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Tigers Add 10 to 2018 Signing Class
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Tigers Add 10 to 2018 Signing Class

NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State head football coach Rod Reed announced the addition of 10 athletes who will bring their talents to the Land of Golden Sunshine.

Coach Reed addressed an offensive need by signing seven linemen. Raekwon Allen (Columbus, Ga.), Cedric Banks (Baton Rouge, La.), Marlon Black, Jr., (Blountstown, Fla.), Demetrius Cooley (Decatur, Ga.), Raymond Horton (Daytona Beach, Fla.), Noah Shattuck (Enterprise, Ala.) and Anthony Williams (Missouri City, Texas) will create depth to a veteran unit.

“All of the guys we have up front are going to be seniors,” Reed said. “With guys like Justin Brooks, Chidi (Okeke), Thomas Burton and a couple others, we had to find some guys for the future of the program. A couple of guys are going to step in and be starters right away. It was a need for us, so we’re not well and dry at the end of next year. We needed to recruit.”

The Tigers also added wide receivers Major Bellamy, Jr. (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and Vincent Perry (Nashville, Tenn.) along with defensive back Kenyon Garlington (Antioch, Tenn.).

Today’s signees join the seven student-athletes who signed a National Letter of Intent in December. Seven others enrolled at TSU to start the spring semester bringing the class total to 24.

The class boasts 13 rated players including one four-star, seven three-stars and five two-stars.

“Our coaches got out there and identified talent,” Reed stated. “The guys we got in here in December are impact guys. They are guys that can come in and play right away, and that’s what you want when you get a guy early.  In the early signees, we were fortunate enough to get guys like (Jahsun) Bryant and (Tyrese) Thorton. Those are guys that’ll be impact players for a long time.”

Raekwon Allen
Offensive Guard | 6-3 | 330
Columbus, Ga. (Georgia Military College) 

  • Played in 18 games over his two-year career at GMC
  • Prepped at Spencer HS
  • Interest from Georgia Southern

Reed’s Take:
“Raekwon is a kid we expect to come in and compete immediately. He’s a junior college kid out of Georgia Military, and he’s a big physical offensive lineman. He’s about 6’3” 300-plus.”

Cedrick Banks
Offensive Guard | 6-4 | 320
Baton Rouge, La. (Southern University Lab HS)

  • 247 Sports: 3-star (No. 27 offensive center)
  • Rivals: 2-star
  • 247 Sports: No. 69 player in the state of Louisiana
  • Member of the National Team at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl
  • Offers from Jacksonville State, Northwestern State, Louisiana-Monroe, Southeastern Louisiana, Houston Baptist and Howard
  • Interest from LSU 

Reed’s Take:
“He’s a big physical offensive lineman that can play guard or center. He’s probably one of the best high school linemen we’ve seen this year.”

Major Bellamy, Jr.
Wide Receiver | 5-9 | 160
Lawrenceville, Ga. (Georgia Military College) 

  • Played in 21 games at GMC over two seasons
  • Amassed 87 receptions for 1,092 yards and seven touchdowns
  • Averaged 12.2 yards per carry, rushing 32 times for 390 yards and five scores
  • Returned five punts for 104 yards, for a 20.8 average per return
  • Totaled 1,633 all-purpose yards at GMC
  • Prepped for Todd Wofford at Central Gwinnett HS
  • Guided Central Gwinnett HS to the second round of the Georgia 6A State playoffs
  • Played in 22 games over final two seasons
  • Hauled in 156 receptions for 2,524 and 24 touchdowns, including 16 in his senior campaign
  • Averaged 16.2 receptions per game and 114.7 yards per game
  • Selected as the 2015 Daily Post’s Offensive Player of the Year
  • Played in 31 career games, pulling in 185 receptions for 2,815 yards and 26 touchdowns
  • Rushed for 122 yards and three scores on 33 carries over the past three seasons
  • Named Touchdown Club of Atlanta Player of the Week for his play against Brookwood HS
  • Finished with 14 catches for 254 yards and a TD versus BHS
  • The performance ranked as the 10th best receiving night in Georgia High School football history
  • 247 Sports: 3-star (No. 127 Athlete)
  • Rivals: 2-star
  • Offers from Georgia State, Marshall, Memphis, Miami (OH), Samford and Youngstown State out of high school

Reed’s Take:
“Major is a kid we signed two years ago, but ended up having to go the JUCO route. He decided to stick with Tennessee State. He has a lot of explosiveness in the slot and is an all-around receiver. He runs well after the catch, and he’ll be a factor in the return game.”

