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Charlie Weatherbie certainly addressed the
team's needs.  He signed five defensive
backs, five wide receivers and four defensive
linemen among the 27 newcomers to the program.
"I believe that this is the best class we've had
since we've been here," the seventh-year coach
said at the signing day banquet.
ULM went hard
in the state of Texas, where it signed 11
players. It also inked six from Mississippi and
five from Louisiana.  The thing that stands
out most is that the group overall is very
athletic and features a lot of speed.  How
many will contribute in 2009 remains to be seen,
but overall, it is a solid class with talent on
both sides of the ball.
Top Recruits:  
LB Antonio Hoskins—An original Mississippi
State signee, Hoskins (6-0, 208) should provide
immediate help.
S Cameron Blakes—The 6-2, 205-pounder was an
outstanding high school linebacker, but he could
push for immediate playing time at safety.
DE Quantez Hunter—ULM needs help up front,
and the City College of San Francisco transfer
should provide immediate help.
WR Cordario Calvin—The Delta State Community
College transfer will provide immediate help and
experience at the position. He ranked in the top
30 in the JUCO ranks in receptions and
touchdowns last season.
Notes, Quotes
• ULM lost senior quarterback Kinsmon
Lancaster, who threw for more than 2,000 yards,
18 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. He
also rushed for more than 600 yards and four
• RB
Frank Goodin had a solid sophomore season,
rushing for almost 800 yards and five
• ULM returns one of the top
linebackers in the Sun Belt in senior
Cardia Jackson, who had a team-high 127
tackles, including eight for losses and four
sacks last season.
Quote To Note:   "I really believe
this has the opportunity to be as good a
recruiting class as we have had since we've been
here. The proof will be in the pudding when the
players get here, but based on what we have seen
on film and in person, we believe that we have a
great group of young men."—ULM coach Charlie
Strategy And Personnel
Spring Ahead:   The Warhawks go into
spring practice having to replace three-year
starting quarterback Kinsmon Lancaster. Junior
Trey Revell is one of the leading
candidates, along with SMU transfer
Zach Rhodes to place Lancaster, but there
are certainly question marks at the position.
Incoming freshman
Kolton Browning from Mabank, Texas, could be
in the mix. ULM returns a lot of talent on both
sides of the ball, but it must improve up front
defensively if it is going to be in the upper
echelon in the Sun Belt.
Pro Potential:  
TE Zeek Zacharie—He has good size and caught
46 passes with four touchdowns in 2008. He'll
likely have to make a roster as a free agent.
Roster Report:  
• WR Marty Humphrey (broken fibula)
missed the last three games of the season, but
will return to the program as a graduate
• DB
James Truxillo (knee) missed the last 10
• DE
Alaric Coleman (back) missed the last 10