Updated seven times beginning at 10:09 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4, with final list posted at 1:26 p.m.; additional updates attached at bottom through Saturday, Feb. 7.
PRESENTING GRAMBLING STATE’S 2009 CLASS …
Michael Boone DE 6-1 220 Anniston, Ala. (Anniston)
Helped guide team to the state playoffs after a five-year hiatus… high school teammate of GSU offensive lineman Quint Roberts…named defensive player of the week by The Anniston Star…earned all-county honors and a one-star rating by Scout.com.
Jacarde Carter LB 6-0 230 Lafayette, La. (Northside)
Selected to the 2008 Class 4A LSWA All-State Team…named as one of the top linebackers in Louisiana by Jim Stefani’s Class of 2009 Underclassmen Recruiting Blog…earned a one-star rating by Scout.com…logged over 140 tackles and 3.5 sacks during his senior campaign.
Jonathan Drake LB 6-1 215 Birmingham, Ala. (Minor)
Helped lead team to 9-3 record and berth in the state playoffs…continues the long line of talented players from the state of Alabama.
Cedric Goins DB 6-1 190 Monroe, La. (Richwood)
Two-star recruit by Rivals.com…played wide receiver in high school but projects as a defensive back on the collegiate level…earned District 1-3A First Team Honors.
Elon Grinstead WR 6-2 200 Ball, La. (Tioga)
Received Class 4A LSWA All-State Honorable Mention honors in 2007 and 2008…caught 39 receptions for 782 yards and 10 touchdowns…named as the 18th best prospect in the state by Dandy Don’s Top Louisiana Prospects preseason poll…played in the inaugural Sportsman’s Paradise All-Star contest… earned District 3-4A First Team Honors…also plays baseball.
Oshae Hamilton LB 6-1 210 Mesquite, Texas (Mesquite)
Two-star recruit by Rivals.com…earned District 11-5A First Team Honors at linebacker and second team honors at tight end…received Dallas Morning News’ SportsDay Honorable Mention honors as a junior…logged over 200 tackles during his high school career…also a member of Mesquite’s basketball team.
Ari Johnson PK 5-11 160 Mira Loma, Calif. (Roosevelt)
Scored 44 total points and connected on 32 PATs with four field goals as a high school senior…holds the school record for field goals made…also holds school record for extra points made in a game (8), season (36) and career (95).
Clint Marsh OL 6-3 360 Prichard, Ala. (Blount)
Graded out at 92% and racked up 18 pancake blocks during his senior season…named as a Star of Alabama by ScoutSouth.com after recording four pancake blocks and grading out at 95% for his performance against Mary Montgomery High School…earned a one-star rating by Scout.com…named to the 2008 Reebok Alabama Phenom Offensive Second Team after recording a 4.9 40-yard dash over the summer.
Edward Martinez RB 6-2 215 El Paso, Texas (Clint)
Earned District 4-3A First Team Honors…played both running back and linebacker in high school…rushed for 486 yards on 78 carries and scored seven touchdowns during his senior campaign on offense…logged 36 tackles and a sack on defense.
Jordell McCoy DB 6-1 180 Baton Rouge, La. (Woodlawn)
Selected to the 2008 Class 5A LSWA All-State Team…amassed 106 tackles and six interceptions during his senior campaign…named the Defensive MVP of District 5-5A…earned first team honors on defense and as a return specialist…participated in the 2008 Red Stick Bowl.
Terry McGill WR 5-9 160 New Orleans, La. (McDonough 35)
Helped lead team to 7-4 record and appearance in the playoffs…caught 10 passes for 297 yards with three touchdown receptions…also runs track.
Curtis McGregor RB 5-10 190 Houston, Texas (Eisenhower)
Tabbed as a three-star recruit and ranked 33rd nationally among all-purpose backs by Rivals.com…ranked 51st nationally by Scouts, Inc…also earned a three-star rating by Scout.com…named District 19-5A Offensive MVP…rushed for 907 yards on 109 carries and scored 15 touchdowns…averaged 8.3 yards per carry…caught seven passes for 165 yards.
Cori Middleton C 6-0 275 Arlington, Texas (Arlington)
Named to the District 4-5A First Team…played center in high school…helped lead team to the third round of Texas High School State Playoffs.
Ledavius Perry ATH 6-2 180 Arcadia, La. (Arcadia)
Guided his team to a 9-3 mark and an appearance in the LHSAA Class 1A playoffs…combined to throw over 5,300 yards and 50 touchdowns along with earning all-district honors over his final two seasons.
Andre Sanford OL 6-5 305 Monroe, La. (Richwood)
Top lineman on a team that amassed over 4,000 yards of total offense…received Class 4A LSWA All-State Honorable Mention honors as a senior…also earned All-Northeast and District 1-3A Honors.
Arthur Trey Williams LB 6-0 185 Birmingham, Ala. (Shades Valley)
Earned Player of the Week honors by McCarty Ford as a senior…high school teammate of current GSU players Donovan Moss and Van Phillips at Shades Valley…continues the long line of talented players from the state of Alabama.
–THIS JUST IN: Late Wednesday, Grambling added
James Holloway S 6-3 180 Houston, Texas (Booker T. Washington)
GSU didn’t announce Josh Ross, a 5-10, 180-pound safety from Carroll-Monroe, La., who signed on Wednesday; wide receiver D.J. Jones — he had 39 receptions for 616 yards and four touchdowns — as a senior — of Northside-Lafayette, La.; or athlete Deonte Flemings of Strong Vincent-Erie, Pa.
–WHAT’S STILL MISSING?: TheDerisoReport’s instant analysis on Thursday morning wonders about interior help on the defensive line.
–CLASS NOW AT 20: On Thursday night, Feb. 5, Grambling officially added Flemings and Holloway, as well as two other prospects — including, yes, a defensive tackle.
Deonte Flemings DB 5-10 170 Erie, Pa. (Strong Vincent)
Versatile prospect who played both sides of the field in high school…named to the Erie Times-News All-District 10 Team and Region 6 Offensive First Team…two-time AP Pennsylvania Class AAA All-State member…earned a two-star rating and ranked 89th nationally among cornerbacks by Scout.com…played quarterback last season and rushed for 798 yards on 90 carries with 18 touchdowns…passed for three touchdowns, picked off five passes and logged 49 tackles…began his high school career at Parker High School in Birmingham, Ala. where he earned Super All-State and Super All-Metro honors as a freshman.
James Holloway DB 6-3 180 Houston, Texas (Booker T. Washington)
Earned a two-star rating and ranked nationally among safeties by Scout.com…also picked up a two-star rating by Rivals.com…named to the 2008 Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Preseason Class 4A All-State Team and earned District 22-4A First Team Honors.
Aaron Jackson OL 6-3 270 Madison, Miss. (Holmes JC)
Earned Mississippi Association of Junior Colleges North Second Team Honors…blocked for an offensive unit that compiled over 3,000 yards of total offense.
Christopher Ramsey DL 6-2 230 Oldsmar, Fla. (Naval Academy Prep School)
Spent the 2008 season as a member of the Naval Academy Prep School football team…played high school football at Countryside High School in Clearwater, Fla…selected to the 2007 St. Petersburg Times All-Pinellas County Second Team…played in the 2007 Pinellas County All-Star Football Classic…named to the Pinellas County Athletic Conference Team.
–EXPANDED COVERAGE: Analysis of National Signing Day 2009 continues with a two-day look at how the rest of the Southwestern Athletic Conference fared. Saturday, we dove into the SWAC East. Sunday, TheDerisoReport dug deeper into the West Division classes.