2011 Georgia State University commitments

Updated Signing Day, Feb. 2

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SIGNINGS

CHRISTIAN BENVENUTO

PLACEKICKER ( 6-0, 185) Palm Coast, Fla. Matanzas High School. First-team all-area selection by the Daytona Beach News Journal …As a senior at Matanzas High, he connected on fi ve of eight field goal attempts, and 25 of 26 extra-point tries while averaging 38.8 yards per punt with a long of 59 … Hit 19 of 20 extra points and five of seven field goals, including a career-long 49-yarder vs. Palatka, as a junior. An all-conference and all-area selection in soccer, in which he lettered four years.

D’MARIO GUNN

DB (6-0, 185), Luella HS/Georgia Military College — Enrolled at GSU this semester and will participate in spring practice. . . .Lettered two years at GMC for coach Bert Williams … Had four interceptions and eight pass breakups in 2010, along with 33 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery … Attended Luella High School, where he was an all-region wide receiver and linebacker … Had over 300 yards receiving with four touchdown catches as a senior … Helped Luella reach the playoffs for the first time in 2008 … Coached by Paul Burgdorf … Began his high school career at Jones County before moving to Luella as a junior.

McCLAIN HEAD

DK (6-4, 245) Whitewater High School, Fayetteville.  First team All-Fayette County by the Fayette County News…Made 38 tackles, including 23 solo hits and two tackles for loss… Also a standout in track and field… Uncle, Tony Head, was a player at Georgia Tech when Bill Curry was an assistant coach there in 1976.

NICK HENDERSON

ATH (6-0, 200) Roswell HS — Versatile athlete who played tight end at Roswell High School … First-team all-Region 6-AAAA … All-area selection for North Fulton by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution … Had 30 catches for 370 yards and one touchdown … Played for coach Leo Barker and helped Roswell reach the second round of the state playoffs in 2010 … Parents are Michelle and Steve Henderson … Father played at Georgia Tech for Bill Curry, meaning Nick will be one of three Panthers who are the sons of former Curry players, along with Bailey Woods and Mark Hogan.

DAVID HUEY

OL, (6-2, 285) Nashville. Pearl Cohn High School. All-City selection in Nashville by the Metro Coaches.  Helped Pearl Cohn reach the quarterfinals of the 2010 state playoffs in Class 3A. Also played basketball and baseball.

BEN MCLANE

QB (6-1, 215), Brookwood HS –Starting quarterback for 2010 Class AAAAA state champion Brookwood High … Passed for 2,346 yards and 17 touchdowns while completing 60 percent (143-of-238) of his passes as a senior … Added 1,780 yards passing and 16 touchdowns as a junior … Brookwood’s career passing leader with 4,747 yards and 35 touchdowns … Played for coach Mark Crews … Father, Ben McLane, Sr., is an assistant coach at Brookwood.

QWONTEZ MALLORY

LB (6-2, 235), Albany, Ga., Dougherty County High School/ Georgia Military College.  Linebacker who played two seasons at Georgia Military College … Will enroll at Georgia State next fall and have two seasons of eligibility for the Panthers … Credited with 33 tackles, including four tackles for loss and two sacks in 2010 … Also had two pass breakups and a forced fumble …Attended Dougherty County High in Albany, Ga. … Blocked a field goal and returned it 80 yards for a touchdown as a senior versus Crisp County.

DEMAZIO SKELTON

DB (6-1, 185), Myrtle Beach, S.C. Myrtle Beach High School/Georgia Military College. Defensive back who played two seasons at Georgia Military College … Will enroll at Georgia State next fall and have two seasons of eligibility for the Panthers … Had six interceptions and 10 pass breakups in 2010, along with 45 tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack and one blocked kick … Played wide receiver and safety for 2009 state championship team (Class AAA) at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) High … Chosen for the North Carolina-South Carolina Shrine Bowl.

RODERICK THOMPSON

DE (6-3, 235) Mays High School, Atlanta. Credited with 35 tackles… Also blocked a punt and recovered a fumble.

LYNQUEZ BLAIR
Wide Receiver, 5-9, 175
Swainsboro, Ga. (Swainsboro HS)

Excellent athlete who played quarterback and defensive back and returned kicks for Swainsboro High but projects as a wide receiver … Named Two-Way Player of the Year for Region 3-AA … Honorable mention all-area by the Augusta Chronicle … Passed for 535 yards and eight touchdowns while rushing for 406 yards and six scores as a senior … Led Swainsboro to an undefeated (10-0) regular season and a playoff berth in 2010 … Team captain for coach David Johnson … Received the team’s Golden Helmet Award … Also a standout in basketball who helped Swainsboro reach the 2011 state semifinals in Class AA … Named Player of
the Week by WTOC-TV in Savannah, Ga., after totalling 37 points in state playoff wins over Vidalia and Thomasville.

MARK YOUNG
Wide Receiver, 6-5, 200
Charlotte, N.C. (Providence Day School)

Wide receiver with excellent size … Played for coach Bruce Hardin at Providence Day School … Had 31 receptions for 435 yards and six touchdowns as a senior … Helped Providence Day to an 8-3 record in 2010 … Also plays basketball.

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