As we mentioned numerous times on twitter and previously on the site, this past weekend was huge for Coach Turner Gill and staff. Coach Gill brought in several notable recruits on their official visit hoping to secure verbal commitments as we near National Signing Day on Wednesday, February 5th.

Sounds like there was at least one commitment given after the weekend visits, at least according to some tweets from members the Flames’ coaching staff.


3 names we have confirmed were on campus this weekend for their official visits are Javon Majors, Monty Fenner, and Tolen Avery.

Majors has given Liberty a verbal commit, but based on some interesting tweets, I have a feeling James Madison and its new coaching staff is giving Javon plenty of attention. Hopefully he will stay true to his verbal pledge and follow through on February 5th.

Fenner would be a big addition for the Flames

Fenner is a prospect the Flames are looking at to fill a need at safety. He also has offers from Towson, Robert Morris, Hampton, and Campbell, and has taken official visits to Norfolk State and Campbell in addition to Liberty. He has his final visit scheduled for this weekend with the FCS runner-up Towson Tigers. My gut feeling is he chooses between Liberty and Towson. Hopefully Towson being his most recent visit won’t play too much of a factor.

Avery is a new name to us, and he has offers from Liberty, Texas Southern, and Nevada with several other schools showing interest. He goes by “TJ” and is being looked at by schools at both tight end and defensive end.

One prospect who was not on campus, but still picked up an offer from the Flames last week is kicker/punter Eric Piccione. Liberty is Piccione’s only Division I offer at the moment, and he also holds an offer from Division II Wayne State and NAIA Briar Cliff. With the departure of senior punter Grant Bowden, and John Lunsford’s struggles in 2013, Liberty definitely could use some reassurance at both spots. Based on his high school stats alone, Piccione may be a better prospect at punter than kicker.

I have been told that Coach Gill is hoping to sign as many as 4 safeties with 2 expected to play as true freshmen. Interesting considering none of the 7 verbals we know of are safeties with the lone exception being Corbin Jackson who could play either wide receiver or defensive back.

In the not so good news category, athlete Markell Boston gave his verbal to East Carolina during his visit this weekend.