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Southern football signs 30 as part of its 2014 Signing Class

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Press Release MSSU: 

MissouriSouthern football coach Daryl Daye has announced the addition of 30 newcomersas part of his 2014 recruiting class. Ten are already on campus and the other20 will enroll this fall. 

Below areshort bios of the players that Daye has added for 2014. 

JUCOTransfers - Already on Campus

MarticeBuckley – CB – 5-9 – 180 – Charleston, Miss. – Northeast (MS) CC  (LakeCormorant HS)

Buckley comesto Southern after starting two seasons at Northeast Mississippi CC for coachRicky Smithers … At Northeast, Buckley finished his career with 90 tackles andtwo interceptions for the Tigers … Prior to Northeast, Buckley prepped at LakeCormorant High School in Charleston, Miss. .. A three-year starter for theGators and coach Nick Nester, Buckley was a two-time All-District selection onboth sides of the ball … he finished his career with over 2,000 all-purposeyards and 20 touchdowns, as well as a school record eight interceptions … Hewas the district Defensive MVP … Buckley is the son of Linda and Timothy Buckleyand is undecided on his major at Southern.

Marquez Cohen – CB – 5-10 – 193 –Columbus, Ga. – Fort Scott CC (Jordan Vocational HS)

Cohenredshirted at Fort Scott and will come to Southern as a freshman with fouryears of eligibility … He prepped at Jordan Vocational High school in Columbus,Ga. Where he was his team's Offensive MVP as a senior … He was an All-Cityselection and a second-team All-Region pick … A Dandy Dozen selection, Cohenwas selected to play in the Georgia vs. Alabama All-Star Game … He alsolettered four times in track and field and twice in basketball.

Spencer Gatewood – OL – 6-4 – 310 –Altamont, Kan. – Fort Scott CC  (Labette County HS)

Gatewoodcomes to Southern after two years as an offensive linemen for Fort ScottCommunity College … A two-year starter for coach Curtis Horton, Gatewood was anAll-Conference player last year for the Greyhounds … Prior to Fort Scott,Gatewood was a two-time All-District, All-Region and All-State pick, whilebeing chosen as a team captain.

Marcos Gutierres – OL – 6-3 – 270 –Dodge City (Kan.) CC (Dodge City, Kan.)

Gutierres wasa two-year starter and team captain for coach Gary Thomas and the Conquistadors… He was the Offensive Line MVP this season and was named an All-Conferencepick … Gutierres was a three-year starter at Dodge City High School where hewas a team captain … He was a first-team All-State left tackle, and was chosento play in the K101 Bowl.

Elliott Hawkins – RB – 5-10 - 200 –Spiro, Okla. – Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (Spiro HS)

Hawkins comesto Southern after two years at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami … Atwo-year starter for the Norsemen and coach Ryan Held, Hawkins was a teamcaptain as voted by his teammates and was a two-time All-Conference pick … TheOffensive MVP as voted by his teammates, Hawkins finished his career with 1,568rushing yards and 381 yards receiving … Prior to NEO, Hawkins was a three-sportletter winner at Spiro High School where he was an All-Conference and All-Stateselection … He was named to the All-Oklahoma team and was a participant in theOklahoma All-State Game … He finished his career with 1,786 rushing yards and403 receiving yards.

Justin Lord – RB – 5-10 – 195 –Augusta, Ga. – Fort Scott CC (Glenn Hills HS)

Originally asignee out of high school with Division I Savannah State, Lord redshirted thispast season at Fort Scott CC … Prior to Fort Scott … Lord was an All-districtand an All-State running back … Also a standout track athlete, he was a statechampion in the 200m with a time of 21.60 … He will also be running track andfield at Missouri Southern.

Austin Minor – LS – 5-9 – 200 –Baxter Springs, Kan. – Coffeyville CC (Baxter Springs HS)

Minor comesto Southern after two years at Coffeyville Community College where he playedfor coach Aaron Flores … The starter at long snapper for the Ravens, Minor hada tackle on special teams last year as a sophomore … A two-year starter, he wasa two-time All-Conference pick and was three times the special teams player ofthe week … At Baxter Springs, he was a three-year starter and was a teamcaptain, while being named All-Conference on the defensive line his seniorseason.

Deon Price – DB – 6-2, 185 – Austin,Texas – Cisco College (McCallum HS)

Price comesto Southern after two years at Cisco College in Cisco, Texas where he playedfor coach Scott Taylor … Prior to Cisco, Price was an All-District andAll-State WR/DB, while being named to the state All-Star Team.

Ryan Solomon – S – 6-0 – 190 –Monrovia, Calif. – Citrus (Calif.) College (Monrovia HS)

Solomon comesto Southern after a season at Citrus College in California … He will have threeyears of eligibility after redshirting this past year … As a freshman in 2012,Solomon recorded 25 tackles, one tackle for a loss, and recovered a fumblewhile playing for coach Ron Ponciano and the Owls … Prior to Citrus, Solomonprepped at Monrovia High School where he was an All-District and All-Countyselection for coach Ryan Maddox … He is the son of Nichele Solomon and GaryLindsey.

