It’s been a busy offseason over the past couple of months in the XFL. Alongside the USFL-XFL merger nearing its completion, the XFL has seen hundreds of athletes sign letters of intent to play with the league in 2024.
This week alone, dozens of players have signed their letters of intent. Let’s take a look at the most recent acquisitions, and what they can bring to their respective organizations.
Tom Flacco is an intriguing pickup for the Houston Roughnecks. The team also saw QB Lindsey Scott (Incarnate Word) sign a LOI with the team last month. Right now, it looks like the Roughnecks will have a loaded QB room during training camp.
Flacco played the majority of his college ball at Towson, and showed off some impressive skill sets through the air, and on the ground. Tom is the younger brother of NFL QB Joe Flacco. Across his final two seasons at Towson, Flacco threw for over 6,000 yards and 50 touchdowns. He also added over 1,000 rushing yards and six rushing scores to his final tally.
RB Jaylen Samuels | North Carolina State
Jaylen Samuels is a name that many will recognize. The running back played in the NFL for the last few years, with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Texans.
Samuels had an excellent college career at North Carolina State, posting 12 touchdowns in his senior season. Jaylen hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2021, and now heads to the XFL to get back on track professionally.
WR Stanley Berryhill | Arizona
Another NFL alumni heading to Houston is Stanley Berryhill, who most recently played with the Detroit Lions. Berryhill is a talented wideout out of Arizona, who racked up 760 receiving yards during his senior season.
Stanley is on the shorter side for a receiver, at 5’11”. That being said, his speed and route running abilities is what’s helped him make a living in football at the professional level. Houston featured some dynamic wide receivers in 2023, and now adds depth at the position with Berryhill.
WR Seth Green | Houston
While Seth Green signed a LOI with the Roughnecks as a wide receiver, he’s primarily played tight end throughout his career. Green began his college days at Minnesota, before transferring to Houston for his senior year.
In 2021, Seth totaled 137 receiving yards and three touchdowns with Houston. This led to NFL stints with the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys.
WR Kade Warner | Kansas State
Kurt Warner’s son, Kade, is set to play in spring football in 2024. Warner signed a LOI with Houston, following a training camp opportunity with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Kade spent his first few years in college at Nebraska. From there, he transferred to Kansas State, putting up solid numbers in his senior season (456 yards, 5 TD). Now, the Hall Of Famer’s son is primed to make his professional debut with the Roughnecks next year.
TE/OL Alex Pihlstrom | Illinois
Alex Pihlstrom is listed as a tight end by the XFL, but he has primarily played as an offensive lineman throughout his career. Pihlstrom was a standout center at Illinois, starting in all 13 games during the 2022 season. This earned Alex All-Big Ten second team honors that year.
OL B.J. Wilson | Quincy
BJ Wilson is an exciting young prospect out of Quincy University. He was Quincy’s first NFL signee, having signed with the Carolina Panthers back in May.
At Quincy, Wilson played excellent football. He earned All-GLVC honors three seasons in a row, including making the All-GLVC First Team Offense in 2022.
OL Connor Davis | Stony Brook
Spring football fans will recognize Connor Davis, who has played both as an offensive lineman and a tight end throughout his career. Davis was in the AAF with the Birmingham Iron, and also spent time in the XFL with the Battlehawks in 2020.
Most recently, Connor was with the Michigan Panthers in the USFL. He caught three passes for 25 yards before being released in the offseason. Now, Davis appears to be returning to his OL roots with Houston.
OL Larnel Coleman | Massachusetts
Larnel Coleman brings NFL experience to the table, having been a part of the Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers organizations over the past few seasons.
Coleman played his college ball at Massachusetts, starting in his final 28 games there. The Roughnecks featured one of the stronger offensive lines in 2023, and continue to get better with these additions.
DL Donovan Jeter | Michigan
Speaking of NFL caliber talent, Donovan Jeter has signed a LOI with Houston. The former Michigan standout at DT played with the Washington Commanders in 2022, and most recently had a preseason stint with the New York Giants.
Jeter’s final year at Michigan was his best, as he compiled 24 tackles in 14 games played.
DL Rashaad Coward | Old Dominion
It’s rather odd to see Rashaad Coward listed as a defensive lineman for Houston. Coward has played as an offensive lineman throughout his career, which includes four different NFL stops with the Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, and Houston Texans.
