MSU Head Coach Bill Maskill on the Mustangs 2016 Recruiting Class

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Bill Maskill talks about his 2016 recruiting class which includes Wichita Falls High School product Rodney Higgins. 

WICHITA FALLS, Texas – Midwestern State coach Bill Maskill unveiled a deep 2016 recruiting class loaded with offensive line help following a furious day of activity Wednesday on National Signing Day.

The strong class of prospects includes 31 prep standouts who chose to continue their gridrion careers and play for the Mustangs.

“We were able to address our needs on the offensive line. This is the first time we were able to sign eight, but we were also able to address every position,” MSU coach Bill Maskil said. “This is a solid, deep class who will help us continue to build on our great athletic tradition at Midwestern State.”

The class includes 15 offensive postion players including seven offensive linemen, two wide receivers, three running backs, two tight ends and one quarterback, while 15 defensive position players fill out the class including nine defensive backs, a linebackers and five defensive linemen.

Midwestern State finished its 16th consecutive winning season in 2015 rolling to a 10-2 record advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs. During the run, the Mustangs advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs on seven occasions, played in a Kanza Bowl and claimed Lone Star Conference champioships in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Here is a breakdown of the 2016 Midwestern State Signing Class:


2016 Midwestern State Prep Signees
NamePos.Ht.Wt.Hometown/High School
Sean AddicksOL6-4260Wylie, Texas / Wylie East HS
Michael BerryTE6-4230Cedar Park, Texas / Leander HS
Jerron BrooksDL6-1275Seagoville, Texas / Seagoville HS
Caleb BrownOL6-3255Rowlett, Texas / Rowlett HS
Robert CraddockWR5-10155Dallas, Texas / Lincoln HS
Jaydon CuniganWR6-0165Beaumont, Texas / Ozen HS
Chaz DavisS5-11170Nash, Texas / Texarkana Texas HS
Brandon FosterRB/S6-0180Rosenberg, Texas / Terry HS
Nathan GiffordLB6-2200McKinney, Texas / North HS
Robert GraysCB5-8147Fresno, Texas / Hightower HS
Andrew GrishamOL6-4260McKinney, Texas / North HS
Lance HardmanRB/S6-0190Hallsville, Texas / Hallsville HS
Rodney HigginsCB5-11185Wichita Falls, Texas / Wichita Falls HS
Broderick JonesRB/CB5-9176Humble, Texas / Summer Creek HS
John LittlesCB5-9155Texas City, Texas / Dickinson HS
Keenan MaddenS6-2200Longview, Texas / Longview HS
Bryce MartinezWR5-11165Victoria, Texas / Victoria East HS
Tyler McCalisterRB6-0205Rockwall, Texas / Heath HS
Jeremiah MitchellDL6-0250Hutto, Texas / Hutto HS
Josh NowellWR6-5200Stephenville, Texas / Stephenville HS
Cody PierceOL6-5313Corinth, Texas / Lake Dallas HS
Austin PriceOL6-4280Richmond, Texas / George Ranch HS
Zach PurcellQB6-3175Kingwood, Texas / Kingwood Park HS
Jamal RhodesDL6-4265Rosenberg, Texas / Terry HS
Jalen RiosCB5-10163Temple, Texas / Temple HS
Bryant RobinsonDL6-0275Whitehouse, Texas / Brook Hill HS
Dylan TaylorOL6-6305Friendswood, Texas / Friendswood HS
Gage ThomasonOL6-7305McKinney, Texas / North HS
Devante WarrenRB5-9155San Antonio, Texas / Brennan HS
Ben WilliamsonDE6-3220Corinth, Texas / Lake Dallas HS


2016 Mustangs Signee Bios 

Sean Addicks
Pos: OL
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 260
Hometown: Wylie, Texas
High School: Wylie East HS

Notables: a two-year starter on the offensive line for coach Joe Lepsis at Wylie (Texas) East High School… earned first-team All-District 10-5A honors as a senior in 2015 helping the Raiders to a 10-2 record, a district championship and a Region II-5A Division I Area round playoff appearance… gained second-team all-district accolades as a junior in 2014 as Wylie East High finished the regular season at 6-4 moving on to the bi-district round of the playoffs…
Coach Maskill said: “Sean has good feet with great athleticism.”


