Charleston Southern announces its 2010 Signing class

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) – Head Coach Jay Mills and his staff announced the signing of 22 players Wednesday, who will join the CSU football team in 2010. The class consists of 12 offensive and 10 defensive players, including four defensive backs.

A total of 12 players will come to CSU from the state of Florida, with five coming from South Carolina, three from Georgia and the two junior college transfers coming from California.

Offensively, CSU signed two quarterbacks, two wide receivers, two tight ends and three each from the offensive line, and running back positions. On the defensive side, the Bucs inked four defensive linemen, two linebackers and four defensive backs.

CSU will open the 2010 season at home against North Greenville on September 4, 2010.

A full list, as well as information about each player, can be found below.

2010 Signing Class

  • OL – Kenneth Bizier – 6-3, 287, Jacksonville, Fla. (Ed White Catholic HS)
  • OL – Logan Mines – 6-5, 290, Winter Park, Fla. (Edgewater HS)
  • OL – Brent Riley – 6-4, 290, Atlanta, Ga. (Lakeside-DeKalb HS)
  • TE – Carson LeShin – 6-4, 255, Littlerock, Calif. (Desert Christian/Antelope Valley CC)
  • TE – Nathaniel Prater – 6-8, 205, Greenwood, S.C. (Ninety Six HS)
  • QB – Malcolm Dixon – 6-1, 180, Tifton, Ga. (Tifton County HS)
  • QB – Richard Mounce – 6-0, 205, Columbia, S.C. (Blythewood HS/Clemson Univ.)
  • RB – Tadarrius Allen – 5-11, 214, Avon Park, Fla. (Avon Park HS)
  • RB – Keelyan Bryant – 5-9, 180, St. Petersburg, Fla. (St. Petersburg Catholic HS)
  • RB – Savon Seward – 5-4, 155, Fort Myers, Fla. (Cypress Lake HS)
  • WR – Kevin Glears, Jr. – 6-0, 170, Charleston, S.C. (Goose Creek HS)
  • WR – Nathan Perera – 6-3, 200, Orlando, Fla. (Bishop Moore HS)
  • DT – Isaac Lowrance – 5-11, 245, Inman S.C. (Boiling Springs HS)
  • DE – Mose Countryman – 6-4, 225, Jacksonville, Fla. (Mandarin HS)
  • DE – Delvon King – 6-0, 245, Oakland, Calif. (James Logan HS/Chabot College)
  • DE – Skyler Skersick – 6-3, 220, Orlando, Fla. (Boone HS)
  • LB – Calvin Bryant – 5-11, 196, Tifton, Ga. (Sandalwood HS)
  • LB – Gabriel Middlebrook – 6-2, 205, Charleston, S.C. (West Ashley HS)
  • DB – Patrick Adams – 6-0, 185, Jacksonville, Fla. (Ed White Catholic HS)
  • DB – Demaris Freeman – 6-1, 178, West Palm Beach, Fla. (Park Vista HS)
  • DB – Matthew Hardy – 5-11, 170, Jacksonville, Fla. (Trinity Christian Acad.)
  • DB – LaKeith Murray – 5-11, 154, Altamonte Springs, Fla. (Lyman HS)

A 6-3, 287-pound offensive lineman, Kenneth Bizier played four years for Coach Terry Gilliam. His team won 65 percent of its games during his career, while Bizier earned All-First Coast second team honors as a senior. He was also a 2007-08 scholar-athlete and an all-state honorable mention selection as a senior. The son of René and Tammy Bizier, he was also a member of the baseball team, hitting over .300 for his career with six homeruns and 47 RBIs in three years. Joins high school teammate Patrick Adams in the CSU recruiting class.

Logan Mines is a 6-5, 290-pound offensive lineman from Edgewater High School, where he was a three-year starter for Coach Bill Gierke. The son of Evanne and John Mines, Logan was selected to the first-team all-metro as well as the All-Orange County. He also bench presses 355 pounds.

Brent Riley is a 6-4, 290-pound offensive lineman, who will come to CSU from Lakeside-DeKalb High School, where he played for Coach Thomas Cox. He earned four letters in football, three in track and two in basketball for the Vikings. Playing all along the offensive line, Riley also served as a long snapper, and did not give up a sack all season. As a junior, he also played defensive line. He was a team captain and played in the 2009 DeKalb County All-Star Game. The son of Ryan and Janet Riley, he went to regionals with the track team as a shot put and discus thrower and was the center on the basketball team.

