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Gill Inks 21 Recruits to National Letters of Intent
Second-year head football coach Turner Gill has signed the largest incoming Liberty football class in the past eight seasons, inking 21 new players to national letters of intent (NLI) today as a part of college football's national signing day.
Following his first year at Liberty, where he guided the Flames to their fifth Big South title in the last six seasons, Gill announced earlier today announced his 2013 recruiting class at a press conference in the Donor Room of the Williams Football Operations Center.
Gill's 21 newly signed recruits mark Liberty's largest signing class since 2006 when the Flames inked 24 players to NLIs. Since the 2000 season, Liberty has had three other football recruiting classes with 20 or more signees (2001: 22; 2005: 24 and 2006: 24).
Liberty's 21 new football recruits hail from five different states, spotlighted by six players from Virginia and Texas. The Flames also inked four players from Florida, three from North Carolina and two from Georgia.
|Dylan Brucki||OL||6-5||295||Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring HS|
|Spencer Cook||DL||6-1||260||Houston, Texas/Sharpstown HS|
|Avery Easton||OL||6-2||275||Gainesville, Ga./North Hall HS|
|Justin Fritts||WR||6-2||195||Charlotte, N.C./Vance HS|
|Ja'Ron Greene||DL||6-2||295||Beaumont, Texas/West Brook HS|
|Justin Guillory||CB||6-0||170||Beaumont, Texas/West Brook HS|
|Lucas Holder||OL||6-5||270||Hillsville, Va./Carroll County HS|
|Tyrin Holloway||CB||6-0||180||Humble, Texas/Atascocita HS|
|Leo Hunt, Jr.||DL||6-0||285||Jacksonville, Fla./Eagles View Academy|
|Jesse Karnezis||DL||6-2||260||Candler, N.C./Asheville HS|
|Todd Macon||RB||5-10||210||St. Petersburg, Fla./Admiral Farragut Academy|
|Stephon Masha||QB||6-1||195||Austell, Ga./South Cobb HS|
|Nick Newman||ATH||6-4||210||Gainesville, Va./Battlefield HS|
|Zac Parker||WR||5-10||175||Reston, Va./South Lakes HS|
|Gary Sampson||S||5-11||190||Miami, Fla./Dade Christian HS|
|Blanchard Sanwouo||OL||6-6||260||Orlando, Fla./Orlando Christian HS|
|Wesley Scott||CB||5-11||185||Lorton, Va./Hayfield Seconardy HS|
|John Nick Setterlind||ATH||6-3||230||Asheville, N.C./A.C. Reynolds HS|
|Josh Smith||RB||5-6||175||Mansfield, Texas/Mansfield Timberview HS|
|Kris Wilson||OL||6-4||310||Richmond, Va./Varina HS|
|Marc Wilson||DL||6-3||245||Houston, Texas/Lamar HS|
Dylan Brucki (OL, 6-5, 295, Roanoke, Va., Cave Spring HS)
Will graduate from Cave Spring High School in Roanoke, Va. … three-year letterwinner … as a junior and senior, he earned All-River Ridge District first-team honors, All-Region IV accolades and was named to the Roanoke Times All-Timesland team … as a junior, he earned Virginia Preps all-state underclassmen honors … as a senior, he was named to the VHSCA and Virginia Preps all-state offensive line team … Roanoke Times Top 100 recruit … team captain … Knights of Steel member … Leadership Council member … Beta Club member … Academic Team member … recipient of the Lamp of Knowledge award … Academic Honor Roll … member of the tennis team as a freshman and track & field program as a junior and senior … volunteer worker at the Elm Park Estates, working regularly with up to 100 senior citizens … son of Richard and Laurie Brucki … wants to pursue an engineering degree.
Spencer Cook (DL, 6-1, 260, Houston, Texas, Sharpstown HS)
Will graduate from Sharpstown High School in Houston, Texas … two-year letterwinner … two-time first-team all-state defensive lineman at nose guard … second-team all-academics as a junior … also competed in track & field, specializing in the shot put … son of Lillian Cook.
