Hello fans and welcome to Signing Day 2013. We'll be bringing you live updates through the day on the page below. No need to refresh, as soon as we know, you'll know.

    Southern Illinois Live Updates
    Here's a photo of Brandon Minor signing up to be a Saluki. Congratulations, Brandon, and great to have you on board!

    Minor

    5 p.m. Coach Lennon and the staff got Raysean Golden's finished Letter of Intent "fifteen seconds before I walked in to the press conference," he said. Golden is a nose guard from Coffeyville. In his press conference, Lennon said he'll be battling for a starting spot right away. On film, he showed good quickness in the interior line as well as great pursuit sideline-to-sideline. That's a wrap on today's recruiting haul. Twenty-five players in all. A story about the signing class will be posted on SIUSalukis.com later this evening. Thanks for following along; we'll see you in spring ball.

    1 p.m. One more in. John Gardner, a tight end from Chicago, has faxed everything in. Gardner went to Simeon and has great size at 6-5, 207 lbs. That pushes the overall class to 24 newcomers, which breaks down into seven early enrollees, five priority walk-ons and 12 NLI signees. Ten of those are from the state of Illinois. five are from Georgia, two from Missouri, two from Indiana, two from Kansas, one from Michigan, one from Tennessee and one from Mississippi.

    Noon There's been a little bit of a lull, but the fax machine is starting to heat up again. Markese Jackson, a linebacker from East St. Louis just sent us his fax. He's the fifth priority walk-on and the last walk-on expected for now. Still have a couple more NLIs to go before we wrap up this blog and get ready for Coach Lennon's 3:30 press conference.

    11 a.m. Watson is a fullback from Rochester, where he won a pair of state titles. Impressive all-around athlete, who recorded 69 tackles as a linebacker and also plays baseball. And the newest member of the Saluki family is a local recruit, Dakota Upchurch. The Harrisburg, Ill., native put together an impressive senior season (97 tackles, 13 sacks). If you're in the area, you should check him out on the hardwood, where he starts for the state's No. 1 ranked 2A team.

    10:45 a.m. Bryce Beschorner has accepted his offer of admission. Beschorner is the fourth priority walk-on to join the team so far, joining Josh Jahnke, Reed Watson and Cameron Walter. Beschorner is a WR from Algonquin, Ill.

    10 a.m. Here's a photo of Olsen signing up to be a Saluki.

    Olsen

    9:45 a.m. It's a waiting game for our last few to trickle in. Austin Olsen's NLI came through. Olsen is a 6-5 offensive lineman. Recruiting coordinator Jim Jackson was certainly excited to see that fax come through. "Austin Olsen is officially on board!!! 3 Sport athlete who we had in camp! Monster updside!" he tweeted @CoachJimJackson.

    9:15 a.m. Chandler Shantz's NLI is in. Shantz is a dual-threat quarterback from Kansas. His three-year record as a starter: 33-4. Not bad. Shantz had 3,500 passing yards and 1,700 rushing yards in his career.

    9 a.m. Three more Salukis in the fold. Ki-Jana Evans, Marcus Miller and Brandon Minor are all set to become Salukis next season. Evans is a offensive lineman from Chicago, Ill. Miller and Minor will both help on the defensive side of the ball. Minor is a linebacker and Miller is a safety.

    8:30 a.m. There's two more. Josh Jahnke and Cameron Walter have accepted their offers of admission and will join the team as priority walk-ons.

    8:15 a.m. Kenny James has joined the Saluki family. James is a 5-11, 200-pound safety from Columbia, Mo. We expect a couple more to come in shortly.

    7:45 a.m. Our fourth Letter of Intent is in. Garrett Pougnet, a 6-3 wide receiver from Fenton, Mich., has everything faxed in and approved.

    7:30 a.m. It was a close one, but punter Nick Neidig (6-3, 205, Wadesville, Ind.) was the first member of the 2013 recruiting class to get his Letter of Intent faxed in. Also officially joining the Salukis are defensive linemen Antony Greenhow (6-3, 230, Chicago, Ill.) and Khari Waithe-Alexander (6-2, 240, Stephenson, Ga.)

