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Furman Football Adds Seven Signees, Bringing 2019 Recruiting Class To 16

National Signing Day
National Signing Day

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman head football coach Clay Hendrix today announced the signing of seven more recruits as part of the Paladins' 2019 recruiting class.

The seven additions join the nine Furman recruits announced during the NCAA's December signing period to comprise the current 16-member class.

Wednesday's signees feature a pair of cornerbacks, as well as a safety, linebacker, offensive lineman, tailback, and wide receiver.

The two cornerbacks include all-state performers Kam Brinson (Augusta, Ga./Aquinas H.S.) and Cally Chizik (Auburn, Ala./Auburn H.S.).  Brinson compiled 1,441 all-purpose yards and a pair of interceptions en route to landing Atlanta Journal Constitution 1A All-State honors this past fall, and Chizik earned Alabama Sportswriters Association 7A All-State laurels after helping his team to a 10-2 campaign and Final 8 state playoff appearance in 2018.  He is the son of former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik.

The Paladins added safety Hugh Ryan (Irmo, S.C./Dutch Fork H.S.), a member of three 5A state championship teams at Dutch Fork and captain of South Carolina's Shrine Bowl team, which included Dec. 19 Paladin offensive lineman signee Evan Jumper.

Furman secured one of its top recruiting targets, linebacker Josh Agbenou (Bethlehem, Ga./Apalachee H.S.), from among 14 competing schools, including five FBS programs.  The Georgia Sportswriters Association 6A All-State honoree led his region with 133 tackles in 2018 and earned an invitation to the Georgia North-South All-Star Game.

Three additions on offense round out the newest crop of Paladins, including offensive guard Dan Dodd, III (Keystone Heights, Fla./Keystone Heights HS), tailback Wayne Anderson, Jr. (Prosper, Texas/Prosper HS), and wide receiver Jake Kimmelman (Greenville, S.C./Southside Christian School).

Solidified as a recruiting target in a Furman prospect camp, Dodd starred on both sides of the football, earning all-county honors three times and Gainesville Sun All-Area accolades twice. Anderson fashioned a solid career at Prosper High School, where he rushed for 1,524 yards and 18 touchdowns and tallied 25 tackles and four interceptions as a senior.  The addition of Kimmelman gives Furman six Palmetto state products in the 2019 class.  He caught 40 passes for 685 yards (17.1 ypc) in 2018 in helping Southside Christian to a 10-3 season and appearance in the 2A Upper State Championship.

Three of Furman's 2019 signees — safety Austin Jones, spur Jalen Miller, and center Evan Jumper — enrolled in January and are taking part in spring practice, which got underway Jan. 25.

2019 Furman Football Recruits (Dec. 19-21, 2018/Feb. 6, 2019, Signing Periods)

Josh Agbenou, LB, 6-2, 227, Fr., Bethlehem, Ga. / Appalachee H.S.
Wayne Anderson, Jr., TB, 5-10, 185, Fr., Prosper, Texas / Prosper H.S.
Jack Barton, DL, 6-4, 225, Fr., Alpharetta, Ga. / Centennial H.S.
Kam Brinson, CB, 5-10, 180, Fr., Augusta, Ga. / Aquinas H.S.
Cally Chizik, CB, 5-9, 170, Fr., Auburn, Ala. / Auburn H.S.
Dan Dodd III, OG, 6-4, 285, Fr., Keystone Heights, Fla. / Keystone Heights High School
Jacob Johanning, OG, 6-3, 260, Fr., Simpsonville, S.C. / St. Joseph's Catholic School
Austin Jones, S, 5-11, 180, Fr., Tiger, Ga. / Rabun County H.S.
Devonté Jones, DL, 6-2, 307, Fr., Anderson, S.C. / T.L. Hanna H.S.
Evan Jumper, C, 6-4, 240, Fr., Myrtle Beach, S.C. / Myrtle Beach H.S.
Jake Kimmleman, WR, 6-2, 185, Fr., Simpsonville, S.C. / Southside Christian School
Bryce McCormick, LB/TE, 6-2, 218, Fr., Franklin, Tenn. / Christ Presbyterian Academy
Jalen Miller, SPUR, 5-11, 200, Fr., Duncan, S.C. / Byrnes H.S.
Dominic Roberto, RB, 5-11, 230, Fr., Fayetteville, N.C. / Pine Forest H.S.
Hugh Ryan, S, 6-1, 187, Fr., Irmo, S.C. / Dutch Fork H.S.
Pearson Toomey, OT, 6-3, 250, Fr., Jacksonville Beach, Fla. / The Bolles School

