, Port Arthur, Texas


January 16, 2013

Football recruiting roundup: Justin Reasons commits to Stephen F. Austin

Port Neches-Groves senior offensive lineman Justin Reasons verbally committed to Stephen F. Austin this week, head coach Brandon Faircloth confirmed on Wednesday.

Reasons is the first Indians player to commit this season, after being courted by nearly every team in the Southland Conference. After starting last season at center and guard, Reasons moved to left tackle for his senior season and was one of the few bright spots on offense for the Indians.

The senior was named to the Port Arthur News Super Team this year and garnered a spot on the first-team all-district squad from 20-4A.

In other recruiting news, Reasons’ PN-G teammate A.J. Smith picked up an offer from Prairie View A&M last week. He’s visiting Division II Henderson State this week, adding the Reddies to PVAMU and Lamar in his possible college choices. Lamar offered Smith a scholarship back in the spring.

Port Arthur Memorial still hopes to have 10 athletes sign to play football on Feb. 6. The Titans currently have seven players with commitments and figure to add at least two more to that list. The highest profile name left is defensive lineman Matthew Romar, who may be the most hotly recruited player in Southeast Texas.

Romar won’t be making his decision until just before signing day, but does have a top three choices narrowed down to Oklahoma, Cincinnati and Texas Christian. That’s contrary to what national recruiting website has on its site about Romar, who has a top three of Kansas, Houston and Baylor.

The site also has Romar listed as taking an official visit to Kansas on Jan. 18, but the Jayhawks are out of the running right now.

The Titans could have every senior starter from the end of the year sign in three weeks, with Walter Oliver and Gregorie Johnson rounding out the group that already includes Darius Lemora (Washington State), Devin Cockrell (Morgan State), Jalen Barnes (Iowa State) and James Jenkins (Kilgore College).

It’s still early, but Nederland’s Class of 2014 defensive end De Shawn Washington figures to be drawing some serious interest by this time next year. The all-state honorable mention said on Twitter recently that he’d been contacted by Oregon, adding them to the long list of Division I schools who have already talked with the 6-foot-3, 275 defensive end.

Football players graduating in the spring are free to sign letters of intent with colleges on February 6.

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    (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on

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