ATLANTA -- Georgia State head coach Shawn Elliott and his staff completed the Panthers' 2018 recruiting class with the signing of nine prospects on Wednesday's National Signing Day, to go along with the 17 prospects inked in the December early signing period.

Wednesday's haul features the first four-star high school recruit that Georgia State has signed in its 10-year history in quarterback Swift Lyle of Mobile, Ala., St. Paul's Episcopal, who received a four-star rating from ESPN.com. The overall class includes 11 prospects who earned three-star ratings from 247 Sports.

With the addition two running backs, two linebackers, two linemen, one quarterback, one receiver and one safety on Wednesday, the final class of 26 consists of five defensive linemen, four offensive linemen, four linebackers, four defensive backs, three receivers, three running backs, two quarterbacks and one tight end. Three of the 26 are junior college transfers.

"What a great job our staff did in recruiting this class," Elliott said. "It was a little different recruiting this '18 class with the early signing period in December and now the late signing period. But we met all our needs from running back to d-line to o-line to wide receiver...you name it, offensively and defensively. We did a really good of getting the necessary tools in place and the character in place to build this program to where we want to be.

"We couldn't have done it without a lot of great high schools coaches who gave us the opportunity to meet these young men and develop relationships with them, so our hats are off to those coaches," Elliott added.

The Panthers signed student-athletes from eight different states, all in the Southeast as Georgia State welcomes players from Georgia, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Mississippi and Louisiana.

"Our staff did a tremendous job of getting out and spreading the message of "Be The Change" here at Georgia State," Elliott said.

In addition to signing four offensive linemen, the Panthers addressed the skill positions with the addition of three highly-regarded running backs, three receivers and two quarterbacks.

"I think we needed to bolster our skill positions," Elliott said. "Of course you want that offensive line to open holes, but you have to go get those playmakers. We need somebody who can make guys miss and take it the distance, so we went out and attacked those positions."

Elliott was asked if the success of former Panther receivers Albert Wilson and Robert Davis, now in the NFL, and current standout Penny Hart, helped in attracting quality players at that position.

"When you can go into a home and say, 'We've been in existence for eight years and we've got two receivers in the NFL right now and we've got one whose heading in the direction to top them both in catches and yardage' then you're not selling anything; these are facts. So that's a big help," he said.

The two quarterback signees, Lyle and junior college All-American Dan Ellington (Itawamba C.C.), will join the quarterback competition where the Panthers graduated two-year starter Conner Manning and return junior Aaron Winchester, senior Jaquez Parks and redshirt freshman Jack Walker.

Ellington is one five December signees who enrolled at Georgia State this semester and will participate in spring practice, along with junior WR Diondre Champaigne as well as three high school signees in OL Despelado Alexandre, S Jacorey Crawford and CB Tyler Gore.

FEBRUARY SIGNEES Pos. Hgt, Wgt Hometown High School
 Sam Pinckney WR 6-2, 210  Greenwood, S.C.  Greenwood
 Swift Lyle QB 6-3, 195  Mobile, Ala.  St. Paul's Episcopal
 Seth Paige RB 5-10, 180  Glen St. Mary, Fla.  Baker County
 Travis Glover OL 6-5, 310  Vienna, Ga.  Dooly County
 Zachary Dixon ILB 6-0, 210  Hollywood, Fla.  Chaminade-Madonna
 Destin Coates RB 5-10, 180  Tallahassee, Fla.  Rickards
 Jontrey Hunter OLB 6-2, 195  Tampa, Fla.  Sickles
 Courtney Williams S 6-2, 180  Hogansville, Ga.  Callaway
 Mario Dungy  NG-DE 6-3, 285  Mobile, Ala.  Blount/Highlands C.C.
DECEMBER SIGNEES Pos. Hgt, Wgt Hometown High School
 Despelado Alexandre T 6-5, 265  Deerfield Beach, Fla.  Deerfield Beach
 Johnathan Bass T 6-4, 270  Marietta, Ga.  Kell
 Blake Carroll ILB 6-2, 219  Lawrenceville, Ga.  Mountain View
 Diondre Champaigne WR 6-3, 195  North Charleston, S.C.  Fort Dorchester/Jones Co. CC
 Jacorey Crawford S 6-1, 205  Thomson, Ga.  Thomson
 Dan Ellington QB 6-2, 192  Olive Branch, Miss.  Center Hill/Itawamba CC
 Tyler Gore CB 5-10, 170  North Myrtle Beach, S.C.  North Myrtle Beach
 Dawson Hill RB 5-11, 190  Plantation, Fla.  South Plantation
 Brandon Joseph C 6-2, 280  Lawrenceville, Ga.  Central Gwinnett
 D'Angelo Knight OLB 6-1, 215  North Charleston, S.C.  Fort Dorchester
 Cornelius McCoy WR 5-10, 170  Deerfield Beach, Fla.  Deerfield Beach
 Herman McCray TE 6-4, 230  West Palm Beach, Fla.  Oxbridge Academy
 Tre Moore DE 6-2, 230  Johnston, S.C.  Strom Thurmond
 Akeem Smith NG 6-0, 292  Virginia Beach, Va.  Bishop Sullivan Catholic
 T.J. Smith DE 6-3, 242  Laurinburg, N.C.  Scotland
 Quavian White CB 5-9, 178  Greer, S.C.  Greer
 Marlon Young DE 6-3, 245  Opelousas, La.  Opelousas