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By Kenzie Stanford
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Georgia Southern is piecing together what should be a very strong 2015 recruiting class.

Maybe, just maybe, Georgia Southern is a little bitter about the way that its 2014-2015 season ended. But alas, the Eagles rally toward Signing Day with a fire lit in all the right places.

The circulating word around the Sun Belt is that GSU has 20 of the 26 slots filled for its signing class and is confident about the talent that it is bringing on-board.

“We had a great year, and people have taken notice of that,” said head coach, Willie Fritz, per The Telegraph. “We’re on a different level of athlete now with our move up. Definitely that move to Division 1 has helped us with recruiting because kids just have a goal of playing Division 1 football, and our playing at the FBS level has opened doors for us. We were on TV just about every week, and kids got to see us play. At the very least, we were on ESPN3 every week and then we had six games on TV with national Thursday night games, games on the ACC Network and CBS Sports. So our success was big, and to have all those games on TV was important, too.”

All of these factors have helped shape the looks of what should be a strong recruiting class on their way to the banks of Eagle Creek. And with National Signing Day rapidly approaching, February 4th should mark a monumental turning point for the Eagles.

One name that stands out amongst the crowd is 6-3, 197-pound quarterback Hampton McConnell from West Forsyth High School. According to 247Sports, McConell, a dual-threat quarterback, verbally committed on June 20.

Here are some highlights to give you a better idea of what McConnell brings to the table:

Another big name on GSU’s radar is Eric Montgomery.

“Montgomery is a three-star halfback, which means he’s in the running (no pun intended) to become the next Jerick McKinnon or Matt Breida. Montgomery hails from Powder Springs but played at Hillgrove rather than McEachern High,” per Underdog Dynasty.

With the leadership of starting quarterback Kevin Ellison and running back Matt Brieda, the non-conference play should not be as daunting despite having West Virginia, Western Michigan, and Georgia on their schedule.

“We’re at the point where we want to sign the best athletes we can sign,” Fritz said via Middle Georgia’s News Source. “We don’t want to miss out on a great athlete because of a position need. We’re still building depth, so we just want to get the best athletes we can. We are still searching for depth, and we still need guys who can start, so we will go get the best players we can and then go from there.”

Kenzie Stanford - Kenzie Stanford is a Georgia Southern student and Atlanta native who spent her summer as an intern at Turner Sports and spent her last semester as the Sports Director for WVGS 91.9 “The Buzz.” She was apart of the women’s soccer team at Georgia Southern, but her passion for sports goes far beyond that. Per her graduation in May, she is planning to keep the dream alive and work in the sports industry. Watch for Kenzie’s coverage of the Sun Belt Conference and Georgia Southern University here at Southern Pigskin.