Tigers Announce 2014 Signing Class

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Memphis Football 2014 Signing Class

 Curtis Akins                        LB           6-2          220         Fr.           Byhalia, Miss. (Byhalia HS)

Genard Avery                    LB           6-1          220         Fr.           Grenada, Miss. (Grenada HS)

Brujoun Bonner                                DB          6-3          190         Fr.           St. Petersburg, Fla. (Lakewood HS)

Christian Boutte               DB          5-10       176         Fr.           Opelousas, La. (Opelousas HS)

Thomas Brown                  LB           6-2          210         Soph.    Gardena, Calif. (Junipero Serra HS/Riverside City College)

Jarvis Cooper                     RB           6-1          255         Fr.           West Memphis, Ark. (West Memphis Senior HS)

Caleb Grant                        DE           6-4          240         Fr.           Byhalia, Miss. (Byhalia HS)

McKenzie Hill                    DE           6-3          240         Fr.           Memphis, Tenn. (Evangelical Christian School)

Clay Holgorsen                 QB          6-1          183         Fr.           Katy, Texas (James E. Taylor HS)

Tyler Jones                         OL           6-5          271         Fr.           Albertville, Ala. (Albertville HS)

Tyler Kolodny                    TE           6-3          245         Soph.    Woodland Hills, Calif. (El Camino Real HS)

Greg McKillion                  WR         6-5          225         Soph.    Blytheville, Ark. (Blytheville HS/Independence CC)

Jace Neville                       OL           6-6          260         Fr.           Columbia, Mo. (Rock Bridge HS)

Isadore Outing                  DE           6-4          245         Fr.           Houston, Texas (Spring Dekaney HS)

Roderick Proctor              WR         5-11       161         Fr.           Orlando, Fla. (Dr. Phillips HS)

Noah Robinson                 LB           6-4          235         Fr.           Worcester, Mass. (Doherty Memorial HS/Atlanta Sports Acad.)

Jason Stewart                    QB          6-3          210         Jr.           Alexandria, Va. (Hayfield Secondary HS/Fort Scott CC)

Trevon Tate                        OL/DL    6-4          280         Fr.           Galena Park, Texas (North Shore HS)

Tyler Uselton                     OL           6-3          330         Jr.           Great Bend, Kan. (Great Bend HS/Butler CC)

Shareef White                  LB           6-1          220         Fr.           Grenada, Miss. (Grenada HS)

Carlos Williams                                DB          5-11       185         Fr.           Covington, Tenn. (Covington HS)

Tyler Kolodny                                                         ENROLLED

6-3, 245, Tight End


Los Angeles Pierce College

Woodland Hills, Calif. (El Camino Real HS)

As a freshman at Pierce College caught 27 passes for 352 yards and five touchdowns … Named to the Southern California Association’s American Division 2013 All-Pacific Conference Football First-Team at tight end … Closed out the 2013 season with back-to-back, 100-yard receiving games as the Brahmas finished a 9-2 season with consecutive wins … Had eight receptions for 117 yards in a 41-16 win over Glendale to capture the league championship … Helped Pierce College finish off the season with an American Division Bowl title, catching seven passes for 119 yards including a 50-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter of a 21-13 win at Chaffey … The Brahmas captured their first American Division Championship since 2010 … Earlier in the season had five receptions for 42 yards and two touchdowns against West LA … Prior to the two touchdown game, had just one reception … Had a 13-yard touchdown catch in a 53-42 win over Santa Barbara and also had a four-yard scoring catch against Santa Monica during his freshman season … Head coach at Pierce College was Efrain Martinez. Professional Baseball: Prior to beginning his collegiate football career, was selected in the 16th round of the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft by the Baltimore Orioles … Played six seasons in the Orioles’ organization advancing to Baltimore’s Class A club, the Frederick Keys of the Carolina League … Member of Frederick’s 2011 Carolina League championship team … Also played one season for the Greys of the Frontier League … Over his seven season career batted .245 … The fielder played in 369 professional games, finishing his career with 45 home runs, 12 triples and 68 doubles … Scored 202 runs and had 174 RBI along with 44 stolen bases. El Camino Real High School: Four-year baseball letterman for El Camino Real … High school coach was Matt LaCour … Most memorable moment of his prep career was winning the CIF Baseball State Championship at Dodger Stadium in 2005 … Also lettered one year playing basketball at El Camino Real. Personal: Son of Steve and Heather Kolodny … Born March 9, 1988 in Woodland Hills, Calif. … has two brothers, Trevar and Timmy … Younger brother Timmy was a three-year letterman playing volleyball at NCAA Division III Mount Saint Vincent.


