GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman head coach Bruce Fowler today announced the signing of 11 recruits to national letters of intent, adding a second quarterback to the Paladin fold late Wednesday afternoon.
"We're extremely excited about our first recruiting class, and I want to compliment our assistant coaches and staff for their outstanding work." said Fowler on Wednesday. "We're thrilled with the high character, strong academic credentials, and solid athletic ability of these young men and look forward to them being fine representatives of Furman football and our great university."
The Paladins' recruiting class, which features eight offensive players and three defensive performers, includes six recruits from Georgia, three from Tennessee, one from Alabama, and one Canadian who played his high school ball in New York.
Among Furman's additions are a pair of first team all-state offensive linemen, Justin Floyd (Cartersville, Ga./Cartersville H.S.) and Joe Turner (Roswell, Ga./Roswell H.S.), two all-state defensive linemen, Ira McCune (Marietta, Ga./Hillgrove H.S.) and John Mackey (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor H.S.), and two quarterbacks, Travis Eman (Brampton, Ontario/Canisius, N.Y., H.S.) and Andrew Parker (Brentwood, Tenn./Ensworth H.S.).
Floyd, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) first team all-state selection and Rivals three star, helped lead 3A Cartersville to a 9-2 record in 2010 and participated in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North/South All-Star Game.
Turner collected two all-state citations, earning AJC first team and Associated Press (AP) second team accolades at 5A Roswell High School.
An APsecond team all-state choice, McCune racked up 9.5 sacks for a 5A Hillgrove squad that posted an 11-3 record and defeated two-time defending state champion Camden County in state playoff second round action.
Mackey totaled 120 tackles and a team leading 12 sacks for Division II-A Baylor, which went 10-2 and recorded a state runner-up finish. A 2010 Tennessee Sportswriters Association first team all-state choice, he won a state wrestling championship at 285 pounds his junior year.
Eman, who starred as a junior and senior at Canisius in Buffalo, N,Y., is a Scout three star who passed for 1,575 yards and 26 touchdowns while also rushing for 971 yards (12.3 ypc) and 20 scores in 2010.
Parker threw for 228 yards and a pair of touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown in Ensworth's 28-21 Division II-A state championship win over Baylor last fall.
Among Furman's 11-member class is offensive lineman Charlie Anderson, whose father, Charlie, twice earned All-Southern Conference accolades and was a two-time Jacobs Blocking Award honoree (1980 & '81) and NCAA Post-Graduate Scholar.
Fowler, who was named Furman's new head coach on Dec. 13, is expected to welcome the return of 17 starters and approximately 49 lettermen this fall off a squad that lost 10 players to graduation.
2011 FURMAN FOOTBALL RECRUITING CLASS
Charlie Anderson, OL, 6-1, 250, Fr., Montgomery, Ala. (Montgomery Academy)
Rodney Anderson, DB, 5-10, 180, Fr., Nashville, Tenn. (Ensworth H.S.)
Travis Eman, QB, 6-1, 215, Fr., Brampton, Ontario (Canisius, N.Y., H.S.)
Justin Floyd, OL, 6-4, 280, Fr., Cartersville, Ga. (Cartersville H.S.)
John Mackey, DL, 6-1, 240, Fr., Chattanooga, Tenn. (Baylor H.S.)
Ira McCune, DL, 6-3, 250, Fr., Marietta, Ga. (Hillgrove H.S.)
Joey Negley, TE, 6-3, 230, Fr., Cumming, Ga. (Forsyth Central H.S.)
Andrew Parker, QB, 6-4, 185, Fr., Brentwood, Tenn. (Ensworth H.S.)
Tanner Skogen, RB, 5-11, 190, Fr., Woodstock, Ga. (Woodstock H.S.)
Jordan Snellings, WR, 6-1, 180, Fr., Atlanta, Ga. (Marist H.S.)
Joe Turner, OL, 6-3, 260, Fr., Roswell, Ga. (Roswell, H.S.)
Charlie Anderson, OL
6-1, 250, Freshman
Montgomery, Alabama (Montgomery Academy)
Projected 2011 graduate of Montgomery Academy...football coach was Chris Cournoyer...two-year, two-way starter on offensive and defensive lines...served as team captain and earned first team All-Metro Montgomery honors in 2010...two-time offensive line player of the week selection as a senior...also played basketball and baseball...served as team captain in basketball as a sophomore, junior, and senior...two-time Furman University Football Camp participant...very active in school extracurricular, church, and community service activities.
