Football Adds Two FBS Transfers for 2020
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Football Adds Two FBS Transfers for 2020

NASHVILLE – Tennessee State football added two Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) transfers for the 2020 season. Head coach Rod Reed has added defensive lineman Davoan Hawkins (Hollywood, Fla.) and offensive lineman Mike Arnold (Winter Haven, Fla.).

Hawkins comes to TSU after spending two seasons at the University of Kentucky. The defensive lineman redshirted his first season with the Wildcats and played in nine games in 2019. Hawkins who was a three-star prospect coming out of Chaminade-Madonna High School will have three years of eligibility remaining with the Big Blue.

Arnold spent four years at Florida State University and comes to TSU as a graduate transfer with one season of eligibility remaining. A Rivals four-star prospect, Arnold played in 24 games, starting 13 at right guard, over the last two seasons at FSU.

The former Seminole looks to help replace the departures of Raekwon Allen, Thomas Burton and Lachavious Simmons on the offensive front. Allen started all 21 games at right guard during his two-year career at TSU and was an All-Ohio Valley Conference selection.

By The Numbers:
Offense: 13
Defense: 14

Quarterbacks: 2
Linemen: 8
Running Backs: 1
Wide Receivers: 2

Defensive Tackles: 1
Defensive Ends: 4
Linebackers: 4
Cornerbacks: 2
Safeties: 3

4-Star Prospects: 1
3-Star Prospects: 9
2-Star Prospects: 2

Florida: 13
Georgia: 5
Alabama: 4
Tennessee: 2
Louisiana: 1
Pennsylvania: 1
Texas: 1

High School Athletes: 20
Junior College Transfers: 5
College Transfers: 2

Wednesday, May. 20
1:51 p.m.
Mike Arnold
Offensive Lineman | 6-5 | 340
Winter Haven, Fla. | Florida State

Florida State

  • As a redshirt junior, played in 12 games with two starts at right guard; also blocked on extra-point team
  • In 2018, appeared in all 12 games with 11 starts at right guard
  • Blocked for an offense that ranked third in the ACC and 28th in the country with an average of 270.1 passing yards per game
  • As a redshirt freshman, appeared in four games including the Independence Bowl against Southern Mississippi
  • Served a redshirt season as a freshman in 2016

Winter Haven High School

  • Rated a four-star prospect by Rivals
  • Ranked three-stars by 247Sports, ESPN and Scout
  • Collected 2014 6A First Team All-State honors at WHHS
  • Attended Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y., led football team to a 6-3 record
  • Ranked No. 97 on the Orlando Sentinel’s Class of 2015 Top 100
  • Named to Lakeland Ledger’s Super 16 list in 2015

Monday, May. 11
7:45 p.m.
Davoan Hawkins
Defensive Lineman | 6-3 | 286
Hollywood, Fla. | Kentucky 


  • As a redshirt freshman, saw action in nine games
  • Made three tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry
  • Had a career-best two tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry versus Louisville
  • Charted his first career tackle and first tackle for loss against Vanderbilt
  • Redshirted in 2018 as a freshman

Chaminade-Madonna High School

  • Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports, Rivals and ESPN
  • Prepped for head coach Dameon Jones
  • Played both offense and defense
  • Team won the 3A state championship in 2017
  • Registered 65 total tackles, 21 tackles for loss and 12 sacks as a senior
  • Three-time first-team All-County selection
  • Served as a student ambassador

Wednesday, May. 6
2:00 p.m.
Tadarrius Patterson
Linebacker | 6-2 | 250
Birmingham, Ala. | City College of San Francisco

City College of San Francisco

  • 10 games played
  • 30 tackles, 20 solo
  • 10 sacks for 53 yards
  • collected 13 tackles for loss
  • forced and recovered two fumbles
  • Earned All-Bay 6 Conference Honors


  • Played in one game as a redshirt freshman


  • Sat out season as a redshirt

C. W. Carver High School

  • Three-star recruit by, 247 Sports and ESPN
  • Recorded 69 tackles and 19.5 sacks as a senior, and had 56 tackles and 11 sacks as a junior
  • Earned all-city honors in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons
  • High school coach was Rod Carson

Jovens Janvier
Offensive Guard | 6-5 | 320
Miami, Fla. | Dade Christian School 

  • Miami Christian HS
  • A Three-star recruit by Rivals, 247sports and ESPN
  • Ranked the 69th top prospect in the state of Florida, 17th at offensive guard
  • Was considered the Rivals 225th ranked player overall in the nation and the 22nd tackle after his junior year
  • Offers from Florida, Auburn, LSU, Baylor, Nebraska, Louisville, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Bowling Green, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Jackson State and Howard

Wednesday, Feb. 5
11:10 a.m.
Chris Walker
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
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
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
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
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
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
Linebacker | 6-4 | 230
Jackson, Tenn. | Liberty HS

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

Ahmad Nelson
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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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