THIBODAUX, La. – Nicholls State University head football coach Tim Rebowe released the names of the 2017 recruiting class on Wednesday afternoon at the Colonels’ Signing Day Press Conference presented by Rotolo’s at the Harold J. Callais Memorial Recreation Center.
Rebowe, in his third season at the helm of the Colonel program, revealed the 12-member class, which included three mid-year signees and nine local Louisiana high school recruits. While Rebowe has continued to bring in student-athletes from the region, he specifically targeted New Orleans as five recruits came from the greater New Orleans area.
The mid-year signees include two linemen – one offense and one defense – and a kicker. Joining Nicholls next season from the junior college ranks are – Bradston Burnside (Hattiesburg, Miss./Hattiesburg/East Central CC), Lorran Fonseca (Hercules, Calif./Hercules/Contra Costa CC) and Demetrius Gleaton (Pope, Miss./South Panola/East Mississippi CC).
With the large recruiting classes from 2015 and 2016, the program was limited in numbers for this year’s group. Headlining the signees are all-state honorees Dontaze Costly (St. James, La./St. James), Dai’Jean Dixon (New Orleans/Edna Karr) and Danquan Edwards (New Orleans/De La Salle). The rest of the group – Hunter Bell (Chalmette/Chalmette), Kohen Granier (Destrehan/Destrehan), Grid Isidore, Jr. (Slidell/Salmen), David Mosley (Metairie/Archbishop Rummel), Everett Rodrigue (Houma/Terrebonne) and Zach Trahan (Houma/Vandebilt Catholic) – received several accolades including all-district and all-region.
The Colonels will begin spring practice on Friday, March 17, and their annual Spring Game is scheduled for Tuesday, April 11.
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NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL 2017 SIGNING CLASS
MID YEAR (3)
Bradston Burnside, OL, 6-3, 285, Hattiesburg, Miss., (Hattiesburg/East Central CC)
Lorran Fonseca, K, 5-11, 175, Hercules, Calif. (Hercules/Contra Costa CC)
Demetrius Gleaton, OL, 6-3, 295, Pope, Miss. (South Panola/East Mississippi CC)
HIGH SCHOOL SIGNEES (9)
Hunter Bell, DE, 6-3, 255, Chalmette, La. (Chalmette)
Dontaze Costly, WR, 6-1, 180, St. James, La. (St. James)
Dai’Jean Dixon, WR, 6-4, 200, New Orleans (Edna Karr)
Danquan Edwards, DL, 6-2, 275, New Orleans (De La Salle)
Kohen Granier, QB, 6-1, 190, Destrehan, La. (Destrehan)
Grid Isidore, Jr., DB, 6-0, 185, Slidell, La. (Salmen)
David Mosley, TE, 6-2, 245, Metairie, La. (Archbishop Rummel)
Everett Rodrigue, OL, 6-4, 290, Houma, La. (Terrebonne)
Zach Trahan, OL, 6-1, 280, Houma, La. (Vandebilt Catholic)
NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL 2017 SIGNING DAY BIOS
MID YEAR (3)
Bradston Burnside OL 6-3 285 Hattiesburg, Miss. (Hattiesburg/East Central CC)
Two-year starter… earned MACJC (Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges) All-State and First-Team All-Conference as a senior… part of an offense that averaged 31.1 points and 218.5 yards rushing… in his junior season ECCC finished No. 15 in the country after going 8-3, which was the team’s best record since 1999… ECCC defeated No. 20 Kilgore in the 2015 C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl… named to ECCC Dean’s List.
Lorran Fonseca K 5-11 175 Hercules, Calif. (Hercules/Contra Costa CC)
Rated as a five-star kicker, ranking No. 11 nationally in the class of 2017 by Chris Sailer Kicking… member of Chris Sailer’s Senior JC / Top 12 kickers for 2017… was 2016 Vegas XXVIII Junior College Field Goal Champion and Last Man Standing Field Goal Champion… 2016 CA Summer Camp Kickoff Champion and Summer Camp Overall Champion… won 2017 Vegas XXIX Class of 2017/JC FG Last Man Standing Competition… averaged 68 yards and a 3.89 hang time to win 2017 XXIX Vegas Class of 2017/JC Kickoff Championship… transfered from Contra Costa Community College where he was a member of the 2015 Northern California All-Conference Football Team and Special Teams MVP for the Comets… was an all-district performer as a kicker and punter at Hercules… was Kohls Kickings No. 4 rated kicker and No. 15 rated punter for the class of 2014.
