Hello fans and welcome to Signing Day 2014. We'll be bringing you live updates through the day on the page below.
2:00 p.m. SIU head coach Dale Lennon will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. to discuss the 2014 signing class in the Tedrick Auditorium. The press conference is open to the public, and a reception will follow immediately afterward in the John Cook Club. You can also watch Coach Lennon's remarks for free on Saluki All-Access.
1:57 p.m. Things have started to slow down here in the football offices, but SIU has received one more written offer of admissions from preferred walk-on Bryce Wagner (OL, 6-7, 335) from Richmond-Burton Community High School in Spring Grove, Ill.
11:48 a.m. Just a reminder, SIU previously announced three mid-year transfers/additions that are already enrolled in classes: Garrett Clark (OL, 6-3, 295) from Southern Miss, Mark Iannotti (QB, 6-3, 215) from Eastern Michigan and Kevin Holmes (DE, 6-3, 230, Conyers, Ga., Salem HS).
11:22 a.m. Two more to report: Conner Mayweather (LB, 6-2, 215) from Hamilton High School in Memphis, Tenn., has sent in his NLI, and a written offer of admissions has come in from preferred walk-on Brant Hill (QB/WR, 6-4, 180) from Marion High School in Marion, Ill.
10:23 a.m. One more written offer of admissions, this time from preferred walk-on Tyler Wibbenmyer (S, 6-0, 195) from Timberland High School in Wentzville, Mo.
10:07 a.m. We have one more NLI and another written offer of admissions. Signee Aaron Harris (OL, 6-3, 300) of Curie High School in Chicago, Ill., and preferred walk-on Michael Aschemann (WR, 5-10, 185) out of Carterville High School in Carterville, Ill.
9:43 a.m. SIU has also received a written offer of admission from preferred walk-on Kyle Patterson (5-11, 200), a linebacker out of Geneseo High School in Geneseo, Ill.
9:42 a.m. On offense we have Josh Podzielinski (OL, 6-5, 300, Noblesville, Ind., Noblesville HS), Sam Straub (QB, 6-3, 220, Ames, Iowa, Ames HS), Shamarc Bursey (WR, 6-0, 180, Carbondale, Ill., Carbondale Community HS) and Matt DeSomer (QB, 6-2, 190, Lowell, Ind., Andrean HS).
9:39 a.m. We have a flurry of NLI's in after a short break, so here we go. On defense we have Darrius Spivey-Nunn (DB, 6-1, 185, Paducah, Ky., Paducah Tilghman HS), Tori Millender (LB, 6-1, 230, Belleville, Ill., Belleville West HS), Denzel Thomas (LB, 6-0, 220, Mesquite, Texas, Poteet HS), Chris Adkins (S, 6-1, 185, Coppell Texas, Coppell High School), Ryan Neal (S, 6-2, 175, Merrillville, Ind., Merrillville HS) and Kendric Randolph (S, 6-0, 200, Yanceyville, N.C., Eastern Arizona CC).
7:51 a.m. The fax machine is burning up here as we have three more signees and two written offers of admissions. NLI's have come in for Jaylon Graham (LB, 6-3, 245, Eustis, Fla., Eustis HS), Darrell James (WR, 6-1, 175, Fort Worth, Texas, Fort Worth Paschal HS) and Ben Bailey (OL, 6-6, 245, Lamar, Mo., Lamar HS). In addiditon to those signees, SIU has received two written offers of admissions from preferred walk-ons Garrett Kelley (S, 6-0, 165, Sharpsville, Ind., Tri-Central HS) and Phillip Frangello (RB, 5-10, Carterville, Ill., Carterville HS).
7:30 a.m. Our first batch of NLI's are in, so let's get started. We have three right off the bat: cornerback Jefferson Vea (6-0, 175) of Mount Dora High School in Mount Dora, Fla.; offensive lineman Brendan Ballard (6-7, 315) from Unionville Sebewaing Area HS in Sebewaing, Mich.; and wide receiver Jimmy Jones (6-0, 185) from Hazelwood East High School in St. Louis, Mo.
7:20 a.m. Good morning, Saluki Nation! Welcome to our 2014 Saluki Football Signing Day Blog, where we will be updating throughout the day as our signees' National Letters of Intent are sent in and approved for release. Once an NLI is approved, we will update this page with bio information for all of SIU's signees. Remember, we cannot comment on specific athletes until their NLI are in and approved. Head Coach Dale Lennon will have a press conference at 4 p.m. to discuss the class in the Tedrick Auditorium, which is open to the public and will be followed by a reception in the John Cook Club. Keep up on all your Saluki Football news by following the official Twitter, @SIU_Football.
|Signee||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown||High Sch./Junior Co./Last School|
|Chris Adkins||S||6-1||185||Coppell, Texas||Coppell HS|
|Michael Aschemann||WR||5-10||185||Carterville, Ill.||Carterville HS|
|Ben Bailey||OL||6-6||245||Lamar, Mo.||Lamar HS|
|Brendan Ballard||OL||6-7||305||Sebewaing, Mich||Unionville Sebewaing Area HS|
|Shamarc Bursey||WR||6-0||180||Carbondale, Ill.||Carbondale HS|
|Garrett Clark||OL||6-3||295||Jacksonville, Fla.||Southern Miss|
|Matt DeSomer||QB||6-2||190||Lowell, Ind.||Andrean HS|
|Phillip Frangello||RB||5-10||200||Carterville, Ill.||Carterville HS|
|Jaylon Graham||LB||6-3||245||Eustis, Fla.||Eustis HS|
|Aaron Harris||OL||6-3||300||Chicago, Ill.||Curie HS|
|Brant Hill||QB/WR||6-4||180||Marion, Ill.||Marion HS|
|Kevin Holmes||DE||6-3||230||Conyers, Ga.||Salem HS|
|Mark Iannotti||QB||6-3||215||Schaumburg, Ill.||Eastern Michigan|
|Darrell James||WR||6-1||175||Fort Worth, Texas||Fort Worth Paschal HS|
|Jimmy Jones||WR||6-0||185||St. Louis, Mo.||Hazelwood East HS|
|Garrett Kelley||S||6-0||165||Sharpsville, Ind.||Tri-Central HS|
|Conner Mayweather||LB||6-2||215||Memphis, Tenn.||Hamilton HS|
|Tori Millender||LB||6-1||230||Belleville, Ill.||Belleville West HS|
|Ryan Neal||S||6-2||175||Merrillville, Ind.||Merrillville HS|
|Kyle Patterson||LB||5-11||200||Geneseo, Ill.||Geneseo HS|
|Josh Podzielinski||OL||6-5||300||Noblesville, Ind.||Noblesville HS|
|Kendric Randolph||S||6-0||200||Yanceyville, N.C.||Eastern Arizona CC|
|Darrius Spivey-Nunn||DB||6-1||185||Paducah, Ky.||Paducah Tilghman HS|
|Sam Straub||QB||6-3||220||Ames, Iowa||Ames HS|
|Denzel Thomas||LB||6-0||220||Mesquite, Texas||Poteet HS|
|Jefferson Vea||CB||6-0||175||Mount Dora, Fla||Mount Dora HS|
|Bryce Wagner||OL||6-7||335||Spring Grove, Ill.||Richmond-Burton Community HS|
|Tyler Wibbenmeyer||S||6-0||195||Wentzville, Mo.||Timberland HS|