SPARTANBURG, SC – Wofford College football coach Mike Ayers announced on Wednesday the signing of 27 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent or letters of commitment for the upcoming season. This is the largest signing class at Wofford in over twenty years.
The Terriers will welcome thirteen players on offense, twelve players on defense, one specialist, and one athlete. The student-athletes are from eight different states, including six each from Florida and Georgia, four from South Carolina, three from Tennessee, three from North Carolina, two from Kentucky, and one each from Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Sweden.
On defense, the twelve players include four defensive linemen, three linebackers and five defensive backs. On offense, the thirteen players include six offensive linemen, two running backs, one wide receiver, one tight end, and three quarterbacks. There is one kicker and one athlete in the class.
“We are very excited and feel like as a staff a lot of hours were put in and those were very productive hours,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “We met all of our needs and we feel that the young men that we have been able to sign will make us a better football team. Several of them will have a chance to play early and we are looking forward to getting them into camp and starting to work with them.”
The defensive line welcomes Boston Bryant (Williamsburg, Ky.), Steven Cornellier (Jacksonville, Fla,), Brandon Curtis (Bushnell, Fla.), and Tyler Vaughn (McDonough, Ga.). Linebackers are Terrance Morris (Chester, S.C.), Lincoln Stewart (DeLand, Fla.), and Dylan Young (Collierville, Tenn.). In the secondary, Jaleel Green (Jacksonville, Fla.), Cole Higbie (Fairburn, Ga.), Coleton Robinson (DeLand, Fla.), Jamario Williams (Hilton Head, S.C.), and Nick Ward (Moore, Ok.) will join the Terriers.
On offense, the linemen are Roo Daniels (Columbia, S.C.), Mike Jones (Danville, Ky.), Davis Lenoir (Collierville, Tenn.), Justin Lott (Douglas, Ga.), Chuck Rouse (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.), and Anton Wahrby (Sweden). Running backs include Lorenzo Long (Cantonment, Fla.) and Chris Martin (Columbia, Tenn.). Quarterbacks are Brad Butler (Rome, Ga.), Nick Colvin (Bogart, Ga.), and Brandon Goodson (Dacula, Ga.). Wide receiver Dakota Hopper (Madison, N.C.) and tight end T.J. Novotny (Milwaukee, Wisc.) round out the offense.
David Marvin (Charlotte, N.C.) is the kicker and David Howerton (Asheville, N.C.) is listed as an athlete.
The Terriers will begin spring practice on March 4.
The eligibility of all student-athletes is contingent upon admission to Wofford College and compliance with all NCAA rules, including registration with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
2013 Wofford Football Newcomers
Boston Bryant DE 6-1 260 Williamsburg, Ky. / Whitley County
Brad Butler QB 6-2 210 Rome, Ga. / Darlington School
Nick Colvin QB 6-2 195 Bogart, Ga. / North Oconee
Steven Cornellier DE 6-2 218 Jacksonville, Fla. / Bishop Kenny
Brandon Curtis DE 6-2 220 Bushnell, Fla. / South Sumter
Alexander “Roo” Daniels OL 6-2 270 Columbia, S.C. / Hammond
Brandon Goodson QB/ATH 6-0 185 Dacula, Ga. / Dacula
Jaleel Green S 6-2 192 Jacksonville, Fla. / Providence
Cole Higbie S 6-0 180 Atlanta, Ga. / Landmark Christian
Dakota Hopper WR 6-3 198 Madison, N.C. / McMichael
David Howerton ATH 6-0 185 Asheville, N.C. / Asheville
Mike Jones OL 6-4 270 Danville, Ky. / Danville
Davis Lenior OL 6-4 255 Collierville, Tenn. / St. George’s
Lorenzo Long RB 5-9 205 Cantonment, Fla. / Tate
Justin Lott OL 6-5 315 Braxton, Ga. / Coffee
Chris Martin RB 5-10 190 Columbia, Tenn. / Columbia Central
David Marvin K/P 6-2 200 Charlotte, N.C. / East Mecklenburg
Terrance Morris OLB 6-1 192 Chester, S.C. / Chester
T.J. Novotny TE 6-6 230 Milwaukee, Wisc. / Marquette University
Coleton Robinson CB 5-11 175 De Leon Springs, Fla. / DeLand
Chuck Rouse OL 6-3 305 Mt. Pleasant, S.C. / Wando
Lincoln Stewart ILB 5-11 220 Deltona, Fla. / DeLand
Tyler Vaughn DL 6-1 260 McDonough, Ga. / Union Grove
Anton Wahrby OL 6-4 265 Karlskrona, Sweden
Nick Ward S 6-2 203 Moore, Oklahoma / South Moore
Jamario Williams CB 6-1 180 Ridgeland, S.C. / Hilton Head Christian
Dylan Young OLB 6-1 215 Collierville, Tenn. / St. George’s
Boston Bryant (DE, 6-1, 260, Williamsburg, Ky.) was a four-year starter at Whitley County High School. During his senior season had 105 tackles at linebacker and ran for 859 yards with twelve touchdowns at fullback to earn honorable mention All-State honors. As a junior, he had 145 tackles and 1512 rushing yards with twelve touchdowns as he was named second team All-State. He holds school records for tackles in a game with 28, tackles in a season with 208 as a sophomore, and tackles in a career with 580. He played three seasons of basketball at power forward and is averaging 16 points per game this year.
