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Faulkner announces 2013 recruiting class

Blair, a strong safety from Pinson Valley, if among the top 10 defensive backs in Alabama, according to Scout  CREDIT: Contributed, Faulkner University Blair, a strong safety from Pinson Valley, if among the top 10 defensive backs in Alabama, according to Scout CREDIT: Contributed, Faulkner University

With All-American quarterback Josh Hollingsworth back next fall for his senior season and three starters gone from the offensive line, Faulkner head coach Brent Barker and his staff concentrated its recruiting efforts on filling the void up front. 

For Barker, recruiting coordinator Blake Boren and offensive line coach Brandon Slay - mission accomplished. The Eagles earned scholarship signatures from seven offensive linemen who could be looked to immediately for help, and 12 others who will be given the opportunity to prove their worth when fall practice begins in August. Because of its NAIA affiliation, and the ability to sign more players because of its junior varsity program, Faulkner is bringing in a class of 64 freshman next fall. 

"We're excited about this class, and I'm extremely proud of our staff for all their hard work in not only bringing in quality football players but quality young men as well," said Barker, who in his first season as Faulkner's head coach guided the Eagles in 2012 to a 6-5 record – its first winning record in the program's six-year history. "We addressed our needs, and our primary need was on the offensive line. Blake and our staff did a great job getting out all over the southeast selling our university, and their diligence paid off." 

Among the offensive linemen who could make an immediate impact are 6-3, 270-pound Ryan Chastain, a three-year starter at Pickens High School in Jasper, Ga., who was on the all-state watch list his senior season; Levi Green, a 6-4, 260-pounder from St. Clair County High School; and 6-4, 275 pound Jacob Carter, who prepped at Baker High School in Mobile and turned down multiple NCAA Div. II offers to come to Faulkner. Geraldine High School's Matt Bryson, Spring Garden High School's B.J. Turner, Oxford High School's Tim Lewis and Parkview (Ga.) High School's Blake Dunham are among the others who will battle for early playing time at the point of attack. 

Also on offense, the Eagles signed a talented group of wide receivers who are expected to flourish in their potent offense, which was among the nation's leaders last season in passing. Jordan Veasy, a wideout from Gadsden City High School who had 637 yards on 23 catches and scored nine touchdowns, got the Eagle coaches' attention with a dominating performance at Faulkner's summer camp. He'll be joined fellow Gadsden City receiver LaGerald Malone, who chose Faulkner over NCAA Div. II Shorter University, and McAdory High School receiver Jason Powell, who helped lead the Yellow Jackets to their first-ever state championship game last season. Before transferring to McAdory last fall, Powell played in three state championship games while at Hoover High School. Among the other receivers signed Wednesday were Mortimer Jordan High School's Logan Motte, Grayson (Ga.) High School's Moses Mayes, Providence Christian School's Kyle Eriksen and Chelsea High School's  J.R. Appling

Among the running backs choosing Faulkner were McAdory's David Knight, who formerly played in Montgomery at Jeff Davis High School,  Rogers High School's Austin Kerr and Pensacola Catholic (Fla.) High School's Simon Smiley. Palm Beach (Fla.) High School's Cameron Golob, the Lou Groza top prep placekicker winner at the prep level, also signed with Faulkner. Of Golob's 57 kickoffs last season, 52 were touchbacks. 

On the defensive side of the ball, a pair of players in the secondary could be of immediate help to the Eagles. Sam Adams, a defensive back from Calera High School, and Jeffrey Blair, a strong safety from Pinson Valley High School, were both in the list of the top 10 defensive backs in Alabama, according to Scout – a respected recruiting service. Adams, an all-county selection, was also a 1,000-yard rusher at Calera. Linebacker Javorius Hunter, who excelled in his senior year at Tuscaloosa County High School, was a two-year starter for the Wildcats and is another signee expected to bring depth to the Eagles early on. Other defensive signees include Alpharetta (Ga.) High School cornerback Tre Whitaker, Fairhope (Ga.) High School cornerback Keylan Smith, Elite Sports Academy safety Aramis Calloway, Jackson High School cornerback Kelvin Burden, Newton County (Miss.) High School safety Joseph Wansley, Prattville High School lineman Randall Reese, Daphne High School lineman Elliot Williams, Hazel Green High School defensive end Connor Breeden, Elmore County High School linebacker Sawyer Hauk and Chattahoochee County (Ga.) High School linebacker Marquis Jews

"I think the biggest thing for us this year was identifying the better players and going after that Div. I-AA and Div. II type player, because we have the facilities in place now and the

structure of our program is to the point where we can successfully recruit those guys," said Boren, who in addition to serving as the recruiting coordinator coaches the Eagles

receivers. "Our numbers are smaller by design but the talent level of the student-athletes we're bringing in is higher than it's ever been in our program." 

Faulkner begins spring practice begins March 25 with the annual Black & Blue Spring Game scheduled for April 20. 

