Time to Reload: National Signing Day lands promising football recruits at GS

Thomas Jilk

National Signing Day has become a circus of social media, live broadcasts of letter-of-intent signings, and publicized recruiting battles. 18-year-old young men are thrust into the spotlight with sometimes dramatic commitment announcements.

This year, Georgia Southern’s recruiting class ranks third in the Sun Belt Conference behind Texas State and Troy, according to ratings by 247sports.com. It includes 22 recruits from around Georgia and the Southeast region. Reloading will be crucial after the losses of some key seniors. Here are a few quick profiles of some of the new faces that may earn significant playing time next season.

Tomarcio Reese (OLB)

Reese and others will compete to replace the productive graduate Ironhead Gallon, who had 10 or more tackles six times last season.

  • 6-0, 215 lbs.
  • From Senatobia, Miss.
  • Starred at Northwest Mississippi Community College (junior college) and Eastern Arizona College
  • Rated as the ninth-best outside linebacker in the nation by 247sports
  • Rated the no. 217 overall recruit in the nation by 247sports
  • Played HS at Colquitt County for prominent coach Rush Propst, featured in the MTV series Two-a-Days
  • Led Colquitt Co. to state 6A title his senior season

Kenton Tucker (DE)

Kenton Tucker will likely see a decent amount of action as a freshman, with six senior defensive linemen graduating after last season.

  • 6-4, 258 lbs.
  • From Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Ran track in high school
  • Rated as the no. 32 DE nationally by 247sports.com

John Wesley Kennedy III (RB)

With the departure of Matt Breida, multiple backs will share the load next season, including possibly Kennedy III.

  • 5-10, 181 lbs.
  • From Savannah, Ga.
  • Played at powerhouse Benedictine Military High School alongside fellow GS recruit Chris Harris Jr.
  • MaxPreps.com rated Kennedy III as the no. 11 running back in the state of Georgia

Brian Miller (DT)

Another standout player from Savannah should vie for playing time with the losses of six seniors up front.

  • 6-4, 266 lbs.
  • Averaged over 7 tackles per game as an interior lineman his senior season at Memorial High School
  • Turned down power conference schools such as NC State to stay local and play for the Eagles

Photos taken from 247sports and Scouts.com.