Raiders Ink 25 on Signing Day


Middle Tennessee head football coach Rick Stockstill announced today the signing of 25 players to scholarship agreements on National Signing Day.

“I thought we filled our positions nicely across the board. We still have one on offense that we will try to fill later but wanted to save one for any possible graduate transfer or another great player who may come available,” added Stockstill. “I think all our mid-term guys can come in and help us right away and overall I am very excited with the class. We will know more about this class in a couple years but I like their character which is where it all starts for us in recruiting.

“We have a great product to sell at Middle Tennessee. We graduate 97 percent of our players, go to bowl games, and play on television basically each week. You can do it all at Middle Tennessee which makes getting a class like this a lot easier.”

The Blue Raiders inked players from nine different states and Canada with seven coming from Tennessee, six from Georgia, three from Florida, two from Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas, and one each from Kentucky, Arizona and Toronto, Canada. Overall, 17 signees come from the high school ranks and eight are transfers.

Stockstill and his staff signed 12 players on offense. The Blue Raiders added five wide receivers, four linemen, two running backs and a quarterback.

Defensively, the Blue Raiders stocked up on linebackers and secondary help among the 13 players signed. The staff inked four safeties, four linebackers, three cornerbacks, and two linemen.

The Blue Raiders, who return 12 starters (6 offense, 6 defense) next year, will begin spring practice on March 16 with the final spring workout set for April 15. Mat drills will get underway on Feb. 17.

Brad Anderson RB 5-8 170 Fr. Huntsville, AL/Bob Jones HS
Reed Blankenship DB 6-1 175 Fr. Athens, AL/West Limestone HS
Wesley Bush DB 6-1 187 Jr. Macon, MS/NW Mississippi CC
Zeke Cobb WR 6-3 202 Fr. Dalton, GA/Dalton HS
Rosheem Collins DL 6-1 296 Jr. Waycross, GA/East Central CC
D.J. Delfendahl OL 6-4 272 Fr. Mt. Juliet, TN/Mt. Juliet HS
Elijah Dobbins OL 6-4 275 Fr. Franklin,TN/Oakland HS
Zack Dobson WR 5-8 165 Fr. Knoxville, TN/Fulton HS
Kamau Farrell-Burke DB 6-3 175 Jr. Toronto, Canada/Arizona Western College
Jordan Ferguson DT 6-2 280 Fr. Atlanta, GA/Cartersville HS
Raheme Fuller DB 6-3 192 Fr. Ft. Lauderdale, FL/Boyd-Anderson HS
Maurice Gordon RB 5-10 200 Jr. Denton, TX/Navarro College
O.J. Johnson DB 6-0 195 Jr. Homerville, GA/Mississippi Gulf Coast
Tyrese Johnson WR 5-8 160 Fr. Halls, TN/Halls HS
Cole Kirby OL 6-4 285 Fr. Franklin, KY/Simpson HS
Amir Luckett OL 6-2 291 So. Waddell, AZ/Scottsdale CC
Jimmy Marshall WR 6-5 216 Fr. Macon, GA/Tattnall Square Academy
Chaton Mobley LB 6-1 245 Fr. Knoxville, TN/Fulton HS
Wayne Parks DB 5-11 216 Fr. Fellsmere,FL/Sebastian River HS
Tavonn Salter WR 6-2 200 Jr. Atlanta, GA/Mt. San Antonio JC
Cody Smith S 6-2 205 Fr. Stuart, FL/Martin County HS
DQ Thomas LB 6-2 200 Fr. Oxford, MS/Oxford HS
Tavares Thomas LB 6-0 235 Jr. Rosenberg, TX/Navarro College
John Turner QB 6-1 205 Fr. Murfreesboro, TN/Smyrna HS
Cain McWilliams LB 6-1 236 Fr. Lewisburg, TN/Marshall Co. HS
BOLD indicates are already enrolled at Middle Tennessee


RB, 5-8, 170, Fr., Huntsville, AL

Director of Player Personnel Will Redmond on Anderson: “Brad is the type of player everyone wants to be around. High school coaches, teammates – everyone we talked to throughout his recruitment praised his work ethic and ability. With his speed and awareness, Brad will help us at the running back position.”

