Blinn College celebrates 14 signees


Blinn College (Brenham, Texas) had 14 players sign national letters of intent to four-year programs Wednesday, according to a campus release. Twelve of the 14 signed with FBS programs.

Of the 14 players, four were junior college All-Americans. Running back Marion Grice (Aldine, Texas/Nimitz) signed with Arizona State, offensive lineman Armondo Alvarez (Houston, Texas/North Shore) signed with UTSA, defensive tackle John Gandy (Cypress, Texas/Cy-Ridge) signed with Arkansas State, and defensive back Jeremy Baltazar (Mansfield, Texas/Timberview) signed with Minnesota.

Offensively, Grice, 6 foot and 215 pounds, had a Southwest Junior College Football Conference-leading 1,052 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. Alvarez, 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, was a major contributor for an offense that averaged 513 yards per game, which ranked second in the nation among jucos.

Defensively, Gandy, 6-foot-1 and 245 pounds, had 31 tackles and three sacks at the tackle spot. Baltazar recorded 32 tackles and intercepted two passes as a cornerback.

Gandy will be joined at Arkansas State by the highly touted defensive duo of linebacker Eddie Porter (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands College Park) and defensive end Ishmail Hayes (Houston, Texas/Jeff Davis). Porter, 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds, had 65 tackles and four sacks on the 2011 season. Hayes, 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds, had 15 tackles, including four for a loss.

Other Blinn signees include offensive linemen Chris Grishby (Oklahoma State) and Xavier Ruben (Tarleton State); receivers Saqwan Edwards (New Mexico) and Xavier Maxwell (Houston); defensive tackle Ken Smith (Marshall); and defensive backs Anthony Watson (Memphis), Maurice Poullard (UTSA) and Nahshon Davis (Lamar).