ODU football snags 17 during early signing period

Head coach Bobby Wilder and the ODU football team. (Roger Steinman/ODU Athletics)
Head coach Bobby Wilder and the ODU football team. (Roger Steinman/ODU Athletics)

Old Dominion University football signed 17 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, ODU head coach Bobby Wilder announced.

“We are very excited with our first ever December signing class. We feel like we have quality student-athletes joining our team. We have good size in this class at a number of positions. We will continue to fill out this class with the second signing period in February,” ODU head coach Bobby Wilder said. “A big thank you to our tremendous support staff and our professors on campus that took time to show the kids and families everything Old Dominion University has to offer.”

The Monarchs signed 10 offensive players, six defensive players and a specialist.

Name Position Ht. Wt. Hometown/Previous School
Donta Anthony Jr. TE 6-6 215 Oxon Hill, Md./Potomac
Lance Boykin CB 6-2 180 High Point, N.C./High Point Christian
Diego Cervantes OL 6-2 280 Sacramento, Calif./Elk Grove/American River CC
Damion Charity S 6-0 180 Hampton, Va./Phoebus
Nigel Fitzgerald WR 6-5 210 Greensboro, N.C./Dudley
Kenny Gardner III CB 6-2 180 Silver Spring, Md./Blake
Broughton Hatcher LS 6-5 250 Jefferson, S.C./Central
Cornell Hendrick WR 6-1 160 Warrenton, N.C./Warren County
Oshea Jackson DE 6-5 235 Philadelphia, Pa./Imhotep Institute
Will Knight RB 5-10 210 Germantown, Pa./Smyrna (Del.)
Sokoya McDuffie DT 6-5 275 Florence, S.C./South Florence
Aaron Moore WR 6-2 160 Dumfries, Va./Potomac
Justinn Richardson S 6-1 180 Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna
Nick Saldiveri OL 6-6 284 Monroe, N.C./Parkwood
Isaiah Spencer QB 6-5 205 Gloucester, Va./Gloucester
Blake Watson WR 5-9 170 Cary, N.C./Green Hope
AC White TE 6-3 210 Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg

Donta Anthony Jr. – 6-6, 215 – TE – Oxon Hill, Md./Potomac
A two-star recruit by 247 sports … Recorded 15 catches for 142 yards and a touchdown as a senior … Ranked as the No. 49 recruit in Maryland.
Other Schools Considered: Bowling Green

Lance Boykin – 6-2, 180 – DB – High Point, N.C./High Point Christian
A two-star recruit by 247 sports … Recorded 99 tackles and 14 interceptions in his career at High Point Christian … Also rushed for 1,560 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Other Schools Considered: Purdue, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Liberty 

Diego Cervantes – 6-2, 280 – OL – Sacramento, Calif./Elk Grove/American River CC
Earned Junior College first-team All-American honors this season … First-Team All-Northern California Conference on the offensive line … Helped American River average nearly 50 points and 500 yards of offense per game … Helped ARC to a 10-2 record and berth in the NCFC Championship game.

Damion Charity – 6-0, 160 – S – Hampton, Va./Phoebus
Earned first-team all-district and all-region honors … A two-time All-American on the track team … Member of state championship track and field squad.
Other Schools Considered: Charlotte, Florida Atlantic

Nigel Fitzgerald – 6-5, 210 – WR – Greensboro, N.C./Dudley
A three-star recruit by 247 sports … As a senior at Dudley, had 51 receptions for 973 yards and 15 touchdowns … Helped the team to a 10-3 record … Caught 25 passes for 462 yards and six touchdowns as a junior … Helped Dudley to a state championship as a junior.
Other Schools Considered: Virginia, Wisconsin, Appalachian State, Army, Buffalo, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Marshall, Miami (Ohio), Navy

Kenny Gardner III – 6-2, 180 – CB – Silver Spring, Md./Blake Recorded 40 tackles and four interceptions in his senior year at Blake … Tallied 18 tackles and five interceptions as a junior … Ranked as the No. 36 recruit in Maryland.
Other Schools Considered: Central Conn., Morgan State

Broughton Hatcher – 6-5, 250 – LS – Jefferson, S.C./Central
Ranked as the No. 6 long snapper in the country by Kohl’s Kicking Camps … Was the fifth ranked long snapper at the National Scholarship Camp … Selected to play in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl.
Other Schools Considered: Georgia

Cornell Hendrick – 6-1, 160 – WR – Warrenton, N.C./Warren County
Selected to play in the prestigious Blue-Grey All-American Bowl in Dallas, Texas … As a senior, caught 53 passes for 775 yards and seven touchdowns, while rushing 29 times for 246 yards and four touchdowns … Totaled 49 tackles and nine interceptions this year … Two-time football team MVP, was named team MVP for the basketball team as a junior.
Other Schools Considered: Elon

Oshea Jackson – 6-5, 235 – DE – Philadelphia, Pa./Imhotep Institute
A two-star recruit by 247 sports … Ranked as the No. 53 recruit in Pennsylvania … Helped lead Imhotep Charter to a 13-2 record and berth in the state championship game.
Other Schools Considered: Temple

Will Knight – 5-10, 210 – RB – Germantown, Pa./Smyrna (Del.)
Delaware High School all-time leading rusher with 6,490 yards and rushed for 97 touchdowns … Had 217 carries for 2,164 yards and 32 touchdowns as a senior … Had a pair of 2,000 yard seasons at Smyrna … Also had 78 career receptions for 1,722 yards and 20 touchdowns … Delaware Gatorade High School Player of the Year … Earned first-team all-state at running back … Helped lead Smyrna to three-straight state championships.
Other Schools Considered: Akron, Bowling Green

Aaron Moore – 6-2, 160 – WR – Dumfries, Va./Potomac
A two-star recruit by 247 sports … Ranked as the No. 42 recruit in Virginia … Caught eight passes for 199 yards and a touchdown as a junior.
Other Schools Considered: Howard

Sokoya McDuffie – 6-5, 275 – DT – Florence, S.C./South Florence
Played in the North Carolina vs. South Carolina Shrine Bowl All-Star Game … Had 58 tackles and 12 tackles for loss as a senior at South Florence.

Justinn Richardson – 6-1, 180 – S – Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna Prep
Ranked as a two-star recruit by 247 sports … Recorded 64 tackles and five interceptions as a senior … Helped lead Chaminade-Madonna Prep to a 3A Florida State Championship.

Nick Saldiveri – 6-6, 284 – OL – Monroe, N.C/Parkwood
A two-star recruit by 247 sports … Earned first-team All-Southern Carolina’s Conference … Also on the track and field team throwing the shot put and discus.
Other Schools Considered: Richmond

Isaiah Spencer – 6-5, 205 – QB – Gloucester, Va./Gloucester
A two-star recruit by 247 sports … Named All-Peninsula District Offensive Player of the Year and earned first-team honors at quarterback.
Other Schools Considered: Virginia, Marshall

Blake Watson – 5-9, 170 – WR – Cary, N.C./Green Hope
A two-star recruit by 247 sports … Had 106 receptions for 1,885 yards and 25 touchdowns in his career at Green Hope … Earned Tri-6 All-Conference honors … Helped Green Hope to a 10-3 record, Tri-6 Championship and advance to the state quarterfinals.
Other Schools Considered: Charlotte, East Carolina, WKU

A.C. White – 6-3, 210 – TE – Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg
A two-star recruit by 247 Sports … Ranked as the No. 36 player in Virginia … Earned all-conference and all-region honors … Played quarterback at Harrisonburg High School.
Other Schools Considered: East Tennessee State, Howard

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