UT MARTIN FOOTBALL PROGRAM ADDS 17 PLAYERS ON NATIONAL SIGNING DAY
February 1, 2017
MARTIN, Tenn. – In conjunction with National Signing Day, University of Tennessee at Martin head football coach Jason Simpson announced the signings of 17 players at a press conference in the Champions Club in the Hardy M. Graham Stadium Press Box this afternoon.
“I’m always excited and humbled by the players and families that choose UT Martin as their home for the next four years,” Simpson said. “Our staff worked extremely hard to sign this class from across five states but we stayed true to our roots with 10 players from the state of Tennessee.”
The aforementioned 17 players, in addition to four signees who joined the program on Mid-Year Signing Day in December, were highlighted in short video clips with analysis from Simpson at the press conference.
Overall, Simpson and his staff added 11 players on offense and 10 players on defense. The UT Martin coaching staff signed 18 high schoolers and three college transfers to make up the decorated class. The Skyhawks signed 10 players from the state of Tennessee, five players from Florida, three players from Ohio, two players from Mississippi and one player from Alabama.
The winningest active coach in the Ohio Valley Conference, Simpson boasts a 72-54 record in his Skyhawk tenure and has posted a .640 winning percentage in OVC games (57-32). The Skyhawks are coming of a 7-5 season while finishing 6-2 in league play, marking the fifth consecutive season that UT Martin finished in the OVC’s top three teams in the final standings.
2017 UT Martin Football Signees
(listed alphabetically by last name)
Name, Position, Height, Weight, Class, Hometown (Previous School)
Drew Beymer, OL, 6-9, 320, Auburndale, Fla. (Auburndale HS)
Legend Brumbaugh*, QB, 6-3, 210, Jacksonville, Fla. (Trinity Christian Academy)
Ryan Davis, LB, 6-1, 220, Cincinnati, Ohio (Colerain HS)
Colton Dowell, WR, 6-3, 190, Lebanon, Tenn. (Wilson Central HS)
Deashun Fields, RB, 6-1, 220, Dyersburg, Tenn. (Dyersburg HS)
John Ford Jr., LB, 6-3, 220, Nashville, Tenn. (John Overton HS)
Ladarius Galloway*, RB, 5-9, 185, Indianola, Miss. (Copiah-Lincoln CC)
Andrew Kerobo, DL, 6-5, 265, Cincinnati, Ohio (Winton Woods HS)
Christian LaBreche, TE, 6-6, 230, Brentwood, Tenn. (Brentwood HS)
Peyton Logan, RB, 5-8, 170, Horn Lake, Miss. (Horn Lake HS)
Armunz Matthews*, DB, 6-0, 197, Tallahassee, Fla. (USF)
Victor McClinton, WR, 6-2, 180, Eufaula, Ala. (Eufaula HS)
Quentin Montgomery, DB, 5-11, 180, Jacksonville, Fla. (First Coast HS)
Wanya Moton, DB, 6-1, 190, Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Oakland HS)
Christian Philpott*, WR, 6-3, 220, Tallahassee, Fla. (Georgia Tech)
Deven Sims, DB, 6-2, 195, Smyrna, Tenn. (Smyrna HS)
Teeshaun Turpin, DL, 6-4, 260, Cleveland, Ohio (Glenville HS)
Kylan Watkins, RB, 6-0, 175, Memphis, Tenn. (Whitehaven HS)
Deylon Williams, LB, 6-2, 250, Smyrna, Tenn. (Smyrna HS)
Dresser Winn, QB, 6-3, 195, Dresden, Tenn. (Dresden HS)
Takeem Young, DB, 6-1, 165, Greeneville, Tenn. (Greeneville HS)
*Signed during Mid-Year Signing Day in December
Drew Beymer, OL, 6-9, 320, Fr., Auburndale, Fla. (Auburndale HS)
Prepped at Auburndale High School, playing for head coach William Deeds…Guided the Bloodhounds to a 5-5 record…Was named Auburndale’s offensive most improved award…Named a “performer to watch” at the Big County Preps Ignite Showcase…Played in the fifth annual Metro vs. Florida Challenge.
