FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – University of North Alabama Head Football Coach Bobby Wallace has announced the signing of 27 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent with the Lions’ program.
UNA added 17 high school signees and 10 transfers on National Signing Day.
“Obvously we are very excited that we are adding 27 student-athletes to our program,” Wallace said. “All but one of our 17 high school signees are from the state of Alabama and the only one that isn’t is the son of one of our former players.” UNA’s list of signees includes Peyton Satterfield from Blue Ridge, Ga., who is the on of former Lion running back Brian Satterfield, Luke Smothers of Muscle Shoals, Ala., who is the son of former UNA quarterback/receiver Shane Smothers and Kendall Harrison of Decatur, Ala., who is the son of former UNA tight end Jarius Hayes. “We are excited to have the sons of three of our former players sign with us,” Wallace added. “It makes you realize that they had a great experience going to school and playing football here and they want their sons to have that same experience. That’s very rewarding.”
Wallace said the Lions helped themselves in several areas.
“We really increased our speed at the skill positions and improved our depth on both the offensive and defensive lines,” Wallace said. The additions on the defensive front are probably the most significant. “What really stands out for me are the defensive linemen we signed from high schools,” he said. “We signed the runner-up for Class 4A Lineman of the Year in Blake Bean of Oneonta, the runner-up for Class 3A Lineman of the Year in Frank Williams of Madison Academy and the the Class 1A Lineman of the Year in Eddquerion Harris of R.A. Hubbard. I don’t ever remember signing three defensive linemen in one year that can play inside that are as quick and strong and active as these three.”
Wallace was also excited about the signing of local Florence High School product Will Lovelace. “Will is one of the best long-snappers that I have ever seen and its great to know that we’ll have someone in our program for four years that can take care of that situation,” Wallace said.
UNA added seven defensive linemen, six receivers, four linebackers, four offensive linemen, three defensive backs, a running back, a long-snapper and one athlete.
Wallace said the 10 transfer that the Lions signed should all contribute immediately in the program.
“We feel like the eight junior college players that we signed can all come in and make immediate impacts, as well as both of our four-year transfers,” Wallace said.
Justin Sims, a transfer from the University of Southern Mississippi, will not only bring experience but additional speed to the UNA program. He won the 2011 Conference USA 100-meter dash championship with a time of 10.28 and finished second in the league at 60 meters as a sophomore. He was a three-year letterman on the Southern Miss. football team but missed much of the 2013 season due to injury.
UNA added four signees from Jones (Miss.) Community College, including wide receiver Jarrett Smith – the brother of current UNA defensive lineman Shaquille Smith.
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA
2014 Football Signees
High School Signees – 17
Blake Bean DE 6-2 265 FR Oneonta, Ala. Oneonta High School
Marshall Eads OL 6-3 285 FR Northport, Ala. Tuscaloosa County High School
Jalin Greene CB 6-0 170 FR Mobile, Ala. Saint Paul’s School
Samuel Grisham RB 5-11 205 FR Rogersville, Ala. Lauderdale County High School
Eddquerion Harris DT 6-0 280 FR Courtland, Ala. R.A. Hubbard High School
Kendall Harrison LB 6-2 220 FR Decatur, Ala. Austin High School
Liles Hillhouse WR 5-11 175 FR Florence, Ala. Florence High School
Tyler Lott LB 6-0 220 FR Leighton, Ala. Colbert County High School
Will Lovelace LS 5-11 200 FR Florence, Ala. Florence High School
Jansen McKinney DT 6-3 350 FR Tuscumbia, Ala. Deshler High School
Josh Morgan OL 6-6 330 FR Trussville, Ala. Moody High School
Peyton Satterfield ATH 6-2 190 FR Blue Ridge, Ga. Fannin County High School
Hagan Scott WR 6-2 185 FR Birmingham, Ala. Hoover High School
Luke Smothers WR 5-10 155 FR Muscle Shoals, Ala. Muscle Shoals High School
Trayon Tate WR 6-2 185 FR Mobile, Ala. Saint Paul’s School
Quindarius Thagard DE 6-4 245 FR Luverne, Ala. Luverne High School
Frank Williams DT 6-2 275 FR Madison, Ala. Madison Academy
Transfers – 10
Jalen Beavers OL 6-3 330 JR Stringer, Miss. Stringer/Jones (Miss.) Community College
Jamarcus Blanks DT 6-1 275 JR Ellisville, Miss. South Jones/Jones (Miss.) Community College
Joe Hillin OL 6-0 305 SO Snellville, Ga. South Gwinnett/Fullerton (Calif.) Community College
C.J. Jackson LB 6-1 210 JR Water Valley, Miss. Water Valley/Itawamba (Miss.) Community College
Victor Jenkins CB 5-10 170 JR Lumberton, Miss. Lumberton/Jones (Miss.) Community College
Nick Johnson LB 6-1 195 JR Olive Branch, Miss. Olive Branch/Northeast (Miss.) Community College
Darius Jones CB 6-1 180 JR Wiggins, Miss. Stone County/Gulf Coast (Miss.) Community College
Chavez Sims DE 6-2 255 SR Mize, Miss. Mize/Jones CC/Murray State University
Justin Sims WR 5-8 185 SR Decatur, Ga. Redan/Univ. of Southern Mississippi
Jarrett Smith WR 5-8 170 JR Jackson, Miss. Lanier/Jones (Miss.) Community College
-Information issued by the University of North Alabama