SIGNING DAY CENTRAL: Tucker announces 2018 National Signing Day Class

SIGNING DAY CENTRAL: Tucker announces 2018 National Signing Day Class

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern head football coach Mark Tucker welcomed his second recruiting class on Wednesday during 2018 National Signing Day. Eighteen players signed to enroll at CSU to provide what the Buccaneers are hoping will become an anchor to the team over the next several years.

The Buccaneers class features players spanning four states with eight coming to CSU by way of Georgia. Four players signed with the Bucs from Florida to keep up with the trend of procuring players from the Sunshine State. CSU added four more from North Carolina, while bringing in two from the Palmetto State to wrap up the signing class.

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Overall, Tucker was pleased with how the class shaped up and the expected impact they will have on the team.

"This class brings us size and athleticism across the board," Tucker said. "We're picking up speed at the places we need speed. We have a number of position groups that will feature seniors this upcoming season and the need to bring in and develop depth and give these players a chance to play will be key to the program in the future."

The Bucs addressed several areas in particular when it comes to the depth of the 2018 team.

"We wanted to get more speed at wide receiver to help an already very talented group," Tucker added. "We're graduating kids up front defensively and feel good about the players we signed to help us out. We've also added speed and size in our secondary to help our veteran group returning."

The offensive line also saw several additions with Tucker looking forward to the incoming group.

"We went after size, length, speed, and athleticism on the line," he added. "We were very fortunate to get the type of body and athleticism we did with our offensive lineman. We have some guys who are physical and can run. I'm really happy with all three of those players."

Coach Tucker will introduce the signing day class this evening at 6 p.m. with a presentation in the team meeting room in the new Athletic Performance Center located behind the Buccaneer Field House.

Members of the media, Buc Club members, and the CSU campus community are invited to the event as Head Coach Mark Tucker will introduce the 2018 signing class with a presentation prior to the men's basketball tipoff against Liberty University that evening at 7:30 p.m.

Tucker and the Bucs open the 2018 spring practice schedule on Friday afternoon at Buccaneer Field. The first of 15 practices scheduled for the spring is slated to start at 3:30 p.m.

2018 CHARLESTON SOUTHERN FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASS

Christian Reid

QB – 6-0 – 171 – Newnan, Ga. – East Coweta High School

  • Two-time Second Team All-Region selection
  • Two-time First Team Coweta Score selection
  • Coweta Score Offensive Player of the Year
  • East Coweta High School's all-time leading passer
  • 2018 Team Captain
  • Son of Terrence and Angie Reid
  • Plans on majoring in Communications

Kendrick Bell, Jr.

RB – 5-8 – 182 – Rocky Mount, N.C. – Southern Nash High School

  • Lettered in football, track, and basketball at Southern Nash High School
  • Member of the Beta Club
  • Son of Chiqueta Grant
  • Plans on majoring in accounting

 Zachary Summers

DE – 6-4 – 215 – Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. – Ponte Vedra High School

  • 91 total tackles, 57 solo tackles, 8.5 sacks, 12 tackles for loss
  • Finished with five fumble recoveries, 10 quarterback hurries, five pass breakups
  • Three-year varsity track captain, earning All-District honors in both track and basketball
  • Son of Nikki and Mike Martin

Trevontez Price

DB – 6-1 – 178 – Gastonia, N.C. – Hunter Huss High School

  • All-Conference Selection at Hunter Huss High School
  • Nine Interceptions
  • 30-plus tackles
  • All-Conference in Track
  • Son of Lasonya Jordan
  • Plans on becoming a physical therapist

Taequan Washington

DT – 5-11 – 285 – Savannah, Ga. – Calvary Day High School

  • Two-time First Team All-State selection in his junior and senior season
  • Region Defensive Player of the Year
  • Savannah Morning News Defensive Player of the Year
  • Quarterbacks Club Defensive Player of the Year and Lineman of the Year
  • Recorded 100 tackles, seven sacks, six fumble recoveries, and an interception
  • Also competed in wrestling at Calvary Day High School
  • Son of Moneshia Bailey

Bryce Green

S – 6-3 – 180 – St. Petersburg, Fla. – St. Petersburg High School

  • First Team All-Defense
  • Earned the Captain Award
  • Academic Award for high Team GPA
  • Also competed in Track & Field
  • Recorded a 10.95 in the 100m dash
  • Son of Rachel Williams
  • Plans on majoring in Sports Management – Communications

Cayden Jordan

WR – 6-2 – 180 – Tampa, Fla. – Gaither High School

  • All-State Honorable Mention in his junior season
  • First Team All-Conference and All-County selection
  • Team MVP honors
  • Football prowess runs in the family with Terry Jordan (QB, N.C. State), Michael Jordan (QB, UCF), LeeRoy Jordan (LB, Alabama)
  • Son of Adrienne and Shannon Jordan
  • Plans on majoring in Sports Management

John Brown, Jr.

