With 25 new signees, the G-Men football group is looking forward to a revamped season.
Coming from all over the country, gaps on the defense and more depth for offensive weaponry, the competition for starting spots will be even higher, for every position, including quarterback as the team signed former Louisiana Tech and University of Louisiana–Monroe signee Elijah Walker. In 2019 Walker was an All-Conference player for Hinds Community College where he threw for over 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Head coach Broderick Fobbs believes Walker is one of the best signing class the school had in the past few years.
“All 25 of these student athletes that are coming to our program, they’ve been evaluated on numerous occasions by every coach in this room,” he told The Gramblinite.
After heavy recruitment, the 25 incoming players signed by the team are: DL Zion Cage, DL Jalon Sheffield, S Lawrence Asiedu, S Hurshie Williams, S Myron Stewart, QB Elijah Walker, OL DeMarcus Tinsley, OL Jaxson Sanders, OL Egan Atkins, OL Josh Jefferson, WR Willie “Trey” Truitt, WR Trenton Grow, DL Keelan Cox, DL Javon Carter, CB Tyron Hall, CB Reyondous Estes, CB Dayron Butler, LB Bryan Powell, LB Josh Darling, LB Demario Cleaves, LB Josh Reed, LB Walter Forte, LB Riyan Cotton, LB Isaiah Conner and K/P Marquise McKnight.
Fobbs added that the group was specific in the recruitment of each player.
“We know what we want, we know what it takes, we want certain types of players in certain positions and when were evaluating them in film we make sure we see that before we go out to solidify those players,” he said.
With holes on defense and the lack of depth, the Tigers struggled with positions last season.
By signing so many new players, it allows for positions to have substitutes with different skill sets ready for whatever scenario the team is in.
Offensive Coordinator Mark Orlando now has more flexible players who can play multiple positions, allowing new schemes to be drawn up to fit each play style.
“We want to make sure every person that we’re bring in is someone that fits in what we plan to do not only on the field but off the field also,” said Coach Fobbs.
As the group prepares for spring training to be up to speed with the rest of the team, the core of the group will figure out the best way to incorporate the new players.