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2005 Football Signing List

2005 Football Signing List

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/HS/JC

Tokumbo Abanikanda LB 6-0 200 Marietta, Ga./Osborne HS

Josh Barnes* WR 5-10 185 Hattiesburg, Miss./Pearl River CC

Micah Brown OL 6-2 270 Troy, Ala./Charles Henderson HS

Michael Burks QB 6-2 185 Jacksonville, Fla./Ribault HS

Austin Divinity DB 6-0 185 Jackson, Miss./Hinds County AHS

Octavious Everett LB 6-0 215 Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes HS

Ryan Hebert OL 6-6 305 Gray, La./HL Bourgeois HS

Eddie Hicks DB 6-1 170 Clarksdale, Miss./Clarksdale HS

Brock Landry QB 6-3 205 Patterson, La./Patterson HS

Justin Lewis LB 6-3 190 Silver Creek, Miss./Lawrence HS

Jerome Lyons* LB 6-2 218 Houston, Miss./Itawamba CC

Shadler Manning* DL 6-2 250 Benton, La./Copian-Lincoln CC

Cornelius McGee DB 5-10 165 Clarksdale, Miss./Clarksdale HS

Ryan McKee OL 6-5 265 Spanish Fort, Ala./Daphne HS

Ed Morgan WR 5-9 175 Thibodaux, La./Thibodaux HS

Mam Nyang DL 6-3 260 Smyrna, Ga./Wheeler HS

Jeremy Pittman DL 6-4 236 Summit, Miss./Southwest CC

LeVance Richmond* DB 5-11 190 Lake Wales, Fla./Pearl River CC

Joe Singleton ATH 6-2 180 Jacksonville, Fla./N.B. Forrest HS

Juamorris Stewart ATH 6-3 195 Istrouma, La./Istrouma HS

Sam Wilson OL 6-4 270 Destin, Fla./Darlington HS

Jacquinn Wrice OL 6-5 277 Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes HS

B.J. Wright DL 6-2 225 Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes HS

* denotes midyear signee


Tokumbo Abanikanda, LB, 6-0, 200, Marietta, Ga./Osborne HS

Played for Coach Rodney Hackney ... Two-star rating by ... Two-star rating by ... Had 140 total tackles, five sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 20 tackles for loss in his senior season ... Also had 900 rushing yards and nine touchdowns, with 24 receptions for 245 yards and two touchdowns ... As a junior, finished with 136 total tackles, five sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and scored a defensive touchdown ... Recorded 42 receptions for 721 yards and three touchdowns ... 2003 Cobb County Defensive Player of the Year as a junior ... Atlanta Journal Constitution All-Area Defensive Player of the Year ... Atlanta Journal Constitution Cobb County 2004 Super 11 ... First-team All-State defense ... Honorable mention All-State 5-A ... Played in the North/South All-Star Classic Game ... Was a four-time defensive player of the week ... AD Honor Roll ... Who's Who Among High School Students ... Gold Helmet Award .. Team offensive player of the year ... Also wrestled and won the 189-lb class Area-5 AAAAA meet as a junior ... Also recruited by Illinois, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, UAB, Wisconsin, Georgia, Nebraska, Arkansas and Notre Dame.

Josh Barnes, WR, 5-10, 185, Hattiesburg, Miss./Pearl River CC

Two-year starter at Pearl River Community College ... Helped lead Pearl River to a 12-0 record, the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges State Championship and the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship in 2004 ... Finished his sophomore season with 51 catches for 753 yards, an average of 14.8 yards per catch and scored five touchdowns ... Three-year letterwinner at tailback for Coach Clemon Ector at Hattiesburg High School .... As a senior, finished with 814 yards on 132 carries for 6.5 yards per carry and scored 16 touchdowns ... Also had a kickoff return for a touchdown ... Fourth leading scorer in the state in Class 5A as a senior with 102 points.

Micah Brown, OL, 6-2, 270, Troy, Ala./Charles Henderson HS

Played for Coach Hugh Fountain ... As the team?s top offensive lineman and a key defensive lineman, helped lead Henderson to the state playoffs all four years of his high school career ... As a junior and senior, led the team to 10-2 and 9-4 records, including second round playoff trips and final state rankings of No. 14 and No. 5, respectively ... As a senior defensive lineman, he had 45 tackles, five forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries ... Offensively, credited with 40 pancake blocks ... As a junior offensive lineman, he had 30 pancake blocks ... Defensively, he had 30 tackles and three forced fumbles ... Named all-state honorable mention his senior year ... Was a three time Charles Henderson HS Player of the Week, once on offense and twice on defense ... Two-star (5.0) rating by ... Also ran track and threw shotput and discus ... Recruited by Troy, Middle Tennessee State, and UCF.

