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.
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.
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