UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – University of Richmond Spiders head football coach Danny Rocco announced the signing of 16 student-athletes on Wednesday.
All 16 student-athletes will be eligible to begin play in the 2014 season for the Spiders. The class includes eight offensive, seven defensive and one special teams recruit. Eight of the signees hail from Virginia, while three come from Maryland, two from North Carolina and one each from Texas, Florida and Tennessee.
"We are really excited today about our signing class of 2014," commented Rocco. "We received 15 National Letters of Intent from a number of student-athletes that we have been with for a long time. This group consists of eight Virginia players, which we are really, really excited about having great history here in the state.
“Additionally, 14 of the 15 signees got into their state playoff tournament, with nine playing in their state championship game. A total of 13 of the 15 young men were in our camp or at our Junior Day and 10 of the 15 were either Honor Roll students or National Honor Society students. I think we address some real specific needs in our area of big bodies, offensive line and defensive line, and we wanted to replenish our linebacking core, which we did.
“In addition to our 15 signees, we have also added RB Jeremiah Hamlin to our roster. Hamlin spent the fall at FUMA, and is currently enrolled here. So we are really excited about this group, as this is our third class. I really feel like this is the best and the deepest group that we've brought here to the University of Richmond."
Coach Rocco will discuss the 2014 recruiting class in the Red Terrace of the Robins Center prior to the men’s basketball game versus St. Bonaventure from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m on Wednesday.
Rocco will be joined by members of his staff and video highlights of the 2014 recruiting class will be shown. The Football Signing Event is currently sold out, however the entire Signing Day Party will be streamed live on RichmondSpiders.com via Spider TV for free.
Rocco will also meet with the media at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the Spiders' signed 2014 recruiting class. The press conference audio will be carried live by RichmondSpiders.com.
Below fans can see a chart of all of the Spiders signees, with a full biography of each player underneath the chart.
|Name||Position||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown||High School||Highlights||NLI Received|
|Jeremiah Hamlin||Running Back||6-0||221||Jacksonville, Fla.||University Christian (Fork Union)||View||Winter|
|Logan Sedergren||Linebacker||6-3||193||Concord, N.C.||Concord||View||7:02 a.m.|
|Dale Matthews||Linebacker||6-0||230||Bowie, Md.||DeMatha||View||7:02 a.m.|
|Jarriel Jordan||Defensive Back||5-9||170||Fort Washington, Md.||DeMatha||View||7:10 a.m.|
|D.J. Helkowski||Punter||6-2||210||Warrenton, Va.||Fauquier||View||7:12 a.m.|
|Caleb Drake||Quarterback||6-2||175||Troy, N.C.||West Montgomery||View||7:55 a.m.|
|Alex Light||Offensive Line||6-5||283||Salem, Va.||Salem||View||8:07 a.m.|
|Blane Markham||Offensive Line||6-6||265||Lynchburg, Va.||Liberty Christian Academy||View||8:15 a.m.|
|Andrew Clyde||Defensive Line||6-2||250||Dallas, Texas||Highland Park||View||8:20 a.m.|
|Trey Moore||Linebacker||6-1||223||Memphis, Tenn.||Memphis University School||View||8:45 a.m.|
|Stephon Jacob||Tight End||6-2||220||Damascus, Md.||Damascus||View||8:50 a.m.|
|Marius Young||Offensive Line||6-3||275||Richmond, Va.||Hermitage||View||9:20 a.m.|
|Jarmal Bevels||Wide Receiver||6-4||186||Fredericksburg, Va.||James Monroe||View||9:25 a.m.|
|Jared Coker||Offensive Line||6-4||285||Niceville, Fla.||Briar Woods||View||9:30 a.m.|
|DeAnthony Muse||Defensive Line||6-1||295||Roanoke, Va.||Northside||View||9:46 a.m.|
|Chad Wiggins||Linebacker||6-1||225||Centreville, Va.||Centreville||View||2:00 p.m.|
Fredericksburg, Va./James Monroe
6-4 • 186
Head Coach: Richard Serbay
High School: Three-year letterman ... 2013 First-Team All-District, All-State and All-Area honoree … 2012 Male Athlete of the Year for James Monroe … 2013 Defensive Player of the Year for James Monroe High School … Holds school records in most receptions (79) in a season, most receiving yards (1,205) in a season and most touchdowns (4) in a game … Caught 13 touchdowns his senior year … Three-time AAA Region Champions … Three-time AAA All-State Contenders … Also lettered in track & field.
