Lions add solid football signing class

FLORENCE -- The University of North Alabama football program signed a solid class of newcomers Wednesday to National Letters of Intent that included 22 high school signees and eight transfers.

The Lions also signed three mid-year transfers who will take part in the team's 2007 Spring Practice.

Coming off an 11-1 season that saw the Lions win the Gulf South Conference Championship and advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II playoffs, the Lions are hoping to fill gaps left by the departure of 15 seniors from that squad.

UNA's signees included 18 student athletes who are expected to play on the defensive side of the ball.

North Alabama signed nine linebackers, four defensive backs and five defensive linemen.

On offense, the Lions added six linemen, five receivers and a quarterback.

2007 UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA FOOTBALL SIGNEES

HIGH SCHOOL

Caleb Anderson LB 6-1 235 Hazel Green, Ala. Hazel Green High School

Chris Bailey DL 5-11 285 Auburn, Ala. Auburn High School

Harrison Bryant DB 6-1 210 Troy, Ala. Charles Henderson High School

Robbie Burdine WR 5-11 185 Florence, Ala. Shoals Christian High School

Trey Burns DE 6-2 220 Killen, Ala. Brooks High School

Justin Dean OL 6-4 290 Enterprise, Ala. Enterprise High School

Jamie Dixon OL 6-1 245 Muscle Shoals, Ala. Muscle Shoals High School

Justin Dorrah WR 5-11 190 Killen, Ala. Brooks High School

Ben Ezell QB 5-10 200 Leighton, Ala. Colbert County High School

Laroy Fifer DE 6-5 235 Troy, Ala. Charles Henderson High School

Nathan Flanagan DB 5-11 210 Leighton, Ala. Colbert County High School

Hilliard Foster LB 6-0 210 Wetumpka, Ala. Wetumpka High School

Elmore Franklin LB 5-10 215 Enterprise, Ala. Enterprise High School

Thomas Glenn DT 6-2 310 Hazel Green, Ala. Hazel Green High School

Joseph Grady LB 5-10 230 Mobile, Ala. UMS-Wright High School

James Howard LB 6-2 220 Sebring, Fla. Sebring High School

Steve Keeton OL 6-4 285 Florence, Ala. Wilson High School

Charles McClain WR 5-8 170 Oxford, Ala. Oxford High School

Brock Peters LB 6-0 225 Florence, Ala. Wilson High School

Jusmon Rivers WR 5-11 185 Harvest, Ala. Sparkman High School

Jason Wilcoxson OL 6-2 265 Florence, Ala. Wilson High School

Dresden WIlliams OT 6-6 305 Athens, Ala. East Limestone High School

JUNIOR COLLEGE

Kelvin Carter CB 5-10 185 Greeneville, Miss. Mississippi Delta Community College

Anthony Chambliss WR 5-9 175 Fayette, Miss. Copiah-Lincoln Community College

D'Arcy Coleman DL 5-11 285 Cleveland, Miss. Mississippi Delta Community College

Leory Collins LB 6-0 230 Greeneville, Miss. Mississippi Delta Community College

Tyler Collins OL 6-3 290 Florence, Ala. Northeast Miss. Community College

Neal Mitchell, Jr. LB 5-10 210 Clarksdale, Miss. Northeast Miss. Community College

Kerry Orr LB 5-11 215 Shannon, Miss. Itawamba Community College

Tony Osborne DB 5-10 180 Tupelo, Miss. Itawamba Community College

MID-YEAR SIGNEES WHO WILL PARTICIPATE IN SPRING PRACTICE

Brennis Smith DT 6-5 300 Vernon, Miss. Hinds Community College

Rony Saintil WR 6-5 215 Delray Beach. Fla. Southwest Baptist University

Antron Dillon DE 6-4 235 Hammond, La. Southwest Miss. Community College

2007 UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA FOOTBALL SIGNEES WITH HONORS

HIGH SCHOOL

Caleb Anderson LB 6-1 235 Hazel Green, Ala. Hazel Green High School, All Region, All Metro, All Super Metro Honorable Mention

Chris Bailey DL 5-11 285 Auburn, Ala. Auburn High School

Harrison Bryant DB 6-1 210 Troy, Ala. Charles Henderson High School, 5 TDs, 3 interceptions, 3 caused fumbles, 525 rushing yds.

