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.
2012 HBCU TOP 10 RANKINGS
1. Tennessee State
2. South Carolina State
3. Florida A&M
4. Alabama State
6. Norfolk State
8. Grambling State
9. Jackson State
10. North Carolina Central
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