With less than three weeks to fill out his first recruiting class at Charleston Southern, recently hired football head coach Jamey Chadwell was feeling pretty good after signing 18 players Wednesday.
NAME POS. HT WT HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOLJackson Williams OL 6-0 275 Macon, Ga.Caleb Batchelor DL 6-3 235 Dorman HSTruett Burnes PK/P 6-0 172 Clinton HSFrank Cirone OL 6-3 260 Naples, Fla.D.J. Curl DB 5-11 188 Riverdale, Ga.Caleb Gee OL 6-3 295 Beaufort HSMike Holloway RB 5-8 180 Atlanta, Ga.Colton Korn WR 6-0 175 Byrnes HSEd Martinez OL 6-3 278 Blountsville, Ala.Larenzo Mathis Ath 5-11 175 Greenwood HSJacob Mays Ath. 6-2 215 Chatsworth, Ga.Sean Moore OL 6-3 293 Ellenwood, Ga.RaSean Ray DE 6-3 230 Jacksonville, Fla.Chris Sullivan OL 6-6 260 Mauldin HSRaymere Thomas DB 5-11 165 Suwanee, Ga.Alex Waters OL 6-4 258 Greer HSBen Robinson RB 5-7 165 Tallahassee, Fla. Troy McGowens Ath 6-2 210 Easley HS
Seven of the signees are from South Carolina, the most in-state signings for the program in 10 years.
Chadwell was hired as head coach on Jan. 17 and immediately went to work trying to fill the needs of the team.
“We basically looked at what our needs were and tried to fill them with quality young men who want to be at Charleston Southern,” Chadwell said. “I feel like our coaches did a great job of identifying the players that we needed and we ended up signing a great group of young men.
“We had a lot of work do to in a short amount of time but we are very thankful for the young men who have chosen our program and have bought into our vision for this program.”
Chadwell said the biggest personnel needs were at defensive back, offensive line and running back. The signing list includes three true defensive backs and another that could play in the secondary. CSU signed seven linemen and two running backs.
Of the linemen, Chris Sullivan of Mauldin and Alex Waters of Greer were all-state selections and considered two of the better lineman prospects in the senior class of South Carolina. Both players participated in the North-South all-star game in December.
“We have a good group returning along the offensive line but we felt it was important for us to add some quality depth,” said Chadwell. “I am really impressed with the linemen that we were able to sign.”
Clinton High placekicker/punter Truett Burnes also earned all-state honors, as did Greenwood High athlete Larenzo Mathis.
Wide receiver Colton Korn comes from the highly successful Byrnes High program and is the younger brother of former Clemson quarterback Willy Korn. Korn eventually transferred to North Greenville and played one season under Chadwell, who was the head coach there for two seasons.
“It’s hard to develop a strong relationship with a young man in two weeks and we missed three key recruiting weekends,” Chadwell said. “We were careful not to sign numbers just to sign them. We wanted kids who were coming here for the right reasons and who could contribute to what we are building here.”
Chadwell anticipates signing a few more players later this week or next week.
“We left some spots open for some kids that we think we will get but could not get on signing day,” he said.