The Savage17 signs with Southern

McClain Baxley

Another National Signing Day has come and passed, and though Georgia Southern’s recruiting class wasn’t as historic as last years’, it’s still a class that can get Eagles fans excited.

The “Savage17,” as this class is known, finished ranked 97th in the nation and 4th in the Sun Belt behind Texas State, Georgia State and Louisiana-Monroe.

With most of the emphasis in recruiting this year was on defense in hopes of replacing Ukeme Eligwe and Ironhead Gallon, 14 of the 22 signees are on the defensive side of the ball. Signing nine 3-star defensive players is a positive as the Eagles finished 7th last season in total defense. While the offense wasn’t producing as much as it should have, the defense wasn’t helping by allowing the other team to score almost every drive.

One of the premiere signees is Tre Allen from Woodland high school in Georgia. Allen, a 3-star Athlete, also had offers from Ole Miss, Troy, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

On the other side of the ball, the Eagles picked up 3-star running back John Wesley Kennedy III from Benedictine Military School. This 5’10” speedster also had offers from the Citadel, Georgia State, Marshall, Mercer, Southern Mississippi and Tulane. 

So even though Georgia Southern’s 2017 class can’t compete with those of Alabama or Florida State, this recruiting class should still be very exciting to see in Paulson in the fall.