UCA's 2014 signing class: Check out the highlights

•TE Justin Dickey, 6-5, 235

Highland Community College, Kansas

Notable: All Department of Defense team; Department of defense defensive MVP; All-European First-Team DE; European All-Star team; Ramstein High School offensive MVP; Ramstein High School defensive MVP.

Campbell says: “He’s an excellent blocker with soft hands and will fill an immediate need. He comes from a military family. He can do a lot of things for us.”

•DB Izaiah Skelton, 6-1, 180

San Mateo Junior College, California

Notable: Gray shirt of the year San Mateo Junior College; Sacramento High School All-Metro defensive back 2011

Campbell says: “He has great height and long arms for a defensive back, just an outstanding athlete who has played against some good players in California.”

•DB Martavis Moore, 5-9, 180

Mississippi Delta Community College, Mississippi

Notable: Mississippi Junior College all-state defensive back; Mississippi Junior College All-Star 2013; Brooks High School MVP 2011-12; Brooks High School best defensive player award 2010, 2011, 2012.

Campbell says: “He’s a great hitter. He’s a physical player with great coverage skills.”

•LS Jordan Fleming, 6-1, 200

Holmes Community College, Mississippi

Notable: Louisville High School all-state long snapper 2010; Louisville High School All-Region long snapper 2010.

Campbell says: “When you look for a long snapper, you want somebody who’s dependable. He’s an Eagle Scout. There’s not a better commodity for that trait.”

•RB Dominique Thomas, 5-10, 215

Jacksonville (Ala.) High School

Notable: Honorable Mention all-state running back; First Team All-Region 2012-13; Jacksonville High School MVP 2012-13; Alabama Sports Writers Prep Football Player of the Week (twice).

Campbell says: “He’s a big back with extraordinary speed who rushed for 1,850 yards in an Alabama conference. He can score from anywhere on the field and also play fullback.”

•OL John Austin Cook, 6-4, 300

Grenada (Miss.) High School

Notable: First Team all-district offensive lineman; Grenada High School Defensive Player of the Year 2012; more than 100 knockdowns in each of last two seasons; Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game; senior class president; Mississippi Good Citizen Award.

Campbell says: “He’s bigtime honor student who has mean streak. The guy he blocks usually winds up on the ground after a play.”

•OL Will Jones, 6-4, 300

Parkers Chapel High School

Notable: Max Emfinger All-American offensive lineman 2014; All-State offensive lineman 2012; All-State offensive lineman 2013; High school all-star selection; AA All-Star game; Rivals two-star; Scout.com two-star; Letter winner in footbal, baseball and basketball.

Campbell says: “He’s very physical and tough and always seems to get downfield to seek out someone else to block.”

•OL Austin Horton, 6-3, 290

McKinney (Texas) North High School

Notable: First Team all-region offensive lineman 2013; Dallas Area offensive lineman 2013; all-district offensive lineman 2013; Team captain 2012-13; three-year starter; Also a standout track star and letter-winner in orchestra.

Campbell says: “He’s a great player who just happens to play offensive line. He has great leverage and is what you are looking for in an offensive lineman.”

•OL Curtis Parker, 6-2, 285

North Little Rock High School

Notable: All-State offensive lineman 2012-13; all-conference offensive lineman 2011, 2012, 2013; All-Metro team 2012, 2013; ArkansasVarsity.com Top 30 prospect; Rivals two-star; High school all-star selection.

Campbell says: “A very strong player. He holds the school record with a 605-pound squat and North Little Rock has been there a long time. A lot of big guys are not as athletic and can run like he does.”

•OL David Tachie, 6-3, 288

McKinney (Texas) High School

Notable: USA Today All-American; Preseason All-State; First Team All-District 2012-13; Tom Lemming Prep Award finalist.

Campbell says: “He’s a finisher. He plays offensive with a defensive mentality. He does not let up.”

•QB Hunter Moore, 6-1, 209

East Hamilton (Tenn.) High School

Notable: Third team all-state; First Team All-District 2012-13; District 5 Offensive Player of the Year 2013; District 5 quarterback of the year 2013; 247 Sports Top 5 Tennessee quarterback; Rivals two-star; Scout.com two-star; 6,586 pass yards, 59 touchdowns, career.

Campbell says: “He’s very athletic and smart and fits perfectly in what we like to do. He can fit into a lot of offensive schemes. He passes well in the pocket and throws well on the run.”

•TE Josiah Wymer, 6-3, 260

Springdale High School

Notable: All-state, 2013, high school all-star game selection; ArkansasVarsity.com Top 20 prospect; Rivals two-star; Scout.com two-star; 31 catches, 6 touchdowns; senior year

Campbell says: “He’s a bigtime athlete in a tight end’s body, which will allow him to do a lot of things. The tough enough to block and has good ball skills. We will utilize him some at fullback.”

•WR Tyrique Edwards, 6-0, 180

Sachse (Texas) High School

Notable: Second Team All-District 2012; First-Team All-District 2013; Texas receiver of the year 2012; Texas receiver of the year 2013; three-year starter; all-time Sachse leader in receptions (126). 1,804 receiving yards, 2,377 all-purpose yard, 19 touchdowns.

Campbell says: “One word, playmaker. He also makes plays after the catch.”

