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The Citadel signs 17 newcomers in football

The Citadel signs 17 newcomers in football

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February 5th, 2014 -
The Citadel head coach Mike Houston announced on Wednesday the addition of 17 newcomers representing eight different states to the Bulldog football family for the 2014 season.

"I want to thank our coaching staff for the outstanding job that they have done here over the past three weeks to put together a very solid signing class for this first year," said Houston.

Houston, who was named the 24th head coach in Citadel history on Jan. 9, landed six in-state athletes, including defensive back Shy Phillips of Hartsville. Phillips, who recently participated in the Shrine Bowl, also plans to play for the Bulldog baseball team.

"It takes a special athlete to play at a high level in two sports, but I think Phillips is that kind of talent and I look forward to him playing with us this fall and then for our outstanding baseball team next spring," said Houston.

Two players hail from Florida, Georgia and North Carolina and one from Alabama, Maryland, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Virginia.

Eight recruits are being brought in on offense including quarterbacks Shon Belton and Jalen Lampkin, while nine defensive players will join the fold.

Current freshman wide receiver Jorian Jordan and Derrick Freeland (OL) attended Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte while freshman offensive lineman Isaiah Pinson played alongside Sydney Martin at Byrnes High School in Duncan, S.C.

2014 Citadel Football Recruiting Class

Shon Belton, QB, 5'11", 187, Lugoff, S.C./Lugoff-Elgin

Earned varsity letters in football, baseball, basketball and track & field ... rushed for 1,278 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior ... added another 726 passing yards and four touchdowns through the air ... accumulated 2,635 all-purpose yards in 2013 ... named all-county player of the year and all-county for junior and senior years ... a member of the 2010 region 6 4-A championship team ... born Oct. 23, 1995 in Columbia, S.C. ... son of Julie Gibson ... plans on majoring in health, exercise and sport science.

Reggie Benjamin, DB, 5'9", 190, Palm Bay, Fla./Palm Bay

Earned two varsity letters in football and track and field ... tallied 107 tackles, five interception, five pass breakups and one fumble recovery at the linebacker position during his senior season ... scored seven offensive touchdowns in 2013, four in one game against Rockledge High School ... named to the FACA All-District Offense, Space Coast All-Star Team ... in all-star game he made six tackles and picked off two passes ... helped lead his team to the playoffs where it was district runner-up ... born on Nov. 22, 1995 in Orlando, Fla. ... son of Randy Benjamin and Regina Thomas ... plans to major in business administration.

Derrick Freeland, OL, 6'1", 245, Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek

Three-year letterwinner in football, wrestling and track and field ... three-year team captain of the football team ... also named team captain of the track and field team ... ranked top offensive lineman in Mecklenburg County in 2013 ... helped lead his team to a 4AA State Championship title ... became his school's first heavyweight champion wrestler in 2011 with a 13-4 record ... a member of the National Honor Society ... born on Jan. 19, 1996.

Jauveer Hammond, Slot Back, 5'8", 170, Johnston, S.C./Strom Thurmond

Selected to the play in the North-South All-Star game as well as the Border  Bowl ... completed 136 passes for 1,745 yards and 14 touchdowns while rushing 201 times for 1,341 yards and 11 more scores ... both yardage numbers among the top five in the area ... named to the All-Aiken Standard first team.

Tristan Harkleroad, OL, 6'2", 275, Savannah, Ga./Benedictine Military School

Earned three letters in football and one in baseball ... NUC All-American Senior Bowl participant ... named to the ESPN Coastal first team, first-team all-state, first-team all-region and first team all-city during senior season ... second team all-region honorable mention in 2012 ... a member of the honor roll all four years and high honor roll during junior and senior years ... born on Jan. 10, 1996 in Savannah, Ga. ... son of Marion and Virginia Harkelroad ... plans on majoring in business administration.

Russell Hubbs, LB, 6'1", 222, Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern

Three-year letterwinner for the football team ... voted team captain for his junior and senior seasons ... accumulated 125 tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack, two forced fumbles and five pass breakups during his senior year ... all-state, all-area and all-region honors in 2013 ... made 122 tackles, seven sacks, 17 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 2012 ... tabbed as the team's defensive MVP for junior season ... all-area and all-region honors in 2012 ... received a 3.5 or higher GPA all three years to earn academic excellence ... born Feb. 3, 1996 in Stony Brook, N.Y. ... son of Eric Hubbs and Jamie Raines ... plans to major in health, exercise and sport science.

Jonathan King, DL, 6'1", 258, Statesville, N.C./South Iradell

Earned varsity letters in football, wrestling and track and field ... named team captain for senior season ... earned all-conference in football for junior and senior seasons ... averaged over 70 tackles per year ... helped lead his team to the 2012 2AA State Championship ... made the all-county and all-region teams in 2012 and 13 for his performance in the shot put ... a member of the National Society of High School Scholars ... 4.2 GPA ... National Beta Club ... born on Aug. 10, 1996 in Statesville, N.C. ... son of Leonard and Jacqueline King ... plans on majoring in biology.

Jalen Lampkin, QB, 5'10", 176, Augusta, Ga./Westside

Lettered four years in football and baseball ... passed for 910 yards and rushed for 800 with 20 total touchdowns (eight passing, 12 rushing) during his senior season ... named all-region offensive player of the year and tabbed as an all-area athlete in 2013 ... threw for 720 yards, rushed for 233 and scored 15 total touchdowns (eight passing, seven rushing) during his junior campaign ... tabbed as an all-region quarterback for his performance in 2012 ... four-year starting centerfielder and pitcher for his school's baseball team ... two-time first-team all-region baseball player ... played baseball under legendary coach Gerald Barnes ... born Nov. 9, 1995 in Augusta, Ga. ... son of Audrey and Bruce Lampkin ... plans to major in sports management.