Carson LeShin is a transfer tight end who spent the past two years at Antelope Valley Community College, where he played for Coach Perry Jehlicka. At Desert Christian, LeShin was also a member of the basketball, volleyball and track programs. He is the son of Robert and Vienna LeShin.

By far the tallest player in the class, Nathaniel Prater is a 6-8, 205-pound tight end from Ninety Six HS where he played for Coach Chris Liner. Prater was named to the all-region team in baseball and basketball as a junior. His senior year, Prater earned all-region, All-Lakelands and all-state honors on the football field. One of five signees from the Palmetto State, Prater is the son of Kevin and Andrea Prater.

A 6-1, 180-pound quarterback from Tifton, Ga., Malcolm Dixon earned the Iron Devil Award from Coach Jay Walls as a sophomore, junior and senior. He was the Offensive Player of the Year as a senior and also earned second-team all-region honors. The son of Horace Dixon, Jr. and Jean Toomer, he was first-team all-region as a junior and named to the honor roll all four years of high school. He was also a member of the basketball and track programs, helping lead his basketball team to the sweet sixteen as a junior and finishing second in the state in the long jump.

Already enrolled in classes at CSU, Richard Mounce will go through spring practice after transferring from Clemson University. Originally from Blythewood High School, Mounce played for Coach Jeff Scott, leading his team to a 33-1 overall record, earning Mr. Football accolades in 2007 for the state of South Carolina. He was also named the Shrine Bowl MVP. In his final two seasons, he passed for 6,100 yards and rushed for almost 2,000 more, throwing 73 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions. He is the son of Steve and Elizabeth Mounce.

Tadarrius Allen is a 5-11, 214-pound running back from Avon Park HS, where he played for Coach Andy Bonjokain. Doing a little of everything offensively, Allen had 1,183 yards on 160 carries and 12 touchdowns, passing for 361 yards and four touchdowns. He also had 278 receiving yards for an additional two touchdowns. He was the 2007 Special Teams Player of the Year and the Offensive Player of the Year in 2007, 2008 and 2009. The son of Pam Allen, he was a member of the basketball team, a state qualifier in the discus and finished seventh in the weightlifting state championships.

Keelyan Bryant is a 5-9, 180-pound running back who played three years for Coach Todd Crenti at St. Petersburg Catholic HS, where he was named the Rotary Club's Academic Player of the Year. As a junior, he rushed for more than 1,000 yards, going for 860 yards as a senior. He was the Pinellas County Player of the Week after rushing for 249 yards in a game. Bryant earned second-team all-county honors as a junior and was honorable mention as a senior. The son of Yvette Corbin and Craig Bryant, Keelyan was a member of the district-qualifying 4x100m relay team for the track program.

A 5-4, 155-pound running back, Savon Seward will come to CSU from Cypress Lake High School, where he played three years for Coach Mike Thornton. He tallied more than 2,200 yards on the ground in his final two seasons for the Panthers, adding another 850 yards receiving. He was named to the Lee County All-Area team three times and was an all-state selection as a junior. A two-time all-conference selection, Seward is the son of Janet and Eric Speed.

The signee with the shortest trip to school, Kevin Glears, Jr., signed with CSU out of Goose Creek HS, where he played for Coach Chuck Reedy. He had 50 receptions for 746 yards, and three touchdowns, amassing another four touchdowns on the ground and one score on a kickoff return. He was named the student of the month with a 3.4 GPA and earned all-region and all-county honors. The son of Kevin and LaWanda Glears, he was a member of the all-state 4x100m relay team and the all-region 4x400m relay team.

A tall target, Nathan Perera is a 6-3, 200-pound wide receiver from Bishop Moore HS in Orlando, Fla., where he played for Coach Matt Hedrick. As a senior, Perera had more than 900 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. He was named the most valuable wide receiver in 2008 and 2009 and was the Orlando Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Week. The son of Karen and Juan Perera, he was selected to play in the Central Florida All-Star Game and was ranked #60 in the Central Florida Top-100. He was also a four-year varsity letterman for the baseball team, and a member of the basketball team for Bishop Moore.

