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    December Signing Day Coverage

    Liberty University Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze addressed the local media for the first time since the LendingTree Bowl win on Wednesday, commenting on five new additions to his 2022 football signing class.

    With the five new members, all transfers who have already joined the program for spring workouts, Liberty’s 2022 football signing class stands at 22 members.

    The five new members include Auburn defensive lineman Dre Butler, BYU tight end Brentley Hanshaw, Colorado State offensive linemen Cam Reddy, Southern Utah cornerback Kobe Singleton and Kentucky offensive lineman Naasir Watkins.

    The Flames’ 22 newcomers including six defensive backs, four defensive linemen, three offensive linemen, three tight ends, two linebackers, two wide receivers, a quarterback and a running back.

    Liberty’s 2022 newcomers list hails from 15 different states: Georgia (5), Colorado (2), Louisiana (2), Alabama (1), California (1), Florida (1), Maryland (1), Massachusetts (1), Minnesota (1), Mississippi (1), North Carolina (1), Tennessee (1), Texas (1), Virginia (1) and Washington (1).

    Freeze’s fourth signing class is one of the highest ranked recruiting classes in program. The 2022 class currently ranks No. 90 by Rivals.com and No. 98 by 247Sports.com.

    Liberty’s final 2020 class was ranked No. 89 by 247Sports.com and the 2021 class was ranked No. 93 by Rivals.com.

    2022 Football Signing Class Bios

     CJ Bazile, Jr., DL, 6-2, 240, Miami, Fla./Miramar HS

    Three-star recruit as ranked by 247Sports.com … two-star recruit as ranked by Rivals.com … also received offers from Army, Air Force, Coastal Carolina, Connecticut, East Carolina, Eastern Kentucky, Florida Atlantic, Kansas, Kent State and Navy … set a school record with 15 sacks during his senior season … first-team All-County … first-team all-state … son of Betty and Claudel Bazile, Sr.

    Charlie Brewer *, QB, 6-1, 208, Austin, Texas/Lake Travis HS (Utah)

    Mid-year enrollee who joined the team for Spring 2022 workouts … comes to Liberty after transferring from Utah … played in three games for Utah in 2021 … completed 48-of-79 passing attempts for 484 yards and three touchdowns … played for four seasons at Baylor (2017-20), finishing his career with the Bears with 9,700 passing yards and 65 touchdowns … completed 63.5 percent of his pass attempts at Baylor (828-of-1,304) in 44 career games … was a three-star recruit as ranked by 247Sports.com in 2017 … three-star recruit as ranked by Rivals.com in 2017 … 2020 Davey O’Brien Award Watch List … 2020 Maxwell Award Watch List … 2020 Manning Award Watch List … 2020 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List … 2017 Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year … 2019 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Finalist … 2019 Davey O’Brien Award Semifinalist … 2019 Maxwell Award watch list … tecord-setting quarterback from Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas … All-state QB won state championship … set national high school completion percentage record as all-state senior while winning state title … 2016 Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Player of the Year … Lake Travis High School Male Athlete of the Year … rated nation’s 42nd-best quarterback prospect in 2017 recruiting class by Scout, ranked No. 43 among pocket passer quarterbacks by ESPN and 50th pro-style QB by 247Sports … ranked No. 84 in state of Texas (seventh among QBs) by Scout … threw for 8,343 yards and 107 TDs (11 interceptions) in three prep seasons … led Lake Travis High School to 30-2 mark and two state title appearances in final two seasons … set national single-season completion percentage record with mark of 77.4 percent (263-for-340 – breaking mark of 75.2 percent set by Dano Graves of Folsom, Calif. in 2009) … son of Laura and Robert Brewer.

    Dre Butler *, DL, 6-5, 300, Covington, Ga./Newton HS (Auburn)

    Mid-year enrollee who joined the team for Spring 2022 workouts … comes to Liberty after transferring from Auburn … played in 13 career games at Auburn during the 2020 and 2021 seasons … recorded 20 tackles (seven solo, 13 assisted), 2.0 tackles for a loss (nine yards) and 1.0 sacks (six yards) … got his first start against Northwestern in the 2020 Citrus Bowl … transferred to Auburn from Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas … 247Sports.com rated him as the No. 7 nationally prospect at the JUCO level … ESPN JC Top 50 … 66 tackles, 22.0 TFL, 11.5 sacks at Independence … helped the Pirates won the KJCCC title … two-time conference defensive player of the week … second team all-KJCCC … graduated rom Newton High School in Newton, Ga. … four-star recruit as ranked by 247Sports.com out of high school … recording 50 tackles, 20 TFL, eight sacks as a senior … first team Region 8-7A … also a basketball standout … son of Ruby Turner.

