JOPLIN -- Missouri Southern football coach Daryl Daye has announced the addition of six more newcomers to his 2012 recruiting class. The list of athletes include four Division I athletes and two junior college transfers.
Travis Hurd is a 5-8, 180 pound running back that transfers to Southern from Division I University of Rhode Island. A first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association pick as a true freshman, Hurd was URI's leading rusher last year as a sophomore. As a freshman, he led the CAA in kickoff return yardage (26.2), and was named the CAA Special Teams Player of the Week after rushing for 20 yards on seven carries and returning a kick for a 75-yard touchdown against Delaware.
As a sophomore last season, Hurd played in eight games, rushing for 433 yards on 111 carries. He averaged 3.9 yards per carry and had three touchdowns. A 2009 graduate of Cheshire Academy, he served as the team captain during his senior season. He rushed for 1,120 yards that year, and also hauled in 420 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns, earning All-New England honors. Travis is the son of Sandra and William Hurd.
Brennan Nora is a 6-5, 250 pound defensive lineman that transfers to Southern from Division I Nicholls State. A native of Destrehan, Louisiana, Nora started in 11 games as a true freshman at Nicholls in 2009. That season he had 12 tackles, seven solo, including 2.5 for a loss of ten yards. He will be a junior at Southern after sitting out the past two seasons.
In high school, Nora helped Destrehan High School to back-to-back state championships. He was part of one of the best defensive lines in the state, helping the team to a 29-0 record over two seasons and played in the Bayou Bowl as a senior. He recorded 63 tackles that season with nine coming for a loss and eight sacks. The son of Brennan and Patrice Nora, Brennan is an education major at Southern.
Eric Dago is a 6-3, 236 pound defensive lineman that transfers to Southern from Division I University of Utah. He is also the older brother of incoming freshman Gino Dago. Dago redshirted at Utah and will have two seasons left of eligibility at Southern.
A native of Houston, Dago prepped at Westside High School where he was a four-year starter. He was an All-District selection and labeled as one of the Houston Area Top 100 players, while being named the team captain and Defensive MVP. As a senior, he recorded 73 tackles, seven sacks and added a fumble recovery. He is the son of Cris Orzabal and Deadra Dago Orzabal and is undecided on his major at Southern.
Daryl Thomas is a 6-0, 187 pound linebacker that transfers to Southern from Ridgewater Community College. A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Thomas played the past two seasons at RCC where he was an All-Conference pick as a linebacker his freshman season and was named first-team All-Conference this past season as a defensive back. He recorded 75 tackles and added four interceptions.
Thomas prepped at Wolfson High School in Jacksonville where he was a two year starter and also was on the track and field team. As a senior, he led the team with 90 tackles and was named the Defensive MVP. He also was a two-time state qualifier in the 4x100m relay. The son of Fertanzy Brown and Latonya Thomas, Thomas plans to major in physical therapy at Southern.
Trevante' Ebron is a 5-10, 156 pound athlete that was an All-Conference pick on both sides of the ball in high school, but will most likely play as a defensive back at Southern. Ebron transfers to Southern from Cisco Junior College, but he played just one season there and will have three years of eligibility remaining at Southern.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Ebron played at Lincoln High School where he was an All-Area running back his senior season. That season, he was an All-District selection, as well. As a junior, he recorded over 100 tackles, with four interceptions and seven forced fumbles at Thomas Jefferson High School, en route to an All-District selection in that season, as well. The son of Thearon Ebron and Shelondria Gay, Trevante' plans to major in sociology at Southern.
Devon Dace is a 5-11, 190 pound defensive back that transfers to Southern from Division I University of Rhode Island. Dace was a college teammate with incoming transfer Travis Hurd. At Rhode Island, Dace was a three-year starter for the Rams before injuring his shoulder early in his senior season. He received a medical hardship and will have one year of eligibility for the Lions.
Dace played in six games as a junior, recording 15 tackles, nine solo. In his career at URI, he played in 19 games with 41 tackles, 25 solo and 2.5 tackles for a loss of 11 yards. He added one interception and two passes broken up.
A native of St. Louis, Mo., Dace prepped at Webster Groves High School where he played four years of football, track and basketball. As a senior, he hauled in 31 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns. He was an All-Metro and All-Conference pick, while also returning five punts for 66 yards and 16 tackles (11 solo) and an interception. In track and field, Dace was a member of a state finalist 4x400m relay team.
After graduation, Dace attended Salisbury Prep School in Connecticut, before moving on to Rhode Island. He is the son of Shawn and Stephanie Dace.
"This group of individuals shows the hard work my assistant coaches have put forth in finding the best possible players for our program," Daye said. "Each one of these players is very talented and has a good shot of helping us right away. It just proves that a good coach doesn't stop recruiting on signing day and can go out and find players of this level this late in the process."