Michael Burks, QB, 6-2, 185, Jacksonville, Fla./Ribault HS

Played for Coach Kevin Clark ... Two-year starter ... Threw for more than 2,000 yards during his senior season ... An all-district and all-city honoree ... Selected to the Florida Times-Union Super 24 ... Two-star rating by ... Chose Southern Miss over Cincinnati.

Austin Divinity, DB, 6-0, 185, Jackson, Miss./Hinds County AHS

Played for Coach Mike Fields ... Helped lead Hinds to 7-4 and 8-4 records as a junior and senior ... Made the state playoffs his sophomore, junior, and senior years ... Extremely versatile player, playing quarterback, wide receiver, running back, defensive back, and punt and kickoff returner at Hinds ... During his senior year, he rushed 121 times for 1,088 yards and 23 touchdowns ... At wide receiver, he had three receptions for 103 yards ... At quarterback, he completed 51-of-132 passes for 588 yards and three touchdowns and had nine interceptions ... On defense, he recorded 55 tackles, five interceptions, and three fumble recoveries, one for a touchdown ... Returned 13 punts for 142 yards and one touchdown, and returned four kickoffs for 54 yards ... As a junior, he rushed 93 times for 753 yards and 13 touchdowns ... Had two receptions for 28 yards ... Completed 31-of-84 pass attempts for 581 yards and four touchdowns and had three interceptions ... Returned four punts for 65 yards and one touchdown ... Was named All-District Div. 6-AA three times ... District Offensive Most Valuable Player as a senior ... Second Team 2A All-State Defensive Back ... Clarion Ledger First Team All-Metro ... Clarion Ledger Top Metro Performer for the week of October 18-24 ... Named the team?s offensive Most Valuable Player as a junior and senior ... Two-star rating by ... Two-star (5.4) rating by ... Also ran track, competing in the state meet for the 100-yard dash as a senior and was named the Most Valuable Sprinter ... Recruited by Alabama, Arkansas, and Ole Miss.

Octavious Everett, LB, 6-0, 215, Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes HS

Played for Coach Randy McPherson at Lowndes HS ... Finished senior season with 44 tackles ... Also had 118 carries for 733 yards and 16 touchdowns, averaging 6.2 yards per rush ... Helped Lowndes HS to a 15-0 record as a senior as it won region and state champions in 5-A ... Team was also ranked No. 11 in the 2004 USA TODAY National Super-25 Poll ... Named second-team all-region as a senior and first-team all-region as a junior ... Team finished 9-3 as a junior, advancing to the second round in the playoffs ... Helped team reach the first round of the playoffs as a sophomore ... Lettered in track ... High school teammates Jacquinn Wrice and B.J. Wright are also signees of Southern Miss ... Also recruited by Ole Miss, Illinois and Georgia Southern.

Ryan Hebert, OL, 6-6, 305, Gray, La./HL Bourgeois HS

Played for Coach Randy Boquet ... As a senior anchor on the offensive line and captain of the team, graded 80 percent for the year ... Had five games with 12 pancake blocks and five games with 10 pancakes, finishing with 110 for the year ... As a junior, graded 78 percent for the season ... Finished five games with eight pancakes and five games with 10 pancakes, totaling 90 blocks ... First team all-district ... Second team all-district as a junior ... First team all-region as a junior and senior ... Honorable mention all-state ... Voted Most Improved Player by the team as a junior ... Also named Most Valuable Player on offense by Bourgeois HS ... He was the highest graded offensive lineman for Bourgeois HS every week as a senior ... Two-star (5.2) rating by ... Ranked No. 31 in the state by Superprep ... 9.25 rating from Zem?s Gems ... 4.5 rating by Max Emfinger ... Two-star rating by ... Also lettered in baseball, and was named all-district at catcher his junior year ... Recruited by Nebraska, South Carolina, Oklahoma State, and Arkansas.

Eddie Hicks, DB, 6-1, 170, Clarksdale, Miss./Clarksdale HS

Played for Coach Jim Hughes at Clarksdale HS ... Finished senior season with 65 total tackles (30 solos, 35 assists) and five interceptions ... Also caught 22 passes for 353 yards and four touchdowns ... Had a combined four kickoff/punt return touchdowns ... Helped Clarksdale HS to a 11-4 runner-up finish in the state 4-A championship game ... Had 25 total tackles and two interceptions as a junior ... Helped Clarksdale HS advance to the second round of the playoffs as a junior and sophomore ... All-division first-team ... Clarion Ledger 2004 All-State Second-Team defense ... Clarksdale Press Register First-Team ... Clarion Ledger Top-40 ... Held the highest GPA on the football team ... Lettered one year in track ... Three-star rating by ... Two-star rating by ... Also recruited by Memphis, Mississippi State, Delta State and Ole Miss ... Teammate Cornelius McGee is also a signee of Southern Miss.

