Happy Signing Day! This is our Live Blog where we will update this post throughout the day as the NLI’s roll in! So, go ahead and keep this tab open and hit that refresh button frequently! In the meantime, head over to our message board to discuss the days’ events in our Class of 2019 Early Signing Period thread. Also, be sure to check out our Signing Day Primer if you missed it yesterday.
In coaching news, offensive coordinator Joe Dailey and linebackers coach Josh Bookbinder said their thank you’s to Flames Nation on twitter as it appears they are on the way out. They join special teams coordinator Scott Downing as the early departures from Coach Freeze’s new staff.
As he begins to assemble his staff, Freeze has brought in Tanner Burns as special teams coordinator. Burns comes to Liberty after 5 seasons as a quality control coach for special teams at Arkansas. He also spent the 2013 season as a coaching intern with the Oakland Raiders, working primarily with their special teams. He knows Freeze from his playing days at Ole Miss.
Ben Aigamaua has also been added to the team’s coaching staff. He comes to Liberty after being on staff at Ole Miss since 2012, assisting with the offensive line and most recently as the Assistant Athletics Director for Community Relations. He’s also served on staff at Arkansas Tech and Lambuth. He played football at Lambuth from 2006-09 and was a starting defensive tackle all 4 seasons.
In other news, Liberty freshman safety Ricky Lester has signed with FCS Northern Colorado, as he will be transferring there. He was originally committed to UNC prior to flipping to and signing with Liberty back in February. He redshirted this season.
DE Tre’Shaun Clark
Clark is a defensive end product and is the first signee of the day. Despite not having any stars, the 6’2″, 235 pound product of Cape Coral, Florida has limitless potential. Clark’s uncle, Omar Clark, played at Liberty under Danny Rocco a decade ago. Tre’Shaun also has offers from Appalachian State, Central Michigan, Marshall, Middle Tennessee State, UConn, Harvard, and Yale. Due to a injury suffered during spring practice back in May, Clark had to have the tip of his right pinky amputated.
Paperwork: @CapeHighSports Tre’Shaun Clark (@TreshaunClark1)(6-3, 235) signs with @LibertyU / @LibertyFootball / @libertyflames. Trust on this one: he’s a steal. On school 4 x 1 team. IB student. Played out of position until this yr. Story & video soon on https://t.co/5mNgk8oyDd pic.twitter.com/clSLZfmp8K
— Seth Soffian (@NewsPressSeth) December 19, 2018
K/P Jason Stricker
He was the first commitment in the class of 2019, and he is also one of the first to make it official. Stricker is a 6’2″, 180 pound kicker from Waxhaw, North Carolina. He chose Liberty over offers from Air Force, Army, Charlotte, Maryland, Navy, TCU, UCF, and Virginia. He was 4-year starter at both kicker and punter and a two-time special teams player of the year. He was also named the 2018 Greater Charlotte Region Kicker of the Year. He finished his career with a school record 20 field goals on 29 attempts, including a 9-of-15 mark as a senior.
— Jason Stricker (@jstricker2019) December 19, 2018
WR Treon Sibley
As only reported by ASeaofRed.com, Sibley visited Liberty this past weekend. He’s a 6’0″, 190 pound wide receiver from Akron, Ohio and was a 2-star rated prospect out of high school. He originally signed with Akron this past February, but he was a non-qualifier. He will enroll at Liberty in January and be a part of the team’s roster during spring workouts. He broke six school records during his high school career, including 27 touchdowns and nearly 1,800 all-purpose yards during his senior season.
— T-FLEX ? (@t_flex21) December 19, 2018
S Micah Glaize
Glaize is a 2-star rated prospect from right out of Lynchburg, Virginia and Brookville High School. The 6’1″, 190 pound safety had several FCS offers as well as one from Old Dominion. As a senior, he was a first-team all-state all-purpose honoree on offense and defense as he also played wide receiver for the Bees. This past season, he finished with 61 tackles, 3 tackles for a loss, 8 pass breakups, 6 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recovers. He also had 41 receptions for 725 yards and 10 touchdowns while rushing for 544 yards and 4 touchdowns.
DE Zack Amerson
A 2-star defensive end prospect from Greenwood, South Carolina, Amerson was another early verbal. The 6’4″, 225 pound prospect chose Liberty over offers from Charleston Southern, Georgia Southern, Tennessee Tech, and Wofford. He attends Emerald High School in Greenwood, South Carolina where he finished his senior year with 46 tackles, 4 tackles for a loss, 4 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles, and an interception. Amerson also played receiver in high school.
