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SOU football adds 14 on National Signing Day

ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon University football coaching staff isn’t done recruiting yet, but the first crop of commitments announced Wednesday marked a major step forward in its ongoing efforts to get back on top of the Frontier Conference.

On National Signing Day across the country, the Raiders revealed 14 commitments that will bolster the roster in 2022. The class includes 10 high school seniors and four transfers.

“We are excited to welcome another talented class of student-athletes to the SOU football family,” head coach Charlie Hall said. “This recruiting class is as talented as we’ve had in my time here.”

An offense that lagged at times during the second half of last season got the biggest boost: only two signees were added to the defense.

“We signed some very talented offensive players who have the ability to contribute early in their Raider careers,” Hall said. “Levi Durrell has all the right skills and demeanor to be the next great Raider quarterback. Jeremiah Faulstick will provide us with immediate help at the tight end position. The three offensive lineman we signed have the size, strength and athleticism to contribute early.”

Part of the Raiders’ recruiting class is South Medford punter Colton Samis, who was a first-team all-Southwest Conference selection as a senior. Samis, who also played receiver and cornerback for South, averaged 31.6 yards per punt.

Durrell, a three-year starter, earned Pacific Conference Offensive Player of the Year accolades after leading Newberg to the Class 6A championship game last spring. He ranked top-five among 6A quarterbacks in both passing yards and passing touchdowns.

A 6-foot-3, 240-pound transfer from Central Washington, Faulstick garnered all-region first team, all-league first team, and all-state honorable mention accolades during his time at Hockinson High School in Washington.

Also part of SOU’s recruiting class: guard Bryce Cordell (6-3, 305), defensive end Evan Cox (6-0, 215), long snapper Alex Eleopoulos (5-9, 205), receiver Imarion Kelly (6-2, 190), running back Glen Leith-Ross (5-11, 190), tackle Filiga Mulipola (6-5, 315), center Elijah Ortiz (6-1, 280), defensive end O’Sirus Peoples (6-2, 230), long snapper Braden Sully (5-11, 195), running back Lucas Tuski (6-1, 215) and receiver Ted Wickman (6-4, 205).

Larry Stauth Jr./For the Mail Tribune Southern Oregon University head coach Charlie Hall, seen here in a file photo, signed 14 players to the Raiders’ 2022 roster on National Signing Day Wednesday.