ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State welcomed 33 new players into the program on Wednesday as a part of its 2022 class on national signing day.
The Reddies brought in a strong contingent of homegrown talent and signed 13 players from inside the state of Arkansas, including three from Arkadelphia High School. The class also features 13 players from the football-rich state of Texas, five from Louisiana and two from Oklahoma.
The talent was spread fairly evenly along both sides of the ball, as 17 signees will play defense during their time in Arkadelphia and 16 will be on offense. The defensive secondary had the most additions with nine total signees, while the defensive line added eight, the receiving corps brought in six and the offensive line had five. The Reddies also added three running backs, a tight end and a quarterback on Wednesday.
“I’m very pleased with the quality of the class we’ve put together this cycle,” head coach Scott Maxfield said. “Our coaches did a great job of identifying talented, hard-nosed young men who will fit into the winning culture we’ve established here. The number one trait we always look for in recruiting is a love of football. If you love the game, you’re willing to work to be great. That’s what we believe we’ve found with these 33 signees. I’d like to thank our staff for their efforts in assembling this group. We can’t wait to get them on campus and get them started in our program.”
2022 Henderson State Signing Class
Braden Arnold | WR | 6-3 | 190 lbs. | Bauxite HS | Bauxite, Ark. | Highlights
A two-time First Team 4A-4 All-Conference receiver for Bauxite High School … Made 30 receptions for 481 yards and six touchdowns in seven games as a senior in 2021 … Caught 34 passes for 734 yards and seven scores as a junior … Hauled in seven passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns on senior night against Arkadelphia … Was featured as an “Under the Radar Prospect” for the state of Arkansas by WholeHogSports … Also ran track at Bauxite and has run a 4.4 40-yard dash.
Davon Bacon | DB | 5-10 | 170 lbs. | Atascocita HS | Houston, Texas | Highlights
Standout in the secondary for Atascocita High School … Helped Atascocita reach the 6A District 1 Texas State Quarterfinals … Also received an offer from East Texas Baptist.
Braylon Bailey | DB | 5-10 | 183 lbs. | Arkadelphia HS | Arkadelphia, Ark. | Highlights
Versatile play-maker for Arkadelphia High School … Spent time at receiver, running back and defensive back at the high school level … Helped lead the Badgers to a 10-4 record as a senior in 2021 and a berth in the 4A state semifinals … Was a member of Arkadelphia’s 2018 4A State Championship team.
Jacovey Barker | DE | 6-2 | 212 lbs. | Camden-Fairview HS | Camden, Ark. | Highlights
Selected to the 2022 All-Star Football Team and was also named All-Conference … All-State selection in 5A South … Was the state’s leader in sacks, breaking the Camden-Fairview school record with 19 sacks … Had 61 solo tackles and 26 tackles for loss this past season at Camden-Fairview.
Ty Berry | DB | 5-11 | 165 lbs. | Klein Collins HS | Spring, Texas | Highlights
Rated a three-star defensive back coming out of high school … Runs a 4.5 40-yard dash and has a 36 inch vertical … Helped his team to an undefeated league record as Klein Collins finished first in the district … Ended the season ranked in the Top-20 in 6A in Texas … Received several offers, including Sul Ross State.
Kendrick Bradley | RB | 5-10 | 175 lbs. | Klein Forest HS | Houston, Texas | Highlights
A three-time First Team All-District selection for Klein Forest High School in Houston … Named a 2021 finalist for Houston Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Year … Carried 180 times for 1652 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground as a senior in 2021 … Finished his high school career with 2679 rushing yards and 30 scores … Also had offers from Angelo State and Texas-Permian Basin.
Jamarion Citizen | DL | 6-2 | 240 lbs. | Church Point HS | Church Point, La. | Highlights
Two-time First Team All-District defensive lineman out of Church Point, Louisiana … Recorded 75 total tackles, 46 solo stops and three sacks … Helped lead Church Point High School to a 13-1 record this fall and a trip to the 3A state semifinals … Selected to play in the I-10 Bowl All-Star Game in December.
Drew Damper | RB | 5-8 | 165 lbs. | Grand Prairie HS | Arlington, Texas | Highlights
Registered 1228 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns his final year in 2021 … Averaged 111.6 yards per game as a senior … Voted as one of the top Texas high school running backs in 2022 by lonestarpreps.rivals.com.
Jaishon Davis | RB/DE | 6-2 | 220 lbs. | Arkadelphia HS | Arkadelphia, Ark. | Highlights
The 2021 4A Offensive Player of the Year in Arkansas … Carried for 1548 yards on the ground and finished second among all high school players in the state with 32 rushing touchdowns and 37 total scores … Fourth in Arkansas with 2039 total offensive yards … Also played linebacker for the Badgers … Helped lead Arkadelphia to a 10-4 record and a trip to the 4A state semifinals … Scored five touchdowns in the Badgers’ opening round playoff game against Clinton … Finished his high school career with over 3800 yards of offense and 70 touchdowns … Rated as an 84 overall 3-star prospect by 247sports and the No. 17 player in the state of Arkansas … Had multiple Division I offers including Ole Miss, Kansas, Arkansas State, SMU, Middle Tennessee State, Louisiana-Monroe and New Mexico.
