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Art Briles Announces 2012 Football Signing Class

Signing Day Central | Press Conference Quotes | Full Highlights of Signees

WACO, Texas - Baylor head coach Art Briles announced Wednesday the signing of 23 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to play football at the school. The 23 2012 signees are comprised of 22 high school standouts and one junior college transfer.

"We feel very confident and very passionate about this class," Briles said, "as being as good as we've ever signed in our five signing classes at Baylor. We got some outstanding players on both sides of the ball that we know have the potential to be All-American football players and to play on Sundays."

The focus of Baylor's 2012 signing class is clearly the defense, as nearly two-thirds of the newcomers are likely to play on the defensive side of the ball under second-year D-coordinator Phil Bennett.

"This year's class certainly fills needs, we went heavy on defense; we felt like we needed to make sure that we give ourselves every opportunity to have as good a defense as possible," Briles said. "And we filled in the needs that we had to have offensively."

The class is highlighted by two defensive prep All-Americans - lineman Javonte Magee of Sam Houston High School in San Antonio and linebacker Brian Nance of Trinity High School in Euless, Texas - and an additional national top-250 prospect on the offensive side - receiver Corey Coleman of Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas.

"Every class that we've been able to sign here at Baylor continues to get better and better," Briles said. "As we've produced better on the football field, with the addition of a new stadium coming, all these events pay great dividends in the recruiting world."

Baylor's 2012 class is made up predominantly of Texas recruits (22 of 23 from in-state schools) and includes two student-athletes currently enrolled in Baylor's spring semester who will participate in 2012 spring drills (scheduled to begin March 18): mid-year junior college signee Eddie Lackey of Riverside Community College and early high school graduate Lynx Hawthorne from Refugio High School.

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown (Previous Schools) Video
Tre'Von Armstead OL 6-6 270 Fr. Port Arthur, Texas (Memorial HS) Highlights
Dominique Banks DL 6-2 260 Fr. Denton, Texas (Ryan HS) Highlights
Terrell Burt DB 5-10 165 Fr. Wylie, Texas (Wylie HS) Highlights
Devin Chafin RB 6-0 200 Fr. Burkburnett, Texas (Burkburnett HS) Highlights
Shamycheal Chatman LB 6-2 230 Fr. Sealy, Texas (Sealy HS) Highlights
Corey Coleman WR 5-11 180 Fr. Richarson, Texas (Pearce HS) Highlights
Aiavion Edwards DB 6-0 210 Fr. Stephenville, Texas (Stephenville HS) Highlights
Kendall Ehrlich LB 6-1 215 Fr. Pearland, Texas (Pearland HS) Highlights
Zorrell Ezell DT 6-0 265 Fr. Humble, Texas (Humble HS) Highlights
Kyle Fuller OL 6-4 270 Fr. Wylie, Texas (Wylie HS) Highlights
Kiante' Griffin WR 6-0 200 Fr. Carrollton, Texas (Hebron HS) Highlights
Lynx Hawthorne* ATH 6-1 185 Fr. Refugio, Texas (Refugio HS) Highlights
Eddie Lackey* LB 6-2 220 Jr. Murrieta, Calif. (Riverside CC)
Patrick Levels DB 5-10 180 Fr. Dallas, Texas (Roosevelt HS) Highlights
Rashodrick Linwood ATH 5-9 180 Fr. Linden, Texas (Linden-Kildare HS) Highlights
Javonte Magee DL 6-5 265 Fr. San Antonio, TX (Sam Houston HS) Highlights
Kaleb Moore WR 5-11 180 Fr. Cypress, Texas (Cy-Fair HS) Highlights
Brian Nance LB 6-2 210 Fr. Euless, Texas (Trinity HS) Highlights
Jamal Palmer DE 6-2 230 Fr. McKinney, Texas (Boyd HS) Highlights
Ryan Reid DB 5-10 180 Fr. Sherman, Texas (Sherman HS) Highlights
Seth Russell QB 6-3 195 Fr. Garland, Texas (Garland HS) Highlights
Terrence Singleton ATH 5-10 175 Fr. Port Arthur, Texas (Memorial HS) Highlights
Orion Stewart DB 6-1 175 Fr. Waco, Texas (Midway HS) Highlights

*Signed in December 2011, currently enrolled

By State:
Texas (23)
California (1)

By Position:
Offense (7 - 2 linemen, 3 receivers, 1 running back, 1 quarterback)
Defense (13 - 4 linemen, 4 linebackers, 5 backs)
Athlete (3)
Specialist (0)

By Class:
Freshmen (22)
Sophomores (0)
Juniors (1)
Seniors (0)

