Furman Football Signs 22 To National Letters Of Intent
 
 

Feb. 2, 2005

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman head football coach Bobby Lamb announced today the signing of 22 recruits to national letters of intent.

 

            "This is one of the largest recruiting classes we've had here and one that should provide several players a chance to come in a compete for immediate playing time, especially along the defensive line," said Lamb early Wednesday afternoon.  "We're confident we've addressed our needs, but that confirmation will only come a year or so down the road.  Right now, however, we're pleased with our effort and the hard work and dedication turned in by our coaching staff."

 

            The 22 high school seniors who signed with Furman on Wednesday include 11 defensive additions and 11 offensive standouts.  Defensively, Furman inked six linebackers/defensive ends, three defensive linemen, and two defensive backs.  On offense, the Paladins signed three linemen, two tight ends, two wide receivers, two tailbacks, a fullback, and a quarterback.

 

            The Paladins' recruiting class, which sports an average SAT score of 1125, features six Palmetto products, including four members of South Carolina's Shrine Bowl team that defeated North Carolina 35-21 in the annual classic in December.  They include Shrine Bowl MVP quarterback Jordan Sorrells (Greenville/ Greenville H.S.), offensive tackle Thomas Slaughter (Rock Hill/Northwestern H.S.), fullback Tharry Salley (Blackville/Blackville-Hilda H.S.), and linebacker Philip Morris (Orangeburg/Orangeburg-Wilkinson H.S.).  Quarterback/wide receiver R.J. Webb (Liberty/Pickens H.S.) and wide receiver Keiron Williams (Taylors/Eastside H.S.) round out the Paladins' in-state pickups.

 

            Sorrells, son of current Furman offensive coordinator and former Paladin All-Southern Conference quarterback Tim Sorrells, threw for 3,555 yards and 39 touchdowns for Greenville in 2004 and was named state AAA player-of-the-year by The Greenville News and The State.  Slaughter earned AAAA all-state honors and was named Big 16 lineman-of-the-year after helping Northwestern to a 13-1 record and Upper State runner-up finish.  Salley, meanwhile, rushed for 1,060 yards and 13 touchdowns on a Blackville-Hilda team that posted a 13-1 record and Lower State runner-up finish, and Philip Morris finished ranked third in the state in tackles with 188 stops for Orangeburg-Wilkinson.

 

            Almost half of Furman's recruiting class comes from Georgia, where the Paladins signed 10 prospects, including Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia Sportswriters Association all-state defensive tackle Justin Brown (Warner Robins, Ga./Warner Robins H.S.), who tallied 78 tackles, 11 tackles-for-loss, and four sacks for the AAAA state champions, and all-state tailback Mark Standridge (Buford, Ga./Buford H.S.), who rushed for 1,703 yards and 32 touchdowns for the AA state runner-up.  The Paladins also inked AAAA all-state offensive guard Heath Cockburn (Dalton, Ga./Northwest Whitfield H.S.).

 

            Other Peach state Paladin recruits include defensive end/linebacker Gaines Burnett (Kathleen, Ga./Houston County H.S.), defensive back John Castleberry (Cumming, Ga./Gainesville H.S.), defensive tackle Ricky Jones (Alpharetta, Ga./Centennial H.S.), tailback Stephone LaFrance (Fairburn, Ga./Creekside H.S.), offensive tackle Will Landers (Roswell, Ga./Roswell H.S.), linebacker Kyle McKinney (Atlanta, Ga./North Atlanta H.S.), and tight end Chris Truss (Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood H.S.).

 

            Furman reached into Alabama to secure five players, including tight end Larry Hedden (Hoover, Ala./Briarwood Christian H.S.), defensive tackle Corey Ray (Birmingham, Ala./Moody H.S.), twins Thomas and Hunter Twitty (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook H.S.), and defensive end B.J. Williams (Birmingham, Ala./Minor H.S.).

 

            The Paladins rounded out their recruiting effort with the signing of Florida defensive end/linebacker Shaun van Rensburg (Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles School), who helped lead his squad to a 14-0 record and AAA state championship season in 2004.

 

            Furman, which opens spring practice on March 6, returns 12 regulars and 16 players with starting experience off its 2004 squad, which posted a 10-3 record, Southern Conference championship, and NCAA I-AA No. 5 final national ranking.

