Albany State adds 22 in Coach Gray’s inaugural recruiting class

Courtesy of Dr. Earnest Brown, Albany State Athletics

In Quinn Gray’s first recruiting class, the Albany State Golden Rams received national letters of intent from 15 high school student-athletes and added 7 mid-year transfers since he arrived.  The Golden Rams are expecting to receive additional letters of intent throughout the day.  Quinn Gray, Sr. was named the 14th head football coach for the Golden Rams on December 19, 2022.

“Today has been a great day for the Golden Rams.  National Signing Day is one of those days that you think you’re going to have a great day until you don’t, so you sit around waiting and watching your email to see if and when 17/18 year old kids made the decision to choose your institution.  Luckily, we got verbal commitments from several recruits that we sent NLI’s to.  We are excited about this group of transfers and HS recruits.  I’m excited to add guys that can make plays with the ball, cover, stop the run, open up holes and protect the QB.  I can’t wait to get the younger guys on campus and get started with spring practice with the guys that are already on campus.  My staff did a tremendous job of putting together a great class.  The job they have done over these last three weeks has been amazing.  We are excited for what’s ahead and ready to Be RAMbunctious and ALLIN!”

Below is a list of the Golden Rams National Signing Day Signees and Mid-Year Transfers:

National Signing Day Signees

Matteo Davis is a 6’0 225 defensive tackle from Duncan U. Fletcher High School    in Neptune Beach, FL.  Matteo was named the Team’s MVP and was the sack leader for NW Florida.

Kevin Dunbar, Jr is 6’1 290 nose tackle from Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Kevin had 43 tackles and 5.5 sacks. 

Jhace Edwards is a 6’1 225 bandit from Fleming Island High School in Fleming Island, FL.  Jhace was named to the All State Defensive Team and was a 2021 Jacksonville Jaguars Top 25 All Prep Class.

Tyrell Gainey is a 6’1 175 athlete from Wekiva High School in Apopka, FL.  Tyrell had 19 touchdowns and 1,596 receiving yards.  Tyrell also had 4 interceptions.

Monte Gooden is a 5’8 170 running back from Douglas County High School in Douglasville, GA.  Monte was named 1st Team All Region and voted Specialist of the Year in 2022.

David Hogan in a 5’9 155 wide receiver and corner back from Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, FL.

Kieren Jackson is a 5’10 170 wide receiver from Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, FL.  Kieren had 16 touchdowns and 1,349 all-purpose yards.

DeVontae James is a 5’10 180 safety from Terrell County High School in Dawson, GA.  DeVontae is a 2 time Region Player of the Year as well as 2 time All State.

Dereko McCray, Jr. is a 6’3 175 cornerback from Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, FL.

Zxa’Myir Tyhlia Pelissier is a 6’4 305 offensive lineman from Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Sincere Rodriquez is a 5’10 190 running back from Stranahan High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Sincere rushed for 1,050 yards and was named the BCAA Allstar Game MVP.

Tyrone Sapp is a 6’4 325 offensive lineman from Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, FL.  Tyrone was a 4-year letterman and was named as one of Central Florida Top Offensive Lineman.

Cameron Watts is a 5’9 170 wide receiver from Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, GA.  Cameron was named the Bleacher Report Iron Man of the Year.  Cameron was also named the Region 5 Athlete of the Year.

De’Avary Weeks is a 6’3 245 defensive end from Riverside High School in Jacksonville, FL.  De’Avary was named to the All Gateway Conference 1st Team.

Dmitry L. Wells is a 6’1 180 safety from Langston High School in Fairburn, GA.  Dmitry compiled 70 tackles and 4 interceptions as he led his team to the 2022 6A state championship.

Mid-Year Transfers

Johntavious Bonner – Defensive Back – Youngstown State University 
Devin Dorsey – Wide Reciever – Miami University                               
Robert Floyd – Running Back – Colorado State University                  
KyJuan Herndon – Running Back – Copiah Lincoln CC                             
Isaiah Knowles – Quarterback –  Naval Academy                                  
Maurice McDonald – Linebacker – Tennessee State University                
Ahman Ross – Safety – Florida Atlantic University                 

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