Tre'Von Armstead
OL - 6-6, 270 - Fr. - Port Arthur, Texas (Memorial HS)

Big lineman from Memorial High School in Port Arthur, Texas... Played under head coach Kenny Harrison at MHS... Rated 10th-best offensive lineman in state and ranked No. 100 by Rivals.com's Lone Star Recruiting Top 100... National position rankings among offensive linemen: No. 44 by Scout.com, No. 45 by 247Sports.com and No. 77 by ESPN.com... Rated 127th-best prospect in state by ESPN.com... Ranked No. 84 on Scout.com's Midlands Top 150... Named to 2011 All-Greater Houston second team by Houston Chronicle following senior season... Helped Memorial to 13-2 record in 2011, named to All-District 21-5A second team... Right tackle on MHS's 9-4 team in 2010 as junior, earned All-District 21-5A first team honors in first year as starter... Teammate of fellow Baylor signee Terrence Singleton at Memorial.
"Tre'Von has a big time frame, and he is very athletic and smooth. We feel like he is definitely one of the top, if not the top, offensive tackle in the state of Texas. We're very excited to have him next season."

Dominique Banks
DL - 6-2, 260 - Fr. - Denton, Texas (Ryan HS)

Defensive lineman from Ryan High School in Denton, Texas... Played for head coach Joey Florence at RHS... Rated No. 36 among nation's defensive linemen by 247Sports.com and 58th by ESPN.com... Listed No. 54 on Dallas Morning News SportsDay's Dallas-Area Top 100, 12th among defensive linemen... Helped RHS to 12-1 record and regional semifinals in 2011... Totaled 47 tackles (18 for loss), eight sacks and eight hurries... Named to 2011 Dallas Nike SPARQ All-Combine team prior to senior season... Part of RHS's 15-1 Class 4A state finalist squad as junior in 2010, totaled five sacks in backup role... Native of Port Gibson, Miss.
"Dominique is extremely aggressive, and very passionate, and we think he's got a chance to be a great football player for a long time."

Terrell Burt
DB - 5-10, 165 - Fr. - Wylie, Texas (Wylie HS)

Versatile defensive back and returner from Wylie (Texas) High School... Played under head coach Bill Howard... National position rankings among DBs: No. 22 by ESPN.com, No. 36 by 247Sports.com, No. 47 by Scout.com... Rated No. 6 cornerback in state by 2011 Postseason Dave Campbell's Texas Football... Ranked 59th-best prospect in Texas by ESPN.com and 84th by 247Sports.com... Listed No. 48 on Dallas Morning News SportsDay's Dallas-Area Top 100, 11th among defensive backs... Rated No. 84 on Scout.com's Midlands Top 150... Named 2011 second-team DFW Class 4A All-Area (DB) and first-team All-District 10-4A (S) following senior season... Totaled 37 tackles (28 solo), one tackle-for-loss, two interceptions and six PBUs in 2011... Also ran for 254 yards (50 carries) and two touchdowns and had one reception for 10 yards on offense... Helped WHS to 11-4 record and DI state semifinals as junior in 2010... Totaled 64 tackles, three tackles-for-loss, one sack, seven PBUs, two interceptions and two forced fumbles in 2010... Also ran track and field, member of Wylie's 4A state champion 4x100 relay squad as junior in 2011... Moved to Texas from Virginia Beach, Va... Teammate at Wylie of fellow Baylor signee Kyle Fuller.
"Terrell was on the nation's fastest sprint relay team last year. He can fly. He can really run and flip his hips. We're really excited about him."

Devin Chafin
RB - 6-0, 200 - Fr. - Burkburnett, Texas (Burkburnett HS)

All-state running back from Burkburnett (Texas) High School... Played for head coach Scott Boswell at BHS... National position rankings among running backs: No. 65 by 247Sports.com, No. 83 by Scout.com, No. 108 by ESPN.com... Named 2011 second-team Class 3A All-State following senior season in which rushed for 1,246 yards and 17 touchdowns on 181 carries... Also had 40 receptions for 400 yards and four TDs while leading Burkburnett to 6-5 record and bi-district first round... Named 2011 District 6-3A Player of the Year and DFW Class 3A All-Area first team... Ran for 1,287 yards and 13 TDs as junior in 2010, named District 6-3A Newcomer of Year...Named 2010 honorable mention Class 3A All-State... Also ran track and field at BHS, finished sixth in 100 meters at Class 3A state meet with time of 10.82.
"Devin is extremely talented, he carries himself well and has good balance. He also has good hand-eye coordination which is critical to us in that position. I think he'll also have a chance to medal at the state track meet in the open 100."