 

2005 FURMAN FOOTBALL SIGNEES

 

Justin Brown, DT, 5-11, 270, Fr., Warner Robins, Ga./Warner Robins H.S.

Gaines Burnett, DE/LB, 6-2, 230, Fr., Kathleen, Ga./Houston County H.S.

John Castleberry, CB/S, 6-1, 185, Fr., Cumming, Ga./Gainesville H.S.

Heath Cockburn, OG, 6-2, 290, Fr., Dalton, Ga./Northwest Whitfield H.S.

Larry Hedden, TE, 6-5, 230, Fr., Hoover, Ala./Briarwood Christian H.S.

Ricky Jones, DT, 6-3, 255, Fr., Alpharetta, Ga./Centennial H.S.

Stephone LaFrance, TB, 6-1, 209, Fr., Fairburn, Ga./Creekside H.S.

Will Landers, OT, 6-3, 275, Fr., Roswell, Ga./Roswell H.S.

Kyle McKinney, LB, 6-1, 240, Fr., Atlanta, Ga./North Atlanta H.S.

Philip Morris, LB, 6-2, 225, Fr., Orangeburg, S.C./Orangeburg-Wilkinson H.S.

Corey Ray, DT, 6-2, 273, Fr., Birmingham, Ala./Moody H.S.

Tharry Salley, FB/LB, 6-2, 215, Fr., Blackville, S.C./Blackville-Hilda H.S.

Thomas Slaughter, OT/LSN, 6-4, 255, Fr., Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern H.S.

Jordan Sorrells, QB, 6-1, 200, Fr., Greenville, S.C./Greenville H.S.

Chris Truss, TE, 6-4, 243, Fr., Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood H.S.

Hunter Twitty, LB, 6-0, 220, Fr., Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook H.S.

Thomas Twitty, S, 5-11, 202, Fr., Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook H.S.

Shaun Van Rensburg, DE/LB, 6-4, 220, Fr., Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles School

Mark Standridge, TB, 5-9, 187, Fr., Buford, Ga./Buford H.S.

R.J. Webb, QB/WR, 6-3, 190, Fr., Liberty, S.C./Pickens H.S.

B.J. Williams, DE, 6-3, 225, Fr., Birmingham, Ala./Minor H.S.

Keiron Williams, WR, 6-0, 175, Taylors, S.C./Eastside H.S.

 

JUSTIN BROWN, DT

5-11, 270, Freshman

Warner Robins, Georgia

Warner Robins High School

 

Projected 2005 graduate of Warner Robins (AAAA) High School...football coach was Bryan Way...saw action almost exclusively at defensive tackle...three-year starter who registered 216 tackles, 24 tackles-for-loss, and 10 sacks in his career...helped lead Warner Robins to a 14-0-1 record and state championship in 2004...team defeated Statesboro 34-13 in title game...served as team captain and totaled 78 tackles, 11 tackles-for-loss, and four sacks...earned all-county, All-Middle Georgia, and Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia Sportswriters Association All-State honors...tallied 78 tackles, eight tackles-for-loss, and five sacks in 2003, his junior year...also starred in wrestling, winning a city title and finishing third in the region and among the Top 16 at the state championships in 2004...was also recruited by The Citadel, Georgia Southern, and South Carolina State.

Personal:  Full name is Justin Michael Brown...son of Joyce and Johnny Brown...born February 3, 1987, in Columbus, Georgia...has a brother, Johnny, and a sister, Jessica.

 

GAINES BURNETT, DE/LB

6-2, 230, Freshman

Kathleen, Georgia

Houston County High School

 

Projected 2005 graduate of Houston County (AAAAA) High School...football coach was Doug Johnson...played linebacker, nose guard, defensive tackle, and defensive end during his career...registered a team leading 81 tackles in 2004 to pace Houston County to a quarterfinal round appearance in the state playoffs...recorded an interception in overtime to lead his squad to a 21-14 win over Tift County...team finished 7-5-1 to become only second team in school history advance to the quarterfinals...also competed in track, throwing the shot put and discus and running in relay events...attended the 2005 Presidential Inauguration as part of the National Young Leaders Conference...was also recruited by Ball State, Central Michigan, Central Florida, and Georgia Southern.