    7:15 a.m. Check out all our mid-year signees below. Exciting group that should be fun to watch as we head into spring ball. Our first NLI is in! We'll get it posted as soon as we have the go-ahead.

    7 a.m. Good morning, Saluki fans! It's a big day for Saluki football. This is media services GA John Lock, taking you through the day through this blog. We will be updating this page throughout the day as our signees National Letters of Intent are sent in and approved for release. Check out the page throughout the day and read the bios all the members of the 2013 Saluki football recruiting class. We'll kick things off with the mid-year transfers who are already in school and lifting with the team. Keep up on all your Saluki football news by following the official Twitter, @SIU_Football. If you have any questions, email me at jtlock2@siu.edu and I'll do my best to get an answer. Remember, we can't comment on specific athletes until their NLI are in and approved. Head Coach Dale Lennon will have a press conference at 3:30 p.m. to discuss the class.

    Southern Illinois 2013 Signee Information
    SigneePos.Ht.Wt.HometownHigh Sch./Junior Co.
    Bryce BeschornerWR6-3195Algonquin, Ill.Huntley
    Chris DavisCB5-11180Atlanta, Ga.El Camino CC
    Ki-Jana EvansOL6-5280Chicago, Ill.Harlan
    John GardnerTE6-5205Chicago, Ill.Simeon
    Raysean GoldenNG6-3295Sumter, S.C.Coffeyville CC
    Antony GreenhowLD6-3230Maywood, Ill.Proviso East
    Markese JacksonLB5-10190East St. Louis, Ill.East St. Louis
    Josh JahnkeLS6-0200Crystal Lake, Ill.Crystal Lake South
    Kenny JamesS5-11200Columbia, Mo.Rock Bridge
    Ken MalcomeRB6-0225Stockbridge, Ga.University of Georgia
    Marcus MillerS6-1165Somerville, Tenn.Fayette Academy
    Brandon MinorLB6-2225Florissant, Mo.McCluer North
    Nick NeidigP6-3205Wadesville, Ind.North Posey
    Austin OlsenOL6-5250Frankfurt, Ill.Lincoln Way North
    Garrett PougnetWR6-3190Fenton, Mich.Flint Powers Catholic
    Jamarcus RobinsonOL6-3320Canton, Miss.Holmes CC
    Chandler ShantzQB6-4215Derby, Kan.Derby
    Kitray SolomonDL6-2240Milledgeville, Ga.Garden City CC
    Keith SuggsCB5-10180Indianapolis, Ind.University of Toledo
    Dakota UpchurchDL6-6250Harrisburg, Ill.Harrisburg
    Khari Waithe-AlexanderDL6-2240Lilburn, Ga.Stephenson
    Cameron WalterRB5-9185Greenville, Ill.Greenville
    Reed WatsonFB6-2225Springfield, Ill.Rochester
    Brandon WillinghamCB5-10170Olathe, Kan.Coffeyville CC
    Tay WillisRB5-8170Newnan, Ga.Highland CC

