Tennessee State University has announced the latest additions to the Big Blue football team. The Tennessee State football team held its annual Signing Day Celebration on Feb. 5 in their Indoor Football Facility. The event coincided with the 24-hour period that high school recruits could agree to commit to a school by faxing a ‘national letter of intent.’ Video footage of all of the new Tigers was shown and head coach Rod Reed provided insight into what each player brings to the program. TSU’s recruiting class has been rated No.1 among HBCUs by BOXTOROW for two straight years.
These are the players who have committed, and pending the TSU compliance office certification of their ‘national letter of intent,’ they are the newest signees.
Javon Brandon — S, 5’10,” 185 lbs., Stockbridge High School, Stockbridge, Ga. A starting quarterback and safety, Brandon plans to major in ‘health, performance and sports sciences.’
Thomas Burton — OG, 6’2,” 275 lbs., Whitehaven HS, Memphis, Tenn. Led the Tigers to a 9-3 record and a 5-1 mark in the region… Intends on majoring in Engineering.
Chris Collins — ILB, 5′ 11,” 220 lbs., Creekside High School, Fairburn, Ga. Collins started at middle linebacker for three seasons, and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds. He plans to major in business.
M.J. Couzan — OL, 6′-5,” 280 lbs., Archer High School, Lawrenceville, Ga. Couzan led his team to 11-1 record and 8-0 in conference in 2013. He bench presses 300 pounds, and intends to major in business.
LaKhalon Holland — ATH, 5’11,” 180 lbs., Ribault Sr. High School, Jacksonville, Fla. Holland played running back and defensive back, and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds. He plans to major in business.
Tony Holmes — OL, 6’3,” 300 lbs., Itawamba CC, Hattiesburg, Miss. Holmes led the Indians to a 6-4 record and a 4-2 mark in conference his sophomore season. He intends to major in business.
Latrelle Lee — DE, 6’3,” 220 lbs., Dothan High School, Dothan, Ala. Lee can bench press 315 pounds, and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds. He plans to major in sports medicine.
Darrell Haralson — WR, 6’4,” 205 lbs., Smyrna High School, Smyrna, Tenn. Haralson had 17 receptions for 366 yards and five touchdowns for the 6-5 Bulldogs, runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds, and benches 275 pounds.
Marvin Maddox — DE, 6’3,” 245 lbs., Ribault Sr. High School, Jacksonville, Fla. Maddox can bench press 325 pounds, and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds. He plans to major in business.
Dell Porter — LB, 6’2,” 215 lbs., Melrose High School, Memphis, Tenn. Porter had 59 tackles, six sacks, forced three fumbles and recovered four in 2013. He plans to major in criminal justice or business.
Chris Wallace Jr. — TE, 6’7,” 250 lbs., Lanpheir High School, Springfield, Ill. Wallace was in the National Honor Society and Junior Frontiers. He intends to major in education or communications.
Tequarri Whitlow — ATH, 6’2,” 235 lbs., Lafayette High School, Lafayette, Ala. Whitlow started middle linebacker and running back; was SGA president; and on the Honor Roll all four years. He plans major in business management.
Laquarius Cook — S, 6’0,” 185 lbs., Wenonah High School, Birmingham, Ala. Cook helped lead his team to a 10-2 mark during his junior season. He plans to major in engineering or sports medicine.
Justin Brooks — OT, 6’6,” 275 lbs., Melrose High School, Memphis, Tenn. Brooks can bench press 275 pounds, squat 415 and clean 275. He led his team to an 8-4 record senior season. He intends to major in engineering.
Terrell Bonds — CB, 5’10,” 175 lbs., Miami Central High School, Miami, Fla. Bonds led his team to 13-1 record as a senior, a number eight national ranking and second-place finish in State. He intends to be a communications major.
Jerome Johnson — DT, 6’1,” 302 lbs., Bucholz High School, Gainesville, Fla. Johnson made nine sacks in his career, forced four fumbles and recovered four from 2011-13. He plans to major in business.
The following players were previously inked
Archie Dennard — TE, 6’4,” 230 lbs., Itawamba CC, Hollandale, Miss. Dennard committed on JUCO Signing Day on Dec. 18.
Tom Smith — RB, 5’11,” 220 lbs., Tennessee, Apopka, Fla. Smith transferred from Tennessee between fall and spring semesters. He is majoring in sociology.
Vantavious Williams – S, 6’2,” 215 lbs., Fort Scott CC, Cordele, Ga. Williams played safety for two seasons at Fort Scott.
Oshay Carter – QB, 6’4,” 224 lbs., Georgia Prep Sports Academy, Jacksonville, Fla. Carter played two years for Trinity Christian High School in Jacksonville, Fla. Carter threw for 2,607 yards during his junior and senior campaigns, completed 58.1% of his passes, and tossed 36 touchdowns and had only 14 interceptions in 2011 and 2012. He had a 22 to four touchdown to interception ratio as a senior, carried the ball 120 times in his career for 415 yards and seven scores, and punted 49 times, averaging 37.4 yards per boot.