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Signing day: How Louisville, WKU, EKU and Murray fared

Strong signs 10 players from sunshine state

February 1, 2012 

  • State signings

    Players signed Wednesday by Kentucky's Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Division schools:

    Louisville

    Sid Anvoots OL 6-2 285Indianapolis, Ind.

    Joshua Appleby PK 6-3 230 Athens, Ala.

    Lamar Atkins LB 5-11 210 Miami, Fla.

    Hunter Bowles TE 6-6 245 Glasgow, Ky.

    DeAngelo Brown DT 6-0 310 Savannah, Ga.

    Keith Brown LB 6-1 225 Miami, Fla.

    James Burgess Jr.LB 6-0 200 Homestead, Fla.

    Gerald Christian TE 6-3 240P.B. Gardens, Fla.

    Robert Clark WR 5-8 185P.B. Gardens, Fla.

    Nick Dawson LB 6-3 228 Charlotte, N.C.

    Abraham Garcia OL 6-5 345Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

    Will Gardner QB 6-5 200 Douglas, Ga.

    DeAndre Herron OL 6-5 340 Avon, Ind.

    Gerod Holliman DB 6-0 185 Miami, Fla.

    Kevin Houchins DB 5-11 175South Euclid, Ohio

    Ryan Hubbell TE 6-5 235Council Blffs, Iowa

    Larry Jefferson DE 6-4 220College Park, Ga.

    T.C. Klusman OL 6-3 270 Cincinnati, Ohio

    Joe Manley OL 6-6 335Bowling Grn, Ohio

    Devontre Parnell DB 5-11 163 Winnsboro, S.C.

    Brandon RadcliffRB 5-9 220 Miami, Fla.

    Sheldon RankinsDL 6-2 280 Covington, Ga.

    Pedro Sibiea DT 6-3 275 Homestead, Fla.

    Brandon Snell DB 5-11 170Miami Grdns, Fla.

    Western Kentucky

    Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown

    Austin Aikens WR 6-0 185 Tampa, Fla.

    Leon Allen RB 5-11 215 Bradenton, Fla.

    Travis Elliott RB 5-10 210 Union, Ky.

    Tyler English OL 6-3 275 Louisville, Ky.

    Brett Harrington DB 6-1 190 Rochester, N.Y.

    Forrest Lamp OL 6-4 260 Venice, Fla.

    Julian Leslie DL 6-3 215 Miami, Fla.

    Tyrone Pearson DL 6-3 275 Louisville, Ky.

    Marquez Pride DL 6-3 265 Madison, Ala.

    Daqual Randall LB 6-0 225 Palmetto, Fla.

    Devante Terrell DL 6-0 275 Lakeland, Fla.

    Anthony Wales RB 5-9 170 Louisville, Ky.

    Calvin WashingtonDL 6-4 265Charlottesville, Va.

    Eastern Kentucky

    Stanley AbsanaonDB 6-0 180 Lakeland, Fla.

    Justin Adekoya DL 6-5 280 Ringgold, Ga.

    Travon Carter OL 6-3 315 Lancaster, Texas

    Jason Creeden OL 6-5 295Woodbrry Frst, Va.

    Brett Eyckmans OL 6-5 270 Fort Mitchell, Ky.

    Jason Fergerson S 6-3 195 Lexington, Ky.

    Jonathan Floyd TE 6-3 240 Richmond, Ky.

    Ryan Garretson OL 6-5 315Morristown, Tenn.

    Julio Geronimo DL 6-3 285 W. Orange, N.J.

    Brandon Guy OL 6-3 270 Maryville, Tenn.

    J.J. Jude RB 5-8 190 Hagerhill, Ky.

    Ben Lawler QB 6-2 190 Georgetown, Ky.

    Joshua Minor OL 6-4 275College Park, Ga.

    Treyvon Neely LB 6-3 215 Louisville, Ky.

    Kiante NorthingtonWR 5-8 165 Louisville, Ky.

    Chris Owens S 6-2 195 Hephzibah, Ga.

    Marquise Piton LB 6-2 210Pmbrke Pns, Fla.

    Avery Pitt DL 6-3 270 Henderson, Ky.

    Courtney Prince DL 6-3 295 Mitchellville, Md

    Landon Rasnick OL 6-5 250 Orange, Va.

    Kyle Romano QB 6-1 190 Bedford, Texas

    Jared Sanders RB 5-8 173Hallndle, Bch, Fla.

    De'Shaun Sands RB 5-8 180Pompano Bch, Fla.

    Colton Scurry OL 6-3 280 Fayetteville, Ga.

    Trey Shelton OL 6-4 295 Chesterfield, Va.

    LaJuan Smith DB 6-2 195 Glasgow, Ky.

    Moe Vogel OL 6-4 295 Brooklyn, N.Y.

    Murray State

    Corey Addison LB 6-0 204Jacksonville, Fla.

    Janawski Davis WR 5-7 150 Eight Mile, Ala.

    Jerome Davis DT 6-2 260 Buford, Ga.

    Zach Dean DT 6-4 250, Salem, Ala.

    Adrian Dinkins DE 6-3 260 Ridgeland, Miss.

    Parks Frazier QB 6-2 236 Corinth, Miss.

