2010 Troy University signing class

2010 Troy Football Signees 

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/HS/JC
Luke Barnes QB 6-2 195 Ft. Walton Beach, Fla./Ft. Walton HS
Mark Beard OL 6-5 265 Adamsville, Ala./Minor HS
Dalton Bennett OL 6-4 250 Marianna, Fla./Marianna HS
Brach Bessant LB 6-1 235 Lake City, Fla./Columbia HS
Jeron Boykin DL 6-7 301 Thomaston, Ala./A.L. Johnson HS
BJ Chitty WR 6-3 177 Dothan, Ala./Northview HS
Ethan Davis DB 6-0 175 Panama City, Fla./Mosely
Terrance Evans DB 6-0 176 Bristol, Fla./Liberty Co. HS
Khary Franklin WR 5-7 165 Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes HS
Stoney Jackson OL 6-4 275 Luverne, Ala./Luverne HS/Garden City (KS) CC
Terrence Jones OL 6-4 315 Huntsville, Ala./Huntsville HS
Chris Hawkins OL 6-3 295 Florence, Ala./Florence HS
Charles Hayes DB 5-9 174 Thomasville, Ga./Thomasville HS
Camren Hudson DB 5-10 193 Tallahassee, Fla./Rickards HS
Joe Lofton DB 6-2 175 Ft. Walton Beach, Fla./Ft. Walton HS
Adrian Mack DE 6-4 225 Waycross, Ga./Ware Co. HS
Ladarrius Madden DB 6-0 200 Leighton, Ala./Colbert Co. HS/NE Miss. CC
Fidel Montgomery DB 5-11 172 Marianna, Fla./Marianna HS
Chris Pickett DB 5-10 170 Crestview, Fla./Crestview HS
Dionte Ponder DB 5-11 175 Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic HS
J.R. Robertson DL 6-5 255 Cullman, Ala./Cullman HS
Corey Shelton WR 5-6 150 Prattville, Ala./Prattville HS
Mike Smith RB 5-9 180 Tallassee, Ala./Tallassee HS
Tommy Stephens DL 6-4 240 Marianna, Fla./Marianna HS
Demarkus Underwood OL 6-6 315 Tuscumbia, Ala./Deshler HS/NE Miss. CC

2010 Troy University Football Signee Bio Capsules

Luke Barnes
Fort Walton Beach HS
Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Staked his name into the Florida high school history books when he broke a pair of passing records held by Heisman Trophy winner Danny Weurffel … Broke Wuerffel's career touchdown passing record of 48 touchdowns as well as the career passing yards mark of 5,500 … Totaled out with 5,801 passing yards and 51 touchdown passes for his high school career … During his senior season passed for 1,213 yards and 11 touchdowns with just two interception in six games before suffering a torn ACL … Also rushed for 194 yards and two scores … Completed 58.3 percent of his 2009 passes … Member of the Program23.com and Prep Sporting News 23 Most Wanted list in 2009 … Member of the Northwest Florida Daily News 2009 Dandy Dozen

Mark Beard
Minor HS
Adamsville, Ala.

Was honorable mention All-State by the Alabama Sports Writers Association following his senior season … Also voted to the Birmingham News All-West metro team … Participated in the 2009 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game … Rated a three star prospect by Rivals.com

Dalton Bennett
Marianna HS
Marianna, Fla.

Played in 10 games on the offensive line for Marianna High School in 2009 with 10 starts … Also saw time on the defensive line … On defense as a junior, recorded 72 tackles and four sacks … Also recruited by East Carolina and Kansas State

Brach Bessant
Columbia HS
Lake City, Fla.

Named first team all-state in the state of Florida among 3A to 6A schools … The linebacker was also tabbed by the Gainesville Sun as one of the top 11 athletes in the area in the Sun's Super 11 … Attended the Gainesville Nike Training Camp in 2008 … Listed by Rivals.com as a three-star recruit for the 2010 signing class … Rated by SunStateFootball.com as one of Florida's top 100 football recruits … Was honorable mention All-First Coast by the Florida Times-Union

Jeron Boykin
A.L. Johnson HS
Thomaston, Ala.

