COLUMBIA, S.C. – Benedict College head football coach Chennis Berry and his staff have been busy signing their first recruiting class. The Tigers have assembled one of their largest recruiting classes in school history with 31 current commitments for the 2020 season.
“We’re excited about the young men that we have coming into our program,” Berry said. “They fit into our philosophy of great student athletes that believe in dedication, integrity, God, discipline, effort, execution and pride. We were able to fill some major needs starting with the offensive and defensive lines as well as addressing the quarterback position.”
The Tigers signed five offensive linemen, two quarterbacks, six wide receivers, two running backs, one tight end, six defensive linemen, three linebackers, and six defensive backs.
“We’ve added some explosive skill guys on both sides of the ball,” Berry said. “This class is filled with young men that are serious about our commitment of chasing A’s, B’s, championships and degrees. We’re super excited and can’t wait to get these young men on campus!”
The new Benedict College Tigers are:
Anthony Crowley, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive lineman from Sebastian, Fla., (Sebastian River HS).
Coaching scouting report: “Good ball get-off … Good feet … Love his frame and physical style of play.”
Marlon Black Jr., a 6-foot-6, 303-pound offensive lineman from Blountstown, Fla. (Liberty County HS / Tennessee State)
Coaching scouting report: “Has ideal size and length … Has good feet and athleticism … Has tremendous upside.”
Josue Bopeya, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound offensive lineman from Milwaukee, Wisc. (Marshall HS / North Dakota State)
Coaching scouting report: “He moves well and takes good angles on blocks … He takes pride in finishing blocks … He has experience playing multiple spots on the line.”
Dontae Jenkins, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound offensive lineman from Flemington, Fla. (North Marion HS).
Coaching scouting report: “Powerful run blocker … Finishes blocks aggressively … Plays with a mean streak.”
Jaylen Striggles, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive lineman from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Blanche Ely HS)
Coaching scouting report: “Moves well and can play in space … Has a strong punch … Plays with a mean streak.”
Wilson Appleton, a 5-foot-11, 194-pound quarterback from Albertville, Ala. (Albertville HS / Auburn Univ.)
Coaching scouting report: “Smart player that makes good decisions … Very mature player that graduated from Auburn University… Extremely productive high school quarterback.”
Taj Gregory, a 6-foot-7, 196-pound quarterback from Coppell, Texas (Coppell HS / Trinity Valley CC)
Coaching scouting report: “Has great field presence and vision because of his frame … He has a very strong arm … He is a student of the game.”
Jonis Dieudonne, a 5-foot-10, 180—pound wide receiver from Naples, Fla., (Lely HS).
Coaching scouting report: “Explosive and dynamic … Has the ability to make plays when the ball is handed to him or thrown to him … Played both ways at Lely High School and in a variety of roles.”
Briand Dorgil, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound wide receiver from Orlando, Fla. (Lake Nona HS / Stony Brook).
Coaching scouting report: “A solidly built receiver that is physical … He is an attentive player that has great internal drive … Will bring experience to the receiver room.”
Trey Chancey, a 5-foot-8, 160-pound wide receiver from Jesup, Ga., (Wayne County HS).
Coaching scouting report: “Very fast and explosive player … Has a lot of wiggle and makes something happen every time he touches the ball … Can make plays in all three phases of the game.”
Tayven Grice, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound wide receiver from Lake Charles, La., (Sam Houston HS).
Coaching scouting report: “Super productive player (124 catches and led the state in receiving yards) … Dynamic athlete who can put points on the board … He’s a steal from the state of Louisiana.”
Darius Philon, a 5-foot-10, 161-pound wide receiver from Winter Haven, Fla. (Winter Haven HS / Florida International)
Coaching scouting report: “Talented player that will bring experience to the receiver room … Racked up more than 1,000 yards as a sophomore … Also adds value as a kick returner.”
Te’Sean Pressley, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound wide receiver from Lawnside, N.J. (Haddon Heights HS)
Coaching scouting report: “Tall, athletic receiver who attacks the ball … Makes big plays as a receiver and kick returner … Breaks tackles and gains a lot of yards after the catch.”
Omarion Coleman, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound running back from Tampa, Fla, (Blake HS).
