Joining the Wolves are 17 high school players, while another five are coming to Carrollton as transfers and are already enrolled at UWG. The pair of locals highlighting the list are former Carrollton High School defensive back Carlos Hutton, who is transferring from Carson-Newman, and Central High School senior defensive back Dresden Thornton.
“We want to start by thanking everyone who had a part in helping with our recruiting process,” UWG coach Daryl Dickey said. “There is a great deal of effort and sacrifice from the entire university community that goes into making our recruiting visits successful. I am also very appreciative of our coaching staff. Led by our recruiting coordinator, Louis LeBlanc, the entire football and athletic staff has done an outstanding job.”
Along with Hutton, Tev’n Hamilton — a former all-state performer at Darlington — is transferring from Eastern Kentucky, while rounding out the transfers are Jackson Bland from Morehead State, Alex Lakes from Air Force and Phillip Warren from Marshall.
Hamilton, Hutton and Warren are all defensive backs, while Bland is a defensive lineman and Lakes is listed as an athlete. That group joins running back Derik Seward out of Butte College in California, who has already transferred and signed with UWG.
Nine of the 17 prep recruits will play on the defensive side, including defensive backs Thornton, Josh Hearn out of Chattahoochee High School, Kendall Conley out of Whitewater, Luke Gibbs of Stephens County and Kimball McGee of Westside Macon. On the line are Malik Harris of Whitewater, Quin Latimer from Washington County, Connor Calvert from Gainsville and defensive end Brian Whitaker, also of Westside Macon.
The offensive prep group is led by Class AAAAAA state champion quarterback Joseph Wilbur of Norcross, linemen Harley Vaughn of Dawson County, Reno Messler of Jackson County and Jok O’Barr from Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorpe, and then wide receiver Michael Cheeks from Mill Creek.
The Wolves also added a pair of special teamers in Sandy Creek kicker Mitchell McMillin and Grant Gabriel, a kicker from Camden County.
Dickey expects to add additional signees before the end of the 2013 recruiting period.
West Georgia’s 2013 National Signing Day Class
Jackson Bland DL 6-3 232 Marietta/Morehead State/Wheeler HS
Tev’n Hamilton DB 5-10 185 Rome/Eastern Kentucky/Darlington HS
Carlos Hutton DB 5-11 165 Carrollton/Carson-Newman/Carrollton HS
Alex Lakes ATH 5-10 197 Newnan/Air Force Prep/Northgate HS
Phillip Warren DB 5-10 189 Miami, Fla./Marshall/Southridge HS
Brian Whitaker DE 6-3 235 Macon/Westside HS
Reno Messler OL 6-6 298 Hoschton/Jackson County HS
Kimball McGee DB/S 5-7 170 Macon/Westside HS
Conner Calvert DL 6-1 260 Gainesville/Gainesville HS
Michael Cheeks WR 6-1 160 Buford/Mill Creek HS
Joseph Wilbur QB 6-0 185 Norcross/Norcross HS
Quin Latimer DL 6-2 255 Sandersville/Washington County HS
Jok O’Barr OL 6-5 290 Rising Fawn/Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe HS
Harley Vaughan OL 6-3 260 Dawsonville/Dawson County HS
Grant Gabriel K 6-0 160 Brunswick/Camden County HS
Mitchell McMillin K 5-11 177 Tyrone/Sandy Creek HS
Malik Harris DL 5-11 298 Fayetteville/Whitewater HS
Derick Seward RB 5-10 195 Wheatland, Calif./Butte College/Wheatland HS
Kendall Conley DB 5-9 180 Fayeteville/Whitewater HS
Josh Hearn DB 5-11 165 John’s Creek/Chattahoochee HS
Dresden Thornton DB 5-11 165 Carrollton/Central Carroll HS
Luke Gibbs DB 6-0 180 Toccoa/Stephens County HS