After a tough 2-10 football season, Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery was ready for some good news.
He thinks he got some in the early signing date on December 20.
“We really didn’t know how things would work out with the early signing period. It’s new to all of us,” said Montgomery. “I thought overall our coaches did a great job in identifying the right fit for our university with this class, and we were focused in on trying to sign most of our class today.”
Tulsa’s class includes five junior college athletes and 11 high school seniors.
Ten are defensive players and six are on offense. Among the signees, six will be mid-year enrollees, including all five junior college signees and prep quarterback Davis Brin.
JC transfers Malik Welch, a cornerback from Long Beach City College, and Blinn Junior College defensive end Cullen Wick will each have three years of eligibility remaining.
Tulsa added Navarro JC linebacker Yohance Burnett as well as a pair of players from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M – defensive end Cade Baumann and offensive lineman Judge Hartin. Baumann and Hartin, who are both from Oklahoma high schools, helped lead NEO to a 9-3 record and a fourth-place national ranking in 2017.
Brin leaves Boerne Champion (Texas) High School after throwing for 6,524 yards and 57 touchdowns in his career.
“We’re excited about the entire class, but we’re certainly pleased that six of the 16 will be able to get acclimated to school in January and participate in spring practice,” said Montgomery. “This will be a huge spring for us, and having this number of newcomers getting a jump on what we’re doing is important when we get started in the fall.”
Running back T.K. Wilkerson, who is from nearby Skiatook High School, rushed for 1,785 yards and 24 touchdowns on 262 carries for a solid 6.8 average per carry.
From the western part of the state, the Hurricane signed Jones High School tight end Dalton May and Del City linebacker Anthony Goodlow.
Tulsa Football Signees
DE -Cade Baumann
QB – Davis Brin
LB – Yohance Burnett
WR – Imiee Cooksey
OL – X’Zauvea Gadlin
LB – Anthony Goodlow
OL – Judge Hartin
CB – Jabari James
TE – Dalton May
DL – Jaxon Player
S – Kendarin Ray
LB – Grant Sawyer
CB – Malik Welch
DE – Cullen Wick
RB – TK Wilkerson
LB – Justin Wright