Texas Wesleyan head football coach Joe Prud’homme announced on Thursday that he had signed the first four players for the revived program.
The four players, all from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, signed national letters of intent: Bailey Dozier, wide receiver from Arlington High School; Jarod Erwin, defensive end/running back from Temple Christian School in Fort Worth; Ty Lee, center from Chisolm Trail High School in Fort Worth; and Carlos Porras, wide receiver/outside linebacker from Amon Carter-Riverside High School in Fort Worth.
“This is the start of something really special,” Prud’homme said during the afternoon press conference at the Baker Building. “These guys are going to be part of the foundation that’s going to get that going.”
Prud’homme said that the players are committed to being true student athletes.
“They fit the mold of exactly what we’re looking for,” Prud’homme said. “They understand the balance, they understand of what it takes to be a Ram.”
Prud’homme also announced that the Rams will host a football combine on Sunday, May 22 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. L. D. Bell High School in Hurst is the tentative location.
Athletic Director Steve Trachier said that the beginning of the football program has been a wonderful thing to watch.
“We’ve got some great coaches,” Trachier said. “They are full of energy and to watch them interact with young people, to watch them through the film study process and to learn about the kids and their families. It’s just been a fascinating thing for me to witness.”
Temple Christian School head football coach and athletic director Steve Hohulin wrote in an email that he was very excited that Erwin signed with Texas Wesleyan.
Erwin played in the Tom Hillary DFW All-Star Classic game in December, according to the Temple Christian website.
“This has been a goal of Jarod’s for a long time,” Hohulin wrote. “To be able to see him sign for Texas Wesleyan as well as to have the opportunity to play for coach Prud’homme is very gratifying.”
Prud’homme said that these four players all have a chip on their shoulder.
“They were all overlooked a little bit, they have a burning desire to play,” Prud’homme said. “Anybody that wants to take advantage of the opportunities were presenting at this point, we want them and we want to give them that opportunity.”