WMKY

Football Adds 32 Newcomers for the 2019 Campaign

Jul 31, 2019

Credit MSU Athletics

With the opening of fall camp set to begin this week, the Morehead State football program has added 23 freshmen for its upcoming 2019 season. In addition to the freshmen newcomers, there are nine transfers planning to join the 2019 roster, giving the Eagles 32 new players.

Of the 32 additions, there are 20 offensive players, 11 defensive players, and one kicker.

On the offensive side, the Eagles inked players at wide receiver, tight end, slot receiver, offensive line, quarterback and running back.

On the defensive side, positions added are on the defensive line and at linebacker, cornerback and safety.

Below are the players planning to be on the 2019 roster as well as their bios.

Offense

Michael Armour (WR/Slot, 5-11, 170, Florence, Kentucky, Cooper HS)

Played for head coach Randy Borchers at Cooper High School ... Had 71 receptions for 1,407 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior ... Was team MVP, team captain, NKY First-Team and Class 6A All-Star ... Was part of a team that was top 26 for the Coaches Choice Awards.

Carter Black (C, 6-4, 305, Edgewood, Kentucky, Covington Catholic HS)

Played for head coach Eddie Eviston at Covington Catholic High School ... Was Academic All State Honorable Mention, Courier Journal All State Honorable Mention, NKY First-Team All-Star, Tri-State Football Second-Team, Covington Catholic Most Valuable Offensive Lineman, Anthony Munoz NKY Offensive Lineman of the Year, Enquirer All NKY First-Team, and was part of a team that became conference champions, district champions, regional champions, and state champions during his junior year ... Was Academic All State Honorable Mention ... Courier Journal All-State Honorable Mention ... NKY All-Star First Team ... Tri-State Football Second-Team, Enquirer All NKY First Team, and was part of a team that became conference champions, district champions, regional champions, and state runners-up during his senior year.

Pete Brower (WR, 6-3, 205, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Ringgold HS)

Played for head coach Robert Akins at Ringgold High School ... Had 37 receptions for 780 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior ... 45 tackles, two forced fumbles, three recovered fumbles, one interception ... Was 6-AAA All Region First-Team ... 6-AAA All-Region Second-Team and Team MVP as a junior ... Had 26 catches for 350 yards, five touchdowns, 50 tackles, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, two interceptions as a senior ... Was 6-AAA All-Region Second Team at two positions ... Team MVP as a senior ... Mother played college basketball at Panhandle State and Chattanooga.

DeAndre Clayton (QB, 6-2, 210, Lorton, Virginia, Malone University)

Transfer who played for head coach Fred Thomas at Malone University ... Has two seasons of eligibility remaining after playing freshman year at Clarion (Pa.) ... Had 2,326 passing yards, 465 rushing yards and 25 total touchdowns as a redshirt sophomore for Malone... Posted a passing percentage of 57.2 and helped the Pioneers score 30 points per game for the first time since 2009 ... Was named Honorable Mention All-G-MAC ... Uncle Thomas Clayton played at Florida State and Kansas State as a running back from 2002-06 and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round in 2007.

Grady Cramer (QB, 6-3, 195, Fort Thomas, Kentucky, Highlands HS)

Played for head coach Brian Weinrich at Highlands High School ... Passed for 2,204 yards and 21 scores through the air as a senior ... Was awarded the Overall Highlands Football Player of the Game against Anderson County by MaxPreps as a senior.

Geremiah Edison (WR, 6-2, 180, Louisville, Kentucky, Louisville Male HS)

Played for head coach Chris Wolfe at Louisville Male High School ... Helped the team post a 14-1 record and claim the Kentucky 6A state title as a senior ... Hauled in 29 passes for 491 yards and six touchdowns as a senior.

Jordan Griffin (WR, 6-2, 202, Louisville, Kentucky, Waggener HS)

Played for head coach Jordan Johnson at Waggener High School ... Had six receptions for 96 yards and one touchdown as a senior.

