2022 ULM Football Recruiting Class: Early Signees Announced



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(December 2021 Signees)
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (Preview School)
Tristan Driggers S 6-2 205 Hallsville, Texas (Kilgore College)
Tylan Glass S 6-1 200 Louisville, Miss. (Jones College)
Zarian McGill OL 6-2 307 Taylorsville, Miss. (Jones College)
Bralen Taylor DE 6-9 239 Cuero, Texas (Butler Community College)
Kyre’ Williams S 5-11 196 Akron, Ohio (Iowa Western Community College)

ULM HEAD COACH BOWDEN OVERVIEW OF EARLY PERIOD SIGNEES:
“We’re really excited about the five recruits that signed National Letters of Intent today. We were able to address some immediate needs on defense, in particular, at the safety positions as well as defensive end. We also added a versatile offensive lineman.
 
“Obviously, we’ll continue to target specific positions through the transfer portal. The ULM Football brand is stronger than ever on the recruiting trail, and we continue to build upon the momentum generated from what we were able to accomplish in this first season.”
 
 
Tristan Driggers
S | 6-2 | 205
Hallsville, Texas | Kilgore College
Coach Willie Gooden
 
JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Ranked among the nation’s Top 10 JUCO safeties, according to ESPN (No. 8) . . . two-year starter (spring 2021 and fall 2021) for Coach Willie Gooden at Kilgore (Texas) College . . . two-time All-Southwestern Junior College Football Conference honorable mention . . . started 10 games in 2021; led the Rangers in tackles for loss (13 for 33 yards) and pass break-ups (6) . . . ranked among the SWJCFC Top 10 in both tackles for loss and pass break-ups (tied for eighth in both categories) . . . finished fifth on the team with 44 tackles (37 solos, 7 assists) . . . made six tackles (5 solos, 1 assists) vs. Snow, including two behind the line of scrimmage (4 yards) . . . posted five stops, including a career-best 3.5 for losses, and two pass break-ups vs. Navarro . . . recorded a career-high 11 tackles (10 solos, 1 assist), including two resulting in losses of 5 yards, at New Mexico Military Institute . . . credited with two pass break-ups each at Blinn and vs. Tyler . . . helped lead the Rangers to a 7-1 record during the COVID-abbreviated eight-game schedule in the spring of 2021 . . . ranked second on the team in tackles for loss (5 for 11 yards) and third in total tackles with 47 (32 solos, 15 assists); also credited with three pass break-ups . . . produced a season-high eight tackles in the spring finale vs. Trinity Valley . . . contributed seven stops vs. Cisco . . . registered six tackles (5 solos, 1 assist), including one for a 1-yard loss, and two pass break-ups at Tyler . . . delivered six solo hits at Navarro, including one for a 4-yard loss, and returned his first career interception for 38 yards . . . tallied six tackles (5 solos, 1 assist), including one for a 2-yard loss, and one pass break-up at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M . . . had six stops (4 solos, 2 assists), including two in the backfield (4 yards), and a pass break-up in the spring opener vs. Blinn . . . his two-year JC totals included 91 total tackles, including 18 for losses, nine pass break-ups and one interception . . . redshirted in 2019 . . . HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS AND PERSONAL DATA: Three-year starter at multiple positions for Hallsville (Texas High School) where he played one season for Coach David Plunk and his last two years for Coach Joe Drennon . . . named Texas Sports Writers Association Class 5A All-State Football Team at multiple positions as a senior in 2018: first-team punt returner and second-team running back as well as honorable mention defensive back, kick and punter . . . selected to The Associated Press Sports Editors Class 5A All-State Second-Team defense as a senior in 2018 . . . earned All-East Texas First-Team honors after averaging 43.0 yards on 22 punts as a senior . . . garnered All-District 9-5A Division II First-Team honors as a punt returner in 2018 . . . also named KTAL Friday Night Blitz Player of the Year as a senior . . . recorded 71 tackles and four interceptions in 2018 . . . ranked as the Bobcats’ second-leading rusher with 321 yards (44 carries; 7.3 yards per carry) and four rushing touchdowns as a senior . . . hit 6-of-9 field-goal attempts, including a season-long 42-yarder, and 30-of-35 extra-point attempts in 2018; 20 of his kickoffs also resulted in touchbacks . . . accounted for 34 of Hallsville’s 40 points in a 40-30 win vs. Jacksonville: scored three rushing TDs; returned a punt 54 yards for a score; added two fourth-quarter field goals (29 and 27 yards) and four extra points . . . selected Week 3 Player of the Week by The Marshall News Messenger for his performance vs. Bullard: rushed for 102 yards and three TDs; added 41 receiving yards including a TD reception; returned a punt 35 yards for a score; and accounted for two takeaways with an interception and fumble recovery . . . ran 12 times for 90 yards vs. Kilgore and his 64-yard interception return set up a fourth-quarter TD . . . named District 16-5A Defensive Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore in 2016 . . . plans to major in business.
 