Was honorable mention All-State by the Alabama Sports Writers Association … Was a dominant run blocker who helped Johnson HS to a playoff appearance in 2009 … Was a two-way player in high school and projects as a defensive lineman… Is the first division I signee for his high school in more than 10 years

B.J. Chitty
Northview HS
Dothan, Ala.

Threw for 819 yards in his senior season as the Cougars' quarterback … He tossed five touchdown passes in the effort completing 62-of-132 attempts … Also rushed for 349 yards and a score on 114 attempts … Showing his athleticism and versatility, he punted 42 times averaging 36.8 per attempt … Expected to play wide receiver for Troy … Also recruited by Nebraska and Auburn … Rated as a three star athlete and no. 62 athlete in the country by ESPN.com … Rushed for more than 600 yards and six touchdowns and passed for approximately 1,500 yards during his junior season … Also plays basketball and baseball

Ethan Davis
Panama City, Fla.
Mosley HS

Posted 58 tackles last season with four interceptions and seven deflected passes … Also rushed for over 1,000 yards and 13 TD's … Named First Team All-Bay County as a defensive back … Brother Enrique is a running back at Ole Miss … Also runs track at Mosley … Also considered Ole Miss, Auburn, Clemson, East Carolina and South Florida.

Terrance Evans
Liberty County HS
Bristol, Fla.

Helped lead Liberty County to a playoff appearance and an 11-2 record … Threw for over 500 yards and six TD's … Also rushed for over 1,000 yards and 16 TD's … Recorded 37 tackles as a defensive back … Participated in the National Underclassmen Combine in Orlando in 2009 … Also considered South Florida, UAB and UCF.

Khary Franklin
Lowndes HS
Valdosta, Ga.

As a quarterback in the 2007 season he led Lowndes to the state championship … He has served a multi-purpose role at the high school level also doing time as a tailback … In 82 rushing attempts at running back, Franklin rushed for 797 yards and eight touchdowns … He averaged 9.7 yards per carry, and that earned him a spot on the first team offense for Georgia's class 1-AAAAA All-Region list … Participated in the Georgia-Florida All-Star game

Chris Hawkins
Florence HS
Florence, Ala.

Former high school teammate of current Troy running back Shawn Southward … Helped Florence to its first-ever state final 16 appearance and an overall 9-3 record … Saw time in all 12 games for the Falcons

Charles Hayes
Thomasville HS
Thomasville, Ga.

Played safety and quarterback for Thomasville High … Served as an option quarterback where he totaled more than 1,000 rushing yards as a junior … Was All-Region as both a quarterback and safety in 2008 … Suffered through injuries during senior season, but was still voted All-Region as a quarterback

Camren Hudson
Rickards HS
Tallahassee, Fla.

Listed as a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com … Was a multi-purpose player at safety, linebacker and on the rushing attack offensively … Posted 40 tackles (22 solo and 18 assists) with two deflections, a forced fumble and a recovery while playing safety … Also recruited by Arkansas

Stoney Jackson
Garden City (KS) CC/Luverne HS
Luverne, Ala.

Originally signed with Troy out of Luverne High School in 2008 … Spent two seasons at Garden City (KS) Community College … Redshirted the 2008 season after moving to the offensive line from defensive end

Terrence Jones
Huntsville HS
Huntsville, Ala.

Was voted All-City by the Huntsville Times following the 2009 season … Played in 10 games for Huntsville on the offensive line, primarily at right tackle … Voted second team All-City as a junior ... Was an Honorable Mention All Region as a senior…Is the son of Jeffery and Murline Jones

Joe Lofton
Ft. Walton Beach HS
Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.

Was a three-year starter at defensive back for Ft. Walton Beach High … Posted 51 tackles and one interception from the safety position in 2008 … Played in the sixth annual Pensacola Sports Association High School All-Star Football Game … Member of the Northwest Florida Daily News 2009 Dandy Dozen … Rated as a three-star prospect by ESPN.com

Adrian Mack
Ware County HS
Waycross, Ga.

Attends the same high school as former Troy great and current Buffalo Bill Leodis McKelvin … Recorded 43 tackles with seven quarterback hurries and two sacks as a senior for the Gators

LaDarrius Madden
Colbert Co. HS/Northeast Mississippi CC
Leighton, Ala.