Avery Easton (OL, 6-2, 275, Gainesville, Ga., North Hall HS)
Will graduate from North Hall High School in Hall, Ga. … three-year varsity letterwinner … started seven games as a sophomore at offensive tackle … 8AAA all-region honoree as a junior … 7AAA all-region selection as a senior … Gainesville Times All-Area honoree as a senior … four-time offensive lineman of the week during his senior season … AAA AP all-state … AAA AJC all-state … lettered in track & field (discus) as a junior … son of Mike and Pam Easton … father, Mike, was a 1989 letterwinner at Ole Miss.
Justin Fritts (WR, 6-2, 195, Charlotte, N.C., Vance HS)
Will graduate from Vance High School in Charlotte, N.C., where he played his senior year of football … played as a freshman, sophomore and junior at Asheville High School in Asheville, N.C. … helped lead Asheville to three-straight conference titles … finished his sophomore season with 16 receptions for 375 yards and four touchdowns to go along with 31 tackles and two tackles for a loss … earned all-conference, All-WNC and N.C. Preps all-state honorable mention accolades as a junior … finished his junior season with 17 receptions for 675 yards and eight touchdowns … on the defensive side of the ball, he recorded 53 tackles as a junior, to go along with eight tackles for loss and two interceptions … was an all-conference and N.C. Preps all-state honorable mention selection as a senior … finished his lone season at Vance with 22 receptions for 300 yards and four touchdowns … added 41 tackles, four tackles for a loss and an interception as a senior … also competed in track & field during his high school career … son of Tiffany Fritts and the nephew of Seneca Fritts … is interested in a communications degree at Liberty … would like to pursue a job as a sports broadcaster after graduation.
Ja'Ron Greene (DL, 6-2, 295, Beaumont, Texas, West Brook HS)
Will graduate from West Brook High School in Beaumont, Texas … three-year letterwinner … finished his sophomore season with 17 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and three pass breakups … sat out his junior season after suffering an ankle injury … returned his senior year to earn all-district honors, finishing the year with 31 tackles, 7.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and two pass breakups … also competed in track & field with a specialization in the shot put … son of Shean and Tia Roy.
Justin Guillory (CB, 6-0, 170, Beaumont, Texas, West Brook HS)
Will graduate from West Brook High School in Beaumont, Texas … two-year varsity letterwinner … finished his junior year with 23 tackles, five pass breakups and an interception … earned second-team all-district honors as a senior … team captain as a senior, finishing the year with 35 solo tackles, four pass breakups, three interceptions and an interception return for a touchdown … also varsity letterwinner in track & field … grandson of Jessie Guillory … intends to major in business at Liberty.
Lucas Holder (OL, 6-5, 270, Hillsville, Va., Carroll County HS)
Will graduate from Carroll County High School in Hillsville, Va. … four-year letterwinner … as a junior and senior, he was named to the All-Southwest District team … during his senior season, he was named to the All-Region IV first team, Roanoke Times All-Timesland team and the VHSCA Group AA Division 4 second-team all-state team … participated in the National Underclassman Combine All-American game … versatile athlete who also competed in basketball and baseball … three-year letterwinner in basketball … member of the National Honor Society … son of Rick and Susan Holder … intends to major in pre-law … would like to pursue a career as a lawyer after graduation.
Tyrin Holloway (CB, 6-1, 175, Humble, Texas, Atascocita HS)
Will graduate from Atascocita High School in Humble, Texas … three-year letterwinner … helped lead Atascocita to a conference title as a sophomore … was named the MVP of the Thanksgiving Day Game as a sophomore … earned 5A second-team all-district honors as a senior, finishing the year with 67 tackles, two touchdowns, three interceptions and six forced fumbles … also plays basketball for Atascocita … comes from an athletic family with his uncle, Emmett Merchant (Georgia Tech), and his cousin, Emmett Merchant, Jr. (Navy), having played collegiate football … son of Eric and LaKesha Holloway … intends to major in criminal justice at Liberty … wants to pursue a career in the FBI after graduation.
Leo Hunt, Jr. (DL, 6-0, 285, Jacksonville, Fla., Eagles View Academy)
Will graduate from Eagles View Academy in Jacksonville, Fla. … two-year letterwinner at left tackle and on the defensive line … named team MVP as a junior, while winning the strongest man award at the N.V.C. combine … also named to the Florida All-Elite team as a junior … all-state honorable mention as a senior … also was a competitive weightlifter in high school.
