JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Long time head coach Ken Sparks signed 28 recruits on Wednesday, here's a look at the newest crop of Eagles to land in Mossy Creek.
Taylor Bible (Denton, Texas), 6-3, 310, DL - midyear transfer
Bible initially attended the University of Texas out of high school before spending a year at Cisco Junior College. In high school at John H. Guyer, he earned all-state honors twice, all-area first team honors twice, and first-team all-district honors three times as a defensive tackle. He made PARADE's All-America High School Football Team and was a second-team EA SPORTS All-America selection. In 2010 he played in the Under Armour All-America Game. Out of high school, Bible was a member of Rivals' top 100 and ESPNU's top 150 national prospects - ranked as the best defensive tackle and 14th-best overall prospect by ESPNU and ninth-best defensive tackle by Rivals. Was rated a four-star recruit by both Rivals and Scout.com
At Guyer High School, Bible tallied 219 tackles, 11 sacks, 70 TFL, 52 pressures, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries over his final three seasons. In his senior season, he recorded 107 tackles, five sacks, 23 TFL, 24 pressures, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries while helping Guyer reach the 4A Div. I state semifinals.
Bible has already enrolled at Carson-Newman and is eligible to practice with the team in the spring.
Born in Decatur, Texas, Bible is the son of JoAnna Wright. He plans to major in sociology/psychology.
Tracy Hampton (Nashville, Tenn.), 5-10, 186 pounds, WR
Hampton initially signed with Middle Tennessee State out of High School before making his way to Arkansas Tech University. At Arkansas Tech, Hampton caught six passes for 52 yards and a TD for the Wonder Boys. A 2011 graduate of John Overton High School and a Scout.com two star recruit, Hampton earned all-city, all-district, all-state and all-midstate honors his senior season. Hampton was named MVP of the all-city team and MVP of the 12-AAA district en route to being a top 50 player for the state of Tennessee for the class of 2011. He helped lead the Bobcats to a 7-3 record, district championship and a spot in the Tennessee high school playoffs. Was rated a two-star prospect by Rivals.com.
Hampton has already enrolled at Carson-Newman and is eligible to practice with the team in the spring.
Hampton plans to major in physical education at Carson-Newman and also run track. He is the son of Sherry and Earl Johnson.
David Way (Temple, Ga.), 6-6, 295 pounds, DL - midyear transfer
Way is a product of South Paulding High School and makes his way to Mossy Creek from Southwest Mississippi Community College. While playing for the Spartans, Way accumulated 34 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in his senior season, navigating SPHS to a 6-4 record and a regional championship. In his senior season, the Spartans went a perfect 6-0 in conference play. Way was honored with his high school's Coaches Award for his efforts on the gridiron.
Way has already enrolled at Carson-Newman and is eligible to practice with the team in the spring.
He was recruited by Oklahoma State, Savannah State, Louisiana Tech and South Alabama out of high school.
Way is the son of Charles and Loretha Way. He plans to major in Sports Nutrition.
Seon Jones (Buford, Ga.), 5-8, 200 pounds, RB - midyear transfer
Already an Eagle, Jones transfers to Carson-Newman from Georgia Southern. He gained 15 yards for GSU on five carries after backing up 1,800-yard rusher Jerick McKinnon. While at Buford High School, he broke a a 40-yard-old Buford record for most rushing yards in a single game with 319 on 13 carries against Lovett; he also scored three times in that game, including an 85-yard score to earn Gainesville Times Player of the Week honors. He was the team's rushing leader in 2010 with 1,205 yards and 13 touchdowns. Jones earned Gwinnett County All-Area accolades for his junior and senior seasons and received All-State honorable mention status in 2010. His senior year, he helped lead the Wolves to a 14-1 record and record-tying fourth-straight state championship for Class AA Coach of the Year Jess Simpson. Jones scored the first touchdown in the title game as Buford became the only team to win seven championships in a 10-yard span. His second TD in the game was a 77-yard gallop.
