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SC State Signs 23 Football Prospects

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ORANGEBURG, SC – South Carolina State, Wednesday, announced the signing of twenty-three (23) football prospects to national letters. The list includes three mid-year signees. Fifteen of the prospects are from the Palmetto State, along with four each from North Carolina and Georgia. Five are Shrine Bowlers and four participated in the North-South All-Star Game.

The 2012 class is made up of five defensive backs (three safeties) and defensive linemen each, four offensive linemen, three linebackers, two quarterbacks and fullbacks each, one athlete and one wide receiver.

SC State head coach Buddy Pough, who is beginning his 11th season as Bulldog head coach, said this year's class was similar those of recent years and appeared to address the team's needs, primarily at quarterback, fullback and the middle of the defense (LB and safety).

"We try to stay as high up the recruiting chain we possibly can, that is to get the very best available," Pough said. "Both of the quarterbacks (Gaffney's Joey Copeland and Spartanburg's Adrian Kollock) we signed are very close to ready as we've signed here during my tenure. They did similar things for their high school teams, appear to be mature and possess a good understanding of the game.

"The two fullbacks (Virgil Smalls of Goose Creek and Dondre Brown of Wade Hampton) will go a long way to addressing our needs on short-yardage and goal-line situations, and the linebackers and safeties will help us up the middle on defense where we took some key losses."

SC State finished the 2011 campaign 7-4 overall and 6-2 in the MEAC, a tie for second. For the first time in four seasons, the Bulldogs failed to win or share the Mid-Eastern Conference title or make the prestigious Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) championship. Pough is hoping his team will return to its lofty heights this season.

"Our league is getting more competitive each year," he said. "We have had an infusion of some young, very good, hard-working coaches that make every game interesting. You can't take a day off any Saturday, so it's our goal to put a solid team on the field every time we go out."

SC State begins preparing for the 2012 season Mar. 20 when spring drills get underway. The drills will culminate with the team's annual Garnet and Blue game Arp. 14. The Bulldogs open the 2012 campaign August 30 in a Thursday night encounter against Georgia State at Atlanta. The entire 2012 schedule will be released soon, according to Pough.



2012 Football Signees


Name                          Pos.     Ht.       Wt.      High School                Hometown      Honors/Facts

Shaquan Brock         DB      6'0       183      Camden County          St. Mary's, GARegion III 5A All Region,                                                                                                                                         All Coastal Region. GAAC All-          


Dondre Brown          FB       6'1       236      Wade Hampton           Varnville, SC  Offensive MVP, All Region,                                                                                                                                     3-time All-Region, 2 time                                                                                                                                           Offensive POTY

Javonte Brown          DL       6'0       250      Calhoun County          Cameron, SC   Shrine Bowl, All-State,                                                                                                                                               Region Defensive POTY,                                                                                                                                           T & D All-Area

Joey Copeland           QB      6'0       205      Gaffney                       Gaffney, SC    Shrine Bowl, All-State, All-

                                                                                                                                    Region, Offensive POTY, SI                                                                                                                                     All-American Honorable, Max                                                                                                                                     Prep All-American, HSSR                                                                                                                                          Offensive POTY,                                                                                                                                                        Spartanburg Herald-Journal                                                                                                                                        Offensive POTY

Antoine Crouch         DL       6'0       286      Richmond County      Ellerbe, NC     Shrine Bowl

Eric Dickerson           OL       6'4       265      Stratford                     Goose Creek, SC North/South All-Star Game,                                                                                                                                     HSSR All-State

*Javon Hargrave       DL       6'2       295      North Rowan              Salisbury, NC  2-time All-State, 4 time All-

                                                                                                                                    Conference, 2-time Defensive


Phillip Henry             DB      6'0       170      Manning                      Manning, SC   North/South All-Star Game,                                                                                                                                       HSSR All-State

Clyde Johnson           OL       6'3       315      Calhoun County          Orangeburg, SC All-State, All Region, T & D                                                                                                                                                All-Area

Marquise Jones         DB      6'1       172      Eau Claire                   Columbia, SC  HSSR Top 100 Prospects

Adrian Kollock          QB      6'2       194      Spartanburg                 Spartanburg, SC HS MVP, HSSR All-State,                                                                                                                                      Spartanburg Herald-Journal                                                                                                                                         All-Area Team

Nikeem Ladson         DL       6'3       265      Wade Hampton           Greenville, SC North/South All-State, 

                                                                                                                                    All-County, HSSR All-State 

Jetavius Marshall      DE       6'1       225      Lincolnton County      Lincolnton, GA All-State, All-CSRA, All-                                                                                                                                         Region, 2-time HS Defensive                                                                                                                                     Lineman of the Year

Javarius Leamon       OL       6-6       290      Woodruff                    Woodruff, SC Shrine Bowl, 2A Upper State

                                                                                                                                    Lineman of the Year,             

                                                                                                                                   Spartanburg Herald-Journal

                                                                                                                                    All-Area Team

Kimario McFadden   DB      5'11     197      Atlanta Sports Acad.  Riverdale, GA


Reggie Owens            LB       6'2       216      Statesboro                   Statesboro, GA 4A All-State, All-Region

Jake Scott                   OL       6'3       245      Calhoun County          Swansea, SC   All-State, All-Region, T & D                                                                                                                                     All-Area

Virgil Smalls              FB       6'0       260      Goose Creek               Goose Creek, SC Shrine Bowl, 4A Lower                                                                                                                                          State Back of the Year, HSSR                                                                                                                                     All-State, HSSR Division 2                                                                                                                                        4A POTY, HSSR All-State

Tyler Smith                DB      6'1       182      Keenan                        Columbia, SC  All-Region

*Alkeem Thomas      LB       6'0       205      Gray Military Acad.    Durham, NC   2-time Wilson Time All-Area,                                                                                                                                     All Big East 3A Conference

*Deion Walker          ATH    5'10     190      Butler                          Charlotte, NC 2-time NC 4AA State                                                                                                                                                             Champion

Taquan West             WR      6'4       210      Lexington                    Lexington, SC HSSR Top 100 Prospects

Michael Wilson          LB       5'11     200      Timberland                  St. Stephen, SC 2-A Division I State                                                                                                                                                   Champion

*mid-year signee


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