Clark is increasing the JSU talent base the same way as many good non-FBS coaches do — landing some transfers from larger schools.
Alabama defensive end LaMichael Fanning and Georgia quarterback Christian LeMay already have informed the JSU coaches they are headed to Jacksonville. All that’s left is for them to enroll at JSU. The spring semester begins Jan. 2.
Fanning is a good one. A 6-foot-7, 270-pound defensive end, he should shine in the Ohio Valley Conference and help the JSU pass rush. That’s something teams at all levels can use.
LeMay got caught in a quarterback shuffle at Georgia, as nobody was getting much of an opportunity as long as Aaron Murray was on campus. Murray heads to the NFL next season, and LeMay would’ve had to beat out a handful of others in the spring for the starting job. Junior Hutson Mason has a head start. After Murray suffered a season-ending knee injury against Kentucky, Mason got to start the regular-season finale against Georgia Tech and will be under center in the Bulldogs’ bowl game.
But LeMay was a coveted four-star quarterback out of high school and appears to have the ability to do well. He simply needs a chance.
The Gamecocks could land a third Southeastern Conference transfer if Georgia safety Shaquille Fluker picks JSU, too. He is considering the Gamecocks and Northwestern State.
Fluker sat out the season with a medical issue. Fluker told 247sports.com he suffered a seizure during practice this season, and while the Georgia medical staff searched for a reason, he said it was just dehydration. Fluker told the website he suffered something similar in high school after consuming an energy drink before a game.
Fluker, who signed with Georgia in February out of East Mississippi Community College, likely would’ve started for the Bulldogs. At least, he probably would know not to bat the ball up in the air when the other team is throwing deep on a fourth-and-100 play.
All three could give a big lift to a team that’s already good. Clark appears ready to make JSU great.
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