Noah Robinson                                                      ENROLLED

6-4, 235, Linebacker


Atlanta Sports Academy

Worcester, Mass. (Doherty Memorial HS)

Played one season of post-high school football at the Atlanta Sports Academy … Registered 88 tackles, 4.5 quarterback sacks and an interception in seven games played … Also forced two fumbles, recovered four fumbles, credited with 39 quarterback hurries and blocked three point after tries … Coach at Atlanta Sports Academy was Damon Dawson. Doherty Memorial High School: As a senior at Doherty Memorial High School in 2012, registered 125 tackles, five quarterback sacks and an interception as the Highlanders reached the MIAA Division 2 Central semifinals … In addition to linebacker, played tight end and receiver at Doherty … Had 24 receptions for 516 yards and three touchdowns as a senior … Named to the Worcester Inter-High All Star team … One of three senior captains named from the team … Was named the Central Massachusetts Defensive MVP … A three-year all-star who was twice named the team’s most valuable player … Selected a Telegram and Gazette Super Team All-Star in 2012 … Played in the 13th Annual Shrine Chowder Bowl Classic … Was a National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete nominee … As a junior posted 104 tackles including three quarterback sacks and had a defensive touchdown while offensively caught 25 passes for 360 yards and four touchdowns … Credited with 74 tackles and eight sacks as a sophomore … Head coach at Doherty Memorial was Sean Mulcahy … Team captain and Inter-High All Star member of Doherty’s baseball team … Also competed in several track and field events including the shot put, high jump and discus. Personal: Son of Len and Beth Robinson … Born June 11, 1994 in Barrie, Ontario … Has two older brothers – Myles and Zach – and three younger sisters – Hannah, Mary and Mukayla … Brother Zack played Division III hockey for the Becker Ice Hawks and Worcester State Lancers.


Jason Stewart                                                         ENROLLED

6-3, 210, Quarterback


Fort Scott Community College

Alexandria, Va. (Hayfield Secondary HS)

Transfer from Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, Kan., where he completed 147-of-268 passes for 1925 yards and 15 touchdowns as a sophomore … 213.9 passing yards per game average ranked 13th among National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) quarterbacks … Also rushed for 160 yards and four touchdowns … Posted a career passing game on the road at Coffeyville Community College where he completed 36-of-57 passes for 361 yards and two touchdowns … In a 63-7 win over Independence Community College, completed 16-of-20 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns … Honorable Mention selection to the Kanas Jayhawk Community College Conference All-Conference Team … Head coach at Fort Scott was Curtis Horton. Dodge City Community College: Played his freshman season at Dodge City Community College splitting time at quarterback and receiver … Started four games at quarterback, completing 26-of-41 passes for 261 yards and a touchdown … Also had 11 rushing attempts for seven net yards. Hayfield Secondary High School/Hargrave Militory Academy: Spent one post-graduate year at Hargrave Military Academy before enrolling at Dodge City … Was an All-National District selection at Hayfield Secondary, leading the Hawks to the North Region Division 5 championship game … Accounted for six touchdowns in the first half of a game against Wakefield as a senior … Was the MVP of the Northern Region All-Star Game … High school coach was Roy Hill. Personal: Son of Bill Stewart and Mary Stewart … Born April 8, 1993 in Alexandria, Va. … has a younger brother, Justin.


Tyler Uselton                                                          ENROLLED

6-3, 330, Offensive Lineman


Butler Community College

Great Bend, Kan. (Great Bend HS)

Member of Butler team which played in the Graphic Edge Bowl and posted a 9-2 record … Named to the All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference First-Team at offensive guard … Was one of eight, first-team selections on the KJCCC team for Butler … Starter on a Butler team which finished sixth in the final NJCAA poll, marking the 16th straight year the Grizzlies finished the season in the Top 10 … Blocked for an offense which averaged 384 yards per game … Grizzlies averaged 211 yards passing and 173 yards rushing … Team averaged 410 yards in conference play … Butler won five straight before a 6-0 loss to Iowa Western in the Graphic Edge Bowl … Grizzlies closed out the regular season with a six-overtime, 19-16 win over Hutchinson which gave Butler the outright Jayhawk Conference Championship … Junior college coach was Troy Morrell. Great Bend High School: Two-time, First-Team All-Western Athletic Conference selection at Great Bend High School … Named First-Team Class 5A All-State … Voted team’s most valuable player … In addition to playing on the offensive line, member of Great Bend’s defensive front … Registered 42 total tackles including 34 solo hits … Had six quarterback sacks, forced three fumbles and deflected three passes at the line of scrimmage … Selected to play for the West team at the 2012 Kansas Shrine Game.