High School
Lettered in football and track at Bob Jones High School
Earned all-state, all-region and all-Huntsville his senior year
Set a state record with two 99-yard touchdowns in the same game
As a junior he caught 33 passes for 651 yards and four touchdowns, and ran for 360 yards and five scores
Was the Homecoming King and maintained a 4.0 GPA
Played for Coach Brad Jefferson

Full name: Bradarick Johnell Anderson
Parents: Brad and Demarius Anderson
Born: 2/15/99
Major: Undecided

DB, 6-1, 175, Fr., Athens, AL

Director of Player Personnel Will Redmond on Blankenship: “Reed was a “do-it-all” type athlete throughout his high school career. Whether he was playing quarterback, wide receiver or safety, it was obvious Reed was willing to do whatever the team needed. Reed is very instinctive and tough, which will make him a great safety for us.”

High School
Lettered in football and basketball at West Limestone High School
Earned all-state, all-region, all-area, all-county and was named the Player of the year in 2016
Was all-state, all-region, all-area, all-county and voted the Limestone County Player of the Year in 2015
Career statistics were 3,192 rushing yards, 1,056 passing yards, 1,004 receiving yards, 46 total touchdowns, 295 tackles and 10 interceptions
Served as team captain two years
Member of the 2015 4A State Championship basketball team and was all-area and all-county in 2016
Played for Coach Jordan Cantrell

Full name: Reed Scott Blankenship
Parents: Troy and Sandra Blankenship
Born: 3/2/99
Major: Undecided

DB, 6-1, 187, Jr., Macon, MS

Director of Player Personnel Will Redmond on Bush: “Wesley is a safety that immediately jumps out at you when you throw on his film. He covers ground and has great awareness for the football in the air. It’s always a plus when you can find a guy who loves contact as well.”

Northwest Mississippi CC
Played as a freshman and sophomore at NWCC where team combined for 20-4 record
In 2016, he ranked seventh on team with 48 tackles, including two TFLs and a team-high five interceptions. Also had three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 10 pass breakups
Had 30 tackles, including two TFLs, an interception and fumble recovery in 2015

High School
Lettered and played for head coach Tyrone Shorter at Noxubee County High School
Helped Tigers to a 14-2 record and state championship as a senior
Collected 48 tackles, 4.5 TFLs and four interceptions his senior year
Earned first team all-state honors

Full name: Wesley Deondra Bush
Parents: Jessie and Daniella Bush
Nickname is “Welly B”
Born: 3/27/97
Major: Undecided

WR, 6-3, 202, Fr., Dalton, GA

Director of Player Personnel Will Redmond on Cobb: “Zeke is a prospect with great size and play-making ability. When we started looking for big, strong wide-outs, Zeke was a nationally recognized name we had to go after. Zeke’s physical tools will make him a strong asset for us offensively.”

High School
Lettered in football and track at Dalton High School
Rated a 3-star recruit by 247Sports and the 162nd best player in Georgia
Earned first team all-region honors as a sophomore and senior
Had 97 catches for 1,786 yards and 20 TDs during his career for an 18.4 average
Was all-region in track in the high jump
Played for Coach Matt Land

Full name: Reginald Ezekiel Cobb
Parents: Kerry and Beverly Cobb
Born: 5/17/98
Major: Undecided

DL, 6-1, 296, Jr., Waycross, GA

Director of Player Personnel Will Redmond on Collins: “It is never easy going out and recruiting junior college defensive tackles. Every program in America is looking for a strong, physical run stopper, and that’s exactly what Rosheem provides. His athleticism in the trenches made him a high priority for us. Adding depth in the defensive interior was a priority for us.”

East Central CC
Played two years as a defensive lineman at East Central
Ranked eighth on the team in tackles with 26 stops in 2016 to go with 3.5 TFLs and a sack
Had 18 tackles, including two TFLs as a freshman

High School
Lettered in football at Ware County High School
Earned first team all-state and all-region honors
Named the defensive player of the year
Played for Coach Franklin Stephens

Full name: Rosheem Collins
Parents: Guy Franklin and Jona Collins
Born: 4/17/96
Major: Undecided
Other: His uncle is Germayle Franklin who played for the Blue Raiders from 2002 to 2006
DJ DELFENDAHL (delf-in-doll)
OL, 6-4, 272, Fr., Mt. Juliet, TN

Director of Player Personnel Will Redmond on Delfendahl: “DJ is both very academically and athletically gifted. His physicality and quick-twitch athleticism made him a perfect fit for our offensive line. A true finisher.”

