2019 WVU football recruiting class
2019 West Virginia Football Signees
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/Last School
Taijh Alston^ DL 6-5 240 Carthage, N.C./Copiah-Lincoln CC
Jared Bartlett LB 6-2 216 Suwanee, Ga./Collins Hill HS
Donavan Beaver OL 6-7 310 Fredericksburg, Va./Massaponax HS
VanDarius Cowan* LB 6-4 233 Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Alabama
Terence Doston WR 5-11 160 Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough HS
Isaiah Esdale* WR 6-1 203 Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian/E. Arizona College
Nicktroy Fortune CB 5-11 182 Roswell, Ga./Central Gwinnett HS
Jordan Jefferson! DL 6-4 300 Navarre, Fla./Navarre HS
Ali Jennings WR 6-1 180 Richmond, Va./Highland Springs HS
Austin Kendall^ QB 6-2 219 Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson/Oklahoma
Rashean Lynn Jr.! S 6-5 200 Mims, Fla./Cocoa HS
Kerry Martin Jr.^ CB 6-1 179 Charleston, W.Va./Capital HS
Tony Mathis RB 6-0 191 Orlando, Fla./Cedartown HS
Tavian Mayo! CB 5-11 180 Leesburg, Ga./Lee County HS
Kolton McGhee K/P 6-0 175 Altoona, Pa./Bishop Guilfoyle HS
Dreshun Miller^ CB 6-2 185 Kennesaw, Ga./Eastern Arizona College
Parker Moorer OL 6-4 283 Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek HS
Osita Smith S 6-2 198 Bowie, Md./Wilde Lake HS
Tykee Smith S 5-10 190 Philadelphia, Pa./Imhotep Charter Institute HS
Jalen Thornton DL 6-2 250 Cincinnati, Ohio/Indian Hill HS
Winston Wright WR 5-10 160 Pooler, Ga./Memorial Day School
Brandon Yates OL 6-4 285 Middletown, Del./Liberty Baptist Academy
*- Enrolled in August 2018
^ - Enrolled in January 2019
! - Signed in February 2019
February 2019 Signees
Jordan Jefferson, DL, 6-4, 300, Navarre, Fla./Navarre HS
Played for coach Jay Walls at Navarre High … 2018 Pensacola News Journal All-Area First Team Defensive Line … played in 13 games as a senior and finished with 60 tackles, including 42 solo stops, five sacks and 22 tackles for loss … also forced a fumble, had a fumble recovery and blocked two field goals … helped lead Navarre High to an 11-2 record and an appearance in the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Class 6A District 2 Championship and advance to the Region 1 Finals (state quarterfinals) … selected to the North roster of the 2018 Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Game … finished his career at Navarre playing in 27 games and finishing with 115 tackles, including 68 solo, 11 sacks, 35 tackles for loss, 26 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two blocked field goals … also received offers from Kansas State and Louisville.
Rashean Lynn Jr., S, 6-5, 200, Mims, Fla./Cocoa HS
Played for coach Ryan Schneider at Cocoa High … 2018 Florida All-State team … as a senior, he played in 10 games and caught 30 passes for 440 yards and four touchdowns ... helped guide Cocoa to a 10-4 record, finishing the season as the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Class 4A Region 3 champions and the Class 4A state runner-up … rated a three-star prospect by ESPN, rivals and 247Sports … ranked No. 68 in the state of Florida by rivals and No. 67 by 247Sports … rated the No. 68 receiver nationally by 247Sports … also received offers from Florida, Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky, Oregon, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia and Wake Forest.
Tavian Mayo, CB, 5-11, 180, Leesburg, Ga./Lee County HS
Played for coach Dean Fabrizio at Lee County High … named 6A All-Region First Team in 2018 … also earned honorable mention all-state honors by the Atlanta Journal Constitution … Albany Herald Dynamite Dozen selection … led the Trojans to a 15-1 record and Georgia 6A state championship … Lee County also played in the 2018 GEICO State Champions Bowl Series on Dec. 22 … registered 31 tackles, nine pass breakups and two interceptions as a senior … recorded seven interceptions and returned three for touchdowns as a junior … also finished with 57 tackles, 17 pass breakups and three blocked kicks in 2017 … helped Lee County win the 2017 state championship, finishing with a 14-1 record … team captain … rated as a three-star recruit by rivals and 247Sports … rated as the No. 67 cornerback in the nation by rivals and No. 89 by 247Sports … listed as the No. 67 player in Georgia by rivals and No. 96 by 247Sports … also received offers from Nebraska, Duke, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Maryland, Michigan, NC State, Pitt and USF.
