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RECRUITING: UMHB football picks up commitments from D-I transfer Spiller and Nimitz standout Whitehead on Sunday

BELTON- UMHB scored big on the recruiting front once again on Sunday, adding yet another transfer to its incoming class, as well as a highly skilled quarterback from the high school ranks. 

Breezion Spiller, a quarterback from D-I Tarleton State, announced his commitment to UMHB on Sunday afternoon, and Nimitz High School standout Brayden Whitehead made his commitment official a few hours prior. Both have high-quality skill sets, and join a quarterback room that continues to attract top-level talent. 

Spiller is the second quarterback transfer picked up by UMHB since the conclusion of the 2022 season, as Southern Nazarene transfer Jordan Oldoerp also transferred in, having announced his decision in January. 

A product of Killeen Ellison High School, Spiller visited UMHB just three days ago on June 8. He spent the 2020-21 year on the roster at Tarleton State, but did not see game action. While he was not on the Texans’ roster in 2021 or 2022, it was not until May 2 that his name was officially entered into the transfer portal. He took one year off of football following the 2020 season, and transferred to Prairie View A&M, before entering the portal this spring and evaluating his options. He has four years of eligibility remaining.

Listed at 6’0, 170 lbs, Spiller starred at Ellison from 2017-2019, earning back-to-back district MVP honors as a junior and senior. His 4.3-second 40-yard dash while at the high school level aided his dual-threat presence on the gridiron. That speed showed up on the track as well, where his 10.77-second 100-meter dash time from 2018 still ranks No. 7 in Ellison’s track & field record book, per 

According to Maxpreps, Spiller threw for 772 yards on 68 completions in five games as a high school senior. He also tossed three touchdowns and two interceptions, and rushed for six more scores. 

“When I touched campus it felt like home,” Spiller told True To The Cru. “The coaches made it even better by how excited they were to have me. I’m excited to be a part of the whole UMHB organization!!”

Whitehead comes to Belton after a spectacular senior campaign of his own, named First Team All-District 14-6A, having thrown for 2,389 yards and 28 touchdowns. He added 121 rushing yards and four scores on the ground and was named the Northeast News Offensive Player of the Year. 

Standing at 6’2, 215 lbs, Whitehead is a strong-armed playmaker, with the ability to thread the needle on passing plays. His film reveals a passer with exceptional awareness in the pocket, and outstanding arm-strength. According to MaxPreps, his longest completion as a senior went for 66 yards. 

“Brayden is one heck of a player,” Nimitz head coach Cornelius Harmon told Northeast News. “He’s a true leader, a natural born leader. He was a bridge between me and the team. We would talk on a daily basis and he would share with me how his teammates felt about the change (of coaches). It was a good thing for me and the team. Brayden definitely helped stabilize things. Our relationship was close.”

According to the Jan. 17 article, Whitehead held at least one D-II offer from Midwestern State. 

For more recruiting coverage, be sure to visit our UMHB Athletics Commitment Tracker, presented by Sacrifice Training

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