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Panthers star Battle headlines Georgia Southern's 2011 class

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

STATESBORO -- Jeff Monken added four running backs, including two from Buford High School, among his 26 signees for Georgia Southern, which a

lso snagged D-I recruit Jonathan Battle from Americus-Sumter. Battle is a 6-foot-1 powerhouse defensive lineman that weighs in 275 pounds and had offers from several D-I schools like Cincinnati, Arkansas and Louisville, but wanted to stay close to home.

Monken, who took Georgia Southern to a 10-5 record and the Football Championship Subdivision semifinals in his first season, looked to add more punch to the Eagles' running game on Wednesday.

"I'm really excited about the kids we have signed," Monken said. "To be able to go into a home with a 10-5 record and having been one of the final four teams that was left at this level, certainly gives validity to what you are doing as a staff. As a program you want to win as often as you can and as many as you can, and that helps your recruiting more than anything. The kids realize this is a program at the top of that level. There are great things ahead for us."

Seon Jones and Doninique Swope signed with the Eagles from Buford. Jones led Buford with 1,205 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns. He set the school record with 319 yards rushing against Lovett.

Swope, who began his prep career at Sequoya High School, added 705 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns for the Class AA state champion Buford team.

Monken also signed running backs Xavier Sharp of Spalding High and Tre'Shard Burdette of Monroe Area.