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Brown signs first class for Trojans

New Troy head coach Neal Brown surveys the new class of recruits on Wednesday. (Photo contributed)

(February 5, 2015)

TROY – New Troy head football coach Neal Brown announced the signing of 17 student-athletes to a grant-in-aid Wednesday to push his initial signing class as Troy’s head coach to 22 players for the 2015 season.

“I thought our staff did a tremendous job with only about six weeks to work and a big chunk of that coming during a dead period,” Brown said. “I’m really proud of the work those guys put in. Looking at the board, we put an emphasis on length and I think we were able to do that. From an offensive standpoint, we put a huge emphasis on the offensive line and defensively wanted to get as many long and athletic bodies as we possibly could.

“I think we set the tone with this class. As we look forward to the 2016 class, where we have a full 12 or 13 months to recruit, I think we put some schools on lookout that have traditionally come into our territory and had some success that past few years. We were able to flip some guys late in the process and I’m proud of the staff for the tiresome work they put into this class.”

Troy’s signing class features eight players on the offensive side and 14 on the defensive side. The Trojans focused heavily on the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball with the addition of four offensive linemen and four defensive linemen.

The signing class features 10 players who earned a three-star rating from the major recruiting services. Brown’s staff pulled nine players from the state of Alabama and five from Georgia. Troy also signed players from Mississippi (3), South Carolina (2), Florida (2) and Louisiana (1).

The class includes three players from Montgomery - Carver wideout Ismail Saleem and safety Melvin Tyus as well as Jeff Davis defensive lineman Uvakeious McGhee.             

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