2019 Signing Day Central
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
2019 Signing Day Central

NASHVILLE – Tennessee State head coach Rod Reed announces the signing of players to join the Tigers for the 2019 fall season.

Follow along throughout the day for updates of the new members for the Big Blue.

This is the second year players were able to sign a National Letter of Intent in December. The Tigers added six athletes during the first signing period, as well as bringing in two mid-year transfers. The Tigers annual Signing Day Celebration introducing all signees, as well as transfers, will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 6:00 p.m. in the Indoor Practice Facility.

10:04 a.m.
Solomon Bridgeman

Defensive End/Outside Linebacker | 6-4 | 215
Chattanooga, Tenn. | Tyner Academy

  • Totaled 113 tackles in 2018, 68 solo, averaging 10.3 per game
  • Registered 18.0 tackles for loss as a senior
  • Recorded 8.0 sacks for a total of 35 yards
  • Friday Nights Rival Scholar Athlete of the Year
  • Played basketball at Tyner Academy

Jaalon Gupton
Offensive Lineman | 6-3 | 325
Stratford HS | Nashville, Tenn.

  • A three-star prospect by 247sports and Rivals
  • Listed as the 151st rated offensive tackle in the country
  • Named to the TSWA 3A-4A All-State Football Teams
  • Offers from Louisville, Memphis and South Carolina
  • Interest from Indiana and Tennessee

8:44 a.m.
Michael Bond

Defensive End |6-2 | 215
Antioch, Tenn. | Lighthouse Christian HS

  • A two-star prospect by 247sports and Rivals
  • Played in 13 games as a senior
  • Tallied 113 tackles, 57 solo, 13.0 for loss
  • Averaged  8.7 tackles per game
  • Produced 2.5 sacks and forced three quarterback hurries
  • Forced and recovered a fumble and added three passes defended
  • Interest from Arkansas State

7:59 a.m.
Michael Brooks, Jr.

Offensive Lineman | 6-3 | 285
Ellenwood, Ga. | Cedar Grove HS 

  • Listed as a two-star product by 247sports and Rivals
  • Led CGHS to the Georgia AAA State Championship
  • Guided the Saints to a Georgia AAA State Semi-Final appearance
  • Offers from Florida A&M, Southern, Gardner-Webb and Campbell
  • Interest from Kentucky, East Carolina, James Madison, Southeast Missouri and Wofford

Cameron Stewart
Defensive Tackle | 6-3 | 325
Chattanooga, Tenn. | McCallie HS

  • Two-star recruit by 247sports and Rivals
  • Guided MHS to a Tennessee DII Class AAA State Semi-Final Appearance
  • Offered by Austin Peay, Chattanooga, Gardner-Webb, Stephen F. Austin, UAB and UTSA
  • Interest from Oregon, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky, Wake Forest and Georgia State

7:47 a.m.
Dayron Johnson
Wide Receiver | 5-9 | 165
Springfield, Tenn. | Springfield HS 

  • Two-star recruit by 247sports and Rivals
  • Led SHS to the Tennessee Class 4A State Semi-Finals
  • Hauled in 51 passes as a senior after totaling 62 receptions over his first three seasons
  • Amassed 1,146 yards in 12 contests and pulled down 15 touchdowns in 2018
  • Offers from Tulane, UT Martin, Austin Peay, Chattanooga, Eastern Kentucky and Howard
  • Interest from Louisville, Michigan State, Missouri, Tennessee and Vanderbilt

Brandon Jones
Offensive Tackle | 6-5 | 300
Dacula, Ga. | Georgia Military

  • Played in nine games as a sophomore at GMC
  • Offered by Austin Peay
  • Interest from Florida and Tennessee



Tobias Larry
Linebacker | 6-1 | 220
Lakeland, Fla. | Purdue

  • Appeared in 10 games for Purdue on special teams in 2017
  • Had a solo tackle at Missouri on Sept. 16. 
  • A two-year starter at Kathleen HS
  • 2016 first team all-county selection. 
  • 2015 second team all-county selection. 
  • Returned an interception for a touchdown his senior season. 
  • Also runs 400m and 800m for the track team.

Dominique Williams
Cornerback | 5-10 | 184
Knoxville, Tenn. | Kentucky

  • Redshirted in 2018 at Kentucky after playing in one contest versus Mississippi State
  • Played in 11 games in 2017 at Highland Community College (Kansas), recording 29 tackles, three interceptions and four PBUs
  • Earned All-Conference Honorable Mention by the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC)
  • Totaled 52 tackles, three interceptions and 11 pass breakups in 2016
  • Received offers from Iowa State and Colorado State
  • A three-star prospect by 247Sports out of high school
  • Coached by Aaron Arnold at Highland and Rob Black at Fulton
  • Two-time all-state honoree at Fulton High School, helping the Falcons win three 4A state titles
  • Scored 27 touchdowns as a wide receiver and kick returner, including 12 through the air, seven rushing and eight on kickoff or punt returns


4:58 p.m.
Fondren Hollis lll
Cornerback | 5-10 | 155
Decatur, Ga. | Columbia HS 

  • Intercepted five passes as a senior
  • Recorded a pick-six
  • Drew Interest from Cincinnati, Georgia State and Tuskegee

“Hollis a corner with a lot of length and good cover skills. I believe he is a guy who can come in and help us in the secondary.”

