EYEWITNESS SPORTSSigning Day 2014 - WV State
from Eyewitness News Online
February 6, 2014
*Jon Alexander*6’0’’ 190*Charleston, West Virginia*George Washington High School*Quarterback*
Alexander, a local product, comes to Institute from George Washington High School where he led an offense that helped George Washington to a 9-3 record, and a trip to the AAA state quarterfinals while earning honorable mention all-MSAC honors under head coach Steve Edwards. A proven leader Alexander earned the George Washington Team Award during his senior campaign. Jon is the son of Gene & Frances Brooks, he plans to major in communications with an emphasis in broadcasting.
*Kelvit Barret Jr.*5’9’’ 185* Washington, D.C.* Friendship Collegiate Academy*Running Back*
Barret comes to State after an extremely successful career at Friendship Collegiate Academy under head coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim. After a very productive senior campaign which saw Barret rush for 1,000 yards, he also found the end zone plenty of times scoring 17 touchdowns. Kelvit is the son of Donricka Walker & Kelvit Barret Sr., he plans to major in business administration.
*Jordon Bratton*6’2’’ 240*Westerville, Ohio*Westerville Central High School*Defensive Line*
Bratton comes to WVSU from Westerville Central High School where he was a three year varsity started for head coach John Magistro. Bratton not only excelled on the playing field but also in the classroom where he was named the scholar athlete of the year during his senior campaign. While earning OCC special mention during his sophomore season, he helped his team win two conference championships during his time at Westerville Central. Jordon is the son of Mark and Fatima Bratton, he plans to major in health & human performance.
*Christopher Tyler Brewster*6’3’’ 285*Chapmanville, West Virginia*Chapmanville High School*Offensive Line*
A local product Brewster comes to Institute from Chapmanville High School where he excelled both on the field and in the classroom earning National Honor Society honors during his time in Chapmanville. Thought highly of by his peers Brewster was selected as a team captain, while also earning the Wendy’s Heisman Award, all-state special team’s honors, and all cardinal conference first team honors as well under head coach George Barker. Brewster is the high school teammate of Brady Cox another State signee, he is the son of Linzy and Angela Brewster, and he plans to major in criminal justice.
*Jordan Coneys*5’11’’ 165*Arlington, Virginia*Falls Church High School*Wide Receiver*
Coneys comes to State from Falls Church High School in Arlington, Virginia where he was a standout wide receiver during his senior campaign under head coach Said Aziz. During his senior campaign Coneys earned numerous honors for his on the field production including first team all-state honors at wide receiver, first team all-region honors, first team all-conference honors, honorable mention all-metro, while also being named conference player of the year. Jordan is the son of Brian Coneys & Christine O’Neal, he plans to major in graphic design.
*Brady Cox*6’5’’ 220*Chapmanville, West Virginia*Chapmanville High School*Tight End*
In state product Brady Cox comes to Institute from Chapmanville High School where he has recorded an outstanding 3.9 grade point average over his career making him an honor student at Chapmanville. A standout tight end throughout his entire career Cox hauled in 33 catches for 495 yards and 6 touchdowns as a junior before following that up with an even more productive senior campaign. During his senior year Brady recorded 48 catches for 746 yards and 8 touchdowns as a senior for head coach George Barker. Brady’s successful senior season earned him numerous honors including being named a second team all-state AA selection, as well as being named to the first team all cardinal conference while also being invited to participate in the O-D all American game. Brady is the son of Herbie & Chasity Cox, he plans to major in criminal justice.
*Terrence Davenport*5’7’’ 170*Lanham, Maryland*DuVal High School*Running back*
Davenport comes to WVSU from DuVal High School where he was an all-county second team running back for head coach Dameon Powell. On his way to a 1,000 yard season which earned him all-metro honorable mention honors Davenport rushed for 296 yards in one game leaving him just seven yards shy of the school record. Davenport proved to be versatile out of the backfield as well hauling in 12 catches for 353 yards. Terrence is the son of Terrene Davenport and Alexis Thompson, he plans to major in criminal justice.
*Brandon Dickerson*5’9’’ 240*Altamonte Springs, Florida*Lake Brantley High School* Defensive Line*
Dickerson comes to State after a productive senior season at Lake Brantley High School under head coach George Clayton. During his senior campaign Dickerson recorded over 50 tackles from the Defensive Line position while also recording one sack, five tackles for loss, and recovering four fumbles. Recognized by his competition Dickerson was named defensive player of the week twice, while also receiving second team all-conference honors. Brandon is the son of Todd & April Dickerson, he plans on majoring in health & human performance.
