Georgia State Signing Day Central — 17 LOIs in

I’ll post updates on Georgia State’s Signing Day activities here. You can also follow me on twitter @ajcgsu and/or on @recruitingajc, if you want to know everything that’s going on.

The signees:

Mark Weidenaar

QB, Lakeside

6-3, 190

Bio, from GSU: Honorable mention all-state in Class AAAA at Lakeside High … All-region … Player of the Year for Columbia County … Two-time all-area selection by the Augusta Chronicle, which also tabbed him to its Dream 16 preseason team … Prolific quarterback who passed for 1,671 yards and 16 touchdowns while rushing for 887 yards and 11 more touchdowns as a senior, when he directed an offense that averaged 30 points per game … Battled back from a knee injury (torn ACL) that derailed his junior season … Coached by Jarret Troxler.

Jah-Mai Davidson

DT, Brookwood

6-4, 270

Bio, from GSU: Talented lineman who could play offense or defense but projects as a defensive tackle … Helped Brookwood High to the 2010 Class AAAAA state title as a junior … Played for coach Mark Crews at one of metro Atlanta’s top programs.

Myles Morris

CB, Smith

Greensboro, N.C.

5-9, 170

Bio, from GSU: Had four interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, 76 tackles, two tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries this season … On offense he had 47 receptions for 728 yards and three touchdown catches, along with 26 carries for 252 yards and two scores rushing … Coached by Rodney Brewington at Smith High.

Mark Ruskell

C, Duluth

6-2, 292

Bio, from GSU Third-team all-county selection by the Gwinnett Daily Post … Chosen for the Rivalries of Gwinnett County All-Star Game … Two-way lineman for coach Corey Jarvis at Duluth High … Nephew of Tim Ruskell, former assistant general manager of the Atlanta Falcons and former GM of the Seattle Seahawks.

Melvin King

DE, Liberty County HS

6-3, 225

Bio, from GSU: First-team all-region in 2-AAAA, Division A … Honorable mention all-region selection as a junior … Played defensive end and tight end for coach Kirk Warner at Liberty County High … Had 51 tackles, 1.5 sacks and four pass deflections as a junior … Also plays basketball.

Treavor Flannigan

OL, Trion

6-4, 275

Bio, from GSU: First-team all-region in Region 6-A in 2011 … 2010 first-team all-area pick by the Chattanooga News Free Press … Played for coach David Humphreys at Trion High … Graded out at 90 percent with 30 pancake blocks as a junior.

Tanner Strickland

LB-DT, Pike County

6-4, 250

Bio, from GSU: Played linebacker and offensive line for coach Mac McMillan at Pike County High but projects as a defensive tackle … Chosen for the Great Divide Game (East-West all-stars) in Macon, Ga.

Garrett Gorringe

OL, Grayson

6-5, 280

Bio, from GSU: Second-team all-county by the Gwinnett County Touchdown Club and the Gwinnett Daily Post … Helped Grayson High and coach Mickey Conn to the Class AAAAA state title, a perfect 15-0 record and a No. 3 national ranking … Chosen for the GACA North-South All-Star Game, played in December in Columbus, Ga., and the Rivalries of Gwinnett All-Star Game.

Nathan Schuster

QB-ATH, Chattooga HS

6-0, 180

Bio, from GSU: Two-time all-area selection by the Rome News Tribune as a quarterback and all-purpose player, including first-team honors as a junior and second-team accolades as a senior … Passed for 1,116 yards (91-for-172) and eight touchdowns while rushing for 374 yards as a senior … More than 2,000 yards of total offense and 20 touchdowns as a junior with 1,365 yards passing (115-for-204, 11 TD) and 651 yards rushing (5.2 average, 9 TD) … Finished with 2,572 career passing yards … Team captain and four-year letterwinner for coach Brad Waggoner at Chattooga High … Set school records with 26 completions and 351 yards passing vs. Gordon Central … Scored 156 points in his career, fifth in school history … Also a standout in basketball and baseball … Earned all-area honors in baseball for his sophomore and junior seasons … Also an all-area selection in basketball as a sophomore.

Kyle Vorster

RB, Walton

5-10, 190

Bio, from GSU: Enrolled at Georgia State for the spring semester and will participate in spring practice … 2010 all-state selection in Class AAAAA, earning second-team honors from the Associated Press and honorable mention recognition from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution … All-county by the Cobb County Touchdown Club … Rushed for 1,358 yards on 224 carries and scored 18 touchdowns as a senior … Added 818 yards and seven touchdowns on just 152 carries as a junior … Member of Walton High’s 20008 state championship team as a sophomore … Chosen for the Cobb Senior All-Star Bowl … Coached by Rocky Hidalgo.