Personal:  Full name is Joseph Gaines Burnett...son of Joseph and Shirley Burnett...November 19, 1986, in Atlanta, Georgia...has a sister, Leah...father was an All-America defensive end at Florida A&M in 1970.

 

JOHN CASTLEBERRY, CB/S

6-1, 185, Freshman

Cumming, Georgia

Gainesville High School

 

Projected 2005 graduate of Gainesville (AAA) High School...football coach was Bruce Miller...saw action at defensive back, running back, wide receiver, and on special teams...played his junior and senior seasons at Gainesville after two years at North Forsyth (Ga.) High School...scored 21 touchdowns and totaled 91 solo tackles, 38 assisted tackles, 12 interceptions, and 12 pass deflections in his three-year prep career...served as team captain, scored 12 touchdowns, and notched eight interceptions on the way to earning Gainesville High MVP, all-area, and all-state honors in 2004...helped his squad to an 8-4 record, including a 28-21 win over McNair in state playoff first round action...was a finalist for Northeast Georgia Player-of-the-Year...selected to play in the Georgia North-South All-Star Game...team went 11-1, claimed region championship, and was ranked No. 1 in the state for eight weeks in 2003...batted .360, belted four home runs, and was a perfect 12-of-12 in steals on Gainesville's 28-3 region championship baseball team in 2004...counting his freshman and sophomore years at North Forsyth, has been successful on 53-of-54 stolen base attempts in his prep career...was also recruited by Air Force, Georgia Southern, Chattanooga, The Citadel, Gardner-Webb, and Liberty.

Personal:  Full name is John William Castleberry...son of Don and Beth Castleberry...born December 22, 1986, in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

HEATH COCKBURN, OG

6-2, 290, Freshman

Dalton, Georgia

Northwest Whitfield High School

 

Projected 2005 graduate of Northwest Whitfield (AAAA) High School...football coach was Mike Falleur...saw action at offensive guard and defensive tackle...served as team captain and earned all-area, all-region, all-tri-state, and Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-State honors in 2004 after helping lead Northwest Whitfield to a 9-3 record and second round appearance in the state playoffs...squad's 28-27 win over North Clayton marked first playoff victory in school history...was selected to play in Georgia's North-South All-Star Game...had his 2003 season cut short after sustaining a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the season opener...was also recruited by Western Carolina, Tennessee Tech, and Eastern Kentucky.

Personal:  Full name is Aaron Heath Cockburn...son of Bruce and Sherrie Cockburn...born January 21, 1987, in Dalton, Georgia...has two siblings, Korde and Ethan.

 

LARRY HEDDEN, TE

6-5, 230, Freshman

Hoover, Alabama

Briarwood Christian High School

 

Projected 2005 graduate of Briarwood Christian (AAAAA) High School...football coach was Fred Yancey...saw action at tight end, wide receiver, and quarterback...caught 71 passes for 858 yards and eight touchdowns in his prep career...led county with 46 receptions for 658 yards and four touchdowns in 2004 en route to earning all-county and honorable mention all-state honors as a wide receiver...as a junior caught 25 passes for 200 yards and two scores in helping his squad to a 13-2 record and state championship...played quarterback his sophomore year...also starred in basketball, earning All-Over The Mountain honors after helping pace his squad to an area crown in 2004...was also recruited by Samford.

Personal:  Full name is Larry Steven Earl Hedden...son of Tim and Pamela Hedden...born July 7, 1986, in Davenport, Iowa...has a sister, Anna, and a brother, Frank...father played basketball at Montevallo...grandfather, Larry Hedden, a member of Indiana's Basketball Hall-of-Fame, was a forward and three-year letterman at Michigan State (1956-58) who helped lead the Spartans to a Big Ten Championship and Final Four appearance in 1957.

 

RICKY JONES, DT

6-3, 255, Freshman

Alpharetta, Georgia

Centennial High School

 

Projected 2005 graduate of Centennial (AAAAA) High School...football coach was Mike Cloy...earned starts in 23 consecutive games as an offensive and defensive lineman...totaled 55 tackles and three pass deflections in 2004 en route to capturing Centennial's Best Defensive Lineman Award...also competes in track, specializing in the discus and shot put, and wrestling...was also recruited by Georgia Southern.

