The Berry College football program has announced the commitments of 23 student-athletes for the 2016 season. The Vikings and Head Coach Tony Kunczewski welcome this group in addition to the 23 newcomers previously announced.
"We are very pleased the way we finished up the 2016 class of Vikings," Kunczewski said. "A lot of these guys we battled to get until the very end. They will make us better."
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The newcomers are:
Brandon Adams played for Coach Chadwick at Myers Park High School in Charlotte, N.C. A wide receiver, he recorded 81 catches for 1,300 yards as a prep. Adams earned all-conference honors his senior year and helped his team to one playoff appearance. Brandon is the son of Stacy and Leonard Adams and looks to major in economics with a minor in philosophy at Berry.
Linebacker Austin Anderson played for Head Coach Matt Hedrick at Bishop Moore Catholic High School in Orlando, Fla. He helped lead his team to two playoff appearances in 2014 and 2015. His team won a Class 5A State Championship in 2015 and both a region championship and state semifinal appearance in 2014. Anderson racked up 132 tackles, 21 sacks, three interceptions, seven forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries as a prep. Austin is the son of Cody and Rick Anderson and will pursue pre-med studies at Berry.
Offensive lineman Jacob Bishop played for Head Coach Tim Barron at Heard County High School in Franklin, Ga., Bishop was a two-year starter and started every game at center in his senior year. He earned Region 5-AA All Offensive Team honors twice as a prep and was voted a team captain by his teammates. Bishop also helped lead his team to four straight playoff appearances (2012-2015) and to three straight Region 5-AA Championships. Jacob is the son of Kimberly and Eddy Bishop and looks to pursue a sports administration major at Berry, along with a minor in Finance.
Kicker/punter Obie Brannon played for Head Coach Josh Shaw at Cherokee High School in Canton, Ga. Brannon scored 35 extra points, three field goals and totaled 44 points (second highest scorer on the team). He averaged 38 yards-per-punt, placed 12 kicks inside the 20 and had a long boot of 53 yards. Brannon helped lead his team to one 5AAAAAA 1st round playoff appearance. He was named the 2015 Cherokee Gridiron Club Punter of the Year and was tabbed first team all-county and second team all-region all in his senior year. Obie is the son of Lisa and Obie L Brannon and wants to pursue a Pre-Veterinarian major at Berry.
Offensive Lineman Antonio Brown played for Head Coach Keith Holloway at Mount Zion High School in Mount Zion, Ga. As a defensive lineman, Brown totaled 65 tackles, 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He earned honors to the Region 6A First Team, All Area First Team, was awarded the Mount Zion Football Coaches' Golden Helmet Award and was a heavyweight champion in weightlifting. He also helped lead his team to the quarterfinals both his junior and senior years. Antonio is the son of Tewanna and Antonio L. Brown and looks to pursue an economics major at Berry.
Quarterback Heath Burchfield played for Head Coach Wade Waldrop at James Clemens High School in Madison, Ala. Burchfield tallied more than 8,000 career passing yards, 57 touchdowns, a 60-percent completion percentage and three 400-yard passing games as a prep. He helped lead his team to the State playoffs in 2014 for the first time in school history, and again in 2015. Burchfield was named the 2012 Team MVP, Huntsville Times Elite Football Team Honorable Mention team in 2012, a Permanent Team Captain in 2013, the Alabama Sports Writers Association All State Football Team for 6A Honorable Mention in 2013, All-Tennessee Valley Football First Team in 2013 and the 2014 Sports Writers Association All State Football Team for 7A 2ndTeam. Heath is the son of Ashley and Ron Burchfield and is undecided in a major at Berry.
Wide receiver Noah Carter played for Head Coach Kenny Cobble at Jefferson County High School in Dandridge, Tenn. He totaled 104 receptions for 1,446 yards as a prep. Carter helped his team to a playoff appearance his senior year, earned all-region first team honors and a spot on the All-Lakeway Team. Noah is the son of Teresa Carter and Kevin Potts. He is undecided for his major at Berry.
Linebacker JR Cendoya played for Head Coach Mike Forester at Mount Pisgah Christian School in Johns Creek, Ga. He totaled 295 tackles, 120 solo stops, 30 tackles for loss, three interceptions, one interception returned for a touchdown and had four fumble recoveries as a prep. Cendoya was a four-year varsity starter and was voted team captain his senior year. Cendoya earned the 2016 Team MVP award and was the 2015 North Fulton Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Year and was selected first team all-region in 2014 and 2016. He helped his team to four straight playoff appearances and a region championship in 2014. JR is the son of Tracy and Jocko Cendoya and wants to major in Business at Berry.
Running back Jacob Collins played for Head Coach Danny Britt at Benedictine Military School in Savannah, Ga. He had 180 carries for 1,167 yards and 17 touchdowns as prep. Collins also had eight receptions for 86 yards and 11 kickoff returns for 238 yards. He helped his team to four playoff appearances, including a GHSA AA State Championship in 2014 and two Region 2-AA Championships in 2013 and 2015. Collins was a three year varsity letterwinner and was voted team captain. Collins earned All-Region 2-AA first team honors and was selected to All Greater Savannah Area 2nd Team his senior year. Jacob is the son of Sonya and Brian Collins and will pursue pre-med studies at Berry.
Linebacker Kyle Feldbauer played for Head Coach Tommy Walburn at Northgate High School in Newnan, Ga. He totaled 76 tackles, 55 solo stops, five sacks, three forced fumbles and had two interceptions in his senior year. Feldbauer helped his team reach the Final Four State Playoffs for the first time in school history as a senior. He also earned honors as a 1st Team AAAAA All-Region member as a junior and as a senior, and was a first team All Newnan Times-Herald player last season. Kyle is the son of Rhonda and Bob Feldbauer and is interested in a business major at Berry with a minor in biochemistry.