    Bryce Beschorner
    Bryce Beschorner | WR | 6-3 | 195 | Algonquin, Ill. / Huntley
    Career Notes:Led the area in catches with 43 and touchdowns with 11 as a senior...Averaged 18.3 yards per reception...All-Area team selection by the Daily Herald...First-team All-Area selection by the Courier-News...Two-time Fox Valley All-Conference selection...Three-time Mid-State Sports All-Academic Team selection...2011-12 Scholar-Athlete selection by the Associated Press...Priority walk-on.
    Chris Davis
    Chris Davis | CB | 5-11 | 180 | Atlanta, Ga. / El Camino CC
    Career Notes:Recorded an interception, four pass breakups and 28 tackles in eight games in 2012...Also had four tackles for loss and one fumble recovery return for 30 yards...Returned eight punts for an average of 16.3 yards including a 72-yard return for a touchdown...Played wide receiver at McEachern (Ga.) High School and caught 46 passes for 1,012 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior in 2010.
    Ki-Jana Evans
    Ki-Jana Evans | OL | 6-5 | 280 | Chicago, Ill. / Harlan
    Career Notes: Three-star prospect by Scout.com...Three-star prospect by ESPN.com...Two-star prospect by Rivals.com...Top-rated FCS 2013 commitment in the state of Illinois, according to ESPN.com...Named All-State as a senior...Fourth-best offensive guard prospect in the state, according to ESPN.com...Also wrestled in high school and was runner up in the city championship...Plans to major in criminology.
    John Gardner
    John Gardner | TE | 6-5 | 205 | Chicago, Ill. / Simeon
    Career Notes: All-City selection by the Chicago Sun-Times...Two-star prospect by Scout.com...Two-star prospect by Rivals.com...Named to Chicago Sun-Times All-City Team...Recorded 60 receptions for 20 touchdowns and 800 receiving yards his senior year...Member of 2012 Prep Bowl championship team...Member of Simeon's 2012 state champion basketball team.
    Raysean Golden
    Raysean Golden | NG | 5-11 | 295 | Sumter, S.C. / Coffeyville CC
    Career Notes: First-team All-State selection in 2010...All-Conference and All-Area selection as a senior...Named to the Palmetto Champions All-Star team as a senior...Big 16 Lower State Lineman of the Year in 2010...Will be a sophomore for the 2013 season...Recorded 27 tackles and 8.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack as a freshman at Coffeyville.
    Antony Greenhow
    Antony Greenhow | DL | 6-3 | 250 | Maywood, Ill. / Proviso East
    Career Notes: Defensive line MVP and lineman Combine King at the Ultimate 100 Camp hosted by nationalunderclassmen.com...All-Conference selection in the West Suburban (Gold) Conference...West Suburban (Gold) All-Academic Team selection...Earned Junior and Senior Defensive Player of the Year award at Proviso East...Team captain and co-MVP as a sophomore...Recorded 13 sacks and 117 tackles as an upperclassman...Plans to major in psychology.
    Markese Jackson
    Markese Jackson | LB | 6-0 | 205 | East St. Louis, Ill. / East St. Louis
    Career Notes:2012 second-team All-Southwestern Conference selection by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch...2012 All-Area selection by the Belleville News-Democrat...Was third in the St. Louis area as a senior with 68 total tackles...Also kicked for the Flyers...Priority walk-on.
    Josh Jahnke
    Josh Jahnke | LS | 6-0 | 200 | Crystal Lake, Ill. / Crystal Lake South
    Career Notes:Had 169 snaps without an error as an upperclassman...Winner of the Most Accurate Snapper competition at the 2012 Kohl's Midwest Showcase Camp, 2011 Rubio Nike Fall Camp, University of Iowa Special Teams Camp and 2010 Iowa State Special Teams Camp...Helped kicker Brad Walovitch to become the all-time leading scorer in Crystal Lake South history...Also competed in two years of track...Member of the National Honor Society...Plans to major in secondary education...Priority walk-on.
    Kenny James
    Kenny James | S | 5-11 | 200 | Columbia, Mo. / Rock Bridge
    Career Notes: Two-time Central Missouri large class All-District selection by the Associated Press...Missouri Coaches Association All-State selection as a junior...Columbia Tribune All-Area selection as a junior...Missouri Coaches Association All-District selection as a senior...Ranks in the top five in Rock Bridge school history in career receiving yards (1156, 5th), receptions (74, 3rd) and touchdown receptions (12, 3rd).
