TSU Signing Class Rated the Best Among HBCU Schools
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
TSU Signing Class Rated the Best Among HBCU Schools
It was revealed on Wednesday morning that Tennessee State University football's 2012 National Signing Day class was rated the best among NCAA FCS HBCU Universities according to Boxtorow's yearly top-10 breakdown.

The rankings gave TSU its' second top-5 class in two years. Last year the Tigers were rated third in the country behind South Carolina State and Bethune-Cookman.

"This only further proves that Tennessee State football is headed in the right direction," noted third year head coach Rod Reed. "It's great to be honored as the top HBCU recruiting class, but now that work shifts to the practice field. TSU has a great football tradition and it's an honor to have these young men decide to spend the next few years with our program."

The Tigers signed 18 for the 2012 season, including five mid-semester enrollees. Among the highlighted in the class were freshman wide receivers Willie Allen from Chicago's Hales Franciscan and Lavatiae Kelly from Hollywood, Fla.

Allen was rated as the 135th in the nation and a three-start recruit by Scout.com. Kelly had the 13th best reception per game average (145 ypg) in the country.

TSU also added local products in Gallatin's Maurice Box, Jr. (linebacker) and Antoino 'Tre' Haynes (offensive lineman). Darius Turner, a McGavock high school star, transferred to TSU after signing his NLI with Arkansas State in 2011.

Fans can read more about Boxtorow's insight on the class by clicking here. For details about TSU's entire signing class, fans can visit this link.

1. Tennessee State
2. South Carolina State
3. Florida A&M
4. Alabama State
5. Bethune-Cookman
6. Norfolk State
7. Hampton
8. Grambling State
9. Jackson State
10. North Carolina Central