2012 Chattanooga Football Signing Day Bios

Quick Notes on Chattanooga's 2012 Recruiting Class
 - From Alabama - Williams
 - From Georgia - Hill, James, Johnson, Kirby, Leslie, Levin, McMillan, Nettles, Shepherd, Virgin
 - From Tennessee - Board, Davis, Niethammer, Thompson
 - From the Chattanooga Area - Davis, Kirby
 - Offensive Players - Board (WR), Hill (OL), James (WR), Levin (OL), Niethammer (TE), Shepherd (RB), Thompson (WR)
 - Defensive Players - Davis (DE), Johnson (DB), Kirby (LB), Leslie (DB), McMiIllan (DE), Nettles (DB), Virgin (DB), Williams (LB)
 - Three-star recruit - Thompson
- With Academic Honors - Board, Davis, Hill, Johnson, Levin, Niethammer, Virgin, Williams
 - All-State - Board (2010), Johnson, Kirby (2x), McMillan, Shepherd, Williams, Thompson (2x), Virgin   
- Chattanooga Times Free Press Dynamite Dozen - Davis, Kirby
- Tennessean Dream Team - Board (2010)
- State Champions - Hill (Georgia 2A - 2010), Johnson (Georgia 4A - 2010), Kirby (Georgia 2A - 2011), Niethammer (Tennessee 6A - 2010 & 2011).


C.J. Board - WR - 6-2 - 175 - Fr.-HS - Clarksville, Tenn. (West Creek HS)
All-state receiver from West Creek High School in Clarksville, Tenn. ... played for head coach Jake Cabell ... member of the Tennessean Dream Team and Tennessee All-State 5A squad as a junior with 817 receiving yards and 10 TDs on 48 catches ... three-time all-district and all-area and two-time all-region ... three-sport standout was also all-district in baseball and basketball ... member of the National Honor Society ... PERSONAL ...full name is Clarence Board ... son of Penni and Calvin Board ... born Dec. 12, 1993 ... has one older sister, Kelley ... plans to major in Physical Therapy.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on C.J. Board:
"C.J. is a wide receiver, who is a phenomenal student and excellent football player. We had him in our camp and absolutely loved him. He is a big, tall guy that we really think is going to be good for us."


Keionta Davis - DE - 6-4 - 230 - Fr.-HS - Chattanooga, Tenn. (Red Bank HS)
Preseason all-state and member of the Chattanooga Times Free Press Dynamite Dozen defensive end before a knee injury ended his senior year at Red Bank High School in Chattanooga, Tenn. ... played for head coach Tim Daniels ... all-district as a junior with 33 solo tackles, three blocked punts and five sacks ... also lettered in track & field and was a standout basketball player ... Honor Roll student ... four-year member of the ROTC ... PERSONAL ... full name is Keionta Leron Davis ... born March 1, 1994 ... son of Audrey Eddins and Tony Davis ... has three younger brothers and a younger sister ... plans to major in Engineering.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on Keionta Davis:
"Keionta was one we got in on a little bit late. He missed his whole senior season with an injury. He's recovering...he's a basketball player, a big, good-looking guy 6-4, 220-lbs., that we'll play at defensive end. We're excited to have him in the program. If he hadn't gotten hurt the recruiting for him would've been very, very heavy. It's unfortunate that his year was cut short by injury. We think we got a good one there."


Robert Hill - OL - 6-2 - 280 - Fr.-HS - Buford, Ga. (Buford HS)
All-area offensive lineman from Buford High School in Buford, Ga. ... played for head coach Jess Simpson ... won the Georgia 2A state title as a junior and played in the championship game as a senior ... made the Gwinnett Touchdown Club's second team and was an all-area honorable mention by the Gainesville Times ... played in the Georgia North-South All Star game ... also lettered in Track & Field ... Honor Roll student ... PERSONAL ... full name is Robert Hill III ... son of Robert and Debbie Hill ... born May 7, 1994 ... has an older sister, Ashley, older brother, Phillip, and a younger sister Hillary ... father played football at South Carolina State ... plans to major in Sports Medicine.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on Robert Hill:
"Robert is an offensive lineman from a great, winning high school program. We had Robert in camp also. We have been recruiting Robert for a long time. We are really thrilled to have him and think that he is going to be an outstanding offensive lineman for us."


