ETSU football adds eight on National Signing Day

Published 7:59 am Thursday, February 2, 2023

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JOHNSON CITY – After inking nine during the early December signing period, ETSU football head coach George Quarles and his staff announced they have landed eight more Buccaneers on Wednesday’s National Signing Day.
Coach Quarles met with the media to announce the Buccaneers’ signing class.
“We are excited about this group of signees – not just because they are a great group of players – but they are great people,” said Quarles. “It’s important that we get high-character players that are used to winning and do what is asked of them. We have players in this class that are used to winning and playing in state championship games. Those guys are hard to beat. We want guys who are going to be winners in our program both on the field and in the classroom, and guys who know what it takes to be successful. Overall, we addressed a lot of needs, but we are still going to be out there looking for a few more players who can help make an immediate impact to the program.”
This group of eight signees includes three from Ohio, two from Georgia, and one each from Tennessee, Louisiana and South Carolina.
The positional breakdown consists of six on the defensive side of the ball and two offensive players. On defense, there are two linemen, two linebackers and two defensive backs, while the offense brought in features a lineman and running back. 
Below are bios of each of the eight signees.
Khalil Anderson – 5’10” – 185 – DB – Atlanta, Ga. (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Transferred from University of Pittsburgh
  • Played one game in 2022 (North Carolina) and two games in 2021 as he saw action against Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech
  • Played at Riverwood High School where he was rated one of the country’s top 25 cornerback prospects by 247Sports and the No. 24 overall prospect in Georgia by 247Sports
  • Recorded eight interceptions over his junior and senior seasons at Riverwood
  • During his senior year, posted five touchdowns on returns (three punts, one kickoff and one interception)
  • Earned Georgia Class 6A all-state honors
  • Named Region 7-6A Defensive Player of the Year
  • Father, Barry Anderson, played defensive back at NC State from 1986-89 and is a longtime NFL official and a member of the first all-Black crew to officiate a league game in NFL history … Brother, Khai, played defensive back at Georgia State (2015-19) … Brother Khari, played baseball at Montevallo (2017-18) … Cousin, Steve Wallace, was an offensive lineman at Auburn who went on to win three Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers (1986-96)
Andrei Delinois – 6’1” – 215 – OLB – Chattanooga, Tenn. (McCallie HS)
  • Played outside linebacker and wide receiver at McCallie High School from 2021-22
  • Prior to playing at McCallie, he attended College Charles-Lemoyne in Quebec, Canada
  • Led McCallie to the 2021 state championship
  • Named 2022 Team MVP at McCallie
  • Registered 25 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, 300 yards and six touchdowns this past season at McCallie
  • Named Rookie of the Year in 2018 after recording 31 touchdowns in season, which broke the program record at Charles-Lemoyne
  • In 2019, recorded 38 catches for 700 yards and 12 touchdowns en route to being named all-region and to the all-star team
Blake Howard – 6’2” – 225 – DE/LS – Cincinnati, Ohio (Princeton HS)
  • Multi-sport athlete at Princeton High School
  • Lettered in football, track and field and basketball
  • Posted 60 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and seven sacks
  • Earned Defensive MVP honors
  • Excelled in the classroom where he received all-academic awards
  • His father, Darnell Howard II, played football at Purdue … His brother, Darnell Howard III, played football at Trinity International University … His uncle, Chris Zurba, also played football at Purdue
Mike Jenkins – 6’2” – 185 – DB – Summerville, S.C. (Summerville HS)
  • Three-sport athlete from Summerville High School
  • Lettered in football, basketball and track and field
  • For his career, totaled 220+ tackles, 35+ pass breakups, three interceptions, seven blocked punts, two blocked field goals, 57 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown
  • Three-year starter for the Green Wave
  • Played in the 2022 Shrine Bowl
  • As a senior, recorded 103 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 12 pass breakups, while also recording four blocked punts and two extra-points
  • 2022 first team all-state
  • Earned all-region honors in football and basketball
  • Two-time first team all-lowcountry in football
  • Cousin is Roddy White who played wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons from 2005-15
Miada Jones – 6’2” – 220 – OL – Duluth, Ga. (Norcross HS)
  • Multi-sport athlete at Norcross High School
  • Lettered in football and wrestling
  • Earned GACA all-state honors
  • Named first team all-region and second team all-county
  • His uncle Norman Hand played in the NFL from 1996-04 … He played for the Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants
Torey Lambert – 5’10” – 190 – RB – New Orleans, La. (Brother Martin HS)
  • Multi-sport athlete from Brother Martin HS
  • Lettered in football and track and field for the Crusaders
  • Earned all-state honorable mention honors in 2022
  • 3.83 grade-point-average
  • Led Brother Martin to the 2022 state championship game – the Crusaders’ first state championship game appearance since 1989
  • In the 2022 state playoffs, Lambert totaled 153 rushing attempts for 1,015 yards and 12 touchdowns
  • Rushed for a career-high 301 yards (47 attempts) and two touchdowns, lifting Brother Martin to 28-14 win over Northwood in the 2022 state quarterfinal game … The 301 rushing yards and 47 carries also set school records
  • One week later, Lambert was selected R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Prep Player of the Week for the metro New Orleans area as he rushed 24 times for 283 yards and five touchdowns, while catching two passes for 33 yards in a 55-24 win over Carencro in the state semifinal game
  • As a junior, he recorded 1,834 rushing yards, including a season-high 255 yards and three touchdowns against St. Augustine
  • His father Corey Lambert Sr. played quarterback at Iowa State … His brother Corey is a defensive back at Colorado State
  • High school teammate of defensive lineman Brenden LeBlanc who signed with ETSU in December
Isaiah McConnal – 6’4” – 210 – OLB – Cincinnati, Ohio (Withrow University HS)
  • Versatile player from Withrow University High School
  • Played linebacker, safety and wide receiver
  • Lettered in both football and basketball
  • Finished the 2022 season with six receptions for 78 yard and two touchdowns, while adding 11 tackles (seven solo) with 4.5 sacks and two pass breakups
  • Hauled in a 15-yard touchdown reception in a playoff win over Loveland this past season
  • Led Withrow to its first-ever playoff win in 2021
  • Teammates with fellow 2023 Buccaneer signee Rick Woolens
Rick Woolens – 6’1” – 254 – DL – Cincinnati, Ohio (Withrow University HS)
  • Multi-sport athlete from Withrow University High School
  • Lettered in football and basketball
  • 3-star recruit via 247Sports
  • Ranked 88th best prospect in the state of Ohio
  • Named 2022 Fall Sports All-Star by Cincinnati Enquirer
  • Registered 13 sacks his junior season
  • Led Withrow to its first-ever playoff win in 2021
  • Named second team all-district in 2022
  • Teammates with fellow 2023 Buccaneer signee Isaiah McConnal
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