Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

February 12, 2014

Bluefield adds 28 to football program

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.

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