Bishop England quarterback Danny Croghan signed with Charleston Southern on Wednesday. He is one of 21 signees for football coach Jay Mills.

Croghan who guided the Bishops to the school’s first-ever state title in football in 2011 and earned all-state honors.

“We feel like Danny is one of those guys that kind of flew under the radar some and a lot of schools overlooked him,” said Mills. “We feel like he has all of the intangibles of being a very good Division I college quarterback. He’s an outstanding leader and he’s a winner.”

The class is split almost evenly between offensive players (10) and defensive players (11). The class includes five defensive backs and four linebackers in an effort to improve a defense that ranked last in the Big South Conference last year.

Mills says this signing class will have an opportunity to make an immediate impact in the program, despite the program having its largest number of players in the last 10 years.

“We have 80 players right now in our winter conditioning program and that is by far the largest number we’ve had here,” said Mills. “It will be a very competitive spring practice and then in August these young men will have an opportunity to compete as well.”

Charleston Southern football signing class 2012:

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/School

Erik Austell DE 6-3 235 Warner Robbins, Ga.

Jermichael Bailey LB 6-1 195 Lawrenceville, Ga.

Aaron Brown LB 6-0 205 Lagrange, Ga.

Michael Corino DB 6-0 185 Kissimmee, Fla.

Daniel Croghan QB 6-4 220 Bishop England HS

Breyon Deberry RB 5-9 185 Roanoka, Ala.

Malcolm Jackson DB 5-11 180 Sugar Hill, Ga.

Charlie Morrison-Ford DB 5-10 185 Hardeeville HS

Patric Morris OL 6-2 267 Sebring, Fla.

Blake Robbins DE 6-6 215 Silver Bluff HS

Pryce Washington QB 6-1 175 Woodstock, Ga.

Damian Dixon DB 5-8 180 Hartsville HS

Elijah Lee DB 5-11 182 Union, N.J.

Adam Witzmann LB 5-11 230 Encinitas, Calif.

Tyler Penny OL 6-3 250 McDonough, Ga.

Corbin Jackson WR 5-11 185 Marietta, Ga.

Blake Stone OL 6-1 295 Jacksonville, Fla.

Darius Holliday LB 6-2 180 Jacksonville, Fla.

Gabriel Johnson RB 5-9 195 Jacksonville, Fla.

Alexander Cruz WR 6-1 190 Jacksonville, Fla.