Tray James - WR - 6-4 - 185 - Fr.-HS - College Park, Ga. (Banneker HS)
Big receiver from Bannaker High School in College Park, Ga. ... played for head coach Marquis Slaton ... finished his senior season with 25 catches for 350 yards and five TDs ... missed four games with a high ankle sprain ... all-region as a junior with 60 catches for 822 yards and seven TDs ... played basketball and ran track in high school ... PERSONAL ... Full name is Atravius Americus James ... son of Linda James ... born Jan. 26 ,1994 ... has one younger brother, Brotnck ... undecided on a major.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on Tray James:
"Another camp guy we had a big, Tray is a tall receiver. He kind of reminds me of Marlon Anthony, very fluid. Tray committed to us during the season. He had a couple of other offers from Marshall and Georgia State. He committed and hung with us. Jimmy Lindsey did a real nice job in recruiting him."


Will Johnson - DB - 5-11 - 185 - Fr.-HS - Alpharetta, Ga. (Chattahoochee HS)
All-state defensive back from Chattahoochee High School in Johns Creek, Ga. ... played for head coach Terry Crowder ... named GSWA 4A 2nd Team All-State ... only played two seasons of high school football ... won the 4A state title as a junior ... led the team to a 25-2 mark the last two seasons ... made the honor Roll ... all-conference basketball player ... PERSONAL ... full name is William Edward Johnson ... son of Donna and Lumas Johnson ... born Oct. 14, 1994 ... has one older brother, Chris ... plans to major in Business.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on Will Johnson:
"Will is going to play DB. He can play corner or safety. He was a great wide receiver in high school. Another excellent program with winning football. We are thrilled to have him. He committed to us on Christmas Day. He had a lot of traffic after Christmas and hung in with us. We are really happy to have Will."


Alex Kirby - LB - 6-0 - 210 - Fr.-HS - Calhoun, Ga. (Calhoun HS)
Two-time first team all-state linebacker from Calhoun High School in Calhoun, Ga. ... GSWA 2A Defensive Player of the Year ... led Calhoun to three straight state title games, winning as a senior ... member of the Chattanooga Times Free Press Dynamite Dozen ... Atlanta Journal Constitution Defensive Player of the Year ... 184 tackles, 12 TFLs, four fumble recoveries and a defensive TD as a senior ... four-year player at Calhoun ... Jackets went 55-5 in his career, including 43-2 last three seasons ... PERSONAL ... Full name is Charles Alexander Kirby ... son of Chuck & Genia Kirby and Holli Watkins ... has a younger sister, Callie, and two younger brothers, Chase and Cole ... plans to major in Health & Exercise Science.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on Alex Kirby:
"Alex is another one from a very good high school program. He is well coached. He plays the game well. He reminds me of Gunner Miller coming out of high school. He is a football player. We are thrilled to get a local player like Alex Kirby to come. Alex again was in our camp and really liked Chattanooga the whole time, made a commitment and stuck with us the whole time. We are really thrilled to have Alex."


Nakevion Leslie - DB - 5-11 - 205 - Fr. - HS - Powder Springs, Ga. (Hillgrove HS)
Standout defensive back at Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs, Ga. ... played for head coach Phil Ironside ... helped the Hawks to an undefeated regular season as a senior and an appearance in the second round of the Georgia 5A state playoffs ... returned a fumble 85 yards for a TD and also scored after an interception ... also ran track ... PERSONAL ... full name is Nakevion Leshar Leslie ... son of Keith and Marion Leslie ... born Jan. 25 ,1994 ... has two older brothers, Javoris Tribune and Jeremy ... Javoris plays football at Alcorn State ... plans to major in Nursing.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on Nakevion Leslie:
"We were recruiting a couple of kids out of Hillgrove and we watched Nakevion at an all-star practice. He was corner but we think he'll play safety for us. He's around 205 lbs. I watched him personally, loved his feet. I think he's a great athlete. Reminds me a lot of D.J. Key."