Jesse Karnezis (OL, 6-2, 260, Candler, N.C., Asheville HS)
Will graduate from Asheville High School in Asheville, N.C. … four-year letterwinner … recorded more than 100 tackles as a junior and senior with 14 sacks … he finished his freshman season with 18 tackles and two sacks … missed most of his sophomore season with a knee injury … earned All-MAC, ALL-WNC and all-state honors as a junior and season … also named all-state in weightlifting … two-time Iron Man award winner … finished his junior season with 51 tackles and seven sacks … had 53 tackles as a senior to go along with seven sacks … earned Most Outstanding Lineman honors as a senior … N.C. Top 100 player … school record holder in the power clean (335 pounds) … also participated in baseball and basketball … member of the National Honor Society … son of Angelo and Teresa Karnezis … intends to pursue a degree in physical therapy … would like to own his own physical therapy business after graduation.
Todd Macon (RB, 5-10, 210, St. Petersburg, Fla., Admiral Farragut Academy)
Will graduate from Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg, Fla. … four-year letterwinner … finished his career rushing for more than 3,800 yards and 29 touchdowns … named Offensive Player of the Year and honorable mention all-state as a freshman and sophomore … finished his freshman year rushing for 562 yards and nine touchdowns … as a sophomore, he rushed for 678 yards and eight touchdowns … second-team all-state honoree as a junior and senior … finished his junior year rushing for 1,145 yards and 12 touchdowns … earned BCP (Tampa Bay Area) first-team honors as a senior, finishing the year with 1,498 rushing yards on 124 carries … also played baseball ... pre-med major … would like to pursue a career as a chiropractor after graduation.
Stephon Masha (QB, 6-1, 195, Austell, Ga., South Cobb HS)
Will graduate from South Cobb High School in Austell, Ga. … four-year letterwinner … three-year varsity starter … four-time winner of South Cobb's MVP honors … two-time Cobb County Player of the Week as a sophomore … finished his sophomore season throwing for 1,781 yards and 10 touchdowns … helped lead South Cobb to its first playoff win in six seasons as a junior … second-team all-county honoree and team MVP as a junior … threw for 2,221 yards as a junior with 25 passing touchdowns and three rushing touchdowns … during his senior season, he was named Player of the Week three times, first-team all-county and to the County Senior Bowl roster … as a senior, he threw for 2,001 yards and nine touchdowns to go along with 13 rushing touchdowns … son of Prince and Sophia Masha.
Nick Newman (ATH, 6-4, 210, Gainesville, Va., Battlefield HS)
Will graduate from Battlefield High School in Haymarket, Va. … four-year letterwinner … started at defensive end his sophomore year and helped lead Battlefield to a AAA state championship in 2010 … started on both sides of the playing field his junior and senior seasons (wide receiver and linebacker) … as a junior, he earned first-team all-district and first-team all-region honors as a linebacker and second-team all-district as a wide receiver … as a senior, he was named the District Defensive Player of the Year … earned first-team all-district, first-team all-region and first-team all-state honors at linebacker … first-team all-district and first-team all-region honoree as a receiver … was inducted into the Fairfax County Hall of Fame … son of Sam and Kim Newman … his father, Sam, played football at Shippensburg University.
Zac Parker (WR, 5-10, 175, Reston, Va., South Lakes HS)
Will graduate from South Lakes High School in Reston, Va. … three-year letterwinner … finished his freshman season with 617 rushing yards, 10 rushing touchdowns, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions … as a sophomore, he recorded 22 tackles and three interceptions, while tallying 236 kickoff return yards and 205 punt return yards … during his junior season, he finished with 17 tackles, two interceptions, 267 kickoff return yards and 188 punt return yards … as a senior, he was named all-state and all-region first team (WR), all-state and all-region second team (DB) and an all-district honoree as both a wide receiver and defensive back … finished his senior season with 800 receiving yards, 11 touchdowns, 300 rushing yards and 1,500 all-purpose yards … also competed in basketball and track & field … son of Al Parker and Katrina Smith.
