Liberty Head Football Coach Turner Gill added 14 players to his 2015 roster as part of National Signing Day on Wednesday.
Gill's 2015 signing class, his fourth recruiting class at Liberty, includes 13 high school standouts and the addition of one mid-year enrollee, Ernst Andersen. Andersen, who hails from Lillesand, Norway, enrolled at Liberty in January and will practice with the team this spring.
Gill's incoming freshmen signing class includes six offensive players (two wide receivers, two offensive linemen, a tight end and a running back) and eight defensive players (three defensive linemen, two safeties, two cornerbacks and a linebacker).
Liberty's coaching staff was able to ink players from five different states and one country to national letters of intent: Florida (4), Georgia (1), South Carolina (1), Texas (3), Virginia (4) and Norway (1).
The Flames are coming off their third-straight Big South title season under Gill and the program's seventh overall in the last eight years.
Liberty made its first-ever NCAA FCS Playoffs appearance in 2014. Following a regular-season finale victory over No. 1 Coastal Carolina, Liberty upended No. 15 James Madison in the first round of the NCAA FCS Playoffs before falling to No. 5 Villanova in the second round.
The Flames open the 2015 season at home on Sept. 5 when they host the Hornets of Delaware State at Williams Stadium.
Signee: Ernst Andersen, OL, 6-7, 310, Lillesand, Norway/Kristiansand Gladiators (Mid-year Enrollee) Comes to Liberty after playing for the Norway Kristiansand Gladiators … joined the program in January and will participate with the team in spring workouts … named Rookie and Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 … Overall Player of the Year in 2013 … team advanced to the national championship game in 2012 … was part of a national championship team in 2013 and 2014 … son of Arne Andersen and Ida Stene.
Will Brown, DL, 6-2, 275, Texarkana, Texas/Texas HS (signed at 9:31 a.m.) Two-year letterwinner from Texas High School in Texarkana, Texas … two-time first-team all-district honoree (junior and senior year) … finished his junior year with 39 tackles, four tackles for a loss, three sacks, 11 quarterback hurries, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup … "Player of the Week" honoree as a junior … posted career numbers during his senior year, finishing the season with 63 tackles, eight tackles for a loss, three sacks and 12 quarterback hurries … also participates in powerlifting … son of Linda Austin.
Denvre Daniels, S, 5-10, 175, Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill HS (signed at 8:34 a.m.) Two-year letterwinner from Cedar Hill High School in Cedar Hill, Texas … two-time all-state kick return selection (junior and senior year) … helped lead Cedar Hill to a state championship during his junior and senior seasons … second-team all-district honoree as a junior, finishing the year with 12 touchdowns and 1,004 total offensive yards … first-team all-district selection as a senior, finishing his final year at Cedar Hill with 2,088 all-purpose yards, 1,170 rushing yards, 593 receiving yards, 19 rushing touchdowns, five receiving touchdowns and a kickoff return for a touchdown ... son of Angelia Ward.
Rion Davis, S, 6-0, 185, Hopkins, S.C./A.C. Flora HS (signed at 7:24 a.m.) Three-year letterwinner from A.C. Flora High School in Columbia, S.C. … three-time all-state honoree (sophomore, junior and senior years) … played both safety and running back in high school … first-team all-region selection as a sophomore and junior, finishing both seasons with triple digit tackle totals (107 as a sophomore, 103 as a junior) … missed six games during his senior season, but still managed to record 79 tackles … recorded nine interceptions during his final three years with A.C. Flora … finished his senior season with 200 rushing yards and three touchdowns … four-year letterwinner in basketball … three-time all-region and all-state in basketball … has surpassed the 1,000 career points scored mark … South Carolina 3A Player of the Year as a junior … led A.C. Flora to a state title in basketball during his junior year … son of Gregory and Barbara Davis.
Dontae Duff, OL, 6-1, 322, Mesquite, Texas/Ralph H. Poteet HS (signed at 9:27 a.m.) Three-year varsity letterwinner at Ralph H. Poteet High School in Mesquite, Texas … finished with 25 knockdowns during his freshman year, helping his freshman team post a perfect 10-0 record … helped Ralph H. Poteet advance to the UIL state playoff quarterfinals as a sophomore, junior and senior … finished three years of varsity competition with 114 knockdowns, including a career-high 51 as a senior … first-team all-district honoree as a junior … Associated Press second-team all-state honoree as a senior … was a team captain as a senior when Ralph H. Poteet captured a district championship … also participates in track & field … son of Jack and Sherri Duff.
Zac Foutz, TE, 6-4, 220, Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring HS (signed at 7:50 a.m.) Four-year starter and letterwinner at Cave Spring High School in Roanoke, Va. … helped Cave Spring into the playoffs all four years of his varsity playing career, including a Region IV Division 3 title as a freshman and a Division 3 runner-up spot as a sophomore … three-year member of the Cave Spring Football Leadership Council … two-time all-state selection: junior (defense) and senior (offense) season … first-team All-Conference 32 as a wide receiver and safety during his junior year (21 receptions, 414 yards, three touchdowns, 78 tackles, an interception, four pass breakups) … also received first team 3A West All-Region and VHSL State Utility Defensive Player honors as a junior … team captain as a senior, finishing the year with 25 receptions, 345 yards, two touchdown, 93 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, two sacks and five pass breakups … senior year honors included: Team MVP, first-team All-Conference 32 as a tight end and linebacker, second-team 3A West All-Region linebacker, first-team 3A West All-Region tight end, second-team 3A All-State VHSL tight end, first-team Roanoke Times All Timesland tight end and first-team 3A All-State Rivals tight end … ranked as the No. 42 recruit in Virginia by the Roanoke Times … member of the A/B Honor Roll since his freshman year … three-year varsity letterwinner in basketball … son of Ben and Andrea Foutz.
