TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Joe Taylor's first recruiting class as
the new Florida A&M football coach is small, but he says that's
according to plan.
Taylor signed only 12 players to scholarships today. But Taylor
says his first priority has been to get to know the players that
are already on campus.
Taylor plans to follow the blueprint that brought him early
success at his previous two coaching stops, and focus more on
evaluating and training the returning players. When he took over at
Eastern Illinois in 1978, he won a National Championship after
Eastern Illinois hadn't had a winning season in 16 years. His first
season at Hampton in 1992, Taylor took a 2-9 team, went 9-2 and won
Taylor left Hampton to replace Rubin Carter, who was fired
shortly after the Rattlers completed its 3-8 season.
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2008 Florida A&M Football Signees
Jerrell Stewart (CB) 5’9 165
High School: Deerfield Beach FL
Football Honors: First Team All-State CB, First All-Broward County; Super 11; Four-year letter winner in football and baseball; versatile athlete who also starred in baseball; Recruited Middle Tennessee; Florida Atlantic, Eastern Kentucky and Vanderbilt;
Corey Dawe (OG/OT) 6-3, 275
Hometown: Orlando, Fla.
High School: Dr. Phillips
High School Honors: Honor Roll
Football Honors: Voted best offensive lineman junior & senior Year.
Athletic lineman with versatility to play any lineman position.
Joseph Hall (DE/OT) 6-2, 265
Hometown: Metuchen, N.J.
High School Coach: Bob Ulmer
High School Honors: WEB Debois Scholar, Honor Roll
Bryant Frazier (LB) 6’2 230
Hometown: Chesterfield, Va
High School: Meadowbrook
Football Honors: 1st Team All District, 1st Team All Metro, 2nd Team All Region, Defensive Player of the year in Central District, Digital Sport All star. Versatile LB with a tremendous upside.
Michael Greene (WR) 6-1 183
Hometown: Atlanta Ga.
High School: Jonesboro High School
Football Honors: Recorded 40 inch vertical at the Atlanta Nike Combine and finished second
in the Georgia Class 4A State Meet in the high jump by clearing 6 feet, 6 inches.
Greene received interest from Tennessee- Chattanooga and
Rivals.com listed Green as a two- star prospect and gave him a rating of 5.1, which is equal to a division 1 mid major- caliber talent.
Kevin Noble (LB) 6-3 218
Hometown: Burlington, N.C.
High School: Burlington, High School
Football Honors: 89 Tackles; 31 PBU (School Record); 11 Sacks; First Team All-Conference, Mid-State 2A ; Second Team All-Region; Pre-Season All-State
Lavontae Page (RB) 5-11, 180
Hometown: Douglasville, Ga.
High School: Douglas County
High School Coach: John Uglesby
Football Honors: Douglas County Player of the Years (2006);
All Region (2007) & All State (2007); 1,100 yards rushing, nine (9) TDs, 30 receptions, 300 yards receiving;
Oye “John” Ojo (FS/WR) 6’4 190
Hometown: Tallahassee, FL
High School: Florida High
High School Coach: Coach Hickman
High School Honors:
Football Honors: All district team, all state honorable mention,
Player of The year Junior & Senior year at Florida High. First Team All District, Second Team All Big Bend.
Martin Ukpai (QB) 6’3 180
Hometown: Coral Spring FL
High School: Fort Lauderdale High
High School Coach: Bob Wood
High School Honors: Honor Roll students
Football Honors: All county selection, 3000 yards passing , 900 yards rushing, 25 Passing touchdowns in two years at Fort Lauderdale High.
Derrick Warthen (RB/CB) 5’10 175
Lauderdale Lakes FL
High School: Boyd Anderson
Parents: Marlo & Todd Warthen
High Coach: Mark James
Football Honors: 4.38 speedster, 1200 yards rushing, 12 touchdowns 20 touchdowns and 2 touchdowns.
Sean Rush (ATH) 6’3 205
Chula Vista CA
Parents Name: Sean Rush Sr. & Sharhonda Rush
High School: Otay Ranch
Head Coach: Brad Burton
High School Honors: Honor Roll, 3.4 GPA, 1530 SAT score
Football Honors: 278 tackles, 54 tackles for loss, 12 hurries,
13 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, 4 interceptions
and 1 PAT block on defense in three years. On offense, 105 rushing yards, 33 receptions, 500 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns total during his career at Otay Ranch High.
Nickardo Blake (K) 5’11 170
Parents Name: Myrtel Fisher & Foyle Blake
High School: Boyd Anderson
High School Honors: Honor Student; Born in Jamaica
Football Honors: Broward All Star team 10th, 11th & 12th grade,
Led team in overall points as a sophomore, honorable mention all state team, soccer team captain.
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