ETSU's Sanders signs four players as early signing period begins

Joe Avento • Dec 20, 2017 at 7:56 PM

New East Tennessee State football coach Randy Sanders might be preparing for the Independence Bowl with Florida State, but he’s already working for his new school as well.

As the NCAA’s new three-day early signing period began on Wednesday, Sanders was able to snatch four recruits. The jewel of the early class might be quarterback Cam Lewis, a dual-threat quarterback with a cannon of an arm and a gaudy high school stat sheet. He was getting some looks from big schools.

Here’s a look at the four players who signed Wednesday:

Cam Lewis


6-3, 200

McDonough, Ga.

Totaled over 5,800 yards and 59 touchdowns (47 passing, 12 rushing) in three seasons.

Passed for 1,978 yards and 14 touchdowns, while rushing for 468 yards and seven touchdowns in his senior season

Sanders on Lewis: “Cam is dual-threat quarterback with a live arm. He gives us the ability to be balanced running and throwing, and forces the defense to defend every position.”

Kendell Wright

Defensive line

6-4, 285

Indianola, Miss. (Copiah-Lincoln CC)

Transferring from junior college. Totaled 266 tackles (156 solo), 13 sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 39 career games at Gentry High School.

Sanders on Wright: “Kendell is a defensive lineman who can play at either the end or interior line position. With his size and explosion, we think he can be an immediate impact player.”

Nate Adkins

Tight end

6-3, 220

Knox Bearden

Three-time all-conference in football and one-year all-conference in baseball. Brother (Nick) plays baseball at Carson-Newman, while his father (Greg) played football at Marshall and is currently on the football staff at Charlotte

Sanders on Adkins: “Nate is a tight end/defensive end from Knox Bearden. He is extremely physical and has good foot speed. Nate comes from a football family, and with that experience, we are excited for what he can do for us at the tight end position.”

Nick Vines

Offensive line

6-4, 315

Hattiesburg, Miss. (Jones County JC)

Played both right and left guard at Jones County Junior College. Two-year starter at JCJC with 42 pancake blocks

Sanders on Vines: “Nick is an offensive lineman that we project at either guard or tackle. He brings experience to the table. With his size and ability, Nick has an opportunity to compete for a job immediately.”

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