Coward’s biggest year in the NFL was in 2020, where he played in all 16 games for the Bears (five starts). Now, he appears to be transitioning to the other side of the trenches in the XFL.
DL Taron Vincent | Ohio State
Taron Vincent made a name for himself at Ohio State, especially during the final two years of his college career. Across that span, Vincent totaled 48 tackles and a sack, making an impact on the interior. Since then, Taron had a preseason opportunity with the Los Angeles Rams, and now heads to the XFL.
Kentel Williams is a playmaker out of Austin Peay. After finishing the XFL season with a 1-9 record, the Orlando Guardians are in need of an offensive spark, and Kentel is a prospect who could provide them with exactly that.
During four seasons at Austin Peay, Williams totaled 2,370 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns. Kentel was at the XFL’s 2023 combine, and now signs a LOI with Orlando.
WR Dedrick Vanover | Florida
Dedrick Vanover – formerly a defensive back and a track star – has signed a LOI with Orlando to play as a wide receiver. Vanover’s father, Tamarick Vanover Sr. played in the NFL for six years as a wide receiver.
Dedrick played his college football at Morehouse College in Georgia, primarily as a defensive back. In 2019, he posted 31 tackles and four interceptions. After spending time in the indoor scene, Vanover now signs a LOI to play in the XFL.
WR Tamarick Vanover | Morehouse
Interestingly enough, Dedrick’s brother Tamarick has also signed a letter of intent with the Orlando Guardians. Tamarick spent time at Morehouse as well.
Most recently, Tamarick signed to the Green Bay Blizzard of the IFL. Now, he and his brother are targeting a professional debut in the XFL.
The San Antonio Brahmas have acquired quite a few athletes over the offseason. Aaron Monterio is another exciting prospect, bringing plenty of NFL experience to their offensive line.
Monterio has been with the Miami Dolphins, Washington Commanders, and Carolina Panthers over the past few seasons. He had a standout career at Boston College, starting in 36 straight games to close out his career there.
OL Quinn Oseland | San Jose State
Quinn Oseland is not new to spring football. He played in The Spring League in 2021, with the Conquerors. He also had a stint with the BC Lions of the CFL.
In college, Quinn played at Minnesota for four years. However, it wasn’t until he transferred to San Jose State where he saw legitimate success. Oseland started in all 12 games in 2019 for San Jose State.
DB Evan Worthington | Colorado
Evan Worthington is an excellent pickup for San Antonio’s secondary. Worthington has played in the USFL for the last two seasons with the Philadelphia Stars, totaling 51 tackles. He also played in The Spring League in 2021, with the Generals.
DB Evan Worthington has signed a Letter Of Intent with the San Antonio Brahmas, per @xflanalyst.
The St. Louis Battlehawks have added a much-needed piece to their offensive line, with Koda Martin signing a letter of intent with the team.
Martin played the majority of his college ball at Texas A&M. In 2017, he started in 10 of 11 games played. From there, Koda transferred to Syracuse, starting in all 13 games in 2018. Martin has NFL experience, most recently with the Arizona Cardinals from 2021-2022.
LB Carson Wells | Colorado
Carson Wells is back. Wells was a menace defensively for St. Louis in 2023, racking up 45 tackles and 3.5 sacks across 10 games (eight starts).
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Following his impressive XFL campaign, Wells signed with the New England Patriots. He spent training camp/preseason with the team, but was ultimately released at the end of August. Now, Wells returns to the Battlehawks, as the organization looks to secure a playoff berth in 2024.
DB Nate Meadors | UCLA
Another returning athlete is Nate Meadors, who comes back to St. Louis after an NFL opportunity with the Cleveland Browns.
Nate Meadors made an incredible INT for the @XFLBattlehawks, putting St. Louis in excellent field position.
Nate Meadors was phenomenal in 2023 for St. Louis, totaling 37 tackles and two interceptions. The Battlehawks’ secondary success largely balanced on what Nate brought to the table, so fans should be very excited to see him back in action for 2024.
While these letters of intent signings are not official contracts, one would expect to see the majority of these names to be at training camp in 2024 – whatever that may look like. The USFL and XFL are moving forward in their efforts to play a combined season next year, but we do not have full details yet other than a March 30th start date.
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