Corey Levin - OL - 6-5 - 250 - Fr.-HS - Dacula, Ga. (Dacula HS)
Offensive lineman from Dacula High School in Dacula, Ga. ... team captain for head coach Jared Zito ... made the Gwinnett County All-Star team ... led the Falcons to a 9-4 record as a senior ... made the Athletic Director's Honor Roll ... PERSONAL ... Full name is Corey Michael Levin ... son of Grant and Linda Levin ... born Aug. 12, 1994 ... has three older sisters, Jennifer, Heather and Tiffany ... father played golf at Florida International ... plans to major in Physical Therapy.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on Corey Levin:
"Corey is one we were on for awhile. Geep Wade did a great job recruiting him. He had Georgia Southern and App State offers. We think he is going to be a tremendous offensive tackle for us. We're really thrilled to have him in the family with us. He is a great get for us."


Vantrell McMillan - DE - 6-2 - 220 - Fr.-HS - Albany, Ga. (Monroe HS)
All-state defensive lineman from Monroe High School in Albany, Ga. ... played for head coach Charles Truitt ... named to the GSWA 3A All-State squad following his senior year ... 76 tackles, including 11 for losses, and 10 sacks ... also recovered a fumble and had an interception return for a TD ... played in the Georgia North-South All-Star game ... was the Defensive MVP of the Georgia-Florida Border Wars All-Star game after totaling 10 tackles, four TFLs and forcing a pair of fumbles ... also earned all-metro and all-region honors ... lettered in wrestling and baseball ... PERSONAL ... full name is Vantrel La'Marcus McMillan ...son of Pamela Jinks ... has two older brothers, Jawuan Jinks and Marquis McMillan ... pans to major in Criminal Justice.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on Vantrell McMillan:
"Satt (Offensive Coordinator Marcus Satterfield) went down into south Georgia and found him. We actually have one of our alums coaching down there and put us on Vantrell. Vantrell is going to play defensive end. Big body guy who can run, loves the game of football. I think he is going to bring a lot to the table at defensive end for us."


Kevin Niethammer - TE - 6-3 - 215 - Fr.-HS - Maryville, Tenn. (Maryville HS)
Two-time state champion tight-end at Maryville High School in Maryville, Tenn. ... played for head coach George Quarles ... led the Rebels to a 42-3 record over the last three seasons ... had eight catches for 115 yards and three TDs as a senior ... member of the National Honor Society ... PERSONAL ... full name is Kevin Scott Niethammer ... son of Jeff and Monica Niethammer ... has two older brothers, Justin and Mark ... undecided on a major.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on Kevin Niethammer:
"Obviously Maryville is a great program, a winning program. Kevin's a tight end, a little under-sized, but he has great ball skills and can run. We think Kevin fits the Garrett Hughes mold as far as a pass-catching tight end. He brings that winning mentality from his high school program."


Cedric Nettles - DB - 6-0 - 180 - Fr.-HS - Morrow, Ga. (Jonesboro HS)
All-region defensive back from Jonesboro High School in Jonesboro, Ga. ... played for head coach Larry Mortonson ... led Jonesboro to a 9-2 record as a senior ... member of the All-Southern Crescent team ... played in the Georgia East-West All-Star game ... three-year letter winner in baseball and was all-conference as a junior ... also lettered in basketball ... PERSONAL ... full name is Cedric Breyan Nettles ... son of Patricia Donald ... born May 17, 1994 ... has a sister, Jasmine, and two brothers, Matthew and Anthony.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on Cedric Nettles:
"Cedric is a safety. We think he can be a free safety, a strong safety, he also played quarterback. A lot of times I like for defensive guys to be offensive guys when the ball is in their hands. He showed us a lot as far as his ability to run. We are really excited about his physicalness. He'll be a safety for us. Very athletic guy with good size."