Brad Butler (QB, 6-2, 210, Rome, Ga.) was a four-year starter at quarterback for the Darlington School. For his career, he posted 4,693 passing yards, 2,063 rushing yards, 54 passing touchdowns, and 20 rushing touchdowns. As a senior he was Region 6A Player of the Year, along with first team All-Region and All-Area honors. He was also named All-Area and All-Region as a sophomore and junior. He is a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society). He also played baseball for four seasons, earning All-Region honors as a freshman, sophomore, and junior.
Nick Colvin (QB, 6-2, 195, Bogart, Ga.) was a three-year letterman as a quarterback, wide receiver and punt returner at North Oconee High School. As a senior he led the team to the 8-AAA region championship with a 10-2 record. He had 1,900 all-purpose yards with 19 touchdowns to earn Region Player of the Year, first team Northeast Georgia, and All-State honorable mention recognition. During his junior year he posted 1,800 all-purpose yards with 20 touchdowns as his team was 11-1. Also ran track and field, holding the school record in the 200 and 400 meters. As a shooting guard with the basketball team set the school record for steals in a single season and has over 1,000 career points.
Steven Cornellier (DE, 6-2, 218, Jacksonville, Fla.) was a three-year letterman on the offensive and defensive line at Bishop Kenny. As a senior had three sacks before season ended due to injury, but still earned All-District and Florida Times-Union Super 24 honors. During his junior season had 75 tackles, 14 sacks, 22 tackles for loss, and an interception as he was named All-District and All-First Coast. He was also on the weightlifting team for three seasons. Cornellier spent the fall semester at the Air Force Academy Prep School and will enroll at Wofford for the spring semester.
Brandon Curtis (DE, 6-3, 220, Bushnell, Fla.) earned three letters in football, three in basketball, and three in track and field at South Sumter High School. As a senior recorded 50 total tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. He was named All-State and All-District during his senior season.
Alexander “Roo” Daniels (OL, 6-2, 270, Columbia, S.C.) was a four-year starter at center and long snapper at Hammond School. The team won three state championships and posted a 49-4 record as he started 53 consecutive games. He holds the school record for career blocks with 63 and was named to the All-State team three times. He started at defensive tackle his junior and senior seasons, earning High School Sports Report Defensive Player of the Year honors as a junior. He also plays baseball as a catcher and first baseman, earning All-Region honors in 2012 with a .402 batting average.
Brandon Goodson (QB, 6-0, 185, Dacula, Ga.) was a two-year varsity starter at Dacula High School. During his senior season he threw for 1,248 yards with seven touchdowns and was named a Gwinnett County All-Star. As a junior he had 1,171 passing yards and twelve touchdowns as the team was 9-4 and a 6A state playoff quarterfinalist. He was also a four-year starter in basketball and scored over 1,000 points in his career. He is a member of the National Honor Society and was team captain his senior year.
Jaleel Green (S, 6-2, 192, Jacksonville, Fla.) was a four-year starter at wide receiver and three-year starter at free safety for Providence School. During his senior season he recorded 60 tackles and three sacks, along with 42 receptions for 540 yards and six touchdowns to earn All-City second team honors. As a junior had 65 tackles and two interceptions to go along with 39 receptions for 549 yards and seven touchdowns. Had eight interceptions his sophomore season. Also plays basketball and won a district championship in the 4x100 relay.
