EKU Signs Bourbon's Hopkins, Lafayette's Chester

EKU Signs Bourbon's Hopkins, Lafayette's Chester

EKU signed 17 players Wednesday, including Bourbon County's Kentayvous Hopkins and Lafayette's Tranard Chester.
EKU signed 17 players Wednesday, including Bourbon County's Kentayvous Hopkins and Lafayette's Tranard Chester.

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University head football coach Dean Hood announced today that 17 student-athletes will join the Colonel program beginning this spring and next fall. The focus of the 2013 class was on defense as 10 of the 17 signees are expected to play on that side of the ball.

The class includes six defensive linemen, two linebackers, two defensive backs, two offensive linemen, two tight ends, one wide receiver, one running back and one quarterback. The 2013 signing class comes from five states featuring nine players from the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

“We did a good job of getting guys in every spot that we lost [from 2012],” Hood said. “For the second year in a row, I thought we were outstanding in recruiting the Commonwealth – from east to west. We also needed a huge defensive line class because of the production we will lose at that position following the 2013 season.”

Colonel fans are invited to Gillum’s Sports Lounge in the Richmond Mall for lunch tomorrow, Feb. 7 to listen to Hood’s thoughts on the 2013 signing class. The luncheon is scheduled to start at noon and will also include video highlights of all of the signees.

Eastern Kentucky is slated to return 12 of 22 starters (six on offense, six on defense) in 2013 including five all-conference players. EKU kicks off the 2013 schedule with a Thursday night home opener against Robert Morris on Aug. 29.

“We lost lots of production from our 2012 senior class, in fact eight all-conference players,” Hood said. “We will look to our returnees and key players who were redshirted last year for that production this coming year.”

Eastern’s spring football game is scheduled for Saturday, April 20 at Roy Kidd Stadium beginning at 4 p.m.

Fans can reserve 2013 season tickets by contacting the EKU athletics ticket office at 859-622-2122.

2013 Eastern Kentucky University Football Recruits

Name                                              Pos.         Ht.      Wt.      Hometown                                High School

Domonick Brown                         LB           6-2       235      Elizabethtown, Ky.                  
John Hardin

Jeffrey Canady                                LB           6-1       220      Barbourville, Ky.                        Knox Central

Tranard Chester                             WR         6-4       180      Lexington, Ky.                           Lafayette

Chance Edwards                           OL          6-5       320      Sumterville, Fla.                          South Sumter

Sheldon Fleming                           DL          6-3       240      Lehigh Acres, Fla.                     
East Lee

Vincent Green                               DB          5-10     174      Cape Coral, Fla.                          Island Coast

Kentayvus Hopkins                      RB           5-11     185      Paris, Ky.                                    Bourbon County

Armond Jones                               DL          6-3       255      Indianapolis, Ind.                     Cardinal Ritter

Elijah Jones                                    DL          6-4       280      Versailles, Ky.                            Woodford County

Tyler Malone                                  TE          6-5       240      Indianapolis, Ind.                     Franklin Central

Barton Mann                                 QB          6-4       200      Russell Springs, Ky.                   Russell County

Lorenzo McWilliams                     DE          6-3       225      Roswell, Ga.                               Centennial High

Tony Messer                                  TE          6-5       235      Belfry, Ky.                                  Belfry

Brandon Parks                               DL          6-4       250      Richmond, Ky.                          Madison Central

Shawn Reynolds                            DB          6-2       180      Buford, Ga.                                Buford

Jason Smith                                    OL          6-5       275      Paducah, Ky.                              Lone Oak

Daryl Taylor*                                 DL          6-4       236      Greenville, N.C.                         South Central

Asterisk (*) denotes 2012-13 mid-year additions

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