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February 5, 2014

Four area players head up Lamar recruiting class

BEAUMONT — Lamar University signed 10 high school standouts to National Letters of

Intent and added seven transfers head coach Ray Woodard announced at a press

conference Wednesday afternoon.

    The Cardinals brought in talent on both sides of the ball to help fill needs in

several key areas. The 2014 incoming class consists of five defensive backs,

three defensive lineman, three offensive linemen, two linebackers, two deep

snappers, a tight end and a running back.

    “Overall, this is a very talented class,” said Woodard. “We really feel

that this class compliments our previous two signing classes. If this group of

young men can come in and perform as well as we expect, especially following the

production of last year’s signing class, we will have back-to-back classes

that will perform well for us in the years to come.

    “Unlike early on in our first couple of classes, now we recruit specifically

for positions that we need to fill. We will never pass on a great player, but

now we have returning players so we look to fill specific needs,” added

Woodard.

    A major goal for Lamar every recruiting class is to protect Southeast Texas. The

LU coaching staff accomplished that task with the additions of four players from

the area, as well as making inroads in new areas.

    The four Southeast Texans include Seth Adams, a defensive lineman from Silsbee; Shawn Jones, a linebacker from Jasper; Port Arthur Memorial linebacker Melbrodrick Matthews and Beaumont Central defensive end Kyle Holmes. Jones and Matthews represent the first athletes signed by Lamar from their respective schools since the university resurrected

the program.

    “Our philosophy hasn’t changed since we began this program,” said Woodard.

“We are going to recruit the Golden Triangle hard because we want to keep

these players home. This area produces a number of very talented players every

year that go play football all over the country. We want to keep those guys

close to home.

    “I felt like we did a very good job of that with this group, in

addition to signing some players from places where we haven’t been as

successful in the past.”

    With only two returning starters on the defensive side of the ball, Lamar filled

several gaps with the addition of 11 defensive standouts. Among the seven

incoming transfers, five are on the defensive side the ball and will be expected

to provide immediate help.

    The Cardinals keyed in on the defensive line, a front

that lost both starting ends due to attrition this past season. LU filled this

need with the addition of two ends and a tackle.

    “Opposite from last year’s class, where we had to replace a number of

players on offense, we have several needs on the defensive side of the ball,”

said Woodard. “So if we were going to take a transfer we were primarily

looking at the defense.”

    Lamar’s 2014 class expanded well beyond the Texas borders. The Cardinals

signed players from both coasts, and from all four time zones.

    The out-of-state

additions include Seth Ellis (Coolidge HS/Coolidge, Ariz.), Reid Entsminger

(Sherando HS/Stephens City, Va.), Michael Sheridan (Highland HS/Palmdale,

Calif.) and Daquan Stewart (Hoboken HS/Hoboken, N.J.). Entsminger comes to

Beaumont with a connection Texas football. His grandfather, Mark Moseley, played

16 seasons in the NFL winning the 1982 MVP award.

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