South Alabama Adds 20 Players on National Signing Day

By: Kim Allen Email
By: Kim Allen Email

Daniel Aust, OL, 6-2, 260, Birmingham, Ala., Hoover High
Pronounced Awst ... Earned two stars from both and, was ranked 112th nationally among guards by the latter ... Ranked eighth
among all guards in Alabama by as well ... Helped Alabama to a 31-12 victory in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic following his senior
season ... Lettered three years, starting the final two, at Hoover High ... Graded out at 93 percent in his two seasons as a starter, helping the Buccaneers
rush for 4,997 yards during that stretch ... Was part of a team that finished 13-2 overall after falling in the title game of the state 6A playoffs by just one
point ... An all-metro South selection by the Birmingham News after being credited with 107 knockdowns ... Earned the Coaches Award — given to the
player that best exemplifies character and leadership on and off the field — in 2011 ... Helped the Buccaneers to a 13-1 record and the state 6A
championship his sophomore season, while HHS went 13-1 and fell in a one-point decision in the state title contest the following fall ... Also recruited by
Mississippi State, Navy, UAB and Rice.
Caleb Autry, CB, 5-8, 170, Foley, Ala., Foley High
Lettered for two years at Foley High ... As a senior, helped the Lions to a 7-4 finish and a berth in the state 6A playoffs ... Recorded 44 total tackles —
which included 36 solo stops — eight pass deflections, two interceptions and one blocked punt his final year ... Was credited with 11 stops as a junior,
breaking up four passes and intercepting one, as FHS posted an 8-4 mark after winning its first-round playoff contest.
**Brandon Bridge, QB, 6-5, 215, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Alcorn State, St. Marcellinus High
Played the last two seasons at Alcorn State ... As a freshman, recorded 2,687 yards of total offense while helping the Braves to a 5-6 mark ... Completed
150-of-291 pass attempts for 2,086 yards and 19 touchdowns ... Rushed for 601 yards and eight scores on 120 carries ... Ranked second on the team in
rushing and scoring ... Was among the top 100 nationally in total offense (23rd, 244.27 ypg), passing efficiency (58th, 124.37 rating) and rushing (93rd,
54.64 ypg) ... Ranked third, fifth and seventh in those categories in the Southwestern Athletic Conference ... Was 49-of-98 passing for 632 yards and five
scores in 2011, adding 121 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 39 carries ... Posted 753 yards of total offense, which stood second on the squad, in
his five appearances ... Helped St. Marcellinus High to back-to-back championships his final two years at the school ... Set school records for touchdown
passes and passing yards ... Also recruited out of high school by Syracuse, Akron and Buffalo.
Cameron Broadnax, WR, 6-1, 180, Hueytown, Ala., Hueytown High
A two-star recruit according to ... Rated among the top 10 wide receivers in Alabama by ... Had game-high totals with nine
receptions for 63 yards in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic ... Caught 61 passes for 835 yards and 13 touchdowns at Hueytown HS his senior
year, after transferring from Homewood High ... Efforts helped the Gophers finish 12-1 overall after reaching the semifinals of the state 5A playoffs; HHS
went undefeated in claiming the region crown ... Also had offers from Middle Tennessee and UAB, and was recruited by Southern Mississippi as well.
Lawon Debardelaben, CB, 5-8, 165, Prattville, Ala., Prattville High
Pronounced LAH-wahn dee-BAR-deh-lay-ben ... Received two stars from both and ... Ranked among the top 115 cornerbacks in
the country by, which also had him as the sixth-rated cornerback in the state ... A three-year letterwinner at Prattville HS ... Efforts helped
PHS win the state 6A championship his senior year, as the Lions finished with a 12-2 overall record ... As a senior, collected 29 tackles — including 25
unassisted — and a team-best five interceptions, which he returned for 172 yards ... Also ran back seven kickoffs for 170 yards and 19 punts for 104
more ... Returned three kickoffs for 69 yards in the state championship game, also handling punting duties for the school ... Credited with 36 stops and
14 passes defensed his junior year as the Lions recorded a 9-4 mark after advancing to the second round of the state playoffs ... Posted nine tackles as
a sophomore, also breaking up a pass and recovering a fumble, helping PHS go 12-3 while reaching the title game in the state playoffs ... Also had
offers from Arkansas State, Memphis and Rice.
