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Houston- 2016 National Signing Day

In what was The University of Houston football program’s greatest season in decades, Coach Tom Herman and staff followed that with the program’s best recruiting class in the history of the program.  Herman stated, “We made history.”

With no real surprises, other than Westfield WR Tyrie Cleveland committing to Florida after previously committing to Houston, the Cougars’ impressive haul was led by 5-star Westfield DT Ed Oliver.

Early signees are as follows:

Kyle Allen, QB: Texas A&M transfer, will have to sit out 2016. He will have 2 years remaining, starting in 2017. Top rated QB in the nation by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports when coming out of high school.

Duke Catalon, RB: Texas transfer, No. 10 running back nationally and No. 25 player in the state of Texas by 247Sports out of high school. Redshirted during his lone year at Texas. Duke will have 4 years of eligibility remaining, starting this season.

J.J. Dallas, CB: 3-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports. He was the No. 9 junior college cornerback by ESPN, No. 13 junior college cornerback by 247Sports. J.J. will have three years of eligibility remaining.

Alex Leslie, TE: Transfer from Iowa State, will have 2 years of eligibility remaining. Was ranked the No. 31 TE, coming out of high school.

Terry Mark, WR: 3-star recruit by Rivals, ESPN, Scout and 247Sports. Brother Tomme Mark, is currently a DT for Houston.

Na’Ty Rodgers, OT: Iowa Western CC transfer. 4-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports. Na’ty is ranked the No. 7 overall junior college player by ESPN and No. 4 junior college offensive tackle by ESPN and 247Sports. Spent 2013 at South Carolina, before transferring to Iowa Western CC.

Bowman Sells, QB: 3-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports. No. 16 quarterback by Rivals, No. 64 player in the state of Texas by Rivals. Had offers from Clemson, Iowa, Ohio State, and Texas.

Terrell Williams, DB: NE Oklahoma A&M transfer. 3-star recruit by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports. No. 9 junior college safety by 247Sports . Had offers from Iowa State, Purdue, and West Virginia.

These early signees were good enough to make up a heck of a recruiting class, but the best was to come on NSD…

The 2016 signing class is the best in UH history , and the best Non-Power 5 class ever.

The Houston staff had to stave off some hot competition, with numerous schools trying to poach their commitments.

Heres a look at the 2016 National Signing Day Houston Cougar signees:

Ed Oliver, Westfield DT: 5-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports. Ranked the No. 1 defensive tackle in the state of Texas by Scout , No. 1 defensive tackle in the midlands by Scout , No. 2 defensive tackle nationally by ESPN. Also ranked the No. 2 player in the state of Texas by ESPN and 247Sports, No. 3 player in the state of Texas by Rivals , No. 3 defensive tackle by Scout, No. 4 overall player nationally by ESPN, No. 4 defensive tackle by Rivals and 247Sports, and the No. 6 overall player nationally by Scout. Oliver was named Defensive MVP in the 2016 Under Armour All-America Game, was named second team All-American by USA Today, and named the Scout All-Midlands Defensive Player of the Year. Also was named to USA Today’s All-USA Texas Football first team, named all-district 15-6A in 2015, and named to the Houston Chronicle’s 2016 Top 100 list. He ranked as the No. 1 player in the Houston area by VYPE Houston. Recorded 83 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, nine sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception as a senior. Had 84 tackles and seven sacks as a junior to earn district 15-6A MVP honors. He had 62 tackles, including 14 for loss, and one fumble recovery as a sophomore to earn district 13-5A Defensive Newcomer of the Year award. Oliver chose Houston over Alabama, Baylor, LSU, Mississippi, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M among others. Is the highest rated player to sign with Houston, ever. Projected to start as a true-freshman. His brother Marcus was an OL for the 2015 team, and returns to play with his brother.

Aymiel Fleming, La Marque DT: 3-star recruit by ESPN, No. 79 defensive tackle by ESPN. Named to the District 10-4A All-District first teams in 2014 and 2015, unanimously in 2015. Fleming received honorable mention All-Galveston County honors in both 2014 and 2015.

