ATLANTA — Georgia State has signed 27 players for Trent Miles' first season as coach of the Panthers.
All but four of the signees announced Wednesday are from Georgia, including 16 from the metro Atlanta area. Miles said the state has "excellent" talent and vowed to keep focusing on homegrown players.
The new coaching staff placed heavy emphasis on the guys in the trenches, signing seven defensive linemen, four offensive linemen and three tight ends.
Miles singled out linebacker Kight Dallas of Stephenson High in Stone Mountain, saying he picked Georgia State after being recruited by South Carolina, Arkansas and another SEC school.
Five of the newcomers enrolled this semester and can take part in spring practice. The Panthers are in the process of moving up to the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision.
Football signings announced Wednesday by Georgia State University, with name, position, height, weight, previous school and hometown:
Tarris Batiste, lb, 6-2, 210, Cass HS/Indiana State, Cartersville, Ga.
Clay Chastain, qb, 6-4, 220, Georgia Military Coll., Powder Springs, Ga.
Mackendy Cheridor, de-olb, 6-5, 230, Columbia HS, Decatur, Ga.
Tyshaun Clemmons, db-wr, 6-1, 205, Gordon Central HS, Calhoun, Ga.
Will Cunningham, dl, 6-2, 270, Ida Baker HS, Cape Coral, Fla.
Kight Dallas, lb, 6-2, 230, Stephenson HS, Stone Mountain, Ga.
Robert Davis, wr, 6-3, 190, Northside HS, Warner Robins, Ga.
Robert Dowling, db, 5-10, 175, Lassiter HS, Marietta, Ga.
Bruce Dukes, cb, 5-10, 187, Sandy Creek HS/Central Florida, Tyrone, Ga.
Trent Hill, db, 5-10, 175, M.L. King HS, Atlanta
Carnell Hopson, dl, 6-2, 255, South Paulding HS, Dallas, Ga.
Gerald Howse, rb, 6-2, 220, NE Oklahoma A&M JC, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Jonathan Jean-Bart, rb, 5-11, 201, Henry County HS, McDonough, Ga.
Tevis Jones, dl, 6-4, 260, Luella HS, Locust Grove, Ga.
Jalen Lawrence, dl, 6-1, 275, Westside HS, Macon, Ga.
Shawayne Lawrence, dl, 6-4, 250, Eagles Landing HS, McDonough, Ga.
Davis Moore, ol, 6-5, 290, Loganville (Ga.) HS
Kyler Neal, rb, 5-11, 205, East Paulding HS, Dallas, Ga.
Trey Payne, lb, 6-0, 235, Northside HS, Warner Robins, Ga.
Brandon Pertile, ol, 6-4, 295, Countryside HS, Clearwater, Fla.
George Rogers, dl, 6-3, 310, NE Oklahoma A&M JC, Stillwater, Okla.
Keith Rucker, te, 6-3, 225, Moeller HS, Cincinnati
Jameel Spencer, lb, 6-2, 210, Woodward Acad., Atlanta
Alex Stoehr, ol, 6-2, 275, North Gwinnett HS, Suwanee, Ga.
Bill Teknipp, te, 6-5, 225, Eagles Landing HS, McDonough, Ga.
Sebastian Willer, te, 6-5, 255, Calhoun (Ga.) HS
Daniel Zeigler, ol, 6-5, 260, South Gwinnett HS, Snellville, Ga.