National Signing Day Recap


ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia State has added seven high school seniors to a recruiting class that already had 17 transfers enrolled from other colleges.

The Panthers, who are 1-23 under coach Trent Miles, hope they've beefed up a defense that ranked worst in the nation among FBS schools in scoring last season.

Julien Laurent and Dequeszman Kelley bring size to the defensive line as junior college transfers. Laurent stands 6-foot-4, 315 pounds, and Kelley is 6-0, 285 pounds.

Linebacker Alonzo McGee, safety Bobby Baker and cornerback Demarco Davis are among six transfers from Alabama-Birmingham. Kaleb Ringer, a linebacker, and safety Cloves Campbell are junior college transfers.

Georgia State's class is comprised of six linemen, five linebackers, four defensive backs, four receivers, two running backs, one tight end, one quarterback and one athlete.


ATLANTA (AP) - Compared to previous years, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson has enjoyed putting together his 2015 recruiting class.

Winning the Orange Bowl over Mississippi State and beating Georgia for the first time since 2008 helped the Yellow Jackets keep their list of commitments nearly intact.

Johnson says most of the players who signed scholarships Wednesday had committed to Georgia Tech before it won an ACC division title and finished the season ranked No. 8.

The Jackets signed 17 in-state players. Their 27-member class is the largest group of signees in Johnson's eight years at the school.

Defensive end Anree Saint-Amour, offensive lineman Will Bryan, safety A.J. Gray, cornerback Dorian Walker, receiver Christian Philpott, linebackers Victor Alexander, Tyler Cooksey and others are expected to compete for playing time this fall.


ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia class of 28 signees includes an emphasis on defense, seven early enrollees and a defensive lineman rated as the nation's top prospect.

Coach Mark Richt says defensive tackle Trenton Thompson of Westover High in Albany, Georgia "is a big, massive man who's got great agility." The 6-foot-4, 311-pound Thompson is rated No. 1 on the 247Sports composite.

Richt says the day included "a lot of emotions."

Linebacker Roquan Smith of Montezuma, Georgia announced on ESPN he would sign with UCLA over the Bulldogs. Georgia lost wide receiver Darius Slayton of Greater Atlanta Christian to Auburn and safety Deontai Williams of Jacksonville, Florida to Ohio University.

Georgia signed Shaquery Wilson, a wide receiver from Coral Gables, Florida who last week changed his commitment from the Bulldogs to West Virginia.


STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) - Georgia Southern added 22 signees on Wednesday after losing 21 seniors from its Sun Belt Conference championship team.

The Eagles finished 9-3 overall in their inaugural season in the FBS, including a perfect 8-0 record in the Sun Belt. Georgia Southern wasn't eligible for a bowl bid in its first year of FBS.

The signing class includes Alabama-Birmingham transfer Roscoe Byrd. Because the UAB program was shut down, Byrd is eligible as a senior in 2015.

Coach Willie Fritz signed two players from The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida - tight end Kevin Ackerman and offensive guard Jeremiah Theus, the younger brother of Georgia offensive tackle John Theus and long snapper Nathan Theus.

Hampton McConnell of West Forsyth High is the only quarterback in the class.