Marlon Black, Jr.
Offensive Tackle | 6-6 | 295
Blountstown, Fla. (Liberty County HS) 

  • Played four seasons at LCHS
  • Rivals: 2-star
  • Offers from Marshall and Buffalo
  • Interest from Georgia Tech

Reed’s Take:
“He is an offensive tackle that is about 6’6”, 300 lbs. He moves his feet really well, and is physical at the point of attack. We’re looking for great things from him in the future.”

Demetrius Cooley
Center | 6-2 | 288
Decatur, Ga. (Eastern Arizona CC)

  • Registered 20 tackles as a freshman defensive tackle at EACC
  • Notched three sacks in first collegiate season
  • Played middle linebacker and tight end at Decatur HS

Reeds Take:
“Cooley is another kid out of Atlanta. He comes to us from a junior college out west. He can play center or guard, and he’s very physical and athletic.”

Kenyon Garlington
Defensive Back | 5-9 | 175
Antioch, Tenn. (Brentwood Academy) 

  • Helped BA to a perfect 14-0 record and a Tennessee Division II Class AAA State Title
  • Recorded an interception and forced two breakups in State Championship Game
  • Offers from Murray State, Southeast Missouri and Virginia Military
  • Brother, Weldon, and father, Leon, played football for Tennessee State

Reeds Take:
“Kenyon is a local kid out of Brentwood Academy. His dad played here, as did his brother, Weldon. He is an athlete who played on both sides of the ball. He’s a good kick returner, probably returned two or three kicks this year. He has great speed.”

Raymond Horton
Offensive Guard | 6-3 | 325
Daytona Beach, Fla. (Mainland HS) 

  • 247 Sports: 2-star (No. 156 offensive guard)
  • Rivals: 2-star
  • Sentinel Central Florida Super60: No. 58
  • Offers from Florida International, Florida Atlantic and Marshall

Reeds Take:
“Raymond is a big physical offensive lineman. He played offensive and defensive lineman at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Florida. He’s a kid that was recruited by some FBS schools, but chose Tennessee State.”

Vincent Perry
Wide Receiver | 5-11 | 175
Nashville, Tenn. (Iowa Western CC)


  • Played in 12 games
  • Caught 68 passes for 836 yards with seven touchdowns
  • Averaged 5.7 receptions and 69.7 yards per game
  • Returned 15 kickoffs for 494 yards (32.9 yards/return) and two touchdowns
  • Named NJCAA All-American Honorable Mention as a return specialist
  • Earned a spot on the ICCAC All-Conference Team as a wide receiver as well as return specialist

At Tennessee:

  • Did not appear in any games due to injury

Hillsboro HS

  • Prepped for coach Louis C. Clayton
  • 247 Sports: 3-star (No. 12 all-purpose back, No. 18 prospect in Tennessee)
  • ESPN: 3-star (No. 103 running back, No. 29 prospect in Tennessee)
  • Rivals: 3-star (No. 19 prospect in Tennessee)
  • Scout: 3-star (No. 69 running back, No. 1 running back in Tennessee)
  • Named to Tennessean All Mid-State Team as a senior in 2014
  • Gained 1,790 yards from scrimmage with 27 touchdowns as a senior
  • Ran for more than 1,200 yards on the ground and 18 touchdowns as a senior in 2014
  • Helped HHS to a 14-1 record and the Tennessee State Class 5A Championship game
  • Also played baseball for the Burros
  • Interest from Kentucky and Purdue

Reed’s Take:
“Perry is an explosive wide receiver. He’s got good size, and is a local kid. I think he’s going to help us stretch the field. He runs after the catches pretty well.”