Personal:Full name is Charles L. Anderson, Jr...born April 7, 1993, in Montgomery, Alabama...son of Charlie and Linda Anderson...has three brothers: Roscoe, Sterling, and Brian...father was one of the finest offensive linemen in Furman history — a four-year letterman (1978-81), two-time first team All-Southern Conference selection, two-time SoCon Jacobs Blocking Award honoree (the only two-time honoree among Furman's 19 Jacobs Blocking Award selections), and NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship recipient.
Rodney Anderson, DB
5-10, 180, Freshman
Nashville, Tennessee (Ensworth High School)
Projected 2011 graduate of Ensworth High School...football coach was Ricky Bowers...played strong safety...missed the entire 2010 season after sustaining a knee injury at University of Kentucky football camp...had been named preseason first team All Mid-State prior to injury...earned second team All Mid-State accolades as a junior, helping his squad to a 10-1 record and state semi-final playoff appearance...also competed in track and basketball during his prep tenure.
Personal: Full name is Rodney Devoa' Anderson...born December 18, 1992, in Knoxville, Tennessee...mother is Shermica Bell...has a sister Sarae Anderson.
Travis Eman, QB
6-1, 215, Freshman
Brampton, Ontario (Canisius, N.Y., High School)
Projected 2011 graduate of Canisius High School in Buffalo, New York...football coach was Brandon Harris...began his prep career in Canada, where he played at St. Marguerite d'Youville School (alongside current Paladin redshirt freshman defensive lineman Tyreek Phillips) before moving to the United States for his junior and senior campaigns...passed for 2,182 yards and 18 touchdowns, and rushed 85 times for 734 yards and four scores in his first season at Canisius, keying his squad to a 7-3 record and 2009 Monsignor Martin (AA) Catholic League Championship, for which was named both team and league MVP...as a senior completed 76-of-152 passes for 1,575 yards and 26 touchdowns, and also rushed 79 times for 971 yards and 20 scores as part of a 7-3 season...had a monster game in a 47-44 victory over Ohio football power Walsh Jesuit, connecting on 17-of-25 passes for 371 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 66 yards and a pair of TDs...passed for 151 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 13 times for 154 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown run, in a 30-20 triumph over Pennsylvania power Cathedral Prep...two-time first team all-conference and first team All-Western New York honoree...2010 first team all-state pick...finalist for the Connolly Cup, the state's player of the year award...listed as a three-star recruit and the nation's 76th-ranked quarterback by Scout.com...rated No. 2 QB prospect in New York and 94th nationally among QBs by ESPN...Rivals.com two-stars...also ran track.
Personal: Full name is Travis Blair Eman...born June 17, 1993, in Brampton, Ontario...parents are Dale and Moses Eman...has a sister, Felicia, and a brother, Trevor.
Justin Floyd, OL
6-4, 280, Freshman
Cartersville, Georgia (Cartersville High School)
Projected 2011 graduate of Cartersville (3A) High School...football coach was Frank Barden...saw action at offensive tackle and guard over his four-year career...helped key his squad to a 9-2 record this past season...starter on Cartersville's 2008 squad that advanced ot the state's Sweet 16 playoff round...2010 Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia Football Dailyfirst team all-state selection...participant in 2010 Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (GACA) North/South All-Star Game, which his (north) team won, 22-0...Rivals.com three stars...three-time all-county selection and 7-AAA all-region honoree...named 2010 permanent team captain...recipient of Cartersville's Best Offensive Lineman and Academic Award (highest GPA)...attended Furman University Football Camp...also played baseball.
Personal: Full name is Justin Frank Floyd...born February 27, 1993, in Knoxville, Tennessee...son of Jay and Mandy Floyd...has a sister, Madison.
John Mackey, DL
6-1, 240, Freshman
Chattanooga, Tennessee (Baylor High School)
Projected 2011 graduate of Baylor High School...football coach was Phil Massey...played fullback and defensive tackle...served as team captain and racked up 120 tackles and 12 sacks as a senior in helping Baylor to a 10-2 record and state runner-up finish to an Ensworth squad that featured fellow Paladin signee Andrew Parker...named 2010 Division II-A first team all-state by the Tennessee Sportswriters Association...2010 Toyota Tennessee East/West All-Star game participant...outstanding wrestler...won 2010 Tennesee State championship at 285 pounds...attended Furman University Football Camp...also participated in track & field.
Personal: Full name is John Bryan Mackey...born January 4, 1992, in Chattanooga, Tennessee...grandparents are Warren and Cheryl Mackey...has a brother, Joshua.
