RICHMOND, Ky. — Walt Wells locked up eight players to his first signing class during the first day of National Signing Day.
EKU released a statement from the coach saying, I’m really excited about the talent of this group. It means a lot to me that these eight men kept an open mind during the transition and chose to be a part of what we are going to build here at EKU. I want to thank the staff for all their hard work in identifying and recruiting an outstanding group, and I want to thank our current players who played a big part in the official visits.”
The class was mainly focused on the offensive side with a quarterback, wide receiver, tight end and two offensive linemen. There are four from Kentucky, and one each from Georgia, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee.
The following are individual profiles of the 2020 early signees.
Jaylyn Allen – LB, 6-2, 215, Fr., Paintsville, Ky. (Paintsville HS)
Earned all-state honors … four-time all-area selection … totaled 172 tackles, 17 sacks, two interceptions, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries during his high school career … helped Paintsville High School to a 45-10 record, two district titles, two regional championship and an appearance in the state finals in 2019.
Khalil Arnold – QB, 6-3, 220, Fr., Lovejoy, Ga. (Lovejoy HS)
Chosen player of the year and first team all-region at Lovejoy High School.
Tre’ Goodin – DB, 5-10, 170, Fr., Campbellsville, Ky. (Taylor County HS)
Rushed for 1,301 yards and scored 16 touchdowns while also making 52 tackles as a senior in 2019 for a Taylor County team that went 11-2 and won a region championship … had 725 rushing yards, 14 touchdowns and 63 tackles while helping TCHS to a 12-2 record, and district and region championships as a junior in 2018 … totaled 467 yards and four touchdowns with 40 tackles as a sophomore in 2017 … won region championships in the 100m and 200m as a member of the Taylor County track team … four-time honorable mention academic all-state.
Ryan Jackson – DL, 6-2, 290, Fr., Mount Juliet, Tenn. (Friendship Christian School)
Chosen as the 2019 Division 2-A East Offensive Lineman of the Year as a senior in 2019 after helping the Commanders win a region championship … totaled 43 tackles, including 14 for a loss, two sacks and one interception his senior season … earned Division 2-A All-State honors as a junior in 2018 after finishing the season with 40 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, three sacks and one interception and helping FCS to a runner-up finish in the state playoffs … also picked as the Wilson County and Division 2-A Defensive Lineman of the Year as a junior … had 37 tackles, 11 for a loss and four sacks as a sophomore in 2017 while helping the Commanders win the state title … four-year varsity wrestler at Friendship Christian, placing third in the state as a sophomore and runner-up as a junior.
Micah Manning – WR, 5-10, 175, Fr., Lees Summit, Mo. (Lees Summit Senior HS)
Earned all-district honors after rushing for 615 yards and totaling 319 receiving yards as a senior in 2019 … all-conference selection in 2018 after finishing with 571 rushing yards and 258 receiving yards … chosen all-state as a member of the LSSHS track team.
Vincent Munlin Jr. – OL, 6-6, 240, Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio (Princeton HS)
Team captain and earned second team all-league honors as a senior in 2019 … chosen as the team’s most valuable offensive player as a junior in 2018 … three-year starter on varsity team … ranked eighth in his weight class in the state as a junior on the Princeton High School wrestling team … four-time GMC All-Academic.
Trever Sandusky – OL, 6-5, 270, Fr., Carrollton, Ky. (Carroll County HS)
Helped Carroll County High School to a 7-4 record in 2019.
Jake Sloan – TE, 6-3, 205, Fr., Somerset, Ky. (Pulaski County HS)
Earned second team all-state honors as a junior, and all-state honorable mention as a freshman and a sophomore … chosen as district player of the year after totaling 77 receptions for 899 yards with eight touchdown catches as a senior in 2019 … had 116 catches for 1,667 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior for a Pulaski County High School team that went 11-3, won district and region championships and advanced to the state quarterfinals … led the state in receptions and yards in 2018 … recorded 73 receptions for 936 yards and caught six touchdown passes his sophomore season … had 510 yards and five touchdowns on 46 receptions as a freshman as PCHS went 12-3, won district and region championships and made it to the state finals in class 5A.