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JMU's coacehs sit around the "War Room" awaiting NLIs on Signing DayCourtesy: Cathy Kushner/JMU Athletics Communications
2014 Football National Signing Day Recruiting Class
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:02/05/2014

HARRISONBURG, Va. – James Madison University has signed 14 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to play football for the Dukes next fall, Head Coach Everett Withers announced Feb. 5. There were several key comments by Withers as part of his press conference in the Plecker Athletic Performance Center.

"First of all, I would like to thank the JMU Nation obviously for helping us in the recruiting process of these 14 young men that will join us in the 2014 season," Withers commented. "We are excited about having those guys be a part of our program. We think they are great fits to the University culture here, to the University atmosphere, to the community and to our football program."

"You go find good football players," Withers said when asked about his class. "No matter what the (recruiting site) stars are, you find good football players. I don’t know who on our signing class has stars. I have no idea. I don’t really care. I really don’t. I just want to find good football players."

The class includes two players (Vad Lee and Rob Nittolo) that are already attending JMU and will be a part of spring practices. Of the signees, Madison remained strong through the region, signing six out of Virginia, three from North Carolina and South Carolina, and one each from Florida and New Jersey. For more information on each of the new Dukes, click on the player's name for a biography and the various links for high school highlights and comments from Coach Withers.


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Name Pos.  Cl. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School   Highlights  Withers
Kapri Doucet LB Fr. 6-2 220 Williamsburg, Va./Bruton Link Link
David Ezeagwu DE/LB Fr. 6-3 225 Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge Link Link
K.J. Ford DT Fr. 6-1 280  Bluffton, S.C./Bluffton  Link Link
Marcell Johnson LB Fr. 6-2 195 Knightdale, N.C./Knightdale Link Link
Vad Lee* QB R-Jr. 6-1 215 Durham, N.C./Hillside (Georgia Tech)   Link
John Miller RB/ATH Fr. 5-10 175 Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley Link Link
Jimmy Moreland DB Fr. 5-10 180 Royal Palm Beach, Fla./Royal Palm Beach Link Link
Rob Nittolo* QB Fr. 6-2 200 Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough Link Link
Aaron Peak DB Fr. 5-9 175 Blythewood, S.C./Blythewood Link Link
Abraham "AB" Rhodes LB Fr. 6-3 230 Richmond, Va./Mills E. Godwin Link Link
Tyler Thrasher-Walker  RB Fr. 6-3 200 Chantilly, Va./Westfield Link  
Taylor Woods RB Fr. 5-9 180 Havelock, N.C./Havelock Link Link
Cornell Urquhart DE Fr. 6-4 255 Richmond, Va./Benedictine Prep Link Link
Richard Xu OL Fr. 6-5 280 Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge Link Link

*Enrolled in spring 2014 at JMU and will participate in spring drills.

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