(STATS) - Charleston Southern reacted quickly when coach Jamey Chadwell resigned on Jan. 8, naming quarterbacks coach Mark Tucker as the team's new leader just hours later.
Tucker thinks his staff reacted quickly with its recruiting class over the next three weeks. The Buccaneers solidified a 21-member class on Wednesday, a well-rounded group that included a three-star safety in Terrell Powell from Tallahassee, Florida.
"This has potential to be one of our best classes," said Tucker, who had been part of Chadwell's staff the last four seasons. "We've helped ourselves a great deal and we obviously feel like we've hit on our needs and created some depth on our roster. Like any class, you never really know until they get on campus, but we feel very good about the young men and their families that are entering our program."
The Buccaneers recruited hard in Florida, drawing eight recruits, and within the borders of South Carolina, keeping seven recruits within the state. They didn't sign a quarterback in the class.
"It's always been very important to us to make sure we recruit the state of South Carolina," Tucker said. "If we have an opportunity to keep young men in state, we do that. Florida has been very good to us over the years, especially up front defensively. Georgia has been good as well. We also extended into North Carolina and have some young men we're very excited about. Success has a way of boosting the recruiting dynamic of the school and the school's mission plays a huge part in that."
Charleston Southern is coming off a 7-4 season and a share of its second straight Big South title. The Bucs finished 15th in the STATS FCS Top 25.
Charleston Southern 2017 Signing Class
D'Andra Thompson, OL, 6-3, 250, Orangeburg, S.C. (Orangeburg-Wilkinson)
Elijah Henry, RB, 5-10, 170, Charlotte, N.C. (Rocky River)
*James Allen, DB, 5-8, 160, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas/UMass)
John Chiaramonte, Jr., TE, 6-2, 238, Clearwater Beach, Fla. (Clearwater Central/Air Force Prep)
Daviyon McDaniel, OL, 6-3, 265, Sumter, S.C. (Sumter)
Ryan Hiller, OL, 6-1, 280, Blythewood, S.C. (Westwood)
Kale Rhame, TE, 6-4, 205, Chapin, S.C. (Chapin)
Dale Foster, WR, 5-11, 175, St. Petersburg, Fla. (Pinellas Park)
Tah'shim Knight, LB, 5-10, 215, St. Petersburg, Fla. (Northside Christian)
Kyle Syvarth, LB, 6-1, 205, Marietta, Ga. (Lassiter)
Jamari Dunbar, RB, 5-8, 192, Bamberg, S.C. (Bamberg-Ehrhardt)
Shaundre Mims, DL, 6-0, 228, Vanceboro, N.C. (West Craven)
Terrell Powell, DB, 5-9, 185, Tallahassee, Fla. (North Florida Christian)
Brandon Smith, WR, 5-8, 175, Powder Springs, Ga. (McEachern)
Sekwan Jenkins, DB, 6-0, 182, Columbia, S.C. (Blythewood)
Alex Usry, PK, 5-10, 185, McDonough, Ga. (Eagles Landing Christian Academy)
B.J. Daniels-Sanders, RB, 5-8, 188, Rocky Mount, N.C. (Rocky Mount)
Anton Williams, LB, 6-3, 215, Marianna, Fla. (Marianna)
Ronald Freeman, DL, 6-0, 270, Sebastian, Fla. (Sebastian River)
Kenny Spiller, DL, 6-1, 270, Miami (Miami Palmetto)
J.T. Melton, OL, 6-2, 285, Chesterfield, S.C. (Dillon)
* - Transfer