Cole Higbie (S, 6-0, 180, Atlanta, Ga.) started two seasons at safety for Landmark Christian School. As a senior he had 83 tackles, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and an interception at safety, plus had 461 rushing yards and 339 passing yards at quarterback. He earned second team All-State and first team All-Region honors as the team was 9-4 and reached the state semifinals. During his junior season he was named All-Region second team with 92 tackles and eleven tackles for loss. Also plays baseball, earning All-Region honors last season in the outfield with a .527 batting average.
Dakota Hopper (WR, 6-3, 198, Madison, N.C.) was a four-year starter at McMichael High School. During his senior season he started at wide receiver, quarterback, and running back and had 55 receptions for 828 yards and ten touchdowns, had 25 completions for 419 yards and six touchdowns, plus ran for 267 yards and four touchdowns. He received All-Conference honors twice and played in the Blue Grey National All-Star Classic. As a junior he had 28 catches for 555 yards and eight touchdowns. He also played two seasons of basketball and competed in the high jump and long jump.
David Howerton (ATH, 6-0, 185, Asheville, N.C.) started the last two seasons at quarterback for Asheville High School. During his senior year he threw for 1,239 yards and 15 touchdowns with only three interceptions to earn All-Conference honors. He also played tennis, baseball, and basketball for Asheville. In tennis, he won a state championship and received All-State and All-Conference honors. His older brother, Haskins, played soccer at Wofford.
Mike Jones (OL, 6-4, 270, Danville, Ky.) was a three-year starter on the offensive line at Danville High School. As a senior he earned All-Area, All-District, All-Region, and second team All-State honors. He was a starter in both the Best of the Bluegrass and Kentucky/Tennessee Border Bowls. During his junior season he was named All-Area, All-District, and honorable mention All-State. A member of the National Honor Society, he also participated on the wrestling and track and field teams.
Davis Lenior (OL, 6-4, 255, Collierville, Tenn.) was a three-year starter on the offensive and defensive lines at St. George’s Independent School. As a senior he did not allow a sack on offense and on defense had 46 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, and three forced fumbles. He was named the District’s Defensive Lineman of the Year, All-District, and selected to play in the Auto Zone Liberty Bowl All-Star Game. During his junior year allowed one sack with 12 pancake blocks on offense and had 31 tackles including six tackles for loss on defense. He holds the school record for sacks in a game with four.
Lorenzo Long (RB, 5-9, 205, Cantonment, Fla.) lettered four years in football, weightlifting, and track, plus three years in soccer at Tate High School. During his senior year had 183 carries for 1,175 yards and eleven touchdowns along with a receiving touchdown in nine games. As a junior he ran for 925 yards on 115 carries with eleven touchdowns. He earned All-State honors as a junior and senior. For his career, he holds the school record with 3,227 rushing yards on 423 carries, 37 touchdowns, and 3,826 all-purpose yards. In addition he plays forward on the soccer team, in track and field runs the 100 meters and long jumps, and benches 380 pounds on the weightlifting team. He serves as senior class president.
Justin Lott (OL, 6-5, 315, Braxton, Ga.) was a three-year starter on the offensive line for Coffee High School. As a senior he started all ten games and had 40 knockdowns without allowing a sack to earn first team All-Region honors. During his junior year he started all eleven games and was named second team All-Region. He was nominated to play in the Georgia-Florida All-Star game. His brother played football at the University of the Cumberlands.
Chris Martin (RB, 5-10,190, Columbia, Tenn.) was a four-year letterman and three-year starter at running back and linebacker for Columbia Central High School. As a senior he ran for 1,011 yards on 217 carries with 22 touchdowns as the team was 12-3 and finished second in the state. During his junior season he had 17 touchdowns and as a sophomore ran for 1,313 yards and 13 touchdowns as the team won the state title. He was named All-District twice in football. He also lettered four seasons in track and field and two seasons in basketball.
David Marvin (P/K, 6-2, 200, Charlotte, N.C.) was a four-year letterman in football and soccer at East Mecklenburg High School. As a senior he punted 48 times with a 38.3 average, 14 inside the 20 yard-line, and a long of 62 yards. On the soccer field, earned All-Conference and All-Region honors last fall as he posted 47 career assists as a midfielder. He also lettered three seasons in baseball, earning All-Conference honors in 2012 with a .371 batting average. Both parents were student-athletes at the University of North Carolina.