He also competed in track and field as a member of the Buford record 4x100 relay team. He placed fourth with the 4x100 relay team at the Class AA state meet after claiming the AA region championship. Jones set personal records in the 100 (11.39) and 200 (22.60) meter dash events. He ran a 4.55 time in the 40 at the ESPN Combine in March 2010, which was the 16th-best among more than 1200 participants. Was rated as a two-star prospect by Scout.com and ranked the 183rd running back in the country.
Seon is the son of Seon and Kristie Jones and has two siblings, Kristion and Maya.
Jones has already enrolled at Carson-Newman and is eligible to practice with the team in the spring.
Derek Evans (Alcoa, Tenn.), 6-1, 275 pounds, C - midyear transfer
After redshirting at center for Appalachian State, Evans will play for Ken Sparks' Eagles in 2013. Evans played high school football for Gary Rankin at Alcoa. A 2010 Tennessee 2A all-state honoree and one of three finalists for 2010 Tennessee Class AA Mr. Football Lineman of the Year award, Evans helped lead Alcoa to state championships and a 44-1 overall record in three years as a starter. Evans was also a two-time all-county and all-district selection. He helped pave the way for an offense that averaged 46.1 points per game and 13.9 yards per rush as a senior
Evans is the son of Kim and David Evans. His father was an all-conference football player at Maryville College. Furthering his football lineage is his brother, Brock, who was an all-conference football player at Union College and now serves as a graduate assistant coach at Union. Evans is the second of four siblings (all brothers). Evans was on the academic honor roll at Appalachian State and carried a 3.46 GPA in his time in Boone, N.C. Rated a two-star prospect out of high school by Scout.com
Jones has already enrolled at Carson-Newman and is eligible to practice with the team in the spring. He is majoring in business administration.
Emmanuel Orange (Naples, Fla.), 5-10, 195, Safety - midyear transfer
Orange joins Carson-Newman after redshirting 2011-2012 with the Georgia Southern Eagles, Orange comes to Carson-Newman. Orange starred at Naples High School, graduating in 2011. The Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) recognized Orange as the top-ranked cornerback in Southwest Florida and lauded him an All-District 16 pick on defense. Orange helped to lead Naples to a 13-1 record in 2010 and top-25 ranking in the state. He totaled 33 tackles as a senior and returned one of his three interceptions in 2010 for 95 yards for a touchdown. He was selected as the player with the "hit of the week" for three games in 2010. In his senior campaign, he scored four defensive touchdowns and had an interception in the "Coconut Bowl" in the win over rival Lel. His junior season he blocked four punts. Has always been an Eagle, first for the Naples Golden Eagles, then the Georgia Southern Eagles and now the Carson-Newman Eagles. Played for head coach Bill Kramer at Naples.
He was selected by high school principal Nancy Graham as Student of the Month and was a member of the 2010 homecoming court. Orange was born in Haiti to Wilbert and Genevieve Orange. He has two siblings Jules and Nathalie. His cousin LJ Motinar plays at football at WVU. Cousin Gelo Orange plays football for Wake Forest.
Orange has already enrolled at Carson-Newman and is eligible to practice with the team in the spring. He is majoring in marketing.
John "Ross" Hudson (Heath, Texas), 6-2, 215, QB - midyear transfer
Hudson comes to Carson-Newman after transferring in from Cisco Junior College. In his only year at Cisco, the 6-2, 215-pound signal caller passed for 938 yards and nine touchdowns and just two interceptions. His best game came in a 24-19 loss to Garden City Community College where he tossed for 302 yards and a score, completing 32 of his 58 passes. In an injury-shortened senior season at Rockwall-Heath high school. Hudson completed 58 percent of his passes for 574 yards and eight touchdowns while also rushing for 311 yards. He had one 100-yard passing, 100-yard rushing game in his senior season. He went 13-of-19 through the air for 135 yards and two TDs and rushed 10 times for 147 yards in a 40-36 victory over Wakeland. Rated as a two-star recruit out of high school by Scout.com
Hudson is a midyear transfer who has already enrolled at Carson-Newman and is eligible to practice with the team in the spring.
Hudson is the son of Randy and Sheila Hudson; his father played football at the University of North Texas. Hudson was also recruited by Tarleton State, SMU, UNT and Houston. He plans to major in business/finance at Carson-Newman.
