Navarro College inked 24 high school seniors to national letters of intent on Wednesday, and the Bulldogs are already the beneficiaries of several solid transfers.
Leading the list of transfers is 6-5, 275-pound defensive lineman Toby Jackson, who spent the fall at Hargrave Prep after signing with the University of Georgia out of high school. Jackson had narrowed his list while a senior at Griffin, Ga., to the University of Southern California and Georgia before inking with the Bulldogs.
Jackson worked to improve his test scores at Hargrave last semester, but opted to transfer to Navarro early in January. Jackson was the Georgia Class 4A Defensive Player of the Year in 2007 and was ranked the 85th best player in the nation. In his brief stint at Hargrave, Jackson recorded 46 tackles, 14.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss in nine games.
The other key transfer is Alfred Dupree, a 6-2, 215-pound linebacker from Dallas Skyline by way of Butler Community College (Kan.). Dupree signed with Oklahoma State out of high school when he was listed as the No. 11 linebacker prospect in the nation by Scout.com.
Navarro moved to fill a void along the offensive line by signing seven players, including 6-5, 315-pound Cyril Richardson, a double-signee with Baylor, and 6-6, 300-pound Kendall Kelly of Gainesville, Fla. Kelly committed to the University of South Florida and was also being recruited by Arkansas.
Navarro’s needs at wide receiver were filled with the signing of four receivers. Michael Harrison (6-1, 185) of Dallas Hillcrest also signed with Oklahoma State. Joe Jones of Carthage was a big catch for the Bulldogs. Known for his exceptional blocking, the 6-2, 200-pound Jones will also be an asset receiving after nabbing 55 balls for 886 yards and 10 TDs as Carthage won the Class 3A Division II championship in December.
The Bulldogs also pulled off a coup with the signing of Joe Benefield (6-1, 215) of Elysian Fields. Originally committed to Fort Scott, Kan., Benefield opted to stay in Texas. He could play running back or linebacker for Navarro.
Other than Benefield, Navarro did not sign a running back on Wednesday and they also did not land a quarterback.
The signing class included five receivers, eight total offensive linemen (including Texas Tech transfer Dominic Delpeche), seven defensive linemen, five linebackers and three defensive backs.
Navarro will likely add additional signings during the next several weeks as seniors choose to double-sign with Division I universities and junior colleges.
2009 Navarro Recruiting Class
NAME POS HT WT
Toby Jackson DL 6'5 275 Griffin GA. (Hargrave Prep)
D.J. Hayden DB 5'11 175 FB Elkins (SW Prep)
Alfred Dupree LB 6'2 215 Skyline (Butler C.C.)
Dominic Delpeche OL 6'8 350 North Crowley (Texas Tech)
Chevy Bennett DB 6'1 185 Sachse
Chazz Paris DB 5'11 175 Skyline
Keith Rushton DL 6'2 215 Everman
Trenton Anderson DL 6'3 260 Bremond
Orlando Humble DL 6'0 260 White Oak
Kevin White DL 6'2 260 Garland
Arthur Washington DL 6'1 250 Skyline
Christo Lisika DL/LB 6'2 210 Euless Trinity
Hector Rodriguez LB 6'0 210 McGregor
Blake Cavil LB 6'0 220 Conroe
Joe Benefield RB/LB 6'1 215 Elysian Fields
Kendall Kelly OL 6'6 300 Gainesville High FL.
Malcom O'Dear OL 6'4 315 North Crowley
Cyril Richardson OL 6'5 300 North Crowley
Jeremiah Harden OL 6'5 290 Austin Akins
Matt Eureste OL 6'2 280 Cy Falls
Titus Adeosun OL 6'3 280 FB Bush
Marcus Gray OL 6'4 285 FB Bush
Jimario Piro WR 6'0 175 Houston Furr
Joe Jones WR 6'2 200 Carthage
Robert Primes WR 6'1 190 Houston Furr
Michael Harrison WR 6'1 185 Dallas Hillcrest
Benny Shepherd WR/TE 6'4 225 Amarillo High
Rodney Owens ATH 6'2 185 Alief Taylor