Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery signed 23 plays February 1 – including seven football players from Tulsa area programs.
The Tulsa area recruits are running back Shamari Brooke from Union High School; quarterback Seth Boomer from Collinsville High School; wide receiver Cannon Montgomery from Cascia Hall Preparatory; defensive end Ryan Patrick from Bishop Kelly High School; defensive tackle Garrett Flanary from Bixby High School; Athlete Reed Martin from Lincoln Christian High School; and safety Marcus Mays from Edison High School.
“This class is a special class,” said Montgomery. “A very talented class.”
He said this was the most athletic class that he has signed in his time at TU.
“We feel like we got a complete class all the way through,” Montgomery said.
Two recruits – punter Thomas Bennett and linebacker Chase Brown – have already enrolled in spring classes. The incoming signees include 8 players from the state of Oklahoma (defensive end Christian Bricker is from Piedmont, Oklahoma) and 13 from the state of Texas, one each from Arizona and California.
Tulsa signed 10 offensive and 11 defensive players, as well as two specialists. On offense, Tulsa got four receivers, three linemen, one quarterback, one running back and one athlete (who could play running back or move to the defensive side of the ball). On defense, TU got four defensive backs, four defensive lineman and three linebackers.
Quarterback Seth Boom of Collinsville was a two year starter at quarterback and safety. He threw for 2,092 yards and 22 touchdowns his senior year while rushing for 130 yards. He also lettered in basketball and track.
TU signed receivers J.C. Santana of Katy, Texas; Keylor Stokes of Manvel, Texas; Malik Jackson of Taylor, Texas; and Sam Crawford, Jr., from Rockwall, Texas. Mongomery’s son, Cannon Montgomery, was signed as a preferred walk-on.
Santana caught 43 passes for 843 and 13 touchdowns his senior year. Stokes caught 80 passes for 1,263 yards and also rushed for 261 yards as a senior. Jackson caught 43 passes for 960 yards and 12 scores his senior season. Crawford totaled 3,491 total all-purpose yards and 38 touchdowns in his high school career. He was recruited by Colorado State, Navy, Nevada and others.
The lone running back signee was Sharmari Brooks from Union High School. He had 3,326 career rushing yards and 45 touchdowns. He also had 107 tackles on defense. Brooks was named the MVP of the state championship game in which he gained 232 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries.
Tulsa signed three offensive linemen, Dante Bivens, Chris Paul and Gerald Wheeler. Bivens’ high school team averaged 41 points a game and 281 yards rushing. Bivens had offers from Baylor and TCU. Paul’s high school team averaged 446 rushing per game. Wheeler graded at 90 percent or above in all 10 games of his senior season in Plano, Texas.
Punter Thomas Bennett transferred from Baylor, where Montgomery was formerly offensive coordinator. He is immediately eligible because he was “non-recruited walk-on” at Baylor.
TU signed three defensive ends, Christian Bricker of Piedmont; Deven Lamp of Cedar Hill, Texas; and Ryan Patrick of Tulsa. The lone defensive tackle was Garrett Flanary of Bixby. Flanary chose Tulsa over Air Force, Army, Fresno State, Navy, New Mexico, San Diego State, Southern Miss and Temple among others.
The Golden Hurricane added two linebackers, Chase Brown of Ingram, Texas and Adam Higuera of Gilbert, Arizona.
In the defensive secondary, TU signed Allie Green, IV, of Austin, Texas; Daiquain Jackson of Mesquite, Texas; Marcus Mays of Tulsa; Bryson Powers of Spring, Texas; and Akayleb Evans of McKinney, Texas. Mays chose Tulsa over Kansas State and Memphis. Evans was recruited by Iowa State, Kansas, New Mexico and North Texas. Safety Bryson Powers of Spring, Texas, chose Tulsa over Air Force, Army, Navy, Harvard, New Mexico, Columbia and Tulane.
Tulsa Signing Class
- Thomas Bennett, 6-3, 180, Baylor University
- Dante Bivens , 6-3, 310, Spring, Texas
- Chris Paul, 6-4, 290, Houston, Texas
- Gerard Wheeler, 6-4, 285, Plano, Texas
- Seth Boomer, 6-3,185, Collinsville
- Shamari Brooks, 5-9, 185, Tulsa
- Sam Crawford, Jr., 6-1, 193, Rockwall, Texas
- Malik Jackson, 6-2, 205, Taylor, Texas
- J.C. Santana, 6-1, 175, Katy, Texas
- Keylon Stokes, 6-0, 180, Manvel, Texas
- Cannon Montgomery, 5-10, 175, Tulsa (Preferred walk-on)
- Akayleb Evans, 6-2, 180, McKinney, Texas
- Garrett Flanary, 6-3, 273, Bixby
- Allie Green, IV, 6-3, 195, Austin, Texas
- Daiquain Jackson, 5-11, 190, Mesquite, Texas
- Marcus Mays , 6-2, 169, Tulsa
- Bryson Powers, 6-1, 195, Spring, Texas
- Christian Bricker, 6-6, 220, Piedmont, Okla.
- Deven Lamp, 6-5, 220, Cedar Hill, Texas
- Ryan Patrick, 6-3, 215, Tulsa
- Chase Brown, 6-2, 220, Ingram, Texas
- Adam Higuera, 6-1, 240, Gilbert, Arizona
- Zaven Collins, 6-4, 220, Hominy, Okla.
- Reed Martin, 6-1, 215, Tulsa