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Football - Fri, Feb. 3, 2017
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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – Andre Linn welcomed his first recruiting class as the Union College head football coach with the addition of 23 new Bulldogs, who committed to the program on National Signing Day on Wednesday.

"First, I want to acknowledge my staff for all the hard work they put in to have a great recruiting class," Linn said. "We are excited to welcome such a great group of young man to the Union College family. We look more for the character in an individual than just talent.  We are a lot more selective then some of our competitors, and we believe that these young men have the competitive drive to help us make the next step."

This year's class helps bolster the Union roster as nearly every position receives some added depth. Twelve players are listed as having played offense in high school with 12 listed as defensive players. One signee played on both sides of the ball as an offensive and defensive lineman.

Still, the offensive and defensive line was the primary focus area for Linn and his staff.

"Every year you need to recruit linemen because that is where the game is won," he said. "And I really feel we added depth to our already strong offensive and defensive lines."

Linn and his staff were able to bring in players from Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina and Florida. Of the eight signees from Kentucky, four are from the local area as three played at Knox Central and one at Corbin high schools.

"The high school football in this area has been getting better and better every year," the Bulldog coach said. "As it gets better, we need to get the best kids here every year, and I feel we did a good job of that this year."

This year's class is decorated with a couple of state championship winners as well as numerous players who earned all-state and all-region honors. In addition to the on-the-field awards, several collected academic honors.

"Recruiting winners is important," Linn commented. "A young man that knows the hard work needed to be successful on and off the football field is important.

"This recruiting class possesses the attributes we look for in a Union College football player," he continued. "This is just the first step in building our class. We still awaiting decisions from a few guys and have more student-athletes scheduled for visits."

Union posted a 5-6 overall record in 2016 and went 4-2 in Mid-South Conference East play.

2017 Union College Recruiting Class
NamePositionHigh SchoolState
Dale OwensDLKnox CentralKY
Peyton HinkleOLKnox CentralKY
Chad HensonOLKnox CentralKY
Jacoby LawsonLBBenjamin RussellAL
Carter JonesOLBenjamin RussellAL
Logan FowlerRBMeigs CountyTN
Justin DavisLBCorbinKY
Jermaine BuchannonWRKnox WestTN
Alex RunionWRLloyd MemorialKY
Demarco GilesDBLloyd MemorialKY
Chase TincherDLNicholas CountyKY
Teakemue HillRBDavey CrockettTN
Patrick SatterfieldWRWarren EastKY
Jay BrownLBHandleyAL
Nick ShinnOLKathleenFL
Jurmeil BattleDBKathleenFL
Terran CoxDBAlcoaTN
Justin TurnerOL/DLDaniel BooneTN
Rodrick TunstallOLPinson ValleyAL
Curtis SmithDBCitronelleAL
CJ RobertsATHCarrollAL
Zavion Matt AtkinsWRMauldinSC
Malik WattDBDaniel SC