Troy signs 12 junior college playersPublished 6:28pm Wednesday, February 5, 2014
The Troy Trojans inked 13 players on National Signing Day, and 19 players during the period officially.
Of those 19, 12 future Trojans come from the junior college ranks, and will be thrust in to the mix and will compete for playing time almost immediately.
Troy signed a trio of defensive backs from Butler Community College in Kansas. John Knight, Tajarvis Fuller and Darrin Reddick will compete for playing time in the secondary.
Rashad Dillard, defensive tackle from Coffeyville, Vinton Harris, of Dodge City, Teddy Ruben, of Scottsdale Community College, Carnell Simon, of Hutchinson, Jarvis Williams, of Antelope Valley, Nyck Young, from Victor Valley, join mid-year signees Jarvis Bentley, Connor Bravard and Dontreal Pruitt.
Troy recruiting coordinator Randy Butler said the Trojans needed to sign players that are ready.
“We needed some immediate help on the defensive line,” said Butler. “We have some young guys coming, but they have never been in the fire, so to speak. When I go over to Athens, Georgia this year I want to have some guys that have played another level of football.”
Troy did sign two local high school players, CHHS’ John Johnson and Barbour County receiver Emmanuel Thompson.
Butler said the local talent is just as good now as it has ever been.
“We are always going to search out the local kids,” said Butler. “If they fit our needs, and they want to be here, then we are going to recruit them.”