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8 Newcomers Complete 2018 Football Signing Class

February 7, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Head Football Coach Turner Gill brought the Flames' first-ever FBS signing class to 27 members today with the announcement of eight new signees.

The release of Gill's seventh signing class at Liberty began in December during the NCAA's new early signing period. On Dec. 20, Gill announced the signing of 19 players, 14 high school standouts and five junior college transfers.

Today, Gill completed this year's signing class with eight additional newcomers. The group includes one mid-year enrollee, who is already on campus, and seven additional new players.

Liberty's first-ever FBS recruiting class includes 15 players who are two or three-star ranked recruits by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com. The rankings are the highest in program history.

Gill's 2018 recruiting class includes seven defensive backs, six defensive linemen, five wide receivers, four offensive linemen, two tight ends, a running back, a wide receiver and a linebacker.

Liberty's football staff continues to bring in the best high school talent from all around the country, signing players from 13 different states: Florida (6), Calif. (4), Alabama (3), Georgia (3), Tennessee (2), Virginia (2), Arizona (1), Maryland (1), Missouri (1), New Jersey (1), North Carolina (1), Ohio (1) and Texas (1).

2018 Signees Announced in February
Name, Pos., Ht., Wt., Hometown/High School

Chris Barrett, TE, 6-3, 245, Clearwater, Fla./Countryside HS (ASA Miami)
Marcellous Harris, DB, 5-11, 190, Charlotte, N.C./Harding University HS
Jessie Lemonier, DE, 6-3, 240, Hialeah, Fla./Hialeah HS (Ventura College)
Ricky Lester, S, 6-2, 180, Houston, Texas/Saint Pius X HS
Brandon "Pop" Robinson, QB, 6-4, 215, Maplewood, N.J./Irvington HS
Javon Scruggs, CB, 5-11, 175, Appomattox, Va./Appomattox HS
Isaac Steele, DB, 6-0, 180, Phoenix, Ariz./Centennial HS (Mesa CC)

2018 Mid-Year Enrollee Announced in February
Johnny Huntley, WR, 6-3, 220, Planation, Fla./South Planation HS (Colorado)

February Signee Bios

Chris Barrett, TE, 6-3, 245, Clearwater, Fla./Countryside HS (ASA Miami)
Transferring to Liberty after playing one season at ASA College Miami in Hialeah, Fla. … also received offers from Georgia Southern and Florida A&M … saw playing time in five of the team's six games during the last season at ASA College Miami … recorded 10 receptions for 114 yards, averaging 11.4 yards per catch … graduated from Countryside High School in Clearwater, Fla. … was a three-star recruit coming out of high school and ranked as high as No. 75 in the country amongst tight ends … named to the Pinellas County All-Star game during his senior year … also played basketball at Countryside High School … Top 15 player in Pinellas County coming out of high school … son of Wanda Elliott and Wayne Barrett.

Marcellous Harris, DB, 5-11, 190, Charlotte, N.C./Harding University HS
Will be a graduate of Harding University High School in Charlotte, N.C. … also received offers from Army, Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb and Navy … first-team all-conference selection as a senior … helped Harding University win a state title in 2017 … finished his senior year with 52 tackles, five pass breakups and a touchdown … son of Keisha Moss and Marcellous Harris, Sr.

Jessie Lemonier, DE, 6-3, 240, Hialeah, Fla./Hialeah HS (Ventura College)
Transferring to Liberty after playing one season at Ventura College in Ventura, Calif. … also received offers from Miami (Ohio), New Mexico, Portland State and UMass … finished the 2017 season with 79 tackles, 18.5 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks and an interception … named the Southern California Football Association Northern Conference Defensive Player of the Year … helped the Pirates post an 8-3 overall record and capture the program's 16th conference title … advanced to the semifinals of the Southern California Football Association Playoffs … graduated from Hialeah High School in Hialeah, Fla. … younger brother of Corey Lemonier, an All-SEC linebacker from Auburn, who was selected in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. 

Ricky Lester, S, 6-2, 180, Houston, Texas/Saint Pius X HS
Will be a graduate of Saint Pius X High School in Houston, Texas … also received offers from Abilene Christian, Northern Colorado, Tennessee-Martin and nine other FCS programs … two-star recruit by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com … named TAPPS Defensive Player of the Year and Houston Defensive Player of the Year as a senior … first-team all-district and all-state honoree as a senior … Defensive MVP, finishing his senior year with 137 tackles, nine interceptions, three punt returns, three kickoff returns, six forced fumbles and three sacks … all-state and all-district honoree as a junior … recorded 141 tackles as a junior, while adding six forced fumbles, two sacks and seven interceptions … son of Jennifer and Rick Lester.