High School
Lettered in football all four years at Mt. Juliet High School
Voted all-state, all-region and USA Today 2nd Team All-USA Tennessee
Named Region 3-6A Best Offensive Lineman and a Mr. Football semi-finalist
Played in the Toyota East-West All-Star Game
Turned in 117 pancake blocks his senior year
Played for Coach Trey Perry

Full name: Daniel Jacob Delfendahl
Parents: Dan and Stacey Delfendahl
Born: 5/15/98
Major: Undecided

OL, 6-4, 275, Fr., Franklin, TN

Director of Player Personnel Will Redmond on Dobbins: “Elijah is the type of guy you want on your offensive line; hard working, driven, and physical. Elijah has that “finisher’s mentality” we seek in our offensive linemen. He has great feet and truly wants to be the best at his job on the field.”

High School
Lettered in football all four years at Oakland High School in Murfreesboro
Earned all-state, all-region and all-midstate honors as a senior
Voted the 6A Lineman of the Year
Was all-region and all-midstate as a junior
Team was state runner-up in 2016 and made state semi-finals in 2015
Only lost six games his entire four-year high school career and four came in the playoffs
Played for Coach Kevin Creasy

Full name: Elijah D. Dobbins
Parents: Norman Dobbins and Sonya McCullough
Born: 1/16/99
Major: Undecided
Other: Cousin Tim Dobbins played nine seasons in NFL (drafted by the Chargers)

WR, 5-8, 165, Fr., Knoxville, TN

Director of Player Personnel Will Redmond on Dobson: “Zack is a very dynamic athlete. His big play ability in the kick-return game, and out of multiple offensive skill positions, makes him a great asset to our team.”

High School
Lettered in football and track at Fulton High School
Rated a 3-star recruit by 247Sports
Earned all-state, all-region and all-county honors as a senior
Played in the Toyota East-West All-Star Game
Had 1,411 receiving yards and 2,824 all-purpose yards during his career to go with 80 tackles and five interceptions
His brother Zaevion Dobson was the 2016 Arthur Ashe Courage Award winner at the ESPY’s for being a national hero after giving up his life to save three females during a violent shooting. He was the youngest to ever win the award. Zack wore jersey 24 his senior year to honor is brother.
Played for Coach Rob Black

Full name: Zachary Kevon Dobson
Parent: Zenobia Dobson
Born: 10/11/98
Major: Undecided

DB, 6-3, 175, Jr., Toronto, Canada

Director of Player Personnel Will Redmond on Farrell-Burke: “Kamau’s passion for the game is very strong. The way he plays, the way he talks about football- everything added up in terms of finding a guy who would want to push for a starting job immediately. His Arizona Western team played for a Junior College National Championship this season.”

Arizona Western College
Team played in the 2016 NJCAA National Championship
Had 22 tackles, four pass breakups and two interceptions in 2016
In 2015, he collected 14 tackles to go with a pass breakup and a blocked kick

High School
Lettered in football, basketball and track at Pickering High School in Ontario, Canada
Won IMG National 7-on-7 championship in 2013 and 2014
Earned all-star honors in 2012 and 2013
Played in the 2012 High School Bowl

Full name: Kamau Farrell-Burke
Parents: Patrick Burke and Sharon Farrell
Born: 10/29/96
Major: Undecided

DT, 6-2, 280, Fr., Atlanta, GA

Director of Player Personnel Will Redmond on Ferguson: “Jordan is a very athletically gifted young man. Playing multiple offensive and defensive positions in high school, Jordan has the agility and size to really help us in the defensive interior.”

