Signing Day Central
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Signing Day Central

NASHVILLE – Tennessee State head coach Rod Reed announced the signing of players to join the Tigers for the 2020 fall season.

The Big Blue signed 16 players during the second signing period to go along with the seven inked in December.

The Tigers annual Signing Day Celebration introducing all signees, as well as transfers, will take place this evening, Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the Indoor Practice Facility.

By The Numbers:
Offense: 11
Defense: 12

Quarterbacks: 2
Linemen: 6
Running Backs: 1
Wide Receivers: 2

Defensive Ends: 4
Linebackers: 3
Cornerbacks: 2
Safeties: 3

3-Star Prospects: 6
2-Star Prospects: 2

Florida: 10
Georgia: 5
Alabama: 3
Tennessee: 2
Louisiana: 1
Pennsylvania: 1
Texas: 1

High School Athletes: 19
Junior College Transfers: 4

Wednesday, Feb. 5
11:10 a.m.
Chris Walker
VIDEO
Defensive End | 6-4 | 235
Sanford, Fla. | Seminole HS

  • Led SHS to an 11-1 record and the second round of the Florida 8A state championships
  • Finished with 28 tackles, 18 solo, as a senior
  • Registered 9.0 tackles for loss with 3.0 sacks and a fumble recovery
  • Gained interest from Troy, Akron and Toledo

Sheldon Walker
Safety | 6-2 | 180
Tallahassee, Fla. | Florida HS

  • As a senior, guided FHS to a 12-2 record as a senior and a spot in the Florida AAA state championship game
  • Amassed 94 tackles, 55 solo, and 8.0 for loss
  • Finished with 14 passes defended, an interception, three forced fumbles and one recovery
  • As a junior, totaled 32 tackles, 12 solo, one for loss and had four passes defended
  • Helped FHS to back-to-back semifinal appearances at the 3A state championships

10:28 a.m.
Travin Jones
VIDEO
Offensive Tackle | 6-3 | 290
Midland, Ga. | Carver HS

  • Led CHS to a 10-2 record and the second round of the Georgia AAAA state championships
  • Received offer from Western Kentucky

9:50 a.m.
Emmanuel Baez
VIDEO
Defensive End | 6-4 | 230
Plant City, Fla. | Plant City HS

  • Registered 79 tackles, 42 solo and 23.0 tackles for loss as a senior
  • Notched 7.5 sacks and five quarterback hurries in 2019
  • Forced three fumbles, had two passes defended and blocked a field goal in final season
  • As a junior, recorded 50 tackles, 32 solo, 14.0 for loss, 6.0 sacks and four hurries
  • Played basketball at PCHS
  • Received offer from Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Georgia State
  • Gained interest from Iowa State, Virginia, Bowling Green, Rutgers and Kent State

Jeshon Ingraham
VIDEO
Cornerback | 6-2 | 170
Rivera Beach, Fla. | Palm Beach Lakes HS

  • 3-Star prospect by Rivals and 247 Sports
  • Led PBL to a 10-1 record and the second round of the Florida 7A state championships
  • Made 15 stops, 13 solo and forced a fumble during senior season
  • As a junior, had 25 tackles, three interceptions and eight pass break ups
  • Received offers from Minnesota, Missouri, Southern Miss, Georgia State, Boston College, Western Michigan, Florida Atlantic, Florida International and Florida A&M

9:04 a.m.
Zaire Thornton
VIDEO
Wide Receiver | 6-2 | 180
Atlanta, Ga. | Mays HS

  • A 3-Star by 247 Sports and Rivals
  • Pulled down 50 receptions for 684 yards and nine touchdowns at MHS
  • Received offers from Toledo, Western Michigan, Akron, Liberty, South Alabama, Western Carolina, Tennessee Tech and Albany State
  • Garnered interest from Clemson, Auburn, Florida, Miami, Colorado, Memphis, Coastal Carolina, Massachusetts and Harvard

Detoye Adewole
VIDEO
Defensive End | 6-4 | 250
Antioch, Tenn. | Cane Ridge HS

  • A 2-star prospect by Rivals and 247 Sports
  • Received an offer from Illinois State
  • Interest from Kentucky, Memphis, Miami (OH), Wake Forest and Western Kentucky

Kendall Johnson
VIDEO
Linebacker | 6-4 | 230
Jackson, Tenn. | Liberty HS

  • Earned a spot on the South team of the West Tennessee All-Star game

Ahmad Nelson
VIDEO
Linebacker | 6-1 | 245
Tarrant, Ala. | Minor HS

  • As a senior, collected 29 tackles, 16 solos
  • Notched three quarterback hurries and one sack

Malachi Oglen
VIDEO
Cornerback | 5-11 | 170
Kennedy, Ala. | South Lamar HS

  • Helped SLHS to a 10-2 record and a second round appearance in the Alabama Class A state championships
  • The Stallions fell to the eventual state runner-up
  • Played wide receiver and cornerback for South Lamar
  • Also served as a return specialist

8:24 a.m.
Kenyon Andrews
VIDEO
Safety | 6-1 | 185
Baton Rouge, La. | Southern Lab HS

  • Earned All-State honors as a senior
  • Named to Crescent City Sports All-State team as a kick returner

8:11 a.m.
Jeremiah Mawali
VIDEO

Offensive Tackle | 6-6 | 300
West Palm Beach, Fla. | Chaminade Madonna HS

  • A 3-Star by 247 Sports and Rivals
  • Ranked 115th at his position
  • Guided CMHS to their third consecutive State Championship
  • Anchored an offensive line which produced a championship game record for rushing yards by an individual with 333 yards
  • Offers from Louisville, Purdue, Maryland, Kansas, UAB, Western Kentucky and Florida Atlantic
  • Interest from Alabama, Florida State, Miami and Kentucky