Personal:  Full name is Richard G. Jones...son of Mary Trapp and Rick Jones...born July 24, 1987, in Tampa, Florida...has a sister, Alisha.

 

STEPHONE LAFRANCE, TB

6-1, 209, Freshman

Fairburn, Georgia

Creekside High School

 

Projected 2005 graduate of Creekside (AAAA) High School...football coach was Kevin Whitley, brother of former Paladin tailback Billy Whitley (1990-93)...played running back and linebacker...rushed 120 times for 1,001 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2004 to help Creekside to a 10-2 record and region runner-up finish...team advanced to the second round of the state playoffs before falling 34-21 to an eventual state champion Warner Robins squad that included fellow Paladin signee Justin Brown...also tallied 55 tackles and three sacks...served as team captain and earned second team all-area honors his senior year...placed fifth in the region finals in the 100 meters and sixth in the 200 meters his junior year...was also recruited by Eastern Michigan, Eastern Kentucky, Richmond, Wofford, and Jacksonville State.

Personal:  Full name is Stephone DeMeire LaFrance...son of Aloma LaFrance...born February 26, 1987, in Fort Hood, Texas...has a sister Sydney.

 

WILL LANDERS, OT

6-3, 275, Freshman

Roswell, Georgia

Roswell High School

 

Projected 2005 graduate of Roswell (AAAAA) High School...football coach was Tim McFarlin...played offensive and defensive tackle, starting both ways in 22 consecutive games his junior and senior seasons...three-year letterman...served as team captain in 2004 and was named to North Fulton Super 11 and area Super Six...graded out 90 percent on offense, helping his team to a 7-4 record and state playoff appearance, where his squad lost 41-7 to perennial power Parkview in first round...was a first team all-area pick as an offensive lineman and second team all-area selection as a defensive lineman in 2003, his junior year...starred in track in both the shot put and discus events...placed fourth in the state is the discus and 10th in the state in the shot put in 2004...was also recruited by Colgate, Western Carolina, Samford, Villanova, Wofford, and Gardner-Webb.

Personal:  Full name is Wilson Lee Landers...son of Cathy and Lee Landers...born July 29, 1987, in Atlanta, Georgia...has two sisters, Amy and Ashley...Ashley currently plays volleyball at Piedmont (Ga.) College.

 

KYLE MCKINNEY, LB

6-1, 240, Freshman

Atlanta, Georgia

North Atlanta High School

 

Projected 2005 graduate of North Atlanta (AAAA) High School...football coach was Schredrick Austin...saw action primarily at middle linebacker and offensive tackle during his prep tenure...registered 67 tackles and eight pass deflections in 2004...also averaged 39.7 yards per punt...earned first team all-city honors as a linebacker...also played baseball at North Atlanta...also recruited by Chattanooga, Colgate, and LaFayette.

Personal:  Full name is Kyle Lynn McKinney...son of Spencer and Lynn Brown McKinney...born December 17, 1986, in Atlanta, Georgia...has a brother, Spencer...plays the guitar and writes poetry...lived two years in Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

PHILIP MORRIS, LB

6-2, 225, Freshman

Orangeburg, South Carolina

Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School

 

Projected 2005 graduate of Orangeburg-Wilkinson (AAAA) High School...football coach was Tony Felder...played both inside and outside linebacker, as well as tight end during his prep tenure...racked up 261 tackles in two seasons of action...tallied 188 stops, three interceptions, and seven fumble recoveries in 2004 to help Orangeburg-Wilkinson to a 6-6 record and second round appearance in the state playoffs before being eliminated by T.L. Hanna by a 41-14 score...ranked third in the state in tackles...served as team captain and earned all-state honors...joined fellow Paladin signees Jordan Sorrells, Thomas Slaughter, and Tharry Salley as Shrine Bowl selections...helped South Carolina to a 35-21 win over North Carolina in the annual classic...keyed his team to a region track championship in 2004 with a third place finish in the discus...Palmetto Fellows Scholar and member of the National Honor Society and Palmetto Boys State...was also recruited by Appalachian State, South Carolina State, North Carolina A&T, and Howard.