Joshua Akeem Arnell (Goodlettsville Tenn.), 5-10, 216, RB - midyear transfer
A transfer from the University of the Cumberlands and a three-sport athlete out of Beech High School, Arnell not only played football, but also ran track and wrestled. He was all-region as an offensive guard and defensive end. He went 32-5 in wrestling and qualified for states. He ran a 24.3 second 200-meter dash placing third at states and finished fourth in the 100-meter dash with a 11.7 second time. Helped his football team to a district championship and an 8-3 record his senior season.
A midyear transfer who has already enrolled at Carson-Newman and is eligible to practice with the team in the spring.
The son of Edward Arnell III and Patricia Arnell, his brother Eddie Arnell IV is a defensive lineman at Tennessee Tech. Plans to major in physical education at Carson-Newman.
Kris Thornton (Atlanta, Ga.), 5-11, 225 pounds, OL - midyear transfer
Thornton transfers to Carson-Newman from Georgia Perimeter College. He graduated high school in 2012 from Eagles Landing Christian Academy. Thornton was a first team all-region selection for Jonathan Gess while playing for ELCA. In his senior season, he helped lead the Chargers to a 12-1 record and GHSA state playoff appearance. Thornton helped clear the way for an impressive offense that scored more than 30 points on 10 occasions during the 2011 season.
Thornton is the son of Kevin and Diane Thornton. His father played football at Mississippi Valley State. He plans to major in business at C-N. Thornton was also recruited by Tusculum, Albany State, Fort Valley State and Concordia.
Joseph Maxberry (Columbia, S.C.), 6-3, 225, DE
Sporting a 4.6 second 40-yard dash, Maxberry brings his talents to Mossy Creek following a 92-tackle senior season at Spring Valley High School. The defensive end also forced three fumbles, sacked the quarterback four times and brought runners down behind the line of scrimmage 10 times. Maxberry helped the Vikings to an 8-4 record and an appearance in the South Carolina State playoffs. Maxberry aided SVHS' defense to some stalwart defensive performances, including six games where the Vikings held their opponents to three scores or less.
The son of Joseph and Michelle Maxberry. He plans to major in marketing at Carson-Newman.
Jonathan Mason (Tallahassee, Fla.), 6-2, 230, DE/LB
Mason is a 6-2, 230-pound defensive end from Lincoln High School. A member of the Tallahassee quarterback club. Named offensive lineman of the week and the Amos P. Godby Scholar Athlete of the Year. Won the junior Orange Bowl Scholar Athlete Award for the FHSAA 7A Florida Football Championship game. A member of the 7A state runners up for Florida. Lincoln High was the Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Classic Winner. Received the U.S. Marine Corps Great American Rivalry Series 2012 Student Athlete Award.
Mason is the son of Clay and Christina Mason. He was also recruited by Southeastern University, Stetson and Birmingham Southern. He plans to pursue a law degree in college. Decorated academician, won three academic letters and was an AP scholar. His grandfather Ed Mason played football at Stetson.
Ruggery Miclisse (Homestead, Fla.), 6-2, 196, DB – committed 8:45 a.m.
Bayside Palm Bay product who is the 22nd best prospect from the Orlando, Fla.-area and the 184th-best prospect in the state of Florida according to MaxPreps.com. A three sport athlete who also played basketball and ran track for three years. Miclisse was named third team all-state, first team all-Cape Coast and a Central Florida all-star. Miclisse was also named a Brevard County all-star and a two-time first team all-district and two time first team all-conference selection. Recorded five interceptions as a sophomore. The son of Nadia Miclisse. Plans to major in business administration.
Douglas "Chance" Smith (Huntingdon, Pa.), 6-1, 250, LS
A junior college transfer from Dean College in Franklin, Mass. Helped lead Dean to a 2011 Northeast football conference championship and a victory in the Valley of the Sun Bowl. In his two years with Dean College, he helped push the program to a no. 8 ranking in the NJCAA polls in 2011 and a no. 21 ranking in 2012. A two-year starter and letterman.
While at Huntingdon Area High School with coach Jim Zauzig, led the Bearcats to the district playoffs in 2008 and 2009.
