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National Football Signing Day

Updated 10:55 a.m.

Tyler Brause ATH 6-4 220 Fr-HS Sycamore, Ohio Wynford
Alvin Davis DL 6-4 228 Fr.-HS Jesup, Ga. Wayne County
Nermin Delic DL 6-5 259 Fr.-HS Dalton, Ga. Northwest Whitfield
Mike Evans-Douglas DE 6-4 225 Fr.-HS Clearwater, Fla. Largo
Brandon Gainer RB 5-11 200 Fr.-HS Miami, Fla. Central
Josh Gibbs DB 5-10 190 Jr-JC Long Beach, Calif. Valencia/College of the Canyons
Justin Henderson DL 6-3 231 Fr-HS Bamberg, S.C. Bamberg-Ehrhardt
Jabari Johnson LB 6-2 220 Fr.-HS Stone Mountain, Ga. Stephenson
Brice Laughlin DL 6-3 280 Fr.-HS Summerville, S.C. Summerville
Joe Mansour K/P 6-2 181 Fr.-HS LaGrange, Ga. LaGrange
Malcolm McDuffen LB 6-3 205 Fr.-HS Hopkinsville, Ky. Christian County
Miles Simpson RB 6-2 210 Fr.-HS Independence, Ky. Simon Kenton
Alex Smith TE 6-5 255 Fr.-HS Cincinnati, Ohio Lakota West
Eric Simmons DB 6-0 185 Fr.-HS Atlanta, Ga. Westlake
Avery Williamson LB 6-1 220 Fr.-HS Milan, Tenn. Milan

Alvin Davis, Defensive Lineman, 6-4, 228, Fr-HS, Jesup, Ga. (Wayne County) - Defensive end prospect best known for his athleticism ... Has been timed at 4.6 in the 40-yard dash ... Played as a standup defensive end/outside linebacker at Wayne County HS ... Also saw action as a tight end ... Projects to play on the defensive side of the ball as a collegian ... All-region as a junior and senior ... Collected nearly 100 tackles as a junior ... The nation's No. 134 defensive end by Scout.com ... Coached by Mark Daniel ... "Alvin has size, range and long arms and legs," Daniel said. "He also has very good agility for a player with his height. He has a good frame and the potential to add a lot of strength in college. He's also very aggressive and loves contact." ... Also a standout basketball player.

Mike Evans-Douglas, Defensive Lineman, 6-4, 225, Fr-HS, Clearwater, Fla. (Largo) - Defensive line prospect with good athleticism ... Played defensive end, middle linebacker, tight end and fullback at Largo (Fla.) HS ... Has been timed as fast as 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash ... Made 75 tackles his senior season with five quarterback sacks ... Also caught 17 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns ... Named all-conference and all-district his senior season ... Helped Largo to Class AAAA state playoff appearances each year ... Team reached the state semifinals his sophomore and junior seasons, winning 12 and 13 games, respectively ... Played in the Pinellas County North-South All-Star Game and was called "the top prospect in this game, and the recent Kentucky commitment had a strong performance. He gets off the ball well and has good speed off the edge," wrote recruiting analyst Jamie Newburg of Rivals.com ... The nation's No. 70 defensive end as rated by Scout.com ... Coached by Rick Rodriguez ... "Mike has a great football demeanor," Rodriguez said. "He's an intense player, plays with a lot of passion, and is physical."

Josh Gibbs, Defensive Back, 5-10, 190, Jr-JC, Long Beach, Calif. (Valencia/College of the Canyons) - Displayed great playing instincts during his two seasons at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, Calif. ... Beat out a returning starter at safety during his freshman season ... Totaled 45 tackles, three interceptions, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery during the Cougars' undefeated 10-game regular season ... Returned one of the pickoffs for a touchdown ... Canyons went on to a 12-1 final record, reaching the championship game of the 2008 Southern California playoffs ... Sophomore season featured three more interceptions, along with four pass breakups and 27 tackles ... Coached by Garett Tujague (pronounced TOO-jay) ... "Josh is a great player and has an uncanny ability to get to the football," Tujague said. "He has the will to prepare and the pride to finish, which will help him succeed academically and athletically." ... Played his senior season of high-school football at Valencia HS ... Actually played as an undersized defensive end at Valencia, earning all-conference honors and helping his team advance to the state playoffs ... Coached by Larry Muir ... Was a safety and a quarterback at Redondo Beach HS before moving to Valencia ... Born in Germany, both of his parents were in the United States Army ... Brother of Darlron Spead, who played defensive back at Vanderbilt from 2006-08.

Justin Henderson, Defensive Lineman, 6-3, 231, Fr-HS, Bamberg, S.C. (Bamberg-Ehrhardt) - The first verbal commitment of the 2010 recruiting class also became the first high-school signee of the class ... Having graduated in December, enrolling in January gives him an extra semester to begin his strength development and on-field progress ... First-team all-state as a senior by the High School Sports Report ... Four-year starter at tight end for Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School ... On defense he started at outside linebacker as a sophomore, then moved to defensive end in his final two campaigns ... Made 84 tackles as a senior, including seven quarterback sacks and 18 additional tackles for loss ... Notched 67 tackles, featuring 10 sacks and 12 additional TFL his junior year ... At tight end, he totaled 27 catches for 424 yards and three touchdowns over his final two seasons ... Chosen for the all-area and all-region teams as a junior ... BEHS went to the state playoffs each season, reaching the third round his sophomore and junior years ... Head coach was Kevin Crosby ... "Justin is a hard-working kid whose motor is non-stop," said assistant coach Corey Crosby. "He's a strong kid who won an area weightlifting championship." ... Played in the prestigious North Carolina-South Carolina All-Star Shrine Game following his senior season ... One of the nation's top-100 defensive ends by Scout.com and the No. 45 weakside end as tabbed by Rivals.com ... Also participated in wrestling, baseball and track in high school ... Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... His father, Allen, played college football at Wofford.

Joe Mansour, Kicker/Punter, 6-2, 181, Fr-HS, LaGrange, Ga. (LaGrange) - First-team All-America kicker among medium-sized high schools as selected by MaxPreps.com ... Also named first team on the Georgia "All-Decade" Team by MaxPreps ... Long-range kicker had six field goals over 50 yards during his career ... Made field goals of 59, 56 and 52 yards during his senior season at LaGrange High School ... The 59-yarder is the third-longest in Georgia high school history ... Had touchbacks on 84 percent of his kickoffs ... Punted for a 42.7-yard average ... First-team all-state by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia Sports Writers Association for Class AAA ... The nation's No. 2 punter prospect by Scout.com and the No. 15 kicker as evaluated by Rivals.com ... Averaged 41.4 yards per punt as a junior, with 83 percent of his kickoffs in the end zone ... Four-year starter also hit field goals of 55 yards as a junior, 53 yards as a sophomore and 50 yards as a freshman ... LaGrange, a perennial power, advanced to the state playoffs each season, with a best finish of 11-3 in the state semifinals his junior year ... Continues the tradition of Grangers at UK, joining current Wildcats Randall Burden, Qua Huzzie, Tristian Johnson and Pat Simmons ... Coached by Steve Pardue ... Played for the winning South team in the Georgia North-South All-Star Game, nailing a pair of field goals and all three extra points in a 27-20 victory ... Very good athlete in addition to his kicking skills ... Plays for the basketball and baseball teams ... "Joe is a tremendous talent," Pardue said. "He's a great athlete and could have played another position for us but he was just too valuable in the kicking game. His accuracy consistently improved over the years. He came in a good punter and left a great one."


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