Personal:  Full name is Philip Mario Morris...son of John and Ida Morris...born February 26, 1987, in Orangeburg, South Carolina.,,has two brothers, Max and Anthony, and a sister, Jennifer.

 

COREY RAY, DT

6-2, 273, Freshman

Birmingham, Alabama

Moody High School

 

Projected 2005 graduate of Moody (AAAA) High School...football coach was John Grass...played defensive tackle, nose guard, and offensive tackle...totaled 285 tackles, 70 tackles-for-loss, 35 sacks, 27 forced fumbles, and seven fumble recoveries in a three-year prep career...played his senior season at Moody High School after spending his freshman and sophomore years at Leeds (Ala.) High School...did not play football his junior year...registered 94 tackles, 20 tackles-for-loss, 11 sacks, seven forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries in 2004...helped lead Moody to a 9-4 record and third round state playoff appearance -- the first in school history...won a state championship in the shot put his sophomore year with a toss of 51' 7"...has been a third degree black belt in Taekwondoe since the age of eight...member of National Honor Society...was also recruited by UAB, Troy, and Samford.

Personal:  Full name is Corian Danté Ray...son of Daniel and Rena Ray...born December 26, 1986, in Birmingham, Alabama...has a brother, M.J.

 

THARRY SALLEY, FB/LB

6-2, 215, Freshman

Blackville, South Carolina

Blackville-Hilda High School

 

Projected 2005 graduate of Blackville-Hilda (A) High School...football coach was David Berry...saw action at fullback and linebacker...started in 49 games and rushed for 3,580 yards and 50 touchdowns during his prep career...keyed Blackville-Hilda to three straight Lower State runner-up finishes and 25 consecutive regular season wins dating back to his sophomore season...ran for 1,060 yards and 13 touchdowns and totaled 78 tackles in 2004 to lead his team to a 10-0 regular season record and 13-1 overall mark...squad fell to eventual state champion Lamar 28-3 in Lower State title game...named 2004 Mr. Football by the Orangeburg-Times & Democrat...joined fellow Paladin signees Jordan Sorrells, Thomas Slaughter, and Philip Morris as Shrine Bowl selections...helped South Carolina to a 35-21 win over North Carolina in the annual classic...rushed for 1,421 yards and 28 touchdowns and tallied 125 tackles as a junior in 2003 en route to earning Orangeburg Times & Democrat Offensive Player-of-the-Year accolades...team went 13-1 in 2003 after posting 12-2 record in 2002, his sophomore year...two-time state shot-put champion...also competed on his squad's 4x100 meter relay team and played soccer during his prep career...was also recruited by Georgia Southern.

Personal: Full name is Tharry Leroy Salley...son of Erika Jamison and Tharry Salley...born December 31, 1986, in Aiken, South Carolina...has a sister, Danielle, and a brother, Theo.

 

THOMAS SLAUGHTER, OT/LSN

6-3, 255, Freshman

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Northwestern High School

 

Projected 2005 graduate of Northwestern (AAAA) High School...football coach was Jimmy Wallace...saw action at offensive tackle, defensive end, and long snapper...served as team captain in 2004, helping Northwestern to a 13-1 record, region championship, and Upper State runner-up finish following 7-6 loss to eventual state champion Rock Hill (which Northwestern had beaten during the regular season 14-9)...team finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in South Carolina and No. 18 nationally by USA Today...named all-region, all-area, All-Upper State, Associated Press All-State, and Big 16 Offensive Lineman-of-the-Year...joined fellow Paladin signees Jordan Sorrells, Philip Morris, and Tharry Salley as Shrine Bowl selections...helped South Carolina to a 35-21 win over North Carolina in the annual classic...five-time team specialist-of-the-week selection during his career...played baseball at Northwestern...member of National Honor Society and Palmetto Boys State...was also recruited by East Carolina, Army, and The Citadel.

Personal:  Full name is Thomas Gary Slaughter...son of Chuck and Joy Slaughter...born August 5, 1982, in Rock Hill, South Carolina...has a brother, Chuck...father lettered two seasons (1978 & `81) as an offensive tackle at South Carolina and was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the eighth round of the 1982 NFL Draft.

