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Wayland Baptist Pioneers announce initial list of signees

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The process of signing football recruits for the Wayland Baptist Pioneers will prove to be more of a marathon than a sprint.

The much-anticipated national signing day for high school players to announce their choice of colleges with pen and paper is today, and the Pioneers had 17 players make it official during the annual signing day ritual.

Wayland's recruits list is heavy with linemen, addressing the Pioneers' biggest need last season when the program fielded its first team in 72 years. Of today's 17 recruits, 11 are either offensive or defensive linemen.

WBU's recruits list also has a strong Lubbock flavor as six signees hail from the Hub City. Five of those played at Lubbock Cooper High School.

Wayland head coach Butch Henderson said he's excited about the signees.

"We have some really good kids," Henderson said. "We have some really good athletes we were able to get hold of."
 
Henderson thanked not only his coaching staff for its hard work in the recruiting process, but also Wayland graduates and others for pointing potential players toward the Pioneers.
 
"We've had Wayland alumni and pastors helping us find kids and find good matches," he said. "That's been neat to see."

While happy with the program's initial haul of recruits, Henderson stressed that the majority of signees for the Pioneers will commit in the coming weeks.

"We look for the bulk of ours to be over an extended period," Henderson explained.
 
The coach said he looks to bring in about 75 new players to the Pioneer program.
 
"That's what we're hoping for before we get through," Henderson said. "We'll continue to build out and bring in kids. We have two coming in to visit this weekend, and we'll continue to recruit probably through the end of school…for sure the next month."
 
Henderson said he doesn't want to rush the signing process and would rather future players be completely comfortable with their decision to attend Wayland. That means bringing them on campus to experience everything WBU has to offer, including a less-than-one-year-old residence hall for football players as well as a field house that's being completely renovated.
 
"We'd rather the kids take time to see the campus and meet the folks here," Henderson said.
 

2013 WBU Football Signees

     

Name

Position

Town

School

HT.

WT.

John McGuire

DL

Bryson, TX

Bryson

6'3"

300

William Simonton

WR

Lubbock, TX

Cooper

5'8"

160

Grant Savage

DB

Lubbock, TX

Cooper

6'1"

170

Jacob King

OL

Plainview, TX

Plainview

6'2"

270

Cody Skains

OL

Brownwood, TX

Brownwood

6'3"

280

J.T. Torres

K

Bushland, TX

Bushland

5'8"

180

Matthew Blevins

OL

Santa Fe, TX

Santa Fe

6'4"

300

Byron Lara

OL

Lubbock, TX

Cooper

6'1"

310

Branson Reese

DB

Lubbock, TX

Cooper

5'10"

170

Chandler Layer

OL

Rowlett, TX

Rowlett

6'

260

Kevin Hobbs

OL

Brownwood, TX

Brownwood

6'3"

290

Derek Schaefer

DL

Cisco, TX

Cisco

6'4"

210

Jesse Perez

DB

Lubbock, TX

Monterey

5'10"

180

Derick Spargo

OL

Idalou, TX

Idalou

6'

270

Austin Ross

DL

Lubbock, TX

Cooper

6'

280

Xavier Dixon

DB

Amarillo, TX

Palo Duro

6'

170

Luke Simmons

OL

Bridgeport, TX

Bridgeport

6'3

300

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