Gary Sampson (S, 5-11, 190, Miami, Fla., Dade Christian HS)
Will graduate from Dade Christian School in Miami, Fla. … four-year letterwinner … three-time All-Dade honoree … finished his high school career with 204 tackles, 13 interceptions, eight tackles for a loss and three sacks … as a high school freshman, he finished the year with 61 tackles, two interceptions and eight tackles for a loss … earned honorable mention All-Dade honors as a freshman … third-team All-Dade as a sophomore, recording 59 tackles, four interceptions and three sacks … second-team All-Dade as a junior, recording 47 tackles and four interceptions … also finished his junior year with 13 receptions for 305 yards … first-team All-Dade honoree as a senior, finishing the year with 37 tackles and three interceptions … also earned second-team all-state honors as a senior … played both strong safety and quarterback as a senior, finishing his final year at Dade Christian 70-of-129 for 1,109 yards and 11 touchdowns and 114 carries for 1,093 yards and nine touchdowns … four-year basketball varsity letterwinner … qualified for the state track & field championships in the long jump and triple jump … son of Gary and Carol Sampson.
Blanchard Sanwouo (OL, 6-6, 260, Orlando, Fla., Orlando Christian HS)
Will graduate from Orlando Christian Prep School in Orlando, Fla. … started playing football in 2011 when Orlando Christian Prep started sponsoring a football program … two-time first-team all-district honoree … named to the All Class Central Florida All-Star game for his senior year … participated in the Orange County Senior Bowl as a senior … also competes in track and volleyball … son of Takedo Denise.
Wesley Scott (CB, 5-11, 185, Lorton, Va., Hayfield Secondary HS)
Will graduate from Hayfield Secondary School in Alexandria, Va. … four-year letterwinner … finished his freshman year at Hayfield with 20 tackles, two interceptions, three tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles … as a sophomore, he recorded 14 tackles, three tackles for a loss and scored a touchdown … earned second-team all-district honors as a junior, finishing the year with 64 tackles, three interceptions, 10 tackles for a loss, seven forced fumbles and three touchdowns … as a senior, he was a Virginia Preps Top 100 and Roanoke Times Top 100 recruit … first-team all-district (DB) and second-team all-district (WR and PR) … all-region defensive back as a senior, finishing the year with 57 tackles, five interceptions, four tackles for a loss, 11 forced fumbles, four touchdowns and a sack … member of the track & field team … academic honor roll student … son of Junior and Hope Gardepe Scott … would like to major in international relations at Liberty … wants to pursue a career in federal law enforcement.
John Nick Setterlind (ATH, 6-3, 230, Asheville, N.C., A.C. Reynolds HS)
Will graduate from A.C. Reynolds High School in Asheville, N.C. … two-year letterwinner … named to the All-MAC team as a junior and senior … finished his junior year with 56 tackles … All-WNC linebacker as a senior, finishing the year with 140 tackles, including 107 solo stops and 12 tackles for a loss … also added three interceptions and two blocked kicks as a senior … four-year letterwinner in baseball … earned All-MAC honors in baseball as a junior … son of Carl B. and Michelle Setterlind.
Josh Smith (RB, 5-6, 175, Mansfield, Texas, Mansfield Timberview HS)
Will graduate from Mansfield Timberview High School in Mansfield, Texas … two-year letterwinner … rushed for over 2,800 yards and 33 touchdowns as a junior and senior … two-time first-team all-district honoree … Most Exciting Player of the Year as a junior … finished his junior year with 1,758 rushing yards, 17 rushing touchdowns and 258 carries … helped Mansfield Timberview to the best record in program history at 12-3 … finished his senior season with 1,058 rushing yards, 16 touchdowns and 165 carries … son of Megan Smith.
Kris Wilson (OL, 6-4, 310, Richmond, Va., Varina HS)
Will graduate from Varina High School in Richmond, Va. … three-year letterwinner … three-time All-Capital member honoree, earning honorable mention listings as a sophomore, second-team accolades as a junior and first-team honors as a senior … finished his junior year allowing just one sack to go along with 24 pancake blocks and grading out above 92 percent … as a senior, he also earned All-Central Regional first-team honors, All-Metro first-team accolades and an all-state honorable mention listing … finished his senior season with allowing a sack, while adding 39 pancake blocks and grading out above 97 percent … helped Varina post 2,000 team rushing yards as a senior … son of Mark and Karen Wilson.
Marc Wilson (DL, 6-3, 245, Houston, Texas/Lamar HS)
Will graduate from Lamar High School in Houston, Texas … two-time letterwinner … two-time first-team all-district honoree (junior and senior seasons) … second-team all-region selection as a senior … son of Marc and Donnia Wilson.