The Redhawks Football team had a lot to celebrate Wednesday, as it welcomed 32 new student-athletes to the SEMO Football family on National Signing Day. Five of the signees are already on campus this semester and will participate in spring drills.
The Redhawks addressed an area of need at offensive line, where SEMO will lose four of five starters across the line due to graduation. The Redhawks nine offensive linemen to scholarships and added another five preferred walk-ons at the position. The group includes five junior college transfers who already have some collegiate football experience. Added depth at the position will help create competition throughout spring drills and fall camp, said head coach Tom Matukewicz.
As for local products, the Redhawks added a trio of local signees, led by all-state running back Q'Nairies Anderson, who is the all-time leading rusher in Charleston High School history. Meanwhile, offensive lineman Gabe Jackson and linebacker Corbin Strong will join the program from Dexter High School. Strong was this year’s Derland Moore Award winner, given to the best defensinve player in the SEMO Conference.
Recruiting was different for Matukewicz and the coaching staff this year, as the coaches were able to show proof that the program is building in the right direction, following a 9-4 season and the program’s first ever FCS playoff victory. However, Matukewicz is far from satisfied with the progress, and he called the upcomgin 2019 season “the most important year in program history,” in order to avoid being a one-hit wonder and earn back-to-back winning season.
More information on the complete 2019 signing class is available at GoSoutheast.com.