South Alabama Making Signing Day Waves
By Jackson Schroeder
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Impressive wins over Mississippi State and San Diego State last year caught the attention of many talented young athletes.
Four three-star committed recruits along with the 14 “blue shirt” recruits attained in the 2016 season have South Alabama fans excited for the 2017 season. Impressive wins over Mississippi State and San Diego State last year caught the attention of many talented young athletes.
The Jaguars primary needs this offseason are wide receivers and secondary defenders. Three-star recruits Wydale Flott, A.J. Deshazor and Devin Rockette are listed as hard commits and will all aid South Alabama’s spotty pass defense from 2016. South Alabama only has 11 scholarships to offer on signing day because the team legally oversigned in 2016. South Alabama brought in 14 “blue shirt” players during the 2016 season that will be considered part of the 2017 draft class.
A “blue shirt” athlete is a relatively new concept in college football. The players were allowed to practice and play in 2016, but couldn’t be offered scholarships until the second semester. The benefit of this system is the players are already accustomed to the program. The downfall is, they have less scholarships to give out when signing day comes around.
One of the “blueshirt” players that just recently was awarded his scholarship is running back Tywun Walters. Walters is a high powered junior college transfer that ranks 11th among running backs in this year’s recruiting class.
Adding to the defensive attack is three-star linebacker recruit Kendric Haynes.
Haynes’ 6’1” 225lbs athletic frame will help render last year’s pass defense.
Good quarterback play runs the Sun Belt. The abundance of defensive back recruits that South Alabama will attain this offseason should patch a weak spot in last seasons squad.