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SC State Signs 15 Prospects

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ORANGEBURG, SC – South Carolina State, Wednesday, announced the signing of fifteen (15) football prospects to national letters. Only four of the signees are from South Carolina. Six are from Georgia, four from Florida and one from North Carolina.

The four Palmetto signees included Shrine Bowl running back Harold Atkinson of Carolina Forest High in Conway, QB Kylen Binn of Columbia, a North-South All-Star Game selection, and LB Michael Wamer of St. George, a High School Sports Report (HSSR) All-State performer and a Times and Democrat newspaper Elite 11 pick, and offensive lineman Justin Evans of Florence.

The Bulldogs were looking to strengthen their defense and add some speed on offense, according to SC State head coach Buddy Pough.

"We did well generally on defense and really helped ourselves on the defensive front", Pough said. The defensive people we signed up front are really athletic and good solid players. We got two linebackers that are really special and a good group of defensive backs as we were really in need of safeties and corners.

"We also signed two wide receivers that are both skilled guys and can do a lot after catching the ball," Pough continued. "And, we signed a tall quarterback we are excited about and a tight end that's really athletic and hard-nosed."

Defensive end Victor Ismael of Miami, whose dad played at SC State in the mid 80s and currently an assistant strength coach for the Miami Hurricans, and Trayshaun Watkins of Mooresboro, NC, lead the defensive linemen Pough spoke of.

The talented linebackers are Dayshawn Taylor of Lincolnton, Ga., and Wamer; Kolby Gray of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and Devondre Powell head the list of defensive backs.

Others lauded by Pough were receivers Chris Trimmings of Brunswick, Ga., and Bernard Morrison of Stone Mountain, Ga.; tight end Zane Fields of Jonesboro, Ga.,  Binn, the quarterback of Columbia and only offensive lineman among the signees, Justin Evans of Florence.

2013 Football Signees

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

Harold Atkinson         RB       5-10     230      Carolina Forest            Conway/Shrine Bowl, All-

                                                                                                                         American Game

Kylen Binn                  QB      6-5       210      Blythewood                 Columbia, SC/North-South



Tyberius Cravens        DE       6-1       231      Pebblebrook                Austell, GA/All-Region


Justin Evans                OL       6-4       278      Wilson                         Florence, SC/ 3



Zane Fields                 TE       6-2       235      Lovejoy                       Jonesboro, GA/GA-FL All-

                                                                                                                              Star Game

Kolby Gray                 DB      5-9       170      Atl. Sports Acad.    Ft. Lauderdale, FL/ 2 


Chris Herise                DL       6-4       225      Central Miami             Miami, FL/FL All-Star

                                                                                                            Game, 2 prospect


Victor Ishmael                        DE       6-1       260      Miami Sunset  Miami, FL/FL All-Star Game



Bernard Morrison        WR      6-0       184      South Gwinnett          Stone Mountain, GA/              

                                                                                                             Gwinnett All-Star Game,                      

                                                                                                            2 Star


Gregtavious Newell    DE       6-1       210      Atl Sports Acad          McDonough, GA/Team DL       

                                                                                                                         of the Year


Devondre Powell        DB      5-9       175      Miami Jackson            Miami, FL/GA-FL All-Star

                                                                                                                   Game, All-Dade County 


Dayshawn Taylor        LB       5-10     240      Lincoln County             Lincolnton, GA/All-State,


Chris Trimmings          WR      5-10     172      Brunswick                     Brunswick, GA/All-Region,

                                                                                                            2 Star


Michael Wamer           LB       6-2       187      Woodland                     St. George/Elite 11, HSSR



Trayshaun Watkins     DE       6-1       228      Chase                            Mooresboro, NC/All-

                                                                                                                   Conference, All-County

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