Georgia State adding depth, maturity to defense

Georgia State, led by Trent Miles, went 1-11 last season. (Phil Skinner / AJC)

Georgia State, led by Trent Miles, went 1-11 last season. (Phil Skinner / AJC)

Georgia State is expected to have a mostly quiet Signing Day because Trent Miles and his coaches put much of their efforts into signing junior college players and recruiting transfers from UAB.

The Panthers, who went 1-11 last season and lost 14 seniors from that squad, have already signed eight junior college players and six former Blazers transferred in.

Here is the list of players, and please remember to bookmark this page because I’ll be updating it throughout the day as the high school players sign.


High school players signed

Marquan Greene, WR, 5-10, 180, Moultrie (Colquitt County)

Info: Had 43 catches for 668 yards and six touchdowns as a senior.

Penny Hart, WR, 5-9, 170, King’s Ridge Christian

Info: Played quarterback for three games as a senior after starting year at wide receiver. … Rushed for 390 yards and scored seven touchdowns in his final game.

Melliek Jackson, S, 5-11, 180, Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic

Matlin Marshall, ATH, 5-11, 175, Evans

Info: Passed for 1,539 yards and 14 touchdowns while rushing for 358 yards and six scores as a quarterback his senior year.

Chase Middleton, LB, 6-0, 225, Brookwood

Info: Defensive coordinator Jesse Minter describes Middleton as a hard-hitting linebacker. … Expected to play inside linebacker, but could move outside. … Had 112 with two sacks and two interceptions last year. … Had 70 tackles with five sacks as a junior. … Coaches loved him, offered him a scholarship at camp.

Charlie Patrick, LB, 6-1, 220, Mays

Aaron Winchester, QB, 6-1, 180, Mount Pisgah Christian

Info: Two-time all-state quarterback. … Led Mount Pisgah to the second round of playoffs in 2013 and 2014.

Junior college players and transfers who have already enrolled (you can listen to Trent Miles discuss some of the players here)

Cloves Campbell, DB, 6-1, 200, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College (watch video of Campbell here)

Info: Seven interceptions returned three touchdowns last year. … Twelve pass breakups and a fumble recovery … Second on the team with 60 tackles, including two sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss.

DeMarco Davis, DB, 5-11, 175 UAB (watch video of Davis)

Kendrick Dorn, RB, 6-1, 210, San Bernardino Valley College (Calif.) (watch video of Dorn here)

Info: Rushed for more than 1,000 yards last year. … Good between the tackles, out of the backfield as a pass-catcher and as a receiver. … Also a good pass-blocker. … Rushed for 15 touchdowns last year.

Kelepi Folau, OL, 6-3, 305, UAB (watch video of Folau here)

Info: A former two-star prospect according to and

Nyiakki Height, WR, 6-1, 190, UAB (Osborne)

Info: Had 17 catches for 107 yards and one touchdown last season.

Dequeszman Kelley, DL, 6-0, 285, Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College (watch video of Kelley here)

Info: Can play any position on the line but prefers the three technique because of his ability to disrupt plays. … Will switch between defensive tackle and defensive end during the spring. … Had 57 tackles with 3.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss for Coffeyville last year.

DeMarcus Kirk, RB, 6-0, 190 RB, UAB (Watch video of Kirk here)

Info: One-cut speedster.

Julien Laurent, DL, 6-4, 325, New Mexico Military Institute (Watch video of Laurent here)

Info: Had 21 tackles and one interception last season. … Prefers to play zero technique at nose guard.

Alonzo McGee, LB, 6-1, 220, UAB

Info: Had 42 tackles in 12 games last season. … Will be a senior.

Kameron Myers, WR, 5-8, 175, East Mississippi Community College

Info: Caught 51 passes for 836 yards and 11 touchdowns in 17 games in community college.

Kaleb Ringer, LB, 6-0, 235, Butler Community College (Kan.) (Watch video of Ringer here)

Info: Averaged nearly 13 tackles per game for Butler CC … Made 114 tackles with 10 tackles for loss, including two sacks, and one pass breakup … Helped Butler to an 8-3 record … Spent the 2013 season at Ferris State, playing in six games … Originally signed with Michigan and redshirted for the Wolverines in 2012-13 .

Dom Roldan, OL, 6-5, 350, Grossmont College (Calif.) (Watch video of Roldan here)

Info: Played in seven games at Hampton in 2012.

Tyler Simonsen, OL, 6-3, 305, San Bernardino Valley College (Calif.) (Watch video of Simonsen here)

Info: Second-team all-conference honors in 2013. … Redshirted at Fresno State in 2012-13.






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