NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Old Dominion signed 16 players during National Signing Day. Below is a list of the players as well as coach Bobby Wilder’s entire press conference from Wednesday.
Casey Bernard – 6-2, 222 – DE – White Plains, Md./St. Mary’s Ryken
A three-star recruit by 247 Sports … Played in the annual “Crab Bowl,” a high school All-Star Game featuring players from Washington, D.C. and Maryland … Named to the Maryland All-State Private School Team as a junior and senior … Earned All-County honors as a junior and senior … Recorded 67 tackles and seven sacks as a junior.
Other Schools Considered: Buffalo
Jamez Brickhouse – 5-10, 165 – CB – Virginia Beach, Va./Bayside
Ranked as a three-star recruit by 247 Sports, Rivals and ESPN … Earned All-Beach District honors as a junior … Named one of the top defensive backs in the state by Virginia Preps … Ranked the 10th best player in Hampton Roads by the Virginian Pilot … Earned First-Team All-Conference honors.
Other Schools Considered: Duke, Virginia, Wisconsin
Jelani Carter – 6-1, 190 – DB – Roanoke, Va./Northside
Ranked as a three-star recruit by 247 Sports … Earned All-State honors as a senior at defensive back … Helped Northside to a 14-1 record and state championship as a junior … Recorded 57 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.
Other Schools Considered: Charlotte, Cincinnati
Nijee Cox – 6-3, 235 – TE – Virginia Beach, Va./Salem
Rated a two-star recruit by 247 Sports … Named First-Team All-State at defensive tackle and Second-Team All-State at offensive line … Named Conference 9 Defensive Lineman of the Year and earned First-Team honors at offensive and defensive line … Played in the Adidas 757 All-Star Game … Returned an interception for a touchdown in win over Cox.
Other Schools Considered: Charlotte
Miles Fox – 6-1, 270 – DT – Lawrenceville, Ga./Collins Hill
A three-star recruit by 247 Sports … Named First-Team All-County at defensive line … Earned First-Team All-Region accolades … Recorded 45 tackles, three sacks and three quarterback hurries in his senior season … Notched 11 tackles and two tackles for loss in a 27-20 win over South Gwinnett … Registered a season-high 16 tackles and four tackles for loss against Norcross .
Other Schools Considered: Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, Iowa, Kent State, Middle Tennessee, South Alabama
Kyle Goddard – 5-10, 180 – WR – Lexington Park, Md./St. Mary’s Ryken
Rated a two-star recruit by 247 Sports and ESPN … Selected to play in the prestigious Big 33 All-Star Game between high school players from Maryland and Pennsylvania (Every Super Bowl has featured a player from the Big 33 game) … One of four ODU signees to play in the “Crab Bowl,” an all-star game featuring high school players from Washington D.C. and Maryland … Earned Maryland All-State Private School Team honors at wide receiver.
Other Schools Considered: Buffalo, Charlotte, Nevada
Devin Hannan – 6-4, 275 – OL – Belle Vernon, Pa./Belle Vernon Area
Ranked as a three-star recruit by 247 Sports … Selected to play in the Big 33 Pennsylvania vs. Maryland All-Star Game … Joins fellow ODU recruit Kyle Goddard who will play for Maryland … A four-year starter on the offensive and defensive line at Belle Vernon Area … A two-time All-Conference honoree at offensive and defensive line … Earned Second-Team All-State at defensive tackle … Recorded 48 tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery as a senior.
Other Schools Considered: Army, UConn, Temple
Eri’Reon Hayes – 6-2, 190 – WR – Dillon, S.C./Dillon
Rated a two-star recruit by Rivals … Named the State Offensive Back of the Year as a senior … Earned Region Offensive Player of the Year honors and was named First-Team All-Region wide receiver … Registered 65 receptions for 1,353 yards and 22 touchdowns … Caught five passes for 109-yards and a touchdown in the state championship game, a 49-27 win over Newberry to give Dillon three-straight state championships … Scored three touchdowns in the state championship game as a junior … Named to the 2014 All-Zone Team … Played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolina’s All-Star Game.
Other Schools Considered: Appalachian State, East Carolina, Georgia Southern
Gemonta Jackson – 5-10, 185 – RB – Petersburg, Va./Petersburg
A two-star recruit by 247 Sports … A two-time All-State selection, earning First-Team honors as a returner as a junior and as an all-purpose player in his senior season … Named Conference 26 Offensive Player of the Year … Caught a touchdown pass in the Big River Rivalry All-Star Game featuring players from Central Virginia … Named to the Richmond Times Dispatch A-List … Rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns and threw the winning touchdown to defeat Kettle Run in the playoffs … Helped Petersburg to the third round of the playoffs … Rushed for 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns and also threw for 700 yards and nine touchdowns while playing quarterback, running back and wide receiver as a senior.
Other Schools Considered: West Virginia
Kane Miskel – 6-2, 175 – DB – Suffolk, Va./King’s Fork
A two-star recruit by ESPN and 247 Sports … Earned First-Team All-State accolades at defensive back … Earned First-Team All-Conference 18 honors … Named First-Team All-757 defensive back … Received Second-Team All-Tidewater and All-Region accolades … Played in the Adidas 757 All-Star Game … Helped King’s Fork to a 10-3 record and the third round of the playoffs … Recorded 65 tackles, eight interceptions, three forced fumbles and scored four touchdowns.
