February 6, 2013

The Citadel Announces 2013 Football Recruits

Quotes from Kevin Higgins about 2013 Recruiting Class

Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel head coach Kevin Higgins announced on Wednesday the addition of 23 newcomers representing seven different states to the Bulldog football family for the 2013 season.

South Carolina leads the way with 10 high school players heading to The Citadel including local wide receivers Rudder Brown and Taylor Kimball from Wando High School. Three players hail from North Carolina, Georgia and Pennsylvania, two from Alabama and one from Florida and Oklahoma.

Fifteen recruits are being brought in on offense including quarterbacks in Cam Jackson and Jantzen Jeffrey. Jackson was a teammate of 2012 freshman linebacker James Riley at Davidson High School in Mobile, Ala.

Malik Diggs and Isaiah Pinson participated in the North Carolina/South Carolina Shrine Bowl, and Tyler Renew played in the SCISA private school Shrine Bowl. Four players were chosen for the North/South All-Star game (Brown, DeVonta Delaney, DeAndre Schoultz and Jake Smith) while Forrest Barnes will play in Pennsylvania's prestigious Big 33 game.

Twenty of the 23 players served as a captain for their high school football team and five (Brown, Kimball, Pinson, Schoultz and Hugh McFaddin) were coached by former Citadel players.

Forrest Barnes, Slot Back, 5-11, 185, Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley

Forrest Barnes Highlights

Lettered three times in football and indoor track and field, four times in outdoor track and field and once in basketball at Seneca Valley High School … served as a team captain … scored 30 touchdowns his senior season and was named first team all-conference, second team all-state and a member of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette North Xtra Fabulous 22 squad … chosen to play in the Big 33 all-star game … tallied 19 touchdowns and was on the all-conference first team and the Fabulous 22 unit his junior year and was honorable mention all-conference after scoring 10 times as a sophomore … finished eighth in the 100 meter dash at last spring's outdoor state track and field meet and holds school records in both the 100 (10.76) and 200 (21.79) … qualified for the state meet in each of his first three high school seasons … member of the honor roll … born March 22, 1995 in Atlanta, Ga. … son of Rufus Barnes and Stephanie Barnes-Jones … plans on majoring in sports management and administration.

Ryan Bednar, OL, 6-1, 280, Glassport, Pa./South Allegheny

Ryan Bednar Highlights

Lettered four times in football and once in track and field … served as a team captain his senior year … started all four seasons … had 80 tackles with 16 sacks and three forced fumbles as a senior and was named first team all-conference at both offensive guard and defensive tackles … chosen to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Dynamic 33 all-area team at both positions as well … the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association tabbed him of the Hot 100 prospects in the state entering the 2012 campaign … named second team all-conference at center and defensive tackle his junior year when he made 57 tackles and seven sacks … class president each of the past three years and vice president as a freshman … member of the honor roll … born Jan. 27, 1995 in Glassport, Pa. … son of Robert and Deborah Bednar … plans on majoring in business administration.

Rudder Brown, WR, 6-4, 210, Mount Pleasant, S.C./Wando

Rudder Brown Highlights

Lettered twice in football and track and field and once in basketball at Wando High School … served as a team captain and was selected team's wide receiver and offensive MVP … caught 51 passes for 875 yards and 12 touchdowns his senior season … named to the Charleston Post & Courier All-Lowcountry Team, the all-region squad and the High School Sports Report all-state team … participated in the North/South All-Star game … helped lead the Warriors to the most wins in school history with 10 and a No. 6 ranking in the final state Class 4A poll … had 15 receptions covering 300 yards and scored four times as a junior … coached by former Citadel player Jimmy Noonan ('92) ... earned a place on the Honor Roll the second semester of his junior year … born Aug. 14, 1995 in Mount Pleasant, S.C. … son of Howard and Deb Brown … plans on majoring in business administration.

Tyus Carter, DB, 6-0, 170, Birmingham, Ala./Shades Valley

Tyus Carter Highlights

Lettered in football and track and field at Shades Valley High School … served as a team captain … had better than 40 tackles and broke up 10 passes with one interception his senior season … helped team reach state playoffs … member of the A and A/B honor rolls during his high school career … born March 5, 1995 in Birmingham, Ala. … son of Terry Hamilton and Ewana Carter … plans on majoring in biology.

