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Recapping Troy’s 2019 Recruiting Class

New coach steps in but the machine keeps chugging

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Coach Neal Brown managed to secure a historically good Trojan class before leaving for Morgantown, and new Coach Chip Lindsay managed to add several more pieces to the 2019 Troy Trojan class.

This Class is Loaded With… Receivers

With the top three pass catchers graduated off last year’s class, receiver was a point of emphasis in this class as five players were signed. Kaylon Geiger is a JUCO transfer after leading all JUCO receivers in catches last year with 70. Also joining from the JUCO ranks are 6-4 Khalil McClain, the classes highest ranked player, and 6-5 Reggie Todd. This group will be expected to come in and make an impact immediately. Filling out the position were three-star signees Donovan Curry and Jaden Warren.

This Class is Light On… Linebackers

Ahdarrious Gee is a stud as the 25th ranked inside linebacker in the country and a great get for the program, but this marks the second year in which the Trojans have only signed one true linebacker. Now the obvious solution is to convert some of the defensive ends the way Antonio Showers has been moved around from last year’s class, but this puts an added stress on player development. Coach Lindsay has said they intend to run a similar defensive system, one that requires four linebackers on the field. It’s not a huge issue, but one to keep a look at over the next couple of years.

Player to Step in Immediately… Koby Perry, S

Cedarius Rookard is off to the NFL, graduating as a 1st Team All SBC safety. You’d be pressed to find a harder hitting safety in the conference as he was an intimidator over the middle of the field and in the run game. Melvin Tyus will return to one safety spot and Will Sunderland, a former OU recruit, saw action last season, but Koby Perry is a JUCO recruit who’s highlight reel is full of bone-crushing hits. He showed little hesitation to coming up from the third level to lay wood, and should be competing for a starter’s spot right out of the gate.

Complete signing class below-

2019 Troy Trojans Signing Class

Player Position Rivals Stars Rivals Ratings 247 Stars 247 Rankings
Player Position Rivals Stars Rivals Ratings 247 Stars 247 Rankings
TRE ROSS ATH/TE 2 5.4 3 0.8126
CHRISTIAN MURPHY CB 3 5.5 3 0.8309
DELL PETTUS CB 3 5.6 3 0.8456
REDDY STEWARD CB 3 5.5 3 0.8647
DEVON REAVES DE 2 5.4 3 0.8315
DESMOND BARKLEY DT 2 5.4 2 0.7965
RICKY SAMUEL DT 2 5.4 3 0.8368
AHDARRIOUS GEE ILB 2 5.2 3 0.8526
JACK MARTIN K 2 5.2 2 0.7934
JAVON SOLOMON DE n/a n/a 2 0.7697
JAYLEN CHILDS OT 2 5.2 3 0.8349
KANNON BIGGS OT 3 5.5 3 0.8017
TYLER BURNSED OT 2 5.2 2 0.7815
GAVIN SCREWS PRO 2 5.4 3 0.8004
JACOB FREE PRO 2 5.3 3 0.8128
JAMONTEZ WOODS RB 2 5.4 3 0.8302
KOBY PERRY S 3 5.7 3 0.8145
DONOVAN CURRY WR 3 5.5 3 0.8030
JADEN WARREN WR 3 5.6 3 0.7998
KAYLON GEIGER WR 2 5.2 2 0.7700
KHALIL MCCLAIN WR 2 5.4 3 0.8643
REGGIE TODD WR 2 5.4 3 0.8303
2019 Troy Trojan Class