The Mountaineers took back first place in the 2018 Sun Belt recruiting rankings from Texas State with the addition of Stone Mountain, Georgia, product Justin Birdsong. Birdsong is an unranked cornerback according to 247sports composite but has three stars on 247’s own site ranking.
The 5’11, 175 pound corner has 18 offers so far. Of those offers are Iowa State, Kansas State and Minnesota. Surprisingly, neither Georgia State nor Georgia Southern has offered Birdsong yet. His commit only gives App State a slim lead due to him having yet to receive a look from Scout or Rivals.
Birdsong is the first corner and third defensive back in the Mountaineers class. At .8499, Birdsong is the highest rated player committed to a Sun Belt school according to 247’s own site ranking.
While primarily playing free safety for his high school, Birdsong registered 81 tackles, two interceptions and eight pass breakups in his junior year. His ability to read the quarterback makes him extremely effective in zone coverage. Birdsong possesses great sideline to sideline speed and could make himself a valuable member of the Mountaineers secondary as a player who can play multiple positions.
Around the Sun Belt
- Appalachian State also gained a commit from unranked defensive end Trey Cobb on Sunday. Cobb, from Waycross, Georgia, chose the Mountaineers over Georgia State, Georgia Southern and Troy.
- On Monday, Troy added unranked defensive back Tyrone Harris Jr to its commit list. Harris has five offers so far and chose Troy over Georgia State, Florida Atlantic and Central Michigan.