January 2019 Enrollee
Austin Kendall, QB, 6-2, 219, r-Jr., Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson/Oklahoma
Played for coach Lincoln Riley at Oklahoma … as a redshirt sophomore in 2018, he played in six games ... completed 3-of-4 passes for 28 yards and rushed three times for 17 yards against Kansas State (10/27) ... completed lone attempt for six yards against Texas (10/6) ... made first career start versus Baylor (9/29) and played one series ... played majority of second half vs. Florida Atlantic (9/1) and was 8-of-10 passing for 88 yards and a touchdown … redshirted as a sophomore in 2017 … named one of squad’s offensive scout team players of the year … as a true freshman in 2016, he played in two games in a backup role ... finished with 143 passing yards and 16 completions, most ever in a season by a true freshman under head coach Bob Stoops, while his two passing touchdowns tied Paul Thompson (2002) for most ... made debut by playing entire second half vs. Louisiana-Monroe (9/10) and finished with 108 yards and two touchdowns on 12-of-15 passing ... entered Kansas game (10/29) in third quarter and finished 4-of-7 for 35 yards and added 26 yards rushing on three carries ... enrolled at Oklahoma in January 2016 and participated in spring practice … played for coach David Johnson at Cuthbertson High … completed 63.9 percent of passes for 2,627 yards and 23 touchdowns and ran for 268 yards and six more scores as a senior ... threw for 4,461 yards on 310-for-513 passing (60.4 percent) with 49 touchdowns as a junior … ranked as a four-star prospect by ESPN, rivals and Scout, and three-star by 247Sports ... selected for 2016 Semper Fi All-American Bowl ... ranked as No. 77 high school prospect nationally by rivals and No. 162 by ESPN ... touted as No. 4 pro-style quarterback by rivals, the No. 7 pocket passer by ESPN, No. 16 pro-style QB by 247Sports and No. 20 overall quarterback by Scout ... selected as No. 8 player in state of North Carolina by ESPN, No. 9 by rivals and No. 18 by 247Sports ... formerly offered by Auburn, Clemson, Miami, NC State, Tennessee and West Virginia.
December 2018 Signees
Taijh Alston, DL, 6-5, 240, Carthage, N.C./Copiah-Lincoln CC
Played for coach Glen Davis at Copiah Lincoln Community College … earned All-Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) First-Team honors … recorded 78 tackles, including seven sacks, 15 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries last year while helping team to a 6-4 record … 51 of his tackles were solo and his 78 total were second on the team and fifth in the conference … three-star rating from ESPN, rivals and 247Sports … ranked No. 13 prospect in North Carolina by 247Sports, No. 6 at defensive end and No. 54 nationally … in high school, he was a three-year varsity starter as a defensive end for coach Ryan Riggan at Union Pines … completed prep career with 13.5 sacks and averaged 6.5 tackles per game … finished with 96 tackles, 7.0 sacks and 16.0 tackles for loss as a senior captain … had 77 stops, including five sacks and 13 tackles for loss as a junior … recorded 54 tackles as a sophomore … earned All-Cape Fear Valley 3-A Conference First-Team honors … also played tight end … Charlotte Observer ranked him as a top-25 recruit in North Carolina … three-star rating per 247Sports and Scout … ranked as the No. 3 defensive end in the state, No. 46 in region and was included among nation’s top 120 performers by Scout.com … also a standout in basketball ... attended East Carolina before transferring to Copiah-Lincoln CC … also received offers from NC State, North Texas, Appalachian State and Western Kentucky.
