Denson, Bucs announce December signing class

Denson, Bucs announce December signing class

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern head football coach Autry Denson announced the 2020 early signing class on Wednesday morning as the Buccaneers welcomed four players to CSU on the December early signing period.

The Buccaneers’ class features two players from Georgia, one from Florida, and one from South Carolina. The class also features a pair of offensive linemen, while adding talent at both linebacker and in the offensive backfield.

“We were unbelievably blessed to add four unbelievably talented players to our family today as a part of the December signing class,” Denson said. “You can never have enough big guys, and we added two athletic people-movers up front in Eric (Aldridge) and Lee (Mathews). We’ve also added a playmaker who can make people miss and help us create mismatches all over the field in JD (Moore).”

He added, “You win championships with defense. Getting Tylan (Hollis) was exciting for our defense and he can run all over the field and adds a hard-hitting presence to our team.”

CSU looks to build off a strong finish to Denson’s inaugural season at the helm of the Bucs in 2019. CSU wrapped up Big South play with a winning record for the fourth consecutive season, while finishing 2019 winning five of their last six games.

The Buccaneers will announce the 2020 complete football schedule in early January.

Jordan (JD) Moore Athlete * 5-11 * 180 Abbeville, S.C. * Abbeville High School

  • Posted 41 carries for 1,289 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns in his senior season
  • Averaged 9.1 yards per carry over his final high school season
  • Was 5-of-7 through the air for 215 passing yards and three touchdowns
  • Posted three receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown
  • Was named the 2019 Region Player of the Yaer
  • Recognized on the All-Lakelands Team
  • Was named to the Coaches All-State Team
  • Added 12 tackles, four pass breakups, and a blocked field goal
  • Coached by Jamie Nickles at Abbeville High School
  • Plans on majoring in business at Charleston Southern

Eric Aldridge Jr. Offensive Line * 6-3 * 285 Americus, Ga. * Americus-Sumter High School

  • Two-Time All-Region selection
  • Helped lead Americus-Sumter to the Second Round of the state playoffs
  • Recognized on the Honor Roll in the class room
  • Coached by Ross Couch at Americus-Sumter
  • Son of Krystal Heath and Eric Aldridge
  • Plans on majoring in business at Charleston Southern

Lee Mathews Offensive Line * 6-4 * 300 Palmetto, Fla. * Palmetto High School

  • Two-time All-District selection in both his junior and senior seasons
  • Was named a state semifinalist for Football Academic Honors
  • Was a state qualifier for weightlifting
  • District and County champion in weightlifting
  • Was recognized on the Honor Roll in the classroom
  • Father (Matt) played offensive line at Florida International University
  • Coached by Dave Marino at Palmetto High School
  • Son of Matt and Megan Mathews
  • Plans on majoring in business at Charleston Southern

Tylan Hollis Linebacker * 5-11 * 192 Manchester, Ga. * Manchester High School

  • Two-time First Team All-Region selection
  • All-State recognition at linebacker
  • Led Class A Public in tackles for loss
  • Team Defensive MVP for two seasons
  • Boasted statistics of 92 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, eight sacks, and nine touchdowns
  • Also lined up on the basketball team earning Best Defender and Best Rebounder
  • Excelled in the classroom earning A/B Honor Roll status
  • Coached by Coach Hochstetler at Manchester High School
  • Son of Timothy and Kimberly Hollis
  • Plans on becoming a physical therapist at Charleston Southern