O'Shea Williams – DL – 6-0 – 300 –Katy, Texas – Blinn College (Cypress Lakes HS)

Williamscomes to Southern after two years for coach Ronny Feldman at Blinn College inTexas … A two year starter at Blinn, Williams was a defensive captain and was atwo-time All-Conference selection … He was the team's Defensive MVP and in twoyears, he finished his career with eight sacks, 30 tackles, 16 of them for aloss … At Cypress Lakes High School, Williams was a two-time All-District andAll-Conference pick and was an All-State selection for coach Robert Blackshear… He was named a top 150 pick by rivals.com and was a team captain and theDefensive MVP … The son of Michelle Williams and Alfred Jackson, Williams willmajor in kinesiology at Southern. 

IncomingHigh School/JUCO Transfers

IsaiahAnderson – DE – 6-2 – 245 – Port Gibson, Miss. - Coahoma (MS) CC (Port GibsonHS)

Andersoncomes to Southern after two years at Coahoma Community College where he playedfor coach Freeman Horton … Last season, Anderson had 41 tackles, 22 solo,including one sack and 3.5 for a loss of 14 yards. 

HaydenChandler – OT – 6-3 – 300 – DeSoto, Kan. – Coffeyville CC (DeSoto HS)

Chandlercomes to Southern after two years starting for coach Aaron Flores atCoffeyville Community College in Kansas … A teammate of incoming Lion AustinMinor and James Williams, Chandlerwas an All-Conference lineman and helpedlead an offensive line that saw the Ravens rush for 1,436 yards and 15touchdowns in 2013 … He also had one tackle on defense.

DemechoCrawford – DL – 6-2 – 260 – Florissant, Mo. – Independence CC (McCleur NorthHS)

Crawfordcomes to Southern after two years at Independence Community College where heplayed for coach Steve Carson … Last season at Indy, Crawford had 13 tackles,eight solo, including one sac, three tackles for a loss of five yards and twopass break ups … Prior to Indy, Crawford prepped at McCleur North High Schoolwhere he was a three-time All-Conference pick. 

JustinDavis – LB – 6-1 – 222 – Dallas, Texas – WT White High School

Daviswas his team's MVP this past season and was an All-District and All-Region pickafter finishing the season with 124 tackles, four forced fumbles and threeinterceptions.

VinceGardella – DE – 6-4 – 255 – Pomona, Calif – Citrus College (Claremont HS)

Gardellacomes to Southern after two years at Citrus College in California where heplayed for coach Ron Ponciano and the Owls and is a teammate of fellow signeeRyan Solomon … This past season for Citrus, Gardella had 20 tackles, including2.5 sacks and 3.5 for a loss of 16 yards … Prior to Citrus, Gardella preppedtwo varsity seasons for the Wolfpack and Coach Mike Collins at Claremont HighSchool … He earned All-Sierra League Honorable Mention honors … Gardella is theson of Shanette Oliver and Jim Gardel and plans to major in criminal justice atSouthern.

Slyvester Hagan – LB – 6-2 – 230 –New Albany, Ohio – Palomar (Calif.) College (New Albany HS)

Hagan comesto Southern after playing two years for coach Joe Early and the Comets … Lastseason for the Comets, Hagan garnered 67 tackles, 25 solo, tying forsecond-most on the team.

Jarrell Jackson – OL – 6-4 – 255 –Marrero, La. – Higgins High School

Jackson was aan All-District, All-State and All-Star Team selection, where he was the teamcaptain … As a junior, he was a first-team 5A All-District and All-Statepick. 

DemetrusJohnson – LB – 6-1 – 230 – Columbus, Ohio – Alan Hancock JC (Brookhaven HS)

Johnsoncomes to Southern after two years playing for coach KrisDutra at Alan Hancock Junior College in California … It is the same school thatcurrent Lion ChrisBarnwell played at … Last year, he led the team with 100 tackles, 45 solo,including 1.5 sacks, 5.5 tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles, onerecovery … Prior to Alan Hancock, Johnson prepped at Brookhaven High School inColumbus, Ohio where he was an All-City, All-District and All-State pick.

CoryKeyes – LB – 5-11 – 200 – Moore, Okla. – Southmoore High School

Keys was athree-year letter winner at Southmoore High School … His senior season he as anAll-State and All-Region pick while he was named a team captain … He had 88tackles and also carried a 3.63 GPA while being named an All-Cityselection. 

