Citadel releases 2010 signing class

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) – The Citadel Athletics Department and head football coach Kevin Higgins released the names of 24 athletes who will join the Bulldogs as members of the 2010 recruiting class during a press conference held at the Pearson Club Level of the West Side Tower at Johnson Hagood Stadium on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 3 p.m.

The 2010 class is the fifth recruiting class for Higgins since joining the Bulldog staff in 2005. The class consists of 11 athletes from South Carolina schools, including the Lowcountry's Burke, Fort Dorchester, Summerville and Stratford high schools. The remaining 13 athletes represent the states of Alabama (2) Florida (4), Georgia (2), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (2), Tennessee (1), and Virginia (1).

Among the players are three quarterbacks, including Charleston's Del'Javon Simmons, four running backs and three offensive linemen. On defense, the Bulldogs have signed five linebackers, five defensive backs and three defensive linemen. A kicker from Summerville is also included in the class.

"There is no question this is our deepest and most talented class during our five year tenure," Higgins said. "We met our needs at every position. Since last signing day we had more recruits on campus for junior day, camps and home games than ever before. I know our facility enhancements and the completion of the stadium made a difference in the hearts of our recruits. Also, recruits appreciated the passion and vision provided by General Rosa and faculty during their recruiting trip."

The spring football season will return to February as they kick-off on Thursday, Feb. 25 with spring practice. The four-week practice period will conclude with a Blue and White Game on Saturday, March 27 at 11 a.m. at Johnson Hagood Stadium. The team will report in the fall on Aug. 6 and the Bulldogs' first game of the 2010 season will take place on Sept. 4 against Chowan at Johnson Hagood Stadium.

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The Citadel Football 2010 Signing Class

  • Jamal Allen 5'10 170 DB Gaither Tampa, Fla.
  • Derrick Bavol 6'5 230 DL Gaither Tampa, Fla.
  • Julian Baxter 6'0 185 DB Lugoff Elgin Lugoff, S.C.
  • Charles Coleman 6'3 245 OL North Augusta North Augusta, SC
  • Austin Crowe 6'2 185 DB Boiling Springs Inman, S.C.
  • Trevon Davis 5'11 210 LB Edgewater Orlando, Fla.
  • Ben Dupree Ben 5'9 175 QB Susquehanna Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Akeem Garnett 6'3 200 DB Fork Union Military Academy Fairfax, Va.
  • Doyen Harris 6'1 215 LB Cincinnati Hills Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Seth Hill 5'11 190 RB Grovetown Grovetown, Ga.
  • Thomas Holloway 5'11 185 DB Oak Mountain Birmingham, Ala.
  • Terrance Martin 6'0 195 RB Franklin County Cown, Tenn.
  • Justin Oxendine 6'3 240 DL Sumter Sumter, S.C.
  • LJ Perry 5'10 185 LB North Augusta North Augusta, S.C.
  • Geno Porter 6'0 215 LB Fort Dorchester Charleston, S.C.
  • Ryan Preston 6'1 280 OL Oxford Oxford, Ala.
  • Darien Robinson 6'0 205 RB McKeesport McKeesport, Pa.
  • Michael Scholz 5'10 185 K Summerville Summerville, S.C.
  • Mike Sellers 6'0 260 DL Fort Dorchester Summerville, S.C.
  • Del'Javon Simmons 5'9 205 QB Burke Charleston, S.C.
  • Ian Thompson 5'10 210 LB Stratford Goose Creek, S.C.
  • Matt Thompson 6'1 185 QB Seabreeze Orlando Beach, Fla.
  • Joel Townsend 6'3 280 OL Riverside Greer, S.C.
  • Dalton Trevino 5'10 190 RB Sequoyah Canton, Ga.