ATLANTA -- With an emphasis on defense and both lines of scrimmage, Georgia State signed 13 student-athletes on the first day of the college football early signing period, head coach Shawn Elliott announced Wednesday.

The Panthers signed seven linemen in the class, including two on offense and five on defense. GSU also added three linebackers and two defensive backs on the defensive side.

"We've got a great class that will move this program forward," Elliott said. "Certainly we think we've addressed a lot of needs, and it's been a really good day."

"Our focus is on building strength and depth on the line of scrimmage," he continued. "We're going to build it from the inside out. A great defensive line push makes for a great secondary. You've got to be able to rush the passer and stop the run, and on the offensive side of ball, you've got to move people out of the way, so that's what we're looking to build."

Although the Panthers signed only one skill player on offense in this group, it was a key addition in three-star quarterback Cornelious "Quad" Brown IV of Calera, Ala. The 6-5, 180-pound signal caller passed for 2,334 yards and 25 touchdowns and was rated the No. 5 quarterback in Alabama and the No. 37 pro-style quarterback in the nation.

"We signed three freshmen running backs a year ago who are all very good, and we also had a true freshmen walk-on who played well, so that wasn't a huge need for us," Elliott said. "We've added a really good quarterback in Cornelious Brown, and you will see some wide receivers in our February class."

The group includes six players from Georgia, along with four from Florida and one each from Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. Twelve of the 13 are high school prospects, while the lone junior college addition is defensive lineman Tahji Gilbert of Morton, Miss., and Northwest Mississippi CC.

"Certainly we want to build the program with four and five-year guys who have a chance to develop the right way, both on the field and off the field," Elliott said. "If we have to go to the JC ranks to fill a need, we will certainly do that, but I think building it from the ground up with high school players is the best way for sustained growth and success. We're looking to build a football program, not a quick fix."

 Name Pos. Ht, Wt  Hometown  School
 Jordan Veneziale ILB 6-0, 209  Dallas, Ga.  North Paulding
 Luis Cristobal OL 6-0, 301  Miami, Fla.  Christopher Columbus
 Jaquez Pennimon DB 6-0, 185  Macon, Ga.  Southwest Macon
 Trey Bonner OL 6-3, 278  Gray, Ga.  Jones County
 Tahji Gilbert DL 6-0, 282  Morton, Miss.  Morton/NW Mississippi CC
 Jay Lepkoske  OLB 6-1, 204  Sautee Nacoochee, Ga.  White County
 Thomas Gore DL 6-0, 285  Antioch, Tenn.  Brentwood Academy
 Jeffery Clark Jr. DL 6-0, 265  Powder Springs, Ga.  McEachern
 Javon Denis DL 6-0, 243  Deerfield Beach, Fla.  Deerfield Beach
 Marcus Anderson ILB 5-10, 215  Norman Park, Ga.  Colquitt County
 Ronald Folkes OT 6-4, 270  Port St. Lucie, Fla.  William T. Dwyer
 Tyreke Harrison DB 5-10, 180  Plant City, Fla.  Plant
 Cornelious Brown IV QB 6-5, 180  Calera, Ala.  Calera