From Nicholls State Athletics
THIBODAUX, La. – Nicholls State University football head coach Charlie Stubbs announced the Colonels' 2013 recruiting class Wednesday afternoon at the Century Club on National Signing Day.
Nicholls signed 17 student-athletes, with 16 high school seniors and one mid-year transfer. Of the 17 in the signing class, 13 are natives of Louisiana. The class features six players on offense, nine on defense and two classified as athletes.
"We are excited about this signing class. We are definitely staying with our philosophy of recruiting the core members of our team coming from the state of Louisiana." said Coach Stubbs, who is entering his fourth year at the helm of the Colonel football program. "We have some versatile players in many of the positions that I would consider playmakers. And in addition to having talent on the field, several of the signees are exceptional student-athletes."
Three of the six offensive players are linemen, led by first-team all-state 6-4/280 Hunter Alleman (Assumption). Two players from the Baton Rouge area, 6-5/230 Blake Hartman (St. Michael the Archangel) and 6-1/283 Brian Hernandez (Dutchtown), will also suit up on the offensive line.
With Nicholls spreading the ball around last season, three pass catchers round out the offense. Unanimous first-team all-state wide receiver 6-4/185 Jalen Williams (Westminster Christian Academy) highlights the group, joined by local tight end products 6-3/220 Stephen LeBouef (E.D. White), who earned LSWA First-Team All-State honors, and 6-2/240 Cody Morales (Hahnville).
Nicholls added two all-state honorable mention athletes – 6-1/175 Treavon Evans (South Lafourche) and 6-0/180 C.J. Okpalobi (St. Michael the Archangel). Evans played primarily as a wide receiver while Okpalobi was the Warriors' running back and kick returner.
On defense, Coach Stubbs added one defensive lineman, four linebackers and four defensive backs. On the defensive line, 6-2/330 Keithen English (A. Maceo Smith) comes to Nicholls after transferring from the University of Houston.
With the loss of three starting linebackers, Stubbs placed an emphasis on adding depth to the position. Hometown all-state honorable mention 6-3/220 Geoffrey Hebert (E.D. White) heads the group, joined by 6-0/215 Seth Keller (St. James) and 6-1/215 Jeremiah Thomas (Terrebonne). Also at linebacker is Mississippi native 6-0/225 Ronnie Walker (Biloxi).
In the defensive backfield, cornerbacks J.P. Reed (Loreauville) and Josh Singleton (Central Catholic) will suit up for the Colonels, along with Alabama safeties B.T. Sanders (Foley) and Kevin Singleton (Baker). Josh Singleton was named first-team all-state by the coaches, while Sanders earned all-region in his last season.
"This is just the first phase of our recruiting efforts," Coach Stubbs said. "We are going to continue to recruit for the next few months, looking to evaluate more high school players and even some transfers from FBS schools."
A complete listing of the 2013 Nicholls Signing Day Class is as follows:
Hunter Alleman, OL, 6'4, 280 lbs, Assumption HS, Pierre Part, La.
At Assumption: Anchored the offensive line for the Mustangs… named LSWA First-Team All-State in 2012… two-time All-Region honoree… was named first-team all-district as a junior and senior, and second-team as a sophomore… played in the Bayou vs. River All-Star Game.
Personal: Son of Grady and Carla Alleman
Blake Hartman, OL, 6'5, 230 lbs, St. Michael the Archangel HS, Baton Rouge, La.
At St. Michael: Named 6-4A Second-team All-District as a senior… helped lead the Warriors to a 7-3 record and an appearance in the postseason.
Personal: Son of Mark and Teri Hartman
Brian Hernandez, OL, 6'1, 283 lbs, Dutchtown HS, Baton Rouge, La.
At Dutchtown: Lettered three years for the Griffins… earned first-team all-metro and all-district honors as a senior… helped lead the Griffins to the 5A Regional in 2012… received all-district honorable mention as a junior… named Academic All-State… member of National Honor Society… maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout high school… graduated in the Top 5 percent of his class.
Personal: Son of Mark Hernandez
Jalen Williams, WR, 6'4, 195 lbs, Westminster Christian Academy, Opelousas, La.
At Westminster: Earned LSWA and LFCA First-Team All-State honors for the Crusaders as a senior… tallied 884 yards on 63 receptions with nine touchdowns… helped lead WCA to quarterfinals as a senior, finishing with a 10-3 record… named all-district and All-Acadiana.
Personal: Michael and Lysandra Williams
Stephen LeBouef, TE, 6'3, 220 lbs, E.D. White Catholic HS, Thibodaux, La.
At E.D. White: Lettered three years for the Cardinals… named first-team LSWA and second-team LFCA 3A All-State as a senior… also earned first-team all-region for the second time… played in the Bayou vs. River All-Star Game… three-time all-district honoree… received second-team all-region honors in 2010… received Academic All-State in 2012… member of the National Honor Society, Key Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Personal: Son of Barry and April LeBouef
Cody Morales, TE, 6'2, 240 lbs, Hahnville HS, Luling, La.
At Hahnville: Lettered all four years for the Tigers… named all-district in his junior and senior years… helped lead the Tigers to three appearances in the postseason, including making the second round in 2010 and 2012… member of Principal's Honor Roll.