High School
Lettered in football, basketball and track
Played majority of his high school career at St. Francis Academy but transferred to Norcross for his senior season. Transferred in spring to Cartersville High School where he graduated.
Rated a 3-star recruit by 247Sports and the 156th best player in Georgia
Earned first team all-conference honors as a junior while also being picked as an AJC Player of the Week
Was first team offense and honorable mention defense as a sophomore
Had 45 tackles, including 7.0 TFLs as a senior
As a junior he tallied 15 touchdowns to go with three interceptions, 103 tackles, eight sacks and 30 TFLs
Played for Coach Keith Maloof at Norcross and Brennan Booth at St. Francis

Full name: Jordan Benjamin Ferguson
Parent: Latisha Webb-Ferguson
Born: 4/10/99
Major: Undecided

DB, 6-3, 192, Fr., Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Director of Player Personnel Will Redmond on Fuller: “Raheme is a south Florida native with great size. His 6’3 frame coupled with his ability to cover wide receivers makes him a solid fit at the corner position.”

High School
Lettered in football at Boyd-Anderson High School
Rated a 3-Star recruit by 247Sports
Ranked a top 64 cornerback by
Earned all-region honors after collecting 35 tackles, four sacks and three interceptions as a senior
Played for Coach Quincy Woods

Full name: Raheme Jermaine Devonte Fuller
Parent: Kerry-Ann Ranger Newsome
Born: 7/15/98
Major: Undecided

RB, 5-10, 200, Jr., Denton, TX

Director of Player Personnel Will Redmond on Gordon: “The moment we watched Maurice’s film we knew he was a special player. Strength and speed were two major priorities for our staff as we searched for a runner, and Maurice fit that mold instantly. Meeting Maurice in person is even more impressive.”

Navarro College
Played two years at Navarro
Earned 2016 All-SWJCFC honors after leading team with 903 rushing yards and nine touchdowns to go with 23 receptions for 201 yards and three scores
Also led team in scoring and all-purpose yards

High School
Lettered in football and track at Denton Ryan High School
Was the offensive player of the year while also earning all-district honors

Full name: Maurice Antwonne Gordon
Parents: Maurice Gordon and Sonya Hudges
Born: 6/8/97
Major: Undecided

DB, 6-0, 195, Jr., Homerville, GA

Director of Player Personnel Will Redmond on Johnson: “OJ is a junior college transfer who originally signed with South Carolina out of high school. OJ possesses great closing speed and toughness, and adding a defensive secondary player with college experience was a priority for our staff.”

Had 22 tackles as a sophomore to go with two interceptions and six pass breakups
Named All-Region 23 as a freshman

High School
Lettered in football and basketball at Clinch County High School
Named first team Class A All-State by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and second team Class A All-State by the Georgia Sports Writers Association
As a senior he rushed 141 times for 1,225 yards (8.7 ypc) and 11 touchdowns, while throwing for 470 yards and six touchdowns. Also had 24 tackles and two interceptions.
As a junior he rushed for 1,235 yards and 11 touchdowns
Was a two-time Defensive Player of the Year in basketball
Played for Coach Jim Dickerson

Full name: Octavis Creshan Johnson
Parents: Antinio Johnson and Teresa Marshall
Born: 12/4/95
Major: Undecided

WR, 5-8, 160, Fr., Halls, TN

Director of Player Personnel Will Redmond on Johnson: “Tyrese will be a nice addition as a slot receiver for our program. Our staff was able to coach him multiple times during summer camps, and he showed us his competitive spirit and coachability. Playing multiple positions in high school, Tyrese will be a dynamic athlete for us offensively.”

High School
Lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track at Halls High School
2015 and 2016 All-State and 2016 6-2A Region Player of the Year, and 2015 6-2A Region Special Teams Player of the Year
2014 All-Region
Owns the school career records in receptions (136), receiving touchdowns (27) and receiving yards (2,249)
Set the school record with 1,103 receiving yards as a senior
Voted the 2014, 2015, and 2016 class favorite and 2017 Mr. HHS, Most Athletic and Best Smile

Full name: Tyrese D’Shawn Johnson
Parent: Rachel Dennis
Born: 7/26/99
Major: Undecided

OL, 6-4, 285, Fr., Franklin, KY

Director of Player Personnel Will Redmond on Kirby: “Cole is a very athletic lineman who played on both the offensive and defensive lines in high school. Cole was an all-state player in Kentucky, and his size and speed will make him a great addition to our roster. He is still growing, which makes him an exciting prospect for our program.”