Personal: Son of Kimberly Cowles and Jarmal Bevels, Sr. ... Has three siblings, Kiara, Kyonna and Javich ... National Honor Society ... FCA … 2013 Free Lance Star Student Athlete of the Year.
Dallas, Texas/Highland Park
6-2 • 250
Head Coach: Randy Allen
High School: Two-year letterman and two-year starter... Two-time all-district and all-region honoree … Earned all-state honors his senior campaign … 10-4A District Champions in 2012 and 2013 … Bi-District Finalists in 2012 … 2013 Area Champion … 2013 Regional Final Champions … Recorded 57 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 6.0 sacks and two forced fumbles his junior year … Tallied 64 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and eight forced fumbles his senior campaign … Also lettered in track & field.
Personal: Son of Andrew and Jennifer Clyde ... Has an older sister, Madeline ... National Honor Society ... Cornerstone Scholar Athlete … Eagle Scout.
Ashburn, VA./Briar Woods
6-4 • 285
Head Coach: Charlie Peirce
High School: Three-star recruit by 247sports.com and two-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com … Three-year letterman and starter ... Helped lead his squad to three-consecutive state championships … Three-time state champions … Two-time First Team VHSCA All-State … Two-time First Team Rivals All-State … Two-time All-Region first team … 2013 Second Team All-Met … 2012 First Team All-Dulles District … 2012 All-Loudoun team … Two-time Briar Woods Offensive Lineman of the Year … Two-time Briar Woods Most Improved Player … Also lettered in wrestling.
Personal: Son of Jason and Cindy Coker ... Has an older sister, Lindsay.
Troy, N.C./West Montgomery
6-2 • 175
Head Coach: Nick Eddins
High School: 2013 First Team All-State North Carolina Preps… 2013 District MVP… 1,833-yards passing … 1,807-yards rushing … 18 passing touchdowns … 28 rushing touchdowns … Led his team to the North Carolina State Championship Game … Also Lettered in basketball and track & field.
Personal: Son of Larry and Naomi Drake ... Has six older siblings, Larry, Tawayna, Derrick, Josh, Talra and Shekra.
Jacksonville, Fla./University Christian (Fork Union Military Academy)
6-0 • 221
Fork Union Head Coach: John Shuman
HS Head Coach: David Penland
At Fork Union: Totaled 689 yards on 110 carries … Also had 12 receptions for 256 yards.
High School: Two-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Four-year letterman and starter ... Helped University Christian to 14-1 record and state championship during his senior season, earning MVP honors in state title game ... Second-Team All-State ... First-Team All-Region ... AA Elite Team ... Helped team reach playoffs for first time in six years during junior season ... Three-year letterman and starter in basketball ... Also lettered in track.
Personal: Son of Felicia Williams ... Honor Roll.
6-2 • 210
Head Coach: Jamie Carter
High School: Four-year letterman ... Two-time First Team All-Region … Second Team All-State … Two-time First Team All-Conference … Also played lacrosse his sophomore season.
Personal: Son of Doug and Tara Helkowski ... Has a younger sister, Lauren ... National Honor Society ... Father Doug was a punter at Penn State (1987-1991).
6-2 • 220
Head Coach: Eric Wallich
High School: Two-year starter … First Team All-Gazette … Selected to the Big 33 Game … His squad went 10-1 and 9-2 his final two seasons, respectively … Played in the Maryland Crab Bowl … Two-year starter on the basketball team at Damascus.
Personal: Son of Christopher and Corrine Jacob ... Has three brothers and a sister: J.R., Darryl, Jerryck and Natasha.
Fort Washington, Md./DeMatha
5-9 • 170
Head Coach: Elijah Brooks
High School: Three-year starter … Three-time WCAV All-Conference … Ran a 4.31 40-yard dash … Two-time champion of the strength competition held at DeMatha … His senior season, DeMatha finished 11-1 and won the state title.
