Troy lands five more recruits

Published 6:06 pm Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Troy Trojans added to their already loaded recruiting class when they added five more players during National Signing Day Wednesday.

The five players join Troy’s 15 other signees that signed scholarships back in December during the early signing period.

“This is a tremendous day for our program,” said head coach Neal Brown. “We add five guys to what I feel like was a tremendous signing class in December as well. I think, altogether, this is the best class we have been able to put together here over our four years. We filled some significant needs in our program. I am proud of our staff. I thought they did a good job evaluating not only character and academics, but actual talent on the field.”

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Of the 15 signees, 12 came from the state of Alabama.

“That’s been a common theme as we go through this along with Georgia, Florida and the state of Mississippi,” Brown said. “We are able to get guys from what we deem our home areas.”

The Trojans added pieces for a plethora of different positions on Wednesday. In all, the Trojans scooped up two safeties, a tight end, a wide receiver and a defensive tackle.

The Trojans added defensive tackle Will Choloh, Jr. from Archer High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Choloh was named to the 7A All-State Second team after his senior season. He was also named all-county and all-region after recording 63 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and seven sacks. He was rated as a three-star recruit by 247Sports and Rivals and ranks among the top 100 defensive tackles in the country by 247Sports.

“He has been committed to us for a while,” Brown said. “He played at Archer High School. He’s really a talented kid, defensive tackle wise. He was as good as anyone we had in camp last year at the defensive line position.”

Wide receiver Demontrez Brown comes to Troy from Bob Jones High School, where he reeled in 41 receptions for 998 yards and 12 touchdowns during his senior year. He represented Alabama at the 2017 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.

Tight end A.J. Lewis from Murphy High School caught 28 passes for 446 yards and three touchdowns at Murphy. He is rated at one of the top-75 tight ends in the country and one of the top 55 players in the state of Alabama by 247Sports. He is rated as a three-star recruit.

“He was a huge position of need for us,” Brown said. “He is our second player out of Mobile, Baldwin County this year. He is a guy that can come in and play right away.”

Safety T.J. Harris comes from Lee County High School in Georgia where he was named to the 6A All-State Second Team. He was a first team all-region selection and he is rated as one of the top 200 safeties in the country by 247Sports.

In December, the Trojans landed Louisville transfer and wide receiver Traveon Samuel. Samuel was rated as the eighth-best all-purpose back in the country coming out of Phenix City High School. On Wednesday, the Trojans added another transfer in safety Will Sunderland from Oklahoma. Sunderland was rated as the seventh-best safety in the country coming out of Midwest City (Okla.) High School. He has two years of eligibility remaining after transferring from Oklahoma and will be able to play right away.

“We did a lot of research on Will,” Brown said. “Tyquae (Russell) knew him personally. Vic Koenning has a great relationship with his high school coach. We felt good about Will and his parents when Will came on his official visit. We feel like Will will have a great opportunity to come here and be productive.”

This year’s class for the Trojans has an average score of 81.02 on 247Sports. It’s the first time in school history that a Troy signing class has broken the 80-point mark by a recruiting service.