BOWDEN ON DRIGGERS:
“Tristan Driggers is a hard-hitting safety, who loves contact. Tristan is a solid all-around athlete, who is capable of playing multiple positions in the secondary. He even has experience as a kicker and punter.”
 
 
Tylan Glass
S | 6-1 | 200
Louisville, Miss. | Jones College
Coach Steve Buckley
 
JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Two-year starter at safety for Coach Steve Buckley at Jones College in Ellisville, Mississippi . . . produced a career-best 49 tackles (19 solos, 30 assists), with 5.0 resulting in losses (15 yards) including 1.5 sacks (8 yards), in 2021 while helping the Bobcats to an 8-2 record, MACCC South Division Championship and No. 9 national ranking . . . also forced two fumbles . . . played a key role in a defensive backfield that led the NJCAA in interceptions (22) in 2021 . . . tallied a season-high 10 tackles (5 solos, 5 assists) and forced a fumble vs. Northwest . . . registered seven stops at Pearl River . . . intercepted the first pass of his career vs. Southwest and returned it 35 yards late in the second quarter . . . contributed seven tackles at Itawamba, including a 5-yard sack . . . started in all five games during the COVID-shortened 2020 season . . . led all defensive backs with 32 tackles (13 solos, 19 assists) . . .also credited with two pass break-ups and blocked two kicks . . . made seven stops (5 solos, 2 assists) at Gulf Coast . . . posted a career-high 13 tackles vs. Pearl River . . . his two-year totals at Jones College included 81 career tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, one interception, three pass break-ups and two blocked kicks . . . two-time Academic All-MACCC selection and two-time member of Jones College Academic Honor Roll . . . HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS AND PERSONAL DATA: Selected to participate in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Classic (North roster) . . . two-year starter at safety and wide receiver for Coach James Courtney at Nanih Waiya High School in Louisville, Mississippi, helping the Warriors win two Class 1A Championships . . . named Mississippi Association of Coaches All-State First-Team linebacker as a senior in 2019 after recording a career-high 110 tackles (23 solos, 87 assists), with 11 resulting in losses including two sacks . . . his senior totals included two interceptions, four fumble recovers, one forced fumble and one blocked punt . . . posted double-figure tackles in four games: career-high 17 stops in the 2019 season opener vs. West Lauderdale, 13 vs. French Camp Academy (interception) and 10 each vs. Union and Hamilton . . . delivered at least one tackle for loss in eight games . . . also led the Warriors in receptions (32), receiving yards (586), yards per catch (18.3 avg.) and touchdown receptions (7) in 2019 . . . caught at least one TD pass in five games . . . accounted for 899 all-purpose yards and 12 total TDs as a senior, scoring in five different ways (7 receptions, 2 rushing, 1 kickoff return, 1 interception return and 1 fumble return) . . . scored on a 17-yard grab in the first quarter of the 2019 Class 1A Championship Game and produced eight tackles (4 solos, 4 assists), including 1.5 for losses (3 yards) . . . had three catches for 83 yards and two scores vs. Baldwyn . . . scored on a 37-yard run vs. Coldwater . . . returned a fumble 39 yards for a TD vs. Smithville . . . scored on a 99-yard kickoff return vs. Vardaman . . . returned an interception 35 yards for a TD vs. Bruce . . . caught three passes for 96 yards and two scores vs. West Lowndes . . . registered a career-best three tackles for loss vs. Tupelo Christian . . . set career highs with five receptions for 132 yards vs. Union, including a career-long 75-yard bomb for a TD . . . saw action in only three games as a junior in 2018; sidelined for 13 games with a broken ankle . . . tallied 28 tackles, including a 5-yard sack, and an interception as a sophomore in 2017; rushed 26 times for 209 yards (8.0 avg.) and four TDs . . . played his best all-around game of the 2017 season vs. Ethel, posting seven tackles, including one for a loss, and gaining 57 yards on seven carries with two rushing TDs . . . three-sport athlete also lettered in baseball and basketball . . . born Sept. 23, 2001 . . . son of Tommy and Latonya Glass . . . cousin Lakevias Daniel is a defensive back at Southern Miss.
 
BOWDEN ON GLASS:
“Tylan Glass in a long, rangy safety, who can play multiple positions in the secondary. Tylan gained a lot of playing experience in junior college. He’s a good athlete, who was a two-way player in high school. We believe Tylan has tremendous upside.”
 