    Ken Malcome
    Ken Malcome | RB | 6-0 | 225 | Stockbridge, Ga. / University of Georgia
    Career Notes:Ran for 272 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 4.8 yards per carry as a redshirt sophomore in 2012...In two years at UGa, recorded 448 rushing yards and averaged 4.5 yards per carry...As a freshman at Georgia, ran for 51 yards on 12 carries in the Outback Bowl against No. 12 Michigan State...Was listed as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN...Listed as the ninth best high school senior running back prospect in the nation by ESPN...As a senior at Southwest Dekalb High School, ran for 1,168 yards and 16 touchdowns...Was a sprinter on his high school track team.
    Marcus Miller
    Marcus Miller | S | 6-1 | 170 | Somerville, Tenn. / Fayette Academy
    Career Notes: First player in Fayette Academy history to sign with a Division I school...Recorded 61 tackles as a senior...Also played running back, where he rushed for 1,426 yards as a senior and averaged 9.0 yards per carry...Played in the Liberty Bowl High School All-Stars Game...Named Best Overall Offensive Player in Division II A by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association and by the Memphis Commercial Appeal in 2011 and 2012.
    Brandon Minor
    Brandon Minor | LB | 6-2 | 225 | Florissant, Mo. / McCluer North
    Career Notes: A member of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Super 30...Two-star recruit by Rivals.com...Three-star recruit by Scout.com...Four-time All-Conference selection at linebacker and punter...All-State selection as a punter...Ranked as the 40th-best linebacker nationally and 14th-best player overall in the state of Missouri by ESPN.com...Also lettered in baseball, track and field, and basketball.
    Nick Neidig
    Nick Neidig | P | 6-3 | 205 | Wadesville, Ind. / North Posey
    Career Notes: 2012 All-State selection by the Associated Press...Named Indiana's top punter by the Indianapolis Star...Named a top-50 player in the state of Indiana by the Indiana Coaches Association...First-team All-Conference punter as a senior...First- team All-Southwestern Indiana selection as a punter...Named a Top 12 punter by Chris Sailer...Ranked as the fourth-best punter nationally by former NFL punter Filip Filipovic...Averaged 40.9 yards per punt...Overall kicking champion at the Chris Sailer Kicking Camp in 2012...Also kicked and played wide receiver, catching a school-record 24 touchdowns and averaging 17 yards per reception...Also was a three-year letter winner in basketball...Plans to major in biomedical sciences.
    Austin Olsen
    Austin Olsen | OL | 6-5 | 260 | Frankfurt, Ill. / Lincoln Way North
    Career Notes: Two-time All-Conference selection...All-Area selection as a senior...Honorable mention All-State selection as a senior...Recorded 80 tackles and 12 sacks on defense...Honor roll student...Also played four years of basketball and two years of baseball...Won a state championship in summer baseball.
    Garrett Pougnet
    Garrett Pougnet | WR | 6-3 | 190 | Fenton, Mich. / Flint Powers Catholic
    Career Notes:Associated Press Division 5-6 Player of the Year...All-State selection by the Associated Press...All-State Dream Team selection by the Detroit Free Press...Division 5 All-State selection by the Detroit News...Genesee County Dream Team Player of the Year...Unanimous first-team All-Conference selection in the Saginaw Valley South...Played quarterback in high school...Rushed for 556 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior...Also passed for 1,856 yards and 16 touchdowns...Won the state title as a junior.
    Jamarcus Robinson
    Jamarcus Robinson | OL | 6-3 | 320 | Canton, Miss. / Holmes CC
    Career Notes:Named first-team on the 2012 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges' All-State Team...Made the second-team as a freshman...Played high school ball at Canton (Miss.) High School where he recorded a total of 186 pancake blocks during his junior and senior years.
    Chandler Shantz
    Chandler Shantz | QB | 6-4 | 215 | Derby, Kan. / Derby
