From Liberty athletics:
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Liberty Head Football Coach Turner Gill added a dozen players to his 2014 roster when 12 high school football standouts signed national letters of intent on Wednesday.
The dozen signees mark the third recruiting class for Gill at Liberty. Additionally, Gill announced that former West Virginia tight end Will Johnson has transferred to Liberty. He enrolled at Liberty in January and will have three years of eligibility for the Flames.
Gill's incoming freshmen signing class includes five offensive players (quarterback, fullback, wide receiver and two offensive linemen) and seven defensive players (two defensive linemen, linebacker, two safeties and two cornerbacks).
Liberty's coaching staff was able to ink players from five different states to national letters of intent: Florida (3), North Carolina (3), South Carolina (2), Texas (2) and Virginia (2).
Gill has led the Flames to back-to-back Big South titles in his two seasons at Liberty, giving the Flames six conference championships in the last seven seasons. Liberty finished 2013 with an 8-4 record and a 4-1 mark in Big South play.
Liberty begins its spring practice on March 18 and will host its annual spring football game on April 12 at 2 p.m. at Williams Stadium.
The Flames open up their football schedule on the road for the fourth-straight year against a FBS opponent, facing North Carolina on Aug. 30. The 2014 opener marks the first-ever meeting between the Flames and the Tar Heels on the gridiron and will be played at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C.
2014 Freshmen Signees
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School
Tolen Avery DL 6-4 235 Texas City, Texas/Ball HS
J.T. Bradwell QB 6-2 190 Tallahassee, Fla./Godby HS
Daquin "Buddy" Edwards FB 6-0 230 Lake Butler, Fla./Union County HS
B.J. Farrow WR 6-2 170 Lynchburg, Va./Liberty Christian Academy
Lucas Irons LB 6-0 195 Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Coconut Creek HS
Cameron Jackson S 6-1 185 Pearland, Texas/Lutheran South Academy
Corbin Jackson CB 6-0 190 Charlotte, N.C./Victory Christian Center
Avery "A.J." James S 6-0 180 Duncan, S.C./Byrnes HS
Javon Majors DL 6-3 250 Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes HS
James Passmore OL 6-6 270 Dallas, N.C./North Gaston HS
Gregg Storey OL 6-5 315 Cary, N.C./Panthers Creek HS
Chris Turner CB 6-3 175 Columbia, S.C./Denmark-Olar HS
Will Johnson TE 6-6 245 Maple Grove, Minn./Osseo HS (WVU)
Avery Echols, K, Zeeland East High School in Zeeland, Mich.
David King, LS/TE, Riverheads High School in Staunton, Va.
Coach Gill commented on each of the above players in a news conference Wednesday. A video with those comments will be attached to this story as soon as possible.
2014 Liberty Flames Football Signing Class
Tolen Avery, DL, 6-4, 235, Texas City, Texas/Ball HS
Three-year letterwinner from Ball High School in Galveston, Texas … two-time all-district honoree … finished his sophomore season with 54 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss and one forced fumble … during his junior campaign, he recorded 68 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and five pass breakups … had a career year as a senior, finishing his final season at Ball with 78 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, five sacks and four pass breakups … also played basketball and participated in powerlifting at Ball … son of Frank, Sr. and Betty Avery … comes from an athletic family … father, Frank Avery, Sr., played football at Texas State (1979-82) as a fullback … his brother, Frank Avery, Jr., played football at Texas A&M (2007-09) as a tight end … cousin, Kevin Hollis, played football at Kansas State (1984-85) as a cornerback.
J.T. Bradwell, QB, 6-2, 190, Tallahassee, Fla./Godby HS
Two-year letterwinner from Godby High School in Tallahassee, Fla. … led Godby to the state championship as a junior and was named the state championship title game MVP … finished his junior year passing for 2,440 yards and 19 touchdowns, while rushing for 463 yards and five touchdowns … as a senior, he threw for 1,922 yards and 20 touchdowns, while rushing for 593 yards and five touchdowns … also added a receiving touchdown as a senior … All-Big Bend honoree as a senior … Captains Award, team MVP and Offensive MVP during his final year at Godby … son of Cynthia Bradwell.
Daquin "Buddy" Edwards, FB, 6-0, 230, Lake Butler, Fla./Union County HS
Four-year letterwinner from Union County High School in Lake Butler, Fla. … finished his junior season rushing for 883 yards on 108 carries and nine touchdowns, while recording four receptions for 176 yards and three touchdowns … All-Suwanee first-team offense and second-team defense as a junior … 132 carries for 808 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior, while adding three receptions for 44 yards … senior year honors included All-Suwanee first-team offense, District MVP runner-up and second-team all-state … participated in the Florida/Georgia all-star game and North vs. South all-star game as a senior … also a four-year letterwinner in basketball … Tiger Up Community leader … four-year honor roll student … son of Patricia Edwards.
B.J. Farrow, WR, 6-2, 170, Lynchburg, Va./Liberty Christian Academy
Three-year letterwinner at Liberty Christian Academy in Lynchburg, Va. … helped Liberty Christian claim three-straight VISAA Division state championships (2011, 2012 and 2013) … three-time VISAA all-state first-team wide receiver (2011, 2012 and 2013) … two-time VIC first-team wide receiver (2012-13) … earned VIC honorable mention honors as a sophomore, finishing the year with 370 receiving yards and 19 receptions … finished his junior year with 34 receptions for 790 yards (23.24 avg.) and eight touchdowns … as a senior, he had 52 receptions for 1,149 yards (22.10 avg.) and 14 touchdowns … also was named VIC first-team all-conference as a punter during his senior year … VIC Offensive MVP during his senior year … three-year basketball varsity letterwinner … son of Adrian and Kim Farrow.
