Samford head football coach Chris Hatcher brought in experienced players on the first day of the NCAA Early Signing Period. It was the second year in a row that Hatcher chose to build the bulk of his recruiting class through the transfer portal and junior college players.

Hatcher signed 15 players on Wednesday with six coming through the transfer portal and three coming out of junior college. Adding some offensive lineman was a focus with Samford adding four big guys up front.


Jackson Beatty, Mountain Brooks HS, 6-0, 165, WR

Tyler Douthit, Woodstock (Georgia) HS, 6-5, 280, OL

*Marvion Field, Elon, 6-2, 290, DL

Duncan Johnson, Aquinas (Georgia) HS, 6-5, 280, OL

Darrian King, East Mississippi CC, 6-4, 305, OL

E. Jai Mason, Northwest Mississippi CC, 6-0, 200, WR

*Garrett Morris, Penn, 6-1, 230, LB

Jaden Mosley, Hutchinson (Kansas) CC, 6-0, 179, DB

Thad Ransier, Lamar School, Meridian, 6-4, 240, Mississippi, DE

*Tyrese Ross, South Carolina, 6-0, 200, DB

*Kamron Smith, Charleston Southern, 6-0, 188, DB

*RJ Starkey, Penn, 6-2, 209, WR

Will Thorley, Torquay, Australia, P

Noah Watts, Thompson HS, Alabaster, 6-3, 285, OL

*Damonta Witherspoon, Murray State, 5-10, 211, RB

*-Transfer portal    

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