•WR Tyris Lockhart, 6-0, 195

Christian Brothers College, St. Louis (invited walk-on)

Notable: First Team All-District receiver 2012 and 2013; Receiver of the Year 2013; team captain; 57 receptions, 961 yards, 11 touchdowns, one kick return for a touchdown. three-year letterman in basketball.

Campbell says: “He has excellent speed and runs precise routes. He also has a lot of family in Conway.”

•ATH Toney Hawkins, 6-1, 180

Morrilton High School (Walk-on)

Notable: All-State quarterback 2012, 2013; Little Rock Touchdown Club 5A player of the year; State Farm Hooten’s 5A player of the year; Landers Award finalist; 5A State Championship MVP; high school all-star game selection; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas Prep Team; 2,617 passing yards 28 TD’s; 1,285 rushing yards, 23 TD’s senior year.

Campbell says: “He’s a do-it-all athlete. He can play safety, wide receiver, tailback and quarterback. He sored 51 touchdowns his senior year and led a team to the state 5A championship. He’s a winner.”

•DB Jacob Sisk, 6-0, 175

Colleyville Heritage (Texas) High School

Notable: All-district, 2012 and 2013; Defensive MVP 2013; three-year state; Ironman award winner; three-year letterman in basketball.

Campbell says: “He’s a bigtime hitter who has a lot of fun knocking the heck out of people. He brings a physical presence to safety.”

•DB Tremon Smith, 6-1, 185

Saks (Ala.) High School

Notable: First-Team All-State quarterback 2013; First Team All-Region quarterback and defensive back, 2013-14;

District 8 player of the year; Alabama 3A player of the year

Campbell says: “He has great ball skills who can also play quarterback, running back and wide receiver. He was 3A Player of the Year in Alabama, which tells you something.”

•DB Chris Chambers, 6-2, 200

Pearl (Miss.) High School

Notable: First-Team all-state defensive back 2013; North/South Bernard-Blackwell All-Star game; Pearl High School defensive MVP 2012, 2013; Team captain 2013

Campbell says: “He’s a big skill guy who is always seem to get around the ball and can do a lot of “Honey Badger” type things. He was a state finalist in both swimming and tennis, which tells you what kind of athlete he is.”

•DB Artez Williams, 6-0, 185

Greenwood (Miss.) High School

Notable: Third-eam all-state defensive back 2012 and second team in 2013; First Team all-district 2013; Best Defensive Back Award 2014; Offense vs Defense Bowl Invitee.

Campbell says: “He has speed and can play the ball well in the air.”

•OLB Matthew Hall, 6-0, 215

Spanish Fort (Ala.) High School

Notable: All-State linebacker 2012, 2013; all-conference linebacker 2012, 2013; National Honor Society; helped lead his team to three state championships.

Campbell says: “He has played on state championship teams in baseball and football. He’s a reckless abandon type of guy who is a student of the game. He has great ball skills.”

•DL Marseth Andry, 6-1, 275

St. Augustine (La.) High School

Notable: Max Emfinger All-American defensive lineman 2013; First-team All-District defensive lineman 2012, 2013; 247 Sports two-star; 95 tackles, seven sacks, two fumble recoveries in 2013.

Campbell says: “He can run for a big guy and plays with a high motor. Ten players from his high school signed Division I scholarships and his coach told us we got the best one.”

•DL Cardell Best, 6-4, 250

Little Elm (Texas) High School

Notable: First team all-district defensive lineman; Defensive MVP 2012, 2013.

Campbell says: “His first step is impressive. He’s often gone before the tackle gets out of his stance. He can rush the quarterback.”

•DL Aikeem Coleman, 6-3, 240

Hattiesburg (Miss.) High School

Notable: All-State defensive lineman 2013; Benard Blackwell All-Star game

Campbell says: “He’s very athletic and we’re going to out him at outside linebacker. He has a huge motor who can cause a lot of turnovers.”

•DL Dalvin Simmons, 6-2, 225

Little Rock Central High School

Notable: 7A All-State defensive lineman 2012, 2013; Little Rock Central High School Player of the Year 2013; All-Metro defensive lineman 2012, 2013; ArkansasVarsity.com Top 30 recruit; High school all-star game selection.

Campbell says: “He runs the 110 hurdles and you’ve got to be a great athlete to run hurdles and you don’t see many 225-pounders running hurdles.”

•DL Eric Jackson, 6-2, 235

Apopka (Fla.) High School

Notable: First-Team All-Metro defensive lineman 2013; First-Team Orange County defensive lineman 2013; 247 Sports two-star; Rivals two-star; 28th-ranked player in Orlando Sentinel.

Campbell says: “This is a bigtime football player who is very good at a high level of football in the Orlando area. He’s a sudden football player who can make the quarterback get rid of the ball quickly.”

•P Matthew Spencer, 5-10, 175

Holmes Community College (Miss.)


-Honorable Mention All-American punter 2013; First-Team All-State punter 2013; First-Team All-Region punter 2013; Second Team All-State kicker 2009; First-Team All-Region kicker 2009; Fox 40 Dream Team punter 2011; Clarion Ledger top performer 2011.

Campbell says: He’s a good zone punter who gets the ball extremely high. He fills an immediate need.”



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