    Miyon Conaway *, DL, 6-2, 220, Hazlehurst, Ga./Jeff Davis HS

    Mid-year enrollee who joined the team for Spring 2022 workouts … three-star recruit as ranked by 247Sports.com … three-star recruit as ranked by Rivals.com … also received offers from Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Marshall, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi State, Missouri, TCU, Troy and Western Kentucky … finished his junior season at Jeff Davis High School with 19 tackles, three tackles for a loss, seven quarterback hurries and a sack … recorded 20 solo stops as a senior, including 5.0 tackles for a loss … son of Lakesha Conaway.

    Bryce Dixon *, DL, 6-2, 275, Charlotte, N.C./David W. Butler HS

    Mid-year enrollee who joined the team for Spring 2022 workouts … also received offers from Akron, Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Duke, East Carolina, Georgia, Kent State, Minnesota, Missouri, Indiana and Old Dominion … son of Charisse Williams.

    Markel Fortenberry, WR, 6-4, 185, Maryville, Tenn./Maryville HS

    Three-star recruit as ranked by 247Sports.com … three-star recruit as ranked by Rivals.com … also had offers from Arkansas State, Austin Peay, Ball State, Coastal Carolina, Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee – Martin, Georgia State, Marshall, Akron, North Alabama, Tennessee Tech, Wofford, Richmond, William & Mary and Tulane … Rivalry Showcase game MVP … finished his junior season with 21 receptions for 389 yards and six touchdowns … capped his high school career with 548 receiving yards as a senior on 43 receptions with 10 touchdowns … son of Caroline and Paul Fortnerberry.

    Brylan Green, S, 5-11, 170, Opelousas, La./Lafayette Christian Academy

    Three-star recruit as ranked by 247Sports.com … three-star recruit as ranked by Rivals.com … also had offers from Arkansas, Arkansas State, Auburn, Baylor, Colorado, Eastern Kentucky, Georgia State, Grambling State, Kansas, Louisiana, Marshall, Memphis, Mississippi State, South Alabama, Tulane, Washington State and Yale … two-sport standout player (football and baseball) from Lafayette Christian Academy in Lafayette, La. … all-state defensive back … all-district outfielder … finished his sophomore season with 64 tackles and six interceptions … ranked No. 43 in the Class of 2022 Top 50 high school football players listing in Louisiana … son of Lashunda and Bryan Green.

    Bentley Hanshaw *, TE, 6-5, 240, Moorpark, Calif./Moorpark HS (BYU)

    Mid-year enrollee who joined the team for Spring 2022 workouts … transferring to Liberty from BYU … played in one game for BYU during the 2020 season … graduated from Moorpark High School in Moorpark, Calif. in 2017 … completed two years of mission work before joining BYU’s roster … three-star recruit as ranked by 247Sports.com out of high school … three-star recruit as ranked by Rivals.com … also received offers from UCLA, Utah, Oregon State, Cal, Arizona State and Pittsburgh … finished his senior year with 41 receptions for 493 yards and six touchdowns … all-county and all-league honoree … son of Rachelle and Tim Hanshaw … his father, Tim Hanshaw, played offensive line for BYU (1988, 1991-1994) and in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers (1995-98).

    Austin Henderson *, TE, 6-6, 240, Nashville, Tenn./Ensworth HS (Minnesota)

    Mid-year enrollee who joined the team for Spring 2022 workouts … played in one game for Minnesota during the 2020 season … three-star recruit as ranked by 247Sports.com in 2020 … three-star recruit as ranked by Rivals.com in 2020 … also had offers from Austin Peay, Ball State, Indiana, Iowa State, Jacksonville State, Minnesota, Murray State, Tennessee-Martin UTSA out of high school … as a senior, led his team to the semifinals of the Tennessee Division II Class AAA State Championship with 21 receptions and 232 yards … as a junior, recorded 12 receptions for 220 yards … No. 42 recruit in Tennessee and No. 32 tight end in the country by ESPN … son of Kim and Tim Henderson.

    DaeDae Hunter *, RB, 5-10, 190, Denver, Colo./Chandler HS (Hawaii)

    Mid-year enrollee who joined the team for Spring 2022 workouts … played in two season at Hawaii (2020 and 2021) … rushed for a combined 834 yards and five touchdowns during 19 games … led Hawaii in rushing during the 2021 season with 101 carries for 651 yards and three touchdowns … also had 31 receptions for 234 yards and two touchdowns at Hawaii … three-star recruit as ranked by 247Sports.com in 2020 … two-star recruit as ranked by Rivals.com in 2020 … also had offers from Montana State, Nevada and Samford out of high school … teammates with current Flames’ running back T.J. Green at Chandler High School … finished his senior year with 1,748 rushing yards on 152 carries for 33 touchdowns … state Offensive Player of the Year and first-team all-state at running back … averaged 11.5 yards per attempt and 134.5 yards per game … had nine games of 100 or more rushing yards including 279 yards and two touchdowns in the state championship game … guided the Wolves to a perfect 13-0 season including the state championship in the open division … finished the season as the No. 1 team in the state of Arizona and No. 9 nationally according to USA Today Super 25 … prior to his playing days at Chandler, was an all-state player at Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver, Colo. … as a junior rushed for 1,366 yards on 136 carries and 17 touchdowns … also played on defense and tallied 48 tackles and two interceptions … son of Whitney and Henry Hunter.

