What a day.
The day started early and at one point a phone war ensued -
Nextel versus iPhone.
Nextel held the lead for most of the day, holding charge for
a good part of the day, until it got caught in a heated argument with a tree and
we all know who won that argument.
On the other hand, the iPhone worked a bit of overtime - needing
several naps during the course of the day (six I believe it was), to regain
some of its pep. The naps proved helpful as it finished the day strong and
fully intact, guaranteeing its place on top.
This day does belong to the 25 recruits that make up the 2009
Class, marking the 10th signing class for a young ,yet successful, football
Once again the class features mostly players from the state
of Florida, as 23 of the 25 hail from the Sunshine State.
This seems to be one of the strongest classes yet and it's apparent
from the interest and offers some of these kids had to choose among. Howard did say that we are now "recruiting at
a different level then we have in the past," and "it used to be tough to get kids to
come here and want to play" in the early stages of the program.
"It took courage
to come and join in the mission to make it [the program to] where it is today. Now
the mission is to carry it on and make it to a BCS conference," Schnellenberger said.
The on-field success and winning back-to-back bowl
games in 2007 and 2008 has enabled the coaching staff to assemble another
Here are the young men that make-up the 2009 signing class.Name Pos Hgt Wgt Hometown High School
Tyrie Allen RB 5-9 185 Davie , FL Western
Rockenson Angrand LB 6-2 225 Port Saint Lucie , FL Treasure Coast
Terrell Bradley DB/RB 5-10 185 Gainesville , FL Eastside
Christopher Chappell DL 6-8 298 Callahan , FL West Nassau
Jimmie Colley OL 6-3 260 Pace, FL Pace
Jamal Davis WR 6-2 185 Fort Lauderdale , FL Coral Springs
Nexon Dorvilus TE 6-4 225 Miami , FL North Miami
Carlton Falconer OL 6-5 255 Fort Lauderdale , FL Dillard
Damian Fortner RB 5-10 171 Miami , FL Everglades
Cory Henry DE 6-3 230 Miami , FL Carol City
David Hinds LB 6-2 215 Miami , FL Miami Edison
Treon Howard DB 5-10 150 Fort Meade, FL Fort Meade
Chris Jackson FB 6-0 230 Panama City , FL Arnold
Karl James DL 6-1 258 Miami , FL Miami Sunset
Randell Johnson LB 6-3 210 Miami , FL North Miami
Travis Jones RB 5-10 175 Port Saint Lucie , FL Treasure Coast
Matthew McLaughlin P/K 5-10 190 Tampa , FL Tampa Catholic
Toney Moore LB 6-2 210 West Palm Beach , FL King's Academy
James Oboh TE 6-4 210 Brookeville , MD Sherwood
Keith Reiser DB 5-10 165 Miami , FL Killian
DeAndre Richardson WR/DB 6-2 180 Panama City , FL Bay
Brian Sirmans SS 6-1 160 Jacksonville , FL Robert E. Lee
Winfred Strickland DB 6-0 170 Cocoa , FL Cocoa
Andrew Stryffler DE/TE 6-5 235 Sanford , NC Lee County
DeAndre Williams OT 6-5 265 Orlando , FL Oak Ridge
Jarred Williams DE 6-3 215 Fort Walton Bch , FL Fort Walton
Tyrie AllenFreshmanRunning Back5-9, 185Davie, FLWesternHigh School:
Played for Rashad West at Western High School where he rushed for 850
yards and tallied 1,250 all-purpose yards as a senior...earned second
team All-County and was named Honorable Mention All-State...played in the
Broward All-Star game...three-sport athlete (football, basketball and
Son of Lesly-Ann Allen...born June 20, 1991 in Plantation , FL ...brother
Junior Allen played for both Valley College and University of Missouri .
Rockenson AngrandFreshmanLinebacker6-2, 225Port Saint Lucie , FLTreasure CoastHigh School: Played
for Bill Kelley at Treasure Coast High School ...had 79 tackles as a
senior including 16 tackles for loss and four sacks...also forced three
fumbles...played in the Outback All-Star Game.
