McNeese picks up 22 on National Signing Day
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 05, 2014 6:17 PM
From staff reports
2014 McNEESE FOOTBALL SIGNEES
Tavarious Battiste • Defensive Back • 5-10 • 170 • Kentwood, La. • Kentwood HS
Bryan Blunt • Defensive Back • 6-2 • 201 • New Orleans, La. • McDonogh #35
Kamon Darby • Cornerback • 5-11 • 180 • Beaumont, Texas • Central HS
Demond Delahoussaye, Jr. • WR • 6-1 • 180 • Lake Charles, La. • Washington-Marion HS
Nick Fontenot • Offensive Line • 6-5 • 295 • Lake Charles, La. • Barbe HS
Andre Fuller • Defensive Back • 6-0 • 200 • Monroe, La. • Neville HS
Ashari Goins • Linebacker • 5-10 • 210 • Monroe, La. • Neville HS
Kylon Highshaw • Wide Receiver • 6-5 • 205 • Monroe, La. • Neville HS
Dominique Hill • Defensive Back • 5-10 • 180 • Mansfield, La. • Mansfield HS
Brian Hine • Defensive End • 6-1 • 235 • Austin, Texas • Regents School of Austin • Cisco JC
Nate Holmes • RB • 6-1 • 185 • Port Arthur, Texas • Memorial HS • Univ. of Arkansas
Christian Jacobs • Linebacker • 5-11 • 215 • Houston, Texas • North Shore Senior HS
Trent Manuel • Kicker • 5-11 • 165 • Orange, Texas • Little Cypress-Mauriceville HS
Derrick Milton • 6-0 • 210 • Running Back • Pineville, La. • Pineville HS • Mississippi State
Johnnie Marsaw • Defensive Line • 6-2 • 245 • Collinston, La. • Bastrop HS
Jamari Payne • Wide Receiver • 5-9 • 180 • Bastrop, La. • Bastrop HS
Tré Porter • Linebacker • 6-1 • 190 • New Orleans, La. • Warren Easton HS
Ryan Ross • Running Back • 5-9 • 205 • Richwood, Texas • Brazowood HS
Anthony Sylvester • Linebacker • 6-1 • 205 • Beaumont, Texas • Ozen HS
Landon Thomas • Offensive Line • 6-4 • 300 • Patterson, La. • Patterson HS
Joshua Washington • Defensive Back • 5-10 • 180 • League City, Texas • Clear Springs HS
Kyle Zenon • Offensive Line • 6-4 • 275 • Abbeville, La. • Vermilion Catholic HS
2014 McNEESE FOOTBALL SIGNEE BIOS
TAVARIOUS BATTISTE • DEFENSIVE BACK • 5-10 • 170 • KENTWOOD, LA. • KENTWOOD HS
rating by Rivals.com... A three-time first team all-district performer
at Kentwood High School, including all-state accolades as a junior... as
a senior, passed for 758 yards with eight touchdowns, ran for 294 yards
on 58 carries with six scores, had 181 receiving yards and two tds...
also made 47 tackles and had three interceptions... in his career, made
56 tackles and picked off 10 passes... threw for 2,100 yards and rushed
for 780... had two kickoff returns for scores... lettered four years in
football and four in track... high school coach was David Currier...
projected to major in sports management at McNeese... born Jan. 8,
1996... son of Cepressia Battiste.
BRYAN BLUNT • DEFENSIVE BACK • 6-2 • 201 • NEW ORLEANS, LA. • MCDONOGH #35
rating by 247 Sports… No. 5 ranked safety in Louisiana and 52nd
nationally by 247sports.com… first team All-State, All-Metro and
All-District… LHSCA All-Star Game participant… as a senior, recorded 97
tackles, two interceptions and scored two defensive touchdowns… blocked
four punts his senior season… played for coach Wayne Reese… lettered
four years in football, three in track and two in basketball… born April
21, 1995… son of Melissa Blunt.
KAMON DARBY • CORNERBACK • 5-11 • 180 • BEAUMONT, TEXAS • CENTRAL HS
performer at Central High School for coach Toby Foreman... rushed for
483 yards and four TDs as a senior along with 11 catches for 288 yards
and two scores... will play in the defensive backfield for the
Cowboys... 2013 Academic All-State second team honors... A-B honor roll
all four years of high school... lettered three years in football and
four in track... 2011 district triple jump champion and 2013 district
400-meter champ... plans on majoring in mechanical engineering at
McNeese... Sept. 7, 1995... son of Christopher and Roshell Darby.
