Dukes add eight players during early signing period

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- James Madison Head Coach Curt Cignetti announced the signing of eight student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday for the December early signing period for college football.

The class includes tight end Hunter Bullock, cornerback Dorian Davis, running backs Austin Douglas and CJ Jackson, defensive lineman Sean Johns, linebacker Taurus Jones, offensive lineman Tanner Morris and safety Jordan White.

"This is a high-quality group of student-athletes who grew extremely close during the recruiting process," Cignetti said. They stuck with James Madison during a period of uncertainty and reaffirmed their commitments within the last three days. A number of these guys played on state-championship teams or teams that competed deep into the playoffs. We expect to complete rest of the class in February."

He continued, "These student-athletes will fit nicely in this program and excel both as students and football players. The staff did a great job holding this class together during the transition and I'd really like to thank Warren Belin and Corico Wright for their hard work."

The geographic makeup of the 2018 early signing class is:
Virginia – 3
North Carolina – 2
South Carolina – 1
New Jersey – 1
Georgia – 1

Hunter Bullock | Tight End | 6-4 | 235 | Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney
---SCHSL 5A All-Region 2 selection
---Selected to South Carolina North-South Senior All-Star Game
---Helped Gaffney to 11-2 record and quarterfinal round of the 5A playoffs as a senior
---Also won nine games as a junior, advancing to the 5A quarterfinals

Dorian Davis | Cornerback | 6-0 | 170 | Shelby, N.C./Shelby
---2AA All-State as a senior
---Two-time All-Southwestern Athletic Conference selection
---Helped Shelby to 2AA state championship as a freshman, sophomore and senior
---Two-time Scholar-Athlete
---Also All-Conference in track, qualifying for the region meet in the 110 hurdles

Austin Douglas | Running Back | 5-11 |190 | Alpharetta, Ga./Mount Vernon School
---Class A Private All-State as a senior
---5-A Region Offensive Player of the Year as a senior and three-time All-Region honoree
---Rushed for 1,673 yards and 17 touchdowns, averaging 10.5 yards per carry as a senior
---Helped Mount Vernon School to three playoff appearances, with a program-record eight games in 2018

CJ Jackson | Running Back | 5-10 | 190 | Richmond, Va./Hermitage
VHSL 5A First Team All-Region as a junior
---First Team All-Colonial District as a junior
---First Team All-804 kick returner as a junior, returning a school-record 99-yard kick return for a touchdown
---Helped Hermitage to 11-2 record and third round of the 5A playoffs as a junior and 10-2 record with second-round playoff berth as a sophomore
---AB Honor Roll student all four years

Sean Johns | Defensive Line | 6-3 | 240 | Leesburg, Va./Gonzaga College
---Washington Post Honorable Mention All-Metro as a senior
---First Team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference as a senior
---Part of Gonzaga's 2018 WCAC championship team, going 9-3 as a senior

Taurus Jones | Linebacker | 6-1 | 210 | Portsmouth, Va./I.C. Norcom
---VHSL 3A First Team All-State in 2018
---3A Region Player of the Year and Eastern District Defensive Player of the Year
---First Team All-Region, All-District and All-Tidewater selection as a senior
---Honorable Mention All-Region and All-District as a sophomore
---Helped I.C. Norcom to region championship game in 2018
---National Honor Society and Honor Roll every semester

Tanner Morris | Offensive Line | 6-2 | 288 | Fayetteville, N.C./Terry Sanford
---First Team All-Patriot Athletic Conference as a senior and Second Team as a junior
---Selected to the 2018 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas
---Received U.S. Army Leadership and Commitment Award at Shrine Bowl
---Helped Terry Sanford to third round of 3A playoffs as a senior and second round as both a sophomore and junior
---Won PAC conference championship in 2017

Jordan White | Safety | 6-0 | 195 | West Orange, N.J./West Orange
---First Team All-County as senior and Second Team as a junior
---First Team All-New Jersey Super Football Conference as a junior and senior
---Led West Orange in touchdowns as a junior and senior
---Combined for 143 tackles as a junior and senior with six interceptions
---Won 2018 state sectionals on the track team's 4x100 relay

Cignetti and the JMU football coaching staff will complete the entire 2019 recruiting class on National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019.

The 2018-19 JMU Football signing period is presented by Old Dominion Realty.

2018-19 JMU Football Early Signees
Hunter Bullock Fr. TE 6-4 235 Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney
Dorian Davis Fr. CB 6-0 170 Shelby, N.C./Shelby
Austin Douglas Fr. RB 5-11 190 Alpharetta, Ga./Mount Vernon School
CJ Jackson Fr. RB 5-10 190 Richmond, Va./Hermitage
Sean Johns Fr. DL 6-3 240 Leesburg, Va./Gonzaga College
Taurus Jones Fr. LB 6-1 210 Portsmouth, Va./I.C. Norcom
Tanner Morris Fr. OL 6-2 288 Fayetteville, N.C./Terry Sanford
Jordan White Fr. S 6-0 195 West Orange, N.J./West Orange