Middle Tennessee bulks up with 7 defensive linemen

Middle Tennessee bulks up with 7 defensive linemen


MURFREESBORO (WATE) - Twenty-five recruits signed with the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders for 2013.

The recruiting class is loaded with seven defensive linemen, which Coach Rick Stockstill said was a position of emphasis this year.

The Blue Raiders signed five ends averaging 6-foot-3 and 211 pounds.

Stockstill added 12 offensive players and a kicker to the roster, as well.

The Blue Raiders return 18 starters from last year.

MTSU will be switching to Conference USA this season after going 8-4 in its final season in the Sun Belt Conference.

National Signing Day (Feb. 6, 2013)

NAME POS. HT. WT. HOMETOWN (Previous School)
Shon Akins CB 5-9 170 Hampton, Va. (Norcross, GA)
Ismael Aurismond DE 6-3 225 Miami, Fla. (Hialeah)
Ed'Marques Batties WR 6-0 190 Fresno, Texas (Hightower)
Richie Bisaccia S 6-0 185 Tampa, Fla. (Freedom)
Devin Clarke WR 5-11 170 Sebring, Fla. (Sebring)
A.J. Erdely QB 6-3 205 Cumming, Ga. (West Forsyth)
Todney Evans DE 6-3 210 Delray Beach, Fla. (Atlantic Community)
Matthew Foster DE 6-3 235 Sparks, Ga. (Cook County)
Lucas Hamilton TE 6-5 240 Lenoir City (Lenoir City)
Jahmal Jones DE 6-3 210 Norcross, Ga. (Norcross)
Devante Lee DE 6-6 227 Chicago, Ill. (Simeon Career Academy)
Jimal McBride DT 6-2 280 Waycross, Ga. (Ware County)
Michael Minter CB 6-0 175 Atlanta, Ga. (McNair)
Kenderson Obas DT 6-2 275 Orlando, Fla. (Dr. Phillips)
Dalton Ownby OL 6-3 285 Maryville (Alcoa)
Chris Perkins WR 6-3 215 Hazelhurst, Miss. (Hazelhurst)
Veion Robinson LB 6-2 200 Hampton, Ga. (Lovejoy)
Canon Rooker PK 5-11 165 Richmond Hill, Ga. (Richmond Hill)
Jevontey Smith WR 6-3 195 Greensboro, Ala. (Greensboro)
Shannon Smith WR 6-2 200 Macon, Ga. (Westside)
Daniel Stephens OL 6-2 290 Duluth, Ga. (Peachtree Ridge )
Kamani Thomas RB 5-9 195 Dallas, Ga. (East Paulding)
Conner Trent OL 6-5 300 Church Hill (Volunteer)
Shane Tucker RB 6-0 210 Memphis (Memphis University School)
Xavier Walker S 6-4 200 Duluth, Ga. (Duluth)
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