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New Eagles in the nest
W 020613 GSU SIGNING DAY 01
Georgia Southern head football coach Jeff Monken works the phones in his office until the last minute before introducing the recruiting class of 2013 during a press conference at the Parrish Football Center Wednesday. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

 

Minutes before Georgia Southern football coach Jeff Monken took the podium for the National Signing Day press conference on Wednesday to announce the 2013 signing class, he was still on the phone dealing with prospects.

At least it wasn’t as stressful as dealing with some of the nation’s top recruits, who have press conferences announcing to a nation-wide television audience — and the coaches recruiting them — which school they ended up choosing.

"We didn’t have anybody with three hats laying out there in front of them and they chose the wrong one," Monken said. "I can’t imagine how agonizing that is, to sit there and not be sure."

What the Eagles did have were 23 signees — 11 players on defense, 10 on offense and, perhaps most importantly, two on special teams — who will suit up for camp in the fall.

After four different players combined to make only 8 of 22 field goals in 2012, Monken and the GSU coaching staff went on a nation-wide search to find a place kicker. It turned out to be an international search.

YoungHoe Koo, a citizen of Korea who has lived in the United States since he was in seventh grade, accepted a scholarship to come to GSU from Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, N.J.

"What a great story," Monken said about the 5-foot-9, 170-pound kicker. "He’s a track athlete — a long jumper, triple jumper, high jumper — he started at corner for his football team, was an All-County player at DB. He’s just a really athletic kid."

Koo also kicked 47 of 50 kickoffs into or beyond the end zone for touchbacks last season. The three that didn’t make it may have had something to do with Koo’s other rolls.

"I know on one of them, he returned an interception for a touchdown, kicked the extra point, and then had to kick off, so he was a little tired," Monken said.

The other special-teams player is long snapper Nick Sewak, son of former Georgia Southern coach Mike Sewak, who currently coaches the offensive line at Georgia Tech.

Perhaps the highest-rated signee was Jay Ellison, a 6-foot-2, 285-pound defensive lineman from Hamilton, Ga., who had early interest in the recruiting process from five Southeastern Conference schools including Auburn and South Carolina, two Atlantic Coast Conference schools and two Big 10 schools.

"When something like that happens and all that stuff falls off, he’s got to sort through whoever’s left, and it ends up being the mid-majors," Monken said. "I include us in there, the next tier from the SEC and ACC schools. You’re in a battle with the rest of those schools for him."

In total, GSU signed four defensive linemen and two offensive linemen.

Monken also achieved his goal of recruiting one quarterback, Alfred Ramsby, a 5-foot-10, 200-pound option quarterback from Colerain High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ramsby was named Cincinnati Esquire Player of the Year and received several First-Team, All-Ohio nods after passing for 1,649 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushing for 1,688 yards and 18 touchdowns on the way to an undefeated regular season.

After losing safeties J.J. Wilcox, Daruis Eubanks, Boyd Sasser and A.J. McCray to graduation, GSU took one transfer — Stephen Williams from Pitt — and signed three freshman at the position, including William Bussey of Thomson High School. Bussey is the cousin of Eubanks.

Rounding out the class are six running backs. The loftiest stats come from Thompson High School’s Chris Jordan, who rushed for 2,046 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior in 2012, though stats do little to help predict which players will have an early impact.

Monken said it’s too early to tell which players from the 2013 class will have the biggest impact.

"A guy like Patrick Flowe played a lot of linebacker for us this year. I couldn’t have told you last January or February when he signed that he was going to play and be a guy that got on the field," Monken said. "We thought he was going to be one of our best linebackers, but we didn’t know. He played his way into doing that. There’s guys like that in every class, and there’ll be guys like that in this class, too."

Georgia Southern will hold the Blue/White spring scrimmage on Saturday, April 13.

The 2013 signing class will join the team before fall camp begins in August.

 

Matt Yogus may be reached at (912) 489-9408.

