ODU football signs class of 23 during early signing period

Posted at 8:22 PM, Dec 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-19 20:22:18-05

NORFOLK, Va. – Old Dominion University football signed 23 student-athletes on Wednesday during college football’s early signing period. ODU signed 13 junior college and 10 high school players.

ODU head football coach Bobby Wilder

“We are beyond excited about this recruiting class, we brought in 13 junior college players to go along with the 10 high school players. This class brings in immediate competition at all positions, which we needed to get better as a team. These players have played at a high level of competition and we’re looking for them to come in and be impactful from the minute they step on campus in January,” ODU head coach Bobby Wilder said.

“I am grateful to the team behind the team that worked tirelessly from coast to coast the past 24 days. So many good people at Old Dominion went above and beyond throughout the recruiting process to help make today a special day for Old Dominion football.” 

2018 ODU Signees

Name                          Pos.    Ht.       Wt.      Hometown/Previous School       

Isaac Abel                  TE       6-1      260         Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee

Frederik Antoine       WR      6-1      200   Quebec, Canada/Montmorency College

Tyre Bibby                 DT       6-3      252       Hialeah, Fla./Northwestern/Coffeyville

Harrell Blackmon      S          5-11    190    Jackson, Miss./Callaway/Copiah-Lincoln

Will Brocchini            CB       5-9      170      Rocklin, Calif./Whitney/Sierra

Braxton Collins          WR      6-4      176    Greer, S.C./Greer

Kaleb Ford-Dement  CB       5-11      170  Whitehouse, Texas/Whitehouse/Kilgore

Elijah Golston             DE       6-4      218       Seattle, Wash./Garfield/Mt. San Antonio

Blake Hehl                  DT       6-2      277         Huntington Beach, Calif./Orange Lutheran/Fullerton

Ryan Henry                    LB        6-2       215    Goulds, Fla./Miami Southridge/ASA Miami

Cory Jackson              LB        6-4      200         Poplarville, Miss./Madison Ridgeland/Pearl River

R’Tarriun Johnson         S           5-11    190    Wiggins, Miss./Stone/Mississippi Gulf Coast

Elonte Jones               DE       6-4      230         Lynchburg, Va./Brookville

Khadere Kounta        DE       6-6      263        Bethesda, Md./The Avalon School

Teagan McDonald     OL       6-3      295        Fredericksburg, Va./Massaponax

Austin Mosier            OL       6-3      270         Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway

Carson Ramos            DL       6-3      260        Yuba City, Calif./Yuba City/American River

Brandon Ruff             OL       6-6      270        Bedford, Va./Liberty

Stone Smartt              QB       6-4      215        Antelope, Calif./Del Oro/Riverside City

Brandon Smith          OL       6-3      276        Las Vegas, Nev./Desert Oasis/Saddleback

Keshawn Wicks         RB       6-1      180       Moncks Corner, S.C./Berkeley

Tony Williams            LB        6-2      220      Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo/Saddleback

Hayden Wolff             QB       6-5      210      Venice, Fla./Venice

Isaac Abel – 6-1, 260 – TE – Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee

Helped Atlee to an 8-4 record and berth in the Virginia state playoffs … Earned First-Team All-Region honors and was named Defensive Player of the Year … Recorded 59 tackles as a junior.


Frederik Antoine – 6-1, 200 – WR – Quebec, Canada/Montmorency College

No. 1 recruit out of Canada … Caught 39 passes for 627-yards and had 28 carries for 212-yards … Earned First-Team All-Star honors.

Tyre Bibby – 6-3, 252 – DT – Hialeah, Fla./Northwestern/Coffeyville

Played in nine games, recorded six tackles and one sack.


Harrell Blackmon – 5-11, 190 – S – Jackson, Miss./Callaway/Copiah-Lincoln

A two-star recruit by Rivals out of high school … Had 56 tackles, four interceptions, two pass breakups, a blocked punt and two touchdowns in 10 games for Copiah-Lincoln this season …  Earned second-team all-conference accolades … Recorded 146 tackles as a senior at Callaway high school.


Will Brocchini – 5-9, 170 – CB – Rocklin, Calif./Whitney/Sierra

Recorded 11 interceptions and 34 tackles this season for Sierra … Notched 11 interceptions as a freshman in 2017 … A two-time JUCO All-American, while also earning All-State, and All-League honors.


Braxton Collins – 6-4, 176 – WR – Greer, S.C./Greer

A three-star recruit by 247 sports … Helped Greer to a 13-2 record and berth in the state finals … Played in six games this year due to injury, catching 14 passes for 245-yards and four touchdowns … In his career, had 67 receptions for 991-yards and 16 touchdowns.

Kaleb Ford-Dement – 5-11, 170 – CB – Whitehouse, Texas/Whitehouse/Kilgore

Had 34 tackles, seven interceptions, 10 pass breakups and two interception returns for a touchdown this year for Kilgore College … Helped Kilgore to a 10-2 record and win over Pima CC in the Heart of Texas Bowl.

