The VSU Blazers Announce their Newest Additions

By: Valdosta State Sports Information Email
By: Valdosta State Sports Information Email

Terry Ashley – Ocilla, Ga. – A 5-11, 190 pound running back from Irwin County High School … Carried the ball 217 times for 1,504 yards and 16 touchdowns while leading Head Coach John Gamble’s Indian team to a 7-4 record and the state tournament … Caught 15 passes for 274 yards and four touchdowns … Punted 32 times for an average of 37.1 yards per punt … Also played linebacker … Registered 83 tackles, including eight tackles for loss and four sacks … Intercepted one pass and recovered one fumble, which was returned for a touchdown … Broke up six passes and tallied 12 quarterback hurries … Was an All-State player at the linebacker position … Led squad to a 5-5 mark in 2006 … Recorded 201 carries for 1,323 yards and 11 touchdowns … Finished the season with 110 tackles, including eight tackles for loss … Intercepted two passes … Also starred in basketball and track.

David Bailey – Brunswick, Ga. – A 6-0, 185 pound running back from Glynn Academy … Led the Red Terrors to a 7-3 record on the season … Carried the ball 52 times for 276 yards and four touchdowns … Also caught seven passes for 79 yards and a touchdown … Played for Head Coach Rob Ridings.

Brett Beardon – Brunswick, Ga. – A 6-1, 170 pound kicker from Glynn Academy … Led the Red Terrors to a 7-3 record on the season … Kicked nine field goals and punted 18 times for an average of 35.3 yards per punt … Played for Head Coach Rob Ridings.

Derrick Boddie – Atlanta, Ga. – A 6-0, 202 pound wide receiver from North Atlanta High School … Registered 1,873 All-Purpose yards for a Warrior team that finished the year at 2-8 … Tallied 89 receptions and 17 touchdowns for Head Coach Christopher Thomas … Also played on the defensive side of the ball, finishing the season with 78 tackles … Intercepted 13 passes and forced nine fumbles … Recovered five fumbles … Directed the Warriors to a 5-5 mark as a junior.

D.J. Boykin – Atlanta, Ga. – A 6-3, 195 pound defensive back from McNair High School … Played in the DeKalb County All-Star game … Helped the Mustangs to a 4-6 record … Played for Head Coach Roderick Moore.

Anthony Brooks – Fitzgerald, Ga. – A 6-0, 240 pound linebacker from Fitzgerald High School … Tallied 87 tackles for the Hurricanes in 2007 … Registered 11 tackles for loss and six sacks … Blocked three punts and registered eight quarterback hurries … Forced two fumbles for a team that went 10-2 and advanced to the Georgia Class AA state tournament … Was the Region 1-AA Defensive Player-of-the-Year … Earned honorable mention All-State honors … A member of the two-time Georgia state champion weightlifting team … Played for Head Coach Robby Pruitt.

Jerome Brooks – Rex, Ga. – A 6-3, 250 pound defensive end from Jonesboro High School … Led the Cardinals with 104 tackles as a senior … Recorded six sacks and caused two fumbles … Also recovered two fumbles for a Jonesboro team that finished 3-7 … Directed Head Coach Clint Satterfield’s team to a 2-8 mark as a junior … Recorded 98 tackles, including seven sacks … Caused two fumbles … Also starred in basketball and baseball.

A.J. Brown – Tifton, Ga. – A 6-1, 210 pound defensive end from Tift County High School … Directed the Blue Devils to a 6-5 record and an appearance in the first round of the Class AAAAA State Tournament … Registered 56 tackles, including 33 solo stops and 23 assists … Had one interception and three passes broken up … Earned All-Region honors … Led Head Coach Jay Walls’ team to a 12-2 record in 2006 … Had 66 total tackles, including 43 solos and 23 assists … Registered five sacks and recorded one interception … Also broke up a pass and forced a fumble while recovering two fumbles … Led the Blue Devils to a 12-2 record and an appearance in the state semifinals … Also starred in basketball and baseball.

