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Flames Add 15 to Roster with 2017 Football Signing Class

February 1, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Vidoe Note: Today's LFSN video clip includes press conference comments from defensive coordinator Robert Wimberly and offensive coordinator Joe Dailey, plus video highlights for each of Liberty's 2017 signees.

Liberty Head Football Coach Turner Gill added 15 players to his 2017 roster as part of National Signing Day on Wednesday.

Gill's 2017 signing class, his sixth recruiting class at Liberty, includes 13 high school standouts and two transfers who joined the Flames' roster at the start of the spring semester.

Gill's 2017 recruiting class includes two defensive linemen, two offensive linemen, two tight ends, two cornerbacks, two linebackers, two wide receivers, a quarterback, a running back, and a safety.

Liberty's football staff continues to bring in the best high school talent from all around the country, signing players from seven different states. 

The Flames signed multiple players from the high school hotbeds of Florida (4), Georgia (3), Virginia (3) and Texas (2), while getting single signees from Indiana, Tennessee and Washington, D.C.

Keith Best, CB, 6-2, 180, Tucker, Ga./Tucker HS
Two-year letterwinner … played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Kell High School … was named Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman and sophomore … did not play during his senior year at Tucker High School due to an junior … member of the track & field program, excelling in the 200 and 400 meters … son of Marlon Best and Natasha Clements.

Frank Boyd, RB, 5-11, 180, Chesterfield, Va./Manchester HS
Three-year letterwinner during his high school career, including his final two years at Manchester High School in Chesterfield, Va. … finished his sophomore season at Clover Hill High School in Midlothian, Va., with an interception and a kickoff return for a touchdown as a safety … received all-conference honors during his junior and senior seasons at Manchester High School … earned second-team all-region honors as a running back during his junior season, rushing for 900 yards and 13 touchdowns … named conference player of the year following his senior season where he rushed for 1,615 yards and 20 touchdowns … also finished his senior year with 175 receiving yards and a touchdown, while adding 189 kickoff return yards and a touchdown … first-team all-region and all-state as a senior … Big River Rivalry All-Star game participant … son of Franklin and Tolitha Boyd … intends to major in industrial systems engineering. 

Khaleb Coleman, WR, 6-2, 180, Washington, D.C./Woodrow Wilson HS
Two-year letterwinner at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C. … two-time all-league and all-state honoree … finished his junior year with 35 receptions for 550 yards and seven touchdowns … named to the USA Today All-D.C. team as a senior … finished his senior year with 40 receptions for 867 yards and 13 touchdowns … named to the Virginia Top 100 Player listing following his senior year … son of Jermaine Coleman and Mehgan Jones … plans to major in physical therapy.

Kimani Donaldson, CB, 6-0, 165, Jonesboro, Ga./Mundy's Mill HS
Three-year letterwinner from Mundy's Mill High School in Jonesboro, Ga. … finished his sophomore season with 37 tackles, including 22 solo stops, while adding three interceptions and five pass breakups … All-Region 4-AAAAA second-team honoree as a junior … finished his junior season with 19 tackles, including 14 solo tackles … added two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown as a junior … also added a pass breakup and two forced fumbles during his junior year … Best Defensive Back award winner as a senior … finished his final year at Mundy's Mill High School with 46 tackles, including 23 solo stops and an interception … All-Region 4-AAAAA and Clayton County Daily News honorable mention selections as a senior … member of the basketball team as a freshman and sophomore … four-year member of the track & field program … son of Andrew and Shanika Donaldson.

Remington Green, LB, 6-0, 220, King George, Va./King George HS
Four-year letterwinner from King George High School in King George, Va. … all-conference defensive end as a sophomore and junior … named team captain for his junior and senior seasons … earned all-conference honors at both defensive end and tight end as a senior … also named Defensive Player of the Year as a senior … honored as the VTO Sports Elite 100 Linebacker MVP during the summer of 2016 … son of Gary and Cheryl Green … plans to major in criminal justice.

