Reinhardt solidified its future teams last week when it brought 41 new players on National Signing Day.
It was a smaller class than the Eagles have signed in recent years, but with 12 offensive linemen, eight defensive linemen and seven defensive backs included in that group, coach James Miller said he thinks it will fill all the team’s needs.
“We did a good job this year,” he said. “Our recruiting coordinators, O.C. Williams and Brad Lindamood, did a great job getting out there, finding the right kids and making sure we could get them in here.”
While the class may have been smaller, this group is actually one of the most accomplished in Reinhardt history.
Five of the players received all-state honors this season, but while Miller said that is always a bonus, he is more focused on fit within his scheme.
“We really try to focus on the fit,” he said. “We’re looking for kids who fit what we want to do and what we’re about here at Reinhardt. That’s what we want, so when kids come here, they stay here and want to play here.”
That group has also included more local players than before.
D.J. King, Tyler Price and Alex Majeed from Sequoyah, Jacob Graham and John Hanaford from Creekview and Chase Tomlinson from River Ridge will all stay local to play for the Eagles, as Miller continues to make a push for the top local players.
“We like to get those local kids,” he said. “Coach (Fred) Jones did a great job with that this year. We feel like we have a lot of talent here in our backyard, and we want to make sure we’re giving these kids a chance to play college ball at a high level for their hometown team.”
Besides the 38 players Reinhardt pulled from Georgia High School football, three players will also join the program with college experience.
Terrius Crimiel, a defensive back from Georgia Military College, Nate Cunningham, a linebacker from Lindsey Wilson, and Devyn Collins, a running back from Mississippi State, all transferred in and are already with the program.
“We’re excited about these guys, because they’re ingrained with how the college game goes,” Miller said. “That helps in every aspect. We know we got three good players who are coming in having already proven they can do it at a high level.”
The rest of the recruiting class is finalizing enrollment at the school before joining the team this summer.