Updated football signings
Sunday, February 6, 2005 | by by Scott McCain, Newberry Sports Information

NEWBERRY, S.C. – Newberry College and head football coach Zak Willis announced the signing of 39 football players who will enroll next fall at Newberry to suit up for the Indians.  The first-day class is the largest in Willis’ tenure with the Indians.  The list below reflects the additions to the original list since signing day.

“We met all of our needs, and it was a great class because of the quality of the people that we signed.  We have some quality student-athletes and we’re very excited about that,” Willis said of his third signing class at Newberry.

“It was the most successful recruiting class I’ve been a part of, and the best class in terms of academics that we’ve brought in so far.  We got every first choice at every position that we wanted.”

The 2005 Newberry signing class had members that were being recruited heavily by Division I-A and I-AA programs such as Vanderbilt, Coastal Carolina, Gardner-Webb, Elon, Western Carolina, Appalachian State, S.C. State, Wofford, Furman, UTEP, and Akron.

In addition to the phenomenal freshman class, three talented transfers will join the squad for next year’s campaign: Thomas Chambliss, a 6-4, 320-lb. defensive lineman from Pasadena City College; Antoine Morgan, a 6-5, 225-lb. defensive end from Vanderbilt University and Marlboro County High School; and Hal Clary, a 5-10, 210-lb. running back from Coastal Carolina and Newberry High School.

Newberry comes off a 5-6 season highlighted by victories over I-AA Coastal Carolina University and rival Presbyterian College in the battle for the Bronze Derby.  The Indians still await anticipated signings from a number of high-profile South Carolina players.

2005 Signing Class (arranged alphabetically)
Name             Pos. Ht. Wt. High School    Honors
Dontay Bennett    OL 6-3  290 Timberland     Shrine Bowl
Gary Blair        OL 6-3  280 West Oak       All-County
Jeremy Bunch      LB 6-0  190 Strom Thurmond All-Region
Gabriel Butler    OL 6-2  260 Greenwood      All-Region
Andre Clark       DE 6-2  235 Rock Hill      North-South Def. MVP
Rashaud Commodore OL 6-5  265 West Ashley
Brent Copeland    QB 6-3  170 T.L. Hanna     All-State
Kelvin Crome      OL 6-6  385 Rock Hill      All-Region
Matthew Eckenroth P  5-9  165 Camden         North-South
Zack Edwards      LB 6-0  185 Ben Lippen     SCISA All-State
Larry Gadsden     RB 6-0  230 Bishop England
Brett Gault       RB 6-0  205 Pinewood Prep. S.C./Ga. All-Star
Jare Gault        QB 6-3  195 Jonesville     1A Off. POY
Eric Goode        WR 6-1  185 Chesnee        North-South Off. MVP
Michael Green     FB 6-2  220 Wren
Cody Guyton       DE 6-2  210 Jonesville     All-Region
Cameron Hames     DB 5-10 170 Jonesville     All-Region
Pat Hickman       DE 6-3  215 1st Bap.Chas.  S.C./Ga. All-Star
Mike Hill         DE 6-2  235 Hanahan        Shrine Bowl
Isaac Johnson     LB 5-11 195 Stratford
Taylor Kirkman    DB 5-10 165 1st Bap.Chas.
Damarcus Jones    RB 5-10 215 Dreher         North-South
Jamar Lampkin     DE 6-3  260 Timberland     All-Region
P.J. Little       DE 6-3  240 Stratford      North-South
January Maclin    DB 5-8  170 Stall
Jarius Mack       DE 6-3  215 Ridge View
Bobby McDonald    OL 6-3  265 Wren
Ryan McLain       DL 6-0  275 West Ashley    Shrine Bowl
Derrell Mills     FS 5-11 185 Hillcrest      North-South
Brian Moore       DL 6-0  260 Fairfield Central
Andre Moyd        CB 5-11 190 Andrews        North-South
Will Newell       LB 6-2  225 Irmo           Shrine Bowl
Zigmund Osby      WR 5-8  160 Fairfield Central
Jamar Porter      DE 6-3  215 Union          North-South
Mark Scott        LB 5-10 195 Kingstree
Cedric Simmons    DE 6-3  250 Stratford      North-South
Andrew Slenski    TE 6-2  225 Mauldin        All-Region
Barrett Stanley   FB 5-8  200 Maiden (N.C.)  All-Conference
Reginald Stuckey  LB 5-10 190 1st Bap.Chas.  SCISA All-State
Phil Timms        OL 6-4  265 Fairfield Central
Brenton Walters   TE 6-3  215 Andrew Jackson All-Region, Area POY
Delvin Ware      ATH 5-10 175 Rock Hill      All-Area
Tobias Wheeler    LB 6-1  220 Berkeley       North-South
Carlnel Williams  FS 6-3  180 Midland Valley All-Region
Garrett Williams  CB 5-8  155 Andrew Jackson All-Region