Freeze Announces First Signing Class at Liberty

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LYNCHBURG, Va. – Flames Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze announced the signing of eight new players on Wednesday as part of the NCAA’s February signing period.

       With these additional eight players inking their national letters of intent to play for the Flames, a total of 22 players have become part of Freeze’s first-ever signing class at Liberty. Freeze was hired as the ninth head coach in the history of the program on Dec. 7, 2018.

       During the early December signing period, Freeze announced the signing of 14 players to national letters of intent.

2019 Signees Announced in February

Name                                       Pos.     Ht.        Wt.     Hometown/High School

Malik Caper                              LB        6-1       215     Dallas, Texas/Grapevine Faith Christian School

Kei’Trel Clark                            CB        5-10     160     Richmond, Va./Manchester HS

Demario Douglas                       WR       5-8       165     Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin HS 

William Green                           DT        6-6       315     Albany, Ga./Westover HS

                                                                                   (Georgia Military College)

Elijah James                             DT        6-5       295     Chicago, Ill./Oswego East HS (Iowa Western CC)

Maisen Knight                           OL        6-5       300     Salt Lake City, Utah/Judge Memorial HS

                                                                                   (Ventura College)

Tayvion Land                            CB        5-8       170     Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes HS

Micaiah Overton                        TE        6-4       225     Fort Worth, Texas/Bessemer Academy

2019 Signees Announced in December

Name                                       Pos.     Ht.        Wt.     Hometown/High School

Zack Amerson                           DE        6-4       225     Greenwood, S.C./Emerald HS

Tre’Shaun Clark                        DE        6-2       235     Danville, Va./Cape Coral HS (Fla.)

Micah Glaize                             S          6-1       190     Lynchburg, Va./Brookville HS

Devonte Lloyd                           DT        6-2       300     Meridian, Miss./Meridian HS

                                                                                   (NW Mississippi Community College)

Chris Megginson                       DB        6-0       180     Lynchburg, Va./Heritage HS

Brayden Monday                       DE        6-5       245     Waynesville, N.C./Tuscola HS

Jason Stricker                           K/P       6-2       180     Charlotte, N.C./Marvin Ridge HS

CJ Yarbrough                            WR       6-3       195     Tanner, Ala./East Limestone HS

2019 Mid-Year Enrollees Announced in December

Name                                       Pos.     Ht.        Wt.     Hometown/High School

Isaiah Avery                              CB        6-1       185     Antioch, Calif./Antioch HS

                                                                                   (City College of San Francisco)

Johnathan Bennett                    QB       6-1       210     Summerville, S.C./Summerville HS

Emanuel Dabney                       CB        5-11     170     Jackson, Miss./Callaway HS

                                                                                   (Hinds Community College)

Shedro Louis                             WR       5-8       175     Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee HS

Treon Sibley                              WR       6-0       190     Akron, Ohio/Coventry HS

Aubrey Williams                        S          6-2       200     Brunswick, Ga./Brunswick HS

Zack Amerson, DE, 6-4, 225, Greenwood, S.C./Emerald HS

Will graduate from Emerald High School in Greenwood, S.C. … also received offers from Charleston Southern, Georgia Southern, Tennessee Tech and Wofford … two-star recruit by 247Sports.com … high school honors include all-region, most improved player, coaches award and team’s best wide receiver … finished his career at Emerald High School with 94 rushing attempts for 587 yards and five touchdowns, plus 20 receptions for 418 yards and four touchdowns … rushed for 539 yards on 89 carries and five touchdowns as a senior … finished his senior year with 46 tackles, 4.0 tackles for a loss, four pass breakups, two forced fumbles and an interception … son of Ron Amerson … planning on majoring in engineering.

Tre’Shaun Clark, DE, 6-2, 235, Danville, Va./Cape Coral HS (Fla.)

Will graduate from Cape Coral High School in Cape Coral, Fla. … native of Danville, Va. … also received offers from Alabama A&M, Appalachian State, Central Michigan, Cornell, Marshall and UConn … District and All-State all-star game participant … named the Defensive MVP of the all-state all-star game … son of Sherrita and Christopher Clark.