Mike Dumas, S, 6-1, 180, Cape Coral, Fla., Island Coast High
Earned two stars from, which has him ranked among the top 150 athletes in the country and top 30 in Florida ... Also a two-star recruit
according to ... A four-year starter and letterwinner at Island Coast HS ... Earned all-Southwest Florida and all-Lee County honors as a senior
after helping the Gators go 7-3 his senior season ... Paced the team and ranked third in the area in interceptions ... As a sophomore, was credited with
22 tackles while also intercepting a pass and recovering a fumble ... Had 124 carries for 709 yards and 12 touchdowns offensively that fall ... Also had
offers from North Carolina, North Carolina State, Vanderbilt, Iowa, Maryland, Purdue, Minnesota, Iowa State, Connecticut, Florida International and
Florida Atlantic, and was also recruited by Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi, West Virginia, South Florida and Illinois.
**James Elliott, OL, 6-2, 300, Pensacola, Fla., Kentucky, Pensacola Catholic High
Sat out in the fall as a redshirt at UK ... A three-star recruit according to, and ... Ranked 20th nationally and second in
Florida among guards by and 65th in the country at the position by ... Played in the Subway East-West High School All-Star
Game following his senior season, helping the West squad record a 24-0 shutout ... Earned starting position midway through his freshman year, going
on to earn all-area honors from the Pensacola News-Journal on three occasions ... Part of PCHS program that won the district title in all four of his years
... Crusaders finished 13-2 and reached quarterfinals of state 2B playoffs when he was a senior, also advancing to postseason play his junior season ...
Was a center for the PCHS basketball team, competed in the shot put and discus throw for the track squad and was a member of the school’s
weightlifting team ... Also had offers from Michigan, South Florida, Louisville, Maryland, Texas Tech, Kansas, Iowa State, Southern Mississippi, UAB,
Memphis, Florida International, Middle Tennessee and Florida Atlantic.
Steven Foster, OL, 6-3, 305, Demopolis, Ala., Demopolis High
A three-star and recruit, ranked 48th in the nation at guard by the latter and 58th by the former ... Rated among the top 30 players
overall — and fourth at guard — in Alabama by ... Part of team that earned 31-12 win in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic following
his senior season ... Lettered for three years at Demopolis HS, starting every season ... A three-time all-county and Tuscaloosa News all-West Alabama
honoree ... Was selected first-team 5A all-state by the Alabama Sports Writers Association his senior year after helping the Tigers finish second in the
region with a 6-1 record as they would qualify for the state 5A playoffs ... Credited with 35 pancake blocks his final year ... DHS went 8-3 when he was a
junior, winning the region with a 7-0 mark as well as a first-round state playoff game ... Helped the Tigers win the state championship his first season on
the varsity, as they finished 12-2 after a 27-14 victory in the final ... Also received offers from Duke, Memphis and UAB, and was recruited by Mississippi,
Mississippi State, Tennessee and Southern Mississippi.
*Anthony Harris, CB, 6-1, 175, Miami, Fla., El Camino (Calif.) CC, Southridge High
Credited with 20 tackles, including 14 solo, with 2½ for loss ... Broke up three passes also ... Helped Warriors to an 8-3 finish as they advanced to the
Southern California Football Association playoffs following a second-place finish in the National Northern Conference in the fall ... Collected seven
tackles in five games as a freshman at Mt. San Antonio (Calif.) CC as part of a squad that posted a 13-0 record in winning the state championship ...
Participated in the Miami-Dade High School All-Star Football Game following his senior season at Southridge HS.