Coaching scouting report: “Explosive back that can score from anywhere on the field … Has good hands out of the backfield … Can beat defenders with his speed, strength, and wiggle.”
Nanders Lawrence, a 5-foot-7, 160-pound athlete from Dixiana, S.C. (Airport HS).
Coaching scouting report: “Extremely dynamic ball carrier … Can make plays on offense and as a returner … Has home run ability.”
Keeilan Thomas, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound tight end from Gulfport, Miss. (Pearl River Community College).
Coaching scouting report: “Big, physical tight end … A diverse player that fits our system well … Can make plays as a receiver and blocker.”
Anthony Ervin, 6-foot-2, 245-pound defensive end from South Central, Calif., (Moorpark Community College).
Coaching scouting report: “Plays with a high motor … Displays a lot of quick twitch explosiveness … Sheds blocks violently.”
Tysheik Galloway, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound defensive lineman from Belton, S.C. (Belton-Honea Path HS).
Coaching scouting report: “Big physical interior lineman that can rush the passer … Holds the point … Makes a lot of big plays in the backfield.”
Terrell Battle, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive lineman from Florida City, Fla., (South Dade HS).
Coaching scouting report: “Lives in the opponent’s backfield … Great ball get-off … Relentlessly pursues the ball and makes splash plays.”
Carlton Holley, a 6-foot-1, 265-pound defensive lineman from Buford, Ga., (Buford HS).
Coaching scouting report: “Great ball get-off … Disruptive interior lineman … Has a motor that’s running.”
Jaheim Webb, a 6-foot-1, 245-pound defensive lineman from Plantation, Fla. (American Heritage HS).
Coaching scouting report: “Great ball get-off … Extremely disruptive and athletic … Plays with tremendous strength.”
Chrishawn Wilson, a 6-foot-7, 250-pound defensive lineman from Florence, S.C. (West Florence HS).
Coaching scouting report: “Big, long defender with great range … Disruptive against the run and the pass … His combination of size, speed and strength creates match-up problems.”
Orlando Dean, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound linebacker from Auburn, Ala., (Auburn HS)
Coaching scouting report: “Athletic defender with great range … Possesses a lot of short area quickness … Covers a lot of ground and creates turnovers.”
Ja’Varrius Wilson, a 6-foot, 210-pound linebacker from Zephyrhills, Fla., (Clearwater Academy International HS).
Coaching scouting report: “He is an explosive athlete … He plays with violence … He lives around the ball and makes impact plays.”
Keveione Zanders, a 6-foot, 205-pound linebacker from Conyers, Ga. (Heritage HS).
Coaching scouting report: “Adds value as a defender that has played multiple defensive positions … Is an athletic inside linebacker … Understands coverage concepts better than most high school prospects.”
Cameron Daniels, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound defensive back from Lithonia, Ga., (Alcovy HS).
Coaching scouting report: “He controls the post as a physical force … Makes plays when he blitzes … Inserts with physicality in the run game.”
William Johnson III, a 6-foot, 180-pound defensive back from Jacksonville, Fla., (Raines HS).
Coaching scouting report: “Long and rangy player … An explosive player with a knack for making big plays … Made a lot of plays for a big-time program in high school.”
Ja’Ron Kilpatrick, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound defensive back from Auburndale, Fla. (Bartow HS / Ellsworth CC)
Coaching scouting report: “Physical and athletic defender … Makes plays by frequently stripping ball carriers and receivers … Provides experience at multiple positions.”
Daythan Peterson, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound defensive back from Cocoa, Fla., (Merritt Island HS).
Coaching scouting report: “Runs well and will hit you … Can play man and is a physical force player on the edge … Has film on special teams and loves to play.”
Fernando Romero III, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound defensive back from Oxnard, Calif. (Channel Islands HS / Ventura College).
Coaching scouting report: “Good blend of size, speed, and skill … Capable of playing multiple positions … Tough physical defender that tackles well in space.”
Keevan Ross, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound defensive back from Augusta, Ga. (Academy of Richmond Co. / Ventura College)
Coaching scouting report: “Tall rangy defender that is skilled enough to play any slot in the secondary … Plays the ball very well … Good twitch and burst.”