CHARLESTON, SC - Head Coach Jay Mills and his staff have announced the signing of 22 players on Wednesday, who will join the team for the 2011 season. The class consists of seven offensive, 13 defensive players, a kicker and a punter.
The main area of focus was defensive back, with the Bucs signing six players at that position. While continuing to hit the state of Florida very hard, nine players in the class are from the Sunshine State, while adding seven from Georgia, more than doubling the number of athletes from Georgia from the 2010 roster (6).
Spring practice will begin for the Bucs on March 8, and will culminate with the Memorial Spring Football Game on April 16 at 2 p.m.
A full list, as well as information about each player, can be found below. Mills and his staff will visit about the class at the annual Signing Day Luncheon. This year, for the first time fans can watch the luncheon live for free on the Big South Network.
2011 Signing Class
OL - Zachary Sibrava - 6-4, 265, West Palm Beach, Fla. (Park Vista HS)
OL - Clayton Truitt - 6-3, 292, Atlanta, Ga. (Parkview HS)
TE - Dylan Black - 6-3, 206, Lynn Haven, Fla. (Lake Mary HS)
QB - Briar Van Brunt - 6-3, 195, Warner Robbins, Ga. (Northside HS)
RB - Trey Dorsey - 5-8, 187, Homerville, Ga. (Clinch County HS)
WR - Chase Jones - 5-10, 200, Miami, Fla. (South Miami HS/Feather River College)
WR/RB - Marcellas Pope - 5-9, 185, Stockbridge, Ga. (Stockbridge HS)
DL - Emmanuel Koleosho - 6-3, 295, Minneapolis, Minn. (Acad. Of Holy Angels HS/Coll. Of Canyons.)
DL/LB - Thomas Marshall - 6-3, 215, Jacksonville, Fla. (Eaglewood HS/Reedley College)
DL/LB - Isaac McKenzie - 6-1, 245, Pittsburg, Pa. (Woodland Hills HS/Santa Monica CC)
DL - Tanner Rogers - 6-2, 240, Stockbridge, Ga. (Eagles Landing Christian Academy)
DL - James Smith - 6-0, 280, Greenville, S.C. (Greenville HS/Hargrave Military Academy)
DL - Benny Timmons - 6-2, 257, Aiken, S.C. (Silver Bluff HS)
LB - Mike Chocholousek - 6-0, 213, Glendale, Az. (Mt. Ridge HS/Glendale CC)
DB - Kareem Givens - 5-10, 180, Lakeland, Fla. (Lakeland HS)
DB - Marquiz Hodo - 6-0, 170, Stockbridge Ga. (Stockbridge HS)
DB - Rodney Mills - 5-11, 185, Tampa, Fla. (Jefferson HS)
DB - Raydreon Rowe - 5-11, 155, Orlando, Fla. (Edgewater HS)
DB - Corey Santiago - 6-0, 185, Woodstock, Ga. (Woodstock HS)
DB - Trini Sutton - 5-11, 180, Sebring, Fla. (Sebring HS)
K - Mark Deboy - 5-8, 195, Fort Myers, Fla. (Riverdale HS)
P - Cameron Mitchell - 6-5, 200, Tarpon Springs, Fla. (East Lake HS)
A 6-4, 265-pound lineman, Zachary Sibrava signed with CSU out of Park Vista High School, where he played for Brian Dodds. He was named an Outback All-Star as a senior, also earning first team all-conference honors in his final season of action. He is the son of Loni Sibrava and Alan Renzetti.
Clayton Truitt (6-3, 292) is an offensive lineman from Parkview High School, where he played for Coach Cecil Flowe. He had 53 knockdowns and 24 pancake blocks during his career, earning all-county honors. The son of Dennis and Katie Truitt, he was a scholar-athlete as a football player and a wrestler, and earned a spot in the Gwinnett County All-Star Game.
