Area QB, DE among 19 players inked by SAU on National Signing Day

Southern Arkansas nabbed several area players on National Football Signing Day, including quarterback Caleb Johnson of Camden Harmony Grove and defensive end Jamarion Burton of Prescott.

A successful 2023 season on the gridiron has long been put away and the attention turned to 2024 for third-year head coach Brad Smiley and his Mulerider staff who on Wednesday inked 19 new student-athletes. That total is added to three early period signees to give Smiley 22 new Muleriders that are set to bring their talents to Magnolia.

The newest class includes 11 defenders, 10 offensive players and a long snapper. Geographically, a dozen players hail from the state of Texas, seven call the Natural State home and three are from just south of the state line in Louisiana.

Athletes signed included the following:

Jamarion Burton | DE | 6-3, 220 | Prescott, Arkansas | Prescott HS

Dailon Ellis | DT | 5-11, 300 | Missouri City, Texas | Fort Bend Hightower HS

Drake Griffin | TE | 6-1, 220 | Natchitoches, Louisiana | St. Mary's HS

Colin Hitchcock | QB | 6-4, 220 | McKinney, Texas | McKinney North HS

Antonio Johnson | OL | 6-3, 265 | Garland, Texas | Lakeview Centennial HS

Caleb Johnson | QB | 5-11, 185 | Camden, Arkansas | Harmony Grove HS

Kameron Johnson | DT | 6-2, 285 | Monroe, Louisiana | Neville HS

Braxton Jones | LB | 6-1, 220 | Nacogdoches, Texas | Nacogdoches HS

Xavier "Tutt" McGolthan | CB | 5-7, 165 | Cotton Valley, Louisiana | North Webster HS

Caleb Phillips | LB | 6-3, 210 | The Woodlands, Texas | The Woodlands HS

Trystan Powell | LB | 6-1, 210 | Texarkana, Texas | Texas HS

Andrew Rogers | DT | 6-0, 265 | Nacogdoches, Texas | Nacogdoches HS

Tate Settle | OL | 6-2, 310 | Bryant, Arkansas | Bryant HS

Tyler Tates | OL | 6-4, 300 | Conroe, Texas | Conroe HS

Katrevion Thomas | ATH | 6-0, 190 | Mineral Springs, Arkansas | Mineral Springs HS

Terry Wells Jr. | WR | 6-2, 175 | Texarkana, Arkansas | Arkansas HS

Jaymon Wheeler | DE | 6-2, 220 | Texarkana, Texas | Pleasant Grove HS

Damarian Williams | DB | 5-11, 160 | Mesquite, Texas | Mesquite HS

Lawson Worthey | TE | 6-2, 220 | Greenbrier, Arkansas | Greenbrier HS

Travion Dickens | ATH | 5-10, 180 | Prescott, Arkansas | Army

Rasheen Green | WR | 6-0, 180 | Katy, Texas | Angelo State

Vernon Henderson | DE | 6-1, 285 | Dallas, Texas | Navarro College

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