McNeese football announces seven signees on early National Signing Day

McNeese football announces seven signees on early National Signing Day

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) McNeese football head coach Sterlin Gilbert announced the signing of seven student-athletes on Wednesday’s National Signing Day early signing period.

The list includes two offensive linemen, two defensive ends, a tight end, wide receiver and defensive back. Two of the signees – Mason Kinsey and Tyler Patrick - are junior college transfers with Kinsey having earned Phil Steele Freshman All-American honors at The Citadel prior to moving to Navarro College for his sophomore season.

“I’m excited to have these student-athletes signed, sealed and delivered and moving into January and 2020,” said Gilbert. “The thing about all seven of these guys that we really love is all these guys are multi-sport athletes in high school, being from basketball to baseball to track or wrestling. It’s something we put a lot of emphasis on and is a big part of recruiting to us.

“I love the aspect of it that these kids stay competitive year-round, competing from August through May. It also affects the eligibility factor as well. They’re held to a standard to be academically eligible and they’re able to maintain to do that.”

2020 McNeese Football Early Signees

Caron Coleman • OL • 6-3 • 300 • St. Louis, Missouri • Pattonville HS

Luke Howard • TE • 6-4 • 220 • Lafayette, Louisiana • St. Thomas More HS

Mason Kinsey • DE • 6-2 • 230 • Mansfield, Texas • Mansfield Legacy • Navarro College

Grayson Mays • DE • 6-2 • 240 • Bellville, Texas • Bellville HS

Tyler Patrick • OL • 6-5 • 3-5 • Wamego, Kansas • Wamego HS • Butler College

Brendan Sirls • WR • 6-2 • 185 • Arlington, Texas • Mansfield Summit HS

Ridge Texada • DB • 5-10 • 170 • Frisco, Texas • Centennial HS

Caron Coleman • OL • 6-3 • 300 • St. Louis, Missouri • Pattonville HS

Senior year: 1st team all-conference… 1st team all-district… 1st team all-state… 1st team all-metro… 1st team all STL-All American… Offensive Lineman of the Year. Junior year: 1st team all-conference…1st team all-district… plans to major in business… birthdate is May 9, 2000… son of Delishia Corbin and Covas Coleman… played for Coach Steve Smith.

Gilbert on Coleman: “He’s a big, physical O-lineman. We’re excited about him. He has an opportunity to be impactful as soon as he gets on campus. He’s a great kid. We love his intensity, passion and direction of where he wants to go in the future and McNeese being a part of that.”

Luke Howard • TE • 6-4 • 220 • Lafayette, Louisiana • St. Thomas More HS

Tabbed as one of the top five tight ends in Louisiana by Louisiana Gridiron Football… Academic All-State… Academic Letterman… helped his team to a state championship his senior season… plans to major in business… birthdate is July 9, 2001… parents are Patrick and Joanie Howard… played for Coach Jim Hightower.

Gilbert on Howard: “He’s a 4.0 (grade point average) kid. He’s the first commitment of our class and a state champion. He’s a young man that continues our STM pipeline that we’ve had here at McNeese. He’s a really good football player.”

Mason Kinsey • DE • 6-2 • 230 • Mansfield, Texas • Mansfield Legacy • The Citadel • Navarro College

As a sophomore at Navarro College, recorded 60 tackles with 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble… recovered three fumbles, returning one for a touchdown… as a freshman at The Citadel, earned Freshman All-American honors by Phil Steele after he ended the year with 16 tackles and 6.5 tackles for a loss while ranking second on the team with five sacks… in high school, named Defensive Lineman of the Year and helped his team reach the state semifinals… all-time sacks leader at MLHS with 17… 1st Team All-District 14-5A… 115 career tackles, 17 career sacks… two interceptions… finished his senior season with 31 tackles, 26 solo, and an interception… as a junior, a strong year with 65 tackles, six sacks, and interception, and a forced fumble… birthdate is Feb. 11, 2000… son of Lisa Kinsey… plans to major in kinesiology… played for Coach Chris Melson at Mansfield Legacy and Coach Scott Parr at Navarro College.

Gilbert on Kinsey: “He was a freshman All-American at The Citadel. An athletic kid that can play multiple positions for us. A long, rangy speed, being able to play with his hand in the dirt and also stand up and make plays. We’re excited to what he’ll add to the front seven.”

Grayson Mays • DE • 6-2 • 240 • Bellville, Texas • Bellville HS

4x Academic All-District… Academic All-State Honorable Mention as a senior… Varsity starter all four years, starting in 53 games… 2x District 14-4A-II Defensive MVP (junior and senior seasons)… 1st Team All-State DE on TSWA and 2nd Team All-State DE on AP as a junior… 4x 1st Team All-District at defensive end… 2x 1st Team All-District at TE (junior and senior)… 4-year varsity player in football, basketball and baseball… son of Justin and Heather Mays… plans to major in sports medicine… played for Coach Grady Rowe.

Gilbert on Mays: “Very athletic and a great culture kid. We’re excited about his leadership, his character as well as his athletic ability.”

Tyler Patrick • OL • 6-5 • 3-5 • Wamego, Kansas • Wamego HS • Butler College

Helped lead Bulter to a 10-3 record and a Midwest Classic Bowl Championship… three-year starter at Wamego HS, playing both sides of the ball… birthdate is Oct. 22, 1999… parents are Jeff and Amy Patrick… plans to major in psychology.

Gilbert on Patrick: “A big offensive lineman that’ll come in and be impactful immediately to help us upfront. We’re real excited about what he’s going to bring to the football program.”

Brendan Sirls • WR • 6-2 • 185 • Arlington, Texas • Mansfield Summit HS

Texas District 7-6A “District of Doom” 2nd Team All-District… senior season, caught 28 passes for 446 yards and seven touchdowns… averaged 15.9 yards per catch… birthdate is March 12, 2002… parents are Nakeshia Woods and Michael Sirls… plans to major in physical therapy… played for Coach Channon Hall.

Gilbert on Sirls: “A long, rangy athletic kid. We had him in camp and got a great evaluation on him. We’re excited about him on where he’ll be able to play. He’s a young man that can play both inside and outside for us and what we do offensively. He can run and stretch the field. He has great ball skills and a great catch rating.”

Ridge Texada • DB • 5-10 • 170 • Frisco, Texas • Centennial HS

1st Team All-District at both cornerback and wide receiver… led Frisco Centennial in rushing (437 yards) and totaled eight touchdowns (six receiving and two rushing)… picked off four passes… parents are Ranthony and Nerissa Texada… younger brother of TCU cornerback Ranthony Texada and Baylor cornerback Raleigh Texada… planning to major in communications… played for Coach Matt Webb.

Gilbert on Texada: “A dynamic kid with the ball in his hands and defending to keep the ball out of other people’s hands. A dynamic returner as well and has true speed. He comes from a great bloodline.”

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