Brandon "Pop" Robinson, QB, 6-4, 215, Maplewood, N.J./Irvington HS
Will be a graduate of Irvington High School in Irvington, N.J. … also received offers from Central Michigan and Elon … finished his senior year throwing for 2,038 yards, 21 touchdowns, while rushing for 409 yards and five additional touchdowns … son of Robin and Eugene Robinson.

Javon Scruggs, CB, 5-11, 175, Appomattox, Va./Appomattox HS
Will be a graduate of Appomattox County High School in Appomattox, Va.  … also received an offer from Marshall … helped Appomattox County High School win state championships his final three seasons with the Raiders … finished his career with 342 tackles (166 solo, 176 assisted), five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, 15 interceptions, 32 pass breakups and six punt blocks … 2017 VHSL Class 2 Defensive Player of the Year … first-team all-conference, all-region and all-state at both quarterback and defensive back as a senior … runner-up finisher in the final voting for the Lynchburg News & Advance Player of the Year award … Titan Finalist for the Bill Dudley Award … finished his senior year completing 82-of-147 passing attempts for 1,949 yards and 30 touchdowns, while rushing for another 1,194 yards and 18 touchdowns … as a defender, he finished his senior season with 129 tackles, two tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, eight interceptions and a fumble recovery … also added 17 passes defended and two blocked punts as a senior … first-team all-conference quarterback as a junior … second-team all-conference and all-region at defensive back as a junior … plans to major in design at Liberty … son of Nashara Scruggs.

Isaac Steele, DB, 6-0, 180, Phoenix, Ariz./Centennial HS (Mesa CC)
Transferring to Liberty after playing one season at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Ariz. … also received an offer from Northern Arizona … finished the 2017 season with 47 tackles, seven pass breakups and an interception … helped the Thunderbirds advance to the Valley of the Sun Bowl … graduated from Centennial High School in Phoenix, Ariz. … was a two-star recruit coming out of high school … finished his final two seasons at Centennial High School with 20 pass breakups, three interceptions and a fumble recovery … son of Kelley and Reginald Steele.

2018 Mid-Year Enrollees Announced in February

Johnny Huntley, WR, 6-3, 220, Planation, Fla./South Planation HS (Colorado)
Transferring to Liberty after playing two seasons at Colorado … joined Liberty's roster in January and will participate in spring workouts … saw playing time in 12 of 13 games as a true freshman, becoming one of four true freshman to play for Colorado in 2016 … finished his freshman year with one reception for 14 yards against Idaho State … two-year member of the Buffs special teams units … graduated from South Planation High School in Planation, Fla. … Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 61 overall prospect in the state of Florida and the 69th-ranked receiver in the nation … earned All-Broward County first-team honors as a senior … named team MVP as a senior after recording 55 receptions for 940 yards and 12 touchdowns … also played safety as a senior, finishing the year with 20 tackles, three forced fumbles and an interception … two-year starter at wide receiving, finishing his junior year with 11 touchdown receptions.

2018 Signees Announced in December
Name, Pos., Ht., Wt., Hometown/High School

Logan Beadles, DT, 6-3, 305, Piedmont, Ala./Piedmont HS
Jacob Bodden, OL, 6-5, 320, Hoover, Ala./Hoover HS
Emmanuel Cater, DT, 6-1, 275, Hiram, Ga./Hiram HS
Henry Chibueze, OL, 6-3, 340, Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge HS
Tyren Dupree, LB, 6-2, 205, Leesburg, Ala./Cherokee HS
Noah Frith, WR, 6-4, 180, Woodstock, Ga./Woodstock HS
Jonathan Graham, OL, 6-5, 325, La Plata, Md./La Plata HS
Troy Henderson, RB, 5-10, 180, Franklin, Tenn./Independence HS
Cheapell Jones-Morris, DB, 6-2, 200, North Highlands, Calif./Sierra College Highlands HS
Austin Lewis, DE, 6-6, 230, Jonesborough, Tenn./David Crockett HS
Sean Queen, WR, 5-11, 175, Stockbridge, Ga./Eagles Landing Chr. Acad.
Brendan Schlittler, OL, 6-5, 305, Eureka, Mo./Eureka HS
Bejour Wilson, CB, 5-11, 170, Sa Lorenzo, Calif./San Lorenzo HS (City College of San Francisco)
JT Wood, WR, 6-2, 200, Jacksonville, Fla./Creekside HS
Mason Yost, TE, 6-4, 235, Jacksonville, Fla./The Bolles School

2018 Mid-Year Enrollees Announced in December
Vincent Elefante, DL, 6-4, 280, Upland, Calif./Upland HS (Chaffey College)
Hunter Goetz, DB, 6-1, 175, Davie, Fla./Miami Central Senior HS
Devin Pearson, DT, 6-1, 315, Cincinnati, Ohio/Lakota West HS (Mt. San Jacinto College)
Kevin Shaa, WR, 5-11, 170, Oakland, Calif./McClymonds HS (City College of San Francisco)

December Signee Bios

Logan Beadles, DT, 6-3, 305, Piedmont, Ala./Piedmont HS
Will be a graduate of Piedmont High School in Piedmont, Ala. … two-star recruit by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com … also received offers from Jacksonville State, Samford, Tennesse-Martin and Troy … all-region, all-county, all-state honoree … named Region Defensive Player of the Year … two-time state player of the week … helped Piedmont High School to two state championships … recorded 111 tackles during his junior campaign … also added seven sacks, 12 tackles for a loss, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a blocked extra point attempt … all-region, all-county and all-state honoree as a junior … state 3A Lineman of the Year runner-up … TV-24 All-Star … finished his senior season with 97 tackles, 12 sacks, 16 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal … all-state honoree in track & field … finished third in the state in the discus in 2015 … son of Shawna and Jason Beadles.

Jacob Bodden, OL, 6-5, 320, Hoover, Ala./Hoover HS
Will be a graduate of Hoover High School in Hoover, Ala. … two-star recruit by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com … also received offers from Eastern Kentucky, Mercer, Samford and Southeast Missouri State … Hoover High School's offense rushed for more than 3,000 yards during his senior year … the Buccaneers averaged 38 points per game and 6.5 yards per rushing attempt during his senior campaign … average season performance grade as a senior was 92 percent … started 28 career games at Hoover High School, helping the powerhouse program to state titles in 2016 and 2017 … son of Mindy and Mark Bodden.

Emmanuel Cater, DT, 6-1, 275, Hiram, Ga./Hiram HS
Will be a graduate of Hiram High School in Hiram, Ga.  … also received an offer from Tennessee State … named to the All-Paulding County first team as a junior and senior … also participated in weightlifting … son of Mary and Allen Carter, Jr. … brother, Allen Cater, plays defensive line at North Carolina.

Henry Chibueze, OL, 6-3, 340, Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge HS
Will be a graduate of Woodbridge High School in Woodbridge Va. … three-star recruit by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com … also received offers from East Carolina, James Madison, North Carolina, Temple and Virginia … four-year letterwinner … first-team all-conference honoree as a junior and senior … first-team All-Occoquan Region and all-state as a senior … named to the All-Met second team as a senior … plans to be a communications major … son of Juliana Chibueze.

Tyren Dupree, LB, 6-2, 205, Leesburg, Ala./Cherokee HS
Will be a graduate of Cherokee High School in Cherokee, Ala. … two-star recruit by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com … also received offers from Central Arkansas, Samford, South Alabama and UAB … starting quarterback at Cherokee High School … also played basketball for Cherokee High School … Four-time All-Cherokee County selection … three-time all-region honoree … selected 2016 Cherokee County Offensive MVP … four-time Offensive MVP … 2017 Racehorse Award for Best Defensive Back … 2017 Dirty Rat Award for Best Defensive Back … 2017 team captain … son of Veneshia Leonard.

Noah Frith, WR, 6-4,180, Woodstock, Ga./Woodstock HS
Will be a graduate of Woodstock High School in Woodstock, Ga. … also received offers from Campbell, Columbia, Eastern Kentucky and Mercer … named to the all-county team as a junior in both football and basketball … 4-AAAAAA honorable mention selection in football as a junior … second team AAAAAA All-Region honoree in basketball as a junior … named to the All-Paulding County first team as a junior … finished his senior year with 1,412 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns … 2017 Region 4-7A Offensive Player of the Year … also played basketball for Woodstock High School … intends to be a sport management major … son of Deneika and Antonio Mitchell.

