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Raiders ink nine mid-term signees

Most ever under Stockstill

December 18, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO - Middle Tennessee Head Coach Rick Stockstill announced today the signing of nine mid-term student-athletes to scholarship agreements. All nine will enroll at Middle Tennessee in January.

The Raiders inked five defensive players, three offensive players, and one on special teams.

"Our staff did a super job of forming relationships early in the process," said Stockstill. "This is the most we have signed during the mid-term period since I became head coach. By graduating 17 players this semester, it allowed us to sign more student-athletes.

"This will be a huge advantage for these players since they will practice in the spring and learn our offense, defense, and various schemes. I am excited about all of them joining the Raider family."

Following are brief bios on the nine signees:

OL David Adams (6-3, 285, Jr.)
Rolling Fork, MS (Copiah-Lincoln CC)

Copiah-Lincoln: Helped Copiah-Lincoln to a 7-2 record in 2013 as the offense averaged 33.3 points and 430.2 yards ... Started all nine games ... Named MACJC Second Team All-State ... Played in the MACJC All-Star game ... Team averaged 31.4 points in 2012 in going 9-3.

High School: Played at South Delta High School where he had 43 tackles and eight sacks as a senior and 82 stops and 11 sacks as a junior ... Started every game at South Delta and earned all-district honors ... Voted Best Lineman his senior year and Best Offensive Lineman his junior and senior seasons.

TE Tyler Barron (6-4, 242, r-Jr.)
Port Orange, FL (Warner Christian Academy)

Snow College: Finished with 34 receptions for 388 yards and two touchdowns in 2013 ... Was the team's second-leading receiver.

High School: Was a quarterback in high school at Warner Christian ... Earned all-county honors from the Orlando Sentinel his senior year as team finished runner-up in the Florida Class 1B State Championship.

CB Jordan Frost-Dixon (5-11, 188, Jr.)
Easton, PA (Easton Area HS)

Scottsdale CC: Turned in 34 tackles and 10 pass breakups in helping lead Scottsdale to a 10-1 record in 2013 ... Played in six games as a freshman.

High School: Lettered in football and track at Easton Area High School ... As a senior he collected 60 tackles, four TFLs, and two interceptions ... Selected to the 2011 McDonald's All-Star Classic ... Earned all-area and all-district honors.

LB Cavellis Luckett (6-0, 240, Jr.)
McComb, MS (McComb HS)

Miss. Gulf Coast CC: Collected 83 tackles, eight tackles for loss and two sacks in leading Mississippi Gulf Coast to an 8-2 record and a No. 9 ranking in the NJCAA polls in 2013 ... Had three double digit tackle games ... Named First Team All-MACJC and MACJC All-Region ... Voted the MACJC Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 17, 2013 after posting 14 tackles against No. 8 Hinds ... Had 68 tackles as a freshman to go with two sacks, nine tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and an interception

High School: Lettered in football and basketball at McComb High School ... Was the team defensive MVP in 2010, 2011 and 2012 ... Named the team's best linebacker as a junior and senior ... Won the team spirit award for basketball.

S Patrick Martin (6-1, 210, r-Jr.)
Greenville, SC (James L. Mann HS)

Highland CC: Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and 247sports.com ... As a senior, he registered 47 tackles, 2.5 sacks, four pass breakups and an interception ... Originally signed with Tennessee out of high school.

High School: Rated a 4-star recruit by Rivals.com (No. 22 overall safety, No. 6 overall prospect in South Carolina) ... Scout: 3-star (No. 34 overall safety) ... ESPN: 4-star (No. 15 overall safety) ... 2010 Shrine Bowl participant ... Earned SCVarsity.com First Team All-State honors in 2010 ... Named All-Region and All-County in 2010 ... Named First Team All-State, All-Area and All-Region as a junior in 2009 ... Named to Mobile Press-Register's Southeast 120 and ranked 115th ... As a senior, notched 70 tackles, two interceptions and returned a forced fumble for a touchdown ... Offensively, totaled more than 500 yards rushing and six touchdowns, while catching 20 passes for 232 yards and four scores ... Compiled 112 tackles, 12 pass breakups, four forced fumbles and two interceptions as a junior in 2009 ... Collected 400 yards rushing and three touchdowns ... Coach at J.L. Mann High School: Mickey Crocker.

OL Maurquice Shakir (6-3, 300, Jr.)
Pacific Palisades, CA (Palisades HS)

Santa Monica College: A 21-game starter at Santa Monica and helped lead team to an 8-2 record in 2013 and a 9-2 mark in 2012 ... As a freshman, he helped produce the school's first 1,000-yard rusher in 13 years.

High School: Started all 13 games his senior year at Palisades High School ... Primarily played offensive line but did see limited action on the defensive line ... Led the team in pancake blocks ... Earned first team all-city and all-district honors ... Was the city runner-up offensive lineman of the year.

DB Trey Wafford (5-10, 195, Jr.)
Fayetteville, GA (Whitewater HS)

Mississippi Gulf Coast CC: Played at Mississippi Gulf Coast with fellow signee Cavellis Luckett ... Team finished 8-2 and ranked ninth nationally in 2013 ... Finished 2013 with 83 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 14 TFLs, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, an interception and two pass breakups ... Had double digit tackles three times and earned MACJC Defensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 8, 2013 ... Had 49 tackles, two interceptions (both returned for TDs), two pass breakups, and two fumble recoveries as a freshman.

High School: Earned all-district honors in football at Whitewater High School ... Registered 15 touchdowns his senior year and totaled 95 tackles as a junior.

DB Quay Watt (6-0, 210, r-Jr.)
Abbeville, SC (Abbeville HS)

Holmes CC: Collected 68 tackles in nine games at Holmes Community College in 2013 ... Had three games of double digit tackles ... Was the MACJC Player of the Week on Oct. 17 following a 13-tackle performance against Hinds ... Played nine games in 2012 and had 70 stops and an interception.

High School: Lettered in football and basketball at Abbeville High School ... Played in the 2010 Shrine Bowl.

Punter AJ Wells (6-1, 175, Fr.)
Buena Vista, GA (Marion County HS)

High School: Graduated early from Marion County High School and will enroll at Middle Tennessee in January ... Named game MVP after helping lead Marion County to the Georgia Class A Public State Championship in 2013 ... He made a field goal, extra point, and placed four punts inside the Charlton 20-yard line (three inside the 15) ... Ranked 10th nationally for kickers/punters by Prokicker.com, No. 3 for specialists and No. 2 for combo kickers ... Named all-state, all-region on three occasions, and all-area twice ... Voted the Columbus All-Valley Area Special Teams Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013 ... Preseason First Team All-American by Prokicker.com ... Selected to compete in the Offense-Defense All-America Bowl in 2013 ... Made 11 of 17 field goals as a senior, including a long of 47 yards, while averaging 40.4 yards on 39 punts (18 inside 20) ... Averaged 40.0 yards per punt as a junior.

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