Hello fans and welcome to Signing Day 2014. We'll be bringing you live updates through the day on the page below.

Southern Illinois Live Updates

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.

Southern Illinois 2014 Signee Information
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
Chris Adkins
Safety | 6-1 | 185 | Coppell, Texas / Coppell HS
Career Notes: 2013 First-team All-District 5-5A selection at defensive back…Named 2013 honorable mention Academic All-State by the THSCA…Helped Coppell to a 10-2 record and a final ranking of fifth in the state and 32nd in the nation…Coppell posted a combined 21-3 record his junior and senior seasons…A Texas 5-A All-State honorable mention as a junior…Member of the school’s record-setting 4x400 meter relay team.
Michael Aschemann
Wide Receiver | 5-10 | | Carterville, Ill. / Carterville HS
Career Notes: An All-State and All-Conference selection as a quarterback as a junior and a senior…Rushed for 1,713 yards and 31 touchdowns and passed for 885 yards and 15 touchdowns…Led Carterville to a 9-0 regular season and the second round of the IHSA playoffs…Selected as The Southern’s Co-Football Player of the Year…Also a starter on the basketball team.
Ben Bailey
Offensive Line | 6-6 | 245 | Lamar, Mo. / Lamar HS
Career Notes: Won three consecutive Class 2 state championships…Four-time first-team All-Conference as both an offensive lineman and defensive end…Selected All-District as an offensive and defensive lineman three times and All-State twice…Two-time Academic All-State first team selection…Rated a two-star prospect by Scout.com…All-District in basketball…Won a state title in the discus in 2012 and was the state runner up in 2013.
Brendan Ballard
Offensive Line | 6-7 | 305 | Sebewaing, Mich / Unionville Sebewaing Area HS
Career Notes: An All-State selection in 2013…Three-time first-team All-Conference selection as an offensive lineman and defensive lineman…Only athlete in school history to earn All-Conference three straight years…Three-time first-team All-Area (All-Thumb)…Bay City Times First-Team…Saginaw News Dream Team in 2013…Only lineman to ever be named the Freak Nasty Player of the Week by 92.1 FM, which he was named twice in 2013…Named All-Thumb in basketball past two seasons…All-Conference in baseball past two seasons and All-Thumb in 2013…Hit .468 overall and .502 in league play for the baseball team as a junior in 2013 and is currently averaging 22 points and 12 rebounds per game for the basketball team.
Shamarc Bursey
Wide Receiver | 6-0 | 180 | Carbondale, Ill. / Carbondale Community HS
Career Notes: Named 5A All-State as a senior…Hauled in 67 receptions for 940 yards and 15 touchdowns his senior season…Tied a state record with 20 receptions in one game…Voted all-state his senior year and All-South Seven Conference his junior and senior seasons…Three-year starter for the Carbondale HS basketball team, all-conference in 2012-13…Voted basketball team MVP in 2012-13…Played his senior season under head coach Nick Hill, who is SIU’s new quarterbacks coach...Also played varsity basketball.
Garrett Clark
Offensive Line | 6-3 | 295 | Jacksonville, Fla. / Southern Miss
Career Notes: Will be a junior for the 2014 season…Appeared in seven games and made four starts for the Golden Eagles in 2013….Played two seasons at Southern Miss after redshirting in 2011…Played his senior year at North Gwinnett (Ga.) High School and was rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN…Earned honorable mention All-State honors and second-team All-Central Florida by the Orlando Sentinel.
Matt DeSomer
Quarterback | 6-2 | 190 | Lowell, Ind. / Andrean HS
Career Notes: Named Northwest Indiana Player of the Year by The Northwest Indiana Times, Post-Tribune and Lakeshore Media…Led Andrean to a 15-0 season and a 3A state title in 2013…Finished third in the state in Mr. Football voting…Andrean’s all-time leading rusher and second all-time passer and all-time leading scorer with 91 career touchdowns…Selected first-team All-Area by The Times…As a senior, threw for 2,512 yards and 35 touchdowns while also rushing for 1,607 yards and 19 touchdowns….Also a pitcher for the Andrean baseball team…Voted All-Area and All-Conference his sophomore and junior seasons…Preseason All-American pitcher for 2014.
Phillip Frangello
Running Back | 5-10 | 200 | Carterville HS / Carterville HS
Career Notes: All-State honorable mention and an All-Conference selection…Rushed for 1,712 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior…Led Carterville to a 9-0 regular season and the second round of the IHSA playoffs…Selected as The Southern’s Co-Football Player of the Year…Named first-team All-SIRR running back as well as an All-State Academic selection…Illinois State Scholar…An All-South and regional champion wrestler…Qualified for state in the 4x400 meter and 4x200 meter relays.
