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Torbush's completed recruiting class has decidedly Volunteer State feel

March 25th, 2014 3:07 pm by Staff Report

Torbush's completed recruiting class has decidedly Volunteer State feel

JOHNSON CITY — East Tennessee State football coach Carl Torbush has finalized his 2014 recruiting class, and it has a decidedly Volunteer State flavor.

With the addition of eight student-athletes to the commitments announced on national signing day Feb. 5, the 2014 class now consists of 54 players — and 42 of them are from Tennessee.

"We are very excited about adding these eight young men to our program," Torbush said in a statement from the university. "We are very appreciative for the hard work of the entire ETSU family in making this a successful recruiting year. These eight additional student-athletes — all eight of which are from the state of Tennessee — are not only great athletes and football players, but they are even better young men."

Along with the players from Tennessee, the class includes commitments from players from Florida, Georgia, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. In addition, 78 percent of the class had a high school grade point average of 3.0 or better, and as a group there are 15 state champions.

This first recruiting class will have the benefit of a full year to practice, get stronger and prepare for the team's first official season in 2015. ETSU's first game against Kennesaw State is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015.

The new commitments are:

Austin Anderson
Position: Athlete
Height: 6-4, Weight: 205
Hometown: Elizabethton
High School: Played both football and basketball at Unaka High School ... set his school's single season record for tackles and was earned the team's "Tough Man" award in 2013 ... averaged 17 tackles per game, while also rushing for an average of 120 yards per contest ... was named all-conference and his league's defensive player of the year ... was selected to the FCA All-Star Team. Personal: Born May 6, 1995 ... son of Rondal and Debbie Anderson ... major is undecided ... played for high school coach Steve McKinney.

Dylan Dockery
Position: Athlete
Height: 6-2, Weight: 215
Hometown: Newport, Tenn.
High School: A four-year varsity participant in both football and basketball at Cocke County High School ... earned multiple all-conference honors and awards in both sports ... helped his prep football team earn its first playoff appearance in 13 years ... was selected by Headliners Magazine as the top tight end prospect in Northeast Tennessee in 2013 ... eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in scoring on the basketball court. Personal: Born Aug. 9, 1995 ... son of Tim and Mergie Dockery ... expected to major in sports management ... played for high school coaches Greg Hacker and Caleb Slover.

Gladstone Gunn II
Position: Offensive Lineman
Height: 6-1, Weight: 315
Hometown: Newport, Tenn.
High School: Was a three-sport standout at Cocke County High School, participating in football, basketball and track ... was an all-conference selection for three seasons (2011 to 2013) ... earned his team's CARE-acter awared in 2012-13 ... had 107 pancake blocks during his high school career ... was a four-year honor roll student. Personal: Born Feb. 2, 1996 ... son of Gladstone Gunn and Roberta Elliott ... expected to major in social work ... played for high school coach Greg Hacker and Caleb Slover.

Eli Hyder
Position: Offensive Lineman
Height: 6-3, Weight: 305
Hometown: Johnson City
High School: A four-year letter winner for the Happy Valley High School football team ... was an all-conference, all-county and Lineman of the Year in 2012 ... was selected all-conference and all-county in 2013 as well, and was selected to the FCA All-Star Team. Personal: Born Jan. 3, 1996 ... son of Joe and Renee Hyder ... expected to major in physical therapy ... played for high school coach Larry Shively.

Jajuan Lankford
Position: Running Back
Height: 5-9, Weight: 185
Hometown: South Pittsburg, Tenn.
High School: Played four years of football at South Pittsburg High School ... won the Class 1-A Mr. Football Award in 2013, and was a finalist for the honor in 2011 ... was an all-state selection in both 2011 and 2013 ... set his school's single-game rushing record with 366 yards ... finished his career with 5,400 yards in total offense, along with 83 touchdowns. Personal: Born Feb. 3, 1995 ... son of Toney and Tammy Lankford ... major is business ... played for high school coach Tim Moore.

Charles Mitchell
Position: Athlete
Height: 6-3, Weight: 190
Hometown: Strawberry Plains, Tenn.
High School: Was a letter winner in both football and basketball at Carter High School ... had 27 receptions for 606 yards and eight touchdowns his senior season ... was an all-district selection in both football and basketball. Personal: Born Oct. 31, 1995 ... son of Charles and Donna Mitchell ... expected to major in sports management ... played for high school coach Heath Woods.

Jajuan Stinson
Position: Running Back
Height: 5-9, Weight: 175
Hometown: Knoxville
High School: Played football and ran track at Knox Central High School ... set the school single game record with 427 yards in one game ... was named the Class AAA Specialist of the Year ... appeared in both the Tennessee East/West All-Star Game and the Kentucky/Tennessee Border War Game. Personal: Born July 6, 1996 ... son of Derick Stinson and April Wilson ... major is undecided ... played for high school coach Joe Hassel.

Logan Wallace
Position: Quarterback
Height: 6-2, Weight: 200
Hometown: Morristown
High School: Was a two-sport standout playing both football and basketball at Morristown East High School ... was a second team all-conference pick, eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark for passing in both his junior and senior season ... combined to throw for 24 touchdowns and rush for 12 more in his junior and senior seasons ... also rushed for 400 yards as a senior. Personal: Born Jan. 30, 1996... son of Ronald and Kimberly Wallace ... expected to major in kinesiology ... played for high school coach Dwayne Hatcher.

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