College football: JSU found a way to supplement its recruiting class
by Al Muskewitz
Feb 06, 2014 | 2218 views |  0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jacksonville State listed a small signing class Wednesday – 14 players – because the Gamecocks had only a limited number of athletics scholarships to give, but they supplemented their haul with players receiving other types of aid and preferred walk-ons.

That list was topped by Vestavia Hills linebacker Ryan Childers and Glencoe lineman Tyler Johnson, but also included Enterprise kicker Cade Stinnett, Benjamin Russell quarterback Bryant Horn and Eagles Landing Christian receiver Davis Carrandi.

Stinnett is the son of Slade Stinnett, the kicker on JSU’s 1992 national championship team. Horn is the son of Benjamin Russell and former Clay County coach Danny Horn. Carrandi is the favorite target of JSU quarterback signee Dalton Etheridge.

The group also includes Brookwood receiver/linebacker Nate Craft, Dothan linebacker Octavius Baxter, Enterprise linemen Thomas Stinson and Austin Bell, and McAdory athlete Jarrett Brown.

Head coach John Grass said if the Gamecocks had had more initial scholarships to offer this year, many of these players would have gotten one.

FUN STUFF: It just wouldn’t be a National Signing Day without some sort of glitch.

The Gamecocks received the National Letter of Intent paperwork from Hayden’s Tyler Swindle early in the day Wednesday, but had to send it back when they noticed something amiss.

National Signing Day was also Swindle’s birthday and in the place on the document where players register the date of their signing, the big offensive lineman wrote in his birth date instead of the actual date.

Not to worry. The JSU coaches sent a new form and Swindle returned it straight away – this time with the proper date.
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