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Blue Raiders Ink 5 Junior College Players

December 19, 2001 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee Head Coach Andy McCollum announced today the signing of five mid-term junior college players to the Blue Raider roster. Defensive end Dominic Jones, athlete Will Martin, linebacker Charlie Myles, defensive back Aaron Pitts, and defensive back Tony Sutton all inked with the Blue Raiders on Wednesday.

"We felt it was very important in certain areas to bring these guys in so they could go through our workout program, Blue Dawn, spring practice," McCollum said. "Will Martin, from Clarksville, TN, is a great athlete who should make us better immediately and (Dominic) Jones is a big kid who will help us up front. The two corners (Aaron Pitts, Tony Sutton) can make immediate impacts because of their ability to cover and (Charlie) Myles has the ability with his size and speed to challenge at linebacker right away. This is a big step in our recruiting and gets us out to a strong start in this year's class. These are all exceptional young men who will represent Middle Tennessee in a positive manner."

Jones, the Most Valuable Defensive Player for the North team at the Mississippi JUCO All-Star game, makes his way to Murfreesboro by way of Northwest Mississippi JC. The Coffeeville, MS, native picked the Blue Raiders over Oklahoma State, Kentucky, Memphis, Troy State, and Marshall.

Martin, a quarterback last season for Coffeyville (KS) Community College, played his prep football at Kenwood High School in Clarksville. Martin led the Ravens to a 7-4 record and a win over Navarro JC in the 2001 Heart of Texas Bowl. Martin, who chose the Blue Raiders over Maryland, Ohio, Ole Miss, and West Virginia, was an all-conference performer last year after tallying 1,052 passing yards, 500 more yards on the ground, and 10 touchdowns.

Myles, a highly recruited player out of high school, was a standout at Gulf Coast Community College where he recorded 97 tackles in two years. The Pascagoula, MS, native played defensive end as a freshman before moving to middle linebacker in 2001. Myles, the fourth member of his family to play Division I-A football, joins Tanaka Scott, Samuel Smith and Sheldon Durham as Gulf Coast players who have gone on to play for the Blue Raiders.

Pitts, out of Silver Creek, MS, registered 12 interceptions in two years for Copiah-Lincoln Junior College. An excellent man-on-man cover guy, Pitts selected the Blue Raiders over New Mexico and Texas Christian.

Sutton, a speedster who has been clocked in the 40 at 4.4, was a two-year starter for Tyler (TX) Junior College. During his two seasons at Tyler, the Apaches had a combined record of 17-6 and won a conference title. Sutton chose Middle Tennessee over Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Houston, and North Texas.

The Blue Raider coaches will host their largest recruiting weekends of the year beginning January 11 up until National Signing Day on February 6.

The skinny on today's recruits from head coach Andy McCollum
Dominic Jones: An impact guy who should help replace the three guys we lost up front. He has good speed for his size and is an excellent athlete. Possesses good technique and a strong burst off the line of scrimmage.

Will Martin: A tremendous athlete who can play a lot of positions. Has experience as a quarterback and safety, but is the type athlete we need in our program in order to be successful.

Charlie Myles: A player who possesses untapped potential. Charlie has speed, strength, and a knack for being around the football. He is a very physical player who enjoys contact.

Aaron Pitts: A solid cover corner who has the ability to play man coverage. Aaron is a good athlete who should compete for a job right away.

Tony Sutton: Tony is a good cover corner who has tremendous speed and will bring a physical mentality to our secondary. He has the skills to play all four spots in the secondary.

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