National Signing Day is the day that every fan learns about their new players and hope they will be the ones to lead their team to the football promise land, and VSU is no different.
VSU reeled in a huge recruiting class in terms of size and stature yesterday on National Signing Day, bringing in 29 new players.
The Blazers landed 15 players on defense, 11 players on offense, and three special teamers highlighted by the 6’6”, 360 lb offensive lineman, Jeremy Daniels.
VSU scoured all over Georgia and north Florida—from LaGrange and Savannah, Ga. to Madison and Deland, Fla. to find the recruits that will hopefully push the Blazers back into playoff contention.
The Blazers last won the Division II National Championship back in 2007 and are hoping that these recruits, including a few hometown boys, will lead them back to the “Title Town” fame they are used to.
VSU added longsnapper Jayson Crum from Lowndes High School, defensive back Terrence Foster and linebacker Jonathan Hester from Valdosta High School.
Crum is especially excited to be staying in his hometown.
“I saw VSU as a good school to go to and it’s home,” said Crum. “A lot of kids go off to college and don’t like it, plus VSU has a great pharmacy school and that’s what I want to do.”
The Blazers seem as if they are attempting to continue their tradition of a strong defense aptly nicknamed “The Black Swarm” as they welcomed a whopping eight more linebackers along with five defensive backs.
On the opposite side of the ball the Blazers seemed to focus on shoring up the passing game by adding five new players at the wide receiver position.
Team speed seemed to be a priority of VSU as five players, three offensive and two defensive, ran track in high school.
VSU also showed that they will most likely be running a similar offense in the future as they run currently.
The Blazers ran their offense out of the shotgun a majority of the time last year with a lot of plays featuring a QB option of some sort. Just about every quarterback currently on the VSU roster has some rushing ability.
New QB recruit, Kaleb Nobles, continues that trend and is considered one of the best dual threat QB’s in the state of Georgia. Nobles turned down an offer to Clemson to play for the Blazers.
With a recruitment class of seven less players than last year fans will have to wait anxiously to see what kind of impact these players will make on the field later this year.