Troy lands 22 players in ‘19 class

Published 6:50 pm Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The 2019 National Signing Day is in the books and the Troy Trojans improved their already stout recruiting class.

Troy added five new recruits on Wednesday morning, bringing their 2019 class to 22 players and securing the top-rated class in the Sun Belt Conference.

“(Wednesday), when you get up it’s like Christmas all over again,” said Troy head coach Chip Lindsey. “It’s a chance to bring in a new class and we are excited about it. I think I’m excited about this class for a couple of reasons. One, the quality of the kids we are bringing into the program. Also, the level of talent. These guys have a chance to be good players. I think we have a chance to have a good class here.”

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Troy added two receivers, a defensive end, a cornerback and a kicker on Wednesday. Based on the numbers, Troy’s average player ranking via 247Sportwas 82.37, the highest in the Sun Belt Conference.

The Trojans signed 11 players from the state of Alabama, six from Georgia, four from Florida and one from Texas.

“We are going to make a point of recruiting our state, so I am excited about that,” Lindsey said. “All and all it’s a really good class. I’m really looking forward to getting to know them better. I think we finished strong and that’s what we are trying to do. We needed to finish with the right kind of guys and I thought our coaches did a good job at doing that.”

The Trojans have had success recruiting the junior college ranks at a successful rate the last few years. On Wednesday, they got the nation’s leader in receptions in Kaylon Geiger. The junior hauled in 70 catches as a sophomore and was second nationally with 954 receiving yards.

“We’re really excited about him, Lindsay said. “He showed big-play capability. He was also a return guy, averaged about 29 yards on kickoff returns. Excited to have him.”

Defensive end Javon Solomon comes to Troy after he helped lead Godby High School in Florida to a combined 21-3 record. Solomon earned All-Big Bend honors after he had 73 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and three blocked kicks as a senior.

“He’s a big-time pass rusher,” Lindsay said. “He is a guy that will help us affect the quarterback on the defense, which is what we want.”

Cornerback Reddy Steward comes to Troy as a 3-star recruit. He played at Austin High School where he racked up first-team All-State honors. He represented Alabama in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game. He is ranked as a top 60 athlete nationally by ESPN.

“I am really excited to get him,” Lindsay said. “He was first-team All-State, another Alabama-Mississippi guy that played in the all-star game and I always think that is a big-time accomplishment.”

Wide receiver Jaden Warren is another three-star prospect. He played his high school ball at Oneonta High School. He too was ranked in the top 60 nationally by ESPN. 247Sports named him one of the top 60 players in the state of Alabama.

“He had 136 catches in his career,” Lindsay said. “He also played defense and I like that. I think it shows that he is a tough guy that will be a hard-working guy for us. He has big play capabilities catching the football.”

Kicker Jack Martin was three-time all-state honorable mention at Northview High School. He finished his senior season 8-for-10 on field goals and had touchbacks on 39 of his 42 kickoffs. Martin was named as the nation’s 16th ranked kicker by 247Sports. He too is a three-star prospect.