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ULM Concludes Signing Day with 22 Total Commitments
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Release: February 05, 2014
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MONROE, La. -- On Wednesday, ULM head football coach Todd Berry and his staff welcomed a group of new players as the Warhawks signed 22 players to a National Letter of Intent. A total of 20 players signed today to go along with two early signees (Tyrone Carter and Junior Williams) that joined the Warhawks at the beginning of the Spring semester.

Below is a list of the 22 signees as well as their biographical information:

Keaton Baggs
OL - 6-5 - 265 - Broken Arrow, Okla. - Broken Arrow Senior HS
Was a two-sport athlete at Broken Arrow Senior High School... Played on the offensive line for four years under the direction of head coach Steve Spauital... Part of Tiger squad that advanced to the state semifinals in 2013... Earned All-District honors following senior season... Was also a member of the basketball team during prep career.

Full name is Keaton Joseph Baggs... Born July 20, 1995, in Broken Arrow, Okla... Son of Glenn and Sue Baggs... Has an older brother, Cooper... Hobbies include playing guitar, playing video games and going on church mission trips... Majoring in Kinesiology.

Ben Banogu
OL - 6-4 - 235 - McKinney, Texas - Prosper HS
Was a multi-sport athlete at Prosper High School... Earned three letters as a member of the football team under direction of head coach Kent Scott... Recorded 21 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks as a senior... Earned Third Team All-District and Third Team All-State honors following senior season... Also an All-District Academic selection... Was a member of the basketball and track and field teams... Earned All-District and All-Area honors in track and field... Named one of Dallas Morning News’ Top Five Players of the Week during prep career.

Full name is Benjamin Chinomsu Banogu... Born Jan. 19, 1996, in Nigeria... Son of Ugochi Banogu... Has four brothers, Prince, Michael, Wisdom and David... Brother, Michael, is an offensive lineman at North Texas... Enjoys fishing in free time... Undecided on major.

Brennan Bradley
WR - 6-4 - 190 - Pass Christian, Miss. - St. Stanislaus HS
Was a two-sport athlete at St. Stanislaus High School... Played football for head coach Gabe Fortita and was a team captain as a senior... Finished senior season with 94 catches for 1,729 yards (18.4 ypc) and 15 touchdowns... Set a school-record with 13 receptions in a single game... As a junior, tallied 43 receptions and 821 yards (19.1 ypc) and nine touchdowns... Was part of Hancock County and Region 8-4A championship team in 2013... During prep career, earned USA Today First Team All-Mississippi, All-Conference (twice), All-Sea Coast Echo, All-State (twice) and All-Sun Herald honors... Was also a member of the basketball team. 

Full name is Brennen James Bradley... Born June 4, 1996, in Gulfport, Miss... Son of William and Hope Bradley... Has a younger sister, Madison... Uncle, Donnie Bentz, played collegiate football at Southeastern Louisiana... Cousin, Johnny Kirk, played collegiate football at Mississippi College... Enjoys fishing, hunting and water skiing... Undecided on major.

Tyrone Carter
WR - 6-0 - 183 - Rayville, La. - Arkansas Baptist College - Rayville HS
Arkansas Baptist College 
Played two seasons for head coach Richard Wilson at Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock, Ark... Made 44 grabs for 718 yards (16.3 ypc) and nine touchdowns as a rookie for the Buffalo... Followed with 875 yards on 43 catches (20.3 ypc) and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore... Joined ULM football program in January. 

Earned a total of five letters at nearby Rayville High School... Was a two-year letter winner in football and earned All-District honors as a senior... Won individual state championship in long jump as a freshman and earned a total of three letters as a member of the track and field team... Named All-District and All-State during track and field career. 


Full name is Tyrone Carter... Born May 19, 1992, in Monroe, La... Son of John Baker and Deborah Carter... Has one younger sister, Sonya... Cousin, Richard Murphy, was a running at LSU (2006-10)... Hobbies include fishing and spending time with family... Undecided on major. 

D'Marius Gillespie
WR - 6-1 - 180 - Olive Branch, Miss. - Center Hill HS
Earned three letters in football at Center Hill High School while playing for head coach Alan Peacock... Finished senior season with 59 receptions for 865 yards (14.7 ypc) and 10 touchdowns... Recorded 67 receptions for 886 yards (13.2 ypc) and eight touchdowns as a junior... During prep career, earned All-District, All-Metro, All-State and All-America honors twice... Was a two-time football winner of the Mustang award, which is given to a player that is strong on the field and in the classroom... Received the team’s Best Wide Receiver award and was a team captain in the North-South All-Star game... Also earned four letters in baseball... Was a three-time All-District selection and earned three Mustang Awards as part of the baseball team... Was a two-time Offensive Player of the Year in baseball and earned All-County honors during prep career... Named to the Honor Roll numerous times... Served as television host for Mustang TV and was the Student-Body Class President. 