12:41 p.m.
Rhashaun Epting
Defensive End | 6-3 | 218
Chicago, Ill. | New Mexico

  • Played in 12 games for New Mexico in 2018
  • Finished with 43 tackles, 23 solo
  • Led the Lobos with 8.5 tackles for loss, totaling 48 yards, on the season
  • Secured a game high 2.5 TFLs at New Mexico State
  • Topped UNM with 5.5 sacks for 43 yards, including a game high 2.0 at New Mexico State
  • Wrapped up the season with one breakup and three quarterback hurries
  • Forced a fumble against Wyoming
  • Recovered fumbles versus San Diego State and at Air Force
  • After redshirting his freshman season, played in 10 games, starting eight
  • Finished seventh on the team in tackles with 37, including 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.0 sacks
  • Posted a career-high seven tackles in back-to-back games, against Boise State and against Tulsa
  • Recorded first career sack against Tulsa, ending a Tulsa
  • Added six tackles against Air Force and New Mexico State
  • Made five tackles against Fresno State
  • Prepped at Proviso West High School, playing football and soccer
  • As a senior, named all-conference and all-state, as well as all-area
  • Recorded 40 tackles, an interception and a tackle for loss in his final season
  • Scored four touchdowns on offense, three rushing and one receiving
  • Caught 11 passes for 152 yards and rushed for 264 yards, adding three more scores
  • In basketball, broke the 1,000-point barrier for his career during his junior campaign

“Epting is a transfer from New Mexico. He is a really good pass rusher and has the ability yo play defensive end, as well as outside linebacker. He has good length at about 6-3 and he is just explosive off the edge.”

10:26 a.m.
Will James
Offensive Tackle | 6-4 | 304
Tupelo, Miss. | Itawamba CC

  • Played nine games as a sophomore
  • Anchored an offensive unit which averaged 411.1 yards per game and 31.9 points
  • Played in five games as a freshmen
  • Prepped at Columbus HS

“Will is a junior college kid we feel really good about. After losing two offensive tackles with Chidi (Okeke) and (Justin) Brooks, we knew we had to bring in an older guy to fortify the offensive line. We feel he can come in and make an immediate impact up front.”

8:36 a.m.
Ahmaud Jordan
Safety | 5-11 | 195
Hollywood, Fla. | Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory

  • Helped CMCP to three consecutive FHSAA 3A State Championship Games
  • Guided the Lions win back-to-back State titles
  • Key member of defense which allowed opponents to 13 points, only one touchdown, in four playoff games
  • Registered 184 tackles over his final two seasons, including 96 as a senior
  • Had 21 tackles for loss as a junior, added 10 in his final season
  • Picked off six passes as a senior after grabbing three as a junior
  • Received interest from Southern Miss, Appalachian State, Syracuse and Utah State

“Ahmaud is a safety out of Chaminade and is coming off a second straight state championship. He is a really big hitter out of the secondary with great awareness on the back end.”

8:12 a.m.
Clinton Dowty III
Defensive End | 6-3 | 235
Nashville, Tenn. | Maplewood HS

  • Helped MHS to a 12-2 record as a senior
  • Guided his squad to a semifinal appearance at the Tennessee Class 4A State Championships
  • Registered 69 tackles, 45 solo, in his final campaign
  • Tallied 17 tackles for loss, including 15 sacks
  • Offensively, caught three passes for 37 yards and a touchdown at tight end

“Dowty is a defensive end from here locally out of Maplewood. He had 20-plus sacks his senior year. He has good size at 6-3, 235 pounds. It is great to have local kids who want to come in and be a part of the TSU family.”

7:56 a.m.

Jimmy Nixon
Offensive Lineman | 6-3 | 300
Hollywood, Fla. | Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory

  • Prepped for Dameon Jones
  • Guided CMCP to three consecutive FHSAA 3A State Championship Games
  • Helped the Lions win back-to-back State titles
  • Led squad to a 12-2 record as a senior
  • Played guard on offense and nose tackle on the defensive line
  • Received interest from Bowling Green and Southern Miss

“Jimmy is a big physical kid coming from a real proven program who is coming off their second straight state championship. We feel he is another player who can come in and be a player for us immediately.”