Bluejays ink 26 football players


As of this weekend, 17 high school seniors and nine college transfers have signed letters of intent to play football at Tabor College, according to head coach Mike Gottsch, in his second year.

?It?s nice to have a full year in here with my staff,? Gottsch said. ?Last year I just got here and only had a couple of leads when I walked in the door.?

Recruiting trips to California, Mississippi and Texas allowed the coaching staff to get their foot in the door at several successful high schools and junior colleges.

?Our goal was to bring in transfers for the spring to help us in areas where we were thin and inexperienced,? Gottsch said. ?Offensive and defensive linemen are our high priority needs.?

In addition to out-of-state players, Gottsch will be adding more home-grown talent.

?We believe there is plenty of great talent in-state who would love to be playing at a decidedly Christian College,? Gottsch said. ?We will continue to recruit area talent hard.

?In addition, our staff is anxiously waiting to hear from many standout athletes where Tabor is still in the picture when it comes to making their decision.

?It?s also good to hear from former Bluejays who are now in the coaching profession who have helped us find the right kind of players. We hope to sign a few of these players as well.?

With the addition of nine tranfers, Gottsch expects a much more competitive spring camp.

?Last season we had 37 players participating in spring ball, this spring we anticipate 52 at camp,? Gottsch said.

?I am very excited about our returners and the renewed attitudes that they possess. They are all very determined and will continue to improve their strength and conditioning daily as we approach spring camp.?

Returning Bluejays have put last year?s 1-9 season behind them, he added.

?Our players are focused on the task at hand,? he said. ?Making sure each workout is as productive as possible, taking it day by day, is our players? goal. So it is for our coaches?making it a productive recruiting day, taking it day by day?is our staff?s goal.?

Recruiting the right type of players to Tabor College is an all-school effort, he added.

?The admissions staff has done a tremendous job in assisting our coaches with this entire process and they need to be commended for their hard work and effort,? Gottsch said. ?We are thankful as coaches to have this team mentality with admissions, as we all work together to bring in quality student athletes.?

Bluejay signees

Following are the Tabor College signees who have turned in their biographical information.

High school seniors

  • Chase Knighton, Athens (Texas) High School, was a first-team all-Henderson County quarterback. He led Athens to its first playoff game in 11 years.

  • Don Lee O?Hair, Calallen (Texas) High School, is a left guard and defensive tackle and an academic all-state first team player

  • Alvin Miller Jr., Largo High School, Clearwater, Fla., a defensive lineman, played in the state semifinals this fall as his team finished with a 13-1 record.

  • Leland Booher, Celina (Texas) High School, plays linebacker, defensive end and tight end. His high school team finished the season 16-0.

  • Chris Roddy, Hendrickson High School, Pflugerville, Texas, is a defensive back and wide receiver who accumulated 76 receptions for 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns during his prep career. He also had 80 tackles.

  • Brian Stone, Westmoore High School in Oklahoma City, Okla., is a three-year letter winner who plays both defensive back positions as well as wide receiver. His high school accumulated a 28-7 over the past three years.


  • Conrad Waters will transfer from Oklahoma Panhandle State University. The Oklahoma City native won the Jim Thorpe All-Star award in high school as a guard. He was also named District 5-A ?Lineman of the Year.?

  • Phillip E. Garcia, Okla?homa City, a transfer from Oklahoma Panhandle State University.

  • Drew Little, Weldon, Calif., is transfering from Bakersfield (Calif.) College, who finished with a 12-1 record. Little plays the offensive line with experience at center.

  • Derek Washington, Spanish Camp, Texas, is transferring from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark. Washington earned all-state honors in high school and plays at both the running back and the wide receiver positions. In high school, he also made back-to-back state appearances in the 4×100 and 4×200 meter relays.

  • Mario Wokocha, Youngstown, Ohio, is transferring from Oklahoma Panhandle State University. A free safety, Wokocha will arrive on campus next fall.


HHS standout Brown signs with Tabor

Hillsboro High School standout Spencer Brown signed a letter of intent Monday to play football at Tabor College this fall. Brown was a unanimous pick by Mid-Central Activities Association coaches as a defensive back and made the first team at quarterback after leading the Trojans to a 6-5 record and a bi-district championship this fall. At quarterback, Brown rushed for 879 yards on 102 carries for an average gain of 8.6 yards. He threw for 989 yards and eight touchdowns with 49 percent accuracy (55-113). Seated with him are his mother, Denise, and younger brother Jesse. Behind them are (from left) Mike Gottsch, Tabor head coach, Greg Brown, Spencer?s father, and Len Coryea, HHS head coach.

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