The lone tight end in the recruiting class, Dylan Black is a 6-3, 206 athlete out of Lake Mary High School, where he played for Coach Scott Perry. As a junior, Black earned first team all-county and all-district honors, earning all-conference and second team all-district honors in his senior year. The son of Mary King and Joe King, Black also earned a pair of letters as a member of the LMHS basketball team, and another on the track team.
A highly-recruited quarterback out of Northside High School, Briar Van Brunt has elected to play for the Buccaneers after tallying more than 4,000 yards of total offense and 40 touchdowns in his career. He was named the team captain, the Most Outstanding QB/WR and was a first team all-region selection as a junior and a senior. The son of Steven Van Brunt and Karen Cody-Van Brunt, he carried the ball for 1,998 yards and 22 touchdowns, passing for 2,170 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Trey Dorsey is a 5-8, 187-pound running back from Homerville, Ga. At Clinch County HS, Dorsey started at wide receiver, quarterback, defensive back and running back for Coach Jim Dickerson. He was also a member of the 4x100m relay team. As a quarterback his senior year, Dorsey threw for 1,455 yards and carried the ball for 1,484 more, scoring a total of 40 offensive touchdowns, leading his team to the state championship. The son of Chad and Denise Brown, Dorsey was the offensive MVP and a first team all-state selection as a junior and a senior. He earned the team's Hustle Award, and was second team all-region as a sophomore, making 60 tackles as a defensive back that year.
Chase Jones is a wide receiver, who is already enrolled in classes at CSU after signing with CSU out of Feather River College, where he earned all-conference and team captain honors under J.D. Johnson. Before that, Jones was a team captain and All-Dade County selection at South Miami High School. The son of David Jones and Regina Jones, he earned all-district honors as a wrestler and volleyball player, and was the district champion on the track and field team.
Marcellas Pope (5-9, 185) signed with CSU from Stockbridge HS, where he played for Coach Kevin Whitley. Pope played a number of positions at SHS, including wide receiver, running back and defensive back. In the backfield, Pope had 726 yards on 56 carries, catching 21 passes for 274 yards as a wide receiver. The son of Yolanda Pope, he accounted for 17 total touchdowns. He also had five touchdowns, two pass breakups and an interception on the defensive side of the ball. Pope was also a three-year member of the SHS track and field program.
A transfer defensive lineman from the College of the Canyons, Emmanuel Koleosho is a 6-3, 295-pounder who earned all-conference honors last season. At Academy of Holy Angels HS, Koleosho was also an all-conference selection and the son of Rhoda and Tony Koleosho was a also a member of the basketball team.
Thomas Marshall is a 6-3, 215-pound defensive lineman and linebacker, who played three years for Coach Thomas Lawback at Eaglewood HS. He earned the Coaches' Choice Award and was an all-conference selection. The son of Fredrick Brown, Marshall also played basketball and tennis and was a member of the track and field program. At his most recent stop, Reedley College, he was an all-conference selection under Coach Randy Whited.
Isaac McKenzie (6-2, 240) is a transfer from Santa Monica Community College, where he played linebacker and defensive end for Coach Gifford Lindheim, earning all-conference honors for his work on the defensive line. In high school at Woodland Hill HS, McKenzie was an all-conference running back and played in the Foothills Classic All-Star Game in 2008. He is the son of Donna Henderson.
Tanner Rogers is a 6-2, 240-pound defensive end, who signed with CSU from Eagles Landing Christian Academy, where he had 71 tackles, nine sacks and 17 tackles for loss in his senior season alone. He was the Defensive Lineman of the Year in his region, and earned All-South Metro first team honors. The son of Ted and Jerri Rogers, he was the Special Teams Player of the Year and earned the Kingdom Athletic Award at his school. He was also a track athlete, placing third in the state in the shot put as a junior.
Most recently at Hargrave Military Academy, James Smith (6-0, 280) is a defensive lineman who is already enrolled in classes at CSU. In high school, Smith was an all-region and all-county selection under Coach Phil Magdic. He earned the Best Lineman Award as well as the Coaches for Character Award. The son of David and Rachel Smith, he was an all-region, all-county and all-state selection in the discus for the track and field program.