Chris Jenkins

CB,Lake Marion HS

Santee, S.C.

5-11, 180

Bio, from GSU: Elite 11 athlete by the Orangeburg (S.C.) Times-Democrat … Played quarterback for coach Chris Carter at Lake Marion High … Completed 69 of 101 passes for 739 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior while rushing for 560 yards with an average of 8.5 yards per carry. Added 10 receptions for 110 yards … In 2010, he rushed for 1,250 yards and 19 touchdowns while passing for 989 yards and 12 touchdowns … Also played safety and made 33 tackles as a senior, following 23 tackles and six pass breakups as a junior.

Avery Sweeting

WR, Brunswick HS

5-9, 160

Bio, from GSU: All-area selection by the Brunswick News … All-region as a junior … Totalled 1,100 all-purpose yards and scored eight touchdowns … Had five career touchdown returns, including two as a senior … Coached by Victor Floyd at Brunswick High … Qualified for the state track meet in the 100 meters and 200 meters as a junior.

Joseph Peterson

LB, Dothan HS

Dothan, Ala.

6-0, 210

Bio, from GSU: First-team all-state in Class 6A by the Alabama Sportswriters Association … Super 12 selection by the Dothan Eagle … Played for coach Kevin White at Dothan High … Made 112 tackles, including eight tackles for loss and four sacks … On offense, he ran for 669 yards and 12 touchdowns … Chosen to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game.

Aaron Thomas

OL, Dothan HS

Dothan, Ala.

6-3, 295

Bio, from GSU: Honorable mention all-state in Class 6A by the Alabama Sportswriters Association … … Played left tackle for coach Kevin White at Dothan High … Chosen to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game.

Bryan Williams

LB, Miramar HS

Miramar, Fla.

6-3, 200

Standout linebacker for coach Damon Cogdell at Miramar High … Helped Miramar to a 13-1 record and a berth in the state title game in the Class 8A … Caused a fumble in the championship game against Tampa Plant … Totalled 43 tackles, including 33 solo hits, as senior, along with two fumble recoveries, an interception and one touchdown … Brother of former GSU tight end Arthur Williams, who played  two seasons (2010-11) for the Panthers.

Joe Lockley

DT, Portal HS

6-1, 290

Bio, from GSU: Defensive Player of the Year for Region 3-West in Class A… Honorable mention all-state selection by the Georgia Sportswriters Association … One of 10 finalists for the Army Iron Man Award, which recognizes the state’s top two-way football players … Coached by Dan Duff at Portal High, the same high school as current Panther Jarrell Robinson … Also plays basketball and  throws the discus and shot put for the track team.

Ladarion Young

CB, Pensacola Catholic HS

Pensacola, Fla.

6-0, 180

Bio, from GSU: Second-team all-state selection  in Class 3A … No. 34 prospect on the Orlando Sentinel’s Florida Panhandle Super 60 … Coached by Greg Seibert at Pensacola Catholic High … Chosen for the Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) North-South All-Star Football Classic in Sebring, Fla.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

NATHAN SCHUSTER

QB-ATH • 6-0, 180

Summerville, Ga.

Chattooga HS

Two-time all-area selection by the Rome News Tribune as a quarterback and all-purpose player, including first-team honors as a junior and second-team accolades as a senior … Passed for 1,116 yards (91-for-172) and eight touchdowns while rushing for 374 yards as a senior … More than 2,000 yards of total offense and 20 touchdowns as a junior with 1,365 yards passing (115-for-204, 11 TD) and 651 yards rushing (5.2 average, 9 TD) … Finished with 2,572 career passing yards … Team captain and four-year letterwinner for coach Brad Waggoner at Chattooga High … Set school records with 26 completions and 351 yards passing vs. Gordon Central … Scored 156 points in his career, fifth in school history … Also a standout in basketball and baseball … Earned all-area honors in baseball for his sophomore and junior seasons … Also an all-area selection in basketball as a sophomore.

Allison George

Associate AD for Communications

Georgia State Athletics

Email: ageorge@gsu.edu

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69 comments Add your comment

GSU_MEX_ALUM

February 1st, 2012
10:13 am

Thank you for the updates!

Rick Ruskell

February 1st, 2012
10:35 am

Go Panthers! This is shaping up to be a great class; love all the big linemen

GSU

February 1st, 2012
10:51 am

Only 6 so far? Yikes…

GSU Fan

February 1st, 2012
11:13 am

Freaked out there for a moment thinking this was Georgia Southern. I was concerned until I figured out you meant Georgia State. Whoops. Wrong forum. Sorry. I didnt realize you guys played football.

RidgeRunner

February 1st, 2012
11:23 am

GSU Fan would you please change your login to something like GA Southern JC or GSJU

GStateBen

February 1st, 2012
11:51 am

Vorster actually is a greyshirt and was enrolled in school already so he didn’t need to sign an NLI.

RB Commit Jonathan Jean-Bart of Henry County HS will do the same next Spring per Derrick Mahone of Clayton News Daily.

Great day to be a Panther!

Kaleb

February 1st, 2012
11:53 am

If anyone in this state plays like a junior college team, it would be Georgia State.

DowntownSmackdown

February 1st, 2012
12:06 pm

LOL…none of these guys are ranked on Scout or Rivals. This is hilarious.

tGeorgiaSouthernUniversity

February 1st, 2012
12:29 pm

anytime any Ga State wants to bring their team to Stateboro for an in-state showdown, I am sure we could make it happen.

straightshooter

February 1st, 2012
12:59 pm

The Georgia Southern class is loaded with two and three star recruits

Kill Ga State Football

February 1st, 2012
1:10 pm

From the 10 comments on this board, the (lack of) passion burns for Ga State Football. Kill this pipe dream … We are not interested nor are the alumni … Reduce student fees ..

GStateBen

February 1st, 2012
1:12 pm

Rivals.com often downgrades or does not rank FCS prospects. Had both Keith Neibuhr (who covers Georgia and Alabama) as well as Chris Nee (who covers Florida) explain that to me.

gsu01

February 1st, 2012
1:35 pm

@Kill Ga State Football – most of us prefer that you kill yourself first.

J-GSU

February 1st, 2012
1:45 pm

Welcome to the newest members of Panther Nation! Glad to have these kids on board.

GSU is in Atlanta

February 1st, 2012
2:01 pm

Thanks for the updates Doug, really looking forward to these guys playing for us!

Go GSU!

Bobby Newport

February 1st, 2012
2:17 pm

Enter your comments here

Bill Curry

February 1st, 2012
2:18 pm

Great recruits, hopefully they will help us beat those powerhouse NAIA and DII teams!!!

Bobby Newport

February 1st, 2012
2:18 pm

Lots of guys filling needs, great to see the coaching staff bringing in some solid talent. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the class

GSU is in Atlanta

February 1st, 2012
2:23 pm

Doug, I am interested to hear who you think is the best commit for GSU so far?

Dolph Ziggler

February 1st, 2012
2:47 pm

I think we cleaned up when it comes to LB’s. Williams and Peterson are going to absolute beasts

Georgia State Alumni in Statesboro

February 1st, 2012
3:05 pm

I am working for GUS (Georgia Southern University at Stasteboro) , and shopping at Wallmart. But I support my Georgia State Panther football team. Go Panther!!!

GSTATE1

February 1st, 2012
3:06 pm

Great stuff guys. Hoping we can coach these guys up and get them ready to go! Although I know it will be tough considering its the first year in the CAA, im expected a big year this year from my Panthers!

@GStateBen

February 1st, 2012
3:32 pm

“Rivals.com often downgrades or does not rank FCS prospects. Had both Keith Neibuhr (who covers Georgia and Alabama) as well as Chris Nee(who covers Florida) explain that to me,” says GStateBen.

Which is true. And that being said, can you imagine what that means for Georgia Southern 2012 Signing Class, with all those 2 and 3 star guys?

PS. You guys are a dumpster fire. You lost your prized guy to Tenn Tech? And don’t fool yourself into thinking that they went to playoffs, so that isnt as bad as it seems. Its bad.

Herp Derp

February 1st, 2012
3:38 pm

lol @ Southern fans

@HerpDerp

February 1st, 2012
3:59 pm

lol @ 3-8
lol @ being dominated by NAIA schools
lol @ your school shutting down this trash fire here in a few years
lol @ your attendance
lol @ you knowing I’m right down around that sick feeling in your gut

Eagles are the best

February 1st, 2012
4:24 pm

Quick, if you are a GSOU fan, I would advise you to get over and read the melt down, SLASH, delusion over at panthertalk.com. Those that get it are ready to leap. Those that don’t are looking for the bright side buried ten feet deep. Very good entertainment. Oh yeah, nice game against (_______________) (fill in with whichever NAIA school you thought was a worse loss).

