Mills announces 14 signings in footballFebruary 1, 2006
By CSU Sports Information
|CSu head coach and 2005 Big South Coach of the Year - Jay Mills|
CHARLESTON, S.C. Charleston Southern head football coach Jay Mills announced the signing of 14 players to a national letter-of-intent on Wednesday, adding a solid recruiting class to the fold of the 2005 Big South Conference Co-Champions.
After inking 36 players in last years class, the numbers for the 2006 class were limited. Mills sees that as a positive in the overall outlook for the program.
We signed 77 players during our first three years here so this is a class that brings us the balance, by position, and puts our numbers in alignment with I-AA football programs, said Mills, the 2005 Big South Conference Coach of the Year. This could be the last year that junior college signees are included in our classes because of where we are in the development of the younger players in our program.
The 2006 signing class is heavy on defense as the coaching staff went after depth along the defensive front and at linebacker. Ten of the 14 signees will come into camp next August as defensive players.
We have placed heavy emphasis on offensive linemen and skill people in the previous two years so this was a year where we felt an emphasis on defense was in order, said Mills. We have really improved our depth at linebacker with this class and were excited about the linemen that we are bringing in. Putting the last two classes together, we have reached a pretty good balance in terms of having quality players and depth at every position.
Of special note in this years class is the signing of two area high school players, the first time that has happened in Mills four seasons as head coach. Wando offensive lineman Jack Singleton and West Ashley linebacker David Jackson inked with the program on Wednesday.
I think were starting to see a positive reception to our program here in the Lowcountry, said Mills. We love to have local players in our program and we hope to continue that trend in the future.
Charleston Southern is coming off their best season in school history, setting a school record with seven wins. The Buccaneers went 3-1 in Big South Conference play, including a 34-27 double overtime win over Coastal Carolina to claim a share of the Big South title.
2006 FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASS
Chris Patrick LB - 6-0, 216 Clermont, FL (East Ridge HS) Three-year starter for a program that posted a 32-3 record over the last three seasons
named first-team All-Central Florida, All-Area, All-District and All-State
County Defensive Player of the Year
nephew of former NFL linebacker Jack Youngblood.
Dorein Perkins DE 6-3, 200 McDonough, GA (Union Grove HS) Voted best defensive lineman on team as a junior
All-Region pick as a senior and voted team captain
also performs in basketball and track
Jack Singleton OL 6-3, 278 Mt. Pleasant, SC (Wando HS) Three-year starter for successful AAAA program in Lowcountry
2005 All-Region selection
Named Wando High Most Valuable OL in 2005.
Marco Ramirez DE 6-3, 245 Los Angeles, CA (Glendale Community College) Spent two seasons at Glendale Community College
named team Defensive Linemen of the Year
second-team All-Conference selection
prepped at Glendale High School, earning first-team All-Area and All-Conference honors.
Josh Anderson DL 6-3, 276 Lexington, SC (Lexington HS) Named All-Region in 2005
earned All-State honors from the High School Sports Report newspaper
rated one of states top 100 prospects as a senior by High School Sports Report
state champion heavyweight wrestler.
Dontavan Bowden FS 6-3, 180 Atlanta, GA (Martin Luther King HS) - Recorded 75 tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles in 2005
All-County selection as a senior
Named Defensive team captain for 2005.
Kosi Bradley LB - 6-0, 228 Atlanta, GA (South Atlanta HS) Named to All-City defensive team in 2004
team defensive MVP and named Best Tackler on team
honorable mention All-City defense in 2003
voted team captain in 2005.
Wesley Brown TE 6-6, 210 Port Orange, FL (Spruce Creek HS) Second-team All-Conference selection
voted team captain and received team leadership award.
Abiyd Coleman LB 6-1, 218 Fairburn, GA (Sandy Creek HS) Three-year starter on varsity
helped lead team to region championships in 2003 and 2004
named All-County and All-Region in 2005
also excels in track as 400 meter performer.
David Jackson LB 6-1, 193 North Charleston, SC (West Ashley HS) Three-year varsity starter
2005 All-Region selection and named team defensive back of the year.
Tim Jones WR 6-4, 210 - Townville, SC (Hargrave Academy) Starting QB at Pendleton High School before spending a semester at Hargrave Military Academy
21-4 record as starting quarterback, guiding Bulldogs to a pair of region titles
passed for more than 1,400 yards and named all-state as a senior
named Region Player of the Year as a senior and voted team MVP.
Dennis Justiniani DE 6-3, 230 Huntington Beach, CA (Golden West Community College) Graduated with honors from Golden West CC
named team captain
led team in sacks in both seasons
2001 graduate of Marina High School.
Jordan Lancaster DE 6-3, 245 Ocean Isle Beach, NC (West Brunswick HS) Three-year starter on both sides of the ball
two-time All-County and All-Conference performer
graded 85 percent as OL and led team with 46 pancake blocks.
Zachary Mitchell OL 6-3, 300 - Jacksonville, FL (Fletcher HS) - Brother of current CSU linebacker Josh Mitchell
named first-team at OG in the Gateway Conference
named All-District and All-First Coast
ranked in the Florida Times-Union Super 24.