Noah Shattuck
Offensive Tackle | 6-6 | 295
Enterprise, Ala. (Enterprise HS) 

  • 247 Sports: 2-star (No. 262 offensive tackle)
  • Rivals: 2-star
  • Offers from Virginia, UT Martin, Eastern Kentucky, Howard and Morehead State
  • A two-year member of the EHS Basketball Team

Reed’s Take:
“Shattuck is a kid that was committed to University of Virginia out of Enterprise, Alabama, but they dropped him a couple of days before signing day. We saw him on tape and liked him, and were able to get him up on a visit. I think we’ve got a sleeper in him.”

Anthony Williams
Offensive Guard | 6-3 |300
Missouri City, Texas (Hightower HS) 

  • Led FBHHS to a 10-1 record
  • 247 Sports: 2-star (No. 105 offensive guard)
  • Rivals: 2-star
  • Offers from UCF, Alcorn State, Howard and Arkansas-Monticello
  • Interest from Houston, Minnesota, Texas State, Idaho State and Southern

Reeds Take:
“Williams is a big kid out of Houston, Texas. He’s a really physical kid from a great football program down at Houston Hightower. We feel really good about him coming in and being able to give us some depth immediately at the offensive guard or tackle spot. He’s also played the center spot, so when you get a kid that’s that versatile and can play all three positions, you really like that.”

Feb. 7 Signees
Raekwon Allen, OG, 6-3, 330, Columbus, Ga. (Spencer HS/Georgia Military College)
Cedrick Banks, OG, 6-4, 320, Baton Rouge, La. (Southern University Lab HS)
Major Bellamy, Jr., WR, 5-9, 160, Lawrenceville, Ga. (Central Gwinett HS/Georgia Military College)
Marlon Black, Jr., OT, 6-6, 295, Blountstown, Fla. (Liberty County HS)
Demetrius Cooley, OC, 6-2, 288, Decatur, Ga. (Decatur HS/Eastern Arizona CC)
Kenyon Garlington, DB, 5-9, 175, Antioch, Tenn. (Brentwood Academy)
Raymond Horton, OG, 6-3, 325, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Mainland HS)
Vincent Perry, WR, 5-11, 175, Nashville, Tenn. (Hillsboro HS/Iowa Western CC)
Noah Shattuck, OT, 6-6, 295, Enterprise, Ala. (Enterprise HS)
Anthony Williams, OG, 6-3, 300, Missouri City, Texas (Hightower HS)

Early Signees
Tyrese (Joe) Thornton, OT, 6-6, 315, LaGrange, Ga. (LaGrange HS)
Jahsun Bryant, LB, 6-3, 215, Nashville, Tenn. (Cane Ridge HS)
DeMarco Corbin, RB, 6-1, 225, Euless, Texas (Colleyville Heritage HS/Pima CC)
Josh Green, CB, 6-0, 180, Orlando, Fla. (Olympia HS)
Te’kendrick Roberson, RB, 6-0, 180, Winter Haven, Fla. (Winter Haven HS/Ellsworth CC)
Kalen Whitlow, QB, 6-1, 190, Dothan, Ala. (Northview HS/Mississippi Gulf Coast CC)
Antonio Zita, K/P, 5-9, 170, Fayetteville, Tenn. (Lincoln County HS)

Midyear Transfers
Christion Abercrombie, LB, 6-1, 230, Atlanta, Ga. (Westlake HS/ Illinois)
Mekhi Brown, LB, 6-5, 246, Columbus, Ga. (Carver HS/Alabama)
Jamal Covington, OL, 6-3, 300, Fairburn, Ga. (Georgia Military College)
Demry Croft, QB, 6-5, 205, Rockford, Ill. (Boylan HS/Minnesota)
John Robinson IV, DB, 6-2, 195, Englewood, N.J. (Dwight Morrow HS/Connecticut)
Terry Straughter, LB, 6-0, 215, Opa Locka, Fla. (Miami Carol City)
Roderick Woods, LB, 6-2, 245, Century, Fla. (Northview HS/Cisco College)