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5 Bulldogs sign letters and move on at mid-term

Five members of the 2016 Navarro Bulldog football team signed letters of intent December 14 to continue their education and play at four-year institutions.

Sophomores moving on from Navarro include quarterback Devlin Isadore, running backs Maurice Gordon and Xavier Turner, wide receiver Jacob Kaspar and defensive tackle Harris Tafah.

Isadore fulfilled his oral commitment by signing with The University of North Texas.  Isadore injured a knee and missed most of his sophomore season; nevertheless, in a total of 12 games spanning two seasons here, he managed to produce quality statistics that placed him among school single-game and career record holders in eight categories.

Isadore threw for more than 325 yards in six of the final eight games he played at Navarro, including three 400-plus games.  During his 2015 season after being thrust into the starter role, he completed 54.6 percent of his passes (154-of-282) for 2173 yards and 20 touchdowns.  In 2015 against Arkansas Baptist, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and Tyler Junior College, he created the best three-game series by a Navarro quarterback, completing 59.9 percent of his passes (88-of-147) for 1192 yards and 11 scores.

Gordon, a first-team All-SWJCFC running back who led the Bulldogs in rushing, all-purpose yardage and scoring, signed with the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders of Conference USA and will enroll on the Murpheesboro campus in January.

MTSU head coach Rick Stockstill is hopeful that Gordon can fulfill the Blue Raiders’ need for immediate help at running back.  The 5-10, 200-pound product of Denton Ryan High School rushed for 903 yards and nine touchdowns and accounted for 1104 all-purpose yards during the 2016 season.

The moment we watched Maurice’s film we knew he was a special player,” Stockstill said in a release. “Strength and speed were two major priorities for our staff as we searched for a runner, and Maurice fit that mold instantly. Meeting Maurice in person is even more impressive.”

Tarleton State added running back Turner of Birdville-North Richland Hills and Kaspar at mid-term.

Turner returned for his sophomore season after sitting out 2015 and ranked second in rushing (121-741-4) and all-purpose yardage (837) on a Navarro team that finished its season ranked No. 9 in the final NJCAA poll.  He had personal single-season high rushing games in wins over Blinn (15-137-2) and Kilgore (20-118-0).

For his 18-game NC career, Turner totaled 1118 yards and scored 10 touchdowns.

Tafah, after a 31-tackle season, signed with McNeese.  Tafah, from Mansfield, totaled 82 tackles, 6 sacks, 4 tackles for loss and forced a fumble during his two-year career at NC.