PIKEVILLE – Fresh off his second straight season with a winning record in the Mid-South Conference East Division, University of Pikeville head football coach Allan Holland Jr., kept them momentum rolling with a successful class of initial signees on Wednesday.
On the first day of the college football signing period, the Bears received scholarship agreements from student-athletes in five different states.
It’s a class that meets many needs for Holland Jr., entering his third season at the helm, who will continue to recruit throughout the spring and summer.
“We’ve had a lot of great recruits on campus to try and find that true student-athlete, guys that want to buy into the program and do the right things on and off the field,” said Holland Jr. “That’s big for each of these young men and their families, to set them up for success after playing college football.”
Many of Wednesday’s signees finished prep careers that went deep into the postseason at their respective high schools, an experience that Holland Jr., thinks can pay dividends at UPIKE.
“These signees know what it takes to win and how it feels to experience competing in the playoffs,” said Holland Jr. “That’s something that we are trying to get back to here at UPIKE and we hope that momentum carries over to us.”
UPIKE is scheduled to open the 2016 season at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25 at Bluefield (Va.).
2016 UPIKE SIGNEES
HT. WT. POS. CL. HOMETOWN/PREVIOUS SCHOOL
Yonis Abdi 6-3 270 OL Fr. Milton, Ga.
Tykee Atkins 6-3 230 DE/LB Fr. Woodstock, Ga.
Myles Blouin 5-10 165 SLOT Fr. Roswell, Ga.
Joquise Buford 5-11 175 ATH Fr. Lexington, Ky.
Jacob Cavender 6-0 180 QB Fr. Atlanta, Ga.
William Chandler 6-0 175 K Fr. Lilburn, Ga.
Jordan Combs 6-0 175 RB/LB Fr. Hazard, Ky.
Korrion Crier 5-8 185 RB/LB Fr. Richmond, Ky.
Cameron Davis 6-0 230 OL/DL Fr. Richmond, Ky.
Dylan Frazier 6-2 300 OL/DL Fr. Winchester, Ky.
Steven Frost 6-3 185 QB Fr. Winter Springs, Fla.
De’Undre Gaines 5-11 210 LB Fr. Anderson, S.C.
William Garcia 5-11 225 OL/DL Fr. Louisville, Ky.
Brandon Gibson 6-3 250 DL Fr. Seneca, S.C.
Chandler Gover 5-11 205 RB/LB Fr. Somerset, Ky.
Emmett Kersey 6-0 180 LB Fr. Milton, Ga.
Cole Kidwell 6-1 230 DE Fr. Baxter, Ky.
Tyler Koch 6-1 180 WR/DB Fr. Louisville, Ky.
Jay Layne 6-0 195 LB Fr. Ashland, Ky.
Lawrence Lee Jr. 6-2 180 WR Fr. Richmond, Ky.
Tyler Lyttle 6-1 230 LB/FB Fr. Manchester, Ky.
Dylan Martin 6-3 180 WR/DB Fr. Dallas, Ga.
Jeremiah Martin 6-0 255 OL Fr. Seneca, S.C.
Tyler McCallister 6-3 300 OL/DL Fr. Paintsville, Ky.
Jaxon Meads 6-1 190 WR/DB Fr. Nicholasville, Ky.
Andrew Miller 6-3 225 TE Fr. Richmond, Ky.
Allen Montgomery 6-0 185 LB/FB Fr. Nicholasville, Ky.
LaDarrius Morton 6-0 290 DL/FB Fr. Lexington, Ky.
Michael-Seth Carder Napier 6-2 200 WR/TE Fr. Hazard, Ky.
Derek Northington 6-1 315 OL/DL Fr. Louisville, Ky.
Matt Nowlin 6-2 250 DL/OL Fr. Christiansburg, Va.
Kevin Owens 5-10 180 DB Fr. Columbia, S.C.
Jacob Rabe 5-10 190 LB Fr. Union, Ky.
Chase Richardson 6-4 290 OL Fr. Dallas, Ga.
Vincent Riley 5-10 205 FB Fr. Woodstock, Ga.
Alan Rios 5-8 140 K Fr. Athens, Ala.
Kendall Roberts 6-1 170 QB/ATH Fr. Lexington, Ky.
Aaron Slone 6-3 205 QB Fr. Richmond, Ky.
A.J. Smith 6-1 185 WR Fr. Roswell, Ga.
Bowen Smith 6-1 190 QB Fr. Aiken, S.C.
Matt Stratton 6-5 307 OL Fr. Versailles, Ky.
Dylan Tackett 6-3 280 DL/OL Fr. Frankfort, Ky.
Cole Votaw 6-3 190 DB/WR Fr. Louisville, Ky.
Triston Wallace 6-0 225 LB Fr. Dry Ridge, Ky.
Cody Wells 6-2 310 OL Fr. Louisville, Ky.
Joey Wilder 5-11 185 LB.WR Fr. Covington, Ky.
Xondre Willis 5-10 170 RB Fr. Belfry, Ky.
Bennett Wilson 6-1 245 DL Fr. Marietta, Ga.
Jacob Wilson 6-2 200 TE/LB Fr. Winchester, Ky.