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Georgia Southern Football Adds 27 to Roster on National Signing Day


The Georgia Southern football program announced Wednesday a football recruiting class composed of 27 student-athletes, rated by numerous scouting services as the tops in the Sun Belt Conference for the year.

“I’m really excited about the class that we signed today,” said Head Coach Tyson Summers. “I do think that our staff did an exceptional job. We had less than three weeks to be able to put this class together, to be able to hold on to the committed guys that we wanted and be able to push forward and look for what we felt like were the best possible student-athletes in our recruiting area. We were able to go down the last three and four days, go down and win on the wire with three or four kids and for us to be able to close and finish the way we did, it is really a testament to the work and chemistry that our staff has together.

“I don’t think it was any one individual that necessarily signed anybody, I think it was a collective group effort from our entire staff that worked, certainly with the nine on-the-field coaches and all of our off-the-field staff, our graduate assistants, our student assistants and really the community of Statesboro and the big community and family-feel of Georgia Southern that they get from our dining hall, to our dorms, to our campus and everybody that is associated with Georgia Southern. They’re the reason that we’re able to have such an outstanding class.”

The Eagles added 24 student-athletes from the high school ranks along with one prep school player and two mid-year transfers in Darius Roper (ASA) and Alvin Ward, Jr. (Atlanta Sports Academy) to bolster the 2016 football roster.

Georgia Southern welcomed 15 players from the state of Georgia, four from Florida, four from South Carolina and one apiece from New York, New Jersey, Texas and North Carolina.

The Eagles added three offensive linemen, five defensive backs, four wide receivers, four linebackers, two tight ends, one running back, five defensive linemen, two quarterbacks and a kicker.

“We were looking for guys, first and foremost, that obviously were high-character guys,” Summers said. “The second feature we were looking for were guys who were good students, and that was the piece we were looking for from an off-the-field perspective.”

Georgia Southern will open the 2016 football season on Sept. 3 against Savannah State.

2016 Signees:

(Name, Position, Ht., Wt., Hometown, Last School)

Darion Anderson, WR, 6-0, 176, Warner Robins, Ga., Houston County HS

Chris Barrett, TE, 6-3, 230, Clearwater, Fla., Countryside HS

Todd Bradley, LB, 6-0, 215, Valdosta, Ga., Valdosta HS

Monquavion Brinson, DB, 5-11, 170, Atlanta, Ga., Mays HS

Rashad Byrd, LB, 6-0, 205, North Augusta, S.C., North Augusta HS

Deshon Cooper, DE, 6-3, 240, Atlanta, Ga., Columbia HS

Tori Delesline, LB, 6-1, 205, Hampton, S.C., Hillcrest HS

Lawrence Edwards, OL, 6-6, 258, Port Orange, Fla., Spruce Creek HS

Tanner Hall, WR, 6-1, 185, Suwanee, Ga., Lambert HS

Jermany Hawkins, RB, 5-10, 207, Sylvania, Ga., Screven County HS

Rakeem Hightower, DB, 6-0, 190, Moultrie, Ga., Colquitt Country HS

Michael Jackson, WR, 5-10, 169, Lake City, Fla., Columbia HS

Luis Martinez, K, 5-9, 194, Moultrie, Ga., Colquitt County HS

R.J. Merriweather, WR, 6-0, 180, Tift County, Ga., Tift County HS

Mark Michaud, TE, 6-4, 210, Brooklyn, N.Y., Avon Old Farms

Ty Phillips, DL, 6-3, 260, Moultrie, Ga., Colquitt County HS

Darius Roper *, DL, 6-3, 270, Jersey City, N.J., ASA

Seth Shuman, QB, 6-1, 195, Valdosta, Ga., Valdosta HS

Alex Smith, OL, 6-4, 290, Woodstock, Ga., Etowah HS

Amari Thompson, DB, 6-2, 180, Minneola, Fla., Lake Minneola HS

Kindle Vildor, DB, 5-11, 177, College Park, Ga., North Clayton HS

Traver Vliem, DE, 6-4, 237, Midland, Texas, Midland HS

Randy Wade, LB, 6-2, 230, Blakely, Ga., Early County HS

Alvin Ward, Jr. *, DE, 6-4, 235, Hertford, N.C., Atlanta Sports Academy

Martial Washington, DB, 6-3, 203, Hinesville, Ga., Liberty County HS

Shai Werts, QB, 5-11, 188, Clinton, S.C., Newberry HS

Drew Wilson, OL, 6-4, 300, Bamberg, S.C., Bamberg-Ehrhardt HS

* – already enrolled at Georgia Southern


Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 125 degree programs serving nearly 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education.


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