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  • Brad Cummings

Recruiting: Who We Got

Updated: Feb 14, 2022

We have heard from a lot of people who were looking for a list of the players that came aboard during the early signing period and the normal signing period. You asked and we came through! Below is a list of all the players, that we know of right now, that have signed. As well as a few that are not official but are on campus or multiple sources have indicated they are with the team. Special thanks to our recruiting mole for helping me put this together!

Let’s look at the defensive side of the ball first.

AJ Brown 6’1 - 185 - Safety - from Walton HS (GA)

  • Offers out of High School: Air Force, Buffalo, Georgia State, Navy & UAB

  • Selected to the 2022 Georgia Athletic Coaches Association 7A All-State

  • Selected to the 2022 Recruit Georgia 7A All-State

Reise Collier 6’1” – 195 – Inside Linebacker transferring from Coffeyville CC (KS) – Carl Albert High School (OK)

  • Offers out of High School: Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Howard, University of Central Oklahoma, Coffeyville CC.

  • Offers out of Coffeyville: North Alabama, New Mexico, Incarnate Word, and UAB.

Carl Fauntroy 6’1” - 185 - Safety - from Spanish Fort High School (AL)

  • Offers out of High School: Army, Cincinnati, Colorado, ECU, Georgia State, Indiana, Kent State, Liberty, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Troy, Tulane, UAB, Utah State & WKU just to name a few.

  • Second Team All-Coastal

  • Halfway through his Senior season Carl tore his ACL

Jae’Vien (Joker) Gill 6’4” – 260 – Outside Linebacker – transferring from MGCCC (MS) - Neshoba Central High School (MS)

  • Offers out of MGCCC: Akron, Austin Peay, Buffalo, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana-Monroe, San Diego State, South Florida, Southern Miss, UAB & Utah State

  • Originally committed to the University of Central Florida

  • Earned NJCAA All-Academic Student Athlete Third Team and Academic All-MACCC honors

Tyrique Howard 6’6” – 310 – Defensive Line – transferring from Itawamba CC (MS) – Independence High School (MS)

  • Offers out of ICC: Austin Peay, Southern Miss, UAB & WKU

  • MACCC North Defensive Lineman MVP

  • 2018 NEMFCA All-Star Runner-up

Codey Martin 5’8” – 189 – Cornerback – transferring from Iowa Western CC (IA) - Hoover High School (AL)

  • Offers out of High School: Jacksonville St., Kent State, Southern Miss, Temple, Toledo, Troy, Tulane & UAB

  • Offers out of IWCC: UAB

  • 2-time state champion with Hoover High School

Trevion Trey Miles 6’1” – 180 - Cornerback from Georgia Knights Prep (GA) – Central High School (AL)

  • Offers out of High School: Wake Forrest, Murray State, Kansas State & UAB

  • Was a Dual-threat quarterback in high school

  • All-State Preps Senior Bowl invite. Game was in southeastern Pennsylvania. Trey represented the South team.

Drew Tuazama 6’6” – 255 – Defensive End from East Mississippi CC (MS) by way of Syracuse University (NY) - Knightdale HS (NC)

  • Offers out of High School: Tennessee, Rutgers, Ole Miss, Purdue, Miami, Florida State, Maryland, Syracuse, and East Carolina as a Tight End or DE

  • Offers out of EMCC: Buffalo, FAU, Marshall, Ole Miss, South Alabama, UAB, UTSA & WKU

  • Was a highly rated Tight End out of High School

  • Became a highly rated Defensive lineman out of Syracuse and EMCC

Now that we have looked at the defense let’s look at the offensive players that are coming in.

Taven Curry 6’0 – 203 – RB - from Robertsdale High School (AL)

  • Offers out of High School: South Alabama & UAB. Northwestern showed interest but did not offer.

  • 1,100 yards and 13 touchdowns as a Junior

Ryan Gunter 6’5” – 300 – Offensive Tackle - from Hewitt-Trussville High School (AL)

  • Offers out of High School: Liberty, Marshall, South Alabama & UAB

  • Originally committed to Liberty University

Iverson Hooks - 5’10” – 160 – Wide Receiver - from Pike Road High School (AL)

  • Offers out of High School: Arkansas State, Georgia State, Jacksonville State, South Alabama, Toledo, Troy & UAB

  • Tore ACL in Junior season

  • Helped lead team to 5A State title senior year

  • Played QB in high school and was named 1st team All-State by the ASWA

Luke Jones 6’4” – 293 – Offensive Line - from Lanier High School (GA)

  • Offers out of High School: UAB, Richmond, Campbell, Eastern Kentucky, and Charleston Southern

  • Named the Lineman of the year in Region 8 (GA)

  • Played at Center and Left Tackle his Senior year

Dallas Payne 6’4” – 215 – Tight End - from Northeast Mississippi CC (MS) - St Stanislaus High School (MS)

