The Charleston Southern Buccaneers have added 18 football signees at the midpoint of Signing Day 2013, Bucs' head coach Jamey Chadwell announced on Wednesday. The class is expected to grow as Signing Day continues.
Chadwell was introduced as CSU's head coach on Jan. 17 and has had less than three weeks to put his staff in place and sign his first recruiting class.
Chadwell, 36, in the third head coach in CSU history. He replaced Jay Mills, who retired last month after 10 seasons as CSU's head coach. He is 25-21 as a head coach and takes over the CSU program after spending the last four seasons as a head coach at two Division II programs, including leading North Greenville University to its first-ever playoff berth in 2011.
As of noon, the Bucs' signing class included eight South Carolina products and six Georgia products.CSU Head Coach Jamey Chadwell on the Bucs' 2013 Signing Class:
"I am extremely happy with our 2013 signing class. While only having three weeks to put together a recruiting class, the coaches were able to identify student-athletes that were ideal fits for our University and for the makeup of our football team. We tried, in the short amount of time we had to recruit, to hit areas I was familiar with and had ties to. We were able to get seven young men from the state of South Carolina to believe in the vision we have for Charleston Southern football. These student-athletes will be a driving force behind our resurgence in recruiting our home state. We were able to go out of state and bring in some quality players that will be able to fill some immediate needs for our program...This group of young men will solidify the foundation that already exists and be a catalyst for the program going forward."
2013 Buccaneer Football Signees (Alphabetical Order)
Caleb Batchelor (Highlight Video)
DL - 6'3 - 235 - Spartanburg, S.C. – Dorman
Earned all-region and Spartanburg Herald Journal Fall Sports All-Area 2012 honors at Dorman High School in Spartanburg, S.C…Two-year starter on the defensive line…Helped lead the Cavaliers to the state playoffs…Son of Mike and Kami Gutshall…Born Feb. 3, 1995…Played for David Gutshall at Dorman.
Truett Burnes (Highlight Video)
Kicker/Punter - 6'0" - 172 - Clinton, S.C. – Clinton
Named all-state as a punter and Laurens County Touchdown Club All-County following his senior season…Averaged 42.3 yards per punt as a senior to break the Clinton High School record…Recorded 74 percent on his touchbacks and was 3-for-4 on field goal attempts with a long of 42 yards…Was a member of CHS's Beta Club and the National Honor Society…Was also a 2012 Boys' State attendee…Son of Jeff Burns and Donna Burns…Born Feb 28, 1994…Played for Scott King at Clinton High School.
Frank Cirone (Highlight Video)
OL - 6'3" - 260 - Naples, Fla. – Naples
A first-team all-county selection at Naples High School following a senior season in which his team won the 5A-Region 3 championship and the Collier County Athletic Conference title…Recorded 86 pancake blocks as a senior and paved the way for an offense that averaged 43 points per game…Helped lead NHS to a state title in rugby…Son of Diana Cirone and Kelly Kinsland…Born Dec. 28, 1994…Played at Naples High School for Bill Kramer.
D.J. Curl (Highlight Video)
DB - 5'11" – 188 - Riverdale, Ga. - Eagle Landing Christian Academy
Two-time first team all-state and all-region selection in his final two seasons…2012 Led his team to a 14-1 record as a senior…Also earned Alll-Metro Area and All-Southern Crescent First Team honors as a senior…Had 75 tackles, 10 pass break-ups, one interception, and one fumble recovery as a senior… as a senior..Had 93 tackles and seven interception in his junior season…Son of Daniel and Janet Curl…Born Aug. 5, 1994…Played for Johnathan Gess at Eagle Landing Christian Academy.
Caleb Gee (Highlight Video)
OL - 6'3" - 295 - Beaufort, S.C. - Beaufort
A three-year starter at South Hill High School…Led his team in pancake blocks…Also competed in weightlifting…Son of Kendall and Michelle Gee…Born Dec. 22, 1994…Played for Mark Clifford at South Hill High School.
Mike Holloway (Highlight Video)
RB - 5'8" - 180 - Atlanta, Ga. - Arabia Mountain
A two-time all-county selection in high school…Rushed for 1,062 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior…Also had 377 receiving yards…Also ran track at AMHS and was a member of the school's honor roll every year…Son of Michael and Tama Holloway…Born Nov. 24, 1994…Played for Head Coach Christopher Beal at Arabia Mountain.
Colton Korn (Highlight Video)
WR - 6'0" - 175 - Duncan, S.C. – Byrnes
Named HSSR First Team All-State following a senior season in which he caught 52 passes for 954 yards and 14 touchdowns…Helped lead Byrnes to the 2011 and 2012 4A State Championships…Also earned all-region honors as a senior…Son of Larry and Brenda Korn…Aug. 10, 1993…Played for Chris Miller at Byrnes.