Benny Timmons (6-2, 257) is a defensive lineman who signed with CSU from Silver Bluff HS, where he played three seasons for Coach Al Lown. He was named to the 2010 North/South All-Star Game and was an all-area selection in 2010. The son of Terry and Valerie Richberg, Timmons was named to the Football Friday Night/ESPN Rize All-CSRA team. He is a member of the basketball and track programs at SBHS and will play soccer during his senior year.
A transfer from Glendale Community College, Mike Chocholouskek (6-0, 213) is a linebacker who was a team captain at his previous school, where he had two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. He had 73 tackles as well as a sack. In high school, Chocholousek was also a team captain, earning Defensive Player of the Year honors as a junior and senior in his region. The son of Brad and Denise Chocholousek, he was a first team all-region, All-West Valley and 5A honorable mention all-state selection in his final two years in high school.
Kareem Givens comes to CSU from Lakeland High School, where he played for Coach Bill Castle, amassing 245 career tackles. He had three interceptions and scored three touchdowns at LHS, earning All-Polk County honors as a junior and senior. The son of Tammy Givens, he helped lead his team to a 50-5 record for his career, and a state-runner up finish as a sophomore. Givens was also a member of his track and field team, making the finals at the state championships in the 4x100m relay.
Joining his teammate, Marcellas Pope, from Stockbridge HS, Marquiz Hodo will represent SHS and Coach Kevin Whitley on the defensive side of the ball for CSU. The 6-0, 170-pound defensive back had 12 tackles, four pass breakups, a blocked kick, a tackle for loss and a recovered fumble in high school. Hodo also saw time offensively, carrying the ball eight times for 78 yards and catching two passes for 87 yards, accounting for three total touchdowns. The son of Carey and Shandreka Hodo, he was a two-year letterman on the basketball team.
Rodney Mills (5-11, 185) signed with the Bucs from Jefferson High School, where he played for Coach Mike Fenton. There, Mills helped lead his team to a 2010 3A State Championship amassing 155 career tackles and five career interceptions. He earned All-Hillsborough County second team honors in 2010, and was an honorable mention selection in 2009.
Raydreon Rowe is a 5-11, 155-pound defensive back out of Edgewater HS, where he had 11 touchdowns as a wide receiver in his senior season. On the defensive side of the ball, Rowe had 13 pass breakups and 25 tackles, earning a spot in the Central Florida All-Star Game. He is the son of Pernell Rowe and Lolita Rowe.
At 6-0, 185 pounds, Corey Santiago is a defensive back who signed with CSU from Woodstock HS, where he played three years for Coach Brent Buddy. He had 82 tackles and two interceptions, forcing five fumbles and blocking three kicks during his career. He earned all-region and Special Teams Player of the Year honors. The son of Allen and Peggy Santiago, he was the Gridiron player of the week twice, and the Defensive Back of the Year by the organization.
Trini Sutton (5-11, 180) is a defensive back from Sebring High School, where he played for Coach Jared Hamlin. The son of Daniele Sutton-Brown and Greg Brown, he was selected to play in the South Central All-Star Game and was a first-team all-county selection as a running back. He was also a member of the basketball team at SHS.
A 5-8, 195 pound kicker, Mark Deboy will join CSU from Riverdale HS, where he played for Coach Robert Hinson. In his senior year, Deboy was 5-of-7 on field goals, making a career-long 52 yarder. On kickoffs, Deboy put 65 percent of his kicks in the endzone for touchbacks, earning him a spot in the All-Lee County All-Star Game. The son of Brian and Kathy Deboy, he graduated in the top 10 percent of his senior class, and earned all-county honors as a junior goalie on the soccer team.
Cameron Mitchell averaged 41 yards per punt for Coach Bob Hudson at East Lake HS. Standing 6-5, 200 pounds, he was the special teams MVP in 2009-10, and was selected for the Pinellas County All-Star Game in 2010. The son of Rich and Lisa Mitchell, he was an all-conference selection and also earned a spot on the honor roll at East Lake HS.