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Shenandoah University Head Football Coach Paul Barnes announced Tuesday a class of 74 new student-athletes that he and his staff have recruited into the football program for the 2012 season.
Barnes and his staff have recruited the most geographically diverse class in program history with the 74 hailing from 12 different states.
Thirty-two members of the class of 2016 are Virginia natives while half of the remaining 42 played high school ball in Maryland.
New Jersey comes next with four players while three each call North Carolina, Pennsylvania and West Virginia home.
The class is rounded out by two from New York and single players from Florida, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington state.
The Washington native, Austin Tremel, is from Vancouver and is the first SU football player from the Pacific Northwest.
Derek Davis, a kicker from Millbrook, and Damien Wright, a wide receiver/defensive back from Front Royal, highlight the local players.
Player positions will be solidified during pre-season camp which begins in mid-August.
"The guys (assistant coaches) worked hard on bringing in this class," Barnes said. "We are still working with a couple of guys, so it is possible we could add to this number.
"I look forward to these guys competing with our returnees in camp."
The Hornets currently have 63 players slated to return from the 2011 team.
Shenandoah opens its first season as an ODAC member on September 1 at Stevenson. The first ODAC contest in program history is September 22 at Bridgewater.