UT-Martin football program complete 29-member signing for class of 2019

UT-Martin football program complete 29-member signing for class of 2019

MARTIN, TN (KFVS) - The University of Tennessee at Martin has put the finishing touches on the 2019 recruiting class.

Athletes came from state close and far, including California and Florida.

Head coach Jason Simpson thinks the singees will really help with the team’s play depth.

“To be able to add 19 high school players, two four-year transfers and eight junior college graduates from around the country, we feel like we really added depth throughout the class,” UT Martin head coach Jason Simpson said. “When you look that we added 15 players on defense and 14 on offense, we were able to fill a lot of different holes with our emphasis being in the secondary and on the offensive line. We added three junior college players on the offensive line to add depth and competition. Meanwhile in the secondary we added four JUCO defensive backs to help immediately and five high school standouts for help in the future.”

24 players signed national letters of intent during the early signing period. HERO sports ranked UT-Martin’s early signing class was ranked second in the country and first in the Ohio Valley Conference.

“It was a great compliment to our staff to be ranked the way we were,” Simpson said. “We went into the recruiting process to find the best athletes that fit UT Martin. It was a great feather in our cap to be recognized nationally amongst the best in the country to give us reassurance of what we were seeing on tape and the hard work of our staff.”

Here is the list of athletes who have signed:

- Brian Adkins DB 6-0 190 R-Jr. Streamwood, Ill. (College of DuPage)

- JaQuez Akins* DB 5-9 185 Jr. Starkville, Miss. (East Mississippi CC)

- Cru Birdyshaw* OL 6-7 325 R-Jr. Jasper, Ala. (Jones County JC)

- Kevin Butler* WR 6-0 175 Fr. Miami, Fla. (Booker T. Washington HS)

- Jermaine Cooley LB 6-2 215 Fr. Dublin, Ga. (Dublin HS)

- Reed Davis* OL 6-3 285 Fr. Booneville, Miss. (Booneville HS)

- Wyatt Eget* QB 6-0 190 Jr. Valencia, Calif. (College of the Canyons)

- Carson Evans* DB 6-1 195 Fr. Memphis, Tenn. (First Assembly Christian)

- Brandon Floyd* OL 6-4 275 Fr. Festus, Mo. (Jefferson HS)

- Isaiah Gibbs* RB 5-9 185 Fr. Knoxville, Tenn. (Farragut HS)

- Jaden Gibbs* WR 6-3 185 Fr. Knoxville, Tenn. (Farragut HS)

- Vincent Guy* DB 6-0 175 Fr. Memphis, Tenn. (Whitehaven HS)

- Jacoby Hill* LB 6-3 215 R-Jr. Atlanta, Ga. (Memphis)

- Kareem Hobbs* LB 6-0 220 Fr. Marietta, Ga. (Marietta HS)

- Chrishun Jackson* DB 6-0 180 Jr. Tunica, Miss. (Northeast Mississippi CC)

- Rush Lansdell* DB 6-3 195 Fr. Columbia, Tenn. (Columbia Academy)

- Jack Lucas* DB 6-0 180 Fr. Louisville, Ky. (Louisville Male)

- Hunter May* DL 6-2 235 Fr. Neptune Beach, Fla. (Duncan U. Fletcher HS)

- Traquan McNair* DL 6-1 285 Fr. DeLand, Fla. (DeLand HS)

- Malcolm Miller* OL 6-3 295 Jr. Vickburg, Miss. (Jones County JC)

- John Mitchell* QB 6-3 195 Fr. Ellisville, Miss. (South Jones HS)

- Matt Needham* OL 6-6 310 Fr. Germantown, Tenn. (Houston HS)

- Marqwell Odom* WR 5-8 160 Jr. Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Independence CC)

- Cam Ordway* DB 5-11 185 Grad. Pulaski, Tenn. (Ole Miss)

- Darian Oxendine WR 5-11 170 Fr. Jacksonville, Fla. (Mandarin HS)

- Tyler Shorter* DB 6-0 160 Fr. Sardis, Miss. (North Panola HS)

- CJ Swan* LB 6-0 220 Fr. Marietta, Ga. (Marietta HS)

- Zak Wallace* RB 5-11 205 Fr. Benton, Ark. (Benton HS)

- Kordell Watts* OL 6-3 280 Jr. Ellisville, Miss. (Jones County HS)

*denotes mid-year signees

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