Grambling State University head coach Rod Broadway announced today that a total of 21 student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play football for the Tigers next season.
GRAMBLING, La. – Grambling State University head coach Rod Broadway announced today that a total of 21 student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play football for the Tigers next season.
With a focus of recruiting in the state of Louisiana during the offseason, the coaching staff went out and signed 10 recruits from the state. Grambling State continued its presence in the state of Alabama and nabbed six standouts in addition to signing three players Georgia and one each from Texas and Virginia. Several players in the class are also highly decorated as eight of the 21 signees earned all-state honors.
Broadway said additional players will be signed through the duration of the signing period.
Sanford Banks OL 6-5 303 Columbus, Ga. (Carver)
Anchored the offensive line on a team that captured the Class AAA State Championship with a 15-0 record…named to the News3 All-Area High School Football Team…earned a one-star rating by Scout.com.
Chris Bearden OL 6-7 330 Stone Mountain, Ga. (Towers)
Participated in the DeKalb County Coaches Association All-Star Football Game…earned a one-star rating by Scout.com…one of two signees from the state of Georgia.
Nico Brown WR 6-1 173 Hodge, La. (Jonesboro-Hodge)
Named Honorable Mention All-State by the LSWA…caught 48 receptions for 479 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior.
Brendan Crawford QB 6-5 205 El Paso, Texas (Chapin)
All-State performer who transferred into Chapin High School before the start of the 2007 season and made an immediate impact…passed for 2,207 yards and 20 touchdowns…also rushed for 266 yards and nine touchdowns and averaged 40.6 yards per punt with a long of 64 yards.
Maurice Crawford DL 6-2 245 Smiths, Ala. (Glenwood)
Selected to the Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State First team…participated in the AISA All-Star Game…a finalist for the ASWA Mr. Football honor…also a member of Glenwood’s basketball team.
Elijah Duzart WR 6-1 195 Alexandria, La. (Peabody)
Earned back-to-back honorable mention LSWA All-State honors…a member of the school’s nationally ranked basketball team…finished the 2007 season with 38 catches for 500 yards…also scored nine touchdowns.
Michael Harris DE 6-2 240 Bastrop, La. (Bastrop)
Hails from one of the most successful football programs in the state of Louisiana…helped his team capture three consecutive Class 4A Louisiana State Championships…recorded 72 tackles and three sacks as a senior.
Justin Higgins QB 6-2 185 Rayville, La. (Rayville)
One of the top athletes in the state of Louisiana who’ll play quarterback for Grambling State…named to the 2007 Class 3A LSWA All-State Team as an athlete…named as the LSWA’s Outstanding Offensive Athlete as a junior in 2006…passed for over 6,000 yards, rushed for nearly 2,000 yards and surpassed the 60-touchdown mark in his high school career...also was a standout linebacker in high school.
Myron Hobbs WR 6-3 195 Marrero, La. (John Ehret)
Named a 2007 Class 3A LSWA All-State honorable mention…hails from one of the most dominant programs in the state of Louisiana…earned a No. 13 ranking and a six star Super Combine Freak rating by Maxemfingerrecruiting.com…recorded 732 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns during his senior campaign.
Devyn Hyrd DL 6-2 260 Pineville, La. (Pineville)
Named a 2006 Class 4A LSWA All-State honorable mention… earned special mention honors on Jim Stefani’s Class of 2007 Underclassmen Recruiting Blog…hails from a strong high school program.
Sirderrick Landreth DL 6-2 310 Huntington (Shreveport HS)
Earned a one-star rating by Scout.com…one of three players to sign with Grambling State from the city of Shreveport…helped lead his team to the LHSAA Class 5A Playoffs.
Stephan McCord DB 6-2 180 Mobile, Ala. (McGill-Toolen)
Starter on the state’s top-ranked defense…earned honorable mention all-region honors last season in which he returned two interceptions for touchdowns in a single game…a special teams standout and also plays basketball…brother of current GSU defensive back T.J. McCord.
Greg McGrue OL 6-8 260 Birmingham, Ala. (Huffman)
Massive offensive lineman who earned All-State, All-Metro and All-City honors by the Birmingham News…earned a two-star rating by Scout.com and national ranking of 88… named as one of 10 players who could emerge as a major college player and Class of 2008 Sleeper by the Birmingham News.
Donovan Moss TE 6-4 240 Irondale, Ala. (Shades Valley)
High school teammate of fellow signee Van Phillips…a key member of his school’s basketball team…projects as a blocking tight end for the Tigers…continues the long line of talented players from the state of Alabama.
Van Phillips WR 6-2 205 Irondale, Ala. (Shades Valley)
Four-sport athlete…caught 56 passes for 731 yards and six touchdowns in his senior campaign…continues the long line of talented players from the state of Alabama…began his high school career as a tight end before switching to wide receiver…earned All-Metro and All-City honors by the Birmingham News…named as one of 10 players who could emerge as a major college player and Class of 2008 Sleeper by the Birmingham News.
Rodale Pippen ATH 6-0 185 South Boston, Va. (Halifax County)
Athletic player who played both quarterback and wideout…dual threat athlete who’ll play all over the field for Grambling State…recorded nearly 5,000 yards of total offense throughout his career with 2,000 yards passing in 2006.
Demetrius Porter OL 6-5 280 Marksville, La. (Marksville)
Named to the 2007 Class 3A LSWA All-State Team…participated in the 2007 Baton Rouge NIKE Rivals.com Combine…ranked as the 37th best prospect in Louisiana by Dandy Don’s Football Recruiting web site.
Quint Roberts OL 6-6 325 Anniston, Ala. (Anniston)
A member of one of the top offensive lines in the state of Alabama…continues the long line of talented players from Alabama… participated in the 2007 Atlanta NIKE Rivals.com Combine.
Darius Rose OL 6-6 250 Shreveport, La. (Captain Shreve)
One of two players from Captain Shreve to sign with Grambling State…earned All-District 1-5A Honorable Mention honors for his performance after the 2007 campaign.
Naquan Smith SS 6-1 185 Atlanta, Ga. (Mays)
Named Honorable Mention All-Area by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution…tallied 54 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries as a senior…also nailed 7-of-8 PATs.
Julian Wyndon OL 6-3 315 Shreveport, La. (Captain Shreve)
One of two players from Captain Shreve to sign with Grambling State…earned All-District 1-5A honors for his performance after the 2007 campaign…helped lead his team to the LHSAA Class 5A Playoffs.