Austin Peay State University Football signs 22 Players – Clarksville Online

APSU footballClarksville, Tennessee — Austin Peay State University (APSU) head football coach Scotty Walden closed the 2023 governors’ signing class by adding 22 players — including eight three-star recruits — on National Signing Day, Wednesday.

Austin Peay State University will receive a quartet of Division I transfers who began their college careers as three-star signers. Matthew Flint, a graduating transfer linebacker from western Kentucky, is joined by wide receiver Brenen Hawkins (Kansas State), defensive back Benji Johnson (New Mexico) and wide receiver Khatib Lyles (North Texas).

The governors also added a quartet of three-star recruits from the prep ranks, including three Tennessee products. Joining defensive back Jeremiah Collins (Oakland HS), athlete Courtland Simmons (Davidson Academy) and running back Marquez Taylor (McKenzie HS) is Kaden Williams, a running back from St. James High School in Thibodaux, Louisiana.

The eight three-stars the governors added on National Signing Day join Jaden McKinney of Collierville High School and MJ Singleton of Garden City Community College, who signed in the early days to extend Austin Peay State University to a total Bring 10 three-star recruits to Class 2023.

According to 247sports.com, the trio of Jeremiah Collins (.8736 composite), Taylor (.8478 composite) and McKinney (.8467) are the three highest-rated recruits in program history.

The class is getting another infusion of in-state prep talent on the offensive side in Dane Woodard (Smith County HS) and Malaki Dowell (White County HS). The APSU Govs also added two standout players from Georgia in quarterback Ty Watkins (South Forsyth HS) and wide receiver Jaden Barnes (Langston Hughes HS) on offense. Walden finished the class on offense and headed to his home state of Texas to add Josiah Drake (Duncanville HS).

Today’s offensive signers will join prep offensive linemen Leo Gonzalez (Lenoir City HS) and Ty Williams (Greeneville HS) and junior college wide receiver Ashton Nickelberry (Jones County CC), all of whom signed in the early stages.

On the defensive side, APSU administrations added Division I transfers Tahir Annoor (Wofford), Tyler Long (Norfolk State) and Michael Ruttlen Jr. (Princeton) to tie with junior college transfers Carson Conner (East Mississippi) and Zach Avina (Golden) to go West).

Two in-state products conclude the defense-themed class, with prep quarterback Griffin Throneberry (Mt. Juliet HS) switching to the defensive side so the Governors can play alongside linebacker Javen Edminston (Summertown HS). The Throneberry and Edminston duo will join Frank Caldwell III (Pace Academy) and Garrett Hawkins (Sevier County HS), who signed during the early signing phase.

Finally, TJ Hartley, a kicker and punter from Whitewater High School in Fayetteville, Georgia, is graduating from the Governors 2023 signing class.

For full 2023 Austin Peay State University signee biographies please see the attached PDF below.

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Austin Peay State University Football 2023 Signing Class

athlete Ht. weight position hometown Secondary school previous school
Tahir Annoor 5-11 195 DB Nashville, Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee. Wolford
Zach Avina 6-2 205 LB Huntington Beach, California Palm Desert HS Golden West College
Jaden Barnes 5-9 160 WR Fairburn, Ga. Langston Hughes HS
Frank Caldwell III † 6-2 215 LB Smyrna, Ga. Tempo Academy
Jeremiah Collins 6-2 160 DB Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Oakland HS
MarceoCollins 6-3 265 DL Ringgold, Ga. The Baylor School
Carson Conner * 6-4 280 DL Picayune, miss. Picayune Memorial HS Eastern Mississippi CC
Malaki Dowell 5-10 185 RB Sparta, Tenn. White County HS
Josiah Drake 6-3 275 OIL Duncanville, Texas Duncanville HS
Javen Edmiston 6-1 215 LB Summertown, Tennessee. summer town HS
Matthew Flintstone * 6-0 240 LB Huntsville, Ala. Madison County HS Western Kentucky / North Carolina
Leo Gonzalez † * 6-4 295 OIL Lenoir City, Tennessee. Lenoir City HS
TJHartley 6-0 172 K/P Fayetteville, Ga. Whitewater HS
Brenen Hawkins 6-3 211 WR Colleyville, Texas heir HS State of Kansas
Garrett Hawkins† 6-2 220 LB Seville, Tennessee. Sevier County HS
Benji Johnson* 6-4 215 DB Hook, Texas hook HS New Mexico
Tyler Lang * 5-11 222 LB Cincinnati, Ohio Hughes STEM HS Lackawanna CC / State of Norfolk
Khatib Lyles 6-1 218 WR El Paso, Texas Parkland HS North Texas
Jaden McKinney † 6-4 280 OL/DL Collierville, Tenn. Collierville HS
Kyan Miller † 6-3 230 DL Lexington, Ky. Henry Clay HS
Ashton Nickelberry † * 5-10 184 WR Brandon, miss. Brandon HS Jones County JC
Michael Ruttlen Jr. 5-9 195 DB Mount Juliet, Tennessee. Mount Julia HS Princeton
Courtland Simmons 5-10 185 ATH Nashville, Tennessee. Davidson Academy
MJ Singleton † * 5-10 170 WR Lubbock, Texas Monterey HS Garden City CC (Can.)
Marquez Taylor 6-0 170 RB McKenzie, Tennessee. McKenzie HS
Griffin Throneberry 6-2 205 ATH Mt Juliet, Tennessee. Mt Julia HS
Ty Watkins 6-3 220 QB Cumming, Ga. South Forsyth HS
Caden Williams 5-9 180 RB Thibodaux, La. St James HS
Ty Williams † 6-4 276 OIL Greenville, Tennessee. Greenville HS
Dane Woodard 6-9 345 OIL Carthage, Tenn. Smith County HS

† – Signed during the early signing period of December (8), * – Mid-year early enrollment/transfer

2023 Austin Peay State University Football Signees Resume

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