Tennessee State University , head football coach James Webster announced the names of twenty players who have signed to play for the â€œBig Blueâ€ football team.
â€œWe are delighted to announce some quality athletes will be joining us next year, â€œ said Webster. He continued, â€œWe have been able to add some talented young men to our program for the upcoming campaigns.â€
Fourteen players are from the state of Tennessee , and eight are from the Nashville Metropolitan area. â€œWe concentrated on our city and state this year, â€œ says Webster, â€œ there is a wealth of local talent that we felt we wanted to join our program. We were successful in showing them the advantage of playing here at Tennessee State University .â€ Some of the top area players to sign with the Tigers were Michael Becker- QB, 6-1, 190 lb (Nolensville â€“ Ravenwood, HS), Stevie Shelton- DB, 6-1, 185 lb (Nashville â€“ Stratford, HS), Edward Sanders, Jr.- DL, 6-3, 275 lb (Nashville â€“ McGavock, HS) and Christopher Gray – WR, 6-1, 185 lb (LaVergne â€“ LaVergne HS) and Roger Gaines, III â€“ OL, 6-7, 320 lbs (Whitehouse â€“ Whitehouse, HS).
Four players hail from the state of Florida and include standouts such as Johnny Butts, Jr.,- DL, 6-4, 265 lb (Altamonte Springs â€“ Lake Brantley) and Keyron Hampton â€“ Nose Tackle, 6-1, 280 lb (Reddick â€“ N. Marion HS). One Florida native, Marcus Broxie-DE, 6-3, 240 lb ( Tampa ) is a transfer from West Virginia .
Two other signees Deonte Kilgore and Jamal Coleman, come from Georgia and Indiana respectively. Coleman comes in from Iowa Central CC.