TUSKEGEE ANNOUNCES 2009 RECRUITING CLASS
TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY, AL-(Feb. 4, 2009)- The Golden Tigers of Tuskegee University have announced 22 new members to the 2009 recruiting class, adding depth and versatility to America's Winningest HBCU Football Team.
Of the newest players, sixteen are on the defensive side (4 defensive backs, 9 defensive linemen, 3 linebackers). The Golden Tigers finished second in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference during the 2008 season in scoring defense.
"We wanted to get some more defensive linemen and we needed to get better at the linebacker position, so we tried to beef up these areas," Head Coach Willie Slater said.
The list of signees is headed by Perry Couch (6-4, 240 defensive end), Jeremy Edwards (6-3, 215, DE/LB) and Isaiah Whittaker (6-3, 250 defensive lineman). Xavier Bacon (5-10, 180, RB), who gained 1,677 yards and scored 23 touchdowns in 2008, is the lone runningback.
The Golden Tigers, who finished 10-1 during the regular-season in 2008, won their third consecutive SIAC title. Only a missed call in the final game of the season kept Tuskegee from having back-to-back perfect seasons.
(See complete list below)
2009 TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL SIGNEES
NAME POS. HT. WT. HIGH SCHOOL HOMETOWN KEY STATS
Michael Bracy ATH 5'10 180 Leroy Leroy, Ala.
Alex Buford DB 6'1 185 Thomasville Thomasville, Ala.
Jonathan Edwards DB 6'0 185 Central Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Dion Duncan DB 6'1 180 Talladega Talladega, Ala.
Sebastian Thomas DB 6'1 190 Smith Station Smith Station, Ala.
Perry Couch DE 6'4 240 Glenwood Phenix City, Ala. 109 Tack 9 Sack 5 FF 1 Block
Kory Threatt DE 6'3 220 Westside Macon Macon, Ga.
Jeremy Edwards DE/LB 6'3 215 St. Jude Montgomery, Ala.
Isaiah Whitaker DL 6'3 250 Fairfield Fairfield, Ala. 75 Tackles 10 Sacks
Devarick Jones DL 6'0 245 Mary Persons Forsyth, Ga.
Andrew Allen DL 6'1 250 Aiken Aiken, SC
Denzel Turner DT 6'0 270 Troup LaGrange, Ga.
Anthony Holland DT 5'11 275 Prattville Prattville, Ala. 62 Tach 6TFL 2 Sacks
Trier Bennett DT 6'1 305 Liberty Co. Hinesville, Ga.
Xavier Murillo K 5'9 175 Jeff Davis Montgomery, Ala.
Bashir Cotterell K 6'2 190 Creekside Fairburn, Ga.
Steven Smith LB 6'0 225 Norcross Norcross, Ga.
Lonnie Moore LB 5'10 225 Glenn Hill Augusta, Ga
Octavius Gilbert LB 5'9 191 Prattville Prattville, Ala. 64 Solo 57 Asst 13 TFL 6 Sacks 1 FF 1RF
Jeremy Edwards OL 6'5 330 Opelika Opelika, Ala.
Xavier Bacon RB 5'10 180 Northside Warner Robins, Ga. 280 Att. 1677 Yrds 23 TDs
Ivan Dowell TE 6'2 210 LaGrange Lagrange, Ga.
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