Elijah Golston – 6-4, 218 – DE – Seattle, Wash./Garfield/Mt. San Antonio

A three-star recruit by … Ranked as the No. 12 JUCO outside linebacker and No. 4 in California … In four games at Mt. San Antonio, had 11 tackles and two sacks.


Blake Hehl – 6-2, 277 – DT – Huntington Beach, Calif./Orange Lutheran/Fullerton

Played in 10 games at Fullerton recording 29 tackles, two sacks and three fumble recoveries … Played in the 605 All-Star Football Classic.

Ryan Henry – 6-2, 215 – LB – Goulds, Fla./Miami Southridge/ASA Miami

Registered six sacks and two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries this year at ASA Miami.

Cory Jackson – 6-4, 200 – LB – Poplarville, Miss./Madison Ridgeland/Pearl River

Recorded 38 tackles, three sacks and one interception this year for Pearl River … Was named conference Player of the Week for performance in win over Mississippi Gulf Coast, registering eight tackles, two sacks and four tackles for loss … Totaled 47 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and six sacks as a sophomore at Madison Ridgeland High School.

R’Tarriun Johnson – 5-11, 190 – S – Wiggins, Miss./Stone/Mississippi Gulf Coast

Recorded 66 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles this season at Mississippi Gulf Coast … As a freshman he notched 44 tackles, five pass breakups, one tackle for loss and one interception … Earned second-team All-State honors as a senior at Stone High School.


Elonte Jones – 6-4, 230 – DE – Lynchburg, Va./Brookville

Ranked as the No. 37 player in Virginia and No. 82 weak-side defensive end in the country … Two-time All-Seminole District honoree … Helped Brookville to an 8-4 record and berth in Virginia state playoffs.

Khadere Kounta – 6-6, 263 – DL – Bethesda, Md./Avalon School

A two-star recruit by 247 sports … Ranked as the No. 44 recruit in Maryland … Named honorable mention preseason All-State.


Teagan McDonald – 6-3, 302 – OL – Fredericksburg, Va./Massaponax

Ranked as the No. 52 player in Virginia … Named First-Team All-District, All-Region and All-Area as a senior … Earned first-team all-conference honors as a junior … Helped Massaponax to an 11-2 record and berth in the third round of the Virginia state playoffs … Four-year letterwinner had 65 pancake blocks this season … Started 39-straight games.

Austin Mosier – 6-3, 270 – OL – Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway

Earned first-team All-State, All-Conference and All-Division this season … Helped Piscataway Township to a 13-0 record and state championship … Named team MVP … Also helped Piscataway to a state title in 2016 … Two-time All-Greater Middlesex Conference honors … A nationally ranked long snapper.

Carson Ramos – 6-3, 260 – DL – Yuba City, Calif./Yuba City/American River

Recorded 24 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss and one fumble recovery this year for American River … Helped American River to a 7-4 record and win over Santa Rosa in the Gridiron Classic Bowl.


Brandon Ruff – 6-6, 270 – OL – Bedford, Va./Liberty

A two-star recruit by 247 sports … Helped lead Liberty to the third round of the Virginia state playoffs … Earned first-team All-Seminole District as a senior and earned honorable mention as a junior … Named First-Team All-Region at offensive line and defensive end … Had 69 tackles and 12 sacks this season for Liberty.

Stone Smartt – 6-4, 215 – QB – Antelope, Calif./Del Oro/Riverside City

Completed 177 of-277 passes for 2754 yards, 31 touchdowns and three interceptions this year at Riverside City … Rushed for 583-yards and nine touchdowns … Led California JUCO quarterbacks in passing efficiency … Helped Del Oro to back-to-back state championships his junior and senior seasons … Named First-Team JUCO All-American … Earned SoCal Regional Playoff MVP, SCFA Offensive Player of the Year and California State Offensive Player of the Year …Broke school record for most completions in a season, highest completion percentage, most passing yards in a season and career, and most touchdown passes in a quarter.

Brandon Smith – 6-3, 276 – OL – Las Vegas, Nev./Desert Oasis/Saddleback

Earned all-conference honors at Saddleback and was named the team’s linemen of the year … Named First-Team Academic All-State … Earned first-team All-State, City and league honors in high school.

Keshawn Wicks – 6-1, 180 – RB – Moncks Corner, S.C./Berkeley

A two-star recruit by 247 sports … Rushed for 1,931 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior … Totaled 2,133 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior … Earned first-team All-Conference as a junior.

Tony Williams – 6-2, 220 – LB – Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo/Saddleback

Registered 48 tackles, four tackles for loss, two pass breakups and one interception in 2017 … Recorded 50 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions in 2016 for Saddleback … Earned All-National Division Southern Conference First-Team honors … Played in two games this season and had nine tackles.

Hayden Wolff – 6-5, 210 – QB – Venice, Fla./Venice

A three-star recruit by 247 sports … The No. 34 pro-style quarterback in the country … Completed 189-of-299 passes for 2,684 yards, 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions as a senior … Helped Venice to a 12-2 record, District Championship and berth in the semifinals of the Florida state playoffs … Led the tri-county area in passing yards, touchdowns and completions … Passed for 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior.