2015 Southern Miss Football Signing Class
HATTIESBURG, MS (WLOX) - Southern Miss Football Class of 2015
Julian Allen *
(TE | 6-3 | 234 | Jr. | TR | Sewell, N.J. | Lackawanna College)
2014 (Sophomore, Lackawanna College): Ranked No. 4 Junior College Tight End in the country by JCGridiron.com (Rivals) and No. 7 JuCo Tight End by 247sports.com … Collected eight receptions for 133 yards and two touchdowns … Recorded four catches for 82 yards and two touchdowns in a road victory at Navy Prep.
2013 (Freshman, Lackawanna College): Played tight end at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa. … Tallied six receptions for 58 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie.
High School: Played wide receiver and defensive end at Washington Township High School in Sewell, N.J. … Helped the Minutemen to a 7-3 record as a junior, boasting 35 receptions and three touchdowns … Also tallied 28 tackles and forced a turnover … Named All-District as a junior.
D'Nerius Antoine *
(DB | 6-0 | 231 | Jr. | TR | New Iberia, La. | Trinity Valley (Texas) CC)
2014 (Sophomore, Trinity Valley CC): Helped the Cardinals to a 10-2 overall record and a championship … Named First Team All-American, All-District and All-Region … Collected 69 tackles (56 solo, 13 assisted) with five tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, a pair of interceptions and eight pass break ups … Named First Team National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American and First Team All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference … Returned 19 punts for 385 yards (20.3 yards per return) … Also played basketball at Trinity Valley CC.
2013 (Freshman, Trinity Valley CC): Played safety at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas … Played in five games, making eight tackles (all solo) with an interception and a pass break up.
High School: Lettered at Westgate High School in New Iberia, La. … Named All-State as a senior (First Team) and junior (Honorable Mention) … Tabbed First Team All-District as a junior and senior … Tallied 15 touchdowns as a senior and 10 TDs as a junior with an additional four scores as a sophomore … Also played basketball and was a member of the track and field team … Averaged a double-double on the hardwood (19 ppg, 14 rpg), earning All-State, All-Region, All-District and Team MVP accolades.
(RB | 5-10 | 175 | Fr. | HS | Tampa, Fla. | Plant HS)
High School: Rushed for 2,618 yards on 292 carries PHS career … Tallied 32 total touchdowns with 22 rushing scores … Amassed 600 career receiving yards on 48 receptions … As a senior, rushed for 1,404 yards on 140 carries with 12 touchdowns in 12 games … Also caught 22 passes for 274 yards and five touchdowns in final prep season … As a junior, rushed for 927 yards on 113 carries and seven touchdowns, catching 17 balls for 223 yards and two additional scores … Against Tampa Bay Tech, rushed for over 200 yards and scored five times.
(DL | 6-0 | 295 | Fr. | HS | Pascagoula, Miss. | Pascagoula HS)
High School: Named Region 4-5A First Team selection … As a senior at Pascagoula HS, collected 50 tackles, including 14 for loss in nine games … In addition, had four sacks and four quarterback hurries … As a junior, tallied 70 tackles, including 21 tackles for loss and four sacks … Composite two-star prospect and was selected to play in the annual Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic.
(DL | 6-3 | 240 | Jr. | TR | Lancaster, Pa. | Lackawanna College)
2014 (Sophomore, Lackawanna College): Amassed 46 tackles (24 solo, 22 assisted), including 16 tackles for loss for a total of 92 yards lost with 7.5 sacks for 59 yards lost in 10 games … Forced a fumble and had a pass breakup.
2013 (Freshman, Lackawanna College): Played defensive line at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa. … Played in seven games, making 13 tackles (seven solo, six assisted) with a 0.5 tackle for loss.
High School: Played high school football at J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster, Pa.
(OL | 6-6 | 320 | Fr. | HS | Vicksburg, Miss. | Saint Aloysius HS)
High School: Played offensive line for St. Aloysius High School in Vicksburg, Miss., helping lead the Flashes to the Class 1A State Championship Game … Selected for the Mississippi-Alabama All Star Classic, the only player from a 1A school to earn the honor … Helped St. Al to a 15-3 overall record as a senior with an 8-0 mark in district play … Anchored an offensive line that helped St. Al amass 4,563 rushing yards with 67 touchdowns and 1,151 passing yards with nine TDs as a senior … On the defensive side, finished career with 195 total tackles (180 solo, 15 assisted) with 16 tackles for loss.
