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2018 National Signing Day Bios

WEDNESDAY’S SIGNEES

Myles Brown, S, 5-10, 179, Alabaster (Thompson): A two-star recruit according to 247Sports and scout.com. ... played for head coach Mark Freeman at Thompson High School in Alabaster. ... a two-time all-state selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association, earning first-team honors in 2016 and honorable mention honors in 2017. ... was a first-team all-region selection in each his junior and senior seasons. ... as a senior for the Warriors, recorded 96 tackles, four interceptions and seven pass breakups. ... over his THS career, had 142 tackles and 12 interceptions. ... led the Warriors to a 12-1 record and the 2017 AHSAA Class 7A Region 3 title. ... chose the Gamecocks over offers from Central Arkansas and North Alabama.

Deandre Butler, OL, 6-3, 300, Opelika (Opelika): A two-star recruit by 247Sports. ... Played for head coaches Brian Blackmon and Caleb Ross at Opelika High School in Opelika. ... helped lead the Bulldogs to three-straight region titles from 2014-16. ... helped set the OHS school record for wins in a season with 13 in his junior season. ... chose the Gamecocks over UAB.

Cagan Campbell, CB, 5-11, 165, Tuscaloosa (Hillcrest): A three-star recruit by 247Sports, who also lists him as the No. 26 player in the state of Alabama and the No. 71cornerback in the class of 2018. ... a two-star recruit by Rivals.com. ... played for head coach Sam Adams at Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa. ... a second-team all-state athlete by the Alabama Sports Writers Association in 2017, when he recorded 67 solo tackles, four interceptions and nine pass breakups. ... also ran track for the Patriots, claiming three state titles and running what was at one time the fastest time in the country in the 400 indoors at 47.64 seconds. ... chose JSU out of 17 offers that include New Mexico, UMass, Wofford, Army, The Citadel, Eastern Kentucky, Florida Atlantic, Liberty, South Alabama, Tennessee Tech and UT Martin.

Marshall Clark, DB, 5-11, 188, Munford (Munford): Played for head coach Bill Smith at Munford High School in Munford. ... a first-team all-state selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association as a senior in 2017, when he was also named the WBRC Fox 6 Sideline Class 4A Defensive Player of the Year. ... a first-team all-county and all-region pick in his senior season, when he had 153 total tackles, 101 of which were solo stops. ... also recorded five sacks, 16 tackles for a loss and two interceptions in his senior campaign that saw the Lions post a 9-2 record and claim the AHSAA Class 5A Region 5 title. ... was named to the TV24 All-Star Team. ... over his career at MHS, recorded over 200 tackles, 10 sacks, 25 tackles for a loss and three interceptions.

D.J. Coleman, DE, 6-6, 232, Atlanta, Ga. (South Atlanta High School): Played for head coach Brad Stevens at South Atlanta High School in Atlanta, Ga. ... chosen to participate in the APS All-Star Game, where he was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player. ... an all-region performer as a senior in 2017. ... chose JSU over several offers that included Troy, Western Kentucky, East Carolina and Central Arkansas.

Ahmad Edwards, WR, 6-1, 175, Alabaster (Thompson): A three-star recruit by 247Sports, who also ranked him the No. 62 player in the state of Alabama. ... played for head coach Mark Freeman at Thompson High School in Alabaster. ... a first-team all-state selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association as a senior, when he hauled in a state-record 118 catches for 1,464 yards and 13 touchdowns. ... was a finalist for the AHSAA Class 7A Back of the Year. ... led the Warriors to the AHSAA Class 7A Region 3 title in 2017. ... chose the Gamecocks over several offers that included South Alabama, Central Arkansas, Eastern Kentucky and Alabama State.

Cameron Hill, OL, 6-1, 290, Montgomery (Robert E. Lee): A three-star recruit by Rivals.com. ... played for head coach Tyrone Rogers at Robert E. Lee High School in Montgomery. ... A second-team all-state selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. ... Was a first-team all-region performer in each his junior and senior seasons. ... Selected to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game. ... Chose the Gamecocks over offers from several schools, including Kennesaw State, UMass, Bowling Green, Tennessee State and Tulane.

