Torbush announces first ETSU football recruiting class

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Total of 35 players from Tennessee highlight 47-person class that includes commits from six other states

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 5, 2014) – ETSU head football coach Carl Torbush announced the program’s first recruiting class during a historic media event Wednesday at the Millennium Centre in Johnson City.

The overall class includes 47 commitments, 35 of whom are from the state of Tennessee, along with other players from Florida, Georgia, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. In addition, 73 percent of the class had a high school grade point average of 3.0 or better, and as a group there are 14 state champions.

Torbush said he was extremely pleased with the work of his two-man coaching staff and thankful for the support of others who helped make this recruiting class so successful.

“Today’s announcement of our first recruiting class continues to build the excitement that surrounds the ETSU football program,” Torbush said. “We could not have done this without the help of many people, and I want to thank our ETSU faculty and athletic administration, our academic staff, cafeteria personnel, our cheerleading and dance teams, Carnegie Hotel, Bristol Motor Speedway, the ETSU baseball team, the Center for Physical Activity staff, and the athletic department’s compliance staff for all they have done to help us with our recruiting process.

“And especially the work put in by our football staff – in particular assistant coaches Billy Taylor and Teddy Gaines – has been remarkable. It’s been impressive to secure this many commitments with a start-up program.”

This first recruiting class will have the benefit of a full year to practice, get stronger and prepare for the team’s first official season in 2015. ETSU’s first game against Kennesaw State is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015.

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Recruiting Quick Facts

  • 73 percent (35 of 47 commitments) are from Tennessee
  • There are also players from Ohio, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia
  • 10 players are taller than 6-foot-4
  • 11 commits weigh more than 250 pounds
  • 73 percent of the class had a high school GPA of 3.0 or better
  • As a whole, the class boasts 14 state championships
  • There are 23 offensive players, 22 defensive players and 6 athletes/specialists

Position Breakdown (some players are counted twice for multiple slots):

Offense                                  Defense                      Specialist

QB – 6                                DB – 5                         P – 1

RB – 6                                LB – 10                        K – 1

WR – 7                               DL – 6                        

OL – 11

 

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2014-15 Recruiting Class

 

­­­­­­Demetrius Anthony

Position: Quarterback

Height: 6-2, Weight: 200

Hometown: Fountain Inn, S.C.

High School: A three-sport standout at Christ Church Episcopal School, where he participated in football, basketball and track … his team won back-to-back state titles in 2011 and 2012 … was named both the All-State Player of the Year and the All-State Offensive Player of the Year for South Carolina’s Division 1A … was also an all-region pick. Personal: Born March 13, 1996 … son of Robert and Miriam Anthony … expecting to major in engineering … played for high school coach Dan Frost.


Seth Barger

Position: Defensive back

Height: 5-10, Weight: 170

Hometown: Blountville, Tenn.

High School: Was a three-sport player at Dobyns-Bennett High School, competing in football, track and baseball … was an all-conference selection for three straight seasons (2011-13) … was named to the 2012 Kingsport Times-News Elite Team at defensive back. Personal: Born Sept. 3, 1995 … son of Tony and Sharon Barger … expecting to major in business … played for high school coach Graham Clark.


Caleb Bartlett

Position: Offensive line

Height: 6-3, Weight: 265

Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.

High School: Was a two-sport standout in both football and baseball at Bearden High School … was the first verbal commitment to the ETSU program … earned all-district and all-conference honors … graded out at 83 percent overall as a lineman … had 40 pancake blocks. Personal: Born March 30, 1996 … son of John and Tonya Bartlett … major is exercise science … played for high school coach Jack Tate.


Hank Black

Position: Wide receiver

Height: 6-1, Weight: 175

Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.

High School: Played three seasons for Knox Carter High School … was an all-district, all-KIL and all-state selection during his prep career … was named special teams player of the year as a senior … participated in the Tennessee East/West All-Star Game … collected 52 receptions for 889 yards and 13 touchdowns his senior year, while also returning three kickoffs for touchdowns in 2013. Personal: Born Dec. 29, 1995 … son of Jeff and Jennifer Black … expecting to major in sports management … played for high school coach Heath Woods.


River Boruff

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6-1, Weight: 214

Hometown: Sparta, Tenn.