    Career Notes:All-State selection as a senior...Recorded 3,500 passing yards and 1,750 rushing yards in three-year career...As a senior, led Derby to a 10-2 record and the 6A state semifinals...Named All-Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League honorable mention...Quarterbacked the state's top-ranked offense as a senior, passing for 1,030 yards, rushing for 868 yards and accounting for 33 touchdowns at Derby...Started his sophomore and junior years at Buhler (Kan.) High School, leading the Crusaders to a 23-2 record...Holds Buhler school record in passing touchdowns and ranks second in career passing yards and fourth in career completions...Two-time All-Conference selection at Buhler...Helped Buhler to the Kansas 4A semifinals as a junior...Also played outfield for the baseball team at Derby.
    Kitray Solomon
    Kitray Solomon | DL | 6-2 | 240 | Milledgeville, Ga. / Garden City CC
    Career Notes:As a sophomore in 2012, recorded 49 tackles and six sacks in addition to a forced fumble...Earned All-Jayhawk Conference honors in 2011 and 2012...Selected to the Georgia All-State Team as a senior at Baldwin High School...Named MVP of Georgia's North-South All-Star Game...Named All-County Defensive Player of the Year...Recruited by several BCS conference schools.
    Keith Suggs
    Keith Suggs | CB | 5-10 | 180 | Indianapolis, Ind. / University of Toledo
    Career Notes:Played in 22 games and made 15 tackles in two seasons at Toledo...Started three games as a freshman in 2011... Rated a two-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com as a senior at Ben Davis High School...Rated the nation's 144th best cornerback recruit and the 29th best player in Indiana by Scout.com...Earned honorable mention All-County...Also a sprinter on his high school track team.
    Dakota Upchurch
    Dakota Upchurch | DL | 6-6 | 250 | Harrisburg, Ill. / Harrisburg
    Career Notes:All-State selection as a senior...Two-time River-to-River All-Conference selection...All-South selection at defensive line as a senior...Two-time team defensive line MVP...Recorded 97 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 13 sacks and an interception returned for a touchdown as a senior...Also starts on the state's No. 1 ranked basketball team...Plans to major in criminal justice.
    Khari Waithe-Alexander
    Khari Waithe-Alexander | DL | 6-2 | 240 | Lilburn, Ga. / Stephenson
    Career Notes:Two-star prospect by Rivals.com...Two-star prospect by 247sports.com...Second-team All-State selection as a senior...Three-time All-County selection...Three-time All-Region selection...Became the first freshman starter at Parkview High School in 15 years...Racked up career numbers of 205 tackles, 39 sacks and 57 tackles for loss...Four-year honor roll student.
    Cameron Walter
    Cameron Walter | RB | 5-9 | 200 | Greenville, Ill. / Greenville
    Career Notes:Two-time All-State selection...Two time All-Conference selection in the South Central Conference...St. Louis Area National Underclassmen Combine Overall MVP as a junior...Rushed for 4,734 career yards and 73 touchdowns...Also ran track, finishing in the top eight of the 100- and 200-yard dash in both his sophmore and junior years...Member of the National Honor Society...Intends to major in aviation...Priority walk-on.
    Reed Watson
    Reed Watson | FB | 6-2 | 225 | Springfield, Ill. / Rochester
    Career Notes:Two-time Central State 8 All-Conference selection...Academic All-State selection as a senior...Member of the two-time state champion Rochester football team, whose overall record in the last two years was 25-3...Recorded 69 tackles as a linebacker...Honor roll student...Also plays catcher and third base on the baseball team...Priority walk-on.
    Brandon Willingham
    Brandon Willingham | CB | 5-10 | 170 | Olathe, Kan. / Coffeyville CC
    Career Notes:Started 10 games as a sophomore in 2012 and led Coffeyville with three interceptions and was fourth on the team with 52 tackles...Led the team with 14 pass breakups...Played running back and safety at Olathe East (Kan.) High School where he ran for over 1,000 yards as a senior...2012 All-Jayhawk League selection at cornerback.
    Tay Willis
    Tay Willis | RB | 5-8 | 170 | Newnan, Ga. / Highland CC
    Career Notes:Rushed for 906 yards and six touchdowns in two seasons at Highland...All-Jayhawk Conference honorable mention in 2010 and 2011...Sat out the 2012 season...As a senior at East Coweta (Ga.) High School, ran for 2,000 yards and 28 touchdowns...In his final two years of high school, ran for 3,361 yards and 39 touchdowns...Named All-Region and All-State as a senior.
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