New Eagles continue to land in Statesboro

Hayden Boudreaux

With National Signing Day less than a week away, Tyson Summers and his staff is hard at work nailing down the final additions to the 2016 class.

As we continue to look into Head Coach Tyson Summer’s “#Swoop16” recruiting class, we find the Eagles sitting at 62nd in the FBS and still the leader of the Sun Belt with incoming talent.

With 16 three star recruits heading into the weekend, the Eagles are far ahead of the defending Sun Belt Champions, Arkansas State, who have recruited 10 three stars themselves. The Eagles are proving to be a force to be reckoned with around signing day as they continue to poach players from P5 schools, most notably in-state schools like the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech.

First up in the recruiting recap is an offensive tackle out of South Carolina by the name of Cade Stewart. Hailing from D.W. Daniel High School, the offensive lineman enters the Swoop16 class after receiving offers from Furman, Charlotte, and Presbyterian. Stewart is listed as a three star recruit with an 83% rating on 247 Sports and recently competed in the South Carolina Shrine All-Star game. He will be able to come in and learn behind an offensive line with experience and have the opportunity to add to the best running game in the country.

Turning our attention to the defensive side of the ball, we see the highly touted safety commit Rakeem Hightower out of Colquitt County. This is one of the few recruits likely pulled in as the Eagles hired defensive backs coach Jeremy Rowell from Colquitt High. Hightower is listed at an 81% on 247 sports and has been heavily recruited, receiving offers from most other Sun Belt schools, Western Kentucky, and the University of Kentucky. The incoming safety was the starter for his Colquitt defense, that captured its second straight state championship along with being voted as the High School Football National Champions.

Keeping in the defensive mindset, we move to outside linebacker Todd Bradley from Valdosta. The football program at Valdosta has cranked out top recruits for the last thirty years and this year is no different. Bradley is another three start recruit that received offers from Troy, Georgia State, and FAU.

Wrapping things up, we go back to the offensive line to discuss another South Carolina recruit in Drew Wilson. The 6’4″ 285 lb. guard is ranked as a three star recruit and received an 83% on 247 Sports. Wilson is an example of how Georgia Southern has changed the game in the south, as he turned down offers from UGA, UNC and Auburn.

We have one more issue before we break down Signing Day on February 3rd. A lot can happen between now and then, but the Eagles will likely finish out at the top of the conference. Summers has assembled quite the motley crew of a coaching staff and many questioned how that would effect the recruiting process. If the past few weeks have been any indicator, then the future of Georgia Southern continues to look bright.