Jacob Fleming *
(OL | 6-4 | 302 | Jr. | TR | McComb, Miss. | Copiah-Lincoln CC)
2014 (Sophomore, Copiah-Lincoln CC): Played in 11 games, helping Co-Lin to 3,150 yards passing and 22 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,546 with 15 scores … Named First Team Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-State … Helped Co-Lin to an 8-3 overall record and a 2014 South Division Championship.
2013 (Freshman, Copiah-Lincoln CC): Member of the Copiah-Lincoln Community College football team, helping the Wolves to a 7-2 record as a rookie … Played and started all nine games, helping Co-Lin amass 2,692 yards in the air with 19 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,180 and an additional 14 TDs.
High School: Played high school football for at North Pike High School in Summit, Miss. … Named First Team All-State as a senior, while earning First Team All-District, All-Area and All-Region as a sophomore, junior and senior … Earned Pike County Elite 15 honors … Helped the Jaguars to the State Championship as a sophomore, finishing the year 15-1 … Also played baseball, earning All-State, All-Region, All-District and Team MVP accolades and helping NPHS to a District Championship in 2010 … Served as baseball team captain and also played in the state All-Star Game … Boasted a 2.53 career ERA with 20 wins and 157 strikeouts, notching a 1.54 ERA as a senior with an 8-1 record and 55 Ks … Honor student.
Devonta Foster *
(DB | 6-0 | 190 | Jr. | TR | Chester, S.C. | Coffeyville (Kan.) CC)
2014 (Sophomore, Coffeyville CC): Played in 10 games played, notching 59 tackles (25 solo, 34 assisted) with a pair of sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss … Picked off three passes, returning them for a total of 51 yards, while adding three pass breakups.
2013 (Freshman, Coffeyville CC): Played free safety at Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kan. … Played in seven games, recording 41 tackles (26 solo, 15 assisted) … Credited for a half a tackle for loss and six pass break ups.
High School: Lettered at Fairfield Central High School in Winnsboro, S.C. … Helped the Griffins to a Upper-State Championship along with a Regional Championship as a senior … Led FCHS to 30 total wins in final three seasons … Named First Team All-Region as a senior … Recorded 195 career tackles with 12 tackles for loss and seven sacks and 13 interceptions … Tabbed Most Valuable Defensive Back … Also ran track, earning All-State, All-Region and Team MVP honors as a sprinter in the 100-meter dash.
(QB | 6-1 | 210 | Fr. | HS | Springfield, Ill. | Sacred Heart-Griffin HS)
High School: Quarterback of Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield, Ill., leading the Cyclones to the Illinois Class 5A State Championship as a junior and senior … Three-year varsity starter who was named Illinois' Gatorade Player of the Year … Threw for more than 2,800 yards and 37 touchdowns with just one interceptions as a senior … Broke the Central State Eight Conference record with over 8,000 career passing yards … Finished career 500-for-693 for 8,034 yards with 97 touchdown passes and just five interception … Rushed for 2,435 yards and 36 touchdowns in career.
(DB | 6-1 | 180 | Fr. | HS | Selma, Ala. | Selma HS)
High School: Played his senior season at Northview High School in Johns Creek, Ga. … Played cornerback and wide receiver for the Titans … Registered 33 tackles (25 solo, eight assisted) in 10 games with NHS … Recorded two interceptions, a tackle for loss, a pass defense and forced a fumble as a senior.
(DL | 6-1 | 280 | Fr. | HS | Pinson, Ala. | Clay-Chalkville HS)
High School: Played on the defensive line for Clay-Chalkville High School, helping the Cougars to an undefeated season and the Class 6A Alabama State Championship …Ranked 50th on Rivals.com's "Alabama's Most Wanted" list … Nickname is Noochie.
Taylor Marini *
(TE | 6-4 | 237 | RSo. | TR | Chuluota, Fla. | Copiah-Lincoln CC)
2014 (Redshirt Freshman, Copiah-Lincoln CC): Played tight end and halfback for Copiah-Lincoln Community College … Saw time in 11 games, tallying nine receptions for 96 yards (10.7 yards per reception) with a season-long catch of 22-yards … Helped Co-Lin to an 8-3 overall record and a 2014 South Division Championship … Had receptions in six games, with a season-high three catches in a 37-13 victory over Itawamba CC … Also had a pair of receptions against Northwest Mississippi CC.
2013 (Freshman, Rutgers): Member of the Rutgers University football team … Did not compete during the season, taking a redshirt.
