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Hudspeth puts final touch on first recruiting class

APSU Athletics Communications

By Stefan Nolet

APSU Athletics Communications

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay football coach Mark Hudspeth announced the addition of eight student-athletes during National Signing Day, Wednesday.

“Overall, we’ve got guys we think can develop at a very high level over the next few years, but also we’ve got some guys that we’ve recently signed that we feel like can come in and be impact players for us this year,” Hudspeth said. “We have the ability to build for the future, but also have added immediate help to areas right now.”

Included in the signing class are two mid-year transfers – Justin Gibbs and Drew Harris – who have already enrolled at Austin Peay and joined the football team.

The other five additions – three high school athletes, one prep school transfer and two junior college transfers from Georgia Military College – all play along the offensive and defensive fronts as the Govs continue to bolster the line of scrimmage after the departure of three starters on each line. Including the signees from the early signing period in December, Hudspeth and his staff have added 12 offensive and defensive linemen.

Included in Wednesday’s signees is Montravious Richardson, a three-star offensive line prospect from Georgia Military College. He is the highest-rated recruit Austin Peay has ever signed, according to 247Sports, who has rated him as the No. 3 JUCO product in Georgia and the No. 12 JUCO offensive tackle.

Additional signees may be announced during the rest of the February signing period, fans should follow Austin Peay football at LetsGoPeay.com or on Twitter (@AustinPeayFB).

February National Signing Day

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (Previous School)
Cameron Bailey DL 6-3 255 Silver Spring, Maryland (DeMatha Catholic HS/Fork Union Prep)
Jamir Best DL 6-2 270 Fort Valley, Georgia (Peach County HS)
Justin Gibbs WR 6-1 214 Grovetown, Georgia (Grovetown HS/Ball State)
Drew Harris QB 6-3 200 Camden, New Jersey (Camden HS/Dodge City CC)
Preston Moody OL 6-5 275 Clarksville, Tennessee (Clarksville Academy)
Dean Powell DL 6-4 270 New Kent, Virginia (New Kent HS)
Montravious Richardson OL 6-6 340 Albany, Georgia (Westover HS/Georgia Military College)
Nate Wellington OL 6-3 350 Lawrenceville, Georgia (Westover HS/Georgia Military College)

December Early Signing Period

Story: Austin Peay football inks 11 in early signing period

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (Previous School)
Gavin Campbell OL 6-5 285 Southaven, Mississippi (DeSoto Central HS)
TeKael DeMunn LB/DB 6-0 200 Opelika, Alabama (Opelika HS)
JaQuan Foote LB 6-0 220 Opelika, Alabama (Opelika HS)
Derreion Greenlee DL 6-1 284 Memphis, Tennessee (Lausanne Collegiate School)
Caden McKinnis DL 6-3 272 Russellville, Kentucky (Logan County HS)
Blake Mitchell OL 6-0 310 Brentwood, Tennessee (Ensworth HS/Mississippi State)
Geordon Pollard WR 6-2 186 Pinson, Alabama (Pinson Valley HS)
David Russell III DL 6-1 274 Nashville, Tennessee (Farther Ryan HS)
Lelan Wilhoite ATH 5-10 179 Murfreesboro, Tennessee (Siegel HS/Jireh Prep Academy)
Jariel Wilson RB 5-9 188 Franklin, Tennessee (Centennial HS)
Zach Yates OL 6-2 320 Eads, Tennessee (Briarcrest Christian HS)

The Signees

Cameron Bailey – DL, 6-3, 255, Silver Spring, Maryland (DeMatha Catholic HS)

Played offensive tackle and defensive tackle at DeMatha Catholic High School, and he was named WCAC Honorable Mention defensive lineman as a senior. Helped Fork Union Prep to a 9-0 record in 2018.

 

Jamir Best – DL, 6-2, 270, Fort Valley, Georgia (Peach County HS)

As a senior defensive lineman for Peach County High School, racked up 80 total tackles, including 13.0 for loss and 5.0 sacks, and also recovered a fumble and blocked a punt in the state semifinals. He helped Peach County to a 12-3 overall record, a 6-0 mark in district play and an appearance in the state championship game in 2018.

 

Justin Gibbs – WR, 6-1, 214, Grovetown, Georgia (Grovetown HS/Ball State)

Redshirted his first season at Ball State and did not appear in his redshirt freshman campaign in 2018. He earned three letters at wide receiver at Aquinas High in Augusta, Georgia, and one at Grovetown High. He helped Aquinas win the 2013 state championship and reach the finals in 2015. He was named first team all-state as a junior and was a three-time first-team all-region pick. In his prep career, he piled up 106 receptions for 1,697 yards and 19 touchdowns and he was rated three-star recruit via 247Sports.

 

Drew Harris – QB, 6-3, 200, Camden, New Jersey (Camden HS/Dodge City CC)

As a freshman at Dodge City, he completed 118-of-246 passes for 1,603 yards and 13 touchdowns, and his 1,169 passing yards in Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference play led the conference. He also rushed for 202 yards and three scores. He threw for a season-high three touchdowns in back-to-back games and passed for a season-high 281 yards and two scores in a 22-21 victory against Coffeyville Community College. He played for coach Dwayne Savage at Camden High School and was named to the All-South Jersey Team. 247Sports ranked him a two-star prospect coming out of high school.

 

Preston Moody – OL, 6-5, 275, Clarksville, Tennessee (Clarksville Academy)

Played offensive line – primarily left tackle – and defensive line for Clarksville Academy. He was named all-region and named to Tnsport360’s Clarksville-area Football Team as a senior. He also played basketball and was named the Leaf Chronicle’s Athlete of the Week on Jan. 10, 2019.

 

Dean Powell – DL, 6-4, 270, New Kent, Virginia (New Kent HS)

Played defensive line and tight end for New Kent High School. He was ranked a two-star prospect and the No. 53 recruit in the state of Virginia by 247Sports, and he held reported offers from Old Dominion, Coastal Carolina and James Madison. He also played basketball.

 

Montravious Richardson – OL, 6-6, 340, Albany, Georgia (Westover HS/Georgia Military College)

Spent his freshman season at Georgia Military College and is rated a three-star JUCO prospect and is the highest-rated prospect in Austin Peay’s history according to 247Sports. He was also tabbed as the No. 3 JUCO product in Georgia and the No. 12 JUCO offensive tackle by 247Sports and held reported offers from Mississippi State and Louisville. He played offensive line at Westover High School and was rated a three-star prospect out of high school by 247Sports. He also played forward and center in basketball and averaged 3.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

 

Nate Wellington – OL, 6-3, 350, Lawrenceville, Georgia (Collins Hill HS/Georgia Military College)

Played in 10 games along the offensive line for Georgia Military College during his sophomore season, and appeared in nine games during his freshman season. He played guard at Collins Hill High School and was named second-team all-region as a senior.

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