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Navarro football players have been busy since winning the national championship last week. In addition to prepping for finals, the sophomores have been deciding where they will continue their college careers.
There were 53 recruiters in attendance in Navarro’s 13-12 win over Butler, Kan. CC. They got an eyeful of the Bulldogs’ talented roster and have flooded the hallways of the college’s athletic facility this week.
The player who had perhaps the most dominating performance of that title game is on the move this weekend and weighing several high-toned Division I offers. Defensive end Toby Jackson, he of the two crushing fourth-quarter sacks, is visiting the University of Central Florida this weekend. Jackson has already visited North Carolina and Alabama, with Oklahoma State up next weekend. Baylor has also extended an offer to the 6-5, 250-pound Georgia native.
Cameron Henderson, the other side of Navarro’s potent pass rushing ends, is on a visit to Iowa State this weekend. Henderson already holds an offer from Baylor.
Baylor already has a commitment in Navarro offensive tackle Johnson, who shut down heralded Butler defensive end Cornelius Carradine last Sunday.
The University of Houston has a trio of solid commitments in Navarro cornerbacks Chevy Bennett and D.J. Hayden and guard Daniel Campbell.
Navarro has two more offensive linemen on the commitment list. Rico Forbes, an original Baylor commitment two years ago who switched from defense to offensive tackle this fall, is headed to Washington State. Tackle Michael Bowie, a native Oklahoman, has a long-standing commitment to Oklahoma State.
Others drawing Division I interest are backup running back Daniel Palmer (Washington State, Sam Houston), guard Matt Goetz (Western Kentucky) and linebacker Malcolm Walker (Colorado State).
Navarro-South at Lamar University will get an additional infusion of Bulldog blood this spring in running back DePauldrick Garrett and kicker Juve Sanchez. Coaches by former Navarro Coach Ray Woodard, Lamar had several former Navarro players on its roster in 2010, the first year back after a long absence from the college football world.
Andre Bevil started much of 2010 at quarterback, setting multiple school records, and the Cardinals top three receivers — J.J. Hayes, Marcus Jackson and Josh Powdrill — combined for 130 catches and 15 touchdowns after successful years at Navarro. Other former Bulldogs who had impacts on Lamar season were defensive lineman Darby Jackson (3.5 sacks) and leading rusher Octavious Logan.
Garrett led Navarro in 2010 with 925 yards rushing and 10 TDs He also caught 12 passes for 90 yards. Sanchez connected on 49 of 52 extra points and was 12 of 16 on field goals attempts, including a 28-yard game-winner with 1:11 remaining in the national championship game.
Navarro’s coaches, save for head coach Nick Bobeck, have been on the road recruiting the last six days. They are behind the conference’s other programs, but that national title helps make up for lost time.
“We’re catching up,” Bobeck said. “We are behind in some areas, but we will work well into the Christmas break to continue breaking down film and making contact. We’ll get where we need to be in recruiting very soon.”