Collin WIlder, Katy DB: 3-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports. No. 36 safety by Rivals, and the No. 77 player in the state of Texas by Rivals. Collin was named 2016 Maxpreps All-American. 4-year starter at safety for Katy High School, starting 64 straight games capped by a win in the 2015 Texas Class 6A Division II State Championship, which the team ended the year ranked No. 1 nationally in both the final MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National rankings and the NationalHSFootball.com’s HSFB100. Led a Katy defense that only allowed 62 points the entire season, pitching 10 shutouts in 16 games and giving up more than eight points just twice. Named to USA Today’s All-USA Texas Football second team, named district 19-6A MVP in 2015, honorable mention AP All-State as a senior. Had 118 tackles and three interceptions as a junior, pulled in five interceptions and two fumble recoveries as a sophomore, collected 56 tackles and one interception as a freshman. Wilder chose Houston over Missouri, Northwestern, Tennessee, Texas Tech and Wisconsin among others.

Javian Smith, Bush DB: 2-star recruit by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports. Named first team all-district 23-5A in 2015 and 2014. Named to the Houston Chronicle’s 2016 Top 100 list and ranked the No. 60 player in the Houston area by VYPE Houston. Smith had 38 tackles and five pass breakups as a senior, to go with 19 kick returns for 374 yards and a touchdown. Totaled 31 tackles and five pass breakups as a junior.

Dixie Wooten, Lamar OL: 3-star recruit by ESPN, Scout and 247Sports. No. 61 guard by ESPN, No. 61 offensive tackle by Scout, No. 8 offensive tackle in the state of Texas by Scout. Named first team all-district 20-6A in 2015 and Houston Chronicle’s 2016 Top 100 list. Ranked the No. 42 player in the Houston area by VYPE Houston. Wooten received second team all-district 20-6A honors as a junior and first team all-district 24-3A honors as a sophomore. He chose Houston over Illinois, Iowa State and Miami among others.

Hasaun Glasgow, Manvel DB: 3-star recruit by ESPN and 247Sports. Had 24 tackles, including seven for loss and four sacks, as a senior. Named first team all-district 22-6A in 2015, named to the Houston Chronicle’s 2016 Top 100 list. Ranked the No. 58 player in the Houston area by VYPE Houston. He had 57 tackles, two sacks, eight pass breakups, two interceptions and one touchdown as a senior. Totaled 35 tackles, four sacks, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and one defensive touchdown as a junior. Glasgow collected 24 tackles and two sacks as a sophomore. He chose Houston over Louisville among others.

Keith Corbin, Beaumont West Brook WR: 3-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports. No. 81 player in the state of Texas by Rivals, No. 86 receiver by Rivals. Named all-district 21-6A in 2015 and 2014. He earned honorable mention all-state honors as a junior, pulled in 45 receptions for 896 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior, had 54 receptions for 893 yards and 12 touchdowns his junior year, and had 23 receptions for 506 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore to earn second team all-district 21-6A. Corbin chose Houston over Mississippi, Nebraska, TCU, Texas Tech and Wisconsin among others.

Courtney Lark, Bellaire WR: 4-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports. Ranked the No. 27 player in the state of Texas by Rivals, No. 32 receiver by Scout, No. 36 receiver by ESPN, No. 169 player nationally by Scout, and No. 203 overall player nationally by Rivals. Lark pulled in 68 receptions for 1,222 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior. Named to USA Today’s All-USA Texas Football second team, named district 20-6A MVP as a senior. He received first-team all-district honors in each of his senior, junior and sophomore seasons, and ranked the No. 19 player in the Houston area by VYPE Houston. Lark chose Houston over Baylor, Nebraska, TCU, Texas Tech and UCLA among others.