Full name is D’Marius Isaiah Gillespie... Born July 25, 1996, in Olive Branch, Miss... Son of Marlon and Lorrie Gillespie... Has an older sister, Norkeyah... Majoring in mass communication.

Marcus Green
WR - 5-8 - 170 - Pontotoc, Miss. - North Pontotoc HS
Was a four-year football letterwinner at North Pontotoc High School under head coach Brian Sutton... Vikings claimed the 2013 Division 3A Championship... Amassed 1,957 all-purpose yards and 24 total touchdowns as a senior... Finished with 52 receptions for 922 yards and 12 receiving touchdowns... Added 801 rushing yards on 55 carries and 11 touchdowns as well as 204 total return yards and one pass completion for a 76-yard touchdown... Earned Region 1-3A MVP honors following final season... Was named the team’s offensive MVP... Earned Daily Journal All-Area honors as well as First Team All-State 3A accolades... Participated in the 2013 North vs. South All-Star Game... Had 1,921 all-purpose yards and 21 total scores as a junior... Rushed 71 times for 461 yards and five scores while catching 53 passes for 994 yards and 13 scores... Returned five kickoffs for touchdowns and recorded one interception for a score... Was named team’s offensive MVP in 2012... As a sophomore in 2011, earned the team’s Defensive Back Award and was an All-Region 2-4A selection at cornerback... Earned five letters in basketball as he played with the varsity squad starting in eighth grade.... The basketball program’s all-time leading scorer earned a multitude of accolades during prep career... Named to AB Honor Roll multiple times. 

Full name is Marcus Antonio Green... Born Aug. 13, 1996, in New Albany, Miss... Son of Michael and Rheakesha Vaughn... Has two older sisters, Martina and Ciera, and a younger brother, Micah Vaughn... Mother, Rheakesha Vaughn, is a professional recording artist... Enjoys playing video games... Active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is a drummer at church... Undecided on major.

David Griffith
LB - 6-1 - 205 - Plano, Texas - Plano Senior HS
Was a three-sport athlete at Plano Senior High School... Earned three letters in football under direction of head coach Jaydon McCullough... Finished final prep season with 99 tackles, including 16 for loss and eight sacks... Also scored one touchdown as a senior... Following senior season, was named District 10-5A Defensive Player of the Year, Class 5A Region Elite Team First Team, All-State Honorable Mention, All-Vype Magazine DFW/Collin County Defensive Player of the Year, All-Area First Team... Was runner-up for Dallas Morning News’ Player of the Year award and was once named the publications Sports Day Hero... Had 131 tackles with four blocked kicks as a junior and 87 tackles as a sophomore... Finished prep career with 249 tackles, 30 tackles for loss (including 15 sacks), 13 quarterback hurries, seven quarterback knockdowns, four interceptions, four pass breakups, three blocked kicks, one fumble recovery... As a junior, was named All-District 10-5A First Team, Vype Magazine Game Changer (Linebacker), Watch List Football 5A, First Team All-Collin County, Honorable Mention All-State... Was Part of 7-on-7 State Championship team in 2012... Named District 10-5A Newcomer of the Year, All-Vype Magazine DFW/Collin County First Team and Rising Star 5A Football following sophomore campaign.

Full name is David Marino Griffith... Born Oct. 16, 1995, in El Paso, Texas... Son of Wilbur and Chandra Griffith... Has two older sisters, Stacia and Jordan, and one older brother, Will... Father, Wilbur, played collegiate basketball at Midland College... Mother, Chandra, played collegiate basketball at Howard University... Sister, Stacia, was a three-sport athlete in college... Sister, Jordan, currently plays basketball, volleyball and runs track in college... Active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes... Undecided on major.

Isaac Jackson
QB - 6-2 - 215 - Fort Smith, Ark. - Fort Smith Southside HS
Was a three-year letterwinner in football at Fort Smith Southside High School... Completed 109-of-192 passes as a senior for 1,826 yards and 16 touchdowns... Also rushed 126 times for 805 yards and six scores in final season... Was named All-Conference and All-State following sophomore, junior and senior campaigns... Finalist for Hooten Magazine’s Athlete of the Year... Named to Arkansas-Oklahoma All-Dream Team... Also earned three letters in both basketball and track and field.