 

 

 

Andy Kwon - Suwanee, Ga. / North Gwinnett High School - 6'2"/285 - OL
Started playing football as a sophomore in high school and drew attention from recruiters as a junior after taking over starting role... Selected to play in the 2012 Georgia North South All-State football game... Also played in the 2012 Gwinnett All-County football game... Earned a blocking grade of 90 percent with 94 pancakes this season... Helped lead North Gwinnett to 11-2 record in 2012 with a 7-1 mark in 7-AAAAAA Region play and average 32.8 points scored per game... According to MaxPreps.com, ranked 4th in the state of Georgia at his position and in the top 100 nationally... A number 39 national ranking among centers is listed by 247sports.com for Kwon... Joins North Gwinnett teammate Cam Lewis in the Georgia Southern 2013 signing class...Hails from the same high school as current Eagles Manrey Saint-Amour and Jeff Ward... Played for Bulldogs Head Coach Bob Sphire... Committed to Georgia Southern on his birthday... son of Bruce and Anna Kwon.

Demarcus Godfrey - Sharpsburg, Ga. / East Coweta High School - 5'9"/175 - RB
Valuable two-way player for East Coweta who was the team's leading rusher for the last three seasons... All-Region 2-AAAAA and All-County Offensive Player of the Year... Averaged 6.96 yards per carry in his career (2,780 yards on 399 carries) with 41 touchdowns... Started all 12 games as a senior, with 164 carries for 1,180 yards and 15 TDs for first team All-Region honors ... Recorded seven games with 100 or more rushing yards... Also posted 23 receptions for 216 yards and three TDs... Best single-game effort as a senior was a 168-yard game (17 carries) with three TDs... Rushed for 149 yards on 19 carries and a TD vs. Westlake... 149-yard total with two touchdowns came against Douglas County... Returned kickoff vs. Hughes for 80 yards... Two-game stretch in early 2012 had Godfrey for 174 yards on 20 carries... Played in North/Central All-Star game... All-Region second team defensive selection as a junior... One of the top rushers in the state as a sophomore with 980 rushing yards and 16 TDs, only player in the county to score at least one touchdown in every game played... Averaged 9.6 yards per carry in 2010 for a spot on the Times-Herald All-County first team and All-Region second team... Played for Indians Coach Clint Wade... Eagle quarterback J.R. Revere, who was a two-sport student-athlete for the Eagles, helping lead Georgia Southern to the 2000 national championship during his four-year career (1998-2001), and who played for the Georgia Southern baseball team, serves as the Indians' quarterbacks coach... Also competed as a member of the East Coweta track team with performances in the Long Jump, Triple Jump and 400m race... Nicknamed "Dee"... Son of Chandra Godfrey.

Darius Jones - Woodruff, S.C. / Woodruff High School - 5'10"/175 -- DB
All-State selection as a senior with two-time All-Area and All-Region honors to his name... Four-year letterwinner recorded 82 tackles with 12 pass breakups in his final season... Returned a punt for a touchdown... Had 91 tackles and 19 pass breakups with five interceptions as a junior... One of those PBUs was a critical effort as he broke up a potential game-winning pass vs. Newberry to help Wolverines advance in the playoffs... Registered 56 tackles with four interceptions and 10 PBUs as a sophomore... Played for Woodruff Head Coach Brian Lane... Won MVP honors at SCVarsity All-State Combine in 2012, recording best 40 time (4.39) and vertical jump (37 inches) at the camp... Three-year letterman and fourth-year member on the Woodruff varsity basketball team as a senior... Spartanburg County champion in 100m race with 10.5 best time in that event... Also competed in Long Jump with 21-6 measurement... Eagle B.J. Johnson played for Woodruff from 2008-11...Son of Gloria Green and Darius Jones.