Legend Brumbaugh*, QB, 6-3, 210, Fr., Jacksonville, Fla. (Trinity Christian Academy)
Prepped at Trinity Christian, playing for head coach Verlon Dorminey…Guided the Conquerors to an 11-3 record and a ultimate 3A state championship – the program’s fourth consecutive title, which tied the state record…Ranked No. 2 in the final 2016 Small Schools National Football Rankings according to MaxPreps…Played in 14 games, completing 71-of-140 pass attempts for 1,273 yards, 14 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2016…Posted a quarterback rating of 97.7 on the season…Tallied 40 carries for 140 yards and three touchdowns on the ground…Ranked as a three-star prospect by 247Sports while ranking as a two-star prospect by Rivals and Scout…Named to the Sports Illustrated College Football 2017 National Signing Day All-Name team…Tabbed a 2017 Player to Watch by 904Preps.com…He is the son of University of Kentucky football assistant Jimmy Brumbaugh.
Ryan Davis, LB, 6-1, 220, Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio (Colerain HS)
Prepped at Colerain High School, playing for head coach Tom Bolden…Guided the Cardinals to an 11-1 record with a playoff berth in 2016…As a senior, Davis was named second-team all-Greater Miami Conference, recording a sack and 56 tackles – including 25 solos…Entered his senior campaign as part of the No. 7 ranked team in the country…During his junior season, he tallied 47 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble…Ranked as the No. 4 ranked linebacker in the state by TriStateFootball.com…The Cardinals posted a combined 23-3 record over his final two prep seasons…He also tallied a pair of forced fumbles and notched a fumble recovery…His brother Chris is a current running back for the Skyhawks.
Colton Dowell, WR, 6-3, 190, Fr., Lebanon, Tenn. (Wilson Central HS)
Prepped at Wilson Central High School, playing for head coach Brad Dedman…Guided the Wildcats to a 8-3 record with a playoff berth in 2016…Tallied 44 receptions for 799 yards and five touchdowns…Averaged 18.2 yards per catch…Notched three 100-yard receiving games…Best game came against Lebanon where he tallied three catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns…Against Mount Juliet he tallied a career-high nine receptions for 133 yards and a touchdown…Named to the Region 6-3A all-region squad…Played in the 2016 Toyota East vs. West All-Star Game …Tallied six punt returns along with a pair of kick returners…Ranked as a two-star prospect by 247Sports.
Deashun Fields, RB, 6-1, 220, Fr., Dyersburg, Tenn. (Dyersburg HS)
Prepped at Dyersburg High School, playing for head coach Bart Stowe…Guided the Trojans to a 10-4 record with a playoff berth in 2016 before falling in the state quarterfinals…Named first team all-region, 7-3A Offensive Player of the Year and a team captain…As a junior, tallied 99 carries for 835 yards and 16 touchdowns…Tallied four 100-yard rushing performances while averaging 92.8 yards per game…Averaged 8.4 yards per carry…Played in the 2016 West Tennessee All-Star Game…Named to the TNHighSchoolFootball.com Class 3A all-state team.
John Ford Jr., LB, 6-3, 220, Fr., Nashville, Tenn. (John Overton HS)
Prepped at John Overton High School, playing for head coach Steve Williams…Guided the Bobcats to a 7-5 record with a playoff berth in 2016…Recorded 47 tackles, six sacks, four tackles for loss and an interception as a senior…Posted a career-best performance against Mount Juliet, tallying 18 tackles – including 14 solos…Named to the All-Region 3-6A team…Played in the 2016 Toyota East vs. West All-Star Game…Tallied 46 tackles – including five sacks and four tackles for loss as a junior.
Ladarius Galloway*, RB, 5-9, 185, Jr., Indianola, Miss. (Copiah-Lincoln CC)
Transfers to UT Martin from Co-Lin CC, where he played for head coach Glenn Davis…Led the Wolves to a 5-4 record in 2016…Ranked as a top-three rusher in the MACJC as he tallied 1,003 yards on 182 carries while scoring 10 touchdowns…Averaged 111.4 yards per game…Posted six 100-yard rushing games – including a career-high 184 yards against Pearl River CC…Tallied 14 receptions for 108 yards…Averaged 7.7 yards per catch…Earned MACJC second-team all-state honors…Tallied 89 carries for 500 yards and three touchdowns as a freshman…Prepped at Gentry High School, where he played for head coach Gregory Redd…He tallied 457 career carries for 4,725 yards and 40 touchdowns in his prep career for the Rams.
Andrew Kerobo, DL, 6-5, 265, Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio (Winton Woods HS)
Prepped at Winton Woods High School, playing for head coach Andre Parker…Guided the Warriors to a 5-5 record…Tallied 15 tackles and one sack in 2016…Played on both sides of the ball…Named to the Associated Press Division II Southwest District honorable mention team…Named a nominee for the 2016 Postseason All-Tri-State Football team…Considered a three-star prospect and the fifth-best defensive end in Ohio by Scout.com.
