  Four-year letterwinner in football and track/field…Defensive Player of the Year for SPIAA…First Team All-District LB in 2013…Second Team All-District RB in 2013.

Brock Long
5'11 210 LB
Assaria, Kan. (Hutchinson CC)
Planned Major:  Management
Notes:  Member of the 2013 All-Conference Second Team...Had 100 tackles and two interceptions in 2013…Totaled 88 tackles in 2012…At Southeast of Saline High School, grabbed First Team All-League honors twice…Was a two-time First Team All-League honoree for football…Three-sport letterwinner in HS (Football, Wrestling and Baseball). 

Cole Lorenzen
5'11 190 DE
Smith Center, Kan. (Smith Center HS)
Planned Major:  Undecided
Notes:  Senior season had 27 solo tackles, 47 assisted tackles, four sacks, three fumble recoveries…160 receiving yards, eight catches and one touchdown in 2013…Lettered in football, basketball, wrestling and track/field at Smith Center HS…All-MCL Selection (TE/DE) in 2012 and 2013…Team Captain (2013)…State qualifier for javelin (Class 2A), took fifth.

Grant McConnell
6'2 220 DE
Thornton, Colo. (Mountain Range HS)
Planned Major:  Business Marketing
Notes:  All-State honors in 2013…First Team All-Conference in 2013…Second Team All-Conference in 2011 and 2012…Lead the state in sacks in 2013 (17 sacks)…Had 93 tackles senior season…Front Range League MVP (2013)…Academic All-State in 2011 and 2012…Two-sport letterwinner in football (three years) and track and field (two years).

Cordaryl Pandolfo
5'11 170 WR
Davenport, Fla. (Ridge Community HS)
Planned Major:  Undecided
Notes:  Three-sport letterwinner (Football, Baseball and Track/Field)…Second Team All-County in 2012 and 2013…In 2013 had 1,064 all-purpose yards (675 receiving yards, 389 rushing yards) and five touchdowns.

Wyatt Parker
6'3 210 DE
Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs South HS)
Planned Major:  Undecided
Notes:  Three-year letterwinner in football…All-Conference and All-Area honoree in football…All-District and State qualifier in wrestling…Senior year had 73 tackles, four fumble recoveries, nine sacks and four tackles for loss (-17 yards).

Trever Powell
5'9 170 RB/WR/DB
Greensburg, Kan. (Kiowa County HS)
Planned Major:  Pre-Physical Therapy
Notes:  Four-year letterwinner in football, basketball and track/field…rushed for 4,871 yards, 77 touchdowns…Had 6,058 all-purpose yards and 88 total touchdowns…racked up 262 tackles and 17 interceptions…As a senior, named Sports in Kansas 8-man Division I Offensive Player of the Year, K-Preps Offensive MVP, Topeka Capital Journal First-Team All-State, First Team SPIAA and K-Preps as RB and DB…Honor roll member.

Micquille Robinson
6'0 180 LB
Wichita, Kan. (Northwest HS)
Planned Major:  Health and Human Performance
Notes:  2013 stats included 70 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, five sacks (42 yards) and two forced fumbles…Three time honor roll member at Northwest HS…Two-sport letterwinner (Football and Wrestling)…Team captain.

Aujonte (AJ) Roper
5'11 200 WR/SS
Aurora, Colo. (Overland HS)
Planned Major:  Physical Therapy
Notes:  First Team All-Conference in 2013…Four-year letterwinner in football…Three-sport letterwinner in HS (Football, Track/Field and Basketball).

Christian Sanders
5'11 180 RB
Wichita, Kan. (Wichita Northwest HS)
Planned Major:  Industrial Technologies
Notes:  Four-year letterwinner in football, one letter in track/field…Averaged 7.3 yards per carry on 94 rushes (687 rushing yards) with three touchdowns…GWAL All-Conference Honorable Mention (2013).

Taylor Scott
5'11 175 RB/WR
Cheraw, Colo.  (Cheraw HS)
Planned Major:  Undecided
Notes:  Played both sides of the ball for Cheraw HS…In 2013 had 47 rushes for 390 yards and four touchdowns, caught 19 passes for 350 yards and two touchdowns…Defensively his senior season, had 56 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.  

Connor Shedeed
5'11 185 DB
Gretna, Neb. (Gretna HS)
Planned Major:  Criminal Justice
Notes:  Three-year letterwinner at Gretna HS in Football and Wrestling…Played Rugby and Lacrosee (non-school sponsored)…2014 Blue-Grey All-American (senior season)…2013 Shrine Bowl (Nebraska) as a senior…All-State Honorable Mention (Safety) in 2013…First Team All-Metro Area Safety as a junior and senior…First Team All-Conference, All-District as sophomore, junior and senior…Racked up 1,300 all-purpose yards and 13 touchdowns…Had 65 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and five pass breakups on defense in 2013.

Kevin Spain
6'2 215 QB
Scottsdale, Ariz. (Scottsdale CC)
Planned Major:  Justice Studies
Notes:  Redshirted in 2013…Threw for 669 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012…Three-sport letterwinner at Paradise Valley HS (Football, Baseball and Lacrosse)…Two-time National Underclassman Combine QB MVP…All-State Safety, All-Region Quarterback in 2009-10...2-star prospect by ESPN in 2010.

Justin Stonebraker
5'11 170 FS
Salina, Kan. (Salina South HS)
Planned Major:  Secondary Education
Notes:  Three-year letterwinner in football, basketball and track/field…Passed for 1,847 yards (102-of-177) and 23 touchdowns in 2013…Rushed 137 times for 876 yards and eight touchdowns in 2013…First Team All-State (5A) for KFBCA…AVCTL Offensive MVP in 2013…Honorable Mention All-State (5A) for Wichita Eagle and Topeka Capital…All-League First Team in 2013, Second Team in 2012…Qualified for State Track and Field in 2011, 2012 and 2013…All-State in Basketball 2012-13. 

Malik Thomas
5'10 190 RB
Miami, Fla. (Miami Springs HS)
Planned Major:  Forensic Science
Notes:  Finished 2013 with 1,416 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns…Second Team All-Dade County and All-State Honorable Mention (2013)…Honor Roll student…Two-sport letterwinner (football and track/field)…Miami Springs HS reached playoffs for first time since 1995 and were district runner-ups with Thomas on the team.

John Wilson
6'0 175 DB
Kansas City, Mo. (Hogan Prep Academy)
Planned Major:  Sports Medicine
Notes:  Three-sport letterwinner at Hogan Prep Academy (Football, Wrestling, Track/Field)…First Team All-State in 2013…First Team All-District in 2013…Had 42 tackles, three tackles for loss, five interceptions, one fumble recovery and one defensive touchdown in 2013…Senior season returned two punts for touchdowns.

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