UVa-Wise football adds 13 signees

WISE, Va. - Head Coach Dewey Lusk and his staff have added 13 more signees to UVa-Wise's 2013 recruiting class. The most recent signees run the team's total to 26 newcomers for its inaugural season in the Mountain East Conference.

The group of signees includes a pair of former prep stars at Floyd County High School. Dorian Harris and Tyler Vaught each excelled for the Buffaloes over the last four seasons.

Harris rushed for 4,914 yards and 67 touchdowns en route to becoming the school's all-time leading rusher. He garnered first-team all-district and second-team all-region honors following a senior season that saw him rush for 1,828 yards and 24 touchdowns. The 5'11", 210 pound tailback is the son of Ralph Helms.

Vaught played on both sides of the ball under Head Coach Winfred Beal where he was a four-year starter on defense and a three-year starter on offense. Recruited as a defensive end, the 6'3", 200 pound Vaught earned first-team all-district and second-team all-region status in 2012. He is the son of Larry and Christy Vaught.

Heritage High School in Lynchburg, Va. also had two players sign to play at UVa-Wise. Defensive end Andrew Griffin and wide receiver I'Shantii Rosser each were three year starters during their high school careers.

Griffin earned honorable mention all-state, first-team all-region and first-team all-district accolades following his senior campaign. The 6'2", 210 pound defensive end also spent time at tight end for the Pioneers. He is the son of Steve and Lisa Griffin.

Rosser was named first-team all-state, first-team all-region, and first-team all-district following the 2012 season. The 5'11", 195 pound Rosser was also a three-year starter at defensive back and a first- team all-district punter. He is the son of Dianne Lambert.
Skyline High School in Front Royal, Va. joins Floyd County and Heritage with two players signing to play at UVa-Wise. Fullback Chris Grady and tailback Dayvon Haight will wear a Cavalier uniform in 2013.

Grady was a three-sport athlete and a three-year starter on the football team at Skyline. The 5'10", 237 pound Grady was a first-team all-district and first-team all-region selection in 2012. He also spent time at middle linebacker and defensive end during his prep career. Grady is the son of Chris and Christy Grady.

Also a multi-sport athlete, Haight played basketball in addition to football at Skyline. The 6'0", 175 pound tailback was a first-team all-region and first-team all-district honoree last season. Like Grady, Haight also spent time on both sides of the ball. He was a two-year starter at defensive back where he was also an all-district award winner. Haight is the son of Shanna Haight.

Justin Hamilton's defense will also see the addition of three more linebackers as Cody Craft, Timmy Meador, and Joemel Redd all signed to play for the red and gray.

Craft, a 6'2", 210 pound middle linebacker from Union High School, was a two-sport star for the Bears. During his time at Union, Craft was an all-state award winner in addition to earning all western section accolades. Craft was also twice named to the all-district squad. He is the son of Chris and Missy Craft.

William Byrd's Timmy Meador was one of the more versatile players on the Terriers roster throughout his varsity career. The 6'3", 230 pound Meador was a three-year starter at tight end, a four-year starter at linebacker, and also the team's long snapper. Meador earned first-team all-district status at linebacker, second-team all-district at tight end, and honorable mention All Timesland Team status at the conclusion of his senior season. He is the son of Tim and Diane Meador.

Redd played high school football for legendary coach Mike Smith at Hampton High School. While playing for the Crabbers, the 6'0", 200 pound Redd was a two-sport athlete and a two-year starter at defensive end on the football team. Redd who runs the 40 yard dash in 4.7 seconds will use his quickness to make the transition to linebacker this fall. He is the son of David and Jamie Moss.
Malcolm Revely will also be joining the Cavalier defense in 2013. The 5'8", 175 pound Revely was a three-year starter and a first-team all-district and second-team all-region selection in 2012. While wearing a Lancer uniform, Revely was also a member of the school's wrestling and track team. He is the son of Angie Elcox.
UVa-Wise also beefed up its special teams with the signing of Fork Union Military Academy's Dylan McCormick. McCormick was a first-team Rivals All-Virginia Team selection at place kicker and punter a year ago. The 6'1", 165 pound McCormick was also a member of the school's lacrosse team at Fork Union. He is the son of Robert and Janice McCormick.

Meadowbrook's Brandon McShine joins the Cavaliers after being named first-team all-district and honorable mention all-region at wide receiver. The 5'8", 150 pound McShine was also a member of the track team at Meadowbrook. He is the son of Greg and Robin McShine.

6'1", 290 pound guard Randy Kumah joins Luke Logan's offensive line after earning first-team all-district status at Woodbridge High School. A three-year starter on the football team, Kumah also was a member of the basketball and track team. He is the son of Clement Robinson and Selina Frimpong.

The Cavs are coming off a 3-8 season in 2012 and will begin its first season in the Mountain East Conference this fall. UVa-Wise will play its annual spring game on April 20th at 1:00 p.m. inside Carl Smith Stadium. The event is free and open to the public.

The Cavs open the regular season on September 7th when the team travels to Buies Creek, N.C. to face Campbell University.


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