MSU football adds three mid-year players

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Tyler Rice, Trevond Reese and Braylyn Cook have joined the Morehead State football program. The student-athletes are already enrolled in school and will be eligible for the 2014 season.

"We're excited about Tyler, Trevond and Braylyn," Head Coach Rob Tenyer said. "These three young men are already in school and will be able to go through spring practice with the rest of our student-athletes."

Rice, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound quarterback, has transferred from Ohio Valley Conference member UT Martin. He will be a redshirt junior in the fall and has two years of eligibility remaining.

Rice played for his father, Ricky, at Wayne County High School (Tenn.). The signal caller completed 369-of-653 attempts for 6,371 yards and 87 touchdowns while helping the Wildcats to a 40-9 record. He also rushed 197 times for 1,010 yards and 34 touchdowns.

A Region 6A Most Valuable Player in 2008, 2009 and 2010, Rice was named Tennessee's Class A Mr. Football as a senior. He also claimed First-Team All-State honors from the Tennessee Sports Writers Association his sophomore, junior and senior campaigns.

Rice's father has been a head high school football coach in the state of Tennessee since 1991. He graduated from OVC member Austin Peay in 1988 and played quarterback for the Governors.

Reese, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound wide receiver, comes to MSU after four years at South Charleston High School (W.Va.) and one semester at North Georgia Sports Academy. He has four years of eligibility.

Reese helped SCHS to a Mountain State Athletic Conference and West Virginia Class 3A state title in 2009. He was a First-Team All-MSAC selection in 2011 and 2012, plus a Second-Team All-State choice as a junior and First-Team All-State pick as a senior.

Playing multiple positions on offense, Reese recorded 51 total touchdowns for the Black Eagles. He rushed 127 times for 1,738 yards and pulled in 82 catches for 1,045 yards. On defense, he tallied 145 tackles, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries.

Reese's father, Shawn Harvey, played at West Virginia State and was taken by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the 1996 National Basketball Association Draft. He later spent time with the Yakima Sun Kings in the Continental Basketball Association.

Cook, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound defensive back, comes to MSU after four years at Fayette County High School (Ga.) and one semester at Atlanta Sports Academy. He has four years of eligibility.

Cook earned First-Team All-Fayette County honors as a junior and senior. He also notched Second-Team All-Region accolades in 2011 and First-Team All-Region laurels in 2012.

On defense, Cook tallied 157 tackles, 25 pass break-ups, eight tackles for loss, six forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions during his final two prep campaigns. He also tallied 540 yards and one touchdown as a kick-return specialist.

"We have several positions up in the air, so Tyler, Trevond and Braylyn will have an opportunity to compete for playing time," Tenyer said. "This spring will be very important in terms of learning schemes and how we like to do things."

Morehead State will make announcements on the remainder of its 2014 signing class at a later date.

"Our staff has done a lot of work on the recruiting trail during the winter months, and I'm encouraged about the direction of our program," Tenyer added. "Our goal is to attract the best talent possible, and I feel like we're starting to do that."


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