Isaac Lowrance is a 5-11, 245-pound defensive tackle, who comes to CSU from Boiling Springs HS where he played for Coach Bruce Clark. As a senior, Lowrance had 106 tackles, topping his junior mark of 104. He tallied 18 sacks, 25 tackles for loss and recovered five fumbles over the course of his career. The son of Katilia Brannon, he was named the Best Defensive Lineman in 2008, and earned Region Player of the Week, All-Area and All-Academic team honors during his senior year.

A two-way player, Mose Countryman (6-4, 225) has the ability to play tight end or defensive end, a move that Mills has utilized often at CSU with players such as Tyrese Harris and Ryan Ard. At Mandarin HS, Countryman had three catches for 45 yards as a tight end in his final game of his career, and only allowed one sack as an offensive lineman. A four-year letterman for Coach Jason Robinson, he was named the offensive line captain this past season. The son of Mose and Zelbra Countryman, he was also a member of the MHS track and field program throwing the shot put.

The lone defensive transfer, Delvon King, comes to CSU from Chabot College in California, where he earned first team All-Nor-Cal honors. His senior year at James Logan HS, King had 16.5 sacks and 49 tackles. He earned All-Eastbay and All-MVAL first team honors for Coach George Zuber. The son of Mary Horne, King also earned second-team All-MVAL honors for the wrestling program.

Skyler Skersick, a 6-3, 220-pound defensive lineman from Boone HS, tallied 90 tackles including 10 sacks. Selected to play in the All-Central Florida All-Star Game, Skersick had two sacks in the game. During his three-years at BHS, he was given the Player of the Game award on multiple occasions by Head Coach Phil Ziglar. The son of Chris and Teri Skersick, he was also a member of the Braves' baseball team.

Coming off the best season of his three-year career at Sandalwood HS, Calvin Bryant has signed to play linebacker for CSU. As a senior, Bryant had 120 tackles, 13 sacks and forced three fumbles, giving him 190 tackles, 23 sacks and six forced fumbles for his career under Coach Adam Geis. He was the Co-MVP and school's Defensive Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009 and earned first-team all-conference and second-team All-First Coast honors. The son of Sonya Clark, Bryant was also a 400m and 800m runner on the track team.

Gabriel Middlebook is a 6-2, 205-pound linebacker from nearby West Ashley HS, where he tallied 14 sacks, 143 tackles and eight pass breakups during his career. He also had 17 tackles for loss and returned a fumble 58 yards. He was named to the all-region team, the AAAA Region 8 Defensive Player of the Year, and the West Ashley MVP for the linebackers. The son of Don and Melicent Middlebrook, he was also an all-region selection in tennis at West Ashley.

Joining high school teammate Kenneth Bizier in the recruiting class, Patrick Adams is a 6-0, 185-pound defensive back from Ed White Catholic HS. Adams had nine total touchdowns for his career under Coach Terry Gilliam, including seven as a sophomore. His senior year, Adams had 79 tackles with three interceptions and two sacks. The son of Patrick and Sharon Adams, he was named to the all-conference team and earned the most outstanding defensive player award as a senior. His father Patrick Adams, Sr., was a running back for the Florida Gators.

Demaris Freeman signs with CSU as a 6-1, 170-pound defensive back from Park Vista HS, where he helped take his team to the district championship. The son of Carolyn and David Freeman, Demaris was a two-time all-district and all-conference selection on the football field. He averaged 20 points per game for the basketball team and was also an all-county selection for the track program.

A three-year member of the Trinity Christian Academy team, Matthew Hardy is a 5-11, 170-pound defensive back. Hardy had four interceptions and 80 tackles for Coach Verlon Dorminey. He returned three of his interceptions back for a touchdown, also accounting for a rushing and receiving touchdown. The son of Mac and Gayle Hardy, he was named to the All-First Coast third team, and was a member of the basketball and track programs at TCA.

A 5-11, 154-pound defensive back, LaKeith Murray signed out of Lyman HS, where he played for Coach Bill Caughell. As a defensive back, he led Seminole County in interceptions with six and was nominated for all-conference honors. He also had 47 tackles, five pass breakups and a forced fumble. The son of LaShawnda Berry, Murray was also a member of the LHS track and field program.

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