Cam Lewis - Suwanee, Ga. / North Gwinnett High School - 6'1"/234 - RB
Solid numbers rushing and receiving for North Gwinnett during its 11-2 season... Invited to play in the Gwinnett County All-Star game... Scored two touchdowns, including a powerful 39-yard score, and totaled 118 yards vs. Mill Creek... Also had four receptions in that contest... Earned Gwinnett Daily Post Player of the Week honors for his performance vs. in that game... Only running back to rush for more than 100 yards against Grayson with 120 total with two touchdowns and a long run of 66 in the win... Added 42 receiving yards vs. Grayson on 4 catches... Averaged 6.0 yards per carry and 10.9 yards per catch... Scored seven rushing touchdowns... hails from the same high school as current Eagles Manrey Saint-Amour and Jeff Ward... played for Bulldogs' Head Coach Bob Sphire (2012)... Transferred to North Gwinnett for his senior season... Joins North Gwinnett teammate Andy Kwon in the Georgia Southern 2013 signing class... Played football at Jefferson County High School prior to North Gwinnett... Starter as a sophomore on the Warriors varsity basketball team... Served for a year on the Jefferson County High School Leadership Committee... Volunteered more than 80 hours of service at the school... Current Georgia Southern Eagle Allen Lee played at North Gwinnett... Brother Fernando Velasco is the center for the Tennessee Titans... Son of Audrey Veslasco.

Alfred "L.A." Ramsby - Cincinnati, Ohio / Colerain High School - 5'10"/200 - QB
Associated Press Southwest District (Cincinnati area) Division I Offensive Player of the Year... First team All-State and all-Greater Miami Conference pick... Rushed for 1,688 yards and 18 touchdowns while throwing for 1,649 yards and 16 TDs... Helped lead Colerain to an undefeated regular season, No. 19 national ranking and No. 2 ranking in the state of Ohio... Accounted for 388 total yards (230 rush, 158 pass) and four TDs in win over Lakota West... Threw for three TDs in opening round state playoff win vs. St. Xavier... Rushed for 213 yards vs. Elder... Played for Cardinals Coach Tom Bolden... Earned All-Southwest Ohio honors... Nickname "L.A." stands for "Little Al"... Parents are Alfred Ramsby, Sr. and Latoya Cannon.

YoungHoe Koo - Ridgewood, N.J. / Ridgewood High School - 5'9"/170 - PK
(pronounced Young Way Coo)

First-team All-Big North League kicker all four years at Ridgewood High School... As a senior was 32-32 in PATs with six field goals with a long of 41... Recorded touchbacks on 47 of 50 kickoffs with 26 going out of the endzone... Scored 151 points in kicking game over four-year career... Won team MVP honors as a senior... All-County first team pick as a kicker and first team All-Northern New Jersey as a defensive back as a senior... Led Maroons with six interceptions in 2012... Registered 59 tackles and nine pass deflections as a defensive back... Named to North squad for Chesapeake Bowl All-Star game in Maryland... First-ever four-year letterwinner in football... As a junior, earned All-Bergen County second team recognition as a junior placekicker... Two-time honorable mention for all-county accolades as an underclassman, was picked for third-team honors as a junior... Played for Head Coach Chuck Johnson... Awarded Freshman of the Year honors as a member of the Ridgewood track team and won three letters during his high school career... All-County honorable mention as a junior in High Jump and Javelin... Son of Seungmae Choi and Hyunseo Koo.

Chaz Thornton - Toccoa, Ga. / Stephens County High School - 5'9"/185 - RB
Rushed for 6,309 career yards, surpassing Heisman Trophy Winner Hershel Walker's career high school rushing totals to finish sixth all-time in the state standings... Captured Region 8-AAAA Offensive Player of the Year and second team all-State honors after a solid senior season... Three-time all-Region first team pick... Named Gainesville Jaycees Player of the Week with 42-carry, 174-yard game in win over Eastside with game totals that game pushed him past the incredible milestone... Averaged more than 6.0 yards per carry and nearly 160 rushing yards per game with 1,571 in 2012... Scored 17 rushing touchdowns as a senior with two receiving scores, both coming against Walnut Grove... Carried the ball 37 times for 217 yards and two touchdowns in the 2012 contest vs. Lanier... Racked up 245 yards and three scores on 40 carries vs. Hart County... 60-yard rushing TD vs. Habersham Central was one of his three in that game, with 192 yards on 16 attempts... Only six carries vs. Madison County, but had three touchdowns and 137 total rushing yards... Followed up sharp sophomore year with school record-breaking season as a junior... Ranked third in the state with 2,187 rushing yards (school record) and scored 29 TDs in 2011 as the Indians won Region 8-AAA... All-State selection by Associated Press, Atlanta Journal Constitution and Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (GACA) following his junior season... Also named 8-AAA Player of the Year ... During one stretch in 2011, rushed for more than 200 yards in five-consecutive games... Rolled up 245 yards and scored twice in the third quarter vs. North Hall to earn a spot in the Region 8-AAA title game... Helped Indians defeat Franklin County with 259 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries... Total for the night vs. the Lions included 67 yards on a single Stephens County drive and 29-yard TD run... Ran for 1,564 yards and 22 touchdowns as a sophomore... selected to 8-AAA All-Region team at running back... Just shy of 1,000-yard mark as a freshman with 987 rushing yards, including a 186-yard effort (21 carries) vs. Eastside... Career total of 6,309 rushing yards eclipsed four-year total of former Indian Tauren Poole who totaled 5,519 yards in four years at Stephens County... Four-year starter for Coach Travis Norland and helped team to records of 9-3 in 2011 and 8-3 in 2012... Indians' Offensive Line and Strength Coach Brian Johnson is a Georgia Southern graduate... ran 100 and 400m races as well as 4X100m relay for Stephens County as a sophomore and junior... Parents are Efrem and Sandra Thornton.

Tyrail Hawkins - Brooksville, Fla. / Hernando High School - 5'10"/175 - DB
(first name pronounced Ty-RELL)

Multi-purpose player for Hernando High School as starting defensive back and running back... Two-time first-team all-district pick for 6A... Snagged four interceptions and had 12 PBUs as a senior... Lead Leopards in rushing, passing and receiving in 2012... Made first team All-State list as a junior after rushing for more than 1,200 yards and 16 touchdowns... Added three interceptions and 9 PBUs to his junior-year totals... Named Hernando Today's Offensive Player of the Year... Selected team MVP after that season... Played for Hernando High School's Head Coach Dwayne Mobley (2012) and John Palmer... Advanced to regionals as a member of the 4X100m Hernando High School Relay team and in the 100m race in 2012 after reaching districts in 100m and regionals in 4X100m the previous year... Played junior varsity basketball as a freshman before promoted to varsity as a sophomore... Voted Homecoming King as a junior... From same hometown, but rival high school, as Georgia Southern 2013 signee Matthew Breida... Son of Kenyonna Hawkins and Eric Adams.

Kel Parham - Powder Springs, Ga. / McEachern High School - 5'11"/180 - DB
(high school pronounced Mack-EE-tren)

Two-year starter at McEachern High School who was selected team's Most Valuable Defensive Player each of the last two seasons... Class AAAAAA All-State honorable mention as a senior... Marietta Daily Journal All-Cobb County selection who helped lead McEachern to perfect Region 4 AAAAAA record... Registered 81 total tackles with two interceptions in 2012... Caused five fumbles and broke up 12 passes... Also returned kicks for Indians... Played for Americans squad for the sixth-annual Cobb Senior Bowl... Returned blocked punt 30 yards for a touchdown vs. Campbell... picked off pass vs. South Cobb to set up McEachern score six plays later... Intercepted pass vs. Kennesaw Mountain for a 48-yard touchdown to allow the Indians to pull away with the win... Played for Head Coach Kyle Hockman... Indians' receivers coach Mark Myers played football for Georgia Southern from 1999-2002, while linebackers coach Josh Cole played baseball for the Eagles and tight ends coach Rich Foster also earned his degree from Georgia Southern... son of mother Angela and stepfather Jimmy Miller.

Xavier Tobler - Waycross, Ga. / Ware County High School - 5'10"/200 - RB
(Pronounced TOE-bler)