Personal: Son of Marc Severe...born February 22, 1990 in Miami , FL.
Terrell BradleyFreshmanDefensive Back, Running Back5-10, 180Gainesville, FLEastsideHigh School:
Played for Kent Johnson at Eastside High School where he saw action at
defensive back, running back and as a kick returner...earned third team
All-State as a defensive back and was first-team All-Area...two-sport
athlete (football and track).
Son of Victor Bradley and Karen Hutchinson...born August 13, 1991 in
Gainesville , FL ...father Victor played football for the University of
Christopher ChappellFreshmanOffensive Lineman6-8, 298Callahan, FLWest NassauHigh School:
Played for George Nelson at West Nassau High School where he earned
All-Conference honors and played in the Florida Shrine Game as a senior.
Son of Cynthia Chappell and Bruce Travis...born January 18, 1991 in
Callahan , FL ...father Bruce played for Memphis State University .
Jimmie ColleyFreshmanOffensive Lineman6-3, 260Pace, FLPaceHigh School:
Played for Mickey Lindsey at Pace High School...served as the team's
captain as a senior the year that he earned second team All-State,
first-team All-Area and first-team All-North Florida...played in the PSA
Regional All-Star Game and the FACA North vs. South All-Star
Classic...two-sport athlete (football and weightlifting).
Personal: Son of Rina Rutherford and Jimmie Colley...born June 26, 1991 in Pensacola , FL.
Jamal DavisFreshmanWide Receiver6-2, 185Fort Lauderdale, FLCoral Springs CharterHigh School:
Played for Robb Wilgoren at Coral Springs Charter...ended his senior
campaign as No. 1 in Broward County in receptions with 62
receptions...tallied 784 yards and seven touchdowns...named All-County and
second team All-State...played in the Broward All-Star Game and the
Broward vs. Dade All-Star Game...three-sport athlete (football, track and
basketball where he averaged 19 points per game)...holds a 4.0 G.P.A. and
is Academic All-State.
Personal: Son of Andre and Dawna Thorton...born November 3, 1990 in San Jose , CA .
Nexon DorvilusFreshmanTight End6-4, 225Miami, FLNorth Miami SeniorHigh School:
Played for Leonard Graham and Horane Allison at North Miami Senior High
School...recorded 28 receptions and tallied 437 yards scoring five
times...on the defensive side of the ball, had 37 tackles, including six
sacks as a senior...also credited with two forced fumbles...earned All-Dade
Honorable Mention and played in the Miami Dade North vs. South All-Star
game...three-sport athlete (football, basketball and track)...3.0 G.P.A.
Student Athlete Club member.
Son of Choisilia and Soine Dorvilus...born October 27, 1990 in Miami , FL
...also considered Purdue University , Middle Tennessee State University
and Colorado State University .
Carlton FalconerFreshmanOffensive Lineman6-5, 255Fort Lauderdale, FLDillardHigh School:
Played for Keith Franklin at Dillard High School ...earned second team
All-County and played in the Broward All-Star game...three-sport athlete
(football, basketball and track).
Personal: Son of Janet Smith and Karlton Falconer...born June 12, 1991 in Fort Lauderdale , FL.
Damian FortnerFreshmanRunning Back5-10, 171Miami, FLEvergladesHigh School:
Played for Josh Shapiro at Everglades High School where he rushed for
920 yards and recorded 25 receptions for 120 yards...earned first team
All-County and second team All-State...two-sport athlete (football and
track...runs the 100 in 10.8 and also competes in the 200 and long jump).
Personal: Son of Shermon Fortner and Grandson of Claretha Timmons...born November 22, 1991 in Miami , FL.
Cory HenryFreshmanDefensive End6-3, 230Miami, FLCarol CityHigh School:
Played for Harold Barnwell at Carol City High School where he recorded
60 tackles, including 14 sacks as a senior...also credited with five
forced fumbles and two fumbles recovered, one for a touchdown...earned
first-team All-State and first-team All-County...played in the Dade vs.
Broward All-Star Game, a game that he blocked a field goal to preserve
the Dade County win.