Brock Landry, QB, 6-3, 205, Patterson, La./Patterson HS

Played one year for Coach Tommy Minton at Patterson HS ... Transferred to Patterson HS for his senior season, after playing the first two years at Berwick HS ... Completed 116-of-199 passes for 1,971 yards, 23 touchdowns against 11 interceptions as a senior ... Also had 31 carries for 188 yards and two touchdowns ... Helped Patterson HS to a 8-3 record and a first-round berth in the playoffs ... First-team all-district and all-parish ... Honorable mention all-state ... Also earned three letters in track and field and was the state runner-up in the javelin as a junior ... Was a three-year letterwinner in baseball ... Two-star rating by ... 9.25 rating by Zem's Gems ... One-star rating by ... Also recruited by Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Monroe, Mississippi State and Tulane.

Justin Lewis, LB, 6-3, 190, Silver Creek, Miss./Lawrence HS

Played safety and linebacker for Coach Mike Davis at Lawrence County HS ... Finished senior season with 58 total tackles, including 46 solos and three interceptions ... Had three rushing touchdowns at running back ... Returned two punts for touchdowns ... Also returned three kickoffs for touchdowns and averaged 30.1 yards per kickoff return ... Helped Lawrence HS to a 10-3 record as a junior, advancing to the third round in the playoffs ... Also helped the team reach the first round in the playoffs as a senior and sophomore ... No. 18 recruit of the Clarion Ledger Top-40 ... All-District 6-4A at linebacker and safety ... The Daily Leader All-Area ... Two-star rating by ... Also lettered three years in baseball and basketball ... Was All-District 6-4A as a power forward as a sophomore and junior ... Played on the Mississippi All-Star Basketball team ... Honor roll for five years ... Won the Roger Van Dorin Outstanding Student Award ... Also recruited by Mississippi State and Nicholls State.

Jerome Lyons, LB, 6-2, 218, Houston, Miss./Itawamba CC

Starter at linebacker as a sophomore when he sustained a strained ACL ligament in his right knee in the first quarter of the first game of the 2004 season ... Had Orthoscopic knee surgery but didn?t play the remainder of the season ... Selected a NJCAA preseason All-American by JCGridwire prior to his sophomore season ... As a freshman, finished with 75 tackles, six sacks, four interceptions and forced four fumbles ... Currently ranked No. 7 on The Clarion Ledger?s Top 25 Junior College Prospects ... Three-star prospect by ... Named to the SuperPrep JUCO 100 ... Also recruited by Ole Miss, Arkansas and UAB.

Shadler Manning, 6-2, 250, DL, Copian-Lincoln CC, Benton, La.

Originally enrolled at Southern Miss in January 2003 ... Redshirted for the 2003 season before transferring to Copiah-Lincoln Community College for the 2004 season ... Sustained a broken bone in his foot in the first game of the season and sat out most of the season only seeing time in the final four games of the season ... Started the final three games ... Finished with 44 tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup ... Prep: Played for Coach Mitch Downy at Benton High School... Two-year letterwinner and two-year starter ... 77 tackles, 10 sacks, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery as a defensive end ... Seven catches for 65 yards and scored two touchdowns as a tight end ... Selected to all-state team by the Division 3A coaches ... All-Shreveport/Bossier by the Shreveport Times ... Two-time all-district and two-time All-Parish ... No. 22 defensive lineman in the state and 117th overall in the nation by Zem?s Gems ... Helped his team to the first round of the playoffs his senior year ... Second round of the playoffs and a 9-3 record junior year.

Cornelius McGee, DB, 5-10, 165, Clarksdale, Miss./Clarksdale HS

Played for Coach Jim Hughes at Clarksdale HS ... Finished senior season with 54 total tackles (32 solos, 22 assists) and 15 interceptions ... Also had 36 receptions for 487 yards and three touchdowns ... Had one kickoff return for a touchdown ... Also was the team's punter, averaging 35 yards per punt ... Helped Clarksdale HS to an 11-4 runner-up finish in the state 4-A championship game ... Did not play his junior season ... All-State 4-A first-team ... Clarion Ledger Top-40 ... Clarksdale Press Register First-Team ... All-division first-team ... Nominated for the Bennett Award ... Holds the second highest GPA on the football team, next to teammate and Southern Miss signee Eddie Hicks ... Lettered three years in basketball and baseball ... Won the triple-jump two years in a row ... Two-star rating by ... One-star rating by ... Also recruited by Memphis, Mississippi State, Ole Miss.

