Mocs add five to 2020 recruiting class

UTC head football coach Rusty Wright announced the addition of five student-athletes on National Signing Day today.  Those five future Mocs will join the 14 others who signed their letters of intent in December. Among the newest Mocs are two receivers, both of which are from Georgia, an offensive lineman, defensive lineman and linebacker.

The five student-athletes signed today by Rusty Wright and staff all received three-star ratings from 247Sports. The Mocs will bring in seven total three-star recruits next season, which is the most in one cycle in school history.

Mays High School (Atlanta, GA) defensive lineman Quay Wiggles headlines the new additions. Wiggles de-committed from Georgia Tech before the December signing period, reopening his recruitment before ultimately choosing the Mocs. He was a first-team All-State honoree as a defensive lineman, and recorded 35 tackles, 11.0 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks and a forced fumble during his senior season at Mays.

Jireh Prep (Matthews, NC) offensive lineman Ja’Ny Alston is a great addition to the Mocs’ trenches. The 6-foot-7, 255-pound prep star is the No. 4 ranked prep player according to 247Sports. Alston also drew interest from North Carolina, Florida Atlantic and Syracuse, among others.

The first letter of intent in for the Mocs was Birmingham, Alabama product Bo Spearman. The 6-foot, 208-pound linebacker battled injury all throughout his senior year at Shades Valley High School. Spearman posted 100 tackles as a junior for head coach David Patridge’s team.

UTC also added two receivers in the 2020 signing class. Savannah, Georgia native and Islands High School star Shamar Sandgren, the former Western Kentucky pledge, backed down from his commitment before becoming a Moc. Sandgren recorded 820 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in his senior year. The second receiver signee is Griffin High School’s (GA) Jamoi Mayes. He was a two-time All-Region receiver at Griffin, hauling in 45 passes for 611 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior. Mayes received interest from Troy, Kansas State, Western Kentucky and Georgia Southern, among others.

Coach Wright wraps up his first full recruiting cycle as head coach of the Mocs with the No. 3 ranked class behind Furman and Mercer in Hero Sports’ Southern Conference recruiting rankings. The Mocs have added 12 offensive players, six defensive players and one athlete to next year’s roster. Three student-athletes are transfers from other Division I institutions and seven of the 19 signees are currently enrolled in classes at UTC.