West Alabama Signs 47 Players on National Signing Day

From West Alabama Media Relations:

LIVINGSTON, Ala. -- University of West Alabama Head Football Coach Will Hall has signed one of the largest recruiting classes in program history, adding 28 high school signees and 19 transfers to the West Alabama program on National Signing Day.

The second-year head coach is excited about his signing class.

"It is an exciting day to be a Tiger… my staff did a tremendous job recruiting this state. We signed 28 high school kids and 19 transfers, including 17 at mid-year. We have a great mix as usual."

The Red and White's recruiting class includes players at every position with 10 defensive backs, nine wide receivers, eight linebackers, seven defensive linemen, six running backs, five offensive linemen, a tight end and a quarterback.

West Alabama is coming on an 8-4 record this past season, including hosting a NCAA Division II playoff first round game - the first in the program's history.

High School

OL - Jess Allen (5-11, 265, Butler, Ala. / Patrician ACA)
2011 awards: Most Valuable Offensive Lineman, AISA All-Star and AISA All-Star West Most Valuable Offensive Lineman ... Selected to the ASWA First Team All-State last season ... Received the 2010 Hustle Award ... Totaled 90 tackles along with being a four-year starter.

WR - Anthony Baker (6-5, 190, Ozark, Ala. / Carroll Ozark HS)
Posted 26 receptions for 844 yards and 8 TDs as a senior ... Selected to participate in the Global Bowl in Italy.

DB - Kenton Bettis (5-10, 170, Mobile, Ala. / Murphy HS)
Registered 56 tackles, 16 pass breakups and 3 interceptions ... Received honorable mention all-state laurels.

DT -Rashad Blackwell (6-0, 305, Dadeville, Ala. / Dadeville HS)
2011 Defensive Player of the Year ... Named Honorable Mention Defensive Lineman to the Bone's All-State Team.

OLB - Jamarrus Childers (6-1, 220, York, Ala. / Sumter Central HS)
Registered 67 tackles and 4 inteceptions as a senior ... Three-year starter.

RB - Dakota Daniel (5-9, 180, Hoover, Ala. / Hoover HS)
As a senior he received all-state honorable mention laurels ... Named to the Birmingham News All-South Team ... Rushed for 987 yards on 183 carries and 8 TDs ... Caught 37 passes for 325 yards and 6 TDs.

WR - Jeremiah Gardner (5-8, 175, Prattville, Ala. / Prattville HS)
Scout.com 2-Star recruit ... Caught 21 passes for 279 yards and 3 TDs along with 17 carries for 91 yards last season ... Also tallied 25 punt and kickoff returns for 235 yards ... Clocked at 4.36 in the 40-yard dash.

FB - John Gober (6-0, 245, Altoona, Ala. / Susan Moore HS)
First team all-county ... 52 tackles, including 6 for loss, 2 sacks and 6 quarterback hurries ... Totaled 37 kncokdowns and 6 TDs as a senior.

OL - Dwayne Gunter (6-7, 330, Montgomery, Ala. / Evangel Christian ACA)
Started 11 games at left tackle and helped pave the way for a running game that totaled 3,184 yards ... Voted Team Most Valuable Offensive Lineman ... On the defensive side of the ball, totaled 57 tackles, including 12 for loss of yardage and 3 sacks.

CB/KR - DeQoine Horn (5-11, 165, Cuba, Ala. / Sumter Central HS)
Registered 403 receiving yards ... Intercepted 3 passes and returned 2 punt returns for TDs in only five games.

WR - Eddie Hubbard (6-2, 180, Jemison, Ala. / Jemison HS)
Scout.com 2-Star recruit ... All-county selection ... Senior season stats: Caught 42 passes for 738 yards and 7 TDs ... 9 punt returns for 284 yards and 2 TDs ... 20 kickoff returns for 582 yards and 2 TDs ... Named all-state honorable mention as a junior.

WR - Lewis Hunter (5-10, 170, Fairhope, Ala. / Fairhope HS)
Named all-county ... As a junior he caught 42 passes for 647 yards and 5 TDs.