Ed Martinez (Highlight Video)
OT - 6'3" - 278 - Blountsville, Ala. - Susan Moore
Named all-region as a senior and first team all-country as a junior and senior at Blountsville High School in Birmingham, Ala…Recorded 75 pancake blocks as a senior…Also Wrestled at BHS…Son of NManuel and Lulu Martinez…Born march 14, 1995…Played for Head Coach Bryan Jennings at Blountsville.
Larenzo Mathis (Highlight Video)
Ath - 5'11 - 175 - Greenwood, S.C. - Greenwood
Led team to a 15-0 record and a 4A State Championship as senior…Earned all region and All-Lakeland honors… Played in the SCADA North-South All-Star Game…Member of track team, winning the regional title in the triple jump and reaching the state finals in four events…Son of Cynthia Jackson and Pereduo Mathis…Born Sept. 26, 1994… Played for Head Coach Gene Cathcart at Greenwood.
Jacob Mays (Highlight Video)
Ath - 6'2 - 215 - Chatsworth, Ga. - North Murray
All-around athlete at North Murray High School in Chatsworth, Ga…Accounted for 18 total TDs as a senior and was named to the Cam Newton All-Star Team…Had nine receiving touchdowns to go with six rushing TDs and three kick return TDs…Was a three-sport star at NMHS, also playing baseball and track…Son of Angela Agan and Douglas Agan…Born Aug. 8, 1994…Played for David Gann at North Murray.
Troy McGowens (Highlight Video)
DB - 6'0 - 168 - Easley, S.C. - Easley
A two-sport standout at Easley High School…Accounted for 32 touchdowns and 19 interceptions during his high school career as a running back and a safety…Earned All-Region 1-4A honors following his junior and senior seasons after leading his team to a 9-4 record and their first playoff win in 14 years…Scored over 1,000 career points and had over 500 assists in his basketball career…Son of Tonia Holden and Troy McGowens…Played for Chad Smith at Easley High School.
Sean Moore (Highlight Video)
OL - 6'3" - 293 - Ellendwood, Ga. - Woodland
A four-year standout at Woodland High School in Ellendwood, Ga…Also a member of school's track team…Son of Harrice and Wylene Moore…Born Aug. 18, 1995…Played for Head Coach Scott Scmitt at Woodland High School.
RaSean Ray (Highlight Video)
DE - 6'3" - 230 - Jacksonville, Fla. - Fletcher
Named second team all-state and first team all-district and all-city following his senior season… Led his team to the 2011 and 2012 8 A Gateway Conference Championship…Led team to state quarterfinals as a senior and state semifinals as a junior…Also a member of the Fletcher track team…Son of Sonya and Robert Ray…Born Aug. 12, 1994…Played for Head Coach Josh Corey at Fletcher High School.
Ben Robinson (Highlight Video)
RB - 5'7" - 165 Tallahassee, Fla. – Lincoln
Earned third team all-state and First Team All-Big ben honors after his senior season…Rushed for 1,475 yards as a senior…Led team to 7A State Championship game as a senior and 4A State Championship as a sophomore…Also a member of school's track team…Son of Sonya Waller and Darrick Waller…Born Jan. 20, 1994…Played for Head Coach Yusuf Shakir at Lincoln.
Chris Sullivan (Highlight Video)
OL - 6'6" - 260 - Greenville, S.C. - Mauldin
Named South Carolina 4-A All-State following his senior year…Also earned all-region and all-county honors…Played in the 2012 Carolina North-South All-Star Game…Named Greenville Touchdown Player of the Week…Also an Eagle Scout…Earned the West Pointe Leadership Award…Honor Roll Student…Played for Head Coach Doug Shaw at Mauldin.
Raymere Thomas (Highlight Video)
CB - 5'11" - 165 - Suwanee, Ga. - Collins Hill
Earned all-region honors as a senior…Named Gwinnett County Player of the Month for October…Helped team reach the state playoffs four-straight years…Also a member of his school's track and basketball teams…Son of Ramon Thomas and Stacey Marshall…Born Nov. 10, 1994…Played for Head Coach Kevin Reach at Collins Hill.
Alex Waters (Highlight Video)
OL - 6'4" - 258 - Greer, S.C. - Greer
Played in the SCADA North-South All-Star Game following his senior season…Earned Greer Citizen/Greenville News Student-Athlete of the Week honors…Also a member of Greer's Mu Alpha Theta and Beta Club…Son of Sebrina Westmoreland and Larry Westmoreland…Born Feb. 24, 1995…Played for Head Coach Will Young at Greer.
Jackson Williamson (Highlight Video)
C - 6' - 275 - Macon, Ga. - Jones County