Murray State head coach Chris Hatcher has announced the signing of 19 players to National Letter’s of Intent to attend the University and begin playing football for the Racers in 2013. In addition, the Racers also announced the addition of five players that joined the Racers at start of the Spring semester. The class consists of four three-start recruits and eight two-star recruits.
“We are real excited about this year’s signing class,” said Hatcher. “We feel we were able to get the players that we were targeting and fill the needs we have heading into next season. This group has the potential to make an immediate impact as we push for a conference championship in 2013.”
Jesse Blackburn, WR, 6-3, 240, Fr., Gardendale, Ala. (Gardendale)
Three-year starter for head coach Chris Fancher at Gardendale High School...earned Alabama Sports Writers Association Honorable Mention All-State accolades after catching 34 passes for 502 yards and five touchdowns as a senior...added 28 tackles, two sacks, three forced fumbles and five interceptions as a linebacker...also averaged 35.8 yards on 21 punts...had seven catches for 115 yards and a touchdown as a junior...rated a two-star prospect by Rivals.com and 247sports.com.
Lamont Crittendon, LB, 5-10, 208, Fr., Decatur, Ala. (Austin)
Two-year letterwinner for head coach Jeremy Perkins at Austin High School...earned honorable mention all-state accolades after posting 111 tackles, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries as a senior...selected to the Huntsville Times All-Star Team after his senior season...recipient of the “Head Hunter” Award as a junior and senior...recorded 8 tackles, including five sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries as a junior.
Koty Hix, OL, 6-3, 290, Fr., Fort Campbell, Ky. (Fort Campbell)
Two-year starter for head coach Shawn Berner at Fort Campbell High School...earned First-Team All-State honors from the Louisville Courier Journal as a senior...paved the way for an offense that rushed for 3,509 yards and averaged 42.5 points per game...averaged six pancake blocks per game...named to the all-area team by the Leaf Chronicle and Kentucky New Era...garnered First-Team All-Western Kentucky Conference laurels as a senior and sophomore...twice named outstanding offensive lineman...awarded Department of the Army Certificate of Appreciation for Patriotic Civilian Service for providing support and encouragement to a classmate who had lost his father in combat.
Jonathan Jackson, LB, 5-11, 210, Fr., Mayfield, Ky. (Mayfield)
Four-year starter for head coach Joe Morris at Mayfield High School...helped the Cardinals to a 56-4 record and four-straight trips to the state finals...guided team to a pair of state championships...rushed for 1,951 yards and 37 touchdowns as a senior...added 166 tackles as a linebacker...finished career with 5,605 rushing yards and 92 touchdowns, while amassing 601 career tackles...selected to the Louisville Courier Journal All-State First Team...earned First-Team All-State laurels by the Associated Press as a linebacker, and second-team honors as a running back...selected as the Paducah Sun All-Region Player of the Year...named to the All-BluegrassPreps.com team as an athlete...earned All-Western Kentucky Conference honors as a running back and linebacker...rated a two-star prospect by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com.
Demetric Johnson, RB, 6-0, 185, Fr., South Pittsburg, Tenn. (South Pittsburg)
Four-year letterwinner for head coach Vic Grider at South Pittsburg High School...earned all-state, all-region and all-district honors after rushing for 1,974 yards and 32 touchdowns...averaged 14.6 yards per carry, the highest ever in the Chattanooga area...finished as runner-up for Mr. Football...also added five interceptions on defense...earned all-state, all-region and all-district honors as a defensive back his junior season...rushed for over 1,400 yards...starter for the Pirates 2010 state championship team.
Arbre Jones, OL, 6-6, 310, Fr., Memphis, Tenn. (University School)
Played for head coach Bobby Alston at Memphis University School...earned all-state honors as a senior in leading the Owls to a 10-3 record and a trip to the state championship game...anchored an offense that averaged 36 points per game...participated in the Toyota Tennessee East-West All-Star Game...rated a two-star prospect by Rivals.com and 247sports.com.
Cedric Jones, CB, 6-0, 185, Fr., Memphis, Tenn. (East)
Played for head coach Marcus Wimberly at Memphis East High School...earned all-state and all-district honors as a senior after recording 63 tackles, four interceptions, two fumble recoveries and 12 pass break-ups...also had two receiving touchdowns...rated as the #17 player in Tennessee by Rivals.com...rated a two-star prospect by Rivals.com and 247sports.com.
Zach Katzman, RB, 5-8, 175, Fr., Mayfield, Ky. (Graves County)
Three-year starter for head coach Lance Gregory at Graves County High School...selected a First-Team All-State selection by the Louisville Courier Journal...earned honorable mention all-state laurels as a running back and defensive back by the Associated Press...rushed 250 times for 2,247 yards and 34 touchdowns...became first player in school history to rush for over 2,000 yards...ending career as school’s all-time leading rusher...helped team to a district championship on his way to being named District 1-5A Player of the Year...named to the All-BluegrassPreps.com first team, as well as the Paducah Sun All-Region team...selected to the All-Western Kentucky Conference First Team as a running back and defensive back.
