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Jags sign 11 in 2019 football recruiting class

Jags sign 11 in 2019 football recruiting class

MOBILE, Ala. – University of South Alabama head football coach Steve Campbell announced Wednesday that 11 individuals signed either National Letters-of-Intent or grants-in-aid with the school.

Jamel Thomas (Caledonia, Miss.) will have two years of eligibility remaining, with the rest of the group coming to South from the high school level able to compete for four seasons for the Jaguars. Also signing were Damean Bivins (Pace, Fla.), Brandon Crum (Auburn, Ala.), Brentt Cunningham (West Point, Miss.), John Gill (Pensacola, Fla.), Jack Green (Brandon, Miss.), Noah Karwacki (Aurora, Colo.), Bryson Norris (Crestview, Fla.), AJ Phillips (Chickasaw, Ala.), Devin Voisin (Crestview, Fla.) and Jaden Voisin (Crestview, Fla.).

The Jags also added a pair of junior-college transfers with two years of eligibility to the class — Patrick Rosette (Richmond, Texas) and TrĂ© Young (Mobile) — at the start of the spring semester.

In December, South announced junior-college transfers Conner Estes (Moss Point, Miss.), Gi'Narious Johnson (Gulfport, Miss.), Kelvin Johnson (Griffin, Ga.), Tylan Morton (Griffin, Ga.), Devin Rockette (Oxford, Miss.), Jacob Shoemaker (Gulfport, Miss.) and Nick Thompson (Madison, Miss.) as well as Dallas Gamble (Booneville, Miss.), Brock Higdon (Pelham, Ala.), Tanner McGee (Randleman, N.C.), Ryan Melton (West Point, Miss.), Dajon Richard (Patterson, La.) and Wykevious Thomas (Riverdale, Ga.) will join the program.

"We're very excited about the group of young men that we were able to bring into the program," stated Campbell. "We addressed a lot of the areas of need that we had; we needed to get bigger and more physical up front on the offensive line, we got some good size on the defensive front and we felt like we really needed to improve our team speed. Not only do we feel like we helped ourselves in those areas with this group, we also needed to address our kicking situation and believe we found some of the best legs in the country to come in and help.

"What I like is that this is a great group of young men, it's a very, very talented group but they all love football and are guys who possess tremendous character. We didn't just address immediate needs but found guys who should be a here a few years down the road."

Rosette was one of eight players in the country to record 100-plus tackles in the fall, finishing with 101 plus six passes defensed to be named first-team all-Southwest Junior College Conference following his sophomore season at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. Thomas — a three-star 247Sports.com junior-college recruit — paced the National Junior College Athletic Association in receiving yards per game after posting 934 with eight scores on 59 receptions at Itawamba (Miss.) C.C. in 2018. Young, a two-star junior-college recruit according to Rivals.com, was credited with 45 stops, a team-high eight passes broken up, an interception and two forced fumbles as a sophomore at East Central (Miss.) C.C.

Bivins was selected the state 6A Florida Player of the Year as a senior at Pace High after rushing for 2,273 yards and 32 touchdowns, while Crum — who received two stars from 247Sports.com — will play tight end for the Jags; last fall at Auburn High he was credited with 58 solo tackles with 14 of those behind the line including 11 sacks and was voted first-team all-area. South added three offensive linemen as well, with Gill selected first-team all-area as a senior at Pine Forest HS after grading out at 85 percent while helping the Eagles to a first-round victory in the state 6A playoffs, Green earning first-team all-state recognition after posting over 130 pancake blocks his senior year at Brandon High as the Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals of the state 6A playoffs en route to a 13-2 mark, and Norris chosen first-team all-area at Crestview High after his efforts helped the Bulldogs run for more than 2,700 yards on their way to a 10-3 finish and a berth in the semifinals of the state 6A playoffs.

Devin and Jaden Voisin — whose older brother, Keon, was a freshman this fall with the program — were also members of the Crestview High team that won 10 games a year ago. The former caught 41 passes for 974 yards and 10 touchdowns his senior season, and the latter was credited with 26 tackles while also picking off nine passes.

Cunningham, a three-year starter who helped West Point HS go 43-2 while winning three straight 5A state championships, made 69 stops as a senior with six tackles for loss including three sacks. A first-team all-region and second-team all-selection as a running back at Chickasaw HS, Phillips will initially begin his Jaguar career at linebacker after posting 60 stops including 14 behind the line of scrimmage for the Chieftans last season.

As a senior at Vista PEAK Preparatory School, Karwacki received all-state and all-conference honors after averaging 50.1 yards per punt — a figure that was best in the state and third nationally — while also recording touchbacks on 35 of 53 kickoffs.

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