DL – 6-3 – 246 – Douglasville, Ga. – Douglas County High School

  • 32 solo tackles, 48 total tackles, 4.0 tackles per game, six sacks in senior season
  • All-Region Honorable Mention team in 2018
  • A/B Honor Roll
  • Team High GPA
  • Earned the Big Cat Award
  • Also competed in basketball and track and field (shot put) at Douglas County
  • Comes from an athletic family with three sisters and a brother all playing basketball at the collegiate level
  • Father played basketball for Southern Miss in 1985-90
  • Son of John and Stephanie Brown
  • Plans on majoring in Computer Science
 

Spurgeon Gaither

DL – 6-0 – 265 – Covington, Ga. – Eastside High School

  • Region 5 Defensive Player of the Year
  • First Team All-County selection
  • County Player of the Year selection
  • Son of Spurgeon and Anita Gaither
  • Plans on majoring in Business

Tyree Baptiste

WR – 5-11 – 165 – Clermont, Fla. – East Ridge High School

  • Recorded 800-plus all-purpose yards
  • Recorded a 10.87 time in the 100m dash
  • Four-year letterman on the track and field team
  • National Honor Society member
  • Also competed in basketball and track in high school
  • Son of Vanita Smalls

Caleb Brame

OT – 6-4 – 250 – Greenville, N.C. – DH Conley High School

  • First Team All-Conference selection
  • First Team All-County selection
  • Lineman of the Year
  • Also competed in track
  • Son of Chris and Lindsay Brame

Preston Nichols

OL – 6-3 – 262 – Charlotte, N.C. – West Mecklenburg High School

  • Offensive Lineman of the Year
  • All-Conference Selection
  • 4A Second Round Playoff appearances in both junior and senior seasons
  • Also played golf and baseball at West Mecklenburg
  • Son of Brian and Jada Nichols

Bailey Ottaway

OT – 6-5 – 275 – Flowery Branch, Ga. – Flowery Branch High School

  • Three-year letterman on the Flowery Branch HS team
  • Honorable Mention All-State 5A
  • 68 pancake blocks, zero sacks allowed in regular season
  • Ranked the #13 offensive tackle in Georgia by Recruit Georgia
  • Elite 11 for Hall County
  • Georgia Elite Classic
  • Son of Bill & Jill Ottaway
  • Plans on majoring in Business

Aquantis Sajna

LB – 6-1 – 207 – Atlanta, Ga. – Pebblebrook High School

  • Three-time First Team All-Region selection
  • Defensive Player of the Year for Region 7A-2
  • Sports Writer Second Team selection
  • Honorable Mention All-State
  • Player of the Week selection
  • Son of Yvonne Thomas

Damyjai Foster

Cornerback – 5-10 – 170 – Spartanburg, S.C. – Spartanburg High School

  • Finished career with 118 catches, 1,300 receiving yards, and 15 touchdowns
  • Finished career with 2,228 all-purpose yards and 36 total touchdowns
  • 45 solo tackles, nine assists, four interceptions
  • Stood out as a kick returner with 1,000 return yards
  • Three-time All-Area and All-Region, two-time All-State selection
  • Two-time MVP
  • North/South All-Star game selection
  • Lined up on the basketball and track teams at Spartanburg HS
  • Four-Time All-Region Track performer, earning All-State recognition in his senior year
  • Son of La'Toya Williams
  • Plans on majoring in Education
 

Tyler Thomas

RB – 5-9 – 160 – Carrollton, Ga. – Pebblebrook High School

  • Player of the Week and Player of the Month selection
  • Offensive Player of the Region – 7A
  • Second Team All-State selection
  • Son of Lavonte Dove
  • Plans on majoring in Mechanical Engineering or Business

Ramero Rock

DE – R-So. – 6-1 – 240 – Sumter, S.C. – Sumter High School (Georgia Military College)

  • Transfer from Georgia Military College
  • 56 tackles, 25 TFL, and 15 sacks at GMC
  • First Team All-American in Junior College
  • Ranked in the Cadet Corps after showing leadership in the company
  • Son of Tabical Smalls
  • Plans on majoring in Sports Medicine

Thaddeus Underwood

Safety – 6-2 – 186 – Atlanta, Ga. – Eagles Landing Christian Academy

  • Three interceptions, 88 tackles, 11 pass breakups
  • Member of the 2016 and 2017 State Championship teams
  • 2017 Track State Champion
  • 2016 and 2017 Track & Field All-State selection
  • Son of Lauren Crane and Thaddeus Underwood

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