Head Coach Shawn Elliott Press Conference: https://youtu.be/qR-WtISXyLQ
Georgia State Sports Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 6, 2019
Georgia State Football: Panthers Complete Class with Seven Signees
ATLANTA — Adding skilled athletes to an early class that was dominated by linemen, Georgia State added seven signees to its 2018-19 recruiting class on Wednesday’s National Signing Day, joining the 13 new additions who signed in December.
On Wednesday, the Panthers added two receivers, two defensive backs, a tight end, a punter-placekicker and a defensive lineman.
"Our staff did an excellent job of evaluating and finding the student-athletes who fit our needs," head coach Shawn Elliott said. "They have to be so much more than just great athletes. They have to have great academics and high character, and they have to be tough individuals. Overall, we feel we’ve found that.
"We had a chance to add three more players on offense, three on defense and a specialist," Elliott continued. "We added a real play-maker on the defensive line, along with two wide receivers, two secondary players and a punter-placekicker."
Combining the two groups, Georgia State’s class includes eight linemen, including five on defense and three on offense, along with four defensive backs, three linebackers, two receivers, one quarterback, one tight end and one punter-placekicker.
As the Georgia State program–which is entering its 10th season in 2019–continues to grow and the facilities continue to improve, Elliott is pleased with the response that he and his staff are receiving on the recruiting trail.
"It’s really amazing to see," Elliott said. "When you talk to the families after the visit, they have such great things to say about our staff, this great city of Atlanta and of course about Georgia State."
Two defensive linemen who signed in December enrolled at Georgia State in January and will participate in spring practice in junior college transfer Tahji Gilbert (NW Mississippi CC) and Javon Denis (Deerfield Beach, Fla., HS).
The Panthers open spring practice March 12.
FEB. 6, 2019 SIGNEES
Miles Dickens DL 6-2, 249 Deerfield Beach, Fla. Deerfield Beach
Michael Hayes PK 5-9, 186 Florence, S.C. West Florence
Antavious Lane S 5-9, 180 West Palm Beach, Fla. William T. Dwyer
Avery Reece TE 6-2, 273 Anderson, S.C. Belton-Honea Path
Cameron Sims CB 6-1, 180 Cordova, Tenn. Lausanne Collegiate
Cadarrius Thompson WR 6-3, 190 Florence, Ala. Florence
Jamari Thrash WR 6-0, 180 LaGrange, Ga. Troup County
DEC. 19, 2018 SIGNEES
Marcus Anderson ILB 5-10, 215 Norman Park, Ga. Colquitt County
Trey Bonner OL 6-3, 278 Gray, Ga. Jones County
Cornelious Brown IV QB 6-5, 180 Calera, Ala. Calera
Jeffery Clark Jr. DL 6-0, 265 Powder Springs, Ga. McEachern
Luis Cristobal OL 6-0, 301 Miami, Fla. Christopher Columbus
Javon Denis * DL 6-0, 243 Deerfield Beach, Fla. Deerfield Beach
Ronald Folkes OT 6-4, 270 Port St. Lucie, Fla. William T. Dwyer
Tahji Gilbert * DL 6-0, 282 Morton, Miss. Morton/NW Mississippi CC
Thomas Gore NG 6-0, 285 Antioch, Tenn. Brentwood Academy
Tyreke Harrison DB 5-10, 180 Plant City, Fla. Plant City
Jay Lepkoske OLB 6-1, 204 Sautee Nacoochee, Ga. White County
Jaquez Pennimon S 6-0, 185 Macon, Ga. Southwest Macon
Jordan Veneziale ILB 6-0, 209 Dallas, Ga. North Paulding
* Enrolled at GSU in January 2019
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