Marquez Stevenson, Northwood WR: 3-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports. Ranked the No. 35 player in the state of Louisiana by 247Sports, No. 38 player in the state of Louisiana by ESPN. Was named Shreveport All-City Offensive MVP by the Shreveport Times. Received first-team all-district honors as both a senior and junior, named honorable mention all-state in 2014 and 2015. He caught 50 passes for 900 yards and eight touchdowns while rushing for 445 yards and five touchdowns as a senior, and received second-team all-district honors as a sophomore. Stevenson chose Houston over Arizona State, Baylor, Miami, Mississippi State, Missouri, TCU and Utah among others.

D’Eriq King, Manvel QB: 4-star recruit by ESPN and a member of ESPN 300. Ranked the No. 14 athlete in the nation by ESPN, No. 31 player in the state of Texas by ESPN, No. 202 overall player nationally by ESPN. Named district 22-6A MVP as a senior, and named first team All-Greater Houston. King was an Elite 11 semifinalist and ranked the No. 11 player in the Houston area by VYPE Houston. Had over 10,000 career passing yards and 3,000 career rushing yards inches high school career. He threw for 2,898 yards and 43 touchdowns against just five interceptions as a senior while rushing for 640 yards and eight touchdowns. named to the Houston Chronicle’s 2016 Top 100 list. King chose Houston over Baylor, Clemson, Michigan State, TCU and UCLA among others.

Ka’Darian Smith, Spring DB: 3-star recruit by 247Sports. He was named first team all-district 15-6A in 2015 and to the Houston Chronicle’s 2016 Top 100 list. Was ranked the No. 70 player in the Houston area by VYPE Houston, and had 48 tackles, 14 pass breakups, two interceptions and one fumble recovery as a junior.

Braylon Jones, John Tyler OL: 3-star recruit by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports . Ranked the No. 54 defensive tackle by Scout , and No. 10 defensive tackle in the state of Texas by Scout. Finished with 70 tackles and two forced fumbles as a senior to earn first team district 16-5A honors on both offense and defense. He totaled 95 tackles and seven sacks as a junior en route to earning second team district 16-5A honors. Had 61 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery as a sophomore and was named district 16-4A Defensive Newcomer of the Year. Jones owns 195 career tackles.

Mulbah Car, Reagan RB: 3-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports. Ranked the No. 43 running back by ESPN, No. 81 player in the state of Texas by ESPN. Car set the Austin Independent School District career rushing record. Was named second-team AP Texas All-State and district 26-4A MVP as a senior after running for 1,675 yards and 33 touchdowns, and named all-central Texas first team running back as a junior after rushing for 1,655 yards and 20 touchdowns. He rushed for 1,178 yards and seven touchdowns as a sophomore to earn district 26-4A Newcomer of the Year award. Car also competed in the Texas State Wrestling Championships as a sophomore. He chose Houston over Indiana, Iowa State, Nebraska, Oregon State, Purdue and Texas Tech among others.

Patrick Rosette, Foster DB: 3-star recruit by ESPN and 247Sports. He was named all-district 24-5A in 2015. Totaled 70 tackles, six pass breakups, four fumble recoveries and one interception his senior year. He had 63 tackles, four forced fumbles and two pass breakups as a junior. Rosette was named to the Houston Chronicle’s 2016 Top 100 list, and ranked the No. 64 player in the Houston area by VYPE Houston.

Keenan Murphy, Crosby OL: 3-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports. Ranked the No. 5 center by Scout . He was three-time unanimous All-District first team selection, and received honorable mention AP All-State honors in both 2014 and 2015. Named to the Houston Chronicle’s 2016 Top 100 list, and ranked the No. 48 player in the Houston area by VYPE Houston. Murphy started 39 games over his high school career and helped lead Crosby to 34-5 record over that span. Graded out at 92 percent with 100 over pancake blocks in his career. He chose Houston over Colorado, Memphis, Missouri and Texas Tech among others.

In what is the best class in UH history, they came in having the No. 40th ranked class, after averaging the No. 70 class over the last 4 years. Many of these athletes can come in and contribute, right away.

*All signee information is credited to UH Football

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