Center of attention: Cedar Hill center Josh Allen was originally committed to Minnesota and ranks as the No. 22 player at his position according to Scout.com. Allen is an athlete at 6-3, 260 with room to grow. He will have a chance to play right away.
State of recruiting: Texas proved fertile ground for the Warhawks, with 10 signees from the Lone Star state. ULM made an uncharacteristic dip into Oklahoma for three players. Todd Berry, Vance Vice and Steve Farmer's Oklahoma roots had plenty to do with that trend.
Potential playmaker: Wide receiver Luke Russell drew comparisons to NFL star Wes Welker from ULM's Todd Berry for his run-after-catch ability. Russell, from Denton (Texas) Guyer, followed Berry from UNLV after first committing to him there.
Lining up: Signing offensive linemen might not make this the sexiest class, but it addressed a pressing need for ULM. Including mid-term additions, the Warhawks signed eight offensive lineman, with four from the juco ranks. The class includes six defensive linemen, notably end Ray Stovall from Booker T. Washington in Tulsa, Okla. Ranked as the top defensive end in the state by The Tulsa World, Stovall comes from a school that has produced more than a dozen college prospects in the past three seasons. He was his district's player of the year, all-state, team captain and Mr. Hornet at his school as the overall top student (with a 4.0 GPA).
Sudden impact: Midterm signee Jordan Karriman from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M was brought in to fill an immediate need on the offensive line. Karriman was a first-team Southwest Junior College Football All-Conference pick. He started 18 games at guard. "I'm just ready to get down there and knock some heads off," Karriman said.
Regional flavor:Closest to campus to sign was Caldwell running back Centarius Donald. ULM also ventured into Shreveport for Evangel defensive tackle John Nard. Wide receiver Je'Ron Hamm hails from Leesville and finished his prep career with a playoff loss at Neville's Ruple Stadium in Monroe.
Under the radar: Offensive tackle Jake Keller fell off some boards after missing his junior season with a knee injury. A product of Tulsa Union, the two-time defending 6A state champs in Oklahoma, Keller gained 90 pounds between his junior and senior seasons and is a nasty beast.
Bloodlines: Patrick Dvoracek, an offensive lineman from Trinity Valley, is a first cousin to former Oklahoma and Chicago Bear standout Dusty Dvoracek. Dvoracek originally signed with Utah State, where he was recruited by ULM assistant Vance Vice. Jordan Karriman is the nephew of former NFL defensive back Scott Case, who spent most of his career with the Atlanta Falcons.
First to fax: Desoto (Texas) cornerback Vincent Eddie delivered his signed letter-of-intent to ULM at 7:33 a.m.
Biggie smalls: Karriman, at 6-5, 300-plus pounds, fits the bill as ULM's largest overall new addition. Dvoracek is listed at 320 pounds for the heaviest signee. Defensive backs Justin Criswell (5-9, 185) and Montavious Hill (5-9, 175) come in on the smaller end of the scale.
Still waiting on: ULM will beat the bushes for a late add at defensive tackle or cornerback.