Micah Glaize, S, 6-1, 190, Lynchburg, Va./Brookville HS

Will graduate from Brookville High School in Lynchburg, Va. … also received offers from Delaware, Elon, James Madison, Norfolk State and Old Dominion … two-star recruit by 247Sports.com … three-time all-district and all-region first-team defense selection … two-time all-district and all-region first-team offense honoree … two-time all-state first-team honoree on both offense and defense … finished his sophomore season with 55 tackles (30 solo, 25 assisted), 7.5 tackles for a loss and one forced fumble, while leading his team to a conference title … first-team all-state wide receiver and all-purpose defender as a junior … finished his junior year with 52 tackles (18 solo, 34 assisted), 5.0 tackles for a loss, a sack, eight pass breakups, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery … had 55 receptions for 1,108 yards and 14 touchdowns as a wide receiver … first-team all-state all-purpose honoree on offense and defense as a senior … finished his final year at Brookville with 61 tackles (40 solo, 21 assisted), 3.0 tackles for a loss, eight pass breakups, six interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries … had 41 receptions during his senior year for 725 yards and 10 touchdowns, while rushing for 544 yards and four touchdowns … son of Nikia Fisher and Chris Glaize.

Devonte Lloyd, DT, 6-2, 300, Meridian, Miss./Meridian HS (NW Miss. Comm. College)

Transferring to Liberty from Northwestern Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, Miss. … will have two years of eligibility left at Liberty … also received offers from Abilene Christian, Alcorn State, Bowling Green, Chattanooga, Eastern Illinois, Central Arkansas, FAU, Jacksonville State, Louisiana – Monroe, Nicholls State, Texas State, Troy and Western Kentucky … during his two seasons at Northwestern Mississippi, the Rangers posted a 16-5 record, made two appearances in the MACJC Playoffs and the 2017 Graphic Edge Bowl … saw playing time in all 11 games as a freshman, including two starts … finished the 2017 season with 23 tackles (seven solo, 16 assisted), three quarterback hurries and 5.5 tackles for a loss … started seven of the 10 games he played in 2018, finishing the season with 28 tackles (five solo, 23 assisted), 3.5 tackles for a loss, 2.0 sacks, four quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery … named to the JCGridiron Defensive Tackle National Watch List … 61 total tackles, 15.0 tackles for a loss, 13 quarterback hurries, nine sacks and a forced fumble during senior year at Meridian High School …  second team all-state and all-region … Meridian Star First Team All-Defense … played in Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game … also participated in powerlifting … son of Laquita Thomas and Eugene Lloyd … plans on being a sport management major.

Chris Megginson, DB, 6-0, 180, Lynchburg, Va./Heritage HS

Will graduate from Heritage High School in Lynchburg, Va. … also received an offer from Elon,

Georgia State, VMI and Western Illinois … helped Heritage claim the 2018 VHSL 3A State Championship title during his final career high school game at Williams Stadium … he sealed the Pioneers state title victory with a late fourth quarter interception on the same field he will play for the Flames.

Brayden Monday, DE, 6-5, 245, Waynesville, N.C./Tuscola HS

Will graduate from Tuscola High School in Waynesville, N.C. … also received offers from Charlotte, East Carolina, Florida, Florida International, Georgia State, Michigan State, Ohio State and Tulane … three-star recruit by 247Sports.com … 2017 Defensive Player of the Year as a junior … earned all-conference honors as a senior … team captain during his junior and senior seasons … Blue Grey All-American Bowl participant … son of Shannon and Leslie Clark and Michael Monday … plans to major in exercise science.

Jason Stricker, K/P, 6-2, 180, Charlotte, N.C./Marvin Ridge HS

Will graduate from Marvin Ridge High School in Waxhaw, N.C. … also received offers from Air Force, Army, Charlotte, Maryland, Navy, TCU, UCF and Virginia … four-year varsity starter at both kicker and punter … two-time Special Teams Player of the Year (2017 and 2018) … first-team all-conference kicker as a junior and senior … U.S. Army All-Americans & Eastbay All-America kicker (2013, 2014 and 2015) … 2018 Greater Charlotte Region Kicker of the Year … two-time Marvin Ridge High School Special Teams MVP (2017 and 2018) … 2018 Marvin Ridge High School team captain … finished his career with a school record 20 field goals (20-of-29), including 9-of-15 as a senior … kicked a school record 51-yard field goal as a junior … 52-of-59 kickoffs during his senior year resulted in a touchback, setting a program record … finished his senior year averaging 68.1 yards per kickoff (59 kickoffs for 4,020 yards) … placed 16-of-38 punts during his senior year inside the opponent’s 20-yard line … son of Suzanne and Mike Stricker … plans to major in exercise science (physical therapy) and may attend medical school after graduation.

CJ Yarbrough, WR, 6-3, 195, Tanner, Ala./East Limestone HS

Will graduate from East Limestone High School in Athens, Ala. … also received offers from Jacksonville State, South Alabama, Troy and Virginia … three-star recruit by 247Sports.com … finished his high school career with 3,182 receiving yards and 32 touchdowns … also tallied 412 total return yards, 10 interceptions and 51 tackles … two-time all-state selection in 2015 and 2016 … All 5A Region 8 wide receiver and All 5A Region 8 cornerback as a senior … also named Region 8 Offensive MVP during his senior season … son of Denise Oliver and Connell Yarbrough.

