Staying true to his promise, Wilson made it a point to recruit local players for the program. Of the signees, 11 hail from Savannah.
Ellison Burns (Benedictine), Keynnard Campbell (Bible Baptist), Willie Cooper (Beach), Traynearious Dillard (Savannah), Sean Fogarty (Benedictine), Rodheem Greene (Memorial), Quaron Hilliard (Savannah), Derek Kirkland (Calvary), Marlin Latson (Memorial), Johvonte Singleton (Memorial) and Deric Wright (Memorial).
From the coastal empire are Taylor Gordon (Bluffton), Tyler Hagan (South Effingham) and Bradley Stophel (Brunswick).
The 28 players hail from five states – Georgia (22), South Carolina (3), Florida (1), Tennessee (1) and Virginia (1).
Others inking national letters of intent were Nicholas Bentley (RB), Damien Campbell (OL), Conner Christian (DT), David Crowley (DB), Jamal Earls (OL), Rohan Francis (OL), Anquavius Fuller (OL), Blake Gerido (OL), Christian Guinn (DE), Michael Knox (QB), K'Lon Lovett (DB), Leonard Miller (OL), Aaron Redmond II (DL) and Stephen Reynolds (DB).
As listed by position, the Tigers added nine offensive linemen, six defensive linemen, four wide receivers, four defensive backs, one running back, one tight end, one quarterback, one linebacker and one athlete.
Nine players –Brandon Bailey (CB), Josh Berry (DB), Marcus Collins (LB), Edward Goubadia (DE), Jaylen McGriff (WR), Daniel McKoy (OL), Leonardo Myers (LB), Tino Smith (QB) and Kersean Wilson (QB) – are already attending classes at the university. They all enrolled in January, began taking classes for the spring 2014 semester and will be able to participate in SSU's spring football practices.
Gerido, McGriff and Lovett are legacy Tigers, following in the footsteps of their fathers. Steve Gerido and Wesley McGriff played with current SSU assistant Michael Wallace in the late 1980s under Bill Davis. Neely Lovett also played for Davis and was a member of the 1992 team that went to the Division II playoffs. Gerido currently works with the FBI, McGriff is an assistant coach with the New Orleans Saints while Lovett is an assistant coach at Evans High School near Augusta.
Greene is also continuing a family tradition of attending the College By the Sea. His mother and grandmother along with other relatives attended Savannah State.
Damien Campbell and Francis both played at Hapeville Charter in College Park where former SSU defensive lineman Winston Gordon is the head coach as well as assistant principal.
Hagan and Wright are both 6-foot-7 and are the tallest signees but Redmond II, a defensive lineman from Tucker, Georgia is the largest at 360-pounds. Latson is the smallest at 5-foot-7, 158-pounds.
2014 Full Recruiting Class List (Click Here)
|Full Name||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown / Highschool|
|Brandon Bailey||CB||185||Duncan, S.C. / Fork Union Military Academy|
|Nicholas Bentley||RB||225||Decatur, Ga. / Decatur|
|Josh Berry||DB||210||Fort Pierce, Fla. / Long County|
|Ellison Burns||TE||205||Savannah, Ga. / Benedictine|
|Damien Campbell||OL||250||College Park, Ga. / Hapeville Charter|
|Keynnard Campbell||ATH||185||Savannah, Ga. / Bible Baptist|
|Conner Christian||DT||250||Dallas, Ga. / East Paulding|
|Marcus Collins||LB||230||Philadelphia, Pa. / University of Iowa|
|Willie Cooper||DL||266||Savannah, Ga. / Beach|
|David Crowley||DB||180||Jacksonville, Fla. / Trinity Christian|
|Traynearious Dillard||SS||190||Savannah, Ga. / Savannah High|
|Jamal Earls||OL||275||Hampton, Va. / Phoebus|
|Sean Fogarty||OL||265||Savannah, Ga. / Benedictine|
|Rohan Francis||OL||240||College Park, Ga. / Hapeville Charter|
|Anquavius Fuller||OL||290||Sharpsburg, Ga. / East Coweta|
|Blake Gerido||OL||305||Brentwood, Tenn. / Ravenwood|
|Taylor Gordon||OL||275||Bluffton, S.C. / Bluffton HS|
|Edward Goubadia||DE||228||Union, N.J. / Union HS|
|Rodheem Greene||DE||260||Savannah, Ga. / Memorial Day School|
|Christian Guinn||DE||220||Dallas, Ga. / East Paulding|
|Steven "Tyler" Hagan||WR||205||Guyton, Ga. / South Effingham|
|Quaron Hilliard||DE||240||Savannah, Ga. / Savannah High|
|Derek Kirkland||WR||180||Savannah, Ga. / Calvary Day|
|Michael Knox||QB||205||Columbia, S.C. / C.A. Johnson|
|Marlin Latson||WR||158||Savannah, Ga. / Memorial Day School|
|K'Lon Lovett||DB||190||Evans, Ga. / Evans|
|Jaylen McGriff||WR||190||Savannah, Ga. / Fork Union Military Academy|
|Daniel McKoy||OL||310||Newark, N.J. / ASA Junior College|
|Leonard Miller||OL||290||Augusta, Ga. / Union Military Academy|
|Leonardo Myers||LB||225||Augusta, Ga. / Monroe Junior College|
|Aaron Redmond II||DL||360||Columbia, S.C. / Ridgeville|
|Stephen Reynolds||DB||175||Tucker, Ga. / Tucker HS|
|Johvonte Singleton||LB||190||Savannah, Ga. / Memorial Day School|
|Tino Smith||QB||215||Noblesville, Ind. / Fork Union Military Academy|
|Bradley Stophel||OL||260||Brunswick, Ga. / Brunswick|
|Kersean Wilson||QB||195||Columbia, S.C. / Eastern Arizona Community College|
|Deric Wright||WR||199||Savannah, Ga. / Memorial Day School|
2014 Full Recruiting Class List (Click Here)
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