LarsLindquist – OL – 6-3 – 290 – Santa Fe, New Mexico – Santa Rosa JC (SaintMichaels High School)

Lindquistcomes to Southern after two years at Santa Rosa Junior College where he was atwo-year starter playing for coach Lenny Wagner… He played on both theoffensive and defensive lines and recorded 16 tackles, two sacks and added aninterception … Prior to Santa Rosa, Lindquist prepped at Saint Michaels HighSchool where he was a two-year starter for coach Joey Fernandez … He was anAll-State selection and was a nominee for the Offensive Lineman of the Year …Also a standout wrestler and track and field athlete, Lindquist helped hiswrestling team to a state championship … The son of Scott and Amy Lindquist,his father played soccer at Virginia Tech, before playing professional soccerin Portugal … He plans to major in English at Southern. 

De-JonMitchell – LB – 6-1 – 225 – Los Angeles, Calif. – Santa Monica College (FairfaxHS)

Mitchellcomes to Southern after two years at Santa Monica College in California, wherehe played for coach Gifford Lindheim … Last season as a sophomore, Mitchellrecorded 31 tackles, 18 solo, including 1.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for a loss andone fumble recovery.

Marquis Montgomery – OL – 6-0 – 292– Topeka, Kan. – Hutchinson CC (Highland Park HS)

Montgomerycomes to Southern after two seasons at Hutchinson Community College where heplayed for coach Rion Rhoades … Last season he helped the Blue Dragons to an8-4 record and helped lead an offensive line that saw Hutchinson rush for 1,879yards and 25 touchdowns … he also saw time on defense where he had 12 tackles,a half a sack and 3.5 tackles for a loss of ten yards.

JonahNightengale – LB – 6-0 – 205 – Citrus Springs, Fla. – Lecanto High School

Nightengalecomes to Southern after starting for four years at Lecanto High School forcoach McKinley Rolle … He played both running back and linebacker at Lecantowhere he was an All-County and All-Conference selection … Also an All-Countywrestler, he helped his team place sixth in the Florida State Championships …The son of Ronald and Audra Nightengale, he is undecided on his major atSouthern.

Dajuan Perryman – LB – 5-10 – 200 –Los Angeles, Calif. – Santa Monica College (Gardena HS)

Perrymancomes to Southern after two seasons at Santa Monica College where he played forcoach Gifford Lindheim and was a teammate with De-Jon Mitchell … Last season asa sophomore, Perryman finished the season with 40 tackles, 25 solo, including2.5 sacks, and 9.5 tackles for a loss of 21 yards … he also added one forcedfumble. 

RazeanPrather – DE – 6-0 – 240 – Ripley, Miss. – Northeast Mississippi CC (Ripley HS)

Prather(Ray-Ray) comes to Southern after starting two seasons at Northeast MississippiCC for coach Ricky Smithers and the Tigers … Last season, Prather had 43tackles, 34 solo, including three sacks, 12.5 tackles for a loss of 33 yardsand one interception … He was also the Defensive MVP of the MACJC All-StarGame. 

JohathanPruden – S – 6-2 – 230 – Burlington, NJ – Los Angeles Pierce CC (Burlington HS)

Pruden comesto Southern after playing two years for coach Efrain Martinez at LA Pierce CCin California … Last season as a sophomore, Pruden had 18 tackles, includingone sack and five tackles for a loss of 33 yards, he also added one pass breakup. 

Kyjuan(Key-Juan) Tate – LB – 6-2 – 230 – Chicago, Ill. – Butte (Calif. ) College(Hubbard HS)

Tate comes toSouthern after two years playing for coach Jeff Jordan at Butte College inCalifornia … This past season, Tate helped lead the team to a California JuniorCollege State Title, a 12-0 record and Butte was named Co-National Champions …As a sophomore, Tate had 33 tackles, 10 solo, including four for a loss of 14yards and one pass breakup. 

RolandeisToliver – DT – 6-2 – 270 – Horn Lake, Miss. – NW Mississippi CC (Horn Lake HS)

Toliver comesto Southern after two seasons at Northwest Mississippi Community College forcoach Jack Wright … Last season at Northwest, Toliver recorded 11 tackles …Prior to Northwest, Toliver prepped at Horn Lake High School for coach JohnCooley … helped the Eagles to a 6-5 record in his senior season, their firstwinning season in 10 years...a first team all-region and all-districtselection...as a senior, recorded 89 tackles (39 solo) and tallied acareer-high 18 total tackles vs. Hernando.

James Williams – C – 6-0 – 270 –Kansas City, Kan. – Coffeyville CC (Sumner Academy)

Williamscomes to Southern after two years starting for coach Aaron Flores atCoffeyville Community College in Kansas … A teammate of incoming Lion AustinMinor and Hayden Chandler, Williams helped lead an offensive line that saw theRavens rush for 1,436 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2013.

MorrisWillis – DE – 6-3 – 220 – Owasso, Okla. – Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (OwassoHS)

Willis comesto Southern after two years at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M playing for coachRyan Held … A teammate of incoming Lion Elliott Hawkins, Willis had 28 tacklesas a sophomore, 13 solo, including 1 sack and an average of 4.7 tackles pergame.  

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