High School
Lettered in football and baseball at Simpson High School
Earned second team all-state honors and first team all-conference as a senior
Named First Team Academic All-State
Played for Coach Doug Preston

Full name: Joseph Cole Kirby
Parents: Kelly and Tammy Kirby
Born: 4/30/99
Major: Undecided

OL, 6-2, 291, So., Waddell, AZ

Director of Player Personnel Will Redmond on Luckett: “Amir is a very physical offensive lineman. Everything we wanted in a guy-toughness, grit, motor- Amir had it all. Amir was a qualifier out of high school, and has 3 years of eligibility which also makes him a nice addition from a longevity standpoint on the offensive line.”

Scottsdale CC
Played just his freshman year at Scottsdale
Team went 2-8 in 2016

High School
Lettered in football and basketball at Shadow Ridge High School

Full name: Amir Luckett
Parents: Vincent Luckett and Sharmila Martin
Born: 6/21/98
Major: Undecided

WR, 6-5, 216, Fr., Macon, GA

Director of Player Personnel Will Redmond on Marshall: “The first thing that sticks out to you about Jimmy is his height. We wanted to add a tall, competitive outside threat to this recruiting class and that is what Jimmy provides us.”

High School
Lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track at Tattnall Square Academy
Rated the 247th best player in Georgia by 247Sports
Voted all-state and all-region as a senior
Owns school records for receptions and receiving yards in a season
In 2015 he collected 43 receptions for 615 yards and six TDs
Was a GHSA-Private All-Star selection in basketball and was invited to the Future 150 Camp
Played for Coach Chance Jones

Full name: Jimmy Marshall
Parents: Jimmy and Latascha Marshall
Born: 7/10/99
Major: Undecided

LB, 6-1, 236, Fr., Lewisburg, TN

Director of Player Personnel Will Redmond on McWilliams: “Cain is another local high school product we identified early in the recruiting process. Cain is a team leader and works hard to make everyone around him better. His ability to strike and flip his hips makes him a great addition to our roster at the linebacker position.”

High School
Lettered in football and basketball at Marshall County High School and Fayetteville High School
Rated a 3-star recruit by 247Sports
As a senior he was a team captain, 4A Mr. Football Lineman Finalist, all-state, all-mid-state and the region defensive MVP.
Had 101 tackles, 12 sacks, 12 TFLs, 11 rushing touchdowns and one defensive score as a senior at Marshall County
Was all-region in football and basketball as a junior at Fayetteville
Had 85 tackles, 24 TFLs, 11 sacks and rushed for 1,300 yards and 23 touchdowns as a junior
Played for Coach Thomas Osteen at Marshall County

Full name: Tere’L D’Cain McWilliams
Parents: Jeff Brown and Tonya Stone
Born: 4/10/98
Major: Undecided

CHATON MOBLEY (shuh-taan mob-lee)
LB, 6-1, 245, Fr., Knoxville, TN

Director of Player Personnel Will Redmond on Mobley: “Chaton is another athletically gifted player in this year’s class. Throughout his high school career, it was rare to find him not on the field. When you watch Chaton play, it is obvious he is a passionate football player.”

High School
Lettered in football and basketball at Fulton High School
Earned all-state honors in 2015 and 2016 while garnering all-region accolades three straight years
For his high school career he tallied 183 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 1,235 rushing yards, 29 TDs and scored 194 points
Generated 806 all-purpose yards and eight touchdowns for the Falcons in 2016 while adding 44 tackles, including 10 for loss and 4.5 sacks
Recorded 73 tackles as a junior, including 12.5 for loss and also rushed for 580 yards and 12 touchdowns as a running back
Was a three-year starter and played an integral role in the Falcons’ run to the Class 4A state championship in 2014, earning BlueCross Bowl defensive MVP honors after tallying 10 tackles and returning a fumble 45 yards for a TD
Played for Coach Rob Black

Full name: Chaton Mobley
Parents: Antonio Mobley and Chaka Murriel
Born: 5/19/99
Major: Undecided

DB, 5-11, 216, Fr., Fellsmere, FL

Director of Player Personnel Will Redmond on Parks: “Wayne is a very physical presence in the defensive secondary. With great awareness, Wayne has also made a name for himself in south Florida for his interception and big play ability. Adding a player with multiple pick-sixes throughout his career is always a great bonus.”

