BALTIMORE, Md. (December 19, 2018) - The Morgan State University football program capped off its early period of National Signing Day on Wednesday, announcing the signatures of 19 future Bear football student-athletes.
They are the majority of the Bears' 2019 incoming class, which will also include players who make their college decisions official during the regular signing period that begins on Feb. 6, 2019.
"I am excited to announce the early signing class that will continue to change the culture of the Morgan State University Football program," said Morgan State interim head coach Ernest T. Jones. "Our staff was able to attract some of the top talent from the top programs in the nation."
"It's A New Day."
It marks the second class of recruits signed by coach Jones.
Today's crop of signees includes six offensive linemen, five defensive linemen, three defensive backs, two tight ends, one linebacker, one running back, and one kicker. Eleven states are represented, with four players coming from Maryland, three from New Jersey, three from Pennsylvania, two from Virginia, two from Florida and one each from Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Mississippi, North Carolina.
The class will be considered among the top classes the Bears have had in recent years, highlighted by the signing of defensive backs Dwayne Wells Jr. and Simeon Gatling, along with running back Jabriel Johnson and offensive lineman Allen Jones Jr.
Coach Jones addressed his enthusiasm with the early signing period, a new rule implemented by the NCAA this year.
"I appreciate the NCAA for allowing us to sign early commitments as it allows for Morgan State to build at a faster and better pace! This process has allowed us to sign student-athletes early that want to join the Morgan family and lock-in their commitment to our great University!"
Morgan State finished the 2018 season with an overall record of 4-7, 3-4 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play, including an impressive road victory against #4 North Carolina A&T.
Below is a full list of Morgan State's 19 signees:
|| High School/Last School
| Keywuan Abrams
|| Clearwater, Fla.
|| Superior Collegiate Academy
| Ronald Custis
|| Camden, N.J.
|| Camden HS
| Skylar Davis
|| Springfield, Va.
|| Mt. Vernon HS
| Chima Dunga
|| Irvington, N.J.
|| Lackawanna C.C.
| Dawson Fontaine
|| Bensalem, Pa.
|| Bensalem HS
| Simeon Gatling
|| Greensboro, N.C.
|| Iowa Western C.C.
| Micah Jarrett
|| Ambridge, Pa.
|| Lackawanna C.C.
| Kalen Jennings
|| Des Moines, Iowa
|| Iowa Western C.C.
| Jabriel Johnson
|| Baltimore, Md.
|| McDonough HS
| Allen Jones Jr.
|| Detroit, Mich.
|| Cass Tech HS
| Jeremiah Jones
|| Stafford, Va.
|| North Stafford HS
| Bob Jonjo Jr.
|| Germantown, Md.
|| Lackawanna C.C.
| Brian Malinowski
|| Fairless Hills, Pa.
|| Pennsbury HS
| Darrius Outlaw
|| Owings Mills, Md.
|| Jireh Prep College
| Nathan Perry
|| Madison, Miss.
|| Northwest C.C.
| Solomon Pierce
|| Chicago, Ill.
|| Ellsworth C.C.
| Daniel Velez
|| Newark, N.J.
|| Newark Collegiate Academy
| Darius Woods
|| Windsor Mills, Md.
|| Milford Mills HS
| Dwayne Wells Jr.
|| Wimuama, Fla.
|| Armwood HS
Keywuan Abrams | 6-2 | 290 | Clearwater, Fla. | Superior Collegiate Academy
Coach Ernest T. Jones Comments on Early Signing Class
"Big massive interior DL, who will really benefit from the developmental aspect of our program. A guy that can anchor the middle for us for years to come. Well-spoken young man who's excited about Morgan State University." – Coach Jones
Ronald Custis | 6-3 | 255 | Camden, N.J. | Camden High School
"Long, athletic OL who moves well and does a good job of finishing defenders. Determine and focused to succeed who will bring a high level of maturity that will affect our OL unit from day one."
Skyler Davis | 5-10 | 180 | Springfield, Va. | Mt. Vernon High School
"Physical corner who is very explosive and loves contact, gets to the ball carrier with a purpose, plays the football well and comes from a family of coaches. Smart defender who will bring a working mentality to our DB room."
Chima Dunga | 6-0 | 285 | Irvington, N.J. | Lackawanna C.C.
