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SSU Announces 2015 Recruiting Class
SAVANNAH, Ga.- Savannah State University head football coach Earnest Wilson III has announced that 29 student athletes have signed letters of intent to join the Tiger football program.
In addition to six-mid-year enrollees, SSU added 23 newcomers on National Signing Day.
Of the 29 players, 23 come from high school, five from prep school and one is a transfer.
Wilson is pleased with the signings and thinks the new players can help build for the future.
“We had to address some needs of speed and size and I think we found that,” says Wilson. “Our assistants, along with the help of alumni and former players, allowed us to sign some players with size and speed from the state of Florida.”
Wilson also said that academics was a major selling points to recruits.
“We have had our APR issues but we are turning things around. Proof of that is that we had 25 players that finished the fall semester with at least a 3.0 grade point average.”
The newcomers range from 5’7” to 6’6” and from 160-pounds to 315-pounds.
The class includes 15 defensive and 13 offensive players and one athlete representing nine different states. Eleven of the recruits are from Georgia while six are from Florida, four are from Ohio, two are from South Carolina and Alabama and one each from North Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut and California.
Of the defensive players, six are defensive backs, three are linebackers, four linemen and two ends while the offensive unit will gain five linemen, three running backs, two wide receivers, two quarterbacks, one tight end, and one athlete.
Coming from the high school ranks are offensive linemen Emmanuel Lee, Jalen Slayback, David Cooper, Jerome Maddox and Derek Simmons; running backs Vincent Buzzy, Uriah Oliver and Rowmartis Bell; linebackers Cortavius Tukes and Daniel Foster; wide receivers Justin Purdue and Miles Kelly, defensive linemen Ty’Darius Smith, Chaquez Fair, Stefen Banks and Tyavis Turner; defensive end Antonio Cintron; defensive backs William Campbell, Raheim Davis and Salvador Vazquez; quarterback Caleb Cox; tight end Nicholas Carreraand athlete Takeyvion Simmons.
Mid-year enrollees from prep schools include defensive end Corey Barrett, quarterback David Handler, linebacker Ronnie Peterson and defensive backs Raheem Coxfield and Tetris Sweat.
Defensive back Howard Newsome is a mid-year transfer from Arkansas Baptist.
The only local player to join the Tiger family was William Campbell out of Savannah’s Bible Baptist High School. William will join his brother Keynanard, a rising sophomore on the SSU football team.
Savannah State University
2015 Football Recruits
Stefen Banks (Defensive Lineman)
6-3, 265, Columbus, Ohio/Beechcroft HS
Stats/ Honors – HS: Finished his senior season with 76 total tackles, including 31 tackles for loss, nine sacks, one interception, six breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He was named to the All-Ohio First Team, First Team All-City and First Team All-District. He was also selected as the Central District Defensive Player of the Year.
Rowmartis Bell (Running Back)
5-8, 170, Atlanta, Ga./Mays HS
Stats/Honors – HS: As a senior, he had 160 carries for 800 yards and six touchdowns. He was named Player of the Game six times, and selected to the All-Region First Team. His team was the Runner sup State Champions.
Vincent Buzzy (Running Back)
6-0, 240, Orange Park, Fla./Fleming Island HS
Stats/Honors – HS: As an o-lineman, he finished his senior campaign with 29 pancake blocks. He also had three rushes for 34 yards and three receptions for 27 yards. On defense, he finished the season with 84 tackles and four sacks.
William Campbell (Defensive Back)
5-11, 185, Savannah, Ga./Bible Baptist
Stats/Honors – HS: Campbell played in various positions on the field during his senior season at Bible Baptist. On defense, he had 89 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He also threw 31 completions for 600 yards and six touchdowns. He had 161 carries for 1569 yards and 13 touchdowns; along with 10 receptions for 128 yards and two touchdowns.
Nicholas Carrera (Tight End)
6-2, 210, Hampton, Va./Kecoughton HS
Stats/Honors – HS: He finished his senior season with 44 receptions for 737 yards, and 11 touchdowns. As a defender, he recorded 19 sacks. He was selected to the VirginiaPreps.com‘s 6A All-Group First Team and was named First Team All-State.
Antonio Cintron (Defensive End/Linebacker)
6-2, 210, Jacksonville, Fla./Ed White HS
Stats/Honors – HS: In his senior season, he had 74 tackles, including 16 tackles for loss, 13 sacks and three forced fumbles. He also played in the North/South All-Star game.
David Cooper (Offensive Lineman)
6-5, 280, Gahanna, Ohio/Gahanna Lincoln HS
Stats/Honors – HS: As a senior, he was named to the Second Team All-Ohio Capital Conference and Second Team All-Metro.
