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 December 19, 2012

Six members of the 2012 Salt City Bowl champion Hutchinson Community College football team have signed letters of intent with Bowl Championship Subdivision schools during the early signing period.

Several other players are still undecided where they will play next season.

The following is a breakdown of who has signed so far during the early signing period.

Michael Mesh – University of Kansas
After a record-setting career with the Blue Dragons, Michael Mesh will look to shore up the placekicking duties for the Kansas Jayhawks next season.
The strong-legged 5-foot-10, 191-pound kicker from Hutchinson Trinity Catholic High School becomes the first Blue Dragon to sign with the Jayhawks since Brian Roulhac in 2005.
Mesh was a second-team NJCAA All-American this season.
Mesh became the only kicker in Blue Dragon history to score 100 points in a season, scoring 101 this season and setting numerous Blue Dragon kicking records. Mesh converted 63 of 69 extra points and booted 12 of 15 field goals this season. The 101 points are 12th most overall and most by a Blue Dragon kicker.
His 12 field goals are the second most ever made by a kicker in a single season. Mesh tied a team record when he kicked a 47-yard field goal in the 2012 Region VI Championship game.
Mesh had five games of 10 or more points in a game, including a Blue Dragon record 16 points (7 of 7 on extra points, 3 of 3 on field goals) in the season opener against Coffeyville on Aug. 25.
Mesh owns the following HCC records: Most points by a kicker (186), most extra points (136), most field goals (16) and most kickoffs (194). The 186 points tie Mack Herron for second place on the career scoring list.

Kenny Flowers – Texas A&M
Linebacker Kenny Flowers was a staple for the Blue Dragon defense in 2012. He led the team in tackles and was named the Salt City Bowl Defensive Most Valuable Player.
A 6-foot-2, 228-pound linebacker from Lilburn, Ga., is the first Blue Dragon to sign with Texas A&M since full records were kept following the 1994 season.
Flowers, an honorable mention all-Jayhawk Conference selection, led the Blue Dragons in 2012 with 106 total tackles (38 unassisted), nine tackles for loss and a quarterback sack. Flowers also accounted for five quarterback hurries, four passes broken up, one quarterback sack, a forced fumble, two fumble returns – one for a 50-yard touchdown – and a safety.
Flowers had 10 or more tackles five times this season, including a career-best 15 tackles against Coffeyville in the Region VI Semifinals on Nov. 4 at Gowans Stadium.

DeVondre Campbell – University of Texas
Once injuries started to deplete the Blue Dragon defense, DeVondre Campbell showed his versatility by playing both linebacker and defensive end.
A 6-foot-5, 224-pound linebacker from Fort Myers, Fla., Campbell is the first Blue Dragon to sign with the Texas Longhorns since full signing records were kept after the 1994 season.
Campbell was second on the team in tackles with 88 (22 unassisted). He had 8.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 quarterback sacks. Campbell had four quarterback hurries, three passes broken up, one interception and a forced fumble.
Campbell had a career-high 17 tackles against No. 6 Navarro College.
He was also a main go-to guy on special teams, converting five fake punts into first downs this season.

Devonte Danzey – Auburn University
Perhaps the most improved of any of the Blue Dragon offensive linemen, Devonte Danzey helped pave the way for one of the most prolific offenses in team history in 2012.
A 6-3, 303-pound redshirt freshmen from Fort Myers, Fla., Danzey is the first Blue Dragon to sign with Auburn since quarterback Chris Todd in 2008.
Danzey was a starting offensive tackle for a Blue Dragon offense that scored the second-most points in team history and three times broke the 700-yard mark for total offense, including 724 yards against Air Force Prep.
Danzey blocked for Terrell Lane, who broke both the Blue Dragons’ single-game rushing record (308 yards) and single-season rushing record (1,632 yards).

Demetrius Alston – University of Cincinnati
Demetrius Alston saw his season come to an end in Week 2 when late in the third quarter he suffered a season-ending injury.
In the six-plus quarters he played, Alston was a stellar defensive end. He had eight tackles, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry.
Alston, a 6-4, 261-pound defensive end from Norcross, Ga., is the first Blue Dragon to sign with the Bearcats since Mario Monds in 1997.

Prince Holloway – University of Arizona
Holloway was another player who saw his season cut short because of injuries, playing in just two games.
A 5-10, 165-pound speedy receiver/athlete is the first Blue Dragon to sign with the Wildcats since All-American offensive lineman Kevin Barry in 1998.

There are still 15 Blue Dragons who have yet to decide where they will play next season. If they don’t sign in the early signing period, college football’s national letter of intent day is Feb. 6.

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