High School: Was a three-year letter winner at White County High School …. named district defensive most valuable player in 2012, while earning first team all-district honors during the 2013 season … collected a total of 253 tackles, was also rushing for 680 yards and five touchdowns during his prep career … was an honor roll student. Personal: Born Oct. 10, 1995 … son of Bill and Barbara Boruff … expecting to major in business … played for high school coach Matthan Houser.


Denzell Boyd

Position: Defensive back 

Height: 5-9, Weight: 175

Hometown: Etowah, Tenn.

High School: Was a four-sport athlete at McMinn Central High School, participating in football, basketball, baseball and track … was an all-district and all-area selection all four years of his prep career, earning multiple offensive honors … finished his career with 3,500 all-purpose yards and scored a remarkable 52 touchdowns. Personal: Born Jan. 17, 1996 … son of George and Sonya Boyd … major is undecided … played for high school coach Josh Goodin.


Matt Brewer

Position: Offensive line

Height: 6-5, Weight: 250

Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.

High School: Played two seasons for former ETSU offensive lineman Wes Jones at Hardin Valley Academy … was an all-district selection as a junior, while earning all-region and all-Knoxville Football League status as a senior … collected 96 tackles his senior year, including 15 for loss, while catching 35 passes for 400 yards on the offensive side of the ball. Personal: Born Jan. 29, 1996 … son of Steve and Christine Brewer … expecting to major in exercise science … played for high school coach Wes Jones.


Spencer Brien

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6-0, Weight: 215

Hometown: Gatlinburg, Tenn.

High School: Played four seasons at Gatlinburg-Pittman High School … was an all-district, all-county, all-KIL and all-state selection during his prep career … was a most valuable defensive player pick for his district and county … finished with 219 career tackles, 21 sacks and 14 forced fumbles during his career … competed in the Tennessee-Kentucky Border Bowl two times. Personal: Born July 16, 1995 … son of Chris and Marci Brien … expected to major in exercise science … played for high school coach Benny Hammonds.


Zach Casey

Position: Running back/Linebacker

Height: 6-0, Weight: 210

Hometown: Kingsport, Tenn.

High School: Played four years at Dobyns-Bennett High School … was an all-conference, all-district and Northeast Tennessee Elite 11 selection … named to the all-conference “Tough Man” team … participated in the FCA All-Star Game. Personal: Born Jan. 21, 1996 … son of Terry and Carla Casey … expecting to major in physical therapy … played for high school coach Graham Clark.


Cory Colder

Position: Running back

Height: 5-8, Weight: 205

Hometown: Ashburn, Va.

High School: Played three seasons at Briar Woods High School, helping his team to a combined record of 42-3 and three straight state championships … spent this past season at East Coast Prep … finished his high school career as Briar Woods’ all-time leader in rushing yards (2,950) and rushing touchdowns (43) … was an all-state second team pick in 2011 and 2012 … also earned all-district, all-region and all-metro honors during his prep career. Personal: Born August 26, 1995 … son of Karl and Sherry Colder … expected to major in communications … played for high school coach Charlie Pierce.


Cody Cornelius

Position: Offensive lineman

Height: 6-5, Weight: 250

Hometown: Harrogate, Tenn.

High School: Was a four-year player at left tackle for Cumberland Gap High School … was a first-team all Blue Ridge Athletic Conference selection his senior season … an honor roll student who has also participated in the Tri-State youth choir for three years during high school. Personal: Born Dec. 22, 1995 … son of Stan and Kathy Cornelius … expecting to major in digital media … played for high school coach Cory Russel.


Jack DeFur

Position: Fullback/Tight end

Height: 6-1, Weight: 220

Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.

High School: Was a three-year starter at Hardin Valley Academy … was named all-district and all-region during each of his three prep seasons … finished as the all-time leader in receptions and yards at Hardin Valley. Personal: Born Feb. 12, 1996 … son of Stephen and Beth DeFur … expecting to major in exercise science/physical education … played for high school coach and former ETSU lineman Wes Jones.


Jared Drake

Position: Quarterback

Height: 6-0, Weight: 205

Hometown: Westerville, Ohio

High School: Was a three-year starter at Westerville Central High School … set new school records for passing and total offense … was a first-team all-conference, all-district, all-region and all-state selection, finishing as the Mr. Ohio football runner-up …  combined to pass for 4,500 yards and rush for another 1,800 yards during his junior and senior seasons. Personal: Born July 13, 1995 … son of Peter and Cathy Drake … major is undecided … played for high school coach John Magreto.


Austin Gatewood

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6-1, Weight: 215

Hometown: Ooltewah, Tenn.

