2017 Football

Early Signing Day tracker for HBCU football

Schools this year get to sign players earlier than ever.

Today is a bit of history in College Football, for the first time ever there is now an “Early Signing Day” for high school recruits.  Recruits have 72 hours beginning on December 20 and running through December 22 to sign with a school if they choose to do so. The traditional signing period is still in place, beginning the first Wednesday of February and running through April 1.

Here’s a look at some of the signings across the HBCU landscape.

Norfolk State




Jackson State


Alcorn State

Tennessee State University


Texas Southern


Alcorn State

Alabama State

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletics

Alabama State head football coach Donald Hill-Eley announced the signing of six student-athletes during the first day of the Early Signing Period, his first at the helm of the program.

The class includes three FBS (Football Bowl Sub-Division) and one junior college student-athlete who will be mid-year enrollees at the university, as well as two high school athletes who will join the program after their graduation in May.

High school teammates Daymon Williams (Cleveland, Ohio) and Bryan West (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) signed with the Hornets Wednesday morning, sending their letters in within one hour of each other. The pair, from Glenville (Ohio) High School, will join the program following their graduation.

Williams, a defensive end that stands at 6’4″ and weights 250, was named First Team All-League and Honorable Mention NE Ohio Lakes District. A three-year letterman and two-year starter, Williams finished with 70 tackles and 15 tackles for loss. He also recorded 10 sacks, one interception, recovered two fumbles and forced three.

Meanwhile, West an athlete at 5’10” and 175 pounds was named First Team All-League and Honorable Mention NE Ohio Lakes District. He was a two-year starter who scored 10 touchdowns in a variety of ways, including six through the air with 27 receptions for 518 yards. He also rushed for 115 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while returning a pair of kicks.

Jahmal Wynter (McDonough, Ga.), the lone junior college signee on the first day of the Early Signing Period, stands at 6’3″ and 290 pounds. The defensive lineman from Highlands Community College recorded 12 tackles including four solo stops, while also recording 2.5 tackles for loss.

The Hornets added a trio of transfers including Ismail Saleem (Montgomery, Ala.) from Troy University. Saleem, a 5’11” wide receiver, missed last season after season-ending surgery in 2016. Prior to his injury, Saleem caught five passes for 117 yards and a touchdown (49 yards against Austin Peay). He finished his career at Troy with 12 catches for 180 yards in limited action, including five catches for 47 yards against Wisconsin. Saleem ended his prep career at Carver High School after beginning at St. Jude where he was named honorable mention all-state and caught 47 passes for 701 yards and seven touchdowns at Carver.

Moses Marshall IV, a 6’3″, 235-pound tight end, joins the Hornets from the University of Kansas. Prior to Kansas, Marshall played 10 games at Erie Community College where he recorded 13 receptions for 238 yards. He averaged 18.3 yards per game and caught a pair of touchdown passes.

The final signee, Leeward Brown has ties to central Alabama, as his brother was a three-time All-American offensive lineman at Tuskegee. The 6’4″, 350 offensive lineman from Tulane, played in 24 games for the Green Wave after finishing his prep career at Miramar High School. Coming out of high school, Brown was tabbed the 33rd-ranked guard nationally by




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