Tuskegee Football Signees 2009


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)


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.