Christian LaBreche, TE, 6-6, 230, Fr., Brentwood, Tenn. (Brentwood HS)
Prepped at Brentwood High School, playing for head coach Ron Crawford…Guided the Bruins to a 9-5 record with a playoff berth in 2016…Played on both sides of the ball at tight end and linebacker…Tallied 38 receptions for 509 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior…Averaged 13.4 yards per catch…Notched 44 total tackles – including 19 solos – while tallying nine tackles for loss…Forced one fumble, tallied a fumble recovery and an interception…Ranked as a two-star tight end by 247Sports…Named to the TNHighSchoolFootball.com Class 5A all-state team…Tabbed to The Tennessean’s All-Midstate first team.
Peyton Logan, RB, 5-8, 170, Fr., Horn Lake, Miss. (Horn Lake HS)
Prepped at Horn Lake High School, playing for head coach Brad Boyette…Guided the Eagles to a 9-3 record in 2016…Played in eight games his senior year, tallying 81 carries for 614 yards and 10 touchdowns…Averaged 7.6 yards per carry… Posted a personal-best performance against Kirby, tallying 12 carries for 238 yards and five touchdowns…As a junior, tallied 175 carries for 1,234 yards and 10 touchdowns…Averaged 102.8 yards per game…Tallied 41 receptions for 617 yards and four touchdowns for his career…Played in the 68th annual Bernard Blackwell All-Star Classic…Named to the Commercial Appeal Pepsi Best of Preps Mississippi-Arkansas team.
Armunz Matthews*, DB, 6-0, 197, R-Fr., Tallahassee, Fla. (USF)
Transfers to UT Martin from South Florida, where he played for head coach Willie Taggart…Played in one game as a true freshman in 2016 against Northern Illinois…Prepped at North Florida Christian, where he played for head coach Robert Craft…Caught 38 passes for 545 yards and seven touchdowns…Played in 10 games on defense as a senior, totaling 14 tackles, three pass breakups and an interception returned 79 yards…Named to the Florida All-State Class 2A first team as a senior…Named to the 2015 All-Big Bend offense…Rated a three-star recruit by ESPN, 247Sports, Scout and Rivals out of high school.
Victor McClinton, WR , 6-2, 180, Fr., Eufaula, Ala. (Eufaula HS)
Prepped at Eufaula High School, playing for head coach Bryan Moore…Guided the Tigers to an 8-3 record with a playoff berth in 2016…Played in 11 games as a senior, tallying 27 receptions for 497 yards and four touchdowns…Averaged 18.4 yards per reception…Completed 3-of-4 passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns…Arguably his best game came against Headland where he tallied four receptions for 155 yards and two touchdowns to earn AHSAA Spotlight honors.
Quentin Montgomery, DB, 5-11, 180, Fr., Jacksonville, Fla. (First Coast HS)
Prepped at First Coast High School, playing for head coach Marty Lee… Ranked as a three-star recruit by 247Sports and a two-star recruit by Scout.com…Tabbed a 2017 Player to Watch by 904Preps.com…Named to the Florida/Georgia All-Star Game.
Wanya Moton, DB, 6-1, 190, Fr., Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Oakland HS)
Prepped at Oakland High School, playing for head coach Kevin Creasy…Guided the Patriots to a 14-1 record and finished state runner-up in Class 6A in 2016…Tallied 28 tackles and three interceptions as a senior…For his career he tallied 90 total tackles – including 36 solos – while recording five pass breakups, five interceptions and a fumble recovery…Scored a 30-yard rushing touchdown while also competing 3-of-3 pass attempts for 72 yards and a touchdown…Made the Tennessee Select 7-on-7 squad.
Christian Philpott*, WR, 6-3, 220, R-So., Tallahassee, Fla. (Georgia Tech)
Transfers to UT Martin from Georgia Tech, where he played for head coach Paul Johnson…Played in three games as a redshirt freshman in 2016, tallying one reception for nine yards against Vanderbilt…Prepped at North Florida Christian, where he played for head coach Robert Craft…Was a three-year captain while playing receiver, free safety and on special teams…Was named 2014 Class 2A Player of the Year while earning Class 2A first team all-state selections as both a junior and senior…Caught 44 passes for 902 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior…Finished career with 111 receptions for 2,070 yards and 21 touchdowns…Played in 2014 FACA North South All-Star Game…Also lettered four years in track, winning state championships in the 200m and 400m dash en route to all-state honors…Owns school track records in 200m (21.45) and 400m (48.17).