Austin Kinsey, RB, 5-11, 230, Grove Hill (Clarke County): Played his senior season for head coach Stacy Luker at Clarke County High School in Grove Hill. ... a first-team all-state selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association as a senior after leading the Bulldogs to an 11-3 record and to the semifinals of the AHSAA Class 3A Playoffs. ... led a CCHS offense that set a school record with 474 total points in 2017. ... was named a finalist for the AHSAA Class 3A Back of the Year after he ran for 1,845 yards and 26 touchdowns on 239 carries as a senior. ... also had 234 receiving yards and two scores on 11 catches. ... a four-time all-region performer. ... played at Washington County High School in Chatom, where he was a first-team all-state pick by the ASWA as a sophomore in 2015, when he led the Bulldogs to their second-straight region title. ... chose the Gamecocks over interest from South Alabama and UAB.

Ja’Cobie Lofton, S, 6-2, 205, McCalla (McAdory): Played for head coach David Powell at McAdory High School in McCalla. ... led the Yellow Jackets to a runner-up finish in their region and to the AHSAA Class 6A Playoffs. ... played both wide receiver and defensive back for the Yellow Jackets. ... helped the MHS offense to over 21 points per game and paced a defense that held foes to under 15 points per game and allowed over 20 points twice.

Cam McKinney, WR, 6-3, 190, Birmingham (Carver): A three-star recruit. ... played for head coach Rod Carson at Carver High School in Birmingham. ... a second-team all-state selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association as a senior after being named his team’s Offensive Most Valuable Player. ... led the Rams to the AHSAA Class 6A Playoffs in his senior season, its first appearance in 14 years. ... chose the Gamecocks over several offers that include Georgia Southern, South Alabama, Arkansas State, Army, Samford, Troy, UAB and Southern Illinois.

Jason Pierce, P, 6-3, 215, Powder Springs, Ga. (Hillgrove): Lettered four years for head coach Phillip Ironside at Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs, Ga. ... named the fifth-best kicker/punter in the state of Georgia by RecruitGeorgia.com and one of the state’s top 10 kickers/punters by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and WSB-TV. ... also appeared on the AJC’s 2017 All-Metro high school football team for Cobb County. ... rated a 4.5-star kicker and five-star punter by Kohl’s Professional Camps. ... named second team all-state his junior season, all-district punter of the year and first team all-region punter of the year both his junior and senior years. ... named to Blue-Gray All-American and Cobb Senior Bowl all-star squads in 2017. ... averaged 40 yards per punt over his four-year career. ... led the charge in the 2016/17 Kick-It Champion campaign, raising more than $5,500 for pediatric cancer research. ... received the Presidential Youth Service Award for his work at the local food pantry. ... booted a career-long 47-yard field goal in 2016. ... chose the Gamecocks over Alabama State.

Jamias Presley, CB, 5-10, 160, Opelika (Opelika): Lettered four years for coaches Brian Blackmon and Caleb Ross at Opelika High School in Opelika. ... led the Bulldogs to back-to-back 6A, Region 3 championships in 2015 and 2016. ... helped Opelika to an appearance in the 2016 Class 6A Super 8 championship game. ... received first team all-region honors his senior season and second team all-region his junior year. ... named a 2017 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star. ... recipient of the Sports Vision defense award. ... OANews All-Area Defensive Team . ... Recorded 41 solo tackles, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. ... boasts a 3.875 GPA and ranks 32nd in his senior class.

Tacorrie Russell, DE, 6-3, 225, Oxford (Oxford): Lettered three seasons at Munford High School under head coach Bill Smoth in Munford and one season for head coach Ryan Herring at Oxford High School in Oxford. ... received a three-star rating from Hudl.com, 247Sports.com and Rivals.com. ... ranked the 63rd-best recruit in the state of Alabama. ... led the Yellow Jackets to a 12-1 record his senior season, earning a 6A, Region 7 region championship. ... spent time at running back during his final season at Munford High School. ... carried the ball 78 times for 708 yards, averaging nine yards per carry for the Lions. ... chose the Gamecocks over Arkansas State, Coastal Carolina, Iowa State, Memphis, Mercer and Troy.

George Steele, CB, 5-10, 175, Trussville (Hewitt-Trussville): Lettered one season for head coach Josh Hall at Hewitt-Trussville High School in Trussville. ... received a two-star rating from 247Sports.com and Scout.com. ... led the Huskies to a 7A, Region 4 championship his senior season. ... named Second Team Defense by the Trussville Tribune. ... chose the Gamecocks over The Citadel, East Tennessee State, Eastern Kentucky, Mercer and Tennessee Tech. ... received interest from Chattanooga, Georgia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Southern Miss, Toledo, Troy and UAB.

