BLUEFIELD, Va. —
Once the 2013 football season was complete, Bluefield College football coach Ordell Walker and his staff of three hit the road looking for reinforcements.
They found 28 signees who will enroll in the fall semester, along with six mid-year transfers. They will be added to the 55 returners from last season.
“I am so excited by the great group of young men who have decided to join the Ram family,” said Walker, in a press release. “Our team has become bigger, stronger and more athletic with this class. We have also added some much needed depth at some key positions.”
Walker wasn’t the only staff member pleased with the incoming class. The same goes for offensive coordinator Aaron Mingo, who tweeted often while on the recruiting trail about the incoming prospects for the Rams.
“We are very excited about our first signing day class here at Bluefield,” Mingo said. “This class has some big-time players who fit into our philosophy and the school’s mission...
“I think we did a great job of addressing our needs on the offensive and defensive lines, and provided much needed depth at several other positions.”
Bluefield has finished 0-11 in each of its two sesons since bringing the program back after a 71-year hiatus, but Mingo thinks this particular group of athletes will be part of a turnaround for the Rams.
“We had three big objectives we wanted to accomplish in recruiting this year: Win in Virginia, build from the inside out—meaning start with the offensive and defensive lines—and get the Bluefield College football product out there,” Mingo said. “With the players we signed on February 5, it appears that we did just that.”
It’s not just about football either. Walker likes what this class will represent away from the field.
“The best part of this group is their commitment to pursuing a successful and significant life on and off the field,” he said.
Twenty of the 26 signees are from Virginia, and another hails from Washington D.C. The class includes eight offensive linemen and three on the defensive side of the ball. Seven defensive backs were also signed.
Wyoming East running back Brian Whitt is the recruit signed closest to Bluefield.
Southwest Virginia products include Michael Hinkley from Auburn High School in Riner, Va., Seth Davenport and Shane Milhorne from Holston High School in Damascus, Andrew McFree from Christiansburg and Roanoke import Bryan Starkey from Patrick Henry High School.
Bluefield College football signees
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School
David Aldama DT 5-10 280 Sunland Park, N.M./Santa Teresa HS
Gavin Applegate OT 6-1 255 Portsmouth, Ohio/Portsmouth HS
Ben Blados OG 6-4 300 Richmond, Va./Hermitage HS
Seth Davenport WR 6-1 175 Damascus, Va./Holston HS
Nicolas-Jakim Driver DB 5-10 190 Virginia Beach, Va./Tallwood HS
Kenya Edner DB 5-10 165 Pittsburg, Calif./Pittsburg HS
Nathanael Gerke C 6-1 295 Fayetteville, N.C./Jack Britt HS
Michael Hinkley OT 6-3 280 Riner, Va./Auburn HS
Joshua Jones WR 6-2 175 Chatham, Va./Chatham HS
David Kellam CB 5-9 170 Virginia Beach, Va./Tallwood HS
Isaiah Martin TE 6-0 215 Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown HS
Andrew McFee OG 6-2 295 Christiansburg, Va./Christiansburg HS
Josh McNair OLB 5-11 185 Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield HS
Cesar Mendoza DB 5-8 175 Lehi, Utah/Lehi HS
Shane Milhorne RB 5-6 200 Meadowview, Va./Holston HS
Quincy Mock Slot 6-0 185 Hampton, Va./Hampton Roads Academy
Tracey Parker DE 6-1 260 Smithfield, Va./Nansemond River HS
De'angelo Powell DT 6-0 260 Pittsburg, Calif./Pittsburg HS
Trevione Powell CB 5-8 160 Hampton, Va./Phoebus HS
Khalil Randall DB 5-10 180 Richmond, Va./Varina HS
Logan Rupert OG 6-3 305 Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown HS
Rayshad Scott OLB 5-9 200 Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch HS
Bryan Starkey OT 6-3 235 Roanoke, Va./Patrick Henry HS
Justin Stephens Slot 5-9 140 Glen Allen, Va./Glen Allen HS
Darius Washington CB 5-9 155 Washington, D.C./Westland HS (Md.)
Jaquan Watson OT 6-4 285 Richmond, Va./Hermitage HS
Brian Whitt RB 5-8 165 Mullens, W. Va./Wyoming East HS
Cason Whitt QB 6-2 175 Fredericksburg, Va./Massaponax HS