RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University head football coach Dean Hood announced today that 16 student-athletes, including five from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Colonels next fall. In addition, three other student-athletes joined the EKU program this past January. The class includes seven offensive linemen, three defensive backs, three wide receivers, two linebackers, one kicker, one tight end, one defensive lineman and one running back.
“I’m very excited about the incoming class,” Hood said. “I thought the coaching staff did an outstanding job of holding everything together during the transition. We focused on our major needs such as filling up numbers on the offensive line.”
Three offensive linemen – Patrick Ford, Paul Henry, Jr., and Jordan Johnson – all hail from Kentucky. Ford was a team captain and an honorable mention all-state player from Madison Central in Richmond. Henry, a native of Elizabethtown, was a three-time all-district pick out of Central Hardin. Finally, Johnson was an honorable mention all-state lineman for Pikeville.
The other incoming players from Kentucky are linebacker Shumari Bridgewater (Campbellsville) and kicker Jason Nicholson (Lexington).
Incoming freshman Justin Bell is the cousin of former Colonel and current Miami Dolphin, Yeremiah Bell. The native of Tampa, Fla., was the District 5A Player of the Year and team MVP for Chamberlin High School.
Andre Barbour, Shannon Davis and Andre Evans enrolled at Eastern Kentucky for the 2008 spring semester. Barbour, a transfer from North Carolina, spent time as an offensive tackle and tight end for the Tar Heels. Davis played in one game as a wide receiver for Tulane this past fall. Evans earned six starts in the defensive backfield for Buffalo during the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
Eastern Kentucky finished the 2007 season 9-3 overall and 8-0 in the OVC to earn the program’s 19th conference title. The Colonels advanced to the NCAA Division I FCS playoffs for a record 18th time and posted a winning record for the 30th consecutive year.
2008 Eastern Kentucky University Football Recruits
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown High School
Aaron Adams OL 6-5 255 Lake Worth, Fla. Fork Union Academy
Andre Barbour* OL 6-6 285 Atlanta, Ga. North Springs
Justin Bell DB 5-9 170 Tampa, Fla. Chamberlin
Shumari Bridgewater LB 5-10 200 Campbellsville, Ky. Campbellsville
Warren Brown FS 5-10 180 Miami, Fla. Columbus
Shannon Davis* WR 5-11 160 Atlanta, Ga. Benjamin Mays
Chris Cunningham DE 6-2 245 Miami, Fla. Dade Christian
O.J. Enabosia OL 6-3 285 Villa Rica, Ga. Douglas County
Andre Evans* DB 5-10 171 Cleveland, Ohio Glenville
Patrick Ford OL 6-6 245 Richmond, Ky. Madison Central
Orlandus Harris WR 5-11 185 Chattanooga, Tenn. Brainerd
Paul Henry, Jr. OL 6-5 255 Elizabethtown, Ky. Central Hardin
Jordan Johnson OL 6-5 275 Pikeville, Ky. Pikeville
Christian Molina OL 6-5 255 Clearwater, Fla. Country Side
Gary Myers WR 6-3 180 Orlando, Fla. Dr. Phillips
Jason Nicholson K/P 6-6 200 Lexington, Ky. Paul L. Dunbar
Jonathan Sharp TE 6-4 240 Clinton, Tenn. Anderson County
Carl Robinson RB 5-11 220 Douglasville, Ga. Douglas County
Kenneth Trimble LB 5-11 190 Cincinnati, Ohio Taft
Asterisk (*) denotes 2007-08 mid-year additions