South Carolina State’s 2015 football signing class is large in a couple of regards. There’s Shaquille Crouch of Johnsonville High School, a massive offensive lineman at 6-5 and 335 pounds. Crouch, who played for the Palmetto State in the Shrine Bowl, is one of 29 freshmen signed by Bulldogs coach Buddy Pough on Wednesday.
In addition to Crouch, wide receiver Daquan Benjamin of Hartsville, quarterback Marquane Goodman of Florence and defensive lineman Paul McKiever of Batesburg-Leesville also played in the Shrine Bowl. Linebacker Johnell Brown of Timberland is one of five North-South All-Star game participants.
The incoming class includes 16 players from South Carolina. Pough said the number of signees might be a little misleading.
“At our level (Football Championship Subdivision, or FCS) we can do equivalencies so we can break up some scholarships and get a little more bang for our buck,” said Pough, explaining how S.C. State was able to sign seven or eight additional players. “We were looking to increase our numbers.”
Pough said most, if not all, of the signees are expected to sit out a redshirt year, giving them time to develop. He said S.C. State signed 18 players last season and all but three — a punter, kicker and long snapper — redshirted.
The Bulldogs’ new class includes four quarterbacks, a position where only one scholarship player returns. The team’s needs also included wide receivers and offensive and defensive linemen.
“We think we have assembled a really good group of talented young men in our 2015 class,” Pough said. “I applaud our coaches who did a fantastic job of pulling this class together. It was a total team effort and I think we did a nice job in addressing our needs. We are always emphasizing in-state kids and we got quite a bit of South Carolina prospects.”
S.C. STATE SIGNINGS
Name Position Ht. Wt. Hometown/School
Khaliq Anthony ATH 6-0 182 Norway/Hunter-Kinard-Tyler HS
Daquan Benjamin WR 6-2 175 Hartsville/Hartsville HS
Wendell Bing DL 6-2 250 Columbia/C A Johnson HS
Jementre’ Blair DL 6-1 225 Winston-Salem, NC/Mount Tabor HS
Deandre Brown OL 6-6 280 Tampa, FL/Wharton HS
Johnell Brown LB 6-2 180 St. Stephen/Timberland HS
Darren Butler OL 6-4 250 Gresham/Creek Bridge HS
Jalen Cousar DL 5-11 315 Matthews, NC/Butler HS
Shaquille Crouch OL 6-5 335 Johnsonville/Johnsonville HS
Sam Dervil OL 6-5 270 Miami/Miami Northwestern HS
Tra’Quan Dubose ATH 5-10 170 Darlington/Darlington HS
Bishop Ford RB 5-7 165 Huntersville, NC/Hough HS
Dewann Ford QB 6-2 180 Stephenson, GA /Stephenson HS
Bonte Freeman LB 6-0 200 Charlotte/Ardrey Kell HS
Kendric Gathers DB 5-10 195 Columbian/KeenanHS
Marquane Goodman QB 6-1 200 Florence/West Florence HS
Tyrell Goodwin DL 5-11 275 Columbia/AC Flora HS
Bruce Johnson DL 6-1 200 Greenwood/Emerald HS
Kanome McIntosh WR 6-3 180 Conyers, GA/Salem HS
Paul McKiever DL 6-3 285 Batesburg/Batesburg-Leesville HS
Malik Mickle OL 6-1 260 Blair/Fairfield Central HS
Chris Parrott DB 5-10 180 Irmo/Dutch Fork HS
David Pindell QB 6-0 190 Columbia, MD/Oakland Mills HS
Kanyon Tuttle WR 6-0 175 Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Latin School
Terrell Vaughn LB 5-11 260 Ridgeway/Westwood HS
Jalen Wade LB 6-2 200 Lincolnton, GA/Lincoln County HS
Devion Williams DB 5-10 170 Rock Hill/South Pointe HS
Caleb York QB 6-1 210 Charlotte, NC/Providence HS
Christian Young LB 6-1 220 Cornelius, NC/Hough HS