UT Martin focuses recruiting on offensive line

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MARTIN, Tenn. – Jason Simpson, the head football coach at The University of Tennessee at Martin and his staff received signed national letters of intent from 23 players today.

Among the 23 players, 11 are from Tennessee and three each are from Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio and Kentucky.

"Our number one goal was depth on the offensive line,” said Simpson, who enters his fifth season as the Skyhawks’ head coach. “We also needed defensive backs and we added quality players at the quarterback and running back positions.”

Simpson said many of the UT Martin signees had several offers to choose from. “We had to let the recruiting process take its course. We had to be patient and after the guys took other visits we were fortunate they chose to be student-athletes at UT Martin and not just a football player,” Simpson said. “Our campus and our community played a big part in their decision to chose UT Martin."

Simpson and his staff also had 10 mid-year players sign, including Kevin Whaley, a running back who transferred from the University of Minnesota. Whaley was Minnesota’s second-leading rusher as a redshirt freshman this past season. He had 88 carries for 367 yards and averaged 4.2 yards per carry. Whaley prepped at Salem High School in Virginia Beach, Va., where he rushed for 6,301 yards and scored 85 touchdowns. He was twice named the All-Tidewater Player of the Year.

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Previous School/Hometown
Aaron Arnold OL 6-2 280 Webster Groves HS/ St. Louis, Mo.
Mathew Axline OL 6-5 300 Shelby County HS/Shelbyville, Ky.
Kevin Barfield WR/CB 5-9 165 Frayser HS/Memphis, Tenn.
Bryson Crowder RB 5-9 210 Liberty Tech HS/Jackson, Tenn.
Sam Curtis OL 6-4 320 South Fulton HS/South Fulton, Tenn.
Fred Flenorl QB 6-2 185 Whitehaven HS/Memphis, Tenn.
Jobronski Gilbert RB 5-11 200 Milan HS/Milan, Tenn.
Camaren Harris Athlete 5-10 195 Horn Lake HS/Horn Lake, Miss.
Ryan Isom DT 6-2 280 Desmet Jesuit HS/St. Louis, Mo.
Bret Jefcoat QB 6-1 200 Itawamba CC/Fulton, Miss.
John Johnson OL 6-5 265 University City HS/University City, Mo.
Justin McCray TE 6-3 220 Fairfield HS/Hamilton, Ohio
DJ McNeil RB 6-3 220 Briarcrest Christian HS/Collierville, Tenn.
Brandon Neal CB 5-9 180 Lakota West HS/Liberty Township. Ohio
Obi Nwankwo S 6-0 185 Lakota West HS/West Chester, Ohio
Michael Ross DL 6-0 280 Taylorsville HS/Taylorsville, Miss.
James Satterfield K/P 5-9 160 Gallatin HS/Gallatin, Tenn.
Clayton Smith LB 6-3 235 Northside HS/Jackson, Tenn.
Matt Stewart TE 6-2 235 Mount Juliet HS/Mount Juliet, Tenn.
Charles Sweeton OL 6-6 285 Lawrence County HS/Lawrenceburg, Tenn.
Anthony Topps OL 6-1 280 Fort Campbell HS/Fort Campbell, Ky.
Kyron Tucker CB 6-1 170 Ridgeway HS/Memphis, Tenn.
Dean Wathen DL 6-1 250 Henderson County HS/Henderson, Ky.

2010 UT Martin Mid-Year Signees
Cedric Blanks RB 6-2 210 East Mississippi CC/Meridian, Miss.
DuJaun Brown LB 6-0 200 East Mississippi CC/Miami, Fla.
Nicholas Brown DL 6-0 230 DuPont Manual HS/Louisville, Ky.
Runako Brown DB 6-0 185 Gulf Coast CCC/Gulf Port, Miss.
Taylor Budd QB 6-4 205 Los Angeles Pierce CC/Mount Holly, NJ
Caylem Estelle DB 5-9 175 East Central Community College, Sylacaggau, Ala.
Corey Jordan WR 6-0 200 Hillsboro, HS/Nashville, Tenn.
Ladarrius Stallings OL 6-0 290 Southwest (Mississippi) CC/McComb, Miss.
Thad Williams DB 5-9 190 Hutchinson (Kansas) CC/Adel, Ga.
Kevin Whaley RB 5-9 185 Minnesota/Virginia Beach, Va

Courtesy: UT Martin Media Relations

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