Jeremiah Cotton, DL, 6-4, 265, Macon, Ga./Mount De Sales

Jeremiah Cotton Highlights

Lettered three times in football, twice in track and field and once in wrestling at Mount De Sales … named all-region each of his three seasons and was selected to the All-Middle Georgia team as a junior and senior and the all-state team following his final high school campaign … helped team win 10 games and advance to the third round of the playoffs in 2010 and seven victories and another playoff berth the following season … placed third in the region and fifth in the state in wrestling as a junior … sings in school choir and has participated in concerts in France … went on a mission trip to Honduras to build a playground for an orphanage … born on Jan. 24, 1995 in Queens, N.Y. … son of Ronnie and Deirtre Cotton … father is a Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army and mother is a pastor … plans on majoring in athletic training.

DeVonta Delaney, DB, 6-1, 180, Seabrook, S.C./Whale Branch

DeVonta Delaney Highlights

Lettered four times each in football, basketball and baseball and twice in track and field at Whale Branch Early College High School … served as a team captain his senior year when he caught 35 passes for 899 yards and 14 touchdowns, returned two punts for scores and intercepted three passes his senior season … named the Region 5A Wide Receiver and Offensive Player of the Year and was selected to play in the North/South All-Star game … made 27 receptions for 512 yards and seven touchdowns and picked off two passes his junior year … earned all-region and region wide receiver of the year accolades for the first time in his career … caught passes for 182 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore … all-region and all-area selection in basketball and baseball during the 2011-12 school year and a gold medalist in the 4x100 meter relay when his team won the Class A state championship … member of the National Honor Society … born Feb. 20, 1995 in Beaufort, S.C. … son of Leslie Bing … plans on majoring in engineering.

Malik Diggs, DB, 6-1, 180, Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland

Malik Diggs Highlights

Lettered in football and track and field at Scotland High School … served as a team captain … named team's defensive back of the year as well as all-conference and all-region his senior year when his team won the conference championship… chosen to play in the Shrine Bowl … played on a 15-0 Class 4A state title team his junior year … helped freshman team go 6-0 in 2009 and junior varsity team post a perfect 10-0 record the following year … standout on the track, finishing sixth at the state meet in the 55 meter hurdles and eighth in the 110 hurdles while qualifying in the 300 hurdles his junior season … received the Most Improved Award on the track team as a sophomore … born Oct. 23, 1994 in Southern Pines, N.C. … son of Brenton Scott Diggs and Shequeta Fripp … plans on majoring in electrical engineering.

Jonathan Dorogy, Slot Back, 5-8, 180, Harmony, Pa./Seneca Valley

Jonathan Dorogy Highlights

Lettered three times in football and baseball and four times in track and field at Seneca Valley High School … served as a team captain his senior year and was named first team all-conference, all-county and all-state as well as a member of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 squad … caught 40 passes for 689 yards, rushed for 399 yards, accounted for 1,433 all-purpose yards and scored 11 touchdowns … also made 43 tackles with 5.5 tackles for loss, one sack, three interceptions, four forced and four recovered fumbles … chosen first team all-conference and all-county as a junior … helped team go 10-2 and reach the semifinals of the state playoffs his senior year … first team all-conference in baseball and member of back-to-back WPIAL championship teams … holds school record and placed fifth at the state meet in the 60 meter dash his junior year … member of the Highest Honor Roll all four years and the National Honor Society … born Sept. 16, 1994 in Pittsburgh, Pa. … son of David and Kathy Dorogy … once featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno … plans on majoring in civil engineering.

Tevin Floyd, LB, 6-1, 225, Tallahassee, Fla./Florida High

Tevin Floyd Highlights

Lettered in football, basketball, track and field and weightlifting at Florida High … served as a team captain … his senior year he repeated as a second team all-state selection after making 112 tackles including 84 solo stops, 14 tackles for loss, six sacks and four forced fumbles … recorded 120 tackles with 12 coming behind the line of scrimmage and six sacks his junior season when he was selected first team All-Big Bend, second team all-state and the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Defensive Player of the Year … chosen to play in the North Florida All-Star game in 2012 and was the MVP … had a total of 296 tackles in his four-year career … honored as a scholar-athlete of the year in 2011 and 2012 … born July 24, 1995 in Tallahassee, Fla. … son of Timothy and Wilonda Floyd … plans on majoring in engineering.

Cam Jackson, QB, 6-2, 185, Mobile, Ala./Davidson

Cam Jackson Highlights

Lettered all four years in football and track and field and once in baseball at Davidson High School … served as a team captain … rushed for 1,204 yards (7.8 yards per carry) and 13 touchdowns while completing 106 of 151 passes (70.2 percent) for 1,105 yards and six scores his senior year … gained 699 yards and scored five touchdowns on the ground and threw for 365 yards and a score as a junior … member of team that advanced to the state semifinals in 2010 and was ranked third in final state Class 6A poll … helped lead Davidson to final rankings of ninth in 2011 and sixth as a senior in 2012 … starred in track and field, winning sectional titles in the 300 meter hurdles and 100 meter dash in 2012 while finishing third and fifth, respectively, in those events at the state meet … member of the A/B Honor Roll … born Oct. 18, 1994 in Mobile, Ala. … son of Donatta Jackson and stepson of Victor Summers … plans on majoring in civil engineering.

