FLORENCE, Ala. – The University of North Alabama football program signed 27 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Wednesday as the Lions added 20 high school signees and seven transfers from two-year schools. UNA head football coach Bobby Wallace said he was excited about the signing class and said the Lions made significant gains on the defensive line, at cornerback and at receiver.
"It's an exciting time of year," Wallace said. "It's just like the start of a new season. Everyone is excited andhas a lot of anticipation and we feel really good about our signing class."
After signing 41 freshmen on signing day a year ago, Wallace said the Lions went a little bit heavier than normal with transfers this year since there is only one player left in the program from the school's 2010 signing class, prior to his arrival at UNA. "We've got a lot of good players on the team, but the transfers should help strengthen us a little bit."
Wallace said he was particularly pleased to have been able to add a number of local signees, getting 17 student-athletes from within a 100-mile radius of the school.
"We definitely helped ourselves on the defensive line and at cornerback," said Wallace. "The players we have added will be a big boost for us in those areas, and we added some help at outside receiver with three signees at 6-foot-1 or taller."
FRESHMAN SIGNEES Pos Ht Wt Class Hometown High School
Tyler Boyd ATH 5-9 165 FR Russellville, Ala. Russellville
Laurence Carmichael OL 6-2 280 FR Florence, Ala. Florence
Bud Coleman LB 5-11 210 FR Russellville, Ala. Russellville
Tevin Cook WR 6-3 195 FR Roanoke, Ala. Handley
Jess Cooper OL 6-4 300 FR Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tuscaloosa County
Logan Ezzell LB 6-3 205 FR Russellville, Ala. Russellville
Levi Fell CB 5-11 160 FR Muscle Shoals, Ala. Muscle Shoalss
Jordan Gist DB 5-10 180 FR Russellville, Ala. Russellville
Shaquan Glass DT 6-1 295 FR Roanoke, Ala. Handley
Dre Hall WR 6-1 180 FR Columbia, Tenn. Columbia Central
Adam Harvey P 6-0 200 FR Athens, Ala. Athens
Rodney Held LB 6-0 205 FR Hazel Green, Ala. Hazel Green
Trae Kyles ATH 5-11 180 FR Roanoke, Ala. Handley
Philbert Martial DB 5-10 175 FR Mobile, Ala. McGill-Toolen
Tobias Payne TE 6-4 240 FR Decatur, Ala. Austin
Brian Puckett TE/DE 6-3 250 FR Rogersville, Ala. Lauderdale County
Freddie Reed DL 6-0 265 FR West Point, Miss. West Point
Fred Rich LB 6-2 190 FR Tanner, Ala. Tanner
Tyler Smith DL 5-10 255 FR Rogersville, Ala. Lauderdale County
Kai Thomas ATH 5-10 170 FR Dora, Ala. Dora
TRANSFERS Pos Ht Wt Class Hometown Previous School
Justin Booth OL 6-1 340 JR Taylorsville, Miss. Jones (Miss.) CC
Marino Daggan CB 5-11 180 JR Bassfield, Miss. Pearl River (Miss.) CC
Quad Freeman LB 6-1 230 JR Saltillo, Miss. Itawamba (Miss.) CC
Korey Jones WR 6-1 185 SO Loganville, Ga. Southwest (Miss.) CC
Jonathan Robertson DL 6-4 275 SO Cullman, Ala. Troy University
Shaquille Smith DL 6-2 265 JR Jackson, Miss. Jones (Miss.) CC
J.R. White LB 6-0 240 JR Tuscumbia, Ala. Northeast Miss. CC
ENROLLED AT UNA Pos Ht Wt Class Hometown Previous School
Terrance Hayward DB 6-1 175 JR Carson City, Calif. Washington State University
Willie Bland DE 6-7 265 SO Cincinnati, Ohio Fort Scott (Kan.) CC
John Lattimore DE 6-4 270 SR Lexington, N.C. East Carolina University