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Description: Southern Football Guide Recruiting Issue

EDITOR S LETTER What a fun year the 2014-15 college football season brought us. And the wait for this year s is almost over. Everybody is finishing their summer camps featuring new and old faces alike names you ve heard for the last three seasons and names you re totally unfamiliar with. That s what we re here for. Last year we gave you the inside look on players like Leonard Fournette Lorenzo Carter Deshaun Watson and Nick Chubb some of the best freshman to take to the field in the country last year and some possible Heisman contenders this year. This year we re here to do the same. So if you re looking to familiarize yourself with your favorite SEC ACC team s newcomers find the best high school players from your home state see what the competition is like or see what recruits your team stole from your rival you ve come to the right place. The Southern Football Guide Recruiting Issue features a breakdown of all 28 teams of both the Southeastern Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference two of the best in college football and their team s incoming freshman. We re excited to release yet another issue of the Southern Football Guide for you our readers and I urge you to look for our preseason edition before the season starts. We hope this gets you in the mood for college season just as much as making it did. Enjoy Sean Richerson Southern Football Guide Follow me on Twitter SOUTHERNFBGUIDE Follow on Facebook southernfootballguide SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE RECRUITING ISSUE Gorilla Marketing LLC Marietta GA 30062 770.675.7200 Managing Editor Jason Martin Editor Sean Richerson Contributing Writers Score Atlanta Graphic Designer DJ Galbiati Blalock Photo Credits Elisa Herring Terrance Johnson William Curtis Sonny Kennedy Rob Saye Jim Weaver Brett Garvin Ty Freeman Jason Getz The Southern Football Guide is produced and copyrighted 2015 by Gorilla Marketing LLC Marietta GA 30062. Reproduction in whole or part without permission is expressly forbidden. 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 3 TOP 100 INCOMING FRESHMEN RANKED BY SCORE ATLANTA 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Trenton Thompson DT Georgia Byron Cowart DE Auburn Terry Beckner Jr. DT Missouri Iman Marshall CB USC Martez Ivey OT Florida Derwin James S Florida State CeCe Jefferson DE Florida Kevin Toliver II CB LSU Josh Sweat DE Florida State TAJ GRIFFIN 10. Daylon Mack DT Texas A&M 11. George Campbell ATH Florida State 12. Kahlil McKenzie DT Tennessee 13. Calvin Ridley WR Alabama 14. Blake Barnett QB Alabama 15. Kendall Sheffield CB Alabama 16. Canton Kaumatule DE Oregon 17. Malik Jefferson OLB Texas 18. Mitch Hyatt OT Clemson 19. Chuma Edoga OT USC 20. Keisean Lucier-South DE UCLA 21. Josh Rosen QB UCLA 22. Deon Cain WR Clemson 23. Kyler Murray QB Texas A&M 24. Torrance Gibson ATH Ohio State 25. Kerryon Johnson ATH Auburn 26. Tarvarus McFadden CB Florida State 27. Justin Hilliard OLB Ohio State 28. Christian Wilkins DT Clemson 29. Minkah Fitzpatrick CB Alabama 30. Soso Jamabo RB UCLA 31. Tyron Johnson WR LSU 32. Roquan Smith OLB Georgia 33. Daron Payne DT Alabama 34. Terry Godwin ATH Georgia 35. Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M 36. Damien Harris RB Alabama 37. Arden Key DE LSU 38. Ronald Jones II RB USC 39. Jarrett Stidham QB Baylor 40. Rasheem Green DT USC 41. Preston Williams WR Tennessee 42. Shy Tuttle DT Tennessee 43. Jamal Peters S Mississippi State 44. Deondre Francois QB Florida State 45. Brandon Wimbush QB Notre Dame 46. Jacques Patrick RB Florida State 47. Osa Masina OLB USC 48. Kyle Phillips DE Tennessee 49. Maea Teuhema OG LSU 50. Breiden Fehoko DT Texas Tech 51. Taj Griffin RB Oregon 52. John Houston OLB USC 53. Demarkus Lodge WR Ole Miss 4 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE TOP 100 INCOMING FRESHMEN RANKED BY SCORE ATLANTA 54. Deionte Thompson S Alabama 55. Jashon Cornell DE Ohio State 56. Alize Jones TE Notre Dame 57. Derrius Guice RB LSU 58. Drew Richmond OT Tennessee 59. Jeffery Holland OLB Auburn 60. Jalen Dalton DE North Carolina 61. Javon Patterson OG Ole Miss 62. Leo Lewis ILB Mississippi State 63. Jonathan Ledbetter DE Georgia 64. Jerome Baker ATH Ohio State 65. Anthony Wheeler OLB Texas 66. Da Vante Phillips WR Florida State 67. Larry Scott RB Michigan State 68. Adonis Thomas OLB Alabama 69. Brady White WB Arizona State 70. Daylon Charlot WR Alabama 71. Porter Gustin OLB USC 72. Tim Settle DT Virginia Tech 73. Abdul Bello OT Florida State 74. Marvell Tell S USC 75. Johnny Frasier RB N.C. State 76. Jake Browning QB Washington 77. DeChaun Holiday CB UCLA 78. Brian Cole ATH Michigan 79. Lester Cotton OG Alabama 80. Mekhi Brown DE Alabama 81. Ricky Town QB USC 82. Chris Warren III RB Texas 83. Rashad Roundtree S Georgia 84. Micah Abernathy CB Tennessee 85. Darius Slayton WR Auburn 86. Mark Walton RB Miami 87. Joseph Wicker DE Arizona State 88. Tristen Hoge OC Notre Dame 89. Chris Clark TE UCLA 90. Ykili Ross CB USC 91. Donte Jackson ATH LSU 92. Holton Hill CB Texas 93. Jordan Colbert S Auburn 94. Eric Swinney RB Ole Miss 95. D Andre Walker DE Georgia 96. Natrez Patrick DE Georgia 97. Alex Ofodile WR Oregon 98. Richie Petitbon OG Alabama 99. Fred Ulu-Perry OC UCLA 100. Daniel Imatorbhebhe WR USC ERIC SWINNEY 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 5 ACC ACC TEAM RANKINGS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 FLORIDA STATE The Seminoles landed the top class in the ACC and the No. 3 class in the nation according to 247sports. Safety Derwin Jones defensive end Josh Sweat and George Campbell are college-ready five-stars that enrolled early. CLEMSON Clemson bulked up with a class of 25 that included 13 early enrollees. Fivestar Mitch Hyatt headlines a strong group of incoming tackles and is one of four-players from Georgia heading to the Palmetto State. MIAMI Miami tabbed the No. 27 class in the nation and included the top-ranked juco tight end in the nation with 6-foot-5 Jerome Washington. The Hurricanes went all the way to California to grab West Hills four-star offensive tackle Bar Milo. NORTH CAROLINA The Tarheels boast a 19 player class but with nine early enrollments this class was brought in to rebuild the program quickly. 6-foot-5 defensive end Jalen Dalton is one of the early enrollees and headlines the class as one of the nation s top 50 prospects. VIRGINIA TECH Virginia Tech is bringing in a ton of size with this year s class and it includes 23 prospects listed 6-foot-1 or taller. The incoming Hokies have great potential including 6-foot-6 four-star defensive tackle Yosuah Nijman. N.C. STATE The Wolfpack bring in a potential program-changing 23-player class that ranks as a top 30 class in the nation. Running back Johnny Frasier headlines the group and his physical 5-foot-10 230-pound frame shows the type of offense N.C. State is building. LOUISVILLE Louisville s class is once again packed with talented skill players and at this position they are as deep as anyone in the conference in this year s class. The Cardinals represent nine states with this year s 25-player class. GEORGIA TECH Paul Johnson has his strongest incoming class yet and beating in-state rival Georgia last year certainly helped. The Jackets dominated instate recruiting with 17 players all which played multiple positions throughout their varsity careers. VIRGINIA Virginia sits at No. 9 in the ACC but its class is considered the 49th best in the nation by 247Sports. Three-star quarterback Nick Johns was signed out of the DC area and is joined by a variety of playmakers. DUKE Duke has a small 18-player class but the talent is rich and the Blue Devils went hard out-of-state to build it. Duke picked up seven players from Georgia including AllState wideout and All-American T.J. Rahming. WAKE FOREST Wake Forest s rebuild will start off strong with this year s 25-player class. The Deacons added lots of speed with this class including early enrollee and wide receiver Tabari Hines. SYRACUSE The Orange rank as the No. 57 class in the nation but its 28-player size brings in a plethora of building blocks. Cedar Grove safety and Elite Junior Classic alum Christopher Fredrick will compete for playing time in the secondary. PITTSBURGH Pittsburgh has the smallest incoming class but was able to sign Jordan Whitehead the No. 1 cornerback coming out of Pennsylvania. Whitehead is joined by early enrollee Malik Henderson a three-star cornerback from Hallandale FL. BOSTON COLLEGE The Eagles bring in the No. 62 class in the country but the experience and football IQ within the class brings a level of maturity that could help the Eagles right away. Elijah Robinson is a dual-threat passer that enrolled early. 6 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE WIN FREE HUNTS AND GEAR 30 off first purchase of 100 at 10% off most products at Qualified to win FREE Hunts and Gear 12 months of The Outpost Magazine An Oupost Hat An Outpost Sticker JOIN TODAY CLICK HERE FOR JUST 29.95 YOU GET MORE THAN 100 WORTH OF RECRUITING ISSUE 7 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - FREE STUFF BOSTON COLLEGE Chestnut Hill MA HEAD COACH Steve Addazio OFF. COORDINATOR Todd Fitch DEF. COORDINATOR Don Brown 2014 RECORD 7-4 (4-4) FOUNDED 1863 STADIUM Alumni (44 500) 2015 CLASS NOTES The Boston College 2015 recruiting class featured 25 signees from eight different states. Dual-threat quarterback Elijah Robinson went 23-1 as a starter and brings a winning pedigree. He was named New Jersey Player of the Year by the Maxwell Football Club and will enter the program battling for a starting spot after the departure of Tyler Murphy. Defensive end Zach Allen spurned Northwestern to join the Eagles. The Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year has college-ready size at 6-foot-5 242 pounds. Steve Addazio struck gold with running back Jon Hilliman last year and will look to find more impact players in this year s class. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT Nolan Borgersen is coming off the best career by a wideout in New Jersey history. In 35 career games he set state receiving records for catches (247) yards (4 212) and touchdowns (52). As an early enrollee Borgersen will have a head start on the rest of his class. Leading receiver Josh Bordner has graduated so the opportunity to play as a freshman is plausible. The Eagles are a run heavy team but Borgersen s versatility should help him see the field. At 6-foot-3 the former MaxPreps All-American has the length and speed (4.4) to be a factor. Nolan also held offers from Central Florida and Maryland. 2015 SIGNEES ZACH ALLEN SDE 6-5 250 Allen was Connecticut s Gatorade Player of the Year. He was a three-year starter for New Canaan High School and won back-to-back state titles in 2013 and 2014. Allen set the school record with 33 career sacks and finished with 13.5 last year. He racked up 103 tackles and 18 tackles for loss last season with a pair of interceptions. New Canaan CT CHRIS GARRISON TE 6-3 215 Garrison could develop into a tight end after playing receiver in high school. In 2014 he racked up 402 receiving yards with five touchdowns and also added a kickoff return for a score. He is ranked the No. 2 player in the state by Rivals and earned Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic honors last season. Groton MA NOLAN BORGERSEN WR 6-1 185 BEN GLINES Borgersen enrolled early and with a solid frame of 6-foot-1 185 pounds will be able to focus on coming out of his breaks and mobility. Nolan went to visits at Penn State and Maryland but committed to the Eagles in June and stuck with it. He recorded 1 342 yards on 91 receptions 24 touchdowns as a senior. Township of Washington NJ ATH 6-2 195 Glines can spark an offense in a variety of ways but his 6-foot-2 frame makes him difficult to bring down in open space. In 2014 he rushed for 1 224 yards and 14 touchdowns and added 274 receiving yards and two touchdowns for St. Xavier. He is durable and also eclipsed 1 000 yards his junior season. Cincinnati OH JAKE BURT TE SHARRIEFF GRICE LB 6-1 195 Burt received ESPN Boston All-State honors following his senior season and is considered the fifth-best player in Massachusetts by Rivals. The 6-foot-5 tight end caught 28 passes last season for 255 and scored seven touchdowns. Burt can move the chains but is also a dangerous red zone target. 6-5 230 Danavers MA Grice is rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals but carries plenty of achievements into the collegiate stage. Grice is a three-time New England Preparatory School Athletic Council All-New England honoree. He rushed for 896 yards and 11 touchdowns on 101 carries last season in just six games. West Hartford CT LUKAS DENIS CB Denis was ESPN Boston s 2014 Defensive Player of the Year but he did much more than just play cornerback for Everett High School. Denis scored 17 offensive touchdowns and recorded 52 tackles with two forced fumbles 13 pass breakups and eight interceptions including three returned for touchdowns on defense. 5-11 170 Everett MA JORDAN GOWINS RB 5-11 210 Gowins made a statement his junior season at St. Anthony s with a 2 000-plus rushing yards season and 24 touchdowns. He followed it with 11 rushing touchdowns and three receiving touchdowns last season. Gowins won the Daily News CHSFL Private League Player of the Year. Long Island City NY MEHDI EL ATTRACH DB 6-0 190 WILLIAM HARRIS ATH 6-2 190 El Attrach made Second-Team All-State in Class 7A last year an impressive honor in talent-rich Florida. The 6-foot defensive back intercepted six passes last season and totaled 11 interceptions his last two seasons. His five-interception junior season resulted in Defensive Player of the Year. Orlando FL Harris was the 2014 NEPSAC Class A Player of the Year and earned it by starring on both sides of the football for Choate Rosemary Hall. Harris had 72 tackles 20 pass breakups and three interceptions defensively and added 650 receiving yards and six touchdowns on the Wild Boars offense en route to the NEPSAC Bowl Championship Title. Wallingford CT 8 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE Anthony Palazzo 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 9 DAVON JONES CB 6-0 180 Danvers MA JOHN PHILLIPS OG 6-6 285 Jones finished his senior season with 45 tackles one fumble recovery and four interceptions. He showcased his durability and conditioning while adding 592 receiving yards and off 29 catches and five touchdowns on offense. Jones earned ESPN Boston All-State honors. Syracuse NY Phillips is considered the eighth-best player coming out of the Big Apple this year and earned a spot on the Class AA All-State First Team list this past season. Phillips has packed on nearly 40 pounds in the past year and has the size and mobility to bring depth to the tackle position. TANNER KARAFA ILB 6-3 240 Ashburn VA WYATT RAY Karafa posted 103 tackles including a ridiculous 30 tackles for loss last season at Stone Bridge High School and received the 2014 Virginia High School League Regional and Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Karafa s leadership and ability to make plays is matched with his college-ready strength and size. WDE 6-4 240 Fort Lauderdale FL Ray comes from national powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas where he helped the team claim the 2014 Class 7A State Title last season. Ray earned All-State Class 7A First-Team last season with his 70 tackles 20 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. Ray also received offers from Cincinnati Miami (Ohio) FIU Indiana and Syracuse among others. EVAN KELLY DL 6-1 285 Pittsburgh Pa. JEFF SMITH Kelly is a graduate transfer from Richmond and will make an immediate impact at the position. Kelly started three years for the Spiders and totaled 162 career tackles including 23 tackles for loss and 17 sacks in 42 games. Kelly was a two-way star at Seton LaSalle Catholic in Pittsburgh before playing for Richmond. ATH 6-1 170 Clearwater FL Smith played quarterback at Central Catholic and set the single season record for touchdown passes his junior and senior seasons with 34 each year. Smith threw for 2 163 yards last season and also rushed for 1 236 yards and was named the Tampa Bay Times All-Pinellas County Offensive Player of the Year. WYATT KNOPFKE OG 6-4 290 RAY SMITH DT Bradenton FL 6-2 270 San Diego CA Knopfke was named Class 3A All-State First Team as a junior and after reclassification took home a 2A All-State First Team offer his senior year. Knopfke is considered a three-star recruit across the board and chose the Eagles over offers from Kentucky Miami and USF. Smith played on three consecutive California Interscholastic Federation state championship teams to close out his high school career at Central Catholic. He notched nine sacks in seven games as a junior and followed it with 56 tackles 11.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks last season. Rivals ranks Smith as the No. 36 defensive tackle in the nation. AARON MONTEIRO OT 6-6 308 Brockton MA TAJ-AMIR TORRES CB 5-10 170 Monteiro is a big-bodied tackle that has the ability to anchor a line at the college level. The 6-foot-6 tackle helped Brockton High School rush for 227 yards per game last season and was also named to the Boston Globe s All-Scholastic Team. Monteiro chose Boston College over Connecticut Iowa and UMass. Amherst MA ANTHONY PALAZZOLO OT 6-6 302 The speedy defensive back recorded three interceptions last season for Amherst-Pelham Regional High School but showcased his athleticism all over the field with 558 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns four rushing scores and two special teams touchdowns. Torres is also a three-time Massachusetts state champion in the 100 meter dash. Fairfield CT MICHAEL WALKER ATH 5-11 178 Palazzolo helped Fairfield College Prep rush for a staggering 4 196 yards last season and is considered the third-best player out of Connecticut by ESPN and Rivals. Palazzolo was named to the Connecticut High School Coaches Association All-State First Team last year and also earned USA Today and Walter Coach All-Connecticut Team honors. Naples FL CHASE PANKEY WR 6-1 180 Walker is another Florida product bringing athleticism to the eagles. He was named the Naples Daily News Offensive Player of the Year last season but will likely hone his skills to defense in college. Walker s senior stats include 907 rushing yards 613 passing yards 133 receiving yards 31 total offensive touchdowns and two touchdown returns. Cincinnati OH Pankey was injured most of his senior season but showcased his talents during a junior year that saw the three-star wideout catch 30 passes for 551 yards and nine touchdowns. Pankey won two state titles with Archbishop Moeller and chose Boston College over offers from Ball State and Marshall. 10 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE driven to be heard Car Radios Navigation Systems iPod and iPhone Connections Satellite Radio Pandora Radio Speakers and Subs Car Security Remote Start Radar & Laser Defense 404-256-5600 ALL YOUR CAR STEREO ELECTRONICS & SECURITY NEEDS UNDER ONE ROOF cartunesatlanta NEW LOCATION 8601 Roswell Rd Atlanta GA 30350 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 11 CLEMSON Clemson SC HEAD COACH Dabo Swinney OFF. COORDINATOR Tony Elliot Jeff Scott DEF. COORDINATOR Brent Venables Marion Hobby 2014 RECORD 10-3 (6-2) FOUNDED 1889 STADIUM Memorial Stadium (81 500) 2015 CLASS NOTES Dabo Swinney continues to build a strong program and will have 247Sports No. 8 recruiting class stepping foot on campus this season. Mitch Hyatt is an early enrollee out of North Gwinnett High School in Georgia. The 6-foot-6 offensive tackle is ranked as the second-best in the nation and is in line to play right away. He along with four-star tackle Jake Fruhmorgen will need to protect quarterback Deshaun Watson who was hurt for much of last year. Deon Cain is ranked the No. 2 receiver in the nation and Garrett Williams the second-best tight end by ESPN. They will provide Watson with reliable targets moving forward. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT Early enrollee Mitch Hyatt comes from rich Clemson bloodlines. His uncle Dan Benish was an All-ACC defensive tackle and a starter on Clemson s 1981 National Championship team. Hyatt does his manhandling on the offensive side of the ball though. He has been a MaxPreps Parade and USA All-American through his prep career. His size footwork and agility make him a top flight blocker. He can be found regularly 20 yards down the field driving his man back. He is a relentless blocker that has polish beyond his years. 247Sports Composite has him listed as the No. 22 overall prospect in the country. 2015 SIGNEES SHADELL BELL WR 6-3 190 Decatur GA KALEB CHALMERS Bell is ranked as the 55th best wide receiver in the nation and the No. 44 overall player out of the state of Georgia. Bell received offers from South Carolina as well as Louisville before deciding on Clemson. Bell played both defensive back and WR in high school and has already enrolled into Clemson. CB 5-11 171 Greenwood SC AUSTIN BRYANT Chalmers is the No. 9 ranked player in the state of South Carolina and had 80 tackles four interceptions and 12 pass breakups as a junior. Chalmers is early enrolled to Clemson. He brings advanced defensive instincts and is a student of the game which is another factor in what could be an early debut at the collegiate level. WDE 6-5 250 Thomasville GA Bryant is ranked as the No. 12 defensive end in the nation as well as being ranked the No. 20 player out of the state of Georgia. Brant missed most of his senior year with a foot injury but compiled 64 tackles five sacks and three forced fumbles as a junior. J.D DAVIS ILB 6-2 215 Central SC KELLY BRYANT QB 6-4 205 Piedmont SC Davis led his high school to a 14-1 record and played in the state championship game as a senior. Davis anchored a defense that held 10 teams to 10 points or fewer and posted five shutouts. Davis recorded 87 tackles eight for a loss three sacks and a 33-yard interception return for a touchdown in his senior season. Bryant passed for 3 579 yards and 41 touchdowns with 720 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground as a senior. Bryant is the No. 7 ranked player out of the state of South Carolina and the No. 14 dual-threat quarterback in the nation. Bryant enrolled early and will have a chance to learn behind quarterback Deshaun Watson. JUDAH DAVIS ILB 6-2 215 Central SC DEON CAIN WR 6-1 194 Tampa FL Twin brother of J.D. Davis Judah Davis played ILB as well and posted 86 tackles 16 tackles for a loss seven sacks nine quarterback pressures and a blocked punt as a senior. The Davis brothers will become the first twins to play at Clemson since 1993. Cain is a scary good athlete who played quarterback wide receiver and running back. Cain is ranked as the nation s No. 2 overall wide receiver even with catching just five receptions. Cain however will make a huge impact no matter where he is lined up on offense or defense. He has the skill to play just about anywhere on the field. LASAMUEL DAVIS WDE 6-3 194 Bamberg SC GAGE CERVENKA Davis is ranked as the No. 53 overall defensive end in the nation and the No. 14 recruit out of the state of South Carolina. Davis had 120 tackles 16 sacks three recovered fumbles and one interception as a senior. Davis will need to add weight and build up his strength before he can make a serious impact. DT 6-1 275 Greenwood SC CLELIN FERRELL Cervenka is the No. 12 ranked player out of the state of South Carolina and the No. 51 ranked defensive tackle in the nation. Cervenka recorded 100 tackles and 28 tackles for loss as a junior and was first-team all-state. Cervenka is already enrolled and will look to add depth to the Tigers first line of defense. WDE 6-5 225 Richmond VA Ferrell is the No. 5 ranked player out of the state of Virginia and the No. 7 ranked defensive end in the nation. Ferrell missed his entire senior season with a torn ACL. As a junior Ferrell had 60 tackles 26 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. 12 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE Mitch Haytt 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 13 MARK FIELDS CB 5-11 190 Cornelius NC STERLING JOHNSON Fields is the No. 9 ranked corner in the draft and is a great athlete. Fields racked up 45 tackles and had two interceptions as well as two pass deflections. Fields has average size for a corner and can play both inside and outside on the field. Fields has tremendous speed and will add a physical presence in the boundaries. DT 6-5 281 Clayton NC Johnson led Cleveland High School to a 10-3 record as a senior and is ranked as the No. 24 defensive tackle in the nation. Johnson had 78 tackles 44 going for a loss in his junior season and had 7.5 sacks and two blocked punts in a state playoff game. JAKE FRUHMORGEN RAY-RAY MCCLOUD III RB 5-9 175 Tampa FL McCloud is one of the best athletes in the nation and is deemed a five-star recruit by McCloud rushed 270 times as a senior for 1933 yards and 17 touchdowns. McCloud can play running back as well as defensive back and his ability to tackle and run out in space could see him earn early time on special teams. OT 6-5 280 Tampa FL Fruhmorgen is the No. 8 ranked offensive tackle in the nation and the No. 20 overall player out of the state of Florida. Fruhmorgen played in the U.S Army All-American Bowl and played center and guard in the game. Fruhmorgen can play every position on the offensive line and that will add valuable depth and flexibility on the Clemson line. ZACH GIELLA TANNER MUSE OT 6-6 300 Augusta GA S 6-3 207 Belmont NC Giella is ranked as the No. 67 offensive tackle in the nation and was ranked the No. 61 player out of the state of Georgia. Giella chose Clemson over Georgia Tech and UCF and is already enrolled. Giella played in the emper Fidelis All-American Bowl and brings height and upside to a young line. Muse is ranked as the No. 24 player in the state of North Carolina and the No. 48 overall safety in the nation. Muse had eight interceptions in his last three seasons and had 150 tackles and four interceptions as a senior. Muse also played running back and wide receiver in high school. NOAH GREEN CHAD SMITH OT 6-5 275 Boiling Springs SC OLB 6-3 213 Sterling VA Green the No. 6 overall player in the state of South Carolina played in the Shrine Bowl and the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. Green is the No. 41 overall offensive tackle in the nation is enrolled early with five-star Mitch Hyatt to compete with. Smith is the No. 15 ranked linebacker and is ranked as the tenth best player in the state of Virginia. Smith had 90 tackles and 15 tackles for loss as a senior. Smith also played safety tight end and receiver in high school. Smith is early enrolled early as a four-star recruit. ALBERT HUGGINS SDE 6-3 289 Orangeburg SC VAN SMITH Huggins is listed as the No. 12 ranked defensive tackle and the No. 1 overall player in the state of South Carolina. In his high school career Huggins accumulated 208 tackles 35 tackles for loss and 28 sacks. The four-star edge rusher has the ability to be a situational pass rusher before he becomes an every down player. ATH 5-11 180 Cornelius NC Smith is ranked as the No. 21 athlete in the nation and the No. 9 ranked player out of North Carolina. Smith will play defensive back at Clemson and had 74 tackles and six interceptions as a senior. He also had two kick returns for touchdowns. MITCH HYATT AMIR TRAPP OT 6-5 270 Suwanee GA CB 5-8 160 Central SC Hyatt is the No. 2 ranked tackle in the nation out of North Gwinnett High School and will make a huge impact right away for the Clemson Tigers. Hyatt has enrolled early to do so and will fit in very nicely. Hyatt has a very quick first step and it will be needed as he will be forced to block some of the best players in the country. Ranked as the No. 25 overall player out of the state of South Carolina Trapp will play corner back at Clemson after receiving just two offers. Trapp is ranked as the number 146 corner back in the nation as a three-star recruit out of D.W. Daniel. CHRISTIAN WILKINS DT 6-4 290 Suffield CT TUCKER ISRAEL DUAL 6-0 200 Orlando FL Israel broke Tim Tebow s state record for passing touchdowns in a season with 56. In his career Israel threw for 15 034 yards and ran for 1 314 yards and 18 touchdowns on the. Israel is ranked as the No. 22 dual-threat quarterback in the nation and participated in spring ball as an early enrollee. Wilkins is the No. 1 ranked defensive tackle in the state of Connecticut and a top-10 ranked interior lineman in the country. Wilkins had 71 total tackles as a senior as well as eight sacks in nine games played. Wilkins has a quick first step and knows how to scratch his way into the backfield to wreck havoc on quarterbacks. GARRETT WILLIAMS DENZEL JOHNSON TE 6-4 220 Orlando FL S 6-2 187 Columbia SC The Tigers were able to land another 3 star prospect in late May with Denzel. With a sub 4.5 40 Johnson offers speed and versatility as he is able to play either safety or wide receiver. Williams is the No. 4 ranked tight end in the nation and the No. 25 ranked player out of the talent-packed state of Florida. Williams played fullback and tight end his senior year and rushed for 1 229 yards and 21 touchdowns. Williams secured 15 catches for 256 yards and a touchdown as a senior. 14 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 15 FLORIDA STATE Tallahassee FL HEAD COACH Jimbo Fisher OFF. COORDINATOR Randy Sanders DEF. COORDINATOR Charles Kelly 2014 RECORD 13-1 (8-0) FOUNDED 1851 STADIUM Doak Campbell Stadium (82 300) 2015 CLASS NOTES The Noles won t be going anywhere soon. Florida State brings in the third-best recruiting class in the nation according to most scouting outlets. Life without Jameis Winston begins but has a highly touted quarterback in Deondre Francois who will try to follow in his footsteps. Deondre Francois is a top ten dual-threat quarterback who should have the best shot at starting after De Andre Johnson was kicked off the team for punching a woman in a bar recently. Malik Henry is a 2016 prospect committed to FSU and might be the top ranked player in the nation. This year s class features the No. 1 safety Derwin James and No. 3 defensive end Josh Sweat. It s another great haul for Jimbo Fisher. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT Derwin James stands out as one of the most coveted safeties in recent memory. The five-star out of Haines City High School in Florida has given scouts a hard time when it comes to finding a flaw in his game. He s got as high a ceiling as a safety that I ve ever seen in my 15 years covering high school football said national recruiting director Mike Farrell. James has the size speed instincts and IQ to thrive at the next level. He will crack the Noles rotation as a freshman and should make an immediate impact as one of the best safeties in the nation. 2015 SIGNEES ABDUL BELLO OT 6-6 293 Montverde FL SH MAR KILBY-LANE The four-star tackle is ranked fourth at his position by ESPN. He came to America from Nigeria and is still raw but possesses great athleticism. Bello participated in the Under Armour All-American game. Bello will need to refine his techniques to capitalize on his potential. ILB 6-2 215 Hallandale Beach FL Kilby-Lane is a hard hitting linebacker who intimidated opposing players during his time at Hallandale. His speed and ability to accelerate helps him smash into ball carriers and make momentum changing plays. He is a true downhill player. CALVIN BREWTON S 6-0 173 Miami FL Brewton is a ball hawk and makes a ton of plays in the secondary. He has fast feet and the skills of a corner to make plays on balls and track down ball carriers. Brewton is very solid and shows great awareness but will need to continue to improve his tackling. MARCUS LEWIS S 6-2 187 Washington DC The body and physicality of Marcus Lewis has helped him become the ninth-ranked safety in the nation by ESPN. He not only made plays on defense but showed off his speed on special teams during returns. Lewis will need to continue to tighten up his technique to become a top player for the Noles. GEORGE CAMPBELL WR 6-4 190 Tarpon Springs FL The early enrollee was the number one ranked athlete coming out of high school and will find his home at the wide receiver position. Campbell has top end speed and with his great size he will be a threat instantly. He continues to improve his hands and has the intangibles to be a great player. TARVARUS MCFADDEN CB 6-3 198 Plantation FL A top five cornerback McFadden is ranked as a five-star prospect according to Rivals. McFadden continues the trend of large defenders in the secondary that can do it all. He is fleet of foot and can shut down passing games with his knack for getting to the ball. DEONDRE FRANCOIS QB 6-2 193 Orlando FL Francois comes out of the heralded IMG Academy and is ranked the third-best dual-threat quarterback in the nation. Francois makes people miss with his legs and also has a cannon of an arm but lacks accuracy. IMG teammate Malik Henry is the top QB of the 2016 class and also is committed to FSU. COLE MINSHEW DERWIN JAMES OG 6-6 319 Douglas GA The mountain of a man Minshew is still a young pup turning 18 in April. The four-star prospect is ranked as the 35th best guard in the country and has the physical traits to be a mauling force on the Seminole offensive line for years to come once he learns Florida State s offense. S 6-2 202 Haines City FL The five-star safety is ranked number one at his position by ESPN and plays an all-around solid game with limited weaknesses. Derwin is fast hits hard makes plays on the ball and can help in run support. His coverage is superb and should allow him to make a major impact soon for Florida State. 