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February 6, 2014

Signing surge

NSU inks 9 in Robinson’s first signing class


NSU signing day notebook

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When Northeastern State’s Rob Robinson described his first signing class as the RiverHawks’ head coach, he made sure to point out that he and his staff aren’t done signing players.

Robinson said he hopes to add to the nine players that he inked on Wednesday.

“We have a few late qualifiers on our big board that we are going after,” Robinson said. “I’ve been in this situation before with late qualifiers. Sometimes those guys end up being your best players.”

One area Robinson wants to continue to build depth is at cornerback, despite signing Lawton defensive back Kevin Bell.

“That position is definitely not done,” said Robinson, who took over after leaving his post as offensive coordinator at Washburn. “I want a minimum of two there, and that position needs some depth added.”

Offensive line is another target position for Robinson post-signing day.

“We still have a list of late guys who might have slipped through the cracks,” he said.

Going after Glover

NSU’s 2014 signing class failed to hit double digits, but that’s no fault of the coaching staff.

The RiverHawks added Millwood defensive lineman Quincy Dotson as the first signee on Wednesday morning. But NSU coaching staff was hard after another Millwood player by day’s end.

A source told the Daily Press that NSU coaches were pressing hard to sign Millwood running back Janari Glover, who ran for 1,187 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Class 2A runners-up Falcons in 2013.

Glover was trying to decide between Western Illinois and Northeastern State and had not reached a decision by Wednesday night.

The source also told the Daily Press that Western Illinois had offered Glover a combined scholarship between football and track.

NSU signees

- Quincy Dotson (Millwood, defensive end):
A 6-foot-3, 205-pound defensive end for the Falcons in high school, Dotson logged 57 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumbles recovered during his senior season. On offense as a tight end, Dotson collected 10 catches for 163 yards and three touchdowns in 2013. Dotson and the Falcons lost in the Class 2A state championship game in December, despite leading Davis by 19 points at halftime.

- Josh Farley (Norman, offensive line): At 6 feet, 2 inches tall while weighing in a 280 pounds, Farley anchored Norman's offensive line during the 2013 season. With Farley leading the way, the Tigers posted a 5-5 record and averaged 30.6 points per game.

- Tazden Jevons (Dibble, running back/linebacker): The Dibble Demons missed out on the Class 2A playoffs in 2013, but it was no fault of Jevons. The 6-foot-, 205-pound running back and linebacker racked up impressive numbers throughout his career in 2A football. He finished with 3,521 yards and 52 touchdowns on the ground. He logged seven kickoff returns for touchdowns, too. On defense, he had 323 tackles, six sacks and six interceptions (three that went for touchdowns). During his senior year, Jevons battled a broken hand, which hampered his production at times.

- Brandon Jones (Midwest City, defensive line): Needing a boost on the defensive line, Brandon Jones at 5 feet, 11 inches and 290 pounds will provide just that for the RiverHawks. As a Bomber at Midwest City High School, Jones had 77 tackles and 10 sacks during his senior season, which ended with a loss to Jenks in the Class 6A quarterfinals in 2013.

- Cole Ridgway (Norman, offensive line): The Norman Tigers added its second player to NSU's signing list with the 6-foot-2, 290-pound offensive lineman. Ridgway was named to the All-District team in 6A-4 in 2013.

- Payton Rawlins (Seneca, Mo., quarterback): With Rawlins, a 6-1, 200-pound signal caller leading the way, Seneca (Mo.) made it to the Class 3 championship game in 2013. In the title game loss to Maryville, Rawlins threw for 309 yards and a touchdown while completing 18 of his 30 passes. Rawlins finished his senior year by completing 62.4 percent (174 of 279) of his passes for 2,865 yards and 24 touchdowns. Rawlins also added 402 yards and 10 touchdowns on 98 rushes.

- Jacob Drysdale (Arnold, Mo., tight end): A member of the All-State second team in 2013, Drysdale provides a big body — 6-3, 220 pounds — for the RiverHawks at tight end. Drysdale, a three-sport standout at Fox High School, was also an All-District First Team member in 2013.

- Kevin Bell (Lawton, defensive back): With the 6-foot, 175-pound Bell in the defensive backfield in 2013, the Lawton Wolverines reached the 6A quarterfinals before falling to Westmoore. As a senior, Bell posted 47 tackles and four interceptions, which garnered him All-District accolades in 6A-4 at Lawton High School.

- Ryan Woolman (Locust Grove, defensive line): In 13 games in 2013, Woolman, a 6-2, 265-pound defensive lineman, logged 138 tackles and nine sacks while sparking a Locust Grove defense that propelled the Pirates to the Class 3A quarterfinals, where they lost to Plainview.

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