Eagles' signing class now at 59

Eagles' signing class now at 59

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — Carson-Newman unveiled its 2012 recruiting class Wednesday, as head coach Ken Sparks announced the addition of 56 incoming freshmen student-athletes on National Signing Day.

Ten states are represented in the group of initial signees, which includes 10 players who are already enrolled at C-N for the 2012 spring semester.

"We're very excited a lot of good young men and good football players are trusting us with the next four of their lives," Sparks said.  "We're glad to be a part of the process of helping these young men be everything God created them to be. We've got a late start on some, so we've still got work to do on getting more pieces in place."

The signing class isn't short on local talent.

Four Knox-area players signed with the Eagles, including Xavier Harper and Tyler Stewart of Karns, Chris Easterday of Powell, and Christian Steward of Grace Christian Academy.

Stewart was a two-time All-District performer for the Beavers at safety, and was also named to the Knoxville New Sentinel's PrepXtra Second Team.  His teammate, Harper, was a three-year starter at running back and defensive back, and garnered All-District honors his sophomore year.  Together, they helped lead Karns to its first winning season in 37 years.

Easterday also had a memorable season as Powell advanced to the Class 5A state championship game before losing to Henry County for the title.  The offensive lineman was honorable mention All-District the past two years.  Steward earned All-Region honors the past three years and was an All-State selection in 2011. 

Morristown West has two players represented on the signing list - wide receiver Jerimia Gregg and offensive lineman Seth Fleshman.  Gregg was a two-time All-Conference selection and was named the 2011 Lakeway Offensive Player of the Year.  Fleshman made the All-Conference team this past season.  Both participated in the Border Bowl, which features high school all-stars from Tennessee and Kentucky.

Other area players who signed with the Eagles include William Blount quarterback Hunter Sanders, Grainger County defensive end Jonah Keith Bunch, Happy Valley lineman Travis Lowe, Volunteer running back Devin Rogers, and Tennessee High tight end Bradley Tallman.

Of the ten early enrollees, only one is from Tennessee.  Joshua Bunch, a Maryville native, played his prep ball at Kell High School in Georgia before attending Darton College.

Seven of the nine others already on campus came from other collegiate programs:  Jamison Johnson (Air Force Academy), Lavelle Larry (Georgia Southern), Anthony Baskin (Louisburg College), David Freeman (Bowling Green State), Miles Freeman (College of San Mateo), Anthony Hooks (Chowen University), and Marcellas Pope (Atlanta Metro).

Dustin Christian from Calhoun (Ga.) and Ed Moore from Lowndes High School in Valdosta round out the early enrollee group.

Carson-Newman has won 21 South Atlantic Conference championships since 1983, claimed five NAIA national championships in the 1980's and has reached the NCAA Division II championship game three times (1996, 1998, 1999).

Sparks is the 12th all-time winningest coach in the history of college football.  He will begin the 2012 season one win away from reaching 300 for his career.


