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ETSU football signing class list

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ETSU football signing class list

ETSU Football

2014 Recruiting Class

Demetrius Anthony

Position: Quarterback

Height: 6-2, Weight: 200

Hometown: Fountain Inn, S.C.

High School: A three-sport standout at Christ Church Episcopal School, where he participated in football, basketball and track … his team won back-to-back state titles in 2011 and 2012 … was named both the All-State Player of the Year and the All-State Offensive Player of the Year for South Carolina’s Division 1A … was also an all-region pick. Personal: Born March 13, 1996 … son of Robert and Miriam Anthony … expecting to major in engineering … played for high school coach Dan Frost.


Seth Barger

Position: Defensive back

Height: 5-10, Weight: 170

Hometown: Blountville, Tenn.

High School: Was a three-sport player at Dobyns-Bennett High School, competing in football, track and baseball … was an all-conference selection for three straight seasons (2011-13) … was named to the 2012 Kingsport Times-News Elite Team at defensive back. Personal: Born Sept. 3, 1995 … son of Tony and Sharon Barger … expecting to major in business … played for high school coach Graham Clark.


Caleb Bartlett

Position: Offensive line

Height: 6-3, Weight: 265

Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.

High School: Was a two-sport standout in both football and baseball at Bearden High School … was the first verbal commitment to the ETSU program … earned all-district and all-conference honors … graded out at 83 percent overall as a lineman … had 40 pancake blocks. Personal:Born March 30, 1996 … son of John and Tonya Bartlett … major is exercise science … played for high school coach Jack Tate.


Hank Black

Position: Wide receiver

Height: 6-1, Weight: 175

Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.

High School: Played three seasons for Knox Carter High School … was an all-district, all-KIL and all-state selection during his prep career … was named special teams player of the year as a senior … participated in the Tennessee East/West All-Star Game … collected 52 receptions for 889 yards and 13 touchdowns his senior year, while also returning three kickoffs for touchdowns in 2013. Personal: Born Dec. 29, 1995 … son of Jeff and Jennifer Black … expecting to major in sports management … played for high school coach Heath Woods.


River Boruff

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6-1, Weight: 214

Hometown: Sparta, Tenn.

High School: Was a three-year letter winner at White County High School …. named district defensive most valuable player in 2012, while earning first team all-district honors during the 2013 season … collected a total of 253 tackles, was also rushing for 680 yards and five touchdowns during his prep career … was an honor roll student. Personal: Born Oct. 10, 1995 … son of Bill and Barbara Boruff … expecting to major in business … played for high school coach Matthew Houser.


Denzell Boyd

Position: Defensive back 

Height: 5-9, Weight: 175

Hometown: Etowah, Tenn.

High School: Was a four-sport athlete at McMinn Central High School, participating in football, basketball, baseball and track … was an all-district and all-area selection all four years of his prep career, earning multiple offensive honors … finished his career with 3,500 all-purpose yards and scored a remarkable 52 touchdowns. Personal: Born Jan. 17, 1996 … son of George and Sonya Boyd … major is undecided … played for high school coach Josh Goodin.


Matt Brewer

Position: Offensive line

Height: 6-5, Weight: 250

Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.

High School: Played two seasons for former ETSU offensive lineman Wes Jones at Hardin Valley Academy … was an all-district selection as a junior, while earning all-region and all-Knoxville Football League status as a senior … collected 96 tackles his senior year, including 15 for loss, while catching 35 passes for 400 yards on the offensive side of the ball. Personal: Born Jan. 29, 1996 … son of Steve and Christine Brewer … expecting to major in exercise science … played for high school coach Wes Jones.


Spencer Brien

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6-0, Weight: 215

Hometown: Gatlinburg, Tenn.

High School: Played four seasons at Gatlinburg-Pittman High School … was an all-district, all-county, all-KIL and all-state selection during his prep career … was a most valuable defensive player pick for his district and county … finished with 219 career tackles, 21 sacks and 14 forced fumbles during his career … competed in the Tennessee-Kentucky Border Bowl two times.Personal: Born July 16, 1995 … son of Chris and Marci Brien … expected to major in exercise science … played for high school coach Benny Hammonds.


