The UIW Cardinals announced the addition of eight signees on Wednesday night during the early signing period.
Of the eight signees, five are transfers and three are incoming freshmen. One of them is a local product from Stevens High School.
Chris Bolling (OL) – Stevens HS
He helped led Stevens to a 5-4 district record with a 6-6 overall record. He earned first-team all-district 27-6A.
“It’s always nice to have a hometown lineman to lead the San Antonio culture,” UIW Head Football Coach Eric Morris said. “He has a huge frame and a ton of grit while he is in the trenches.”
Darion Chafin (WR) – Cisco College
In his two years at Cisco College, he caught a total of 39 catches for 818 yards and eight touchdowns, while averaging 21.5 yards per catch.
“Darion is an extremely special talent that has tremendous leaping ability,” Morris said. “He gives our team a dynamic edge in the open field and red zone.”
Elliott Davison (DB) – Lee HS
As a senior at Lee High School, Davison posted 108 tackles with 76 unassisted and 32 assisted along with six interceptions. In 2019, he earned academic all-state honorable mention accolades.
“Elliott is one of the best DBs in East Texas,” Morris said. “He has the prototype of a natural DB: long, fast, and great ball skills.”
Blaine Hoover (DE) – Tyler Junior College
While a freshman at Tyler Junior College, Hoover recorded 5.0 sacks.
“Blaine has a motor that doesn’t stop,” Morris said of the defensive end. “He has the prototypical size and speed that will make him a force for us.”
Jayden Jones (WR) – Rockwall-Heath HS
As a senior in high school, he caught 42 passes for 1,073 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was named the first-team all-district and player of the year and had 1,090 all-purpose yards for an average of 109.0 all-purpose yards per game.
“Jayden is an extremely productive receiver at the high school level that will bring a big, physical presence to our offense,” Morris said. “This addition will increase the overall completeness at the position.”
Jacob Kibodi (RB) – Texas A&M
While with the Aggies, he appeared in 13 games. Kibodi ran for 224 yards and two touchdowns.
“Jacob is a difference-maker that will come in and make an impact immediately in the running game,” Morris said. “He has the ability to score from anywhere on the field.”