The class includes 10 players on offense, four on defense and one specialist. Nine of the new Bears are from the state of Maryland (including Washington, D.C.), with two from Pennsylvania, and two from Georgia. Others are from Michigan and California.
The Bears class includes five on the offensive line, including Eligah Hunter a standout prospect from Friendship Collegiate Academy, who was the final prospect to officially sign with the Bears.
"Offensive line was our biggest need heading into the offseason," said Hull. "Our class of O-lineman is one of the best in the Football Championship Subdivision."
The Bears also landed a pair of outstanding running backs in Josh Chase and Dante Butler. MSU also filled needs at quarterback, receiver and tight end.
"We signed two of the top four running backs in the state of Maryland."
On the defensive side of the ball, the Bears signed two linebackers, a pair of defensive backs and added a placekicker on special teams.
"Nine of our 15 recruits were from in-state," Hull said. "My goal was to have 70 percent of our players come from the DMV area and this class reflects the philosophy of our program. We've established a clear identity in recruiting, and finding in-state talent is a priority."
2016 Morgan State Recruiting Class
|Name||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown||High School/Last School|
|Mikal Cherry||OL||6-5||297||Philadelphia, Pa.||Delaware Valley Charter HS|
|Bruce Trigg||OL||6-4||285||Snellville, Ga.||South Gwinnett HS|
|Malcolm Harley||DB||6-1||175||Forestville, Md.||Bishop McNamara HS|
|Ian McBorrough||LB||6-2||195||Baltimore, Md.||Eastern Tech HS|
|Josh Chase||RB||6-0||205||Severn, Md.||Archbishop Spalding HS|
|Deandre Harris||QB||6-4||195||Washington, Ga.||Washington-Wilkes HS|
|Quez Bradley||DB||6-1||190||Columbia, Md.||Wilde Lake HS|
|Ostell Martin||OL||6-5||330||Detroit, Mich.||Cass Tech HS|
|Alex Raya||K||5-11||175||San Bernadino, Calif.||San Bernadino Valley College|
|Rashon Lusane||LB||6-1||190||Malvern, Pa.||Malvern Prep|
|Dante Butler||RB||6-0||210||Frederick, Md.||Linganore HS|
|Manassah Bailey||WR||6-1||175||District Heights, Md.||Suitland HS|
|Eligah Hunter||OL||6-4||350||Washington, D.C.||Friendship Collegiate Academy|
|Kojo Dingle||OL||6-2||290||Olney, Md.||Our Lady of Good Counsel HS|
|Idahota Akojie||TE||6-4||215||Upper Marlboro, Md.||Wise HS|
Mikal Cherry – OL | 6'5 | 297 | Philadelphia, Pa. | Watch
Cherry is a 6'5, 297-pounder who was had a standout prep career as a lineman at Delaware Valley Charter HS. He helped lead the Warriors to a 2A Public League Championship and was selected to the All-Public First Team and All-City Second team. He was also selected to the All-Southeastern Pennsylvania Second Team. He is a tough, rugged player who had excellent coaching during his prep career.
Josh Chase – RB | 6'0 | 205 | Severn, Md. | Watch
Chase is a 6'0, 205-pound running back from Archbishop Spalding HS in Severn, Maryland. He completed his prep career by rushing for 2,468 yards and 31 touchdowns. He rushed for an average of 126.6 yards per game. He also recorded 31 receptions for 403 yards and had 369 kickoff return yards with 3 TDs.
Deandre Harris – QB | 6'4 | 205 | Washington, Ga. | Watch
Harris is a 6'4, 205-pounder was a standout at Washington-Wilkes HS where he helped lead the He threw for over 3,500 yards and tossed 63 career touchdowns. He also ran for 1,800 yards and 28 TDs. Harris is a dual-threat quarterback with good fundamentals and has a high football I.Q.
Rashon Lusane – LB | 6'1 | 190 | Malvern, Pa. | Watch
The 6'1, 190-pounder had an outstanding prep career at Malvern HS where he was an All-Inter Academic League First Team selection as a senior. He was a Second Team All-League selection as a junior, and was honored to the First Team as a sophomore. He also played in the USA vs. Canada Bowl game. He's versatile player, who has a high football I.Q. and will strengthen the Bears at OLB or Safety and on special teams.
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