Sydney Martin, OL, 6'2", 270, Lyman, S.C./Byrnes

Four-year letterwinner for the football team ... named to all-county, all-region and all-area teams for senior season ... named to the first team all-region in 2012, helping his team win the 4A State Championship ... a member of the 2011 squad which won the 4A State Championship ... coached by Citadel Hall of Famer Lance Hansen, who played offensive line for the Bulldogs from 1989-92 ... born on July 20, 1995 in Greenville, S.C. ... son of Steve and Shawn Martin ... plans on majoring in mechanical engineering.

Josh Massey, DB, 5'11", 190, Rock Hill, S.C./South Pointe

Four-year letterman in football and five-year letterwinner in baseball ... selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game, as well as being named to the USA Today All-USA South Carolina team ... recorded 89 tackles, five interceptions, four sacks, four forced fumbles, nine pass breakups and nine tackles for loss while scoring three defensive touchdowns during his senior season ... named to the 2013 all-region team and All-Observer team ... made 138 tackles, two forced fumbles, nine sacks, two interceptions, 13 tackles for loss and one blocked punt during his junior season ... helped lead his team to the 2011 South Carolina AAA State Championship title, recording 53 tackles, five pass breakups and a forced fumble as a sophomore ... Junior Marshall (top 10% of graduating class) ... National Beta Club and National Honor Society ... father, Cookie Massey, played baseball and football for the University of North Carolina ... born on Sept. 22, 1995 in Rock Hill, S.C. ... son of Cookie and Nicole Massey ... plans on majoring in business administration.

Shy Phillips, DB, 6'0", 165, Hartsville, S.C./Hartsville

Earned varsity letters in football, baseball and basketball ... participated in the 2013 Shrine Bowl ... named to all-state and all-conference teams during his junior and senior seasons ... accumulated 40 tackles, two tackles for loss and three interceptions in 2013 ... tallied 62 tackles, two tackles for loss and nine interception (two returned for touchdowns) in 2012 ... helped his team win the 2012 state championship and regional titles in 2010, 12 and 13 ... born Sept. 19, 1995 in Hartsville, S.C. ... son of Brent Phillips and Quandra Brown ... plans on majoring in political science.

Myles Pierce, LB, 6'0", 227, Daphne, Ala./Daphne

Four-year letterwinner for the football team ... recorded 111 tackles and forced two fumbles during his senior season, earning him all-metro and all-county honors ... made 128 tackles and fourced three fumbles in 2012 ... helped lead his team to a 6A state championship in 2010 ... a member of the National Honor Society ... son of Michael and Daphne Pierce ... plans to major in business administration.

Logan Robinson, DL, 6'4", 225, Arlington, Va./Yorktown

Played four years of football, lettering twice ... earned second-team all-conference honors (Liberty Conference) during his senior season ... a member of the football team which was National District Champions in 2010, 11 and 12 ... born Aug. 28, 1996 in Raleigh, N.C. ... son of Robin Robinson ... intended major is undecided.

Matt Thompson II, Slot Back, 5'11", 205, Morristown, Tenn./Morristown East

Earned four varsity letters in football and track and field and three in basketball ... all-time leading rusher at his high school with 3,904 yards and 258 career points ... rushed for 1,503 yards and 25 touchdowns during his senior campaign ... averaged 7.2 yards per carry ... as a returner, averaged 23 yards per kickoff return and 20.3 yards per punt return ... named to first team all-state, all-conference and all-region for for senior season ... 2013 Lakeway Player of the Year ... 2013 NVC MVP running back ... rushed for 803 yards to go along with 329 receiving in 2012 ... named Lakeway Athlete of the Year in 2012 ... tabbed with first team all-conference and all-region honors ... during his sophomore year, rushed for 798 yards and added 230 receiving yards and 370 through the air ... 2011 first team all-conference and all-region ... gained 800 yards on the ground during his freshman season, earning him first team all-conference and all-region honors ... added 340 passing yards and 250 receiving in 2010 ... earned the Who's Who Award ... born on Nov. 30, 1995 in Morristown, Tenn. ... son of Olivia Presley and Matt Thompson I ... plans on majoring in business administration.

Houston Tyler, DL, 6'0", 260, Oklahoma City, Okla./Southmoore

Earned two letters in football and track and field ... named the District 6-A4 Lineman of the Year in 2013 ... tabbed as all-state, all-city, all-metro and all-big city teams during his senior year ... named offensive MVP in 2012 and 2013 ... earned defensive player of the year honors during his freshman campaign ... carried a 4.0 GPA with excellence in math, physics and history ... born May 5, 1995 in Moore, Okla. ... son of Shane and Gina Tyler ... plans to major in engineering.

Quinlan Washington, Slot Back, 6'0", 185, Gainesville, Fla./Buckholz

Earned varsity letters in both football and baseball … named offensive MVP for his performance during his junior and senior seasons … first team all-area wide receiver … earned the scholar athlete award for football and baseball … brother was a first round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Tre'von White, DE, 6'5", 200, Pelham, Ga./Pelham

Earned four varsity letters in football and basketball and one in track and field ... earned all-region honors during sophomore, junior and senior seasons ... honored with the team's football academic award ... basketball team's leading rebounder for the 2011-12 season ... born June 28, 1996 in Thomasville, Ga. ... son of Jesse David III and Carolyn Elaine White ... plans on majoring in sports medicine.

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