Dover, Del. (Feb. 6, 2019) --- Delaware State Head Football Coach Rod Milstead has announced that eight high school seniors and three junior college transfer have signed the National Letter of Intent to attend the University and compete for the Hornets beginning in this year. 

Three offensive linemen, two linebackers, two wide receivers, a quarterback, defensive lineman, tight end and athlete signed scholarship offers from the Hornets today.

Two Delaware high school products, wide receiver Esaias Guthrie of Middletown and Hodgson Vo-Tech linebacker / long snapper Brandon Shimko are among the newest Hornets.    

“I believe we addressed one of our major needs by adding depth to our offensive line,” said Milstead, a former Delaware State and National Football League offensive lineman. “On the defensive side, we signed some help for our linebacker corps and the front line.”

The Hornets have also signed incoming freshman quarterback Jabari Blake (6-4, 195) of Lynchburg, Va., who combined for 5038 passing yards, 2,123 rushing yards and 87 touchdowns during scholastic career

Blake is expected to contend with returning letterman Shayne Smith (r-jr.) and December 2018 signee Tylik Bethea (fr.) for the starting QB job this season. Bethea (6-5, 195) completed 132-of-224 passes (58.9%) for 1,500 yards with 15 touchdowns and five interceptions as a senior at Brooklyn’s Abraham Lincoln High School in 2018.  

“I’m extremely pleased with the quality of players who have committed to be a part of our program,” said Milstead. ““The young men we have signed for next season are good athletes with the potential contribute right away. I’m equally impressed with the character and academic credentials of these young men. Each should be a good fit for the team and the university.” 


Jabari Blake                    QB          FR           6-4/195                                                  Lynchburg, Va. / Heritage HS
Combined for 5038 passing yards, 2,123 rushing yards and 87 touchdowns during scholastic career
High School (2018 @ Heritage HS):
VHSL Class 3 State Offensive Player-of-the-Year,  Region 3C Offensive Player-of-the-Year, Seminole District Player-of-the-Year, and News & Advance All-Area Offensive Player-of-the-Year as a senior … helped lead Heritage to Class 3 VHSL state championship … passed for 2,038 yards and rushed for 1,443 yards … combined for 46 touchdowns  … All-State, All-Region and All-District First Team QB.

(2017 @ Heritage HS):  Second Team All-Region, All-Seminole Honorable Mention … helped lead team to Class 3 VHSL State championship game … passed for 1700 yards, rushed for 480 yards and combined  for 25 touchdowns after taking over as starting quarterback in week five

(2016 @ Northside HS): Passed for 1300 yards and combined for 16 touchdowns (passing and rushing) in seven games

2018 Virginia 3A state champion discus thrower … personal best throw of 172-feet-six-inches … member of National Honor Society

Personal: Son of Brenton and Paula Blake … has one brother (Jahee) … plans to major in Business at DSU


Cam Chase                         OL           FR           6-4 / 275                Leonardtown, Md. / St. Mary’s Ryken HS
High School:
Three-year varsity football letterwinner at St. Mary’s Ryken … All-County and Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Honorable Mention as a senior … helped lead team to first WCAC Metro Division Championship and victory in first playoff game during senior season … helped pave the way to school record for wins in a season and an undefeated home mark as a junior … All-County Honorable Mention as a sophomore

Son of Robert and Carlene Chase … has one sister … born 10/1/00 in Maryland … plans to major in Criminal Justice and minor in Psychology at DSU … full name is Cameron Mathew Chase … serves as a volunteer firefighter and elementary school volunteer assisting children with special needs … also member of Best Buddies Club

Roman Davis                             TE           FR           6-3/195                  Clinton, Md. / Gwynn Park HS
High School:
Three-year varsity football letterman … earned team’s Iron Man Award as a senior … member of National Honor Society and Peer Forward

Personal: Son of Barbara Milligan and Roman Davis, Sr. … has two sisters (Sharmel & Paige) … born 1/20/01 in Norristown, Pa.


Maurio Goings                               LB/FB    FR           6-0/230                  New Market, Md. / Oakdale HS
High School:
 Two-sport standout (football, wrestling) at Oakdale HS … earned three varsity football letters … career statistics include 214 total tackles, including 42 behind the line-of-scrimmage … played in school record 36 straight games … selected as County Defensive MVP and All-State Second Team as a senior … helped lead school to Maryland 2A State Championship during senior year … recorded 64 tackles (23 solo), 6.5 sacks and one forced fumble on defense, and rushed for 191 yards and six touchdowns on 32 carries during 12th grade season … also blocked two punts, one he recovered for touchdown, as a senior … collected 71 tackles (32 unassisted), two sacks, two forced fumbles and two interceptions on defense, and rushed for 21 yards and a touchdown on two attempts during junior year … All-County First Team selection as a junior … credited with 78 tackles (36 solo), one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and one interception as a sophomore … All-County Second Team selection during sophomore year … two-year varsity wrestling letterman … two-time 180 Award winner (most improved) … All-County First Team wrestler as a sophomore and second team honoree during junior year … Maryland fifth place 182-pound finisher as a junior

Personal: Son of Kareem and Teresa Russell … has two brothers and one sister … born 11/6/00 in New Castle, Pa. … plans to major in Neuroscience at DSU … full name is Maurio Frazier Going … nephew of former NFL player and University of Utah standout Cliff Russell … also nephew of former University of Hawaii football player Nathaniel Russell … distant cousin of clothing designer Diane Cavaricci


