Berwick alum Jones part of Nicholls' signing class
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 added 19 on National Signing Day. Twenty-four of the signees are south Louisiana natives. Nicholls has had the most Louisiana student-athletes in Division 1 football over the past few years. Three of this year’s signees are from Mississippi, while one is a Florida native.
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 Devonta 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 Community College).
Rebowe loaded up on the defensive side with 15 playmakers. 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 state champion St. James.
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 Southland Conference titles, the Colonels won nine games for the second consecutive year and made their third consecutive appearance in the Football Championship Series playoffs — a first in school history. Nicholls finished ranked No. 14 in both final Top 25 FCS Polls.
Nicholls will begin its spring season March 11, with the spring game set for April 4.