The Savannah State University Tigers signed 31 recruits Wednesday for National Signing Day. Coach Shawn Quinn expressed visible elation with the results of the work he and his staff put into this recruiting cycle.
The clear priority of this recruiting season was a “912 takeover” as Coach Quinn said. The Tigers landed 11 local prospects on Wednesday also have a number of local walk-ons that would be announced at a later time as well as a couple players still in the process of signing.
“We felt like he was explosive every time he touched the football. He had a chance to score, and you can’t put a premium on that,” Quinn said. Local standout Marquell Brown is one of the most highly touted recruits by Coach Quinn.
Of the 31 recruits laned, 23 of them received all-state or all-region honors during their high school careers. Quinn says he doesn't plan on redshirting any recruits. All of the incoming recruits will have the opportunity to have an immediate impact. Some players will inevitably redshirt, but with plenty of positions opening because of graduating seniors, it’s a wide open competition.
Quinn acknowledged that two Tigers that would have an immediate impact are Kenneth Lockhart from Bradwell Institute in Hinesville and Jorge Gonzales from Claxton High School. The Tigers are looking for them to fill the void left by the graduation of All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference kicker Giovanni Lugo.
The Tigers will be opening spring practice on February 17 with the annual Orange and Blue game held on March 11.
The full roster of signees is below:
Deon Bell SS 6-1 185 Blackshear, Ga/Pierce Co. HS
Quavien Bell LB 5-10 200 Blackshear, Ga/Pierce Co. HS
LaTrelvin Blackamore CB 5-10 161 Atlanta, Ga/Cedar Grove HS
Marquell Brown RB 5-8 170 Savannah, Ga/Savannah Christian
Brent Carr SS 6-3 200 Dublin, Ga/West Laurens HS
Quintarius Chapman WR 6-3 210 Hinesville, Ga/Bradwell Institute
Tavion Chini WR 6-2 180 Richmond Hill, Ga/Richmond Hill HS
Demarion Colbert WR 6-2 202 Thomaston, Ga/Upson Lee HS
Coreyon Cone WR 5-11 160 Ellenwood, Ga/Cedar GRove HS
Shaan Cook RB 6-0 173 Bethlehem, Ga/Apalachee HS
Daniel Dorsey WR 6-2 200 Dublin, Ga/West Laurens HS
Malachi Gardner LB 6-2 190 Adairsville, Ga/Adairsvile HS
Jorge Gonzalez K 5-8 180 Claxton, Ga/Claxton HS
Brendan Jackson OLB 6-0 195 Statesboro, Ga/Statesboro HS
Christon Johnson LB 6-1 215 Jacksonvile, Fl/First Coast HS
Johnny Lattimore LB 6-0 185 Waycross, Ga/Ware Co. HS
Kenneth Lockhart K/P 6-0 180 Hinesville, Ga/Bradwell Institute
De’leon Madria LT 6-4 320 Hinesville, Ga/Bradwell Institute
Jalen Mathis OL 6-2 233 Sandersville, Ga/ Washington Co. HS
Noah Mcbride CB 6-2 175 Florence, S.C./West Florence HS
Da’shun Mitchell WR 6-2 190 Inman,S.C./Chapman HS
Elijah Norwood CB 5-11 171 Valdosta, Ga/Valdosta HS
Trevor Pfiester TE/LS 6-6 215 Guyton, Ga/South Effingham HS
Sha’Marus Poole WR 5-8 175 Sandersville, Ga/Washington Co. HS
Nishan Roberson DE 6-4 271 Savannah, Ga/Bethesda Academy
Randy Scott RB 5-11 170 Clyo, Ga/Effingham Co. HS
Anthony Thomas Jr. WR 6-2 185 Savannah, Ga/New Hampstead HS
Steven Wakefield RT 6-2 260 Athen, Ga/Cedar Shoals HS
Kevin Witherspoo FS 5-11 190 Waycross, Ga/Ware Co. HS
Jaylen Wells QB 6-3 185 Savannah, Ga/ Beach HS
Arod ‘PJ’ Wright OL 6-4 250 Wrigtsville, Ga/Johnson Co. HS