*Mitchell Fitzgerald*6’0’’ 280*Hurricane, West Virginia*Hurricane High School*Offensive Line*
Another local product, Fitzgerald comes to the Jackets from Hurricane High School where he had a stand out senior season under head coach Jeremy Taylor. During his senior season Fitzgerald made a huge impact upfront earning second team all-state honors, second team all-MSAC honors, and first team all-Kanawha Valley honors. Mitchell is the son of Tim and Lisa Fitzgerald, he plans to major in criminal justice.
*Quinton Gray*5’10’’ 170*Stafford, Virginia*Mountain View High School*Wide Receiver*
Quinton Gray comes to the Jackets after a stellar senior campaign that garnered him all-state, all-area, all-region, and all-conference honors as a wide receiver that produced more than 1,000 receiving yards on 69 receptions, 8 of which were for touchdowns. Gray also added 5 interceptions to his resume as a defensive back for head coach Lou Sorrentino. The highlight of Gray’s senior season came in week eight when he was named the Free Lance Star player of the week for his 12 receptions for 215 yards and one touchdown. Quinton is the son of Barry and Cynthia Gray, he plans to major in physical therapy.
*Howard Griffith II*5’11’’ 175*Chicago, Illinois*Mount Carmel High School*Defensive Back*
Griffith comes to the jackets from long time high school power Mount Carmel High School (IL), Howard comes off back to back state championship years at Mount Carmel High School. During his senior campaign under head coach Frank Lenti, Howard recorded four interceptions and twenty seven solo stops from his position at safety. Griffith II, is the son of Howard and Kim Griffith, he plans to major in communications.
*Chase Henderson*6’2’’ 275*Franklin, Ohio*Franklin High School*Offensive Line*
Henderson comes to Institute after an outstanding career both on and off the field at Franklin High School. Throughout his academic career Henderson earned a spot on multiple merit & honor rolls at Franklin High. During his senior year Henderson also earned himself a spot on the ACT 30+ club. A proven winner Henderson was a key contributor to a program that has three straight league championships while also earning three straight playoff appearances. Individual honors followed Henderson’s team success while at Franklin he was a two time all-league selection while also earning second team all-district honors under head coach Rodney Roberts. Henderson has also had a highly successful wrestling career earning him a number three ranking in the state of Ohio for his efforts on the mat. Chase is the son of Steve Henderson and Shelly Depew, he plans to major in Business Administration.
*Aric Johnson*5’11’’ 225*Cincinnati, Ohio*Colerain High School*Linebacker*
Johnson who was a first team all-GMC defensive lineman in 2012, moved to linebacker in 2013 for head coach Tom Bolden. The move to linebacker however did not slow Johnson in 2013 when he once again earned all-GMC honors at his new position and was second on the team in tackles. One of the emotional leaders for the Cardinals defense, he was also named honorable mention all-city. Aric is the son of Lula Ann and Lula May Johnson, Aric plans to major in exercise science.
*Thomas Kriston*6’2’’ 280*Broadway, Virginia*Broadway High School*Offensive Line*
Kriston comes to Institute after a stellar playing career for head coach Brad Lutz. As a sophomore Kriston was a first team all-valley district guard, first team all-region III guard, while adding honorable mention all-state honors as well. During his junior campaign he added second team all-valley district guard accolades to his resume. Kriston’s senior season saw even more honors come his way as he was named a first team all-valley district guard, second team all-valley district defensive tackle, and a first team all-conference 29 guard. Thomas was a 3-year starter for the Fighting Gobblers. During that time, the football team broke numerous school records, including a 12 win season in 2011. During that year, Broadway posted an undefeated regular season, won the Valley District Championship, won the Region III Championship, and finished the season as the 3rd ranked AA Division 4 team in Virginia. In three years, Thomas blocked for an offense that produced 7,143 rushing yards and 3,687 passing yards (3 different QBs). During Thomas’ senior season, he also played defense, where he blocked 4 kicks and had one INT. Thomas also excelled in the weight room, where he worked his way into the Iron Gobbler Club. Along with football, he also participated in wrestling, indoor track, outdoor track, and soccer.
*Elijah Liverette*5’11’’ 170*Greenbelt, Maryland*Eleanor Roosevelt High School*Defensive Back*
Liverette comes to State from Eleanor Roosevelt High School, a defensive back for head coach Tom Green Liverette recorded eight interceptions on his way to earning first team all-county honors. He is well known throughout the state of Maryland by way of ranking sixth in the state in interceptions, his eight interceptions on the year was good enough to lead the 4A division in interceptions as well. Elijah is the son of Jemaine Liverette and Ali Claiborne, he plans to major in accounting.