DEMOND DELAHOUSSAYE • WR • 6-1 • 180 • LAKE CHARLES, LA. • WASHINGTON-MARION HS
of the top receivers in the state of Louisiana in 2013… two-time
All-State honors and three-time All-District and All-Southwest
Louisiana… senior season, made 64 catches for 1,371 yards and nine
touchdowns… carried the ball 38 times for 353 yards… his career numbers
include 93 catches for 2,121 yards and 17 TDs along with 44 carries for
379 yards rushing… averaged 22.8 yards per catch in his career… played
for Freddie Harrison at Washington-Marion High School… born Jan. 24,
1996… son of Demond Delahoussay, Sr. and RoKeshia Guillory.
NICK FONTENOT • OFFENSIVE LINE • 6-5 • 295 • LAKE CHARLES, LA. • BARBE HS
a senior at Barbe High School... earned first team District 3-5A
honors, All-SWLA Big Schools team, first team All-Louisiana by the
Louisiana Football Magazine, and honorable mention Class 5A All-State
honors by the LSWA... 2013 LHSAA Academic All-State... junior season,
starter in all games and helped lead the Bucs to the Class 5A state
championship game as well as a district championship... carries a 3.55
grade point average... two year starter and lettered four years... plans
to major in business at McNeese... son of Kirk and Angie Fontenot.
ANDRE FULLER • DEFENSIVE BACK • 6-0 • 200 • MONROE, LA. • NEVILLE HS
rating by Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports... Louisiana Football Coaches
Association All-Star Game participant... District Co-Offensive MVP at
Neville High School in 2013 where he completed 70 of 105 passes for
1,250 yards and 13 touchdowns with zero interceptions and rushed for 550
yards and six scores... earned 2013 first team all-state honors as an
athlete as well as first team All-NELA and all-district honors at
quarterback... earned honorable mention all-state honors as a return
specialist and QB this past season and all-parish honors at QB... as a
junior, earned all-district and all-NELA honors as a wide receiver...
had one kickoff return and turned it into a 76 yard touchdown... will
play in the defensive backfield for the Cowboys... played three years of
baseball at pitcher and in the outfield... an honor roll student all
four years and has a 3.5 grade point average... projected to major in
criminal justice at McNeese... born Nov. 11, 1995... son of D’ne and
ASHARI GOINS • LINEBACKER • 5-10 • 210 • MONROE, LA. • NEVILLE HS
Football Coaches Association All-Star Game participant... as a senior,
earned first team all-state honors by the LSWA and second team honors by
the LFCA... first team All-Northeast and All-Ouachita Parish...
All-Northeast Louisiana Defensive MVP... All-Ouachita Parish Defensive
MVP... 2-4A 1st team All-District... District 2-4A Defensive MVP... made
131 tackles as a senior, 80 solo, with two sacks, 19 tackles for a
loss, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries... as a junior
earned first team all-state honors by both the LSWA and LFCA, first team
All-Northeast, All-Ouachita Parish, All-District 2-4A, and District
2-4A Defensive MVP... for his career, made 331 tackles, had seven sacks,
44 tackles for a loss, forced six fumbles, recovered eight fumbles and
intercepted four passes... coached by Mickey McCarty... projected major
at McNeese is Kinesiology... born April 7, 1996... son of Shandra Goins.
KYLON HIGHSHAW • WIDE RECEIVER • 6-5 • 205 • MONROE, LA. • NEVILLE HS
team all-district wide receiver in 2013 at Neville HS for coach Mickey
McCarty... earned second team All-Ouachita Parish, All-Northeast,
All-State by the LFCA and honorable mention all-state honors by the
LSWA... caught 20 passes for 415 yards and four touchdowns and averaged
20.8 yards per catch this past season... as a junior, earned
all-district honors at tight end and made 13 catches for 197 yards and
two scores and averaged 15.2 yards per catch... honor roll student who
also lettered in basketball... projected to major in sports management
at McNeese... born March 22, 1996... son of Kelvin Highshaw, Sr. and
DOMINIQUE HILL • DEFENSIVE BACK • 5-10 • 180 • MANSFIELD, LA. • MANSFIELD HS
rating by 247 Sports… first team All-District honors as a quarterback
and defensive back at Mansfield High School... earned All-Area honors as
a punt returner and honorable mention All-State honors as a DB...
missed half of his senior season due to injury... as a junior, threw for
over 1,000 yards and 18 touchdowns with just three interceptions...
returned five punts for touchdowns... a star on the basketball court
where he earned second team all-district honors as a shooting guard...
member of the Principal’s List and the National Honor Society... earned
his high school diploma in December and signed with the Cowboys shortly
after... projected to major in athletic training at McNeese... born Feb.
