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ODU football signs 24 on National Signing Day


odu logoODU football Head Coach Bobby Wilder announced that 24 student-athletes signed on Wednesday to play football for the Monarchs in the fall of 2014. The 24 student-athletes that signed today join the seven commitments that Old Dominion signed at the mid-year period in December and are already enrolled in classes.


Daniel Appouh – 6-4, 230 – DE – Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley

Earned first-team All-State and All-Montgomery County honors … Named League Defensive Player of the Year … As a senior, recorded 93 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and nine sacks … For his career, notched 154 tackles, 13 sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery … Played in the Army National Guard Crab Bowl, Washington vs. Baltimore … Recorded a sack in the game and helped his team to a win … Selected to the prestigious Big 33 All-Star Game between Pennsylvania and Maryland … His cousin plays at Nebraska and his brother played at Penn State.

Other Schools Considered: Illinois, Indiana, Toledo, West Virginia, Rutgers


Poncho Barnwell – 6-4, 260 – DE – Rochester, N.Y./East/Nassau CC

Ranked as the No. 13 recruit from New York … Recorded 53 tackles, 7.5 sacks and recovered two fumbles this past year at Nassau CC … Earned Section V Defensive Player of the Year honors as a high school senior … Named First-Team All-Greater Rochester and First-Team All-City Catholic.

Other Schools Considered: Syracuse, Ole Miss, Marshall, Troy, Akron, Buffalo


Shuler Bentley – 6-1, 200 – QB – Duncan, S.C./Byrnes

Named USA Today Parade All-American Honorable Mention … A 4-Star recruit by 247 Sports and 3-Star by Rivals …Named MVP of the South Carolina vs. North Carolina All-Star Game … Played in the Offense vs. Defense All-American Game in Orlando, Fla. … Two-Time South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year … Set a South Carolina single-season high school record with 71 touchdown passes as a senior … Completed 293-of-425 passes for 5,032 yards this past season … Helped lead Byrnes to a 12-2 record and the state semifinals … Tied a South Carolina High School record with nine touchdown passes in an 82-49 victory over Woodruff, which also tied for the nation’s best among high school QB’s this past season … Was 299-of-462 for 4,718 yards and a then state single-season record of 59 touchdown passes … Was named Max Preps Second-Team junior All-America … Led Byrnes to a state championship as a sophomore … Passed for 3,495 yards on 235-of-363 passing and 47 touchdowns … For his career, was 827-of-1,250 and a state record 13,245 yards and also a state record of 177 career TD tosses.

Other Schools Considered: East Carolina, Cincinnati, Marshall, Tulane, Duke, Appalachian State, Charlotte



Christian Byrum – 6-1, 195 – S – Virginia Beach, Va./Tallwood

A 3-Star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and 247 Sports … Earned First-Team All-757 honors at defensive back … Named First-Team All-Beach District DB … A four-year starter at Tallwood … Helped Tallwood win four-straight games to end the season and make the playoffs … His junior year, recorded 65 tackles, four tackles for loss, seven pass breakups and one interception, while missing three games.

Other Schools Considered: Wisconsin, Boston College, Duke, NC State, East Carolina, Marshall



Jarrett Cervi – 6-1, 195 – K/P – Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook

A three-year varsity letter-winner at Millbrook High School … Had a high school career punting average of 42 yards per boot … Connected on 26-of-33 field goal attempts with a long of 47-yards … Earned All-Conference and conference Specials Teams Player of the Year accolades … A finalist at the 2013 NCS Orlando Supercamp punt competition.

Other Schools Considered: Connecticut, Appalachian State


Nick Clarke – 6-4, 290 – OL – Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee

A 2-Star recruit by Rivals and 247 Sports … A two-time All-Metro, All-District and All-Region honoree … Played in the 2014 Chesapeake Bowl High School All-Star Game … A Big River Rivalry selection.

Other Schools Considered: Temple


Justice Davila – 6-0, 185 – S – Erial, N.J./Timber Creek

The first four-year starter in Timber Creek High School history… Played in the 2014 Chesapeake Bowl High School All-Star Game and the New York vs. New Jersey All-Star Game … Two-time team captain … Recorded 76 tackles and nine pass breakups as a senior … Second all-time in school history in career tackles … Helped his team win the South Jersey Championship as a sophomore and junior … Won the Nick Brandemarti Leadership Award … Named team Defensive Player of the Year.

