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Sanders announces 24-man signing class

ETSU new head coach Randy Sanders talks about his first signing class (WCYB)

The East Tennessee State University football team concluded its 2018 National Signing Day by holding a press conference to announce the Buccaneers’ 24-man class on Wednesday evening inside the Ramsey Tower at William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium.

First-year head coach Randy Sanders met with the media Wednesday evening to highlight the recruiting class.

“I am really pleased with the signing class as a whole,” said Sanders. “This is a group that appears to fill a lot of needs. This class features players with great speed and athleticism – some who have great size. We are bringing in guys who can help us at critical positions, which will create competition. It will be a group that ETSU fans will enjoy watching over the next four years and help us achieve the goals that we are all here to work toward.”

Of the 24 signees, nine are from Tennessee, seven via Georgia, three from Alabama, and one each from Connecticut, Florida, Mississippi, Ohio Pennsylvania.

In addition, 13 are multi-sport athletes, while the positional breakdown consists of: four defensive linemen, three defensive backs, three linebackers, three athletes, three offensive linemen, two quarterbacks, two wide receivers, two specialists, one running back and one tight end.

Nate Adkins – TE – 6-3 – 220 – Knoxville, Tenn. (Bearden HS)

- Signed with the Bucs during the early December period

- Lettered in football and baseball at Bearden High School

- Three-time all-conference in football and one-year all-conference in baseball

- Registered 76 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, six sacks (team high) and one fumble recovery his senior season

- Has a career .354 batting average, while playing third base his sophomore and junior seasons on the varsity level

- Brother (Nick) plays baseball at Carson-Newman, while his father (Greg) played football at Marshall and is currently on the football staff at Charlotte

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Chris Armstrong – DB – 6-0 – 200 – Foley, Ala. (Foley HS)

- Multi-sport athlete from Foley High School

- Lettered in football and basketball

- Played football for head coach Tad Niblett

- Two-time member of the Alabama All-Coastal Team (2015-16)

- Two-star recruit via 247Sports

- Son of Geanean Scott

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Dru Bowens – OLB/DE – 6-4 – 210 – Palm Coast, Fla. (Matanzas HS)

- Two-sport athlete at Matanzas High School (football and track and field)

- Played head coach Robert Ripley at Matanzas

- Four-year letterman

- Totaled a school record 15.0 sacks his senior season with the Pirates

- Played football, basketball and track and field at Flagler Palm Coast, before transferring to Matanzas

- Earned first team all-district honors

- Son of Darrel and Teresa Bowens

- Brother Dustin plays football at Florida Atlantic … Other siblings are Dee (brother) and Dakota (sister)

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Logan Bowers – K/P – 5-10 – 185 – Knoxville, Tenn. (Knox West HS)

- Played for head coach Lamar Brown at Knox West High School

- Named Region 3-5A Kicker of the Year his senior season

- Went 11-of-18 on field goal attempts

- 33 of his 43 kickoffs went for touchbacks

- Son of Jeff and Cindy Bowers

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Caman Cody – DL – 6-2 – 260 – Dandridge, Tenn. (Jefferson County HS)

- Three-sport athlete at Jefferson County High School – lettered in football, basketball and track and field

- Played for football head coach Spencer Riley

- Named Region 1-6A Defensive Player of the Year

- Two-time all-region and all-conference selection

- Totaled 77 tackles (35 solo), 9.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery his senior season

- Son of Leon and Barbara Cody

- His dad played football at Carson-Newman

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Jared Folks – LB – 6-1 – 235 – Harrisburg, Pa. (Temple University)

- Transferred to ETSU from Temple University

- Played in 14 career games at Temple, totaling 32 tackles, two tackles for loss, one pass deflection, and one forced fumble

- Named to the 2016 American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team

- Recorded a career-high 10 tackles, one for a loss, and his first career forced fumble at UCF

- Played DE/LB for coach Joe Headen at Susquehanna Township HS

- Parents are Jamie and Jonathan Folks

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Javion Heard – DL – 6-2 – 245 – Monroe, Ga. (Monroe Area HS)

- Two-sport athlete (football and basketball) at Monroe Area High School

- Four-year letterman for Coach Reach (football)

- Two-time Defensive Player of the Year selection; first team all-state

- Totaled 165 career tackles (114 solo) with 12.5 sacks, nine forced fumbles and one interception

- Posted 79 tackles (60 solo) with 6.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a senior

- Son of James Robinson and Latoya Brown

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Dilan Henderson – ATH – 5-11 – 185 – Pinson, Ala. (Pinson Valley HS)

- Four-year letterwinner for head coach Patrick Nix at Pinson Valley High School

- Named first team all-Trussville Tribune in 2017, first team all-state and first team all-Birmingham