    Corey Gammon OL 6-2 265, Memphis, Tenn.

    Marquise Grizzle RB 5-7 173 Barco, N.C.

    Jeremy Harness WR 5-8 171 Radcliffe, Ky.

    Pokey Harris RB 5-10 165 Winchester, Ky.

    Brandon HathawayDB 5-10 180 Smyrna, Tenn.

    Anthony Hayes QB 6-0 210 Memphis, Tenn.

    Hunter Hogan OL 6-2 290 Tyler, Texas

    Marcus Holliday RB 5-9 170 Memphis, Tenn.

    Hunter Holloway DT 6-5 265Elizabethtown, Ky.

    KD Humphries QB 6-3 205Montgomery, Ala.

    T-Ray Malone LB 6-2 200 Smyrna, Tenn.

    Josh Manning CB 5-9 175 LaGrange, Ga.

    Kamalie MatthewsDT 6-2 300 Lithona, Ga.

    Jordan Morrow WR 5-6 160 San Pablo, Calif.

    Paul Rice WR 5-10 180 St. Louis, Mo.

    Jalen Sublett RB 6-3 190 Glasgow, Ky.

    Dontel Watkins WR 6-2 189 Nashville, Tenn.

LOUISVILLE — Louisville Coach Charlie Strong logged so many miles on one weekend trip to Florida that he had time to critique recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt's driving skills. Crisscrossing the Sunshine State paid off for the Cardinals.

Strong dipped into his deep Florida ties again and loaded up his third class with another group of highly touted defenders to add to a young team that will return 18 starters and started 11 different freshmen last year.

"We started down in Miami. We worked from Miami to West Palm (Beach) from West Palm to Port. St. Lucie, to Orlando up to Valdosta, (Ga.) up to Savannah back down to Lake City," Strong said Wednesday. "That was a trip. I told Hurtt, I don't know if I can drive around with him that much the way that man drives. It was a fun trip."

A worthwhile one, too.

Strong signed 10 players from Florida in his 24-man class headlined by linebackers Keith Brown and Nick Dawson.

"That's a position that we do need help right now," Strong said.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Brown received more than 30 offers from BCS schools and had originally committed to Miami and Illinois before choosing Louisville and enrolling in January. He'll likely be an inside linebacker with the 6-foot-3, 228-pound Dawson on the outside. Strong said his two other freshman linebackers — James Burgess Jr. and Lamar Atkins — would be in the mix for playing time.

Louisville's class ranked between second and fifth in the Big East among the major recruiting Web sites and between 38th and 46th nationally among the 120 teams in the FBS. The new group includes six defensive linemen and five offensive linemen.

"The game is won up front so you have to go and get your offensive and defensive linemen because that's where it all starts at," Strong said. "You can go find a skill guy, they're everywhere, but it's always hard to get those offensive and defensive linemen."

Small class, big talent for Western Kentucky

BOWLING GREEN — Western Kentucky Coach Willie Taggart received a couple of pleasant surprises as part of 13 signees in the Hilltoppers' latest recruiting class.

Running back Anthony "Ace" Wales selected WKU over Louisville, and defensive lineman Tyrone Pearson out of Louisville's Seneca High chose the Hilltoppers despite offers from BCS programs.

"I think it is always great when you can get an in-state kid of that caliber," Taggart said of Wales picking WKU. "We talked about it from day one — we want to be able to get those kids to not only stay in-state, but to be able to come to WKU."

Taggart stressed quality over quantity with the class with seven signees rated three-star prospects by Rivals.com.

Six of Taggart's signees are from Florida and four from Kentucky. The new recruits don't include a pair of Louisville natives: 2010 four-star quarterback DaMarcus Smith, a Central Florida signee from Seneca High School who didn't qualify last fall, and Louisville transfer Jerrell Moore from Fern Creek.

The Hilltoppers' class Wednesday ranked anywhere from second to last in the Sun Belt Conference according to the major recruiting Web sites.

WKU addressed needs at nearly every position on both sides of the ball, signing six offensive and seven defensive players. Five of the seven defensive signees are linemen, while three running backs highlight the class on offense.

EKU adds depthto experienced team

RICHMOND — Eastern Kentucky Coach Dean Hood announced a class of 27 signees on Wednesday.

The class includes 10 offensive linemen, four defensive backs, four defensive linemen, three running backs, two quarterbacks, two linebackers, one wide receiver and one tight end. The players come from nine different states.

"I think the biggest thing was that we were able to replace what we lost in the 2011 senior class with our mid-year additions," Hood said. "All of our high school signings were just icing on the cake and will help us in the future. We had to hit the offensive line hard because we lost four players this past year and will lose four more following this fall."

Seventeen of the 22 starters from last season's playoff team are slated to return for the Colonels in 2012, including eight first-team all-conference players

Murray State loads upon offense

MURRAY — Murray State Coach Chris Hatcher announced the signings of 16 players to national letters of intent and seven others who have already enrolled in school for the spring semester.

All told, the Racers added five wide receivers, four running backs, three quarterbacks and two linemen to the offense, and five linemen, two linebackers and two defensive backs to the defense.

"This group has the potential to make an immediate impact," Hatcher said.

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