 

JORDAN SORRELLS, QB

6-1, 200, Freshman

Greenville, South Carolina

Greenville High School

 

Projected 2005 graduate of Greenville (AAA) High School...football coach was Larry Frost...played quarterback and passed for 9,405 yards and 105 touchdowns in his career, helping Greennville to a 40-9 record, three region championships, and four state playoff appearances...threw for 3,555 yards and 39 touchdowns in 2004 to lead his squad to a 10-2 record...named all-region, all-state, South Carolina Coaches Association Back-of-the-Year, Greenville News Player-of-the-Year, and The State Player-of-the-Year...earned Shrine Bowl MVP honors after completing 18-of-30 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown in South Carolina's 35-21 win over North Carolina in the annual classic...Palmetto Shrine Bowl squad also included Paladin signees Thomas Slaughter, Tharry Salley, and Philip Morris...garnered all-region and all-state citations, as well as High School Sports Report Offensive Player-of-the-Year honors, after helping Greenville to a 12-1 record and passing for 2,940 yards and 35 touchdowns in 2003, his junior year...keyed Greenville to an 11-1 record in 2002 (the first undefeated regular season in school history) by passing for 2,910 yards and 31 touchdowns...also played tennis in high school...member of National Honor Society...was also recruited by Kentucky, Akron, and East Carolina.

Personal:  Full name is Jordan James Sorrells...son of Tim and Tracy Sorrells...born February 16, 1987, in Greenville, South Carolina...has a brother, Caleb, and a sister, Emma...father currently serves as Furman's offensive coordinator and was a two-time All-Southern Conference selection and Paladin starting quarterback on SoCon championship teams in 1980 & 81...mother is also a Furman graduate...brother Caleb currently plays football at Carson-Newman...cousins John Sorrells (1982-83) and Paul Sorrells (1979-80) -- both Furman graduates -- played wide receiver and defensive back, respectively for the Paladins...grandfather, Fred Sorrells, played and coached football at Carson-Newman in addition to serving as a high school coach for many years in Tennessee.

 

MARK STANDRIDGE, TB

5-9, 187, Freshman

Buford, Georgia

Buford High School

 

Projected 2005 graduate of football power Buford (AA) High School...football coach was Dexter Wood...former high school teammate of Paladin rising redshirt freshman cornerback Masharn Austin...saw action at tailback and linebacker during his prep career, helping Buford to claim a pair of state championships and a state record 47 consecutive wins during one stretch..succeeded graduated Georgia AA Player-of-the-Year Darius Walker (Notre Dame) at tailback in 2004 and rushed for 1,703 yards and 32 touchdowns despite missing four games with mononucleosis...keyed Buford to a 13-2 record and state runner-up finish...came within one victory of becoming the first school in Georgia football history to win four consecutive state championships, losing to Charlton County 35-20 in the 2004 title game...earned first team Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) and Georgia Sportswriters Association All-State honors, as well as AJC Gwinnett News Offensive Player-of-the-Year accolades...rushed for a career high 248 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-14 win over Chattooga...recorded 96 tackles as a linebacker on Buford's 2003 15-0 state championship team...captured 2004 region championships in the 200 meters, 4x100 meters, and 4x400 meters...was also recruited by Air Force, Wofford, Samford, and The Citadel.

Personal:  Full name is Mark Ryan Standridge...son of Gary and Melinda Standridge...born August 15, 1986, in Atlanta, Georgia...has two brothers, Brad and Rick, and a sister, Haley...father played baseball for Middle Georgia College...brother Brad played baseball at North Georgia College, and brother Rick played baseball at Georgia Perimeter College...plays guitar.

 

CHRIS TRUSS, TE

6-4, 243, Freshman

Atlanta, Georgia

Riverwood High School

 

Projected 2005 graduate of Riverwood (AAA) High School...football coach was Harris Rainbow...played tight end, linebacker, and defensive end...served as team captain and earned all-county and first team all-area as a tight end in 2004 after catching 21 passes for 198 yards and four touchdowns...graded out 83 percent as a blocker...also tallied 59 tackles and two sacks in 2004, helping lead Riverwood to a 4-6 season after back-to-back winless campaigns in 2002 and `03...was one of only two seniors on 2004 squad...played baseball at Riverwood...was also recruited by Air Force.