Full name is Isaac Allen Jackson... Born Oct. 28, 1995, in Fort Smith, Ark... Son of Ike and Karen Jackson... Has two sisters, Kourtney and KynnLee, and one brother, Ian... Father, Ike, played collegiate football at Oklahoma State and professionally with the Minnesota Vikings... Hobbies include going to the lake and gaming... Undecided on major.

Doug Lofton
OL - 6-4 - 315 - Bay Springs, Miss. - Taylorsville HS
Played for head coach Matt Caldwell at Taylorsville High School... Had 48 pancake blocks during junior and senior seasons... Was a two-time All-State 2A selection... Named to the 2013 Clarion Ledger All-State Team... Participated in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game... Member of Beta Club and National Honor Society... Part of High O’Brien Youth Leadership and Math & Science Team... Served as Class President as well as Vice President for the Drug Free Teen Council... Also played baseball during prep career.

Full name is Patrick Douglas Lofton... Born Dec. 10, 1995, in Taylorsville, Miss... Son of Kenny and Chloe Niemeyer... Enjoys fishing, hunting and being outdoors... Went on a mission trip to Haiti in 2012... Undecided on major.

Ben Luckett
RB - 5-11 - 191 - Palestine, Texas - Palestine HS
Was a multi-sport athlete at Palestine High School... Earned First Team All-District and All-State honors following senior season... Was named Honorable Mention All-District after junior campaign... Was part of bi-district basketball championship team in 2012-13... Also a member of the track and field team.

Full name is Benjamin Luckett... Born Aug. 21, 1996, in Palestine, Texas... Son of Walter, Sr. and Ramona Luckett... Has four sisters, Markesha, Tiffany, Courtney and Ebony, and one brother, Walter, Jr... Cousin, Letoya Luckett, is a professional singer... Enjoys playing video games... Majoring in business management.

Marcus Hubbard
DB - 5-10 - 175 - Rowlett, Texas - Sachse HS
Was a multi-sport athlete at Sachse High School... Earned three letters in football under direction of head coach Mark “Red” Behrens... Tallied 63 tackles, 11 pass breakups, four interceptions and two forced fumbles as a senior... Was named team’s Defensive MVP, earned First Team All-District honors and was named defensive player of the week four times... Holds career record in blocked kicks with eight and recorded nine interceptions during prep career... Part of back-to-back District Championship teams (2012 and 2013)... Named Second Team All-District and earned team’s Defensive Back of the Year award as a junior... Earned Honorable Mention All-District honors as a sophomore... Was also a member of the basketball and track and field teams at Sachse HS.

Full name is Marcus Monroe Hubbard... Born Mar. 3, 1996, in Dallas, Texas... Son of Michael and Cynthia Hubbard... Has two older sisters and one older brother... Hobbies include playing the guitar and video games... Undecided on major.

Cody McGuire
LB - 6-3 - 215 - Monroe, La. - Sterlington HS 
Earned a total of four letters in football at Sterlington High School... Finished senior season with 115 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss, five sacks and two fumble recoveries... As a junior, registered 130 total tackles, 15 tackles for loss, five sacks and one interception... Was a three-time All-District selection... Also earned All-Parish, All-Northeast Louisiana (twice) and All-State (twice) honors... Totaled three letters as a member of the Sterlington baseball team.

Full name is Cody Lane McGuire... Born Oct. 15, 1995, in Jonesboro, Ark... Son of Lane and Wendy McGuire... Has a younger sister, Kennedy... Both his grandfather, Earl Nelson, and uncle, Ryan Nelson, played baseball at Louisiana Tech... Hobbies include playing video games and hanging out with friends... Undecided on major.

Anthony Monken
QB - 6-4 - 200 - Libertyville, Ill. - Libertyville HS
Two-year letterwinner for head coach Mike Jones at Libertyville High School... Was an All-Conference and an All-Area selection as a senior... Also played basketball at Libertyville and was a state qualifier in the three-point shooting contest.

Full name is Anthony John Monken... Born Feb. 15, 1996, in Lake Forest, Ill... Son of Tony and Cheryl Monken... Has a younger brother, Thomas... Father, Tony, played collegiate football at Winona State... Uncle, Todd, played collegiate football at Knox College and is the current head coach at Southern Miss... Grandfather, Robert, played collegiate football at Southern Illinois... Cousin, Jeff, is the current head coach at Army... Cousin, Tony Stewart, is a professional race car driver (NASCAR)... Self-taught piano player... Was an officer in ACE (Athletes Committed to Excellence)... Undecided on major.