Michael Berry
Pos: TE
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 230
Hometown: Cedar Park, Texas
High School: Leander HS

Notables: a two-time Texas High School Coaches’ Association (THSCA) honorable mention at tight end for coach Tim Smith at Leander (Texas) High School… earned first-team All-District 25-5A honors accounting for 27 receptions for 499 yards and five touchdowns as a senior in 2015… also earned first-team all-district accolades as a junior in 2014 with 36 catches for 511 yards and three touchdowns…
Coach Maskill said: “Michael is long and tall athlete who played basketball at the high school level.”


Jerron Brooks
Pos: DL
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 275
Hometown: Seagoville, Texas
High School: Seagoville HS

Notables: helped Seagoville High School to postseason appearances following each of his junior and senior seasons… an All-District 13-5A second-team pick at defensive end for coach Andy Gutierrez in 2014 and 2015…
Coach Maskill said: “Jerron is a tough kid who uses his hands well. He adds to a solid group of defensive tackles in this group.”


Caleb Brown
Pos: OL
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 270
Hometown: Rowlett, Texas
High School: Rowlett HS

Notables: a unanimous first-team All-District 11-6A performer on the offensive line for coach Doug Stephens at Rowlett (Texas) High School… led an offensive line unit which helped pave the way to an offense that churned out 469.5 yards of total offense on the way to a 10-3 record and a Region II-6A Division I playoff showing…
Coach Maskill said: “Caleb was a late addition who will be able to grow and develop into a player. He’s athletic, comes off the ball well and has some toughness about him.”


Robert Craddock
Pos: WR
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 155
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
High School: Lincoln HS

Notables: two-year starter at wide receiver, safety and kicker for coach John Towels at Lincoln High School in Dallas… tabbed the District 4-4A Utility Player of the Year as a senior in 2015 playing multiple positions… completed 17-of-43 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns; rushed for 416 yards on 57 carries with five TDs and caught six passes for 197 yards and two scores as a senior… also spent time on special teams as a punter and kicker… a first-team All-District 4-4A performer at wide receiver while helping the Tigers to a bi-district postseason showing as a junior in 2014… made 20 receptions for 400 yards and four touchdowns during junior campaign… the two-sport standout earned second-team All-District 11-4A accolades as an outfielder in baseball as a junior in the spring of 2015…
Coach Maskill said: “Robert can fly. He’s really, really good at the deep ball and will get better as he grows into his body. He can run.”

Jaydon Cunigan
Pos: WR
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 165
Hometown: Beaumont, Texas
High School: Ozen HS

Notables: competed final prep season for coach David Suggs at Clifton J. Ozen High School in Beaumont, Texas… earned All-District 12-3A first-team honors at wide receiver at Kountze (Texas) High School as a junior in 2014 finishing season with 35 receptions for 737 yards and nine touchdowns averaging 21.1 yards per catch… also a second-team all-district performer at safety as a junior on his way to Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sportswriter’s Association Class 3A all-state honorable mention at defensive back… garnered second-team All-District 10-2A accolades as a sophomore in 2013 at Kountze High…
Coach Maskill said: “Jaydon impressed us late in the process. He played both both ways in high school and had really good quickness.”

Chaz Davis
Pos: SS
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 170
Hometown: Nash, Texas
High School: Texarkana Texas HS

Notables: a first-team All-District 15-5A selection as a senior in 2015 for coach Barry Norton at Texas High School in Texarkana, Texas… finished final prep campaign with 70 tackles, eight pass breakups, three forced fumbles and one interception from strong safety… helped Tigers to an 8-2 regular season advancing to the bi-district round of the playoffs…
Coach Maskill said: “Chaz had a few Division I FCS visits. He’s athletic, can run and is really physical.”


Brandon Foster
Pos: S
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 180
Hometown: Rosenberg, Texas
High School: Terry HS

Notables: a two-year starter at running back and defensive end for coach Tim Teykl at B.F. Terry High School in Rosenberg, Texas… two-way starter as a senior earning first-team All-District 24-5A mention as a running back and second-team accolades at defensive end… garnered District 24-5A Newcomer of the Year honors as a junior in 2014… earned second-team all-district mention on offense after rushing for 599 yards on 92 carries and seven touchdowns… also accounted for 18 tackles with two sacks on defense as a junior…
Coach Maskill said: “Brandon is an all-around athlete who played many positions at Terry High.”