16 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE NYQWAN MURRAY WR 5-11 163 Orlando FL JOSH SWEAT Murray is a shifty and quick route runner that will be best suited at the slot position. With the rest of the receivers in this year s class having great size Murray distinguishes himself as a speedy player who is elusive in the open field. DE 6-5 240 Chesapeake VA The early enrollee is a five-star defensive end with all the makings of becoming a dominant rusher. He scored one of the top SPARQ scores in the nation proving he is a freakish athlete. His non-stop motor helps him track down ball carriers when people think he is out of the play. JACQUES PATRICK RB 6-3 233 Orlando FL AUDEN TATE WR 6-5 206 Tampa FL A rare combination of speed and size at the running back position ESPN s third-best RB in the class has both the thunder and lightning aspect to his running attack. Patrick has the size and mindset to be a cowbell back. Tate standout with his great size and will look to become the next Kelvin Benjamin. He doesn t have top-end speed but his ability to make catches on contested balls makes him a top target in the red zone. He will need to improve his route running. DA VANTE PHILLIPS WR 6-2 202 Miami FL DARVIN TAYLOR II DT 6-2 300 Chester VA Phillips great hands are what make this early enrollee standout. ESPN ranks him as the sixth best wide receiver in this year s class. Phillips not only makes spectacular catches he also does the dirty work and is one of the best blocking receivers in the country. Taylor is very coordinated for a man his size and has great agility. He is a bit raw but the potential to dominate offensive linemen is there. Taylor is always around the ball and is strong at the point of attack. Once he improves his hands he will be a factor. LORENZO PHILLIPS A.J. WESTBROOK OLB 6-3 225 Patterson LA S 6-0 173 Daytona Beach FL The number one ranked JUCO linebacker in the country heads to FSU. Phillips played at LSU before transferring to East Mississippi Community College and has two seasons of eligibility remaining. Phillips is a strong tackler and should make an impact immediately with the Noles. Westbrook ranks as the 35th best safety coming out of high school. The Noles have a plethora of strong safties coming in this year but Westbrook will be up to the task of battling them. He will need to gain some more weight but his intangibles are advanced. DAVID ROBBINS JALEN WILKERSON OG 6-4 290 Glenelg MD TE 6-4 225 Douglas GA Another young offensive lineman with massive upside Robbins doesn t turn 18 until June. He is a three-star prospect who could play either center or guard. His massive 11 inch hands allow him to stone rushers and shut down d-linemen. ESPN has Wilkerson ranked as the ninth-best tight end in the nation out of Coffee High School. At 6-4 and 225 pounds Wilkerson already has a strong base he can grow in his time at FSU. He will need to continue to improve his hands in order to make an impact. 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 17 Derwin James LOUISVILLE Louisville KY HEAD COACH Bobby Petrino OFF. COORDINATOR Garrick McGee DEF. COORDINATOR Todd Grantham 2014 RECORD 9-4 (5-3) FOUNDED 1798 STADIUM Papa John s Cardinal Stadium (55 000) 2015 CLASS NOTES Bobby Petrino suffered through multiple injuries at the quarterback position and was ultimately derailed by the lack of consistency at the position. Four quarterbacks took snaps during the season but they all had one thing in common DeVante Parker being their main target. Parker is now headed to the NFL so the Cards will need to find someone to help James Quick outside. Devante Peete and Emonee Spence are two big four-star receivers that can make an immediate impact. Peete is an ESPN300 ranked player standing 6-foot-5 while Spence is 6-foot-2. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT Junior College s top ranked weak-side defensive end according to 247Sports Composite Devonte Fields should be able to crack the rotation that has a void left by B.J. Dubose. Fields started at TCU and earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors as a true freshman in 2012 and was the league s preseason defensive player of the year in 2014. He was released from the program after being charged with misdemeanor assault. Fields recorded 61 tackles and 6.5 sacks at Trinity Valley CC. If he can stay out of trouble he is a massive talent for Todd Grantham. 2015 SIGNEES JAIRE ALEXANDER CB 5-11 170 Charlotte NC AMONTE CABAN Alexander is labeled a three-star by Rivals. He was an early enrollee at Louisville this January. His senior year he played both wide receiver and cornerback racking up 30 tackles while also having 1 123 receiving yards. His knowledge of both positions will be useful at the next level. ILB 6-2 210 Smiths Station AL Caban listed as a three-star by Rivals is a tackling machine. During his senior season Caban accounted for more than 15% of his teams solo tackles. He racked up 77 solo tackles and 63 assist giving him 140 total tackles (16 TFL) in only 10 games. JAMES ALLEN ALPHONSO CARTER RB 5-10 180 Citra FL WR 6-4 200 Council Bluffs IA Allen is one of two running back signees for Louisville in this class. While he committed back in June he had offers from over 15 different schools. During Allen s senior season he ran for 1 650 yards and accumulated 18 total touchdowns. Harris will look to be one piece of the puzzle to replacing DeVante Parker. Harris is another Junior College transfer for the Cardinals. He originally went to Tennessee out of high school. After it didn t work out he went to Iowa Western Junior College this past year where he did not play due to a leg injury. KEVIN AUSTIN OG 6-3 300 Mesa AZ GERON CHRISTIAN Austin is a late addition to the 2015 Louisville signing class. He committed April 15. Allen will be a junior college transfer out of Mesa CC. With offensive line questions at Louisville he has a chance to step on campus and make an immediate impact on the Cardinals. OG 6-4 305 Ocala FL Christian is a steal for the Louisville Cardinals. Originally committed to Miami he decommitted back in November. Three days later he took a visit to Louisville and two weeks after that committed to Louisville. In his senior season he helped lead Trinity Christian Academy to the 3A Florida state championship. DREW BAILEY SDE 6-4 275 Poplarville MS DEVONTE FIELDS Bailey is another junior college transfer for the Cardinals. Last year he played ball at Pearl River Community College. While listed as a strong side defensive end Bailey s size allows him to slide inside and play the three technique at defensive tackle. WDE 6-4 240 Athens TX TIM BONNER Fields is a Junior College recruit who is getting a second chance at Louisville. After being named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the year as a true freshman Fields looks to pick up right where he left off in Division 1 football. He has a chance to make an immediate impact for the Cardinals WDE 6-5 225 Demopolis AL Tabbed a three-star by Rivals Bonner is ranked the 29th best player in the state of Alabama. He committed to the cardinals on July 28th also carrying offers from several schools including Ole Miss and Mississippi State. His senior year Bonner was chosen as the 5A Defensive Player of the Year in the state of Alabama. JONATHAN GREENARD OLB 6-4 220 Hiram GA Greenard is labeled a three-star by 247sports and is ranked the 130th best player in the state of Georgia. He is one of four recruits from the Peach State and was recruited by Todd Grantham the former Georgia defensive coordinator. His senior season included 43 total tackles and seven sacks. 18 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE COLE HIKUTINI TE 6-5 240 San Francisco CA TRAVEON SAMUEL Hikutini is another steal for the Louisville. A few days after national signing day Bobby Petrino and the cardinals managed to get Hikutini to flip his commitment from Purdue to the Louisville. Hikutini is a juco transfer from City College of San Francisco and is given two stars by Rivals. APB 5-8 180 Phenix City AL Samuel is rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals out of the state of Alabama. During his senior season at Central High School Samuel totaled 1 764 all-purpose yards. He had 861 yards rushing on 111 carries and 553 yards receiving on 39 receptions. Samuel also brings 4.4 speed to the table. KHALIL HUNTER OT 6-4 290 Thatcher AZ DARIUS SMITH Hunter is big Junior College pick up on the offensive line. It came down between Louisville and Georgia for the big man and luckily for the Cardinals they landed him. Hunter is originally from Florida and attended school at Agape Christian Academy. OLB 6-2 198 Florence AL LAMAR JACKSON Smith is rated a four star by 247sports and they rank him as the 11th best player in the state of Alabama. During his senior campaign Smith tallied 43 solo tackles in only 9 games of action. He wasn t just tackling though Smith also had seven pass break ups in those nine games. QB 6-3 185 Boynton Beach FL Jackson is a four-star (Rivals) dual-threat quarterback from Florida. Jackson s junior and senior seasons were spectacular as he put up big numbers. During that time he threw for 3 046 yards and rushed for 2 363 more yards. Jackson will be part of a big quarterback competition come this fall. JAYLEN SMITH WR 6-2 196 Pascagoula MS Smith will be another one of the guys trying to fill the big shoes left by DeVante Parker. While Parker averaged nearly 20 yards a catch last season Smith averaged 14 yards a catch in an offense that only threw the ball once every four plays. CHANDLER JONES OG 6-4 310 Powder Springs GA JEREMY SMITH Jones is another big body to bolster the Cardinal s offensive line. Listed at 6-4 310 Jones has the perfect size to be able to play guard at the next level. Jones is also one of Louisville s four recruits from the state or Georgia and was recruited by Todd Grantham. He was also considering Mississippi State. RB 6-1 225 Fresno CA Smith is ranked a three-star by 247sports and is listed as the sixth-best junior college running back. Last season he played at Fresno City College where he ran for 1 735 yards and 17 touchdowns in only 11 games. Smith will have three years of eligibility. KIOLA MAHONI OG 6-3 305 San Mateo CA TREY SMITH Mahoni is literally a huge pick up for the Cardinals. He is a junior college transfer who will be looking to be on the field immediately. He attended the same Junior College College of San Mateo as current Louisville defensive lineman Pio Vatuvei. Louisville hopes lightning strikes twice. APB 6-1 210 Madison MS Smith is the son of former NFL player Jimmy Smith who played for Louisville s head coach Bobby Petrino in Jacksonville. In Smith s senior year at Madison Central High School he threw for over 600 yards and ran for 759 more yards. In Smith s junior season he ran 1 473 yards. KHANE PASS S 6-0 195 Columbus GA EMONEE SPENCE Khane is listed as a three-star safety and the 57th best player in the state of Georgia. Khane was on board way before signing day committing back on August 1st. He also had offers from schools like Mississippi St Nebraska and Clemson. WR 6-2 181 Hollywood FL DEVANTE PEETE Spence committed to Louisville on January 24th. Two months earlier he had decommitted from Miami. Spence had offers from all over the country including offers from Michigan State Auburn and West Virginia. Spence is one of four wide receivers in the Cardinals 2015 class. WR 6-6 195 Fort Lauderdale FL Peete is ranked a three-star wide receiver by 247sports and attended high school at the football powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas. Between his junior and senior seasons he had 775 receiving yards while bringing in 10 touchdown catches. In his senior season he helped lead his team to the 7A Florida state championship. KENNY THOMAS OT 6-6 330 Prattville AL Thomas is a giant three-star (247sports) offensive tackle and is ranked by 247sports as the 37th best player from the state of Alabama. Thomas was an anchor on the offensive line this season for the Prattville Lions leading them all the way to the state championship before losing to Hoover High School. G.G. ROBINSON SDE 6-4 260 Lilburn GA Robinson made Cardinal fans worry ever since he committed back on August 17th. But now he s signed and another example of how Todd Grantham has led the Cardinal charge into the state of Georgia. Robinson played both tight end and defensive end in high school but was recruited by Bobby Petrino to play exclusively defensive end. 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 19 NC STATE Raleigh NC HEAD COACH Dave Doeren OFF. COORDINATOR Matt Canada DEF. COORDINATOR Dave Huxtable 2014 RECORD 8-5 (3-5) FOUNDED 1887 STADIUM Carter-Finley Stadium (57 583) 2015 CLASS NOTES The Wolfpack are coming off a successful 2014 season which saw them finish 8-5 with a bowl victory. Dave Doeren s team was anchored by youth on offense. Bo Hines led the team in receiving as a freshman. North Carolina State will try to strike gold again with the No. 35 recruiting class according to Rivals. Johnny Frasier is deemed by ESPN as the sixth-best running back in the nation. He and all-purpose back Nyheim Hines will be slated behind retuning senior Shadrach Thornton and sophomore Matt Dayes. The Wolfpack lost offensive tackles Tyson Chandler and Rob Crisp to graduation. Emanuel McGirt is highest touted tackle NCST signed in the 2015 class. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT Jakobi Meyers might not be the highest ranked player in the class but the coaching staff hopes to develop the three-star prospect into a threat behind center. Meyers will learn under the tutelage of Jacoby Brissett who ran the Wolfpack s balanced offense to a tee in his first year with the program. Meyers displays some of the same skills Brissett has a strong arm and quick feet. He was a three sport star in high school and showed his durability and versatility through all three seasons. Meyers IQ is also through the roof he won the National Academy of Future Physician s and Medical Scientist Award of Excellence while at Arabia Mountain. 2015 SIGNEES EURNDRAUS BRYANT DT 6-2 320 North Charleston NC NYHEIM HINES For such a big boy Eurndraus Bryant is quick on his feet. Bryant not only recorded 20 tackles for loss and six sacks in his final season but he also earned all-region honors as a leftfielder for the Fort Dorchester baseball team. Bryant has a non-stop motor and uses his strength to bully blockers. APB 5-9 187 Garner NC Hines set records at Garner High School with career totals of 6 242 rushing yards 7 299 total yards and 126 touchdowns. The all-state running back ran for 3 140 yards and 49 touchdowns his junior season before totaling 2 362 yards in his final year. Hines was featured in the Semper Fidelis All-American game. JOHNNY FRASIER RB 5-10 229 Princeton NC QUENTEZ JOHNSON DT 6-3 315 Ellenwood GA Frasier was a bowling ball during his time at Princeton High School. Low to the ground with an explosive and powerful running style Frasier rushed for 7 100 yards and 99 touchdowns in his three-year varsity career and finished with 9 240 career all-purpose yards and 109 career TDs. He is NCST s top ranked recruit and is the No. 6 running back in the nation. ESPN s 39th-best defensive tackle helped lead Cedar Grove to a 9-3 record his senior season during which he totaled 45 tackles and 6.5 sacks. Johnson an all-region performer stuffed the run at the line of scrimmage. He turned down offers from Florida State Oregon and LSU to come to Raleigh. REGGIE GALLASPY T.J. MCCOY OC 6-2 305 Groveland FL RB 5-11 205 Greensboro NC Gallaspy is one of six early enrollees. ESPN s No. 43 running back led the state of North Carolina in rushing as a senior with 349 carries for 3 318 yards and 52 touchdowns. A big game performer Gallaspy rushed for 278 yards and six TDs in his final game in the North Carolina 3A state quarterfinals. T.J. is the son of former Indianapolis Colt and Arizona Cardinal Tony McCoy. T.J. played both offense and defense during his time at South Lake High School while helping the Eagles reach the state playoffs. McCoy overpowered defenders and opened up holes for a rushing attack that averaged 200 yards per game. He is an early enrollee. VERNON GRIER EMANUEL MCGIRT WR 5-11 175 Charlotte NC OT 6-6 285 Durham NC Grier was known as a playmaker during his time at Mallard Creek High School. He finished with 1 158 yards receiving and 16 touchdowns on his way to becoming the North Carolina 4AA state champions. ESPN ranked him as the 106th-best wide receiver in the nation. McGirt an ESPN four-star recruit is one of the prized lineman North Carolina State landed this year. McGirt has great size and uses it to his advantage pushing around smaller defenders. After playing in the 2014 Shrine Bowl gave him the recognition as The Most Physical . He is not afraid to mix it up in the trenches and should fill a need on the line. TYLER GRIFFITHS LS 6-2 220 Monroe NC JAKOBI MEYERS Griffiths rates out as the No. 1 snapper in North Carolina and the No. 7 in the nation by Chris Rubio Snapping. He has experience at both defensive end and middle linebacker. Griffiths has good size and pursuit abilities to be able to cover the field after snaps. QB 6-2 172 Lithonia GA Meyers is an intelligent dual-threat quarterback who grasps systems quickly. He completed 64.7 percent of his passes his senior year on his way to tossing 23 touchdowns for Arabia Mountain. He ran for 534 yards and was named all-county and all-region. 20 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE Jarius Morehead 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 21 JARIUS MOREHEAD S 6-0 185 Gibsonville NC BRIAN SESSOMS Morehead did it all for Eastern Guilford High School lining up at quarterback running back and wide receiver along with his primary position of safety. He totaled over 1 800 yards of offense and 24 touchdowns. On defense Morehead racked up 102 tackles two interceptions and six sacks as a senior. WR 5-8 170 Winston Salem NC Sessoms is a track state champion in four events who uses his speed and quickness on the football field as a slot receiver and kick returner. Brian caught 55 passes for 1 075 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior. He was ranked the No. 35 player in North Carolina according to Rivals. RILEY NICHOLSON OLB 6-0 220 Kissimmee FL FREDDIE SIMMONS Nicholson will be ahead of the curve this season as an early enrollee. ESPN ranks him the 25th-best inside linebacker in the nation. As a senior Nicholson tallied 132 tackles and forced five fumbles. Riley anchored the middle of the field for powerhouse Osceola High School as they finished state runner up. WR 6-3 175 Bethlehem PA EMMANUEL OLENGA Freddie Simmons is a long receiver with good speed making him a threat for deep balls. Simmons was clocked at 4.48 for his forty time and also possesses a 32.9 inch vertical. He caught 49 passes for 707 yards and 13 touchdowns in his final season at Bethlehem Catholic. Simmons also ran hurdle in high school. SDE 6-5 240 Charlotte NC A first-team All-SoMeck 8 4-A Conference and All-Charlotte Observer performer Olenga collected 105 total tackles including 16.5 quarterback sacks and forced five fumbles as a senior. The No. 83 ranked defensive end by is the cousin of NFL linebacker Prince Shembo. JAMES SMITH-WILLIAMS OLB 6-4 210 Raleigh NC The three-star early enrollee had a monster senior season at Millbrook High School in which he recorded 146 tackles a school record 19 sacks and 36 tackles for loss. Smith-Williams has great awareness on the field already but will need to add some more weight. He scored a 30 on the ACT and held a 4.9 weighted GPA. FREDDIE PHILLIPS S 6-2 195 Pelion SC Phillips played both wide receiver and safety at Pelion High School but will stick on defense at North Carolina State. He enrolled early in January. Phillips was ranked the No. 1 safety out of South Carolina and No. 14 overall in the state. He has the ideal size for a safety and is a strong tackler totaling 48 last season. PHILIP WALTON OT 6-7 260 Charlotte NC TYRONE RILEY Walton is blessed with a big frame but he is still raw. He played defense until his senior season. Walton used to be a competitive swimmer and still portrays quick twitch movements. Philip has a ton of upside and was ranked the No. 2 offensive tackle in North Carolina. WDE 6-6 230 Savannah GA The long weak-side defensive end flipped from Kentucky to NC State. Riley is disruptive with his long arms and pass rushing abilities. He is a great athlete and also played basketball at Calvary Day. Riley also floats to the outside linebacker position due to his versatility. AARON WILTZ OG 6-5 280 Baton Rouge LA A former high school wrestler Wiltz is no stranger to tangling in the trenches. He was named all-district all-metro and allstate honorable mention as a senior tackle at Catholic High School. ESPN pegs Wiltz as a three-star prospect. DARIAN ROSEBORO SDE 6-4 285 Lincolnton NC Rosboro is one of Coach Dave Doeren s top rated recruits ranked four-stars by Rivals ESPN and 247sports. The big man is agile for his size and played both defensive end and running back in high school. His versatility allows him to play all across the line. Roseboro was a Parade All-American Honorable Mention selection. He recorded 125 tackles 18 tackles for loss and 10 sacks as a senior while scoring 34 touchdowns on offense. DARIS WORKMAN OT 6-6 265 San Pablo CA Workman played left tackle at Contra Costa College where he earned All-American and All-Conference honors. ESPN ranked him the 17th-best JUCO tackle while Rivals had him ranked 80th overall. Workman only started playing football in the 10th grade but he has improved by leaps and bounds and has strong footwork. 22 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 23 SYRACUSE Syracuse NY HEAD COACH Scott Shafer OFF. COORDINATOR Tim Lester DEF. COORDINATOR Chuck Bullough 2014 RECORD 3-9 (1-7) FOUNDED 1870 STADIUM Carrier Dome (49 262) 2015 CLASS NOTES The Orange made it a point to bring in size on both sides of the ball. Syracuse signed six offensive linemen and four defensive linemen. St. Thomas Aquinas lineman Samuel Clausman and Colin Byrne highlight the additions to the o-line. The two combined to lead the way for a state championship offense that averaged over 44 points per game. Trey Dunkelberger is a junior college transfer who should start right away at tight end. Kicker Sterling Hofrichter is also projected to make contributions his first year on campus. Shyheim Cullen is an exciting young linebacker with freakish athletic ability out of Massachusetts. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT New York s Jordan Fredericks is the most decorated prep player in this year s class. The Lawrence High School touchdown hound may only be ranked a three-star running back by ESPN but he had a prestigious career that saw him score 98 total touchdowns a Nassau County record. Fredericks ran for over 2 100 yards and 35 touchdowns in his senior season alone which propelled him to being named Gatorade State Player of the Year. Fredericks also won the Thorp Award which is given annually to Nassau County s most outstanding player. It will be tough to replicate his success at the next level but Fredericks is a proven winner that can produce. 2015 SIGNEES EVANS ADAMS OL 6-6 275 Norwalk CT SAMUEL CLAUSMAN Adams has the size to play at the next level but will likely take a redshirt to continue improving his technique and conditioning. Adams has an excellent motor and plays hard until the final whistle. He stones defensive ends with his strong hands. OL 6-3 310 Fort Lauderdale FL MARQUISE BLAIR Clausman was a part of a mauling offensive line at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. He and teammate Colin Byrne stick together and will bring their cohesion to Syracuse. Clausman is a state champion on a team that scored 710 points on the season. He plays low with leverage and also gets out in front as a pulling guard. S 6-3 180 Wooster OH CODY CONWAY Blair has the prototypical size coaches look for in the secondary. He plays fast and hits hard. Blair will lineup as the safety but also will be featured in some nickel packages. Marquise played both receiver and safety in high school. With 4.41 blazing speed Blair finished with over 1 000 yards receiving in his career while playing both sides of the ball. OL 6-6 280 Plainfield IL Conway lined up at both left tackle and defensive end in high school. Conway has advanced footwork and is able to move oncoming rushers away and work his way into the next level. He was the Orange s top left tackle target during recruitment and should make an impact soon. COLIN BYRNE TYLER CROSS OL 6-4 314 Fort Lauderdale FL DT 6-3 285 Douglasville GA The big right tackle steamrolled his way to a state championship along with Samuel Clausman. Byrne s best attribute is his strength and ability to finish out blocks. He also displays the quickness needed to get out in front on screen plays. Byrne is relaxed in pass protection and can redirect rushers. Cross was an unmovable force at Chapel Hill and Northview. He used great balance and pad level to drive linemen back and get to the ball carrier. Cross has always had good footwork but it is his strength that has improved the most over the past year he benches 400 pounds. KENNY CARTER SHYHEIM CULLEN DE 6-5 255 Plainfield NJ LB 6-0 210 Lowell MA Carter recorded 47 tackles including 21 for loss six sacks and four forced fumbles in his junior and senior seasons combined. He is a versatile and quick rusher with good feet. Carter played on the offensive line as well and could see reps there also. STEVEN CLARK The name might be Shy but Cullen is anything but. The vocal leader of the 2015 class committed in June. Cullen might be the best athlete out of the entire class. He did a little bit of everything his senior year at Lowell High School attempting passes catching passes returning kicks and even rushing for 760 yards. Defensively he finished with 46 tackles. DT 6-2 300 Guntersville AL ANDREJAS DUERIG Clark was initially slated to remain in state and attend South Alabama but an offer from Syracuse was too good to pass up. Clark is tenacious in getting to the ball and displays a great motor. Steven is difficult to move off the ball due to his low point of attack. OL 6-4 281 Chicago IL Duerig delivered pancakes at a high rate while anchoring the Mount Carmel offensive line. He will likely move to center at Syracuse. Duerig is a tight and compact blocker with great power. As a guard AJ showed the ability to get around the line quickly and lead pull blocks for his running backs. 24 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE ERIC DUNGEY QB 6-4 200 Lake Oswego OR The only quarterback of the class has a strong arm and good pocket awareness. Dungey threw for 2 217 yards 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions his senior season. Dungey is a dual-threat quarterback that relies on his quickness more than his speed. He will join five other quarterbacks in camp this spring. DAIVON ELLISON DB 5-9 178 Ramsey NJ He may be undersized but Daivon Ellison packs a punch from the secondary. Ellison helped anchor one of the best defenses in the state which allowed 152 points in one of the toughest regions in the northeast. Ellison is a sure-handed tackler who likes to come up in run support. TREY DUNKELBERGER TE 6-5 240 Woodland Hills CA The early enrollee is a junior college transfer. Dunkelberger was a standout at Los Angeles Pierce College before coming across the country to fill a need for the Orange. He originally committed to Akron before switching to Syracuse. Dunkelberger should compete for a job in his first year. He has deceptive speed for his size running in the 4.5 s. JORDAN FREDERICKS ATH 5-10 195 Cedarhurst NY New York s top running back amassed over 2 100 yards rushing and 35 touchdowns on his way to winning Gatorade State Player of Year. Jordan recorded 98 career touchdowns during his time at Lawrence High School. He is a low to the ground runner that can catch the ball out of the backfield. The explosive athlete also threw two touchdowns in his final season. AMIR EALEY TE 6-4 225 Coatesville PA Ealey played both defensive end and tight end at Coatesville High School. He caught 35 balls for 650 yards and five touchdowns his senior season while leading the Red Raiders to a 13-1 record. Ealey also finished with 49 tackles 14 tackles for loss and a team-leading seven sacks. CHRISTOPHER FREDERICK DB 6-0 168 Ellenwood GA Frederick was named first-team all-region after logging 74 tackles including six for loss four interceptions and three fumble recoveries as a senior captain. A two sport standout used his speed and high IQ on both the gridiron and hardwood. Frederick is adept at stopping the run and has a nose for the ball. Jordan Fredericks 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 25 ANTHONY GIUDICE DE 6-2 243 Avon CT No one will outwork Anthony Giudice. He did not resemble a defensive lineman as a freshman when he weighed 145 pounds but Giudice found a passion in the weight room and gained nearly 100 pounds en route to becoming one of the toughest defensive ends in the state. DONTAE STRICKLAND RB 5-11 183 Monmouth Junction NJ Strickland is an explosive back with soft hands out of the backfield. The three-star back is one of the top running backs out of the state of New Jersey. He is a tough and physical runner with a burst of speed. Strickland was used in a multitude of ways in high school and can even be featured in the slot. TROY HENDERSON LB 6-0 210 Lakewood OH Henderson may not be as flashy as other linebackers but he is fundamentally sound and gets the job done. Troy is a solid form tackler that wraps up the ball carrier and drives his legs until the play is over. He recorded 171 tackles including 16 for loss 5.5 sacks and five pass break-ups as a senior helping lead St. Edward to the state championship. TED TAYLOR LB 6-3 210 Dodge City KS Taylor starred at Dodge City Community College before signing with Syracuse. He was named second-team All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference after recording 83 tackles including 13 for loss three sacks two fumble recoveries and seven pass break-ups in 10 games. Taylor is a very physical hitter that can also drop back in pass coverage. STERLING HOFRICHTER K 5-9 165 Seffner FL Hofrichter is ranked the No. 6 kicker and No. 13 punter according to Kohl s Kicking in the class of 2015. The ability to start as a freshman is likely as the coaching staff has told him they want him to take over all the kicking duties. Hofrichter has a strong leg and can hit from as far as 55 yards out. KIELAN WHITNER DB 6-1 180 Lawrenceville GA The Mountain View defensive back flipped from Appalachian State to Syracuse. Whitner held multiple offers from Ivy League schools before deciding upon Syracuse. He is very disciplined and rarely gets caught out of place. He has great reaction time but will need to improve on finishing tackles. MATT KELLER LS 6-0 220 Millersville PA Kohl s Kicking ranked Keller as the No. 1 long snapper in the country. The early enrollee and two-star prospect has quick and accurate snaps. Keller should compete for a starting job with senior captain Sam Rodgers graduating. Matt will battle with two others for the starting job. KENTERIUS WOMACK QB 6-2 185 Luverne AL Womack was an unheralded recruit until Syracuse was the first to show him interest. Schools such as Nevada Eastern Michigan and Connecticut soon jumped in the hunt but it was too late. Womack is an elusive dual-threat quarterback who was clocked at 4.47 in the forty. He is still raw but he is a great athlete lettering in both baseball and basketball as well. TYRONE PERKINS RB 6-0 190 Locust Valley NY A torn ACL caused Perkins to miss his entire senior season after averaging 11 yards per carry as a junior. Perkins is a cerebral runner. He uses his vision to find holes and his balance to get skinny and slip through cracks in the defense. JAKE PICKARD DE 6-5 234 Millburn NJ Pickard ends up at Syracuse after initially committing to Wisconsin. The long defensive end had offers from Michigan and Virginia along with others making him a big get for Syracuse. Pickard finished his senior season with 55 tackles two sacks four pass deflections and two fumble recoveries. QAADIR SHEPPARD LB 6-3 233 New Rochelle NY Sheppard is a fluid athlete that glides to the ball. He is very aggressive in getting to the quarterback and often opts to bull rush blockers. Sheppard is a fast and physical rusher that will need to fine tune his game and add some moves. He is a bit raw but Qaadir has the tools to blossom. 26 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE Proud to be an American Show your patriotic pride in our 2nd Amendment and Flag Tanks Save Big on GWG Apparel Get 15% off your order when you enter code OUTPOST15 Offer online only at Also available at fine retailers Be ready for life s adventure in style 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 27 WAKE FOREST Winston-Salem NC HEAD COACH Dave Clawson OFF. COORDINATOR Warren Ruggiero DEF. COORDINATOR Mike Elko 2014 RECORD 3-9 (1-7) FOUNDED 1834 STADIUM BB&T Field (31 500) 2015 CLASS NOTES A 3-9 record for first-year coach Dave Clawson can be heavily linked to one of the worst offenses in the nation. The Demon Deacons averaged under 15 points per game. As it should have been offense looked like a main focus in their 25 man class. Starved for playmakers Wake Forest signed four wide receivers and three running backs. The 12th-best pocket-passer according to ESPN Kyle Kearns is one of the Deacs highest rated players and will compete with dual-threat signee Kendall Hinton in camp. Dionte Austin will replace Kevin Johnson at the cornerback position and is well thought of. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT Bowman Archibald should provide a spark at the tight end position for coach Clawson. Cam Serigne led the team in receiving as a freshman last year so tight ends factor heavily into the offense. Archibald at 6-foot-5 and 244 pounds Bowman will figure to bring a strong blocking presence with the ability to release downfield and make plays with both his hands and feet. Bowman committed to Miami (FL) initially but a great official visit to Winston-Salem changed his mind. ESPN ranks Archibald as a four-star prospect. 2015 SIGNEES BOWMAN ARCHIBALD TE 6-5 244 Dade City FL TYLER BELL Archibald captained Pasco County his senior season and earned First team All-Pasco County. The 6-foot-5 tight end earned four-star status with ESPN and also played linebacker and defensive end during his varsity career. ESPN ranked Archibald as the No. 8 tight end in the country this year. RB 6-0 200 Mobile AL Bell took 175 carries for 962 yards and 11 touchdowns last season and played through a lingering ankle sprain. Bell finished his varsity career with 2 258 yards. 