South Carolina State, Wednesday, announced the signing of fifteen (15) football prospects to national letters. Only four of the signees are from South Carolina. Six are from Georgia, four from Florida and one from North Carolina.
The four Palmetto signees included Shrine Bowl running back Harold Atkinson of Carolina Forest High in Conway, QB Kylen Binn of Columbia, a North-South All-Star Game selection, and LB Michael Wamer of St. George, a High School Sports Report (HSSR) All-State performer and a Times and Democrat newspaper Elite 11 pick, and offensive lineman Justin Evans of Florence.
The Bulldogs were looking to strengthen their defense and add some speed on offense, according to SC State head coach Buddy Pough.
"We did well generally on defense and really helped ourselves on the defensive front", Pough said. The defensive people we signed up front are really athletic and good solid players. We got two linebackers that are really special and a good group of defensive backs as we were really in need of safeties and corners.
"We also signed two wide receivers that are both skilled guys and can do a lot after catching the ball," Pough continued. "And, we signed a tall quarterback we are excited about and a tight end that's really athletic and hard-nosed."
Defensive end Victor Ismael of Miami, whose dad played at SC State in the mid 80s and currently an assistant strength coach for the Miami Hurricans, and Trayshaun Watkins of Mooresboro, NC, lead the defensive linemen Pough spoke of.
The talented linebackers are Dayshawn Taylor of Lincolnton, Ga., and Wamer; Kolby Gray of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and Devondre Powell head the list of defensive backs.
Others lauded by Pough were receivers Chris Trimmings of Brunswick, Ga., and Bernard Morrison of Stone Mountain, Ga.; tight end Zane Fields of Jonesboro, Ga., Binn, the quarterback of Columbia and only offensive lineman among the signees, Justin Evans of Florence.
2013 Football Signees
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. High School Hometown/Honors
Harold Atkinson RB 5-10 230 Carolina Forest Conway/Shrine Bowl, All- American Game
Kylen Binn QB 6-5 210 Blythewood Columbia, SC/North-South Game
Tyberius Cravens DE 6-1 231 Pebblebrook Austell, GA/All-Region
Justin Evans OL 6-4 278 Wilson Florence, SC/Rivals.com 3 Star
Zane Fields TE 6-2 235 Lovejoy Jonesboro, GA/GA-FL All-Star Game
Kolby Gray DB 5-9 170 Atl. Sports Acad. Ft. Lauderdale, FL/Rivals.com 2 Star
Chris Herise DL 6-4 225 Central Miami Miami, FL/FL All-Star Game, Rivals.com 2 prospect
Victor Ishmael DE 6-1 260 Miami Sunset Miami, FL/FL All-Star Game
Bernard Morrison WR 6-0 184 South Gwinnett Stone Mountain, GA/ Gwinnett All-Star Game, Rivals.com 2 Star
Gregtavious Newell DE 6-1 210 Atl Sports Acad McDonough, GA/Team DL of the Year
Devondre Powell DB 5-9 175 Miami Jackson Miami, FL/GA-FL All-Star Game, All-Dade County
Dayshawn Taylor LB 5-10 240 Lincoln County Lincolnton, GA/All-State, All-Region
Chris Trimmings WR 5-10 172 Brunswick Brunswick, GA/All-Region, Rivals.com 2 Star
Michael Wamer LB 6-2 187 Woodland St. George/Elite 11, HSSR All-State
Trayshaun Watkins DE 6-1 228 Chase Mooresboro, NC/All-Conference, All-County