Ira McCune, DL
6-3, 250, Freshman
Marietta, Georgia (Hillgrove High School)
Projected 2011 graduate of Hillgrove (5A) High School...football coach was Phil Ironside...played defensive end and tight end...registered 64 tackles and 9.5 sacks in 2010 to key Hillgrove to an 11-3 record and third round state playoff appearance...season included a 28-26 road win over top-ranked and two-time defending state champion Camden County...named 2010 Associated Press second team all-state...Atlanta Journal-Constitution all-area pick...two-time all-region...also played basketball, helping his team to a state Sweet 16 appearance as a sophomore and Elite 8 finish his junior year.
Personal: Full name is Ira Cornelius McCune, II...born September 21, 1992, in Atlanta, Georgia...son of Vickie and Ira McCune...has a sister, Olivia.
Joey Negley, TE
6-3, 230, Freshman
Cumming, Georgia (Forsyth Central High School)
Projected 2011 graduate of Forsyth Central (4A) High School...football coach was Chris Bennett...played tight end and defensive end...2010 first team all-region and all-county selection...North Fulton Forsyth Rotary Bowl All-Star Game participant...served as team captain his senior year...also played basketball.
Personal: Full name is Joseph Alexander Negley...born October 11, 1992, in Houston, Texas...parents are Joe and Debbie Negley...has a sister, Madison.
Andrew Parker, QB
6-4, 185, Freshman
Brentwood, Tennessee (Ensworth High School)
Projected 2011 graduate of Ensworth High School, where he was a teammate of fellow Paladin signee Rodney Anderson...football coach was Ricky Bowers...all-conference selection who completed 118-of-188 passes for 1,775 yards and nine touchdowns in 2010, keying Ensworth to a 10-2 record and Tennessee Division II-A state championship...garnered state championship game MVP honors after completing 18-of-24 passes for 228 yards and two touchowns, and rushing for one score, in a victory over Baylor High School squad that included fellow Paladin defensive end John Mackey...also starred in baseball and basketball at Ensworth.
Personal: Full name is Andrew Davis Parker...born August 14, 1992, in Brentwood, Tennessee...son of Pat and Tammy Parker...has two brothers, Daniel and Patrick, and a sister, Paige.
Tanner Skogen, RB
5-11, 190, Freshman
Woodstock, Georgia (Woodstock High School)
Projected 2011 graduate of Woodstock (5A) High School...football coach was Brent Budde...saw action at running back, safety, and return specialist...set eight school record at Woodstock, including season touchdowns (19), season yards per carry (7.5), career rushes (421), career rushing yards (2,620), career yards per carry (6.23), career return yards (1,239), career touchdowns (39), career all-purpose yards (4,237)...served as team captain, ran for 1,015 yards and 19 touchdowns, and tallied 1,414 all-purpose yards in 2010, helping key Woodstock to a 7-4 record and state playoff appearance...2010 all-region selection...two-time Cherokee County Gridiron Player-of-the-Year honoree...also played basketball and baseball.
Personal: Full name is Tanner Jacob Skogen...born October 28, 1992, in Rochester, Minnesota...son of Craig and Jean Skogen...sister, Sarah, is an All-Southern Conference track performer at Elon...grandfather was a national wrestling champion at South Dakota State University.
Jordan Snellings, WR
6-1, 180, Freshman
Atlanta, Georgia (Marist High School)
Projected 2011 graduate of Marist (4A) High School...football coach was Alan Chadwick...played wide receiver and cornerback...key performer on three Marist teams that combined to post a 31-7 record...garnered all-county honors in 2010 after catching 24 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns....also rushed 12 times for 146 yards...had 16 catches for 300 yards and six scores in 2009, his junior year...starred in both basketball and track...member of Marist's 2009 Elite 8 state playoff squad...attended Furman University Football Camp.
Personal: Full name is Jordan David Snellings...born March 22, 1993, in Decatur, Georiga...parents are Channie and David Snellings...has a brother, Terrance.
Joe Turner, OL
6-3, 260, Freshman
Roswell, Georgia (Roswell High School)
Projected 2011 graduate of Roswell (5A) High School...football coach was Leo Barker...three-year, two-way starter on the offensive and defensive lines...collected a host of honors in 2010, including Atlanta Journal-Constitutionfirst team all-state, Associated Press second team all-state, first team all-metro, first team all-region, and first team All-North Fulton County...helped key Roswell to a 7-5 record, region championship, and state playoff Sweet 16 appearance his senior year...member of Roswell's 10-2 squad in 2009...attended Furman University Football Camp...standout performer in track & field, specializing in shot put and discus.
Personal: Full name is Joseph Michael Turner...born September 2, 1992, in Roswell, Georgia...son of Michael and Julie Turner...has a sister, Hannah, and a brother, William...father played football at Presbyterian.