Video: Nicholls completes 2020 football signing class

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THIBODAUX, La. – Coming off back-to-back Southland Conference titles, Nicholls State University head football coach Tim Rebowe introduced Wednesday afternoon 26 signees to complete the 2020 recruiting class.

Rebowe signed seven in the early period in December and officially added 19 on National Signing Day. Twenty-four of the signees are natives of south Louisiana. Nicholls has had the most Louisiana student-athletes in Division I football over the past few years. Three of the signees are from Mississippi while one is a native of Florida.

The Colonels added 11 players on offense or listed as an athlete. The quarterbacks are state champions Leonard Kelly (Edna Karr) and athlete Shamar Smith (St. James), while Corey Warren Jr. (Pearl River) and Jai Williams (Ascension Catholic) played at running back. Receivers Tevin Bush (Landry-Walker/West Virginia) and Devona Jason (Landry-Walker/Mississippi State) return to Louisiana after starting their careers at West Virginia and Mississippi State, respectively, and three new pass catchers join the offense – receiver Javin Augillard (St. Amant) and tight ends Lee Negrotto (St. Stanislaus) and Logan Wilcox (Central Lafourche). Rounding out the offensive players are linemen and December signees Evan Roussel (St. Charles Catholic) and Baylee Trusty (Grenada/East Mississippi CC).

Coach Rebowe loaded up on the defensive side with 15 playmakers on that side of the ball. Up front are linemen Trevor Allemand (Central Lafourche), Zack Bernard (Lakeshore), Miami native Chei Hill (Jones County/South Dade), former Green Wave lineman Jamiran James (De La Salle/Tulane), and DeAndre Keller, who is one of two signees from the state champion St. James program.

Linebackers include Choncee Crum (St. Augustine), graduate transfer Ty’Ree Evans (Wayne County/Southern Miss), Johmel Jolla Jr. (Dutchtown), and Hayden Shaheen (Catholic High). The secondary features Tyreke Boyd (Comeaux), Pig Cage (Archbishop Rummel), Brandon James (John Ehret), former Tiger Kenan Jones (Berwick/LSU), Keontae Williams (Acadiana), and Malik Woodery (Archbishop Rummel). Cage and Woodery helped Rummel to a state championship, as did Williams for Acadiana while playing quarterback.

Along with two straight SLC titles, the Colonels claimed nine wins for the second year in a row and made their third consecutive appearance in the FCS playoffs – a first in school history. Nicholls finished ranked No. 14 in both final Top 25 FCS Polls.

Nicholls will begin its spring season on Wednesday, March 11, with the spring game set for Saturday, April 4.

Follow the Colonels all season long on Twitter (@Nicholls_FB) and Instagram (@Nicholls_FB).

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