Football completes first signing day as DI team

The North Alabama football team signed 22 total players on National Signing Day Feb. 7 in their first year as a DI school. Most of the players from this year’s recruiting class were in-state signees. Two of which who came from Florence.

Out of the 22 signees, 12 were on the offensive side and 10 were on the defensive side.

The offensive players were made up of one quarterback, three offensive linemen, four wide receivers, two running backs and two tight ends. Defensively, UNA signed five defensive linemen, two linebackers and three defensive backs, according to the Times Daily.

“The ones we really wanted that we didn’t get all told us that if not for the transition they would have signed, so I can only imagine what it will be like once we get through this phase,” said head football coach Chris Willis in an article from the Times Daily.

One of the more experienced signees is 6’3 wide receiver Riko Morris. Morris is a transfer player from Jones Community College.

“He had all kinds of offers coming out of high school, and we’re really excited about adding him to an already strong group of receivers,” Willis said.

National Signing Day may be over, but the recruiting trail has not ended for UNA. The Lions will leave up to seven scholarships open for transfer players who may sign this summer.