Garrett Smith
QB - 6-0 - 190 - Spring Branch, Texas - Smithson Valley HS

Was a two-sport athlete at Smithson Valley High School... Earned two letters in football under direction of coach Larry Hill... Finished senior season 119-of-187 for 2,085 yards with 21 touchdowns and three interceptions... Also totaled 685 rushing yards and 11 scores... Was named First Team All-District, District MVP, All-Area and All-Region following senior season... Part of back-to-back District Championships (2012 and 2013) and both seasons the teams finished undefeated in the regular season... Was also a two-time All-District Academic selection... Was also a member of the baseball team.

Full name is Garrett Scott Smith... Born Oct. 24, 1995, in San Antonio, Texas... Son of Kevin and Michelle Smith... Has a younger sister, Gabi... Father, Kevin, played collegiate football at Southwest Texas... Enjoys hunting in free time... Undecided on major.

Jake Snyder
ol - 6-2 - 279 - Wynne, Ark. - Wynne HS
Was a three-year letterwinner for head coach Chris Hill at Wynne High School... Earned numerous honors during prep career... Was a two-time All-Conference and two-time All-State selection... Also a two-time Jonesboro Sun Best Under the Sun selection... Named to Hooten Magazine’s Super Sonic Team... Earned Lineman of the Week accolades six times... Four-time Academic Letterman... Currently ranked fifth in his class of 211... Member of the National Honor Society.

Full name is Jake Thomas Snyder... Born Feb. 14, 1996, in Wynne, Ark... Son of H.L. and Donna Snyder... Has an older sister, Deanna... Active in community service - Good Shepherd Food Distribution and refereeing youth basketball games... Enjoys hunting... Undecided on major.

Hunter Swain
DL - 6-1 - 260 - Garland, Texas - Sachse HS
Earned a total of three letters in football under head coach Mark “Red” Behrens at Sachse High School... Served as a team captain during junior and senior seasons... Finished with 93 total tackles as a senior and led the team with 17 tackles for loss... Also registered five sacks in final season... Part of 2013 District Championship squad... Named District 11-5A Defensive Player of the Year and earned Team Defensive MVP honors... Was also a First Team All-District and Second Team All-Region selection... After junior campaign, earned the team’s Defensive Lineman of the Year award as well as First Team All-District accolades.

Full name is Hunter Cole Swain... Born May 25, 1996 in Dallas, Texas... Son of Randy Swain and Kelly Bodin... Has two step-brothers, Jeff Bodin and Keith Bodin... Father, Randy, was a linebacker at SMU... Hobbies include mixed martial arts and shooting... Involved in bible study at church... Undecided on major.

Brian Thlang
OL - 6-1 - 294 - Palestine, Texas - Palestine HS
Was a three-year football letterwinner at Palestine High School... Recorded 55 pancake blocks as a senior... First offensive lineman from Palestine HS to sign a scholarship with a Division I program... Was named Second Team AP All-State and All-District as a senior... Earned Frist Team AP All-State and All-District accolades as a junior... Recipient of the Superb Lineman Award as a junior and a senior... Was a Honorable Mention All-District selection as a sophomore.

Full name is Brian Thlang... Born Jan. 29, 1996 in Oakland, Calif... Son of James Cox and Sregrot Sam... Has two younger brothers and one younger sister... First member of his family to receive an athletic scholarship... Undecided on major.

Wesley Thompson
RB - 6-0 - 180 - Tyler, Texas - Chapel Hill HS
Standout two-sport athlete at Chapel Hill High School... Played on both sides of the ball for head coach Thomas Sitton... As a senior, tallied 1,025 rushing yards and 14 rushing scores on offense (running back), while recording 125 tackles on the defensive side of the ball (linebacker)... Earned first team All-District honors at running back and linebacker following strong senior campaign... Was part of Bulldog state championship team in 2011... Also a member of the track and field team at Chapel Hill.

Full name is Wesley Herence Thompson... Born Jan. 15, 1996, in Tyler, Texas... Son of W.L. and Sheila Thompson... Has two older sisters, Vee Cobb and Whitney Thompson... Cousin, Terrance Murphy, was a wide receiver at Texas A&M from 2001-04... Murphy also spent one season (2005) in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers... Undecided on major.