Shamycheal Chatman
LB - 6-2, 230 - Fr. - Sealy, Texas (Sealy HS)

Linebacker and defensive end from Sealy (Texas) High School... Played under head coach Jimmie Mitchell at SHS... Named 2011 first-team All-District 24-3A after helping SHS to 8-3 record and bi-district playoff berth as senior... Played defensive end as junior in 2010, helped Sealy to 9-2 record and District 24-3A championship... Earned 2010 first-team All-District 24-3A honors... Recorded 40 tackles and eight sacks during junior season... Also plays basketball and throws discus for track team at Sealy.
"Shamycheal is a great, great player. He's a great kid who is mature. He can run, he has played defensive end and linebacker. He has tremendous upside. We think that we'll be able to develop him through our strength and training and coaching on the field."

Corey Coleman
WR - 5-11, 180 - Fr. - Richardson, Texas (Pearce HS)

National top 250 recruit from Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas, excelled at rusher, receiver and returner... Played under head coach Randy Robertson at PHS... Totaled 3,864 all-purpose yards and 61 touchdowns in final three prep seasons... Rated 118th overall national prospect by 247Sports.com and 232nd on Rivals250... National position rankings among receivers: No. 11 by 247Sports.com, No. 17 by ESPN.com, No. 23 by Scout.com, No. 38 by Rivals.com... Rankings among recruits in state of Texas: No. 15 by 247Sports.com, No. 15 on Austin American Statesman's Texas Fabulous 55, No. 20 on Rivals.com's Lone Star Recruiting Top 100, No. 25 by ESPN.com, No. 33 on SuperPrep's Texas 121... Also listed on Texas top 100 listings by Waco Tribune-Herald (top 30), Houston Chronicle Texas Top 100, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Fab-44 Top 100... Rated fourth-best athlete in state by Lone Star Recruiting... Listed No. 6 wide receiver in state in 2011 Postseason Dave Campbell's Texas Football... Ranked 26th best recruit on Scout.com's Midlands Top 150... Listed No. 9 on Dallas Morning News' SportsDay Dallas-Area Top 100, second among receivers... Selected to play for 2012 U.S. Under-19 National Football Team in February International Bowl (formerly Team USA vs. The World)... Named first-team 2011 All-Area by DMN SportsDay (as WR/RB/QB)... Earned 2011 first-team Class 4A All-State and District 10-4A MVP honors as wide receiver... Totaled 69 receptions for 932 yards and 11 TDs, 567 yards and 15 TDs on 84 rushes and threw for 106 yards on 5-of-6 passing as senior in 2011... Had 69 receptions for 1,003 yards and 11 TDs as well as 97 carries for 426 yards and 13 TDs as junior in 2010... Also made two interceptions at cornerback en route to 2010 All-District 10-4A honors... Totaled 707 yards and 10 TDs on 91 rushes as well as 19 receptions for 229 yards and one TD as sophomore in 2009... Earned second-team All-District 10-4A honors as sophomore.
"Corey is going to be the guy. He's a big-time player and a great young man with tremendous upside. Once he gets involved in our system, the sky's the limit and we're going there. We were very excited about him committing to us early. He fought off people and stayed loyal to Baylor. He's going to have a great career here."

Aiavion Edwards
DB - 6-0, 210 - Fr. - Stephenville, Texas (Stephenville HS)

Athletic defensive back recruit from Stephenville (Texas) High School... Played for head coach Joseph Gillespie at SHS... National position rankings among safeties: No. 22 by Scout.com, No. 31 by Rivals.com, No. 40 by 247Sports.com, No. 48 by ESPN.com... Rated among top 100 recruits in Texas by following publications: Rivals.com Texas Postseason Top 100 (No. 76), SuperPrep's Texas 121 (No. 80), Lone Star Recruiting (No. 96), Waco Tribune-Herald Top 100... Listed among Fort Worth Star-Telegram Area Top 40... Rated 51st prospect on Scout.com's Midlands Top 150...Totaled 839 yards and 10 touchdowns on 118 rushes as well as 147 yards and four TDs on 12 receptions as senior in 2011 for Stephenville squad that finished 11-3 and advanced to 4A quarterfinals... Earned 2010 second-team Class 4A All-State honors after rushing for 1,744 yards and 25 TDs as junior... Also 2010 third-team Class 4A All-State selection as kick returner... Selected 2010 District 8-4A co-MVP... Named 2009 District 8-4A Newcomer of Year as sophomore after totaling 64 tackles, one interception, two fumble recoveries and one defensive touchdown.
"We have Aiavion as a defensive back here, but he played running back in high school. He's extremely fast and physical. He was our first commitment we had last February. He stayed