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Raiders ink 23 on National Signing Day

15 incoming freshman and 8 transfers

February 5, 2014 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee head football coach Rick Stockstill announced today the signing of 23 players to scholarship agreements on National Signing Day.

"We did a great job of filling our needs with this class," added Stockstill. "We needed some older guys in certain positions and we did that with our mid-term signees. We could sign 23 which is what we did today. I am not going to take someone for the sake of taking them. I like this class a lot and can't wait for them to arrive on campus.

"We have a great product to sell at Middle Tennessee. We graduate 96 percent of our players, go to bowl games, and play on television basically each week. You can do it all at Middle Tennessee which makes getting a class like this a lot easier."

The Blue Raiders inked players from eight different states with six coming from Georgia, four from Mississippi, four from Florida, three from Tennessee, three from South Carolina and one each from Ohio, California, and New Jersey. Overall, 15 signees come from the high school ranks and eight are junior college transfers.

Stockstill and his staff signed 12 players on offense. The Blue Raiders added five linemen, three tight ends, two receivers, a running back and a quarterback.

Defensively, the Blue Raiders stocked up on linebackers and cornerbacks among the 10 players signed. The staff inked four linebackers, two cornerbacks, two safeties, and a defensive end and a defensive tackle.

"We needed help at linebacker and in the secondary," said Stockstill. "The linebackers we signed can really run and I believe the players we are bringing in for the secondary can make an impact right away."

Middle Tennessee also signed a punter in A.J. Wells who rated among the best in the nation.

The Blue Raiders, who return 13 starters next year, will begin spring practice on March 22 with the Blue-White Spring Game set for April 19.

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