FS - Ephraim Johnson (6-1, 180, York, Ala. / Sumter Central HS)
Registered 27 tackles and 4 interceptions as a senior ... A three-yeaer starter.

DL - Jherron Jones (5-11, 285, Prattville, Ala. / Prattville HS)
Registered 77 tackles and 4 forced fumbles last season ... FInished as the 2011 AHSAA Heavyweight Power Lifting Champion.

DT - Keiwan Lee (6-2, 260, Montgomery, Ala. / Evangel Christian ACA)
Started all 11 games ... Totaled 70 tackles, including 14 for a loss of yardage and 7 sacks ... Named AISA All-Star, First Team AISA All-Metro and All-State ... Voted Most Valuable Defensive Lineman.

LB - Keebo Lewis (5-11, 180, Coosada, Ala. / Stanhope Elmore HS)
First team all-county ... Registered 71 tackles, 3 interceptions, 10 pass breakups and blocked two punts last season.

WR/DB - Kerry Lewis (6-2, 190, Moundville, Ala. / Hale County HS)
Totaled 18 TDs last seeason ... Posted 600 yards of total offense along with 70 tackles and 3 interceptions.

TE - Ty Morgan (6-3, 215, Sweet Water, Ala. / Sweet Water HS)
First Team all-state ... ASWA First Team all-region ... 20 receptions for 366 yards and 5 TDs ... 133 tackles, 2 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries.

QB - Dustyn Moseley (6-1, 190, Jackson, Ala. / Jackson HS)
15-0 as a starter ... Threw for 3,100 yards and 35 TDs ... Set two Super 6 records (most passing yards in a game and longest TD) ... Member of the Alabama Super 12 ... 4A State Champion ... 4A All-State First Team Quarterback ... Finalist for 4A Back of the Year ... Tri-County Offensive Player of the Year ... Two-time regiona Player of the Week ... Honorable mention to Scout.com Alabama All-State Team.

RB/DB - Branden Moss (6-2, 200, Tuscaloosa, Ala. / Hillcrest HS)
Finished his senior season with 500 rushing yards and 200 receiving yards ... Had six touchdowns on the campaign ... Named Player of the Week against Demopolis High School.

CB - Dallas Powell (5-8, 162, Prattville, Ala. / Prattville HS)
Registered 24 tackles, 3 interceptions and 1 blocked punt last season.

LB - Martez Reaves (6-3, 228, Headland, Ala. / Headland HS)
Registered 137 tackles, including 5 for loss and 2 interceptions ... Received honorable mention all-state laurels ... Named to the All-SEAAA Team.

RB - George Rowe (5-10, 207, Prattville, Ala. / Prattville HS)
Scout.com 2-Star recruit ... Toted the ball 113 times for 654 yards and 13 TDs on as a senior.

RB - Devaunte Ruffin (6-1, 230, Cuba, Ala. / Sumter Central HS)
All-time leading rusher with 42 TDs in his career and 600 yards.

LB - Dequante' Shockley (6-1, 215, Troy, Ala. / Charles Henderson HS)
Registered 60 tackles along with 5 sacks ... Forced 3 fumbles and returned an interception for a TD ... Named to the Pike All-County First Team.

OL - Jameson Trammell (6-3, 320, Piedmost, Ala. / Piedmont HS)
Graded out at 88-percent ... Lead the team with 68 pancakes ... Named first team all-region and all-state honorable mention ... Also named to the KFC-TV 24 All-Star Team.

OL - Russell Wallace (6-8, 305, Valley, Ala. / Valley HS)
Named to Opelika-Auburn News All-Area Team ... Posted a grade of 91-percent on the season ... Registered 32 pancakes.

DE - Franklin Williams (6-4, 225, Dothan, Ala. / Dothan HS)
Totaled 65 tackles, including 6 for loss and 3 sacks ... Named DHS Defensive Line MVP in 2010 and 2011.