Zach Casey

Position: Running back/Linebacker

Height: 6-0, Weight: 210

Hometown: Kingsport, Tenn.

High School: Played four years at Dobyns-Bennett High School … was an all-conference, all-district and Northeast Tennessee Elite 11 selection … named to the all-conference “Tough Man” team … participated in the FCA All-Star Game. Personal: Born Jan. 21, 1996 … son of Terry and Carla Casey … expecting to major in physical therapy … played for high school coach Graham Clark.


Cory Colder

Position: Running back

Height: 5-8, Weight: 205

Hometown: Ashburn, Va.

High School: Played three seasons at Briar Woods High School, helping his team to a combined record of 42-3 … spent this past season at East Coast Prep … finished his high school career as Briar Woods’ all-time leader in rushing yards (2,950) and rushing touchdowns (43) … was an all-state second team pick in 2011 and 2012 … also earned all-district, all-region and all-metro honors during his prep career. Personal: Born August 26, 1995 … son of Carl and Sherry Colder … expected to major in communications … played for high school coach Charlie Pierce.


Cody Cornelius

Position: Offensive lineman

Height: 6-5, Weight: 250

Hometown: Harrogate, Tenn.

High School: Was a four-year player at left tackle for Cumberland Gap High School … was a first-team all Blue Ridge Athletic Conference selection his senior season … an honor roll student who has also participated in the Tri-State youth choir for three years during high school.Personal: Born Dec. 22, 1995 … son of Stan and Kathy Cornelius … expecting to major in digital media … played for high school coach Cory Russel.


Jack DeFur

Position: Fullback/Tight end

Height: 6-1, Weight: 220

Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.

High School: Was a three-year starter at Hardin Valley Academy … was named all-district and all-region during each of his three prep seasons … finished as the all-time leader in receptions and yards at Hardin Valley. Personal: Born Feb. 12, 1996 … son of Stephen and Beth DeFur … expecting to major in exercise science/physical education … played for high school coach and former ETSU lineman Wes Jones.


Jared Drake

Position: Quarterback

Height: 6-0, Weight: 205

Hometown: Westerville, Ohio

High School: Was a three-year starter at Westerville Central High School … set new school records for passing and total offense … was a first-team all-conference, all-district, all-region and all-state selection, finishing as the Mr. Ohio football runner-up …  combined to pass for 4,500 yards and rush for another 1,800 yards during his junior and senior seasons. Personal: Born July 13, 1995 … son of Peter and Cathy Drake … major is undecided … played for high school coach John Magreto.


Austin Gatewood

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6-1, Weight: 215

Hometown: Ooltewah, Tenn.

High School: Played on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball at East Hamilton High School … was a first-team all-state selection both his junior and senior season … was named the district linebacker of the year and defensive player of the year during his prep careers … was a “best of preps” selection as well. Personal: Born Aug. 5, 1995 … son of Ted and Wendy Gatewood … expecting to major in sports science … played for high school coach Ted Gatewood.


Trevor Gilliam

Position: Defensive end

Height: 6-4, Weight: 290

Hometown: Kingsport, Tenn.

High School: Played two seasons for Dobyns-Bennett High School, helping his team to a combined 24-2 record his junior and senior season in 2011 and 2012 … was a first-team all-conference player and was named defensive player of the year both as a junior  and senior … competed in the FCA Bowl Game, while also participating in the Tennessee vs. Kentucky Border Bowl … Personal: Born Sept. 27, 1994 … son of Jon Scott and Saundra Gilliam … expecting to major in biology … played for high school coach Graham Clark.


Drew Hoilman

Position: Defensive end

Height: 6-4, Weight: 260

Hometown: Burnsville, N.C.