Ridge James, DE, 6-4, 210, Richardson, Texas, Bakersfield (Calif.) CC, Berkner High
Played in just two contests last fall for the Renegades, collecting 13 total stops; 11 of those were unassisted ... That figure included 2½ tackles behind
the line of scrimmage ... Also forced and recovered a fumble ... As a freshman, appeared in six contests while helping BCC go 8-3 after falling to topranked
Mt. San Antonio (Calif.) CC in the opening round of the Southern California Football Association playoffs ... Credited with 10 tackles, with four of
those for loss including three sacks ... Recovered a fumble and broke up a pass as well.
Terrance Jones, DL, 6-0, 290, Prattville, Ala., Prattville High
Received three stars from and two from ... The 43rd-ranked defensive tackle in the country according to, which had
him among the top 25 individuals — including fourth among defensive tackles — in Alabama as well ... Earned two letters at Prattville HS ... Was part of
a squad that finished 12-2 his final season, going on to win the state 6A title ... Had five total tackles in the state championship game, including an
assisted sack ... Finished his final season with 27 total tackles, which included 1½ sacks ... As a junior, recorded four sacks — which tied for second on
the squad — among his 32 stops, helping the Lions advance to the second round of the state playoffs en route to a 9-4 finish ... Also had offers from
Northern Illinois, Arkansas State and Memphis.
Paul Kyles, TE, 6-3, 255, Mobile, Ala., Vigor High
Earned three stars and was rated among the top 60 tight ends nationally by both and, and was a two-star recruit according to ... Among the top 45 overall players in the state according to, and was third at the position ... Earned three letters at Vigor HS,
starting each year ... Helped the Wolves to a 12-3 finish his senior season, when VHS advanced to the championship game of the state 5A playoffs ...
Vigor advanced to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs when he was a junior, ending with a 7-5 record ... Part of a Wolves squad that went 8-4 while
reaching the quarterfinals of the state playoffs his sophomore year ... Received offers from Tennessee, Troy and Memphis, and was also recruited by
Alabama, Mississippi State, Miami (Fla.), Southern Mississippi and UAB.
Clay Machen, OL, 6-4, 300, Auburn, Ala., Auburn High
Pronounced MATCH-en ... Ranked by as the 13th-best center in the country and 40th overall in Alabama, earning three stars from the
organization ...’s top-rated center in the state ... A two-star recruit according to both and; the latter rated him 25th
among all centers nationally ... Lettered three years at Auburn HS, helping the team to a 29-5 mark in his time on the varsity ... The Tigers shared the
region championship his senior season, finishing the year 8-2 overall after advancing to the state 6A playoffs ... A two-time first-team all-area selection
by the Opelika-Auburn News, he was also named honorable mention all-state as a senior ... Selected second-team all-state by that year as
well ... Graded out at 91 percent while recording 79 knockdown blocks his final season ...AHS went 8-2 and qualified for postseason play when he was a
junior ... Tigers advanced to the semifinals of the state playoffs his sophomore season, ending up 13-1 ... Also received offers from UAB and Memphis,
and was recruited by Auburn, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Georgia Tech too.
Steve McKenzie, OL, 6-1, 320, Lithonia, Ga., Stephenson High
Received three stars from both and, and two from ... Also rated 47th among all guards in the country by,
which had him sixth at the position in Georgia ... Participated in the Dekalb County Coaches Association All-Star Game following the conclusion of his
prep career ... Named MVP of the Rivals VTO Offensive Line Camp ... Lettered and started three years at Stephenson High as he took part in more
plays than any offensive lineman in school history ... Helped lead the Jaguars to a second-place finish in the region and a berth in the state AAAAA
playoffs his final year as SHS finished 9-1 overall ... Was a first-team all-region selection after being credited with 25 key blocks and 19 knockdowns as a
senior ... Also an all-region selection as a junior after helping the Jaguars post a 9-2 mark while qualifying for postseason play ... Nominated for
Georgia’s Governor’s Honors ... Also had scholarship offers from Illinois, Indiana and Duke.