- Helped guide the Indians to a perfect 15-0 record and the 2017 AHSAA Class 6A state championship

- Named Wide Receiver of the Year at Pinson Valley

- Cousin Zachary Cunningham was drafted in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans

- Son of Faith and Mack Mixon

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Will Huzzie – WR – 6-3 – 185 – Duluth, Ga. (Duluth HS)

- Lettered in football and basketball at Duluth High School

- Played for football head coach Bob Swank

- Two-time first team all-Gwinnett County (2016-17) and two-time first team 6-7A all-region (2016-17)

- Totaled 1,958 yards, 148 receptions and 14 touchdowns his senior season

- Son of Teri Anderson and John Huzzie

- Cousin Qua Huzzie played football at Kentucky

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Juliun Lane – ATH – 6-2 – 180 – Mosheim, Tenn. (West Greene HS)

- Lettered in football, basketball and track and field at West Greene High School

- Played for football head coach Joe Case

- Two-time Mountain 6 Player of the Year

- Four-time all-conference selection and earned all-state honors in 2017

- Two-time all-state selection in track and field (decathlete)

- Set school records in receiving touchdowns, yards, receptions and interceptions

- Son of Delta Lane

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Desi Lester Jr. – WR – 6-1 – 160 – Vienna, Ga. (Dooly County HS)

- Four-sport athlete at Dooly County High School – lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track and field

- Played for football head coach Jimmy Hughes

- Named 2017 first team all-state and first team all-region

- Totaled 1,036 receiving yards his senior season

- Caught 13 passes for 287 yards and five touchdowns in a 2017 game vs. Trion

- Son of Desi Lester Sr. and Shay Lester

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Cam Lewis – QB – 6-3 – 200 – McDonough, Ga. (Eagle’s Landing HS)

- Signed with the Bucs during the early December period

- Multi-sport athlete out of Eagle’s Landing High School (football and baseball)

- Totaled over 5,800 yards and 59 touchdowns (47 passing/12 rushing) in three seasons for the Golden Eagles

- Passed for 1,978 yards and 14 touchdowns, while rushing for 468 yards and seven touchdowns in his senior season

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Donovan Manuel – LB – 6-1 – 195 – Ellenwood, Ga. (Stockbridge HS)

- Lettered for Coach Kevin Whitely at Stockbridge High School

- Named Region 4-AAAAA Defensive Player of the Year

- Earned first team all-state by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and by Recruit Georgia

- Totaled 88 tackles, six tackles for loss, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 2017

- Son of Rachelle Smith and Donado Manuel

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Logan Marchi – QB – 6-0 – 205 – Bristol, Conn. (Temple)

- Transferred to ETSU from Temple University

- Recorded 1,687 passing yards with nine touchdowns in 12 career games at Temple

- Passed for 245 yards and two touchdowns at Notre Dame on Sept. 2, 2017

- Threw for a career-high 356 yards vs. UConn on Oct. 10 and totaled three touchdown passes against UMass on Sept. 15

- Was a part of Temple’s 2015 American East Championship team, 2016 AAC Championship team and 2017 Gasparilla Bowl champion team

- Named to the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll (vs. UMass) and to the 2015 AAC All-Academic Team

- Played quarterback for coach Jude Kelly at St. Paul Catholic in Bristol, Conn.

- In his 36 career games at St. Paul Catholic, amassed 9,702 yards and 112 touchdowns passing, 789 yards and 12 touchdowns rushing, along with 38 tackles and four interceptions on defense

- Son of John and Michele Marchi

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Chandlor Mullins – LS – 6-0 – 315 – Elizabethton, Tenn. (Elizabethton HS)

- Four-year letterman for head coach Shawn Witten at Elizabethton High School

- Two-time all-conference selection, and helped lead the Cyclones to the conference championship in 2015 and 2016

- Made 37 consecutive starts, while recording 40 tackles with zero bad snaps his senior season

- Produced a 4.0 GPA throughout high school

- Son of Adam and Renee Mullins

- Brother Adam has been part of the ETSU football team since starting the program

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Dawson Pierson – OL – 6-2 – 260 – Kingsport, Tenn. (Dobyns Bennett HS)

- Three-year letterman for head coach Graham Clark at Dobyns Bennet High School

- Named Region 1-6A Offensive Lineman of the Year, tabbed Tri-Cities ESPN Defensive Lineman of the Year and WSXM Offensive Lineman of the Year

- Earned 2017 6A all-state honors

- A 2016 Region 1-6A Scholar-Athlete

- Named 2015 WXSM Rookie of the Year

- Totaled 40 knockdown blocks and 43 blocks that led to a touchdown, while adding 64 tackles, five sacks, 15 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a blocked kick

