Smith Welcomes 26 Players to 2017 Bobcat Signing Class

Smith Welcomes 26 Players to 2017 Bobcat Signing Class

BUCKHANNON – West Virginia Wesleyan head football coach Del Smith announced his second recruiting class on Wednesday welcoming 26 new players to the Orange and Black.

Smith welcomed 21 freshmen and five mid-year transfers – 15 on the offensive side, eight of the defensive side and three athletes.

On the offensive side Wesleyan brought in eight wide receivers, three linemen, two running backs, and two tight ends.

Defensively, they welcomed three defensive backs, two linebackers, two defensive ends and one defensive lineman.

The state breakdown of the 21 freshmen include seven from Maryland and Virginia, three from West Virginia and one each from Delaware, New Jersey, Ohio and Washington D. C.

Among the five transfers two are from in-state institutions – athlete Jordan Miller (Clarksburg, W.Va. /Notre Dame) from West Virginia University and wide receiver Brandon Ford (Hurricane, W.Va./Hurricane) from Marshall University.

"I am very pleased with our coaching staff and their body of work over the past year putting this recruiting class together," remarked Smith. "Today was the start of what I believe will be a statement class for Wesleyan football."

Smith said the grade-point-average for his incoming class is a 3.37.

"You know you are on the right players when you beat some FCS schools on prospects and you actually lose one or two the night before national signing day," Smith remarked. "For us, national signing day is about a very solid foundation. I think we achieved that plus some. It also about identifying areas and positions on our roster that we're not addressed and continuing to identify mission appropriate student-athletes to fill those voids. We are just getting started."

 

Signing Day Players 

 

TYRAE BARMORE – ALLEGANY HIGH SCHOOL – MARYLAND

Height: 6-5; Weight: 285

Position: Offensive Line

 

 

PHILLY BARTKIEWICZ – NORTHSIDE HIGH SCHOOL – VIRGINIA

Height: 6-2; Weight: 215

Position: Linebacker

 

 

KESHAWN BATTLE-PATTERSON – PHOEBUS HIGH SCHOOL – VIRGINIA

Height: 6-4; Weight: 210

Position: Defensive End

 

 

KAM BROOKS – CALVERT HALL COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL -- MARYLAND

Height: 5-11; Weight: 180

Position: Wide Receiver

 

 

MASON BRUBECK – SPRING VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL – WEST VIRGINIA

Height: 6-1; Weight 195

Position: Athlete

 

 

JAYLIN BYERS – DULANEY HIGH SCHOOL – MARYLAND

Height: 5-10; Weight: 160

Position: Wide Receiver

 

JERREN CARTER – SMYRNA HIGH SCHOOL – DELAWARE

Height: 6-2; Weight: 265

Position: Defensive End

 

MASON CLARK – OLD MILL HIGH SCHOOL – MARYLAND

Height: 6-5; Weight: 230

Position: Tight End

 

 

LUKE FRENCH – EAST HARDY HIGH SCHOOL – WEST VIRGINIA

Height: 6-4; Weight: 310

Position: Offensive Line

 

JERED GIAIMO – CENTRAL REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL – NEW JERSEY

Height: 6-5; Weight: 245

Position: Defensive End

 

TRE GULLEY – LACKEY HIGH SCHOOL – MARYLAND

Height: 5-9; Weight: 160

Position: Wide Receiver

 

TRA' JACKSON – NORTHSIDE HIGH SCHOOL – VIRGINIA

Height: 5-11; Weight: 210

Position: Running Back

 

 

MAURICE JONES – BROOKE POINT HIGH SCHOOL – VIRGINIA

Height: 6-3; Weight: 240

Position: Tight End

 

A.J. LAZARO – THOMAS DALE HIGH SCHOOL – VIRGINIA

Height: 5-10; Weight: 170

Position: Defensive Back

 

 

KENNY LEWIS – LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD HIGH SCHOOL – MARYLAND

Height: 6-3; Weight: 185

Position: Wide Receiver

 

 

GRANT SAFFORD – POINT PLEASANT HIGH SCHOOL – WEST VIRGINIA

Height: 5-11; Weight: 210

Position: Linebacker

 

MIKE SAWYER – CALVERT HALL COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL – MARYLAND

Height: 6-1; Weight: 180

Position: Defensive Back

 

 

CALID SHORTER – WOODSON HIGH SCHOOL – WASHINGTON D. C.

Height: 5-11; Weight: 175

Position: Athlete

 

 

KOBE VINEGAR – TROTWOOD-MADISON HIGH SCHOOL – OHIO

Height: 5-10; Weight: 170

Position: Defensive Back

 

DAMIEN WAUGH – AMHERST COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL – VIRGINIA

Height: 6-2; Weight: 260

Position: Defensive Line

 

 

C.J. WASHINGTON – CHANCELLOR HIGHH SCHOOL – VIRGINIA

Height: 5-9; Weight: 165

Position: Wide Receiver

 

 

Mid-Year Players (Transfers)

 

BRANDON FORD – MARSHALL UNIVERSITY

Height: 6-2; Weight: 180

Position: Wide Receiver

 

 

JAYLEND JONES – CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO

Height: 5-10; Weight 175

Position: Wide Receiver

 

 

JORDAN MILLER – WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

Height: 5-10; Weight: 200

Position: Athlete

 

CHRISTIAN NELSON – ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY

Height: 5-10; Weight: 170

Position: Wide Receiver

 

 

TROY ROBINSON – ASA COLLEGE

Height: 6-1; Weight: 215

Position: Running Back