LIVINGSTON, Ala. – West Alabama took advantage of early signing day to bring aboard six players who will join the Tiger program when spring semester begins in January.
Coach Brett Gilliland and his staff landed one player each from the following categories: tight end/kicker, wide receiver, defensive lineman, offensive lineman, kicker and defensive back. All played at Mississippi junior colleges and two also had experience in either FBS or FCS programs.
"We are excited to add these quality players to the Tiger family," Gilliland said. "These guys and others that will follow will be great additions to our program in January."
Gilliland expects more signees over the next few days as the Tigers work to replace 22 seniors that helped UWA win 38 games and qualify twice for the NCAA Division II Championship Playoffs.
Following are thumbnail sketches for early football signees up to now:
2019 West Alabama Football Early Signees (Dec. 18, 2019)
Reed Collins, TE/K, 6-2½, 210, Northeast (Miss.) Community College, St. Joseph Catholic (Miss.) High School, Madison, Mississippi
Junior College: Played in 14 career games as a quarterback … Completed 40-of-82 passes for 466 yards and three touchdowns … Also place kicker his sophomore year, making 2-of-7 field goal attempts … Punted three times for an average of 30.0 yards as a freshman … High School: Completed 92-of-165 passing attempts as a senior for 17 touchdowns and 1,929 yards … Averaged 5.1 yards per carry … Averaged 34.0 yards as a senior punter … Converted 16-of-17 extra point attempts as a senior … Also played soccer, accounting for 109 points in 22 games … Scored 45 goals and had 19 assists.
Sedevyn Gray, WR, 6-0, 182, Mississippi Valley State University, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Puckett (Miss.) High School, Puckett, Mississippi
Mississippi Valley: Played in 11 games during the 2019 season … Caught 21 passes for 135 yards… Also rushed for 50 yards on six carries … Returned 12 kickoffs for 238 yards (19.8 ypr) … Junior College: Played in nine games … Had 21 receptions for 386 yards and four touchdowns … High School: Played running back and defensive back for Coach Jason Goodwin at Puckett High School … As a senior recorded 62 tackles, seven broken up passes, five interceptions, forced five fumbles and scored 12 touchdowns.
Terrance "Tank" Monroe, DL, 6-3, 330, Pearl River (Miss.) Community College, Petal (Miss.) High School, Petal, Mississippi
Junior College: Played in 18 games over his career at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College … Recorded 40 total tackles … Had two tackles for loss … High School: Played for Coach Marcus Boyles at Petal High School … Played in 13 games as a senior … Had 36 tackles and two tackles for loss his senior season.
Terrance "TJ" Newell, DB, 6-2½, 179, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Clinton (Miss.) High School, Clinton, Mississippi
Junior College: Played in 12 games as a defensive back after moving from wide receiver as a freshman … Made 35 tackles, including two for loss as a senior … Broke up eight pass and forced a fumble … Played in seven games as a freshman, making four catches for 25 yards … High School: Played for Coach Judd Boswell at Clinton High School … Had 30 receptions as a senior for 515 yards and three touchdowns … Helped led his team to a 6A state championship as a senior.
Spencer Romero, K, 6-1, 169, Mississippi Delta Community College, Franklin County High School, Brookhaven, Mississippi
Junior College: Played in 18 games over his career … Converted 9-of-13 field goal attempts … Made 28-of-36 extra points … Scored 55 points … Credited with two tackles. High School: Played at Franklin County (Miss.) High School… Lettered three seasons as both a kicker and punter at FCHS … Made 6-of-10 FGA as a senior and 35-of-43 extra point tries … Long field goal of 37 yards … Averaged 36.1 yards as a senior punter … Selected to the All-District team as a specialist … Also competed in soccer and tennis … Four-year letterman in soccer that was chosen to the All-District team three times … Lettered four seasons in tennis, where he made four trips to the Mississippi High School Activities Association state tournament.
Delvin Salter, OL, 6-3½, 316, Austin Peay University … Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College, Whitehaven (Tenn.) High School, Horn Lake, Mississippi
Austin Peay: Signed with Governors in 2016, but redshirted as a freshman … Junior College: Played eight games over one season at Co-Lin … High School: Ranked 50th in the state of Tennessee by 247sports.com … The 108th-ranked guard in the nation by 247sports.com … Received a two-star rating by 247sports.com and Rivals.com … TSWA Class 6A All-State and All-USA Tennessee (USA Today) in 2015 … Finalist for Class 6A Mr. Football Lineman award in 2015.