    Antwon Jackson, CB, 5-10, 155, Warner Robins, Ga./Warner Robins HS

    Two-star recruit as ranked by Rivals.com … also had offers at Florida Atlantic and Pittsburgh … will graduate from Warner Robins High School in the spring … helped lead Warner Robins School to two state championships … son of Laytoya Williams and Perry Jackson.

    A’Khori Jones, S, 5-11, 185, Macon, Ga./Mount De Sales Academy

    Three-star recruit as ranked by Rivals.com … also had offers from Air Force, Akron, Army, Buffalo, Coastal Carolina, Dartmouth, Fordham, Georgetown, Georgia Southern, Georgia State,

    Kansas State, Kent State, Minnesota, Minnesota – Duluth, Navy, Samford, South Alabama, Syracuse, UAB, UMass and Yale … Macon Touchdown Club Player of the Week as a senior following a 20-tackle performance … finished his junior year with 38 tackles, six pass breakups and two interceptions … also rushed for 1,691 yards as a junior … son of Tomeka and Kemal Jones.

    Teigan Martin, TE, 6-5, 220, Mayer, Minn./Mayer Lutheran HS

    Three-star recruit as ranked by 247Sports.com … two-star recruit as ranked by Rivals.com … also had offers from Dakota State, Iowa State, North Dakota State and Western Illinois … helped lead Mayer Lutheran High School to a state championship as a senior … starter at tight end and defensive tackle … finished his sophomore season with 646 receiving yards and averaged 30 yards per reception … All-Metro second-team honoree … son of Kathy and Dan Martin.

    Jordan Norwood, LB, 6-1, 210, Highlands Ranch, Colo./Valor Christian School

    Will graduate from Valor Christian School in May … also had offers from Colorado State, Nevada, Northern Colorado, Oregon State, Utah State, Tulane, UNLV and North Texas … helped lead Valor Christian School to the state championship game in 2021 … recorded more than 180 tackles during the last three years of his prep career at Valor Christian … finished his senior year with 78 tackles (31 solo, 47 assisted) and 10.0 tackles for a loss … recorded 44 tackles (23 solo, 21 assisted) and 6.5 tackles for a loss as a junior … finished his sophomore season with 62 tackles (16 solo, 46 assisted) and 4.0 tackles for a loss … son of Jennifer and Keith Norwood.

    Cam Reddy *, OL, 6-2, 310, Franklin, Mass./Lawrence Academy (Colorado State)

    Mid-year enrollee who joined the team for Spring 2022 workouts … transferring to Liberty from Colorado State … saw playing time in 16 games during the 2020 and 2021 seasons … Rimington Trophy Award watch list in 2020 … 2020 All-Mountain West honorable mention … transfers to Colorado State after walking on at Boston College … saw playing time in one game in 2019 and redshirted in 2018 … graduated from Lawrence Academy in Groton, Mass., where he played two seasons … transferred to Lawrence Academy from Londonberry High School in Londonberry, N.H. … captained Londonderry as a junior … named All-ISL Honorable Mention at Lawrence as a junior … captained the team to a 9-0 record as a senior … earned team MVP honors, All-ISL and Boston Herald All-Scholastic Team recognition … also played varsity basketball and Londonderry … son of Kim and John Reddy.

    Dexter Ricks, Jr. *, CB, 6-0, 175, Milledgeville, Ga./Baldwin HS

    Mid-year enrollee who joined the team for Spring 2022 workouts … three-star recruit as ranked by 247Sports.com … two-star recruit as ranked by Rivals.com … also had offers from Furman, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Kent State and Western Kentucky … two-sport standout athlete (football and track) from Baldwin High School in Milledgeville, Ga. … competed in the state championship in the hurdles, long jump and high jump … state runner-up in the 110 meter hurdles … son of Andrea and Dexter Ricks, Sr.

    Mike Smith Jr. *, LB, 6-1, 225, Flora, Miss./Ridgeland HS (Mississippi Gulf Coast CC)

    Mid-year enrollee who joined the team for Spring 2022 workouts … transferring to Liberty from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston, Miss. … three-star recruit as ranked by 247Sports.com … two-star recruit as ranked by Rivals.com … also received offers from Arkansas State, Buffalo, Old Dominion, UTEP and Western Kentucky … had recorded 248 tackles (151 solo, 97 assisted), 19.0 tackles for a loss, 7.0 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions during three seasons at Mississippi Gulf Coast … All-MACCC South First Team … graduated from Ridgeland High School … named to the Mississippi Association of Coaches Class 6A All-State First Team … as a senior, had 94 tackles, 28 assists, 23 TFL, 6 sacks, 11 quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries … selected to play in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Game, where he was the North Defense Most Valuable Player … named to the Mississippi Association of Coaches Class 5A All-State Second Team as a junior and Region 2-5A Most Outstanding Linebacker … son of Myia and Mike Smith, Sr.