Son of Melissa Phillips...born June 25, 1990 in Miami , FL ...considered
Syracuse University , Marshall University and Florida International
David HindsFreshmanLinebacker6-2, 215Miami, FLMiami EdisonHigh School:
Played for Coach Hiedelburg at Miami Edison High School where he
tallied 107 tackles, including 17 for a loss...had three sacks, four
interceptions, two forced fumbles, one recovery and scored once as a
senior...played in the North and South All-Star Games...three-sport athlete
(football, basketball and track).
Personal: Son of Karlene Hinds and Marcel Gabriel...born February 25, 1990 in Kingston , Jamaica .
Treon HowardFreshmanDefensive Back5-10, 150Fort Meade, FLFort MeadeHigh School:
Played for Hayde at Fort Meade High School where he recorded 10
interceptions and 18 pass break-ups...credited with 60 tackles and
touchdowns...earned All-County as a defensive back, was named MVP of
defensive backs at Cal Camp as well as All-State...three-sport athlete
(football, basketball and track).
Personal: Son of Jynean Howard...born December 3, 1989 in Bartow , FL ...relative of Sammy Silas, a retired NFL defensive lineman.
Chris JacksonFreshmanFullback6-1, 230Panama City, FLArnoldHigh School:
Played for James Hale at Arnold High School...carried the ball 104 times
as a senior for 832 yards...added five receptions for 200 yards and a
total of 12 touchdowns as a senior...earned All-County and All-District
honors...three-sport athlete (football, track and weightlifting).
Personal: Son of Melissa and Robert Jackson...born August 9, 1991 in Panama City , FL.
Karl JamesFreshmanDefensive Lineman6-1, 258Miami, FLMiami SunsetHigh School:
Played for Jason Malkin at Miami Sunset High School where he recorded
56 tackles, including eight sacks as a senior...had 10 tackles against
South Miami...earned All-County honors and played in the North vs. South
Dade All-Star Game.
Personal: Son of Vayra Duhaney...born November 28, 1991 in Savannah , GA.
Randell JohnsonFreshmanLinebacker6-3, 210Miami, FLNorth Miami SeniorHigh School:
Played for Horane Allison at North Miami Senior High School where he
recorded 99 tackles, including seven sacks and two interceptions...on the
offensive side of the ball credited with 11 receptions for 117
yards...earned All-Dade Honorable Mention honors and played in the North
vs. South All-Star Game, as well as the Dade All-Star game...two-sport
athlete (football and basketball).
Personal: Son of Sherry and Randy Johnson...born March 23, 1991 in Miami , FL.
Travis JonesFreshmanRunning Back 5-10, 175Port St. Lucie , FLTreasure CoastHigh School: Played
for Bill Kelley at Treasure Coast High School where he accounted for 24
touchdowns (22 rushing, two receiving) and 1,601 yards of total offense
(1,404 rushing, 197 receiving) as a senior...named All-Area by the Palm Beach Post...played in the Outback All-Star Game...named three-sport athlete in high school (football, basketball and track).
Personal: Son of Melanie O'Neal and stepfather Benny O'Neal, father Timothy Jones ...born on January 11, 1991 in West Palm Beach , FL.
James ObohFreshmanTight End6-4, 210Brookeville, MDSherwoodHigh School:
Played for Al Thomas at Sherwood High School where he had 400 receiving
yards and four touchdowns as a senior...earned second team All-State in
the Maryland big school classification...served as Sherwood's captain in
2008...two-sport athlete (football and basketball)...member of the 3.0
Personal: Son of Sonny and Sandra Oboh...born August 22, 1991 in Washington D.C.
Matthew McLaughlinFreshmanPunter/Kicker 5-10, 190Tampa, FLTampa CatholicHigh School: Played
for Bob Henriquez at Tampa Catholic High School...made 11 of 18 field
goals as a senior with a long of 41 yards...placed 11 punts inside the 20
with a 40-yard average...named first team All-Hillsborough County and
second team All-State honors as a punter...named honorable mention All-St. Petersburg Times as a punter....two-sport athlete in high school (football and soccer).