Jared Bartlett, LB, 6-2, 213, Suwanee, Ga./Collins Hill High School
Played for coach Lenny Gregory at Collins Hill High … finished the 2018 season with 78 tackles, which were second on the team … his 51 solo tackles were also second on the team … led Collins Hill with 15 tackles for loss … excellent pass rusher with five sacks and a team-leading 11 quarterback hurries … also collected 78 tackles as a junior with 60 solo stops and eight tackles for loss … two-year totals of 156 tackles (117 solo), 10 sacks, 23 tackles for loss, 13 quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries … for his career, averaged 7.8 tackles per game … also spent time at running back, accounting for eight touchdowns in two years and 10.5 yards per carry … with conversions, scored 50 points in two years for the Eagles … a two-year letterwinner in high school … also a standout track performer at Collins Hill … earned all-county first-team honors as a senior … was a two-time All-Regional 6-7A Defensive performer … named All-Gwinnett County Honorable Mention as a junior … rated a three-star prospect from ESPN, rivals and 247Sports … ESPN lists him as the No. 106 outside linebacker nationally and the No. 124 best prospect in Georgia … 247Sports ranks him No. 125 nationally at outside linebacker … rivals ranks him the No. 104 best overall prospect in Georgia … MaxPreps ranked him No. 120 in the state of Georgia … also received offers from, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse and Wake Forest.
Donavan Beaver, OL, 6-7, 310, Fredericksburg, Va./Massaponax HS
Played for coach Eric Ludden at Massaponax High School … two-time All-VHSL All-State … three-time All-5D Region, All-Commonwealth District First Team and Fredericksburg Free Lance Star All-Area selection … as a senior, he helped lead the Panthers to an 11-2 record and a spot in the state quarterfinals … part of an offense that ran for more than 4,400 yards, averaged 7.2 yards per carry, had 15 100-yard rushing performances, scored 54 rushing touchdowns and averaged 34.3 points per game … as a junior, the Panthers averaged 261.1 rushing yards per game, had four 100-yard rushing performances and scored 29 touchdowns … three-star rating by ESPN, rivals, and 247Sports… No. 72 offensive tackle nationally by 247Sports and No. 95 by ESPN … No. 20 prospect in Virginia by 247Sports, No. 22 by ESPN and No. 24 by rivals … also received offers from Florida, Louisville, Maryland, NC State, North Carolina, Pitt, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
VanDarius Cowan, LB, 6-4, 233, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Alabama
Transferred to West Virginia in August after playing as a freshman for Nick Saban at Alabama in 2017 … part of a Crimson Tide squad that finished 13-1 and won the national championship … saw action in seven games as an outside linebacker … earned his first career action against Tennessee and saw playing time against LSU, Mississippi State, Mercer, Auburn, Clemson and Georgia ... recorded one quarterback hurry against LSU ... totaled his first two career tackles in the win over Mercer … played for coach Rob Freeman at Palm Beach Gardens High … tabbed a Florida Class 8A All-State Third Team selection by the Associated Press in his senior season ... selected to the Palm Beach Post Super 11 as a junior and senior ... accumulated 104 tackles, including 13 for loss, with seven sacks and four forced fumbles as a junior for the Gators ... rated as a four-star prospect by ESPN, rivals and 247Sports … No. 67 overall prospect by rivals, No. 78 by 247Sports and No. 216 on ESPN 300 … No. 4 outside linebacker nationally by 247Sports, No. 7 by rivals and No. 13 by ESPN … No. 13 player from Florida by rivals, No. 15 by 247Sports and No. 32 by ESPN … named to the PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team as the No. 3 outside linebacker ... participated in Nike’s The Opening ... took part in the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge ... formerly offered by Florida State, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Ole Miss and Oregon.
Terence Doston, 5-11, 160, WR, Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough HS
Played for coach Earl Garcia at Hillsborough High School … caught 21 passes for 354 yards and five touchdowns as a senior … returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the team’s season opener against Plant … hauled in a pair of touchdown receptions against Blake … finished with eight catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns against Tampa Bay … ranked No. 20 in Tampa Bay Times’ HomeTeam 100 Countdown last August … led Hillsborough to the FHSAA Class 6A playoffs as a junior … also a standout outfielder on the Hillsborough baseball team, who plans to play on the Mountaineer baseball team … hit .361 with 12 runs scored, 12 RBIs and eight stolen bases as a junior on the baseball diamond, earning honorable mention all-county … advanced to the Florida state track meet in the long jump … three-star football rating by ESPN, rivals and 247Sports … also received offers from Cincinnati, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, Stanford and UCF.