Jonathan Graham, OL, 6-5, 325, La Plata, Md./La Plata HS
Will be a graduate of La Plata High School in La Plate, Md. … also received an offer from Maine … four-year varsity letterwinner and starter … team captain … first-team all-conference and all-county honoree as a senior … Offensive MVP … participated in the SMAC vs. PG All-Star game … selected to participate in the Maryland Crab Bowl … also played basketball at La Plata High School … plans to major in sport management at Liberty … son of Lynise and Keith Graham.

Troy Henderson, RB, 5-10, 180, Franklin, Tenn./Independence HS
Will be a graduate of Independence High School in Thompson's Station, Tenn.  … three-star recruit by 247Sports.com … also received offers from Elon, Northwestern, Samford and Wake Forest … named the MVP of his junior varsity team as a freshman … rushed for 3,289 yards during his final three seasons at Independence High School, while adding 52 all-purpose touchdowns … finished his sophomore season with 934 rushing yards and averaged 6.6 yards per carry … Offensive MVP Skill Award winner as a sophomore, while earning all-district second-team honors … rushed for 978 yards and averaged 6.3 yards per carry as a junior, while recording 24 all-purpose touchdowns … second-team all-conference honoree as a junior … finished his career at Independence High School by rushing for 1,377 yards and averaged 8.3 yards per carry, while adding 21 all-purpose touchdowns during senior season … all-district first team honoree as a senior … intends to be a business major … son of Kimberly and Christisen Henderson.

Cheapell Jones-Morris, DB, 6-2, 200, North Highlands, Calif./Highlands HS (Sierra College)
Transferring to Liberty from Sierra College in Rocklin, Calif., following the spring semester … also received offers from Eastern Washington and New Mexico … led Sierra College during the 2017 season with 72 tackles (37 solo, 35 assisted) … also added 1.5 tackles for a loss, a forced fumble, four pass breakups and an interception … graduated from Highlands High School in North Highlands, Calif. … versatile athlete who played quarterback, running back, wide receiver, safety and linebacker in high school … finished his senior season with 207 rushing yards and three touchdowns, 127 receiving yards, and two touchdowns 536 passing yards with eight touchdowns, three interceptions, two sacks, 39 tackles (31 solo, eight assisted) and four tackles for a loss … intends to be a criminal justice major … son of Brandi Jones and Marvin Morris.

Austin Lewis, DE, 6-6, 230, Jonesborough, Tenn./David Crockett HS
Will be a graduate of David Crocket High School in Jonesborough, Tenn.  … three-star recruit by 247Sports.com … also received offers from Appalachian State, Cincinnati, Colorado State, FAU, Kansas State, UMass, Memphis, Navy and UCF … four-year letterwinner … National Underclassmen All-American … school record holder in career tackles (246) and tackles for a loss (37), while adding 12 sacks … school single-season record holder for tackles for a loss … three-time Mountain East Conference All-Region honoree … ranked by Tennessee Gridiron Scouting as the No. 1 defensive end in East Tennessee … Texas vs. World all-star game defensive MVP … plans to be a pre-law major at Liberty … son of Pam and Michael Lewis.

Sean Queen, WR, 5-11, 175, Stockbridge, Ga./Eagles Landing Christian
Will be a graduate of Eagles Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, Ga.  … two-star recruit by 247Sports.com … also received offers from Dartmouth, Eastern Kentucky, ETSU, Jacksonville State, Kent State, Mercer, Syracuse and Wake Forest … helped Eagles Landing Christian Academy win three-straight state titles … All-Region first team honoree … also participated in basketball and track & field at Eagles Landing Christian Academy … All-Region first team in track … named to the All-State first team in track as a freshman … intends to be a business management major … son of Scott and Anna Queen … father, Scott, was a four-year player for Liberty from 1986-90 (did not playing during the 1988 season) … father ranks tied for fifth in program history with 17 career touchdown receptions and finished his career with three 100-yard games … mother, Anna, was an All-Big South performer on Liberty's track & field program … four-time Big South Outdoor triple jump champion (1994-97) … 1995 Big South Outdoor long jump title holder … 1996 Big South Outdoor high jump champion.

Brendan Schlittler, OL, 6-5, 305, Eureka, Mo./Eureka HS
Will be a graduate of Eureka High School in Eureka, Mo.  … two-star recruit by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com … also received offers from Army, Columbia, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Michigan, NIU and Tennessee-Martin … all-conference and all-district honoree as a junior … finished his senior year with 76 pancake blocks, no sacks allowed … first-team all-conference, all-district and all-state as a senior … also played baseball at Eureka High School … plans to major in business or sport management at Liberty … son of Susan and Michael Schlittler.

