With it's best recruiting class in years and quite possibly since the move to Division 1-A, the ULM Warhawks received 21 National Letter's of Intent today from student athletes across the South. WarhawkNation caught with members of the ULM coaching staff to get their thoughts on this year's class.
OL Coach Steve Farmer Talks
"Keavon Milton is a kid that caught our eye as a junior. He was an offensive tackle as a sophomore and they moved him to wide receiver his junior year when Canton went to a spread offense. It's exciting to sign a guy like Keavon because we saw him as a lineman blocking, mixing it up with defensive ends and we got a year of film of him running around catching the football. Keavon measured in around 6'4 - 6'5 on his official visit and weighed 228 pounds. According to Keavon and his coach, Missouri, Louisiana Tech, and ULM all offered him"
"The thing that was exciting to me was two weeks ago Baylor and Houston came in on him and tried to get him on official visits and he declined. Keavon will be brought in as a TE. Depending on how Mitch Doyle(leg) and Justin Waller(shoulder) recover from their injuries, he could see playing time. We will use him for sure this fall practice and see what he can do".
Daniel Hanson is a kid that was not highly recruited. He came to our camp and ran a 4.85 multiple times which unbelievable for a kid his size. In his district track meet competing in the 100 meter, he ran an 11.8 at 285 pounds and qualified for a region track meet in the 100. Hanson is a kid that is really well coached. Randy Jackson is his high school coach and Randy was a member of the 1987 National Championship team here at then NLU. Arkansas State and TCU came in on him late but he was just set on coming here".
"Coach Weatherbie did a nice job of recruiting him while he was on campus. We expect Daniel to come in and play the offensive guard position but he can also play some center. He is extremely strong, kid benches 365 pounds and will qualify for state in power lifting and have a chance at winning. I think we are getting an exceptional athlete that will become a very good player for us".
"Carl Elie is a running back from Immokalee HS in Florida. He spent some of the season banged up with an ankle sprain. Still he ran for over 1,100 yards and brings a little bit of a different running style for us. He is an every down back that you can hand the ball to in between the tackles and he will pick up 4 yards for you. He is a big kid as well. He weighed in at 194 pounds on his official visit. Carl is a guy we got on late. Todd Berry actually called us and turned us onto this kid. He is a tremendous kid, a Christian kid that is going to be a very powerful back for us. He and Frank Goodin will be great compliments to each other".
"We are extremely excited to have all three of those guys and really this whole class. I think our staff did a real good job of recruiting these kids early and getting them to camps so we could evaluate them. I think we had a couple of kids committed over the summer and that's never happened here before. Really we didn't have anyone jump ship on us and that speaks volumes for what is getting done on campus with the new buildings and facilities. People are just excited to come here".