Isaiah Esdale, WR, 6-1, 203, Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian/Eastern Arizona College
Transferred to West Virginia in August … saw action at receiver against Youngstown State during the 2018 season … played for coach John O’Meara at Eastern Arizona Community College …. teammate of current Mountaineers Joe and Michael Brown … helped lead the Monsters to an 8-4 record and a victory in the Salt City Bowl … finished with 10 catches for 319 yards, averaging 31.9 yards per catch and three touchdowns … also saw time on defense, finishing with two interceptions (both returned for touchdowns) and a pass breakup … had a 73-yard interception return for a touchdown against Las Cruces and an eight-yard interception returned for a score against Phoenix … had a season-high three catches for 54 yards and a touchdown against Arizona Western … two receptions for 66 yards and a touchdowns against Hutchinson in the Salt City Bowl … also had an 89-yard touchdown reception against Pima ... played for Coach Dwayne Thomas at Eastern Christian Academy … earned Maryland All-State Second Team honors as a senior … teammate of current Mountaineer David Sills V … finished with 1,000 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns as a senior.
Nicktroy Fortune, 5-11, 182, CB, Roswell, Ga./Central Gwinnett HS
Played for coach Todd Wofford at Central Gwinnett High … earned all-region honors in 2018 … recipient of the 2018 Black Knight Award, which goes to top overall player on the team … helped the Black Knights to the Georgia 7A playoffs in 2018 … finished with 50 tackles, including 39 solo stops, four interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, and five pass breakups as a senior … team captain … selected to play in the Gwinnett County All-Star Game … registered 34 tackles, three forced fumbles, two interceptions and 12 pass breakups as a junior … also ran track at Central Gwinnett … rated a three-star prospect by ESPN, rivals and 247Sports … ranked as the No. 76 overall recruit in Georgia by ESPN … also received offers from Virginia, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, Syracuse and Wisconsin.
Ronald “Ali” Jennings WR, 6-1, 180, Richmond, Va./Highland Springs HS
Played for coach Loren Johnson at Highland Springs High … 2018 VHSL All-State First Team … 2018 All-Richmond Metro Area First Team … 2018 All-Class 5A (Region B) First Team Offense selection … in 2018, he caught 40 passes for 874 yards and seven touchdowns … led Highland Springs to a perfect 15-0 record and the 2018 VHSL Group 5A State Championship, defeating Stone Bridge, 37-26 … selected to the North roster of the 2018 Virginia Big River Rivalry All-Star Game … transferred to Highland Springs for his senior year from Hermitage High … as a junior at Hermitage, he caught 47 passes for 709 yards and 13 touchdowns … rated as a three-star prospect by ESPN, rivals and 247Sports … ranked No. 19 in the state of Virginia by rivals, No. 28 by ESPN, No. 29 by 247Sports … rated the No. 78 receiver in the nation by rivals and No. 122 by 247Sports … also received offers from Air Force, Army, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Navy and North Carolina.
Kerry Martin Jr., CB, 6-1, 179, Charleston W.Va./Capital HS
Played for coach Jon Carpenter at Capital High … two-time Class AAA All-State First-Team selection … two-time All-USA Today West Virginia First Team Defense … three-time All-Mountain State Athletic Conference First Team Offense (2017-18) … selected to the All-Kanawha Valley Team four times … passed for 2,164 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior at Capital … also rushed for 800 yards and 12 scores … as a quarterback, he guided Capital to WVSSAC Class AAA semifinals for three consecutive seasons (2016-18) … team captain … 2017 MSAC and KV Player of the Year … as a freshman, he was a member of the 2015 Capital High football team that finished as the WVSSAC Class AAA runner-up, … for his career, Martin passed for 6,845 yards and 85 touchdowns … rushed for 2,383 yards and 37 scores … also had 23 receptions, 385 receiving yards and four touchdowns … defensive totals include 55 tackles, one sack, five interceptions, five pass breakups, one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles … also had a blocked field goal and two defensive touchdowns, including a pick-six and a fumble returned for a touchdown … set five school records … rated as a three-star prospect by ESPN, rivals and 247Sports … rated No. 72 safety in the nation by 247Sports, No. 77 by ESPN … No. 5 ranked recruit in West Virginia by 247Sports, No. 6 by rivals and ESPN … also received offers from Army, Cincinnati and Rutgers.