Aaron Townsend
DB - 6-0 - 170 - Fort Worth, Texas - Timber Creek HS
Played football at Timber Creek High School... Finished senior season with 55 total tackles (46 solo, nine asst), one interception and one forced fumble... Recorded two interceptions for touchdowns as a sophomore against Dallas Jefferson HS... Was a three-time All-District Academic selection... Also earned two Honorable Mention All-District honors as well as Falcon of the Year honors during prep career.

Full name is Aaron Louis Townsend... Born July 11, 1996, in Montgomery, Ala... Son of Darrin and Stefanie Townsend... Cousin, Kenny Harrison, is a junior wide receiver at Texas-San Antonio... Hobbies include fishing and skateboarding... Undecided on major.

Shaquille Warren
DL - 6-3 - 230 - Tyler, Texas - Chapel Hill HS
Played under the direction of Thomas Sitton at Chapel Hill High School... Tallied more than 90 tackles, with 15 for loss and seven sacks... Also recorded two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble... Registered one punt block during prep career and returned the blocked punt for a score... Was part of the Bulldog squad that claimed the 2012 state championship... Also a member of the basketball team at Chapel Hill.

Full name is Shaquille Lamar Warren... Born Mar. 18, 1996, in Tyler, Texas... Son of Michael and Penny Veasley... Has an older sister, Niesha Veasley... Enjoys playing video games during free time... Majoring in physical therapy.

Kaylon Watson
RB - 5-11 - 200 - Mexia, Texas - Mexia HS
Was a four-year football letterwinner at Mexia High School under the direction of Lamonte Chambers... Selected as team captain for final two seasons... Finished with 1,115 yards on 146 carries (7.6 ypc) and 19 scores in just six games as a senior... Set a Blackcat record with 351 rushing yards in win over La Vega... Finished game with 38 carries (9.2 ypc) and four rushing scores... Also added 19 receptions for 235 yards (12.3 ypc) and three touchdowns... The two-way player also recorded 82 tackles, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery returned for a score... Named First-Team All-Academic and was named the Super Centex Player of the Week three times... Earned the Shield of Honor award which recognizes a player who displays character, integrity, leadership, desire and an overall commitment to the team... Selected All-District honors four times (offense - three; defense - one)... Was also a four-year letterwinner in basketball and two-year letterwinner in track and field... As a freshman was named Second Team All-District and followed with a First Team All-District selection as a sophomore... Earned District 19-3A MVP honors and was named to the Region III All-Region Team as a junior... Also earned Honorable Mention All-State honors in 2012-13... Was a basketball team captain during junior and senior seasons... Ran third leg on the 4x100 meter relay District 19-3A Runner-up team... Served as alternate on state qualifying 4x100 meter relay team.

Full name is Kaylon James Watson... Born Aug. 24, 1996, in Mexia, Texas... Son of James Watson and Tiffany Watson and Demar Chambers and Aniqua Chambers... Has four brothers and one sister... Hobbies include fishing... Considering kinesiology as a major.

Junior Williams
DB - 5-10- 184 - Olathe, Kan. - Coffeyville CC - Olathe East HS
Coffeyville Community College
Was a captain and two-year starter at Coffeyville Community College under the direction of coach Aaron Flores... As a sophomore in 2013, ranked second on the team with 57 total tackles... Totaled three interceptions, two tackles for loss and recovered one fumble and returned it 75 yards for a score... Also returned 10 punts for 34 yards... Registered 40 total tackles as a freshman in 2012 and intercepted two passes... Returned 16 punts for 94 yards and three kickoffs for 54 yards... Named to Academic Honor Roll all three semesters... Joined ULM football program in January.

Was a multi-sport athlete at Olathe East High School... Finished prep career ranked second in school-history in career interceptions... Also ranked in top-five in punt return yardage and kickoff return yardage... Earned 6A All-State honors as well as All-Conference, All-Metro and All-Sunflower accolades during prep career... Was also a member of the baseball, basketball and track and field teams at Olathe East... Competed in track and field state championships in high jump and 4x100 relay... Earned All-League honors in track and field.

Full name is Junior Williams... Born June 2, 1994, in Kansas City, Kan... Son of Michael and Dorothea Williams... Has two older brothers, Dorain and DeRahn, and an older sister, Alisha... Several members of family have played collegiately and/or professionally... Enjoys playing basketball and Xbox in free time... Majoring in business.