Jody Easter | DB | 6-0 | 183 lbs. | McGehee HS | McGehee, Ark. | Highlights
A three-time All-State selection and the 2021 3A Defensive Player of the Year in Arkansas … Selected to the 2022 East All-Star team by the Arkansas High School Coaches Association … Starred on offense, defense and special teams for McGehee High School … Made 64 tackles and eight pass breakups this fall … Ran for over 1300 yards on the ground and averaged over 16 yards per carry … Recorded three punt return touchdowns and three kickoff return touchdowns on special teams … Led McGehee to a 13-1 record and unbeaten 7-0 conference mark … Started every high school game since his sophomore season … Had 313 all-purpose yards for the Owls in the 2020 3A State Championship game as a junior … Had Division I offers from Middle Tennessee State, UAB and Georgetown.
Chris Galdamez | OG | 6-3 | 310 lbs. | Rogers HS | Rogers, Ark. | Highlights
First Team 7A All-Conference honoree on the line for Rogers High School … Helped lead the Mounties to a 9-3 record and an opening round win in the 7A playoffs … Graded out at 80% for the season … Recorded 66 knockdown blocks … Started the final 44 games of his high school career.
Truman Goodwin | DE | 6-3 | 230 lbs. | Tomball Christian HS | Spring, Texas | Highlights
A 2021 Padilla Poll Coaches Second Team All-State selection for Tomball Christian in Spring, Texas … Ranked as the No. 8 defensive end in Texas Private School Football (TXPS) and the No. 84 prospect overall … Recorded 20 sacks as a senior this fall … Also had offers from Ouachita Baptist and East Central.
Jamonte Gordon-West | QB | 6-2 | 185 lbs. | Crandall HS | Forney, Texas | Highlights
Accounted for 3000 all-purpose yards and 31 total touchdowns as a senior at Crandall High School in Forney, Texas … Rated a 3-star dual-threat quarterback by QB Hit List … Voted as one of the top Texas high school quarterbacks in 2022 by lonestarpreps.rivals.com … Received an offer from Southern Nazarene, among others.
Gavin Guthrie | LB/DE | 6-2 | 195 lbs. | Alvin HS | Alvin, Texas | Highlights
A Unanimous First Team All-District 23-6A and Padilla Poll 6A Second Team All-State outside linebacker for Alvin High School in Alvin, Texas … Recorded 110 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, eight quarterback hurries, four sacks, five forced fumbles, three pass breakups and an interception in 10 games as a senior in 2021 … Also received Academic All-State recognition.
Nate Hankins | DB | 5-9 | 160 lbs. | Eaton HS | Haslet, Texas | Highlights
Helped his team to an 8-3 overall record and a 5-1 district record, finishing second in the 4-6A standings … Received an offer from Texas Lutheran and Southern Nazarene.
Jordan Harrison | DL | 6-3 | 270 lbs. | Maumelle HS | Maumelle, Ark.| Highlights
Played basketball and football for Maumelle High School … Reached the 5A Central Playoffs this past season … Received several offers, including one from Bethel University.
Caleb Hudson | DE | 6-1 | 250 lbs. | Atascocita HS | Humble, Texas | Highlights
Played at the varsity level for all four years at Atascocita High School … His senior season, helped his team to the 6A D1 Texas State Quarterfinals.
Keondre Johns | DB | 6-2 | 175 lbs. | Muskogee HS | Muskogee, Okla. | Highlights
Named to the All-District team in 6A as a senior… Registered 28 solo tackles, one interception and three tackles for loss his final year … Runs a 4.36 40-yard dash, making him one of the fastest players in this year’s recruiting class … Received offers from Missouri Southern State and East Central, among others.
AJ Jordan | WR | 5-10 | 165 lbs. | McGehee HS | McGehee, Ark. | Highlights
A 2021 3A-6 All-State selection at receiver for McGehee High School … Was named to the 2022 East All-Star team by the Arkansas High School Coaches Association … Helped lead the Owls to a 13-1 record and a perfect 7-0 mark in conference play this fall … Also played a key role on McGehee’s 2020 3A State Runner-Up team as a junior … Earned First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-State honors in 2020.
Jonathan Jordan | DB | 6-3 | 185 lbs. | Edna Karr HS | New Orleans, La. | Highlights
Played wide receiver and defensive back at Edna Karr High School … Helped lead his team to an 11-1 record and first place mark in 4A District 10.
Richard Killian | DL | 6-4 | 260 lbs. | West Monroe HS | Mangham, La. | Highlights
Helped lead West Monroe High School to an 8-4 record and first place in 5A District 2 … Won two games in the 5A Playoffs this season … Received an offer from Northeastern State.
