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New Kids On The Block: Five Newcomers To Watch In The SWAC

Now that we’ve taken a look at the top returning players in HBCU football, next we’ll take a look at the newcomers who could have a big impact in 2013. Today’s focus is on the SWAC. Next, we’ll check out the CIAA.

Chuck Baker, Southern University

Chuck Baker originally committed to LSU before signing with Southern University. (NOLA.com)

Baker appeared SEC-bound a year ago, as he committed to LSU. Baker had an inconsistent senior season, and eventually decommitted from the Tigers. Their loss has become Southern’s gain as Baker will add yet another weapon for quarterback Dray Joseph to throw to along with senior Lee Doss. His size (6’2, 185 pounds) will make him a tough cover.


Marcus Adams, Alabama State

Marcus Adams was rated as a three-star recruit by ESPN. (ESPN.com photo)

Adams is a solid  score for Alabama State. The 6’0, 275 defensive tackle finished with 14 sacks at Atlanta’s Try-City High School. Adams originally committed to Western Kentucky and had offers from Ole Miss and TCU according to ESPN.com, which ranked him as a solid three-star recruit.  Adams spent his career going up against Georgia recruit Shamir Devine, so it shouldn’t be long before he masters SWAC defenses.

Harvey Harris, Alabama A&M

Alabama A&M has the tough task of replacing Kadarius Lacey, the SWAC’s leading rusher in 2013. They’ve signed four running backs to help with that task, but when all is said and done, Harvey Harris may be the top guy. Harris ran for 1,683 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior at Montgomery’s Carver High School. His highlight tape even made ESPN.com. 
Kenneth Jordan, Prairie View
Defense was the Achilles Heel of Prairie View in 2013. It finished second from the bottom in total defense and dead last in pass defense. Needless to say, defensive back was a big area of need for the Panthers this offseason. Enter Jordan, a 6’0, 180 pound corner from Birmingham’s Wenonah High. Jordan finished with nine interceptions as a senior despite rarely being thrown at. If Jordan and JUCO transfer David Metcalf can give the offense some help, Prarie View may be in the hunt for a SWAC West title. 
Daveonn Porter, Texas Southern
After finishing last in both total offense and total defense, Texas Southern had plenty of areas of need. This 5’9, 175 running back from Memphis spent the last two seasons at Coahoma Community College, where he garnered interest from FBS programs like Oregon, Kentucky and others. Porter has two years of eligibility remaining.

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