Esaias Guthrie                               WR         FR           6-2/175                  Middletown, Del. / Wilmington, Del.
High School:
Two-year varsity letterwinner as a wide receiver and defensive back at Middletown HS … 2018 Delaware All-State and All-Blue Hen Conference First Team defensive back as a senior  … 2018 All-Blue Hen Conference wide receiver during senior year … recorded 68 catches for 1,123 yards and 13 touchdowns, along with 44 tackles and five interceptions in 12th grade year … had two receiving touchdowns and one interception return for TD in 2018 victory over Newark … helped lead Cavaliers to  Delaware championship game appearance in 2017 and state tournament berth in 2018 

Personal: Son of Tamara Varella and William Guthrie … has one brother and two sisters … born 1/7/01 … plans to major in Business and Marketing at DSU

Barry Hargraves        WR         FR           6-0/205                  Hampton, Va. / Phoebus HS
High School:
Played one varsity season (senior) at Phoebus High School … Daily Press (Va.) Player-of-the-Year and Offensive Player-of-the-Year … First Team All-State, All-Region and All-Conference selection … tallied 48 receptions for 1031 yards and 16 touchdowns, in addition to 15 rushes for 220 yards and four TDs.

Son of Barry and Rochelle Hargraves … has two sisters and one brother … born 6/27/00 in Hampton, Va. … plans to major in Sports Medicine at DSU  

James King        OL           JR           6-4/315                  Wayne, Pa. / Valley Forge M.A.
At Valley Forge: Two-year starting tackle … two-time All-Seaboard Conference selection … helped lead team to Seaboard Conference Championships in 2017 and ’18 … 2018 team captain

High School: Three-year varsity football letterwinner at Upper Darby High School … selected to compete in Delaware County Hero Bowl All-Star Game as a senior … two-way starting lineman (right offensive tackle / defensive tackle) as a junior … All-Delaware County Honorable Mention during junior year … credited with 40 tackles,  two sacks, one interception and a fumble recovery during 11th grade season … competed on the offensive and defensive lines during sophomore season … defensive statistics included  41 tackles and two sacks … three-year indoor and outdoor track and field standout, earning All-Delaware County honors each year … district championship qualifier in discus, shot put and javelin     

Personal: Son of Ruth Thomas … has two brothers and one sister … born 3/16/98 in Delaware Co. Pa. … earned associated degree from Valley Forge in 2018 … full name is Donald James King .. plans to major in Criminal Justice at Delaware State   


Sam Pearson                    OT           JR           6-5 / 295                Washington, D.C. / ASA Junior College / Friendship Collegiate Acad. 

Junior College: Played two seasons at ASA Junior College in New York

High School: Varsity letterwinner at Friendship Collegiate Academy in Washington, D.C. … member of 2016 DCSSA City Championship


Charles Peeler             ATH        JR           5-8 / 175         Washington, D.C. / Fort Scott C.C. (Kan.) / Woodson HS
Junior College: Career stats at Fort Scott included six interceptions … earned associates degree.

High School: Three-year varsity letterwinner at Woodson HS … helped lead team to conference championships during sophomore and junior seasons … three-time All-State selection … selected as team Player-of-the-year as a senior

Personal: Son of Demetria Sutton and Charles Peeler, Jr. … has one sister and one brother … born 7/14/99 … plans to major in Communications and minor in Business at DSU … brother, D’andre Payne, played football at Iowa State from 2016 to ’18 … friend of Virginia Tech football player Sean Savoy (2017-18) and Pittsburgh letterman Jaylen Twyman (2017 - ).

Brandon Shimko           LB/LS     FR           6-1 / 255         Bear, Del. / Hodgson Vo-Tech HS
High School:
Three-year varsity football letterwinner at Hodgson Vo-Tech … All-State and All-Blue Hen Conference First Team linebacker and all-conference second team offensive tackle as a senior … helped lead team to first Blue Hen Flight A championship in senior year … member of school’s first playoff appearance in Flight A in junior season

Personal: Son of Ron and Cris Shimko … has one brother … born 12/21/00 … father Ron was a former Wesley College football player … full name is Brandon John Shimko ...  plans to major in Sports Management at DSU


Marcus Winfield          DE          FR           6-3 / 250         Abington, Pa. / Cheltenham HS
High School: Two-year varsity letterwinner at Cheltenham HS … First Team All-Suburban One Conference defensive and offensive lineman as a senior … All-Southeastern Pa., First Team (DE) , All-State Second Team (DE) and First Team Class 5A (DE) selection during senior season … credited with 86 tackles, four sacks, 17 tackles-for-loss and three pass deflections during 12th grade year … also helped lead team to school’s first playoff win since 2001 as a senior …  junior year honors included Second Team All-SOL defensive line and Third Team All-SOL offensive line … tallied 43 tackles, three sacks and five tackles for loss during junior season    

Son of Jason and Keita Winfield … has two sisters … born 9/10/01 in Cheltenham, Pa. …  plans to major in Business and Finance and minor in Stocks and Investing at DSU … father Jason was a standout defensive lineman for Delaware State from 1988 to ’91, and a member of  Hornets’ 1988, ’89 and ’91 MEAC championship teams … relative of Vernon Winfield, a member of NFL Philadelphia Eagles (72-73) after playing collegiately at Minnesota (68-71)  … full name is Marcus Alexander Winfield

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