Georgia State Football: Panthers Complete Class with Seven Signees

Head Coach Shawn Elliott Press Conference:


Georgia State Sports Communications


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

Name                                Pos       Ht, Wt         Hometown                        High School/Previous

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

Name                                Pos       Ht, Wt         Hometown                        High School/Previous

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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