Perry Meiklejohn, OL, 6-3, 305, Miami, Fla., El Camino (Calif.) CC, Westminster Christian High
Selected second-team all-National Northern Conference as a sophomore after helping ECCC go 8-3 ... Warriors averaged just under 400 total yards per
game, including 281.3 per outing through the air, while advancing to the Southern California Football Association playoffs ... As a freshman, helped the
ECCC offense average 257.6 yards per game passing and 448.7 overall ... Prepped at Westminster Christian High in Miami, where he earned three
stars from and two from
Jay Minor, DE, 6-1, 240, Prattville, Ala., Prattville High
A three-star recruit, he also earned two stars from ... Was ranked the 82nd-best defensive end nationally by as well ...
Organization also had him fourth at defensive end and among the top 30 overall in the state ... Lettered for three years at Prattville HS ... Helped the
Lions to the state 6A championship as a senior, as the school would end the year with a 12-2 mark ... Collected 60 tackles his final season — posting a
total of four in the state title contest — including four sacks, which ranked second on the squad ... Credited with 12 sacks as a junior, ending the year
with 44 total stops as the Lions ended up 9-4 after winning their first-round game in the state playoffs ... Finished his sophomore season with 15 tackles,
helping PHS advance to the championship game in the state playoffs; the Lions finished the year with a 12-3 record ... Received offers from Northern
Illinois, Arkansas State, Memphis and UAB ... Was also recruited by Alabama, Auburn and Southern Mississippi as well.
*Pat Moore, DE, 6-3, 235, Southaven, Miss., Northeast Mississippi CC, Southaven High
Led the team with 3½ sacks, finishing with 43 total stops in 2010 ... Credited with five tackles for loss ... Recorded career-high 10 tackles in season finale
against Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) CC ... Opened the year with eight stops in 28-point victory over East Central (Miss.) CC and was credited with nine more
the following week in game with Southwest Mississippi CC ... Posted 30 tackles, with four behind the line including 1.5 sacks as a sophomore ... Broke
up four passes also ... Had a season-best six stops in win over Northwest Mississippi CC, and was credited with five tackles the previous week in
shutout of Holmes (Miss.) CC ... Two of his three stops against Mississippi Gulf Coast in Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges
(MACJC) playoff contest were unassisted ... Tigers finished 6-4 after falling in overtime in semifinals of MACJC playoffs.
*Darrius Morrow, CB, 5-10, 170, Memphis, Tenn., Hutchinson (Kan.) CC, Germantown High
Was at Hutchinson (Kan.) CC in the fall, where he was part of a program that finished 9-3 overall — which included a 70-20 victory over No. 19
Lackawanna in the Salt City Bowl — to end up ninth in the final National Junior College Athletic Association rankings ... Was at El Camino (Calif.) CC
from 2009-10 ... Broke up a pass in the Warriors’ season opener in 2010, but was injured in the contest and missed the rest of the season ... As a
freshman, collected 18 stops and defended three passes in six contests as ECCC posted an 8-3 mark ... Named first-team all-Southern California that
fall ... Also recruited by Baylor, Minnesota, Indiana and UNLV at the end of his junior-college career ... Played only his senior season at Germantown
High, though he earned three letters in track for the Red Devils.
Tyrell Pearson, CB, 5-8, 150, Greenville, S.C., Mesa (Ariz.) CC, Greenville Senior High
Played for two seasons at Mesa (Ariz.) CC ... As a sophomore, intercepted eight passes — which he returned for 114 yards — and finished with 10 total
passes defended ... Credited with 39 total tackles, including one for loss his last year ... Posted season-best nine stops against Eastern Arizona CC ...
Collected six tackles in back-to-back contests against Pima (Ariz.) CC and Glendale (Ariz.) CC in the final weeks of the season, with five of those of the
solo variety in the latter game ... Made five tackles in overtime loss to nationally ranked Snow (Utah) C.C. ... Thirty-two of his 35 stops as a freshman
were unassisted; that total included 3½ behind the line of scrimmage ... Broke up nine total passes that year, with three interceptions that he ran back for
122 yards and a score ... Career-high 11 tackles came in game against GCC, while he was credited with five stops in match-ups with both Scottsdale
(Ariz.) CC and Snow.