Tony Mathis, 6-0, 191, RB, Orlando, Fla./Cedartown HS
Played for coach Doyle Kelley at Cedartown High School … Class 5-AAAA Offensive Player of the Year in 2018 … earned the team’s inaugural Nick Chubb Award in leading the Bulldogs to the GHSA playoffs in 2018 … finished with 1,042 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns on 169 carries in 2018 … team captain … selected to play in the Rising Senior Game in 2017 … helped Cedartown to a 10-win season as a junior … ran for 1,035 yards and added 407 receiving and 402 return yards in 2017, earning all-region honors … 2017 Rome News-Tribune All-Area Second Team selection … scored 27 total touchdowns as a junior… rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports, rivals and ESPN.com … also ran track at Cedartown … ranked as the No. 53 running back nationally by rivals … also received offers from Iowa State, Louisville, Purdue and Wake Forest.
Kolton McGhee, K/P, 6-0, 175, Altoona, Pa./Bishop Guilfoyle HS
Played for coach Justin Wheeler at Bishop Guilfoyle High … four-year starting kicker and punter … two-time Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) First Team All-State kicker and punter … two-time all-area kicker … 2018 Mr. Pennsylvania Football nominee … nominated to play in the 2018 Big 33 Football Classic … helped lead Bishop Guilfoyle to a 51-6 four-year record, including back-to-back state championships in 2015 and 2016 and three undefeated regular seasons … went 29-for-29 on PATs and made 7-of-8 field goal attempts as a senior, with a long of 46 yards … also kicked off 48 times for 2,901 yards, averaging 60.4 yards per kickoff … 32 of his kickoffs went for touchbacks in 2018 … longest kickoff of the season went for 74 yards … also punted 34 times for 1,570 yards, averaging 46.2 yards per punt … of his 34 punts, his longest went for 67 yards and 16 landed inside the 20-yard line … scored 50 total points in 2018, averaging 4.2 per game … 2017 MaxPreps Junior All-American … 2016 MaxPreps Sophomore All-American … converted 232-of-242 (95.9%) PATs and 26-of-31 (83.9%) field goals in his career, with a long of 52 yards … in total, he scored 312 points for the Marauders, averaging 5.6 per game … kicked off 357 times in his career for 20,429 yards, averaging 57.2 yards per kickoff, and tallied 183 career touchbacks, with a long of 75 yards … punted 98 times in his career for 4,342 yards, averaging 44.3 yards per punt … the longest punt of his career went for 72 yards, and he placed 43 punts inside the 20-yard line … earned a five-rating as a kicker and No. 4 overall nationally by Kornblue Kicking Top 50 … ranked 4.5 among punters and is No. 18 nationally by Kornblue Punting Top 50 … rated as a three-star prospect by ESPN, rivals and 247Sports … rated No. 3 nationally among kickers in the 2019 recruiting class by 247Sports … ranked No. 27 in Pennsylvania by ESPN, No. 36 by 247Sports … also received offers from Army and Rutgers.
Dreshun Miller, DB, 6-2, 185, Kennesaw, Ga./Eastern Arizona College
Played the past two seasons for Coach John O’Meara at Eastern Arizona College … named All-WSFL All-League and All-Region … in 2018, he registered 44 tackles, including three tackles for loss, 12 pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery … also had one interception that he returned for a touchdown … in 2017, he collected 41 tackles, including three tackles for loss and an interception … two-year totals of 85 tackles, six tackles for loss, 12 pass breakups and two interceptions … led Eastern Arizona to the 2018 Junior College National Championship Game … earned Defensive Most Valuable Player honors for the 2017 Salt City Bowl … rivals ranks him the No. 7 overall junior college recruit and the No. 2 cornerback … four-star rating by rivals, 247Sports and ESPN coming out of high school … played for Coach Billy Shackelford at Sprayberry High School … earned All-Region 7-5A Division B First Team honors ... also was a member of the Sprayberry track team … also received offers from LSU, Texas A&M, Houston, Kentucky, Tennessee and Auburn.
