Liberty Head Football Coach Turner Gill added 18 players to his 2016 roster as part of National Signing Day on Wednesday.
Gill's 2016 signing class, his fifth recruiting class at Liberty, includes 15 high school standouts, a junior college player who will join the team in August and two players who have already joined Liberty's spring roster.
Gill's 2016 recruiting class includes five offensive linemen, three safeties, two defensive linemen, two quarterbacks, two wide receivers, plus a running back, kicker, cornerback and linebacker.
This year's recruiting class is one of the most diverse in Gill's history, as Liberty's coaching staff was able to ink players from 10 different states.
The Flames signed multiple players from the high school hotbeds of Florida (5), Georgia (3) and Texas (3), while getting single signees from Alabama, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
Signee: Michael Anderson, DE, 6-3, 220, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Boyd H. Anderson HS Senior year letterwinner from Boyd H. Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. … finished his senior year with 15 sacks, four pass deflections, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal … son of Howard Anderson and Rushelle Barker … comes from an athletic family as his sister, Alliyah Anderson, played basketball at Cleveland State.
Damian Bounds, OL, 6-2, 260, Ellenwood, Ga./Stockbridge HS Three-year letterwinner from Stockbridge High School in Stockbridge, Ga. … named best offensive lineman as a freshman on the ninth grade team … honorable mention all-region as a sophomore … two-time all-region honoree as a junior and senior … helped lead Stockbridge High School to a 4A state title during his junior season … Best Offensive Lineman award winner as a senior, while earning first-team all-state honors … also played basketball in high school … son of Damian Bounds and Charisse Tate-Upshaw.
Aidan Burroughs, OL, 6-3, 290, Norfolk, Neb./Norfolk Catholic HS Three-year letterwinner from Norfolk Catholic High School in Norfolk, Neb. … voted Norfolk Catholic's Most Improved Player as a sophomore … second-team all-district and all-state honorable mention selection as a junior … first-team all-district and all-state honoree as a senior … selected Norfolk Catholic's Most Dedicated Player following his senior campaign … athletic background as he also participated in track and wrestling … older brother Logan Burroughs played football at Wayne State (Neb.) … son of Steve and Mary Burroughs.
Stephen "Buckshot" Calvert, QB, 6-2, 175, Plantation, Fla./Miami Carol City Senior HS Two-year letterwinner from Miami Carol City Senior High School in Miami Gardens, Fla. … threw for 1,500 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior … All-Dade County honoree as a senior when he threw for 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns … all-state honorable mention honors as a senior … son of Steve and Kim Calvert.
Ethan Crawford, OL, 6-3, 315, Augusta, Ga./Aquinas HS Four-year letterwinner from Aquinas High School in Augusta, Ga. … versatile athlete, playing both offensive and defensive tackle all four years in high school … helped Aquinas High School win a state title as a sophomore, averaging 2.0 tackles per game … named to the All-CSRA Junior Bowl during his junior season, averaging a pancake block and 2.5 tackles per game … eight pancake blocks and 10 tackles per game average as a senior … all-region, all-area, All-CSRA and honorable mention all-state as a senior … participated in the Border Bowl III … son of Eric and Michelle Crawford.
Ceneca Espinoza, Jr., S, 6-1, 215, Arlington, Va./Washington & Lee HS Graduate of Washington & Lee High School in Montross, Va. … played both running back and defensive back during his senior year … named Defensive Player of the Year as a senior … second-team all-conference running back during his senior campaign … all-conference, all-region and all-state defensive back during his final season at Washington & Lee … member of the basketball and track & field teams … 2015 Northern Virginia Hall of Fame Player of the Year … son of Ceneca Espinoza, Sr. and Valerie Felder.
Korell Evans, LB, 6-1, 215, Hallandale, Fla./Hallandale HS Three-year letterwinner from Hallandale High School in Hallandale Beach, Fla. … awarded the Iron Man Award as a sophomore and junior … played both defensive end and wide receiver as a senior … three-year starter for Hallandale High School … son of Brian and Yolanda Evans and Lashon Lee.
Jimmy Faulks, CB, 6-1, 175, St. Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood HS Two-year varsity letterwinner from Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg, Fla. … threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns as a quarterback on the junior varsity team during his freshman season … played free safety as a sophomore, finishing the year with 52 tackles and a fumble recovery on the junior varsity team … 36 tackles and seven pass breakups during his first season of varsity play as a junior … finished his senior year with 54 tackles, four interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown … also plays baseball and runs track & field for Lakewood High School … son of Carleatha Walters.
Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR, 6-4, 190, Dallas, Ga./Paulding County HS Four-year letterwinner from Paulding County High School in Dallas, Ga. … named Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore, finishing the season with 355 receiving yards and a touchdown … Player of the Year as a junior, recording 891 receiving yards and five touchdowns … finished his senior campaign with 1,083 receiving yards and five touchdowns … 5A All-Region and Team MVP as a senior … completed his career at Paulding County High School with six school records … finished the Max Preps National High School All-Star game with 230 receiving yards … son of Larry Parrott and Monet Gandy.
DeCarlo Hamilton, NG, 6-3, 315, Plantation, Fla./American Heritage School Two-year letterwinner from American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla. … finished his junior season with 15 tackles … 36 tackles, 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and five quarterback hurries as a senior … received second-team all-county honors as a senior … also competes in weight lifting and wrestling at American Heritage School … son of Lavanda Winn … interested in pursuing a sport management degree at Liberty.
