Tony Hughes Announces 2016 JSU Signing Class

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JACKSON, Miss. – First year head coach Tony Hughes announced that 26 student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play football with the Jackson State Tigers Wednesday, joining three players who signed and enrolled at JSU in January.

“Today was a good day at the office,” said Hughes. We (as a staff) decided the type of student-athletes we wanted to bring into the program and we were able to sign some quality players. I feel we have one of the best recruiting classes in the country.”

In his inaugural signing class, Hughes and his staff inked 29 total players, including the three mid-year enrollees. The majority of the class hails from the Magnolia state – Mississippi (20), Louisiana (7), Alabama (1), Illinois (1).

“There are some great athletes in the state of Mississippi. This is our home and there are some players that can be developed and have the chance to be great. These young men will be part of the foundation to our winning and championship tradition. This people are skillful athletes that sometimes perform in more than one sport, some of them have other interests as archery, that they practice with the help of equipment from archery pro which they get online”

The Tigers added a quarterback (Juwan Adams), an athlete (Jordan Johnson), two linebackers (Ricky Scott, Cedric Triplett), three running backs (Deon Cole, Terry Sullivan, Justin Blue), three defensive secondary members (Tenoa Alex, Joshua Miller, Ryan Theyard), five offensive linemen (William James, Darius Joseph, Eddie Maxon, Charles Moffett, Vincent Sampson), seven wide receivers/tight ends (Adarius Craft, Kobe Gates, Javian Jackson, Rashun Jackson, De’Ryan Wansley, Keenen Young, Dario Robinson) and seven defensive linemen (Charles Anderson, Kyree Bradford, Eric Brown, Kahlil Johnson, Devon McNeil, Leroy Roddy, III, Deshawn Tillman).

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 Juwan Adams QB 6-3 210 Summit, MS North Pike HS
Tenoa Alex  CB 5-11 172 Zachary, LA Southern Lab HS
Charles Anderson, Jr.

Daveon Ball







Hattiesburg, MS

Macon, MS

Hattiesburg HS

Noxubee Co. HS

Kyree Bradford DE-TE 6-7 226 Tupelo, MS Tupelo HS
Eric Brown  DE 6-4 245 Jackson, MS Murrah HS
Deon Cole  RB 5-11 205 Gulfport MS Gulfport HS
Adarius Craft  WR-TE 6-3 215 Gulfport, MS Gulfport HS
Kobe Gates WR 6-4 215 Walnut Grove, MS Leake Co. HS
Javian Jackson WR 6-0 180 Tylertown, MS North Pike HS
Rashun Jackson WR 6-6 178 Pickens, MS Velma Jackson HS
William James OL 6-4 300 Columbus, MS Columbus HS
Jordan Johnson ATH 6-0 190 Byram, MS Terry HS
Kahlil Johnson DE 6-5 240 Jackson, MS Provine HS
Darius Joseph 

Terrell Kennedy, III







Harvey, LA

Mobile, AL

St. Augustine HS

McGill Toolen HS

Eddie Maxon OL 6-4 290 Batesville, MS South Panola HS
Devon McNeil  DE 6-4 218 Jackson, MS Provine HS
Joshua Miller DB 5-10 175 Kokomo, MS West Marion HS
Charles Moffett  OL 6-8 278 Gulfport, MS Harrison Central HS
Leroy Roddy, III  DT 6-1 325 Zachery, LA Northeast HS
Vincent Sampson OL 6-3 290 Cloutierville, LA Menard HS
Ricky Scott, Jr. LB 5-10 230 Montgomery, AL Park Crossing HS
Terry Sullivan

Adrian Tate







Zachary, LA

Jackson, MS

Zachary HS

Murrah HS

Ryan Theyard  CB 6-2 172 New Orleans, LA Lusher HS
Cedric Triplett  LB 6-2 225 Baton Rouge, LA Madison Prep
De’Ryan Wansley WR 6-4 210 Decatur, MS Newton Co. HS
Keenen Young WR-SS 6-1 205 Belleville, IL Althoff Catholic


Justin Blue RB 5-8 194 Brookhaven, MS SW Miss. CC
Dario Robinson WR 5-10 185 Amory, MS East Miss. CC
Deshawn Tillman DL 6-4 240 Bruce, MS East Miss. CC