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Denton Ryan celebrates one of its best classes

DENTON, Texas – Denton Ryan coach Joey Florence would have been happy with one signee. After seeing eight players sign national letters of intent Wednesday, he was beaming.

The Raiders had what Florence called “one of the best classes in a long time,” and the scholarships were proof. Led by the nation’s top-ranked player in five-star defensive end Mario Edwards, Ryan opened national signing day with a productive morning ceremony in the Ryan athletics facility.

“We’ve been fortunate at Ryan to have strong classes come through, and this is definitely one of the strongest classes,” Florence said. “It’s good and bad emotions for me: good that their getting scholarships they worked so hard to get and bad because they’re not playing for me anymore. You have mixed emotions, but you’re excited for them.”

Edwards signed with Florida State, while offensive lineman Jordan Williams and defensive end Dominique Banks signed with Missouri and Baylor, respectively. All-purpose athlete Trey Mohair signed with UTSA and will play FBS football next season, as the Roadrunners will move to the WAC.

Cornerback Cedric Harris signed with Colorado State-Pueblo, receiver Sterling Fuggett signed with Evangel (Mo.) University, and offensive lineman Tevin McCray signed with Trinity Valley Community College. Additionally, linebacker Alex De La Torre signed with Texas, and linebacker Jordan Richmond signed with Texas A&M.

De La Torre and Richmond were not in attendance Wednesday. De La Torre graduated in December and is taking classes at Texas. Richmond was in Austin preparing for the 2012 International Bowl, pitting USA’s top under-19 players against top players in the world.