Isaiah Avery, CB, 6-1, 185, Antioch, Calif./Antioch HS (City College of San Francisco)

Transferring to Liberty from City College of San Francisco in San Francisco, Calif. … mid-year enrollee and will be part of Liberty’s roster during spring workouts … will have three years of eligibility left at Liberty … played in 10 games in 2018, helping the Rams to a 7-4 record and a trip to the Golden State Bowl … finished the season with 32 tackles (27 solo, five assisted) … led the team with six pass breakups … returned an interception 83 yards for a touchdown … graduated from Antioch High School in Antioch, Calif. … son of Lisa and Vernon Avery … plans to major in kinesiology.

Johnathan Bennett, QB, 6-1, 210, Summerville, S.C./Summerville HS

Graduated from Summerville High School in Summerville, S.C. in December … will enroll at Liberty in January and will be part of the Flames’ roster during spring workouts … also received offers from Appalachian State, Campbell, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, The Citadel, Gardner-Webb and Old Dominion … three-star recruit by 247Sports.com … Low Country Player of the Year and Region 8 5A Player of the Year as a senior … finished his final season at Summerville High School throwing for 2,120 yards, completing 127-of-207 pass attempts for 33 touchdowns … also rushed for 18 touchdowns and 614 yards … first-team all-region selection as a senior, guiding his team to a regional title … son of Kim Bennett … planning on majoring in education.

Emanuel Dabney, CB, 5-11, 170, Jackson, Miss./Callaway HS (Hinds Community College)

Transferring to Liberty from Hinds Community College in Raymond, Miss. … mid-year enrollee and will be part of Liberty’s roster during spring workouts … will have two years of eligibility left at Liberty … also received offers from Louisiana – Monroe, Middle Tennessee, New Mexico, Old Dominion and Southern Miss … all-state second-team defense honoree … finished his sophomore season with 33 tackles (28 solo, five assisted), while adding seven pass breakups and an interception … opened his college career as a freshman at Hinds with 15 tackles (12 solo, three assisted), 2.0 tackles for a loss (nine yards) and a pass breakup … graduated from Callaway High School in Jackson, Miss. … was a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com out of high school … finished his senior year with 60 tackles (22 solo, 38 assisted) … also added three interceptions (62 yards), 10 pass breakups and a forced fumble … Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game participant … recorded 41 tackles as a junior, while adding three interceptions … son of Tausha and Emanuel Dabney … plans to major in kinesiology.

Shedro Louis, WR, 5-8, 175, Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee HS

Graduated from Immokalee High School in Immokalee, Fla. in December … will enroll at Liberty in January and will be part of the Flames’ roster during spring workouts … also received offers from Akron and Valdosta … finished his career with 1,700 receiving yards and a school record 15 interceptions … finished one game of his career at Immokalee with five touchdowns … son of Chantina and Louiders Louis … plans to major in business management.

Treon Sibley, WR, 6-0, 190, Akron, Ohio/Coventry HS

Graduated from Coventry High School in Akron, Ohio in December … will enroll at Liberty in January and will be part of the Flames’ roster during spring workouts … also received an offer from Akron … broke six school records during his high school career, including 27 touchdowns and nearly 1,800 all-purpose yards during his senior year … all-state wide receiver … PTC Player of the Year … son of Shannon Jackson and Trace-Shun Sibley … planning on majoring in sport management.

Aubrey Williams, S, 6-2, 200, Brunswick, Ga./Brunswick HS

Graduate from Brunswick High School in Brunswick, Ga. in December … will enroll at Liberty in January and will be part of the Flames’ roster during spring workouts … finished his senior year with 62 tackles, three interceptions, eight pass breakups and three forced fumbles … first-team all-state honoree as a senior … son of Meredith Tolley … planning on majoring in biomedical science.

Malik Caper, LB, 6-1, 215, Dallas, Texas/Grapevine Faith Christian School

Will graduate from Grapevine Faith Christian School in Grapevine, Texas … also received offers from Abilene Christian, Colorado, Missouri State, Navy, New Mexico State, SMU, Stephen F. Austin, Syracuse, Texas State and Tulane … three-star recruit by 247Sports.com … finished his career with 3,609 all-purpose yards, 40 touchdowns, 195 tackles and eight interceptions … first-team all-state honoree … first-team all-district at both linebacker and running back … second team all-district punter … helped lead Grapefruit Faith Christian School to the state title in 2016 … son of Demetricia Caper and Ron Morgan … plans to major in business.

