Head coach Mitch Stewart is pleased to announce the signing of 25 student-athletes that have chosen to further their educational and football careers at Murray State. Wednesday’s signings join 11 others that signed in the early signing period.
This year’s class includes nine offensive lineman, eight defensive backs, six defensive lineman, five wide receivers, four running backs, three linebackers and one quarterbacks. Geographically, Florida led the way with nine signees followed. Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi follow with four each, while Kentucky will add three and California and Illinois will each add two. Rounding out the homes of the signees are Arizona, Michigan, Indiana and Germany with one each. There are 19 total recruiting stars represented in the class with three three-stars and five two-stars.
Below is information about each member of the signing class of 2018.
Justin Connor · RB · 5-10 · 205 · Sardis, Miss. (North Panola HS/East Mississippi CC)
Nick Courinos · OL · 6-4 · 320 · Phoenix, Ariz. (Shadow Mountain HS/Mesa CC)
Bobby Jackson · DB · 6-0 · 180 · Clarksville, Tenn. (Clarksville HS)
Dior Johnson · DB · 6-0 · 200 · Detroit, Mich. (Southfield HS/Independence CC)
Oistin Jones · OL · 6-4 · 290 · Fort Myers, Fla. (Dunbar HS/Mississippi Delta CC)
Anthony Koclanakis · LB · 6-1 · 230 · Anaheim, Calif. (Esperanza HS/Santa Ana)
Brandon Legendre · DL · 6-4 · Brea, Calif. (Brea Olinda HS/Santa Ana)
KJ Presley · DL · 6-1 · 255 · Trussville, Ala. (Hewitt-Trussville HS/Presbyterian)
E.J. Rheinecker · OL · 6-5 · 285 · Belleville, Ill. (Althoff Catholic HS)
Quarderman Sloan · RB · 5-7 · 180 · East Point, Ga. (Charles Drew HS/Northwest Miss. CC)
Tyler Walker · OL · 6-5 · 275 · Flowood, Miss. (Northwest Rankin HS/Northwest Miss. CC)
Armani Hayes · WR · 6-4 · 195 · West Palm Beach, Fla. (Palm Beach Gardens HS)
A football and basketball standout, Hayes spent three seasons at Cardinal Newman before transferring to Palm Beach Gardens for his senior season. The 6-4 receiver was able to use his size and jumping ability to provide the Gators with an ever-present red-zone threat. For his efforts in 207, he was named as an All-Area honorable mention by the Palm Beach Post.
Jacob Bell · WR · 6-4 · 170 · Vero Beach, Fla. (Vero Beach HS)
A three-star recruit by 247Sports and a two-star recruit by Rivals entered the 2017 season as one of the top 11 players in the Treasure Coast region according to TCPalm.com. As a junior, the long, athletic receiver caught 29 passes for 423 yards and scored thrice.
Cameron Garrett · WR · 6-2 · 185 · Louisville, Ky. (St. Xavier HS)
Garrett, a two-star recruit by both 247Sports and Rivals, played in all 14 games for St. X last season and caught 15 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns. After switching from safety to receiver in the middle of the season, Garrett played a key role in the Tigers’ Class 6A semi-final win with three receptions for 70 yards and two touchdowns.
Jared McCray · WR · 6-1 · 185 · Nashville, Tenn. (Cane Ridge HS)
A two-star rated recruit by Rivals was a big part of Cane Ridge’s run to the Class 6A championship game. As a senior, McCray averaged 107.2 yards per game with 1,393 yards, 85 catches, 11 touchdowns and 16.4 yards per catch. In 2016, McCray caught 54 passes for 1,187 yards and 14 scores.
Malik Honeycutt · WR · 6-2 · 185 · Tallahassee, Fla. (Amos P. Godby HS/Itawamba CC)
Honeycutt had as solid season for Itawamba CC by hauling in 35 catches for 608 yards and six touchdowns. Before transferring to Itawamba, Honeycutt spent his freshman season at Delta State where he served primarily on special teams.
Cory Thomas · RB · 5-11 · 175 · Attalla, Ala. (Etowah HS)
Thomas put together an incredible two year at Etowah HS that included a 2017 regional title. In his final two seasons with the Blue Devils, Thomas rushed for just shy of 2,700 yards and 27 touchdowns. In his senior year, the Class 5A Region 7 Offensive Player of the year rushed for over 1,200 yards and was part of a backfield duo that ran for over 2,000 yards and 25 touchdowns.
Garrett Bass · QB · 6-2 · 181 · Woodstock, Ga. (Woodstock HS)
Bass passed for over 7,000 yards during his final three years at Woodstock with 71 touchdowns. In his senior season, Bass threw for 3,370 yards by going 235-for-401 with 32 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Prior to the 2017 season, the three-star 247Sports recruit was named to the prestigious Super Six by Cherokee Tribune & Ledger News and after the season his was a first-team All-Region selection and All-State honorable mention.
Dallas Danner · OL · 6-6 · 320 · Tunica, Miss. (Rosa Fort HS/Itawamba CC)
Danner helped the Indians to a 6-3 record last season and a top 10 national finish. He played in seven games last year on a line that averaged 483.9 yards per game including 361.9 yards per game in the air.
Michael Gause · OL · 6-5 · 292 · Byhalia, Miss. (Byhalia, Miss.)
Gause has played a significant role at Byhalia during his career and has also been an honor roll student in the classroom. In addition, to his prowess on the offensive line, Gause is also a member of the track team where he competes in the shot put and discus.