491 receiving yards and 26 total touchdowns. ESPN and Rivals ranked Bell as a three-star prospect. DIONTE AUSTIN CB 6-0 150 Towson MD JAKE BENZINGER Austin captained Calvert Hall in Maryland and earned a four-star rating with 247 sports. He is considered the No. 33 cornerback in the nation by ESPN and was named first team All-Maryland. He posted 27 tackles with one interception on defense while adding two offensive touchdowns and three return touchdowns on special teams last year. OT 6-7 275 Williamstown MA Benzinger started three years on the Mount Greylock High School and was named to the All-Bershire first team as a senior. Benzinger s 6-foot-7 frame translated to the basketball court and baseball field well. His father John was an All-Yankee Conference selection at UMass in 1986 and played briefly for the New England Patriots. ALEX BACHMAN WR 5-11 175 Thousand Oaks CA PARIS BLACK Bachman is a natural leader and his athletic gifts were spread to football track and baseball at Oaks Christian High School. He had one touchdown before injuries ended his senior season but started at free safety his junior year and posted five interceptions and 95 tackles. Bachman is a consensus threestar prospect. SDE 6-4 235 Fayetteville NC Black captained Terry Sanford High School his final three seasons and is considered the No. 45 defensive end in the country by 247sports. Black recorded 146 tackles 18 tackles for loss four forced fumbles and an interception during his senior season and was named first team All-Cape Fear Conference. ELONTAE BATEMAN CHRIS CALHOUN DT 6-3 260 Memphis TN ILB 6-3 220 Roswell GA Bateman is a two-time Memphis Defensive Lineman of the Year winner and helped guide the Ridgeway Roadrunners to a 12-2 record and semifinal berth last season. Bateman is considered a consensus three-star prospect and showed his durability and maturity at the varsity level as a four-year starter. Calhoun was a four-year letterman at Centennial High School and participated in Georgia s Elite Junior Classic All-Star game. He had nine sacks and 19 tackles for loss his senior season and earned five player of the week honors. Calhoun is a three-star prospect and was rated the No. 45 defensive end in the nation by 247 sports. JESSIE BATES S 6-3 185 Fort Wayne IN STEVEN CLAUDE Bates earned back-to-back first team All-State selections at Snider High School and solidified a three-star status. During his senior year Bates recorded nine interceptions while leading Snider to a 10-3 record. Bates is a natural-born athlete and leader and also played point guard. WR 6-1 182 Hialeah FL Claude is ranked as the No. 58 wide receiver in the nation by 247sports and won a championship with Champagnat Catholic (FL) his junior season. Claude finished his high school career with 80 catches for 1 609 yards and 19 touchdowns. Claude was named All-state twice and All-Dade County twice. 28 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE Chris Calhoun 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 29 MATT COLBURN RB 5-9 186 Irmo SC NATE MAYS One of three running backs in the Demon Deacon s incoming class Colburn is the number 13 player out of the state of South Carolina. Colburn was originally committed to Louisville but made the switch a week after being asked to grayshirt his first year. OLB 6-2 215 Dalton GA NATHAN GILLIAM Mays earned first-team all-region his junior and senior seasons at Dalton High School. Mays recorded 148 tackles with five sacks and two interceptions his senior season and advanced to the second round with a 9-3 record. Mays is a member of the National Honors Society and was voted Dalton s 2014 Defensive Player of the Year. OT 6-5 270 Knoxville TN Gilliam comes from the same high school (Farragut) as former Deacon and 2012 NFL Pro Bowler Tyson Clabo and his brother Jacob was a starting tackle at Tennessee. Gilliam was named first team all-state in Class 6A last season and was the district 4AAA Lineman of the Year and an All-Knoxville Interscholastic League honoree. ROCKY REID RB 6-0 220 Concord NC T.J. HANEY At 6-foot 220 pounds Reid has college-ready size and he leaves behind a varsity career that saw him set the Concord High School and Cabarrus County all-time record with over 7 700 career rushing yards. Reid scored 90 touchdowns during his career and included All-State and All-American honors along the way. OT 6-6 315 Gaffney SC Haney is another college-ready tackle and earned first-team all-state last season with Gaffney High School. Haney was a three-year starter and maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout his high school career. Haney was the league and state title as a sophomore starter in 2012 and was selected for the Touchdown Entergy Cooperatives All-Star Bowl in 2014. JUSTIN STRNAD OLB 6-3 205 Tarpon Springs FL Strnad has the size and speed to be a star at outside linebacker and finished his senior season with 81 tackles eight pass breakups three tackles for loss three sacks and three interceptions. Strnad also helped East Lake High School record back-to-back undefeated regular seasons and semifinal appearances. AMARI HENDERSON S 6-1 182 Charlotte NC CHARLES WADE JR. Henderson brings leadership to the secondary and was an AP first team all-state selection last season. He won back-to-back state titles with Mallard Creek High School and was the MVP of the championship game in 2014. He finished his varsity career with 16 interceptions 58 pass breakups five sacks six blocked field goals and seven blocked punts. ATH 5-11 190 Jacksonville FL TABARI HINES Wade is an athlete that will likely land at receiver in college. He is a two-time first team all-state selection in Florida s 5A and did it all for the Bishop Kenny Crusaders. Wade caught 68 passes for 1 346 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushed for 522 yards and seven touchdowns last season and also played safety. Wade posted 67 tackles with four sacks three interceptions and three defensive touchdowns in the secondary. WR 5-10 165 Bennettsville SC Hines enrolled early in January and was first team all-state last season with Marlboro County High School. Hines played his first three varsity seasons at South Florence before posting 48 catches for 673 yards and 10 touchdowns with Marlboro County last season. Hines led the Bulldogs to the 2014 Class 3A lower state championship in what was his only year with the team. SCOTT WASHINGTON WR 6-5 203 Washington DC KENDALL HINTON Washington is considered a top 10 player out of Washington D.C. and helped lead the St. John College Cadets to the WCAC Championship game in 2013. He caught 19 passes for 422 yards and two touchdowns last season and included a 73-yard kickoff return touchdown against DeMatha. Washington is listed as a top 100 receiving prospect nationally. QB 6-0 180 Durham NC Hinton enrolled early and joined the quarterback competition as a dual-threat passer. Hinton led Southern Durham High School to a 13-1 record last season and passed for 3 258 yards and 30 touchdown while rushing for 835 yards. He led Southern Durham to the state title his junior year and was All-Conference on the basketball court. KAHLIL WELSH DT 6-3 275 Jacksonville FL Welsh has tremendous technique and body control and that stems from his four years as a starter in both wrestling and football. He was named the MVP of the Mobile Outreach All-Star game with 10 total tackles and seven tackles for loss. During his senior season he posted 56 takedowns and 12 sacks. KYLE KEARNS QB 6-3 195 Pleasanton CA GARRETT WILSON Kearns is one of the highest-rated prospects in this year s class and is considered the No. 12 pro-style quarterback in the country by Rivals. Kearns finished his varsity career with more than 6 300 passing yards and 70 touchdown passes. His senior season he completed 75 percent of his passes and captured the East Bay League championship. LS 6-4 210 Sanford NC Wilson is considered the No. 12 long snapper in the country and was a second team all-state second by NC Gridiron. He helped Southern Lee High School reach the state playoffs in 2014 its first berth in three seasons. Wilson is a member of the National Honor Society and enrolled early in January. 30 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE WIN FREE HUNTS AND GEAR 30 off first purchase of 100 at 10% off most products at Qualified to win FREE Hunts and Gear 12 months of The Outpost Magazine An Oupost Hat An Outpost Sticker JOIN TODAY CLICK HERE FOR JUST 29.95 YOU GET MORE THAN 100 WORTH OF RECRUITING ISSUE 31 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - FREE STUFF DUKE Durham NC HEAD COACH David Cutcliffe OFF. COORDINATOR Scottie Montgomery DEF. COORDINATOR Jim Knowles 2014 RECORD 9-4 (5-3) FOUNDED 1838 STADIUM Wallace Wade (33 941) 2015 CLASS NOTES The Duke coaching staff will be bringing in an 18-man class that will look to continue to build on the incredible success of the program over the past few years. Coach Cutcliffe seems to have a liking for the south as his recruiting class was led by seven players coming from Georgia and two more from Florida. Keyston Fuller a wide receiver out of Griffin Georgia is the Blue Devils top ranked recruit and an ESPN300 player. He along with fellow Georgia-based receiver T.J. Rahming will compete to fill the voids left by Jamison Crowder and Issac Blakeney. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT Duke s 2015 recruiting class was headlined by four-star California recruit Ben Humphreys. He s considered the 10th-best outside linebacker in the class of 2015 by the 247Sports Composite and the 25th-best player in the state of California. He looks to add speed power and a high motor to a defense that is improving every day. Humphreys used to be a part of the Mater Dei basketball program but after his sophomore season he decided to focus solely on football. Ben is a sneaky good athlete running in the 4.5 forty range and leaping nearly 40 inches. He chose Duke over other powerhouses such as Miami Nebraska Wisconsin and California. 2015 SIGNEES ZACH BAKER OC 6-3 290 Green Cover Springs FL JORDAN HAYES Baker a three-star recruit on Rivals committed to Duke in July of 2014. The 290-pound center has an impressive offer list composed of major schools such as California Georgia Tech and Oregon State. Baker is a physical blocker who excels in the running game and plays every play with tenacity. S 5-11 165 Loganville GA BRANDON BOYCE DT 5-11 255 Fort Lauderdale FL The three-star safety recruit out of Grayson High School has ideal size and is known as a rugged hitter in the back end. Hayes is known for his ability to pop receivers coming across the middle. He had an impressive senior season both on defense and offense and also was a star returning punts. Hayes was a big get for the Duke class. Although Boyce does not present the typical height and weight of a prototype defensive tackle he uses quickness and leverage to dominate opposing offensive lineman. Boyce has an impressive motor as he never gives up on a play and is constantly around the ball. He helped his high school powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas to a state championship his senior season. BEN HUMPHREYS OLB 6-1 200 Santa Ana CA KEYSTON FULLER Humphreys is the most-well known recruit in this 2015 class for the Duke Blue Devils. He is the only four-star player in the class and is ranked as a top 200 player in the country by Rivals. Humphreys participated in the Army All American game and was also named the USA Today Linebacker of the Year in California. WR 5-11 180 Griffin GA DANIEL JONES Fuller possesses the speed to take a cover off of any defense in the ACC. The three-star receiver on Rivals uses his 4.42 40 yard dash to run past defenders and is a precise route runner. Keyston led his Griffin squad to a 5A state championship his junior year and committed to the Blue Devils over North Carolina Clemson and Auburn. QB 6-5 190 Charlotte NC JOE GILES-HARRIS OLB 6-2 210 Montvale NJ The Charlotte native committed to Duke in January of 2015. Jones a 6-5 dual-threat quarterback is rated a two-star prospect on Rivals. Jones ran a spread offense similar to Duke s in high school. He brings an ability to throw an accurate ball on the run and is tough to tackle in open field. He will be added as a grayshirt. Giles-Harris has the playmaking ability at linebacker to make an impact as a true freshman for the Duke defense. He is a versatile defender who can drop into coverage and thrives on getting in the backfield and wreaking havoc. Harris the 54th ranked player in his home state of New Jersey on Rivals also played tight end for his high school squad. JEREMY MCDUFFIE CB 5-11 170 Snellville GA QUENTIN HARRIS McDuffie who committed to Duke over the Florida Gators has the ability to be a lockdown corner at the next level. The 5-11 stud corner is an impressive tackler for his size. With his blazing 4.45 40 yard dash he can also return kicks and punts and contributed to his high school s running game as well. QB 6-0 185 Watertown CT ZACH MORRIS The Duke bound quarterback is a dual-threat willing to beat you with either his arm or legs. Harris the shorter of the two 2015 quarterback commits in the Duke class had an impressive senior season racking up 1 642 yards passing and 442 yards on the ground. Harris is a shifty runner and has a rare ability to turn a negative play into a big gain. SDE 6-3 295 Ringgold GA Morris is a stout defensive end who disrupts opposing running games. He has a motor that is always running and possesses quick hands at the point of attack. As a senior at Ringgold High School Morris was named an All-State performer and was the 6-AAA Region Defensive Player of the Year. 32 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE TREVON MCSWAIN WDE 6-5 255 Suwanee GA RENO ROSENE McSwain is another impressive defensive end in this Duke class. The 6-foot-5 tower had a multitude of offers from major schools but committed to a Duke in December of 2014. McSwain the three-star Rivals defensive end uses pure speed and quickness to get around slower offensive linemen. OT 6-6 335 Thousand Oaks CA TWAZANGA MUGALA The ginormous offensive tackle was a huge pickup for the Blue Devils. Rosene is already on campus as he enrolled early to Duke to participate in spring practice. The three-star is a versatile lineman as he can play either guard or tackle. He was named a Freshman and Sophomore All American in high school by Max Preps. WDE 6-3 203 Cheshire CT MARQUIES PRICE Mugala is a smaller Defensive End at just 203 pounds. The three-star on Rivals had a monster season with 16.5 sacks and 34 tackles for loss. Mugala was originally committed to the Purdue Boilermakers but committed to Duke after an official visit in January of 2015. SDE 6-5 220 Fort Valley GA AUSTIN PARKER P 6-1 170 Mount Pleasant NC The strong-side defensive end is another early enrollee already on the Duke campus. The Peach County High School alum committed to the Blue Devils in June of 2014. With three of the six scholarship defensive ends graduating this year Price will have a strong chance to see playing time early. The talented rusher has a wide arsenal of pass rushing moves. Parker possesses the ability to switch field position in a hurry. He averaged 44.9 yards per punt during his senior year. He will be a big asset for the Blue Devils special teams in the coming years. The 6-1 right legged Punter also played quarterback for his Mount Pleasant squad. AARON YOUNG WR 6-4 200 Murietta CA T.J. RAHMING WR 5-8 150 Powder Springs GA Rahming the local McEachern star had a massive senior season. The three-star recruit is known for making plays all over the field. Rahming is as shifty as they come and is a pure route runner. The speedster led McEachern with 1 006 receiving yard and 15 total touchdowns. Rahming played in the Army All American Game and was named All-State in Georgia. At 6-4 Young possesses height that makes him a matchup nightmare. His commitment to Duke over Washington in February of 2015 was great news for Blue Devil fans. In a tremendous senior season Young had 1 081 yards receiving and 16 touchdown grabs. His size and ball skills in the air are going to be a great addition to the smaller quicker receivers in this 2015 class T.J. Rahming 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 33 GEORGIA TECH Atlanta GA HEAD COACH Paul Johnson OFF. COORDINATOR Paul Johnson DEF. COORDINATOR Ted Roof 2014 RECORD 11-3 (6-2) FOUNDED 1885 STADIUM Bobby Dodd (55 000) 2015 CLASS NOTES Paul Johnson seemed to be on the hot seat entering last season but an 11-win campaign capped by an Orange Bowl victory was enough to have his contract extended. The Jackets don t throw the ball much but top targets DeAndre Smelter and Darren Waller both have entered the draft. Out of Tech s 27 signees Christian Philpott is most likely to fulfill the role Smelter and Waller left behind. Philpott has the prototypical size the Yellow Jackets like on the outside at 6-foot-3. GT signed five athletes and will mix and match them in their offensive and defensive schemes. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT Paul Johnson and staff love versatile players that can play all over the field so no reason they won t love A.J. Gray. The slick athlete was the catalyst for the Washington County Golden Hawks. Gray lined up behind center at quarterback but also played defense in the secondary. The Gatorade High School Player of the Year in Georgia would regularly churn in efforts of four or more touchdowns including an interception on defense. Gray has the playmaking skills to be a fan favorite on either side of the ball. 2015 SIGNEES VICTOR ALEXANDER ILB 5-10 221 Jacksonville FL nine touchdowns as a senior and 404 yards on the ground. Cottrell will compete with several other running backs for playing time. Alexander led Trinity Christian Academy in tackles in each of the past three seasons and is a force in the middle of the field. Alexander chose Georgia Tech over UCLA and Florida and will likely make a big impact in the middle of the field in a couple of years. DAVID CURRY S 6-1 190 Buford GA KIRVONTE BENSON RB 5-8 190 Marietta GA As a senior Benson carried the ball 151 times for 886 yards and eight touchdowns in just eight games. Benson also caught 10 passes for 166 yards and three touchdowns. Benson lost just one fumble in his junior and senior year combined. Benson has tremendous strength at the running back position at 190 pounds. Curry originally committed to Virginia before de-committing and committing to Georgia Tech in January. With Ted Roof s defense for Tech Curry will likely fit in into the nickel corner role providing run support and dropping back into coverage as necessary. Curry could also see time as a punt and kick returner. MEIKO DOTSON CB 5-10 175 Daytona Beach FL WILL BRYAN OG 6-3 270 Carnesville GA Dotson received offers from Wisconsin Iowa State and South Florida before choosing the Yellow Jackets as his home. Dotson is ranked as the No. 164 ranked corner back in the nation as a threestar recruit and will look to patrol the secondary in due time. Bryan is the No. 39 ranked offensive guard in the nation and the No. 67 ranked player out of the state of Georgia. Bryan played LT and defensive end in high school and was named Georgia Class 3A All-State First Team by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as a senior. BRENTAVIOUS GLANTON DT 6-2 275 Albany GA Glanton is ranked as the No. 66 ranked defensive tackle in the nation as well as the No. 105 player in the state of Georgia. Glanton received offers from Tennessee Wake Forest and Georgia Southern before choosing Georgia Tech. Glanton will seek to join the defensive rotation in 2015. CHRISTIAN CAMPBELL ATH 6-1 185 Ponchatoula LA Campbell is the 40th ranked athlete in the nation as well as the No. 28 ranked player out of the state of Louisiana. Campbell s future is likely at either receiver or defensive back but currently plays quarterback. Campbell chose Georgia Tech over Arizona State University. A.J. GRAY S 6-1 196 Sandersville GA TYLER COOKSEY ILB 6-3 220 Norcross GA Gray as a defensive back amassed 57 tackles and nine interceptions returning four for touchdowns as the anchor of a defense that allowed just 12.6 points per game. Gray also played running back and quarterback and was named as the Gatorade Georgia Player of the Year. Gray will make an impact wherever he lines up to play. Cooksey is the No. 21 ranked linebacker in the nation as well as the No. 64 ranked player in the state of Georgia. Three-star recruit Cooksey decided to follow in his father s footsteps Tom Cooksey who played nose guard at Georgia Tech in the late 70s. KYLE HENDERSON DT 6-2 280 Tampa FL NATHAN COTTRELL RB 5-10 185 Knoxville TN Cottrell a three-star running back recruit chose Georgia Tech over offers from Air Force Cincinnati and 12 other schools. Cottrell had Kyle Henderson is ranked as the No. 69 defensive tackle in the nation as well as the No.153 ranked player out of the state of Florida. Henderson recorded 96 tackles one sack and one interception for a touchdown in his senior season. Henderson is early enrolled and already got a taste of how Paul Johnson runs practice before camp this summer. 34 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE A.J. Gray 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 35 HARLAND HOWELL WR 6-3 200 Marietta GA SCOTT MORGAN Howell is considered the No. 84 prospect in Georgia out of Wheeler High School. Howell drew interest from UGA as well as the University of Miami before choosing the Yellow Jackets as his home. The three-star recruit Howell enrolled early and will compete for playing time as a freshman with college-ready size. DT 6-5 275 Woodstock GA Morgan is ranked as the No. 84 defensive tackle in the nation as well as being ranked as the No. 136 ranked player out of the state of Georgia. Morgan received interest from Louisville Minnesota and Purdue before deciding on attending Georgia Tech with his brother Brad. OMAHRI JARRETT APB 5-9 168 Douglasville GA JAYLEND RATLIFFE Jarrett joins Marshall as another option Georgia Tech will have in the backfield as an all-purpose back. Jarrett is ranked as the No. 26 all-purpose back as well as being ranked as the No. 145 player in the state of Georgia. Jarrett like Marshall is a very quick shifty back. ATH 6-1 195 Laurinburg NC Ratliffe is considered to be one of the best players out of the state of North Carolina and is ranked as the No. 52 athlete in the nation. Ratliffe as a quarterback threw for 1 756 yards and a superb 16 2 TD to INT ratio as a junior. Ratliffe missed his senior year after a serious ATV injury. MIKELL LANDS-DAVIS RB 5-11 205 Douglasville GA ANREE SAINT-AMOUR Lands-Davis is the No. 48 ranked running back in the nation as well as the No. 62 ranked player out of the state of Georgia. Lands-Davis rushed for 607 yards on 121 carries as a senior for five touchdowns. Lands-Davis also caught 26 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns. WDE 6-3 225 Suwanee GA Out of North Gwinnett High School Saint-Amour decided on Georgia tech over Stanford and carried the Bulldogs defense his last two varsity seasons while stepping in at offensive line if he had to. SaintAmour will fit into defensive coordinator Ted Roof s defense very well and will make everyone better at practice with his high motor. CHRISTIAN PHILPOTT WR 6-3 203 Tallahassee FL TRENT SELLERS Philpott is ranked as Georgia Tech s top prospect out of Tallahassee. Philpott caught 44 balls for 902 yards and nine touchdowns in his senior year. Philpott received offers from Florida State Florida Auburn and several other schools before deciding on Georgia Tech and will compete to fill the void left by DeAndre Smelter and Darren Waller. WDE 6-3 230 Tyrone GA Sellers is ranked as the No. 67 weakside defensive end in the nation as a three-star recruit playing for Sandy Creek High School the same alma mater as Calvin Johnson. Sellers is one of a very few defensive ends the Yellow Jackets have signed in 2015 which will give Sellers a good chance to establish himself early in his career. MARCUS MARSHALL RB 5-9 200 Raleigh NC BRAD STEWART Marshall is the No. 35 ranked player out of the state of North Carolina and the No. 78th ranked running back in the nation. In a game against Jack Britt HS Marshall carried the ball 23 times for 167 yards and scored three touchdowns. Marshall will compete with several running backs for playing time. WR 6-2 180 Savannah GA Stewart is ranked as the No. 86 overall prospect out of the state of Georgia and is the 102 ranked wide receiver in the nation. Stewart led Benedictine to the Class AA state championship last year as a safety and receiver and is without question one of the most overlooked Class of 2015 prospects in the entire country. TAQUON MARSHALL APB 5-10 165 Hamilton GA DORIAN WALKER Marshall is ranked as the No. 19 all-purpose back in the nation and signed with Georgia Tech after receiving offers from Duke and Cincinnati. Marshall is a very shifty back at just 165 pounds and will likely make people miss with his quick footwork and field vision. ATH 6-0 175 Kennesaw GA Walker chose Georgia Tech over offers from Wake Forest Cincinnati and heavy interest from Clemson. Walker rushed for 2 252 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior and led Mt. Paran to the the Class A state title with a perfect 14-0 record. He is projected to play cornerback and possiblt A-Back. BRANT MITCHELL ILB 6-2 240 Knoxville TN QUAIDE WEIMERSKIRCH RB 6-0 201 Milton FL Weimerskirch is out of Milton Florida and will join a crowded backfield. Weimerskirch rushed 252 times for 1 792 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior and he enrolled early which will give him more time to familiarize himself with the triple option. Mitchell an inside linebacker is ranked as the No. 24 overall player out of the state of Tennessee and hopes to make a big impact with the Yellow Jackets. Mitchell chose Georgia Tech over Tennessee Mississippi State and several others. BRAD MORGAN OG 6-5 266 Woodstock GA DANTE WIGLEY Morgan is the 101st ranked offensive guard in the nation according to and will compete with several other linemen for starting time. Morgan attended Etowah High School and has great size and speed as an offensive lineman. Morgan allowed less than five sacks in his career. CB 6-1 183 Carrollton GA Wigley is ranked as the No. 82 cornerback in the nation as well as the No. 90 ranked prospect out of the state of Georgia. Wigley played in-state power Carrollton High School and is one of the most underrated defensive backs in the state with his combination of size and ball skills. 36 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE MIAMI Coral Gables FL HEAD COACH Al Golden OFF. COORDINATOR James Coley DEF. COORDINATOR Mark D Onofrio 2014 RECORD 6-7 (3-5) FOUNDED 1925 STADIUM Sun Life (76 100) 2015 CLASS NOTES The Hurricanes limped their way to the finish line dropping their final four games and finishing with a 6-7 record. Brad Kaaya took his lumps early on but finished with 3 198 yards passing as a freshman. The Canes will try to replace running back Duke Johnson who ran for 1 652 yards his junior season before bolting to the NFL. Mark Walton is Miami s lone running back recruit. He is ranked by ESPN as the 11th-best in the class and hails from Booker T. Washington High School in Miami. Jerome Washington is the No. 1 Junior College tight end and should provide an immediate lift at the position. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT Denzel Perryman leaves a massive void in the middle of the Canes defense with his production on the field and his leadership sure to be sorely missed. Charles Perry will do his best to solidify the linebacking corps once his name is called. Perry is an early enrollee out of Royal Palm Beach. He is ranked by ESPN as a four-star talent and an ESPN300 player. Perry isn t as strong as Perryman but is more fleet of foot with a 4.67 forty time. Charles won t be asked to play the same position as Perryman but he will need to make an impact as soon as possible. 2015 SIGNEES LAWRENCE CAGER WR 6-5 195 Towson MD Cager is listed as a four-star by Rivals and the fourth-best player in the state of Maryland. In his senior season at Calvert Hall he had 800 receiving yards and 10 touchdown grabs. His huge 6-5 frame is a big pick up for the Canes. MICHAEL JACKSON CB 6-2 190 Birmingham AL RYAN FINES Jackson is ranked as the 12th best player in the state of Alabama by Rivals and is listed as a four-star. The long athletic Jackson committed to the canes in late December. While he only played defensive back in high school Jackson may play some safety at Miami. The big corner is the King of Pop in the secondary. DT 6-4 305 Bradenton FL Fines only needed one recruiting trip to know where he wanted to play ball and that that trip was to Coral Gables. Fines the big 6-4 defensive tackle has been committed to the Canes since February 19th when he took his first unofficial visit to the school. He s ranked has a three-star by 247sports. JAQUAN JOHNSON S 5-10 182 Miami FL Johnson was an early enrollee at Miami after committing back in August. He s ranked 212th nationally by 247sports. Johnson was also a participant in the U.S. Army All American Game. He was a highly touted recruit with offers from schools such as Southern Cal Hawaii and LSU. TYLER GAUTHIER JAHAIR JONES OT 6-5 305 Venice FL Gauthier is a listed as a three-star offensive tackle by Rivals. Gauthier attended Venice High in Florida where last year he was part of an offensive line that led the team to over 2 000 yards rushing in 13 games. He s been committed to Miami since June 2nd. OT 6-5 310 Brooklyn NY Jones is a big junior college transfer for Miami. At 6-5 and 310 pounds Jones has the size to compete for playing time right away. 247sports gives him an 86 composite score making him a three-star and the third-best player from the state of New York. During his senior year in high school his offense averaged 338 yards per game. JAMIE GORDINIER SDE 6-4 235 Red Bank NJ Ranked as the 22nd best player in the state of New Jersey by Rivals Gordinier has been committed since June 9th. Gordinier averaged 9.8 tackles a game last season at Red Bank Catholic. In total he had 117 tackles while also collecting 13 quarterback hurries and blocking a punt. JAMES KING OLB 6-1 200 Miami FL King was a signing day flip for the Hurricanes. King was originally committed to Florida Atlantic University all the way up until national signing day when he flipped to Miami. In his senior season King tallied 43 solo tackles including nine tackles for loss and two sacks. TERRENCE HENLEY ROBERT KNOWLES CB 6-0 165 Pompano Beach FL Henley was a late addition to Miami s 2015 recruiting class after Antonio Crawford was granted a release from his scholarship. The Canes were Henley s lone offer. He officially signed with Miami a few weeks after national signing day on February 27th. S 6-1 185 Miami FL Knowles is tabbed as a four-star by ESPN and ranked as the 60th best player from the football rich state of Florida. Knowles was originally committed to Florida International University before Miami came calling. January 4th the day after the Canes offered Knowles accepted their offer. 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 37 Lawrence Cager 38 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE BRENDAN LOFTUS OT 6-7 270 Tallahassee FL EVAN SHIRREFFS Loftus is a huge offensive tackle and is ranked a three-star by 247sports. During his senior season at Amos P Godby High School Loftus was credited with 37 pancake blocks in just 13 games played. He s been committed to Miami since July 29th. QB 6-5 195 Jefferson GA HAYDEN MAHONEY Shirreffs is rated only a two-star by Rivals but what the ranking system doesn t adjust for is brains. Shirreffs had a 4.0 at Jefferson High School and also had an offer from Columbia and VMI before choosing the Hurricanes. In his senior season he threw for 1 560 yards and 16 touchdowns. OT 6-5 285 Malvern PA TYREE ST. LOUIS Mahoney is listed as a three-star by 247sports and is ranked the 19th best football player in the state of Pennsylvania. Mahoney is part of a whopping five offensive tackles signed in the Hurricanes 2015 recruiting class. He s been committed to Miami since March 29th. OT 6-5 300 Bradenton FL RICHARD MCINTOSH SDE 6-5 275 Fort Lauderdale FL St. Louis is ranked as the 10th best offensive tackle in the country by Rivals and is a coveted four-star for the Canes. St. Louis had been committed to Miami since July 29th but when he took a trip to Gainesville just days before national signing day it was cause for concern. St. Louis joins high school teammate Ryan Fines in this year s recruiting class. If McIntosh s senior season stats are an indication of anything Miami is in for a treat. In his final year of high school McIntosh racked up 80 total tackles 32 of those tackles were for a loss. He also added 14 sacks. McIntosh was the first National Letter of Intent the Canes received on national signing day. MARK WALTON RB 5-10 179 Miami FL BAR MILO OT 6-6 270 West Hills CA Walton is the Hurricanes highest rated recruit in this year s class according to 247sports. In Walton s senior season he rushed for 1 472 yards and 22 touchdowns for Booker T. Washington High School in Miami. He also added on five receiving touchdowns. He s been committed to Miami since September 29th 2013. Miami stole Milo right out of PAC 12 country. Milo first committed to the Canes back in August but made Miami fans sweat until he picked up the U hat on national signing day. Milo anchored the line at Chaminade High his senior season the team totaled over 2 400 yards on the ground. JEROME WASHINGTON TE 6-5 260 Princeton Junction NJ KENDRICK NORTON DT 6-3 305 Jacksonville FL Jerome Washington is another junior college transfer. He s rated as a four-star tight end by 247sports and the No. 1 player in the state of New Jersey. Miami offered Washington on November 4th and he committed three days later. His only other offer was from the University of Washington. With 27 division one offers lots of teams wanted Norton. The Canes landed him on national signing day. Norton had also showed interest in Auburn and Florida. He played both ways at Trinity Christian High School in Florida but will play exclusively defensive line at Miami. SCOTT PATCHAN SDE 6-5 237 Bradenton FL Patchan is a Miami legacy. His father Matt Patchan was a part of two national championship teams at Miami in the 80 s. Matt spent most of his senior year with an injured knee only playing in one game. He was one of five players to enroll early at Miami. CHARLES PERRY ATH 6-1 205 West Palm Beach FL Perry is ranked 266th in ESPN s top 300 recruits. He s been committed to Miami since June 23rd 2013. In his senior season Perry carried the ball 140 times for 1 024 yards and 10 touchdowns. Perry stuck with Miami from the beginning even after Alabama and Auburn made a run at him. SHELDRICK REDWINE CB 6-1 183 Miami FL Redwine was a surprising signing day flip for the Hurricanes. On signing day he decommitted from Louisville and chose Miami. He s rated a three-star by 247sports and the 58th best player in the state of Florida. In his senior year at Killian High School he had six interceptions in 15 games. 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 39 40 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE NORTH CAROLINA Chapel Hill NC HEAD COACH Larry Fedora OFF. COORDINATOR Gunter Brewer Chris Kapilovic DEF. COORDINATOR Gene Chizik 2014 RECORD 6-7 (4-4) FOUNDED 1789 STADIUM Kenan Memorial (62 980) 2015 CLASS NOTES The Heels flopped to 6-7 but have a top 30 recruiting class coming in to cure the tobacco road blues. Larry Fedora welcomes 10 ESPN four-star recruits to replace the ten seniors that were lost to graduation. North Carolina had one of the worst defenses in the nation allowing 39 points on average. The coaching staff hopes Jalen Dalton addresses that deficiency. Dalton is ranked by ESPN as the No. 8 defensive end in the country. Johnathon Sutton is pegged as the ninth-best inside linebacker and Jason Strowbridge the No. 29 defensive end. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT J.K. Britt was a playmaker for the Newnan Cougars during his high school career. He was recruited as an athlete and seems destined to see most of his time on defense at the safety position. Britt lined up at safety corner running back and wide receiver in high school. He ran for 737 yards and 11 scores his final season. Britt was both all-region on offense and defense. Larry Fedora has a lethal weapon he can dispose of in many ways. Don t be surprised if J.K. sees some time on offense throughout his career. 2015 SIGNEES JAKE BARGAS TE 6-4 225 Boca Raton FL Jake Bargas is ranked as the No. 33 tight end in the nation and was ranked as the 115th best player in the state of Florida. Bargas caught 47 passes as a senior for 869 yards and eight touchdowns. Bargas also returned punts in high school and will hope to compete for playing time early into his time with UNC. NATHAN ELLIOTT DUAL 6-1 195 Celina TX Ranked as the No. 28 dual-threat quarterback in the nation Nathan Elliot chose UNC over hometown TCU. As a senior Elliott completed 171 of 264 pass attempts for 2 624 yards 44 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Elliott will compete with signee Anthony Ratliff who is also a dual-threat quarterback. COREY BELL JR. CB 5-9 195 Cornelius NC Corey Bell Jr. is ranked as the No. 116 cornerback in the nation and the No. 44 player in the state of North Carolina. Bell chose UNC over rival Duke three months ago. Bell posted 23 tackles intercepted six passes for 73 yards and broke up five passes as a senior. Bell also returned punts and kickoffs. TOMMY HATTON OC 6-3 280 Montvale NJ Tommy Hatton is ranked as the No. 4 center in the nation and the No. 4 overall prospect out of the state of New Jersey. Hatton played nearly every position on an offensive line in high school that generated nearly 4 000 rushing yards and a 1 900 yard passer. J.K. BRITT CHARLIE HECK ATH 5-11 187 Newnan GA J.K Britt is ranked as the No. 59 athlete in the nation and was the No. 76 ranked player out of the state of Georgia. Britt as a senior recorded four interceptions and 22 tackles and rushed for 429 yards as a junior. Britt has battled some injuries but will compete for playing time in 2015 as a safety. OT 6-7 250 Kansas City MO Charlie Heck is ranked as the No. 97 offensive tackles but could play tight end at the University of North Carolina. Rated the 14th overall player in Missouri Heck helped lead Rockhurst to a 12-2 record and the 6A state championship a as senior. Heck is the brother of UNC offensive lineman Jon Heck. AARON CRAWFORD MIKE HUGHES DT 6-1 311 Ashburn VA Aaron Crawford is ranked as the No. 27 DT in the nation and the 17th best player in the state of Virginia. Crawford earned first-team 5A all-state honors as a senior and helped lead Stone Bridge to a 10-3 record. Crawford will look to be a force in the middle of the line for the next four years. CB 5-10 170 New Bern NC Mike Hughes is ranked as the No. 40 overall cornerback in the nation as well as the No. 12 player out of the state of North Carolina. Hughes played quarterback and running back in high school as well as racking up 43 tackles one sack five interceptions and 11 pass breakups as a junior on defense. JALEN DALTON JUVAL MOLLETTE DE 6-5 235 Clemmons NC North Carolina landed their biggest commitment this year in four-star defensive end Jalen Dalton. Dalton is the No. 57 player in the nation as well as the No. 3 weakside defensive end in this year s recruiting class. It won t be long before Dalton is making a huge impact for the Tar Heels. WR 6-4 187 Randleman NC Juval Mollette is ranked as the No. 54 wide receiver in the nation as well as the No. 16 receiver in the state of North Carolina. Mollette finished his senior season with 1 554 yards and 17 touchdowns. Mollette an early enrollee that has benefited from the extra time to prepare for the season and improve physically. 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 41 NICK POLINO OG 6-4 277 Buford GA MASON VEAL Ranked as the No. 43 guard in the nation Polino was a top 10 performer in the Georgia Rising Seniors game and was named the offensive line MVP. Polino led Buford high school to three consecutive state titles and never gave up a sack in his career at Buford. OT 6-6 285 Charlotte NC ANTHONY RATLIFF Mason Veal is rated as the No. 45 offensive tackle in the nation as well as the No. 13 tackle in the state of North Carolina. Veal earned first-team all-state honors from the Associated Press. Veal is early enrolled and will have a familiarity with the system that will help as he spends the summer building size to his frame. QB 6-1 205 Matthews NC TY SON WILLIAMS Anthony Ratliff is ranked as the No. 12 dual-threat quarterback in this year s recruiting class. Ratliff threw for 1 783 yards and 25 touchdowns while rushing for more than 1 200 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior. Ratliff should fit nicely with Coach Larry Fedora s offense. RB 5-11 200 Sumter SC ANDREW SMITH Ty son Williams out of Sumter SC is rated as the No. 22 running back in the nation. Williams complied three consecutive 1 000 yard seasons at Crestwood High School and is rated the No. 5 player out of South Carolina. Williams is already enrolled and will look to share carries this season. OLB 6-0 230 Jacksonville FL Smith is ranked as the No. 17 outside linebacker in the nation out of Trinity Christian Academy. Smith helped lead his school to back-to-back 3-A state championships in 2013 and 2014. He finished his senior season with 65 tackles including 5.5 for loss. Smith enrolled early. Nick Polino JASON STROWBRIDGE SDE 6-4 247 Deerfield FL Ranked as the No. 26 defensive end in the nation Strowbridge received 24 offers before choosing UNC. As a junior Strowbridge had 12 sacks broke up two passes and recovered a fumble. Strowbridge will likely compete for a starting job very early into his tenure at UNC. JOHNATHAN SUTTON OLB 6-0 215 Swansea SC The three-star recruit out of South Carolina and is ranked as the No. 35 overall outside linebacker in the nation. As a sophomore Sutton had 74 tackles 21 for loss and forced six fumbles before missing most of his next two years with a knee injury. Sutton has a lot to prove and will solidify the linebacker position while keeping special teams roles as chance to get on the field. WILLIAM SWEET OT 6-5 280 Jacksonville FL William Sweet jumped up over 100 spots in this year s recruiting class to find himself as the No. 34 offensive tackle in the class as well as the No. 43 rated prospect out of the state of Florida. Sweet has very quick feet and will look to make an early impact as he has already enrolled into UNC. CARL TUCKER WR 6-2 235 Cornelius NC According to Carl Tucker is ranked as the No. 48 athlete in the nation and is the 19th highest ranked prospect out of the state of North Carolina. Tucker will lineup as a tight end for the Tar Heels and will continue battling for playing time as an early enrollee. 42 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE PITTSBURGH Pittsburgh PA HEAD COACH Pat Narduzzi OFF. COORDINATOR Jim Chaney DEF. COORDINATOR Josh Conklin 2014 RECORD 6-7 (4-4) FOUNDED 1787 STADIUM Heinz Field (65 050) 2015 CLASS NOTES Pat Narduzzi gets his first crack at a head coaching gig after a successful run as Michigan State s defensive coordinator. The Panthers inked a small class of 14 players after winning six games but there is some talent. Cornerback Jordan Whitehead is an ESPN300 four-star from powerhouse Central Valley High School. Anthony McKee is another four-star player who lines up at outside linebacker. Darrin Hall Jr. will try to gain carries behind workhorse junior James Connor. Hall is a powerful runner himself weighing 213 pounds. T.J. Clemmings leaves a hole at offensive tackle. Alex Paulina and Tony Pilato are the lone linemen in this year s class. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT Pat Narduzzi over looked the creation of the No Fly Zone defense at Michigan State and will try to recreate that same type of hardnosed defense at Pittsburgh. Coach Narduzzi is hopeful that cornerback Jordan Whitehead can be the cornerstone to his defense. The Pennsylvania-native helped lead Central Valley to a 15-1 season while totaling 100 tackles and picking off seven passes. The ball-hawking corner also ran for 1 933 yards and 22 touchdowns. 247Sports Composite has Whitehead ranked as the 13th best corner in the 2015 class. Jordan can stop on a dime to make defenders miss and he can also lock down receivers in man coverage. 2015 SIGNEES SALEEM BRIGHTWELL OLB 6-3 205 Paramus NJ QUADREE HENDERSON 247sports rates Brightwell as a composite three star outside linebacker from Paramus Catholic one of the best high schools in the nation. Standing 6-foot-3 205 pounds Brightwell passes the eye test immediately off the bus. Over 100 tackles his junior season Saleem had offers from Michigan St Oregon and many more. RB 5-9 172 Wilmington DE Although small in stature Henderson is an all-purpose back with excellent route running and terrific speed. Likely to move into the slot role Henderson is the 75th best all-purpose back in the nation according to Rivals and the No. 1 player in the state of Delaware for the class of 2015. BEN DINUCCI GENTRY IVERY QB 6-3 198 Gibsonia PA WR 6-1 205 Mansfield TX DiNucci is the prototypical pocket passer coming into college with over 4 000 yards passing his senior season. DiNucci was initially set on attending University of Penn an Ivy League school but offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and a late recruiting visit sealed the deal for DiNucci to change his path to Pitt. Ivery had only one scholarship offer but it was the only one he needed as he immediately committed to Pitt. Listed as a composite two-star wide receiver from 247sports Ivery finished his senior season with 42 catches 586 receiving yards and 13 total touchdowns. ALLEN EDWARDS DANE JACKSON WDE 6-3 247 Franklin MA S 6-1 170 Leetsdale PA A juco commit out of Dean College 247sports list Edwards as a composite three-star defensive end. As a sophomore last year Edwards tallied eight sacks 13.5 tackles for loss and 22 total tackles on his way to being named All-Northeast Conference First Team. Look for Edwards to step in and make an immediate impact for the Panthers. A two way playmaker in high school as a quarterback and defensive back Jackson was offered a scholarship by Pittsburgh for his instincts on the defensive side of the ball. A composite three-star safety by 247sports Jackson ran a 4.46 40 to go with his excellent frame for the safety position. DARRIN HALL ANTHONY MCKEE RB 6-0 205 Youngstown OH OLB 6-2 190 Columbus OH At 6-foot 205 pounds Hall is a physical north and south runner that will fit right in with the Pittsburgh scheme. 247sports lists Hall as a composite four star recruit and 25th best running back in the nation. Coming off a knee injury his senior season Hall looks to bounce back strong in 2015 for the Panthers. A huge commit for this Pittsburgh class McKee chose the Panthers over powerhouses Oklahoma and Michigan State. Listed as the 19th best player out of football hotbed Ohio McKee brings an all-purpose skillset to the Panther linebacking core. He registered over 110 tackles and 12 sacks as a junior in 2013. MALIK HENDERSON ALEX PAULINA CB 6-1 175 Hallandale FL OG 6-4 292 Canonsburg PA A much needed piece to the 2015 class Henderson is a 3 star defensive back from the talent rich area of south Florida. Listed as the No. 91 corner in the nation Henderson led Hallandale to a 10-2 record his senior year. Paulina is a composite three star offensive guard listed by 247sports as the 14th best prospect out of the Pennsylvania area. With a massive presence of 6-foot-4 and 292 pounds Paulina has the size and tools needed to be a starting guard at the collegiate level. 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 43 TONY PILATO OT 6-7 295 Greensburg PA TRE TIPTON Listed as the 22nd overall player in the state of Pennsylvania Pilato is still raw in a lot of areas but has the potential to be a huge name in years to come. A towering 6 7 and 295 pound appearance certainly helped Pilato land a composite three-star rating from 247sports. WR 6-1 170 Spring Church PA Tipton is a hometown kid with terrific speed to make waves at the next level. A composite three-star wide receiver according to 247sports Tipton started every game of his high school career. He finished his senior season with 25 catches 475 yards receiving and 18 total touchdowns. JAY STOCKER S 6-2 192 Coatesville PA JORDAN WHITEHEAD Running a 4.6 40 time Stocker is an asset in both pass coverage and stuffing the run. Stocker is listed No. 13 overall in the state of Pennsylvania and is a composite three-star safety by 247sports. Stocker recorded 46 tackles and two interceptions his senior season. CB 5-11 185 Monaca PA An explosive shutdown cornerback that can make an impact as a true freshman Whitehead chose Pittsburgh over Penn State and Ohio State giving Panther fans something to roar about in 2015. Whitehead is the 13th best cornerback in the nation and the No. 1 overall recruit out of Pennsylvania according to 247sports. Jordan Whitehead 44 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE VIRGINIA Charlottesville VA HEAD COACH Mike London OFF. COORDINATOR Steve Fairchild DEF. COORDINATOR Jon Tenuta 2014 RECORD 5-7 (3-5) FOUNDED 1819 STADIUM Scott (61 500) 2015 CLASS NOTES The Cavaliers slummed their way through a five-win season but it could have been worse without one of the toughest defenses in the conference. Jon Tenuta is one of the most aggressive defensive coordinators in the nation. He will need to reload a defense that loses defensive ends Eli Harold and Max Valles both who left early for the NFL. Gladimir Paul is a pure pass rusher who could step in and help once ready. Steven Wright enters campus with a college-ready body and a sturdy foundation. Warren Craft should be a playmaker at receiver and is the highest ranked offensive player in this year s class. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT Inside Linebacker Jahvoni Simmons highlights this year s recruiting class. A year ago Coach London brought in the top defensive tackle and top safety in the nation. He didn t replicate the same talent this year but Simmons is a strong building block for the defense in years to come. Simmons grades out as the fourth-best inside linebacker in the country. He helped lead Ocean Lakes to a perfect season and a state title. Jahvoni finished with 73 tackles three interceptions and two forced fumbles his senior season. With the loss of Max Valles and Henry Coley the Cavs are thin at the linebacker position giving Simmons a chance to play early. 2015 SIGNEES NAJI ABDULLAH DE 6-6 230 Jacksonville FL At 6-6 Abdullah blends a rare combination of length and explosiveness on the defensive end while getting to the quarterback. His build may remind some of former standout Eli Harold. Abdullah s quick feet (4.7 40) and vertical (42 ) make him tough to contain. DAVID ELDRIDGE WR 6-0 165 Nokesville VA RYAN BISCHOFF You can t teach speed. That is what Eldridge brings to the table and it will be welcomed with open arms for an offense that has severely lacked players with game-breaking speed. Eldridge s 4.4 40 will allow him to make plays in open space. His route running has continued to improve and will benefit him down the line. OL 6-5 305 Plymouth Meeting PA Bischoff committed back in April of 2014 and has held true to his word of becoming a Wahoo. He helped anchor an offense that rushed for over 270 yards per game in his senior season. At 305 pounds Bischoff is quick on his feet and does a good job moving defenders out of his way and into the second level. ERIC GALLON LB 6-2 220 Lakeland FL RICHARD BURNEY With exceptional size Gallon thrives as a run stopper but also has the ability to get after the passer. Gallon can lay a mean hit and can be intimidating over the middle. He needs to work on his sideline-to-sideline quickness but his lean frame makes it look doable. TE 6- 4 230 Chesapeake VA Virginia used to be Tight End U but the play from that position has thoroughly lacked in recent years. Burney has a nice combination of size and speed that could see him playing sooner rather than later. Burney excels as a blocker but also has respectable hands. KAREEM GIBSON DB 5-10 160 Johnstown PA Gibson will need to add some weight to play in the secondary and is a likely candidate to take a redshirt. Though he may not have the body right now his mind is sharp. Gibson excels at diagnosing plays and reading receivers. Zone coverage is his forte but his man coverage is also getting stronger. TANNER COWLEY TE 6-4 220 Manasquan NJ Cowley surprisingly was the first member of the 2015 class to officially fax in his Letter of Intent. He has played both tight end and defensive end in high school but it s the tight end position that makes the most sense for him. Cowley brings good hands to the position. T.J. GRIFFIN DB 5-10 165 Virginia Beach VA WARREN CRAFT Griffin was a two-way star in high school and his playmaking abilities caught the eye of the Oregon Ducks who had an offer on the table. At Virginia Griffin will likely play the role of defensive back. He isn t very big and isn t too physical at the line but his athleticism allows him to stick on receivers and make plays on passes. WR 6-3 185 Roanoke VA Craft originally committed to play basketball at Virginia Tech following his freshman year of high school but decided to reopen his options after then head coach James Johnson was let go. Craft is an explosive playmaker with the ball and his exceptional size makes him a great target in jump ball situations. ELI HANBACK DT 6-4 275 Ashland VA Hanback may play either offensive lineman or defensive tackle in Charlottesville. On defense he is a powerful player with great size. He isn t much of a pass rusher but he still has moves to shed blockers. His lateral quickness is impressive for a player of his size. 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 45 NICK JOHNS QB 6-3 226 Washington DC The ESPN three-star signal-caller out of Gonzaga was the second offensive recruit to commit to the Cavaliers for the class of 2015 and the first skill-player. Johns has prototypical size for a pocket passer and has a big arm to go along. He s ranked the 19th best pocket-passing quarterback in the entire country by JAHVONI SIMMONS LB 6-0 230 Virginia Beach VA The consensus top player in this recruiting class Simmons is the only member of this class in the ESPN300 or the Rivals250. Simmons was a Rivals and ESPN four-star prospect coming out of Ocean Lakes. Simmons might not be flashy but he makes all the plays whether it is stuffing the run or dropping in coverage. Simmons is Mike London s prized jewel. GLADIMIR PAUL DE 6-3 210 Philadelphia PA Gladimir is a pure pass rusher who should thrive in Jon Tenuta s aggressive defense. He will have to gain more weight to live up to his potential but he has a good frame that should be able to supports 20-30 more pounds. Paul is quick off the edge but until he gains some more weight he may dabble at the outside linebacker position. C.J. STALKER LB 6-2 223 West Chester OH An early enrollee Stalker is one of the top ranked players in this year s recruiting class. Rivals ranks Stalker as a four-star and the 13th best inside linebacker in the nation. He will likely compete for a starting job as a freshman and will try to solidify the middle of the field with Jahvoni Simmons for years to come. GRANT POLK JUAN THORNHILL OL 6-6 290 Punta Gorda FL Polk is another early enrollee joining C.J. Stalker. Polk has great size for the position and should do good things in his time as a Cavalier. Polk will be able to get some reps during this year s spring game and should have a head start on other freshmen in learning the playbook. DB 6-1 175 Altavista VA Thornhill committed way back in November of 2013 and is set to step foot on campus finally. He has great size and could become a ball hawk. Thornhill has great instincts and a long stride that helps him cover ground in the secondary. He has significant upside once he gains some more muscle. RJ PROCTOR JAMES TRUCILLA OL 6-4 295 Bealeton VA Proctor has good size great work ethic and strong technique. He displayed these traits when he dominated a Rivals camp against higher ranked defensive linemen. Proctor helped lead an offense that averaged over 40 points per game his senior season. DT 6-1 267 Erie PA Trucilla is a physical lineman who loves to clog up holes and stuff the run. He moves well and has strong hands to shed blockers. His motor and his bull-dozing mentality allows him to play bigger than what he is listed. He comes from Cathedral Prep which has a rich football tradition. MYLES ROBINSON STEVEN WRIGHT WR 5-11 188 Olney MD Robinson is slight of size compared to the plethora of bigger possession wide receivers Mike London has at his disposal. Robinson isn t a burner but he is a crisp route runner who may fit in best in the slot. He has reliable hands and does a good job at high-pointing the ball and making plays. DE 6-5 240 Waycross GA The Ware County product isn t a strict pass rushing specialist like many defensive ends are nowadays. Wright is a bigger tradition defensive end that can use his strength along with his speed to disrupt backfields. Wright enters Charlottesville with a college-ready body but he will need to continue to fine tune his mechanics. CHRISTOPHER SHARP RB 6-2 195 Princeton NJ Many schools recruited Sharp as a linebacker but expect him to lineup in the backfield as a powerful rusher. His physical play didn t only shine through on defense but offense as well. The big back rumbled for 1 085 yards and 19 touchdowns his senior season. OLAMIDE ZACCHEAUS RB 5-8 185 Philadelphia PA Last fall Zaccheaus helped his team capture the state title for the second consecutive season. He is a pure speed back who can also be utilized in the return game. He is a three-star prospect according to Rivals ESPN and 247sports. Speed is something UVA has always lacked but Zaccheaus will look to change that. DOMINIC SHEPPARD LB 6-1 226 Miami FL The former Wisconsin-commit decided to reopen his recruiting after the Badgers coaching change. Sheppard is a big fast and physical middle linebacker who has the raw skills to succeed. His athleticism gives him the upside to be a strong pass rusher and cover a lot of ground. He packs a punch but will need to wrap up more consistently. 46 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE VIRGINIA TECH Blacksburg VA HEAD COACH Frank Beamer OFF. COORDINATOR Scot Loeffler DEF. COORDINATOR Bud Foster 2014 RECORD 7-6 (3-5) FOUNDED 1872 STADIUM Lane (65 632) 2015 CLASS NOTES Frank Beamer and Bud Foster have continued their rich tradition at Virginia Tech as a defensive powerhouse. Last year s defense allowed just over 20 points per game and will be retuning one of the best defensive lines in the nation. Tim Settle will continue that trend. The big man is the fourth ranked defensive tackle in the nation and keys Beamer s class. Even more defensive talent will join Settle with the likes of Joshua Nijman and Trevon Hill digging into the trenches. Tech will need to improve its quarterback play moving forward and dual-threat freshman Dwayne Lawson may be a good fit. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT Tim Settle should be next in a long line of great defensive linemen. The ESPN five-star recruit stands 6-foot-3 and 339 pounds making him a load for blockers to handle. Even with his size its Settle s quick feet and motor that separate him from the rest of the pack. Settle will get a great chance to learn behind veterans Dadi Nicolas and Luther Maddy. Settle will likely get a chance to make an impact as a freshman. Maddy will be coming off a season-ending knee injury so opportunities will be aplenty. This past season Settle recorded 72 tackles 20 tackles for a loss deflected 10 passes forced three fumbles and totaled three sacks. 2015 SIGNEES ADONIS ALEXANDER S 6-3 201 Charlotte NC Adonis is a big hard hitting safety that covers a lot of ground in the secondary. He is a three-star recruit according to ESPN but has upside with his length that cannot be taught. The early enrollee will look to re-emulate the success Kam Chancellor had as a big safety years ago. CHRIS CUNNINGHAM TE 6-3 220 Jacksonville FL Cunningham has shown off his versatility through high school after playing defensive end and tight end. He moves well and is an effective blocker while getting down field. His pass catching also is a strong facet of his game. JAHQUE ALLEYNE TREMAINE EDMUNDS S 6-1 180 Virginia Beach VA Alleyne hails from the highly-touted 757 area code and will provide some toughness and athleticism to the Hokie secondary. Alleyne shot down offers from Oregon Virginia and West Virginia to play for Bud Foster s defense. LB 6-3 215 Danville VA The Edmunds family has become a legacy in the Hokie program. The latest is now the third brother to play for Coach Beamer. Tremaine excels in pass coverage and is athletic enough to cover the middle of the field. MIKE ARNOLD COLEMAN FOX OL 6-5 280 Winter Haven FL Arnold uses his leverage to open up big holes for running backs to run though. His run blocking is a bit ahead of his pass blocking but the Florida-native has nimble feet and a strong foundation to throw off on coming defenders. The three-star player grades out as the 123rd best tackle in the nation. ATH 5-11 186 Salem VA Coleman will follow in his father Rich s footsteps at Virginia Tech and will lineup in the backfield. Rich played fullback from 1986-89 a part of Coach Beamer s first teams. The younger Fox starred at both running back and the slot receiver position in high school. He accumulated over 1 800 rushing his junior season. XAVIER BURKE DARIUS FULLWOOD TE 6-3 238 Fork Union VA Another player from Fork Union Military Academy Burke is an early enrollee. He is a strong blocker with good enough hands to make plays. He played defensive end with fellow Hokie-commit Yosuah Nijman at Fork Union. DE 6-3 238 Olney MD A three-year starter at Good Counsel Fullwood helped lead his team to a WCAC title while allowing just 14 points per game. He ended up with 35 tackles including seven for loss and forced two fumbles en route to earning First Team WCAC honors. Fullwood was originally a Kentucky-commit. AUSTIN CLARK OL 6-5 297 Lexington VA The four-star early enrollee originally committed to South Carolina before flipping to be able to stay closer to home. He is a strong option to see some playing time as a freshman due to his college-ready body. HOUSHUN GAINES DE 6-4 225 Rocky Mount NC Gaines originally committed to Florida but switched to Virginia Tech. He recorded 78 tackles 10 sacks and 15 tackles for a loss in his senior season at Nash Central. Gaines is a ranked a threestar prospect by both ESPN and 247sports. 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 47 TREVON HILL DE 6-4 220 Virginia Beach VA The ESPN four-star prospect spurned North Carolina in order to play for Bud Foster s lunch pail defense. As a junior Hill picked up 23 sacks as a part of Salem High School s defense. He was named both All-Region and All-State before leaving Salem his senior season. YOSUAH NIJMAN DT 6-7 267 Maplewood NJ Nijman is a big kid that is an early enrollee. He is ranked as a four-star by both ESPN and 247sports. He prepped at Fork Union Military Academy before signing with Virginia Tech. Nijman played defensive end in prep school but may switch to defensive tackle at the next level. ZACH HOYT OL 6-5 275 Salem VA Hoyt is a physical lineman recruited as a center but shows the versatility to play all three inside positions. At 6-5 Hoyt has great size and will continue to put on weight as he looks to make an impact on the field in a few years. D ANDRE PLANTIN OT 6-5 279 Norcross GA Offensive line coach Stacy Searels was Plantin s lead recruiter and he got his man. Plantin won two state championships while at Norcross. The ESPN three-star does a good job holding his blocks and pushes defenders backwards with his strong hands. DUWAYNE JOHNSON DB 6-1 161 Washington DC A three-star prospect rated by Rivals and 247sports Johnson will slide into Bud Foster s defense and will learn under the tutelage of defensive backs coach Torrian Gray. Johnson has the natural abilities to be a difference maker with a long frame and speed. Johnson will be a key contributor once he puts on more muscle. MOOK REYNOLDS ATH 5-11 171 Greensboro NC Reynolds is listed as an athlete but will likely suit up in the secondary as a play making cornerback. He is ranked as a fourstar prospect according to ESPN and has a chance to play as a freshman after enrolling early. TIM SETTLE DT 6-3 339 Manassas VA The five-star and No. 4 ranked defensive tackle in the nation according to ESPN announced he will come to Blacksburg after the 2015 Under Armour All-American Bowl. Settle is very quick for his size and gets the ball regularly. DWAYNE LAWSON QB 6-6 215 Tampa FL The four-star dual-threat quarterback announced his decision to attend Virginia Tech at the Semper Fidelis All-American game. Lawson originally was committed to Miami before switching to the Hokies. He obtains a strong arm and can make people miss with his feet. TYRELL SMITH OT 6-4 280 Ramsey NJ Smith an early enrollee needed a season to improve his grades at prep school but the 2014 hold-over is ready to step foot on campus. He is quick and physical and does a good job in both run and pass blocking. His long athletic build is a plus for Stacy Searles to develop. HARRY LEWIS DT 6-0 260 Hampton VA The agile defensive end loves to rush the passer. Lewis has above average football IQ and diagnoses plays quickly and knows how to beat opposing offensive linemen. Lewis broke the Phoebus school record by squatting 675 pounds. His powerful legs allow him to drive towards the ball carrier and make plays. ERIC WHITEHEAD DT 6-0 298 Indianapolis IN Whitehead uses an explosive first step to disrupt plays and break into the backfield. His quick first step and ability to time snaps along with his massive size makes him difficult to stop once he gets a head of steam. Whitehead could be an above average pass rusher for a defensive tackle. CARSON LYDON LB 6-2 230 Tarpon Springs FL The early enrollee is a player with a lot of upside. He has been described as a cerebral linebacker who knows how to make plays. Lydon should shine on special teams before cracking the defensive rotation. ADONIS WILLIAMSON CB 6-0 185 Indianapolis IN Williamson recorded 14 interceptions during his high school career including six in his final season of which two he returned for scores. He is a sure tackler that squares up ball carriers and does a good job avoiding and shedding blocks. Williamson trusts his techniques and instincts which allows him to be a quick learner and succeed. DESHAWN MCCLEASE RB 5-10 178 Chesapeake VA McClease may be small but the shifty back isn t afraid to run between the tackles. He runs a 4.68 40 so after breaking a tackle or two he is fast enough to break off a big gainer. McClease is pegged as a three-star prospect. 48 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE D Andre Plantin 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 49 THE SIDELINES 50 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 51 SEC SEC TEAM RANKINGS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 ALABAMA Nick Saban and his staff have once again put together the top-rated class in the nation. The 24-person class has six five-stars including quarterback Blake Barnett a top-5 player out of California. TENNESSEE Butch Jones has done it again and the Volunteers massive 29-player class has 10 early enrollees including Hutchinson C.C. transfer and former Alabama running back Alvin Kamara. LSU The Tigers strong class is highlighted by five-star cornerback Kevin Tolliver II and its four receivers and two running backs that add more speed and playmakers to the skill positions. LSU signed 13 players from in-state lines the most since 2012. GEORGIA The Bulldogs are bringing in some of the most talented defensive linemen in the country including five-star tackle Trent Thompson. Thompson is the No. 1 ranked player in the nation according to 247sports. AUBURN Auburn once again hit the state of Georgia hard with this year s top-10 nationally-ranked class. The Tigers are bringing in 10 players from the Peach State compared to just seven from in-state line. TEXAS A&M The Aggies biggest addition came on the defensive side of the ball this year with the signing of five-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack. The 6-foot-1 330-pound lineman was one of the Lone Star state s top prospects this year. OLE MISS Ole Miss looked for more skill players and guys that can come in and contribute right away and they achieved those goals. Wideouts Damarkus Lodge and Van Jefferson have the size and speed needed in the SEC and D.J. Jones comes in as the No. 1 juco defensive lineman in the nation. MISSISSIPPI STATE The Bulldogs added 17 in-state signees with this year s class and another seven players came from Alabama. Safety Jamal Peters and linebacker Leo Lewis have the size and skillset to see immediate playing time. SOUTH CAROLINA The Gamecocks put together the No. 19 class in the country according to 247sports and they did so by once again dominating out-of-state recruiting in Georgia. South Carolina only signed five players from in-state but are bringing in 10 players from neighboring Georgia. FLORIDA Coaching changes hurt this year s class slightly but they are still a top-20 nationally ranked class and many key positions were filled. Offensive tackle Martez Ivey and defensive end CeCe Jefferson are as talented as any player in the nation at their position. ARKANSAS The Razorbacks boast the No. 23 class in the nation according to 247Sports and key signings from Texas and Florida give the team a huge boost on both lines of scrimmage. Defensive tackle Hjalte Froholdt and guard Jalen Merrick are early enrollees from the Sunshine State. MISSOURI The two-time defending SEC East champions signed the No. 1 quarterback in the state with Drew Lock and added more size to the roster. Justin Smith fits the prototype as a 6-foot-7 220-pound wide receiver from Dublin Ga. KENTUCKY Last year s class ranked 22 in the nation but the Wildcats will be happy with the potential in this year s 39th-ranked class. Logan Stenberg (6-foot-6) and Levon Livingston (6-foot-7) will be works in progress as the staff looks to turn the two into cornerstone offensive tackles. VANDERBILT The Commodores bring in four linebackers and two defensive ends with this year s class and offensively welcome La Salle College four-star quarterback Kyle Shurmur to the Volunteer state. Vanderbilit s class holds players from 12 different states all arriving on campus with the goal of playing in the SEC. 52 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE WIN FREE HUNTS AND GEAR 30 off first purchase of 100 at 10% off most products at Qualified to win FREE Hunts and Gear 12 months of The Outpost Magazine An Oupost Hat An Outpost Sticker JOIN TODAY CLICK HERE FOR JUST 29.95 YOU GET MORE THAN 100 WORTH OFRECRUITINGSTUFF FREE ISSUE 53 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - ALABAMA Tuscaloosa AL HEAD COACH Nick Saban OFF. COORDINATOR Lane Kiffin DEF. COORDINATOR Kirby Smart 2014 RECORD 12-2 (7-1) FOUNDED 1831 STADIUM Bryant-Denny (101 821) 2015 CLASS NOTES Nick Saban and company managed to land another highly ranked recruiting class. ESPN had it as the best in the nation while Rivals. com deemed it the second best. Alabama will need to reload with the losses of T.J. Yeldon Blake Sims and Amari Cooper. Blake Barnett out of Santiago High School in California is the No. 1 pocket-passer quarterback according to ESPN. He threw for 3 404 yards his senior season and was the MVP of the 2014 Elite 11 Quarterback Competition. Calvin Ridley looks to replace Cooper and is ESPN s No. 1 ranked receiver. Damien Harris is a consensus top three running back who will compete for carries in year one. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT Bo Scarbrough is a former five-star running back who will finally make his debut. A part of Alabama s 2014 recruiting class the 6-foot-2 240 pound beast was finally cleared to enroll this January after struggling to become eligible. Nick Saban told We think Bo is a multi-talented guy but we look at him as a running back first. He has really a diverse skill level for a big guy he s a physical guy. He has really good running ability but he also has great receiving skills. He s actually played as much wide receiver as he has running back. Expect Scarbrough to be in the mix for carries with the rest of Bama s backfield. 2015 SIGNEES KEATON ANDERSON Outside LB 6-1 215 Florence AL LESTER COTTON Anderson took only one official visit and that was to Tuscaloosa just a couple of weeks before National Signing Day. The linebacker once had 16 tackles in an October win against in-state Decatur High School according to That same recruiting website has him lasted at the 21st best prospect in the state. OG 6-4 325 Tuscaloosa AL Like the wide receiver spot the offensive line is looking for many new faces to make an impact. Alabama has to replace three starters from last season and both guard spots are open. The nation s fourth best offensive guard could be one of the players called upon to replace seniors Arie Kouandjio and Leon Brown. BLAKE BARNETT MINKAH FITZPATRICK QB 6-4.5 200 Corona CA CB 6-1 198 Jersey City NJ Barnett has been committed to playing for the Crimson Tide all the way back to last June. He was recruited by offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin and is currently in a five man race for the starting quarterback spot this fall. He enrolled early and went through spring practice with the Tide. Fitzpatrick is the 2015 top prospect out of New Jersey according to He was named second-team AllUSA pick by USA Today. He also played in the Under Armour All-America Game. Fitzpatrick chose Alabama despite a mid-January visit from Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher. MEKHI BROWN DESHERRIUS FLOWERS RB 6-1 211 Mobile AL Flowers was a commitment to Alabama all the way back to April of 2013. He is an early-enrollee and ran the ball once for two yards in the program s A-Day Game. He is going to be battling for playing time with junior standout Derrick Henry and senior Kenyan Drake. Remember Drake is also coming back from that gruesome injury last year against Ole Miss. WDE 6-4.5 222 Columbus GA Brown committed to play for Alabama in the spring of his junior year and did not waver on his decision. He was offered by Georgia Georgia Tech and Georgia State. However when defensive coordinator Kirby Smart came calling Brown decided that Tuscaloosa was the right place for him. SHAWN BURGESS-BECKER WR 6-1 185 Pompano Beach FL DAMIEN HARRIS The Tide lost all three starting wide receivers last year and could really use playmakers like Burgess-Becker. He chose Alabama over Florida LSU Auburn Florida State and Miami thanks to persistent recruitment by offensive line coach Mario Cristobal and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart. He is listed at the nation s 10th best receiver by RB 5-11 205 Barea KY This five-star signee is ranked the top running back in the country according to Harris decided to roll with the Tide when he made his decision official on January 9 this year. He was selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Game after running for 1 576 yards with 23 touchdowns in 2014. DAYLON CHARLOT RONNIE HARRISON WR 6-0 193 Patterson LA S 6-3 218 Tallahassee FL Charlot comes to Alabama as a four-star recruit and signed with the Tide on National Signing Day. Texas Tech made a late move to try to get him to come play for them. There was also a chance that Charlot would stay in state to play for LSU. has him listed as the nation s ninth best receiver. Harrison is an early-enrollee to Alabama and committed to play for them last summer. He launched onto the scene in the program s spring game with a 31 yard interception return after he picked off quarterback David Cornwell. Harrison comes into Tuscaloosa as 2015 s 12th ranked safety according to 54 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE Bo Scarbrough 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 55 HALE HENTGES TE 6-5 230 Jefferson City MO KENDALL SHEFFIELD Hentges could be in a battle of numbers at the tight end spot this fall when he hits campus. The Crimson Tide have four players at that position returning for the 2015 season. The Under Armour All-America Game selection committed to Alabama last summer. That said Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel made a visit to him last November. CB 6-0 181 Missouri City TX Sheffield had 34 different offers to sort through until he decided to make his intentions official to play in Tuscaloosa. Texas A&M s Kevin Sumlin even made a late visit to Sheffield. The defensive back intercepted two passes and even returned one for a touchdown. He also broke up seven passes this season for Marshall high school in the Houston-area. ANFERNEE JENNINGS WDE 6-3 256 Dadeville AL ADONIS THOMAS Jennings committed to Alabama all the way back to the spring of his junior year. He chose the Tide over Arkansas and Mississippi State. This 2015 prospect already comes to Tuscaloosa with enough size to play at 3-4 defensive end spot. That said all three starters from last year s team are returning. OLB 6-3.5 229 Lawrenceville GA BRANDON KENNEDY The Gwinnett County product chose Alabama over Florida Georgia LSU Texas A&M and many other offers. He played in the Under Armour All-America Game this past winter. His size makes him look ready to go on the college level from that perspective. However as stated earlier the Tide have a lot of players returning in the linebacker group. OG 6-3 290 Wetumpka AL Kennedy decided to come to Alabama early after making his decision to commit to them last July. He also took unofficial visits to Auburn and Clemson. He was one of two offensive linemen who enrolled early at Alabama. While he is listed as a guard according to he could try to add depth at center. DEIONTE THOMPSON S KR 6-2 181 Orange TX JOSHUA MCMILLON Thompson is the nation s second ranked safety according to He is already on campus and looks like he s already getting serious consideration in the kickoff return game. He received five in the A-Day Game for a total of 137. His longest return was 30 yards. That was good enough to give him the most all-purpose yards on the day. OLB 6-3 239 Memphis TN McMillon decided to sign with Alabama despite a late puch visit to Michigan. Oklahoma was also in the running for this Tennessee Mr. Football of 2014. He is a fourstar signee and is the 16th ranked outside linebacker in the nation. At least one outside linebacker spot is open with Xzavier Dickson graduating. DALLAS WARMACK DARON PAYNE The name sounds familiar because his brother Chance was a standout offensive lineman for Alabama during his college career. The Mays product made a name for himself during his high school career and was even selected to play in the US Army All-American Bowl. Warmack enrolled at Alabama soon after Mays loss to Northside in the GHSA 5A Title Game. OG 6-2 305 Atlanta GA DT 6-2 325 Birmingham AL The state s number one prospect according to 247sports. com decided on Alabama back in January. The Under Armour All-America Game selection decided on Alabama over instate rival Auburn. It will be tough for him to get playing time with SEC Coaches All-Freshman team member A Shawn Robinson returning to that nose tackle spot. MATT WOMACK OT 6-7 320 Senatobia MS RICHIE PETITBON This Mississipi-native has the size you would love to have in an offensive tackle. He comes to Tuscaloosa though as one of the lower ranked offensive linemen out of the four others that they signed at the position. That said he is the only offensive tackle in this year s class. Alabama is looking to replace one of their tackles from last season with Austin Shepherd graduating. OG 6-4 301 Washington DC Petitbon is the fifth ranked offensive guard according to He committed to the Crimson Tide last April despite getting many offers from LSU Penn State and Ohio State. As already stated for Alabama they are in need of guard help. Petitbon could be one of the players in the mix for playing time. CALVIN RIDLEY WR 6-0 170 Pompano Beach FL Ridley is the nation s top wide receiver according to 247Sports. com. He put up over 1 100 yards on 41 catches with 12 touchdowns in his junior season. In April of 2014 he decided to commit to Alabama. He is supposedly nicknamed Showtime according to his profile on the same website that named him the nation s best at his position. 56 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE FOLLOW THE SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE HAVE YOU MISSED ANY ISSUES OF They re all waiting for you at our website WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM GO AHEAD. CAST A LINE AND REEL THEM IN 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 57 ARKANSAS Fayetteville AR HEAD COACH Bret Bielema OFF. COORDINATOR Dan Enos DEF. COORDINATOR Robb Smith 2014 RECORD 7-6 (2-6) FOUNDED 1871 STADIUM Reynolds-Razorback (72 000) 2015 CLASS NOTES The Hogs class was ranked No. 25 according to Rivals No. 22 according to Scout and No. 23 in the 247 Sports composite and it is becoming clear that head coach Bret Bielema can recruit within the SEC gauntlet. Arkansas played one of the toughest schedules in the nation last year and finished 7-6 but five of the losses were by a single score. The Razorbacks bounced back from disappointing defeats and dominated the Texas Longhorns at the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl something that proved valuable. We got three commitments from Texas after we won our bowl game in Texas admitted Bielema. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT There are not many incoming freshman in the SEC more intriguing than Arkansas defensive tackle Hjalte Froholdt. He was introduced to football just over five years ago in Demark and learned basic fundamentals without the resources to field full practices. Froholdt arrived in America his sophomore year in Warren Ohio and joined the team hoping to make friends and earn playing time with the JV team but his talent quickly turned him into a two-way starter. He would play his way to the No. 42 overall-ranked prospect in this class. 2015 SIGNEES JAMARIO BELL DE 6-6 250 Junction City AR WILL GRAGG Bell is the second-best player out of Arkansas according to Scout. com and is a consensus four-star. He helped lead Junction City to the Class 2A state championship last season and led a defense that shut out six opponents during their 13-0 season. He totaled 76 tackles 12 tackles for loss and seven sacks last season. TE 6-4 241 Dumas AR AUSTIN CANTRELL Gragg is another early enrollee and was the top rated player in the state of Arkansas this year. He hauled in 42 catches last season for 452 yards and two scores and is a true possession receiver that the Razorbacks will use to advance down the field. He helped Pine Bluff win the Class 6A state title in 2013 and also played basketball and baseball. TE 6-3 249 Roland OK DERRICK GRAHAM Arkansas is loading up the tight end position and Cantrell comes in as the No. 7 tight end in the nation according to 247sports. He played tight end and H-back his senior year and rushed 95 times for 600 yards while adding 14 catches for 270 yards and a score. Cantrell s physicality and experience running the ball will help him find playing time. LB 6-4 220 Wauchula FL Graham is the No. 6 outside linebacker coming out of Florida according to and is a consensus three-star. Injuries cut his senior season short but he posted 32 tackles with three tackles for loss. His junior season he intercepted four passes and compiled seven tackles for loss and 51 total tackles. NATE DALTON DB 6-3 195 Houston TX DRE GREENLAW DB 6-1 210 Fayetteville AR Dalton has great height for a defensive back especially cornerback the position he is slated to compete for. The consensus three-star tallied 30 tackles and four interceptions last season and earned All-District honors. Dalton also played baseball and competed in track and field. He chose Arkansas over Michigan Kentucky and Kansas among others. Rivals lists Greenlaw as the sixth best player coming out of Arkansas this year and he is the top safety in the state. Greenlaw was named the All-NWA Media Football Player of the Year last season. He totaled 119 tackles four tackles for loss four interceptions and 10 pass breakups. Greenlaw also hit triple-digit tackles his junior year with 108. DAYTRIEON DEAN COLTON JACKSON DE 6-3 267 Fort Smith AR OL 6-6 305 Conway AR Dean is the No. 9 player in the state according to Rivals and was awarded the 2014 Dan Hampton title this year for the best high school defensive lineman in the state. Dean helped Northside boost its win total by seven games his senior year as the team finished 10-4 in Class 7A. Jackson possesses the SEC size we are seeing with this year s class and is the No. 50 tackle in the nation according to Scout. com. Jackson was named to the Associated Press Arkansas Super Team in 2014. Jackson also played basketball and participated in track and field and he brings athleticism to the position. HJALTE FROHOLDT KENDRICK JACKSON DT 6-5 290 Bradenton FL LB 6-0 221 Haynesville LA Froholdt enrolled early and is the No. 90 overall player in the Top247. The gigantic defensive tackle is considered a top 5 player out of Florida this year. He posted 55 tackles with 12 tackles for loss last season and included 10 sacks. He helped IMG Academy to a 10-1 record last year in just its second season of competition. Jackson is a tackling machine that earned All-state honors and was named Class 1A Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association last season. He was a state title with Haynesville his junior season and returned for a monster senior year that saw him compile 118 tackles with 24 tackles for loss. 58 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE BLAKE JOHNSON P 6-1 190 Los Alamitos CA Johnson is ranked as the No. 2 punter in the nation and was selected as one of just two punters to play in the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Johnson can do much more than boot the football and as a linebacker and safety he totaled 156 tackles with seven sacks over the course of his junior and senior seasons. ZACH ROGERS OL 6-1 300 Lewisville TX Rogers is a four-star linemen that enrolled early and is competing for playing time at center. considered him the fourth best center in the nation. Rogers was listed in the top 50 prospects to come out of Texas this year and chose Arkansas over Baylor Oklahoma Texas Texas Tech and UCLA. JEREMIAH LEDBETTER DE 6-4 270 Hutchinson KS Ledbetter comes in after spending 2014 at Hutchinson C.C. He is ranked as the No. 15 prospect in Rivals Top JUCO 100 list and is the No. 1 ranked defensive end coming out of juco this year. He enrolled early and participated in spring and will likely see significant playing time this year. He totaled 15.5 sacks and 24.5 tackles for loss last season and blocked two kicks. T.J. SMITH DE 6-3 255 Moultrie GA Smith transferred from North Stanly High School (NC) to Colquitt County High School (GA) before his senior season and helped the Packers solidify a perfect 15-0 season and Class 6A championship through one of the hardest schedules in the nation. Smith had 46 tackles and 15 tackles for loss last season. JALEN MERRICK DEON STEWART OL 6-5 295 New Smyrna Beach FL Merrick enrolled early and gave the Razorbacks a versatile addition to the offensive line. Merrick is considered the No. 14 guard in the nation and can play on either side. He was named to the All-USA Florida team by USA Today and during high school divided his talents to basketball weightlifting and track and field. WR 5-11 160 Hardy AR Stewart is considered the No. 10 recruit coming out of Arkansas this year and the wideout earned a spot on the AP s Arkansas Super Team as a defensive back last year while making second team at wide receiver. He caught 49 passes for 1 005 yards (20.5 ypg) and scored 11 touchdowns. C.J. O GRADY TY STOREY TE 6-5 230 Fayetteville AR O Grady is a four-star tight end that is considered the No. 2 prospect at his position in the nation. He earned First Team honors helped Fayetteville go 13-3 his senior year and make an appearance in the Class 7A title game. He compiled more than 1 650 receiving yards and caught 25 touchdowns his last two seasons. QB 6-3 210 Charleston AR Storey was listed as the No. 6 pro-style quarterback in the nation this year and is a top three ranked prospect out of Arkansas. He led Charleston High School to back-to-back perfect seasons and Class AAA titles. Storey finished his career with a ridiculous 12 856 passing yards and 154 touchdowns. LA MICHAEL PETTWAY WILLIE SYKES DB 6-0 183 Spring TX Sykes was named first-team all-state by Dave Campbell s Texas Football and is considered the No. 70 safety in the nation by ESPN. The 6-foot defensive back finished his senior season with 86 tackles three tackles for loss two forced fumbles and two interceptions. Sykes also returned a kickoff 96-yards for a score in the second round of the state playoffs. WR 6-3 194 Nashville AR Pettway s four-star status is another reason this year s class ranked so highly. The 6-foot-3 target is the No. 55 receiver in the nation according to 247sports. Pettway caught 54 passes last season for 913 yards and 18 touchdowns last season while also posting 45 tackles and an impressive eight interceptions at defensive back. RYAN PULLEY RAWLEIGH WILLIAMS RB 5-10 205 Dallas TX Wiliams is considered the No. 33 running back in the nation by 247sports and is a consensus three-star. Williams was a finalist for the 2014 Tom Landry Award given annually to the best high school football player in North Texas. He finished his career with 5 023 rushing yards and 62 touchdowns 37 of which came last season. DB 6-1 190 Cape Coral FL Pulley is the No. 73 cornerback in the nation according to and is the No. 185 recruit out of Florida according to 247sports. Pulley was a finalist for News-Press Defensive Player of the Year last season ad scored seven touchdowns at receiver while posting two interceptions and 16 pass breakups on defense. DOMINIQUE REED WR 6-4 175 Coffeyville KS Reed is a four-star juco prospect that is considered the No. 25 prospect in the nation. He was named the team MVP last season after leading the offense in receptions (61) receiving yards (1 157) and touchdowns (18). His 18 receiving touchdowns and 1 157 receiving yards are both new school records. 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 59 AUBURN Auburn AL HEAD COACH Gus Malzahn OFF. COORDINATOR Rhett Lashlee DEF. COORDINATOR Will Muschamp 2014 RECORD 8-5 (4-4) FOUNDED 1856 STADIUM Jordan-Hare (87 451) 2015 CLASS NOTES The Tigers gained a lot by bringing in former Gator head coach Will Muschamp as defensive coordinator. His instant credibility of being a great defensive mind gave Auburn what it needed to put together one of this year s top recruiting classes. Auburn hit the recruiting trails hard and it cannot be stressed enough how much success the Tigers are having in Georgia. This year s 10 players from Georgia s talent pool continue to establish Auburn s presence in the metro Atlanta area. Wide receiver Darius Slayton and safety Jordan Colbert were two of the Peach State s most explosive playmakers. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT While Auburn hit Georgia hard they also successfully recruited the state of Florida. 6-foot-2 230-pound outside linebacker Jeffery Holland comes from powerhouse Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville. The four-star is the No. 8 outside linebacker in the country. Holland s biggest strength is his pursuit and ability to play angles which is going to be key for handling the SEC speed out in the perimeter. Recruiting wiz Rodney Garner secured the blue chip outside linebacker but it was much more that attracted Holland to Auburn. My uncle played for Auburn. It is a family thing explained Holland. I am from a small town Auburn is a small town and my family loved it there. 2015 SIGNEES MONTAVIOUS ATKINSON DB 6-1 200 Fairburn Ga. Robinson is a physical cornerback who had 137 tackles his junior and senior season at Langston Hughes High School. 247Sports rates his as a four-star prospect and the 10th best inside linebacker in the country. Robinson tallied 531 carrier tackles as well as seven interceptions. CARLTON DAVIS DB 6-1 182 Miami Fla. Davis is a defensive back who will look to improve the Tigers defense immediately. During his senior year at Miami Norland High School Davis registered 50 tackles and six interceptions. He was the MVP of the Chick-fil-A Battle of the Borders and he also played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. TYLER CARR JAVARIUS DAVIS OL 6-5 310 Southside Ala. With Carr enrolling early he will have a chance to see some playing time right away. Rates as the 10th best offensive guard in the country by 247Sports Carr is quick for his size and can run over defenders. ranks him as the No. 11 player in Alabama. DB 5-11 185 Jacksonville Fla. Davis is a swift and physical defender who should battle for playing time at corner in the fall. He was named first Class 6A All-State in Florida and the Florida Times Union put in their Top 25 list. He is also very fast as he was the state runner-up in the 100 meters and 4x100 relay. JORDAN COLBERT DB 6-3 200 Griffin Ga. Colbert is an athletic safety who has no problem making plays on the ball. He has great instincts can tackle well in open space and is has great hands as he can intercept passes and make plays afterwards. He led Griffin High School to a state title his junior season. RYAN DAVIS WR 5-10 170 St. Petersburg Fla. BYRON COWART The best way to describe Davis is that he s a playmaker that can play a variety of positions. Davis was a quarterback at Lakewood High School and threw a career 6 760 yards. He led his high school to back-to-back 10-win seasons and he won BCP Player of the Year. DE 6-4 250 Seffner Fla. Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is going to have a lot of fun with Cowart for the next three years. The No. 1 defensive end prospect by 247Sports and Scout had 185 career tackles and 29 sacks at Armwood High School. He was also named the Florida Class 6A Player of the Year. JEREMIAH DINSON DB 6-0 180 Miami Fla. CHANDLER COX Speed is the theme for the Tigers recruiting class and Dinson fits right into the category. Because of his speed Dinson was able to be a standout defender at American High School. He got to play in the Miami-Dade North-South All-State Game and he was named to the PrepStar All-South team. HB 6-2 225 Apopka Fla. Cox who is an early enrollee is a versatile player that can play either halfback or fullback. During his time at Apopka High School Cox tallied nearly 3 000 yards with 21 rushing and 15 passing touchdowns. He got to play in the U.S Army All-American Bowl and helped his high school win the state title twice. MARQUELL HARRELL OL 6-3 Fairburn Ga. Creekside High School was able to be a dominant team the last two seasons because the play of Harrell. This offensive lineman has multiple skill sets and rated his as the No. 1 OG prospect Georgia. He was named to the Class 5A All-State team his senior year. 60 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE Darius Slayton 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 61 JALEN HARRIS TE 6-5 245 Montgomery Ala. Harris is a very talented tight end that led St. James High School to a regional title last season. He played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game and he was rated as one of the 20 best tight ends in the country by Scout Rivals and ESPN. He was also an All-Metro player in basketball. RICHARD MCBRYDE LB 6-2 210 Troy Ala. Charles Henderson High School will miss McBryde because he was a force on the football field. He recorded 147 tackles seven sacks and a fumble recovers his senior season and he was named USA Today Alabama Defensive Player of the Year. He was the 2013 ASWA Lineman of the year and a finalist in 2014. JEFF HOLLAND OLB 6-2 230 Jacksonville Fla. The linebackers for Auburn need to be better in pursuit and Holland is very strong when it comes to pursuing defenders. Holland also has great lateral movement and can react to the ball quickly. rated him as the No. 1 player in Florida. TYLER QUEEN QB 6-2 220 Kennesaw Ga. Queen is a dual-threat quarterback that enrolled at Auburn in January. He threw for 2 342 yards and 27 touchdowns and he ran for 10 touchdowns his senior season. He threw for 89 touchdowns in his career which is a Cobb County record. Queen is rated as the top-ranked Georgia quarterback according to MIKE HORTON OL 6-4 310 Atlanta Ga. The Tigers are going big on their offensive line as Horton is a big as they come. But what makes Gordon great is that he can punch defenders that are trying to get after the quarterback and he s very athletic. 247Sports ranked him as one of the 60 top prospects in Georgia. JOVON ROBINSON RB 6-0 235 Memphis Tenn. Robinson enrolled back in January and he could be the best running back to come out of the junior college football ranks. He rushed for 3 198 yards and 43 touchdowns in two seasons at Georgia Military College. He played high school ball at Wooddale High School in Memphis Tenn. TIM IRVIN DB 5-9 190 Palmetto Fla. Irvin enrolled back in January to take part in spring practice. He played safety receiver and running back at Westminster Christian and he recorded 2 100 career rushing yards 1 145 career receiving yards 231 tackles and 43 touchdowns. He played in the Miami-Dade North-South Game and the U.S. Army-All-America Game. IAN SHANNON K P 6-4 200 Marietta Ga. Shannon will go down as one of the best specialists to ever play at Marietta High School. He holds the record for the longest field goal (51 yards) and the most field goals in the season (16). has Shannon rated as the top punter and kicking specialist in the nation. JAUNTAVIUS JOHNSON BAILEY SHARP DL 6-3 330 Lincoln Ala. Lincoln High School claimed the region championship because the leadership of Johnson on the defensive line. 247Sports rated Johnson as a four-star prospect because he has great strength and he always has a high motor. He was named to the PrepStar All-South team and was a Class 4A ASWA All-State selection. OL 6-5 285 Marietta Ga. A member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 75 Sharp gave defenders fits the last few years. He was rated as one of the top 45 players in Georgia according to 247 Sports and he also ranked in the ESPN Top 25 of Georgia players. His dad played football at Ole Miss. KERRYON JOHNSON DARIUS SLAYTON RB 6-1 205 Madison Ala. Johnson is one of the more accomplished players in the class as he was named Alabama Mr. Football. He rushed for 1 659 yards and scored 25 touchdowns his senior year at Madison Academy. Johnson was also the MVP of the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game and also played in the Under Armour All-America Game. WR 6-2 185 Norcross Ga. Slayton could be the fastest player in the class as he won the state title at the 100 meter and the 200-meter championships in Georgia. He played in the U.S. ARMY All-American Bowl and he ranked in the PrepStar Top 200. Slayton can also play a number of positions on both sides of the ball. KALEB KIM JASON SMITH OL 6-4 285 Buford Ga. A starter for all four season at Mill Creek High School Kim is a dominant lineman that recorded more than 120 pancake blocks with an average grade of 89 percent. He was named to the AllState team his junior and senior year and he was awarded 2014 Gwinnett County Lineman of the Year. QB ATH 6-1 185 Moblie Ala. Smith is another dual-threat quarterback that led Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He threw for 1 566 yards and 18 touchdowns while ruing for 10 touchdowns last season. Back in high school He was the MVP of the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game in 2012 and he was the Mobile Press-Register Offensive Player of the Year. 62 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE MAURICE SWAIN DL 6-5 290 LaGrange Ga. Power is the name of Swain s game as he anchored a Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College defensive line that helped the Bulldogs finish seventh in the JUCO national rankings. Swains finished with 32 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss last season. Swain enrolled early to try to earn a starting spot on a new-look defensive line. Ian Shannon PRINCE TEGA WANOGHO DL OLB 6-8 250 Elmore Ala. Wanogho is a guy that can play either defensive end or linebacker. He finished his senior season at Edgewood Academy with 82 tackles and four tackles for loss. He s good at shedding blocks and making plays in the backfield. 247Sports and Rivals listed Wanogho as one of the 10 best strong-side defensive ends in the nation. DARRELL WILLIAMS LB 6-3 225 Hoover Ala. Hoover just wins state titles and Williams was a big reason for their success the last three years. He s elite when it comes to playing in space he has a great frame and he s very athletic. In the Under Armour All-America Game Williams finished with two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Kaleb Kim 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 63 WINNING COMBO ALWAYS A & PARTIES Made with 100% Real Cheese AUTHENTIC MEXICAN RESTAURANT STYLE 1.00 COUPON CLICK HERE 64 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE VEC TORBUT TONS.COM LSU Baton Rouge LA HEAD COACH Les Miles OFF. COORDINATOR Cam Cameron DEF. COORDINATOR Kevin Steele 2014 RECORD 8-5 (4-4) FOUNDED 1860 STADIUM Tiger (92 400) 2015 CLASS NOTES The Tigers will attempt to rebound from a disappointing 8-5 season a year ago. LSU landed 247Sports Composite s No. 5 class in the nation. Early enrollee Kevin Tolliver II is a five-star cornerback and is the second-best corner in the nation. In December he was named first-team All-USA by USA Today. Defense has never been a problem for Les Miles but the offense has. Tyron Johnson and Brandon Martin are a pair of ESPN four-star wide receivers while Derrius Guice and Nick Brossette are both top 12 running backs. Maea Teuhema and Chidi Valentine-Okeke should anchor the offensive line for years to come. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT Les Miles looked to the state of Georgia to pick up his next big pass rusher. Arden Key is a lean 6-foot-6 with a non-stop motor. Key picked up 15.5 sacks his senior season at Hapeville Charter. 247Sports ranks him as the third-best weak-side defensive end and a top 100 player in the nation. Key will have to put on some weight but the Under Armour All-American has a nose for making plays. He will try to help out a pass rush that lacked last year and finished with only 19 sacks on the season. 2015 SIGNEES NICK BROSSETTE RB 6-0 207 Baton Rouge LA BLAKE FERGUSON Brousette led University to the state title last season and was named the Most Outstanding Player after rushing for a state title record 272 yards and three touchdowns. In five varsity seasons Brosette compiled a 57-9 record. He also holds the state record with 141 rushing touchdowns in a four-year span. LS 6-1 235 Buford GA Ferguson is the brother of current LSU long snapper Reid Ferguson. He is considered the No. 1 long snapper in the nation. He played in the Elite Junior Classic All-star game in Georgia and the Army All-American game after his senior year. Ferguson won three state titles at national powerhouse Buford. GEORGE BROWN JR. OT 6-6 253 Cincinnati OH JAZZ FERGUSON Brown is considered one of the top linemen in the nation due to his combination of size and athleticism. Brown is listed as a fourstar recruit by ESPN 247sports and Rivals. The towering tackle earned All-State Special Mention honors and is a member of the Rivals 250 and was rated as high as the No. 8 prospect in Ohio. WR 6-5 214 Saint Francisville LA JEREMY CUTRER Ferguson has All-SEC size at 6-5 and showcased his playmaking ability last season at West Feliciana High School with 889 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. Ferguson took carries as well his senior year and finished with 561 rushing yards and seven scores to show the type of threat he could be after the catch at the collegiate level. S 6-2 170 Perkinston MS Cutrer has the ability to play safety and cornerback and was listed as the No. 2 safety prospect coming out of junior college this year. Cutrer was committed to LSU coming out of high school in 2013. He had 44 tackles one sack one interception and nine pass break-ups at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College last season. LANARD FOURNETTE ATH 5-9 170 New Orleans LA Fournette is the younger brother of LSU star running back Leonard Fournette. He battled through injuries this season but still finished with 141 rushing yards and five scores while adding one receiving touchdown. Fournette is rated as a composite three-star athlete. DERRICK DILLON WR 5-11 173 Franklinton LA JOSH GROWDEN Dillon brings more explosive speed to the receiving corps and is a guy that can contribute on special teams as well. Dillon is considered a top 5 prospect coming out of Louisiana this year and accounted for 56 touchdowns his junior and senior seasons at Pine High School. He also participated in the US Army All-American game. P 6-2 190 Sydney Australia Growden becomes the third straight Australian punter to sign with LSU joining Brad Wing and Jamie Keehn. He was a member of the Australian Football League (AFL) rugby club Greater Western Sydney before training with ProKick Australia in order to become a punter. 