Other Schools Considered: Temple, Syracuse, Rutgers, Connecticut


Jonathan Duhart – 6-3, 200 – WR – Midlothian, Va./Manchester

A 2-Star recruit by Rivals and 247 Sports … Earned First-Team All-District and First-Team All-Region honors …  A two-time All-Metro selection … Had 49 catches for 772 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior … Named All-Dominion and All-Region … Earned Big River Rivalry honors.

Other Schools Considered: Marshall, Rutgers, Ohio, Massachusetts, Charlotte








Isaiah Harper – 5-9, 170 – WR – Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield

Earned All-Region honors as both a running back and kick returner as a senior … Carried 138 times for 836 yards and 11 touchdowns … Was named Conference Co-MVP … Also earned All-757 honors … Returned kickoff 91-yards for a score against King’s Fork … Named First-Team All-District as a junior … Rushed for 846 yards and five touchdowns and caught seven passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns … Had a kick return average of 31.3 and returned one for a touchdown … Also recorded 48 tackles and two interceptions.

Other Schools Considered: Massachusetts


Lawrence Holley – 6-2, 185 – CB – Harrisburg, Pa./Susquehanna Township

Nominated for the prestigious Big 33 All-Star Game … Ranked as a 2-Star recruit by 247 Sports … Recorded three interceptions … Recorded 13 catches for 200 yards on offense … Pennsylvania East-West All-Star Game nominee … Named to the Patriot News top-100 … Earned PSFCA Hot 100 recognition … Earned All-Conference accolades.

Other Schools Considered: Massachusetts, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers


Will Howard – 6-3, 200 – WR – Virginia Beach, Va./Tallwood

A three-year starter at Tallwood … Helped lead Tallwood to the playoffs as a senior … Set school records with 38 receptions for 751 yards and nine touchdowns … Earned All-Beach and All-Tidewater honors … Also a two-year starter on the Tallwood basketball team.

Other Schools Considered: Temple, East Carolina


Jaylin Jeffries – 6-0, 220 – LB – Burlington, N.C./Walter M. Williams

Earned All-State honors as a junior at linebacker … Had 213 career tackles, 23 tackles for loss and four interceptions … Rushed 240 times for 1,597 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Other Schools Considered: Ball State, Elon


Ray Lawry – 5-10, 195 – RB – Woolwich, N.J./Kingsway Regional

Rated a 3-Star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and 247 Sports … Named First-Team All-Group 4 as a senior … Led Kingsway Regional to an 8-3 record and the West Jersey Championship … Rushed 205 times as a senior for 1,833 yards and 25 touchdowns … Rushed for 227 yards and five touchdowns in the game that clinched the championship … Played in the 2014 Chesapeake Bowl High School All-Star Game … Rushed for 2,225 yards and 31 touchdowns as a junior … Led team to the South Jersey 4A title game.

Other Schools Considered: Maryland, Temple, Western Michigan, Akron, Tulane, Pittsburgh, UCF






Marques Little – 5-9, 170 – WR – Williamstown, N.J./Williamstown

A 3-Star recruit by 247 Sports … Played in the 2014 Chesapeake Bowl High School All-Star Game, catching a 25-yard touchdown pass … Rushed for 894 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore at Williamstown … Also caught 12 passes for 234 yards and three scores … Had 1,075 yards rushing and 22 TD’s as a junior while catching 17 passes for 338 yards … Led team to 12-0 record and South Jersey Group A Championship.

Other Schools Considered: Rutgers, Temple, Maryland, Connecticut, Massachusetts


Ryan Londree – 6-3, 285 – DT – Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle County

Earned All-5A North accolades as a defensive lineman and All-Region honors on both offense and defense as a senior … Earned All-District accolades as a junior on both offense and defense … A 2-Star recruit by 247 Sports … Started playing football as a freshman.