High School: Played two seasons at Mountain Heritage High School … was an all-conference selection, while also earning All-Western North Carolina honorable mention. Personal: Born July 27, 1996 … son of David Hoilman and Shelly Bailey … major is undecided … played for high school coach Joey Robinson.


Leon Humphrey, Jr.

Position: Defensive Lineman

Height: 6-2, Weight: 250

Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.

High School: Was a four-year letter winner and a team captain at Knox West High School … was an all-state, all-region and all-district selection in 2013 … was named Region 4-AAA Lineman of the Year … was an all-state pick by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association … participated in the Tennessee/Kentucky Border War All-Star game … played both offensive and defensive line.Personal: Born Feb. 2, 1996 … son of Leon and Renae Humphrey … major is undecided … played for high school coach Scott Cummings.


Keanu James

Position: Cornerback

Height: 5-10, Weight: 180

Hometown: Dacula, Ga.

High School: Played at the 6A level at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton, Ga. … broke multiple team records on the defensive side of the ball in both 2012 and 2013 … led the state in interceptions during the 2012 season. Personal: Born March 14, 1995 … son of Tony and Toushi James … expecting to major in sports management … played for high school coach Shannon Jarvis.


Colt Jenkins

Position: Defensive lineman

Height: 6-4, Weight: 230

Hometown: Jonesborough, Tenn.

High School: Played four seasons at David Crockett High School … named to the FCA All-Star team … led his conference in sacks as a senior and was an All-Big 7 Conference Selection … was named team captain and was selected as defensive lineman of the year his senior season … had 32 tackles and 7 ½ sacks in 2013. Personal: Born March 5, 1996 … son of Jeff and Cindy Jenkins … major is physical therapy … played for high school coach Jeremy Bosken.


Paul Leveritt

Position: Defensive end

Height: 6-6, Weight: 255

Hometown: Waynesville, N.C.

High School: Played four seasons at Tuscola High School … was an all-conference, all-county and all-Western North Carolina selection … collected 60 tackles, eight sacks and 15 tackles for loss during his prep career … also played basketball during his prep career. Personal: Born Aug. 29, 1995 … son of Ed and Leana Leveritt … expecting to major in pre-med … played for high school coach Brandon Allen.


Cody Lewis

Position: Defensive back

Height: 6-0, Weight: 190

Hometown: Alcoa, Tenn.

High School: Played four seasons at perennial power Alcoa High School, winning three state titles during his prep career … was an all-district, all-county and all-state selection during the 2011 season … helped his team combine for a 53-6 record over four seasons. Personal: Born Oct. 23, 1993 … son of Marty and Joe Keefe, and Dave Lewis … expecting to major in communications … played for high school coach Gary Rankin.


Patrick McFall

Position: Offensive lineman

Height: 6-6, Weight: 265

Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.

High School: Was a two-sport star at Knoxville Catholic High School, playing both basketball and football … was a preseason all-state selection in Class 4A … earned all-district honors his senior season. Personal: Born April 29, 1996 … son of Clifford and Valerie McFall … expecting to major in criminal justice … played for high school coach Steve Matthews.


Adam Mitchell

Position: Wide receiver

Height: 6-3, Weight: 190

Hometown: Bristol, Tenn.

High School: Played both football and basketball at Tennessee High School … set career records in most all major receiving categories, finishing with 150 receptions, 2,261 yards and 29 touchdowns during his career … collected 56 catches, 990 yards and 11 touchdowns his senior season … was an all-conference and all-state selection in football … participated in the Tennessee East/West All-Star Game. Personal: Born April 9, 1996 … son of Tim and Kelly Mitchell … expecting to major in business … played for high school coach Mike Mays.


Kahlil Mitchell

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6-0, Weight: 205

Hometown: South Pittsburg, Tenn.