Other Schools Considered: Charlotte
A.J. Oneal – 6-3, 210 – LB – Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs
A two-star recruit by ESPN and 247 Sports … Recorded 8.5 tackles per game, three sacks and an interception as a senior … Named First-Team All-Conference at linebacker … Earned All-District honors as a junior, while making 90 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks … Named linebacker MVP at the Charlotte Nike Camp.
Other Schools Considered: Appalachian State, Charlotte
Hasaan Patterson – 6-2, 185 – WR – Atlanta, Ga./Westlake
A three-star recruit by ESPN and a two-star recruit by 247 Sports and Rivals … Helped Westlake to a 10-2 record and the school’s first region championship in nine years … Had a 63-yard touchdown catch and 30-yard TD reception in wins over Campbell and South Cobb … Earned All-Region accolades … Recorded 23 receptions for 332 yards and four touchdowns … Also notched an 80-yard touchdown run.
Other Schools Considered: Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky
Kesean Strong – 5-10, 185 – RB – Temple Hills, Md./Potomac
A three-star recruit by 247 Sports and two-star recruit by Rivals … Rushed for 648 yards in just four games as a senior before a season-ending injury … As a junior earned First-Team All-County accolades … Rushed 95 times for 1,363 yards and 24 touchdowns … Returned seven kicks for touchdowns.
Other Schools Considered: Buffalo, Marshall, Maryland, New Mexico, Temple, Toledo
Hunter Sosebee – 6-7, 270 – OL – Tunnel Hill, Ga./Ringgold
Helped Ringgold to an 11-2 season … A two-time All-Region honoree at tackle … Named to the Chattanooga Times Free Press Dynamite Dozen … Earned First-Team All-Region honors at offensive line and Second-Team All-Region as a defensive lineman.
Other Schools Considered: Air Force, Georgia State, Middle Tennessee
Mufu Taiwo – 6-5, 250 – DT – Waldorf, Md./McDonough
A two-star recruit by 247 Sports and Rivals … Earned All-Conference accolades at defensive line … Named to the small-school All-State Team at offensive line … Played in the annual “Crab Bowl,” a high school All-Star Game featuring players from Washington, D.C. and Maryland … Ranked the No. 36 player in Maryland and No. 84 strong side defensive end in the country.
Other Schools Considered: Buffalo, Temple
Denzel Williams – 6-2, 200 – FS – Dinwiddie, Va./Dinwiddie
Named First-Team All-State at safety … Earned First-Team All-Region honors at safety … Helped lead Dinwiddie to a 15-0 record and state championship as a junior … Named Conference 20 Defensive Player of the Year, as well as First-Team running back and defensive back … Named to the Richmond Times Dispatch A-List … Played in the second annual Big River Rivalry All-Star Game featuring players from Central Virginia … Rushed for 462-yards and 13 touchdowns … Earned First-Team All-Metro honors as a junior.
Other Schools Considered: Appalachian State
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/Previous School
Tony Barnett OL 6-4 280 Roseland, Va./Nelson County/Fork Union*
Casey Bernard DE 6-2 222 White Plains, Md./St. Mary’s Ryken
Jamez Brickhouse CB 5-10 165 Virginia Beach, Va./Bayside
Devon Brown CB 5-11 182 Hoover, Ala./Spain Park/UAB*
Jelani Carter DB 6-1 190 Roanoke, Va./Northside
Jeremy Cox RB 5-11 211 Hope Mills, N.C./South View/Fork Union*
Nijee Cox TE 6-3 235 Virginia Beach, Va./Salem
Miles Fox DT 6-1 270 Lawrenceville, Ga./Collins Hill
Kyle Goddard WR 5-10 180 Lexington Park, Md./St. Mary’s Ryken
Devin Hannan OL 6-4 275 Belle Vernon, Pa./Belle Vernon Area
Eri’Reon Hayes WR 6-2 190 Dillon, S.C./Dillon
Gemonta Jackson RB 5-10 185 Petersburg, Va./Petersburg
Jaylin Jeffries LB 6-0 220 Burlington, N.C./Walter M. Williams*
Kane Miskel DB 6-2 175 Suffolk, Va./King’s Fork
A.J. Oneal LB 6-3 210 Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs
Hasaan Patterson WR 6-2 185 Atlanta, Ga./Westlake
Kesean Strong RB 5-10 185 Oxon Hill, Md./Potomac
Hunter Sosebee OL 6-7 270 Tunnel Hill, Ga./Ringgold
Mufu Taiwo DT 6-5 250 Waldorf, Md./McDonough
Richard Thomas LB 6-0 220 Meridan, Miss./West Lauderdale/Pearl River*
Joey Verhaegh QB 6-3 220 Boise, Idaho/Phillips Academy/Fullerton CC*
Tim Ward DE 6-6 210 High Point, N.C./High Point Central*
Derek Wilder LB 6-1 225 Norfolk, Va./Maury*
Denzel Williams FS 6-2 200 Dinwiddie, Va./Dinwiddie
Shadow Williams LB 6-0 225 Land O Lakes, Fla./Land O Lakes/Glendale*
* Signed in December