Tyris Gresham played for Head Coach Morris Starr at Henry County High School in McDonough, Ga. He had 125 rushes for 806 yards with 10 touchdowns at running back and 98 receptions for 1,028 yards with 15 touchdowns as a wide receiver. The Vikings will utilize Gresham's skills on defense. Gresham helped lead his team to a playoff appearance in 2013 and also lettered in basketball and track. Tyris is the son of Barbara and Deandrea Gresham and is undecided for a major at Berry.
Aaron Henry played for Head Coach David Penland III at University Christian School in Jacksonville, Fla. An offensive lineman, Henry was tabbed to the 2015 North Florida Football Coaches Association All-Star Team and helped his team achieve a 2A State Championship in 2012 and in 2015. Henry was a big contributor to his team winning the district championship for four straight years. Aaron is the son of Tracy and Doug Henry and wants to pursue a mechanical engineering degree at Berry.
Jack Luker played for Head Coach Shannon Jarvis at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton, Ga. At linebacker, Luker helped lead his team to playoff appearances in 2014 and 2015. He was a three-year letterman and totaled 35 tackles, 23 solo tackles, 12 assisted stops, two sacks, eight tackles for loss, a fumble recovery and three pass breakups as a prep. Jack is the son of Carol and Roger Luker and is undecided in a major at Berry.
Trenton Mathis played for Head Coach Roger Metts at Jeff Davis High School in Hazlehurst, Ga. An offensive lineman, Mathis earned first team all-region honors and was awarded the team's offensive line MVP award. Trenton is the son of Tabitha and Kevin Mathis and wants to pursue a mechanical engineering degree at Berry.
Tight end Hayden Murphy played for Head Coach David Humphreys at Gordon Central High School in Calhoun, Ga. He collected 39 catches for 326 yards with four touchdowns in his senior year. Murphy helped his team appear in the playoffs in 2012 and lettered in football all four years. He was a two-year team captain, earned honors to the 7AAA All-Region Team and was the Gordon Central Football Iron Warrior Award winner. Hayden is the son of Wendi and Joel Murphy and looks to pursue a pre-pharmacy major at Berry.
Clay Nelson played for Head Coach Benji Harrison at Habersham Central High School in Mt. Airy, Ga. An offensive lineman, Nelson was named second team all-region as a sophomore, and first team all-region his junior and senior years. He was also tabbed first team all-area and was picked as a permanent senior team captain in 2015. He had a career OL grading average of 90% and also averaged 2.5 pancake blocks per game. Clay is the son of Lisa and Russ Nelson and wants to pursue pre-med studies at Berry.
Reaves Nelson played for Head Coach Andy McWilliams at The Donoho School in Anniston, Ala. An offensive lineman, Reaves was a team captain, was picked all-county three times and earned all-region honors in his junior and senior years. Reaves aided his team to three playoff appearances, including a region runner-up appearance as a sophomore, and a Class 1A Region 5 Championship as a junior. He is the son of Millie and Matt Nelson and wants to pursue a business degree at Berry.
Daniel Pavlik played for Head Coach Mark Reardon at St. Augustine Prep in Richland, N.J. A tight-end, he was voted a team captain and help lead the team to three conference championships and four straight playoff appearances. Pavlik totaled 43 catches with 635 receiving yards and nine touchdowns as a prep. Daniel is the son of Marybeth and Michael Pavlik and plans to study sports communication at Berry.
Blake Phillips played for Head Coach Scott Jones at North Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga. A defensive lineman, he recorded 52 tackles, four sacks, two recovered fumbles and four pass break ups during his senior year. Phillips helped lead his team to three playoff appearances, including a region Championship in 2013. He also received the 2015 Defensive Player of the Year Award and was voted team captain. Blake is the son of Teddi and Rick Phillips and looks to pursue a management major at Berry.
Wide Receiver Chandler Polk played for Head Coach Tim Barron at Heard County High School in Franklin, Ga. He totaled 29 receptions for 569 yards on offense and 89 tackles, one interception, three caused fumbles and 13 pass breakups on defense. Polk received all-region honors in football and baseball and received the Brave Award. Polk helped his team to two state playoff appearances and aided Heard County to the region championship in his senior year. Chandler is the son of Helen Polk-Akins and Joey Akins. He will pursue an exercise science major at Berry.
Athlete Marcus Spears played for Head Coach Tyler Wynn at River Ridge High School in Woodstock, Ga. As a quarterback, He totaled 2,604 passing yards with 26 passing touchdowns, 1,033 yards rushing with 9 rushing TDs as a prep. Spears helped his team to a region runner-up finish in 2013 and was a four year varsity football letter winner. Marcus is the son of Melody and Steve Spears and is undecided for his major at Berry.
Cameron Taube played for Head Coach Mike Humphreys at Loganville High School in Loganville, Ga. A linebacker, he helped lead his team to the first round of the state playoffs in 2015 and led the state in tackles. Taube posted 337 tackles, 28 tackles for loss and 11 sacks as a prep. He earned All-Region honors in 2014 and in 2015. Cameron is the son of Dana and Roger Taube and will pursue pre-med studies at Berry.
Josh Woodard played for Head Coach Muhammad Abdelatif at Armuchee High School in Rome, Ga. A defensive lineman, Woodard was voted team captain for his junior and senior seasons. He also earned second team all-region and second team all-area honors in 2014. Last year, he was picked first team all-Region and second team all-area. Josh is the son of Stephanie and Kenneth Woodard Jr. and looks to pursue a nursing degree at Berry.