  • Offers out of High School: Grand View University, Tuskegee University, Morehouse College, University of Arkansas Monticello

  • Offers out of NEMCC: UAB

  • Offensive Coordinator at NEMCC if former Blazer A.J. Erdely

  • Dallas will convert to TE from WR (a position he has played his whole career)

  • More than 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns his senior year in High School

Zeus Perryman 5’11” – 224 – RB - transferring from East Mississippi CC (MS) – Laurel High School (MS)

  • Offers out of High School: Indiana and Tulane

  • Offers out of EMCC: Texas State, McNeese State, Eastern Kentucky, & UAB

  • First team All-MACCC

  • 597 yards in 6 games for EMCC last season

JC Sivley 6’5” – 230 – Tight End - from Helena High School (AL)

  • Offers out of High School: Arkansas State, Coastal Carolina, New Mexico, South Alabama & UAB

  • 46 receptions for 792 yards and eight touchdowns his Senior season

  • Represented the North team in the North-South Classic (AL)

Damon Isaiah Stewart 6’0” – 170 – Quarterback - from East Mississippi CC (MS) – Oak Grove High School (MS)

  • Offers out of EMCC: UAB

  • Out of high school was considered one of the best dual-threat QBs in Mississippi

  • At Oak Grove HS he threw for 2,350 yards and an incredible 31 TD's. He also rushed for 341 yards and 7 TD's

Nathaniel Trzpuc 6’4” – 260 – Offensive Line - transferring from Coffeyville CC (KS) – Glenwood High School (AL)

  • Offers out of Coffeyville: Boise State, ECU, FIU, Jacksonville State, Liberty, Louisiana Monroe, MTSU, ODU, South Alabama, Southern Miss, UAB, UCONN, UMASS, UTSA & WKU

  • 2-time JUCO All-American

Jaqavius Yates 6’4” – 300 – Offensive Line transferring from Jones College – Crystal Springs High School

  • Offers out of Jones College: Buffalo, Hawaii, Louisiana Monroe, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Texas State, Troy, UAB, UCONN & Utah State

  • Named to the All-MACCC first team

  • NJCAA All-American First Team

Jacob Zeno 6’2” – 205 – Quarter Back – transferring from Baylor University – John Jay High School (TX)

  • Offers out of High School: Florida, Georgia, Missouri, NC State, Boston College, North Carolina, Arkansas, UTSA, North Texas, UTEP, and SMU plus many more

  • Played in the Big 12 Title game throwing for 159 yards and a touchdown

  • Elite 11 Finalist his senior year of High School

Now here are some players that the school has not yet confirmed but several sources including the players themselves have indicated that they are with the Blazers on the Southside.

Reynard Ellis 6’1” – 230 – Linebacker - transferring from Georgia Southern (GA) – Shades Valley High School (AL)

  • Offers out of High School: Liberty, Marshall, South Alabama & UAB

  • Opted out halfway through the 2020 season and did not play in 2021

  • Played RB and LB his senior year in high school

Dexter Boykin 6’3” – 208 – Wide Receiver – transferring from University of North Alabama (AL) – Fairfield High School (AL)

  • Offers out of UNA: Alabama State, Delaware, Gardner Webb, Samford, Tarleton State & UAB

  • 25 games played for the UNA Lions....Has 86 career catches for 1,357 yards and 11 touchdowns

Jackson Bratton 6’3” – 225 – Linebacker – Transferring from Alabama – Muscle Shoals High School (AL)

  • Offers out of High School: Alabama, Auburn, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Jacksonville State, and Mississippi State.

  • Offers out of Alabama: UAB is the only offer we know of.

  • Semifinalist for the 2019 Butkus Award

  • 2019 Class 6A Lineman of the Year

  • 2019 Class 6A All-State First team selection by the Alabama Sports Writers

Brandon Franklin 6’1” – 220 – Linebacker – Thompson High School (AL)

  • Offers out of High School: Navy, Army, Tusculum University, Sewanee, PWO to Auburn, Davidson, Georgetown, and UAB

  • Played running back in high school

  • 3-time 7A football state champion

  • Father was a former NFL player Byron Franklin

Eli Musso 6’0” – 195 – Quarterback – Haleyville High School (AL)

  • Offers out of High School: Carthage College, Tabor College, Sterling, Clark University, Bethany College, Rochester University, William Penn, Suwanee, etc.…

  • 2 time all region and all county team as well as All-State honorable mention

  • Eli will walk on at UAB

Hopefully this will help put some names and information to all the new faces on the Southside. We did not add eligibility to the players info because honestly it is hard to know, without some coaches insight, considering the extra year that the athletes were given. We do know most of the transfers have multiple years outside of a couple and of course all of our high school commits have full eligibility. Once again special thanks to our mole who helped me put this together! GO Blazers!


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