Tennessee State had a very good recruiting class and edged out SCSU for the No.1 spot. Three signings stood out immediately. Coach Rod Reed and his staff signed a big time wide receiver in Willie Allen from Chicago’s Hales Franciscan. Allen was rated a three-star recruit by Scout.com and ranked the 135th wideout in the country. Couple that with the signing of wide receiver Lavatiae Kelly from Hollywood, FL’s McArthur and quarterback Michael German, who was the OVC Freshman of the Year, could have two big time receivers to throw the ball to, especially with the loss of Calvin McNairl. Speaking of quarterback, the Tigers signed Tallahassee Lincoln’s Ronald Butler, a two-star recruit ranked as the 89th best quarterback in the country. Butler turned down UNLV and Southern Miss. to sign with the Tigers. The signing will help push German to have an even better sophomore campaign. With the graduation of Rico Council and John Jones, Tennessee State placed an emphasis on linebackers and recruited two that could play right away in Maurice Box (Gallatin), Jarvis Mott from Daytona Beach’s Mainland, as well as two-star recruit Antonio Justice (St. Jude in Montgomery, AL). The Tigers also received a pair of Rival two-star offensive linemen in Kilu Fontaine (Tampa Bay Tech) and Ellsworth Community College transfer Demetrius Rhaney.
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