Marqavius King, WR, 5-9, 170, Fr., Abbeville, Ala. (Abbeville)
Four-year letterwinner for head coach Alphus Shipman at Abbeville High School...earned conference MVP honors as a senior after throwing for 1,583 yards and 31 touchdowns, while rushing for 964 yards and 15 scores...also registered 89 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles as a defensive back...selected as the Alabama Sports Writers Association First-Team All-State quarterback as a junior...went 125-for-202 for 1,980 yards and 26 touchdowns...added 894 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground...hauled in 10 touchdowns as a wide receiver his sophomore season.
Demetrius Mason, DT, 6-4, 280, So., Cincinnati, Ohio (Iowa Central)
Spent two seasons with head coach Kevin Twait at Iowa Central Community College...helped the Tritons to a 6-5 record in 2012...recorded four tackles and a half sack in the bowl game...red-shirted his first season...played two seasons at Winton Woods High School...helped team to the second round of the state playoffs as a senior...received the Lineman Award and Most Improved.
Warwick Marsh, DT, 6-0, 305, Fr., Clarksville, Tenn. (Northeast)
Two-year letterwinner for head coach Isaac Shelby at Northeast High School...selected to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State team as an offensive lineman after helping pave the way for a 2,000-yard rusher and an additional 1,000-yard rusher his senior season...recorded 52 tackles and four sacks...selected as the District 10-AAA Lineman of the Year as a senior...two-time Leaf Chronicle all-area selection...best offensive lineman for an offense that accumulated 4,476 yards his junior season...recorded 41 tackles, three sacks and forced a fumble on defense...rated a two-star prospect by 247sports.
Marquis Morton, RB, 5-10, 195, Fr., Shelbyville, Tenn. (Shelbyville Central)
Four-year letterwinner for head coach Jason Hardy at Shelbyville Central High School...earned all-district honors as a senior after rushing for 655 yards and 11 touchdowns on 120 carries...also had 11 catches for 197 yards and two touchdowns...selected to the Dandy Dozen Prospects in Middle Tennessee by The Tennessean...named District 3-AAA Player of the Year and Lakeway Publishers Southern Middle Tennessee All-Area Football Team Player of the Year as a junior after rushing for 1,288 yards and 17 touchdowns...added 20 catches for 285 yards and four scores...rated a two-star prospect by ESPN.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com
LaBront Scott, DE, 6-2, 228, Fr., Mayfield, Ky. (Murray)
Played his senior season for head coach Steve Duncan at Murray High School...recorded 45 tackles, 29 solo, while playing in just four games...played his first three seasons at Mayfield High School...earned Louisville Courier Journal First-Team All-State honors as a junior after registering 99 tackles, 16 sacks, one interception and three blocked punts...helped the Cardinals capture the state championship as a sophomore...rated a three-star prospect by ESPN.com...rated a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com.
Mitch Stults, QB, 5-9, 170, Fr., Hamilton, Ala. (Hamilton)
Four-year letterwinner for head coach Rodney Stidham at Hamilton High School...selected as the Alabama 3A Player of the Year as a senior...finished career as the Alabama all-time leader in total offense with 11,620 yards..also amassed 139 total touchdowns...earned first-team all-state honors as a quarterback by the Alabama Sports Writers Association as a sophomore in helping the Aggies to a 14-1 record and a state runner-up finish...selected as an honorable mention honoree as a quarterback his junior season, and an athlete his freshman and senior seasons...four-time All-Times Daily, All-WAC and all-county selection...rated a two-star prospect by Rivals.com and 247sports.com.
Jedidiah Vivio, OL, 6-5, 270, Fr., Springfield, Tenn. (Goodpasture Christian School)
Four-year letterwinner for head coach David Martin at Goodpasture Christian School...helped the Cougars to a state runner-up finish as a sophomore...started every game at offensive tackle his final two seasons...selected to the Dandy Dozen Prospects in Middle Tennessee by The Tennessean...earned all-district honors as a junior...rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com.
D’Montre Wade, ATH, 6-0, 180, Fr., Brentwood, Tenn. (Brentwood Academy)
Three-year letterwinner at Brentwood Academy...played his senior season for head coach Cody White...earned all-state honors as a senior after helping the Eagles to the state semifinals...rushed for 845 yards and 15 touchdowns on 115 carries...added 66 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble...rushed four times for 23 yards in the Toyota Tennessee East-West All-Star Game...selected to the Dandy Dozen Prospects in Middle Tennessee by The Tennessean...finished junior season by carrying the ball 171 times for 1,334 yards and 18 touchdowns...had seven 100-yard games, including rushing for 244 yards and four touchdowns against Battle Ground Academy...starter on special teams in helping team to state semifinals as a sophomore...rated a three-star prospect by 247sports.com and a two-star prospect by Scout.com.