Other Schools Considered: Wake Forest, Duke


Vincent Lowe – 5-9, 175 – WR – Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield

Ranked as a 3-Star recruit by 247 Sports … Named the No. 9 Prospect in Hampton Roads … Named to the All-757 Team as a senior … Had kick returns of 99 and 86 yards for touchdowns … Named All-Region as a junior on defense … Earned All-District accolades as a sophomore after rushing 112 times for 936 yards and 10 touchdowns … Ranked as the No. 19 all-purpose back in the country by 247 Sports.

Other Schools Considered: East Carolina, Massachusetts, Charlotte


Quintin Reynolds – 6-0, 180 – WR – Nokesville, Va./Patriot

A 3-Star recruit by Tom Lemming and 247 Sports … As a senior, led the North Region with 61 receptions for 880 yards and added seven touchdowns … Earned All-Region, All-Conference and All-District accolades … Played in the 2014 Chesapeake Bowl High School All-Star Game … As a junior, led his division with 40 catches for 685 yards and seven TD’s.

Other Schools Considered: Boston College, Duke, Maryland, NC State, Virginia, Charlotte


Felix Manus-Schell – 6-0, 175 – CB – Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep

Earned First-Team All-State honors at defensive back … A 2-Star recruit by Rivals and 247 Sports … A two-time First-Team All-District honoree … Set a single-season school record with 12 touchdown receptions as a senior … Helped Cathedral Prep to a 13-1 record and berth in the state semifinals in 2013 … Led Cathedral Prep to a state championship as a junior, catching a 60 yard touchdown pass and intercepting one in the fourth quarter to seal a 24-14 win over Archbishop Wood … Team won 28-straight games spanning a three-year time frame … Named USA Today All-Pennsylvania.

Other Schools Considered: Toledo, Buffalo, Massachusetts, Bowling Green, Temple




Adam Swann – 6-5, 215 – TE – Owings, Md./Northern

A 3-Star recruit by 247 Sports … Earned All-State honors at wide receiver … Named First-Team All-Conference and All-County … Played in the Chic-Fil-A PG vs. SMAC All-Star Game … Caught 12 passes for 448 yards and two touchdowns as a junior … Hauled in 33 receptions for 560 yards and four scores as a senior … Notched 48 tackles and an interception as a senior.


Pat Toal – 6-4, 280 – DT – Hazlet, N.J./Raritan

A 2-Star recruit by 247 Sports … Earned First-Team All-Monmouth County honors … As a junior and senior, recorded 90 tackles, nine sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries … A two-time First-Team All-Central Division honoree … Two-time “Chris Carroll” Ironman Award Winner … Chosen to play in both the 2014 Chesapeake Bowl High School All-Star Game and the U.S. Army All Shore Classic

Other Schools Considered: Temple


Brandon Tyson – 6-1, 320 – DT – Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill

A four-year starter on the offensive and defensive line at Clover Hill … A 2-Star recruit by Rivals … A three-time All-District and All-Conference performer … Received All-Metro accolades as a senior … Named Lineman of the Year for Clover Hill … Played in the 2014 Chesapeake Bowl High School All-Star Game.

Other Schools Considered: East Carolina


Adam Vaught – 6-6, 255 – LS – Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg

A four-year varsity letter-winner that played tight end, offensive tackle and defensive end, as well as long snapper … Ranked as the No. 10 long snapper in the nation by Rubio Long Snapping … Also a three-year letter-winner in basketball.

Other Schools Considered: Kentucky, Louisville, Virginia


Isaiah Worthy – 6-1, 225 – LB – Westville, N.J./West Deptford

A 3-Star recruit by 247 Sports … Named the Gloucester County Defensive Player of the Year as a senior … Notched 48 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and six sacks … Also rushed for 367 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Other Schools Considered: Rutgers, Temple, Syracuse, Maryland


O’Shane Ximines – 6-3, 225 – DE – Ahoskie, N.C./Hertford County

A 2-Star recruit by 247 Sports and Rivals.com … Recorded 65 tackles and 14 sacks as a junior … Notched 35 career sacks and 145 total tackles … Recorded six sacks in one game during his senior season … Two-time Defensive MVP and two-time All-Conference accolades … Current ODU players Antonio Vaughan and Kevin Privott were teammates of Ximines at Hertford County.

Other Schools Considered: Marshall, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Appalachian State, Charlotte



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