High School: Played on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball at East Hamilton High School … was a first-team all-state selection both his junior and senior season … was named the district linebacker of the year and defensive player of the year during his prep careers … was a “best of preps” selection as well. Personal: Born Aug. 5, 1995 … son of Ted and Wendy Gatewood … expecting to major in sports science … played for high school coach Ted Gatewood.


Trevor Gilliam

Position: Defensive end

Height: 6-4, Weight: 290

Hometown: Kingsport, Tenn.

High School: Played two seasons for Dobyns-Bennett High School, helping his team to a combined 24-2 record his junior and senior season in 2011 and 2012 … was a first-team all-conference player and was named defensive player of the year both as a junior  and senior … competed in the FCA Bowl Game, while also participating in the Tennessee vs. Kentucky Border Bowl … Personal: Born Sept. 27, 1994 … son of Jon Scott and Saundra Gilliam … expecting to major in biology … played for high school coach Graham Clark.


Drew Hoilman

Position: Defensive end

Height: 6-4, Weight: 260

Hometown: Burnsville, N.C.

High School: Played two seasons at Mountain Heritage High School … was an all-conference selection, while also earning All-Western North Carolina honorable mention. Personal: Born July 27, 1996 … son of David Hoilman and Shelly Bailey … major is undecided … played for high school coach Joey Robinson.


Leon Humphrey, Jr.

Position: Defensive Lineman

Height: 6-2, Weight: 250

Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.

High School: Was a four-year letter winner and a team captain at Knox West High School … was an all-state, all-region and all-district selection in 2013 … was named Region 4-AAA Lineman of the Year … was an all-state pick by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association … participated in the Tennessee/Kentucky Border War All-Star game … played both offensive and defensive line. Personal: Born Feb. 2, 1996 … son of Leon and Renae Humphrey … major is undecided … played for high school coach Scott Cummings.


Keanu James

Position: Cornerback

Height: 5-10, Weight: 180

Hometown: Dacula, Ga.

High School: Played at the 6A level at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton, Ga. … broke multiple team records on the defensive side of the ball in both 2012 and 2013 … led the state in interceptions during the 2012 season. Personal: Born March 14, 1995 … son of Tony and Toushi James … expecting to major in sports management … played for high school coach Shannon Jarvis.


Colt Jenkins

Position: Defensive lineman

Height: 6-4, Weight: 230

Hometown: Jonesborough, Tenn.

High School: Played four seasons at David Crockett High School … named to the FCA All-Star team … led his conference in sacks as a senior and was an All-Big 7 Conference Selection … was named team captain and was selected as defensive lineman of the year his senior season … had 32 tackles and 7 ½ sacks in 2013. Personal: Born March 5, 1996 … son of Jeff and Cindy Jenkins … major is physical therapy … played for high school coach Jeremy Bosken.


Paul Leveritt

Position: Defensive end

Height: 6-6, Weight: 255

Hometown: Waynesville, N.C.

High School: Played four seasons at Tuscola High School … was an all-conference, all-county and all-Western North Carolina selection … collected 60 tackles, eight sacks and 15 tackles for loss during his prep career … also played basketball during his prep career. Personal: Born Aug. 29, 1995 … son of Ed and Leana Leveritt … expecting to major in pre-med … played for high school coach Brandon Allen.


Cody Lewis

Position: Defensive back

Height: 6-0, Weight: 190

Hometown: Alcoa, Tenn.

High School: Played four seasons at perennial power Alcoa High School, winning three state titles during his prep career … was an all-district, all-county and all-state selection during the 2011 season … helped his team combine for a 53-6 record over four seasons. Personal: Born Oct. 23, 1993 … son of Marty and Joe Keefe, and Dave Lewis … expecting to major in communications … played for high school coach Gary Rankin.


Patrick McFall

Position: Offensive lineman

Height: 6-6, Weight: 265

Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.

High School: Was a two-sport star at Knoxville Catholic High School, playing both basketball and football … was a preseason all-state selection in Class 4A … earned all-district honors his senior season. Personal: Born April 29, 1996 … son of Clifford and Valerie McFall … expecting to major in criminal justice … played for high school coach Steve Matthews.


Adam Mitchell

Position: Wide receiver

Height: 6-3, Weight: 190

Hometown: Bristol, Tenn.