Grant Powell, QB, 6-2, 200, Germantown, Tenn., Christian Brothers Academy
Received two stars from both and, ranking among the top 130 quarterbacks nationally according to both ... Was also rated among
the top 35 individuals in the state by, and was sixth in the quarterback rankings in Tennessee ... Earned four letters at Christian Brothers
Academy, starting the final two ... Led the Purple Wave to a second-place in the district before advancing to the semifinals of the 2AA state playoffs ...
Was named offensive player of the week by the Memphis Touchdown Club ... Also had offers from Arkansas State, Memphis and UAB, and was
recruited by Mississippi State, Mississippi, Texas Tech, Southern Mississippi and Tulsa.
*Wes Saxton, TE, 6-4, 225, Hueytown, Ala., Itawamba (Miss.) CC, Jess Lanier High
Caught 10 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown last season as a freshman, earning second-team Mississippi Association of Community and Junior
Colleges (MACJC) all-state honors ... Played his final two seasons at Jess Lanier High after transferring from Shades Valley HS ... Helped the school to
a 9-2 finish in his first season with the program, as JLHS advanced to the second round of the state 6A playoffs before falling to the eventual champion
by 10 points ... Team was region co-champions.
Joseph Scelfo, OL, 6-0, 280, Bogart, Ga., North Oconee High
Pronounced SELL-foe ... Earned three stars from and, and two from ... The top-rated center in Georgia, was ranked
12th among all centers in the country by ... Played in the Semper Fi Bowl All-Star Game in Phoenix, Ariz., after his high school career ended
... Lettered for four years, starting three, at North Oconee HS, where he set the school’s all-time record for pancake blocks ... Helped the Titans advance
to the second round of the state AA playoffs en route to a 11-1 finish as a senior ... NOHS won the region championship with a 6-0 mark as well his final
season, as he would be named first-team AA all-state by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Athens Banner-Herald, Georgia Athletic Coaches Association
and Georgia Sports Writers Association ... Was also selected the team’s most valuable player ... Helped lead the Titans to a 9-2 finish as they qualified
for the state playoffs his junior year, while NOHS finished 9-3 and won its first-round postseason game his first season with the varsity ... A two-time
team captain ... Father, Chris, lettered in football at Louisiana-Monroe from 1983-85, and is currently an assistant coach in the National Football League
on the Atlanta Falcons’ staff ... Also recruited by Syracuse, Southern Mississippi, Louisiana Tech, UAB and Western Kentucky.
DeVonta Staples, S, 6-1, 190, Lanett, Ala., Valley High
Pronounced dee-VONN-tay ... gave him two stars in the recruiting rankings ... Prepped at Valley High .... Named first-team 5A all-state by the
Alabama Sports Writers Association his senior season ... Helped the Rams go undefeated in region play to claim the title, as they would end the year 9-3
after winning a first-round state 5A playoffs contest ... Credited with 115 stops and two forced fumbles as a junior, also intercepting one pass ... On
special teams that fall, he added 460 kickoff return yards while running back one kickoff for a touchdown ... Received offers from Kentucky, Illinois, UAB
and Marshall ... Was also being recruited by Alabama, Auburn, Purdue and Southern Mississippi.
Sir’Vegias Steele, CB, 5-8, 170, Mobile, Ala., LeFlore High
Pronounced sir-VAY-gas ...Lettered and started all four years at LeFlore HS, posting 102 tackles and 16 interceptions during his career — he returned
seven of those for touchdowns ... Was a two-time honorable mention all-state section, and was named player of the week on five occasions ... Helped
the Rattlers qualify for the state 5A playoffs his senior season after recording 42 stops and six interceptions ... Scored seven touchdowns, three on
returns and four on offense ... As a junior, was credited with 48 tackles while picking off four passes as LHS finished 6-4 after advancing to postseason
play ... Rattlers were 7-4 after winning their first-round playoff game when he was a sophomore ... Had an offer from Louisiana Tech, and also received
interest from Auburn.