Romello Tarver, DL, 6-2, 291, Montgomery (Park Crossing): Lettered four years for head coach Smitty Grider at Park Crossing High School in Montgomery. ... received a two-star rating from Scout.com. ... led the Thunderbirds to a 12-1 record and 6A, Region 2 championship during his senior season. ... recorded 28 solo tackles and 50 total tackles in 2017, averaging 4.5 tackles per game. ... received Modern Day TV Player of the Game honors.

Markeyce Troutman, DE, 6-4, 205, Butler, Ga. (Taylor County): Lettered four seasons for head coach Mark Wilson at Taylor County High School in Butler, Ga. ... led the Vikings to a 10-2 record his senior season. ... an all-state second team selection as a junior and all-district second team as a senior. ... finished his career with more than 70 tackles at defensive end. ... had one interception and eight sacks during the 2017 season. ... also spent time at wide receiver, totaling 293 yards on two receptions during his senior season.

Chapelle Wade, QB, 5-11, 203, Birmingham (Carver): Lettered four seasons for head coach Rod Carson at George Washington Carver High School in Birmingham. ... led to the Rams to the 6A playoffs and a 7-4 overall record. ... a two-time all-district selection and named all-state honorable mention. ... twice named the Rams’ most valuable player. ... totaled 2,000 passing yards and 850 rushing yards during his senior season. ... finished his high-school career with 8,000 passing yards and 3,000 rushing yards.

Uriah West, RB, 6-0, 210, Douglasville, Ga. (Douglas County): Lettered four seasons for head coach Johnny White at Douglas County High School in Douglasville, Ga. ... received a two-star rating from Rivals.com. ... a first team all-state, all-district and all-region selection for the Tigers. ... named a Rising Seniors All-Star during the 2017 campaign. ... toted the ball for 1,496 yards and 13 touchdown on 9.2 yards per carry his senior season. ... Atlanta Journal Constitution First Team selection. ... received offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Eastern Kentucky, Marshall, Samford, Toledo and Troy.

EARLY ENROLLEES

Zerrick Cooper, QB, 6-2, 220, Jonesboro, Ga. (Clemson): Played the 2017 season at Clemson after redshirting in 2016. ... in 2017, was 25-41 passing for 256 yards and two touchdowns against no interceptions in 104 snaps over 10 games. ... completed 61.0 percent of his passes and had a 129.5 pass efficiency rating. ... as a standout at Jonesboro High School in Jonesboro, Ga., rated among the top 300 overall players in the nation by ESPN, 247 sports, Rivals and Scout. ... listed as fourth best overall prospect in Georgia by ESPN. ... ninth-best quarterback prospect in the nation by ESPN. ... seventh-best quarterback in the nation by 247 Sports. ... played quarterback and safety at Jonesboro High School. ... completed 161-267 passes for 2,039 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2015. ... threw just four interceptions. ... helped team to a 11-2 record and the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. ... also added 359 yards rushing. ... named the Region 4 Player of the Year. ... also all-county and honorable mention all-state. ... injured as a junior, but a part time starter as a sophomore when he completed 86-155 passes for 1200 yards and eight scores

Landon Rice, TE, 6-5, 253, Cedartown, Ga. (Mississippi Gulf Coast CC): Played the 2017 season at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston, Miss. ... all-region and all-area for Coach Hal Lamb at Calhoun High. ... Yellow Jackets won the 2014 AAA state title with 12-0 record. ... voted team captain at Under Armour All-America Game. ... GSWA first team all-state. ... Rivals, 247 Sports, ESPN ranked him a top 10 TE prospect and a four-star recruit. ... also a basketball letterman. ... active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Tre’ Threat, LB, 6-1, 244, Mobile (Auburn): Played the 2016 and 2017 seasons at Auburn University and served as a key special teams performer for the Tigers. ... two-year all-county and second team all-state. ... recorded 252 tackles, 26 TFL, 12 sacks, 29 QB hurries, 3 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries, 1 interception and scored two defensive touchdowns for Coach Ben Blackmon at Spanish Fort High. ... Toros were 15-0 and won 6A state title. ... Under Armour All-America Game. ... USA Today, MaxPreps All-America. ... Rivals top 15 ILB. ... ESPN top 20 OLB. ... USA Today all-state. ... also a baseball and track letterman. ... active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes.