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Football Signing Day 2011 Goes Live

February 2, 2011  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Football Signing Day 2011 Goes Live

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For the third year in a row, LibertyFlames.com will be covering Liberty's football signing day live today. The official web site of Liberty Athletics will be posting updates throughout the day on the latest players to ink national letters of intent (NLI) with the four-time Big South championship program.

Shortly after 8 a.m., LibertyFlames.com will be posting bios for each of Liberty's 2011 football signees on its web site, as the new student-athletes NLIs have been received and approved by the Athletics Department's compliance office.

A new feature for LibertyFlames.com's signing day coverage will be the addition of highlight video for each signee. Along with the posted bios, a video link will be included which will feature a brief interview with a member of Liberty's coaching staff about the program's newest signee, along with a high school highlight package.

Fans wanting to follow Liberty's football signing day coverage can do so via three avenues: the Signing Day central page on LibertyFlames.com, the Liberty Flames twitter page and the Liberty Flames Athletics Facebook page. All videos will be released only to the Liberty Flames Athletics Facebook page. Fans will need to "like" the page in order to see each signee's video presentation.

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School Video Highlights
Kirby Anderson DB 5-10 170 Amherst, Va./Amherst Co. Video
Zach Erickson LB 6-1 235 Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University HS Video
Miles Hunter DB 5-10 190 Camden, Del./Caesar Rodney HS Video
Trevor Jenkins OL 6-4 275 Columbia, Va./Goochland HS Video
Grant Jones OL 6-5 305 Lynchburg, Va./Liberty Christian Video
Gary Mulkins OL 6-7 290 Bethesda, Md./St. Johns College HS Video
Luke Pingley DE 6-4 285 Front Royal, Va./Skyline HS Video
Jimmy O'Grady LB 6-1 235 Mechanicsville, Md./Chopticon HS (Hargrave) Video
Nolan Spicer DL 6-4 250 McDonald, Pa./South Fayette HS Video
Josh Woodrum QB 6-3 205 Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring HS Video

Signees listed in order of when NLI was received at Liberty: 

Jimmy O'Grady – LB, 6-1, 235, Mechanicsville, Md./Chopticon HS (Hargrave)

Signed: Mid-Year Signee 
Two-year letterwinner at Hargrave Military … played outside linebacker in 2009 and was moved to middle linebacker in 2010 … two-year starter at Chopticon as a junior and senior … second-team all-conference as a junior at wide receiver and linebacker … finished his senior year with 100-plus tackles, plus four receptions for 750 yards … named St. Mary County Player of the Year as a senior … All-Metro honorable mention … caught three touchdown passes in the county all-star game … son of Jim O'Grady and Denise Sameas.

Kirby Anderson – DB, 5-10, 170, Amherst, Va./Amherst Co. HS
Signed: 7:41 a.m.
Four-year letterwinner … three-year starter … ranked No. 100 by the Roanoke Times Top 100 high school recruits in Virginia … helped Amherst County post a 48-6 record during his four years with the program … Amherst County captured the state title in 2007 (freshman year) and advanced to the state title game three out of his four years with the program … first-team All-Seminole District and honorable-mention All-Region 3 as a senior … averaged 7.2 yards per carry during his senior season … second-team All-Seminole District as at quarterback and defensive back as a junior … finished the season with 56 tackles, five sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries … son of Norvell and Alvetta Anderson.

Miles Hunter – DB, 5-10, 190, Camden, Del./Caesar Rodney HS
Signed: 8:00 a.m.
First-team all-state and all-conference as a senior … finishes his senior year with 121 tackles, an interception and two forced fumbles … Honor Roll student … named to the Blue-Gold All-State team … named to the Delaware all-state team as a senior … son of Tim and Angie Hunter.

Grant Jones – OL, 6-5, 305, Lynchburg, Va./Liberty Christian Academy
Signed: 8:11 a.m.
Four-year letterwinner … three-year starter … ranked No. 33 by the Roanoke Times Top 100 high school recruits in Virginia … top FCS commitment on the all-state recruiting list … two-time member of the Lynchburg News & Advance All-Area team … first-team all-state and all-conference honoree as a senior … was the Titan Trophy Award recipient in 2010, given annually by the Society of Seven Sports Club to the top prospect in Virginia heading into the season … played in the National Underclassmen Combine All-America game … invited to play in the Offense/Defense All-America game ... finalist for the U.S. Army All-America game … second-team all-state and first-team all-conference as a junior … five-year letterwinner in wrestling … placed seventh at nationals as a junior at heavyweight … ranked No. 4 in Virginia as a senior … son of Roy and Melinda Jones … second generation student-athlete at Liberty, as his father, Roy, was a two-sport student-athlete in football (1977-79) and wrestling (1978).

