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APSU Football adds eight players to 2018 Signing Class

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APSU FootballClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s football team has added to its 2018 signing class, with head coach Will Healy and his staff adding eight athletes to the Governors roster during the traditional February signing day, Wednesday.

APSU Football 2018 National Signing Day

The current eight-man February signing class has a distinctive Southern taste with three signees each from Alabama and Georgia with Mississippi and Florida supplying one man each to the Governors.

Along with the 13 signees during the first-ever early signing period in December, Austin Peay has added 21 new faces to its 2018 roster.  

Additional signees may be announced during the rest of the February signing period, fans should follow Austin Peay football at LetsGoPeay.com or on Twitter (@AustinPeayFB).

February National Signing Day
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (Previous School)
LaDerrick Bell QB 6-2 177 Anniston, Ala. (Saks Academy)
Arthur Brantley IV ATH 6-2 165 Sarasota, Fla. (Riverview HS)
Parker Dennis LB 6-1 215 Montgomery, Ala. (Montgomery Catholic HS)
Brandon Lopes LB 6-1 220 Stockbridge, Ga. (Stockbridge HS)
Nasir Love-Porter DB 5-11 165 Dalton, Ga. (Dalton HS)
Darius Nalls WR 6-2 185 Fayette, Ala. (Fayette County HS)
Darius Shipp DT 6-3 300 Olive Branch, Miss. (Lewisburg HS)
Bucky Williams OL 6-6 285 Ringgold, Ga. (Ringgold HS)
December Early Signing Period
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (Previous School)
Garrett Bell OL 6-5 260 Birmingham, Ala. (Briarwood Christian HS)
Rashon Davis DB 5-11 170 St. Louis, Mo. (Christian Brothers College HS/Eastern Michigan)
Johnathon Edwards S 6-3 185 Philadelphia, Miss. (Philadelphia HS/Northeast Mississippi CC)
Erskine Francis CB 6-1 180 Slidell, La. (Salmen HS/Fort Scott CC)
Marquise Griffin DL 6-3 320 Carthage, Miss. (Leake Central HS/East Mississippi CC)
Ziyon Kenner WR 5-9 160 Hopkinsville, Ky. (Bowling Green HS)
Demetrius Market DB 5-8 168 Batesville, Miss. (South Panola HS/Southern Miss)
Jimmyrious Parker WR 5-5 150 Nashville, Tenn. (Pearl Cohn HS)
Dave Roberts OL 6-4 260 Lewisburg, Tenn. (Marshall County HS)
Jalyn Shelton RB 5-10 218 Rossville, Ga. (Ridgeland HS)
Kwame Sutton DE 6-1 233 Blacksburg, S.C. (Blacksburg HS)
Blake Watson TE 6-3 220 Maryville, Tenn. (Maryville HS)



LaDerrick Bell

QB, 6-2, 177, Anniston, Alabama (Saks Academy)

Before APSU:

  • Dual-threat quarterback earned Honorable Mention Class 4A All-State pick by Alabama Sports Writers Association and led Saks Academy and Jonathan Miller to 2017 Alabama Class 4A semifinals
  • Anniston Star Class 4A-6A Calhoun County Player of the Year
  • Posted 203 total offensive yards in state semifinal contest against Fayette County – 94 rushing and 109 passing yards with two rushing scores..



Arthur Brantley IV

ATH, 6-2, 165, Sarasota, Florida (Riverview HS)
Before APSU:

  • Dual-threat quarterback led Riverview High School and head coach Josh Smithers to 2017 Florida Class 8A State quarterfinal round
  • Completed 35-of-51 passes for 477 yards in three playoff games, including 22-for-32, 288-yard effort against Dr. Phillips High School in quarterfinal game
  • Played two seasons at Booker High School after starting prep career at Riverview.


Parker Dennis

LB, 6-1, 215, Montgomery, Alabama (Montgomery Catholic HS)
Before APSU:

  • Recorded 77 tackles, including 21 tackles for loss and six sacks at Montgomery Catholic Prep for head coach Aubrey Blackwell, leading Knights to 2017 Alabama Class 4A second round
  • Finished prep career with 180 tackles.


Brandon Lopes

LB, 6-1, 220, Stockbridge, Georgia (Stockbridge HS)
Before APSU:

  • Posted 44 tackles in senior season, leading Stockbridge High School and head coach Kevin Whitley to 2017 Georgia Class 5A State quarterfinals
  • Finished prep career with 106 total tackles
  • Named honorable mention all-region as a senior following second-team Class 4-5A All-Region accolades as a junior
  • Selected to play in Florida-Georgia High School All-Star game after senior campaign



Nasir Love-Porter

DB, 5-11, 165, Dalton, Georgia (Dalton HS)
Before APSU:

  • Led Dalton High School and head coach Matt Land to 2016 Georgia Class 6A State semifinals
  • As a junior, was a honorable mention All-State pick by the Georgia Sports Writers Association after intercepting six passes – second-most in his classification – and defending 15 passes total
  • Posted three interceptions as a senior while also playing as an all-purpose back
  • Finished senior season with 448 all-purpose yards, including 362 total kick return yards.


Darius Nalls

WR, 6-2, 185, Fayette, Alabama (Fayette County HS)
Before APSU:

  • Helped Fayette County and head coach Lance Tucker to 2017 Alabama Class 4A State Championship game
  • Finalist for Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Class 4A Back of the Year and was a First-Team All-State selection as a senior
  • Caught 11 passes for 108 yards in state championship game against UMS-Wright
  • Finished senior year with 1,659 receiving yards – second-most in Alabama prep history
  • Also playing basketball for Fayette County and set Alabama High School Class 4A record with 60 points scored in a game this season and is averaging 27.2 points per game.


Darius Shipp

DT, 6-3, 300, Olive Branch, Mississippi (Lewisburg HS)
Before APSU:

  • Finished career with 93 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and seven sacks for Lewisburg and head coach Matt Gehrke
  • Second-team All-District 1-5A as a senior, finishing season with 30 tackles, including six tackles for loss
  • Also was 2017 state runner-up in powerlifting, competing in the 308-pound weight class he posted a 650-pound squad, a 355-pound bench press and a 595-pound dead lift.



Bucky Williams

OL, 6-6, 285, Ringgold, Georgia (Ringgold HS)
Before APSU:

    • A first-team Class AAA All-State pick by RecruitGeorgia.com and Honorable Mention All-State selection by the Georgia Sportswriters Association as a senior for head coach Robert Akins.


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