Bejour Wilson, CB, 5-11, 170, San Lorenzo, Calif./San Lorenzo HS (City College of San Francisco)
Transferring to Liberty from City College of San Francisco in San Francisco, Calif., following the spring semester … also received offers from Alcorn State, New Mexico and Southeastern Louisiana … finished his two-year career with the Rams with 56 tackles (37 assisted, 19 solo), six tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, five interceptions and 20 pass breakups … graduated from San Lorenzo High School in San Lorenzo, Calif. … three-year varsity starter … played his sophomore season at Stellar Prep and his final two seasons at San Lorenzo … finished his high school career with 11 interceptions and 11 pass breakups … tallied 65 tackles during his senior season with two forced fumbles … earned All-League first-team honors as a senior … also played baseball for two seasons, earning All-League honorable mention honors … son of Fanya and Bayron Wilson.

JT Wood, WR, 6-2, 200, Jacksonville, Fla./Creekside HS
Will be a graduate of Creekside High School in St. Johns, Fla.  … two-star recruit by Rivals.com … also received offers from Army, Navy, South Alabama and Troy … Named to the 2017 Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-District first team … selected permanent team captain … finished his senior year with 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns … named the NFFCA Senior Bowl Offensive Player of the Game … intends to be an aviation major … son of Tanya and Stephen Wood.

Mason Yost, TE, 6-4, 235, Jacksonville, Fla./The Bolles School
Will be a graduate of The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla.  … also received offers from Army, Brown, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Coastal Carolina, Elon, ETSU, Jacksonville State, Mercer, Montana, Stetson and Texas State … first-team all-district honoree …  also participated in weightlifting, track & field and wrestling at The Bolles School … intends to be a biology major … son of Tracy and Eric Yost.

2018 Mid-Year Enrollees

Vincent Elefante, DL, 6-4, 280, Upland, Calif./Upland HS (Chaffey College)
Transferring to Liberty from Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. … also received an offer from Idaho … posted 26 tackles for the Panthers in 2017 (nine solo, 17 assisted) … also added four tackles for a loss, 0.5 sacks and a pass breakup … graduated from Upland High School in Upland, Calif. … All-Southern Section, Inland Valley and Baseline League first-team selections … helped lead Upland High School to a pair of league titles … finished a game during his senior year against Mater Dei with 13 tackles for a loss, two sacks and a forced fumble … finished his senior year with 18 tackles for a loss, 11.5 sacks and five forced fumbles … son of Tracy and Vinnie Elefante.

Hunter Goetz, DB, 6-1, 175, Davie, Fla./Miami Central Senior HS
Will graduate from Miami Central Senior High School in Miami, Fla., in December … two-star recruit by Rivals.com … also received offers from Bethune-Cookman and Rutgers … finished his senior year with 43 tackles, 26 pass breakups, an interception and a forced fumble … helped Miami Central win a state title in 2016 … USA All-American as a freshman … All-Dade County honoree … also participated in track & field at Miami Central Senior High School … son of Vickie and Christopher Goetz.

Devin Pearson, DT, 6-1, 315, Cincinnati, Ohio/Lakota West HS (Mt. San Jacinto College)
Transferring to Liberty from Mt. San Jacinto College in San Jacinto, Calif. … recorded 31 tackles (nine solo, 22 assisted) as a freshman, including two sacks and five tackles for a loss … finished his sophomore season with 55 tackles (22 solo, 33 assisted), including two sacks and four tackles for a loss … also added a forced fumble and a pass breakup during his final season with the Eagles, helping him earn all-conference honors … graduated from Lakota West High School in West Chester Township, Ohio  … finished his senior year with 96 tackles (61 solo, 35 assisted), six tackles for a loss and three sacks … plans to major in kinesiology at Liberty … son of Diana and Terry Pearson.

Kevin Shaa, WR, 5-11, 170, Oakland, Calif./McClymonds HS (City College of San Francisco)
Transferring to Liberty from City College of San Francisco in San Francisco, Calif. … also received offers from Eastern Michigan and Old Dominion … finished his two-year career at City College of San Francisco with 42 receptions, 840 receiving yards and seven touchdowns … graduated from McClymonds High School in Oakland, Calif. … plans to major in accounting … son of Tasha Tanksley and Kevin Shaa.