Nathan Gifford
Pos: LB
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 200
Hometown: McKinney, Texas
High School: McKinney North HS

Notables: a two-year starter at linebacker for coach Mike Fecci at McKinney (Texas) North High School… gained All-District 10-5A first-team honors at outside linebacker after making 62 tackles including 12 for loss as a senior in 2015… accounted for 68 tackles while helping the Bulldogs to a Texas Class 5A-I state quarterfinal showing as a junior in 2014…
Coach Maskill said: “Nathan reminds of Ty Duncan. He can run, he is athletic and played outside backer in high school. He’s tough and will play in the middle for us.”


Robert Grays
Pos: CB
Height/Weight: 5-8 / 147
Hometown: Fresno, Texas
High School: Hightower HS

Notables: a two-year starter at cornerback for coach Padriac McGinnis at Fort Bend L.V. Hightower High School in Missouri City, Texas… earned first-team All-District 23-6A honors helping the Hurricanes to a perfect 10-0 regular season and a league title as a senior in 2015… a first-team All-District 23-6A performer as a junior in 2014 making four interceptions while helping Hightower High to a playoff appearance…
Coach Maskill said: “Robert is a little scat back who is really quick. He should be a factor on special teams.”


Andrew Grisham
Pos: OL
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 260
Hometown: McKinney, Texas
High School: McKinney North HS

Notables: a two-year starter on the offensive line at center for coach Mike Fecci at McKinney (Texas) North High School… earned first-team All-District 10-5A honors as a senior in 2015… helped Bulldogs to a Texas Class 5A-I state quarterfinal showing as a junior in 2014…
Coach Maskill said: “Andrew has a good future in front of him. He’s athletic with good feet, but will be even better as he gains strength.”


Lance Hardman
Pos: S
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 190
Hometown: Hallsville, Texas
High School: Hallsville HS

Notables: versatile athlete for coach David Plunk at Hallsville (Texas) High School… a first-team All-District 15-5A performer as a kick returner and was selected as a second-team running back while helping Hallsville High to a 7-5 record advancing to the Region II-5A-II area round as a senior in 2015… earned first-team All-District 15-5A accolades as a safety on defense and was a second-teamer on offense as a junior in 2014 helping the Bobcats to a 6-4 mark and a bi-district playoff showing…
Coach Maskill said: “Lance is a good football player. He is athletic with all the tools to contribute.”


Rodney Higgins
Pos: CB
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 185
Hometown: Wichita Falls, Texas
High School: Wichita Falls HS

Notables: a four-year letter winner at cornerback for coach Danny Russell at Wichita Falls High School… helped Coyotes to postseason showings in 2013 and 2014…
Coach Maskill said: “Rodney is athletic and quick and has good speed. He can play more than one position.”


Broderick Jones
Pos: RB
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 176
Hometown: Humble, Texas
High School: Summer Creek HS

Notables: a two-year starter at cornerback and running back for coach Brian Ford at Summer Creek High in Humble, Texas… earned first-team All-District 16-6A honors as a running back as a senior in 2015… gained honorable mention all-district honors at cornerback as a junior in 2014…
Coach Maskill said: “Broderick’s dad played at USC. He is very athletic with the bloodlines to contribute at a high level.”


John Littles
Pos: CB
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 155
Hometown: Texas City, Texas
High School: Dickinson HS

Notables: a first-team All-District 24-6A performer at cornerback for coach John Snelson at Dickinson (Texas) High School as a senior in 2015… helped Dickinson to a 12-2 record and a second-straight trip to the Class 6A-I state quarterfinals…
Coach Maskill said: “I really like John. He’s really tough, he’s physical and can run.”


