Theus and Magana commit to Southern

Hayden Boudreaux

National Signing Day is three weeks away and head coach Willie Fritz has already assembled an impressive recruiting class in key areas for the 2015 season to make their bowl dreams become a reality.

After losing six seniors to graduation, nearly the entire offensive line for the Eagles will have to be rebuilt next season. Fritz spoke last offseason about the importance of recruiting offensive lineman, and this year he has continued to build on that foundation with some huge commitments.

Last month Bolles High School in Jacksonville, Fl. made the long road trip to Miami to compete in the Florida High School 4-A State Championship game. Bolles is a private school football factory that has churned out 11 state championships, three state runner ups and 31 district titles. They build their team around their well-trained offensive line, which includes 6’5 280 lbs. Jermiah Theus.

After playing under Corky Rogers, the winningest coach in Florida high school history, Theus will undoubtedly be a very coachable player that will fit right into the scheme of Fritz. He is also no stranger to the main stage or playing under pressure as he has appeared in four straight state championship title games throughout his high school career. He will join the college football ranks with his two brothers who play at the University of Georgia.

Theus made his mark in high school as a two sport athlete in football and basketball. He has a big frame but clocked a 5.10 in the 40-yard dash. 24/7 Sports has him ranked as a three-star recruit and a grade of a 83 overall. The Florida native had incredible foresight as he committed to join the Eagles last June before his senior season. He also received offers from Cincinnati, Georgia State and South Alabama, the latter two teams also residing in the Sun Belt Conference.

Only last month, the Eagles added a new offensive lineman to the 2015 recruiting class, Max Magana. Standing at 6’5 and 285 lbs., Magana is a junior college transfer from Feather River College in Quincy, Ca. Feather River molds high school athletes to be better prepared for Division I academics and athletics.

Magana played his high school ball at Las Vegas High School where he was selected as a first team All-Northeast League member and second team All-South Nevada. In his time at Feather River College, Magana quickly rose to the starting position and was named as an All-Norcal League selection last season as a left tackle. The Golden Eagles broke multiple offensive team records with Magana on the line.

Magana should be expected to see some playing time early as he has some experience at the college level and two years of eligibility remaining. Magana’s only official scholarship offer came from Georgia Southern, although he had interest from Georgia State. 24/7 Sports lists Magana as a two-star recruit with an overall of 77.

Both recruits will have an opportunity to show what they can do this offseason to battle for one of the open positions on the offensive line. Magana has the experience on his side which could be a huge benefit to the established rushing attack of Georgia Southern. However, it could also pay off to begin developing the true freshman Theus to have more of a long-term option.

Each week we will continue to highlight two recruits that have committed to play football at Georgia Southern University. Links to highlights of each player can be found on our website at Next week we will be spotlighting safety Joshua Moon and running back Eric Montgomery.