Personal: Son of Jarriel, Sr. and Wyevetra Jordan ... Has an older sibling, Domanique.
6-5 • 283
Head Coach: Stephen Magenbaur
High School: Three-year letterman … Team captain … Two-year all-state honoree … All-Timesland honoree … Also lettered in basketball … three- year starter … 2013 State Champions.
Personal: Son of Kelly and Aubie Light.
Lynchburg, Va./Liberty Christian Academy
6-6 • 265
Head Coach: Frank Rocco
High School: Two-year letterman … Two-year starter … 2012 & 2013 First Team VA Prep All-State … Senior captain … 2013 VISAA First Team All-State … Two-time All-VIC Conference first team … Three-time VIC Champion … Three-time VISAA Division I State Champion.
Personal: Son of Mike and Susan Markham … National Honor Society.
6-0 • 230
Head Coach: Elijah Brooks
High School: Three-year letterman … Three-year starter … Two-time All-WCAC … 2013 WCAC Champion … 2013 Runner-Up WCAC Champion … Tallied 137 tackles at inside linebacker his senior season … Also lettered in lacrosse … All-PG County Honorable Mention.
Personal: Son of Sonja and Dale Matthews, Sr. and Hillary and Robert Garner … Has an older brother, Xavier.
Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School
6-1 • 223
Head Coach: Bobby Alston
High School: Four-year letterman … Commercial Appeal Best of Prep Team … 2013 Liberty Bowl All-Star Game … Memphis University School Defensive Player of the State Championship Game … Two-time State Runner-Up … All-District honoree.
Personal: Son of Merry and Johnny Moore, Jr. … Had a younger sister, Madison … Father Johnny, Jr. played football for Rhodes College (1984-88).
6-1 • 295
Head Coach: Burt Torrence
High School: Two-star recruit by Rivals.com … Three-year starter … Roanoke Times Sizzlin’ Sophomore … 2012 Region III Co-Player of the Year … All-State honoree … All-State Player of the Year … 2013 AAA State Champion … Also a member of the track & field team.
Personal: Son of Shuntra and Raymond Muse … Has three siblings: Rashun, Ashley and Adrien … National Honor Society.
6-3 • 193
Head Coach: Glen Padgett
High School: Four-year letterman and three-year starter ... Team Captain … Three-time All-County Selection … Three-time All-Conference Selection … 2013 Conference Defensive Player of the Year … Three-time Team Defensive MVP ... 2013 All Region Selection … NC East-West All Star Team Selection … Helped lead Concord High School to two-consecutive NC State Final appearances (2012, 2013) … Winningest player in Concord High football history with a combined career varsity record of 47-13 … Had an undefeated regular season in 2013 … Finished career with over 500 tackles, over 50 TFL and five interceptions … Also a three-year letterman in basketball and baseball.
Personal: Son of Bill and Lisa Sedergren … Father played hockey at Union College (NY) and was drafted by NHL Calgary Flames in 1987 Entry Draft … Brother Nathaniel, played football at Western Carolina University … Has two sisters; Addison (11) and Savannah (6) and has three brothers; Nathaniel (24), Cameron (15) and Hunter (13) … National Technical Honor Society member.
6-1 • 225
Head Coach: Chris Haddock
High School: Three-year letterman … 2013 Virginia High School Defensive Player of the Year by VirginiaPreps.com … Two-time First Team All-Concorde District … Two-time First Team All-North Region … All-State Underclassmen Honorable Mention All-Met … 2013 First Team All-Met … 2013 First Team All-State … 2013 North Regional Player of the Year … 2013 Concorde District Champions … 2013 Regional Champions … 2013 6A State Champions … Led his squad to a 15-0 season his senior year.
Personal: Son of Bradley Wiggins and Jody Terry … Has two brothers, Carson and Cole.
6-3 • 275
Head Coach: Patrick Kane
High School: Three-time All-District … Three-time All-Region … Two-time All-Metro … Two-Time All-State … Three Year Letterman … Three Year Starter … A-List Top 12 in Central Region … Four-time District Champions.
Personal: Son of Cedrick Young and Jena McGrady … Has an older sister, Brecia.