Davion Stuarts, LB, 5-10, 205, Punta Gorda, Fla., Charlotte High
Pronounced DAY-vee-on ... The 47th-ranked inside linebacker nationally according to, he earned two stars from the organization as well as
from and ... Rated seventh among inside linebackers in Florida by as well ... Earned four letters at Charlotte HS,
starting the final three ... Was chosen the district player of the year after helping the Fighting Tarpons advance to the state 7A playoffs and the district
title his final year ... Recorded 103 total stops as a senior, with 81 of those unassisted ... That included eight tackles for loss and six sacks ... Intercepted
three passes, and was also credited with three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries ... Named first-team all-area his sophomore and junior
seasons as CHS finished 12-1 while reaching the region finals both years ... As a junior, posted 99 tackles (76 solo), 10 stops behind the line of
scrimmage including three sacks, two interceptions, three fumbles recovered and a pair of forced fumbles ... In his first year as a starter, collected 94
stops, with eight of those for loss including a sack ... Picked off two passes, recovered two fumbles and also forced a fumble his sophomore season ...
The top-ranked wrestler in the state in the 215-pound class as a senior, he was the runner-up at the state 2A meet the previous season ... Went 36-6 his
junior year ... Received offers from Central Florida and Middle Tennessee, and was also recruited by Miami (Fla.), South Florida, Purdue and Iowa State.
Aleem Sunanon, PK, 5-6, 185, Orlando, Fla., Olympia High
Pronounced ah-LEEM sue-NAN-on ... A two-star recruit according to, he was rated 46th in the country among all placekickers and in the top
10 in the state ... Was a three-year letterwinner at Olympia High, helping the Titans advance to postseason play each fall ... Converted 8-of-10 field-goal
attempts and also averaged 43.7 yards per punt his final year, earning all-state and all-metro honors ... Had two game-winning kicks, including one from
49 yards out as time expired, while 18 of his 38 punts were downed inside the opponents’ 20-yard line ... Was named to the IMG All-Madden Team as
well after helping the Titans win the district championship while advancing to the second round of the state 8A playoffs ... Was 10-of-14 on field-goal
attempts and successful on all 19 points after touchdown as a junior as OHS qualified for the state 6A playoffs ... Averaged 41.3 yards per punt that fall
... Earned the Titans’ special teams award all three seasons he was on the varsity, and was a special teams captain his senior year ... Won competitions
at camps hosted by USA, Alabama and Florida State, and was the most accurate punter at North Carolina’s camp ... A member of the National Honor
Society ... Also received interest from Syracuse, Duke, Southern Mississippi, Temple, Central Florida, Middle Tennessee and Florida Atlantic.
*Charles Watson, CB, 6-1, 195, Tylertown, Miss., Mississippi Gulf Coast CC, Ocean Springs High
Appeared in nine games as a sophomore, recording 46 total tackles (31 solo) including six behind the line of scrimmage ... Had two interceptions, broke
up seven passes and also forced one fumble ... Credited with a season-best seven stops in the opener against eventual national champion East
Mississippi CC as well as wins over Pearl River (Miss.) CC and Coahoma (Miss.) CC ... Had six tackles against East Central (Miss.) CC and five in
contest with Northeast Mississippi CC ... Team was 10-2 in the fall, winning the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC)
South Division title ... Bulldogs defeated No. 5 Blinn (Texas) JC 46-17 in the Mississippi Bowl, ending the season ranked sixth in the final National Junior
College Athletic Association poll ... Collected 10 stops in four games as MGCCC went 10-2 his freshman season, finishing third in final NJCAA rankings
after defeating then-No. 3 Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC 62-53 in the Mississippi Bowl ... Helped Bulldogs to MACJC championship.
*Denotes junior-college transfer who signed in December

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