Jerome Jackson, TE, 6-5, 215, Fort Worth, Texas/Timber Creek HS
Four-year letterwinner from Timber Creek High School in Fort Worth, Texas … earned All-District 6A-1 honorable mention accolades as a junior … finished his senior season with 477 yards and three touchdowns … averaged 17.7 yards per reception as a senior, helping him earn All-District 6A-1 first-team honors … also a member of the track & field and powerlifting programs at Timber Creek High School … son of Greg and Angela Jackson … intends to major in nursing.

Amarii Jenkins, LB, 6-0, 195, Ocala, Fla./West Port HS
Two-year letterwinner from West Port High School in Ocala, Fla. … played at quarterback and wide receiver as a junior, but his season was shortened due to an injury … played free safety as a senior, finishing the year with 60 tackles, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries … had four interceptions as a senior, returning three for defensive touchdowns … earned first-team all-conference and second-team all-county honors as a senior … was selected to participate in the 352 Pigskin All-Star game as a senior … team MVP and MCIAC first-team honoree as a senior … son of LaMeshia Jenkins.

Cooper McCaw, OL, 6-5, 265, Southlake, Texas/Grapevine Faith CS
Four-year letterwinner at Grapevine Faith Christian School in Grapevine, Texas … helped Grapevine Faith win a district championship as a freshman … all-district honorable mention selection as a sophomore … first-team all-district and second-team all-state as a junior … earned first-team all-district and all-state honors as a senior … named to the academic all-state team as a junior and senior … son of Jeff and Cindy McCaw … father, Jeff, played football at Grand Valley State … intends to be a sport management major.

Elisha Mitchell, DL, 6-3, 300, Virginia Beach, Va./Bayside HS
Two-year letterwinner from Bayside High School in Virginia Beach, Va. … earned all-conference honorable mention accolades as a junior, while receiving Bayside's Newcomer of the Year award … finished his junior season with 28 tackles, including four tackles for a loss … senior year awards include first-team all-conference defense, second-team all-conference offense (offensive tackle), All-757 third-team offense and second-team all-region defense … named Bayside's Defensive MVP after finishing his senior year with 60 tackles, including 13 tackles for a loss and five sacks … also added four pass breakups, two blocked field goals and a forced fumble as a senior … honor roll student … son of Anthony Mitchell and Angela Murden … will pursue a criminal justice major.

Fidel Ogbeifun, TE, 6-3, 225, Douglasville, Ga./Douglas County HS
Two-year letterwinner from Douglas County High School … played offensive line as a junior … finished his senior year at Douglas County High School with 38 receptions for 647 yards and seven touchdowns as a wide receiver … Offensive Player of the Year as a senior … named to the all-region first team during his final season at Douglas County High School … also played basketball in high school … son of Louis Ogbeifun and Helen Tasker … intends to major in accounting.

Aaron Pierre, S, 6-0, 205, Tampa, Fla./Cambridge Christian School
Four-year letterwinner from Cambridge Christian School in Tampa, Fla. … was named his team's MVP following his freshman season when he recorded 82 tackles and 640 rushing yards … suffered an injury during his sophomore season that limited him to playing three games with 14 tackles … Cambridge Christian finished as a 2A state runner-up during his junior year … finished his junior season with 61 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and three pass breakups … also added 600 total offensive yards and eight touchdowns as a junior, helping him earn all-county and all-state honors … finished his senior year with 55 tackles, 1.5 sacks, two interceptions and 11 pass breakups … added 500 total offensive yards and four touchdowns as a senior … senior year honors include: team captain, Cambridge Christian's Most Versatile Athlete, all-county and all-state … was named to the Hillsborough All-Star team as a senior … letterwinner in track & field as a sophomore … district and regional qualifier in the 4x100 relay and discus in track & field … voted school ambassador … Little League football coach … son of Webster and Stephena Pierre … comes from an athletic family … his uncle, Steve Octavien, was an All-Big 12 honorable mention linebacker at Nebraska, who played for three seasons in the NFL … his aunt, Dayana Octavien, was an All-America track & field athlete at USF … his uncle, Keith Eloi, was a wide receiver at Nebraska-Omaha and spent time with the Washington Redskins … plans to major in criminology. 