     Caleb Snead *, WR, 6-3, 205, Lynchburg, Va./Heritage HS (Campbell)

    Mid-year enrollee who joined the team for Spring 2022 workouts … transferring to Liberty from Campbell … finished his three years at Campbell with 2,431 career receiving yards on 147 receptions and 25 touchdowns … finished the 2018 season with 810 receiving yards and nine touchdowns … 554 yards and six touchdowns in 2019 … had a breakout year in 2021, leading the team with 1,067 receiving yards on 73 receptions with 10 touchdowns … earned FCS All-America honors in 2021 … Associated Press third-team All-American … first-team All-Big South after setting a Campbell single-season school record in 2021 … ranked No. 5 nationally in receiving yards, No. 9 in receptions and No. 12 in receiving touchdowns … posted three 100-yard games … named a first-team Freshman All-American in 2018 by Phil Steele and Hero Sports … graduated from Heritage High School in Lynchburg, Va., where he was teammates with current Flames cornerback Chris Megginson … named all-district, all-conference and all-region as a junior and senior … hauled in 79 career catches for 1,651 yards and 18 touchdowns … posted 800 receiving yards on 28 catches with eight touchdowns as a senior …  also lettered in basketball, earning all-district, all-conference, all-region and all-state honors … played in the Virginia all-star game … a 1,000 point scorer … a National Honor Society member … son of Amy and JD Sneed.

    Kobe Singleton *, S, 6-1, 180, Pasco, Wash./Tri-Cities Prep HS (Southern Utah)

    Mid-year enrollee who joined the team for Spring 2022 workouts … transferring to Liberty from Southern Utah … played in 11 games during the 2021 season … finished the season with 22 tackles (19 solo, three assisted), three interceptions (66 yards) and six pass breakups … named to the 2021 HERO Sports FCS All-Freshman team … All-Big Sky third-team honoree … graduated from Tri-Cities Prep High School in Pasco, Wash. … three-star recruit as ranked by 247Sports.com out of high school.

    Jayden Sweeney *, S, 5-11, 175, Birmingham, Ala./Clay-Chalkville HS

    Mid-year enrollee who joined the team for Spring 2022 workouts … also received offers from

    Arkansas State, Army, Austin Peay, Buffalo, Coastal Carolina, Duke, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Louisiana, Samford, South Alabama, Tulane and Charlotte … finished his senior year with 59 tackles (46 solo, 13 assisted) and 1.0 tackles for a loss … helped Clay-Chalkville High School claim the state championship title as a senior … son of Tara Sweeney and Reggie Miller.

    Naasir Watkins *, OL, 6-5, 305, Laurel, Md./Our Lady Good Counsel (Kentucky)

    Mid-year enrollee who joined the team for Spring 2022 workouts … transferring to Liberty from Kentucky … saw playing time in 25 games during five seasons at Kentucky … finished the 2019 season with 12 knockdowns and helped Kentucky set a single-season school record with 3,624 rushing yards, 36 rushing touchdowns and averaging 6.3 yards per carry … helped All-America running back Benny Snell, Jr., finish his time at Kentucky as the program’s all-time leading rusher … graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel … three-star recruit as ranked by 247Sports.com out of high school … three-star recruit as ranked by Rivals.com … played both tackle and tight end in high school … ranked as the No. 19 recruit in the state of Maryland and the No. 92 overall offensive tackle in his class according to 247Sports.com … ranked No. 94 best offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.com … All-Sentinel by The Sentinel Newspapers second-team honoree … Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) All-Conference second team … son of Stacey Sherrell … born in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

    Reggie Young II *, OT, 6-4, 270, New Orleans, La./Edna Carr HS (Iowa Central Community College)

    Mid-year enrollee who joined the team for Spring 2022 workouts … three-star recruit as ranked by 247Sports.com … three-star recruit as ranked by Rivals.com … also had offers from Akron, USF, Hawaii, Southern Miss, UAB, UMass and Western Kentucky … transferring to Liberty from Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa … played in 10 of 11 games during the 2021 season, helping the Tritons football squad post a 9-2 record … earned all-conference honors after helping the Tritons record 56 offensive touchdowns and averaging 462.8 total offensive yards per game … ESPN.com Top 50 JUCO recruit … graduated from Edna Carr High School in New Orleans, La. … son of Dee and Reggie Young, Sr.