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Monday, May 16, 2022

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Hayden makes Houston homecoming Sunday


Former UH cornerback D.J. Hayden will make his way back to Houston for a contest against his former college quarterback.

Hayden, who was selected as the 12th pick in the 2013 NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders, and his team will face the Houston Texans on Sunday at Reliant Stadium. The Texans have former UH quarterback Case Keenum piloting their offense.

It will be the first time the two have faced each other since the practice fields at UH. It will be an interesting match to watch, said head football coach Tony Levine.

“Case (will be) trying to throw the ball and DJ trying to defend it, but I know one thing about those two: They’re as competitive as two young men I’ve ever been around,” Levine said. “Before the game, they certainly have a lot to talk about; during the game, they’re both going to try and win it for their respective teams.”

Cougars add basketball commit

UH added Wesleyan Christian Academy point guard JaQuel Richmond to its 2014-15 signing class when he signed a National Letter of Intent, head coach James Dickey announced Wednesday.

Richmond spurned recruitment by Tennessee, Texas A&M, Florida State and Creighton to join UH.

“We are excited to welcome JaQuel to the University of Houston,” Dickey said in a statement. “He is an exciting, young player with speed and quickness. He is a very good leader and can score. We look forward to JaQuel joining our program.”

Richmond was ranked as a 3-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com and will compete as a freshman with the Cougars during the 2014-15 season.

As a junior, Richmond led his high school team to a NCISA Class 3A state championship.

“JaQuel is a fabulous kid and a fierce competitor,” said Wesleyan Christian Academy head coach Keith Gatlin in a statement. “He can score the ball, he is a leader and he is extremely fast.”

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