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Towson football brings in great recruiting class

Kevin Olsen was one of the top quarterback prospects of the 2013 recruiting class but will transfer to Towson.

Kevin Olsen was one of the top quarterback prospects of the 2013 recruiting class but will transfer to Towson.

Despite one year away from the national spotlight, Towson’s football program has capitalized on it’s 2013 national championship appearance and will be bringing in a spetacular 2015 class.

The new class features 18 players, including transfers from Division I powers Miami and Penn State. During the announcement, Towson head coach made sure to say there are more on the way, but on signing way they inked 18 new players.

Kevin Olsen to Richy Anderson might be a common occurrence the next three years. Olsen, a former four-star recruit from the 2013 class, who was ranked as high as No. 4 nationally in 2013, will be transferring to Towson from Miami. That news was known in mid-December but the former Under Armour All-American and brother of Pro Bowl Tight End Greg Olsen, was able to make it official on Wednesday.

Olsen will be looking at Towson as a second chance. He was suspended three times with the Hurricanes and dismissed from the team after being charged with a DUI and possession of a fake ID.

Anderson surprisingly transferred out of Penn State and initially transferred to Temple but the Frederick, MD native who helped Governor Thomas Johnson High school to the Class 3A state championship game, is going to Towson. Anderson came out of high school as a three-star recruited and No. 19 running back.

Linebacker D’Angelo Niller joins Towson after spending two seasons at ASA Junior College. He posted 93 tackles and 11 sacks in two seasons. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder from Upper Marlboro had 132 tackles, nine sacks and two interceptions during his senior season at Wise High School.

Christian Summers is a big wide receiver who played two seasons at Valley Forge Military College. the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder caught 98 passes for 1,854 yards and 20 touchdowns in two years.

Of the freshman coming in, Towson mostly added to their defense.

Diondre Wallace, a 6-foot, 240-pound linebacker from Arundel High School, was a first team all-state and metro selection and led Arundel in tackled as a four-year starter on varsity. He has great size for the position. When announced he had signed a National Letter of Intent it was said he could also be used as a blocking back.

Chris Tedder, a 6-foot, 215-pound linebacker from Varina High School in Henrico, Va., was a two-time first-team all-conference selection and recorded 92 tackles and five sacks as a senior.

Malik Tyne is a very athletic prospect from the John Carroll School. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder played running back and linebacker in his only season but excelled in both. The Canadian born athlete scored six touchdowns last year and also plays basketball. He is expected to play linebacker.

Trey Lee and Isaiah Ross have signed on as safeties. Lee, from Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf, Md, rushed for 1,300 yards and 20 touchdowns in his varsity career as well as 190 tackles. Ross, from Piscataway, N.J., recorded 82 tackles, five picks, six pass breakups and forced two fumbles as a senior. He also saw time at receiver and punt returner.

Columbia, Md native and St. Frances Academy prospect Justice Pettus-Dixon was ranked as the 34th best recruit in the state of Maryland by Rivals.com. He was a three-star recruit by ESPN and will play cornerback for the Tigers next year.

Lyrics Klugh, is listed as a cornerback but is an incredible dangerous return man out of Lyman, S.C. At Byrnes High School, he totaled over 2,000 career return yards and ran 10 kickoffs back for touchdowns, including a 98-yarder.

6-foot-2, 260-pound Quinn Cox of Arlington, Va, is the long defensive lineman to sign. He was a second-team all-state player in Virginia and posted 17.5 sacks as a senior for Yorktown High School. He has 36 tackles for a loss in 2014

On offense, the Tigers added two lineman and a couple athletes. Cobi Rose was a second team all-state and all-metro selection in 2014 at Islip High School in Islip, N.Y. He also played on defense but tallied 65 pancake blocks on the line as a senior. Nick Carnesale was a first team all-conference player at Hammonton High School from Hammonton, N.J. He helped lead his team to the playoffs all three years he was on varsity.

Jay Galloway and Keon Paye both signed on as wide receivers. Galloway hails from Rockwall, Texas, where at Rockwall High School he was a first-team all-district player and member of an undefeated district championship team. He caught 31 passes for 730 yards as a senior and averaged 21.5 yards per catch with 10 touchdowns. At 6-foot-2, he could be a big redzone threat, especially considering that he is an area finalist in the high jump.

Paye, from Columbia, Md and Good Counsel High School, was a first team all-state and second-team all-metro after catching 64 passes for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior.

The two listed athletes who will eventually find a position that bests suits them are Brent Richardson from Cooksville, Md and Glenelg High School and Shane Simpson from Easton, Pa.

Richardson captained Glenelg’s 2014 Maryland 3A semifinalist team and rushed for 1,251 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior. Simpson was a first team all-state player in Pennsylvania and finished with 85 career touchdowns and over 6,000 total yards. As a senior he scored 41 times. He was also a state finalist in the 100-meter dash last spring.

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