Parker Moorer, OL, 6-4, 283, Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek HS
A two-way lineman for coach Michael Palmieri at Mallard Creek High … 2018 I-Meck 4A All-Conference Team … helped guide Mallard Creek to a 10-1 record in 2018, including a 7-0 record in the I-Meck Conference and a No. 9 ranking in the state … was a member of an offense that scored 475 points (43.2 per game) … the Mavericks earned a No. 1 overall seed in the 2018 North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) 4A Football Championships … selected to play in the 82nd Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas in 2018 … in 2017, he was a part of a Mallard Creek team that secured a 14-1 overall record and finished as the state runner-up in the NCHSAA 4A Football Championship … in 2015, was a member of the Mallard Creek team that won the NCHSAA 4AA Football Championship and finished the season with a 15-2 overall record … rated as a three-star prospect by ESPN, rivals and 247Sports … rated as No. 82 offensive tackle nationally by ESPN … rivals ranks him as the No. 23 high school prospect in North Carolina, No. 41 by ESPN, No. 43 by 247Sports … also received offers from Maryland, Colorado State, Louisville, Marshall, Rutgers, Syracuse, UCF and Virginia
Ositadima “Osita” Smith, S, 6-2, 198, Bowie, Md./Wilde Lake HS
Played for coach Michael Harrison at Wilde Lake High … 2017 and 2018 All-Howard County First Team selection … 2017 All-State and All-Baltimore Metro First Team selection … played in 10 games in 2018, tallying 101 total tackles, including 50 solo stops, 7.5 sacks, 21 tackles for loss … led his team in sacks, tackles for loss, registered five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns … also led his team with 26 receptions for 467 yards and eight touchdowns, finishing with 875 all-purpose yards … played in 29 career games, recording 243 total tackles, 20.5 sacks and 61 tackles for loss, 10 passes defended, seven fumble recoveries, seven forced fumbles and a blocked punt … returned three of his seven fumble recoveries for touchdowns … on offense, finished with 50 receptions for 969 yards, with a long of 65 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 19.4 yards per catch … finished with 335 punt return yards and 675 kickoff return yards for 2,163 career all-purpose yards … as a sophomore, he finished with 78 tackles, including seven sacks and 21 tackles for loss … named to ESPN 300 … rated as a four-star prospect by ESPN and 247Sports and a three-star prospect by rivals … rated the No. 26 safety nationally by 247Sports, No. 40 wide receiver by ESPN and No. 62 athlete by rivals … ranked No. 5 recruit in Maryland by ESPN, No. 6 by 247Sports and No. 12 by rivals … also received offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Marshall, Maryland, Purdue, Rutgers and Wake Forest.
Tykee Smith, S, 5-10, 190, Philadelphia, Pa./Imhotep Charter Institute HS
Played for coach Nick Lincoln at Imhotep Charter High … 2017 USA Today Pennsylvania All-American … 2017 All-Philadelphia Public League First Team selection … two-time team captain … in 2018, he played in 10 games, finishing with 26 total tackles, including 17 solo tackles and eight tackles for loss … also tallied an interception and a fumble recovery … his solo tackles were third best on the team, while his tackles for loss, fumble recoveries and interceptions were No. 2 on the team … offensively, led the Panthers in rushing, carrying the ball 60 times for 502 yards, averaging 8.4 yards per carry and had a long of 95 yards … had a team-leading two 100-yard rushing performances and finished second on the team with 516 all-purpose yards … scored nine times, leading his team in scoring … helped lead Imhotep Charter to an 11-3 record and a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Class 4A State runner-up finish… in his career, helped lead the Panthers to a 37-6 record and the PIAA Class 4A State Championship for three consecutive seasons … finished his career with 63 tackles, including 43 solo tackles, two sacks and 16 tackles for loss … recovered a fumble, has five career interceptions and a pick-six … offensively, he recorded 971 rushing yards for 18 touchdowns, averaging 9.5 yards per carry and has three 100-yard performances … caught 11 passes for 261 yards and five touchdowns … finished with 1,385 all-purpose yards, including 128 interception return yards … rated as a four-star prospect by rivals and three-star recruit by 247Sports and ESPN … ranked No. 26 safety nationally by rivals, No. 41 by 247Sports and No. 74 by ESPN … earned a No. 7-ranking in Pennsylvania by rivals, No. 8 by 247Sports and No. 15 by ESPN … also received offers from Baylor, Boston College, Duke, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, Vanderbilt and Virginia.