Personal: Son of Dominick and Dawn Morales
Treavon Evans, ATH, 6'1, 175 lbs, South Lafourche HS, Houma, La.
At South Lafourche: Was a three-sport athlete for the Tarpons… named all-state honorable mention, first-team all-region and all-district as a senior… had 1,059 all-purpose yards, with 32 receptions for 573 yards and five touchdowns and 218 rushing yards with two scores… played in the Bayou vs. River All-Star Game… named second-team all-district as a junior and sophomore… all-state honorable mention in basketball… took sixth place in 2012 state triple jump.
Personal: Son of Leonard Sr. and Pamela Evans
Chuka "C.J." Okpalobi Jr., RB, 6'0, 180 lbs, St. Michael the Archangel, New Orleans, La.
At St. Michael: Named LSWA 4A All-State honorable as a senior after rushing for 761 yards and nine touchdowns… received second-team all-district as a kick returner in 2012… helped lead the Warriors to a 7-3 record and an appearance in the postseason… as a junior, earned second-team all-district as a defensive back and kick returner.
Personal: Son of Chuka and Tonia Okpalobi
Keithen English, DT, 6'2, 330 lbs, A.Maceo Smith HS/Univ. of Houston, Dallas, Texas
At Houston: Redshirted as a freshman in 2011.
At A. Maceo Smith: Three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... First-Team All-District 13-3A ... had 35 tackles and four quarterback sacks as a senior ... ranked No. 65 in the area Top 100 by the Dallas Morning News ... named to The Old Coach's 3A All-Area Second Team ... also a member of the track and field, wrestling and swim teams ... chose Houston over Kansas, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Mississippi State and Memphis.
Personal: Son of Ray Roghily and Tonya English.
Geoffrey Hebert, LB, 6'3, 220 lbs, E.D. White Catholic HS, Thibodaux, La.
At E.D. White: Lettered three years for the Cardinals… received LFCA 3A All-State honorable mention as a senior… was also named first-team all-district and all-region… played in the Bayou vs. River All-Star Game… named all-district in 2011 and 2010… member of the National Honor Society… made President's List seven times with a 4.0 GPA.
Personal: Son of Boyd Jr. and Sylvia Hebert
Seth Keller, LB, 6'0, 215 lbs, St. James HS, Vacherie, La.
At St. James: Lettered in football for the Wildcats… played both ways, starting at middle linebacker as a senior… racked up 123 tackles in 2012, averaging 13.7 per game… earned all-district three times… played in the Bayou vs. River All-Star Game… member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Son of Stephen and Sylvia Keller
Jeremiah Thomas, LB, 6'1, 215 lbs, Terrebonne HS, Houma, La.
At Terrebonne: Received second-team all-district as a senior after recording 72 tackles for a 10.3 average… had five sacks… named MaxPrep Player of the Week… played in Bayou vs. River All-Star Game… earned all-district honorable mention as a junior… member of the Key Club.
Personal: Son of Jean Stewart.
Ronnie Walker, LB, 6'0, 225 lbs, Biloxi HS, Gulfport, Miss.
At Biloxi: Was a two-time all-district honoree for the Indians, earning first-team as a junior… team captain and Team MVP as a senior… recorded 121 tackles, averaging 11 per game in 2012…also caused two fumbles and recovered one.
Personal: Son of Ronnie Sr. and Cherish Walker.
John "J.P." Reed, CB, 6'0, 185 lbs, Loreauville HS, Loreauville, La.
At Loreauville: Three-sport athlete for the Tigers… named all-district as a cornerback/wide receiver as a senior… named First-Team Best of the Teche… was all-district and Best of the Teche in basketball… in 2012, placed second in the regionals in the 100 meter dash and third in the 4x100 relay and 200 meter dash… maintained a 3.0 GPA throughout high school.
Personal: Son of Paul and Phyllis Reed
Josh Singleton, DB, 5'10, 180 lbs, Central Catholic HS, Morgan City, La.
At Central Catholic: Named LFCA First-Team All-State as an athlete for the Eagles in 2012… also earned LSWA All-State honorable mention… garnered first-team all-district as a punter and wide receiver as a senior… four-time first-team all-district cornerback… was a second-team all-district honoree as a quarterback in 2011… Honor Roll student.
Personal: Son of Jason Nadise and Laurie Gant
Brenaska Tywain "B.T." Sanders, S, 6'0, 190 lbs, Foley HS, Foley, Ala.
At Foley: Named Second-Team Register All-Region as a senior… two-time all-county honoree… team captain… had 76 tackles, five interceptions and three forces fumbles … as a junior, recorded 71 tackles, four sacks and two fumble recoveries… member of the Honors Program, Peer Helpers, Future Business Leaders of America and Fellowship of Christian Athletes… took advanced placement classes.
Personal: Son of Casondra Sanders.
Kevin Singleton, S, 6'0, 190 lbs, Baker HS, Mobile, Ala.
At Baker: Played safety and running back for the Hornets… returned two of four interceptions for touchdowns in his senior year. Also recovered a fumble… led the team in rushing as a junior and senior… was the 10th leading rusher in Alabama as a junior… honor roll student.
Personal: Son of Frank and Cynthia Singleton.