*Zach Malone*6’0’’ 212*Charleston, West Virginia*George Washington High School*Linebacker*
Malone, a local product comes to State after a highly decorated career at George Washington under head coach Steve Edwards Jr. As a junior Malone was named a first team all-Kanawha Country linebacker, as well as being named a West Virginia AAA second team all-state linebacker. Malone followed up his junior campaign with an even more productive senior season where he recorded 135 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and 4 forced fumbles helping his team make it a state quarterfinalist appearance. Prior to his senior campaign Malone was named a Charleston Daily Mail pre-season first team all-state linebacker. Thought highly of by his peers Malone was also the recipient of the Joey Spano Award which goes out to the top defensive player at George Washington High School. Following his highly productive senior season, Malone was named a first team all-Kanawha County linebacker, first team all-Mountain State Athletic Conference linebacker, and a West Virginia AAA second team all-state linebacker. Throughout his career George Washington compiled a 43-8 overall record under coach Steve Edwards Jr. Zach is the son of Jamie and Lisa Malone, he plans to major in sports management.
*Jesse Manful*6’3’’ 220*Silver Spring, Maryland*DuVal High School*Defensive Line*
Manful comes to the jackets from DuVal High School in Silver Spring, Maryland where he was a team captain for head coach Dameon Powell. Manful had an extremely productive senior season helping his team to a 9-1 record. His 42 tackles, 8 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles helped him to be named a first team all-county defensive lineman as well as being named to the Prince George county all-star team. Jesse is the son of Kobi and Evelyn Manful, and is undecided on a major.
*Nathan Miller*6’2’’ 200*Sissonville, West Virginia*Sissonville High School*Linebacker*
Another West Virginia product Miller comes to State from Sissonville High School where he was a major contributor to a 10-2 record during his senior campaign under head coach Eddie Smolder. As a junior Miller earned first team all-conference honors as a wide receiver, as well as earning special honorable mention all-state as a junior. Miller was a key contributor on an offense that broke the all-time scoring record at Sissonville with 43 points per game, as well as finishing third in the state of West Virginia in total offense. Nathan’s 1,231 passing yards and 14 passing touchdowns, coupled with his 584 yards rushing along with 8 rushing touchdowns were a big reason he was named first team all-conference quarterback his senior year as well as being named first team all-state athlete. Miller also added 3 interceptions on defense. He is the son of Jeff Miller & Pam Crain, he plans on majoring in civil engineering.
*Randall Mincy*6’2’’ 245*Cincinnati, Ohio*Walnut Hills High School*Tight End*
Mincy comes to Institute from Walnut Hills High School where he was a two time all conference performer, as well as lettering three times for head coach George Kontsis. During his career Mincy started 31 games at Walnut Hills recording 23 catches as a junior while averaging 16.4 yards per catch as a senior. Randall was also named offensive team MVP as a senior while earning captain honors during his senior campaign as well. Randall is the son of Anna & Emmerson Mincy, he plans on majoring in business.
*Hosea Murphy*5’8’’ 170*Cincinnati, Ohio*Colerain High School*Defensive Back*
Murphy who comes to State after being voted his team’s most improved player brings a nose for the ball that will be welcomed in the Jacket secondary. As a safety for head coach Tommy Bolden, Murphy recorded 47 solo tackles, 4 interceptions, and was third on the team in tackles for loss. These numbers helped land Murphy on the second team all-GMC defense, while helping his team to the GMC conference championship. Hosea is the son of Mason Murphy, and plans on majoring in business management.
*Geno Rollo*6’2’’ 270*Pickerington, Ohio*Pickerington North High School*Defensive Line*
Rollo comes to Institute after a highly decorated high school career at Pickerington North under head coach Tom Phillips. A standout in multiple sports lettering three times in wrestling & track as well as on the football field, Rollo also excelled in the classroom earning a place on the Pickerington North honor roll. A second team all-OCC selection as a junior, Rollo followed this up with an extremely productive senior campaign which earned him first team all-OCC honors as a defensive lineman while also earning special mention all-central district, and finally earning his team’s best defensive lineman award. All of these honors were compiled after Rollo put up some extremely gaudy numbers for a defensive lineman recording 93.5 tackles 42 of which were solo stops, 4 sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss, 5 pass break ups, and 6 forced fumbles. Rollo who is no stranger to winning, comes to State from a program that has compiled a 22-4 record over the last two seasons while earning a 4-2 record in the playoffs. In 2012 Pickerington North was conference and regional champions while making it to the state semifinals. In 2013 Rollo’s team earned a conference championship while making it to the regional quarterfinals. Geno is the son of Ron & Melanie Rollo, he plans to major in criminal justice.
*Wesley Sackey-Rush*5’11’’ 173*Dumfries, Virginia*Forest Park High School*Defensive Back*
Rush comes to Institute from Forest Park High School where he earned second team honors as a wide receiver and defensive back for head coach David Coccoli. During Wesley’s senior campaign he hauled in 33 receptions for 633 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns. As a defensive back for a defense that finished in the top ten in the state of Virginia, Rush recorded 67 tackles, 3 sacks, 7 interceptions, and 18 pass break ups. Wesley is the son of Jacklyn Rush and plans to major in business administration.
