Looking At The HBCU’s Best

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: February 10, 2010

FUQUAY-VARINA. N.C. — For the fourth time in five years, “From The Press Box to Press Row” has ranked the top 10 HBCU FCS recruiting classes.

“From The Press Box To Press Row”, the sports talk radio show that places major emphasis on HBCU Sports, is hosted by Donal Ware and airs weekly on 28 radio stations around the country. The rankings are based on the talent that was brought in and research that we did based upon school releases, local newspaper articles and recruiting boards.

This is not an exact science, but an opinion. Today, we look at rankings 6-10.

6.

Grambling State head coach Rod Broadway and staff signed 16 players to national letters of intent. One of the intriguing signings was that of Charlotte Independence QB Anthony Carrothers. The Tigers are looking to the future as current QB Greg Dillon has at least one year of eligibility remaining. Though small in stature at 5-feet-8 Carrothers put up huge numbers as he threw for over 13,000 yards which is the 5th best total all-time in high school football history. He also threw for 100 TDs in his career while rushing for 56 TDs. DB Gaither Madison from Mobile AL’s Williamson was a three-star recruit and spurned an offer from Memphis and will come in and bolster one of the SWAC’s best secondaries. Evangel Christian WR Thomas Bridgewater was a Rivals two-star recruit who received offers from Arkansas and Louisiana Tech. Bridgewater averaged 20.1 yards per reception as a senior.

7.

Jackson State’s future looks a little brighter as head coach Rick Comegy and staff signed 16 of their 19 targeted players. The Tigers most prized signing has to be Yazoo City LB Turice King a Rivals and ESPN three-star recruit who could come in and play right away. Quarterback play has been inconsistent for the Tigers the last couple of years and the Tigers signed four quarterbacks. Te’Shon Burton is a two-star recruit from Leuzinger High (CA) and passed for over 2,600 yards with 23 TDs and only 6 INTs.

JUCO transfer Torry Harkness ( Los Angeles Southwest College ) could be more college-ready. Running back has also been inconsistent so the Tigers signed two-star RB Michael Perkins (Valparaiso HS (IN)) who was recruited by a number of FBS schools as well as Tommy Gooden from Atlanta ‘s Douglas High School and SMU transfer B.J.

Lee.

8.

Norfolk State signed a total of 16 players, including six from the Tidewater area. Junior college transfer QB Chris Walley will have two more years of eligibility and is used to playing in the type of spread offense that the Spartans run.

Head coach Pete Adrian likes quarterbacks that have college experience and Walley should step in right away for the departed Dennis Brown, who was also a transfer.

ATH Dionte Sullivan of Illinois O’Fallon High School is a two-star recruit and will play cornerback. Half of the Spartans recruits were linemen.

9.

Morgan State has generally recruited the state of Florida well and this year is no exception. Six of their 23 players were from the Sunshine State including three-star outside LB Michael Dallas of Miami Palmetto. The Bears, who perennially have one of the best defenses in the country, lose quite a bit to graduation this year and Dallas could come in and contribute immediately.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Bears haven’t had consistent quarterback play since Bradshaw Littlejohn last played in 2003, but the Bears hope that Suitland (MD) High School recruit Devonte Lindsey can be that kind of player. Lindsey has great size at 6-feet-4, 220 pounds and has a rifle for an arm, but can also run the ball as well.

Also Rutgers RB Jordan Brooks transfers to the Bears program and hopefully can fill the void left by the graduation of Devan James.

T-10.

Alabama State signed a total of 25 recruits to national letters of intent. Head coach Reggie Barlow and staff may have found a quarterback in Deion Woods from Memphis Kirby High School . Woods was listed as a three-star recruit by ESPN.

Other highlights from this class include RB Dominique Roberts from Daytona Beach Florida ‘s Seabreeze.

Roberts is a Rivals two-star recruit and can also play wide receiver.

T-10.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff had a solid recruiting class signing a total of 17 players, six of which are junior college transfers. The Lions and head coach Monte Coleman’s biggest need may be at the linebacker position and one of their best recruits was LB Antonio Harding from Warren . He was is a Rivals three-star recruit and ranked the eighth-best linebacker in the state of Arkansas . Also signing were JUCO transfers Roy Harvison (Fort Scott CC) and Daniel King (Gulf Coast CC) who should help right away at that position.

And while defense is of concern to the Golden Lions with the loss of seven starters, they signed eight players on that side of the ball.

QB C.J. Branch from Watson Chapel (AR) and two-star RB Larry Walls from White Hall (AR) should help bolster the offensive unit. Next: The top five classes.