Carlos Williams                                                      ENROLLED

5-11, 185, Defensive Back


Covington, Tenn. (Covington HS)

Two-way player at Covington High School who helped lead the Chargers to the 4A state football championship game as a senior … Marty Wheeler-coached Covington team posted a 15-1 record in 2012 and captured the AA District 13 title with a 9-0 mark … Originally signed to play baseball at Ole Miss … Set a Tennessee prep record with 185 career stolen bases … Also established a state high school record for consecutive steals (12) and the national record for being hit by a pitch (60) … Baseball accomplishments resulted in recognition from Sports Illustrated’s Faces In The Crowd feature … The Baseball Draft Report listed him on the site’s list of Top 75 High School Outfield Prospects (No. 47).

Curtis Akins

6-2, 220, Linebacker

Byhalia, Miss. (Byhalia HS)

Over four-year career, registered close to 600 tackles … Credited with 589 total stops including 392 solo tackles … Credited with six quarterback sacks, 10 interceptions and forced 12 fumbles … Captain of Byhalia Indians team which advanced to play in the 2013 MHSAA Football Championships senior year … Named to the Clarion-Ledger’s All-State second team … Selected the District 2-4A Defensive Player of the Year … First-Team All-District 2-4A pick … Recorded 110 total tackles as a senior … Had two quarterback sacks, a pair of interceptions and a fumble recovery during the year … During senior season, caught a 15-yard touchdown pass with 1:11 to play to stun New Albany 14-12 in a District 2-4A game … Registered 245 total tackles junior season including 160 solo stops … Head coach at Byhalia junior and senior seasons was John Danley.


Genard Avery

6-1, 220, Linebacker

Grenada, Miss. (Grenada HS)

Named to the Clarion-Ledger 2013 Football All-State Team … Most Valuable Player of Mississippi’s 6A Region 1 … Played in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game … Linebacker was moved to defensive end for the all-star game … Member of the Clarion-Ledger’s Targeted 22 … Tallied 75 total tackles, 3.5 quarterback sacks and forced a pair of fumbles as a senior … Also saw playing time on offense, accounting for 72 rushing yards on 18 carries … Scored five offensive touchdowns … During senior year, recorded a season-high 10 tackles (9 solo stops) in a 51-14 win over DeSoto Central … Logged nine tackles in a 12-7 win over Olive Branch … Had eight tackles in three different games during the 2013 season … Registered 111 tackles and six quarterback sacks as a junior to earn 6A all-state honors … Posted 12 tackles including three for loss in a shutout win over DeSoto Central and had 11 tackles against Tupelo the following week … Closed out junior year with three, double-digit tackle games including a career-high 18 tackles against Columbus … High school coach was Ashley Kuhn.

Brujoun Bonner

6-3, 190, Defensive Back

St. Petersburg, Fla. (Lakewood HS)

Played primarily at safety in high school but also saw action at linebacker … Registered 216 total tackles as a senior including 184 solo stops to lead the Spartans … Helped lead Lakewood to a 5A District 8 championship with a 4-0 record … Spartans were 10-4 overall, losing to Clay High School 40-38 in the Class 5A Semifinals … Member of defensive unit which registered back-to-back shutouts at Boca Ciega and against Dunedin … Had an interception in the shutout win over Boca Ciega to set up a touchdown to give Lakewood a 30-0 halftime lead … Spartans held seven of 14 opponents to single-figure scoring … High School coach was Cory Moore.

Christian Boutte

5-10, 176, Defensive Back

Opelousas, La. (Opelousas HS)

Intercepted six passes, returning three for touchdowns as a junior … Allowed just 10 catches from his coverage position in 2012 … Honorable mention All-District 2A-6 as a sophomore …Also a sprinter on Opelousas’ track and field team … Clocked an 11.16 at the Region II 4A Championships in the 100 meters and a 22.37 in the 200 meters at the event … Also a member of Opelousas’ 4×200 relay.