Keenan Madden
Pos: S
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 200
Hometown: Longview, Texas
High School: Longview HS

Notables: a two-time All-District 15-5A first-team performer at outside linebacker and strong safety for coach John King at Longview (Texas) High School… led Lobos to an 11-3 record and Texas Class 5A-I state quarterfinal appearance as a senior in 2015… closed senior campaign with 58 tackles including 47 solo tops with two fumble recoveries including one for a touchdown… helped LHS to a District 15-5A championship as a junior in 2014 finishing with a 9-3 record advancing to the Region II-5A-I area round…
Coach Maskill said: “Keenan is another one of the tough linebackers out of East Texas who plays hard.”


Bryce Martinez
Pos: WR
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 165
Hometown: Victoria, Texas
High School: Victoria East HS

Notables: earned Associated Press Sports’ Editors’ (APSE) Class 5A all-state honorable mention in 2015… named District 30-5A Receiver of the Year for coach Roland Gonzalez at Victoria (Texas) East High School… helped Titans to a 7-5 record advancing to the Region IV-5A-I Area round… amassed 45 receptions for 1,244 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior in 2015…
Coach Maskill said: “Bryce can fly and is another guy who can return punts. He is very athletic with great hands. He was the first to commit in this class.”


Tyler McCalister
Pos: RB
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 205
Hometown: Rockwall, Texas
High School: Heath HS

Notables: a second-team All-District 12-5A performer at running back for coach Mickey Moss at Heath High School in Rockwall, Texas… helped Hawks to an 8-4 record advancing to the Region II-5A-I Area finals… accounted for 1,833 career rushing yards averaging 6.1 yards per carry in three seasons at Heath High School… ran for 785 yards and nine touchdowns on 115 carries in 12 games as a senior in 2015 after rushing for 798 yards on 126 carries with eight touchdowns as a junior… amassed 100 yards six times during prep career…
Coach Maskill said: “I really like Tyler. He runs hard and is quick, but is still growing.”


Jeremiah Mitchell
Pos: DL
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 250
Hometown: Hutto, Texas
High School: Hutto HS

Notables: a two-year starter on the defensive line and tight end for coach Steve Van Meter at Hutto (Texas) High School… earned first-team All-District 17-5A honors as a senior in 2015 making 71 tackles including six stops for loss as the Hippos advanced to the bi-district round of the state playoffs… made 34 tackles as a junior helping Hutto High to the Texas Class 5A-II state quarterfinals…
Coach Maskill said: “Jeremiah is a very athletic lineman who moves well. He gets a push andwill continue to develop.”


Josh Nowell
Pos: WR/P
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 200
Hometown: Stephenville, Texas
High School: Stephenville HS

Notables: a two-year letter winner at wide receiver and punter for coach Greg Winder at Stephenville (Texas) High School… an APSE Class 4A All-State second-team punter as a senior in 2015 earning All-District 3-4A first-team honors on special teams and was a second-team performer at wide receiver… accounted for 37 receptions for 443 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior… gained All-District 3-4A first-team honors at tight end as a junior in 2014 helping the Yellowjackets to a Class 4A-I state quarterfinal showing with a 9-4 record… amassed 38 receptions for 640 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior…
Coach Maskill said: “Josh is a very, very bright both on the field and off the field. He runs really well and played defensive end and even quarterback in high school.”


Cody Pierce
Pos: OL
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 313
Hometown: Corinth, Texas
High School: Lake Dallas HS

Notables: earned All-District 6-5A first-team honors on the offensive line in each of his junior and senior seasons for coach Mike Young at Lake Dallas (Texas) High School… helped Falcons to consecutive 6-0 sweeps through District 6-5A claiming league titles… Lake Dallas High advanced to the Class 5A-II state semifinals in 2015 falling to Frisco Lone Star in triple overtime…
Coach Maskill said: “Cody is a solid prospect who will continue to develop. I like him.”


Austin Price
Pos: OL
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 280
Hometown: Richmond, Texas
High School: George Ranch HS

Notables: a three-year letter winner and two-year starter on the offensive line for coach Ricky Tullos at George Ranch High School in Richmond, Texas… played a key role in helping George Ranch High to its first three playoff appearance culminating a perfect 16-0 run to the Class 5A Division I state championship as a senior in 2015…
Coach Maskill said: “Austin is a guy who came to our camps and came to games. We have a lot of history with him.”