Transfers

S - Fred Barnes (6-0, 180, Ellenwood, Ga. / M.L. King HS / Georgia State)
Most Outstanding Defensive Back; 85 total tackles, 1 sack, 3 tackles for loss and 1 interception

WR/RB – Daryl Bourne (5-10, 175, Hattiesburg, Miss. / Hattiesburg HS / Pearl River CC)
823 rushing yards in five games as senior at Hattiesburg ... Avgeraged 41 yards per punt return along with 18 yards per kickoff return

CB – Malcolm Butler (5'10, 180, Vicksburg, Miss. / Vicksburg HS / Hinds CC)
MACJC 2nd Team; 15 pass break ups, 3 interceptions with a TD, 43 tackles and 3 tackles for loss

WR – Jonathan Ducksworth (6'2, 200, Bay Springs, Miss. / Bay Springs HS / Jones County JC)
MACJC All-Star; 31 receptions for 327 yards

OLB/DE - Quanthony Fletcher (6-2, 230, Miami, Fla. / Dr. Krop HS / Pearl River CC)
2 Star - Scout.com; 3 Star - Rivals
74 total tackles and 3 sacks

LB – Mario Gainer (6-0, 245, Gautier, Maine / Gautier HS / Mississippi Gulf Coast CC)
MACJC 2nd Team; 111 tackles ... 2nd in MACJC
Led MACJC with 75 solo tackles

LB – Keith Gibson (5-10, 220, Terry, Miss. / Terry HS / Southwest Mississippi CC)
92 total tackles and 4 sacks
Led state with 152 tackles in 2009 at Terry ... Averaged 19 per game

WR/KR - Reggie Hall (5'9, 170, Monroe, La. / Neville HS / East Central CC)
MACJC 1st Team; Averaged 31 yards per punt return with 1 touchdown, 44 receptions for 463 and a TD

RB - Danny Hobbs (5-10, 195, Prentiss, Miss. / Prentiss HS / Co-Lin CC)
449 yards on 100 Carries and 7 TDs

S – Robert Jones (6-1, 180, Laurel, Miss. / R.H. Watkins HS / Co-Lin CC)
MACJC All-Star; 59 total tackles

DE - Derek Jordan (6-1, 260, Jackson, S.C. / Chaffey (CA) College)
Played in 10 games for the Panthers in 2010 ... Recorded 18 tackles with 3.5 tackles for a loss ... Saw time in eight games in 2009 and finished with 25 tackles, including 6 for loss.

WR – Malik Lofton (6-0, 190, Shubuta, Miss. / Wayne County HS / Jones County JC)
MACJC All-Star; 34 receptions for 315 yards
53 receptions for 924 yards in 2009 at WCHS

DE – Jerry McNair (6-2, 280, Magee, Miss. / Magee HS / Co-Lin CC)
MACJC 2nd Team; 45 total tackles

CB - Kendall Miles CB (5-11, 168, Deland, Fla. / Longbeach City CC)
Totaled 25 tackles ... Intercepted 1 pass with 3 breakups ... Returned 1 fumble for a TD while forcing 1 and blocked a field goal ... Registered 315 kickoff return yards.

DT – Willie Packer (6-2, 280, Moss Point, Miss. / Moss Point HS / Mississippi Gulf Coast CC)
MACJC 2nd Team
Rivals 3 Star; Scout 3 Star

WR - Chad Toocheck (6-3, 200, Medina, Ohio / Santa Barbara City College)
First team all-state in 2010 ... Caught 60 passes for 851 yards and 9 touchdowns during his freshman season.

CB - Ridge Turner (5-11, 190, Port Sulphur, La. / South Plaquemines / Mississippi Delta CC)
Rivals 3 Star; Scout 2 Star
7th all-time nationally in total offense with 12,751 yards

OLB/DE - Rickey Willis (6-2, 220, Columbia, Miss. / East Marion HS / Pearl River CC)
MACJC All-Star; 74 total tackles and 3 sacks

OL - Nathaniel Worrell (6-5, 284, Pearl, Miss. / Pearl HS / Southern Mississippi)
The Pearl, Miss., native played was a Class 4A first team All-State selection by Scout.com and selected first team by the Mississippi Association of Coaches in Class 4A and a second team All-State performer by the Clarion Ledger in his one season at Pearl High School. Began his high school career at Kosciusko High School, where he played three seasons for his father. Worrell was a two-star recruit by both Scout.com and Rivals.com.


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