 
Zarian McGill
OL | 6-2 | 307
Taylorsville, Miss. | Jones College
Coach Steve Buckley
 
JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Two-year starter at safety for Coach Steve Buckley at Jones College in Ellisville, Mississippi . . . named to NJCAA All-Region 23 Team in 2021 while helping the Bobcats to an 8-2 record, MACCC South Division Championship and No. 9 national ranking . . . two-time All-MACCC selection (2021: first team; 2020: second team) . . . anchored an offensive line that helped the Bobcats rank among the NJCAA Division Top 20 in four different statistical categories: fifth in rushing yards (220.6 per game), tied for seventh in rushing touchdowns (25), 15th in total offense (400.6 ypg.) and 16th in scoring offense (31.5 points pg.) . . . Jones College recorded six 200-yard rushing games, including a season-best 326 yards vs. Northeast Mississippi; and averaged more than 6.0 yards per rushing attempt in five contests . . . started all five games during the COVID-shortened 2021 spring season . . . graded out a season-high 85 percent vs. Hinds . . . Bobcats posted consecutive 200-yard rushing games while recording back-to-back wins over Southwest Mississippi (249 yards and 4 rushing TDs) and Peal River (221 yards and 4 rushing TDs) . . . Jones College amassed a season-best 553 yards total offense and six TDs vs. Southwest Mississippi . . . earned a spot on the Faculty List (3.0-3.49 grade-point average) . . . HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS AND PERSONAL DATA: Selected to participate in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Classic (South roster) . . . two-year starter for Coach Mitch Evans at Taylorsville (Miss.) High School . . . helped the Tartars to three consecutive 15-1 seasons from 2017-19, including two Class 2A Championships (2017 and 2019) . . . two-time Mississippi Association of Coaches All-State First-Team offensive lineman . . . two-way player contributed on both the offensive and defensive lines . . . anchored an offensive line that helped Taylorsville average 438.9 total yards and 37.3 points per game in 2019; the Tartars scored 81 offensive TDs . . . paced the defensive line and finished third on the team in tackles with 54 (40 solos, 14 assists) . . . led the Tartars in tackles for loss (8.5), including 4.5 sacks (23 yards) . . . helped pave the way for the Taylorsville offense that rushed for 235 yards and scored six rushing TDs in its 49-18 win over Northside in the 2019 Class 2A Championship Game; also made an impact on the defensive side of the ball, recording five tackles including 1.5 sacks for 14 yards . . . delivered seven solo hits vs. Philadelphia, including a sack . . . produced a season-high three tackles for loss vs. Heidelberg . . . tallied seven tackles vs. Jefferson Davis County . . . posted a career-best eight tackles vs. Raleigh, including two behind the line of scrimmage . . . again played a key role on the offensive line as a junior in 2018 as Taylorsville averaged 416.4 total yards and 33.5 points per game . . . recorded a career-best four tackles for loss vs. Seminary in 2018 . . . averaged 4.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game as a senior on the Tartars’ basketball team . . . scored in double figures three times, including a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds (9 offensive boards) vs. Puckett . . . born Sept. 20, 2002 . . . son of Denise Haynes and James McGill . . . has six siblings . . . cousin, Dominique Sullivan, played wide receiver at Southern Miss (2011-13).
 
BOWDEN ON MCGILL:
“Zarian McGill is going to be a great addition to our O-line meeting room. Zarian is an athletic lineman, who can play all three of the interior positions. It’s always nice to add another player from right down the road in Mississippi.”
 
 
Bralen Taylor
DE | 6-9 | 239
Cuero, Texas | Butler Community College
Coach Tim Schaffner
 
JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Earned All-Kansas Jayhawk Conference honorable mention as a sophomore at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas, where he played for Coach Tim Schaffner . . . appeared in seven games in 2021 and produced 15 tackles (10 solos, 5 assists) . . . ranked second on the team in tackles for loss (8 for 29 yards) . . . recorded a 10-yard sack in the season finale at Garden City . . . posted a season-high four tackles vs. McDougle Technical Institute, including two for losses (6 yards) . . . contributed three stops at Highland, including a season-best 2.5 for losses (6 yards) . . . tallied three solo hits at Hutchinson, including one for a 4-yard loss . . . BAYLOR HIGHLIGHTS: Saw action in four games (vs. SFA, UTSA, at Rice and vs. Florida State) in 2019 . . . credited with three tackles (1 solo, 2 assists) . . . made two tackles vs. UTSA, including a half sack for a 1-yard loss . . . had a solo stop vs. SFA in the 2019 season opener . . . redshirted in 2018; made appearances vs. Oklahoma State and at No. 22 Iowa State . . . HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS AND PERSONAL DATA: Originally signed a National Letter of Intent with Baylor, coming out of Cuero (Texas) High School where he played for Coach Travis Reeve . . . rated among the nation’s top tight ends by ESPN (No. 12), 247Sports (No. 28) and Rivals (No. 37) . . . named to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Texas Top 300 . . . ranked among the state’s Top 100 seniors by ESPN (No. 77) and Rivals (No. 87) . . . two-time All-District 15-4A Division II selection at wide receiver (2016-17) . . . named to the Texas Sports Writers Association Class 4A All-State Third Team at tight end as a senior . . . had 32 receptions for 612 yards (19.1 avg.) and six touchdowns as a senior while helping the Gobblers to a 12-1 record in 2017 and a trip to the state quarterfinals . . . also scored two rushing TDs in 2017 . . . caught 18 passes for 377 yards (20.9 avg.) and four scores as a junior while the Gobblers went 13-1 in 2016 . . . rushed for 545 yards and 10 TDs as a junior . . . threw three career TD passes . . . also competed in basketball and track and field for the Gobblers . . . son of Kelly Taylor and Mitch Denley.
 
BOWDEN ON TAYLOR:
“When you watch the Butler Community College film, you see right away that Bralen Taylor is a special player. He’s a great athlete, who has the length and speed to develop into a playmaker at our Bandit end position.”

Kyre’ Williams
S |5-11 | 196
Akron, Ohio | Iowa Western Community College
Coach Scott Strohmeier
 
JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Two-year starter for Coach Scott Strohmeier at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa . . . has helped the Reivers to a combined record of 17-1 over the last two seasons; Iowa Western plays New Mexico Military Institute for the NJCAA Championship on Friday, Dec. 17 . . . key figure for a unit that ranked among the NJCAA leaders in scoring defense (third at 14.0 points per game), rushing defense (sixth at 79.9 yards per game), interceptions (tied for sixth with 17) and total defense (seventh at 251.7 ypg.) . . . has recorded 16 tackles (10 solos, 6 assists) and three pass break-ups as a red-shirt freshman in 2021 . . . recorded a career-high six tackles vs. Snow College in semifinals; blocked an extra-point attempt in the fourth quarter to keep score tied at 23-all (Iowa Western won in overtime, 30-29) … tallied two pass break-ups at Iowa Central . . . posted three stops, including a half tackle for loss (1 yards), recovered a fumble and broke up a pass in the 2021 season opener at Dodge City . . . started seven games during the COVID-shortened 2021 spring schedule and produced 13 tackles (6 solos, 7 assists) . . . Iowa Western was listed among the NJCAA Top 5 in four different statistical categories: second in scoring defense (8.9 ppg.), rushing defense (50.4 ypg.) and total defense (151.3 ypg.); and tied for third in interceptions (12) . . . contributed three tackles each at Arkansas Baptist and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M . . . intercepted a pass vs. Ellsworth . . . HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Three-year starter at quarterback for Coach Marques Hayes at East High School in Akron, Ohio . . . led the Dragons to a combined record of 25-10 (.714), including two City Series (Postseason) Championships and two Division III playoff appearances . . . named 2018 Northeast Inland All-District Division III Offensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2018 . . . selected for the 2018 Greater Akron All-Star Team by the Akron Beacon Journal . . . completed 70-of-116 passes (.603) for 1,103 yards and 15 touchdowns during the 2018 regular season . . . rushed 122 times for 1,260 yards (10.3 avg.) and 11 TDs as a senior . . . gained 106 yards on 14 carries vs. Lake Catholic . . . ran 16 times for 148 yards vs. North Canton Hoover . . . ran for three TDs and threw 13 yards for another score in a 39-28 win over Chardon in the Division III, Region 9 quarterfinals; also caught a 2-point pass . . . earned all-district honorable mention after leading East (8-4, 6-0 league) to the 2016 City Series Championship – its first title since 1975 . . . accounted for 224 all-purpose yards and four TDs in 2016 . . . also recorded 44 tackles and 11 pass break-ups as a sophomore. 
  
BOWDEN ON WILLIAMS:
“Kyre’ Williams is a very physical safety, who has the ability to play in the middle of the field as well as make plays from sideline to sideline. He’s a very competitive and instinctive player. Kyre’ has the ability to play man-to-man as well as zone. His style of play is very similar to Keilos Swinney – a jack-of-all-trades safety. As a former high school quarterback, he has a high football IQ.”

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