Jantzen Jeffrey, QB, 6-1, 200, Cumming, Ga./South Forsyth

Jantzen Jeffrey Highlights

Lettered four times in football, twice in track and field and once in baseball at South Forsyth High School … served as a team captain and was named second team all-region his senior season … that year he rushed for 820 yards and nearly 10 yards per carry while scoring 16 touchdowns and added 118 completions in 163 attempts (72.4 percent) for 1,515 yards … chosen honorable mention all-region as a junior … started at three different positions – wide receiver, tight end and defensive back – his sophomore campaign … member of school-record 4x100 meter relay team that was county champion and runners-up at region meet … born Sept. 8, 1994 in Atlanta, Ga. … son of Brian and Kim Jeffrey … father played football at Georgia Southwestern … plans on majoring in sports management.

Nick Jeffreys, TE, 6-3, 235, Oklahoma City, Okla./Bishop McGuinness

Nick Jeffreys Highlights

Lettered three times in football … served as a team captain his senior season … had 11 catches for 188 yards and two touchdowns while making 185 tackles, six sacks and an interception as a linebacker … named to The Oklahoman All-Big City first team and honorable mention all-state … helped team reach the Class 5A state semifinals in 2011 and 2012 … member of the National Honor Society … born Nov. 17, 1994 in Muskogee, Okla. … son of John and Susan Jeffreys … plans on majoring in civil engineering.

Jorian Jordan, WR, 6-0, 165, Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek

Jorian Jordan Highlights

Lettered three times in football and track and field at Mallard Creek High School … served as a team captain … led team with 42 receptions for 947 yards and 12 touchdowns his senior season … qualified for the state meet in the long jump as a junior … member of the National Honor Society … born Nov. 30, 1994 in Burlington, N.C. … son of Quentin Brown and Tamara Jordan … plans on majoring in sports management.

Taylor Kimball, WR, 6-2, 200, Mount Pleasant, S.C./Wando

Taylor Kimball Highlights

Lettered twice in football and basketball and once in track and field at Wando High School … caught 60 passes for 845 yards and three touchdowns his senior season … named the team's wide receiver MVP and was selected to the Charleston Post & Courier All-Lowcountry and all-region teams and the High School Sports Report all-state squad … helped lead the Warriors to the most wins in school history with 10 and a No. 6 ranking in the final state Class 4A poll … also a member of basketball team that finished 24-3 his junior season … coached by former Citadel player Jimmy Noonan ('92) … born Oct. 1, 1994 in Mount Pleasant, S.C. … son of Stuart Kimball and Jeanne Barreira … plans on majoring in civil engineering.

Hugh McFaddin, OL, 6-0, 270, Manning, S.C./Manning

Hugh McFaddin Highlights

Lettered four times in football, three times in track and field and twice in tennis at Manning High School … served as a team captain … named to the all-region team and was the Sumter Item Scholar-Athlete of the Year his senior season … also honored as the team's outstanding player of the year as a freshman … team won 10 games and reached the Lower State championship game in each of his first two seasons … coached by former Citadel player Robbie Briggs ('93) … member of the A/B Honor Roll and is a 4.13 and above GPA honor student … serves as president of student body … born Nov. 2, 1994 in Manning, S.C. … son of Susan McFaddin … grandfather, Daniel Bowden Shine Jr. was a boxer at The Citadel and his cousin, Rusty Holt, was a member of the Bulldogs' football and track and field teams … plans on majoring in business administration.

Isaiah Pinson, OL, 6-3, 240, Wellford, S.C./Byrnes

Isaiah Pinson Highlights

Lettered three times in football and once in track and field and wrestling … served as a team captain … selected to the all-region and Class 4A Division I all-state team his senior year … received the ESPN HAWG Tough Lineman of the Week Award following the season opener in 2012 and was chosen to play in the Shrine Bowl … named the junior varsity offensive lineman of the year the previous season … was coached at Byrnes by Citadel All-American Lance Hansen ('92) … member of team that went 25-5 and won state titles in 2010 and 2011 … earned spot on region all-academic team his senior year … born April 25, 1995 in Fairfax County, Va. … son of Reko and Nathawan Pinson … plans on majoring in psychology.