He is the son of Douglas and Donna Smith. His father played baseball at the University of North Dakota and football for Maryville. He would go on to play professionally in the American Football Association for the Orlando Americans, Louisville Trackers and West Virginia Rockets. Plans to major in exercise science at Carson-Newman.
Daniel Gallman (Naples, Fla.) 6-1, 295, T
Gallman joins former Naples standout and C-N signee Emmanuel Orange among the list of 2013 C-N football commits. Gallman helmed a Golden Eagle offensive line at Naples High School that ended the 2012 season 12-1. Naples was ranked 80th nationally by maxpreps.com. The high octane offense averaged 53 points per game. Gallman used his brute force to clear the way for an average 302.8 yards per contest on the ground. He helped the Golden Eagles roll up 458 yards rushing in a 42-21 playoff victory over South Fort Myers.
An all-conference, all-district, all-county and first team all-state selection and FACA all-star. Named to the Miami Dolphins Super 24 football team and the FloridaFootball.com Elite 24 all first team.
Naples was a state semifinalist and district and regional champion. Also recruited by Duquesne and Charleston Southern. The son of Elizabeth J. Hudak and Bill Gallman, plans to major in business at Carson-Newman.
Thomas Loy (Maryville, Tenn.), 6-2, 270, OL
Loy helped lead a Gary Rankin-coached Alcoa club to a 11-2 record in his senior season. On ten separate occasions, Alcoa's offense put up at least 30 points in Loy's senior season. The Tornadoes put up 56 points in back-to-back games in wins over Roane County and Stone Memorial.
A 2012 Mr. Football Finalist for the Tennessee Titans. Named to the 2011 and 2012 all-district teams. A 2012 first team all-state selection and first team Prep Extra selection. Named the county's lineman of the year. Helped Alcoa to state tittles in 2009 and 2010 and a district title in 2012.
The son of David and Kathryn Ann Loy. Plans to major in accounting or finance at Carson-Newman.
Devin Thomas (Orlando, Fla.). 5-11, 165 pounds, WR
Played football and ran track at Boone High School in Orlando, Fla., where he was coached by Phil Zigler. Played in the 2013 Orlando Metro All-Star Game, and was named the Most Valuable Offensive back in 2013 as well.
Son of Michelle Thomas, was also recruited by Elon and Florida Atlantic. Plans to pursue a career in architecture.
Noah Suber (Asheville,N.C), 6-1, 217 pounds, QB
A six-time player of the week for the Roberson Rams, Noah Suber comes to Carson-Newman after passing for 1,502 yards and rushing for 1,232 more in a 9-2 senior campaign at T.C. Roberson. With a nearly 3:1 touchdown to turnover ratio, Suber had five 100-yard passing, 100-yard rushing games in his senior campaign.
He finished the year with arguably his best game, completing 17-of-27 passes for 223 yards and a score plus another two touchdowns and 177 yards on the ground against Sun Valley. The 223 yards passing was unequaled in his senior year, while he topped 200 yards rushing once in a 55-21 win over West Henderson.
In that contest, Suber carried the ball 13 times for 207 yards, a whopping 15.92 yards a carry. He ripped off two scores against West Henderson, including a long 62-yarder. He completed at least 60 percent of his passes in all but three games his senior year.
MVP of TCRHS in 2012 and 2011. Named the Cameron Underwood Winner for his high school in 2012 and 2011. An all-WNC team selection from 2010-2012. MVP of the clash of the Borders game in 2011 and 2012. Selected as the WNC Player of the year for 2012.
Named his high school's homecoming king in 2012. The son of Qundra Suber and Dean Roberts. Plans to study sports medicine or education at Carson-Newman.
Ben Davenport (Aragon, Ga.), 5-10, 195, RB/LB
A Pepperell High School product, Davenport was a team captain his senior year for coach Jeff Shiflett. Je ,ade the Rome News all-area second team his junior year. A defensive lineman in the Scott Coalition Bowl and a member of that all-star team. A nominee for the Floyd County Student Athlete Hall of Fame. As a senior, made the Rome News all-area first team and all-region first team. Picked up a Georgia High School Football Good Citizen Award while helping Pepperell to the state AA playoffs all four years of his high school career.
