Winston-Salem State Inks 12 Players On National Signing Day

Feb. 7, 2007

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Wednesday was a good day for the Winston-Salem State University Rams football program as head coach Kermit Blount announced that the Rams have signed 12 high school student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on National Signing Day.

 

"Obviously I am really happy with this class of kids we are bringing in here.  They are quality student-athletes and most importantly quality people.  This is definitely a great start as we move towards our goal of competing for a Division I Football-Championship Subdivision title (formerly Division I-AA)." Head coach Kermit Blount said in interviews on Tuesday.

 

Addressing immediate needs, the Rams picked up Matt Mitchell, a 6'0", 190 pound kicker from Belmont, NC (South Point High School).  An All-Big South 3A/4A Conference selection and a First-Team place kicker on the All-Big South team, Mitchell will step in and immediately fill the Rams' vacancy as a place-kicker.  An All-Gaston County first team selection he is a member of the Charlotte Observer All-Gaston/Lincoln County team as a placekicker.  Mitchell broke the Gaston County record for the longest field goal when he connected on a 53-yarder on September 1, 2006.  As a junior (2005) he was an All-Gaston County selection as a placekicker.  The son of Brian and Lucy Mitchell, he plans on majoring in Graphic Arts and Animation at WSSU.  Born on April 11, 1989.

 

Another highly-touted recruit signed by the Rams is Julian Gray a 6'4", 274 pound offensive lineman from Westlake High School in College Port, GA.  A three-year starter in basketball and two-year starter as an offensive tackle on the football team, Gray is a highly recruited prospect who turned down offers from Delaware State, Alabama A&M, Bethune-Cookman, and South Carolina State.  A member of the Future Business Leaders of America and a member of the National Society of Black Engineers and Men of West Lake.  The son of Jacquelyne Brown and Lawrence Gray.  Gray was born on June 19, 1989. 

 

The Rams also signed Lamarcius Jenkins a 6'4", 235 pound tight end from Ahoskie, NC (Hertford County H.S.).  A four-year varsity starter for the football team and a three-year varsity starter on the basketball team, Jenkins was a very highly recruited student-athlete who turned down offers from Norfolk State, Tennessee State, and North Carolina A&T.  A tremendous athlete who runs a 4.8 second 40-yard dash he was an All-NEAC Conference First-Team and All-Region selection as a senior.  Jenkins helped lead Hertford County H.S. to a 10-2 record and a conference championship last season where he was also an All-Conference and All-Region selection as a basketball player.  Born on November 22, 1988 he is the son of Curtis Jenkins and Carolyn Lee.  Played for head coach Greg Watford and is a high school teammate of current Ram strong safety Jaquin Sessoms.  Nicknamed "Buck".

 

The Rams also announced the signing of Tramain Melvin a 6'2", 280-pound defensive lineman from Conway High School in Conway, SC.  Melvin tallied 60 tackles and six sacks his senior season and was a member of the North-South All-Star team.  He helped lead his team to a State Championship.  An All-Conference selection as a junior, Melvin was born on November 1, 1988.  The son of Woody Spain and Linda Melvin.  Plans to be a Business major at WSSU.  A highly recruited student-athlete he turned down several Division I scholarship offers.

 

Adding talent to an already loaded WSSU defense will be Jamaule Glover, a 6'4", 300 pound defensive lineman from St. Andrews, SC (Calhoun County High School).  Glover fielded scholarship offers from North Carolina A&T, Alabama A&M, Wofford, South Carolina State, South Carolina, and Troy State before signing with the Rams.  An All-Conference selection on both sides of the ball on the both the offensive and defensive lines.  He led his team to the state championship game as a senior and also played basketball for a nationally-ranked program while at Calhoun County H.S.  The son of Linda Glover.

 

Also added to the WSSU defense is John Haynes, a 6'0", 210 pound linebacker from St. Andrews, SC (Calhoun County High School).  A fast and aggressive outside linebacker/strong safety that helped to lead his team to a state championship he is the teammate of fellow WSSU-signee Jamaule Glover.  As a high school student-athlete he was coached by Walt Wilson who played for Coach Blount during Blount's coaching tenure at South Carolina State University and who also coached three of WSSU current players (Alex Chandler, Clyde Burroughs and Willie Wilson).  A First-Team All-Conference, and First Team All-Region selection, he was his conference's player of the year.  The son of John and Debra Haynes.

