Lumberjack football put the finishing touches on the 2021 signing class with 11 letters of intent on National Signing Day. The new recruiting class also holds the distinction of being the program’s first-ever signing class of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).
“I’m excited to get it behind us, excited to get inked the paper, and excited about the future with these guys,” SFA Head Coach Colby Carthel said. “It wasn’t a huge class overall, but the quality was definitely there.”
Carthel noted that this year’s class, after having landed back-to-back top five recruiting classes, was more intentional with specific needs on offense and defense. He was also appreciative of the work his staff did as well as of other people on campus.
“It’s a team effort in recruiting and there’s a bunch out there that really went above and beyond to make this class work,” he said.
Of the 11 signees, seven play on the defensive side of the ball and 10 are from Texas. In addition, multiple players held at least one offer from an Football Bowl Subdivision program.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this made the recruiting process different for the coaching staff as they had to conduct home and official visits virtually with the prospects and their families.
“I think we did a really good job of adjusting to the situation and getting all the questions answered that you can without the physical reactions due to COVID restrictions,” Carthel said.
Aside from providing depth at some positions they needed and targeted, Carthel added that he is excited about the incoming class and what they could accomplish in the next four years.
“It’ll be fun to look back and see how many wins and championships this class puts together for us out here at Homer Bryce (Stadium) and in the WAC for Lumberjacks everywhere to be proud of,” Carthel said.