Tyler Renew, B-Back, 5-11, 205, Columbia, S.C./Ben Lippen  

Tyler Renew Highlights

Lettered three times in football, four times in basketball and twice in soccer and track and field at Ben Lippen High School … served as a team captain … capped off a prolific career by rushing for 1,641 yards and 27 touchdowns his senior year and was a member of the all-state team for the second consecutive year … received the team's Most Outstanding Offensive Player Award for the third straight season and was also won the Hardest Working Player Award … rushed for 1,767 yards and 23 touchdowns his junior year and 1,221 yards and 13 scores as a sophomore … his career total of 4,629 rushing yards is a school record and he was named Ben Lippen's Athlete of the Year three times … selected to play in the 2012 Shrine Bowl … state high jump champion and third in state in 100 meter dash in track and field (2012), team's defensive MVP in basketball (2011-12) and offensive player of the year and all-region in soccer (2011) … born Oct. 20, 1994 in Columbia, S.C. … son of Charles and Linda Renew … plans on majoring in health, exercise and sport science.

Jake Riggs, WR, 6-4, 215, Greenville, S.C./J.L. Mann

Jake Riggs Highlights

Lettered twice in football at J.L. Mann High School … served as a team captain … named team's best wide receiver and received the Senior Award in 2012 … member of the National Honor Society his junior and senior years … born March 1, 1995 in Greenville, S.C. … son of Jim and Liz Riggs … one of a set of triplets which includes sister Abby and brother Zach who will be playing football at Clemson this fall … father played football at Clemson from 1982-86 and spent seven seasons in the NFL as a tight end with the Bengals (1987-92) and Redskins (1993) … an uncle, Matt Riggs, was on the Clemson football team from 1984-87 … plans on majoring in business administration.

Devan Robbins, Slot Back, 5-11, 175, Belmont, N.C./South Point

Devan Robbins Highlights

Lettered in football and track and field at South Point High School … served as a team captain … named to the all-conference team and was the Big 22 Player of the Year his senior season … also selected to the all-conference team his sophomore and junior years and was the MVP of the junior varsity football team as a freshman … member of 2009 state championship team and four-time conference titlist … finished fourth in the 200 meters and fifth in the 100 meters at the state track meet his junior year … earned scholar-athlete honors each of his final three high school seasons … born Aug. 15, 1995 in Gastonia, N.C. … son of Keith and Charlene Robbins … plans on majoring in civil engineering.

Ben Roberts, DB, 5-9, 170, Statesboro, Ga./Statesboro

Ben Roberts Highlights

Lettered in football and baseball at Statesboro High School … intercepted four passes and was named to the all-region team his senior season … also earned all-region accolades as a member of the baseball team his junior year … will be an honor graduate … born Oct. 17, 1994 in Statesboro, Ga. … son of Lenwood and Gloria Roberts … plans on majoring in business administration.

DeAndre Schoultz, Slot Back, 5-9, 185, Aiken, S.C./South Aiken

DeAndre Schoultz Highlights

Lettered four times in football, six times in track and field and twice in basketball at South Aiken High School … served as a team captain … accounted for 1,600 all-purpose yards and scored six touchdowns while making 50 tackles his senior season … named to the Aiken Standard and Augusta Chronicle first team and all-region and all-state … chosen to play in the North/South All-Star game … selected to the Aiken Standard and Augusta Chronicle all-star teams and the all-region squad as a junior when he had 1,500 all-purpose yards and 12 touchdowns … had 600 all-purpose yards and scored twice as a sophomore and was honorable mention all-region … coached by former Citadel player Jeremy West ('99) … member of the student council and a scholar-athlete … born March 15, 1995 in Aiken, S.C. … son of Alex and Katherine Schoultz … brother Marcus was on the track and field team at Charleston Southern for three years … plans on majoring in business administration.

Jake Smith, DL, 6-5, 225, Greenville, S.C./Greenville

Jake Smith Highlights

Lettered four times in football and once in track and field … served as a team captain … recorded 62 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 10 sacks his senior year and was named to the all-county, all-region and Class 3A all-state team .. .selected to play in the North/South All-Star game … member of team that captured three Peach Blossom Region championships … born July 21, 1995 … son of Michael and Julie Smith … plans on majoring in business administration.

Will Vanvick, Punter, 5-11, 170, Greenville, S.C./J.L. Mann

Will Vanvick Highlights

Lettered three times in football and also played on the golf team … served as a team captain … named first team all-county and all-region for the second straight time after enjoying a perfect season on his extra point attempts his senior year … received the team's Special Teams Impact Player Award as a sophomore … member of the National Honor Society … born Dec. 30, 1994 in Greenville, S.C. … son of Scott and Helen Vanvick … relatives graduating from The Citadel include his father (Class of 1980), an uncle (1976) and brother (2011) … plans on majoring in business administration.

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