Bold & Italics (Feb. 6, 2019 signee)

FEB. 6, 2019, FURMAN FOOTBALL SIGNEES

JOSH AGBENOU, LB
6-2, 227, Freshman
Bethlehem, Ga. (Apalachee High School)

Chose Furman from among 14 scholarship offers, including six by FBS programs...projected 2019 graduate of Apalachee (6A) High School...football coach was Anthony Lotti...played linebacker, defensive, and also running back...served as team captain and led Region 8 6A in tackles in 2018 with 133 stops...two-time all-region selection who landed Georgia Sportswriters Association All-State (2nd Team) honors his senior year...selected to the play in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Classic.
Personal: Full name is Joshua Foly Agbenou...born June 16, 2001, in Atlanta, Georgia...son of Ekue and Selom Agbenou...has a sister Julianna.

WAYNE ANDERSON, JR, TB
5-10, 185, Freshman
Prosper, Texas (Prosper High School)

Selected Furman from a pool of nine offers, including two from FBS schools...committed to Furman on Jan. 21, 2019...projected 2018 graduate of Prosper (6A) High School...football coach was Brandon Schmidt...saw duty at running back and defensive back...served as team captain and earned first team all-district laurels as a running back in 2018 after rushing for 1,524 yards and 18 touchdowns on a 9-3 district runner-up team...also registered 314 receiving yard and two scores...tallied 25 tackles, four interceptions and second team all-district honors in 2017, his junior year, after helping Prosper to 10-3, district championship season...in all ran for 2,224 yards and scored 25 touchdowns in his prep career...three-time academic all-district pick...clocked a school record 49.33 in the 400m in 2018 en route to winning area and district championships in the event.
Personal: Full name is Wayne Byron Anderson, Jr...born August 12, 2001, in Brooklyn, New York...son of LaTayna Evans and Wayne Anderson, Sr...mother ran track and field at St. John's University...has two sisters, Cheyenne and Kailyn, and a brother, Myles.

KAM BRINSON, CB
5-10, 180, Freshman
Augusta, Ga. (Aquinas High School)

Chose Furman from among five offers...committed to Furman on Jan. 27, 2019...projected 2019 graduate of Aquinas (A) High School...football coach was Jame Leonard...primary positions were defensive back and wide receiver but also contributed significantly on special teams...helped lead Aquinas to a pair of region championships during his tenure...compiled 1,441 all-purpose yards, recorded a pair of interceptions, and tallied six pass breakups as a senior...three-time GHSA All-Region 7 1A selection...named Augusta Chronicle All-Area and to the 2018 All-Central Savannah River (CSRA) squad, as well as Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-State (1st Team)...two-time all-region baseball player.
Personal: Full name is Kameron Lee Brinson...born November 13, 2000, in Augusta, Georgia...son of Marcus and Chiquida Brinson...has two brothers: Kierston and Kobie...Kobie played football at Wingate (2015-17).

CALLY CHIZIK, CB
5-9, 170, Freshman
Auburn, Ala. (Auburn High School)

Picked Furman over an offer from Chattanooga...projected 2019 graduate of Auburn (7A) High School...football coach was Adam Winegarden...played cornerback, safety, and wide receiver, in addition to special teams...two-time All-Region 2 7A selection...served as team captain and earned Alabama Sportswriters Association All-State (1st Team) honors in 2018...helped lead Auburn to consecutive Final 8 state playoff appearances his junior and senior seasons...also starred in baseball, playing center field and hitting leadoff...keyed Auburn to a state championship as a junior in 2018.
Personal: Full name is Eugene Calloway Chizik...born June 26, 2000, in Orlando, Florida...son of Gene and Jonna Chizik...has two siblings, Landry and Kennedy...father played football at Florida and served as head coach at Iowa State (2007-08) and Auburn (2009-12), where directed the Tigers to a national championship in 2010...uncle played basketball at Mercer.

