When the EKU coaching staff hits the recruiting trail each season, they almost always put a big priority on trying to fill needs at certain positions.
Last year, they were looking for defensive linemen — and they signed five solid prospects.
This year, the biggest need was on the other side of the line.
Offensive linemen highlighted the Colonels’ 2014 signing class, which was announced by the school on Wednesday. EKU signed five O-linemen, including two from Kentucky — Kameron Crim (6-foot-5, 275; Covington) and Kagen Skidmore (6-foot-2, 295; Somerset).
The class features four defensive backs, two defensive linemen, two tight ends, two receivers, one running back, one athlete and one quarterback.
The class also includes three mid-year additions — running back Dy’Shawn Mobley (University of Kentucky), punter Keith Wrzuszczak (Australia) and defensive back Tyrell Curry (Rock Hill, S.C.).
“There is no question that we addressed our needs,” EKU coach Dean Hood said. “You don’t always get everyone you want, but sometimes you get a big surprise.”
In addition to Crim and Skidmore, EKU signed offensive linemen Jalen Allen (6-foot-3, 285; Indianapolis), Cameron Kowalewski 6-foot-4; 265, Dallas, Ga.) and Z Stephenson (6-foot-2, 300; Bloomington, Ind.).
Tight ends Justin Myles (6-foot-4, 240; Cincinnati) and Dan Paul (6-foot-4, 225; Naples, Fla.) will also give the Colonels some good size up front.
The only other in-state signee in the class could be a big-time impact player on both sides of the ball. Scott County’s Scott Daniel (6-foot, 190) is listed as a wide receiver, but Hood believes he has the potential to be a starter in the secondary as well.
“We took him just as an athlete, initially,” Hood said. “Then we didn’t have a wide receiver in the class we really fell in love with in this class. So, we said, ‘That’s our wide receiver.’ The kids can play. We think he is one of the best players in the state.”
EKU signed one other receiver — Torroodd Carter (6-foot-2, 185; Westerville, Ohio) and also signed just one quarterback — Tyler Swafford (6-foot-2, 185; Brentwood, Ten.)
The Colonels got a pair of defensive linemen from Florida — Marqui Daniel (6-foot-2, 215; Niceville, Fla.) and Brock Smith (6-foot-4, 215; Pompano Beach, Fla.).
“The emphasis on defense was getting a pass rusher,” Hood said.
In addition to Curry, the Colonels got three other defensive backs — Kobie Grace (5-foot-10, 180; Winter Park, Fla.), Davonte Soloman (6-foot-1, 175; Groveland, Fla.) and Jordan Whitefield (6-foot-1, 185; Huber Heights, Ohio).
The Colonels also signed Luke Kallschmidt, a 6-foot-4, 200 pound athlete from Perry, Fla.
Hood and the coaching staff will speak about this year’s class at noon today during a luncheon at Gillum’s Sports Lounge at Richmond Mall.