The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Football program is continuing one of its best off-seasons to date as Head Coach John Bland and coaching staff have continuously been on the recruiting trail. With already 31 new recruits signed for the 2012 season, Bland and the Patriots are pleased to welcome 16 more new signees to the Patriot roster.
Head Coach John Bland commented, "We feel really good about our 2012 signee class thus far. We are ahead of where we have been in the past, but are still recruiting extremely hard. Prospects are comparing academics, football programs and facilities, location, and financial aid packages right now. We hope to add to what we feel is already a very strong recruiting class for next season. "
A list of the newly signed Patriots follows:
Zach Chapman – Alcoa High School (Maryville, TN)
Koby Crisp – Powell High School (Powell, TN)
Bobby Hendricks – Tyner High School (Chattanooga, TN)
Tyler Martin – Stone Memorial High School (Crossville, TN)
Jake Minga – Grace Christian Academy (Knoxville, TN)
Justin Newman – Heritage High School (Maryville, TN)
Harley Palmer – Grace Christian Academy (Knoxville, TN)
Shun Qualls – Cleveland High School (Cleveland, TN)
Jack Thompson – Lenoir City High School (Lenoir City, TN)
Dalton Green – North Oconee High School (Bogart, GA)
Gary Milloway – Forsyth Central High School (Cumming, GA)
Kinyarda Riley – South Cobb High School (Mableton, GA)
Juan Taylor – Mary Persons High School (Forsyth, GA)
Lucas Button – Grant County High School (Dry Ridge, KY)
Logan Mize – Estill County High School (Irvine, KY)
Bryan Stovall – Warren Central High School (Bowling Green, KY)
Twenty-one athletes from Tennessee, sixteen from Georgia, nine signees from Kentucky, and one from Ohio round out the 47 newly signed Patriots that will compete on the gridiron next year in Williamsburg. A list of the newest signees along with current signees will be added to the website so you may stay up to date with the Patriot signee class for 2012.
Over the past six years, Bland has led UC to a 47-18 record with four straight Mid-South Conference Divisional Championships from 2007 to 2010. The Patriots made it to the NAIA National Championship tournament all four of those seasons and were on the cusp of making it his other two.
UC will open the 2012 season at James H. Taylor, II Stadium here in Williamsburg as they take on Belhaven University in a MSC Crossover game. Kickoff is set for 1:30 pm.
For more information on the Patriot football program as well as other Patriot athletics, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.