2013 Faulkner University Signing Class

Sam Adams             DB          Calera HS (Ala.)                               5'11 / 170

Jacob Carter            OL           Baker HS (Ala.)                               6'4/ 275

Tre Whitaker            DB          Alpharetta HS (Ga.)                         6-1/ 190               

Cameron Golob        K             Palm Beach HS (Fla.)                      5'11 / 170            

Jay Strickland           LB           Grayson HS (Ga.)                           5'9 / 200              

Jordan Veasy           WR         Gadsden City HS (Ala.)                   6'2 / 190              

Logan Motte            WR         Mortimer Jordan HS (Ala.)               5'11 / 180            

Moses Mayes           WR         Grayson HS (Ga.)                            5'5 / 160              

Ryan Chastain         OL           Pickens HS (Ga.)                            6'3 / 270              

Matt Bryson             OL           Geraldine HS (Ala.)                         6'3 / 260              

BJ Turner                 OL           Spring Garden HS (Ala.)                  6'4 / 270              

Jeffrey Blair              SS           Pinson Valley HS (Ala.)                   6'1 / 190              

Astin McQueen         DE           Prattville HS (Ala.)                          6'3/ 215

Levi Green                OL           Saint Clair County HS (Ala.)           6-4/ 260

LaGerald Malone       WR         Gadsden City HS   (Ala.)                 5'7 / 165              

Kyle Eriksen              WR         Providence Chr. School (Ala.)          6'1 / 170              

Austin Kerr                RB           Rogers HS (Ala.)                             6'0 / 185              

Jason Powell             WR         McAdory HS (Ala.)                            6'4 / 210              

Austin Kerr                RB           Rogers HS (Ala.)                              6'0 / 185              

Randall Reese           DL           Prattville HS (Ala.)                           6'1 / 245              

Keylan Smith             DB          Fairhope HS (Ala.)                            6'0 / 185              

Javorius Hunter         LB           Tuscaloosa County HS (Ala.)           5'11 / 185            

Simon Smiley             RB           Pensacola Catholic HS (Fla.)            5'8 / 175              

Sawyer Hauk             LB           Elmore County HS (Ala.)                  6'2 / 218              

Aramis Calloway        SS           Elite Sports Academy (Ga.)              6'1 / 190              

Kelvin Burden            DB          Jackson HS (Ala.)                              5'11 / 175            

David Knight              RB           McAdory HS (Ala.)                            5'11 / 185            

Joseph Wansley        SS           Newton Co HS (Miss.)                       6'4 / 190              

Blake Dunham           OL           Parkview HS (Ga.)                            6'2 / 240              

Tim Lewis                  OL           Oxford HS (Ala.)                                6'1 / 260              

Connor Breeden        DE           Hazel Green HS (Ala.)                       6'3 / 215              

J.R. Appling                WR         Chelsea HS (Ala.)                              5'11 / 185            

Marquis Jews             LB           Chattahoochee Co HS (Ga.)             6'2 / 220              

Elliot Williams             DL           Daphne                HS (Ala.)              6'1 / 240              

Josh Salo                    LB           West Forsyth HS (Ga.)                    5'11 / 220            

Allen Motte                 LB           Alabama Christian Acad. (Ala.)        5'10 / 190            

Spencer Whatley        OL           Chilton County HS (Ala.)                 6'0 / 270              

Alex Lindsay               K             Wetumpka HS (Ala.)                       5'10 / 160            

Austin Hallman           DL           American Christian Acad. (Ala.)       6'1 / 200              

Brandon Whalen        RB           South Walton HS (Fla.)                   5'7 / 180              

C.J. Nelson                 DL           Gulf Breeze HS (Fla.)                      5'6 / 240              

Corey Ward                QB          Hayden HS (Ala.)                            6'2 / 185              

David Nuckolls            RB           Community Chr. School (Ga.)         5'8 / 185              

Hayden Dean             K             Elmore County HS (Ala.)                 5'9 / 160              

Holden Keith              OLB        Alanta Sports Academy (Ga.)          5'11 / 195            

Jacob Peters              DL           Ariton HS (Ala.)                               6'2 / 230              

Jamarkis Holmes        RB           Forrest Hills HS (Miss.)                    5'8 / 185              

Kaleb Backlin              WR         East Central HS (Miss.)                   6'3 / 180              

Kyle Glover                 OL           Coosa Valley Academy (Ala.)          5'11 / 250            

Kyler Moore                OL           Susan Moore HS (Ala.)                    6'0 / 300              

Nick Bell                      WR         Priceville HS (Ala.)                            5'10 / 170            

Ryan Whisenant         OL           Moody HS (Ala.)                               5'11 / 275            

Steven Ballard            OL           Hayden HS (Ala.)                             6'1 / 250              

Thomas Tucker           OL           Quitman HS (Miss.)                          5'9 / 250              

Tyler Worley               OL           Port St Joe HS (Fla.)                         6'1 / 220              

Tyson Floyd                DL           Moody HS (Ala.)                                6'3 / 215              

Zach Kimmell              OL           Eastside HS (Ga.)                             6'0 / 275              

Zach Sherrell              DL           East Lawrence HS (Ala.)                   5'11 / 250            

Zack Alexander           OL           Marbury HS (Ala.)                             6'3 / 275              

Zeke Sherrell              DL           East Lawrence HS  (Ala.)                  5'11 / 250            

Kyle Sides                   OL           Holtville HS (Ala.)                             6'0 / 270

Astin McQueen            DE           Prattville HS (Ala.)                            6'3/ 215

Kyler Moore                 OL           Susan Moore HS (Ala.)                     6'1/ 300

Dustyn Howard           OL           Bay High School (Fla.)                      6-1/ 270               

INFORMATION SOURCE: Faulkner University Athletics Department  

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