Jayod Sanders, DL, 6-3, 210, Tallahassee, Fla./Leon HS
Four-year letterwinner from Leon High School in Tallahassee, Fla. … Christian Character Award winner as a freshman … first-team all-state honoree as a junior at both defensive end and outside linebacker … All-Big Bend honorable mention selection as a senior at defensive end … 101% Effort Award recipient as a senior … son of Todd and Jada Sanders … intends to major in exercise science.

DJ Stubbs, WR, 5-9, 175, Jacksonville, Fla./University Christian School
Three-year letterwinner from University Christian School in Jacksonville, Fla. … versatile athlete who played quarterback, running back, wide receiver and free safety during his time at University Christian School … helped high school win state championships during his junior and senior seasons … finished his sophomore season with 25 receptions and eight touchdowns as a wide receiver … as a junior, he finished with 30 receptions for five touchdowns as a wide receiver, 15 carries for four touchdowns as a running back, had four interceptions as a safety and completed 25-of-43 passing attempts with six touchdowns as a quarterback … finished his senior season with 55 rushing attempts for 474 yards and four touchdowns and had 23 receptions for 307 yards and four touchdowns … also finished his senior year completing 13-of-31 pass attempts for 262 yards and four touchdowns, while adding three interceptions … also participated in basketball and track & field at University Christian School … five-time all-tournament team member in basketball, helping University Christian School win two tournament titles … two-time basketball MVP … son of Donell Stubbs and Cherrell Young … is looking at majoring in broadcast journalism.

2017 Mid-Year Enrollees

Mason Cunningham, QB, 6-0, 192, Shelbyville, Tenn./Shelbyville C. (NMCC)
Transferred to Liberty from Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, Miss. … helped the Tigers post a 6-3 record in 2016, individually finishing the year with 1,810 passing yards and 12 touchdowns … completed 160-of-280 passing attempts (57.1 percent) … also added 69 carries for 185 yards and six touchdowns … four-year letterwinner at Shelbyville Central High School … finished his four-year high school career with 6,553 passing yards for 63 touchdowns … also rushed for 1,380 yards and 26 touchdowns … TSSAA top 10 career record holder with 89 total touchdowns … three-time Lakeway Writers Offensive Player of the Year … letterwinning quarterback as a freshman, finishing the year with 263 passing yards for two touchdowns and 31 rushing yards with a touchdown … named to the District 8AAAAA All-District team as a sophomore … finished his sophomore year with 2,135 passing yards for 19 touchdowns (144-of-232), while rushing for 336 yards and eight touchdowns … led Shelbyville Central to the state quarterfinals as a junior … threw for 2,166 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior (188-of-291), while rushing for 527 yards and seven touchdowns … Region 5-5A Co-Offensive Player of the Year as a senior … finished his final year at Shelbyville Central throwing for 1,989 yards and 18 touchdowns (143-of-236), while rushing for 486 yards and 10 touchdowns … National Honor Society member … son of Kevin and Jena Cunningham … plans to major in business administration with a focus in marketing.

Tristan Schultz, OL, 6-4, 280, Culver, Ind./Culver Comm. HS (Fork Union)
Joining Liberty after playing at Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Va. … letterwinning offensive lineman from Culver Community High School in Culver, Ind. … earned all-conference and team MVP honors as a senior … versatile athlete who also played basketball and baseball at Culver Community High School … son of Troy and Hollie Schultz … father, Troy, played football at Ball State, earning All-MAC first-team honors at defensive tackle in 1986 and second-team accolades in 1987 … intends to major in business.