2003 Football Signing Class

February 5, 2003 · MT Media Relations

MT Head Coach Andy McCollum on the 2003 Class:  "Speaking of the class, I couldn't be more proud of the work our staff put in so that we can compete at our level.


Am I happy with the class? Yes. Am I mad? Yes, I am still mad that we lost one or two who I really felt like we were going to get. I think that is what it is supposed to be about, however. But, I am not mad enough to where I am not happy with what we have.


We have some great kids. We are in battles all the time with the top kids and against the top programs. I think in our first year or two, we probably lost one here or there to Georgia Southern or Furman.


Now we are battling the Ole Miss's, Clemson's and those people all the way till the end of the night. We recruited the kids and that is part of the game when you go after the best. You can't always get everyone of them. We are doing a better job because we keep going to the finish on where we are going to be. That is just what I believe.


"What amazed me was when we started out recruiting, some of them didn't even know what our record was. They just remember us playing Alabama. That is really what is amazing about a bunch of the kids because that was shown all across the South. When you play those type people, they remember that.


Middle Tennessee's name is out where we could probably spread more in recruiting. I am very comfortable in the areas that we are in. I thought our state this year had more Division I players than the other three and a half years I have been here. We were able to keep some of those here. A couple got away from us. I wasn't disappointed because of the effort we gave in order to keep them here.


Georgia is always going to be a good state for our program. I still think we have to be better in Alabama. I still think we are missing some there. We are going to go back and see what we can do better to close that out. I would like to extend more in Florida and keep ties in South Carolina."


Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown (Prev. School)
Kenyon Buford OL 6-6 345 Fr Murfreesboro, TN (Riverdale HS)
- Chose MT over Ohio State and Auburn
Leon Cesar LB 6-1 225 Jr Miami, FL (Dodge City CC)
- Led team in tackles and was 19th in conference
Seneca Chambers WR 6-2 180 Jr Port St. Joe, FL (Hinds CC)
- A preseason NJCAA All-American
Joe Evilsizer OL 6-1 302 Jr Broken Arrow, OK (NE Oklahoma A&M JC)
- Voted First Team All-Conference
Ty Goodrich OL 6-5 300 Fr Union City, TN (Union City HS)
- Rated one of the top three lineman in Tennessee
Eugene Gross RB 5-11 215 Fr Statesboro, GA (Statesboro HS)
- Played QB in High School
Ralph Gunter FB 6-0 265 Fr. Hephzibah, GA (Hephzibah HS)
- Chose MT over NC State, Ga., Georgia Southern, UNC, Ga. Tech
Jonathan Harris DB 5-10 185 Fr. Montgomery, AL (Jefferson Davis HS)
- Picked MT over Louisville and Southern Miss
John Henry OL 6-6 303 Fr. Nashville, TN (Hillsboro)
- Rated No. 64 offensive lineman in nation out of HS
Taron Henry WR 6-2 187 Fr. Murfreesboro, TN (Riverdale HS)
- Recruited by Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama, Florida
Tyrone Hicks DB 5-10 175 Fr. Huntsville, AL (Lee HS)
- Set Alabama State Record with 12 INTs as a senior
Pedro Holiday WR 6-1 185 Jr. Rome, GA (SW Mississippi JC)
- Originally signed with Auburn out of High School
Jerrin Holt WR 6-3 215 r-So. Grand Prairie, TX (Ranger JC)
- Signed with Vanderbilt in 2001
Marcel Horne LB 6-1 215 Fr. Stone Mountain, GA (Clarkston HS)
- Led team with 150 tackles
Sam Hunt QB 6-3 210 Fr. Cedartown, GA (Cedartown HS)
- Named First Team All-State by two different associations
Patrick Jackson QB 6-3 180 Fr. Macon, GA (First Presby. Day School)
- Threw for 8,010 yards and 72 TDs during prep career
Terry Jackson RB 5-10 185 Fr. Memphis, TN (Kingsbury HS)
- Rated No. 57 tailback in nation by Rivals.com
Tommy Manus WR 6-4 215 Jr. Dallas, TX (Ft. Scott CC)
- Chose MT over Cal, TCU, Texas A&M
Lance McCullough OL 6-4 309 Fr. Gaylesville, AL (Cedar Bluff HS)
- Voted All-State, All-Region and All-County
Demarco McNair RB 6-0 180 Fr. Thomson, GA (Thomson HS)
- Georgia AAAA State Player of the Year
Sean Mosley LB 6-3 245 Fr. Sylvania, GA (Screven Co. HS)
- Savannah Area Defensive Player of the Year
Darren Mustin LB 6-1 220 Fr. Franklin, TN (Brentwood Academy)
- A two-time All-State selection
Antoine Owens LB 6-2 215 Fr. Antioch, TN (Ezell-Harding HS)
- A finalist for Mr. Football Lineman in 2002
Bobby Payne DE 6-4 285 Fr. Morrilton, AR (Morrilton HS)
- A Super Prep All-American
Justin Rainey ATH 6-1 195 Fr. Rock Hill, SC (Northwestern HS)
- Drew interest from South Carolina and Tennessee
Bradley Robinson WR 5-9 165 Fr. Duncan, SC (James F. Byrnes HS)
- Herald-Journal Offensive Player of Year
Danny Tolbert DB 5-10 170 Jr. Okeechobee, FL (Coffeyville CC)
- Second Team NJCAA All-American
Erik Walden DE 6-3 225 Fr. Dublin, GA (Dublin HS)
- Courier-Herald Heart of Georgia Defensive Player of Year
Jonathan Ward ATH 6-1 222 Fr. Collinwood, TN (Collinwood HS)
- Won Class A Mr. Football Award

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