247sports listed him as the No. 5 punter in the nation. DAVID DUCRE III FB 5-11 238 Mandeville LA DERRIUS GUICE With a frame packed with 238 pounds Ducre can play fullback or running back. He is considered the No. 1 fullback in the nation and carried 190 times for 1 586 yards and 21 touchdowns last seasons at Lakeshore High School. Ducre is considered a top 20 overall running back. RB 5-11 213 Baton Rouge LA Guice is a home-run threat out of the backfield and rushed for 1 341 yards and 21 touchdowns last season with Catholic High School. Guice has soft hands and can catch the ball and get up field in a hurry and added 617 receiving yards and eight touchdowns last year as well. 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 65 DONTE JACKSON ATH 5-11 164 New Orleans LA Adding speed to the LSU secondary will be Jackson. The fivestar cornerback is considered one of the top 10 prospects in the country. He won the Louisiana Class 4A State Outdoor Championship in the 100-meter dash with a 10.42 last May. He recorded 59 tackles on defense and 20 offensive touchdowns last season. make him a dangerous target as he continues to progress. He caught 34 passes for 454 yards and six touchdowns for Jesuit High School last season and helped lead the school to its first state title in over five decades this past year. BRY KEITHON MOUTON TE 6-1 230 Lafayette LA TYRON JOHNSON WR 6-1 191 New Orleans LA Johnson adds another five-star target to the LSU receiving corps. Johnson was considered the No. 11 overall prospect in the nation and backed it up with 87 receptions for 1 589 yards and 17 touchdowns this season. Johnson was also listed on the USA Today s 2014 All-USA First Team. Mouton is going to play a lot of different roles with his unique set of skills. The versatile passing target can play tight end and H-back at the collegiate level. He is considered the No. 18 prospect to come out of Louisiana this year and turned 17 catches into 445 yards and six touchdowns last season while leading Acadiana to its second straight state title. HANNER SHIPLEY TE 6-5 283 Marble Falls TX ARDEN KEY WDE 6-5 230 Atlanta GA Key is one of the top prospects out of Georgia this year. The explosive and towering defensive end tallied 15.5 sacks this past season for Hapeville Charter. Key registered triple-digit tackles his junior year and included a 12-sack sophomore season. He also earned an invitation to the Under Armour All-American game his senior year. Shipley will be able to grow into the role that fits him best. At 6-foot-5 and with great athleticism Shipley could grow into a tackle down the line. He was used as a blocker in high school but grabbed four receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown last season. He is considered the No. 42 tight end in the country. MAEA TEUHEMA OG 6-5 340 Keller TX XAVIER LEWIS CB 5-11 188 Reserve LA Lewis brings physicality to the secondary and can be an immediate impact on special teams as well. He showed his versatility in high school staring at quarterback receiver cornerback punter kicker punt returner and kickoff returner for St. John. Lewis is a composite four-star and was the No. 8 prospect in Louisiana according to 247sports. Teuhema s strength is his power and is the ideal guard to run the football off of. Teuhema is a consensus five-star that is considered to be the best incoming freshman guard in the nation. He played in the Under Armour All-American game and was named USA-Today All-USA First Team. KEVIN TOLIVER II CB 6-2 185 Jacksonville FL ADRIAN MAGEE OT 6-5 315 Franklinton LA Magee brings the luxury of an inside or outside linemen to the depth chart. He is ranked as a four-star prospect by 247sports and earned First Team LFCA and LSWA Class 4A All-State honors last season at Franklinton High School. He was ranked as high as the No. 12 prospect in Louisiana this year. Toliver was once ranked the No. 1 recruit in the nation but slid to No. 6 by National Signing Day. The blue chip cornerback led Trinity Christian to the state title last season with three interceptions on defense and 506 all-purpose yards and eight touchdowns on offense. Played in the Under Armour All-American game. CHIDI VALENTINE-OKEKE OT 6-6 305 Ludowici GA Valentine-Okeke is raw with experience but the potential is almost limitless. He did not begin playing football until 2013 when he arrived from Nigeria. He earned a five-star rating and is considered the No. 2 tackle in the country. His footwork and quickness is natural despite his imposing size. BRANDON MARTIN WR 6-5 200 Dallas TX Martin can stretch the field with his size and attacks the football at its highest point. This ability to make acrobatic catches was seen throughout his career but especially during his senior year. Martin racked up over 1 000 yards for the second straight year and included 26 receiving touchdowns. ISAIAH WASHINGTON WDE 6-4 240 New Orleans LA JUSTIN MCMILLAN QB 6-2 170 Cedar Hill TX McMillan is used to the big stage after leading Cedar Hill Texas to consecutive state titles. The three-star passer threw for 2 897 yards with 37 touchdowns last season while adding 656 rushing yards and six touchdowns. McMillan accumulated 2 618 passing yards with 32 touchdowns through the air his junior year. Washington can play multiple roles on the defensive line and is a disruptive force to have. During his senior season Washington tallied 55 tackles 15.5 tackles for loss seven sacks and two forced fumbles. Rivals ranked Washington as a four star and the No. 15 defensive end in the country. TOBY WEATHERSBY OT 6-5 295 Houston TX FOSTER MOREAU TE 6-5 337 New Orleans LA Weathersby is another blue chip tackle out of the Lone Star state. With tremendous strength and technique Weathersby earned four-star status and is considered the No. 12 overall prospect to come out of Texas this year. Weathersby was invited to the 2015 Under Armour All-American Game. Moreau continues to fill out his frame and his sure hands will 66 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE MISSISSIPPI STATE Starkville MS HEAD COACH Dan Mullen OFF. COORDINATOR Billy Gonzales John Hevesy DEF. COORDINATOR Manny Diaz 2014 RECORD 10-3 (6-2) FOUNDED 1878 STADIUM Davis-Wade (61 337) 2015 CLASS NOTES The Bulldogs 9-0 start to last season turned with a heartbreaking 25-20 loss at Alabama and then ended with a loss to rival Ole Miss (31-17). To make matters worse Mississippi State was pounded by Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl 49-34 spoiling what was otherwise a successful season. The Bulldogs added 6-foot-5 juco transfer Martinas Rankin at offensive tackle but only have four offensive linemen in this year s class. The skill positions and defense is where this top 18 nationally-ranked class spent most of its attention. Jamal Peters is the top-rated incomer and is the No. 3 safety in the nation. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT The Bulldogs have the highest ranked class since Dan Mullen arrived in 2009 and it is because of players like instate safety Jamal Peters. With SEC speed and a 6-foot-3 205-pound frame and growing Peters became the top player in the state his junior year. Peters has the ball skills of a cornerback with the size of a linebacker and it is the perfect combination for Mullen to add to his defense. Peters took snaps at receiver running back and safety last season and showcased his durability and complete set of skills. 2015 SIGNEES FLETCHER ADAMS DL 6-2 260 Brandon MS Adams whose brother--Nelson--is already a standout defensive lineman at Mississippi State racked up 136 total tackles (23 for loss) and eight sacks as a senior. A four-star recruit according to 247Sports Fletcher ultimately chose between the Bulldogs and Ole Miss. He specializes at strong-side defensive end. FARROD GREEN TE 6-3 215 Wesson MS Tight ends do not come much more versatile than Green. He mostly played receiver in high school while also returning kicks lining up in the backfield and starring on defense. A three-star recruit according to 247Sports Green caught 25 passes for 409 yards and eight scores as a senior. JOHNATHAN CALVIN DL 6-4 250 Jackson MS A three-star recruit according to Calvin enrolled early at Mississippi State and participated in spring practice. He recorded 46 tackles (six for loss) 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles at junior college in 2014. The defensive end started playing football as a junior in high school. JUSTIN JOHNSON WR 6-4 224 Birmingham AL Knee tendinitis limited Johnson to just 22 catches for 297 yards and two touchdowns as a senior. As a junior he hauled in 617 yards worth of receiving to go along with six touchdowns. Johnson a three-star recruit as indicated by starred for powerhouse Hoover High School in Birmingham AL. MALIK DEAR WR 5-9 226 Jackson MS Dear stands at just 5-9 but his speed and versatility allow him to play multiple positions. He can play in the slot out wide line up at running back and return kicks. A four-star recruit as rated by 247Sports Dear finished his high-school career with 3 298 rushing yards and 2 410 receiving yards. DONTEA JONES WR 6-4 235 Louisville MS Jones is an effective red-zone target at 6-4 and as a junior in high school he made 11 touchdown catches to go along with 774 receiving yards. A separated shoulder cut short his senior campaign. A three-star recruit according to 247Sports Jones chose the Bulldogs over Florida Miami (FL) and Ole Miss. NICK GIBSON RB 5-11 197 Birmingham AL Gibson a four-star recruit per committed to the Bulldogs in July of 2014 and followed up his signing by being named the Class AAAAA Running Back of the Year by the media. As a junior he rushed for 2 205 yards and 27 touchdowns which included a 447-yard six-touchdown performance KENDELL JONES DL 6-4 255 Pinson AL A three-star recruit per the defensive end is a master at finding his way into opposing backfields. As a senior he made 77 tackles (17.5 for loss) and had 5.5 sacks plus one fumble recovery. Jones helped lead his high school to an undefeated record and state title in 2014. DONALD GRAY WR 5-9 185 Memphis TN Gray enrolled at Mississippi State in January of 2015 and participated in spring practice. The short but speedy receiver gained 989 yards at junior college in 2014. He also has experience at safety and as a kick returner. A four-star recruit per Gray also considered Arkansas Nebraska and USC. KEITH JOSEPH JR. LB 6-4 226 Pascagoula MS Joseph is a hybrid defensive end-linebacker who mostly played on the line in high school. He recorded 70 tackles (46 solo 14 for loss) seven sacks 10 quarterback hurries and a blocked field goal as a senior. Rated with three stars by Joseph chose MSU over Arizona State and Nebraska. 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 67 TRAVER JUNG LB 6-4 215 Greenville MS A four-star recruit according to Jung tallied 34 tackles three sacks two interceptions and two blocked kicks in 2014. In just his second season of football as a high-school senior he had 85 tackles (8.5 for loss). Jung committed to Mississippi State in October of 2014 after also considering Arkansas. JAMAL PETERS DB 6-2 216 Bassfield MS Peters starred as a rusher receiver and safety in high school and is expected to line up in the defensive backfield for Mississippi State. As a senior he had 60 tackles (4.5 for loss) and five interceptions. The four-star recruit (247Sports) also considered Alabama Georgia and Florida State. LEO LEWIS LB 6-2 231 Brookhaven MS has Lewis as a four-star recruit and the No. 60 overall player in the nation. He was one of five finalists for the Dick Butkus Award (nation s top linebacker). Lewis recorded 76 tackles (58 solo) as a senior. He also had offers from Alabama Auburn and Florida State among many others. MARTINAS RANKIN OL 6-5 300 Mendenhall MS The junior-college transfer has a great size and plenty of experience to the extent that he could contribute right away in Starkville. He signed in December of 2014 and enrolled for the spring semester. Rankin is a four-star recruit at 247Sports and the No. 5 overall JUCO player regardless of position. MARK MCLAURIN DB 6-2 210 Collins MS McLaurin played wide receiver and safety in high school and is expected to line up in the defensive backfield for the Bulldogs. As a senior he made 38 tackles (five for loss) while picking off seven passes and recovering three fumbles. He also starred in baseball and basketball in high school. MAURICE SMITHERMAN DB 5-9 178 Adamsville AL Smitherman does not have ideal size for a cornerback but he makes up for it with speed (has been clocked as fast as 4.50 in the 40-yard dash). He also returned kicks and punts in high school in addition to making five interceptions. Smitherman was rated with three stars by KEITH MIXON WR 5-8 175 Birmingham AL A diminutive but lightning-quick performer Mixon produced at receiver running back and kick returner in high school. He scored a total of 73 touchdowns throughout his career including 66 in his final two years. Mixon is a three-star recruit (247Sports) and has been clocked at 4.45 in the 40-yard dash. JONNAS SPIVEY WR 6-1 181 Bay Springs MS Spivey committed to Mississippi State in July of 2014 before doing it all as a senior in high school. The quarterback threw for 1 431 yards and 16 touchdowns while rushing for 1 002 yards and 13 scores. He also had eight interceptions (three for touchdowns). Spivey is expected to play receiver in college. HARRISON MOON OL 6-4 276 Chattanooga TN A versatile athlete especially for someone of his size Moon played some tight end as a junior before moving exclusively to offensive tackle in 2014. As a senior he helped his team rush for more than 3 450 yards. Rated with three stars by Moon ultimately decided between MSU and Georgia Tech. CHRIS STAMPS DB 6-1 170 Vicksburg MS The four-star cornerback ( committed to the Bulldogs back in February of 2014. He also played receiver in high school where he caught 65 passes for 902 yards and eight touchdowns in four years. Stamps who returned kicks and punts as well had 13 interceptions during his career. ANFERNEE MULLINS DL 6-4 245 Aliceville AL Mullins is a three-star recruit and ranked No. 31 overall from the state of Louisiana by 247Sports. He is a nimble defensive tackle who has room on his 6-4 frame to bulk up. Mullins enjoyed an awesome senior season (27 tackles for loss 15 sacks) before choosing Mississippi State over Louisville and Southern Miss. MICHAEL STORY OL 6-4 290 Ripley MS Story enrolled at MSU in January and participated in spring practice. A three-year starter for Ripley High School he helped his team average 400 yards of offense per game during his career. He lined up at both left guard and tackle in high school. Story is a three-star recruit according to ALEC MURPHY RB 6-1 225 Nixa MO has Murphy as a three-star recruit and the No. 7 overall player from Missouri. He led his high school to the Class AAAAA state title game while rushing for 867 yards and 12 touchdowns on 116 carries as a senior. Murphy has been clocked as fast as 4.49 in the 40-yard dash. DEDDRICK THOMAS WR 5-9 170 Memphis TN Thomas is a small speedy receiver who fits ideally into the slot position. rated him with three stars as the No. 15 overall recruit from Tennessee. Thomas also played quarterback in high school and rushed for 1 175 yards as a junior. Thomas enrolled early and participated in spring practice. 68 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE NICK TIANO QB 6-5 230 Chattanooga TN rated Tiano with three stars and ranked him No. 22 overall from the state of Tennessee. The pro-style quarterback has great size and used it to his advantage in high school where he threw for 2 096 yards and 16 touchdowns with just three picks as a senior. He also rushed for 723 yards. TIM WASHINGTON LB 6-3 183 Yazoo City MS Washington is a dangerous pass-rusher from the outside linebacker position. As a senior in high school he recorded 50 tackles (11 for loss) and six sacks. He had 67 tackles (13 for loss) and 7.5 sacks as a junior. Washington who also starred in hoops committed to the Bulldogs back in November of 2013. DARRYL WILLIAMS OL 6-3 304 Bessemer AL A versatile offensive lineman Williams played all five positions on the line during high school. He has the size to dominate in run blocking and the speed to perform well at left tackle. ESPN. com has him as a four-star recruit ranked No. 10 overall from Alabama. He also considered Auburn and Florida State. Jamal Peters 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 69 OLE MISS Oxford MS HEAD COACH Hugh Freeze OFF. COORDINATOR Dan Woerner Matt Luke DEF. COORDINATOR Dave Womack 2014 RECORD 9-4 (5-3) FOUNDED 1848 STADIUM Vaught-Hemingway (58 580) 2015 CLASS NOTES The Rebels finished with a solid class but saw the recruiting trail slow down as a reflection of the way the season played out. A historic 23-17 win over Alabama and a 7-0 start was followed with four losses in the last six games of the season including a 42-3 pummeling by TCU in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. It is becoming more and more difficult to [hold onto prospects]. This class top to bottom could be better than [the class in 2013] explained head coach Hugh Freeze. Superstar wide receiver Damarkus Lodge could be what this class is remembered by. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT DeMarcus Lodge is as good as any I have seen attacking the ball said an excited head coach Hugh Freeze. The physical wide receiver found himself in a recruiting tug-of-war with Ole Miss Texas A&M Texas Baylor and LSU but was drawn to Oxford where he will be able to make an immediate impact. Lodge led Cedar Hill to back-to-back state titles and matched with his leadership was an ability to fight double teams and haul in 25 touchdowns this past season. As the Rebels move on from Bo Wallace Lodge will be a key to improving the passing attack. 2015 SIGNEES JOE ANDERSON DL 6-4 232 Reserve La. MONTRELL CUSTIS Anderson is considered the 25th best weakside defensive lineman in the country according to 247 Sports. He s coming off a senior season at Riverside Academy where he recorded 25 tackles six sacks and an interception (which was returned for a touchdown). Anderson will add good depth to an already talented defensive line. DB 5-11 180 Jonesboro Ga. Custis was rated as the 28th best safety in the nation by Scout. com and he was also rated the 34th best cornerback in the nation by He was named to the Class AAAAAA All-State team by the Georgia Sports Writers Association his senior season while playing at Lovejoy High School. TONY BRIDGES ROSS DONELLY DB 6-2 190 Hattiesburg Miss. DL 6-2 185 Houston Texas has Donelly listed as the 29th best defensive in the county because he s a guy that is quick off the ball and can get after the quarterback. During his senior season at Cy-Fair High School Donellt posted 70 tackles 10 tackles for loss five sacks and two forced fumbles. After spending the last two years at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Bridges is looking to make an impact with the Rebels. Bridges is the 11th best junior college prospect in the nation by 247 Sports. He was named a NJCAA first-team All-American after tallying 33 tackles three interceptions and nine pass breakups in nine games. TERRY CALDWELL ALEX GIVENS LB 6-2 230 Willmington N.C. OL 6-6 270 Pegram Tenn. Givens is an offensive lineman that should have no issues fitting into Hugh Freeze s system because he can get off the ball and dominate defenders. He was rated as the No. 11 prospect in Tennessee by and he was named a Max Preps Small Schools All-American. Caldwell is a guy that can fly around to the football and is in on every defensive play. This early enrollee helped Northwest Mississippi Community College to the MAJC semifinals as he recorded 122 tackles 12.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. He played high school ball at Hoggard where he recorded 101 tackles his senior year. RASOOL CLEMONS WILLIE HIBBLER DL 6-6 210 Aiken S.C. TE 6-6 225 Sardis Miss Hibbler only played in eight games his senior season because he was battling injuries. But he was able to be productive as he caught 15 passes for four touchdowns and he also ran the ball 14 times for 106 yards and one touchdown his senior year at North Panola High School. Clemons is a defensive end that can not only get after the quarterback he can also make plays when it comes to run defense. He was named District Defensive Player of the Year after totaling 92 tackles 16 tackles for loss and four sacks his senior year at South Aiken. SHAWN CURTIS LB 6-3 247 Doral Fla. MICHAEL HOWARD OL 6-6 248 Keystone Heights Fla. Howard will be another great addition to the offensive line because he was part of the ESPN 300 list ranking No. 239. Howard has good feet has a solid punch when he gets off the line and he can drive defenders to the ground. He was also named to the Class 5A All-State team in Florida. There may not be a more productive defensive player in this signing class than Curtis who can player linebacker or defensive end. In his senior year at Reagan he totaled 115 tackles and 21 sacks. Curtis has the strength to push offensive lineman around and he can play sideline-to-sideline. 70 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 71 VAN JEFFERSON WR 6-2 165 Brentwood TN JASON PELLERIN The Ole Miss coaches can t wait to see what Jefferson can do. This All-State player finished with 67 catches for 1 223 yards and 13 touchdowns his senior year at Ravenwood High School. He has football in his blood as he s the son of former NFL wide receiver Shawn Jefferson. QB 6-4 215 New Iberia LA Running and throwing the football is no issue for Pellerin as he is listed as the 10th best dual-threat quarterback in the county according to He threw for 1 099 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing for 1 103 yards and 28 scores last season at New Iberia Catholic. D.J. JONES DL 6-2 310 Piedmont SC AUSTRIAN ROBINSON Jones is one of the early enrollees as he previously played football at East Mississippi Community College. Listed as the top junior college defensive tackle by all the major recruiting services he helped lead East Mississippi to a 24-0 record the last two years as well as two NJCAA national championships. DL 6-5 253 New York NY Robinson is a very athletic player that can play both offensive and defensive line. He will likely play on defense for the rebels because he s a guy that can get after the quarterback and play good run defense. Robinson 40 tackles and 10 sacks his junior year at Trinity-Pawling School. JALEN JULIUS WR 6-0 180 Winter Garden FL ERIC SWINNEY Julius can do it all as he can play cornerback receiver running back and kick returner. He helped West Orange High School to an 11-a record last year because he ran for 493 yards and seven touchdowns and also returning two kicks for scores. He listed as the nation s No. 20 athlete by RB 5-10 180 Fayetteville GA One of the best running backs in the country Swinney can hit the hole just as good as anyone in the country. He rushed for 1 842 yards and 21 touchdowns his senior year at Sandy Creek High School and he led the team to the state quarterfinals. CHAD KELLY ZEDRICK WOODS QB 6-3 220 Buffalo NY DB 6-1 200 Lake City FL Another early enrollee Kelly was listed as the 10th best junior college quarterback by He s a dual threat quarterback as he threw for 3 906 yards and 47 touchdowns while running for 446 yards and four touchdowns last year at East Mississippi Community College. He is the nephew of Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly. Woods is a very productive linebacker that is always around the football. He recorded 11 tackles 18 tackles for loss seven sacks and three interceptions his senior year at Columbia High School. He was high school teammates with current Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Alex Webber. ARMANI LINTON Eric Swinney DB 6-3 200 Walnut MS Ranked as the fifth best player in the state by Linton can play on offense and defense with no issues. He racked up 1 523 yards and 20 touchdowns at running back at Walnut High School last year while recording 49.5 tackles and two picks on defense. DAMARKUS LODGE WR 6-2 190 Cedar Hill TX Lodge is arguably one of the best prospects Ole Miss has ever signed. An Under Armour and Max Preps All-America selection Lodge had 63 catches for 1 218 yards and 25 touchdowns his senior season at Cedar Hill High School. He was a big reason why Cedar Hill won back-to-back Division II state titles. CAMERON ORDWAY DB 6-1 170 Pulaski TN Ordway is another player that can play on both sides of the football. He caught 45 passes for 827 yards his senior year at Giles County High School while tallying 69 tackles three interceptions and four forced fumbles. He was the No. 6 player on The Tennessean s Dandy Dozen. JAVON PATTERSON OL 6-3 313 Petal MS Patterson is one of the five players that enrolled early because he wanted to get a head start on the competition at offensive line. The five-star prospect according to 247 has the size and quickness to be an elite player for the Rebels. He took part in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. 72 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 73 TEXAS A&M College Station TX HEAD COACH Kevin Sumlin OFF. COORDINATOR Jake Spavital DEF. COORDINATOR John Chavis 2014 RECORD 8-5 (3-5) FOUNDED 1871 STADIUM Kyle (102 512) 2015 CLASS NOTES When you compete in the SEC and can call Texas home the wealth of talent can seem almost overwhelming and the Aggies were able to secure a very solid class. Dual-threat quarterback Kyler Murray defensive lineman Daylon Mack and wide receiver Christian Kirk have the ability to turn this solid class into a great class and if Justin Dunning Larry Pryor James Lockhart and Richard Moore give the Aggies the defensive help they need that will also make them that much better. Head Coach Kevin Sumlin believes Murray is one of the better quarterbacks to ever play high school football Texas which says a lot. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT Daylon Mack is a 6-foot-1 320-pound defensive tackle that has the talent to reach All-SEC level. The Under Armour All-American took official visits to TCU LSU Auburn and Texas before visiting College Station. It is a place I feel at home at. The staff has been good to me and my family said Mack. His first step and explosive strength is polished and he has an arsenal of moves that wreck havoc on offensive lines. At the high school level teams knew better than to run the football into Mack but he showed his elusiveness and nose for the football by tallying 78 tackles last season and forcing four fumbles. 2015 SIGNEES JAY BRADFORD RB 5-11 192 Splendora TX LANDIS DURHAM Bradford is an elusive runner that has a great burst of speed. He runs with power and has great vision. Last year at Splendora High School Bradford rushed for 939 yards and 10 touchdowns. He played in the U.S. Army All-America Game and he was a first-team All-District athlete. LB 6-3 232 Plano TX Durham played defensive end the last three years at Plano East High School but he s expected to play linebacker for the Aggies. He s a versatile athlete that does not shy away from contact. Durham tallied 29 tackles two interceptions and 21 quarterback hurries last year. KENDALL BUSSEY RB 5-9 200 New Orleans LA RONEY ELAM Elite speed is the name of Bussey s game. He s an elusive running that also runs with power. He gained for over 2 000 all-purpose yards and scored a school record 35 touchdowns at Isidore Newman High School. Bussey made the 2A All-State First Team and was the 8-2A Co-Offensive MVP. DB 6-2 173 Newton TX Elam made a huge impact at Newton High School. He earned first-team all-state honors and he was also named to the PrepStar All-American Team. Elam tallied 66 tackles forced three fumbles and recovered two of them. He also completed 22-of61 passes for 498 yards. DESHAWN CAPERS-SMITH DB 6-0 180 New Orleans LA Capers-Smith played on both sides of the ball at Warren Easton High School and had no issues making plays. Last year Capers-Smith tallied over 5 550 yards of offense and 70 total touchdowns. He threw for 4 333 yards and rushed for 1 318 yards. He was named Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year. TREVOR ELBERT OL 6-6 310 Rockwall TX Rockwall Heath High School will miss Elbert because he was a dominant offensive lineman that drove defenders well off the line of scrimmage. He has great foot work and he uses his hands well. After missing most of the 2013 season Elbert came back and was an All-American via PrepStar and U.S. Army. JORDAN DAVIS TE 6-5 255 Clear Lake TX JUSTIN EVANS Davis enrolled at Texas A&M in January to go through the spring drills. He s a tall and athletic tight end that caught 34 passes for 535 yards and two touchdowns last year at Clear Lake High School. Davis is a Semper Fi All-American PrepStar All-American and an all-district player. DB 6-0 193 Wiggins MS JUSTIN DUNNING Evans enrolled at Texas A&M in January to get ahead of the competition in the secondary. The safety is good at stopping the run and has great instincts. Last year at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College he made 39 tackles six pass break ups and an interception. He was named to the MACJC All-Conference First Team. DB 6-4 206 Whitehouse TX The Aggies are going to love Dunning because he s a hard-hitting physical defender. He tallied 79 tackles five tackles for loss and four interceptions last year at Whitehouse High School. Dunning made the All-District Second Team was named at Nike s The Opening Defensive and made the PrepStar Top150 Dream Teamer. RILEY GARNER LB 6-3 225 College Station TX The only local player in the class Garner has great speed and strength. He missed all of last season because of an injury but proved he was worthy back in 2013 when he recorded 110 tackles and five forced fumbles at A&M Consolidated High School. 74 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE CLAUDE GEORGE LB 6-2 235 Lafayette La. played he excelled as he graded out a 95 percent with 27 pancake blocks and 34 knockdowns. George enrolled at Texas A&M in January and the Aggies are glad he did because he s a linebacker that has great length and is rangy. Last year at Hutchinson Community College he racked up 69 tackles including 14 tackles for loss in 12 games. He was named to the NJCAA All-America Second Team. RICHARD MOORE LB 6-1 210 Cedar Hill Texas KINGSLEY KEKE DL 6-3 308 Richmond Texas Moore is another player that enrolled early to take part in spring drills. He has a very high motor making over 350 tackles and 60 tackles for loss during his career at Cedar Hill High School. He made the AP 6A All-State First Team and he was also named to the Semper Fi All-America team. Keke is a big defensive lineman that has a very quick first step. Last season at George Ranch High School he posted 60 tackles including 10 tackles for loss and five sacks. He also blocked two kicks. Keke was named to the 5A All-State team and was also named to the PrepStar All-Midlands Region team. KYLER MURRAY QB 5-11 185 Allen Texas CHRISTIAN KIRK WR 5-11 191 Scottsdale Ariz. Head coach Kevin Sumlin is glad that Kirk enrolled in January and get a head start on the offense. Kirk was able to do it all at Saguaro High School as he recorded 3 000 all-purpose yards including 1 183 receiving yards. He was awarded First Team MaxPrep All-American and he was also awarded Second Team All-USA. After leading Allen High School to three straight state titles and a 42-0 record Murray will go down as one of the most accomplished players in Texas high school football history. He tallied 14 500 yards of total offense and scored 186 touchdowns in his career. He was named Parade National Player of the Year and National Gatorade Player of the Year. LARRY PRYOR DB 6-0 195 Sulphur Springs Texas DANIEL LACAMERA PK P 6-4 215 Tarpon Springs Fla. Pryor was a quarterback and defensive back at Sulphur Springs High School but will play only defensive back for the Aggies. He focused on offense his senior year and completed 62.6 percent of his passes for 1 818 yards and eight touchdowns while rushing for 1 376 yards and 26 touchdowns. LaCamera has a very strong leg that doesn t allow a kickoff return chance. He averaged 39.5 yards per punt and he was 13-of-20 in field goal attempts. He also made 56 of his 60 extra points. LaCamera was named to the Semper Fidelis All-America Team as well as the PrepStar All-Southeast Region Team. DAMION RATLEY WR 6-2 188 Yoakum Texas CONNOR LANFEAR OL 6-6 289 Buda Texas This is another player that enrolled at Texas A&M early after spending last season at Blinn C.C. Ratley made 45 catches for 1 197 yards and 20 touchdowns last season and led the team in scoring with 120 points. He was a NJCAA All-American and also earned First Team All-Southwest Junior College honors. Lanfear is a dominant run blocker that is very athletic. He graded out at nearly 95 percent as a junior and senior at Hays High School. He earned All-State honors as a junior and senior and was also named to the Semper Fi All-America First Team as well as the PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team. KEMAH SIVERAND WR 6-1 190 Cypress Texas JAMES LOCKHART DL 6-3 255 Ennis Texas Siverand has great playmaking ability with a ton of speed. He s very quick off the line of scrimmage and run very good routes. He made 36 catches for 625 yards and four touchdowns his senior year at Cypress Ridge High School and he was named to the Semper Fi All-America Team. The coaches of the Aggies are hoping Lockhart can be the elite pass rusher like he was at Ennis High School. During his time there he posited nearly 30 sacks including 14 as a senior. Lockhart was named to the 5A All-State Second Team and he was also named to the All-USA Texas First Team. KEATON SUTHERLAND OL 6-7 294 Flower Mound Texas DAYLON MACK DL 6-1 320 Gladewater Texas This offensive lineman enrolled in January to get an early look at the Aggies offense. Keaton is strong when it comes to pass blocking and he finishes blocks well. Last year at Flower Mound Marcus High School Keaton graded out at 93 percent with 86 knockdowns and 43 pancakes. There was probably no other defensive lineman in Texas that made more of an impact than Mack the last three seasons. Last season at Gladewater High School Mack notched 78 tackles five sacks and four forced fumbles. He also batted down two passes and blocked two kicks. He was named to the Under Armour All-America Team DWAINE THOMAS LB 6-2 218 Boutte La. ERIK MCCOY OL 6-4 304 Lufkin Texas Thomas is a strong tackler with sideline-to-sideline speed. In his senior season at Hahnville High School Thomas posted 131 tackles seven sacks forced two fumbles and had an interception. He was awarded First Team All-USA Louisiana and 5A First Team All-State by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. When McCoy arrives on campus he will be asked to play multiple positions on the offensive line because that is what he did his last season at Lufkin High School. And no matter where he 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 75 FLORIDA Gainesville FL HEAD COACH Jim McElwain OFF. COORDINATOR Doug Nussmeier DEF. COORDINATOR Geoff Collins 2014 RECORD 7-4 (4-4) FOUNDED 1905 STADIUM Ben Hill Griffin (88 548) 2015 CLASS NOTES December 4 2014 marked a breath of fresh air for the University of Florida faithful as Jim McElwain came aboard as head coach. Although he took charge during a recruiting dead period McElwain and staff hit the recruiting trail running and locked up a top 25 class. The majority of UF s 2015 class are home grown athletes from the sunshine state however the gators dipped into Georgia inking five players. More importantly McElwain signed an impressive haul of playmakers in four-star running backs Jordan Scarlett Jordan Cronkrite and D Anfernee McGriff. Signing day was also kind to the gators as five-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson and offensive tackle Martez Ivey chose the orange and blue. