SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist football added 41 new Bison on National Signing Day Wednesday.
OBU added 24 defensive players and 17 on offense.
"We're extremely pleased with the class this year," said Head Football Coach Chris Jensen. "I think the 40 that we got today from top to bottom – I think we've taken that next step. We excelled in this class and really hit the nail on the head recruiting at some of these position groups."
On defense, OBU added eight ends, five defensive linemen, five safeties, four linebackers and three cornerbacks.
The offense added six linemen, four running backs, three quarterbacks, two wide receivers and a tight end.
Twenty of the signees are from Oklahoma, 19 come from Texas and one each from Arkansas and Missouri.
OBU landed four players from Carl Albert High School, four more from Richland High School in Texas and two from Lone Star High School.
The three quarterbacks are Jackson McFarlane from Ada and Texans Ethan McKasson from Wakeland High and Drew Trent from Richland High.
The offensive linemen include Jadon Bly (6-3, 230) from Midlothian (Texas), Zach Frazier (6-6, 315) from McKinney North (Texas), Mason Grosser (6-1, 320) from Allen (Texas), Tanner King (6-0, 260) from Hominy, Trey Marion III from (6-5, 290) from Heritage Hall and Stone Mesa (6-4, 325) from Stillwater.
"On offense, we've been trying to add depth on the offensive line," Jensen said. "Our goal since coming into Division II is to have 10 guys we feel like we can put in the game and we had not been there to this point. I think we got there today."
The four running backs to sign are Rylee Johnson from Richland, Jaylenn Lewis from Carl Albert, Chris Mehn from Langham Creek HS in Texas and Tyler Stuever from Washington.
Incoming freshmen receivers are Dylan Blair from Talihina and Kenneth Reeves II from Richland. Tyler Rhodes from Woodlands High is the lone tight end.
"I think your overall goal is to find guys that have a chance to compete immediately," said Jensen. "We had a need up front on the defensive side of the ball. We had to find guys that could compete and be program guys that will be here four or five years and we feel really good with how we did with that."
Defensive ends heading to Bison Hill are Evan Allen from Hannibal (Missouri), Mickey Bywaters from Claremore, Grant Gingrich, a home-school student who played at Destiny Christian, Jonah Lebischak from Katy (Texas), Trey Miller from Jenks, Donovan Neal from Shawnee, Trey Norris from Hobart and Ray Onyango from Lone Star.
Defensive linemen heading to OBU are Joel Buckner from Sequoyah in Tahlequah, Trey Forbes from Carl Albert, Tyler Moody from Owasso, Taurean Smith from Edmond Santa Fe, and Hunter Webb from Greenwood (Arkansas).
The five signed safeties are Preston Hampton-Kelly from Brewer (Texas), Jaron Holcomb from Garland (Texas), Will Kohman from McNeil High (Texas), Trajan Lands from Carl Albert and Matt Wagner from McKinney (Texas).
OBU added linebackers Caden Cedillo from Fossil Ridge High (Texas), Kris Greer from Crowley (Texas), Jared Spradling from Southmoore and Noah Velicer from Lone Star.
Cornerbacks joining the ranks are Zane Alexander from Carl Albert, Anthony Correia from Veterans Memorial High (Texas) and George McClendon from Richland.