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20 athletes commit to Mercer Football
20 athletes commit to Mercer Football

Meet Mercer University's football class for 2014:

From Mercer University:

LeMarkus Bailey | Defensive Back | 6-0 | 190 | Hillgrove High School | Marietta, Ga.

LeMarkus Bailey played football at Hillgrove High School under head coach Philip Ironside. He recorded 127 tackles during his senior season, including 17 tackles for loss, three interceptions, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, 10 pass breakups and two touchdowns. He helped his team capture the Region Championship in 2011 and was named All-Region First Team and All-County First Team as a senior. Bailey received a pair of All-County Player of the Week honors and was named All-State Honorable Mention. He was a four-time recipient of academic honors and plans to major in Communications. A native of Marietta, Ga., Bailey was born on Dec. 19, 1995 to parents Darius Bailey and Tequila Sanders. He has one younger brother, Branden (16). He chose Mercer because of the great academic programs and to lead the Bears to a Southern Conference championship.

Austin Barrett | Defensive Line | 6-3 | 295 | Oakland High School | Milton, Tenn.

Austin Barrett played four seasons at Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn., under head coach Thomas McDaniel. He led his 2013 squad to a perfect 10-0 regular season record, an AAA District Championship and finished the year 12-1 in the third round of the Tennessee State Playoffs. In 2013, he was named 7AAA All-District, Daily News Journal All-Area Defense, Tennessean All-Mid State Defense, Star Therapy Preseason All-State, TSWA 6A All-State Defense and Team Award Defensive Lineman of the Year. He was also named one of Rutherford Reader’s Top 10 Players in the county in 2013 and was selected to compete in the Toyota East West All-Star Game. As a junior in 2012, Barrett earned 7AAA All-District honors, DNJ All-Area Defense recognition and Tennessean All-Mid State Defense honors. He was awarded Lineman of the Year and District 7AAA Lineman MVP. A native of Milton, Tenn., Barrett was born on Jan. 3, 1996 to parents Wayne and Jo Ann Barrett. He has two older brothers, Derek (23) and Justin (20). Barrett chose Mercer because of the excellent academics, the opportunity for immediate playing time and the chance to help build a football tradition.

Lee Bennett | Offensive Linebacker | 6-1 | 200 | Leesburg High School | Leesburg, Fla.

Lee Bennett played football at Leesburg High School under head coach Randy Trivers. He was named All-District and All-State as a utility player and earned All-Central Florida Linebacker honors. Bennett led his team to a District Championship with an 8-4 record, was named the Most Valuable Player of his squad during his senior season and was elected as the team captain. A native of Leesburg, Fla., Bennett was born on Sept. 21, 1995 to parents Lee Bennett and Erica Sims. He has two siblings, Cameron (17) and Bryce (5). He chose Mercer because of the coaching staff and facilities.

Tanner Brumby | Quarterback | 6-2 | 185 | Pickens High School | Jasper, Ga.

Tanner Brumby played football at Pickens High School under head coach Chris Parker. He holds Pickens High School all-time records with 294 completions, 3,624 passing yards and 32 passing touchdowns. He also added 1,603 yards on the ground and 20 rushing scores during his prep career. Brumby was named All-Region 7AAAA First Team as a quarterback in 2012 and 2013 and garnered All-State honors as a punter in 2012 and 2013. He was named Atlanta Journal Constitution Honorable Mention All-State as a quarterback in 2012 and earned the Golden Helmet award as the team’s Most Valuable Player during his junior campaign. Brumby also completed a successful baseball career as a four-time letterwinner that featured All-Region honors as a catcher during his junior season. He was a standout in the classroom, being named to the honor roll all four years.  A native of Jasper, Ga., Brumby was born on Sept. 12, 1995 to parents Mike and Carolyn Brumby. He has a younger brother, Jacob (13). Brumby chose Mercer because it is a perfect fit for him.

Isaiah Buehler | Offensive Linebacker | 6-3 | 225 | Apopka High School | Apopka, Fla.

Isaiah Buehler played football at Apopka High School under head coach Rick Darlington. He was named All-Central Florida Second Team as a senior and All-State Honorable Mention. He earned Beef O’Brady’s Student-Athlete of the Week honors and helped lead his team to the 2012 State Championship. Buehler tallied 12 sacks in 2013 and added three forced fumbles and one interception return for a touchdown. He recorded seven more sacks during his junior campaign with one fumble recovery and four forced fumbles. He also ranks No. 17 in the Orlando Sentinel 2014 Central Florida Super60. A native of Apopka, Fla., Buehler was born on Feb. 6, 1996 and his parents are Henry and Wendy Kremnitzer. He has two siblings, Regina (14) and Chloe (9). He chose Mercer because of the great education.