Robbie Burdine WR 5-11 185 Florence, Ala. Shoals Christian High School

Trey Burns DE 6-2 220 Killen, Ala. Brooks High School

All-Region 8, All-City, Brooks Defensive Lineman MVP

Justin Dean OL 6-4 290 Enterprise, Ala. Enterprise High School

Jamie Dixon OL 6-1 245 Muscle Shoals, Ala. Muscle Shoals High School, All Area, All County, All State 1st Team

Justin Dorrah WR 5-11 190 Killen, Ala. Brooks High School, All Region 8, All City Team, MVP Brooks H.S. Skilled Position, All State Academic 2nd Team

Ben Ezell QB 5-10 200 Leighton, Ala. Colbert County High School

Laroy Fifer DE 6-5 235 Troy, Ala. Charles Henderson High School, 49 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 3 batted passes, 4 sacks, 3 receptions as tight end

Nathan Flanagan DB 5-11 210 Leighton, Ala. Colbert County High School

Hilliard Foster LB 6-0 210 Wetumpka, Ala. Wetumpka High School, All County, All Metro, Defensive MVP, Defensive Impact Player, Defensive Team Captain

Elmore Franklin LB 5-10 215 Enterprise, Ala. Enterprise High School, Team Captain, Defensive Production Award, Southeast Sun Playmaker Award

Thomas Glenn DT 6-2 310 Hazel Green, Ala. Hazel Green High School, All Region, All Metro, Super All Metro Honorable Mention

Joseph Grady LB 5-10 230 Mobile, Ala. UMS-Wright High School

Orlando Howard LB 6-2 220 Sebring, Fla. Sebring High School

All Team Heartland District 1st Team, Southeast FL All State Team, Defensive MVP, 104 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 1 interception, 5 caused fumbles and two recovered

Steve Keeton OL 6-4 285 Florence, Ala. Wilson High School, All Area, All County, All State 1st Team

Charles McClain WR 5-8 170 Oxford, Ala. Oxford High School, All County, All State, Dandy Dozen, All Area Team

Brock Peters LB 6-0 225 Florence, Ala. Wilson High School, All Area, All County, All State 1st Team

Jusmon Rivers WR 5-11 185 Harvest, Ala. Sparkman High School, All Metro, All Region, Team Captain, MVP Offensive Player, MVP

Jason Wilcoxson OL 6-2 265 Florence, Ala. Wilson High School, All Area, All County, All State 1st Team

Dresden WIlliams OT 6-6 305 Athens, Ala. East Limestone High School, All County, All Region 7, Honorable Mention All State

JUNIOR COLLEGE

Kelvin Carter CB 5-10 185 Greeneville, Miss. Mississippi Delta Community College, All State Honorable Mention

D'Arcy Coleman DL 5-11 285 Cleveland, Miss. Mississippi Delta Community College, All State 1st Team, MACJC All Star Game Selection

Leory Collins LB 6-0 230 Greeneville, Miss. Mississippi Delta Community College, All State 2nd Team

Tyler Collins OL 6-3 290 Florence, Ala. Northeast Miss. Community College, All Area Team 2004-2005, All State Team 2006, North-South All Star, Jr. MS/AL All Star

Neal Mitchell, Jr. LB 5-10 210 Clarksdale, Miss. Northeast Miss. Community College, All State Honorable Mention 2006, Defensive Player of the Week

Kerry Orr LB 5-11 215 Shannon, Miss. Itawamba Community College

Tony Osborne DB 5-10 180 Tupelo, Miss. Itawamba Community College