Charleston Southern head coach Jamey Chadwell expects to fill several needs, especially on defense, with a signing class that should finish with around 20 signees.
A pair of local players - West Ashley linebacker Bobby Ruff and Stratford linebacker Michael Simmons - will fill immediate openings on defense. Ruff is the son of former Citadel All-American linebacker Brian Ruff. The signing class will include at least five linebackers and four defensive backs. One of the defensive backs, Quan White of three-time Class A state champion Christ Church Episcopal School, is a two-time all-stater and has been rated one of the top safeties in the senior class in South Carolina.
Chadwell also wanted to add depth and competition at the quarterback position. Last month, Austin Brown transferred from UAB and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Fairfield Central quarterback D'Andre Belton, one of the state's top dual-threat quarterbacks for the past two seasons, is expected to sign Wednesday. Belton led the Griffins to back-to-back appearances in the Division I-AA state title game and tallied more than 4,000 combined passing and rushing yards during that span. He recently was named the Division I-AA Offensive Player of the Year.
QB D'Andre Belton, Fairfield Central HS; DB Davion Anderson, Macon, Ga.; OL Marshall Bennett, Fayetteville, N.C.; OL Gage Bostwick, Altamonte Springs, Fla.; LB Zane Cruz, Jacksonville, Fla.; DL Anthony Ellis, Apopka, Fla.; DL Noah Oliver, Altamonte Springs, Fla.; LB Bobby Ruff, West Ashley HS; LB Nick Sands, Eastside HS; DB D.J. Shamlee, Ridge View HS; LB Michael Simmons, Stratford HS; DB Jonathan Slaton, Lithonia, Ga.; LB Kellen Snider, Fort White, Fla.; DL Mike Taylor, Allendale-Fairfax HS; DB Quan White, Christ Church Episcopal HS.
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