High School
Lettered in football, basketball and track at Sebastian River High School
Played for Coach Kevin Pettis

Full name: Anthony Wayne Parks
Parents: Anthony W. Parks Jr. and Ebony Williams
Born: 10/31/97
Major: Undecided

TAVONN SALTER (tay-vonn)
WR, 6-2, 200, Jr., Atlanta, GA

Director of Player Personnel Will Redmond on Salter: “Tavonn’s ability to run routes, make cuts and create throwing lanes for his quarterback make him an exciting addition. Continuing the theme of strong, physical wide receivers, if earned, Tavonn has an opportunity to really be an early contributor.”

Mt. San Antonio
Played in nine games during the 2016 campaign and collected 28 receptions for 410 yards and two TDs
Team went 8-3 in 2016

High School
Lettered in football at Stephenson High School
Was not recruited out of high school

Full name: Tavonn Salter
Parents: Timothy Salter and Tammy Graham
Born: 3/1/96
Major: Undecided

DB, 6-2, 205, Fr., Stuart, FL

Director of Player Personnel Will Redmond on Smith: “The moment you turn on Cody’s film it is obvious he loves contact. Cody is very instinctive and uses his physicality to punish ball carriers. This south Florida native has a tremendous upside.”

High School
Lettered in football at Martin County High School
Ranked No. 20 by ESPN in the Martin County/St. Lucie area and West Palm Beach
Earned second team all-state honors as a senior
Voted all-area first team and a Scrips Super 11 member
A two-year captain and the team defensive player of the year as a junior and senior
Recorded 124 tackles and five interceptions (two for TDs) as a senior while racking up 109 tackles, three interceptions and 16 pass breakups as a junior
Played for Coach Chuck Kenyan

Full name: Cody Bryson Smith
Parents: Tom and Jacqueline Smith and Greg and Dawn Robertson
Born: 11/10/98
Major: Undecided

LB, 6-2, 200, Fr., Oxford, MS

Director of Player Personnel Will Redmond on Thomas: “DQ has an infectious attitude and smile. From the moment you meet him, it is obvious to see why DQ’s coaches and community think very highly of him on and off the football field. DQ is also an all-state power-lifter in Mississippi and our coaches are excited to get him on the field.”

High School
Lettered in football and power lifting at Oxford High School
Earned all-state and all-region honors
Invited to the Bernard Blackwell North/South All-Star game
In 2016 had 115 tackles, including nine TFLs, 1.5 sacks, four hurries and five interceptions
Played for Coach Chris Cutcliffe

Full name: DQuarius D’Juan Thomas
Parent: Agrecia Frierson
Born: 12/4/98
Major: Undecided

LB, 6-0, 235, Jr., Rosenberg, TX

Director of Player Personnel Will Redmond on Thomas: “Throughout his film, it is obvious Tavares never shies away from contact. Being both a physical presence defensively and in the kicking game made him an automatic priority for our staff.”

Named first team All-SWJCFC in 2016
Tallied 82 tackles, 11 sacks (ranked 13th nationally), 11 TFLs and three forced fumbles in 2016

High School
Lettered in football, basketball and track at Lamar Consolidated High School
Earned all-area honors as a senior

Full name: Tavares Mandell Thomas
Parent: Zakiya King
Born: 11/30/95
Major: Undecided

QB, 6-1, 205, Fr., Murfreesboro, TN

Director of Player Personnel Will Redmond on Turner: “John is a great addition to our roster. We wanted to find a confident, talented and poised quarterback who can develop and grow over the coming years. John has great arm strength and has a great feeling for the game.”

High School
Lettered in football and basketball at Smyrna High School
Rated a 3-Star recruit by 247Sports
Two-time 6A Region 2 selection
Finished career 400-of-645 for 5,654 yards and 54 touchdowns
Led 6A Region 2 in passing his senior year with 2,244 yards and 26 touchdowns
Won seven different player of the week awards his senior year
Member of the National Honor Society and a Boys State representative
Played for Coach Matt Williams

Full name: John Mitchell Turner
Parents: Brian and Tonya Turner
Born: 2/26/99
Major: Undecided