Javon Frazier, DL, 6-2, 235, Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge HS (signed at 7:09 a.m.) Two-year letterwinner at Colonial Forge High School in Stafford, Va. … two-time all-conference honoree (junior and senior seasons) … led his team in tackles for a loss and sacks as a junior, while helping Colonial Forge to the state playoffs semifinal round … all-area, state region and all-state honoree as a senior, while leading his team in tackles for a loss and sacks for a second year in a row … member of the varsity basketball team since his freshman year … helped Colonial Forge win a state title in basketball as a junior … son of Erik and Latoya Frazier.
Frankie Hickson, RB, 5-8, 195, Lynchburg, Va./Heritage HS (signed at 7:42 a.m.) Three-year varsity letterwinner at Heritage High School in Lynchburg, Va. … finished his career with 4,233 rushing yards and 65 touchdowns … first-team all-district, all-conference, All-Region 3A West and VHSCA as a junior and senior … rushed for 1,739 yards as a junior and was named the Lynchburg News & Advance 2013 Player of the Year … finished his senior season rushing for 2,169 yards and 37 touchdowns … NUC Combine Fastest 40 camp award as a junior and voted Top Running Back at the NUC Combine as a senior … three-time member of the All-Academic District and Region team …National Honor Society inductee as a junior … son of Frank and Meesha Hickson … father Frank was a running backs coach at Liberty from 2004 to 2008, helping the Flames win the program's first two Big South titles (2007 and 2008).
Cameron Jones, S, 5-11, 185, Lynchburg, Va./Liberty Christian Academy (signed at 8:14 a.m.) Three-year letterwinner from Liberty Christian Academy in Lynchburg, Va. … the native of New Orleans, La., helped Liberty Christian Academy win state titles during his sophomore and junior seasons … named an all-state defensive back as a junior and senior … finished his junior campaign with 10 interceptions, eight touchdowns, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries … all-conference selection as a wide receiver and defensive back as a junior … all-conference defensive back honors as a senior, finishing the year with four touchdowns, three interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery … also participates in indoor track & field … son of Dennis and Melissa Jones.
Damian King, WR, 5-11, 170, Largo, Fla./Indian Rocks Christian School (signed at 8:30 a.m.) Three-year letterwinner at Indian Rocks Christian School in Largo, Fla. … second-team all-state offensive selection as a sophomore … first-team all-state offense as a junior and senior … team MVP as a junior, finishing the year with 24 touchdowns and more than 2,000 all-purpose yards … finished his senior season with 12 touchdowns despite missing seven games with an injury … participated in the All-American Bowl at the Citrus Bowl as a senior … member of Indian Rocks' state playoff runner-up squad where he faced fellow Flames' signee Jaylan McKinney of Victory Christian Academy in the state title game … also participates in track & field … son of Shanta Jackson.
Malik Matthews, CB, 5-11, 185, Jacksonville, Fla./Potter's House Christian Academy (signed at 8:52 a.m.) Two-year letterwinner at Potter's House Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Fla. … finished his career with 109 carries for 859 rushing yards and eight touchdowns, to go along with 58 tackles, three interceptions and an interception return for a touchdown … also added 16 receptions for 212 yards, two punt returns for a touchdown and a kickoff return for a touchdown during his playing career with Potter's House Christian Academy … son of Ken and Lori Matthews.
Jaylyn McKinney, LB, 6-0, 215, Lake Wales, Fla./Victory Christian Academy (signed at 9:27 a.m.) Three-year letterwinner at Victory Christian Academy in Lakeland, Fla. … honorable mention all-conference selection as a sophomore and junior … all-state, all-county and all-district honoree as a senior … member of Victory Christian Academy's state championship squad where he faced fellow Flames' signee Damian King of Indian Rocks Christian School in the state title game … also named to the A/B Honor Roll as a senior.
Jeremy Peters, CB, 5-10, 180, Green Cove Springs, Fla./Clay HS (signed at 7:59 a.m.) Four-year letterwinner at Clay High School in Green Cove Springs, Fla. … finished his sophomore season with 28 tackles, eight pass breakups, an interception, two forced fumbles and 342 all-purpose yards … recorded three interceptions as a junior, helping him earn all-county honors … all-district and all-county selection as a senior, finishing the year with 74 tackles, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and two blocked field goals … Florida Athletic Coaching Association All-Star selection as a senior ... advanced deep into the state playoffs during his junior and senior years … also participates in weightlifting and track & field … son of Carl White and Wyonda Ward-White.
Juwan Wells, DL, 6-2, 215, Dublin, Ga./Dublin HS (signed at 10:13 a.m.) Three-year letterwinner at Dublin High School in Dublin, Ga. … second-team all-region tight end as a sophomore with five receptions for 109 yards … also finished his sophomore campaign with 56 tackles and 2.5 sacks … first-team all-region tight end as a junior with six receptions for 180 yards and a touchdown … second-team all-state defensive end as a junior, finishing the year with 75 tackles, 28 tackles for a loss, five sacks and three forced fumbles … first-team all-region linebacker as a senior with 140 tackles, four sacks and 12 tackles for a loss … son of Garrick Wells and Pamela Whipple.
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