Thomas Brown

6-2, 210, Linebacker

Gardena, Calif. (Junipero Serra HS/Riverside City College)

Played his freshman season at Riverside City College … In five games of action, recorded 21 total tackles including 13 solo stops including four tackles for loss (-14 yards) and a quarterback sack (-3 yards) … Recorded a season-high eight tackles including one for a five-yard loss at Fullerton … Riverside Community College, the 2013 National Central Conference Championship, defeated Golden West College 27-17 in the Southern California Bowl … Recorded five tackles including two for lost yardage (-6) in the win over Golden West … With the Southern Cal Bowl victory, Riverside advanced to play Fullerton in a California Community College Athlete Association semifinal playoff game … Tallied four tackles in a 23-14 loss to Fullerton. Nebraska: In 2012 redshirted at the University of Nebraska. Junipero Serra High School: Finished senior year with 77 tackles, including 32 solo stops to go along with 2.5 quarterback sacks and a pair of pass deflections … Senior-year team posted an 11-2 record and captured a Central Coast Section Division I title … The section championship was the first for the school since 1990 … High school coach was Scott Altenberg … Transferred to Junipero Serra High after playing his junior year at St. Anthony High School … Racked up 96 tackles and five quarterback sacks during the 2010 season at St. Anthony … Regarded as a Top 75 prospect in the state of California and ranked as the 17th-best inside linebacker prospect by 247 Sports … Rivals.com and Scout.com listed him among the Top 50 inside linebacker prospects. Personal: Son of Thomas Brown and Lashanda Parks … Born June 23, 1994.


Jarvis Cooper

6-1, 255, Running Back

West Memphis, Ark. (West Memphis Senior HS)

Started on both sides of the football for Class 7A West Memphis High School … Two-time selection to the Associated Press Super Team which encompasses all classes of Arkansas high school football … Also a two-time Class 7A all-state selection Named to the 2013 American Family Insurance All-USA Arkansas Football Team … Selected to play in the Arkansas Activities Association 2014 All-Star Football Game … Played on the defensive line at both end and nose tackle … Also saw some time at linebacker … Also played fullback and rushed for better than 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns … High school coach was Larry Dauksch.

 Caleb Grant

6-4, 240, Defensive End

Byhalia, Miss. (Byhalia HS)

Three-year player who tallied 130 total tackles including 34 quarterback sacks … Member of Byhalia Indians team which advanced to play in the 2013 MHSAA Football Championships senior year … First-Team All-District 2-4A pick … Was also selected First-Team All-District 2-4A as a junior when he registered 87 tackles and 26 quarterback sacks … Head coach at Byhalia junior and senior seasons was John Danley.

McKenzie Hill

6-3, 240, Defensive End

Memphis, Tenn. (Evangelical Christian School)

Named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s Division II-A All-State team as a senior … two-way player who received all-state recognition as an offensive lineman … Capped his prep career by playing in the 12th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Football Game … Registered a quarterback sack for a safety from his defensive end position early in the fourth quarter to give the Blue All Stars a 33-31 lead … Helped lead ECS to a region championship and an 11-1 overall record … Eagles advanced to the DII-A semifinals … Recorded 42 total tackles including 21 for loss and 7.5 quarterback sacks during the 2013 season … Evangelical posted three shutouts during the year including a 35-0 victory over First Assembly Christian in which he had six tackles including three for loss and two quarterback sacks … Had a season-high 3.5 tackles for loss including 1.5 quarterback sacks in a 24-12 win over Sheffield in final regular season game … Posted 36 total tackles including 25 solo stops as a junior … Had five quarterback sacks during the year … Played for coach Geoff Walters at Evangelical Christian School.

Clay Holgorsen

6-1, 183, Quarterback

Katy, Texas (James E. Taylor HS)

Named to Houston’s Chronicle Top 100 football recruits list … Completed 209-of-339 passes (61 percent) for 2,078 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior … Voted Co-Newcomer of the Year in District 19-5A … First prep playing time came as a sophomore at Clements High School in the Houston area before transferring to Taylor High School his junior year … Father, Brett Holgorsen, was the offensive coordinator at Taylor … One of his uncles is West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen while another uncle, Nick Holgorsen, played quarterback at Northwestern.

Tyler Jones

6-5, 271, Offensive Lineman

Albertville, Ala. (Albertville HS)

Received Class 6A all-state honorable mention recognition from the Alabama Sports Writers Association following senior year … Also a 2013 All-Tennessee Valley second-team offensive line selection … Registered 60 pancake blocks while posting 21 solo tackles on the defensive side of the ball during 2013 senior campaign … As a junior, 21 of his 68 tackles were registered for lost yardage … Also had nine quarterback sacks during the 2012 season … Played for head coach Joel Poole.