Atlanta Journal-Constitution All State first team for Class AAAAA at linebacker who helped lead Ware County to the state championship game and 13-2 record... Named Region 3 AAAAA Player of the Year ... Averaged more than 100 rushing yards and nearly two touchdowns per game as a senior... Finished 2012 with 1,760 yards on the ground and 29 rushing TDs... Added one touchdown reception off 12 catches to his totals... Rushed for 140 yards and scored all three of Ware County's touchdowns in the semifinal playoff win over Northside Warner Robins... First touchdown vs. Northside was a 45-yard run... Snapped up fumble and returned it for a touchdown in playoff opener vs. Lakeside-Evans... Broke free for touchdown runs of 40 and 60-yards vs. Richmond Hill and a 61-yard score vs. Groves the next week... Rushed for three touchdowns vs. Brunswick early in the season... Registered more than 110 tackles on defense during all-star season... Member of the class of 2013 that recorded 10 or more wins for the third straight year and reeled off 13 wins for the first time in Ware County history... Totalled 670 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior Gator in 2011... On the defensive side of the ball, registered 109 tackles with three sacks that same year at linebacker... Also had an interception and a blocked punt... Earned All-Region honors at linebacker as a junior... Played for Head Coach Ed Dudley, who was named 3AAAAA Coach of the Year for 2012 as Ware County won its first Region championship since 2007... Athletics Director at Ware County is Georgia Southern alum David Shields... Lonnie Adamson, also a Georgia Southern graduate, coaches the Gators' ninth-grade football squad and defensive line... Tobler also competed in sprints and the 4X100m relay for the Track & Field team... Member of the A/B Honor Roll... Son of Joyce Tobler.

Jay Ellison - Hamilton, Ga. / Harris County High School - 6'2"/285 - DL
Four-year varsity starter was selected for the Georgia North/South All-State game after helping Harris County to Region 1-AAAAA championship... Rated the nation's No. 34 defensive tackle... Deemed a three-star prospect by ESPN and Rivals.com ... Earned first team All-State honors as a senior... Two-time All-Region selection... Named to the Columbus Ledger's Bi-City first team defense... Second team All-Region pick as a sophomore... Presented with the J. Smith Lanier Outstanding Player of the Year Award for 2012 and the Defensive Award for Harris County by the Harris County Touchdown Club... Played for Head Coach Tommy Parks, who was named the Atlanta Falcons' AAAAA Coach of the Year for the state of Georgia, Region 1-AAAAA Coach of the Year and Sportsvisions Coach on the Rise for 2012... Danny Durham, offensive line coach for Tigers, was a four-year letterman at linebacker for Georgia Southern from 1983-1986... Two-time Columbus city champion and 4AAAA state runner up in wrestling... Tigers' team MVP as a junior, finished as state 4AAAA runner up and with a second-place finish at sectionals... Took a fifth-place finish in sectionals as a sophomore... Selected the most outstanding underclassmen wrestler as a sophomore... As a member of the Tiger Track & Field team, qualified for sectionals in shot put as a sophomore and in discus as a junior... Earned dual first-place finishes in shot and discus in middle school... Son of Carol and Jesse Ellison.

Travosier Mitchell - Dexter, Ga. / West Laurens High School - 5'11"/195 - DB
(first name pronounced TREV-ah-see-ay)

Played at running back and defensive back positions, earning first team recognition on the Dublin Courier-Herald Heart of Georgia squad... Honorable mention selection on offense for 2-AAAA All-Region team and All-Middle Georgia Football team... Returned punt for 70-yards for a touchdown in shutout of Howard... Caught 14-yard touchdown pass vs. Vidalia... Averaged 4.9 yards per carry and 13.3 yards per catch for Raiders during 2012 season... Pulled in two touchdown receptions... Added firepower to special teams returning kicks and punts with average returns of 18.3 and 16.0 yards, respectively... Added 41 tackles, five TFL and five pass deflections to his career totals... had an interception vs. rival Westside as well as a fumble recovery and forced fumble... Scored winning touchdown with an eight-yard scamper as Raiders scored 20 unanswered points to rally for a win over Central in 2011... Scored on a 55-yard yard run in win over Rutland in 2011... Two-time West Laurens High School Football Athlete of the Year... Current Eagle Kentrellis Showers played at West Laurens from 2006-2009... Competed as a member of the West Laurens Track & Field team in the 110m and 300m Hurdles, 200m Dash and Discus, Shot Put and Triple Jump events... Son of Kathy Mitchell.