Academically, Davenport was named a PHS student of the month and was a student of the year nominee. Garnered a senior superlative for "Best All Around." Listed in the Who's Who among PHS students.
The son of James and Tara Davenport. Plans to major in either sports medicine or education at Carson-Newman.
Christopher Flowers (Ringgold, Ga.), 6-3, 246, TE
A Lake Fort Oglethorpe product for coach Todd Windham. Flowers was voted to Best of Preps 2011. He was a member of the Georgia Preseason all-academic team and the Georgia pre and post season Dream Team. A 5AAA all-region first team selection. Helped the Warriors to a 7-3 record in his junior season.
The son of Shawn and Angelia Flowers. Received recruiting interest from UT, Georgia Tech, Eastern Kentucky, UT Chattanooga, Mars Hill, MTSU, Tennessee Tech and Georgia Southern. Plans to major in physical therapy at Carson-Newman.
Joseph (Nick) Henningsen (Knoxville, Tenn.) 5-7, 200 pounds, LB
A standout at Farragut High School in for coach Eddie Courtney. Picked up Player of the Week honors, Jefferson Federal Bank Player of the Week honors, in addition to leading his team in tackles with 51 (15 solo, 36 assisted). Also had seven tackles for a loss and two sacks during his senior season with the Admirals. Best performance was against William Blount on Oct. 28 when he collected 10 tackles and 2.5 tackles for a loss as he helped the Admirals win 10-7.
Was also a member of the leadership council for his junior and senior seasons. Member of the Farragut Honor Roll, FBLA, and MBA. Named a CAREACTER Star Athlete in 2011.
Picked Carson-Newman because of the great environment and winning tradition.
The son of James M. Henningsen, plans to major in business at Carson-Newman
Darvia Dubose (Darlington, S.C.), 6-0, 192 pounds, QB
Dubose passed for 1,581 yards and rushed for 871 more as the starting quarterback for the Darlington Falcons. The 6-0 fire baller threw for a season high 229 yards and three scores in a 33-30 loss to Hartsville. That game, he also rushed 16 times for 110 yards and another touchdown. Dubose pummeled Lamar on the ground in week three of his senior year, picking up 162 yards on 13 carries – 12.46 yards a touch – plus a season best three TDs. Dubose put the ball in the end zone 26 times in his senior season, 17 through the air and nine on the ground.
Dubose was his team's offensive MVP in 2009 as a freshman the region's top offensive back in 2012 as well as the region's player of the year for 2012. Made the all-zone first team and the all-region first team.
Academically, was a member of Darlington's A/B honor roll and was the student body vice president. The son of William and Cheryl Dubose, his father played football at South Carolina State. Was also recruited by Duke, Wofford, South Carolina State, Catawba and the Citadel. Plans to major in pre-med at Carson-Newman.
Gannon Hampton (Flintsone, Ga.), 6-1, 285, C
The Ridgeland product committed to Carson-Newman from his school's auditorium. A center who can bench 335 and squat 525, the 6-1, 285-pound Hampton was an Associated Press all-state selection. He helped guide a Mark Mariakis-coached Panther club to a 13-2 record and a league championship. Behind Hampton's blocking, Ridgeland steamrolled to at least 35 points on 13 separate occasions.
Garnered AJC first team all-state honors, Associated Press first team all-state honors and Best of Preps first team all-state honors.
Helped Ridgeland to a Class 4A region title and the state championship game as a senior. Hampton participated in the GACA north-south All-Star Game. Made the Walker 6 Dream Team as an offensive and defensive lineman.
Academically made Ridgeland's honor roll with a 3.5 GPA. The son of Roger E. Hampton, Gannon plans to major in education at Carson-Newman.
Aaron Seward (Charlotte, N.C. ), 6-0, 180, WR
Seward racked up more than 70 balls for 1,844 yards receiving and 26 touchdowns in his senior season at Davidson Day School. Ranked the 139th best player in the 2013 class from North Carolina by MaxPreps.com, Seward helped guide Davidson Day to an 11-1 record. He had five multi-TD games and went over the 100-yard mark five times. His best game came when he caught 306 yards worth of passes.
