Quarles Announces December Signing Class
Quarles Announces December Signing Class
Friday, December 23, 2022

Bucs land nine in December signing period

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Dec. 23, 2022) – East Tennessee State University football head coach George Quarles and his staff announced on Friday the signing of nine Buccaneers during the December signing period.

The class features six defensive players and three offensive players. Of the six on the defensive side, two are defensive linemen, two linebackers and two defensive backs, while on offense, the Bucs are bringing in a running back, offensive lineman and wide receiver. Three players are FBS transfers and six are high school signees.  

“We are very excited to add some new members to the Buc family,” said Quarles. “We were able to add some speed and playmaking ability on the perimeter, and some size and strength to the interior. Most importantly, we added some good young men to our program who also happen to be good players. We were able to address some needs as we continue to build towards the ‘23 season.”

Below are bios of the players ETSU signed on Friday. 

Ray Coney – 6’3” – 220 – Linebacker – Fairfield, Ohio (Fairfield HS)

  • Multi-sport athlete at Fairfield High School
  • Lettered in football and basketball
  • Named team Defensive Player of the Year
  • Earned second team south Ohio district honors
  • First team Greater Miami Conference selection and second team all-city
  • Recorded 52 tackles in his junior season
  • Had offers from Army, Navy, Air Force and Bowling Green 

Brenden LeBlanc – 6’0” – 245 – Defensive Line – Marrero, La. (Brother Martin HS)

  • Four-year letterwinner at Brother Martin High School
  • Two-time all-district selection
  • Posted 90 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks
  • Recorded 33 tackles, six tackles for loss, four sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery his junior year
  • Led the Crusaders to the state championship game – the first time in 33 years the program made an appearance in the title game
  • Broke the football team’s bench press program record
  • Dad (Michael) played football at Nicholls State … Dad is also an assistant coach at Brother Martin 

Christian Mathis – 5’9” – 170 – Wide Receiver – Marietta, Ga. (Marietta HS)

  • Two-sport athlete at Marietta High School
  • Lettered in football and baseball
  • Finished his career with 125 receptions, 2,500 yards and 30 touchdowns
  • First team all-state selection
  • Father (Mark) played football at Liberty and professionally with the St. Louis Cardinals, Miami Dolphins and Edmonton Eskimos … His brother (Jordan) played at Western Carolina 

Robert McNeal – 5’11” – 170 – Defensive Back – Bowdon, Ga. (Bowdon HS)

  • Played at Bowdon High School
  • Led the Red Devils to a Georgia 1A Division I state championship – program’s first state championship since 1992
  • Won three straight region titles
  • Dual-threat quarterback and defensive back at Bowdon
  • Rushed and threw for two touchdowns in the title game as Bowdon finished with a 14-1 record
  • Had 86 rushing yards and was 4-of-6 for 79 yards passing, while recording three solo tackles and a pass break up in the state championship game
  • Finished the season with 1,263 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns, while he threw for 1,312 yards and 13 touchdowns
  • Named Region 7-A Offensive Player of the Year
  • Had offers from UMass and Navy 

Elijah Taylor – 6’2” – 215 – Linebacker – Gadsden, Ala. (Gadsden City HS)

  • Three-sport athlete at Gadsden City High School
  • Lettered in football, basketball and baseball
  • Helped lead Gadsden City to an undefeated season in region play
  • Brother Isaiah played at Alabama 

Braxton Wilson – 6’1” – 290 – Defensive Line – Fayetteville, Tenn. (Fayetteville HS)

  • Two-sport athlete at Fayetteville High School
  • Lettered in football and baseball
  • Helped guide the Tigers to the 2020 state championship
  • Totaled 65 tackles, 10 sacks, 18 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles his senior season
  • Played on four region champion teams at Fayetteville
  • The Tigers went 10-0 in the 2022 regular season to capture the Region 5-1A title
  • Earned all-state and all-region honors
  • Played in the 2022 Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association East-West All-Star Classic 


Zach Borisch – 6’0” – 200 – Running Back – Kennewick, Wash. (University of Idaho)

  • Transfer from University of Idaho
  • Played in 19 career games for the Vandals, totaling 792 rushing yards on 168 carries and seven touchdowns … Saw time at quarterback where he was 25-for-48 for for 446 yards and three touchdowns
  • Played in 11 games in 2021 where he rushed for 502 yards and five touchdowns
  • Rushed for a season-high 119 yards against Eastern Washington on Oct. 16, 2021
  • Had two rushing touchdowns at UC Davis on Oct. 2, 2021
  • Made his first collegiate start at quarterback against Eastern Washington on April 10, 2021 … Rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns against the No. 9 Eagles, marking the second-most rushing yards by a quarterback in school history
  • Led the Vandals during the spring season with 283 yards on the ground, averaging 141.5 yards per game
  • Played at Kamiakin High School where he was named Washington 3A Player of the Year
  • Led Kamiakin to the program’s first state title in his senior season, scoring the game-winning touchdown in the championship game
  • Finished runner-up for state Player of the Year across all divisions
  • State qualifier in wrestling and track
  • Decorated judoka, earning bronze medals while representing Team USA at the 2016 Junior Pan-American Games and 2017 Flanders Cup 

Jamison Collier – 6’2” – 200 – Safety – Snellville, Ga. (Ohio University)

  • Transfer from Ohio University
  • Has one year of eligibility remaining
  • Played in 22 career games for the Bobcats
  • Registered 40 career tackles at Ohio
  • Led the team with 19 tackles (15 solo, four assisted) in 2020 (three games played)
  • Finished with 19 tackles (14 solo) in 2021
  • Set career highs with eight tackles (seven solo) against Central Michigan on Nov. 4, 2020
  • Played at Brookwood High School where he totaled 96 tackles, five pass deflections and three interceptions his senior year
  • Finished his high school career with 267 tackles, 18 pass deflections, four sacks, four interceptions, while also adding 30 receptions and six touchdowns 

Luke Slusher – 6’4” – 285 – Offensive Line – Edgewood, Ky. (Western Kentucky University)

  • Transfer from Western Kentucky University
  • Will have all four years of eligibility with ETSU
  • Played at Beechwood High School in Edgewood, Ky.
  • Three-star recruit by 247 Sports
  • Had offers from Air Force, Eastern Michigan, Eastern Kentucky and Furman coming out of high school

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