Matthew Breida - Brooksville, Fla. / Nature Coast Technical High School - 5'10"/175 - RB
(Pronounced BREE-da)

District Player of the Year and All-Hernando County Offensive Player of the Year for 2012... Two-time First team All-District, First team All-County and First team All-North Suncoast at running back... Listed as one of the Tampa Bay area's top-100 football players... Top defensive back as a sophomore, then displayed his talents on the offensive side of the ball to become one of the top rushers in North Suncoast area each of the last two seasons... Finished his senior year with nearly 1,400 rushing yards and 17 TDs... Registered back-to-back 200-yard ground games with 253 yards and two TDs in a win over River Ridge in the second week... Became the first 1,000-yard rusher in the North Suncoast in the seventh game of the 2012 season with 158 yards and two touchdowns... Led Nature Coast with 1,613 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior, both Hernando County highs... Totaled 1,859 all-purpose yards that season... Listed as a breakout player by the Tampa Bay Times in 2011 at running back after his 355-yard, six touchdown performance against Central, including four TD runs of 50 or more yards... That total was the second-highest single-game rushing total in Hernando County history behind only DuJuan Harris's 363 yard total... Ran for 231 yards and four TDs in win over Gulf... Averaged 8.3 yards per carry in the first three weeks of the Sharks' 2011 season... Averaged 161 yards per game in district play... ran for 158 yards and 1 TD as a backup running back his sophomore season... Selected for the Florida Athletic Coaches Association's North-South All-Star game... Played for Nature Coast Head Coach Charles Liggett... Played in same district as Tyrail Hawkins of Hernando, another member of the Georgia Southern Class of 2013... Participated in the Nike Sparq Combine and finished 39th of 1,409 participants... Also competed with the Sharks' Track & Field team... Qualified for state regionals with a 10.7 time in 100m Dash as a junior... Member of the 4X100 relay team that medaled with an 8th-place finish in the Florida High School meet in 2011... Son of Mike and Terri Breida.

Bernard Dawson - Thomson, Ga. / Thomson High School - 6'2"/225 - DL
One of three Thomson Bulldogs in Georgia Southern's class of 2013... Earned All-State honors from the Associated Press and Atlanta-Journal Constitution at linebacker as a senior... Named to the All-Georgia Area and All-CSRA squad... Honored as a member of the WJBF Football Friday Night/Carolina Panthers All-CSRA Football team on defense... Leader on Thomson County team that went 12-1 record in 2012, winning the Region 3AAA championship and holding a number-one ranking for eight weeks... Had five double-digit tackle games in 2012 with 105 (62 U, 43A) total on the year... Registered 16 tackles for loss and eight total sacks with three deflections and 1 fumble recovery... As a junior, honored as the Defensive Lineman of the Year with All-Region 3-AAA second team and Georgia All-Area third team honors to his credit as Bulldogs were Region 3AAA North Sub-region champions for the second straight year... Recorded 53 tackles (29 U, 24 A) with seven TFL and four sacks, 1 deflection and two forced fumbles along with 9 hurries... Finished career at Thomson with 157 total tackles, 23 TFL and 12 sacks... Registered two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and four PBUs... Played for Head Coach Milan Turner, a Georgia Southern University graduate... From the same hometown as Eagle Darius Eubanks, who played for the Eagles from 2009-2012, earning All-Southern Conference honors as senior.... Played on same Bulldog team as current Georgia Southern student assistant coach Dylan Turner... Son of father Bernard and step-mother Rochelle Dawson.

Chris Jordan - Thomson, Ga. / Thomson High School - 5'10"/205 - RB
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Region 3-AAA Offensive Player of the Year and first team all-state selection by the Associated Press and AJC... All-CSRA first team pick... Honored as a member of the WJBF Football Friday Night/Carolina Panthers All-CSRA Football team at running back... Thomson's leading rusher with 2,046 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns in 2012, a single-season yardage total that ranks second all time in Bulldog history... Jordan's 20 TDs as a senior placed him third on the Thomson single-season list ... Romped for 328 yards vs. Lakeside, a total that is now the single-game best in the Thomson record book... Also owns the ninth and 10th-best single-game totals with 202 and 200 yards, respectively, vs. LaGrange and Greater Atlanta Christian... Rushed for 197 yards and four touchdowns in statement win over third-ranked Washington County... Top scorer for powerful Bulldogs team that scored 516 points in 2011 (third-best mark in school history) and 408 points in 2012... Amassed 3,047 yards rushing and 41 TDs during career at Thomson... Helped Bulldogs to 2012 Region 3AAA championship and number-one ranking in the state for eight weeks... Played for Head Coach Milan Turner, who earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Georgia Southern... Member of the Bulldogs' teams that won back-to-back Region 3AAA North Sub-region championships in 2010 and 2011... Hails from the same hometown as former Georgia Southern Eagle Darius Eubanks and current student assistant coach Dylan Turner... Close friends with Cam Lewis, another member of Georgia Southern's 2013 signing class... Son of Kim Jordan.

