EKU announces class of 13 new recruits

RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - EKU coach Mark Elder announced on Wednesday the signing of 13 players in the Class of 2019.

Nic Cheeley – CB, 6-1, 175, Fr., McCleansville, N.C. (Eastern Guilford HS) HIGH SCHOOL
Had 12 interceptions his final two seasons of high school football … had 1,676 yards receiving and 22 career touchdowns … received offers from Tennessee State … also recruited by North Carolina and Virginia Tech.

Malik Clark – DE, 6-4, 200, Fr., Marietta, Ga. (Sprayberry HS) HIGH SCHOOL
Received offers from Kent State, Southern Mississippi and Tennessee Tech.

Payton Collins – OL, 6-6, 250, Fr., Columbus, Ohio (Bishop Hartley HS)
First team all-state as a senior … first team all-district, first team All-CCL and first team all-metro his senior season … earned first team All-CCL and second team all-district as a junior … averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds while earning first team All-CCL and second team all-district as a member of the Hawks’ basketball team.

Tyris Dickerson – RB, 5-10, 210, Fr., Akron, Ohio (Archbishop Hoban HS) HIGH SCHOOL
Earned third team all-state recognition after rushing for 2,107 yards (9.1 yards per carry) and scoring 29 touchdowns as a senior in 2018 … also chosen first team all-district … had 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns while averaging 8.2 yards per carry as a junior … earned honorable mention all-state recognition and first team all-district honors his junior season … four-time state champion … received offers from Akron and Eastern Michigan.

Josiah Ezirim – DT, 6-6, 275, Fr., Columbus, Ohio (Hilliard Davidson HS) HIGH SCHOOL
Received offers from Bowling Green, Cincinnati and Youngstown State … also recruited by Ohio State and Michigan State.

Kaleb Lundy – LB, 6-2, 200, Fr., Winston-Salem, N.C. (East Forsyth HS) HIGH SCHOOL
Recorded 118 tackles (8.4 per game), two sacks, 17 tackles for a loss, one blocked punt and one forced fumble as a senior in 2018 … Helped East Forsyth High School to a 15-0 record and a class 4A state championship … received offers from North Carolina Central, Alabama A&M and Morgan State.

Mason Molique – K, 6-1, 170, Fr., Union, Ky. (Ryle HS)
Made 74 consecutive extra-points … had 26 field goals, including a streak of 11 straight … totaled 171 career extra-points … received offers from Western Kentucky … also recruited by Cincinnati and Louisville.

Malik Owens – TE, 6-5, 215, Fr., Goodlettsville, Tenn. (Stratford Comprehensive HS) HIGH SCHOOL
Led the Spartans to a region championship and an improbable run to the state semifinals … averaged 22.7 yards per reception … earned all-region honors … was also recruited by Memphis and Tennessee State.

Quentin Pringle – RB, 5-9, 180, Fr., Bolingbrook, Ill. (Bolingbrook HS)
First team all-state … rushed for 1,112 yards and scored 18 touchdowns as a senior at Bolingbrook High School … rushed for 229 yards on nine carries and scored four touchdowns in one game … totaled 1,049 yards and 13 touchdowns his junior season, running for a school record 421 yards in one game … scored 18 touchdowns his sophomore season … also received offers from Eastern Michigan, Ohio, South Dakota and Western Illinois … recruited by Iowa, Missouri and North Dakota State.

Kabbash Richards – DE, 6-5, 210, Fr., Lansing, Mich. (Lansing Catholic HS) HIGH SCHOOL
Totaled 127 tackles, 23.5 tackles for a loss, 11.5 sacks, 18 quarterback hurries, five pass break-ups, one blocked punt and four forced fumbles during his career … averaged 22.3 yards per reception … named to Lansing area “Dream Team” … received offers from Bowling Green and Ball State.

Davion Ross – WR, 6-0, 165, Fr., Perry, Ga. (Perry HS)
Had 100 receptions for 1,462 yards and 18 touchdowns during his high school career … totaled 1,165 all-purpose yards as a senior … received offers from Kent State, Miami (Ohio) and Gardner-Webb.

Matt Wilcox Jr. – WR, 5-10, 185, Jr., Dayton, Ohio (Independence CC)
Finished the season with 19 receptions for 142 yards … had a season-best 51 yards on five receptions against Butler Community College (Oct. 6) … averaged 15.5 yards on six kickoff returns.
Finished true freshman season with 14 receptions for 106 yards and scored a touchdown … played in all 12 games, starting three times, at wide receiver … team’s primary kick returner, averaging 24.6 yards per return, the seventh-best single-season average in program history.
Three star recruit at Wayne High School … ranked among top receivers in Ohio high school history with 188 career receptions and 2,525 career receiving yards.

Jaden Woods – DB, 6-0, 180, Fr., Decatur, Ga. (South Gwinnett HS)
Had five interceptions 13 pass break-ups and 80 tackles over his final two seasons … team captain … also received offers from Austin Peay and Cornell and a preferred walk-on spot at Miami (Fla.) … national Honor Society … all-state academic team … Gwinnett Scholar Athlete of the Year.

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