Randy Brown – Douglas, Ga. – A 6-0, 190 pound safety from Coffee High School … Led the Trojans to a 9-3 record and a spot in the Georgia Class AAAAA state tournament … Earned All-District honors for Head Coach Ken Elridge in 2006 while leading the Trojans to an 8-2 mark … Also starred in basketball and track and field.

Larry Bryant – Tifton, Ga. – A 5-11, 260 pound defensive tackle from Tift County High School … Directed the Blue Devils to a 6-5 record and an appearance in the first round of the Class AAAAA State Tournament … Registered 69 tackles, including 44 solo stops and 25 assists … Recorded eight sacks and 18 tackles for loss … Forced three fumbles … Earned All-State and All-Region honors … Helped Head Coach Jay Walls’ program to a 12-2 record in 2006 … Tallied 44 tackles on the year, including three sacks … Broke up one pass, intercepted one pass and recovered two fumbles … Squad advanced to the state semifinals.

Jake Burgdorf – McDonough, Ga. – A 6-0, 215 pound deep snapper from Luella High School … Led the Lions to a 5-5 record in 2007 … Graded out at 88 percent as a tight end … Directed Head Coach and father Paul Burgdorf’s squad to a 4-6 mark in 2006 … Caught eight passes for 84 yards … A three-year member of the National Honor Society … Earned All-Region honors as both a tight end and deep snapper as a senior … Also a two-year letterwinner for the Lion baseball team.

Demarkus Carracter – Decatur, Ga. – A 6-1, 185 pound defensive back from Southwest DeKalb High School … Helped the Panthers to a 5-5 record in 2007 … Was named All-DeKalb County as a junior in 2006 … Played for Head Coach Buck Godfrey.

Wilbert Carter – White Plains, Ga. – A 6-2, 170 pound wide receiver from Greene County High School … Led the Tigers to a 7-4 record and a showing in the Class AA state playoffs … Caught 53 passes for 699 yards and eight touchdowns … Also played on the defensive side of the ball … Tallied 51 tackles and three interceptions … Played for head coach Larry Milligan.

Kody Case – Buford, Ga. – A 6-0, 165 pound wide receiver from Buford High School … Led the Wolves to a perfect 15-0 record and the Georgia Class AA State Championship in 2007 … Earned first-team All-County honors … Played for Head Coach Jess Simpson.

Everett Curtis – Gordon, Ga. – A 6-7, 300 pound offensive lineman from Northeast High School … Led the Raiders to a 6-4 record in 2007 ... Played for Head Coach Bruce Mullen.

De’Andre Derico-Lewis – Atlanta, Ga. – A 6-3, 205 pound wide receiver from North Atlanta High School … Tallied 1,900 total yards for the Warriors … Scored 21 touchdowns for a squad that finished the year 2-8 … Also saw action n the defensive side of the ball … Registered 37 tackles and two interceptions … Directed Head Coach Chris Lewis’ squad to a 5-5 mark in 2006 … Recorded 675 receiving yards and three touchdowns … Recorded 52 tackles and four interceptions.

Chris Doster – Loganville, Ga. – A 5-10, 215 pound fullback from South Gwinnett High School … Led the Comets to a 6-5 record … Also played linebacker for Head Coach John Small … Was the team’s leading tackler … Earned second-team All-Gwinnett County honors.

Jeffrey Folks – Decatur, Ga. – A 5-9, 175 pound cornerback from Southwest DeKalb High School … Led the Panthers to a 5-5 record in 2007 … Tallied 52 tackles and six interceptions … Directed Head Coach Buck Godfrey’s team to an 8-3 record and an appearance in the Georgia Class AAAA state playoffs in 2006 … Registered 39 tackles while intercepting two passes … Also a standout for the Southwest DeKalb baseball team … Batted .526, drove in 19 runs and stole 26 bases last season.

Gerald Ford – Gainesville, Ga. – A 6-3, 215 pound wide receiver from Gainesville High School … Led the Red Elephants to a 7-4 record and a spot in the Class AAA state tournament … Caught 90 passes for 1,279 yards and 12 touchdowns … Set the school record for single season receptions and yards while tying the school mark for touchdown receptions … Earned All-State honors … Also led Head Coach Bruce Miller’s team to a 7-4 record in 2006 … Caught 14 passes for 230 yards … Also starred in basketball and track.

