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Tigers sign 16 high school players

(Courtesy: UWA Athletics)
(Courtesy: UWA Athletics)(WTOK)
Published: Feb. 6, 2020 at 3:21 PM CST
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West Alabama signed 16 football players on Wednesday, that combined with the mid-year signees, gives the Tigers 27 new players heading into the 2020 campaign, head coach Brett Gilliland's seventh at his alma mater.

"We are really pleased with these high school signees and what they bring to the table. I believe this is a great bunch with a bright future at UWA," Gilliland said. "This group complements the mid-year signees we have already on campus and returning in our team."

"We welcome these guys and their families to the Tiger family," Gilliland said. "I want to thank our staff for all of their hard work through this recruiting cycle and for everyone at the university and in the community that helped us."

Gilliland and his staff got signatures from eight defensive players, seven on offense and one specialist. All were high school players.

Defensive linemen and linebackers led the way with three each. The Tigers also picked up two defensive backs, two offensive linemen and two quarterbacks. A wide receiver, running back, tight end and punter/kicker round out the February class.

Combining the mid-year signees who will participate in spring drills for the Tigers, UWA inked a total of 13 offensive players, 12 on defense and two specialists.

2020 February Football Signees

Shawn Byrd, LB, 601, 215, Saraland High School, Saraland, Ala.

Led the team with 103 tackles as a senior … Also recorded two sacks and 10 tackles for loss last season … Recovered a fumble and blocked a kick … Ranks third in career tackles in school history … 2019 ASWA Class 6A First Team All-State … 2018 & 2019 Call News First Team All-Area Team … 2019 Mobile Press Register First Team All-Coastal.

Jake Corkren, QB, 6-2, 215, Northside High School, Northport, Ala.

As a senior he passed for 3,304 yards and 38 touchdowns … Rushed 227 yards and six touchdowns … Passed for 6,568 yards and 77 TDs over his high school career … Named to 2018 and 2019 West Alabama Super 11 … 2018 and 2019 All State … Help lead his team to 2019 4A region championship … Four-year starter in football, basketball and baseball.

Nick Ellis, DB, 5-10, 170, Mobile Christian High School, Mobile, Ala.

Had 164 carries for 1,170 yards as a senior … Had nine receptions for 178 yards … Returned 12 kicks for 337 yards … Racked up 1,675 all-purpose yards … Did not fumble all season … Had 120 yards receiving in state championship game as a senior … Recorded 26 tackles three pass breakups as a senior … Played for Ronnie Cottrell at Mobile Christian … Will play defensive back at UWA … All-State Honorable mention as a junior … Also ran track … Was third in the state in 300m hurdles and sixth in 110m hurdles … Holds school record in 110m hurdles … 2017 National Honor Society.

Trevon Lambert, DE, 6-2, 215, Escambia County High School, Atmore, Ala.

Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State … Honorable Mention All-Coastal Defensive Team … All-Coastal Team … Team captain … Recorded 13 sacks … Recorded 60 tackles, 25 solo … Played for Coach Scott Mason, a UWA graduate … ECHS Rotary Club (Honor Roll).

Kyle Kramer, QB, 6-3, 215, Prattville High School, Prattville, Ala.

Passed for 2,300 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior … Completed 60 percent of his passes … Buffalo Rock Player of the Game, River Region Athlete of the Week, Alabama Class 7A football Fan Favorite of the Week for his 16-for-19 for 283 yards and four touchdowns performance against Stanhope Elmore … Honor student.

Kory McCoy LB, 6-0, 190, Opelika High School, Opelika, Ala.

Recorded 69 tackles and five tackles for loss … Had three interceptions … Forced two fumbles and recovered two … Scored one touchdown … All-Area second-team … Earned player of the game honors in week one against Callaway where he intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble.

Camren Moffett, OL, 6-6, 280, Crestview High School, Crestview, Fla.

Northwest Daily News Dandy Dozen.

LaDarrius Rice, DB, 6-1, 185, Helena High School, Helena, Ala.

Recorded 40 tackles, 31 solo, as a senior … Intercepted three passes … Broke up five passes ... Two-time All-Shelby County Football Team … Two-Time All- State Honorable Mention.

Caden Shoulders, OL, 6-5, 359, Athens High School, Athens, Ala.

First-Team All-Limestone County … Decatur Daily All-Area First Team … First State Bank of the South Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 14.

Aarren Smith, LB, 6-1, 195, Hoover High School, Hoover, Ala.

Recorded 595 total tackles, 26 solo, as a senior … Had 9.5 tackles for loss and four sacks his senior year … Caused a fumble and recovered three in 2019 … Had 51 tackles, 23 solo, as a junior with two sacks and a caused fumble.

Trey Sullivan, K/P, 6-1, 200, Leroy High School, Leroy, Ala.

Top-ranked punter in state of Alabama according to MaxPreps … AL.com All-coastal Alabama first team punter as a senior … Washington County News All-Area kicker and punter … All-County kicker and punter as a senior … Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State kicker as a junior … All-county and all-area as a punter and kicker as a junior … All-county kicker as a sophomore … Three-year starter … 4-Star kicker and punter according to Kohl's Kicking … FCA Vice President … Senior class secretary … Jackson area chamber of commerce Pine City Ambassador … BASF Chemistry Teen's Lab 2019.

Silas Thompson, WR, 6-3, 185, Piedmont High School, Piedmont, Ala.

Had 48 receptions for 575 yards as a senior … Tied current UWA receiver Bayley Blanchard's PHS record with 13 touchdowns in a season … First-team all-region … First team all-county … First-team Alabama Sports Writers Association 2A All-State … TV24 Pigskin Roundup All-Star Team.

Jamarvis Turner, DL, 6-1, 285, Pensacola Catholic High School, Pensacola, Fla.

Played in seven games his senior season, recording 22 tackles and two sacks … Finished his junior season with 43 solo tackles and five tackles for loss … All-star team member … Second-team All-Area.

Tate Warr, TE, 6-3, 200, Millry High School, Millry, Ala.

Played quarterback in high school, but will convert to tight end at UWA … Four-time all-county … All-State as an athlete … Back of the Year Nominee … Three-time baseball all-county … First-team all-state as a catcher in baseball … 2019 Class 1A Hitter of the Year … Three-time all-county in basketball … Beta Club … National Honor Society.

Ta'Bryious Webb, RB, 5-11, 183, Dothan High School, Dothan, Ala.

Had 130 carries for 855 yards as a senior … Class 6A offensive player of the week with 11 carries, 163 yards and two touchdowns, plus a 32-yard TD reception versus Carver.

Steven White, DL, 6-3, 250, Lincoln High School, Lincoln, Ala.

Recorded 71 career tackles, including 28 tackles for loss and eight sacks … Forced two fumbles … 10 quarterback hurries … One interception and two blocked field goals … Had 36 total tackles as a senior, 17 for loss … Two-time all-region … Three-time all-county … First-team all-state … Recorded 63 pancake blocks as an offensive lineman.

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