Led Davidson Day to a 22-3 record as a member of the varsity team. Accumulated 3,762 yards receiving in his three seasons with Davidson Day. Won a Division III state title in 2011 and Division II state championship in 2012.
Named a member of the all-Lake Norman first team in 2011 and 2012 and to the all-Mecklenburg County second team in 2012. Seward was also a top five player for the Charlotte Metro Area in 2012.
Shattered several Mecklenburg County football receiving records in 2011 and 2012. His 1,844 yards topped former Georgia Standout and Cleveland Brown Mohamed Massaquoi 1,834 yards receiving. Set a single game record with his 306-yard outburst.
A honor roll student for 2011. Hails from a football family. His father Michael Seward played basketball at Rust College, while his cousin Marcus Barnett plays football for the University of Cincinnati.
Was also recruited by Coastal Carolina, Western Carolina, North Carolina Central, Appalachian State and Campbell.
The son of Herbert Michael and Eleanor Francine Steward. He's undecided on a major in college.
Sam Landrith (Hendersonville, Tenn.) 6-5, 193 pounds, WR
Played basketball and football at Beech High School in Hendersonville, Tenn., where he was coached by Anthony Crabtree. He earned four years of varsity letters in basketball and football. Was a member of the 2012 Tennessee Class 5A State Champion Beech football team. Caught 15 passes for 208 yards in his senior season, averaging 17.3 receiving yards per game. Also was a member of the two-time District Champions with Beech.
Was a three-time Class President, and is currently the Senior Class President at Beech. Father played basketball at Belmont University.
Chose Carson-Newman because he liked the coaching staff and looks forward to having the chance to win a championship each year. Also was impressed by the school and the education he can receive at Carson-Newman.
Dean Taylor (Knoxville, Tenn. ), 6-2, 210, TE
Taylor helped guide the Fulton Falcons to an 8-5 record in his senior season and a 5-1 mark in league play. Rated as the 57th-best prospect in the state of Tennessee by MaxPreps.com. Averaged 14.7 yards a catch with 13 receptions his senior season. Had one touchdown and also picked up 28 tackles playing linebacker. Had a three-catch, 64 yard performance in a 13-7 win over Gibbs. Defensively, Taylor had three sacks in a 38-12 over Livingston Academy. He had six quarterback takedowns in his senior year.
Named all-district, all-PrepXtra, and all-state his senior year when Fulton won a state title.
Was also recruited by Liberty, Austin Peay, UTC and Tennessee Tech.
The son of Sonna Taylor. He is undecided on a major.
Daitwan "Nody" Commodore (Charleston, S.C. ), 5-11, 195, RB
Rated as the 45th best prospect in South Carolina by MaxPreps.com, Commodore carried the ball for 1,200 yards and 19 touchdowns his senior season. He also caught nine balls for 161 yards and a score for Fort Dorchester High School. Named Fort Dorchester's offensive back of the year. A North-South all-star game participant and MVP of that game. An all-region selection.
Commodore is the son of Glenndelle Simmons.
Graham Warren (Franklin, Tenn.), 6-0, 195, LB
Warren made 48 stops in his senior campaign for the Franklin Rebels. The linebacker sacked quarterbacks nine times and recovered two fumbles. He had a season best 11 stops in a 38-7 win over McGavok. He picked up a season high three sacks in 17-9 W over Smyrna and returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown against Smyrna as well.
The son of Terry Warren and Kelley Roland Johnson. His dad played for Florida State under Bobby Bowden and garnered AP All-America honors in 1987. Plans to major in marketing at C-N.
Jamal Jones (Chattanooga, Tenn.), 5-10, 190, RB
Lookout Valley High School product from the Chattanooga, Tenn. area. Ran a 4.38 40-yard dash.
An all-state, all-district and all-region selection, Jones was named the area's back of the year for his senior season as Lookout Valley made the first round of the playoffs.
A member of the Lookout Valley Honor Roll and National Honor Society, Jones has perfect attendance his senior year and won an award for an outstanding French Scholar. A peer mediator for his high school.
Son of Tracy Barrett and James Jones, his stepfather is Glenn Barrett. He plans to major in business administration.