DAN DODD, III, OG
6-4, 285, Freshman
Keystone Heights, Fla. (Keystone Heights High School)

Had two FCS offers...committed to Furman on Jan. 18, 2019...projected 2019 graduate of Keystone Heights (4A) High School...football coach was Chuck Dickinson...played offensive and defensive line...four-year starter...two-time Gainesville Sun All-Area Team selection and three-time All-Clay County pick in balloting by head coaches...registered district and regional championships in weightlifting his junior year.
Personal: Full name is Dan Marwick Dodd, III...born March 27, 2000, in Gainesville, Florida...son of Danny and Kristi Dodd...father played football at West Georgia.

JAKE KIMMELMAN, WR
6-2, 185, Freshman
Greenville, S.C. (Southside Christian School)

Committed to Furman on Dec. 9, 2019...projected 2019 graduate of Southside Christian (2A) School...football coach was Mike Sonneborn...played wide receiver and defensive back...served as team captain, caught 40 passes for 685 yards (17.1 ypc), and registered 35 tackles as a senior in helping Southside Christian to an 11-3 record, Region 1 2A championship, and Upper State runner-up finish, falling to eventual state champion Abbeville, 28-21...two-time all-region selection in both football and track & field.
Personal: Full name is Jake Macray Kimmelman...born May 18, 2001, in Greenville, South Carolina...son of Todd and Leslie Kimmelman...has a sister, Hanna...father played baseball at Franklin Pierce University.

HUGH RYAN, S
6-1, 185, Freshman
Irmo, S.C. (Dutch Fork High School)

Committed to Furman on Feb. 3, 2019...projected 2019 graduate of Dutch Fork (5A) High School...played strong safety...head coach was Tom Knotts...started 27 games and registered over 200 tackles...member of three state championship teams that compiled a 41-1 record over his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons...two-time All-Region 5 5A selection...as a senior registered 92 tackles and three interceptions en route to landing all-state honors...Shrine Bowl selection who served as South Carolina's team captain and was a teammate of fellow Paladin signee Evan Jumper...registered seven tackles and a sack in the contest...also starred in baseball...hit .391 and earned all-region and second team all-state honors on the diamond as a junior.
Personal: Full name is James Hugh Ryan...born April 30, 2001, in Irmo, South Carolina...son of Hugh and Barbara '91 (Koosa) Ryan...has a sister Kristin...mother was an outstanding golfer at Furman...aunt, Caroline Haeberle Ryan, is a 1985 graduate...grandfather, Jimmy Koosa, played professional baseball in Minnesota Twins organization.

DEC. 19, 2018, FURMAN FOOTBALL SIGNEES

JACK BARTON, DL
6-4, 225, Freshman
Alpharetta, Ga. (Centennial High School)

Chose Furman from among 20 scholarship offers, including eight from FBS programs...committed to Furman on July 14, 2018...projected 2019 graduate of Centennial (6A) High School...football coach was Michael Perry...saw duty at eight positions during his prep career: defensive end, punter, outside linebacker, middle linebacker, tight end, fullback, nose guard, and defensive tackle...career statistics include 75 tackles (19 tackles for-loss), 14 sacks, six blocks field goals, and three blocked punts...served as team captain and earned second team all-region honors in 2018.
Personal: Full name is John Francis Barton...born February 14, 2001, in Atlanta, Georgia...son of Bill and Elizabeth Barton...has a brother, Bill...father, Bill, played football at Tennessee...brother, Bill, plays football at Centre College...uncle, Hollis Barton, was a three-year letterman (1978-82) and All-Southern Conference offensive guard at Furman who played on three SoCon championship teams.