High School: Played both football and basketball at Tennessee High School … set career records in most all major receiving categories, finishing with 150 receptions, 2,261 yards and 29 touchdowns during his career … collected 56 catches, 990 yards and 11 touchdowns his senior season … was an all-conference and all-state selection in football … participated in the Tennessee East/West All-Star Game. Personal: Born April 9, 1996 … son of Tim and Kelly Mitchell … expecting to major in business … played for high school coach Mike Mays.


Kahlil Mitchell

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6-0, Weight: 205

Hometown: South Pittsburg, Tenn.

High School: Was a team captain while playing his prep football at South Pittsburg HS … helped lead his team to the Class 1A state championship game … was an all-district, all-state and Best of Preps selection in 2013 … participated in the Tennessee East/West All Star Game … gained over 2,500 career rushing yards on the offensive side of the ball, while collecting 200 career tackles on defense … he also had two career interceptions, three defensive touchdowns, five fumble recoveries and seven forced fumbles during his high school career.  Personal: Born Dec. 24, 1995 … son of Kevin Mitchell and Rochelle Beene … expecting to major in exercise science … played for high school coach Tim Moore.


T.J. Morgan

Position: Running back/Wide receiver

Height: 5-8, Weight: 160

Hometown: Fort Myers, Fla.

High School: Played three seasons at Fort Myers High School, helping his team to a combined record of 26-6 … recorded school records for most career touchdowns over 50 yards and his 8.6 yards per carry average was a school career mark … finished with 80 carries for 750 yards and 20 touchdowns in his senior season … played in the Fort Myers North/South All-Star Game. Personal: Born Aug. 7, 1996 … son of Frank and Stacia Morgan … expecting to major in physical therapy … played for high school coach Sam Sirriani.


Austin Mosier

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6-2, Weight: 230

Hometown: Murfreesboro, Tenn.

High School: Played four seasons of both football and baseball at Blackman High School … led his team in tackles as both a junior and senior … was an all-distrcit, all-area and all-state selection in 2013 … played in the Tennessee East/West All-Star Game. Personal: Born Sept. 13, 1995 … son of James and Sharon Mosier … expecting to major in sports management … played for high school coach Phillip Shadowens.


Adam Mullins

Position: Linebacker/Long snapper

Height: 6-0, Weight: 225

Hometown: Elizabethton, Tenn.

High School: Played four seasons at Elizabethton High School … was named conference defensive lineman of the year and participated in the FCA All-Star Game … was a three-time all-conference selection and helped his prep teams to three conference championships and trips to the state playoffs … collected 74 tackles, 15 for loss and four sacks his senior season. Personal: Born Feb. 1, 1996 … son of Adam and Renee Mullins … expecting to major in environmental health … played for high school coach Shawn Witten.


Gad Nagba

Position: Linebacker

Height: 5-10, Weight: 220

Hometown: Johnson City, Tenn.

High School: Played for Science Hill High School, helping his team to a 9-3 record his senior season in 2013 … three-time all-conference selection and team captain … competed in both the FCA All-Star Game and the National Underclassmen All-South Classic Game … had 153 career tackles, with 20 tackles for loss, nine sacks, three interceptions and eight fumble recoveries. Personal: Born April 20, 1995 … son of Todd and Sally Fowler… expected to major in social work … played for high school coach Stacy Carter.


Ryan Nuss

Position: Kicker/Punter

Height: 5-9, Weight: 185

Hometown: Hamilton, Ohio

High School: Was a two-sport star at Fairfield Senior High School, playing both football and baseball … was a two-year captain for his prep squad, earning all-academic honors all four years … was a first-team all-conference and all-city performer, even collecting an all-state second team honor his senior season … was the special teams player of the year and also selected by the Cincinnati Enquirer as an All-Star Division 1 punter. Personal: Born Feb. 6, 1996 … son of Don and Tammy Nuss … expected to major in business marketing … played for high school coach Jerry Krause.


Hagen Owenby

Position: Quarterback

Height: 6-1, Weight: 210

Hometown: Powell, Tenn.

High School: A two-sport standout in football and baseball at Powell High School … will also play baseball for ETSU head coach Tony Skole … was an all-district selection for three seasons, while earning all-state honors his final two seasons … was also an All-KIL pick … ran and passed for over 1,000 yards in both his junior and senior seasons. Personal: Born July 21, 1995 … son of Tony and Kristie Owenby … expected major is criminal justice … played for high school coach Jay Scarbro.


