Montgomery-Alabama State University has signed 27 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to play for the Hornets.
Alabama State signed 12 defense players, 13 offensive players and two utility men to the roster.
This is one of the largest classes that ASU has seen in the last five years.
Twenty-one of the players are high school recruits that may get to see immediate action on the field this season.
ASU has strengthened its offense by adding three offensive linemen and two wide receivers.
Defense has always been the strength of ASU's team and this recruiting class is sure to strengthen both sides of the ball.
Much of the success of this class was attributed to a lot of hard work from the staff and a boost from the selection of former Hornets.
2009 Alabama State University
Football Signees List
Demarques Taylor LB 5-11 220 (Andrew Jackson H.S./Jacksonville, Fla.)
Taylor was one of the leaders on a tuff front seven in the 2008 season. In his sophomore and Junior year Demarques posted 170 tackles, six sacks and three forced fumbles. Taylor also earned All-District linebacker in 2007-08.
Joshua Abbott ILB 5-10 220 (Tift County H.S./Tifton, Ga.)
A four year starter on varsity at Tifton, Abbott played on the All-Region 1-5A team for three years. He has a career of 377 tackles, nine sacks, and five forced fumbles. Joshua participated on the baseball and wrestling teams. Abbott is described as hardnosed...smart and passionate about the game of football. He is a great example for the program on and off of the field. He possesses the answer of a winner.
Avery Smith MLB 6-0 215 (Troup County H.S./ Troup, Ga.)
Avery will play an important role in the success of ASU's defense in the future. His ability may also allow him to see tics on special teams early. Troup County allowed and taught him to play fast and physical, which will be a great addition to the program.
Marcus Solomon SS 5-11 193 (Lowndes County H.S./Valdosta, Ga.)
Solomon was also recruited by Georgia State. He's on the AJC's Georgia 150 list of the state's best high school football recruits for 2008-09. Solomon shows the ability to deliver the big hit and is a for sure tackler. He was a major part of Lowndes County's offense, in which he was on of the teams' leading tacklers. He will play a major part in Alabama State's special teams and defense.
Lawrence Henderson DE 6-5 225 (Raines H.S./ Jacksonville, Fla.)
Henderson, a two year starter who has played only 2 years of varsity football landed 75 career tackles, 10 sacks and had three forced fumbles. He was named defensive MVP of the University of Miami's 2008 summer football camp. Henderson also received offers from Miami, Purdue, Iowa State, East Carolina, Boston College, Michigan State and FAMU. He was also a member of the basketball and track teams. This young man has a great upsize and is still learning how to play the game.
Justin Marable LB 5-10 220 (Lithonia Springs H.S./Lithonia, Ga.)
Led team in tackles and was named team MVP.
Robert Harvey DT 6-0 280 (American H.S./Miami, Fla.)
Powerful player, posses a lot of quickness. Named All-Dade County North All-Star MVP.
Adam Calhoun OT 6-8 330 (Newnan H.S./Newnan, Ga.)
Three year starter. Named to AJC Top 100 players.
Michael Green FS 6-1 185 (Camden County H.S./Camden, Ga.)
Michael held positions as WR and DB where he played a major role in his team's journey and victory in the Georgia State Championship. Green was a 1st Team All-State DB in Georgia. He was recruited and had offers from East Carolina, Indiana, Illinois, Bethune Cookman, Middle Tennessee State and Memphis. Mike has unbelievable ball instincts and might be the best pure cover guy. He had 11 interceptions on the season, four run backs for touchdowns, and four punt returns for touchdowns.
Jermaine Ridgeway OT 6-5 275 (Minor H.S./ Adamsville, Ala.)
Jermaine was a three year starter that assisted his team to a quarterfinal appearance in the 2008 playoffs. He is graded out at 90% during his career which was highest among all Minor high offensive linemen. Jermaine chose ASU over Tennessee State and Miles College.
Najee Leftwich TE 6-2 220 (Spalding H.S./Griffin, Ga.)
Alabama State has not had a dominate TE in the run and pass in a long time. Najee has the ability to be dominated in both areas. Leftwich has good hands and show the ability to make something happen after the catch. He also brings about the toughness that ASU has not had in the past couple of years. We will also depend on him to help us on special teams. Najee has the capability to have a great future and look for him to do great things in the near future.
Le'Andre Crawford DE 6-3 220 (Troup H.S./Troup, Ga.)
Crawford played an important part on the Troup county defense. Le'Andre was a two year starter. He was recruited by Jackson State. Crawford shows the ability to rush the passer. He plays with great pad leverage. He shows the potential to help us on special teams early and we be a future starter on Alabama State's defense.
Jaquan Bentley C 6-2 285 (Pahokee H.S./Pahokee, Fla.)
Recruited by Florida, Iowa and Ball State. First team All-State for the state of Florida. Moves off the ball quickly and delivers on the defender. Pad level is normally low and his legs drive on contact. Good downfield blocker. Pass setting is solid. Bentley will have the ability to help out early in his career.
Terren Jones OT 6-7 320 (Choctaw H.S./Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.)
Aggressive in run situations with the ability to move his feet quickly. A projected starter that received All-Area honors during his high school tenure.
Edmond Davis C 6-1 270 (Carver H.S./Montgomery, Ala.)
Davis, a two year starter that has great quickness and plays very physically.
Landon Jones WR 6-3 180 (Wetumpka H.S./ Wetumpka, Ala.)
A two year starter and 2008 team captain at Wetumpka, Jones had 36 catches for 508 yards. A rangy receiver that can stretch the defense and at 6-3, his height gives him a great advantage in the red zone.
Raphael Poellenitz WR 6-0 177 (Murphy H.S./Mobile, Ala.)
During his senior season, Poellenitz caught for over 800 yards and four touchdowns. Selected to the Alabama/Mississippi All Star Game where he caught two passes in which one resulted in a touchdown. Received offers from South Alabama and Tuskegee.
Leland Baker LB 6-0 200 (E.B. Erwin H.S./Birmingham, Ala.)
Finished his stellar career with 67 sacks. Selected as an all-state performer as well as earning the title of Defensive Player of the Year. Baker was recruited by Grambling, Tennessee State, Murray State and Alabama A&M.
Maurice Tate ILB 6-1 225 (Linen H.S./Linden, Ala.)
Had 146 tackles with nine sacks and 29 tackles for loss. Tate was named ASWA Super 12, First team All-State Linebacker and 1A Lineman of the Year.
Demorius Beasley WR 6-0 175 (Decatur H.S./Decatur, Ga.)
Caught 30 passes for 633 yards and 8 touchdowns. Played in All-County all star game.
Carlos Seawright DB 5-11 175 (Huffman H.S./Birmingham, Ala.)
Earned All-State honors during his 2007 season and all city honors last season. Clocked a 4.48 in the 40 yard dash. Seawright was recruited by UAB and University of Memphis.
Charles Payne WR 5-11 181 (Sidney Lanier H.S./Montgomery, Ala.)
Montgomery native, Charles has play making ability and best asset is his run after catch.
Gary London Jr. DE 6-5 260 (Southern Lab H.S./Baton Rouge, La.)
London is a 4-year starter. First Team All-District, All-metro and All State performer, London also played in the U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl- All Star Game. During his senior season he amassed 29 tackles; 3 sacks; 1 fumble recovery; 5 block passes; 1 blocked punt