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Jackets In College: Darius Lightfoot, Murray State University

Murray State University Announces Signings

Sports Information Department
Murray State University
February 6, 2009
Updated: Friday, April 14, 2017, 9:37 p.m.

Darren Baker, 6-4, 275, OL, Tampa, Fla. (Hillsborough)
Played for coach Earl Garcia at Hillsborough High School...earned first-team all-county honors from
the St. Petersburg Times...third-team all-state selection as a senior.

Hillsborough High School Head Coach Earl Garcia :
“Darren is very coachable and is a strong run blocker.”

Randell Bell, 5-11, 215, RB, Union City, Ga. (Butler County Community College)
Played two season’s for coach Troy Morrell at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan...helped
the Grizzlies capture back-to-back NJCAA National Championships...earned second-team all-
conference honors after rushing for 1,108 yards and 13 touchdowns on 211 carries as a sophomore...
also caught eight passes for 77 yards...carried the ball 22 times for 83 yards and a pair of scores in
the victory over Snow College in the National Championship game...named MVP of championship
game...registered a season-high 169 yards in the victory over Fort Scott...toted the pigskin 72 times
for 428 yards and four scores as a freshman...helped lead Roosevelt High School to Region 6
championship in 2005...earned North Side Player of the Year accolades after rushing for 1,748 yards
and 24 scores.

Butler County Community College Head Coach Troy Morrell:
“Randell is a very physical downhill runner that can also make a defender miss in the hole. He rushed
for over 1,000 yards in helping lead us to the National Championship.”

Chuck Brooks, 6-5, 220, TE, Maplewood, Mo. (Maplewood Richmond Heights)
Played one season for coach David Harris at Maplewood Richmond Heights High School...helped lead
the Blue Devils to a 13-1 record and a spot in the state semifinals...garnered first-team all-state and
all-conference honors.

Maplewood Richmond Heights High School Head Coach David Harris:
“Chuck only played football for one season and has great hands and speed. He has the ability to go
vertical down the field as a wide receiver, but can block like a tight end.”

Raquan Durrante, 6-1, 185, CB, Ft. Campbell, Ky. (Ft. Campbell)
Played four years for coach Shawn Berner at Ft. Campbell High School...helped the Falcons claim
back-to-back state championships...two-time first-team all-West Kentucky Conference, Ky. New Era
and Leaf Chronicle selection...garnered second-team all-state accolades as a senior...younger
brother of current Racer corner Dexter Durrante.

Ft. Campbell High School Head Coach Shawn Berner:
“Raquan is a very smart, coachable player. He will be able to help Murray State tremendously.”

Jacob Goodman, 6-6, 290, OL, Hickman, Ky. (Fulton County)
Played for coach James Bridges at Fulton County High School...two-time all-West Kentucky
Conference selection...named Lineman of the Year as a junior and senior...graded out at 98-percent
as a senior after grading out at 90-percent his junior season...voted team’s most improved as a
sophomore.

Fulton County High School Head Coach James Bridges:
“Jacob is very athletic for a big man. He is a very good pass blocker.”

Darius Lightfoot, 5-11, 215, LB, Fruitland Park, Fla. (Leesburg)
Played for coach Charles Nassar at Leesburg High School...earned second-team all-state
honors as a senior.

Leesburg High School Head Coach Charles Nassar:
“Darius is one of the best players in Florida that nobody knows about.”


Tarvis Milam, 6-3, 210, QB, Memphis, Tenn. (Frayser)
Played for coach Greg Howard at Frayser High School...earned District 8-3A honors after passing for
1,027 yards and 12 touchdowns..tossed for 1,273 yards and 13 scores as a junior...

Frayser High School Head Coach Greg Howard:
“Tarvis is a young man who can be a great contributor. He has leadership skills that a quarterback
must have to lead a team.”

Mark Ornella, 6-3, 215, OLB/DE, Cincinnati, Ohio. (Colerain)
Played for coach Tom Bolden at Colerain High School...helped Cardinals compile a three-year record
of 36-4 and three conference championships...three-time academic all-conference selection...younger
brother of Racer offensive lineman Eric Ornella.

Colerain Head Coach Tom Bolden
“Mark is a very physical, tough, aggressive run stopper who has a high motor and runs hard to the
ball.”

Blake Salter, 5-11, 205, LB/S, Florence, Ala. (Florence)
Played for coach Alvin Briggs at Florence High School...earned honorable mention all-area honors as
a senior after posting 96 tackles, six tackles-for-loss and four forced fumbles...named the defensive
MVP as a junior and senior...voted the special teams MVP as a sophomore...named to the all-region
team as a junior in helping team to regional championship.

Florence High School Head Coach Alvin Briggs:
“Blake is one of the hardest working linebackers I have seen in a long time. He is a tremendous leader
and leads by example.”

Robert White, 5-8, 180, LB/S, Hoover, Ala. (Hoover)
Played his senior season for coach Josh Niblett at Hoover High School...helped team to a 13-2 record
and state runner-up finish...posted 100 tackles, 10 tackles-for-loss, six sacks, six quarterback
pressures and two pass break-ups...finished in the top 10 in sacks in the Alabama...helped Bucs post
24-4 record as a sophomore and junior under coach Rush Propst...received the Swarm Award after
registering 92 tackles as a junior...recorded 75 stops as a sophomore



This article was provided by Gerald Lacey
Gerald Lacey is the senior sports writer covering Leesburg High School Sports for the Carver Heights
Quarterback Club. You can reach him at:
geraldlacey@leesburgyellowjacketsfootball.com
Leesburg High School Yellow Jackets Football
Carver Heights Quarterback Club, Leesburg High School, Leesburg, Florida
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