17, 1996... son of Chris Hill and Michelle Hall... father is former LSU
standout tight end Chris Hill.
BRIAN HINE • DL • 6-1 • 235 • AUSTIN, TEXAS • REGENTS SCHOOL OF AUSTIN • CISCO JC
CISCO JC: Combined to record over 140 tackles and 12 sacks in two seasons at Cisco Junior College while playing linebacker.
SCHOOL: School record holder with over 350 career tackles at Regents
School of Austin for coach Beck Brydon… first team All-State and
All-CenTex as a junior and senior… team won the state championship his
senior season with a 13-1 record in the Texas Association of Private and
Parochial Schools (TAPPS) league… plans to major in exercise science at
McNeese… born June 1, 1993… son of Peter and Mary Hine.
NATE HOLMES • RB • 6-1 • 185 • PORT ARTHUR, TEXAS • MEMORIAL HS • UNIV. OF ARKANSAS
OF ARKANSAS: played two seasons for the Razorbacks. He played in four
games this past season and rushed the ball six times for 17 yards. In
his freshman season, he appeared in nine games and rushed three times
for 10 yards, returned two kickoffs for 38 yards and 11 punts for 70
yards. His punt average of 6.36 yards per return ranked 10th in the
HIGH SCHOOL: 3-star rating by Rivals, Scout, and 247 Sports...
considered one of the fastest athletes in the state of Texas, Holmes was
ranked as the No. 37 athlete in the country by247Sports.com. A standout
running back and receiver, Holmes helped the Titans make the longest
playoff run in school history in 2011 as the program made an appearance
in the state semifinals and finished with a 13-2 record. As a senior, he
carried the ball 156 times for 1,382 yards and 15 touchdowns while also
recording eight receptions for 186 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Holmes had a great junior season despite missing three games due to
injury. He lined up at running back where he rushed for 845 yards with
an average of 7.7 yards per carry and wide receiver where he had more
than 200 receiving yards. He has posted a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash and
held the Memorial High School record in the 100-meter dash at 10.82
seconds and the triple jump with a mark of 47 feet, 3.5 inches.
CHRISTIAN JACOBS • LINEBACKER • 5-11 • 215 • HOUSTON, TEXAS • NORTH SHORE SENIOR HS
linebacker at North Shore HS where he was named the District 21-5A MVP
this past season... selected to play in the Texas High School All-Star
Game... Showcase LB MVP... 21-5A honorable mention honors as a junior...
recorded 115 tackles as a senior to go along with two sacks and two
interceptions... recorded 220 total tackles in his career with 15.5
tackles for a loss and three interceptions... played for coach David
Aymond at North Shore... expected to major in accounting at McNeese...
born Feb. 6, 1996... son of Daphne Jacobs.
TRENT MANUEL • KICKER • 5-11 • 165 • ORANGE, TEXAS • LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE HS
20-ranked kicker in the nation by Chris Sailer… first team
All-District, All-Orange County and All-Orange Leader as a senior… was a
perfect 24 for 24 in extra points and hit 8 of 10 field goals in 2013…
had 12 touchbacks… for his career, made 44 of 46 extra points and 13 of
17 field goals for coach Randy Crouch at Little Cypress-Mauriceville…
honor roll student… a member of the track team and participated in the
regional meet as a member of his team’s 4x200 meter relay squad…
expected to major in mechanical engineering at McNeese… born June 12,
1995… son of Ty and Beth Manuel.
JOHNNIE MARSAW • DEFENSIVE LINE • 6-2 • 245 • COLLINSTON, LA. • BASTROP HS
rating by 247 Sports… No. 51 rated player in Louisiana… tirst team
All-District his senior season following second team honors as a junior
and sophomore at Bastrop High School for coach Thomas Bachman… recorded
48 total tackles with two sacks and seven tackles for a loss… multi-year
honor roll student… projected to major in Computer Science at McNeese…
born June 18, 1996… son of Jimmy and Surleaner Seay.
DERRICK MILTON • 6-0 • 210 • RUNNING BACK • PINEVILLE, LA. • PINEVILLE HS • MISSISSIPPI STATE
STATE: played two seasons with the Bulldogs and played in a total of
22 games… carried the ball 47 times for 234 yards with four touchdowns
during his stint… best season came during his redshirt freshman campaign
in 2010 when he rushed 34 times for 165 yards and a couple of scores.