Alex Loy | WR | 6-0 | 175 lbs. | Arkadelphia HS | Arkadelphia, Ark. | Highlights
Sure-handed receiver for Arkadelphia High School … Was a 4A-7 All-State selection as a senior in 2021 … Led all 4A receivers with 1010 yards and was second among all high school players in the state of Arkansas with 18 receiving touchdowns in 2021 … Served as the top receiving option for the Badger offense which finished third in Arkansas with 3623 passing yards this season … Helped lead Arkadelphia to a 10-4 record and the 4A state semifinals.
Paul Manning | DB | 6-1 | 185 lbs. | West Monroe HS | West Monroe, Louisiana | Highlights
Had five interceptions his senior season … Ran a 4.48 40-yard dash … Received offers from Southern Arkansas and Arkansas Tech, among others … Played basketball and football for West Monroe High School.
Carter Martin | WR | 6-0 | 165 lbs. | Malvern HS | Malvern, Ark. | Highlights
Standout for Malvern High School … Caught 28 passes for 539 yards and five touchdowns as a senior for the Leopards and led them to a six-win season … Also starred on defense, where he made 45 tackles and had a 69-yard interception return for a score against Nashville.
JaQwon Reed | DL | 6-2 | 270 lbs. | Edna HS | Edna, Texas | Highlights
Named 2021 First-Team All-Area via the Victoria Advocate … Won the 2022 Dream All-American Leadership award … Received offers form East Texas Baptist and Northwestern Oklahoma State, among others.
Win Robinson | OT | 6-5 | 315 lbs. | North Caddo HS | Vivian, La. | Highlights
A LHSAA 2A All-District and Second Team 2A All-State selection up front for North Caddo High School in Vivian, Louisiana … Helped lead the Titans to a 10-3 record and the third round of the state playoffs … Recorded 28 knockdown blocks as a senior and the offensive line captain … Participated in the LHSCA East-West All-Star game … Also played baseball for North Caddo.
Avion Simon | OT | 6-5 | 340 lbs. | McAlester HS | McAlester, Oklahoma | Highlight
The 5A-3 offensive lineman of the year in Oklahoma … Started 26 consecutive games for McAlester High School … Allowed zero sacks and made 45 pancake blocks this fall … Named a First Team All-District and All-Area selection … State Runner-Up in 5A during his senior season … Member of the National Honor Society in Oklahoma.
Jaxon Smith | DB | 6-0 | 160 lbs. | Cypress Ranch HS | Cypress, Texas | Highlights
2021 Second-Team All-District and Academic All-District honoree in 16-6A … Held a 3.96 GPA in high school … Has been clocked at a 4.6 40-yard dash.
Ja’Varian Stewart | WR | 5-11 | 165 lbs. | Cypress Woods HS | Houston, Texas | Highlights
Second Team All-District receiver and kick returner for Cypress Woods High School in Houston … Caught 44 passes for 618 yards and four touchdowns this fall … Also recorded 338 kick return yards and averaged 28.2 yards per return … Returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown against Cypress Ranch.
Caleb Stroud | OT | 6-7 | 330 lbs. | Maumelle HS | Mayflower, Ark. | Highlights
Big-framed offensive guard from Maumelle … Graded out at 89% for his senior season … Recorded 30 pancakes and 25 knockdown blocks … Helped lead the Hornets to a 5A state playoff appearance in both 2020 and 2021 … One of 23 Arkansas High School players selected to the 501 Team by 501 Life magazine in 2021 … Started the final 23 games of his high school career … Also received interest from Arkansas Tech, Missouri Southern, Southwest Baptist, Pittsburg State, Ouachita Baptist and Southern Arkansas.
Devin Walter | OG | 6-0 | 290 lbs. | El Dorado HS | El Dorado, Ark. | Highlights
A Second Team All-Arkansas Preps selection by the Democrat-Gazette on the offensive line for El Dorado High School … Named a 6A East All-Conference honoree … Helped lead the Wildcats to an 11-2 season and the 2021 6A state title this fall as a senior … Named the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation’s Player of the Game in the 6A State Championship win … Graded out at 95% during his senior year and allowed just one sack all season.
Sam Wisener | TE/LS | 6-4 | 225 lbs. | Marcus HS | Flower Mound, Texas | Highlights
Runs a 4.8 40-yard dash … Served as both a tight end and long snapper for Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas … Caught five passes for 91 yards as a senior in 2021 … Helped lead the Marauders to an 8-3 record and 6-1 mark in district play.
Jacaylon Zachery | WR | 5-9 | 163 lbs. | Prescott HS | Prescott, Ark. | Highlights
Registered 1735 all-purpose yards his senior season at Prescott High School … Helped lead the Curley Wolves to the 2021 3A State Championship game in Little Rock and a 13-1 record … Runs a 4.49 40-yard dash … Named to the All-State and All-District team his final season … Played basketball, football, baseball and track in high school.