Adam Gieseking – Brandon, Fla. – A 6-1, 220 pound tight end from Brandon High School … Directed the Eagles to a 7-4 record and the first round of the Florida Class 5A state tournament … Played for Head Coach John Lima.

LaCollie Gordon – Twin City, Ga. – A 6-1, 190 pound wide receiver from Emanuel County Institute … Caught 32 passes for 500 yards for a squad that went 15-0 and won the Georgia Class A state championship … Tallied eight touchdowns … Also played defensive back and intercepted nine passes … Led Head Coach Milan Turner’s team to a 10-1 record and the state play-offs in 2006 … Caught 20 passes for 307 yards … Scored six touchdowns … Also intercepted four passes … Starred in basketball as well.

Edward Harrison – Lilburn, Ga. – A 6-5, 221 pound quarterback from Parkview High School … Led the Panthers to a 9-3 record and a spot in the Georgia Class AAAAA state playoffs … Completed 135-of-182 passes for 1,677 yards and 20 touchdowns … Threw only three interceptions … Carried the ball 14 times for 79 yards … Directed Head Coach Cecil Flowe’s team to a 5-5 mark in 2006 … Completed 246-of-343 passes for 3,327 yards and 37 touchdowns during prep career … Earned All-State honors as a senior … Also pitched for the Panther baseball team.

Theseus Jackson – Irwinton, Ga. – A 5-10, 175 pound running back from Wilkinson County High School … Led James Hagins’ Warrior squad to a 4-6-1 record this season … Carried the ball 124 times for 1,175 yards … Scored 13 touchdowns on the ground … Caught 23 passes for 388 yards and three touchdowns … Earned All-Region honors … Helped the Warriors to a 4-6 mark in 2006 … Was the 2007 Georgia State champion in the triple jump.

Tomarez Jenkins – Augusta, Ga. – A 5-10, 160 pound wide receiver from Hephzibah High School … Directed the Rebels to a 4-6 record … Caught 37 passes for 721 yards and eight touchdowns … Set the Rebels career receiving mark … Led Head Coach John Bowen’s team to a 1-9 mark in 2006 … Caught 22 passes for 308 yards and four touchdowns … Earned All-Area and All-Region honors as a senior.

Isaiah Jupiter – Lilburn, Ga. – A 5-10, 170 pound wide receiver from Berkmar High School … Led Head Coach Wendell Early’s team to a 6-4 record in 2007 … Caught 35 passes for 745 yards and seven touchdowns … Also played defensive back and registered 15 tackles and five interceptions … Tallied 31 receptions for 731 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior.

Malcolm Lundy – Fitzgerald, Ga. – A 6-3, 235 pound linebacker from Fitzgerald High School … Led the Purple Hurricanes to the second round of the Georgia Class AA state tournament … Recorded 98 tackles for a team that finished the year with a 10-2 record … Finished the season with 12 tackles for loss and eight sacks … Blocked two punts and registered one interception … Tallied seven quarterback hurries and six forced fumbles … Led Head Coach Robby Pruitt’s team to a 10-1 record in 2006 … Also played basketball and was a member of the Georgia state weightlifting championship team.

Donald Maxwell – Suwanee, Ga. – A 6-1, 195 pound strong safety from North Gwinnett High School … Led the Bulldogs to a runner-up finish in the 2007 Georgia Class AAAAA state tournament and a 13-2 record ... Tallied 52 total tackles on the year, including five sacks and six tackles for loss ... Broke up two passes and forced two fumbles, one of which he recovered ... Also registered 13 quarterback hurries and scored on touchdown on the year ... As a junior in 2006, led North Gwinnett to an 11-2 record and a showing in the state quarterfinals ... Recorded 72 tackles, including six tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks … Broke up two passes and caused one fumble … Was a two-time All-Region selection … Played for Head Coach Bob Sphire.

Brock Mayo – Niceville, Fla. – A 6-2, 280 pound offensive lineman from Niceville High School … Led the Eagles to an 8-3 record last season … Earned first-team All-Region honors … Played for Head Coach John Hicks.