High School: Played high school football at Lake Mary Prep … Ranked as the No. 40 tight end prospect nationally by ESPN.com … Rated No. 37 on Orlando Sentinel's 2013 Central Florida Super60 … Named First Team All-District, All-Area and All-Region as a senior … Used primarily as a blocker and long snapper, adding 11 receptions for 143 yards receiving in final prep season … Also a member of the weight lifting team, earning All-Region and All-District accolades … District Champion in the 238 pound weight class.
Jonathan Nance *
(DB | 6-0 | 181 | Fr. | HS | Gulfport, Miss. | Gulfport HS)
High School: Played wide receiver at Gulfport High School in Gulfport, Miss. … Sun Herald All-South Mississippi Football Team honoree and also played in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Classic … Tallied 1,503 receiving yards in three seasons for the admirals, playing in 30 games … Notched 110 catches and scored 13 receiving touchdowns … Added 102 yards rushing on nine carries and a pair of scores … Defensively, recorded 30 tackles with a pass defense, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery … Also played basketball.
(DL | 6-3 | 280 | Jr. | TR | LaGrange, Ga. | Coffeyville (Kan.) CC)
2014 (Redshirt Sophomore, Coffeyville CC): Seventh-rated junior college prospect in the country by Scout.com … Played linebacker in nine games for Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kan. … Recorded 25 tackles (11 solo, 14 assisted) … Notched 15 tackles for loss with nine sacks, a fumble recovery and two pass breakups to help the Ravens to a 9-3 record.
2013 (Redshirt Freshman, Northeast Mississippi CC): Played tight end at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, Miss. … Saw action in seven games for the Tigers, recording six receptions for 59 yards and two touchdowns … Helped Northeast Mississippi rush for 2,015 yards and 14 touchdowns and pass for 1,316 yards and 12 TDs.
2012 (Freshman, Auburn): Did not compete during the season, taking a redshirt.
High School: Played tight end at Callaway High School in Hogansville, Ga. … Second-ranked tight end in the country, 10th-ranked player from the state of Georgia and 123rd-ranked player in the nation according to Rivals.com … Ranked fifth among tight ends nationally, fourth-best prospect in state of Georgia and 132nd nationally by Scout.com … Top-ranked tight end in the country, sixth-ranked player from the state of Georgia and 78th-ranked player overall nationally according to 247Sports.com … Ranked eighth among athletes nationally, eighth overall from the state of Georgia and 74th-best player nationally by ESPN.com … Ranked 15th nationally as an athlete by MaxPreps.com … Four-star prospect according to Rivals, Scout, ESPN and 247Sports.com … Named an All-American, No. 6 overall in Georgia, and No. 3 nationally among tight ends by SuperPrep.com … Sports Illustrated Honorable Mention All-America … Rated 38th on the Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 … Member of the ESPN All-Georgia squad before senior season … Rushed for 555 yards and 4 TD on 80 attempts as a senior, helping the team to a 10-2 record … Also played basketball.
Personal: Son of Ricky Sr. and Cynthia Parks … Has a younger brother, Tez … Brother, Tez, plays running back for Southern Miss … Born on Oct. 28.
(LB | 6-3 | 210 | Fr. | HS | Forest, Miss. | Scott Central HS)
High School: Played outside linebacker, tight end and wide receiver at Scott Central High School in Forest, Miss. … Named the Region 5-2A co-Defensive Player of the Year after a standout senior season … Also an MAC All-State selection … Finished with 49 total tackles, a sack, an interception and two forced fumbles in 2014 … Offensively, caught 20 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns.
Andrew Peterson *
(OL | 6-6 | 295 | RSr. | TR | Seagoville, Texas | Kilgore College)
2014 (Redshirt Junior, Kilgore College): Made the transition to offensive line … Helped the o-line tally 4,726 total yards in 10 games, rushing for 1,805 yard with 2,921 yards in the air.
2013 (Redshirt Sophomore, Kilgore College): Played tight end at Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas … Caught six passes for 24 yards (4.0 yards per reception) and two touchdowns … Had a touchdown reception his Kilgore debut against Dodge City CC … Added a TD catch in a 31-6 victory over Cisco College … Helped the offensive line amass 3,201 yards of total offense in nine games, including 1,173 rushing yards and 2,028 yards passing.
2011 (Freshman, Arkansas): Member of the University of Arkansas football team … Did not compete during the season, taking a redshirt.
High School: Played high school football at Seagoville High School in Dallas, Texas … Primarily played tight end and defensive end for the Dragons … Totaled 220 receiving yards and snagged three touchdowns on eight receptions as a senior for Seagoville HS, while the team completed just 31 passes … Made two receptions for nine yards in the run-oriented offense as a junior … Also played basketball and was a member of the track and field team.