 

On the opposite side of the ball, the Rams have loaded up with talent.  Leading the way is Nazir LeVine, a 6'4" 290 pound offensive lineman from Rocky Mount, NC (Rocky Mount High School).  A Shrine Bowl participant, LeVine was a First-Team All Conference, First Team All-Region and First Team All-State selection.  He turned down offers from North Carolina Central, Western Carolina, Norfolk State and Catawba.      

 

Joining LeVine on the offensive side of the ball, the Rams signed Anthony Doberson, a 6'5" 320 pound offensive lineman from Durham, NC (Southern Durham High School).  An All-Conference selection, Doberson is an athlete who runs a 5.6 second, 40-yard dash and will immediately add athleticism and depth to a stellar WSSU offensive front.

 

Perhaps the Rams' best signee, WSSU inked Nic Cooper, a 6'0", 220 pound running back from Clinton High School in Clinton, NC.  Cooper led his team to back-to-back state championship games including a state title in his junior season.  Recognized as one of the best running backs in the state of North Carolina he possesses the rare combination of both speed and power in a 6 foot, 220 pound frame.  Named his Conference's Player of the Year in both his junior and senior seasons he rushed for over 270 yards versus Bunn High School in one of the many highlights of his senior season.  The cousin of current Ram defensive lineman Jason Holman he rushed for over 2,000 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior.  Runs the 40 yard dash in 4.5 seconds and was ranked by Rivals.com.  The son of Glenwood and Queen Cooper. 

 

Rounding out the offensive side of the ball, the Rams signed Montez Ham, a 5'11" 180 pounder from C.B Aycock High School in Pikeville, NC.  A fast receiver/defensive back who has been clocked at several camps with sub-4.4 second speed in the 40 yard dash he started on both sides of the ball in high school.  Ham led his team deep into the playoffs and was an All-Conference selection his senior season.  A three-sport athlete who ran track and played basketball as well as being a member of the football team.  The son of Beverly and Jerry Ham.

 

WSSU also inked Lavelle Tucker, a 6'1", 190 pound free safety from Halifax County High School in South Boston, Virginia.  Tucker turned down offers from Norfolk State and the University of Richmond before signing with the Rams.  He has the ability to play both the free safety and cornerback positions which is rare from an athlete with a size of only 6'1" and 190 pounds.  Clocked in at less than 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash he was coached by Stan Hodgin who played for WSSU defensive coordinator Mike Ketchum at Carson-Newman College.  The son of Rene Tucker.

 

Rounding out the Rams signing day class was Chris West, a 6'1", 185 pound punter from Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, NC.  A First-Team All-Conference and First Team All-Area selection, West averaged 46 yards and 4.1 seconds of hang time per punt.  The son of Sharon and James West.

 

The Rams, who turned in an overall record of 4-7 in their first year of Division I play begin the 2007 season with a September 1 contest versus arch-rival North Carolina A&T at Bowman-Gray Stadium at 6:00 pm.

 

For additional information on WSSU football, contact the WSSU Office of Sports Information at (336) 750-2143 or log on to the Official Website of WSSU Athletics at www.WSSURAMS.com.

 

WSSU Signing-Day Class:

Name                          Pos.     Ht.       Wt.       Hometown                 High School              

Matt Mitchell                 K          6'0"      190      Belmont, NC               South Point H.S.

Jamaule Glover            DL        6'4"      300      St. Andrews, SC          Calhoun County H.S.

John Haynes                LB        6'0"      210      St. Andrews, SC          Calhoun County H.S.

Lamarcius Jenkins       TE        6'4"      235      Ahoskie, NC                Hertford County H.S.

Nic Cooper                   RB       6'0"      220      Clinton, NC                  Clinton H.S.

Nazir LeVine                OL       6'4"      290      Rocky Mount, NC         Rocky Mount H.S.

Anthony Doberson       OL       6'5"      320      Durham, NC                S. Durham H.S.

Julian Gray                  OL       6'4"      275      College Port, GA          Westlake H.S.

Lavelle Tucker             FS        6'1"      190      South Boston, VA        Halifax County H.S.

Montez Ham                 WR      5'11"    180      Pikeville, NC                 C.B. Aycock H.S.

Tramain Melvin            DL        6'2"      280      Conway, SC                 Conway H.S.

Chris West                   P          6'1"      185      Chapel Hill, NC             Chapel Hill H.S.

 

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