Jai’Mari Herbert
VIDEO
Offensive Line | 6-4 | 285
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. | Chaminade Madonna HS

  • A 3-Star by 247 Sports and Rivals
  • Ranked 98th at his position
  • Helped CMHS to their third consecutive State Championship
  • Anchored an offensive line which produced a championship game record for rushing yards by an individual with 333 yards
  • Offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Western Kentucky and Seton Hill
  • Interest from Northwestern, Colorado State, Buffalo, Southern Miss, Florida Atlantic and Florida International

Nate Sutton
VIDEO
Defensive End | 6-3 | 245
Philadelphia, Pa. | LA Valley

  • Recorded 32 tackles, 23 solo and 8.5 for loss during sophomore season
  • Collected four sacks, forced two fumbles and broke up two passes
  • Totaled 18 stops, 12 solo, as a freshman
  • Made seven stops behind the line of scrimmage, broke up one pass and blocked a kick
  • Prepped at Martin Luther King HS

Jalen Rouse
VIDEO
Running Back | 5-11 | 180
Richmond Hill, Ga. | Richmond Hill HS

  • As a senior, rushed for 1,754 yards on 248 carries with 24 touchdowns
  • Registered 10 games of rushing for 100-plus yards on his way to averaging 134.9 yards per game
  • Ran for 642 yards as a junior

Tyrone Kelsey
VIDEO
Offensive Guard | 6-4 | 300
Nunez, Ga. | Georgia Military College

  • Played in 20 games on the offensive line during his career at GMC
  • Prepped at Swainsboro HS


Thursday, Dec. 18
1:52 p.m.

De'Amare Chambers
VIDEO
Defensive Back | 6-1 | 170
Powder Springs, Ga.| McEachern HS

  • Led MHS to a Georgia 7A state quarterfinals appearance as a senior
  • Guided squad to a 12-1 record
  • Made 12 solo tackles as a defensive back
  • Finished with two passes defended

Wednesday, Dec. 18
10:12 a.m.

Robert Lacey
VIDEO
Offensive Line | 6-2 | 347
Mobile, Ala.| Hutchinson CC

  • Battled injuries in 2019, playing in four games
  • Redshirted in 2018
  • Led Blount HS to an 11-3 record as a senior

10:06 a.m.
David Johnson
VIDEO
Quarterback | 6-1 | 210
Oak Cliff, Texas | Tyler Junior College 

  • Played in eight games as a sophomore
  • Completed 105-of-185 passes (56.8) for 1,387 yards
  • Tossed seven touchdowns, five interceptions
  • Added 70 yards on eight carries and one touchdown
  • Played in one game as a freshman completing 9-of-19 passes for 79 yards
  • Rushed for 54 yards on five touches
  • Was a 2-Star recruit by Rivals out of South Oak Hill HS
    Went 182-of-292 for 3,135 with 44 touchdowns and eight interceptions as a senior
  • Led SOHHS to a 8-4 record and a perfect 6-0 district title
  • As a junior finished 124-of-221 for 1,864 with 12 touchdowns and two interceptions
  • Had 52 carries for 115 yards and six touchdowns
  • Received interest from Texas Tech, Colorado State, Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana Monroe, Tulsa and Incarnate Word

8:18 a.m.
Gerand Turner
VIDEO
Wide Receiver | 6-0 | 195
Miami, Fla. | South Miami Senior HS 

  • A 3-Star prospect by 247 Sports and Rivals
  • Offers from Syracuse, USF, UAB, Georgia State, Southern Miss, South Alabama, FIU, FAU, Western Kentucky, Marshall, Tulane, Buffalo, Rhode Island and Bethune-Cookman
  • Drew interest from Miami and Charlotte

8:07 a.m.
Ronald Tremel Brown
Offensive Line | 6-3 | 289
Gainesville, Fla. | Gainesville HS

  • A member of the Gainesville Sun’s 2019 High School Football Super 11
  • Played in 25 games over the past two seasons at GHS
  • Spent time on the offensive and defensive lines
  • Totaled 18 tackles and two fumble recoveries on the defensive front
  • Named to the 2019 North Florida All-Star Football Classic
  • First-team Gainesville Sun all-area selection as a junior in 2018
  • Had 33 pancake blocks
  • First-team all-area as a sophomore in 2017
  • Led an offensive line for an offense that averaged 339 yards and 33.3 points a game
  • Offers from Southern Miss and Valdosta State
  • Interest from USF and Florida

Micaiah Joseph
VIDEO
Linebacker | 6-1 | 225
Delray Beach, Fla. | Atlantic HS 

  • Helped AHS to an 8-4 record
  • 42 tackles in 15 games1.5 sacks, forced fumble, fumble recovery for a touchdown
  • Led AHS to a 10-1 record as a junior
  • Offers from FAU and Southern Miss 

6:36 a.m.
Edwin Rhodes III
VIDEO
Quarterback | 6-2 | 195
Miami, Fla. | American Heritage School

  • A 3-star prospect by Rivals
  • Led AHS to a 10-2 record
  • Threw for 32 touchdowns and six interceptions as a senior
  • Completed 139 passes in 217 attempts for 1,885 yards
  • Rushed for 226 yards on 65 carries and four touchdowns
  • Finished his career with 3,695 yards and 42 touchdowns
  • Scored nine touchdowns and 527 yards rushing
  • Offers from Vanderbilt, Southern Miss, UTSA, Cornell, Columbia and Virginia State
  • Interest from Miami


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