Ryan McKee, OL, 6-5, 265, Spanish Fort, Ala./Daphne HS

Played for Coach Glen Vickery at Daphne HS ... Finished senior season with 10 knockdowns and six pancakes ... Graded 88 percent for the season ... Did not allow a sack all year ... Helped the offense average 18 points a game ... Part of the team that finished 7-5 during his senior season and advance into the third round of the playoffs ... As a junior, helped the team to a 14-1 record and a berth in the state championship game ... Team finished 8-4 as a sophomore ... Two-star rating by ... Also recruited by South Carolina and Arkansas.

Mam Nyang, DL, 6-3, 260, Smyrna, Ga./Wheeler HS

Played for Coach Chuck Goddard at Wheeler HS ... Finished senior season with 80 total tackles, 13 tackles for loss, five sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries ... Cobb County Super 11 ... No. 39 overall defensive end ... No. 35 in the state of Georgia by ... Top three defensive linemen by Southern Hot 100 ... Top 20 Georgia top 100 by ... Atlanta Journal Constitution Super Southern 100 ... All-county and all-region ... Lettered in track ... Four-star rating by ... Three-star rating by ... Also recruited by Kentucky, Marshall, Auburn and Louisville.

Ed Morgan, WR, 5-9, 175, Thibodaux, La./Thibodaux HS

Played for Coach Lenny Ford ... Strong offensive player who posted impressive numbers at wide receiver and running back ... As team captain, led Thibodaux to an 8-3 record and the playoffs his senior season ... As a senior, had 38 receptions for 662 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging 17.6 yards per catch ... Rushed 80 times for 704 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 8.8 yards per carry ... As a junior, had four receptions for 376 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 27 yards per catch ... Rushed 92 times for 545 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging 5.9 yards per carry ... Also had 13 punt returns for 351 yards and one touchdown ... Was first team all-district running back his senior year ... Honorable mention all-state ... Bayou Region Team Most Valuable Player ... Houma-Terrebonne Region Most Valuable Player ... Received the Thibodaux Coaches? Award his senior season ... Also received the Team Captain Award ... Named Offensive Most Valuable Player by the team ... Two-star (5.3) rating by ... 9.00 rating by Zem?s Gems ... Also ran the 200-meter in track ... Recruited by Tulane, Vanderbilt and Louisiana-Lafayette.

Jeremy Pittman, DL, 6-4, 236, Summit, Miss./Southwest CC

Played for Coach Dom Green at Southwest CC ... Had 56 total tackles (34 solos, 22 assists), nine tackles for loss, four sacks, two pass deflections and seven hurries as a sophomore ... As a freshman, was used primarily on special teams, but had a blocked punt for a touchdown ... Three-star rating by ... Prep: Played for Coach Adam Barron at North Pike HS ... Averaged eight solo tackles a game and one and a half sacks per contest ... Helped lead the team to a first round berth in the playoffs all three years ... Was all-district during his senior and junior seasons ... Earned best defensive lineman honors as a junior and senior ... Named the best special teams player as a freshman ... Also lettered in basketball ... Also recruited by Marshall, Louisiana-Lafayette, Iowa, Louisiana-Monroe and McNeese State.

LeVance Richmond, DB, 5-11, 190, Lake Wales, Fla./Pearl River CC

As a sophomore, he was named a First-Team NJCAA All-American ... All-Region 23 ... All-Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges All-Conference selection ... Led the nation in interceptions with 13, including two in the NJCAA National Championship game vs. Butler Community College with one of those being returned for a touchdown ... Finished with 46 tackles (28 solo, 18 assists) ... Also had 26 pass breakups ... Had 11 catches for 241 yards and scored six touchdowns (third-highest amount of touchdowns scored for Pearl River CC) ... As a freshman, he was All-MACJC honorable mention in 2003 ... Finished with four interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown ... Also had 39 tackles (26 solos, 13 assists) ... Broke up 11 passes ... Prepped at Lake Wales High School ... Also recruited by Ole Miss and Texas A&M.

