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Wednesday, February 5, 2003
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State University head football coach James Reese has announced that the Tiger program had received 25 signed national letters-of-intent by late Wednesday afternoon on the first day of the 2003 signing period. Reese, who is set to begin his fourth season as the Tigers' head coach next fall, said he is pleased with the Tigers' recruiting results. ?I thought our coaching staff did an excellent job in fulfilling our needs for the present and for the future,? said Reese. ?We are also very pleased that we were able to sign a lot of in-state prospects.? The first-day list includes 11 Tennessee players, 12 players representing Illinois, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Indiana, and a pair of junior college transfers. The group includes 18 players projected to play on the defensive side of the football and seven listed as offensive players. ###
Qudus Abeboyejo DL 6-6 250 Matteson, Ill. (Rich Central) Avern Alexander OL 6-5 290 Lynchburg, Va. (Fork Union Military Academy) Andrew Cannon DB 5-11 180 Nashville, Tenn. (Whites Creek) Jerome Colbert DL 6-3 215 Lynn Haven, Fla. (Mosley) Jonathon Edwards DL 6-5 220 Decatur, Ga. (Southwest DeKalb) Curtis Ewing DB 6-0 190 Antioch, Tenn. (Antioch) Curtis Francis DL 6-4 250 Winchester, Tenn. (Franklin County) Eric Francis LB 6-3 205 Miami, Fla. (Monsignor Pace) Clinton Gray FB 5-11 265 Nashville, Tenn. (Hillsboro) Vonce Henderson WR 6-4 180 Nashville, Tenn. (Overton) Brandon Hubbard DL 6-4 300 Memphis, Tenn. (East) Carlos Jones DB 6-1 185 Houston, Texas (Hightower) Kello Kirk DL 6-4 290 Ventura, Cal. (Ventura CC) Keenan Luster RB 5-10 190 Memphis, Tenn. (Fairley) Jeff McKnight RB 5-10 180 Nashville, Tenn. (Maplewood) Cardell Moore WR 6-2 195 Memphis, Tenn. (Fairley) Derrick Moore LB 6-4 200 Nashville, Tenn. (Maplewood) John Rhoden DB 6-3 190 Miami, Fla. (Booker T. Washington) Michael Richardson LB 6-1 200 Indianapolis, Ind. (Ben Davis) LaDarian Rudolph LB 5-11 210 Oviedo, Fla. (Oviedo) Iren Sanford OL 6-3 270 Miami, Fla. (Monsignor Pace) Jimmy Simmons DL 6-4 235 Huntland, Tenn. (Huntland) Paul Thomas LB 5-11 225 Trinity Valley CC (Orange, Texas) Jeff Willis LB 6-1 220 Deerfield Beach, Fla. (Deerfield Beach) Maurice Young DB 5-10 170 Rockledge, Fla. (Rockledge) (As of 6:30 p.m.)