Tolerance Shepherd - RB - 5-10 - 180 - Fr.-HS - Fitzgerald, Ga. (Fitzgerald HS)
All-state running back from Fitzgerald High School in Fitzgerald, Ga. ... played for head coach Robbie Pruitt ... named GSWA All-State Honorable Mention after compiling 1,564 yards and 24 TDs on 183 carries as a senior ... two-time all-region honoree ... had 1,110 yards and 12 TDs as a junior ... lead the Hurricane to a 21-5 mark last two seasons ... played in the Georgia North-South All-Star game following his senior season ... PERSONAL ... full name is Tolerance Unique Shepherd ... son of Regina Walker ... born Sept. 29, 1993 ... has one older sister, Shun ... undecided on a major.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on Tolerance Shepherd:
"Tolerance does a lot of things. He's a running back, he can play wideout in the slot or at DB. Right now we have him penciled in at running back, but he's a guy who can fly. He's a 10.8 100-meter guy. Really, really impressive film. Loved him when he came up for his visit. Coach Satt (Offensive Coordinator Marcus Satterfield) did a great job recruiting him. We really feel like we got a sleeper in this one."


Al Thompson - WR - 6-2 - 184 - Fr.-HS - Nashville, Tenn. (Brentwood Academy)
Three-star receiver from Brentwood Academy in Nashville, Tenn. ... played for head coach and former Moc Ralph Potter ... three-star rating from Rivals.com ... two-time all-state honors ... led the Eagles to a 9-3 record as a senior with 47 catches for 685 yards and six TDs ... originally committed to Arizona State ... four-year letter winner in basketball ... PERSONAL ... full name is Almose Alphonse Thompson IV ... son of Al and Kim Thompson ... born July 16, 1994 ... has an older sister, Amanda, who goes to UTC ... plans to major in Sports Medicine ... father played tight end at Tennessee State.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on Al Thompson:
"Al had committed to Arizona State during the process. He had a lot of interest, made the commitment then they had a coaching change. He re-opened it and we got involved pretty late. His sister goes to school here, and we are very excited to get someone of his caliber this late in the process. Sometimes it happens that way and Al said, 'things happen for a reason'. It was probably meant to be that he would be a Moc. He's a wide receiver from a tremendous program and obviously an excellent student."


Javaris "Dee" Virgin - DB - 5-10 - 180 - Fr.-HS - Donalsonville, Ga. (Seminole County HS)
All-state defensive back from Seminole County High School in Donalsonville, Ga. ... played for head coach Alan Ingram ... GSWA 1A Second Team All-State pick after totaling 49 tackles and five interceptions ... also had 377 yards rushing and nine TDs to go with 359 yards receiving and five receiving scores ... had a school-record 104-yard INT return for a TD ... two-time all-region selection ... played in the Georgia North-South and the Georgia-Florida Border Wars All-Star games ... all-region in baseball and basketball ... on the Honor Roll ... PERSONAL ... full name is Javaris Drequis Virgin ... son of Andrew and Katrina Virgin ... born Oct. 29, 1993 ... has and older brother, Dreak, and three younger siblings, Oshay, Dre and Kas ... plans to major in Sports Medicine.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on Dee Virgin:
"Dee was a hard battle for us with Samford. (Offensive Coordinator Marcus Satterfield) did a great job of building the relationship with Dee and his family. We think he is going to be a special player for us. Reminds me of Chaz Moore with his personality. We're really excited about Dee at defensive back, but also in the return game."


D'Eddric Williams - DL - 6-2 - 240 - Fr.-EE - Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Hillcrest HS)

All-state defensive lineman from Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala. ... coached by former Moc Adam Winegarden ... is already enrolled at UTC ... the second freshman to enroll early at UTC, joining Shaun Hill who did so in 2011 ... led Hillcrest to a 12-1 record and the third round of the Alabama 6A playoffs ... named First Team All-State by the Alabama Sports Writers Association ... made the Honor Roll and was a member of the Beta Club ... PERSONAL ... full name is D'Eddric D'Wanne' Williams ... son of LaShonda Gray ... born Jan. 11, 1991 ... has two older sisters and an older brother ... brother, Ra'Anthoni, played football at South Alabama.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on D'Eddric Williams:
"He is already enrolled and is going through our winter conditioning. He played linebacker last year and defensive end his junior year. We like him because we think he is athletic and he is a big body guy. He can be a linebacker and we think he can play there. If not, we think he can be a defensive end. He will get a chance to be a linebacker here. He is a good kid who graduated high school early and we are excited to have him."

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