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HARRISONBURG, Va. – Head Coach Mike Houston announced Wednesday the addition of three incoming James Madison football players to National Letters of Intent to complete the 2018 recruiting class.

In all, JMU signed 16 future Dukes after 13 signed during the new early signing period in December.

The newest signees include the trio of wide receiver Rakeem Davis, safety Que Reid and defensive lineman Tony Thurston.

The completed signing class features five defensive backs, three offensive linemen, three wide receivers, two linebackers, a tight end, a defensive lineman and a kicker. The group hails from seven different states, including nine from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The geographic makeup of the 2018 early signing class is:

  • Virginia – 9
  • North Carolina – 2
  • Florida – 1
  • Maryland – 1
  • New Jersey – 1
  • Pennsylvania – 1
  • South Carolina – 1

“We’re excited about the quality of the class,” Houston said. “We feel we got really top-end players and top-end people. We try to always field a team that is one of the best in our conference and these players will allow us to stay there. It’s very important for us to recruit our home state and the Commonwealth of Virginia is our priority. We put our actions where are words are by signing nine of 16 from Virginia.”

Bio Snapshots on JMU’s Three National Signing Day Signees

Rakeem Davis I Wide Receiver I 5-8 I 160 I Charlottesville, Va./Charlottesville

  • First Team All-Central Virginia kick returner as a senior
  • First Team All-Jefferson District kick returner and Second Team All-Purpose as a senior
  • Averaged 18.0 yards per return, with two kickoffs for a touchdown as a senior
  • Scored six rushing and two receiving touchdowns as a senior
  • Helped Charlottesville to three 4A playoff appearances
  • Younger brother of former All-American Rashard Davis, who won the 2016 national championship with JMU and Super Bowl LII with the Eagles

HOUSTON: “He comes from a great blood line and a family that is very important to James Madison University and our program. Rakeem is an explosive athlete and dynamic player both on offense and special teams. We’re excited to have another Davis in the program.”

Que Reid I Safety I 6-0 I 190 I Concord, N.C./Jay M. Robinson

  • 2017 South Piedmont Conference and Independent Tribune Defensive Player of the Year
  • Named All-Conference as a senior
  • Helped Robinson to 12-3 record as a senior and 3A state semifinal appearance
  • Piedmont Conference champions as a senior
  • Recorded 108 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, two recoveries, seven interceptions and nine breakups as a senior

HOUSTON: “Que is a special athlete, a player we feel will push for playing time early. He’s a smart football player, very instinctive. He had multiple FBS offers.”

Tony Thurston I Defensive Line I 6-5 I 270 I Louisa, Va./Louisa

  • First Team All-USA Virginia defense as a senior
  • VHSL 4A State and Region Defensive Player of the Year as a senior
  • 4A First Team All-State offense and defense as a senior
  • Jefferson District Defensive Player of the Year as a senior
  • Helped Louisa to 14-1 record and berth in state championship game in 2017

HOUSTON: “Tony has a big, strong, physical presence. He’s a hard-nosed football player. He comes from a great family and is a strong-character kid. I’m really excited about everything he’ll bring to the program and excited to get one of the top players in Virginia.”

2018 Signing Class

Reggie Brown             Fr.    WR    6-1    175      Lakeland, Fla./Kathleen

Chris Chukwuneke      Fr.      S     5-11   185      Edison, N.J./St. John Vianney (The Peddie School)

Jamari Currence         Fr.     CB    5-10   165      Rock Hill, S.C./South Pointe

Rakeem Davis            Fr.    WR    5-8    160      Charlottesville, Va./Charlottesville

Willie Drew                 Fr.     DB     6-0    187      Smithfield, Va./Smithfield

Mateo Jackson            Fr.     LB     6-1     220      Richmond, Va./Hermitage

Nick Kidwell                Fr.      OL    6-5    300      Knoxville, Md./Boonsboro

Hayden Mann              Fr.      S      6-4    190      Mebane, N.C./Eastern Alamance

Amelio Moran              Fr.     OL     6-6    300      Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne

Drew Painter               Fr.     TE     6-4    250      Hershey, Pa./Hershey

Devin Ravenel            Fr.    WR    6-0    155      Stafford, Va./North Stafford

Que Reid                    Fr.      S      6-0    190      Concord, N.C./Jay M. Robinson

Henry Schroeder         Fr.     OL     6-4    260      Richmond, Va./St. Christopher’s School

Matt Terrell                  Jr.     LB     6-4    245      Lynchburg, Va./Lynchburg Christian (Garden City CC)

Tony Thurston             Fr.     DL     6-5    270      Louisa, Va./Louisa

Camden Wise             Fr.      K      6-0    160      Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg

JMU will begin spring football activities next month, with the Spring Game, sponsored by United Bank, occurring on Saturday, April 14 at Bridgeforth Stadium/Zane Showker Field.

The 2018 season, presented by CarMax, begins Saturday, Sept. 1 at NC State. Season tickets are on sale now at www.jmutickets.com.

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