Name Pos. Ht.  Wt.  Hometown/High School
Casey Akin WR 6-2 180 Ramer, Tenn./McNairy Central
Jonah Keith Bunch DE 6-2 210 Bean Station, Tenn./Grainger
Codi Diamond DE 6-3 285 Barbourville, Ky./Knoxville Central
Jamaal Donald OL 6-0 255 Memphis, Tenn./White Station
Chris Easterday 6-0 265 265 Knoxville, Tenn./Powell
Jay Fields LB 6-2 220 Atlanta, Ga./Whitefield Academy
Seth Fleshman OL 6-1 275 Morristown, Tenn./Morristown West
Jeremy Garner DE/DT 6-1 220 Memphis, Tenn./Ridgeway
Quandarious Greer DB 5-10 170 Lewisburg, Tenn./Marshall County
Austin Greene LB 5-11 225 Morristown, Tenn./Morristown West
Jerima Gregg WR 5-10 180 Morristown, Tenn./Morristown West
Judson Haley LB 5-11 210 Marietta, Ga./Harrison
Xavier Harper RB/LB 5-7 185 Knoxville, Tenn./Karns
Frederick Houston RB  5-8 180 Memphis, Tenn/Memphis Central
Samuel Hudson QB 5-11 170 Clarksville, Tenn./Montgomery Central
Taylor Huey OL/DL 6-2 255 White House, Tenn./White House
Carlos Hutton DB 5-11 165 Carrollton, Ga./Carrollton
Impa Kasanganay LB/DE 6-0 205 Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Providence Senior
Cadari Lindsey OL/DL 6-0 245 Memphis, Tenn./Overton
Travis Lowe OL/DL 6-4 265 Elizabethton, Tenn./Happy Valley 
Shawn Maddox DE  6-0 240 Lewisburg, Tenn./Marshall County
Drew Manning LB  5-11 205 Chattanooga, Tenn./Ooltewah
Mitchell Marable DT 6-1 285 Memphis, Tenn./Briarcrest Christian
Bryce Martin LB 6-0 205 Elberton, Ga./Elbert Co.
Joshua (Caleb) McAnally OL 6-0 280 Brewton, Ala./T.R. Miller
Cornelious Metcalfe ATH 6-0 200 Sulligent, Ala./Sulligent
Eric Miles DB 5-8 150 Antioch, Tenn./Antioch
Suterryck Montgomery ATH 5-9 150 Memphis, Tenn./Trezevant
Stephan Morgan LB/DE 5-11 205 Rabun Gap, Ga./Rabun County
Khaleel Muhammed DB 6-0 170 Memphis, Tenn./Cordova
Kadeem Murray OLB 6-0 200 Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson 
William Nance OLB 5-11 205 Lewisburg, Tenn./Marshall County
Travon Nichols WR 5-8 190 Hillsborough, N.C./Cedar Ridge
Blair Nix Jr. OL 6-2 275 Bainbridge, Ga./Bainbridge
Ben Ogle K 6-0 190 Greeneville, Tenn/Greeneville
John Patrick Riley OL/DL 6-3 285 Clarksville, Tenn./Montgomery Central
Charles Kenneth Roark III QB 6-3 210 Middlesboro, Ky./Middlesboro
Devin Rogers RB 5-9 180 Church Hill, Tenn./Volunteer
Ben Ross OL 6-0 260 Nashville, Tenn./Hillsboro
Matt Rust WR 6-1 170 Murfreesboro, Tenn./Riverdale
Hunter Sanders QB 6-2 220 Maryville, Tenn./William Blount
Matthew (Chris) Saunders OL/DL 6-2 265 Clarksville, Tenn./Montgomery Central
Matthew Sealor WR 6-1 170 Chattanooga, Tenn./Ooltewah
Austin Sigler OL 6-1 280 Granite Falls, N.C./South Caldwell
Colin A. Smith WR/DB 6-0 170 Jacksonville, Fla./Paxson School
Forrest Cole Stamper LB 6-0 235 Cherokee, N.C./Cherokee
Christian Steward DL/LB 5-10 210 Knoxville, Tenn./Grace Christian Academy
Tyler Stewart DB 6-0 180 Knoxville, Tenn./Karns
James Stone DE/TE 6-0 200 Chattanooga, Tenn./Ooltewah
Bradley Tallman TE 6-2 260 Bluff City, Tenn./Tennessee High
Nicolas Tankersley K/P 6-1 155 Bradenton, Fla./Manatee
Dante Thomas DB 5-10 175 Dalton, Ga./Dalton
De'Andre Thomas QB 6-0 190 Milledgeville, Ga./Baldwin
Malachi Tullis LB 6-0 220 Antioch, Tenn./Cane Ridge
Trashaun Ward RB 5-9 175 Miami, Fla./Coral Reef
Edgar Williams V LB/DB 5-11 185 Memphis, Tenn./Overton
Tyler Wilson WR 6-0 180 Nashville, Tenn./Stratford
Jeremy Wolfe WR/DB 5-8 140 Cherokee, N.C./Cherokee
Case Woodard II DB 5-11 160 Lithonia, Ga./Arabia Mountain


Anthony Baskin S/KR 6-0 214 Detroit, Mich./South Lyon/Louisburg College
Dustin Christian RB 5-7 170 Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun
David Freeman QB 5-10 200 Detroit, Mich./Wayne Memorial/Bowling Green State 
Miles Freeman QB 6-1 195 Sacramento, Ca./Luther Burbank/College of San Mateo
Anthony Hooks DB 5-10 174 Charlotte, N.C./Olympic/Chowan University
Joshua Hodge DE 6-2 282 Maryville, Tenn./Kell/Darton College
Johnson Jamison DE 6-4 260 Greer, S.C./Riverside/Air Force Academy
Lavelle Larry S 6-0 215 Chicago, Ill./Roswell/Georgia Southern
Ed Moore TE 6-3 220 Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes
Marcellas Pope RB 5-7 190 Ellenwood, Ga./Stockbridge/Atlanta Metro