Ty Pollard *
(OL | 6-6 | 302 | Fr. | HS | Hattiesburg, Miss. | Oak Grove HS)
High School: Lettered at Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg … Helped lead the Warriors to back-to-back MHSAA State Championship games … Helped Oak Grove HS win the 2013 State Championship as a junior, while finishing as the State Championship Runner-Up as a senior … Tabbed All-District as a senior … Named to the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Team … Honor student … Father Lytrel played football at Southern Miss (1994-97) and is currently a coach for the Golden Eagles.
(ATH | 6-1 | 185 | Fr. | HS | Satsuma, Ala. | Satsuma HS)
High School: Played high school football at Satsuma High School in Satsuma, Ala. … Helped the Gators to a 7-4 overall record as a senior as a dual-threat quarterback … Also played baseball.
(LB | 6-3 | 225 | Fr. | HS | Athens, Ala. | Athens HS)
High School: Attended Athens High School in Athens, Ala., playing primarily at free safety … Recorded 178 total tackles as a senior, including 12 tackles for loss … Had five interceptions with an INT for a touchdown as a senior, while adding four pass defenses, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble … Helped Athens HS advance to the 2013 Class 5A quarterfinal.
(OL | 6-5 | 305 | Fr. | HS | Athens, Ala. | West Limestone HS)
High School: Played offensive lineman at West Limestone High School in Lester, Alabama … Named to the Class 4A All-State First Team as a senior … Finished prep career with 154 pancake blocks in 38 games played … Collected 54 pancake blocks in nine games as a senior and 100 pancakes in 11 games as a junior …. Defensively, notched 74 career tackles (36 solo, 38 assisted) with three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a sack.
(LB | 6-0 | 220 | Fr. | HS | Hattiesburg, Miss. | Oak Grove HS)
High School: Played defensive end at Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi … Helped lead the Warriors to the Class 6A State Championship Game as a senior in 2014 and was a junior on the Oak Grove team that won the State Championship in 2013 … Selected to play in the Bernard Blackwell North-South All Star Classic … Named First Team MAC All-State in 2014 … Recorded 64 tackles (35 solo, 31 assists) with 11 sacks, 10 quarterback hurries, two pass defenses, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.
Tyler Stutzman *
(OL | 6-4 | 265 | Jr. | TR | Smithdale, Miss. | Southwest Mississippi CC)
2014 (Sophomore, Southwest Mississippi CC): Played in eight games, helping Southwest Mississippi CC to 1,076 passing yards with 10 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,947 with 15 TDs … Named All-South Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC).
2013 (Freshman, Southwest Mississippi CC): Member of the o-line at Southwest Mississippi CC in Summit, Miss. … Saw time in eight games, helping the team pass for 730 yards with 3 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,627 yards and 12 TDs.
High School: Played on the offensive and defensive line at Parklane Academy in McComb, Miss. … Named First Team All-State as a senior and tabbed First Team All-District as a junior and senior … Also played basketball, earning All-District distinction.
Deshadrick Truly *
(DB | 6-0 | 190 | Jr. | TR | Charleston, Miss. | East Mississippi CC)
2014 (Sophomore, East Mississippi CC): Helped EMCC to its second National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship in three years … Recorded 34 tackles (29 solo, five assisted) with three tackles for loss … Had a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception to go along with 10 pass breakups.
2013 (Freshman, East Mississippi CC): Played in 12 games for East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Miss. as a freshman … Recorded 18 tackles (16 solo, two assisted) … Had an interception return for 31 yards and a tackle for loss.
High School: Lettered at Charleston High School in Charleston, Miss. … Helped lead CHS to a Class 3A State Championship as a senior … Recorded 104 career tackles (86 solo, 19 assisted) with 15 tackles for loss … Intercepted three passes returning the INTs for 80 yards combined … Had four fumble recoveries and forced two fumbles … Offensively, had 1,281 rushing yards on 161 carries with 17 touchdowns and 75 yards receiving on six receptions and a pair of TDs … Tallied 502 kickoff return yards on just 19 returns for 1,938 all-purpose yards.
Nick Vogel *
(PK | 5-8 | 160 | RFr. | TR | UAB)
2014 (Freshman, UAB): Did not compete during the season, taking a redshirt … Eligible to play immediately due to Blazers disbanding its football program.
High School: Placekicker at Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, Fla. … Named First Team All-District as a junior … Rated a five-star kicker by the Kohl's kickers national rating system … Ranked No. 32 according to Kohl's Kicking and three stars by ESPN.com … Hit the game-winning field goal against Atlantic Coast HS … Helped Mustangs improve their win total each season.