Lucas Irons, LB, 6-0, 195, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Coconut Creek HS
Letterwinner from Coconut Creek High School in Coconut Creek, Fla. … named to the FACA All-District 21-6A team as a senior … finished his senior season with 77 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, six sacks and three interceptions … also earned Miami Herald honorable-mention All-County accolades as a senior … son of Lewis Irons and Renee Rolle … cousin of J.T. Thomas of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Cameron Jackson, S, 6-1, 185, Pearland, Texas/Lutheran South Academy
Four-year letterwinner from Lutheran South Academy in Houston, Texas … played cornerback and wide receiver during his four years at Lutheran South Academy … named team MVP as a freshman, finishing the year with 27 receptions for 562 yards and nine touchdowns … had two interceptions and 18 tackles as a sophomore … finished his junior year with 25 receptions, 860 all-purpose yards, 12 touchdowns and four interceptions … team captain and first-team all-district honors as a senior … finished his senior season with 39 receptions, 535 receiving yards, 11 touchdowns, 42 tackles, three interceptions and three pass breakups … first-team all-district honoree in baseball … all-state selection in track & field … son of Curtis and Katina Jackson.
Corbin Jackson, CB, 6-0, 190, Charlotte, N.C./Victory Christian Center School
Two-year letterwinner at Victory Christian Center School in Gastonia, N.C. … played his first season of football as a junior, finishing the year with 14 receptions, 371 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns … also added 24 tackles and three interceptions as a junior … helped Victory Christian Academy to a state title as a junior … first-team all-state honoree as a senior … finished his senior year with 31 receptions for 756 yards and eight touchdowns … added 37 tackles, six interceptions, two forced fumbles and a punt return for a touchdown as a senior … was the only player in the state of North Carolina to record a touchdown on a punt return, an interception return, a rushing play and receiving play during his senior year … four-year starting point guard on the basketball team ... led Victory Academy to a conference title in basketball in 2012 … son of Daniel and Geryl Jackson.
Avery "A.J." James, S, 6-0, 180, Duncan, S.C./Byrnes HS
Four-year letterwinner at Byrnes High School in Duncan, S.C. … helped Brynes win AAAA state titles as a freshman and sophomore and AAAA regional titles as a freshman and senior … finished his senior year with 91 tackles, including 50 solo stops, nine tackles for a loss, 12 pass breakups, two fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and an interception … Rivals two star recruit as a senior … other senior year honors include first-team All-Area, All-Upperstate and All-Spartanburg County, All-Region 2 AAAA and Herald Journal All-Area first-team defense … two-time MaxPreps Player of the Week as a senior … son of Chris and Therese James.
Javon Majors, DL, 6-3, 250, Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes HS
Two-year letterwinner at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, Va. … earned All-State honorable mention accolades during his junior year … as a junior, he did not allow a sack or hurry up as an offensive lineman … played both offensive and defensive line as a senior … All-757 honorable mention as a senior … defensively as a senior, he finished the year with 10 quarterback hurries and five sacks … as a member of Ocean Lakes offensive line during his senior year, he allowed one sack and averaged five pancake blocks per game … also plays basketball … son of Sally Evans.
James Passmore, OL, 6-6, 270, Dallas, N.C./North Gaston HS
Four-year letterwinner at North Gaston High School in Dallas, N.C. … named Offensive Lineman of the Year his final three seasons at North Gaston High School … earned second-team All-Gazette honors as a sophomore and first-team honors as a junior and senior … first-team all-conference honors as a junior and senior … preseason all-state and region as a senior … state champion and All-American wrestler … All-County in shot put … son of Doug and Linda Passmore.
Gregg Storey, OL, 6-5, 315, Cary, N.C./Panthers Creek HS
Two-year letterwinner at Panthers Creek High School in Cary, N.C. … did not play football as a freshman or sophomore … earned second-team all-conference honors as a junior … named first-team all-conference as a senior … earned all-state honorable mention accolades as a senior … also plays basketball … son of Gregg, Sr. and Anna Storey.
Chris Turner, CB, 6-3, 175, Columbia, S.C./Denmark-Olar HS
Two-year high school letterwinner … graduated from Denmark-Olar High School where he played his senior year … played in two games as a senior before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury … during his junior year at Lake Marion High School, he finished the year with 10 interceptions, seven of which he returned for a touchdown … named Orangeburg Touchdown Club Player of the Week during his junior year … also a standout in basketball … 2AA all-region and all-state in 2012 … SCBCA preseason top five senior in South Carolina … helped lead Lake Marion to the state title in 2012.
Mid-Year Transfer (enrolled at Liberty in January):
Will Johnson, TE, 6-6, 245, Maple Grove, Minn./Osseo HS (West Virginia)
Transferring to Liberty from West Virginia … redshirted during the 2012 season and did not play in 2013 … member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll … 2012 WVU Scout Team Offensive Champion: Texas Tech and Kansas … three-year letterwinner at Osseo High School in Oseeo, Minn. … finished his junior year with 11 receptions for 143 yards and two touchdowns … ranked No. 26 for tight ends by Rivals.com as a senior … No. 5 Minnesota Postseason Top 10 as a senior … three-year letterwinner in basketball … son of Jay and Karen Johnson.
To see video clips of each signee (provided by Liberty)...CLICK HERE.