Terrance Morris (LB, 6-1, 192, Chester, S.C.) was a two-year starter at linebacker for Chester High School. During his senior season had 116 tackles, seven sacks, and an interception as the team advanced to the third round of the state playoffs. He earned All-Region honors as a senior. As a member of the track and field team, finished third in the state in the triple jump. He is also currently playing basketball at forward. He is a member of the Beta Club and National Honor Society with a 4.0 grade point average all four years.
T.J. Novotny (TE, 6-3, 230, Milwaukee, Wisc.) was a two-time letterman at Marquette University High School. As a senior he had 24 catches for 335 yards and a touchdown as he was named first team All-Conference. During his junior season had two catches as the squad won the conference championship. He is also a two-year letterman in basketball at center.
Coleton Robinson (CB, 5-11, 175, De Leon, Fla.) was a four-year letterman at quarterback, wide receiver, defensive back, and returner at DeLand High School. As a senior quarterback, threw for 1,802 yards, ran for 421 yards, and had ten total touchdowns. He ranked second in the county in passing yards and was named second team All-County as the team won the district championship. During his junior season he played wide receiver and safety, going for over 400 receiving yards. His father, Kirk, played football at the University of Florida.
Chuck Rouse (OL, 6-3, 305, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) was a three-year letterman at Wando High School. As a senior the team was 11-1 overall. He had 31 knockdown blocks and ten pancakes on the way to earning team offensive MVP, All-Region and All-Low Country honors. He played in the 2012 North/South All-Star game. Rouse was also named All-Region after his junior season. He also earned three letters in track and field and wrestled his senior season.
Lincoln Stewart (ILB, 5-11, 220, Deltona, Fla.) was a two-year starter at linebacker for DeLand High School. During his senior season he had 146 tackles and four sacks as he earned third team All-State and first team All-Conference honors. As a junior he recorded 117 tackles and four sacks to be named All-Conference honorable mention. He also lettered in weightlifting, finishing fourth in the state in his weight class.
Tyler Vaughn (DL, 6-1, 260, McDonough, Ga.) was a four-year starter on the defensive line at Union Grove High School. As a senior, he had 36 tackles and 12 sacks as the team posted a 10-2 record. He earned team defensive MVP honors. In addition, he competes on the track and field team in the discus.
Nick Ward (S, 6-2, 203, Moore, Oklahoma) was a four-year letterman in both football and baseball at South Moore High School. During his senior year he recorded 85 tackles with six interceptions and two fumble recoveries on defense along with 15 receptions for 198 yards on offense. The six interceptions marked a school single season record and were the second most in the state. He earned All-Conference, All-District, All-City and All-State honors. As a junior he had 68 tackles and two interceptions. In the 2012 baseball season he posted a 12-0 record as a pitcher, which included a no hitter, and had a .317 batting average as an outfielder. He was named All-City, All-Conference, All-District, and All-State and is ranked as the #2 pitcher in the state.
Anton Wahrby (OL, 6-4, 265, Karlskrona, Sweden) played football and wrestled his junior season at Lexington High School as the team was 10-4 and reached the state semifinals. He played with the Under 19 Swedish National Team, earning a bronze medal at the 2011 European Junior Championships. He currently is a member of the Swedish Junior National Team. He will enroll at Wofford for the spring semester.
Jamario Williams (CB, 6-1, 180, Ridgeland, S.C.) was a four-year starter in the secondary at Hilton Head Christian Academy. As a senior he had 45 tackles, 15 pass break-ups, and three interceptions on defense, plus had 700 receiving yards and 300 rushing yards on offense. During his junior season had 38 tackles along with 400 receiving yards and 300 rushing yards. The team was 25-1 in his last two seasons, winning state championships both years. He was named All-State as a junior and senior and played in the SCISA Shrine Bowl. He also earned All-State honors all four years in track and played basketball for three seasons.
Dylan Young (LB, 6-1, 215, Collierville, Tenn.) was a four-year starter and letterwinner with a career record of 42-10 at St. George’s Independent School. During his senior season he had 67 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, and 11.5 sacks on defense along with 429 rushing yards and ten total touchdowns as the team was state runner-up. Named West 2-A Region Co-Defensive Player of the Year, All-State, All-Shelby Metro, and selected to play in the Auto Zone Liberty Bowl All-Star Game. As a junior he had 62 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and seven sacks to lead the team to the state championship. Also played soccer and was a sprinter on the track and field team.