Skai Hage (TE, 6-3, 235, Detroit, Michigan, ASA Miami College)

Transfer who played for Chris Boden at ASA Miami College ... Had 13 receptions for 144 yards, two touchdowns, five kick returns for 149 yards, and a tackle during his sophomore year ... Father played at Central Michigan from 1994-98.

Trenton Kelley (QB, 6-5, 200, Columbus, Indiana, Columbus North HS)

Played for head coach Tim Bless at Columbus North High School ... Had 2,223 passing yards ans 170 rushing yards, 29 touchdowns as a senior ... Was Team MVP, 6-A All State First Team, All Conference First-Team, Griddy's Award Winner, and helped his high school have a 9-2 record during his junior year ... Had 1,772 passing yards, 133 rushing yards, 19 touchdowns as a junior ... Was team MVP, All-Conference First-Team, AP 6-A All State Honorable Mention, All Region Ten IFCA, All State Academic, team captain, and helped his high school become conference champions and have a 8-2 record during his senior season ... Father Dennis Kelley played football at Rose-Hulman as a quarterback (1984-88) and brother Mitchel Kelley played football and Rose-Hulman as a safety (2016-18).

Corey Rolle (WR, 6-1, 180, Lithonia, Georgia, Arabia Mountain High School)

Played for head coach Stanley Pritchett at Arabia Mountain ... Caught 28 passes for 485 yards and six touchdowns as a senior ... Had 262 receiving yards and four scores as a junior ... Helped his team win a region title his junior and sophomore years while advancing to the state playoff second round ... Named All-Region and All-County following senior season.

Sylvester Mathis IV (TE, 6-5, 205, Johns Creek, Georgia, Centennial HS)

Played for head coach Michael Perry at Centennial High School ... Originally played as a defensive end and before that wide receiver ... Helped his team get to the second round of the playoffs during his junior year ... Had 42 tackles, received the coaches award, and helped his team get to the first round of the playoffs during his senior year.

James Napolitano (OL, 6-2, 310, Basking Ridge, New Jersey, Orange Coast College)

Transfer who played for head coach Bubba Gonzalez at Orange Coast College ... Received the Basilone Bowl MVP as a senior in high school at Ridge High School under head coach Bill Tracy.

Kobe Owens-Collins (WR, 6-2, 185, Chicago, Illinois, Taft HS)

Played for head coach John Tsarouchas at Taft High School ... Had 40 catches, 660 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior ... Was all-conference, All-City First-Team, and helped his team become city champions (Chicago 8-A) as a senior.

Luke Sparks (OL, 6-3, 280, Grayson, Kentucky, East Carter HS)

Played for head coach Tim Champlin at East Carter High School ... Was First-Team All-EKY, All-Area Honorable Mention, All-District First-Team, and team captain during his senior year.

Jalen Swanson (RB, 5-11, 180, West Chester, Ohio, Lakota West HS)

Played for head coach Jeff Wadl at Lakota West High School ... In eight games as a junior, he had 51 carries for 261 yards and three touchdowns ... In 10 games as a senior, he had 54 tackles (34 solos and 19 assists), a sack, and a forced fumble.

Jared Thompson (WR, 6-4, 205, Columbia, Missouri, Tolton Catholic HS)

Played for head coach Chas Masters at Tolton Catholic High School ... Had 17 receptions for 318 yards, four receiving touchdowns ... Was voted most improved by teammates, and helped his team become semifinalists in the district tournament ... Had 68 receptions for 1,105 yards, 10 receiving touchdowns as a senior ... All-Area First-Team, All-Conference First-Team, All-District First-Team ... Ranked second in his school's history for most receiving yards ... Father played baseball at Georgia Southern, mother was on the swimming and diving team at Georgia Southern, and two cousins play baseball: one at James Madison and the other at Holy Cross.

