answers Cougar prayers
By Christian Schmidt
Daily Cougar Staff
The UH football team signed a class of
25 recruits yesterday.
Last year's class at UH was rated as the
best in Conference USA, and this year's class will likely be top-rated
The offensive players in the class are
high school quarterback Shang Moore, running back Jackie Battle, wide receivers
Chad McCullar and RoShawn Pope and offensive
linemen Jeremy Davis and Blake Garrison; and junior college players Jon
Clark and Matt
Mattox (tight ends) and Philip Hawkins
and Josh Veal (offensive linemen).
On the defensive side of the ball are high
school players defensive linemen Matthew Bentley, L.C. Kirkpatrick, Kade
Lane, Albert Martinez,
Gerard Richard and Josh Szepieniec, cornerback
Willie Gaston and safeties Tyson Davis and Will Gulley and punter/kicker
Justin Laird; and
junior college recruits defensive linemen
Farouk Adelekan, Patrick Howard and Ryan Huffman and cornerback Delenell
"This year we focused on the beef," head
coach Dana Dimel. "We wanted to get offensive linemen, defensive linemen.
"Anybody can recruit wide receivers," he
added. "It's on the lines that you make a difference."
Heading the class is Roshawn Pope, a quarterback
from Ball High School in Galveston, whom the Cougars may move to wide receiver
cornerback. Pope had previously given
a verbal commitment to Alabama, but reconsidered and signed with UH.
"We were extremely shocked," Dimel said.
"At 7:30 (a.m.), he (Pope) hadn't made a decision. It didn't look good
But Pope did decide to sign with the Cougars,
and he has the potential to be a star for Houston.
This year's new recruits, as well as those
players who were redshirted last fall, will be crucial to the success of
the Cougars over the next