Jaylon Graham
Linebacker | 6-3 | 245 | Eustis, Fla. / Eustis HS
Career Notes: Named to the 2014 Orlando Sentinel Central Florida Super 60…Central Florida All-Star Game participant…First-team All-District…Earned two-time Defensive Player of the Year honors for Eustis HS…Led the team with 94 tackles as a junior and 96 tackles as a senior…In his final two seasons, recorded 16 sacks, eight forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries…Rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and a two-star prospect by Scout.com…A two-year starter on the Eustis basketball team, where he currently averages 10 points per game…Nephew of former SIU defensive tackle Linton Brown.
Aaron Harris
Offensive Line | 6-3 | 300 | Chicago, Ill. / Curie HS
Career Notes: Named 2013 Team MVP…First-team All-Conference as a junior and senior…A member of the Chicago Sun-Times All-Public League team…Also competes in the shot put and discus on the track and field team.
Brant Hill
Quarterback/Wide Receiver | 6-4 | 180 | Marion, Ill. / Marion HS
Career Notes: A first-team All-South Seven Conference quarterback for the Wildcats…Threw for 1,463 yards and 12 touchdowns…Ran for 563 yards and five scores…A member of the 2013 Southern Illinois Coaches Association All-South team…Also a member of the Marion basketball team.
Kevin Holmes
Defensive End | 6-3 | 230 | Conyers, Ga. / Salem HS
Career Notes: Greyshirted in Fall 2013…Second-team All-Region 8-AAAAA as a senior…Recorded 87 tackles, three sacks and five tackles for loss.
Mark Iannotti
Quarterback | 6-3 | 215 | Schaumburg, Ill. / Eastern Michigan
Career Notes: Will be a junior for the 2014 season…As a senior for Schaumburg High School, completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,398 yards and 12 touchdowns compared to three interceptions….Also rushed for 1,052 yards and 11 touchdowns…Coming out of high school, was rated a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN.
Darrell James
Wide Receiver | 6-1 | 175 | Fort Worth, Texas / Fort Worth Paschal HS
Career Notes: AP All-State selection in 2013…First-team All-District 3-5A…Fort Worth Star-Telegram first-team wide receiver Super Team…Recorded 97 receptions for 1,413 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior…Rated a two-star prospect by Rivals.com.
Jimmy Jones
Wide Receiver | 6-0 | 185 | St. Louis, Mo. / Hazelwood East HS
Career Notes: Selected 2013 Suburban North All-Conference first team and Special Teams Player of the Year…Was an impact player at wide receiver, free safety and kick returner and helped the Spartans to a 7-4 record…As a senior, recorded 601 receiving yards for eight touchdowns and ran for 422 yards and eight touchdowns, while he also returned six kicks for scores…Also recorded 65 tackles, four interceptions and one fumble recovery…Was also an All-Conference selection as a sophomore and junior on defense…Named the STLhighschoolsports.com North County Male Athlete of the Year for the 2012-13 school year…Also a standout on the track and basketball teams, averaging 14.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.8 steals per game.
Garrett Kelley
Safety | 6-0 | 165 | Sharpsville, Ind. / Tri-Central HS
Career Notes: First-team AP All-State selection as a linebacker…Selected first-team All-Area by the Kokomo Tribune… Recorded 86 tackles as a senior…Helped Tri-Central to it’s first-ever state championship in 2013…Set the school single-season rushing record with 1,756 yards and added 20 touchdowns.
Conner Mayweather
Linebacker | 6-2 | 215 | Memphis, Tenn. / Hamilton HS
Career Notes: As a senior, recorded 60 tackles, 12 sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception…Selected Shelby Metro All-District 16AAA first team defense…Also played tight end in high school…Played in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game in Memphis, where he was a team captain and received the Harris Jones Award for Courage…Recognized as Defensive Player of the Game in the Whitehaven Classics Jamboree in 2012 and 2013 and the Academic Player of the Game in 2013…Also competes for his track and field team in sprints, hurdles and the discus…Also a utility player for the baseball team.
Tori Millender
Linebacker | 6-1 | 230 | Belleville, Ill. / Belleville West HS
Career Notes: A two-time All-Metro, All-Area and All-Conference selection…Earned All-State honorable mention his senior season…Won the St. Louis All-American Award…As a senior, recorded 102 tackles, one sack, one interception and three forced fumbles…As a junior, recorded 102 stops, five sacks and one fumble recovery…A Belleville West scholar-athlete, which requires a 3.75 GPA…Rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com and ESPN and a two-star prospect by Rivals.com…Rated the 34th best middle linebacker in the nation by Scout.com and 46th by ESPN.
Ryan Neal
Safety | 6-2 | 175 | Merrillville, Ind. / Merrillville HS
Career Notes: Named to AP 6A All-State team and Indiana Football Coaches Association All-State Top 25 as a senior…Two-time IFCA All-State Top 50 selection…Two-time All-Conference and All-Area selection…Named the top defensive back in the state in 2013 by the Indianapolis Star…As a junior, recorded 123 tackles, nine interceptions and two fumble recoveries for the Pirates…Older brother Mike Neal plays linebacker for the Green Bay Packers…Brother Matthew Neal is a sophomore defensive tackle for the Idaho Vandals.