Chance Pierce

Position: Running back/Linebacker

Height: 6-0, Weight: 180

Hometown: Johnson City, Tenn.

High School: Was a three-year varsity player at Science Hill High School … rushed for over 1,600 yards and 21 touchdowns in his career … won a conference championship in 2013 … was a three-time pick for player of the week … was a first-team pick in the FCA All-Star Game. Personal: July 30, 1996 … son of Mike and Denise Pierce … major is undecided … played for high school coach Stacy Carter.


Drake Powell

Position: Wide receiver

Height: 6-2, Weight: 190

Hometown: Clinton, Tenn.

High School: Was a three-sport standout while also playing four football seasons at Clinton High School … was an all-state selection and participated in the Border Bowl All-Star Game … set school records for receptions and yards in a single game, as well as new marks for receptions and yards in a season … had 94 receptions, 1,030 yards and 15 touchdowns during the 2013 season. Personal: July 28, 1996 … son of Ron and Karen Eslinger … expecting to major in sports science … played for high school coach Josh Kerr.


Shawn Prevo

Position: Running back  

Height: 6-1, Weight: 180

Hometown: Maryville, Tenn.

High School: During his four seasons at Maryville, his prep teams posted a 58-2 overall record and won three state championships … set school career rushing records for total yards and carries, finishing with 530 carries, 6,000 yards and 60 touchdowns … was an all-state selection and competed in the Tennessee East/West All-Star Game. Personal: Born Dec. 15, 1995 … son of Marvin Prevo, Jr., and Erin Richardson … major is undecided … played for high school coach George Quarles.


Matt Pyke

Position: Offensive line

Height: 6-3, Weight: 300

Hometown: Clinton, Tenn.

High School: Started four seasons on the offensive line at Clinton High School … three-year all-district selection … all-state pick in 2013 … Scout combine Tennessee MVP in 2011 … PrepXtra first team offensive lineman in 2013 … participated in both the East/West All-Star Game and the Tennessee-Kentucky All-Star Game. Personal: Born Jan. 9, 1996 … son of Phil Pyke and Sherry Hughes … major is undecided … played for high school coach Davey Gillum.


Trey Quillin

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6-2, Weight: 225

Hometown: New Albany, Ohio

High School: Was a three-sport star at New Albany High School … runs 4.5 second 40-yard dash … was a first team all-conference selection and collected 11 sacks … posted school’s single-game sack record. Personal: Born May 21, 1995 … son of Mac and Tracy Quillin … expected major is business … played for high school coach Pat Samanich.


Paxston Robinson

Position: Defensive tackle

Height: 6-3, Weight: 260

Hometown: West Chester, Ohio

High School: Played four seasons at Lakota West High School, and helped his prep squad to a 9-2 record during the 2013 season … registered four sacks and five tackles for loss as a senior. Personal: Born May 31, 1996 … Robert and Heather Robinson … major is undecided … played for high school coach Larry Cox.


Michael Scates

Position: Offensive line/Defensive line

Height: 6-5, Weight: 280

Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.

High School: Played four years at Fulton High School, where his team won back-to-back state championships in 2012 and 2013 … was an all-district, all-KIL, and all-state selection … competed in both the Tennessee/Kentucky All-Star Game and the Tennessee East/West All-Star Game. Personal: Born Oct. 25, 1995 … son of Cecil and Joanne Scates … expecting to major in criminal justice … played for high school coach Rob Black.


Nick Sexton

Position: Quarterback/Athlete

Height: 6-2, Weight: 185

Hometown: Seymour, Tenn.

High School: Played four seasons at Seymour High School, where he was also a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and track … was a first-team All-IMAC selection for two years at quarterback. Personal: Born Jan. 17, 1996 … son of David and DeAnna Sexton … expecting to major criminal justice … played for high school coach Jim Moore.


 

Jajuan Stinson

Position: Running back

Height: 5-9, Weight: 175

Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.

High School: Played football and ran track at Knox Central High School … set the school single game record with 427 yards in one game … was named the Class AAA Specialist of the Year … appeared in both the Tennessee East/West All-Star Game and the Kentucky/Tennessee Border War Game. Personal: Born July 6, 1996 … son of Derick Stinson and April Wilson … major is undecided … played for high school coach Joe Hassel.


Malik Styles

Position: Wide receiver

Height: 5-9, Weight: 160

Hometown: Dandridge, Tenn.

