RALEIGH, N.C. —Shaw University announced the signing of 15 football players to National Letters of Intent on Thursday. The signees include seven high school players and eight transfers from junior colleges and four-year universities.
"We're pleased with this year's class," said Shaw head coach Robert Massey. "We've filled some key holes, especially on defense. We gave up too many points last year and we've worked hard to shore up the defensive line and linebacking corps."
Six of the recruits are from North Carolina. "We recruited heavily in our own backyard," said Massey. "We want to help solidify our fan base and think this group will spark a lot of local interest."
Last season, quarterback James Stallons broke just about every passing record in the Shaw book. With his departure, Massey is looking forward to a strong competition for the spot next year.
"We're bringing in Trevius Folston from Jacksonville University to compete with Quinshon Odom," Massey said. "I think that's going to be a strong position for us this year."
The 2013 signees include
High School Signees
Tyriek Able - DB - (5-9, 180) out of Ben L. Smith High School in Greensboro, N.C.
Kanavius Brown - LB - (6-0, 200), Ben L. Smith High School in Greensboro, N.C.
Kendal Dukes - LB - (5-9, 200), Upland High School in Upland, Cal.
Orin Gregg - RB - (5-11, 195), Dutch Fork High School, Irmo, N.C.
Christian Hartsfield - OL - (6-4, 320), Panther Creek High School, Apex, N.C.
Vincent Jefferies - QB - (6-1, 185), Garner High School, Garner, N.C.
Dontavious Jackson - DB - (6-2, 200), Hillside High School, Durham, N.C.
Junior College/College Transfers
Andres Magallon - K - (5-9, 170), Mount San Antonio College, Walnut, Cal.
Trevius Folston - QB - (6-7, 220), Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Fla.
Thomas Street - CB - (6-0, 180), Mount San Antonio College, Walnut, Cal.
Kelvin Wagner - WR - (6-0, 190), College of Sequoias, Visalia, Cal.
Michael Douglas - DL - (6-4, 290), Contra Costa Community College, San Pablo, Cal.
Corey Johnson - DB - (6-0, 205), Los Medanos Community College, Brentwood, Cal.
De'Shawn Beck - WR - (6-0, 180), La Harbour Community College, Los Angeles, Cal.
Traneir Fraiser - LB - (6-1, 230), Garden City Community College, Garden City, Kan.
The Bears open their season on September 7, when they host Charleston. Last season, Shaw was 4-6, with a 3-4 record in the CIAA.