Brandon Coney | Defensive Back | 5-11 | 195 | Dublin High School | Dublin, Ga.

Brandon Coney played football for head coach Roger Holmes at Dublin High School. He was named to the 2013 GACA North/South All-Star Game and finished the 2013 season with 25 solo tackles, 30 assisted tackles and four pass breakups. In 70 carries, Coney picked up 562 yards, including seven rushing touchdowns and added six receptions for 121 yards and two scores. He returned four kickoffs for 99 yards and returned six punts for 34 yards. A native of Dublin, Ga., Coney was born on Oct. 11, 1995 to parents Frankie and Evelyn Coney. He has one brother, Christopher (24). Coney chose Mercer because of the outstanding academic reputation and the chance to play football in the Southern Conference. He plans to major in Criminal Justice.

Chandler Curtis | WR/DB | 6-0 | 185 | Calhoun High School | Calhoun, Ga.

Chandler Curtis played football at Calhoun High School under head coach Hal Lamb. Following his senior campaign, he was named the Defensive Player of the Year in class AA, 2013 Rome News Tribune Player of the Year, All-Chattanooga Times First Team, All-Region 7AA First-Team, All-Gordon County First Team and Atlanta Journal Constitution All-State honorable mention. Curtis led his team to the quarterfinals of the Georgia State playoffs with 1,273 all-purpose yards. He recorded 32 catches for 840 yards and 12 touchdowns and added 17 solo tackles and 13 assisted tackles on the defensive side of the ball, including five interceptions and three interception returns for a touchdown. He returned 10 kickoffs for 309 yards and one touchdown and added seven punt returns for 124 yards. He was a two-time Region Champion in the long jump and earned All-Region honors in basketball during in 2012. A native of Calhoun, Ga., Curtis was born on Dec. 19, 1995 to parents Diondi and Sherille Curtis. He has one sister, India Herring.

Travonte’ Easley | Outside Linebacker | 6-1 | 190 | Montgomery Bell Academy | Nashville, Tenn.

Travonte’ Easley played football at Montgomery Bell Academy under head coach Marty Euverard. A three-year letterwinner, he earned All-Region and All-State honors as an outside linebacker during his senior campaign and led his team to the semifinals of the state championship. Easley recorded 57 tackles in 2013, including 12 tackles for loss, four sacks, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble  and one blocked kick. He also tallied 12 receptions during his senior season. A native of Nashville, Tenn., Easley was born on Jan. 11, 1996 to parents Terry and Adrina Easley. He has two older brothers, Theron (31) and Stanley (31). Easley chose Mercer because of the brotherhood on the team and the game day atmosphere.

Jeremy James | Defensive Back | 5-10 | 170 | Flowery Branch High School | Flowery Branch, Ga.

Jeremy James played football at Flowery Branch High School under head coach Chris Griffin. As a senior, he was named to the All-Region team and made an appearance in the FCA All-Star Game. James was named Defensive Back of the Year in 2013 and Defensive Captain of the Year. As a junior, he earned Defensive Most Improved honors, was named a USA Football Nominee and appeared in the Rising Senior Bowl. He also earned All-Region nods as a sophomore. A native of Flowery Branch, Ga., James was born on Aug. 21, 1995 to parents Edward and Neidra James. He has an older sister, Jasmine (23). James chose Mercer because of the great football program, excellent coaches and the prestigious degree.

Justin Johnson | Wide Receiver | 6-4 | 195 | Nease High School | St. Augustine, Fla.

Justin Johnson played football under head coach Shane Matthews at Allen D. Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. He earned All-County honors as a senior and was named the Offensive Player of the Game for the KSA Football Kickoff Classic. He recorded 28 catches for 772 yards during his senior season, including eight touchdowns and 16.1 yards per catch. He caught 18 passes, nine of which were touchdowns, during his junior campaign where he received All-County recognition. A native of St. Augustine, Fla., Johnson was born on Sept. 16, 1995 and his parents are Doug and Chassity Johnson. He has two younger brothers, Doug (16) and Nicholas (7). Johnson chose Mercer because of the outstanding academics and future opportunities after football.

Thomas Marchman | Offensive Line | 6-3 | 265 | North Hall High School | Gainesville, Ga.

