Southern has the fifth-best football recruited class among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, according to a website that tracks recruiting.
FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW (Boxtorow.com) released its ninth annual recruiting rankings based on “research conducted that came from school releases, local newspaper articles and recruiting boards.”
Jaguars coach Dawson Odums completed his third recruiting class, which consists of 27 players, last week.
Boxtorow.com singled out several members of the class, which includes 14 players from Louisiana. The website mentioned two of the nine defensive linemen in the class – Rivals two-star defensive end Jahmal Tillman from Helen Cox in Harvey, La. and Christopher Jones from Franklin High School.
Others mentioned were offensive linemen Jodeci Harris from Plaquemine (6-7, 310) and Mason Sims (6-4, 315) from Benjamin Mays in Atlanta, wide receiver Jaquel Gant from Donaldsonville and linebacker Calvin Lunkins from Warren Easton linebacker Calvin Lunkins. Both are Rivals two-star recruits.
The website noted that Gant received offers from several schools, including Cincinnati, Tulane and Memphis.
Only one of the Jaguars’ Southwestern Athletic Conference rivals made the top 10. Alcorn State, which beat Southern in the SWAC title game last December, was No. 7.
North Carolina Central had the top-rated class followed by North Carolina A&T, South Carolina State, Bethune-Cookman, Southern, Florida A&M, Alcorn State, Tennessee State, Norfolk State and Hampton.