The Rams inked student-athletes from six states and the
"This is probably one of the best recruiting classes that I have had in my 15-year tenure. I may have had individual athletes with higher acclaim but when I look at the scope of this recruiting class, as a whole, I am truly pleased with the level of talent that we have been able to bring to
Ninety-nine percent of these kids are eligible to play and are exceptionally academically and athletically sounds. I am really, really happy about this recruiting class as we continue to bring in student-athletes that will help move us forward in the transition to NCAA Division I status.
Coach Gaither, our recruiting coordinator did a masterful job of putting this class together. To be able to bring this level of talent into our program, I really have to commend my coaching staff. I am really fortunate to have a staff as dedicated and hard working as these guys. This just shows the level of dedication and hard work that everyone on my staff and in the athletic department has put in as we continue to move forward in our transition." WSSU head coach
The Rams, who finished their first full season of MEAC membership this past year while turning in a 6-5 overall record continue in their transition to the NCAA Division I level by adding talent to an already powerful roster.
WSSU coaches anticipate the signing of more student-athletes in the next several days. Stay tuned to WSSURams.com for future updates.
Name Ht. Wt. Pos. Hometown High School
Cameron Demps 5'11" 180 DB/PR
Darren Everette 6'4" 205 LB
Dominique Fitzgerald 6'0" 180 WR
Edgar Sheppard 6'4" 305 OL
Jimmy Johnson, III 6'3" 230 TE
Branden Williams 6'1" 190 QB
Akiem Smart 6'4" 260 DL
Eric Wiggins 6'4" 290 OL
David Luckett 6'3" 280 OL
Dave Harris 6'3" 245 DL
Lamar Whidbee 6'3" 180 WR
Stephen Young 6'3" 260 DL
Akeem Ward 6'4" 260 DE
Signees By State:
Signees By Side Of The Ball:
Offense (8), Defense (6)
Signees By Position:
Offensive Line (4), Linebacker (1), Defensive End (1), Defensive Line (3), Tight End (1), Defensive Back (1), Quarterback (1), Wide Receiver (2)
Defensive Back/Punt Returner
Peachtree Ridge H.S.
Heritage High Shool (Va.) linemen Dallas McDaniel (6'3"/325) played both ways for MHS and had an unbelievable year earning all-district, all-region and second team all-state honors. Heritage head football coach Jones said. "He's one of the best linemen I've ever coached and we've got two of the best linemen in the state". The son Richard and Phyliss McDaniel he turned down offers from
Darren Everette (6'4"/205) is a
Edgar Sheppard (6'4"/305) is a strong and powerful offensive lineman that combines a very big frame along with an agile motion. Edgar's accolades include first team all independent honors from the Washington Post, a berth on the Baltimore Touchdown Club all-star team, as well as first team all-conference, all-gazette, all-central and all-state honors. A Two-way player who excels on both the offensive and defensive line he originally committed to
Jimmy Johnson, III
Jimmy Johnson (6'3"/230) is a big, rangy tight end that can both catch and block who runs excellent routes and can punish defensive lineman. Jimmy also earned all MIAA (Maryland Independent Athletic Association) conference honors. Jimmy's father played for both WSSU coaches
Branden Williams (6'1/190) is a standout quarterback from Glenwood HS in
Last season at
During his junior season at
Akiem Smart (6'4"/260) is a tough physical lineman from Allendale-Fairfax HS in
Gonzaga College H.S.
Eric Wiggins (6'4"/290) is a quick, agile, offensive lineman from Gonzaga College HS in
David Luckett (6'3"/280) is an offensive lineman from
Dave Harris (6'3"/245) is a defensive lineman from
Lamar Whidbee (6'3"/180) is a
Stephen Young (6'3"/260) is a standout lineman from
Middle Creek H.S.
Akeem Ward, a 6'4", 260-pound defensive end from Holly Springs, North Carolina (Middle Creek High School) comes to WSSU as one of the top-ranked defensive lineman in the state of North Carolina. A highly sought-after prospect who was recruited by, and turned down offers from recruited by Ohio University, North Carolina A&T , and Western Carolina University, he has an opportunity to make an immediate impact on the Rams' defense. Athletic and physical enough to play both inside and outside he Ward was an all-conference selection and earned honorable mention all-state honors. He is the son of Letha Ward.