May 16, 2013

Lamb Announces Second Recruiting Class

MACON, Ga. – Mercer head football coach Bobby Lamb announced his 2013 recruiting class on Tuesday, revealing a 32-member group set to take the field as freshmen in the fall.

 

After bringing in over 100 student athletes in the program's first recruiting class last year, Lamb and his staff narrowed their search in signing 32 student athletes in 2013. This second class adds depth at all positions, bolstering a lineup that will feature mainly freshmen and sophomores when the team opens up the season against Reinhardt on August 31, 2013.

 

"We are excited to bring our second recruiting class here at Mercer," Lamb said. "I think we have assembled a very talented and well-rounded group that will compete and push our current players for playing time this fall."

 

The Bears' approach in this year's recruiting cycle was to strengthen the depth at a number of positions as the team continues to build the foundation of the program. Mercer added 32 players from six different states including: Georgia (18), Tennessee (5), Florida (5), Alabama, (2), North Carolina (1), South Carolina (1).

 

"We had some specific needs that I think we addressed with this class," Lamb said. "I think we have added depth while creating a competition at a number of positions. Ultimately, recruiting continues to be about building the program and I certainly think this group makes us a stronger team."

 

In particular, Coach Lamb and his staff addressed a need in signing 12 interior linemen (seven offensive linemen and five defensive linemen).

 

On the defensive side of the ball, the Bears also added five linebackers, including local standouts, CJ Kleckley (Rutland) and Tyler Ward (Tattnall Square Academy).  

 

 "We have high expectations for this class, and we look forward to getting them on the field in early August," Lamb said. 

2013 Mercer Football Incoming Freshmen
Player Height Weight Hometown High School Position
Sam Arrington 6-2 250 Johns Creek, Ga. Johns Creek HS OL
Tunde Ayinla 6-0 225 Canton, Ga. Cherokee HS DL
Brooks Best 6-0 180 Nashville, Tenn. MBA (Tenn.) WR
Jeff Bowens 6-0 180 Chattanooga, Tenn. Baylor HS WR
Robert Brown 6-1 205 Nashville, Tenn. CPA (Tenn.) TE/OLB
Duronte Carter 6-0 165 Covington, Ga. Newton HS

DB

Diron Chloe 5-10 195 Concord, N.C. Cox Mill HS RB
Austin Daniel 6-2  280  Waynesboro, Ga.  Edmund Burke Academy  OL 
Devin Davidson 6-2 205 Suwannee, Ga. Peachtree Ridge LB
JeTarii Donald 5-8 175 Nashville, Tenn.  MBA (Tenn.) RB
Mike Gray 6-0 175  Jacksonville, Fla.  Creekside HS  DB 
Keelan Gregg 6-3 215  Chelsea, Ala.  Chelsea HS  TE 
Hayden Gregory 5-10  220   Johns Creek, Ga. Grayson HS  TE 
Michael Haynes 6-0 170  Sugar Hill, Ga.  North Gwinnett HS QB 
Adrian Humphrey 5-9  170  Stockbridge, Ga.  Riverside Milatary  ATH 
Caleb King 6-3  205  Huntsville, Ala.  Westminister, Chr.  TE 
CJ Kleckley 5-11  200  Macon, Ga.  Rutland HS  OLB 
Jordan Liles 6-0  205  Ringgold, Ga.  Heritage HS  LB 
Colin Mitchell 6-2  260  Marietta, Ga.  Walker HS  DL/OL 
Josh Moore 5-11  200  Middleburg, Fla.  Ridgeview HS  QB 
Grant Morgan 6-2 235 Marietta, Ga. Kell HS DL
CJ Pendergrass 5-7  150  Rock Hill, S.C.  South Point HS  RB 
Dalton Ponchillia 5-11  175  Nashville, Tenn.  FRA  WR 
David Raschen 6-4  290  Newnan, Ga.  Newnan HS  OL 
David Ricard 6-1  275  Stockbridge, Ga.  Woodland HS OL 
Garrett Smith 6-2  295  Fort. Pierce, Fla.  Ft. Pierce Central  OL 
Andrew Stanley 6-2  235  Lawrenceville, Ga.  Peachtree Ridge HS  DL 
Marshall Sutton 6-2  285  Suwanee, Ga.  Collins Hill HS  OL 
Michael Valero 6-1  210  Marietta, Ga.  Kell HS  OLB/TE 
Tyler Ward 6-0  220  Macon, Ga.  Tattnall Square Academy  LB 
Hal Weaver 6-2  260  Live Oak, Fla.  Suwannee HS  OL 
Grant Wiles 6-0  205  Ocala, Fla.  St. John Lutheran HS  OLB/RB 
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