JACOB JOHANNING, OG
6-3, 260, Freshman
Simpsonville, S.C. (St. Joseph's Catholic School)

Committed to Furman on Oct. 21, 2018...projected 2019 graduate of St. Joseph's Catholic School in Greenville...football coach was Jon Wheeler...played offensive tackle and defensive end...served as team captain his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons...two-time all-region selection and Region I 2A Player of the Year in 2018...selected to play in the South Carolina North-South All-Star Game, where he started both ways and registered a game high seven tackles for the North squad...also played lacrosse and competed in track & field at St. Joseph's.
Personal: Full name is Jacob Karl Johanning...born December 2, 2000, in Springfield, Massachusetts...son of Catherine and Michael Johanning...has three brothers — David, Gunnar, and Benjamin — and a sister, Samantha...father played football at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

AUSTIN JONES, S
5-11, 180, Freshman
Tiger, Ga. (Rabun County High School)

Chose Furman from 12 scholarship offers, including two from FBS programs....committed to Furman on July 4, 2018...December graduate of Rabun County (2A) High School who enrolled at Furman in January of 2019...will  take part in spring practice...football coach was Lee Shaw...saw action at free safety, wide receiver, and return specialist...career statistics include 354 tackles, 18 tackles for-loss, 10 interceptions, 3,356 all-purpose yards (2,282 receiving yards and 1,100 return yards), and 31 touchdowns...helped Rabun County post a combined 37-4 record and make three state playoff appearances over his final three seasons...three-time first team all-state selection: 2016 Georgia Athletic Coaches Association, 2017 Georgia Sportswriters Association (GSWA), and 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution and GSWA...two-time GACA North-South All-Star Game choice..served as team captain his junior and senior years...totaled 105 tackles, 47 receptions for 918 yards (11 TDs), and 475 return yards as senior en route to earning All Region 8 2A Player of the Year honors and helping lead Rabun County to an 11-2 season and quarterfinal round appearance in state playoffs...accounted for 137 tackles and five interceptions, 523 return yards (3 TDs) , and 36 receptions for 696 yards (7 TDs) as junior in keying Rabun County to 14-1 record and state runner-up finish...collected his first of two region defensive player of the year scrolls in 2016, his sophomore year, after registering 83 stops and four pickoffs...three-time all-region choice as a safety and return specialist...also played baseball, twice earning all-region honors as both a position player and pitcher, and ran track, helping his team to a state runner-up finish in 2018.
Personal: Full name is Austin Coe Jones...born December 14, 2000, in Gainesville, Georgia...son of Mike and Robin Jones...has a brother, Alden.

DEVONTE JONES, DL
6-2, 307, Freshman
Anderson, S.C. (T.L. Hanna High School)

Chose Furman from nine scholarship offers, including four from FBS programs...committed to Furman on December 13, 2018...projected 2019 graduate of T.L. Hanna (5A) High School...football coach was Jeff Herron...saw duty at defensive tackle, nose guard, and offensive guard...racked up 148 tackles, 56 tackles for-loss, and 12 sacks in his prep career...registered 50 stops and four sacks as a senior in helping T.L. Hanna to a 14-1 record, Upper State championship, and state runner-up finish — the program's first state championship game appearance since 1974...all-region and all-state teams yet to be announced...junior year squad went 11-1.
Personal: Full name is Devonté Rashad Jones...born March 10, 2001, in Anderson, South Carolina...son of Gary and Julia Jones...has a brother, Cornelius, and two sisters, Danica and Qornida.

EVAN JUMPER, C
6-4, 240, Freshman
Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Myrtle Beach High School)

Chose Furman from 19 scholarship offers, including 12 from FBS programs...committed to Furman on June 25, 2018...December graduate of Myrtle Beach (4A) High School who enrolled at Furman in January of 2019...football coach was Mickey Wilson...played left and right tackle, center, and also handled long snapping duties...made 36 consecutive starts in his prep career, never missing a game...Shrine Bowl participant who was accorded the game's U.S. Army Student Athlete Leadership Award for South Carolina...served as team captain his junior and senior seasons...played a pivotal role in leading Myrtle Beach to 12-1 record and 2018 state championship, beating Greer, 37-21, in the championship game...downed Hartsville, 57-31, on the road to claim Lower State championship...title season came in the face of devastation to region by Hurricane Florence in early September, which eliminated three weeks of the campaign...second team USA Today South Carolina All-State choice...two-time All-Region 6 4A selection...named to the 2018 first team WPDE Zoneman Team...second team Toast of the Coast pick in 2017.
Personal: Full name is Evan Patrick Jumper...born September 6, 2000, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina...is an Eagle Scout...son of Debbie and Joe Jumper...has two brothers, Joseph and Ben.