Deven Sims, DB, 6-2, 195, Fr., Smyrna, Tenn. (Smyrna HS)
Prepped at Smyrna High School, playing for head coach Matt Williams…Guided the Bulldogs to a 6-5 record with a playoff berth in 2016…Played primarily in the secondary while also seeing time at running back in his career…Tallied 89 total tackles as a senior – including 61 solo stops…Averaged 8.1 tackles per game…Tallied three interceptions, three pass breakups and blocked a pair of punts…Finished his career with 129 total tackles, one sack and five interceptions…Posted 28 career carries for 145 yards and a touchdown…Named to the All-Region 2-6A football team…Played in the 2016 Toyota East vs. West All-Star Game.
Teeshaun Turpin, DL, 6-4, 260, Fr., Cleveland, Ohio (Glenville HS)
Prepped at Glenville High School, playing for head coach Theodore Ginn…Guided the Tarblooders to a 7-4 record with a playoff berth in 2016…Named a Senate League All-Star…Tabbed to the Associated Press All-Northeast Lakes District second team offense…Participated in the Nike Football “The Opening Rating Days”.
Kylan Watkins, RB, 6-0, 175, Fr., Memphis, Tenn. (Whitehaven HS)
Prepped at Whitehaven High School, playing for head coach Rodney Saulsberry…Guided the Tigers to a perfect 15-0 record and an ultimate Class 6A state championship in 2016…Tallied 247 carries for 1,984 yards and 31 touchdowns as a senior…Averaged 141.7 yards per game…Notched a dozen 100-yard rushing performances…Caught 13 receptions for 343 yards and five touchdowns…In his junior and senior year combined he tallied 546 carries for 4,025 yards and 50 touchdowns…Named MaxPreps Player of the Game 12 times during his senior season…Named a finalist for 2016 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football 6A Offensive Back Award…Ranked a two-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals… Named to the TNHighSchoolFootball.com Class 6A all-state team.
Deylon Williams, LB, 6-2, 250, Fr., Smyrna, Tenn. (Smyrna HS)
Prepped at Smyrna High School, playing for head coach Matt Williams…Guided the Bulldogs to a 6-5 record with a playoff berth in 2016…Posted 81 total tackles – including 55 solo stops…Averaged 8.1 tackles per game…Recorded a sack and a fumble recovery as a senior…Missed his entire junior season due to injury…Finished his career with 149 total tackles, one sack, an interception and a fumble recovery…Ranked as a two-star recruit by Rivals…Tabbed Region 4-6A All-Region Offensive Player of the Year and first team offense…Named to the Daily News Journal All-Area second team…Named to the All-Region 2-6A team… Played in the 2016 Toyota East vs. West All-Star Game…Played in the 15th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Football game.
Dresser Winn, QB, 6-3, 195, Fr., Dresden, Tenn. (Dresden HS)
Prepped at Dresden High School, playing for head coach Derek Rang…Guided the Lions to a perfect 16-0 record and the program’s first Class 1A state championship in 2016…Completed 145-of-196 passes for 2,928 yards with 38 touchdowns and just two interceptions as a senior…Also rushed 90 times for 893 yards and 13 touchdowns…Tabbed Offensive MVP in the state championship…Named to the 2016 TNHighSchoolFootball.com Class AA all-state team…Won Region 7A Best Offensive Player Award…Completed 137-of-191 passes for 2,630 yards and 38 touchdowns while rushing 82 times for 739 yards and six touchdowns as a junior…Named 2015 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football 1A Offensive Back Award…Selected as All-West Tennessee Football Offensive Player of the Year…Tabbed All-West Tennessee first team offense...Ranked as a three-star recruit by 247Sports and two-star by Rivals and Scout…Selected to play in the 2016 Toyota East vs. West All-Star Game...Three-sport athlete with baseball and basketball.
Takeem Young, DB, 6-1, 165, Fr., Greeneville, Tenn. (Greeneville HS)
Prepped at Greeneville High School, playing for head coach Caine Ballard…Guided the Green Devils to a 11-1 record with a playoff berth in 2016…Tallied 42 tackles, six pass breakups and five interceptions…Doubling as a wide receiver, he tallied 28 receptions for 477 yards and eight touchdowns…Named Region 1-4A Player of the Year along all-region honors…Selected as 2016 Greene County Defensive Player of the Year…Tabbed to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Class 4A all-state team…Named to All-PrepXtra second team defense… Played in the 2016 Toyota East vs. West All-Star Game…Placed second in the TSSAA Spring Fling State Track and Field Championships in the decathlon event.