Thomas Marchman played football at North Hall High School under head coach Bob Christmas. As a senior, Marchman was named Atlanta Journal Constitution Preseason All-State, Georgia Sportswriters All-State First Team, Gainesville Times All-Area First Team and 7AAA All-Region First Team. He led the Trojans to the AAA Final Four in 2012, received the Ironman Award and was named 7AAA All-Region and All-Area Second Team. He also appeared in the FCA East-West All-Star game during his senior season. He was a member of the National Honor Society, received the Georgia Certificate of Merit Scholar and the Scholar Athlete Award his final two years. A native of Gainesville, Ga., Marchman was born on April 20, 1996 to parents Holmes and Mary Marchman. He has two older sisters, Anna (22) and Sarah (20). Marchman chose Mercer because he wanted to help build a football tradition.

Arterrious “Tee” Mitchell | Running Back | 5-10 | 190 | Bolles School / Air Force Prep | Jacksonville, Fla.

Arterrious “Tee” Mitchell played football at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla., under legendary head coach Corky Rogers. Mitchell earned All-First Coast honors and All-State honors as a senior and was the recipient of the prestigious Mark Bradley Award as the most outstanding athlete in football, basketball and baseball. He helped lead his squad to the state championship in 2011 and earned academic honors each of his four years. Mitchell graduated in 2013, signed with the Air Force Academy and attended the AFA Prep School in the fall of 2013. A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Mitchell was born on March 31, 1995 to parents Antonio and Latasha Mitchell. He has two siblings, Antonio and Alexia. He chose Mercer because of the coaching staff and beautiful campus.

Jalen Penn | Defensive Line | 6-2 | 260 | Harrison High School | Powder Springs, Ga.

Jalen Penn played football at Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Ga., under head coach Matt Dickmann. A three-year letterwinner, Penn was twice named the Cobb County Player of the Week and participated in the Cobb County Senior Bowl. He finished his senior season with 37 tackles, including six tackles for loss, five sacks, three pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He also wrestled under head coach Cory Newsome and finished third place in Cobb County and received an outstanding performance award. An honor roll recipient, he was named the football team captain during his senior season. A native of Marietta, Ga., Penn was born Sept. 26, 1995 to parents Timothy and Vikki Penn. He has an older sister, Jordyn (25). He chose Mercer because of the great coaching staff, outstanding facilities, phenomenal academics and close proximity to home.

Avery Ward | Wide Receiver | 6-2 | 170 | Chattahoochee High School | Alpharetta, Ga.

Avery Ward played football for four years at Chattahoochee High School under head coach Mike Owens. He received the CHS Senior Leadership Award, Palmer Student Athlete of the Week honors and was nominated for a trio of North Fulton Player of the Week honors during his senior campaign. Ward was named to the 6A All-Star First Team as a wide receiver and led Chattahoochee to the state playoffs during his junior season. A highly recognized honor student, he was named the Palmer Dodge Student-Athlete of the Week in 2012 and 2013 and plans to major in Engineering at Mercer. A native of Alpharetta, Ga., Ward was born on Feb. 14, 1996 to parents Allen and Twela Ward. He has an older sister, Breona. He chose Mercer because of the outstanding academic reputation and the exceptional coaching staff and football program.

Austin Wysor | Defensive Line | 6-5 | 250 | Hewitt-Trussville High School | Trussville, Ala.

Austin Wysor played football at Hewitt Trussville High School under head coach Hal Riddle. He was named the Trussville Tribune Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 and elected team captain. He lettered his junior and senior seasons and led his team to the state playoffs during his senior campaign. He recorded 73 tackles in 2013, including 12 tackles for loss, five sacks and one interception. A native of Trussville, Ala., Wysor was born on Sept. 15, 1995 to parents Conrad and Gina Wysor. He has a younger brother, Layton (14). Wysor chose Mercer because of the academics, facilities and coaching staff.

Caleb Yates | Offensive Line | 6-4 | 285 | Oakland High School | Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Caleb Yates played football at Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn., under head coach Thomas McDaniel. He led his 2013 squad to a perfect 10-0 regular season record, an AAA District Championship and finished the year 12-1 in the third round of the Tennessee State Playoffs. A two-time member of the All-District and All-Area team, Yates appeared in the East/West All-Star game in 2013 and was named Offensive Lineman of the Year at OHS. He received the Bobby Morton Pride Award and Top Leader Award at the national underclassmen combine. A standout in track & field as well, Yates was named the Daily News Journal (DNJ) top track athlete in 2013 and was No. 1 in shot put in the district and No. 6 in the state of Tennessee. A three-time recipient of the top football academic award at OHS, he finished with a 4.0 grade point average and plans to major in biomedical or mechanical engineering at Mercer. A native of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Yates was born April 15, 1996 to parents Charles and Courtney Yates. He has two brothers, Josh (30) and Joseph (28) and one sister, Jordan (14). Yates chose Mercer because of the educational opportunity in the area of engineering and his relationship with the coaching staff.

 

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