BRYCE MCCORMICK, LB/TE
6-2, 218, Freshman
Franklin, Tenn. (Christ Presbyterian Academy)

Chose Furman from among 15 scholarship offers...committed to Furman on July 10, 2018...projected 2019 graduate of Christ Presbyterian (Division II-AA) Academy...football coach was former Furman quarterback and Hall of Fame quarterback Ingle Martin...played tight end, linebacker, and quarterback at CPA...career statistics include 231 tackles, two interceptions, and three sacks; 44 receptions, 668 yards, and 12 touchdowns; also completed 7-of-9 passes for 82 yards and a TD...in all saw action in 42 games in his prep career...2018 Tennessee Sportswriters Association 1st Team All-State choice...three-time all-region selection...fashioned a strong senior season, recording 68 tackles, including six for-loss, an interception and two sacks while also catching 16 passes for 244 yards and six TDs in helping lead CPA to a 14-0 record and state championship...season included 21-14 win in state semifinals that halted Lausanne's 38-game winning streak...caught touchdown passes of 17 and 11 yards in 41-21 state championship game victory over Battle Ground Academy...earned region defensive MVP honors (71 tackles, 11 TFL) his junior year on 10-3 squad that reached state playoff semifinals...also stars in basketball as a point guard...averaged 16.0 points and 8.0 assists per game as a junior en route to collecting all-state honors.
Personal: Full name is Bryce Scott McCormick...born August 11, 2000, in Nashville, Tennessee...son of Scott and Wendy McComick...has a sister, Sara.

JALEN MILLER, SPUR
5-11, 200, Freshman
Duncan, S.C. (Byrnes High School)

Chose Furman from among seven scholarship offers...committed to Furman on July 3, 2018...December graduate of Byrnes High (5A) High School who enrolled at Furman in January of 2019...football coach was Reggie Shaw...saw duty at outside linebacker and strong safety...four-year starter...served as team captain but was sidelined for much of the 2018 season due to injury before returning to help lead Byrnes to 11-3 campaign and reach Upper State championship game...earned all-region honors as a junior.
Personal: Full name is Jalen LaMarr Miller...born September 12, 2000, in Ashtabula, Ohio...son of Andre and Bethany Miller...has a sister, Tyra.

DOMINIC ROBERTO, RB
5-11, 230, Freshman
Fayetteville, N.C. (Pine Forest High School)

Committed to Furman on July 31, 2018...projected 2019 graduate of Pine Forest (4A) High School...saw action at linebacker, running back, fullback, slot receiver, and rover during his prep career, which was cut short three games into the 2018 season due to a knee injury...football coach was Bill Sochovka, father of Paladin redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Matt Sochovka...career statistics include 330 rushing yards, five touchdowns; 228 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, and four sacks...served as team captain his senior year, helping lead Pine Forest to its first conference championship since 1999...earned first team all-conference honors in 2017 after totaling 95 tackles, three sacks, an interception, and a safety while also rushing for 177 yards and two scores...tallied 105 tackles his sophomore year...also competes in track in both the long jump and triple jump.
Personal: Full name is Dominic Jeshawn Roberto...born April 27, 2001, in Shape, Belgium...son of Jolyn and Jose Colon...has two sisters, Camila and Aniyah.

PEARSON TOOMEY, OT
6-3, 250, Freshman
Jacksonville Beach, Fla. (Bolles High School)

Chose Furman from among seven scholarship offers, including four FBS programs...committed to Furman on Oct. 18, 2018...projected 2019 graduate of The Bolles School...football coach was Wayne Belger...saw action at the two guard and tackle slots, tight end, defensive tackle, and defensive end during his prep tenure...served as team captain and recorded 17 pancake blocks in 2018, helping his team to an 8-4 record...starter on 10-2 team his junior year and saw extensive playing time his sophomore year on a Bolles squad that went 12-1...all-state performer in weightlifting.
Personal: Full name is Pearson Thomas Toomey...born October 8, 2001, in Orlando, Florida...son of Rich and Tina Toomey.

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