Jacob Frye · OL · 6-5 · 280 · Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Siegel HS)
Frye has been a starter and significant contributor for the Stars over the past two seasons. Following his senior season, Frye was named as an All-Region 3-6A selection and is a two-star recruit as rated by Rivals.
Cole Williamson · OL · 6-6 · 305 · Sharpsburg, Ga. (Trinity Christian HS)
Williamson was in integral part of an offensive line that helped the Trojans make a run to the Class AAAAA quarterfinals. After the season, Williamson was honored by being named to the 2017 Times Georgian All-Area Football team.
Ty McCaskill · OL · 6-6 · 310 · Mishawaka, Ind. (Penn HS)
McCaskill played a key role in the Kingsmen’s 13-2 year and run to the Class 6A state championship game. For his work in the 2017 season, McCaskill was a first-team All-Conference selection and was named an All-State honorable mention by the AP. The two-star 247Sports recruit was also chosen to play in the prestigious Blue-Gray All-American Bowl this past January at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Christopher Georgia · OL · 6-4 · 300 · Warner Robins, Ga. (Warner Robins HS)
Georgia and the Demons went 14-1 last season, losing only in the Class AAAAA title game. Georgia is a large-bodied lineman who wrestled for Warner Robins last season when he finished seventh in the state in the 285 lb. weight class.
Dametri Hill · LB · 6-2 · 200 · Winter Garden, Fla. (West Orange HS)
Hill is athletic linebacker who garnered much deserved attention prior to the season, appearing on several watch lists. Following the season, he was named as a local All-Star and played in the annual Cure Bowl All-Star Game.
Darnel Victor · LB · 6-2 · 202 · Melbourne, Fla. (Melbourne Central Catholic HS)
Victor racked up over 50 tackles as a senior and over 80 as a junior to put a cap on a great career with the Hustlers. After the season, the athletic linebacker known for doing flips when he catches the ball on offense, helped lead Melbourne Central Catholic to the quarterfinals of the Class 3A playoffs last season.
Blake Hester · DL · 6-3 · 255 · Birmingham, Ala. (Spain Park HS)
After beginning high school at Pelham, Hester moved to Spain Park for his senior season where he helped lead the Jags to a playoff berth. Following his lone season at Spain Park, he earned accolade from the Over The Mountain Journal, who named him to its All-Defensive team.
Scotty Humpich · DE · 6-4 · 215 · Louisville, Ky. (Eastern HS)
Humpich helped the Eagles to a playoff berth after racking up 44 total tackles in 2017 and recovering two fumbles. In 2016, Humpich had a similarly solid season in which he tallied 35 tackles and recorded a fumble recovery. He was also named as a 2017 All-State second-team honoree by USA Today and named as an All-State honorable mention by the Courier Journal.
Matz Peters · DL · 6-3 · 255 · Cologne, Germany (Albertus Magnus Gymnasium/New Mexico Military)
Peters put together a strong sophomore campaign in which he recorded 15 tackles, 7.5 of which were for a loss. He also added 2.0 sacks on the season, as well as two pass breakups. Before enrolling at NMMI, Peters was a standout for his club team in his native Germany, the Cologne Crocodiles.
Amari Ferdinand · DL · 6-6 · 240 · Deerfield Beach, Fla. (Deerfield Beach HS)
Fredinand was part of a stout Bucks defense the carried them to the Class 8A playoffs. Prior to the season, his play earned him a spot in one of the elite Under Armour showcase camps.
Edmond McGhee · DB · 6-1 · 195 · Champaign, Ill. (Champaign Central HS/Midwest Prep/DuPage)
McGhee was a part of a 7-4 DuPage team that went on to win the Red Grange Bowl. He notched 32 tackles on the season including 3.5 tackles-for-loss. In addition, McGhee nabbed four passes, returning one for a touchdown, four pass breakups and two forced fumbles.
Jarad McCray · DB · 6-2 · 185 · Nashville, Tenn. (Cane Ridge HS)
McCray was an integral part of a defense that helped the Ravens to the Class 6A championship game. After snagging four interceptions in his junior season, McCray showcased his speed in the 2017 quarterfinals by returning a kickoff for a touchdown that helped the seal the win for the Ravens.
Marcis Floyd · DB · 6-1 · 168 · Louisville, Ky. (DuPont Manual HS)
Floyd was a two-way star for Manual this season and their run to the playoffs. Floyd racked up 776 yards and nine touchdowns on offense and a team-high two interceptions on defense. He is also a track standout for the Crimsons where he qualified for the state meet last season in the 4×100 relay.
Glenn Adams · DB · 5-10 · 161 · Montgomery, Ala. (Sidney Lanier HS)
Lanier, a speedy defensive back, helped the Poets reach the Class 6A second round. Adams was a known for coming up big in big games with a pick in the end zone against rival Robert E. Lee and racked up an astounding 15 tackles in Lanier’s playoff win over Paul Bryant.
rantley Seadrow · DB · 6-1 · 175 · Sarasota, Fla. (Riverview HS)
Seadrow and the Rams won two games in the Class 8A playoffs en route to an 11-2 overall record. Seadrow came up big in Riverview’s second round win over Vero Beach with a 38-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Davonta Wilson · DB · 6-0 · 185 · Miami, Fla. (Central HS)
Wilson is a three-star commit from both 247Sports and Rivals from Miami Central. The second-team All-Dade selection was ranked by the Miami Herald as the 71st best recruit in the loaded Miami-Dade region prior to his senior season.