Darian Torres (OL, 6-3, 290, Abilene, Texas, Cienega HS)

Played for head coach Pat Nugent at Cienega High School ... Was Southern Arizona All-Region Honorable Mention during his career and All-Region First-Team as a senior.

Tyler Wells (OC/OG, 6-3, 310, Corona, California, Pima CC)

Transfer who played for head coach Jim Monaco at Pima Community College ... Played in eight games as a sophomore ... Father played at Iowa State, in the NFL with the Chicago Bears, in the AFL with the Albany Firebirds, and later coached in the AFL.

Mykah Williams (RB, 5-9, 180, Louisville, Kentucky, Central HS)

Played for head coach Marvin Dantzler at Central High School ... Had 1,291 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns as a junior ... Was 3-A All-District, and helped his high school become district champions as a junior ... Had 193 carries for 1,728 yards and 23 rushing touchdowns as a senior ... Was tabbed 3-A All District, All-Metro Team, 3-A All-State, an Offensive and Defensive All American, and helped his high school become district champions, region title holders and 3-A state champions as a senior ... Cousin Michael Bush played for Louisville and was a fourth round pick by the Oakland Raiders and also played for the Chicago Bears and the Arizona Cardinals.

Holton Zoss (OC/OL, 6-2, 285, Evansville, Indiana, Central HS)

Played for Coaches Troy Burgess and Andy Owen at Central High School ... Was All-City First-Team, All Conference, IFCA Junior All-State, All-City Academic, and helped his team become sectional champions, city champions, and conference champions as a junior ... Was All-City First-Team, all-conference, AP All-State, All-Metro, All State Academic, and helped his team become state finalists (13-2 record), semi-state champions, sectional champions and regional champions as a senior ... Grandfather Abe Zoss played football for Notre Dame under Knute Rockne and won a National Championship in 1929 ... Father Bob Zoss played football for Indiana University.

Defense

Isaac Armstrong (LB, 6-2, 218, Lexington, Kentucky, Paul Lawrence Dunbar HS)

Played for head coach Wes Johnson at Paul Lawrence Dunbar ... Led the team in tackles (48) as a senior ... Had five tackles for loss, 16 assists, 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery for a touchdown as a senior... Made All-City First-Team as a linebacker, earned the Mike Meighan Leadership Award, and also earned the Blanton Collier Award for High Achievement, Character, and Integrity both on and off the field ... Grandfather Wayne Armstrong played for Memphis as a offensive and defensive lineman, father David Armstrong played for Western Kentucky as a quarterback, uncle Wayne Armstrong played for East Tennessee State as a quarterback, cousin Miller Armstrong played for Middle Tennessee State as a linebacker, and cousin Jake Armstrong played for Carson Newman as a linebacker.

Steve Barongi (LB, 6-2, 210, Queens, New York, Nassau Community College)

JUCO transfer who played for head coach Jamel Ramsay at Nassau Community College ... Tied his career high with 10 tackles in the first game of his sophomore season ... Out of 55 tackles during the 2018 football season, 25 were solo, 30 were assists, and 6.5 were for losses ... Forced one fumble, had one fumble recovery, and had three pass breakups ... Recorded 10 tackles in his last game of the season during his freshman year ... Of his 44 tackles that season, 24 were solo, 20 were assists, and 1.5 were for losses.

Amari Campbell (DE/LB, 6-2, 210, Haines City, Florida, Bridge Community HS)

Played for head coach Richard Tate at Bridge Community ... Had 80 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, seven sacks, three pass break-ups, three fumbles forced, and four fumbles recovered during his senior year ... Made All-County and All-Conference during senior year ... Has a godfather who played at the University of Miami and an uncle who played at Florida A&M as a running back.

Tom Flood (DT/DE, 6-5, 290, Lombard, Illinois, DuPage College)

Transfer who played under head coach Matt Foster at DuPage College ... Named all-conference and was an All-Area Honorable Mention as a senior in high school at Glenbard East High School.