Kyle Patterson
Linebacker | 5-11 | 200 | Geneseo, Ill. / Geneseo HS
Career Notes: Team captain and a three-year letterwinner…Led Geneseo to the 4A state title game…Led the team with 116 tackles and recorded eight tackles for loss, four sacks, two fumble recoveries and one interception…Played offensive line and linebacker…Named to the All-Northern Illinois Big 12 first team as a linebacker…Selected to the Dispatch/Argus Metro Football All-Star team.
Josh Podzielinski
Offensive Line | 6-5 | 300 | Noblesville, Ind. / Noblesville HS
Career Notes: Earned 5A All-State honors as a junior and a senior…Three-time All-Conference and All-County selection…Three-time Offensive Lineman MVP at Noblesville…FBU Camp Offensive MVP…Member of National Honor Society…Also a member of the Noblesville High golf team…His sister, Emily, is a member of the University of Arkansas golf team.
Kendric Randolph
Safety | 6-0 | 200 | Yanceyville, N.C. / Eastern Arizona CC
Career Notes: Will be a junior for the 2014 season…Recorded 44 tackles (31 solo), two tackles for loss, six pass breakups and one blocked field goal in 10 games for Eastern Arizona in 2013…Rated a two-star prospect by Rivals.com and 247sports.com…Rated the No. 24 safety in the nation by JCgridiron.com…An All-Conference, All-Region and All-Metro defensive back at Bartlett Yancey (N.C.) High School.
Darrius Spivey-Nunn
Defensive Back | 6-1 | 185 | Paducah, Ky. / Paducah Tilghman HS
Career Notes: A four-year starter at defensive back…In his four-year career, he totaled 340 tackles, eight interceptions, 14 forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, 20 pass breakups and seven punt returns for touchdowns…Had 101 catches for 1,185 yards and 12 receiving touchdowns and 70 carries for 380 yards and seven scores in his career…Totaled 2,233 all-purpose yards in his career…Recorded 99 tackles, two interceptions and three forced fumbles along with two punt return touchdowns as a senior…Named All-State and All-Western Kentucky Conference as a junior and senior…Selected to the All-USA Kentucky All-Star team…Invited to both the Best of the Bluegrass and the Kentucky-Tennessee Border Bowl all-star games…Ran three years of track and played two years of basketball…Member of the state champion track team as a sophomore.
Sam Straub
Quarterback | 6-3 | 220 | Ames, Iowa / Ames HS
Career Notes: All-time leader in passing completions (506), yards (6,703) and touchdowns (60) at Ames High School…Set single-season school records for passing completions (216), yards (3,222) and touchdowns (31)…Led the team to an 11-1 record and the state quarterfinals in 2013…As a senior, was named first-team 4A All-State and All-District as well as Elite All-State quarterback and was selected Iowa Sports Select Offensive Player of the Year….As a junior, he passed for 2,632 yards and 24 touchdowns along with five rushing touchdowns and was named second-team All-District, All-State and Team Iowa Sports Select…Rated a two-star recruit by Scout.com…A four-year varsity starter in basketball and currently averaging 21 points per game, and was named second-team All-Conference in basketball as a sophomore and first-team as a junior…Also a starter on the baseball team.
Denzel Thomas
Linebacker | 6-0 | 220 | Mesquite, Texas / Poteet HS
Career Notes: Helped Poteet to a 12-2 record in 2013…Unanimous All-District selection his junior and senior year… As a senior, recorded 102 tackles, seven tackles for loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception…Rated a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com.
Jefferson Vea
Cornerback | 6-0 | 175 | Mount Dora, Fla. / Mount Dora HS
Career Notes: As a senior named third-team 5A All-State as a cornerback…Was a two-time all-District first team selection…Named to the 2014 Orlando Sentinel Central Florida Super 60…Central Florida All-Star Game participant…As a senior, recorded three interceptions and also played slot receiver, catching 31 passes for 465 yards and six touchdowns…As a junior, recorded four interceptions, 25 tackles and nine pass breakups…Also a member of the Mount Dora track and basketball teams…Named Defensive Player of the Year for the basketball team…Rated a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com.
Bryce Wagner
Offensive Line | 6-7 | 335 | Spring Grove, Ill. / Richmond-Burton Community HS
Career Notes: An Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Class 4A All-State selection…Selected to the ICA Shrine All-Star Game…Was a unanimous Big Northern Conference All-Conference selection…A Northwest Herald All-Area second-team selection.
Tyler Wibbenmeyer
Safety | 6-0 | 195 | Wentzville, Mo. / Timberland HS
Career Notes: Two-year team captain…Played receiver, tight end, linebacker and safety…Invited to the Blue-Grey Combine in Canton, Ohio…Played in the Blue-Grey High School All-Star Game in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.
Southern Illinois 2014 Football Schedule