Rafael Hardee - Kingsland, Ga. / Camden County High School - 6'1"/240 - DL
First-team pick for 1AAAAAA all-region team as defensive lineman for one of the top-ranked teams in the nation... Switched from linebacker to defensive end for his senior season... Two-year starter for Wildcats team that posted a 23-3 record during that time... Amassed 71 total tackles with 12 TFL in starting roles... Had six hurries as a senior... Posted five solo tackles vs. Jenkins County, with 3 sacks and TFL and had five tackles vs. Valdosta... Recorded six total tackles in games vs. Johnson High School and Peachtree Ridge... Picked up a TFL to go along with four solo tackles vs. Marietta... Scored a safety vs. Savannah... Played for Head Coach Jeff Herron, the Region 1-AAAAAA Coach of the Year for 2012... Current Georgia Southern running back Ean Days, former defensive back A.J. McCray and Eagle Basketball four-year letterwinner Ben Drayton III played at the same high school as Hardee... Son of Tiffany and Carlos Roberson.

William Bussey - Thomson, Ga. / Thomson High School - 6'/210 - DB
First-team All-State pick by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on defense... Second team All-State Associated Press selection... Helped Bulldogs to 2012 Region 3AAA championship and number-one ranking in the state for eight weeks with a final ranking of 5th... Valuable two-way player who rushed for 487 yards and 4 TDs as a senior while grabbing five interceptions, returning one for 94 yards and a touchdown... Racked up 79 tackles (53 U, 26 A) with six TFL... Forced three fumbles and had three fumble recoveries... Rushed for a 95-yard fourth-quarter touchdown in a close win over Dodge County... Member of the All-CSRA second team defense in 2012... Lengthy list of honors collected after junior season with All-Region first team accolades, 2011 Georgia All-Area second team recognition and team Defensive Back of the Year award... Finished junior season with 61 total tackles (42 U, 19 A), four interceptions, three TFL and eight pass deflections... Selected to play in the Georgia North/South All-Star game... Won the 2012 Iron Man Award for the Bulldogs... Member of the Bulldogs' teams that won back-to-back Region 3AAA North Sub-region championships in 2010 and 2011... Played for Georgia Southern University double alum and Head Coach Milan Turner... Cousin of Eagle Darius Eubanks, All-Southern Conference selection for the Eagles who is also from Thomson, Ga.... Played on same Bulldog team as current Georgia Southern student assistant coach Dylan Turner... Parents are Belinda and William Bussey.

Nick Sewak - Marietta, Ga. / Lassiter High School - 6'2"/215 - LS
Helped Lassiter win 5 AAAAA region championship with a 10-0 record and earn a No. 1 ranking in the state during the regular season... Three-year starter at long snapper who owns the top ranking in the state at his position as well as a five-star rating... Selected for Cobb All-Star Game... Earned multiple recognitions as Special Teams Player of the Week... In last four years, Trojans recorded two region championships, two undefeated regular seasons and four-straight playoff appearances... Ranked 16th-best long snapper by Kohl's Professional Camps... Played for Lassiter's Jep Irwin (2010-2012) and Chip Lindsey (2009)... Awarded the FCA True Champion Award at the 2012-13 at the Trojans' Football banquet... Fourth Quarter team captain... Parents are Robin and Mike Sewak, former Eagle Head Football Coach and current Georgia Tech Offensive Line Coach.