Personal:  Full name is Christopher David Truss, Jr...son of Chris and Mary Beth Truss...born October 13, 1986, in West Palm Beach, Florida...has two brothers, Cameron and Connor.

 

HUNTER TWITTY, LB

6-0, 220, Freshman

Birmingham, Alabama

Mountain Brook High School

 

Projected 2005 graduate of Mountain Brook (AAAAAA) High School...football coach was Joey Jones...played linebacker and fullback, as well as special teams...totaled 276 tackles and averaged over 10 tackles per game in two seasons of play at Mountain Brook...served as a team captain and registered a team leading 142 tackles, 27 tackles-for-loss, three caused fumbles, and two fumble recoveries in 2004 while keying Mountain Brook to a 10-4 record and state semi-final finish...earned All-Over The Mountain, Birmingham News All-Metro, super all-metro, and Alabama Sportswriters Association Honorable Mention All-State honors...batted .415 as a catcher on Mountain Brook's baseball team in 2004...was also recruited by Northwestern, UAB, Samford, Wofford, and Chattanooga.

Personal:  Full name is William Hunter Twitty...son of Marcia and Tom Twitty...born April 23, 1987, in Birmingham, Alabama, 12 minutes ahead of twin brother, Thomas, a safety, who is also a member of Furman's 2005 freshman class...grandfather, Tom Twitty was a member of Tennessee's 1951 Southeastern Conference and national championship team.

 

THOMAS TWITTY, S

5-11, 202, Freshman

Birmingham, Alabama

Mountain Brook High School

 

Projected 2005 graduate of Mountain Brook (AAAAAA) High School...football coach was Joey Jones...played safety and tailback, as well as all special teams...three-year starter...served as team captain and totaled 89 tackles, 12 pass deflections, two caused fumbles, and a fumble recovery in 2004 while keying Mountain Brook to a 10-4 record and state semifinal finish...named All-Over The Mountain, Birmingham News All-Metro, super all-metro, and Alabama Sportswriters Association Honorable Mention All-State in 2004...took home his squad's Head Hunter Award his junior and senior seasons...started five games as a sophomore before being sidelined with a fractured collarbone....batted .450 as a left fielder for Mountain Brook in 2004...was also recruited by UAB, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Southern Mississippi, Samford, Wofford, and Chattanooga.

Personal:  Full name is Thomas Allan Twitty...son of Marcia and Tom Twitty...born April 23, 1987, in Birmingham, Alabama, 12 after twin brother, Hunter, a linebacker and member of Furman's 2005 freshman class...grandfather, Tom Twitty was a member of Tennessee's 1951 Southeastern Conference and national championship team.

 

SHAUN VAN RENSBURG, DE/LB

6-4, 220, Freshman

Jacksonville, Florida

The Bolles School

 

Projected 2005 graduate of The Bolles (AAA) School...football coach was Corky Rogers...saw action primarily at linebacker during his three-year career, but played nose guard in 2003 after sustaining a fractured wrist early in the campaign...helped Bolles to a 14-1 record and state championship in 2002 and 14-1 slate and state crown in 2004...team went 13-1 and finished as state runner-up finish in 2003...2002 crown came as a member of AA, and 2004 title (and 14-0 season) was registered in the AAA ranks...saw action in only seven games in 2004 before sustaining a fractured collarbone versus Baker County...totaled 37 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and a pass deflection prior to injury...participates in track & field...finished seventh in the shot-put at the 2004 state championships...also competes in the discus event...was also recruited by Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, Wofford, Navy, Army, and Samford.

Personal:  Full name is Shaun J van Rensbury...son of André and Linda van Rensburg...born May 22, 1986, in Cape Town, South Africa...has a brother, Ryan, who is a sophomore tailback at Bolles...played rugby and cricket from the age of five...competed in equitation (horse riding) at a junior national level and was South Africa's Under 10 and Under 14 national champion...attended Diocesian Preparatory School in Cape Town, during which time he was afforded the opportunity to meet Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu...family immigrated to the United States in 2000.