Zach Purcell
Pos: QB
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 175
Hometown: Kingwood, Texas
High School: Kingwood Park HS

Notables: a three-year letter winner for coach Clayton Maple at Kingwood (Texas) Park High School… passed for 1,823 yards and 19 touchdowns in lone season as starting signal caller as a senior in 2015 while running for 290 yards on 64 carries… completed 25-of-46 passes for 385 yards and three touchdowns in a reserve role as a junior… also made 13 catches for 208 yards and two touchdowns from the wide receiver spot as a junior… played behind UTSA redshirt freshman quarterback Jaylon Henderson as a junior…
Coach Maskill said: “Zach will get stronger, but has a great ability to be a good duel-threat quarterback in our system.”


Jamal Rhodes
Pos: DL
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 265
Hometown: Rosenberg, Texas
High School: Terry HS

Notables: an All-District 24-5A second-team performer on the defensive line for coach Tim Teykl at B.F. Terry High School in Rosenberg, Texas…
Coach Maskill said: “Jamal is a guy who will work hard. We like his potential and athleticism.”


Jalen Rios
Pos: CB
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 163
Hometown: Temple, Texas
High School: Temple HS

Notables: unanimous first-team All-District 17-5A selection helping Temple High School to a 12-1 record and a trip to the Class 5A-I state quarterfinals in 2015… made two leaping interceptions in a 47-14 win over Waco on Oct. 23, 2015… also competed as a prep at Hays High School in Buda, Texas… coached by Mike Spradlin…
Coach Maskill said: “Jalen has good size and is a really mature guy. He’s really athletic with a chance to be a standout player for us.”


Bryant Robinson
Pos: DL
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 275
Hometown: Whitehouse, Texas
High School: Brook Hill HS

Notables: a second-team TAPPS Division II All-District performer as a defensive lineman as a senior in 2015 and gained honorable mention as an offensive lineman… a TAPPS District 2 Division II honorable mention on the defensive line as a freshman in 2012… a standout on the basketball court earning District 4-3A second-team all-league honors in 2012-13… competed for coach Bobby Brasher with the Guards of The Brook Hill School in Bullard, Texas…
Coach Maskill said: “Bryant is a very physical, tough defensive end who can move. He is a really good student.”

Dylan Taylor
Pos: OL
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 305
Hometown: Friendswood, Texas
High School: Friendswood HS

Notables: competed on the offensive line for coach Robert Koopmann at Friendswood (Texas) High School… helped Mustangs to an 8-5 record in 2015 on the way to a Region III-6A Division II playoff showing…
Coach Maskill said: “Dylan is very athletic and his feet are good. He plays very physical.”


Gage Thomason
Pos: OL
Height/Weight: 6-7 / 305
Hometown: McKinney, Texas
High School: McKinney North HS

Notables: a two-year starter on the offensive line for coach Mike Fecci at McKinney (Texas) North High School… helped Bulldogs to a Texas Class 5A-I state quarterfinal showing as a junior in 2014…
Coach Maskill said: “Gage is the biggest high school kid we’ve signed since I’ve been here. He is athletic and can really move. Gage is a really good player.”


Devante Warren
Pos: RB
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 155
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
High School: Brennan HS

Notables: a first-team All-District 27-6A Zone A selection at running back for coach Stephen Basore at Brennon High in San Antonio… helped the Bears to a District 27-6A-A championship and a 9-3 record advancing to the Region IV-6A-II area round… rushed for 949 yards on 126 carries with 11 touchdowns while amassing three 100-yard performances…
Coach Maskill said: “Devante is a scat back with good skills. He’s quick and athletic and reminds me of Marcus Mathis.”


Ben Williamson
Pos: DE
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 220
Hometown: Corinth, Texas
High School: Lake Dallas HS

Notables: a three-year letter winner for coach Mike Young at Lake Dallas (Texas) High School… earned first-team All-District 6-5A honors at defensive end as a senior in 2015 making 63 tackles including 13 stops for loss, four quarterback sacks and 11 hurries helping LDHS to a Class 5A-II state semifinal showing… two-sport standout earned first-team all-district honors as an outfielder in baseball as a junior in 2015 and was a second-team performer following his sophomore campaign…
Coach Maskill said: “Ben is a tough, hard-nosed, physical kid. He plays hard and comes off the edge very well.”

-MSU ATHLETICS

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