Caleb Cox (Quarterback)
6-3, 194, Lake Butler, Fla./Union County HS
Stats/Honors – HS: Finished his senior season with 161 completions for 2,434 and 33 touchdowns. He also had 19 carries for 86 yards with four touchdowns.
Raheim Davis (Defensive Back)
5-11, 170, Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast HS
Stats/Honors – HS: Finished his senior season with 62 tackles, two interceptions, 20 breakups, three forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. He selected First Team All-Gateway Conference, First Team All-District and played in the Florida/Georgia All-Star and Nike All-Star game.
Chaquez Fair (Defensive Line)
6-0, 285, Columbus, Ohio/Beechcroft HS
Stats/Honors – HS: As a senior, he finished with 85 total tackles, 30.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. Named to the All-State Third Team, First Team All-City and First Team All-District.
Daniel Foster (Linebacker)
6-1, 230, Conyers, Ga./Heritage HS
Stats/Honors – HS: He finished his senior campaign with 116 total tackles, and one pass breakup. He received back-to-back 8-AAAAA First Team All-Region honors and was named to the All-Area Academic Team.
Miles Kelly (Wide Receiver)
6-0, 190, Durham, N.C./Hillside HS
Stats/Honors – HS: As a senior, he had 35 catches for 700 yards and four touchdowns. On defense, he had three forced fumbles. Kelly was named All-Conference PAC6.
Emmanuel Lee (Offensive Line)
6-4, 300, Powder Springs, Ga./Hillgrove HS
Jerome Maddox (Offensive Lineman)
6-1, 265, Hilton Head Island, S.C./Hilton Head Island HS
Stats/Honors – HS: As a senior offensive lineman, he recorded 30 pancake blocks and only allowed two sacks. On defense, he finished the season with 73 tackles, five sacks, six hurries and 11 tackles for loss. He was named the Island Packer and Beaufort Gazette All-Area Offensive Lineman twice.
Uriah Oliver (Running Back)
5-9, 170, Honea Path, S.C./Honea Path HS
Stats/Honors – HS: Playing in six game his Senior year, he finished with 142 carries for 996 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also had 13 receptions for 202 yards and three touchdowns.
Justin Purdue (Wide Receiver)
5-7, 160, Birmingham, Ala./Carver HS
Stats/Honors – HS: In his senior season, he had 62 receptions for 1257 and 12 touchdowns. He also had 60 carried for 585 yards and five touchdowns.
Derek Simmons (Offensive Lineman)
6-3, 280, Decatur, Ga./Columbia HS
Stats/Honors – HS: In his senior season, he had 15 pancake blocks. He was named to Second Team All-Region, and played in the Dekalb County All Star game.
Takeyvion Simmons (Athlete)
5-10, 185, Columbus, Ohio/Beechcroft HS
Stats/Honors – HS: At Beechcroft, he had 44 carries for 373 yards and five touchdowns. He also recorded 17 catches for 281 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, he finished the season with 83 total tackles, including 8.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, one break up and three fumble recoveries. He was named to the All-Ohio Division IV Third Team. Also selected to First Team All-District and First Team All-City.
Jalen Slayback (Offensive Lineman)
6-6, 315, Sanford, Fla./Seminole HS
Stats/Honors – HS: As a senior, he had 15 pancake blocks, was named to the First Team All-Conference and First Team All-District.
Ty’Darius Smith (Defensive Lineman)
6-2, 290, Sanford, Fla./Seminole HS
Cortavius Tukes (Linebacker)
6-2, 210, Augusta, Ga./Glenn Hills HS
Stats/Honors – HS: As a senior, he had 42 total tackles, five interceptions and one breakup.
Tyavis Turner (Defensive Lineman)
6-3, 265, Douglasville, Ga./South Paulding HS
Stats/Honors – HS: As a senior, he recorded 51 total tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack, one interception, one breakup and one forced fumble.
Salvador Vazquez (Defensive Back)
5-10, 185, East Point, Ga./Tri-Cities HS
Stats/Honors – HS: Finished his senior campaign with 51 tackles, 14 pass breakups and two interceptions. He also played baseball while at Tri-Cities.
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/Previous School
Corey Barrett DE 6-3 270 Norwalk, Conn./GATTACA Prep
Raheem Coxfield DB 6-0 200 Adel, Ga./North Georgia Prep
David Handler QB 6-5 240 Culver City, Calif./Georgia Prep
Howard Newsome DB 6-3 230 Dothan, Ala./Arkansas-Baptist
Ronnie Peterson LB 6-0 205 Alma, Ga./East Coast Prep
Tetris Sweat DB 6-0 175 Columbus, Ga./Georgia Prep