High School: Was a team captain while playing his prep football at South Pittsburg HS … helped lead his team to the Class 1A state championship game … was an all-district, all-state and Best of Preps selection in 2013 … participated in the Tennessee East/West All Star Game … gained over 2,500 career rushing yards on the offensive side of the ball, while collecting 200 career tackles on defense … he also had two career interceptions, three defensive touchdowns, five fumble recoveries and seven forced fumbles during his high school career.  Personal: Born Dec. 24, 1995 … son of Kevin Mitchell and Rochelle Beene … expecting to major in exercise science … played for high school coach Tim Moore.


T.J. Morgan

Position: Running back/Wide receiver

Height: 5-8, Weight: 160

Hometown: Fort Myers, Fla.

High School: Played three seasons at Fort Myers High School, helping his team to a combined record of 26-6 … recorded school records for most career touchdowns over 50 yards and his 8.6 yards per carry average was a school career mark … finished with 80 carries for 750 yards and 20 touchdowns in his senior season … played in the Fort Myers North/South All-Star Game.Personal: Born Aug. 7, 1996 … son of Frank and Stacia Morgan … expecting to major in physical therapy … played for high school coach Sam Sirriani.


Austin Mosier

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6-2, Weight: 230

Hometown: Murfreesboro, Tenn.

High School: Played four seasons of both football and baseball at Blackman High School … led his team in tackles as both a junior and senior … was an all-distrcit, all-area and all-state selection in 2013 … played in the Tennessee East/West All-Star Game. Personal: Born Sept. 13, 1995 … son of James and Sharon Mosier … expecting to major in sports management … played for high school coach Phillip Shadowens.


Adam Mullins

Position: Linebacker/Long snapper

Height: 6-0, Weight: 225

Hometown: Elizabethton, Tenn.

High School: Played four seasons at Elizabethton High School … was named conference defensive lineman of the year and participated in the FCA All-Star Game … was a three-time all-conference selection and helped his prep teams to three conference championships and trips to the state playoffs … collected 74 tackles, 15 for loss and four sacks his senior season. Personal:Born Feb. 1, 1996 … son of Adam and Renee Mullins … expecting to major in environmental health … played for high school coach Shawn Witten.


Gad Nagba

Position: Linebacker

Height: 5-10, Weight: 220

Hometown: Johnson City, Tenn.

High School: Played for Science Hill High School, helping his team to a 9-3 record his senior season in 2013 … three-time all-conference selection and team captain … competed in both the FCA All-Star Game and the National Underclassmen All-South Classic Game … had 153 career tackles, with 20 tackles for loss, nine sacks, three interceptions and eight fumble recoveries.Personal: Born April 20, 1995 … son of Todd and Sally Fowler… expected to major in social work … played for high school coach Stacy Carter.


Ryan Nuss

Position: Kicker/Punter

Height: 5-9, Weight: 185

Hometown: Hamilton, Ohio

High School: Was a two-sport star at Fairfield Senior High School, playing both football and baseball … was a two-year captain for his prep squad, earning all-academic honors all four years … was a first-team all-conference and all-city performer, even collecting an all-state second team honor his senior season … was the special teams player of the year and also selected by the Cincinnati Enquirer as an All-Star Division 1 punter. Personal: Born Feb. 6, 1996 … son of Don and Tammy Nuss … expected to major in business marketing … played for high school coach Jerry Krause.


Hagen Owenby

Position: Quarterback

Height: 6-1, Weight: 210

Hometown: Powell, Tenn.

High School: A two-sport standout in football and baseball at Powell High School … will also play baseball for ETSU head coach Tony Skole … was an all-district selection for three seasons, while earning all-state honors his final two seasons … was also an All-KIL pick … ran and passed for over 1,000 yards in both his junior and senior seasons. Personal: Born July 21, 1995 … son of Tony and Kristie Owenby … expected major is criminal justice … played for high school coach Jay Scarbro.


Chance Pierce

Position: Running back/Linebacker

Height: 6-0, Weight: 180

Hometown: Johnson City, Tenn.

High School: Was a three-year varsity player at Science Hill High School … rushed for over 1,600 yards and 21 touchdowns in his career … won a conference championship in 2013 … was a three-time pick for player of the week … was a first-team pick in the FCA All-Star Game.Personal: July 30, 1996 … son of Mike and Denise Pierce … major is undecided … played for high school coach Stacy Carter.