Keshun Hill - Warner Robins, Ga. / Northside Warner Robins High School - 5'11"/190 - RB
(first name pronounced Key SHUN)

Macon Telegraph's 2012 All-Middle Georgia Player of the Year with Offensive Player of the Year accolades for Class AAAAA from the Associated Press... Also named Associated Press Region 2-AAAAA Player of the Year with a spot on the First team All-State offense as an athlete ... Atlanta Journal-Constitution placed him on its first team All-State Offense at the wide receiver position... Garnered 247sports.com three-star rating... Played in Georgia North/South All-State game... Averaged 10.7 yards per carry as Hill totaled 1,223 rushing yards and 17 TDs in his senior season... Caught 32 passes for 409 yards and eight scores and added four kick return for touchdowns to his total to help Northside Warner Robins go undefeated during the regular season and advance to the quarterfinals... Fingertip 11-yard catch with 11 seconds left on fourth-down led Eagles to win over Tucker in quarterfinal playoff game... Accounted for three touchdowns, two rushing and one reception in early season win over Flowery Branch... Scored four TDs vs. Warner Robins, going airborne at four-yard line to defeat rival and win Region 2 AAAAA championship... Accounted for 177 yards of offense with 104 on the ground (2 TDs) and 73 receiving (2TDs)... Had three scores vs. Veterans, including one on a 77-yard punt return... Three-year starter at running back and receiver for 2012 Region 2-AAAAA Coach of the Year Kevin Kinsler as Eagles won their third straight region championship... Earned Sports Mic 2012 Offensive Player of the Year honors... Was honored with his team's Offensive MVP and Golden Helmet awards... Teammates at Northside Warner Robins with Taylor Lay, who is also a member of the Georgia Southern class of 2013... Hails from same high school as former Eagle All-American Brett Moore... Son of Karis Williams and Travinski Hill.

Taylor Lay - Warner Robins, Ga. / Northside Warner Robins High School - 6'4"/275 - OL
Two-time Region 2-AAAAA first team selection on the offensive line for 2011 and 2012... Named to the All-Middle Georgia second team on offense... Helped propel Northside Warner Robins to 10-0 regular-season record and 13-1 season mark... Eagles won their third straight region championship, outscoring opponents 439-70 and averaging 43.9 points per game during the regular season... Northside Warner Robins enjoyed a 28.0 point average margin of victory in its first two 2012 playoff games... Two-year starter at left tackle and anchor of the Northside Warner Robins' offensive line as a senior... Graded out at 83 percent in his final season... First team selection on offense by Sports Mic as a senior... Named "Arby's Beef Lineman of the Week" by Sports Mic for effort in win over Warner Robins... Played for 2012 Region 2-AAAAA Coach of the Year Kevin Kinsler... Joins Northside Warner Robins teammate Keshun Hill as a member of the Georgia Southern class of 2013... Hails from same high school as former Eagle All-American Brett Moore... Son of Andrea and Mickey Lay.

 

 

Ryan George – Stone Mountain, Ga. / Stephenson High School – 6’2”/250 – DL
Second-team Associated Press All-State choice after a solid year… Member of the Jaguars team that finished as region runner-up in 2012, transferring to Stephenson High School to play for Coach Ronnie Gartrell for his senior season… Earned first team all-region and first team all-county honors… Recorded 74 total tackles with 11.5 sacks and 14 TFL as a starter at defensive end and outside linebacker… Forced three fumbles and had three fumble recoveries, one returned for a 76-yard touchdown… Selected as a DeKalb County all-star player… Ranked in the top eight for total sacks, fumbles recovered and forced fumbles… Earned starting spot at defensive end as a sophomore and junior at Salem High School in Conyers, Ga. for Coach John Starr… Tallied 71 total tackles and 8.5 sacks with 16 TFL and 1 fumble recovery for Seminoles… Earned first team all-area and all-county for efforts… Racked up 58 total tackles with four sacks and 5 TFL in 2010… Played senior season at same high school as Georgia Southern’s 2012 leading tackler John Stevenson… Cousin of Eagle Darius Eubanks… Son of mother Edwina Pascel, and father and stepmother Anthony and Cheryl George.