Brett McClendon – Atlanta, Ga. – A 5-10, 175 pound wide receiver from Mays High School … Led the Raiders to a 9-3 record in 2007 … Led Head Coach Jesse Solomon’s team to a 9-3 record and a showing in the second round of the Georgia Class AAAA state playoffs … Led the squad in receptions while also playing defensive back … Tallied three tackles, six passes broken up and one interception.

Marcus McNair – Valdosta, Ga. – A 5-9, 185 pound running back from Valdosta High School … Led the Wildcats to a 9-3 record and a spot in the Georgia Class AAAAA state playoffs … Earned second-team All-Region honors … Rushed for 421 yards and six touchdowns on 86 carries … Also caught 12 passes for d 115 yards and a touchdown … Played for Head Coach Rick Tomberlin.

Marcus Nedd – Tucker, Ga. – A 6-3, 215 pound defensive end from Tucker High School … Led the Tigers to a 13-1 record and a spot in the Georgia Class AAAA state semifinals … Registered 60 tackles, including 13 tackles for loss and four sacks … Recovered two fumbles for Head Coach Franklin Stephens’ squad.

Nick Richards – Evans, Ga. – A 6-4, 205 pound quarterback from Greenbrier High School … Completed 149-of-301 passes in 2007 … Led the Wolfpack to a 5-5 record … Threw for 1,630 yards and 12 touchdowns … Led his squad with eight rushing touchdowns … Directed Head Coach Scott Chadwick’s squad to a 4-6 mark in 2006 … Played outfield for Greenbrier’s 2007 state championship baseball team.

Cam Short – Thomaston, Ga. – A 6-3, 250 pound center from Flint River Academy … Directed the Wildcats to a 13-1 record and the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) Class A State title in 2007 … Played tight end, center, defensive end, fullback and long snapper for Head Coach Bobby Smith … Recorded 63 tackles, including five sacks, carried the ball 13 times for 131 yards and caught 12 passes for 118 yards … Scored six touchdowns on the year … Led the Wildcats to a state-runner up finish and a 13-1 mark as a junior … Earned All-State honors as a junior and senior … Was an All-Region selection in basketball and starred in baseball and track.

Ryan Smith – Decatur, Ga. – A 6-1, 190 pound linebacker from Chamblee High School … Led the Bulldogs to a 12-2 record in 2007 … Directed Head Coach Jim Showfety’s squad to a spot in the Georgia Class AAA state semifinals … Was named first-team All-DeKalb County … Was second on the squad with 60 tackles, including 42 solo stops and 18 assists … Registered seven tackles for loss and four interceptions … Caused three fumbles and recovered four … Scored two touchdowns off turnovers.

Kevin Stokes – Valdosta, Ga. – A 5-9, 175 pound cornerback from Valdosta High School … Registered 40 tackles for head coach Rick Tomberlin … Intercepted four passes and recovered four fumbles for a team that went 9-3 and advanced to the Georgia Class AAAAA state tournament … Also forced one fumble … Tallied 40 tackles in 2006 … Broke up five passes … Was named honorable mention All-Region in 2007.

Brett Sudduth – Austell, Ga. – A 6-1, 190 pound linebacker from South Cobb High School … Tallied 110 tackles and five sacks for a 2-8 Eagles team … Also forced two fumbles … Played in the Cobb County All-Star game … Registered five tackles for a 7-4 Eagles team in 2006 … Played for Head Coach Derek Cook … Also starred in track and field.

Angelo Tabachion – Kennesaw, Ga. – A 6-1, 250 pound offensive lineman from Kell High School … Led Head Coach Irv Sigler’s team to a 2-8 record in 2007 … Helped the Longhorns to a 5-5 mark as a junior in 2006.

Curtis Weatherspoon – Valdosta, Ga. – A 6-2, 205 pound linebacker from Valdosta High School … Recorded 110 tackles and five sacks for the Wildcats … Intercepted two passes and recovered four fumbles for a team that advanced to the Georgia Class AAAAA state tournament … Led Head Coach Rick Tomberlin’s team to a 9-3 record … Earn All-State honors and was the Region 1-AAAAA Defensive Player of the Year.