Greg Willard, CB, 5-9, 170, Fr., Decatur, Ala. (Austin)
Two-year letterwinner for head coach Jeremy Perkins at Austin High School...earned all-area honors as a senior after recording 37 tackles and nine pass break-ups...also blocked three punts...won the special teams award as a junior and senior...registered 24 tackles and two interceptions, returning one 67 yards for a touchdown, as a junior.
Kadeem Willis, LB, 6-2, 240, Jr., Murray, Ky. (ASA College)
Two-year letterwinner for head coach Dennis Orlando at ASA College...led the team with 66 tackles as a sophomore...added eight tackles-for-loss, 1.5 sacks, four pass break-ups and one fumble recovery...rushed for 428 yards and four touchdowns as a freshman...four-year letterwinner for head coach Jeremy McKeel at Calloway County High School...earned all-state honors as a junior by the Associated Press, Louisville Courier Journal and BluegrassPreps.com...finished season with 1,703 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns...added 35 catches for 711 yards and 11 scores...also ranked among the team leaders in tackles...selected to the Lexington Herald Leader Class of the Commonwealth...named to All-Western Kentucky Conference team as a running back and linebacker...selected to the Paducah Sun All-Region team...rushed for over 1,000 yards as a sophomore...rated a three-star prospect by ESPN.com, and a two-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com.
Eli Wilson, OL, 6-4, 270, Fr., Mayfield, Ky. (Graves County)
Three-year starter for head coach Lance Gregory at Graves County High School...helped the Eagles to a 9-3 record and a district championships as a senior...selected to Louisville Courier Journal All-State First Team as an offensive lineman...named a Second-Team Associated Press All-State selection as a defensive lineman...honorable mention selection as an offensive lineman... named to the All-BluegrassPreps.com first team, as well as the Paducah Sun All-Region team and the All-Western Kentucky Conference First Team.
CJ Bennett, QB, 6-0, 205, Jr., Tampa, Fla. (South Alabama)
Played thee seasons at South Alabama...appeared in six games in 2012, going 55-for-122 for 580 yards and four touchdowns...started all 10 games in 2011, going 129-for-235 for 1,640 yards and seven touchdowns...threw for career-best 281 yards against Kent State...went 86-for-140 for 1,189 yards and 10 touchdowns as a true freshman...completed 12-of-24 passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for 80 yards, against Georgia State in his first career start...three-year letterwinner for head coach Mike Heidt at Alonso High School...went 187-for-304 for 2,385 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior...tossed for 302 yards and six touchdowns in a victory over Newsome in the first round of the playoffs...added 105 rushing yards in the victory...rated the 109th-ranked quarterback nationally, and 15th in the state by Scout.com...rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com and Rivals.com.
Felton Collins, DL, 6-4, 250, Jr., Laurel, Miss. (Jones County Junior College)
Played two seasons at Jones County Junior College...posted 27 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries as a sophomore...played both football and basketball as a freshman...four-year letterwinner for head coach Milton Smith at Laurel High School...earned all-area honors as a tight end after helping the Golden Tornadoes to a 9-3 record as a senior...helped LHS to a 13-1 record as a freshman...also participated in basketball.
Warren Conway, DL, 6-2, 245, Jr., Gulfport, Miss. (Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College)
Played two seasons at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College...helped the Bulldogs to a 9-2 record and No. 6 ranking in the final NJCAA poll...finished sophomore season with 22 tackles and four tackles-for-loss...played in seven games as a freshman, recording 13 tackles and two sacks...also forced a fumble and recovered another...four-year letterwinner at Gulfport High School...played his final three seasons for head coach Mike Justice...named the best defensive lineman his final three seasons...selected as defensive MVP as a senior after posting 70 tackles and 14 sacks.
Chavez Sims, DE/OLB, 6-2, 225, Jr., Mize, Miss. (Jones County Junior College)
Played two seasons at Jones County Junior College...finished the 2012 season with 62 tackles, six sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery...recorded 22 tackles, two tackles-for-loss and one forced fumble as a freshman...four-year letterwinner for head coach Kenny Robinson at Mize High School...earned WDAM All-Area honors as a senior...finished senior season with 72 tackles as a strong safety...also added 65 catches for 1,223 yards and 16 touchdowns as a wide receiver.
Travis Taylor, DE/OLB, 6-3, 235, Jr., Vancleave, Miss. (Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College)
Played two seasons at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College... helped the Bulldogs to a 9-2 record and No. 6 ranking in the final NJCAA poll...earned All-MACJC First-Team honors after recording 45 tackles and 4.5 sacks as a sophomore...selected to play in the MACJC All-Star game...recovered a fumble in the contest...played in four games as a freshman, recording seven tackles...three-year letterwinner for head coach Jim Bloomfield at Vancleave high School...earned second-team all-state honors as a linebacker...participated in the Mississippi Association of Coaches All-Star game.
From: MSU Media Relations