GSU is in Atlanta

February 1st, 2012
4:25 pm

It’s ok, the trolling and jealousy of our coverage is actually flattering and we welcome you with open arms to continue doing so…you may proceed

kreedham

February 1st, 2012
4:44 pm

Hey AJC how about giving the real GSU some coverage? Georgia Southern University

GSU

February 1st, 2012
4:58 pm

Where is Trent Thompson???

@GSU in Atlanta

February 1st, 2012
5:07 pm

Awesome. Thanks for the go-ahead. Well, like I was saying, you guys are really in for a treat. You see, the worse you get in a town that is going to be ‘iffy’ to support you in the first place, the better seats you will get. The CAA is an outstanding conference and just assuming that you are as equally bad against better competition as you were against the patsies before, you should be able to see great teams come into the Dome at very reasonable prices.

I would also point out that, if this thing plays out as it should and you slide into the abyss of college football, you inevitably will begin to take fliers on too many “risky’ kids to try and salvage the program. Let me tell you, this makes for great entertainment and though it has never worked in the history of ever, this strategy will be sure to get you even more coveted “coverage.”

I could really go on forver on how terrible and awful the team you root for is and how I would have never wished this ill will on anyone like this lest they act like the snarky cats you guys did out of the gate, but I must go. I know, I know, here come the ‘go hook up with goats’ or ‘go do meth’ or whatever other Statesboro joke you have. That is fine. It is a small town with humble, hardworking people. I should also say, for what its worth, that I love Atlanta. And Georgia State University, for that matter, as a great University that this state can be proud of. But you fans, and your snarky attitude, deserve every bit of what you have coming. And no, sadly, Confernece USA is not what I am reffering to. So have fun watching this thing burn out. Pretend like your back in colllege around the fire at the party, just wanting that last ember to never go out. Or, I guess more fitting for you guys, that car fire or whatever you did while avoiding bums in college.

Oh, and just think of how valuable those Ga State football pieces will be here in a few years. You will have a good story like Northeastern about “when we used to rule the football world.”

Wait, Northeastern couldn’t have cut football. They are in a big market…

GSU

February 1st, 2012
5:10 pm

CAA Football Graveyard:

- Northeastern
- Hofstra
- Georgia State

Herp Derp

February 1st, 2012
5:15 pm

lol @ Southern

DID NOT READ

Herp Derp

February 1st, 2012
5:15 pm

DID NOT READ

@Herp Derp

February 1st, 2012
5:24 pm

lol @ people using lol outside of 12-year-old girls
lol @ DID NOT READ

@GSU

February 1st, 2012
5:28 pm

Wait just a second, GSU. There is no way Hofstra cancels football. One of the richest, well endowed private schools in the Northeast? In the largest media market in the country, NYC? That can not be possible. Media markets mean everything. Hell, Hofstra is probably next in line for the SEC. Quit trolling around here. We all know the tricks you play. Big conferences don’t care about tradition, passion, fanbase size, ability to sustain, attendance, etc. They care about the city you play in and that is it. So, you just shoo and leave us happily wainting by the phone.

JUST CHECKED IN AND SEE EXACTLY WHAT I GUESSED. MAN YOU GUYS ARE BAD.

February 1st, 2012
5:29 pm

<——————————— This.

Herp Derp

February 1st, 2012
5:30 pm

Good to see Lockley and Young added to the list. Those were two quality players added just recently that makes me feel much better about the 2012 class.

Panther Fan 07

February 1st, 2012
5:52 pm

Excited to see what Weidenaar can do for GSU and look forward to he and Kelton Hill pushing each other during the off season.

Also, glad to Arthur Williams brother joining the team, watched him on tv play in the 7-A FL state championship game and he should be a great addition to the secondary.

FYI to Southern Trolls

February 1st, 2012
6:54 pm

Trent Thompson has issues….
He will Grey Shirt and be able to play the following year.
Think the choice was mutual between Trent and Ga State.

“A grey-shirt who will join the Golden Eagle program in January, Trent was a three-year starter for coach Kyle Hockman at McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Ga.

Read more: Herald Citizen – TTU FOOTBALL Lines a major focus of signing class”

FYI to Southern Trolls

February 1st, 2012
7:00 pm

Oh yeah I almost forgot.
Nice Basketball game….. by the way.
20 points

Why does Ga Southern even have a basketball team? Since you take that tone with Ga State I think it’s time to return the fire. So why do you have a basketball team since you suck so badly. You ask us to end our football program after the second year because of our record. Sounds reasonable so since your not hypocritical I think you need to end your basketball program, soccer, and baseball as well. Since none of those teams are successful by your definition. I hate to call you out, but you look real stupid if your try to respond to my post, but your from Southern so we already know the answer to that one.
Again…..choosing education over entertainment (and being on the Real World) wins every time.