Josh Woodrum – QB, 6-3, 205, Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring HS
Signed: 8:15 a.m.
Three-year starter … ranked No. 36 by the Roanoke Times Top 100 high school recruits in Virginia … No. 3 ranked quarterback on the all-state commitment listing … finished his high school career with 6,515 total offensive yards, including 1,212 rushing and 5,303 passing … was responsible for 62 career touchdowns, including 41 passing and 21 rushing … posted a 56.9 career completion percentage (397-of-697) … two-time all-district honoree, including a first-team selection as a senior … named Offensive Back of the Year for the district as a senior … first-team all-region and second-team All-Timesland quarterback as a senior … as a junior, he complete 57.9 percent of his pass attempts (158-of-273) for 2,003 yards and 13 touchdowns, while rushing for 569 yards and 10 additional scoring runs … posted 2,204 passing yards as a senior, completing 152-of-262 passing attempts (58.1 percent) for 23 touchdowns … son of Alan and Beth Woodrum.

Trevor Jenkins – OL, 6-4, 275, Columbia, Va./Goochland HS
Signed: 8:48 a.m.
Three-year letterwinner … ranked No. 86 by the Roanoke Times Top 100 high school recruits in Virginia … two-year starter at offensive tackle … Jefferson District Offensive Tackle first-team selection … All-Region II Offensive Tackle first-team honoree … named to the Richmond Times Dispatch All-Metro second-team selection … Virginia Preps Group AA all-state honorable mention offensive line honoree … was rated the No. 86 prospect in the state of Virginia by the Roanoke Times … son of Todd and Cindy Jenkins.

Nolan Spicer – DL, 6-4, 250, McDonald, Pa./South Fayette HS
Signed: 8:48 a.m. 
Two-year starter … two-time first-team all-conference at offensive tackle and defensive end … two-time All-Academic team honoree … Pittsburgh Tribune Review All Pigskin honorable mention as a junior … third-team all-state after starting 10 games during his junior season … team captain as a senior … first-team all-conference punter as a senior … named to the Almanac All-Star and the High School Playbook All-Star teams as a senior … also excels in track and field … WPIAL regional champion in the discus throw … as a junior, he ranked No. 7 in the WPIAL in the shot put and No. 10 in the javelin … holds school records in the shot put, javelin and discus … son of Jim and Ellen Spicer.

Luke Pingley – DE, 6-4, 285, Front Royal, Va./Skyline HS
Signed: 9:37 a.m.
Four-time letterwinner … ranked No. 71 by the Roanoke Times Top 100 high school recruits in Virginia … two-time all-region, all-district and all-area selection … had a breakout season as a sophomore, finishing the year with 49 tackles, nine sacks, two pass breakups and two tackles for a loss … posted career numbers as a junior, finishing the season with 58 tackles, eight sacks, two forced fumbles, three tackles for a loss and a pass breakup … earned all-district honors as a senior at both defensive end and offensive guard … finished his senior season with 50 tackles, five sacks, four tackles for a loss and a pass breakup … all-district pitcher in baseball … son of Billy and Tammi Pingley.

Gary Mulkins – OL, 6-7, 290, Bethesda, Md./St. Johns College HS
Signed: 10:57 a.m.
Two-year letterwinner … named to the Washington Catholic Athletic all-conference team as a junior and senior at offensive tackle … selected to the Washington Post All-Met team as a senior … son of Kelly Mulkins.

Zach Erickson – LB, 6-1, 235, Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University HS
Signed: 11:00 a.m.
Three-year letterwinner … finished his career with 152 tackles … helped Memphis University High School to state titles as a sophomore and junior … was the only non-senior athlete to start on defense as a junior … Memphis University finished his junior year ranked No. 4 nationally in the final Rivals.com high school poll … Memphis University posted a 13-0 record during his junior year, which included wins over two former state championship programs (Mississippi's South Panola and Tennessee's White Station) … individually finished the year ranked No. 6 in the state with 83 tackles, to go along with six tackles for a loss, two interceptions, two pass breakups and three fumble recoveries … was named to two preseason all-state teams … team captain … son of Todd and Lynn Erickson.