NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State University's new head football coach James Webster has announced that he has received seven letters-of-intent on the first day of the national signing day on Wednesday. (Story, list, capsules included)
The new Tiger head coach was named to his new position on Jan. 11. Webster inherits a young team that will feature a lot of returnees next season.
"We are excited about the quality of recruits that we signed thus far and this is a great start for us," said Webster. "We got some quality students, quality people, and some really good athletes.
"We are a young team and do not have a lot of scholarships. However, we continue to evaluate other prospects that are available."
The Tigers signed defensive back James Andrews (6-2, 185) from Nashville's Hunters Lane High School. TSU also signed defensive end Courtney Richardson (6-2, 185) from Memphis Fairley High.
TSU signed a pair of kicker/punter combinations in Eric Benson and Micah Streiff, from Texas and Georgia, respectively.
Along inking with the Tigers on the opening day were linebacker Nashon Bigham (6-3, 210), quarterback David Pringle (6-5, 210), and tight end Jason Norris (6-2, 245). Norris is the lone junior college signee in the group.
2005 TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
(First Day, as of 8 p.m.)
NAME POS HT WT HOMETOWN (PREVIOUS SCHOOL)
James Andrews DB 6-2 185 Nashville, Tenn. (Hunters Lane)
Eric Benson K/P 5-8 180 Rowlett, Texas (Rowlett)
Nashon Bigham LB 6-3 210 Macon, Ga. (Rutland)
Jason Norris TE 6-2 245 Bayspring, Miss. (Jones County CC)
David Pringle QB 6-5 210 New Haven, Conn. (Wilbur Cross/
Courtney Richardson DE 6-2 200 Memphis, Tenn. (Fairley)
Micah Streiff K/P 5-11 180 Decatur, Ga. (Southwest DeKalb)
TIGER FIRST-DAY SIGNEES CAPSULES
James Andrews, DB, 6-3, 185
Nashville, Tenn. (Hunters Lane)
Projected to be a safety in college after splitting time as a quarterback and defensive back at Hunters Lane High...Netted one interception on defense...As a quarterback threw for 598 yards and five TD's...Also rushed for three scores.
Eric Benson, K/P, 5-8 180
Rowlett, Texas (Rowlett)
Converted all 19 PAT attempts as a senior at Rowlett High School...Made 6-of-10 field goals with a long kick of 46 yards...Averaged 38.0 yards as a punter.
Nashon Bigham, LB, 6-2, 210
Macon, Ga. (Rutland)
Saw action at quarterback along with playing outside linebacker for Rutland High...Team leader for two-year old school in Bibb County...Previously played two season at Mt. De Sales High...As a senior, led team with 72 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and had an interception return for a touchdown.
Jason Norris, TE, 6-2, 245
Bayspring, Miss. (Jones County CC)
Found a home at tight end for Jones County High after playing offensive tackle and nose guard for Jones County Community College as a freshman...Served a team captain, helping lead Jones County to an appearance in the Golden Isles Bowl which prevented him from playing in the Annual Mississippi Junior College All-Star Game...Made 23 receptions, including two for TD's...Will be a junior next season.
David Pringle, QB, 6-5, 210
New Haven, Conn. (Wilbur Cross HS/Westminister School)
Regarded as one of the top signal callers in Connecticut as a senior at Wilbur Cross High...Attended Westminster School as a postgraduate last fall where he passed for 864 yards and ran for 360 yards...Will have four years of eligibility with TSU.
Courtney Richardson, DE, 6-2, 200
Memphis, Tenn. (Fairley)
Regarded as a top defensive end/linebacker in the Memphis prep ranks...Served as the standout for the Fairley High team, earning first team Commercial Appeal All-Metro Memphis honors...Recorded 67 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, and made three fumble recoveries.
Micah Streiff, K/P, 5-11, 180
Decatur, Ga. (Southwest DeKalb)
Served in the dual role as kicker/punter at Southwest DeKalb High...Made 26-29 PAT's and 4-8 field goals, converting a long of 41 yards...Averaged 35.2 yards as a punter.