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT Longtime Gator lean Martez Ivey didn t make his recruitment easy for the Florida contingent. Hailing from Apopka Florida Ivey factors to get significant playing time next fall as a true freshman. Currently Florida has six-scholarship offensive lineman enrolled so landing the nation s consensus No. 1 offensive lineman will give McElwain a huge boost. The U.S. Army All-American is a physically dominant specimen. The soft spoken gentle giant will be fulfilling a lifelong dream by suiting up on Saturdays in the swamp. Ivey s addition bolsters a weak Florida offensive line and gives him a chance to play early on. 2015 SIGNEES LUKE ANCRUM DL 6-5 225 Sebring FL RICHERD DESIR-JONES Ancrum is expected to line up at defensive end for Florida specifically on the weak side. More likely a project as opposed to an immediate contributor Ancrum is a raw talent who earned a three-star rating from He recorded 32 total tackles (23 solo) during his high-school career in Florida. OL 6-4 290 Fort Lauderdale FL NICK BUCHANAN A versatile lineman Desir-Jones played both offensive guard and defensive tackle in high school at St. Thomas Aquinas where he helped his team capture the 2014 Class AAAAAAA state title. A three-star recruit according to 247Sports Desir-Jones initially committed to Florida International before signing with the Gators. OL 6-4 285 Dunwoody GA Once verbally committed to California Buchanan ultimately chose the Gators over California and Georgia. He has good size but also plenty of room to add some weight on his 6-4 frame. Buchanan was a 2014 Class AAAAA All-State Honorable Mention selection out of Dunwoody High School in Georgia. DANIEL IMATORBHEBHE TE 6-3 212 Suwanee GA ANTONIO CALLAWAY Imatorbhebhe starred with his brother at North Gwinnett High School where he also played basketball. He hauled in 29 passes and two touchdowns during his junior year while helping his team to the Class AAAAAA championship game. As a senior Imatorbhebhe caught 32 balls for 487 yards and eight scores. WR 5-11 185 Miami FL Callaway helped powerhouse Booker T. Washington in Miami FL to a 15-0 record during his senior campaign. He was named to the 2014 Class AAAA All-State First Team and to the 2014 AllDade County First Team. In his final season he made 31 catches for 818 yards and seven touchdowns in just seven games. MARTEZ IVEY OL 6-6 290 Apopka FL JORDAN CRONKRITE Ivey is a massive offensive lineman at 6-6 and has plenty of room to add some more pounds. He is a Parade All-American and a member of the MaxPreps All-America First Team. A fivestar recruit per ESPN com Ivey helped lead his high school to the Class 8A state title as a sophomore and a senior. RB 5-11 195 Miami FL Cronkrite was named to the 2014 Class AAA All-State First Team in Florida and to the 2014 All-Dade County First Team. He rushed for 1 405 yards on 163 carries as a senior after averaging 12.6 yards per rush as a junior. For his career the speedy back gained 3 179 yards and scored 33 rushing touchdowns. ANDREW IVIE DL 6-1 270 Dade City FL KEIVONNIS DAVIS Ivie recorded 59 tackles (nine for loss) and five sacks from his defensive tackle position as a senior in high school. He had 62 tackles and two sacks as a junior. The three-star recruit (ESPN. com) also entertained offers from Ole Miss Mississippi State and Wisconsin but he decided to join his brother Joey at Florida. DL 6-4 225 Miami FL Davis led his Miami FL-based high school to three consecutive Class AAAAAA state championships. As a senior the imposing defensive end recorded 52 tackles and 20 sacks. He was named to the 2014 Class AAAAAA All-State Second Team and to the All-Dade County First Team. Davis is a three-star recruit per 247Sports. KALIF JACKSON WR 6-4 191 Neptune Beach FL Jackson performed consistently over his final two years in high school making 30 receptions for 790 yards and eight scores as a junior before catching 31 passes for 559 yards and eight more touchdowns as a senior. A three-star recruit at 247Sports Jackson is built like a tight end and can play either position. 76 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE RAYSHAD JACKSON LB 6-2 205 Miami FL BRANDON SANDIFER Florida s first 2015 commitment Jackson has an impressive combination of size and speed for a linebacker. The Miami native was named to the 2014 All-Dade County Second Team and played in the 2014 Miami-Dade North vs. South All-Star game. A three-star recruit according to Jackson also considered Arkansas and Miami (FL). OL 6-4 330 Warner Robins GA Sandifer could not have had a better senior season leading his high school to the Class AAAAA state championship and getting named to the Class AAAAA All-State First Team. He mostly lined up at right tackle but is likely destined for guard in college. Sandifer is a three-star recruit according to CECE JEFFERSON JORDAN SCARLETT DL 6-2 255 Glen St. Mary FL RB 5-11 210 Fort Lauderdale FL Jefferson was the last of Florida s 2015 recruits to officially sign. The five-star defensive end according to briefly held off in the wake of the Gators coaching carousel. He missed most of 2014 with a shoulder injury but as a junior was dominant with 68 tackles (22 for loss) and 17.5 sacks. Scarlett rushed for 1 124 yards and 24 touchdowns on 143 carries as a senior in high school and was named to the 2014 Class 7A All-State First Team. A four-star recruit according to Scarlett has power and speed (clocked as fast as 4.48 in the 40-yard dash). He also had offers from Ohio State and Florida State. FREDRICK JOHNSON CHRIS WILLIAMSON OL 6-6 300 West Palm Beach FL DB 6-0 185 Gainesville GA Johnson is listed conservatively at 6-6 but is probably closer to 6-foot-7. The raw massive offensive tackle may be a long-term project having mostly played basketball in high school before turning to football as a senior. Johnson a three-star recruit according to 247Sports was named to the 2014 Class 7A AllState Second Team. Williamson is expected to line up in the defensive backfield for Florida but he had a breakout senior campaign as receiver with 76 catches for 1 402 yards and 20 touchdowns. He picked off one pass on defense and made 47 total tackles. A three-star recruit as rated by Williamson also considered Auburn and Georgia. KYLAN JOHNSON JABARI ZUNIGA ATH 6-3 200 Dallas TX DL 6-3 260 Marietta GA Listed as an athlete Johnson is likely to play safety at Florida while also having the potential to return kicks and line up at quarterback in wildcat formations. He played quarterback in high school as a senior and led his team to a 14-1 record while throwing for 2 456 yards and 36 touchdowns without being picked off once. Zuniga mostly played defensive tackle in high school but is expected to be an edge rusher for the Gators. He has great speed and his build suggests he has the potential to build more muscle. A three-star recruit according to 247Sports Zuniga chose Florida over Arkansas and N.C. State. TYLER JORDAN OL 6-4 275 Jacksonville FL As a senior Jordan was a big reason why Bishop Kenny High School compiled a 10-2 record and reached the Class AAAAA Regional Finals. He was named to the 2014 Class AAAAA AllState First Team. A four-star recruit as rated by Jordan chose the Gators over Georgia Miami (FL) Michigan and Ohio State. CAMRIN KNIGHT TE 6-4 220 Tallahassee FL Knight s high-school numbers were modest with a total of 24 catches for 335 yards and five touchdowns. He enjoyed his best year as a senior making 16 receptions for 206 yards and two scores. A versatile athlete and a four-star recruit by Knight also played linebacker but impressed as a pass-catcher at summer camps in 2014. D ANFERNEE MCGRIFF ATH 6-1 225 Tallahassee FL A four-star recruit according to McGriff starred as a dual-threat quarterback in high school before transitioning to receiver. He rushed for 2 806 yards and 41 touchdowns during his career while throwing for 1 106 yards and catching 238 yard worth of passes. McGriff also starred in basketball and track. Daniel Imatorbhebhe 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 77 GEORGIA Athens GA HEAD COACH Mark Richt OFF. COORDINATOR Brian Schottenheimer DEF. COORDINATOR Jeremy Pruitt 2014 RECORD 10-3 (6-2) FOUNDED 1785 STADIUM Sanford (92 746) 2015 CLASS NOTES The Dawgs locked up another top 10 recruiting class and boast Trent Thompson 247Sports No. 1 overall player in the country. Thompson will be expected to clog up holes along the defensive line and make an impact immediately for a defense that has struggled in recent seasons. A long and confusing saga concerning ESPN s No. 2 ranked outside linebacker resulted in Roquan Smith remaining in-state. Defense was a major focus in this year s class with Jonathan Ledbetter (DE) Rashad Roundtree (S) and Natrez Patrick (DE) highlighting a strong group. The Dawgs inked 16 instate players. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT Callaway High School s Terry Godwin earned 247Sports No. 1 athlete ranking for good cause. The freakish athlete not only was a five-star football player but he also was a standout in baseball and basketball. Godwin participated in Under Armour All-American game and also Nike s The Opening. He will likely see the majority of his time at the wide receiver position but can be moved into the slot and into the backfield as well to keep opponents off guard. Godwin is gifted with soft hands. Once he finds a home at receiver he will be able to perfect his route running. 2015 SIGNEES JONATHAN ABRAM S 6-1 202 Columbia MS This safety decided to enroll early at Georgia and that might have been a very good idea. In fact he picked up five tackles in the G-Day game this spring for the Red Team (2nd team defense). The secondary is pretty stacked from last year s wealth of experience gained by the young players. Could Abram find his way to the field at the Star position state of South Carolina this year according to A shoulder surgery before spring football caused him to miss all the on-field work with the team. The meeting experience and other mental reps should serve this early-enrollee well once he gets on the field this August. CB 6-0 182 Waldorf MD JUWUAN BRISCOE PATRICK ALLEN OG 6-5 286 Reisertown MD This was a late signee to this year s class courtesy of new offensive line coach Rob Sale. With his size Allen looks like he could play on the inside or outside of this line. Right now the tackle spots look like they ll be controlled by John Theus and Kolton Houston. The inside is stacked as well with Brandon Kublanow and Greg Pyke. Allen likely needs to add a little more size. Briscoe is a three-star signee according to and is coming into a crowded secondary. However we have learned that nothing is certain when it comes to defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and who will play. It will be up to Bricoe how quickly he can learn this system and get on the field. MICHAEL CHIGBU WR 6-2 211 New Orleans LA CHUKS AMAECHI LB 6-3 220 Yuma AZ This junior college transfer was recruited by inside linebackers coach Mike Ekeler and recruiting coordinator Bryan McClendon. He came in as an inside linebacker. However as the spring rolled on he was moved to the outside. Once fall gets here it will be interesting to see if he stays there once Leonard Floyd and Davin Bellamy get healthy. This is a position that is looking for depth this fall with numbers being down over the spring due to injury. Seniors Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley are really the only ones in this group with meaningful experience. This means the situation could be right for players like Chigbu to get early playing time in their career. KIRBY CHOATES S 6-0 191 Atlanta GA DEANDRE BAKER CB 5-10 173 Miami FL This cornerback comes out of Miami and at one point was thought that there could have been a chance that Texas would have been able to flip him on National Signing Day. However Baker stayed with the program he committed to last June. He is coming into a situation that returns last year s starting corners with Aaron Davis and Malkom Parrish. This safety largely had offers from smaller division one programs until he was offered by Bryan McClendon and Jeremy Pruitt in late January. That was good enough to get him to sign with Georgia. Choates is one of many defensive backs that will be competing for playing time in their first year with the Bulldogs. TAE CROWDER RB 6-3 220 Hamilton GA MICHAEL BARNETT SDE 6-5 258 Dorchester SC Barnett is listed as the third best prospect to come out of the This running back was first committed to Georgia Southern before he flipped to UGA just two days before National Signing Day. He comes into a crowded backfield this fall though with likely five running backs ready to play with meaningful experience already. This group of course includes standout rising sophomore Nick Chubb. 78 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE SAGE HARDIN OT 6-7 276 Atlanta GA This prep tackle committed to Georgia back last summer when Will Friend was still the offensive line coach. Even with the new coaching staff Hardin decided to stick with his original commitment. Ole Miss was one program that offered him late. This season will be controlled on the outside by John Theus and Kolton Houston. Bowl and is one of the higher rated defensive backs in this signing class. Good news for players like McGraw is that under Jeremy Pruitt young players getting time on the field isn t unusual. NATREZ PATRICK ILB 603 255 Atlanta GA TERRY GODWIN ATH 6-0 168 Hogansville GA There was a chance this five-star ( could have flipped on National Signing Day. That said Godwin made his pledge complete on Fox Sports South that he was still 100% UGA. He is likely to be a wide receiver when he shows up to school this fall. That group is in need of players. Patrick started out this spring with the outside linebackers as an early-enrollee. However as the weeks went on the coaching staff felt he was better suited on the inside. This was a good move. He led the Red Team (2nd team defense) in tackles with eight on G-Day. He was a player getting a lot of people talking about him after this spring. CHAUNCEY RIVERS DE 6-3 252 Stone Mountain GA JACKSON HARRIS TE 6-6 250 Columbia TN Last year at this time tight end s coach John Lilly was dealing with low numbers at this position. However this year with players like Harris coming in that has not been an issue. He was listed as the fifth best tight end in the country by 247Sports. com. He made one catch for six yards in this year s spring game at Georgia. Rivers size at the defensive end spot is already something that jumps out at you when you see him on this list of 2015 prospects. The good news for him is that jobs are open on the line when he gets to Athens. His pedigree already includes a career with one of the Atlanta-area s best high school programs. RASHAD ROUNDTREE S 6-1 195 Evans GA Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and inside linebackers coach Mike Ekeler were able to keep this top five safety (247Sports) in-state on National Signing Day. This Under Armour All-America Game selection fielded an October offer from Notre Dame and took a visit to an in-season visit to Ohio State before signing with Georgia. DAQUAN HAWKINS DT 6-4 285 Atlanta GA Hawkins made his decision late in the process to come to Georgia but defensive line coach Tracy Rocker was able to convince him that Athens was the right place for his talent. Hawkins also fielded offers from Auburn Georgia Tech and Louisville. He is coming in with a young group of defensive linemen. JONATHAN LEDBETTER DT 6-4 265 Tucker GA This early-enrollee opened some eyes during the spring and might have given himself a chance to get some good playing time in his freshman season. He finished with seven tackles on G-Day. He showed his athleticism while at Tucker as well playing tight end in addition to defense. SAM MADDEN OT 6-6 350 Barnegat NJ Madden is one of many offensive linemen in this 2015 class and will have to fight for a spot on the depth chart at the tackle spot. New offensive line coach Rob Sale was able to convince him in late January that Georgia would be the right fit for his skills. His size is incredibly impressive and should make him an attractive prospect in the future. GARY MCCRAE LB 6-4 220 Cuthbert GA McCrae is one of the higher rated linebackers in this 2015 class according to He was listed as both an inside and outside linebacker on that same website. He comes into a group of players on both parts of the group that has a healthy amount of returning players back this season. RICO MCGRAW DB 6-0 190 Nashville TN He chose Georgia on National Signing Day despite a late push by Alabama. He was a member of the US Army All-American D Andre Walker 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 79 DEVONDRE SEYMOUR OL 6-6 310 Suwanee GA The son of former NFL standout Richard Seymour will finally be on campus at UGA after singing a couple of years ago. He went the junior college route out of high school and will now come to Athens to provide depth on the offensive line. This is definitely a crowded group at the moment. receiver spot. As we saw last year South Florida was a fruitful area for Georgia at the skill positions with Isaiah McKenzie Sony Michel making impacts on offense. Will Wilson be next JUSTIN YOUNG DE 6-4 255 Loganville GA ROQUAN SMITH OLB 6-2 207 Montezuma GA Smith had an interesting path to Georgia after initially committing to play for UCLA. However news came out on National Signing Day that the coach that recruited him was leaving him for an NFL job. After this Smith decided not to sign a letter of intent but decided to head to Georgia over UCLA LSU and Michigan. Young had a very good career for head coach Mickey Conn while playing for the Rams. Now he joins a crowded group of defensive ends making their way to Athens for the 2015 season. His size makes him an attractive player to maybe get some early playing time. He had a very good game this season during the broadcasted Gwinnett Game of the Week (Grayson at Dacula). JAYSON STANLEY WR 6-2 198 Fairburn GA Stanley s timing to arrive in Athens could be sublime with the lack of depth at wide receiver mentioned earlier. He brings good size to a group that includes incoming freshmen like Terry Godwin and Michael Chigbu. Receivers coach Bryan McClendon says he s looking for the best seven-eight players that can play winning football for the University of Georgia. JUWAN TAYLOR ILB 6-2 220 Hallandale FL This three-star signee ( comes into a group that already includes two returners with significant playing experience (Reggie Carter Tim Kimbrough). Plus Natrez Patrick rose up to gain some attention during the spring. This means Taylor will have to hit the ground running this fall. TRENTON THOMPSON DT 6-4 311 Albany GA had Thompson listed as the number one prospect in the state for 2015. Despite a late push from a school like Auburn Thompson still felt like Georgia was the right place for him. With the amount of players on the defensive line moving on this move could prove to be a right one for Thompson. D ANDRE WALKER WDE 6-2.5 209 Fairburn GA This defensive end is one of the higher rated in his group according to However with his size he could be moved to the outside linebackers. That said maybe 2015 would be a good year for him to redshirt and work with strength and conditioning coach Mark Hocke. That way he could be rip roaring and ready to go. JARVIS WILSON DB 6-2 197 Tupelo MS Wilson decided on Georgia back in November and also decided to enroll early. This decision proved to be a good one for the more than likely safety. He was not only able to rack up four tackles on G-Day but he was also able to intercept redshirt freshman Jacob Park and return it 53 yards in that same game. SHAQUERY WILSON ATH 6-1 190 Coral Gables FL This South Florida product was a late addition to this year s class and could be a help to the program especially at the wide Jonathan Ledbetter 80 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS The Outpost Radio is the first radio station dedicated to hunting fishing and the great outdoors. You can hear us on your smartphone desktop or tablet...just about anywhere. The Outpost Radio is a mix of great music and information that celebrates the outdoors Give us a listen. Click on The Outpost logo below to listen now 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 81 KENTUCKY Lexington KY HEAD COACH Mark Stoops OFF. COORDINATOR Shannon Dawson DEF. COORDINATOR D.J. Eliot 2014 RECORD 5-7 (2-6) FOUNDED 1865 STADIUM Commonwealth (67 606) 2015 CLASS NOTES Kentucky was picking up serious steam with this year s class when things began to fall apart two months before National Signing Day. Instate four-star running back Damien Harris flipped to Alabama and before the Wildcats knew it they had lost recruits to Ohio State Michigan State Auburn and Virginia Tech as well. The Wildcats are used to this although this year was a little more impactful but they signed receivers and defensive backs with a lot of size. Derrick Baity (6-foot-2) and Chris Westry (6-foot-4) have a chance to develop into shutdown cornerbacks. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT King is a small and shifty back at 5-foot-8 175-pounds but no player had a bigger impact for his team in Georgia last year than the Colquitt County ball carrier. King rushed for 2 215 yards and 39 touchdowns last year while leading the Packers and legendary head coach Rush Propst to a 15-0 record and the coveted Class 6A state championship. To be honest with you I love my size said King. I ve been small all my life and if I wasn t my size I couldn t do the things I can do - the cutbacks quickness. Any running back can break tackles. 2015 SIGNEES JOSHUA ALLEN WDE 6-4 210 Montclair NJ ELI BROWN Josh Allen led the entire state in sacks last season with 22.5 and it was his first year playing defensive end. He led Montclair to its third straight North Jersey Section 1 Group 5 sectional title and totaled 75 sacks on the year. Allen has great body control and instincts for the position and showcased it with six pass breakups last year. OLB 6-2 190 Bowling Green KY GEORGE ASAFO-ADJEI Brown is the only four-star in this year s class and is the No. 2 recruit in Kentucky this year. Brown was invited to this year s U.S. Army All-American Bowl and gave the Wildcats signee a roster slot for a third straight year. Injuries limited Brown in high school but he feels better than ever and plans to redshirt a season. OT 6-4 295 West Chester OH C.J. CONRAD Asafo-Adjei s blocking style has been synonymous with the word violent. The No. 199 overall prospect in the nation according to 247sports is expected to be one of the Wildcats top linemen in the program and the four-star enrolled early to compete for playing time sooner than later. TE 6-5 225 Lagrange OH DERRICK BAITY Tight end is a position in need for the Wildcats and Conrad enrolled early to compete for playing time. At 6-foot-5 and with the hands built to move offenses down the field Conrad ranks as the No. 8 tight end prospect in the country. Expect Conrad to see playing time this fall. CB 6-2 170 Tampa FL KENGERA DANIEL Baity went on his official visit on January 30 and committed Feb. 3 the day before National Signing Day. The late pickup has the SEC speed and size at 6-foot-2 to be a starter in the secondary. Defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley said Baity will be one of three guys hard to keep off the field this upcoming season. WDE 6-6 250 Raleigh NC Daniel is an early enrollee that plans to play early. He has only played football for four years and we are yet to see the disruptive defensive end slow down his constant improvement. Daniel posted 19 sacks his senior season and set his major on Systems Engineering KEI BECKHAM CB 6-0 173 Dayton OH THERRELL GOSIER WR 6-6 200 Pompano Beach FL Beckham is a natural playmaker with the ball skills to spark game changing plays on the defensive side of the ball. He posted nine interceptions last season and more impressively returned five of the picks for touchdowns. Rivals ranks Beckham and his sub-4.5 speed as the No. 44 cornerback in the nation. In this incoming recruiting class with only big receivers Gosier stands the biggest at 6-foot-6. Gosier was committed to Miami for months but consistent contact between the coaching staff eventually steered Gosier to Lexington. Gosier also started at power forward for Blanche Ely. ALVONTE BELL WDE 6-5 260 Poplarville MS JABARI GREENWOOD Bell committed to Kentucky in 2012 and signed in 2013 but went the junior college route and spent two years at Pearl River C.C. He is considered a three-star prospect but his size 6-foot5 frame and long reach is ideal for the position and gives him plenty of room to grow. WR 6-4 193 Washington DC Greenwood suffered a torn ACL his junior season but bounced back to have a huge senior year on the gridiron and basketball court. Greenwood comes in as another huge freshman receiver and will be able to contribute on special teams as he competes for playing time. 82 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE WILLIAM JACKSON ATH 6-3 190 Washington DC MARCUS WALKER Jackson is one of the most intriguing incoming freshmen due to his versatility. The 6-foot-3 athlete was picked up late after he was once committed to Western Kentucky and coach Stoops said he slated Jackson to play cornerback. With 6-foot-3 size and experience on both sides of the football Jackson is a natural. S 6-1 176 Lake Wales FL Walker is the No. 15 safety in the nation according to ESPN and is one of the few incoming defensive backs with the possibility of seeing significant playing time this season. Stoops views Walker as the prototypical safety and his tackling and instincts are his biggest strengths. JORDAN JONES OLB 6-2 203 Youngstown OH CHRIS WESTRY Jones hales from Cardinal Mooney High School the alma mater of the Stoops brothers and Vince Marrow. Redshirting is an option for the explosive linebacker but he will remain in a competition for playing time through summer camp. Jones has room to pack on more size. CB 6-4 180 Orange Park FL At 6-foot-4 Westry is a modern weapon at the cornerback position. Defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley said Westry will start out as a boundary corner but might grow into a safety depending on how he fills out his frame. Also expect to see Westry use his length and speed on special teams. SIHIEM KING RB 5-9 172 Moultrie GA MASON WOLFE King led Colquitt County to a perfect 15-0 season and the Class AAAAAAA state championship last season. The shifty running back is one of the most overlooked prospects in the nation and his ability to turn out 100-yard rushing performances and spark highlight-reel touchdown runs is elite. OG 6-7 280 Henderson KY LEVON LIVINGSTON Wolfe has packed on nearly 50 pounds to his frame the last year and will likely redshirt as he grows until a college-ready lineman. Wolfe is another example of how big this incoming class is in terms of overall size. Wolfe is the No. 6 prospect in Kentucky and has shown to already possess a lot of power at the point of attack. OT 6-7 232 Washington DC Livingston is a work in progress but oh what fun that will be. At 6-foot-7 232 pounds Livingston already plays with an opposing presence and he is nowhere close to filling out his frame. Livingston appears to be two years away from becoming a force for the Wildcats. COURTNEY MIGGINS DT 6-5 285 Poplarville MS Miggins is considered the No. 45 juco prospect in the country and joins a team that has had tremdous success with juco additions over the years. Miggins is college-ready and many believe he was the steal of National Signing Day due to his experience and ability to come in an make an immediate impact. JAVON PROVITT DT 6-3 305 Warren OH Provitt is listed as the No. 77 defensive tackle in the nation according to 247sports. He has SEC-ready size but it comes with a quick first-step that coach Stoops says could make him extremely disruptive on the Kentucky defensive line. Provitt is the No. 49 overall prospect in Ohio this year. TAVIN RICHARDSON WR 6-3 200 Duncan SC Richardson has height at 6-foot-3 but it is his strength and physicality that drew the coaching staff to Byrnes receiver. Richardson is the No. 13 prospect out of South Carolina this year and comes in with a great understanding of the game after playing for heralded Byrnes. LOGAN STENBERG OT 6-6 327 Madison AL Stenberg carries almost 330 pounds on his gigantic 6-foot-6 frame and is 247sports No. 20 prospect to come out of Alabama this year. Stenberg committed the day he was offered (April 6) and ignored interest from other big schools before being one of the first names to sign on National Signing Day. Sihiem King 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 83 MISSOURI Columbia MO HEAD COACH Gary Pinkel OFF. COORDINATOR Josh Henson DEF. COORDINATOR Barry Odom 2014 RECORD 11-3 (7-1) FOUNDED 1839 STADIUM Faurot Field (71 004) 2015 CLASS NOTES Missouri proved once again last season that they have the ability to compete in the SEC as they won their second straight SEC title. The key to the Tigers success has never been with recruiting classes in the top-25 but rather their ability to develop their players and nobody in the SEC has developed talent better than Missouri the past few years. Defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. is projected to be one of the best defensive lineman to come through the program. Having Beckner competing for playing time is going to make everyone in this class that much better and he is going to make the offensive lineman a lot better. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT Terry Beckner Jr. joins a program known for producing defensive lineman and that should bode well for the home-grown tackle. Beckner Jr. is the No. 1 player in the state of Illinois and is the No. 8 prospect in the country according to 247sports. He s not just a great player he s a great kid. He s got a big heart said Head Coach Gary Pinkel. Beckner has a lot of strengths to his game but what stands out is the amount of ground he can cover. Last season Beckner posted 117 total tackles in just 12 games. 