- Son of David and Jackie Pierson

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Jalen Porter – LB – 6-2 – 220 – Gallatin, Tenn. (Gallatin HS)

- Lettered for head coach Mark Williams at Gallatin High School

- Totaled 10 touchdowns between his sophomore and junior seasons

- Ripped off a 52-yard touchdown run against Hendersonville in October 2017

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Nick Rideout – OL – 6-4 – 300 – Greeneville, Tenn. (Greeneville HS)

- Four-year letterwinner for Coach Caine Ballard at Greeneville High School

- Helped guide the Green Devils to the 2017 4A Championship

- Named Region 1-4A Offensive Lineman of the Year

- Named all-state and all-county in 2017

- Graded out at 96%, totaling 58 pancake blocks and 35 tackles his senior season

- Father (Ted) played football at Central Arkansas (1982-85), while uncles Arthur (golf) and Greg (tennis) played at Central Arkansas

- Son of Ted and Becky Rideout

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Jacob Saylors – ATH – 5-11 – 190 – Jasper, Tenn. (Marion County HS)

- Three-sport athlete at Marion County High School (football, basketball, baseball)

- Played for football head coach Joey Mathis

- Four-year starter at Marion County where he racked up over 4,100 yards and 74 touchdowns, while also adding 18 interceptions

- Finished with 1,795 yards on 126 carries with 36 touchdowns his senior season

- Helped guide Marion County to three straight Class 2A state championship games

- Three-time all-state selection

- Son of Jeanetta Brophy

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Cason Setzekorn – OL – 6-6 – 285 – Gainesville, Ga. (Fork Union Military Academy/Dawson Christian Academy)

- Lettered in football and basketball at Dawson Christian Academy

- Played for football head coach Marcus Stowers at Dawson Christian Academy

- Three-time all-state selection in football

- Played in the Blue-Grey All-American game

- Totaled over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in basketball

- Son of Kenneth and Michelle Setzekorn

- father played football at Clemson (1983-87) winning consecutive bowl games (1986 Gator Bowl, vs. Stanford; 1987 Citrus Bowl, vs. Penn State); Brother Dylen played basketball at The Citadel … Other siblings are sisters Laiken and Rylan Grace

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Quinn Smith – DB – 5-10 – 175 – Cincinnati, Ohio (Winton Woods HS)

- Lettered in both football and track and field at Winton Woods High School

- Played for head coach Andre Parker

- Named 2017 all-state and two-time all-district selection

- Earned first team Enquirer Fall All-Star honors

- Totaled 92 tackles, 50 pass breakups, seven interceptions and seven forced fumbles over his career

- Posted 39 tackles, two interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery his senior season en route to guiding the Warriors to the state championship game; Also combined for 24 kickoff and punt returns

- Son of Kowana Goode-Story and Ricky Story and Sheldon Smith

- Cousins Kerry Goode and Antonio Langham played football at Alabama

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Jalyn Williams – RB – 5-9 – 170 – Swainsboro, Ga. (Swainsboro HS)

- Three- year letterman for head coach Scott Roberts at Swainsboro High School

- Earned 2017 Offensive Player of the Year honors

- Registered over 2,400 rushing yards with 29 touchdowns (27 rushing) in his last two seasons

- Rushed for 1,439 yards on 197 carries and 20 touchdowns (19 rushing) his senior season

- Combined for 20 receptions for 295 yards and two touchdowns in his last two seasons

- Son of Keith Lawanda

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MJ Woods – DB – 6-1 – 195 – Seale, Ala. (Central HS)

- Multi-sport athlete (football and basketball) at Central High School

- Played for football head coach Jamey Dubose

- Led Central High School to the area title in both 2016 and 2017, while also leading his basketball team to the area championship his senior season

- Named second team all-Bi-City in football

- Recorded 40 tackles, one interception and five pass breakups his senior season

- Son of Marvin and Stephania Woods

- Cousin Alex Hicks plays basketball at Troy, cousin Teyah Johnson plays basketball at Savannah State and cousin Tiyah Johnson plays basketball at Shelton State

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Kendell Wright – DL – 6-4 –285 – Indianola, Miss. (Copiah-Lincoln CC)

- Signed with the Bucs during the early December period

- Transferred to ETSU from Copiah-Lincoln Community College

- Played in all nine games for the Wolves in 2017, totaling eight tackles and 1.5 sacks

- Totaled 266 tackles (156 solo), 13 sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 39 career games at Gentry High School

- Posted 17 receptions for 306 yards and eight touchdowns his junior year at Gentry

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