ATLANTA -- Georgia State announced a class of 24 student-athletes on National Signing Day, including seven high school players who signed Wednesday, as well as 17 mid-year enrollees who are already on campus.

The 2015 class is comprised of eight junior college players, six transfers from UAB who are eligible immediately and three mid-year freshmen who originally signed in 2014 in addition to the seven high school signees.

Head coach Trent Miles and his staff have added six linemen, five linebackers, four defensive backs, four receivers, two running backs, one tight end, one quarterback and one athlete.

"We only signed seven players today because of the 17 mid-year guys who are already here. About 95 percent of our football team is already here to go through winter conditioning and spring practice, and that's very exciting to us as coaches," Miles said.

"Our coaches and staff did a great job in recruiting, and it shows in the caliber of people that we are bringing in - high character, smart, tough and love the game. That's what we want."

 

Although there are new additions at every position, defense was an emphasis for the Panthers. In particular, Georgia State added two junior college defensive linemen with excellent size in 6-4, 315-pound Julien Laurent and 6-0, 285-pound Dequeszman Kelley, two experienced linebacker in UAB transfer Alonzo McGee and Kaleb Ringer from the junior college ranks, two veteran safeties in junior college transfer Cloves Campbell and UAB transfer Bobby Baker, and UAB transfer Demarco Davis at cornerback.

"We had to bring in a few more guys on defense, and I think we did a good job of doing that," Miles said.

Another area of need is at running back, where the Panthers welcome junior college transfer Kendrick Dorn and UAB transfer Demarcus Kirk.

Because of these additions, Miles announced that rising senior Marcus Caffey will return to cornerback after moving to running back for the second half of last season when injuries decimated the position.

Along with Laurent and Kelley to bolster the defensive front, GSU also added size and experience on the offensive, in particular from 6-6, 350-pound Dom Roldan and 6-4, 310-pound Tyler Simonsen, both junior college transfers; and 6-3, 305-pound UAB transfer Kelepi Folau.

The UAB contingent consists of safety Bobby Baker, a former junior college teammate of GSU quarterback Nick Arbuckle, linebacker Alonzo McGee, offensive lineman Kelepi Folau and receiver Nyiakki Height, all of whom played significant roles for the Blazers, as well as two players who redshirted for UAB last fall in running back Demarcus Kirk and cornerback Demarco Davis.

"They've done a great job of blending in with the team, and the chemistry that they are developing with the rest of our players has been great so far," Miles said. "They all fit our mold.

Among the high school signees, the Panthers added a two-time all-state quarterback in Aaron Winchester from Mount Pisgah Christian School, a prolific all-around athlete in Penny Hart from King's Ridge Christian School, one of the state's leading tacklers in Brookwood linebacker Chase Middleton and another linebacker, Charlie Patrick, from state runnerup Mays High School.

Three additional freshmen have joined the program from the high school ranks in linebacker Ed Curney, tight end Ari Werts and offensive lineman Lucas Johnson; all three originally signed in 2014 but did not enroll until this semester.

Six of the seven high school signees are from Georgia, but with the transfers, the class includes players from California, Arizona, Virginia, Ohio, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, Florida and Canada.

"Because our program is only five years old, we are still a work in progress, but we are closer than we've ever been to where we want to be. I'm excited about our group of players and coaches, and I'm excited to have Charlie Cobb as our athletic director. Better days are ahead for Georgia State football."

 

 2015 GEORGIA STATE FOOTBALL SIGNEES:

 Name Pos.  Ht., Wt.  Hometown  Previous School  Video 
 Kendrick Dorn * RB   6-0, 205  Fontana, Calif. San Bernardino Valley CC  Video
 Chase Middleton LB  6-2, 225  Atlanta, Ga. Brookwood HS Video 
 DeQueszman Kelley * DL  6-0, 285  Buena Vista, Ga. Coffeyville CC Video
 Matlin Marshall ATH  5-10, 170  Evans, Ga. Evans HS Video 
 Julien Laurent * DL  6-4, 325  Toronto, Ontario New Mexico Military Institute Video 
 Kaleb Ringer * LB  6-0, 235  Claymont, Ohio Butler (Kan.) CC Video 
 Penny Hart WR  5-9, 170  Atlanta, Ga. King's Ridge Christian School Video 
 Dom Roldan * OL  6-6, 350  Virginia Beach, Va. Grossmont College Video 
 Tyler Simonsen * OL  6-3, 305  Redlands, Calif. San Bernardino Valley CC Video 
 Kelepi Folau * OL  6-3, 305  Concord, Calif. UAB Video 
 Marquan Greene WR  5-10, 180  Moultrie, Ga. Colquitt County HS Video 
 Aaron Winchester QB  6-2, 170  Atlanta, Ga. Mount Pisgah HS Video 
 Demarcus Kirk * RB  6-0, 190  Dora, Ala. Dora HS Video 
 Nyiakki Height * WR  6-1, 190  Atlanta, Ga. UAB Video 
 Cloves Campbell * DB  6-1, 205  Phoenix, Ariz. Scottsdale CC Video 
 Alonzo McGee * LB  6-1, 220  Sumter, S.C. UAB Video 
 Kameron Myers * WR  5-9, 175  Charleston, Miss. East Mississippi CC Video
 Bobby Baker S  6-2, 190  Sherman Oaks, Calif. UAB Video
 Charlie Patrick LB  6-0, 215  Atlanta, Ga. Mays HS Video
 Demarco Davis * CB  5-11, 175  Atlanta, Ga. UAB Video
 Melliek Jackson S  5-11, 185  Miami, Fla. Champagnat Catholic HS Video 
 Ed Curney # LB  5-11, 220  Atlanta, Ga. Carver HS Video
 Lucas Johnson # OL  6-4, 285  Cartersville, Ga. Cass HS Video
 Ari Werts # TE  6-4, 225  Stone Mountain, Ga. Stephenson HS Video
         
 Kyndall Phillips @ CB  5-10, 175 Cumming, Ga. West Forsyth HS
* Mid-year transfers currently enrolled at GSU
# Originally signed in 2014 class but enrolled in 2015
@ Preferred walk-on