2015 SIGNEES CHASE ABBINGTON RB 6-2 210 Hutchinson KS down catches. Doherty earned first-team all-state at running back and defensive back last season. Abbington spent the last two seasons at Hutchinson C.C. and was ranked at the No. 20 juco prospect in the nation by Rivals. The St. Louis-native went to Fort Zumwalt South High School and was considered the No. 2 recruit in the state his senior season and was ranked by Rivals as the No. 12 athlete in the country. COREY FATONY P 5-11 190 Franklin TN FRANKLIN AGBASIMERE OLB 6-2 220 Montverde FL Kohl s Kicking ranks Fatony as the No. 4 kicker in the nation. Last season he averaged 42.5 yards per punt and had 43-of53 kickoffs go back for touchbacks. Fatony also place kicked in high school and drilled a 54-yarder his junior year and was named District 11-AAA Kicker of the Year in 2013. Agbasimere arrived at Montverde Academy in 2013 from Lagos Nigeria. The 6-foot-2 linebacker has track speed and competed in sprints triple jump and long jump in high school. He came to America through the Ejike Ugboaja Foundation that provides high school and college athletes from Nigeria with scholarships. Rivals ranks Agbasimere as a three-star prospect. RICHAUD FLOYD WR 5-10 165 Gulfport MS TERRY BECKNER JR. DT 6-4 293 East St. Louis IL Floyd is not the big target we ve grown accustomed to at Missouri but he is just as dangerous and is a home run threat anytime he touches the football. Floyd is the No. 37 rated receiver in the nation according to ESPN and is a top 15 recruit out of Mississippi. Floyd played quarterback and receiver and also starred on the basketball and track teams. Beckner could be the next great defensive lineman to come through Mizzou and his freakish athleticism is what attracted the coaching staff to recruit him. The Under Armour All-American is rated as the No. 2 prospect in the nation and is the top-rated defensive tackle in the country. He posted 117 tackles and 75 solo takedowns last season in just 12 games. MARCELL FRAZIER SDE 6-4 250 Weed CA MALIK CUELLAR OT 6-5 290 San Francisco CA Frazier is considered one of the 24th best juco prospects in his class. The 6-foot-5 defensive lineman can play in the middle and on the edge and totaled 32 tackles with a staggering 16 tackles for loss last season with College of Siskiyous. Frazier had four games with multiple sacks last season and racked up nine of his 11 sacks in those four games. Cuellar was one of 18 offensive lineman to make it into Rivals list of the top 100 juco prospects. He was a 2014 All-Conference honoree at City College of San Francisco and helped power an offense that averaged 420.5 yards and 40.6 points per game. Cuellar has SEC size and enters the 2015 season with plenty of playing experience. EMANUEL HALL WR 6-2 190 Franklin TN MARQUISE DOHERTY ATH 6-1 190 Kansas City MO Hall boasts incredible athleticism and a vertical leap that makes him a game-changer at the receiver position. Hall posted 47 receptions for 889 yards and 12 touchdowns last season and earned All-state honors. Hall participated in track and field and hit 60foot-8 in the high jump en route to a state title. Doherty is a four-star prospect and was considered the No. 4 overall prospect to come out of the Show Me State this year. Doherty finished last season with 1 037 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns while adding 348 receiving scores and two touch- TEREZ HALL OLB 6-3 205 Lithonia GA Hall played at M.L. King high school in Georgia s hotbed of DeKalb county. His exceptional speed and ability to patrol the 84 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE boundaries makes him a well-rounded linebacker that will also be able to bring his skillset to special teams. He forced seven fumbles last season and notched 87 solo tackles. A.J. HARRIS on defense. He caught 30 passes for 500 yards and 11 touchdowns last season while adding 55 tackles on defense and two kick return touchdowns. Perkins was rated the No. 11 recruit in Missouri by Rivals. OG 6-4 297 Stilwell KS Harris is the No. 1 recruit to come out of Kansas this year and is ranked among ESPN s top 300 list. The four-star made Allstate as a junior after leading Blue Valley to a 5A state championship and powering an offense that totaled over 5 000 yards in 13 games. He is also an excellent thrower in track and field. JUSTIN SMITH WR 6-7 220 Dublin GA NATE HOWARD WDE 6-4 225 St. Louis MO Smith fits the build of Missouri s towering wide receivers and earned First Team All-State in Georgia with 13 touchdowns. Smith was a three-sport star at West Laurens and averaged nearly a double-double on the hardwood. Smith will likely be used as a red zone threat although his 16 yards per catch last season show he can make acrobatic catches all over the field. Howard is a three-star recruit that made First Team All-State last season and was tabbed by as the No. 8 recruit in the state this year. He amassed 80 tackles last season with 17 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. Howard chose Mizzou over Wisconsin Illinois Indiana Iowa and Syracuse among others. T.J. WARREN CB 6-0 190 Conyers GA TYLER HOWELL OT 6-9 302 El Dorado KS Warren is a four-star prospect and was a top 50 athlete in the nation according to ESPN. The two-way star tallied 1 001 all-purpose yards his senior season and was listed at one of five sleeper prospects in Georgia by Rivals. Warren chose the Tigers over Georgia Tech Indiana and Marshall. The towering Howell is one of the tallest incoming SEC this year. Howell earned First Team Junior College All-American status last year and was considered the eighth-best offensive line prospect in the nation this year. Howell chose Mizzou over Arizona State Arkansas Georgia Kansas and Kentucky. RYAN WILLIAMS RB 5-11 185 Lees Summit MO TYRELL JACOBS DT 6-4 260 Metairie LA Jacobs is a long defensive tackle that could transform into a pass rusher. He won consecutive state championships his sophomore and junior seasons and was named a Louisiana All-American by USA Today. Jacobs is the No. 21 prospect coming out of Louisiana according to Williams has patience and vision while running the football and plays with a chip on his shoulder. He rushed for 925 yards on 126 carries last season (7.2 ypc) and helped Lee Summit West claim a 2013 state championship with a three-touchdown performance. His ability to catch out of the backfield resulted in 432 catches and four scores his final two seasons. JOHNATHON JOHNSON ATH 5-9 165 Memphis TN Johnson is a top 25 recruit out of Tennessee this year and is a consensus three-star prospect. Johnson caught 64 passes for 1 381 yards and 16 touchdowns last season and also returned three kicks for scores. Johnson chose Mizzou over Cincinnati Louisville Memphis Ole Miss Purdue and Tennessee. DREW LOCK QB 6-4 205 Lees Summit MO Lock has the height and athleticism to lead a team at the college level and is considered the No. 7 quarterback in the nation by Rivals. Lock passed for 63 touchdowns with only 12 interceptions his final two seasons and was Kansas City Star All-Metro Player of the Year following his senior campaign. JOSH MOORE TE 6-5 250 Olathe KS Moore has the ability to play tight end and defensive line after starring at both positions for Olathe North. He caught nine touchdowns his last two seasons and is considered the No. 3 prospect out of Kansas this year. Moore also lettered four years on the hardwood and is an outstanding overall athlete. RONNELL PERKINS ATH 6-2 190 St. Louis MO Perkins is a versatile offensive weapon that could also see time 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 85 SOUTH CAROLINA Columbia SC HEAD COACH Steve Spurrier OFF. COORDINATOR Shawn Elliott Steve Spurrier Jr. DEF COORDINATOR Lorenzo Ward Jon Hoke 2014 RECORD 7-6 (3-5) FOUNDED 1801 STADIUM Williams-Brice (80 250) 2015 CLASS NOTES Steve Spurrier turned 70 this April and his comments that he could possibly have two or three years of coaching left in him definitely hurt this year s class. South Carolina had already enrolled four-star defensive end Marquavious Lewis from Hutchinson Community College but LSU flipped the Gamecocks top recruit four-star defensive end Arden Key. The future of the team is still in good hands. Quarterback Lorenzo Nunez is a rare talent with the arm decision-making and athleticism to be a true dual-threat passer. I think you need a quarterback that can run and pass equally. We think Lorenzo Nunez can do that. Can he come and play as a freshmen We will have to see said Spurrier. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT Class of 2014 commit Dante Sawyer arrives one year late after spending his freshman year of college at East Mississippi C.C. Sawyer is a 6-foot-3 262-pound defensive end that has been on recruiting boards since he was a freshman in high school. During his senior season at North Gwinnett High School (GA) Sawyer terrorized opponents backfields and also threw for a touchdown pass caught a touchdown pass ran in a score and hauled in a diving interception in the state championship. The lineman also caught a 31-yard pass this season. Sawyer s diverse skill set will be something to watch for the next few seasons. 2015 SIGNEES ZACK BAILEY OG 6-5 315 Summerville SC JALEN CHRISTIAN The fourth ranked prospect in the state according to committed to the Gamecocks back in August and never backed off that pledge. One of the offensive guard spots for Steve Spurrier s offensive line is open for 2015 with AJ Cann graduating. Maybe that could be Bailey ATH CB WR 5-10 165 Demascus MD SHAMEIK BLACKSHEAR As you can see the recruiting experts at have Christian open to play many positions in college. As far as wide receiver goes for the Gamecocks they ll have junior standout Pharoh Cooper coming back. However that leaves the rest of the unit not as experienced. Let s not forget about the defensive struggles and the young secondary of a year ago for South Carolina. Maybe that could be a fit for Christian WDE 6-5 240 Bluffton SC Blackshear chose South Carolina over nine other offers from schools like Clemson Georgia North Carolina and Tennessee. This four-star prospect was also selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Game. That same website has him timed at 4.54 seconds in the 40-yard dash. DEVANTE COVINGTON WDE 6-4 240 Rockingham NC TOURE BOYD Covington comes to South Carolina after having to spend last year at Georgia Military College. He had originally signed with them last year but was unable to join the program. Covington should add depth to a defensive end group that is returning two starters and four backups at these spots. S 6-1 195 Rancho Cucamonga CA Boyd is a junior college signee for the Gamecocks out of Chaffey College. During this past season he posted 80 tackles with five blocked kicks two interceptions and two forced fumbles. According to Boyd chose South Carolina over Pac-12 programs Washington State and Arizona. MON DENSON RB 5-10 225 Lagrange GA BLAKE CAMPER This three-star running back out of Georgia signed with South Carolina after his January visit to Columbia. The running back could be coming into a good situation in Steve Spurrier s offense with Stone Mountain-product Mike Davis deciding to move on to the NFL. That said he d have to battle backs like redshirt senior Brandon Wilds for carries. OT 6-7 280 Virginia Beach VA Camper was a late addition in the Gamecocks 2015 signing class when he committed about two weeks before National Signing Day. This offensive tackle is ranked 82nd in the rankings for his position group. 13 offers came his way before he signed with South Carolina. It was thought that he could have been heading to Wisconsin. TREY DEROUEN OG 6-3 325 Lilburn GA JOSEPH CHARLTON Derouen is one of many offensive linemen that South Carolina has signed for the 2015 class. The former Panther is heading to Columbia over a late push by Louisville. The three-star prospect is ranked 65th overall at his position. However as we ve seen with interior linemen in the past rankings can be deceiving. P 6-4 180 Columbia SC DANIEL FENNELL The Gamecocks are in need of a punter with Tyler Hull Patrick Fish moving on. South Carolina was Charlton s only offer on the division one level. That said it s not uncommon for kickers punters to get very little recruitment from the next level. has him ranked as the nation s second best punter for this class. ILB 6-3 210 Loganville GA Fennell was an impact player for Mickey Conn s team last season and is now trying to bring that same play to the next level. 21 offers came his way before he made up his mind to attend South Carolina. He was also being looked at by Michigan State Mississippi State Missouri and Georgia Tech. 86 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE RASHAD FENTON CB 5-11 175 Miami FL DEXTER NEAL Fenton was being looked at by pretty much every Florida school and even had looks from out of state by schools like Louisville and Illinois. According to Fenton does not lack experience. He was a starter as a freshman for his high school s varsity. That said he is coming into a crowded defensive backfield in Columbia. WR 6-4 200 Stone Mountain GA Neal committed to South Carolina back in the spring of his junior year and never backed off that pledge. He also fielded offers from Auburn and Michigan State. However he decided to stick with the Gamecocks. He adds depth to a group that will likely be looking for two new starters this next season. ERNEST HAWKINS LORENZO NUNEZ ILB 6-2 225 Baltimore MD QB 6-2 190 Kennesaw GA Hawkins went across the country to play junior college ball in California and signed with South Carolina this past December. He is trying to inch his way into a linebacker group that includes five players on the inside. He was able to pick up one solo tackle in the program s spring game. Hawkins was originally listed as a tight end coming out of high school. Nunez is being talked about a lot with a quarterback battle underway in Columbia. It does seem that redshirt sophomore Connor Mitch is likely to get the starting nod over Nunez this fall. However according to David Cloninger of The State in Columbia Steve Spurrier said Nunez should be ready to step into the competition when he arrives this fall. JALEN HENRY CHRISTIAN OWENS WR 6-5 204 Griffin GA ILB 6-0 219 Foley AL Henry signed his financial aid agreement in December and then enrolled into classes this past January. He was able to find his way onto the field for their spring game and even record a pair of solo tackles. As mentioned earlier Henry could be fighting for playing time with a crowded group of returning linebackers. This early-enrollee obviously has the measurable to be a target for Gamecock quarterback s during his career in Columbia. Owens in fact brought in two catches for 30 yards in the Garnet vs. Black spring game. He is already part of a group that has a lot of returning players from last season. However he could be looking strong to get some action this season as a true freshman. OCTAVIS JOHNSON CHRISTIAN PELLAGE CB S 6-1 181 Homerville GA OT 6-7 282 Brooksville FL Johnson decided to sign with South Carolina after he committed to them back in June of last year. Leading up to that point Kentucky Wisconsin and Texas A&M came calling with offers to come play for their program. He is entering a young secondary that his returning most of the group from last year. Pelleage had the choice between 30 different offers that came his way over the course of his recruitment. New Florida coach Jim McElwain even made a visit to him in early December around the time that he took over in Gainesville. The Under Armour All-America Game selection made his commitment to South Carolina official when he signed in February. ULRIC JONES SDE 6-6 283 Oxford AL SHERROD PITTMAN OLB 6-0 220 Jacksonville FL This defensive lineman with impressive size is coming to Columbia after playing junior college ball at Butler Community College. Jones committed and signed his letter of intent all in the same day in December. Jones was also offered by Southern California Maryland and Mississippi State. MARQUAVIUS LEWIS This four-star signee is already on-campus and has a spring under his belt with the team. has him listed as the 23rd ranked outside linebacker in this year s class. He is trying to find playing time amongst a group of linebackers that are vying for the spur position that was held last year by Sharrod Golightly. SDE 6-3 266 Greenwood SC CONNOR REDMOND Lewis played junior college ball at Hutchison CC and is considered the number one strong-side defensive end in this year s class of player by He had committed to play for South Carolina late last summer. That said LSU and Miami still came calling. He even got a visit from Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn and defensive line coach Rodney Garner. TE 6-4 225 Lawrenceville GA KYLE MARKWAY Redmond finished up a strong career with the 6A state finalist s this past season and is now trying to pick up playing time when he arrives inside Williams-Brice Stadium this fall. Senior Jerrell Adams is one of the few starters returning this season for the Gamecock offense. Redmond will no doubt try to find himself some playing time in a group low on numbers. TE 6-4 240 St. Louis MO DANTE SAWYER The 37th ranked tight end for the 2015 class according to made his committmet to the Gamecocks last May. He was primarily being recruited by the HBC s son and decided on South Carolina over seven other offers he had received. Leading up to his commitment Markway pulled in 28 catches for 254 yards and a touchdown in his junior season. WDE 6-2 262 Suwanee GA Sawyer did sign with the Gamecocks on National Signing Day 2014 but then went on to play for East Mississippi Community College. Now he is indeed on his way to play for South Carolina after signing on with them this past signing day. He is going to be in a stiff competition for playing time with a group that has both starting defensive ends returning. 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 87 JERAD WASHINGTON WR 5-8 154 Ponte Vedra Beach FL Washington is an early-enrollee who comes to South Carolina as a three-star signee according to He was the 138th ranked at his position. He was visited by Steve Spurrier and Steve Spurrier Jr. before he decided to sign his paperwork to enter early. He had committed to the program last summer. QUANDESKI WHITLOW WDE 6-3 221 Opelika AL Whitlow is one of many defensive ends this program signed on in this class of players coming aboard this season. He was also being strongly considered by Florida before he made his decision final on National Signing Day. With his weight in the 220 s it would seem logical that Whitlow could be heading for a redshirt season. DEXTER WIDEMAN SDE 6-4 260 Camden SC It seems like this entire signing class at South Carolina for 2015 is either weak-side or strong-side defensive ends. Pass rush was a problem last year for the defense and they re hoping players like Wideman can make a difference. He was able to play in the spring game and picked up one solo tackle. ANTOINE WILDER S 5-11 175 Atlanta GA Wilder decided on South Carolina over Louisville and Mississippi State. He fits into a class that has a fair amount of defensive line and secondary help. has him listed as the state of Georgia s 74th ranked prospect this year. The Gamecocks only lost one starter from the safety spot with strong safety Brison Williams graduating. Dante Sawyer Connor Redmond 88 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 89 TENNESSEE Knoxville TN HEAD COACH Butch Jones OFF. COORDINATOR Mike DeBord DEF. COORDINATOR John Jancek 2014 RECORD 7-6 (3-5) FOUNDED 1794 STADIUM Neyland (102 455) 2015 CLASS NOTES Head Coach Butch Davis is hoping the worm will turn as he continues to slowly rebuild the Volunteer program. Tennessee hauled in 247Sports Composite s No. 4 ranked recruiting class and loaded it with defense. Kahlil McKenzie is one of the many prized jewels in this year s class. 247Sports ranks him as a fivestar defensive lineman standing 6-foot-3 and 354 pounds. He should make an immediate impact on a defense that allowed 33.2 points to teams in the top 25. ESPN300 players Shy Tuttle (DT) Kyle Phillips (DE) Micah Abernathy (CB) and Andrew Butcher (DE) are all top ten players at their positions. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT Wide receiver Preston Williams out of Lovejoy High School in Georgia has game-breaker ability and a personality to match. Williams turned heads on signing day with a funky suit and old-school Tennessee helmet now he will look to do the same on the field. At 6-foot-4 Williams has the ideal size for a go-to receiver on the outside. Not a burner Williams uses precise routes and soft hands to beat his defenders and high-point balls. Williams joins an experienced receiving core that will look to make plays for the talented Josh Dobbs. 2015 SIGNEES MICAH ABERNATHY DB 6-0 186 Atlanta GA CHANCE HALL Abernathy starred at both running back and quarterback in high school and is expected to line up in the defensive backfield for Tennessee. As a senior he rushed for 1 526 yards and 20 touchdowns one year after scoring 20 touchdowns as a junior. Abernathy is a four-star recruit according to OL 6-5 315 Roanoke VA Hall projects as an offensive tackle at the college level after starring on both sides of the ball in high school. He was named First-Team All-State in Virginia on both the offensive and defensive lines as a junior before missing all of 2014 with an Achilles injury. has Hall as a four-star recruit. VENZELL BOULWARE OL 6-3 303 Union City GA ZAC JANCEK A versatile offensive lineman Boulware played multiple positions on the line in high school and Tennessee expects him to be able to make contributions at either tackle or guard. Boulware has received acclaim for a high football IQ. He is a fourstar prospect as indicated by QB 6-5 195 Knoxville TN Jancek has outstanding size at 6-5 and is a pure pocket passes who also has the ability to escape pressure with his legs. As a senior he threw for 2 472 yards and 28 touchdowns after passing for 2 077 yards and 17 scores in 2013. Jancek converted from receiver when he switched schools after his sophomore year. ANDREW BUTCHER DL 6-2 245 Alpharetta GA JAUAN JENNINGS Butcher is coming off a huge senior campaign which helped him garner four stars from 247Sports. He was named the All-Region 6-AAAAAA Defensive Player of the Year in Georgia after leading his team--which allowed only nine points per game--with 89 tackles and 18 sacks. QB 6-4 200 Murfreesboro TN Also a standout performer on the basketball court Jennings brings his athleticism to the gridiron as a dual-threat quarterback. As a senior he passed for 2 155 yards and 22 touchdowns while also rushing for 883 yards and 17 scores. Jennings is a four-star recruit according to QUINTEN DORMADY QB 6-4 200 Boerne TX JACK JONES Dormady is a pro-style quarterback with great size at 6-4 and 200 pounds. He completed 210 of 369 passes for 2 893 yards and 32 touchdowns as a senior finishing with almost 6 000 yards and 59 scoring strikes during a two-year starting career. Dormady is a four-star recruit according to OL 6-5 300 Murfreesboro TN Jones projects as an offensive lineman in college after playing on both sides in high school. He also starred in basketball. Despite missing three games in 2014 Jones still recorded more than 120 pancake blocks--just as he had done as a junior. He is a four-star recruit according to STEPHEN GRIFFIN DB 6-2 185 Charlotte NC SHERIRON JONES Griffin an early enrollee at Tennessee played quarterback as a junior in high school but is expected to line up in the defensive backfield for the Volunteers. He picked off three passes in each of his last two seasons while also making 73 tackles as a senior. Griffin is a three-star recruit per QB 6-2 182 Perris CA Jones is a dual-threat quarterback who threw for more than 2 000 yards as a senior with 24 touchdowns. He has decent size at 6-2 to go along with great escape ability. His accuracy is especially impressive. A four-star recruit per Jones also entertained offers from Arizona State and Florida. 90 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE ALVIN KAMARA RB 5-11 195 Norcross GA Having previously played at junior college Kamara will be a sophomore. As a senior in high school in 2012 he rushed for 2 264 yards and 26 touchdowns while averaging 7.5 yards per carry. In nine JUCO games he gained 1 211 yards (134.6 per game) with 18 scores. Kamara is a five-star recruit according to 247Sports. DARRELL MILLER TE 6-4 226 LaVergne TN Oliver starred on both sides of the ball in high school and on offense lined up tight end and in the backfield. As a senior he made 40 catches for 574 yards and had three sacks. Projected as a tight end Oliver is a three-star recruit per and he also considered Ole Miss and Mississippi State. JOHN KELLY KYLE PHILLIPS RB 5-10 200 Detroit MI In high school Kelly played cornerback and running back while also returning kicks. As a senior he scored 25 total touchdowns and managed to do so five different ways (rushing receiving kickoff return punt return and interception). A three-star recruit per Kelly also considered Michigan and Michigan State. DL 6-4 250 Nashville TN Phillips enrolled early at Tennessee and participated in spring practice. He played both defensive tackle and defensive in high school and recorded 33 sacks in a three-year career. As a senior he made 58 tackles (22.5 for loss) with 13. Phillips is a five-star recruit and the No. 1 overall player from Tennessee according to 247Sports. DARRIN KIRKLAND JR. QUAY PICOU LB 6-2 235 Indianapolis IN Kirkland is versatile linebacker who can be dominant against the run but also excels in dropping back into pass coverage. As a senior he had 13.5 tackles for loss to go along with three interceptions. A four-star recruit per Kirkland also had offers from Oregon Texas and USC. DL 6-1 263 Sugar Hill GA Picou may be undersized for a defensive tackle but he is extremely agile in the middle of line. As a senior he recorded 61 tackles to go along with three sacks two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. A three-star recruit according to Picou also had offers from Georgia Tech Ohio State and Texas A&M. RILEY LOVINGOOD LS 6-0 246 Hendersonville TN Tennessee special teams coordinator Mark Elder called Lovingood the premier long snapper in the country in this class. He puts great velocity on his snaps and has masterful accuracy. Lovingood was named co-MVP at the June 2013 Tennessee Special Teams Camp and was invited to the 2014 Rubio Long Snapping Top 12 Camp in L.A. DREW RICHMOND OL 6-5 310 Memphis TN Richmond has an impressive combination of size and athleticism for an offensive lineman and he played both left and right tackle in high school. He was named a 2014 MaxPreps Second Team All-American. The four-star recruit (247Sports) also considered Alabama Florida State Ohio State and Oklahoma among many others. JUSTIN MARTIN DB 6-2 173 Antioch TN Martin played both cornerback and running back in high school before attending junior college last year when he also returned kicks (nine for 292 yards 32.4 average). He rushed for 1 887 yards and 26 touchdowns as a high-school senior. Martin is a four-star recruit according to QUART E SAPP LB 6-2 200 Alpharetta GA Sapp is touted as one of the best front-seven defenders in the business at dropping back into coverage. As a junior he had 113 tackles (20 for loss) and four sacks to go along with two interceptions and three forced fumbles. Sapp is a four-star recruit according to 247Sports. KAHLIL MCKENZIE DL 6-3 327 Walnut Creek CA McKenzie is the son of former UT and NFL star Reggie McKenzie. The younger McKenzie had 74 tackles and a team-high 12 sacks as a junior before attending a charter school in California last season. He can be overpowering at defense tackle. He is a five-star recruit and No. 1 overall from California according to 247Sports. AUSTIN SMITH LB 6-3 234 Buford GA Smith led powerhouse Buford High School to a state championship in 2014 while recording 67 tackles (eight for loss) and three forced fumbles as a senior. He can set up shop at either outside linebacker or defensive end. Smith was rated with three stars by DARRELL MILLER DB 5-10 170 Cedar Hill TX Miller had two interceptions as a senior and he helped his school capture state championships in both 2013 and 2014. He has been praised as a winner and for his leadership skills. Miller does not have ideal size for a defensive back but brings impressive speed and athleticism to the table. ZACH STEWART OL 6-4 310 Coalfield TN Stewart starred at both offensive and defensive tackle in high school. Although he will play on the offensive side in the ball in college Stewart made 118 tackles (25 for loss) to go along with 14 sacks as a senior. The four-star recruit ( also considered Georgia and LSU. 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 91 DARRELL TAYLOR DL 6-4 228 Waverly VA SHY TUTTLE Taylor is a prototypical defensive end with great size and speed. As a senior he recorded 60 tackles (19 for loss) 11 sacks two blocked field goals and three forced fumbles. He also played receiver and had 29 receptions for 356 yards and five receiving touchdowns. Taylor is a four-star recruit per DL 6-3 215 Midway NC Tuttle wrapped up a four-year high-school career with 315 tackles (66 for loss) and 35 sacks. That led him to be rated with four stars by The defensive tackle also played basketball and competed in track. He chose Tennessee over Alabama Clemson and Florida State among many others. LASZLO TOSER K 5-9 185 Ooltewah TN PRESTON WILLIAMS Toser stands at just 5-9 but it is safe to say he packs a powerful punch in his leg. In high school he handled both field-goal and kickoff duties making 15 of 20 attempts in addition to 53 of 54 PATs. Seventy-two of Toser s 79 kickoffs went for touchbacks. WR 6-4 180 Hampton GA TOMMY TOWNSEND One of Tennessee s most prized recruits Williams made 43 catches for 916 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior despite missing several games with a knee injury. He is a five-star prospect according to 247Spors which ranks him as the No. 29 overall prospect and No. 3 receiver. P 6-1 168 Orlando FL ELI WOLF rated Townsend as three-star prospect and the No. 6 overall kicker in the nation. A stellar athlete he also played baseball in high school and lined up on occasion at defensive back. Toser averaged 43 yards per punt as a senior and converted on 11 of 15 field-goal tries. TE 6-4 205 Minster OH Wolf holds every career and single-game receiving record at Minster High School in Ohio. He had 124 catches for 2 234 yards and 27 touchdowns in three seasons. As a senior he made 74 receptions for 1 319 yards. Wolf is praised for being fundamentally-sound as a receiver and blocker. Andrew Butcher 92 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE Preston Williams 404-835-3950 20371DATM 20-Jan-2013 21 50 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 93 VANDERBILT Nashville TN HEAD COACH Derek Mason OFF. COORDINATOR Andy Ludwig DEF. COORDINATOR Derek Mason 2014 RECORD 3-9 (0-8) FOUNDED 1873 STADIUM Vanderbilt (39 790) 2015 CLASS NOTES Head coach Derek Mason steered the ship during a dreadful 3-9 first season but the firing of offensive coordinator Karl Dorrell could be the start of the rebuilding process. James Franklin left talent at Vanderbilt and Mason should be able to compliment those remnants with an above average incoming class. Jared Pinkney is a 6-foot-5 receiver from Norcross Ga. and quarterback Kyle Shurmur definitely has the talent to play at an SEC level. The key will whether or not 6-foot-7 tackle Justin Skule and the trenches have time to develop or will be asked to play immediately. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT Landing Josh Smith was the biggest positive from the last year and a half of Vandy football and the talented middle linebacker will join his brother Emmanuel who plays safety on the team. At 6-foot-3 228 pounds Smith has the size and strength to play right away and his leadership was seen throughout his high school career all the way through his performance at the U.S. Army All-American Game. Smith had an incredible 25 tackles for loss last season and has a knack for making timely plays. 2015 SIGNEES KYLE ANDERTON TE 6-4 260 Gallatin TN Anderton was a three-year captain at Station Camp and played quarterback and defensive end while also starting at center on the basketball team. Last season he accumulated over 1 800 yards on offense with 21 touchdowns. His mobility size and football IQ will translate well to the tight end position. JORDAN GRIFFIN ILB 6-0 207 Tampa FL Griffin started three years at Armwood High School and finished his career with 428 tackles. He helped lead Armwood to back-to-back finals berth and a 37-6 record in three seasons. He posted a ridiculous 158 tackles nine sacks and seven fumble recoveries last season. JOSH CRAWFORD RB 5-11 214 Elmore AL Crawford was a three-year starter at Edgewood and helped compile a 41-0 record and three straight state titles. He was named the AISA 2014 Back of the Year after compiling 1 198 yards and 27 touchdowns. Crawford showcased his durability by racking up more than 4 000 rushing yards and scoring 101 career touchdowns. JAY HOCKADAY ILB 6-3 215 Nashville TN Hockaday was a two-way starter for 2014 state champion Christ Presbyterian Academy. He dominated the championship game with 15 tackles and 124 rushing yards. Hockaday totaled 46 touchdowns and 190 tackles during his junior and senior seasons and was named District MVP. DARION DEBROSSARD NEHEMIAH MITCHELL OG 6-5 320 Snellville GA DeBrossard did not play organized football until 2013 but with his massive size he translated well playing in the heart of Georgia s football talent. DeBrossard was named October Lineman of the Month by the Gwinnett Touchdown Club earned letters in basketball and track & field and was a Ga. Governor s Honors finalist. SDE 6-5 265 San Francisco CA Mitchell is a versatile piece that can play outside linebacker or defensive end. He posted 52 tackles and 10 sacks last season at City College of San Francisco. He graduated from Bishop O Dowd High School in Oakland where he started for two years and lettered on the basketball team. SAM DOBBS DARE ODEYINGBO TE 6-5 220 Fairburn GA Dobbs hauled in 30 catches for 335 yards and six touchdowns during the first half of his senior season. His father John played football at Auburn and his sister Kelsey played volleyball for the Tigers. Dobbs is a four-year honor roll recipient and lettered in swimming and track and field. ILB 6-3 243 Irving TX Odeyingbo started all four years at running back for Cistercian Prep High School but took on defensive end and linebacker his junior and senior seasons. He amassed 5 456 rushing yards over the course of his career with 74 touchdowns and has great instincts to read and react that translate to the defensive side. JAIRE GEORGE CALEB PEART ATH 6-2 226 Hyattsville MD George comes from DeMatha Catholic School where he played running back and outside linebacker. On defense he posted 92 tackles and three sacks with one interception last season. George earned first team all-league and is a National Honors Society member. SDE 6-0 240 Chandler AZ Peart was this year s NFF s Curley Culp Award which is given to Arizona s top high school defensive lineman. Peart totaled 82 tackles last season and added 15 sacks and two forced fumbles as the team s Defensive MVP. Peart received All-State DL and All-Region DL honors for each of his last three seasons. 94 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE EAN PFEIFER OT 6-5 285 Bentonville AR KYLE SHURMUR Pfeifer led Bentonville to back-to-back Class 7A state championships and a 32-5 overall record during his three seasons as a starter. Pfeifer was named First Team All-State and helped lead the Tigers past an 0-4 start and to a nine-game win streak to capture this year s championship. QB 6-4 215 Glenside PA Shurmur is a consensus five-star quarterback that passed for 2 472 yards and 25 touchdowns last season resulting in a Class AAAA First Team All-State selection. Shurmur is an excellent swimmer and won the 2014 state title while helping anchor the state record-setting 200-medley relay. JARED PINKNEY WR 6-5 224 Norcross GA JUSTIN SKULE Pinkney comes from Norcross High School one of Georgia s most well-known hotbeds for collegiate talent. He caught 32 passes for 480 yards and three touchdowns last season and earned honorable mention All-state and First-Team All-Region. Pinkney is excellent at basketball and possesses elite athleticism. OT 6-7 310 Clifton VA Skule helped Centreville High School take the 2013 Class AAA state title and started for two seasons. Skule totaled more than 50 pancake blocks and gave up just one sack during his two seasons as a starter. The 6-foot-7 tackle operated in a Wing-T offense that produced almost 4 600 yards last season. ANDREW RECTOR JOSH SMITH S 6-1 190 Nashville TN ILB 6-3 228 Murfreesboro TN Rector is a valuable piece in the secondary that can excel in a variety of roles. He started at cornerback as a sophomore for Father Ryan and moved to safety before his junior season. In 2014 he posted 56 tackles with three interceptions and three forced fumbles in just six games before suffering an injury. Smith is a force at the middle linebacker spot and this past year he totaled 128 tackles with nine sacks four forced fumbles and 25 tackles for a loss. He is a consensus four-star that played in the U.S. Army All-American game. Smith s older brother Emmanuel is a safety on the team. DONOVAN SHEFFIELD JARED SOUTHERS CB 5-11 170 Nashville TN OT 6-5 285 West Orange NJ Sheffield comes from Tennessee powerhouse Ensworth where he took state championships in 2012 and 2013 before falling one win short this past season. Sheffield had 33 tackles and six interceptions while using his breakout speed on offense for 16 touchdowns. He also won the D-II state title in the triple jump as a junior (46 11 ). Southerns is a bulldozer that was often seen 20 yards down field last season. He had 83 pancake blocks for 6-4 Seton Hall Preparatory last season. The 6-foot-5 lineman lettered in wrestling and is a National Honors Society member. Southers also played some defensive line and he has a low pad level and quick first step. Jared Pinkney 2015 SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE - RECRUITING ISSUE 95