The Citadel picks up commitments

Citadel football coach Mike Houston said his second Bulldogs recruiting class would be heavy on defense. Three weeks before National Signing Day, that’s how it is shaping up.

Of 12 players who have committed to The Citadel, according to various reports, 10 play defense. The committed players can sign letters of intent on Feb. 4.

The Bulldogs received several commitments over the weekend, their first official visit weekend of the year.

Here’s a rundown of players reportedly committed so far:

• Linebacker/running back Jordan Williams (6-2, 195) from Spring Valley High School in Columbia. He played in the Shrine Bowl and had 116 tackles with 11 sacks.

• Defensive end Ja’lon Williams (6-3, 225) from Spring Valley. He is Jordan’s twin brother and played in the North-South All-Star Game, with 98 tackles and 13 sacks on the season.

• Defensive lineman Kevin Graham (6-3. 255), from Rabun Gap, Ga. He also plays basketball for Rabun Gap-Nacooche High School.

• Defensive back Aron Spann (5-11, 185) from Dorman High School. He also played linebacker, wide receiver and quarterback for Dorman, and reportedly had offers from Wofford, Elon, Army and Gardner-Webb.

• Linebacker Edward Davis (6-0, 217) of Farmville (N.C.) Central High School. He played in the Shrine Bowl for the North Carolina squad.

• Linebacker Phil Davis (6-2, 200) from Hillgrove High in Powder Springs, Ga. He had 80 tackles last season despite missing five games with injury.

• Quarterback Jordan Black (6-1, 195) of Vidalia (Ga.) High School. Black rushed for more than 1,200 yards and passed for about 700 yards last season.

• Defensive lineman Attorney Gallman (6-2, 250) from Hiram, Ga. He projects as an end or a tackle for the Bulldogs.

• Defensive end Noah Dawkins (6-1, 220) of Byrnes High School. He was named the Spartanburg Herald-Journal’s defensive player of the year after breaking the school record with 23 sacks last season.

• Defensive back Khafari Buffalo (6-2, 190) of Lakewood High in Sumter. Buffalo played in the North-South All-Star Game and had 61 tackles and three interceptions last season.

• Running back Rod Johnson (5-11, 191) of Ninety-Six High School. Johnson played in the Shrine Bowl and ran for 1,621 yards and 24 touchodwns last season.

• Defensive lineman Isaiah Hawkins (6-1, 235) of Alpharetta, Ga. He had more than 150 tackles and 14 sacks over the last three seasons at Milton High School.