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Tuberville Inks First UC Class

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CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati football added 22 student-athletes to its roster, including five who enrolled in January 2013 and will participate in spring football, head coach Tommy Tuberville announced Wednesday, the beginning of the NCAA initial signing period for football.

"Our coaches did an outstanding job of catching up," Tuberville said. "We are bringing guys in who can help the team win. I don't want to give offers and scholarships out just to give them out. We have immediate needs at starters and backups so there is no better way than doing that than bringing in some junior college players. The players we have signed will be able to help the team in the near future and we are looking forward to getting started this spring."

One need Tuberville and his staff were able to address was speed.

"I feel good about the qualities for the players we signed," Tubervile said.  "Speed is one of the main ingredients of the class. We felt it was something that needed to improve as a whole. I don't look at size as much as much speed and quickness of the players."

DB Darren Doston (Daytona Beach, Fla./Seabreeze/College of the Sequoias), DB Zach Edwards (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown), ATH Javon Harrison (Dayton, Ohio/Huber Hts. Wayne), DL Jerrell Jordan (Alta Vista, Va./Alta Vista/Copiah-Lincoln CC) and OL Kyle Williamson (Madiera, Ohio/Madiera) made up the early enrollees. Edwards, Harrison and Williamson have freshman eligibility while Doston and Jordan enter with junior eligibility and two seasons to play.

The class is comprised of five defensive backs, three tight ends, four defensive linemen, three athletes, two offensive linemen, two running backs, a pair of wide receivers and a quarterback. Seven junior-college players dot the ranks along with 15 high school student-athletes.

Five are Ohio natives with four, Edwards, OL Ben Flick (Hamilton, Ohio/Hamilton), LB Rasheen Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio/Northwest) and Williamson coming from the greater Cincinnati area.

TE Travis Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Jesuit) is the No. 162 player in the ESPN 300 and he is listed as the nation's sixth-best tight end and the No. 33 player in the State of Florida.

RB Rodriguez Moore was ranked as the No. 1 junior college running back by 247Sports.com and RB Hosey Williams (Miami, Fla./Southridge/ASA College) was an NJCAA First-Team All-American in 2012. Totaling their individual statistics, the pair combined to rush for 3,687 yards and score 36 touchdowns at the junior college level.

QB Brent Stockstill (Murfreesboro, Tenn./Siegel), a left hander, threw for 2,690 yards and 32 touchdowns while rushing for 653 yards and 10 scores as a senior. His father Rick is the head coach at Middle Tennessee State University and a former All-American QB at Florida State.

DL Terrell Hartsfield (Wake Forest, N.C./Rolesville/Copiah-Lincoln CC) a four-star recruit, was a teammate of Jordan at Copiah-Lincoln CC. The duo combined for 105 tackles and 12.5 sacks as freshmen. They were part of a Wolfpack team that won their first MACJC State Championship since 1985 this past season.

Tshumbi Johnson (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee) totaled 6,468 yards passing for 57 touchdowns and 2,111 yards rushing for 41 TDs as a prep. Immokalee was the 2012 Class 5A State Runner-up, Region 3 Champions and District 5A-12 Champions with Johnson earned Associated Press Honorable Mention Class 5A All-State honors.

The Bearcats are scheduled to begin spring ball on March 5, 2013 with the 15-practice session closing out on April 13.

 

EARLY ENROLLEES (5)

NAME     POS.        HT.          WT.         CL-ELIG.  HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL/LAST SCHOOL   

Darren Doston *  DB           6-2          195         Jr.-JC       Daytona Beach, Fla./Seabreeze/College of the Sequoias            

Zach Edwards *    DB           5-11        175         Fr.-HS     Middletown, Ohio/Middletown   

Javon Harrison *  ATH         6-1          190         Fr.-HS     Dayton, Ohio/Huber Hts. Wayne    

Jerrell Jordan *    DL           6-3          245         Jr.-JC       Alta Vista, Va./Alta Vista/Copiah-Lincoln CC   

Kyle Williamson *                OL           6-5          265         Fr.-HS     Madiera, Ohio/Madiera  

 

*-Enrolled at UC in January 2013 and will participate in spring football.

 

SIGNEES (17)

NAME     POS.        HT.          WT.         CL-ELIG.  HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL/LAST SCHOOL 

Mark Barr              WR          6-1          171         Fr.-HS     Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas   

Aaron Brown        DB           5-11        180         Fr.-HS     Miami, Fla./Northwestern  

Chris Burton          TE            6-3          245         Fr.-HS     Danville, Va./George Washington     

Tyler Cogswell      TE/ATH   6-4          225         Fr.-HS     Plantation, Fla./American Heritage 

Korey Cunningham              DE/TE      6-5          225         Fr.-HS     Montevallo, Ala./Montevallo    

Ben Flick                OL           6-6          260         Fr.-HS     Hamilton, Ohio/Hamilton 

Terrell Hartsfield  DL           6-3          245         Jr.-JC       Wake Forest, N.C./Rolesville/Copiah-Lincoln CC            

Johnny Holton      WR          6-3          190         Jr.-JC       Miami, Fla./Coral Gables/College of Dupage  

Travis Johnson      TE            6-4          225         Fr.-HS     Tampa, Fla./Jesuit 

Tshumbi Johnson ATH         5-11        180         Fr.-HS     Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee 

Rasheen Jones      LB            6-3          220         Fr.-HS     Cincinnati, Ohio/Northwest 

Rodriguez Moore RB           5-10        185         Jr.-JC       Bastrop, La./Bastrop/East Mississippi CC  

Brent Stockstill     QB           6-0          190         Fr.-HS     Murfreesboro, Tenn./Siegel 

Mike Tyson            DB           6-2          190         Fr.-HS     Norfolk, Va./Lake Taylor/Hargrave Military Academy  

Howard Wilder     DB           5-11        180         Jr.-JC       Sea Pleasant, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt/Pierce College  

Hosey Williams     RB           5-11        205         Jr.-JC       Miami, Fla./Southridge/ASA College    

Mark Wilson         DL           6-3          215         Fr.-HS     Hampton, Va./Phoebus   

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