Joe Singleton, ATH, 6-2, 180, Jacksonville, Fla./N.B. Forrest HS

Played for Coach Dennis Clemons ... A four-year starter ... Threw for 1,300 yards and eight touchdowns, while rushing for eight more scores as a senior ... Also had five interceptions and one touchdown with 50 tackles as a safety ... As a junior, passed for 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns and had six rushing touchdowns ... Added 65 tackles and three interceptions that same season ... Passed for more than 4,500 yards and 48 touchdowns throughout his career ... Named to the Florida Times-Union Super 11 and Super 24 as a senior ... Selected to play in the Global Junior Championships for Team USA ... A third-team all-state selection as a junior ... Was the team Most Valuable Player two-straight seasons ... Team had a 10-9 record in junior and senior years ... Named to the Florida 92 by SuperPrep magazine ... Led team to a first-round playoff appearance as a sophomore ... Also lettered in basketball and track ... Named to the All-Gateway Conference team in basketball ... Chose Southern Miss over Middle Tennessee.

Juamorris Stewart, ATH, 6-3, 195, Istrouma, La./Istrouma HS

Played for Coach Richard Oliver ... Two-year starter ... Helped lead Istrouma to a 7-5 record and second round appearance in the LHSAA playoffs as a senior ... Caught 66 passes for 1,087 yards and 18 touchdowns ... On defense, made 40 tackles as a free safety, to go along with six interceptions and 15 pass breakups ... Also had 60 receptions for 1,319 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior, leading the team to a 12-2 record and quarterfinal appearance in the playoffs ... Named to the LSWA All-State team in both junior and senior seasons ... Selected as a 2004 Louisiana Blue Chip Recruit by The Baton Rouge Advocate ... Tabbed All-Metro 5A-4A Offensive Player of the Year by The Advocate ... Named All-District 7-4A MVP ... Also selected to the Louisiana Coaches Association All-State team ... Was an Honorable mention Super Dozen honoree by The Advocate ... Chosen as the team's Most Valuable Player as a junior and a senior ... Also was an all-district member of the basketball team ... Chose Southern Miss over Louisville, Tulane and Ole Miss.

Sam Wilson, OL, 6-4, 270, Destin, Fla./Darlington HS

Played for Coach Tommy Atha ... Was the top offensive lineman and team captain for his junior and senior seasons ... Also played defense and helped lead Darlington to an 8-4 record and second round playoff appearance as a junior and an 8-3 record and first round playoff appearance as a senior ... As a senior, recorded 30 pancake blocks on offense ... On defense, he had 43 tackles, nine tackles for loss, 15 hurries, four sacks, and two forced fumbles ... Was an all-area pick as a senior ... Named First Team All-Northwest Georgia as an offensive lineman ... Awarded Outstanding Offensive Lineman by the team ... Two-star (5.0) rating by ... Also ran track and threw shotput ... Recruited by Georgia Southern and Middle Tennessee State.

Jacquinn Wrice, OL, 6-5, 277, Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes HS

Played for Coach Randy McPherson ... Offensive leader who helped guide 15-0 Lowndes to the 2004 5A State Championship and an 11th overall national ranking in the USA Today National Super 25 Poll ... Also went to the state playoffs his sophomore and junior seasons ... Teammate of fellow Southern Miss signees Octavious Everett and B.J. Wright ... As a senior, he recorded 39 pancake blocks, 47 knockdowns, and graded 89 percent for the season ... Graded 84 percent as a junior ... Named to the Georgia Sportswriters Association First Team All-State Class 5A his senior season ... First team all-region ... First Team All-GACA (Georgia Athletic Coaches Association) ... Also throws shotput and played basketball as a sophomore ... Two-star (5.2) rating by ... Recruited by Middle Tennessee State and Kentucky.

B.J. Wright, DL, 6-2, 225, Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes HS

Played for Coach Randy McPherson ... Powerful defensive player who helped lead 15-0 Lowndes to the 2004 5A State Championship and an 11th overall national ranking in the USA Today National Super 25 Poll ... Also went to the state playoffs his sophomore and junior season ... Teammate of fellow Southern Miss signees Octavious Everett and Jacquinn Wrice ... As a senior, he recorded 57 tackles, 12 sacks, one pass deflection, one interception, and two fumble recoveries ... As a junior, he had 63 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, and seven sacks ... All-region as a sophomore, junior, and senior ... All-state as a junior and senior ... All-GACA (Georgia Athletic Coaches Association) ... Played on the South Team in the GACA North-South Classic All-Star game and collected four sacks ... Three-star (5.6) rating by ... Three-star rating by ... Had a No. 3 rating from Forrest Davis ... 39th ranked linebacker in the country by ... Ranked No. 34 in Postseason Georgia Top 40 ... No. 56 player in Georgia according to SuperPrep ... Recruited by Illinois, Auburn, Florida, UCF, Middle Tennessee State, and Jacksonville State.

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