EKU vs. Jacksonville State

EKU wide receiver catches the ball on the sideline during the Jacksonville State game last season. (Zachery Combest/Progress) 

The Eastern Kentucky University football program announced their new class during the early National Signing Day on Wednesday, Dec. 19.

The football program added 13 players to their roster.


This is the second year for the early signing period for NCAA Division I football.


Matt Wilcox was the first signee to be announced on National Signing Day. Wilcox is a wide receiver out of Dayton, Ohio. He played at Independence Community College previously. At Independence, he played in nine games and finished with 19 receptions for 142 yards during his sophomore season. The 2019 season will be his junior season.  

Wilcox was a three star recruit at Wayne High School. He was ranked among the top receivers in Ohio high school history with 188 career receptions and 2,525 career receiving yards. Wilcox also won three conference championships and was a two time state runner-up.

Mason Molique was next to sign to EKU. Molique is a kicker from Union, Kentucky. He attended Ryle High School. There he made 74 consecutive extra-points. He totaled 171 career extra-points. He was recruited by Cincinnati and Louisville.

Kaleb Lundy is a linebacker from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He went to East Forsyth High School and recorded 118 tackles (8.4 per game), two sacks, 17 tackles for a loss, one blocked punt and one forced fumble as a senior in 2018. He helped East Forsyth High School to a 15-0 record and a class 4A state championship. Lundy also received offers from North Carolina Central, Alabama A&M and Morgan State.

Next is a 6 foot freshman from Perry, Georgia, Davion Ross. Ross is a wide receiver who played at Perry High School. Perry had 100 receptions for 1,462 yards and 18 touchdowns during his high school career. He totaled 1,165 all-purpose yards as a senior.

EKU football picked up more defense weapons in Kabbash Richards and Malik Clark. Both payers are defensive ends. Richards is from Lansing, Michigan and attended Lansing Catholic High School. He totaled 127 tackles, 23.5 tackles for a loss, 11.5 sacks, 18 quarterback hurries, five pass break-ups, one blocked punt and four forced fumbles during his high school football career. Clark is from Marietta, Georgia and played at Sparyberry High School. He received offers from Kent State, Southern Mississippi and Tennessee Tech.

EKU football added to their offense on National Signing Day. Tyris Dickerson, running back from Akron, Ohio, joined the EKU football program. The 5-10 freshman earned third team all-state recognition after rushing for 2,107 yards (9.1 yards per carry) and scoring 29 touchdowns as a senior in 2018. He earned honorable mention all-state recognition and first team all-district honors his junior season. Dickerson is also a four-time state champion and received offers from Akron and Eastern Michigan.

Payon Collins is the next signee. Collins is an offensive lineman from Columbus, Ohio and attended Bishop Hartley High School. He was a first team all-state as a senior and first team all-district, first team All-CCL and first team all-metro his senior season. Collins was also a basketball player while at Bishop Hartley. He averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds while earning first team All-CCL and second team all-district as a member of the Hawks' basketball team.

The football team added another player from the state of Georgia. Jaden Woods is a defensive back who attended South Gwinnett High School. While at South Gwinnett, Woods had five interceptions 13 pass break-ups and 80 tackles over his final two seasons. He was also named team captain. Woods also excelled in the classroom. He was in the national Honor Society and named to the all-state academic team. Woods was also the Gwinnett Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Malik Owens is a tight end from Goodlettsville, Tennessee. Owens led Stratford Comprehensive High School football team to a region championship and a run to the state semifinals. He averaged 22.7 yards per reception. He was also recruited by Memphis and Tennessee State.

Quentin Pringle is a running back from Bolingbrook, Illinois and attended Bolingbrook High School. He was named first team all-state. Pringle rushed for 1,112 yards and scored 18 touchdowns as a senior at Bolingbrook. He ran for a school record 421 yards in one game his junior season. Pringle received offers from Eastern Michigan, Ohio, South Dakota and Western Illinois. He was recruited by Iowa, Missouri and North Dakota State.

Josiah Ezirim also signed on Wednesday. Ezirim is a defensive lineman from Columbus, Ohio and attended Hilliard Davidson High School. He received offers from Bowling Green, Cincinnati and Youngstown State. He was also recruited by Ohio State and Michigan State.

Last, Nic Cheeley is a cornerback from McCleansville, North Carolina. Cheeley had 12 interceptions his final two seasons at Eastern Guilford High School. He also had 1,676 yards receiving and 22 career touchdowns. He was recruited by North Carolina and Virginia Tech.

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