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UTSA inks four JUCO players to National Letters of Intent

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SAN ANTONIO — UTSA head football coach Larry Coker announced Wednesday that Cody Berry (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill HS/Pierce [Calif.] JC), Tucker Carter (Allen, Texas/Allen HS/Trinity Valley [Texas] CC), Brandon Guerrero (Lake Elsinore, Calif./Lakeside HS/Fullerton [Calif.] JC) and Brian King (Orlando, Fla./Evans HS/Hutchinson [Kan.] CC) have signed National Letters of Intent to join his program for the 2012 season.

“We are very excited about signing these four junior college players,” Coker said. “All four of them are high-character young men who we expect will have an immediate impact on our program.”

Berry, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound safety, has played the last two seasons at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif. He is coming off a sophomore season that saw him register 20 tackles, six pass breakups and a pair of interceptions, including a 73-yard touchdown, in eight games of action. That came on the heels of a freshman campaign that saw him rack up 20 stops and three pass breakups in five contests. Berry earned honorable mention All-District 7-5A accolades as a senior at Cedar Hill (Texas) High School.

“Cody is a big hitter,” Coker said. “He's originally from New Orleans, but his family moved to the Dallas area after Hurricane Katrina. He's been well coached and will come in and compete for a starting job next fall.”

Carter, a quarterback who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 215 pounds, was named the 2011 Southwest Junior College Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year at Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College. He completed 188-of-304 passes (61.8 percent) for 2,654 yards and 26 TDs and added 334 yards and eight scores on the ground in leading the Cardinals to an 8-3 record and No. 11 national ranking this past fall. He was named NJCAA Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 31 after accounting for 378 yards (336 pass/42 rush) and seven scores (four pass/three rush) in a 55-51 victory against Navarro College. As a prep junior, Carter helped lead Allen (Texas) High School to the 2008 Class 5A Division I State Championship.

“Tucker is a coach's son who possesses an outstanding understanding of the game,” Coker said. “He has an excellent arm and tremendous accuracy and was Player of the Year in a very good JUCO conference this past season.”

Guerrero is a 6-foot-2, 240-pound linebacker who has spent the last two years at Fullerton (Calif.) College. A 2011 first-team Southern California Football Association Southern Conference selection, he recorded 57 tackles, including 7.5 for loss, three quarterback hurries, a pair of pass breakups and a forced fumble in 10 games of action. That came on the heels of a freshman campaign that saw him register 38 tackles and an interception in nine outings.

“Brandon has outstanding size for a linebacker and he will help shore up our depth at that position,” Coker said. “He also is an outstanding student, as he was a tutor at his junior college.”

King, who checks in at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, has been a defensive back at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College the last two seasons but has not played since his senior year at Orlando (Fla.) Evans High School. He will retain three years of eligibility at UTSA after redshirting as a freshman in 2010.

“Brian has excellent size and is a great athlete,” Coker said. “He has run a 48-second quarter mile and has an 80-inch wingspan. He will have three years of eligibility for us, so we are looking forward to having him on board.”

UTSA finished its inaugural 2011 season with a 4-6 record and the Roadrunners set NCAA start-up program records for their opening-game (56,743) and average season (35,521) attendance.

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