Tavion Grant (DB, 6-0, 185, Killeen, Texas, Killeen HS)

Played for head coach Neil Searly at Killeen High School ... Had an interception, 31 tackles, and a pass break-up and was a city champion as a sophomore ... Had an interception, 35 tackles, five pass break-ups, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries as a junior ... Had three interceptions, 53 tackles, five pass break-ups, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and was part of a number one-ranked defense in his school's district ... Was All-District Second-Team, Defensive MVP, and a Blue-Grey All-American as a senior ... First cousin Woody Drexler played Major League baseball.

Cooper Krezek (S, 6-0, 190, Kansas City, Missouri, Rockhurst HS)

Played for head coach Tony Severino at Rockhurst High School ... Had 15 tackles and was part of a team that became district champions as a sophomore ... Had 42 tackles, 10 rushes for 102 yards and a touchdown, 25 receptions for 290 yards and a touchdown, four interceptions, and was a team captain as a junior ... Had 63 tackles, 36 receptions for 382 yards and a touchdown, a punt return touchdown, two interceptions as a senior ... Was All-State, All-District, All-Metro, team captain and led his team to be state runners-up during his career.

Wilson McCraw (DE, 6-5, 250, Homewood, Alabama, Homewood HS)

Played for head coach Ben Berguson at Homewood High School ... Had 13 receptions for 150 yards and a touchdown, and was part of a team that had a 10-2 record and became 6A Region Champions as a junior ... Had 11 receptions for 103 yards and two touchdowns and was part of a team that had a 10-3 record and made their first trip to the third round of the playoffs since 2005 ... Grandfather Jerry Wilson was an All-SEC and All-American TE/DE for Auburn University from 1956-59 (National Champions 1957), played in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles (NFL Champions 1960) and the San Francisco 49ers and played in the CFL for the Toronto Argonauts.

Tyler Noble (CB, 5-11, 191, Irvine, California, Saddleback CC)

Transfer who played for head coach Mark McElroy at Saddleback Community College ... Had five kick returns for 105 yards, 40 tackles (26 solos and 14 assists), 2.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one interception, and 11 broken up passes during his sophomore year.

Stephon Stowers (LB/DB, 6-0, 195, Las Vegas, Nevada, Mt. Sac CC)

Transfer who played for head coach Bob Jastrab ... Had 31 tackles, one sack and five tackles for loss during his sophomore year.

Isaiah Tigler (SAF, 6-1, 192, Clovis, California, Reedley JC)

Transfer who played for Eric Marty at Reedley Junior College ... Had a punt return for a touchdown, three interceptions for two touchdowns, a fumble recovery for a touchdown, two pass break-ups and 22 tackles as a sophomore ... Was part of a team that and became Golden Coast Conference champions and had a 10-1 record during his sophomore year.

Preston Toner (LB, 6-2, 225, Murrieta, California, Great Oak HS)

Played for head coach Robbie Robinson at Great Oak High School ... Had 68 tackles and six sacks as a junior ... Made All-League Second-Team Defense and was part of a team that made the playoffs during his junior year ... Had 127 tackles, two sacks, six tackles for loss as a senior ... Defensive Player of the Year.

Special Teams

Jalen Miller (K, 6-2, 196, Wheelersburg, Ohio, Wheelersburg HS)

Plays for head coach Bob Woodward ... Had 100 kickoffs, 22 touchbacks, was 70-for-80 on extra-points and was Special Teams Player of the Year as a junior ... Was part of a team that became conference champions, district champions, regional champions, and state champions during his junior year ... Had 75 kickoffs, 15 touchbacks, three tackles, was 55-for-61 on extra points as a senior ... Was Special Teams Player of the Year, All-State, All-State Academic and All-District First-Team ... Holds his high school's record for longest field goal (46 yards), and was part of a team that became conference champs, district champs, regional champs, and that went to the final four in the Playoffs ... His high school went 52-4 while he played for them.