 

RJ WEBB, QB/WR

6-3, 190, Freshman

Liberty, South Carolina

Pickens High School

 

Projected 2005 graduate of Pickens (AAA) High School...football coach was Brett Turner...played quarterback, wide receiver, and defensive back...passed for 2,300 yards and 18 touchdowns, rushed for 300 yards and 10 scores, and tallied 400 yards in receptions and five touchdowns during his career...also racked up 60 tackles and five interceptions...passed for 1,634 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 250 yards and eight scores in 2004 to key Pickens to the state playoffs before falling 35-28 in the first round to a Greenville squad that included fellow Paladin signee Jordan Sorrells...passed for 318 yards and rushed for 100 yards in a 30-26 loss to Seneca...also registered 22 tackles and two interceptions in 2004...collected team MVP, all-region, and All-Southeast Prep honors...selected to play in South Carolina's North-South All-Star Game...is an outstanding basketball player...currently averaging 18.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists for Pickens basketball squad...scored 37 points in a pair of recent wins over Daniel (82-72) and Berea (65-64)...earned all-region honors after averaging 19.8 ppg and 7.6 rpg in 2002-04, his junior year...also pitches and plays centerfield for Pickens' baseball team...was also recruited by East Carolina, Wofford, South Carolina State, and Liberty.

Personal:  Full name is Ronald C. Webb, Jr....son of Julia and Ronald Webb...born August 24, 1987, in Greenville, South Carolina...sister, Janna, played volleyball at Wofford...father played basketball at Piedmont (Ga.) College...serves as yearbook editor...South Carolina Boys State selection.

 

B.J. WILLIAMS, DE

6-3, 225, Freshman

Birmingham, Alabama

Minor High School

 

Projected 2005 graduate of Minor (AAAAAA) High School...football coach was Tony Lunceford...former high school teammate of Furman rising sophomore linebacker Andrew Jones...saw action at defensive end, offensive tackle, and middle linebacker...racked up a team leading 98 tackles along with 11 tackles-for-loss, eight sacks, four caused fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and two pass deflections in 2004...registered 12 tackles, four tackles-for-loss, two sacks, and a caused fumble in a 35-0 win over Johnson...squad posted a 9-3 record and advanced to second round of state playoffs before losing to 14-10 to Spain Park...keyed Minor to a 10-2 record and second round playoff appearance in 2003...member of National Honor Society...was also recruited by Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, Grambling, Samford, and West Alabama.

Personal:  Full name is Arthur B. Williams, Jr....son of Arthur and Paulette Williams...born September 26, 1987, in Lakenheuth, England...father was in the Air Force and is a retired Master Sergeant...sister, Merika, is a Alabama state representative...has sung in church choirs, including solos, since the age of seven.

 

KEIRON WILLIAMS, WR

6-0, 175, Freshman

Taylors, South Carolina

Eastside High School

 

Projected 2005 graduate of nearby Eastside (AAA) High School...football coach was John Carlisle...four-year letterman who registered playing time as a wide receiver, cornerback, quarterback, running back, free safety, and strong safety during his prep tenure...caught 124 passes for 1,660 yards in his career...earned All-Greenville County and all-region honors in 2004 after rushing for 322 yards as a quarterback and running back, and registering 62 passes for 765 yards on a squad that went 1-9...program lost 26 seniors (20 starters) to graduation after going 11-2 in 2003 for school's best record in a decade...outstanding track performer...helped Eastside claim a county track title in 2004 on the strength of a 4x100 meter relay team that won county, region, and Upper State championships, and finished second in the state championships...also competes in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and long jump...member of National Society of High School Scholars...was also recruited by West Virginia, Penn, Georgia Southern, Wofford, The Citadel, and South Carolina State.

Personal:  Full name is Keiron Jonathan Williams...biological mother, Inez Williams, died when he was three years old and was raised by his aunt and uncle, Sharon and Shone Williams...born December 13, 1986, in Fort Myers, Florida...speaks fluent French...member of a three-man rap group known as the East Coast Shockers...has three sisters:  Karyn, Kavanna, and Kaitlyn...uncle Shone played football at Riverside (Calif.) College...another uncle, Warren Williams, was a starting running back on the University of Miami's 1987 national championship team that went 12-0 and defeated Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl (was later selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the sixth round of the 1982 NFL Draft).

 

 


 

 


 
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