McMurry University's new head football coach, Mason Miller, has introduced his first class of recruits, who have committed to join the War Hawks' program in the Fall of 2013.
“With only a handful of seniors last year, We are very fortunate to have many returning players who saw lots of action last season,” said Miller. “Between them and the redshirt players from last season, we were really able to focus our recruiting and bring in the players to fill voids we identified as a staff. We were able to keep a couple (scholarships) back to see where we are after spring practice.
“I believe we brought in an entire class of what I consider to be our 'prototype' football recruit at McMurry: Good classroom work ethic, a solid individual inside, outstanding football skills and a desire to keep improving in all those areas.” I am very proud of this class, they will do great things at our University.
The list of incoming War Hawks includes:
Jacob Perez (Defensive Back) – 5-11, 180, San Antonio Reagan H.S.: A two-time 26-5A first team All-District defensive back in 2011 and 2012 … As a junior, has 121 tackles (81 solo), with four interceptions and two forced fumbles … In eight games as a senior, added 36 tackles and four pass break-ups.
Jared King (Defensive Line) – 6-3, 220, Red Oak H.S.: Unanimous first team All-district pick as a senior … 60 tackles, five sacks and a forced fumble in 2012 … As a junior, had 35 tackles, two sacks and forced three fumbles.
Cameron Bausley (Running Back) – 5-10, 180, Red Oak H.S.: Voted the 15-4A district Offensive MVP in 2012 … 2012 All-State honorable mention … As a senior, 238 carries for 1,712 yards (7.2 y.p.c./131.7 y.p.g.) and 15 rushing TDs (17 TDs overall)… As a junior, 181 carries for 964 yards (5.3 y.p.c.) and 8 TDs (9 TDs overall) … Second team All-District in 2011.
Gabe Rodriguez (Quarterback) – 6-1, 190, Amarillo H.S.: Led team to a 10-2 record as a senior in 2012 and the third round of the playoffs … Earned team's Citizenship and Leadership Award … As a junior, team was 8-4 and reached the second round of the post-season.
Chris Purvis (Kicker) – 6-1, 170, Cy-Fair H.S.: In the Adidas Expo Ranking, was No. 2 in field goals, No. 4 in kickoffs and No. 5 in punting … A 17-5A Academic All-District Team member … Two-time Player of the Week in 2012 … Also an ODP soccer player as a freshman and sophomore.
Rick Mendez (Defensive Line) – 6-1, 250, San Antonio MacArthur H.S.: A two-time 26-5A second team All-District honoree (2011 and 2012) … Academic All-State in 2012.
Last season, McMurry finished the year 8-3 and won the inaugural C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl. McM also defeated the University of Mexico in an exhibition game. It was the team's third-consecutive winning campaign. In its 87-year football history, the McMurry program has had four-straight winning seasons just one other time. Between 1977-80, McM accomplished the feat behind the efforts of then-head coach Spud Aldridge.
Miller will officially unveil his 2013 team in the season-opening game on September 7 versus cross-town rival Abilene Christian University.
Information for this story provided by McMurry Sports Information.