High School: Played four seasons of football at Jefferson County High School, while also competing in basketball and track … was an all-conference and all-district selection, as well as team captain during the 2013 season … earned team’s 110% award … collected over 1,000 yards receiving and scored 15 touchdowns. Personal: Born Jan. 19, 1996 … son of Stacy and Karen Kerr … expected to major in biology … played for high school coach Kenny Cobble.


Terrence Turner

Position: Defensive back

Height: 5-9, Weight: 185

Hometown: Elizabethton, Tenn.

High School: Played four seasons at Elizabethton High School, gaining a remarkable 5,000 rushing yards, 6,500 all-purpose yards and scoring 40 touchdowns for his career … was an all-conference performer for three seasons, and an Elite 11 selection in both his junior and senior seasons … was the FCA Bowl offensive player of the year and participated in the Tennessee-Kentucky Border Bowl. Personal: Born March 13, 1995 … son of Terrence and Angel Turner … major is undecided … played for high school coach Shawn Witten.


Dylan Weigel

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6-0, Weight: 215

Hometown: Pickerington, Ohio

High School: Lettered for three varsity seasons at Pickerington North High School … set school records for tackles in a career (389) and season (175) … was a first-team all-conference, all-district, all-metro and all-state selection … was named to the Super 25 team … helped his team to a 30-6 record as a varsity player. Personal: Born June 16, 1995 … son of Bill and Leah Weigel … major is undecided … played for high school coach Tom Phillips.


Tony Welch

Position: Defensive back

Height: 6-2, Weight: 185

Hometown: Pickerington, Ohio

High School: Played both football and baseball during his prep career at Pickerington North High School and Fairfield Christian Academy … led team with four interceptions  as a senior, while also making 37 tackles during the season … was an all-conference selection and was named a 2013 Quarterback Club Scholar Athlete honoree thanks to a 3.8 GPA. Personal: Born Sept. 27, 1995 … son of Ted and Lisa Welch … expecting to major in economics/finance … played for high school coach Tom Phillips.


Cole West

Position: Defensive back

Height: 6-2, Weight: 185

Hometown: Oneida, Tenn.

High School: Played multiple positions in football and was a two-sport star at Oneida High School, scoring over 2,000 points on the basketball floor … first-team all-state defensive back and was the district co-MVP … rushed for 927 yards on 130 carries and nine touchdowns as a senior … also passed for 413 yards at quarterback and also collected a total of 557 return yards … on defense, finished with 56 tackles, five interceptions and a fumble recovery as a senior … participated in the Tennessee East/West All-Star Game. Personal: Born Aug. 6, 1995 … son of Chris and Ann West … major is undecided … played for high school coach Tony Lambert.


Chris Wheeler

Position: Offensive line

Height: 6-8, Weight: 320

Hometown: Estill Springs, Tenn.

High School: Played both football and soccer during his prep career at Franklin County High School … participated in the NUC (National Underclassmen Combine) All-American North vs. South game in Myrtle Beach, S.C. … earned first place in the NUC trench warfare competition in Nashville. Personal: Born May 25, 1996 … son of Samuel and Jeanine Wheeler … expecting to major in pre-med … played for high school coach Jim Carr.


Shayne Wilburn

Position: Offensive line

Height: 6-6, Weight: 320

Hometown: Madisonville, Tenn.

High School: Played four seasons at Sequoyah High School and was the team’s offensive line MVP during the 2012 sesaon … helped lead the team to a Smokey Mountain Conference football championship during his junior season … collected 32 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery during his senior season. Personal: Born Feb. 21, 1996 … son of Christopher Wilburn and April Cook … expecting to major in physical education … played for high school coach Bill Satterfield.


Connor York

Position: Quarterback/Athlete

Height: 6-0, Weight: 185

Hometown: Bloomington Springs, Tenn.

High School: Earned for letters while playing at Upperman High School, leading his prep team to a 13-1 record during his senior year … first team all-state pick and was a second team All-American selection by the Associated Press … led the TSSAA as a senior with 2,611 rushing yards as a senior and broke the TSSAA record for total touchdowns in a season with 72 – finishing with 134 career touchdowns … broke multiple records in high school, including national and state marks for offensive yards in a playoff game with 713 in a single contest … finished first in Tennessee and eighth in the nation with 5,135 total yards his senior year. Personal: Born July 27, 1995 … son of Steve and Donna York … expected to major in business … played for high school coach Ben Herron.

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