JMU: National Signing Day

National Signing Day for college football programs was this past Wednesday, and Mickey Matthews believes that this year’s recruiting class is the best that he’s had in his nine years at JMU. Mathews signed 14 players, and according to Mike Barber at the Daily News record, at least five of those players had offers from BCS- conference schools. The Dukes’ recruiting list includes eight players from Virginia, four from Maryland, one from North Carolina and one from Pennsylvania.

According to Barber, JMU’s top prospects were:

  • Justin Thorpe, a 6-foot-2, 208-pound quarterback from Richmond’s Varina High School, picked the Dukes over Big East schools Syracuse and Connecticut and three-time defending Division I-AA national champion Appalachian State.
  • Linebacker Chase Williams (5-11, 215) turned down at least five I-A schools, including a pair of BCS-conference programs in Cincinnati and Northwestern, to sign with JMU.
  • Cornerback Taveion Cuffee (5-11, 180), the Dukes’ fourth commitment from Fork Union, was the last player to commit to Madison. He passed on offers from a trio of major-league schools — Connecticut, Iowa and Iowa State.
  • Linebacker Jamie Veney (6-3, 215), who passed on Iowa State, is one of the few recruits in this class who might play as a true freshman.

JMU’s 2008 Football Signees

Acker, Corwin – Fr. – RB – 5-10 – 199 – Landover, Md. – James Hubert Blake

Akuak, Lue – Fr. – DL/OL – 6-3 – 270 – Fort Belvoir, Va. – Hayfield/Fork Union

Barlow, Brian – Fr. – TE – 6-4 – 215 – Stephens City, Va. – Sherando

Beaver, Chris – Fr. – LS/TE – Mooresville, N.C. – Mooresville

Cuffee, Taveion – Fr. – DB – 5-11 – 180 – Virginia Beach, Va. – First Colonial/Fork Union

Harper, Aaron – Fr. – RB/LB – 6-2 – 228 – Fredericksburg, Va. – Courtland

Johnson, Josh – Fr. – LB – 6-2 – 220 – Forestville, Md – St. Johns/Fork Union

Reed, Aaron – Fr. – OL – 6-5 – 310 – Linville, Va. – Broadway

Reynolds, Lee – Fr.- RB – 5-10 – 190 – Baltimore, Md. – Baltimore Poly Tech

Thorpe, Justin – Fr. – QB – 6-2 – 208 – Richmond, Va. – Varina

Veney, Jamie – Fr. – LB – 6-3 – 215 – Kilmarnock, Va. – Lancaster/Fork Union

Watford, Earl – Fr. – OL – 6-5 – 275 – Philadelphia, Pa. – Simon Gratz

Williams, Chase – Fr. – LB – 5-11 – 215 – Gaithersburg, Md. – Northwest

Williams, Richard – Fr. – OL – 6-3 – 290 – Danville, Va. – George Washington


Read more at the JMUSports.com

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