Wednesday, February 7, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 91



National Signing Day is here

By Tom Carpenter
Daily Cougar Staff

UH head football coach Dana Dimel has something to celebrate this afternoon, and it should please the alumni who have grown impatient with the downward spiral of Cougar football.

The national Letter of Intent signing day has arrived, and Dimel will reap a bumper crop of recruits if every signature falls into place.

Head football coach Dana Dimel will receive some fresh, Texan blood during the national Letter of Intent Signing Day.

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With no scholarship quarterbacks on the team, this yearis possible recruits include quarterbacks Barrick Nealy of Dallas, Blade Bassler of Rockdale and Nick Eddy from Sacremento, Calif.

Eight of Dimelis possible recruits are rated among the top 100 football players in Texas by Lone State Recruiting. The Houston Chronicle places five of the players in their Texas top 100 list.

Cougar fans should be satisfied with Dimelis efforts to recruit from the Houston area and the state after years of watching local and state football stars sign with other schools. All of Dimelis recruits hail from Texas.

Bassler and Nealy are both ranked in the Lone State Recruiting top 100 players in the state.

While Dimel said he would prefer to recruit his players right out of high school, UH could end up with three or four prime junior college transfers.

Former top 100 Texas football players Damien West and Gerald Hanson are also poised to sign with the Cougars. The junior college transfers bring the list of potential top 100 players who could sign with UH to an even dozen.

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