Jalen Thornton, DL, 6-2, 250, Cincinnati, Ohio/Indian Hill HS
A two-way lineman at Indian Hill for coach Tony Arcuri … earned All-Ohio Division IV First Team honors as a senior, and was a third-team member as a junior … team captain … helped lead Indian Hill to a 9-3 overall record, 6-1 mark in the Cincinnati Hills Conference and the second round of the state playoffs … registered 89 tackles, including 45 solo stops, 11.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss … named Cincinnati Hills Conference Defensive Player of the Year, two-time all-conference first team and two-time all-region selection … for his career, he finished with 215 tackles, including 101 solo stops, 16.5 sacks and a fumble recovery … as a junior, he finished with 91 tackles, five sacks, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery … a three-star prospect by ESPN, rivals and 247Sports … ranked in the top 50 by ESPN, rivals and 247Sports and No. 75 defensive end nationally by 247Sports … also received offers from Cincinnati, Iowa State, Kentucky … father, John, was a two-time All-Big East and Sports Network All-America First Team performer playing for Hall of Fame coach Don Nehlen at West Virginia … had a 10-year NFL career with the Tennessee Titans and Cincinnati Bengals.
Winston Wright, WR, 5-10, 160, Pooler, Ga./Memorial Day School
Played for coach Michael Thompson at Memorial Day School … three-time all-state and all-region selection … earned all-city first-team honors … named team’s most valuable player and leadership award recipient … helped lead Memorial Day to two state titles and a spot in the state semifinals as a senior … finished with 700 rushing yards and more than 1,000 receiving yards in 2018 … named the Savannah Morning News High School Player of the Week when he finished with more than 200 all-purpose yards and scored four touchdowns (48- and 65-yard touchdown catches, 75-yard punt return and a 15-yard run for a score) in the GISA quarterfinals against Brentwood … earned a spot on WJCL’s Big 22 squad … as a junior, he had 940 receiving yards and 631 rushing yards … All-Savannah News First Team selection on both sides of the ball … as a sophomore, he ran for 1,039 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging more than 11.0 yards per carry … also had 700 receiving yards and three touchdowns … rated a three-star prospect by ESPN, rivals and 247Sports … No. 52-rated athlete by 247Sports, No. 66 by 247Sports and No. 85 by ESPN … rated the No. 82 recruit in Georgia by rivals, No. 86 by 247Sports and No. 91 by ESPN … also received offers from Boston College, Colorado State, Duke, Illinois, Iowa State, North Carolina, Temple, UCF, USF and Wake Forest.
Brandon Yates, OL, 6-4, 285, Middletown, Del./Liberty Baptist Academy
Played offensive tackle for coach Richard Muraco at Liberty Baptist Academy (Las Vegas, Nevada) … as a senior, named All-4A Desert Southeast Conference First Team and All-Southeast Region … helped Liberty advance to the state semifinals of the Class 4A state playoffs … as a junior, helped lead Liberty to an 11-2 record, a spot in the state semifinals and a No. 2 ranking in the state … team averaged 357.4 yards per game and finished with 63 touchdowns … three-star prospect by ESPN, rivals, and 247Sports … rated No. 8 in Nevada by ESPN and No. 9 by 247Spoorts … ranked No. 100 offensive tackle nationally by 247Sports and No. 115 by ESPN … also received offers from Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado State, USC, Utah and Washington State.