WR Shedro Louis
Louis, like Sibley, is a wide receiver prospect who also signed with Akron in February. Akron was his only Division I offer out of high school, and he was a non-qualifier. Louis is a 5’8″, 175 pound athlete originally from Immokalee, Florida. As only reported by ASeaofRed.com, Louis was also on campus this past weekend. Louis is expected to enroll for the spring semester. He finished his high school career with 1,700 receiving yards and a school record 15 interceptions.
S Aubrey Williams
Williams visited this past weekend and made his commitment public just yesterday. Williams is a 2-star rated defensive back from Brunswick, Georgia. The 6’2″, 200 pound prospect was originally committed to play at Navy, but decommitted in recent weeks. He also had offers from Rice and several FCS schools. Williams is expected to enroll for the spring semester. He finished his senior year with 62 tackles, 3 interceptions, 8 pass breakups, and 3 forced fumbles.
WR C.J. Yarbrough
Yarbrough is a 3-star wide receiver from Athens, Alabama. The 6’3″, 195 pound wideout also had offers from South Alabama, Troy, and Virginia. He committed to the Flames early in the process. He finished his high school career with 3,182 receiving yards and 32 touchdowns while also totaling 412 return yards, 10 interceptions and 51 tackles as he also played cornerback. Yarbrough was named Region I Offensive MVP during his senior season and All 5A Region 8 as a cornerback.
— Matthew Speakman (@DD_MSpeakman) December 19, 2018
DB Chris Megginson
Megginson is another Lynchburg native who is staying home. The 6’0″, 180 pound defensive back chose Liberty over Georgia State and a couple of FCS offers. He attends Heritage High School where he helped lead the Pioneers to the state championship in a game played at Williams Stadium. Megginson had a late interception to seal the victory.
QB Johnathan Bennett
3-star quarterback Johnathan Bennett committed to Coach Gill and the Flames early on. He re-affirmed his commitment even after the coaching change, and he has been one of the class’ biggest recruiters since he committed. THe 6’0″, 215 pound dual-threat QB is from Summerville, South Carolina. He had offers from Appalachian State, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Old Dominion, and several FCS schools. Bennett was named the Low Country Player of the Year and Region 8 5A Player of the year following his senior campaign when he threw for 2,120 yards, completing 127-of-207 pass attempts for 33 touchdowns while also rushing for 614 yards and another 18 touchdowns. He helped guide Summerville to a regional title. According to LibertyFlames.com, Bennett will enroll at Liberty for the spring semester.
Put a stamp on it! I’m officially signed to Liberty University! I will be reporting to school January 9th! To God be the Glory! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/8MyxX99KMv
— Johnathan Bennett (@j_bennett6) December 19, 2018
CB Isaiah Avery
Avery is a 6’1″, 185 pound cornerback that is currently in JUCO at City College of San Francisco. Liberty is his only report Division I offer. He visited Liberty this past weekend. Avery will also enroll during the mid-year and participate in spring practice. He will have three years of eligiblity remaining after playing 1 season at CCSF where he played in 10 games this season, finishing with 32 tackles, 6 pass breakups, and one interception that he returned 83 yards for a touchdown.
DT Devonte Lloyd
Lloyd committed following a visit during the Norfolk State game. He is 6’2″ and 300 pounds and from Senatobia, Mississippi. He attends Northwest Mississippi Community College. The big defensive tackle product has offers from Bowling Green, FAU, Jacksonville State, Louisiana-Monroe, Texas State, Troy, and Western Kentucky. He will have two years of eligibility remaining. During his two seasons at Northwestern Mississippi, he had 51 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 7 QB hurries, and 2 sacks in 21 games.
DE Brayden Monday
Monday is another 3-star signee for the Flames. The 6’5″, 245 pound athlete from Waynesville, North Carolina pledged to Liberty while visiting campus during the weekend of the Norfolk State game. Monday had numerous offers including Charlotte, East Carolina, FIU, Florida, Georgia State, NC State, Ohio State, and Tulane.
We are still waiting on letters from 3-star LB Malik Caper. We’re also waiting on WR DeMario Douglas and JUCO commits Jeremiah Houston and Nakota Shepard-Creer.
There were two other signees today that will not announce their decision until the February signing period. Coach Freeze mentioned one of those was a wide receiver, likely DeMario Douglas. The other one is probably Caper. Freeze also stated there is one guy that was committed to Coach Gill that did not sign today, he is likely talking about Houston. Houston picked up an offer from UNLV today.