*De’Tuan D. Smith-Moore*5’6’’ 185*Cincinnati, Ohio*Colerain High School*Running Back*
De’Tuan comes to State after an extremely decorated career at Colerain High School under head coach Tom Bolden. A proven leader Smith-Moore was voted a team captain on both the football and wrestling squads during his career. A 2 year state qualifier in wrestling Smith-Moore finished third in the state in the 160 pound weight class as a junior earning him the GMC wrestler of the year award as a junior. As a junior Smith-Moore was voted the GMC conference offensive player of the year, a three year varsity starter throughout his career Smith-Moore helped lead Colerain to 34-4 overall record, with a 21-0 record in the GMC conference this includes back to back undefeated regular seasons, with a 12-1 finish in both his junior and senior seasons. During his senior campaign Smith-Moore rushed for 1,815 yards on 200 attempts averaging 9.1 yards per carry while scoring 24 touchdowns. For his efforts on the gridiron his senior season Smith-Moore was named the division one first team all Ohio running back. Throughout his career De’Tuan compiled 3,268 rushing yards on 403 attempts averaging nearly 8.1 yards per carry, while also hauling in 24 receptions for 489 receiving yards totaling 3,811 all-purpose yards throughout his career while holding the record for longest run (99 yards), and most rushing yards in a game (304). De’Tuan is the son of Christina Smith & Antuan Moore, he plans on majoring in sports studies.
*William “Boojoe” Smith*6’1’’ 185 *Suffolk, Virginia*Granby High School*Athlete*
Smith comes to Institute from Granby High School where he was a 3 year varsity starting quarterback throwing for over 3,000 yards passing in his high school career as well as amassing over 1,500 yards rushing in his career for head coach Curt Brown. A proven leader Smith was a selected as a team captain at Granby while also being picked as an All-Region athlete, as well as being ranked as one of the top 50 athletes in the state of Virginia. William is the son of Juanita Smith and plans to major in political science.
*Joe Stoneman*6’1’’ 230*Wytheville, Virginia*Fort Chiswell High School*Linebacker*
Stoneman comes to Institute after a highly decorated senior campaign under head coach Steven James. During his senior campaign Stoneman recorded 105 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, while also blocking two punts. This production on the gridiron earned Joe first team all-conference honors at linebacker, first team all-section honors at linebacker, second team all-state honors at linebacker, while also being named conference defensive player of the year. Joe is the son of Dana Woods & Jerry Stoneman, he plans on majoring in criminal justice.
*Zachery Tolle*5’10’’ 235*Pasadena, Maryland*Chesapeake High School*Long Snapper*
Tolle comes to State after spending two years as the starting long snapper at Chesapeake High School for head coach Rob Elliot. In his two years as the starting long snapper the punt team operated flawlessly not allowing a blocked punt or any other miscues. Tolle also started at left guard for Chesapeake High. He also excelled in the classroom receiving the honor of scholar athlete. Zachery is the son of Paul and Dawn Tolle, he plans to major in history education.
*Malik Treadwell*6’1’’ 270*Odenton, Maryland*Arundel High School*Defensive Line*
Malik Treadwell comes to Institute from Arundel High School where he was a first team all-county defensive lineman for head coach Chuck Markiewicz. In addition to his all-county honors Treadwell’s six solo sacks, fifty-three tackles, fifteen tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries also earned him all metro honors, honorable mention all-state honors as well as being named a BTC all-star. Treadwell’s efforts up front helped his team earn a 9-3 record and a regional finalist finish. Malik is the son of Michael & Lisa Treadwell, he plans on majoring in criminology.
*Daniel Ware*6’1’’ 190*Cincinnati, Ohio*Withrow High School*Defensive Back*
Ware comes to Institute from Withrow High School in Cincinnati, Ohio where he was a team captain for head coach Jim Place. A highly decorated defensive back, Ware was named a first time all-CMAC defensive back, first team all-southwest Ohio defensive back, and a second team all-city defensive back. Daniel is the son of DeShone Hope, he plans to major in sports management.
*Jhon Williams*5’11’’ 215*St. Petersburg, Florida*Northside Christian School*Linebacker*
Williams comes to Institute from St. Petersburg, Florida where he was an all-everything football player for head coach Mike Alstott. While at Northside Christian Jhon was named both an all-county and all-state linebacker, after leading his team in sacks (10) while also ranking ninth in Pinellas County in rushing touchdowns (12). Williams also earned the distinction of being the Bright House MVP. Jhon is the son of Jhon and Quanita Williams, he plans to major in communications.
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