Drake Powell

Position: Wide receiver

Height: 6-2, Weight: 190

Hometown: Clinton, Tenn.

High School: Was a three-sport standout while also playing four football seasons at Clinton High School … was an all-state selection and participated in the Border Bowl All-Star Game … set school records for receptions and yards in a single game, as well as new marks for receptions and yards in a season … had 94 receptions, 1,030 yards and 15 touchdowns during the 2013 season. Personal: July 28, 1996 … son of Ron and Karen Eslinger … expecting to major in sports science … played for high school coach Josh Kerr.


Shawn Prevo

Position: Running back  

Height: 6-1, Weight: 180

Hometown: Maryville, Tenn.

High School: During his four seasons at Maryville, his prep teams posted a 58-2 overall record and won three state championships … set school career rushing records for total yards and carries, finishing with 530 carries, 6,000 yards and 60 touchdowns … was an all-state selection and competed in the Tennessee East/West All-Star Game. Personal: Born Dec. 15, 1995 … son of Marvin Prevo, Jr., and Erin Richardson … major is undecided … played for high school coach George Quarles.


Matt Pyke

Position: Offensive line

Height: 6-3, Weight: 300

Hometown: Clinton, Tenn.

High School: Started four seasons on the offensive line at Clinton High School … three-year all-district selection … all-state pick in 2013 … Scout combine Tennessee MVP in 2011 … PrepXtra first team offensive lineman in 2013 … participated in both the East/West All-Star Game and the Tennessee-Kentucky All-Star Game. Personal: Born Jan. 9, 1996 … son of Phil Pyke and Sherry Hughes … major is undecided … played for high school coach Davey Gillum.


Trey Quillin

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6-2, Weight: 225

Hometown: New Albany, Ohio

High School: Was a three-sport star at New Albany High School … runs 4.5 second 40-yard dash … was a first team all-conference selection and collected 11 sacks … posted school’s single-game sack record. Personal: Born May 21, 1995 … son of Mac and Tracy Quillin … expected major is business … played for high school coach Pat Samanich.


Paxston Robinson

Position: Defensive tackle

Height: 6-3, Weight: 260

Hometown: West Chester, Ohio

High School: Played four seasons at Lakota West High School, and helped his prep squad to a 9-2 record during the 2013 season … registered four sacks and five tackles for loss as a senior.Personal: Born May 31, 1996 … Robert and Heather Robinson … major is undecided … played for high school coach Larry Cox.


Michael Scates

Position: Offensive line/Defensive line

Height: 6-5, Weight: 280

Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.

High School: Played four years at Fulton High School, where his team won back-to-back state championships in 2012 and 2013 … was an all-district, all-KIL, and all-state selection … competed in both the Tennessee/Kentucky All-Star Game and the Tennessee East/West All-Star Game. Personal: Born Oct. 25, 1995 … son of Cecil and Joanne Scates … expecting to major in criminal justice … played for high school coach Rob Black.


Nick Sexton

Position: Quarterback/Athlete

Height: 6-2, Weight: 185

Hometown: Seymour, Tenn.

High School: Played four seasons at Seymour High School, where he was also a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and track … was a first-team All-IMAC selection for two years at quarterback. Personal: Born Jan. 17, 1996 … son of David and DeAnna Sexton … expecting to major criminal justice … played for high school coach Jim Moore.


Malik Styles

Position: Wide receiver

Height: 5-9, Weight: 160

Hometown: Dandridge, Tenn.

High School: Played four seasons of football at Jefferson County High School, while also competing in basketball and track … was an all-conference and all-district selection, as well as team captain during the 2013 season … earned team’s 110% award … collected over 1,000 yards receiving and scored 15 touchdowns. Personal: Born Jan. 19, 1996 … son of Stacy and Karen Kerr … expected to major in biology … played for high school coach Kenny Cobble.


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