Wednesday, February 7, 2007
-- Three Transfers to Join Big Blue in 2007 - Tennessee State University head football coach James Webster has announced the signing of fifteen high school players to National Letters of Intent on the first day of national football signing day. Additionally, three transfers are on campus and will compete for the "Big Blue" in the 2007 season. "I am extremely pleased with our signing class this year," said Webster. "We have addressed some concerns we had on defense with four outstanding linebackers and have added to depth on our offensive line." Webster concluded, saying, "We have also landed the best quarterback in the state of Tennessee, in Calvin McNairl. His athletic ability will allow us to run all of our schemes without a drop in execution from our present quarterback (junior) Antonio Heffner." McNaril, a 6-0, 185 quarterback from Paris, Tennessee, accounted for 2,933 yds in Total Offense and 24 TDs in 2006. His career numbers show him gaining 6,544 yards with 64 TDs. In addition to the four linebackers signed, three transfers on defense should add immediate depth to the Tigers. Ozzie Harrell (6-1, 200) is a Corner Back from Army, T.J. Minor (6-4, 275) comes from Oklahoma State and Tremaine Walker (6-2, 300) comes from Illinois. OFFENSE Justin Ridgeway OL 6-3 290 Birmingham, AL / Minor HS -- Team Most Valuable Offensive lineman -- Also offered: Grambling State, Alabama State Sherman Carter OL 6-3 300 LaVernge, TN / LaVernge HS -- First team All-Region -- Also offered: Chattanooga, Tenn. Tech, UT Martin Jarrold Gunn OT 6-5 330 Tampa, FL / Middleton HS -- First team, All-County -- Also offered: Hampton, Albany State, U Conn, Tuskegee Tavaris Jeffries OT 6-4 305 Memphis, TN / Trezevant HS -- First Team All-State, All-Area, Liberty Bowl All-Star -- Also offered: Memphis, Ole Miss, Marshall Calvin McNairl QB 6-0 185 Paris, TN / Henry County HS -- 2006, 1st team All-Region, All-West Tenn., All-State, All-Academic, ESPN 96.5 Player of the year -- 2005, 1st team All-Region, All-West Tenn., All State -- Also offered: Memphis, UT Martin, Middle Tenn. State, Arkansas State -- 2006 ... 2,933 yds Total offense, 24 TDs .. Career 6,544 yds Total Offense, 64 TDs Travis James WR 5-11 180 Miami, FL / Boyd Anderson HS -- 1st team All- County (Broward), -- Also offered: Eastern Kentucky, N. Iowa, FAMU, Bethune-Cookman, Louisiana Lafayette Evan Barrett Webster WR 5-11 190 Chapel Hill, NC / Chapel Hill HS -- All Conference, All-Area, Offensive Player of the Year Chapel Hill HS -- Also offered: Elon, The Citadel Jonathan Moore WR 6-0 200 Nashville, TN / Maplewood HS -- All-Metro, All-Region -- Also Offered: UT Martin, Tenn. Tech Ronnie Powell WR/ATH 5-9 175 Philadelphia, PA / Souderton Area HS -- Big 33 All Star game, 2nd team All-State, 1000+ yard rusher, School record kickoff returns for TD (5) -- Also offered: Utah, Akron, Villanova, Richmond, Texas Southern DEFENSE Brandon Crawford DL 6-5 255 Winston-Salem, NC/ Crawford HS -- First team All-Conference, First team All Region -- Also offered: Appalachian State, Southern Univ., Western Carolina Rico Council LB 6-1 235 Chattanooga, TN/ Howard HS -- 1st team All-State, All-Region -- Also offered: Chattanooga, Eastern Kentucky, UT Martin Sidney Tarver LB 6-4 240 Chattanooga, TN / Baylor -- 1st team All-State, All-Region -- Also offered: Chattanooga, Eastern Kentucky, Arkansas State, Tulsa Ronnie St. Fleur MLB 6-0 235 Hollywood Hills FL/ Hollywood Hills HS -- Honorable Mention All-State (5A/6A), 1st team All-County (Broward) -- Team MVP '05 & '06, Team captain (Jr. & Sr.) -- Also offered: Minnesota, Louisville, FIU, FAMU, Indiana Tavis Hogsett LB 6-1 235 Jackson, TN / Central Merry HS -- All-State, All-West Tenn., All-Region, Mr. Football Tenn. Candidate, Tenn./KY All Star game participant -- Also offered: Arkansas State, UT Martin, Murray State, Tennessee Tech Justin Jenkins S 6-1 190 Atlanta, GA / Dunwoody HS -- 1st team All-County (DeKalb/Rockdale), 2nd team Atlanta Journal Constitution All-Area, 2 time DeKalb County Player of the Week -- Also offered: Hofstra, Wingate, Eastern Kentucky TRANSFERS Ozzie Harrell CB 6-1 190 Ellenwood, GA/ Army T.J. Minor DE 6-4 275 Houston, TX / Oklahoma State Tremaine Walker DE 6-2 300 Tallahassee, FL / Illinois