"Hard worker, who is going to give great effort, plays with a high motor and will impose his will on the opposing offensive lineman. Determined young man who's excited to be at Morgan State University."
Dawson Fontaine | 5-7 | 150 | Bensalem, Pa. | Bensalem High School
"Strong leg, a guy that can kick and punt, very accurate kicker who will add immediate value to our program. Very intellectual guy who will come in and compete."
Simeon Gatling | 5-10 | 200 | Greensboro, N.C. | Iowa Western C.C.
"Athletic DB who can play both corner and safety, spark plug who can change the momentum of the game with his energy and play. Infectious personality that will light up a room once he walks in."
Micah Jarrett | 6-5 | 325 | Ambridge, Pa. | Lackawanna C.C.
"Helped his team to an undefeated season. Big, nasty, strong OL who will finishes defenders and will add immediate depth upfront. Big family guy who will be a great fit at Morgan State University."
Kalen Jennings | 6-2 | 235 | Des Moines, Iowa | Iowa Western C.C.
"Serious young man who will add immediate leadership to our team. Determined to be great in all aspects of life. Will add value to multiple positions on our team including special teams."
Jabriel Johnson | 5-9 | 180 | Baltimore, Md. | McDonough High School
"Explosive RB who can change direction at the drop of a dime. Home run back who does a good job finishing runs in the end zone. He is a threat to score from anywhere on the field. Great addition to our program coming from McDonough High School."
Allen Jones Jr. | 6-5 | 315 | Detroit, Mich. | Cass Tech High School
"Big, massive OL that is a highly touted prospect from Detroit, MI. He could anchor our OL for the future and fits the profile we are looking for. Felt at home throughout the recruiting process and looks to come in and make an immediate impact."
Jeremiah Jones | 6-3 | 215 | Stafford, Va. | North Stafford High School
"Athletic TE who runs well, high points the football, and has great hands. Has the ability to make defenders miss in the open field. Dynamic playmaker who will make an immediate impact. Jeremiah fell in love with our family atmosphere at Morgan State University, and is a big believer in family values."
Bob Jonjo Jr. | 6-1 | 210 | Germantown, Md. | Lackawanna C.C.
"A Montgomery County native who will add immediate depth and experience to our program. Will be a great fit to the LB room and special team unit. He was a part of an undefeated team at Lackawanna CC."
Brian Malinowski | 6-5 | 300 | Fairless Hills, Pa. | Pennsbury High School
"Strong, physical OL who is very smart and will bring great competition to the OL room. Excels academically and we are excited to get a Philadelphia area OL who will add toughness."
Darrius Outlaw | 6-5 | 245 | Owing Mills, Md. | Jireh Prep College
"Big, long athlete who will add immediate length and depth to our defensive front. Young talent whose best football days are still out in front of him. Coaches are excited to work with him and his frame. Local athlete with family ties to Morgan State University."
Nathan Perry | 6-3 | 285 | Madison, Miss. | Northwest C.C.
"Big, massive, strong interior DL who will eat up OL and power our defensive front. Also known as "Truck". Small town man who has really embraced the experience and atmosphere of Baltimore."
Solomon Pierce | 6-5 | 275 | Chicago, Ill. | Ellsworth C.C.
"Started his career as a WR in high school, has continued to add weight, and is still growing into his body. Raw talent who is a great athlete that runs well and finishes blocks. He is excited about the physical development here at Morgan State University."
Daniel Velez | 6-7 | 230 | Newark, N.J. | Newark Collegiate Academy
"Big red-zone threat that will be a target for the QB's. Gritty, smart individual who will bring a lot to the TE room. Great addition to our program."
Darius Woods | 6-6 | 285 | Windsor Mills, Md. | Milford Mills High School
"Athletic, big guy who is a two-sport athlete. Big time player who really bought in to the Morgan Way early in his recruitment process."
Dwayne Wells Jr. | 5-11 | 190 | Wimuama, Fla. | Armwood High School
"Smart, athletic playmaker who will add immediate impact to our defensive backfield. Comes from a perennial powerhouse in Tampa, FL. Armwood HS."
Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution offering more than 100 academic programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate. As Maryland's Preeminent Public Urban Research University, Morgan serves a multiethnic and multiracial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible. For more information about Morgan State University, visit www.morgan.edu.