Alex Webster – Atlanta, Ga. – A 5-10, 175 pound cornerback from South Cobb High School … Helped the Eagles to a 2-8 record in 2007 … Registered 53 tackles and eight passes broken up … Also intercepted three passes … Saw time at wide receiver … Caught 10 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns … Earned All-County honors … Led Head Coach Derek Cook’s team to a 7-4 record and a spot in the AAAAA state tournament in 2006 … Registered 49 tackles and six passes broken up … Also intercepted one pass … Starred in track, swimming and basketball as well.

Zach West – Loganville, Ga. – A 5-9, 160 pound running back from Loganville High School … Directed Head Coach Eric Godfree’s team to a 4-6 record in 2007 … Tallied 1,061 yards as a senior … Scored 13 touchdowns on the ground … Also caught 30 passes for 406 yards and five touchdowns … Also scored on a returned punt … Earned All-County honors … Also starred in baseball and track.

Mesh Wokomaty – Dallas, Ga. – A 6-7, 290 pound offensive tackle from East Paulding High School … Directed the Raiders to a 12-1 record and a spot in the Georgia Class AAAA state quarterfinals … Led Head Coach John Reid’s team to a 12-2 record and the state semifinals in 2006 … Also starred in basketball.

James Woods – Decatur, Ga. – A 6-2, 195 pound linebacker from Southwest DeKalb High School … Helped the Panthers to a 5-5 record in 2007 … Played for Head Coach Buck Godfrey.

Dontravius Wright – Greensboro, Ga. – A 5-9, 185 pound defensive back from Greene County High School … Led the Tigers to a 7-4 record and a showing in the Class AA state playoffs … Tallied 132 tackles, including five sacks and 21 tackles for loss … Also played running back … Carried the ball 35 times for 311 yards … Scored nine touchdowns for Head Coach Larry Milligan.

MID-YEAR TRANSFERS

Chance Attaway – Clarksville, Fla. – A 5-11, 210 pound fullback that played at Florida International University in 2006 and 2007 … Played in 17 games, earning three starts in the process … Carried the ball 15 times for 22 yards … Also scored one touchdown.

Devin Cannon – Wrightsville, Ga. – A 5-9, 185 pound cornerback that played at Southeastern Louisiana University in 2006 and 2007 … Saw action in 22 games, earning four starts as a sophomore … Registered 34 tackles, including 36 solos and eight assists … Recorded one tackle for loss and one interception … Broke up two passes and forced one fumble.

Blake Fields – Cairo, Ga. – A 6-1, 195 pound quarterback that played at the Auburn University from 2005-07 … Completed 31-of-51 passes for 376 yards … Played in 18 games, with one start … Threw four touchdowns … Was named the SEC Freshman of the Week on Sept. 27, 2005 after completing 13-of-22 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns in a start against Western Kentucky.

Chris Fultcher – San Jose, Calif. – A 6-4, 250 pound tight end that played at Portland State in 2006 … Saw action in seven games, mainly in a blocking role … Played at Foothill Community College in California in 2004 and 2005 … Was an honorable mention All-Conference player in 2005.

Markus Manson – Tuscaloosa, Ala. – A 6-1, 215 pound running back that played at the University of Florida from 2005-07 … Carried the ball 80 times while picking up 380 yards … Scored two touchdowns … Caught nine passes for 55 yards … Starred at Hill Crest High School … Rushed for 1,701 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior in 2003.

Caleb St. Louis – Snellville, Ga. – A 6-2, 265 pound defensive tackle that played at Southeastern Louisiana University in 2007 … Played in all 11 games, recording 16 tackles … Registered 11 solo stops and five assists … Tallied two tackles for loss and two sacks … Recovered one fumble.

Bobby Williams – Jacksonville, Fla. – A 6-3, 204 pound wide receiver that played at Middle Tennessee State University from 2005-07 … Played in 36 games, starting 20 of those contests … Recorded 76 catches for 864 yards and five touchdowns … Led the team with 36 catches as a sophomore in 2006.

Shawn Reed

Sports Information Director

Valdosta State University


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