TSU Ranked #1 in BoxtoRow’s HBCU Recruiting Class

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T-1 Tennessee State Tennessee State already had tradition and a top notch facility (the play their home games at LP Field home of the Tennessee Titans) as big reasons why they’ve been successful in recruiting.  The tradition includes the likes of former TSU greats Pro Football Hall of Famer Richard Dent, Ed Too Tall Jones, Claude Humphrey, Joe Gilliam, and Coach John Merritt to name a very few.  They even renovated their on-campus facility Hale Stadium, where the aforementioned legends played.  They played two games in the “Hole” as it’s known this past year.  The Tigers also added an indoor football facility on campus, one of the very few, if any, on the FCS level.  The Tigers were last year’s No. 1 and head coach Rod Reed thinks this class is better than last year’s class.  It just shows what facilities can do for a program.  Of the 23 signees, twelve are two-star recruits.  The Tigers got deeper in the receiver category signing ESPN three-star wide receiver Chris Sanders-McCollum, the 122nd ranked player in Georgia who received offers from Auburn, Cincinnati, Tulane, and Pittsburgh amongst other FBS schools.  TSU also signed two-star receivers Dantwaun O’Neal (Deland, FL/Deland) and speedy Aaron Piper (Dallas, TX/Duncanville).  Defensively is where the Tigers needed to get better, especially up front having generated only 21 sacks last year.  They added defensive tackle Rodney Edwards (Gadsden, AL/Gadasen City) defensive end Roc-m Nesbitt (Atlanta, GA/Carver) (love the name), and defensive tackle Baron Poole (Decatur, GA/Southwest DeKalb, all two-star recruits.  The Tigers really bolstered the secondary signing Florida transfer cornerback De’Ante “Pop” Saunderswho played in 20 games, making 16 starts for the Gators in two seasons.  He could come in right away and play opposite All-American Steven Godbolt.  An intriguing signing is that of ESPN three-star recruit Patrick Smith (Memphis, TN/Whitehaven) who played quarterback in high school.  He will get a look at quarterback but is such a great athlete, and with Michael German holding down the position, could play another position.  He spurned offers from Memphis and Mississippi State.

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