Kei’Trel Clark, CB, 5-10, 160, Richmond, Va./Manchester HS

Will graduate from Manchester High School in Midlothian, Va. … also received offers from Akron, Charlotte, Howard, James Madison, Kent State, Marshall, Richmond and Western Michigan … first-team all-region honoree as a defensive back and a punt return specialist … second-team all-state as a defensive back … first-team all-state as a punt return specialist … helped lead Manchester High School to the VHSL 6A state title as a senior … ranked No. 2 in the country in punt returns by MaxPreps … finished his senior year with 26 tackles … completed his career with eight interceptions … amassed 575 punt return yards (28.6 average) and 126 kickoff return yards as a senior … Manchester High School finished the 2018 ranked as one of the top 50 school in the country as ranked by MaxPreps … son of Anelia and Jordan Vaughn and Kelvin Clark.

Demario Douglas, WR, 5-8, 165, Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin HS 

Will graduate from Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, Fla. … also received offers from Chattanooga, FAU, Gardner-Webb, Tennessee-Martin, The Citadel, UAB and West Florida … finished his senior season with 1,700 all-purpose yards, 1,300 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns … named to the All-USA team … helped lead Mandarin to the state title in 2018 … finished the state title game with four receiving touchdowns, setting a new state title game record … son of Angie Mack and Mario Douglas … plans to major in business.

William Green, DT, 6-6, 315, Albany, Ga./Westover HS (Georgia Military College)

Transferring to Liberty from Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Ga. … will have three years of eligibility left at Liberty … also received offers from Jacksonville State and Western Kentucky … finished his first season at Georgia Military with 21 tackles (nine solo, 12 assisted) and a fumble recovery … helped Georgia Military limit opponents to 16.8 points per game and 289.6 total offensive yards allowed per game … graduated from Westover High School in Albany, Ga. … was a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com out of high school … son of Deirdre Blackburn and William Green, Sr. … plans to major in physical education.

Elijah James, DT, 6-5, 295, Chicago, Ill./Oswego East HS (Iowa Western Community College)

Transferring to Liberty from Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa. … will have two years of eligibility left at Liberty … also received offers from Kentucky and Chattanoog … during his two seasons at Iowa Western, the Reivers posted a combined 21-2 record, captured two Region XI Championships and claimed victories in the Graphic Edge Bowl both seasons … posted an 11-1 record in 2017 and finished the year ranked No. 2 in the country … ended 2018 with a 10-1 record and ranked No. 3 in the country … finished his sophomore season ranked second on the team with 57 tackles (33 solo, 24 assisted), 16.5 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and a pass breakup … opened his career at Iowa Western as a freshman with 31 tackles (17 solo, 14 assisted), 3.0 tackles for a loss and 2.0 sacks … graduated from Oswego East High School in Oswego, Ill. … son of James Davis … plans to major in business.

Maisen Knight, OL, 6-5, 300, Salt Lake City, Utah/Judge Memorial HS (Ventura College)

Transferring to Liberty from Ventura College in Ventura, Calif. … will have two years of eligibility left at Liberty … also received offers from Grambling State, Kent State, Middle Tennessee, Southeast Missouri State, UMass and Youngstown State … played the 2016 and 2018 seasons at Ventura College, earning all-conference honors both seasons … helped the Pirates to an 11-2 record in 2018 with the team advancing to the CCCAA State Championship game … helped Ventura to a conference title in 2016 with an 8-3 record and an appearance in the National Bowl … graduated from Judge Memorial High School in Salt Lake City, Utah … was a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com out of high school … team captain … first-team 3A all-state honoree … two time all-district and all-conference selection … was part of two state championship teams at Judge Memorial … scholar-athlete award winner … son of Tiffany Knight … plans to major in business management.

Tayvion Land, CB, 5-8, 170, Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes HS

Will graduate from Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, Va. … also received offers from Auburn, Boston College, Clemson, FAU, Maryland, Tennessee and Virginia Tech … four-star recruit by ESPN.com … three-star recruit by 247Sports.com … first-team all-state, first-team All-Tidewater honoree … Defensive Player of the Year award winner … son of Detron and Jessica Land … plans to major in architecture. 

Micaiah Overton, TE, 6-4, 225, Fort Worth, Texas/Bessemer Academy

Will graduate from Bessemer Academy in Tuscaloosa, Ala. … native of Fort Worth, Texas … also received offers from Alabama State, Arizona State, Southeast Missouri State, UAB, UConn … three-star recruit by 247Sports.com … all-state punter … son of Eunice Thomas … plans to major in graphic design.

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