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    Dec. 20, 2012

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - Southern Illinois head football coach Dale Lennon announced Thursday that Saluki Football has added four junior college transfers to the roster for the 2013 season. Joining the Salukis are cornerback Chris Davis, offensive lineman Jamarcus Robinson, defensive end Kitray Solomon and running back/return specialist Tay Willis. All four student-athletes are enrolled in spring semester classes at SIU.

    Chris Davis is from El Camino (Calif.) Community College. In eight games in 2012, he recorded one interception and four pass breakups along with 28 tackles. He also had four tackles for loss and one fumble recovery, which he returned 30 yards. The Atlanta native returned eight punts for an average of 16.3 yards including a 72-yard return for a touchdown. Davis was a wide receiver at McEachern (Ga.) High School and caught 46 passes for 1,012 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior in 2010.

    Jamarcus Robinson comes from Holmes (Miss.) Community College. The 6-foot, 3-inch, 320-pound sophomore was named First-Team on the 2012 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges' All-State Team. He also made the second team as a freshman. Robinson graduated from Canton (Miss.) High School where he recorded a total of 186 pancake blocks during his junior and senior years.

    Kitray Solomon is out of Garden City (Kan.) Community College. As a sophomore in 2012, he recorded 49 tackles and six sacks in addition to a forced fumble. In each of the past two seasons, Solomon has earned All-Jayhawk Conference honors. In 2010 he earned All-State honors while playing for Baldwin (Ga.) High School and was named MVP of Georgia's North-South All-Star Game. Solomon was also honored as the All-County Defensive Player of the Year as a senior in high school and was recruited by several BCS conference schools.

    Tay Willis joins SIU from Highland (Kan.) Community College after sitting out the 2012 season. In two seasons at Highland, he rushed for 906 yards and six touchdowns and was an All-Jayhawk Conference honorable mention in 2010 and 2011. As a senior at East Coweta (Ga.) High School, he ran for 2,000 yards with 28 touchdowns. In his final two years of high school, he ran for a total of 3,361 yards and 39 touchdowns. He was named All-Region and All-State as a senior.