WESSON, Miss. – The Copiah-Lincoln Community College football program added 26 players on Wednesday when the 2019 signing period opened up. The players come from across the state and include one out of state student-athlete. The new players look to continue Co-Lin's storied success on the gridiron beginning in 2019. Last season the Wolves finished the year 6-4 overall and 5-1 in the MACJC South Division. The impressive play earned the Wolves a playoff berth for the first time in four years. Head coach Glenn Davis is pleased with the incoming class and has high hopes for the team in 2019.
"We hit our needs in all areas. I'm very proud of what we did on the offensive line and with our running backs after losing so many good players to graduation," said Davis. "On the defensive side, we added several guys that can be starters and a lot of depth to the team…overall I thought it went really well and I'm really proud of our coaching staff for working so hard this recruiting season."
Joining the Wolves at quarterback is Danny Clark, a player transferring from the University of Kentucky who hails from Columbus, Ohio. Clark is a 6'4 lefty that weighs 225 pounds. A trio of running backs are joining the Wolves in Drexlan Allen (5'10/185) of Hattiesburg High School, La-Kenith Thompson (6'1/235) of Callaway High School, and Dennis Andrews (5'11/190) of Long Beach High School. Erick Rogers (5'11/190) is the only wide receiver on the list. Rogers is a Shannon High School graduate. Joining the Wolves as a tight end is Atavius Jones (6'4/255) from Starkville High School.
Co-Lin has six new offensive linemen in 2019. Jalen Armstrong (6'4/300) from Calhoun City High School, Grant Thompson (6'5/295) of Hamilton High School, Demarcus Gordon (6'4/320) of Rosa Fort High School, Zailen Clark (6'4/335) of Yazoo County High School, Marquise Howard (6'2/250) of Yazoo County High School, and Blayn Rich (6'4/285) of Tri County Academy.
On the defensive front the Wolves added three defensive linemen. Verdell Clemons (6'3/300) of Noxubee County High School, LaMarcus Faulkner (5'11/275) of Oxford High School, and Jacquess White (6'1/250) of Tupelo High School, all will be coming to Wesson this summer. Jarion Gardner (6'1/205) of Rosa Fort High School, Jalen Campbell (6'0/210) of Winona High School, Hayden Hill (6'1/220) of Northwest Ranking High School, and Chris Rias (6'3/195) of J.Z. George High School make up new linebackers joining the squad.
At defensive back, the Wolves have two transfers in Jemaurian Jones (6'1/170) from the University of Southern Mississippi and Kerrick Jones (6'0/195) of the U.S. Naval Academy. Lamar Gray (6'1/185) of Warren Central High School, Daquarius Ruffin (6'1/195) of Southeast Lauderdale High School, Chardarius Moore (6'0/170) of O'Bannon High School, and Axavian Jones (5'11/160) of Brookhaven High School will also join the ranks in the secondary.
Rounding out the 2019 National Signing Day class is Bryce Loften (6'2/215), a punter from Pisgah High School.
The Wolves have a host of talent joining the team in 2019 and look to continue the tradition of being an MACJC South Division powerhouse come August. For more information on the Wolves and to stay up-to-date with the football program follow @CoLinFootball and @colinathletics on Twitter or visit colinathletics.com.
List of signees:
Danny Clark | QB | University of Kentucky | Columbus, Ohio
Drexlan Allen | RB | Hattiesburg HS | Hattiesburg, Miss.
La-Kenith Thompson | RB | Callaway HS | Jackson, Miss.
Dennis Andrews | RB | Long Beach HS | Long Beach, Miss.
Erick Rogers | WR | Shannon HS | Shannon, Miss.
Atavius Jones | TE | Starkville HS | Starkville, Miss.
Jalen Armstrong | OL | Calhoun City HS | Calhoun City, Miss.
Grant Thompson | OL | Hamilton HS | Hamilton, Miss.
Demarcus Gordon | OL | Rosa Fort HS | Tunica, Miss.
Zailen Clark | OL | Yazoo County HS | Vaughn, Miss.
Marquise Howard | OL | Yazoo County HS | Yazoo City, Miss.
Blayne Rich | OL | Tri County Academy | Flora, Miss.
Verdell Clemons | DL | Noxubee County HS | Macon, Miss.
LaMarcus Faulkner | DL | Oxford HS | Oxford, Miss.
Jacquess White | DL | Tupelo HS | Tupelo, Miss.
Jarion Gardner | LB | Rosa Fort HS | Tunica, Miss.
Jalen Campbell | LB | Winona HS | Winona, Miss.
Hayden Hill | LB | Northwest Rankin HS | Flowood, Miss.
Chris Rias | LB | J.Z. George HS | North Carrollton, Miss.
Jemaurian Jones | DB | University of Southern Mississippi | Brookhaven, Miss.
Kerrick Jones | DB | U.S. Naval Academy | Senatobia, Miss.
Lamar Gary | DB | Warren Central HS | Vicksburg, Miss.
Daquarius Ruffin | DB | Greenwood HS | Greenwood, Miss.
Chardarius Moore | DB | O'Bannon HS | Greenville, Miss.
Axavian Jones | DB | Brookhaven HS | Brookhaven, Miss.
Bryce Lofton | P | Pisgah HS | Brandon, Miss.