Posted six interceptions for NEMCC in 2009 … Returned two of the interceptions for touchdowns … Three of the interceptions came against Holmes CC on September 24 … Totaled 19 tackles on the year with one TFL and one forced fumble … Coached by former Troy graduate assistant Chris Shelling at NEMCC ... Was honorable mention All-State as a senior at Colbert County High School in 2007 … Spent his freshman season at NAIA Lambuth University in Jackson, Tenn. … While there he was named the Mid-South Conference Defensive Freshman of the Year … He recorded 60 tackles, 4.5 TFL and one sack … He also had two interceptions and three breakups

Fidel Montgomery
Marianna HS
Marianna, Fla.

Spent time as a two-way player for Marianna HS … Rushed 367 yards and four touchdowns as junior … During the 2008 season, posted 70 tackles with two fumble recoveries from the safety position … Chose Troy over an offer from East Carolina

Chris Pickett
Crestview HS
Crestview, Fla.

Played cornerback, safety, tailback and wide receiver at Crestview High … Coach at Crestview, Matt Brunson, is a Troy alumnus … Member of the Prep Sporting News 23 Most Wanted list … Played in 10 regular season games … Totaled 1,354 rushing yards on 176 carries with 21 touchdowns … Also posted 569 receiving yards on 29 catches with six touchdowns through the air … Also posted 20 tackles and two interceptions on defense

Dionte Ponder
Trinity Catholic HS
Ocala, Fla.

Voted second team all-Marion County following the 2009 season … Voted by his teammates at Trinity Catholic as the squad's defensive back of the year … As a junior was a FSWA 2B All-State First Team defensive back ... Had 65 tackles, one forced fumble, and an interception … On offense, Ponder recorded eight receptions for 88 yards … Ranked as the 120th corner in the nation for the class of 2010 by Scout.com … ESPN ranks Ponder as the 79th corner in the nation … Listed as a three-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout … Picked Troy over Rutgers and Cincinnati … Totaled 50 tackles, one interception, two fumbles forced and two recoveries as a senior

J.R. Robertson
Cullman HS
Cullman, Ala.

Named All-Area First Team as a junior … Finished junior season with 111 tackles and six sacks … Recorded 57 tackles and three sacks as a sophomore … Ranked number 40 on Rivals.com's Alabama postseason top 40 list … Listed as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and ESPN.com … Honorable mention 5A All-State following his senior season … Recorded 101 tackles as a senior including 19 for a loss and seven sacks … Helped lead Cullman to a 36-5 record in three years … Started 41 consecutive games … Was 2009 Most Valuable Defensive Lineman

Corey Shelton
Prattville HS
Prattville, Ala.

Posted 31 receptions for 395 yards and five TDs; accounted for 1,041 all-purpose yards and nine total TDs as a senior … Named to the Montgomery Advertiser's All-Metro team … Scored four touchdowns as a junior and two as a sophomore … Also runs track at Prattville and has been clocked as high as 4.28 in the 40-yard dash … Rated as a three-star prospect on Rivals.com … Participated the 2009 Alabama vs. Mississippi All-Star game

Mike Smith
Tallassee HS
Tallassee, Ala.

Recorded 1,573 rushing yards last season … Also posted 234 receiving yards and over 500 return yards … Scored 26 total TD's … Named ASWA Class 5A All-State … Selected for the Montgomery Advertiser's All-Metro team in 2009 … Helped lead the Tigers to the 5A State Playoffs last season … Also competes in the 100m and 200m at Tallassee … Considered Auburn and Alabama State.

Tommy Stephens
Marianna HS
Marianna, Fla.

Posted 71 tackles as a junior while helping Marianna to an 8-3 record and an appearance in the Florida 2A State Playoffs … Also plays basketball for the Bulldogs … Also considered Tulane, East Carolina and Marshall … Had 71 tackles and three sacks as a junior .. Also had an interception along with three forced fumbles and two recoveries during the 2008 season

Demarkus Underwood
Deshler HS/Northeast Miss. CC
Tuscumbia, Ala.

Named first team NJCAA All-Region last season … Anchored a line that paved the way for NEMCC's first 1,000 yard rusher since 1991.