Personal: Son of Terrence and Elizabeth McLaughlin...born on October 10, 1990 in Tampa , FL.
Toney MooreFreshmanLinebacker6-2, 210West Palm Beach, FLKings AcademyHigh School: Played
for Craig Dobson at King's Academy...recorded 50 tackles with two
interceptions...returned an interception for touchdown....also recovered a
fumble for a touchdown...on offense, had six catches for 119 yards and
Personal: Son of Toney and Keisha Moore...born on April 2, 1991 in West Palm Beach , FL.
Keith ReiserFreshmanDefensive Back5-10, 165Miami, FLKillianHigh School:
Played for Steve Smith at Killian High School where he recorded 40
tackles, two forced fumbles, and four interceptions, including one for
a score...earned second team All-State and played in the Dade vs. Broward
All-Star Game...two-sport athlete (football and track specializing in the
4-by-1 and the 200-meter).
Son of Keith and Carlene Reiser...born July 31, 1991 in Miami , FL ...also
considered both Western Michigan University and Central Michigan
University , the team FAU defeated in the 2008 Motor City Bowl.
DeAndre RichardsonFreshmanWide Receiver/Defensive Back/Kick Returner6-2, 180Panama City, FLBayHigh School:
Played for Mike Healy at Bay High School where he earned first-team
All-County and All-District honors...three-sport athlete (football,
basketball and track)...member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Son of Ed Richardson, Catrina Garrett and stepfather Tommy Garrett...born March 14, 1990 in Panama City , FL.
Brian SirmansFreshmanStrong Safety6-1, 160Jacksonville, FLRobert E. LeeHigh School:
Played for Myrik Anderson at Robert E. Lee High School where he
recorded 49 tackles, including five for a loss as a senior...also had
nine pass break-ups and two interceptions...earned All-Conference
honors...played in the Florida Shrine Bowl...two-sport athlete (football
and track)...four-year member of the honor roll.
Personal: Son of Vera Sasberry and Westley Sirmans...born December 30, 1990 in Jacksonville , FL.
Winfred StricklandFreshmanDefensive Back6-0, 170Cocoa, FLCocoaHigh School:
Played for Johnny Wilkinson at Cocoa High School, Division 3A State
Champions...recorded 49 tackles, 10 interceptions and had more than 600
all-purpose yards as a senior...earned first team All-State honors as a
defensive back and was named first team All-Space Coast...three-sport
athlete (football, basketball and track).
Personal: Son of Dominque DeVoe and Winfred Strictland, Sr...born June 9, 1991 in Cocoa , FL.
Andrew StryfflerFreshmanDefensive End/Tight End6-5, 235Sanford, NCLee CountyHigh School:
Played for Jody Stouffer at Lee County High School where he had 32 solo
tackles, 10 were solo, five for a loss and four sacks...played in the
2008 Shrine Bowl featuring North Carolina vs. South Carolina
All-Stars...three-sport athlete (football, basketball and track)...member
of the National Honor Society...three-year member of the Academic
All-Conference in three sports.
Personal: Son of Harry and Laura Stryffeler...born December 4, 1990 in Durham, NC...Grandfather Jim Heinike played for Syracuse University and professionally for the NFL's San Francisco 49ers.
DeAndre WilliamsFreshmanTackle6-5, 265Orlando, FLOak RidgeHigh School:
Played for Keith Council at Oak Ridge High School where he earned
All-Central Florida honors as a senior tackle...played in the Central
Florida All-Star game...four-sport athlete (football, track and field,
basketball and weightlifting).
Personal: Son of Anthony and Cynthia Williams...born December 18, 1990 in Orlando , FL.
Jarred WilliamsFreshmanDefensive End6-3, 215Fort Walton Beach, FLFort Walton BeachHigh School:
Played for Mike Owens at Fort Walton Beach High School...recorded 75
tackles, including eight sacks...earned All-Area honors...played in the
Pensacola All-Star game...two-sport athlete (football and track).
Personal: Son of Cedric and Wanda Williams...born August 29, 1991 in Fort Walton Beach , FL.