Demetrius Gleaton OL 6-3 295 Pope, Miss. (South Panola/East Mississippi CC)
Spent two seasons at offensive guard at East Mississippi Community College… played mostly right guard as a freshman before moving over to the left side during his sophomore season… helped lead the Lions to a two-year composite record of 19-2, including an MACJC (Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges) State/Region 23 championship… team earned a No. 2 final ranking in the NJCAA Top 20 poll in 2016… member of South Panola High School’s 2014 and 2012 Class 6A state championship teams… played in the 2014 Bernard Blackwell Classic All-Star Game for the North team.
HIGH SCHOOL SIGNEES (9)
Hunter Bell DE 6-3 255 Chalmette, La. (Chalmette)
Played football and baseball for the Owls… earned First Team 8-5A All-District at tight end as a senior… had had receptions for 148 yards and two touchdowns… also played on the defensive line, where he had 34 tackles, 2.0 sacks and six tackles for loss… played in the Orleans vs. Jefferson All-Star game… received Second Team-All District in 2015 at defensive end… also earned all-district honors in baseball as a junior after hitting .295 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs.
Dontaze Costly WR 6-1 180 St. James, La. (St. James)
Garnered Louisiana Sports Writers Association 3A All-State honorable mention in 2016… earned The Courier/Daily Comet All-Region First Team and First Team 9-3A All-District… in his senior season, led the Wildcats to an 8-3 record and an appearance in the state tournament… team made the state championship game in 2015 and finished with an 11-4 record… had 110 career receptions for 1,920 yards (17.8 ypc) and 29 touchdowns.
Dai’Jean Dixon WR 6-4 200 New Orleans (Edna Karr)
Received Louisiana Sports Writers Association 4A All-State honorable mention… named New Orleans Advocate All-Metro honorable mention… tallied 42 receptions for 1,004 yards and eight touchdowns… helped guide the Cougars to an undefeated campaign and a Class 4A state title in 2016… received all-district honorable mention as a junior after recording 23 receptions for 346 yards and three TDs… Karr also made the title game in 2015… plays basketball for the Cougars.
Danquan Edwards DL 6-2 275 New Orleans (De La Salle)
Received Louisiana Football Coaches Association Class 3A Second Team All-State and Louisiana Sports Writers Association 4A All-State honorable mention in 2016… was a two-time NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune All-Metro honoree… received New Orleans Advocate All-Metro honors… named First Team 9-3A All-District and LA Football Magazine Second Team All-Defense… had 70 tackles, 10 sacks and a touchdown his senior year for the district champion Cavaliers… helped lead the Cavaliers to an undefeated regular season and the top seed in the Division II state tournament… named to 2016 Clarion Herald’s Elite Football Team… ranked No. 42 on NOLA.com’s Nifty 50… is rated as a two-star recruit by Scout.com.
Kohen Granier QB 6-1 190 Destrehan, La. (Destrehan)
Played football and baseball for the Wildcats… named 7-5A District MVP in 2015… quarterbacked the Wildcats to an appearance in the state title game in 2014… team won district titles in all four of his years… in his two-year career, completed 231 of 383 passes for 3,765 yards and 47 touchdowns. Also rushed 64 times for 451 yards and five scores… rated two stars and No. 101 player in Louisiana by 247 Sports… also ranks as the No. 63 dual-threat quarterback in the country.
Grid Isidore, Jr. DB 6-0 185 Slidell, La. (Salmen)
Earned Second Team 8-4A All-District for the Spartans… was named team’s defensive player of the year… finished with 63 solo tackles, 17 assisted stops and three interceptions.
David Mosley TE 6-2 245 Metairie, La. (Archbishop Rummel)
Earned First Team 9-5A All-District as a senior for the Raiders… named to 2016 Clarion Herald’s Elite Football Team… selected to LA Football Magazine Second Team All-Offense… versatile member of the Rummel offense, playing tight end and on the offensive line… helped lead the Raiders to a district title in 2015… Rummel went 7-4 in 2016 and reached the state quarterfinals… was rated as a two-star recruit by Scout.com and 247 Sports… 247’s No. 124 player in Louisiana.
Everett Rodrigue OL 6-4 290 Houma, La. (Terrebonne)
Started at tackle and guard for the Tigers… named Second Team 7-5A All-District as a senior… played in the Max Emfinger All-Star Football Game for the West team, earning the Offensive Line MVP… earned all-district as a junior… also powerlifted, earning two first-place finishes at 2016 Invitational and one in 2015… took fourth in state in 4H Shooting in 2015 and 10th in 2014.
Zach Trahan OL 6-1 280 Houma, La. (Vandebilt Catholic)
Garnered The Courier/Daily Comet All-Region First Team… named First Team 7-4A All-District… helped lead the Terriers to an 8-3 record in 2016… also plays baseball and was the VCHS Home Run Derby Champion.