Greg McKillion

6-5, 225, Wide Receiver

Blytheville, Ark. (Blytheville HS/Independence CC)

Named to the All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Second Team … As a freshman at Independence Community College in 2013, caught 16 passes for 246 yards and one touchdown … Caught a season-high nine passes for 102 yards at Butler Community College … Had two receptions for 63 yards and scored a touchdown in the Pirates’ 24-20 win over Southeast Prep Academy … Head coach at Independence CC was Steve Carson … Blytheville High School: Named the Blytheville Courier News’ Player of the Year … Class 5A all-state selection as well as all-conference in 5A-East … Caught 40 passes for 987 yards and scored 13 touchdowns as a senior at Blytheville High School … As a junior at Blytheville caught 35 passes for 1079 yards … Head coach at Blytheville was Maurice Moody … Also played high school basketball. Personal: Son of Sheliea Martin, Diane Hay and Bruce Hay … Born May 9, 1993 in Blytheville, Ark. … Has four siblings.


Jace Neville

6-6, 260, Offensive Line

Columbia, Mo. (Rock Bridge HS)

In his senior season, helped lead Rock Bridge to its first state championship game in 20 years … Blocked for a Class 6 team which had a 2,000-yard rusher and a 1,000-yard receiver … Run blocking helped Bruins running backs rush for 140 yards in four straight November games to get the team to the state title game played in the Edward Jones Dome … Rock Bridge advanced to the Class 6 semifinals junior year, falling in overtime in the semifinal game … High school coach was A.J. Ofodile.


Isadore Outing

6-4, 245, Defensive End

Houston, Texas (Spring Dekaney HS)

Named to Houston’s Chronicle Top 100 football recruits list … Selected to the All-District 13-5A First Team … Registered 46 total tackles including 29 solo hits … Had 14 tackles for lost yardage as a senior … Prior to senior year was named to the Chronicle’s All-Great Houston Preseason Second Team … Also named to the 29-member Houston Touchdown Club’s All-Greater Houston High School Football Team … As a sophomore, helped Dekaney capture in the Class 5A Division II state championship in the Wildcats’ first trip to the playoffs in the school’s fourth varsity season … Team posted a 14-2 record in 2011 … Played for first-year head coach Anthony Williams as a senior … Also played for former head coach Willie Amendola during his career at Dekaney.


Roderick Proctor

5-11, 161, Wide Receiver

Orlando, Fla. (Dr. Phillips HS)

Named to the Class 8A Football All-State second team by the state’s newspaper editors and reporters … Voted by the Orange County coaches to the 2013 All-Metro Conference football team … Selected to the FACA District 11 Football Team by Orange and Osceola County coaches … Named to the West Team for the 2013 Central Florida All-Star Game … Leading by six points with 28 seconds to play in the first half, caught a pass near the line of scrimmage and sprinted for an 80-yard touchdown run to spark Dr. Phillips to a 38-7 win over Winter Park … Had four receptions for 126 yards and two touchdowns in the Winter Park victory as Dr. Phillips finished its second straight season undefeated … Ranked No. 6 on Orlando Sentinel’s 2014 Central Florida Super 60 prior to senior season … Caught 43 passes for 773 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior at Dr. Phillips High School … Played for head coach Rodney Wells.


Trevon Tate

6-4, 280, Offensive Lineman/Defensive Lineman

Galena Park, Texas (North Shore HS)

Played for a North Shore High School team which had a combined 24-3 record over the past two seasons including an 11-1 mark in district play … North Shore reached the Texas playoffs for the 20th straight season in 2013, going undefeated during the regular season and finishing with a 12-1 mark … Mustangs captured the District 21-5A championship and advanced to the third round of the Class 5A Division I playoffs … Was a two-time All-District 21-5A first-team selection … Selected to the Houston Chronicle’s 2013 All-Greater Houston football team … Also named to the Chronicle Top 100 football recruits list … Two-way player who blocked for an offense which scored 40+ points eight times during the year … Member of defensive unit which recorded four shutouts and held eight points to single-figure scoring … North Shore gave up just 15 total points in three playoff games in 2013, losing in the third round of the UIL State Football Championships by a 9-7 score … Played for high school coach David Aymond …  Senior member of 2013 Mustang team which gave Aymond his 200th Texas high school coaching victory … North Shore advanced to the Class 5A Division I quarterfinals in 2012.


Shareef White

6-1, 220, Linebacker

Grenada, Miss. (Grenada HS)

One of the top collegiate prospects out of the Magnolia state … Second-team selection on the Clarion-Ledger 2013 Football All-State Team … Played in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game … Racked up 81 total tackles as a senior at Grenada … Recorded season-high 16 tackles in early-season win over Greenville-Weston … Had two other games in which he registered double-digit tackles … Had 10 tackles against Horn Lake and 11 stops against Hernando … In addition to seven tackles, had an interception against DeSoto Central … High school coach was Ashley Kuhn.