SCHOOL: 3-star rating by Rivals, Scout, and 247 Sports… physical
running back from the Louisiana prep ranks who played his senior high
school season at Hargrave, Va., Military Academy for first-year coach
Troy Davis . . . rushed for 740 yards on just 43 carries with 10
touchdowns . . . played three varsity seasons at Pineville High School
where he compiled almost 4,500 rushing yards . . . rushed for 1,800
yards with 15 touchdowns as a junior . . . earned Louisiana Sports
Writers Association First-Team All-State honors . . . also tabbed
All-Central Louisiana . . . ran for 1,227 yards and 10 touchdowns as a
JAMARI PAYNE • WIDE RECEIVER • 5-9 • 180 • BASTROP, LA. • BASTROP HS
team All-State and All-District as well we named the district’s Co-MVP
his senior season… as a senior, caught 83 passes for 1,311 yards and 14
touchdowns… averaged 15.8 yards per catch… returned eight kickoffs for
11 yards and a 13.9 average and nine punts for 163 yards for an 18.1
average… lettered three years in football and three in track… caught 29
passes for 475 yards and six touchdowns his junior season… career
receiving numbers comprise of 142 catches for 2,348 yards, 24 touchdowns
and a 16.5 yards per catch average… as a sophomore in track, finish
third in the state as a member of the 4x200 meter relay team… plans on
majoring in Sports Medicine at McNeese… born May 4, 1996… son of Doug
and Kanesha Payne.
TRÉ PORTER • LINEBACKER • 6-1 • 190 • NEW ORLEANS, LA. • WARREN EASTON HS
first team All-District honors as both a linebacker and a safety at
Warren Easton High School... as a senior, recorded 92 tackles and had 12
tackles for a loss... one interception, four forced fumbles, two fumble
recoveries, and a defensive touchdown... a four-year starter... honor
roll student... plans to major in Mass Communication at McNeese... born
Sept. 25, 1996... son of Troy Porter, Sr. and Jennifer Howard.
RYAN ROSS • RUNNING BACK • 5-9 • 205 • RICHWOOD, TEXAS • BRAZOWOOD HS
league’s Most Outstanding Athlete as well as earning All-District and
All-County honors at Brazowood High School... as a senior, rushed for
903 yards on 131 carries and scored 11 touchdowns... averaged 6.9 yards
per carry... carried the ball 130 times for 732 yards and 11 TDs as a
junior to go along with 11 catches for 74 yards... sophomore year,
rushed for 308 yards and two scores and made 12 catches for 189 yards
and a touchdown... born Oct. 20, 1995... son of Randy and Yolanda Ross.
ANTHONY SYLVESTER • LINEBACKER • 6-1 • 205 • BEAUMONT, TEXAS • OZEN HS
All-District linebacker at Ozen High School... two-time Southeast Texas
Super Gold Team... racked up 305 total tackles in his career with 25
tackles for a loss, 5 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries, and three
blocked field goals... an all-district performer in track where he threw
the shot put and discus... plans to major in Business Accounting at
McNeese... born Nov. 30 1995... son of Shanell Williams.
LANDON THOMAS • OFFENSIVE LINE • 6-4 • 305 • PATTERSON, LA. • PATTERSON HS
team All-District honors as a senior offensive lineman at Patterson
High School for coach Tommy Minton… All-State honors by the LHSCA… a
two-year starter who played both the offensive and defensive line
positions… recorded 47 pancake blocks… team won district title his
senior year… honor roll student and a member of the Principal’s List…
plans to major in Engineering at McNeese… born Nov. 20, 1995… son of
Eric Thomas and Tara Lathrop.
JOSHUA WASHINGTON • DEFENSIVE BACK • 5-10 • 180 • LEAGUE CITY, TEXAS • CLEAR SPRINGS HS
defensive back who excelled on the football field and in track... as a
senior, recorded 67 tackles and had two interceptions... added four pass
breakups, two tackles for a loss and a fumble recovery... returned 12
kicks for 257 yards... district champion and a regional finalist in the
100-meters in track... played for coach Frank Maldonaldo at Clear
Springs High School... expected to major in Computer Science at
McNeese... born May 17, 1996... son of Kelvin and Laurie Washington.
KYLE ZENON • OFFENSIVE LINE • 6-4 • 275 • ABBEVILLE, LA. • VERMILION CATHOLIC HS
2013, earned first team All-District, All-Parish, All-State and
All-Acadiana honors while helping his team to the state championship...
played both the offensive and defensive line positions for coach Russell
Kuhns at Vermilion Catholic... earned first team all-district honors as
a sophomore and junior and second team all-state honors as an offensive
lineman as a junior... recipient of the Father Donald Theriot Athlete
of the Year Award... standout on the track as well... 2013 state
champion in the shot put and discus and runner up in the javelin...
Eagle of the Month all four years for academics... plans to major in
Agribusiness at McNeese... born Feb. 19, 1995... son of Chad and Penny