High School: Pellum helped his team go undefeated in the regular season and 10-1 overall in his senior year. He tallied 100 total tackles including 55 solo tackles and 4.5 sacks. Pellum was a two-way player and also earned 303 receiving yards and eight touchdowns as a tight end. For his senior season, Pellum was named League MVP. He was also named first team All-CIF and first team All-League in both his junior and senior season. Pellum was also named the team MVP both his junior and senior seasons.
Jaden Wright, CB, 6-0, 175, Lewisville, Texas (Lewisville HS)
High School: Wright played both cornerback and wide receiver at Lewisville High School. In his three seasons as a starter, Wright intercepted three passes and forced five fumbles. He caught three touchdowns as a wide receiver and also returned one interception for a touchdown. Wright was an all-conference selection as a junior and senior.
Austin Davenport, LB, 6-3, 220, Saugus, Calif. (Saugus HS)
High School: Davenport helped his team earn a 7-6 record in his senior year, including a trip to the CIF Playoffs. He totaled 104 tackles including 75 solo tackles. He recorded 10.0 tackles for a loss and 6.5 sacks. Davenport had a nose for the ball in his senior season grabbing one interception, forcing one fumble and recovering three fumbles. He also made his presence felt on special teams where he blocked one punt and one field goal. Davenport was named first-team All-Defense in the Foothill League for his performance in his senior season. In his junior year, Davenport recorded 53 total tackles, including 34 solo. He had 5.5 tackles for a loss, including two sacks. He also grabbed one interception and recovered one fumble.
Tyler Rogers, QB, 6-3, 200, Peoria, Ariz. (Arizona Western/Liberty HS)
Arizona Western: Rogers played one season with Arizona Western as the team’s starting quarterback. He threw for 1,832 yards and 14 touchdowns with only seven interceptions. Rogers also ran for 364 yards and a team-best 10 touchdowns. Rogers missed two and a half games down the final stretch of the season, but was able to dress for the Matadors third straight appearance in the Fisher Automotive El Toro Bowl.
High School: Rogers was the starting quarterback at Liberty High School for four years, leading his team to three league championships. He threw for 5,903 yards during his high school career, including 76 touchdown passes. Rogers also ran for 1,691 yards and 26 scores. As a senior, Rogers was the league and district player of the year, while also being selected as a first team all-section and second team all-state. He was one of two quarterbacks from Arizona selected to play in the California vs Arizona All-Star game.
Kortland Busby, DL, 6-3, 235, Pflugerville, Texas (Hendrickson HS)
High School: Busby played defensive end for Hendrickson High School in Austin, Texas. As a senior, Busby was named a first team all-district selection and an academic all-district pick. On the field, Busby recorded 38 tackles, five tackles for a loss, two sacks, a fumble recovery, a forced fumble and seven quarterback hurries, helping his team to the first round of the playoffs and a 10-1 record. He also competed in power lifting and track & field.
Jamin Smith, OL, 6-3, 275, Castle Rock, Colo. (Douglas County HS)
High School: Smith played offensive tackle and defensive end for Douglas County High School in Castle Rock, Colo. As a senior, Smith helped his team to a 7-4 record and the second round of the state playoffs. He was named an all-conference selection as a junior and senior and an honorable mention pick as a sophomore. Smith holds the squat record at his high school of 713 pounds. He also wrestled for Douglas County, making the second round of the state tournament as a senior.
Jacob Nwangwa, FS, 6-0, 177, Arlington, Texas (Arlington HS)
High School: Nwangwa totaled 120 tackles in his senior season. He grabbed six interceptions while breaking up 11 passes and forcing three fumbles. Nwangwa was named first team all-state, first team all-district and first team all-conference for his efforts last season. In his junior year, Nwangwa had 61 tackles including two tackles for a loss and two sacks. He also grabbed one interception, broke up six passes and forced one fumble.
Adaryan Jones, DB, 6-1, 170, Southlake, Texas (Southlake Carroll HS)
High School: Jones played defensive back for Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas. As a senior, Jones was a first team all-district selection. He recorded 45 tackles, 29 solo efforts, 14 pass break ups, two interceptions, a sack and a forced fumble. As a junior, Jones tallied 22 pass break ups, an interceptions and a field goal block. He was named a first team all-district pick.
Dalton Herrington, S, 6-2, 195, Halletsville, Texas (Halletsville HS)
High School: Herrington played safety for Halletsville High School in Halletsville, Texas. He was named an all-district selection and the all-district MVP, as well as a first team all-state member. As a senior, he tallied 185 tackles, 120 solo efforts and four interceptions. As a junior, Herrington recorded 82 tackles, five pass break ups and four interceptions. He also caught 48 passes for 680 yards and five touchdowns. He was named a first team all-district pick as a defensive back and second team at wide receiver.
Derek Ibekwe, LB, 6-0, 214, Rosenberg, Texas (Lamar Consolidated HS)
High School: Ibekwe earned numerous accolades in his senior year where he totaled 79 tackles, including six tackles for a loss, and five sacks. He also had one pass break up, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Ibekwe was ranked 78th in the Texas Lone Star Rankings Class of 2014 by rivals.com, selected to the USA football vs. Canada under-19 game, and was selected defensive MVP of district 23-4a. In his junior season, Ibekwe had 56 tackles, two sacks and one quarterback hurry. He also had a touchdown reception as a tight end. He was part of the Texas Top-100 watch list class of 2014.
JB Copeland, LB, 6-2, 205, Southlake, Texas (Southlake Carroll HS)
High School: Copeland was a two-year starter at linebacker for Southlake Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas. As a senior, Copeland played in just three games, recording 41 tackles, an interception and a pass break up. During his junior season, Copeland tallied 72 tackles, four sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
Royce Caldwell, RB, 5-7, 170, Columbus, Texas (Columbus HS)
High School: Caldwell played running back and defensive back for Columbus High School in Columbus, Texas. As a senior, Caldwell rushed for 356 yards and a touchdown, while catching 10 passes for 353 yards and five scores. He also returned kickoffs and punts for the Cardinals as a senior. Caldwell totaled 609 yards of total offense on the season. As a junior, Caldwell had nine tackles, five pass break ups and an interception.
Dezmand Candelaria, OT, 6-3, 295, Mesquite, Texas (North Mesquite HS)