Southern can suck it.

February 1st, 2012
7:20 pm

Go away troll. We’ll see in a couple of years.

@FYI to Southern Trolls

February 1st, 2012
7:46 pm

Oh man. I can only imagine those that keep tabs on such things in the Ga St circles have to be proud to have you as a mouthpiece. Quite clever and well versed. Let me start by saying that GSOU basketball is having an OK season and is starting to show signs of life. Doing well in conference, but, yes. had a bad loss to GaSt, which was a better team, I might add. The only problem with this being exactly comparable is that nobody associated with GSOU in the history of GSOU basketball has ever suggested that this program is anything to brag about. And, if you were familiar with the program and the department, you would know that this has never been a priority. But, yes, I can admit that it has certainly been a struggle at times. And at times it has been a circus.

That said, it has been a circus done very cost efficiently, on campus, and in front of very comparable crowds that you draw there in Atlanta. This would be the point where I would refer you to population demographics, but you get the point. I would say, in comparison, that you guys go to great length and expense to display your trash fire circus to the 4000 people suckered in to caring. And if you don’t see the difference, then, well, you are fooling yourself.

I am going to skip right past soccer. C’mon, dude. Really? You want to whip out price points in on-campus dining? Dude, you got to think before you post.

And with regards to baseball (and before I go here I should say that while you don’t come off either too educated or sharp, I was willing to concede that you were frustrated and just throwing anything up at the wall…until you mentioned baseball)…sorry, as it relates to baseball, well, I don’t even know if this is worth the time. Google it, dude. You do have Google, right? Here, I will type it and you cut and paste (sorry…hold down the ‘Ctrl’ button…you should see it at the bottom left of your key pad, hit ‘C’ after…you know, just figure it out)…cut and paste the following into Google and I will let you read all about it. “Georgia+Southern+two+first+round+picks+lead+NCAA+HomeRuns+Regionals+PreseasonRanked+Omaha+twice” Just cut and paste and read up.

Not that any of this matters. That feeling you have in your gut because of the anger, realizing that their is truth to what I say, is all that matters. And that is something you gotta deal with. Enjoy it all while it lasts. I mean that sincerely.

Panther Fan 07

February 1st, 2012
8:01 pm

Why aren’t you posting on the Georgia Southern sports blog page where you can be be positive/excited about your own program. We are here to talk about GSU and our football program and to be positive/excited about what is being done here in Atlanta with our Alma Mater.

Go Panthers and congrats on the 2012 recruiting class!

state?

February 1st, 2012
8:03 pm

hmmm… Same entrance SAT scores… Try again.

GSU

February 1st, 2012
8:16 pm

i am here to talk gsu and be positive, panther fan 7. here is something i am proud of:

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/highschool/football/os-hs-vegas-harley-georgia-southern-20120201,0,1208101.story

this qb is ranked as the 46th best athlete by rivals.com and chose gsu over illinois, south florida, iowa state and memphis. he should be a good one.

and the best part is that he was easily our second best qb signed today. things are very positive at gsu.

For the Love of Lefty

February 1st, 2012
9:24 pm

If GSU football is so bad, why are Southern fans posting here? Sad, really. But thanks for the blog traffic (and helping to keep this blog active, ironically!)

Great signing day, GSU! Looking forward to seeing us in the CAA in a few mere months.

Panther Fan 07

February 1st, 2012
10:10 pm

Yeah, but you are talking about Georgia Southern and boasting about it on a blog for Georgia State. Why don’t you talk about it in the link that you posted or on the Georgia Southen blog instead of here b/c that guy has nothing to do with our program at Georgia State.

tGeorgiaSouthernUniversity

February 1st, 2012
10:23 pm

Lots of whiners on here, both GSU schools, but hope both had great recruiting classes. Whenever you city fellas want to come on down to statesboro and play us, we would welcome the scrimmage! Let’s get an instate series going in football, would be fun. And don’t be surprised GSU people are on here, there are a lot of us living here in Atlanta

For the Love of Lefty

February 1st, 2012
10:33 pm

If GSU ever plays Ga Southern, that’d be one reason to go to Statesboro.

That brings the number of reasons to go to Statesboro to….one.

gsubanddad

February 1st, 2012
11:30 pm

North Dakota State rules .