See Austin Peay football’s Class of 2024 after national signing day

Austin Peay football added one player, defensive lineman Za’Heir Barnes-Vaughn, on national signing day, bringing coach Jeff Faris’ inaugural class to 30 as of Wednesday.

That number includes 18 players who signed in December (15 high schoolers and three transfers) and 11 early enrollee transfers who signed in January.

The Govs’ class of 2024 includes seven FBS transfers and 12 Division I transfers in total. Of the 30 incoming players, 19 are already on campus as early enrollees, including all 15 transfers. Four freshmen — tight ends Gabe Bobbit and Jase Skoglund and linemen Malachi Harris and Spence Tankersley — also enrolled early and will compete during spring practice.

Among Austin Peay’s notable January additions is Austin Smith, who started all 12 games at quarterback for Eastern Michigan in 2023 before entering the transfer portal. Smith threw for 1,775 yards and nine touchdowns for the Eagles last season. He figures to compete with Mason Garcia, a December transfer from East Carolina, to replace Mike DiLiello under center.

APSU also added Chris Scott Jr., who will play receiver for the Govs after spending the last two seasons at North Carolina State as a cornerback. On defense, the Govs signed Cinque Williams, a transfer from UTSA who appeared in 12 games over the last two seasons. Other FBS signees from January include offensive lineman Chinazo Obobi from Marshall and kicker Carson Smith from East Carolina.

APSU brought in a pair of FCS tight ends, Alec Pell and Marcus Phillips Jr., both of whom have FBS experience. Pell, who began his career at Colorado, had 32 receptions for 287 yards and a touchdown in two seasons at Northern Colorado. Phillips, formerly at UNLV, caught 12 passes for 166 yards and four scores at Northern Arizona last season.

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Publish date : 2024-02-08 01:56:47

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