Mitchell Lewis, RB, 6-0, 220, Auburn, Ala./Lee-Scott Academy Four-year letterwinner at Lee-Scott Academy in Auburn, Ala. … rushed for 875 yards and 11 touchdowns on 168 carries as a junior, earning second-team all-area honors … finished his senior season at Lee-Scott Academy with 2,773 all-purpose yards and 34 touchdowns … rushed for 1,913 yards and 31 touchdowns on 217 carries … 120 receiving yards and a touchdown on nine receptions … 546 kickoff return yards and 154 punt return yards … also threw a 46-yard touchdown pass as a senior … named to the AISA All-Star team as a senior, while receiving first-team all-area honors … also participates in track & field … AISA state record holder in the discus … son of Brian and Tenley Lewis … father, Brian, was a letterwinning football player at Colorado … interested in pursuing an exercise science major at Liberty.
Julio Lozano, OL, 6-4, 270, Bellaire, Texas/Bellaire HS (Kilgore College) Transferring to Liberty following one season of play at Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas … helped the Rangers post a 7-5 record and win the 2015 SWJCFC Championship … played high school football at Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas … played defensive end during his senior campaign, finishing the year with 44 tackles, 13.0 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble … all-district second-team honoree as a senior … son of Ana Hernandez … would like to pursue a sports business degree at Liberty and work as an agent after graduation.
Lionell McConnell, WR, 5-10, 180, Allen, Texas/Allen HS Lettewinner from Allen High School in Allen, Texas … finished his senior year with 767 receiving yards and nine touchdowns … earned first-team all-district honors as a senior … three-year letterwinner at Winton Woods High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, playing both quarterback and wide receiver … versatile athlete, who also plays basketball and golf and runs track & field … son of Lionell and Charllotte McConnell … cousin of John Conner, a running back for the New York Jets (2010-12, 2014), Cincinnati Bengals (2012) and New York Giants (2013).
Solomon McGinty, S, 6-1, 210, Navasota, Texas/Navasota HS (Tyler JC) Transferring to Liberty from Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas … played two seasons at Tyler Junior College, helping the Apaches advance to the semifinals of the SWJCFC Playoffs in 2015 … finished his final season at Tyler Junior College with 57 tackles and two interceptions, while earning second-team all-conference honors … three-year letterwinner Navasota High School in Navasota, Texas … played both wide receiver and linebacker during his junior and senior seasons … earned all-state honors as a wide receiver and honorable mention all-state honors as a linebacker during his final two seasons at Navasota High School … 1,342 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns on 70 receptions as a junior … finished his senior season with 1,789 receiving yards on 89 catches with 22 touchdowns … also played basketball and baseball at Navasota High School … son of Solomon McGinty and Deella Williams … has a strong football history in his family, as his uncle, Lynn James, played for the Cincinnati Bengals (1990-91) and Cleveland Browns (1991) and his cousin, Marcus Maxey, played for the Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears in 2006 … is planning on majoring in criminal justice at Liberty.
Alex Probert, K, 5-9, 170, Andover, Minn./Andover HS Four-year letterwinner from Andover High School in Andover, Minn. … finished his sophomore season averaging 68.5 yards per kickoff … set a school record with a 46-yard field goal as a sophomore … 79 percent of his kickoffs as a junior resulted in a touchback … finished his junior season with the highest kickoff average in the state of Minnesota … averaged 38.8 yards per punt as a junior, including a 72-yard punt … named the NWSCS Special Teams Player of the Year as a junior … West Metro Special Teams Player of the Year as a senior … 80 percent of his kickoffs as a senior resulted in a touchback (40-of-50) … also ran track & field for three years … son of Rich and Linda Probert … would like to pursue a business degree at Liberty and work in business management after graduation.
Brandon Tillmon, S, 6-1, 210, Lexington, S.C./River Bluff HS Four-year letterwinner at River Bluff High School in Lexington, S.C. … four-time all-area honoree … named to the all-freshman team after finishing the season with 642 rushing yards and two touchdowns, along with 42 tackles, 4.0 sacks, 2 forced fumbles … played both quarterback and linebacker during his final three seasons at River Bluff High School … named to the All-Midlands Team as a sophomore … finished his sophomore year with 977 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns, 193 passing yards and two touchdowns, 22 tackles and 3.5 sacks … all-state and all-region honoree as a junior and season … named the Region V AAAA Player of the Year as a junior … finished his junior season with 1,269 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns, 1,478 passing yards and eight touchdowns and seven tackles … All-Midlands and Shrine Bowl selection as a senior … finished his senior season rushing for 888 yards and 16 touchdowns, passing for 1,478 yards and nine touchdowns and recording 16 tackles, 6.0 tackles for a loss and 4.0 sacks … also plays baseball and basketball at River Bluff High School … named the Region V AAAA Player of the Year in baseball as a junior … all-region honoree in basketball … son of Ricky Tillmon and Jennifer Millard … interesting in pursuing a sport management degree at Liberty and would like to be a sports agent after graduation.
Rudiger Yearick, QB, 6-4, 190, Indian Trail, N.C./Metrolina Christian Academy Four-year letterwinner at Metrolina Christian Academy in Indian Trail, N.C. … graduated in December and joined Liberty's roster in January … will practice with the team during the spring … earned all-state honors his final three years at Metrolina Christian Academy … son of David and Staci Yearick … father, David, played collegiate football at Colgate … is interested in majoring in biology at Liberty.
Daniel Zapata, OL, 6-2, 270, Guttenburg, N.J./Paramus Catholic HS Four-year letterwinner from Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus, N.J. … helped Paramus Catholic win state titles as a freshman and sophomore … finished with five pancake blocks as a junior, helping him earn first-team all-league, second-team all-country and All-New Jersey honorable mention honors … finished his senior year with 11 pancake blocks as a senior … Best Lineman in The Big North award winner as a senior … son of Joaquin Zapata and Patricia Valencia.
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