Joe Susan

Bucknell football coach Joe Susan watches a play from the sidelines.

Bucknell University signed 11 players to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday as part of NCAA football's Early Signing Period. 

"We are excited about the young men who have signed with us today," Bucknell football coach Joe Susan said. "The student-athletes who signed with us on the early signing date represent the efforts of our coaches, the young men we recruit and their families. The relationships we create throughout the process help them make a decision that will echo through their lives."

Seven different position groups are represented, including three at safety and two each at cornerback and offensive line. The players come from six states, including four from Ohio and two each from Pennsylvania and Texas.

Today's signees include: 

Ben Allen, LB, 6-1, 200, Whitehouse, Ohio, Anthony Wayne High School: 

Notable: District Defensive Player of the Year after setting a school record with 182 tackles. Named to the all-state, all-district and all-league first teams,

Alex Barnard, RB, 5-10, 180, Cincinnati, Ohio, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy

Notable: First Team All-Southwest Ohio honoree and MVC Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

Cade Brennan: DE, 6-4, 250, Chadds Ford, Pa., Garnet Valley High School

Notable: Two-time First Team All-Delaware County selection

Keyshawn Copeland: QB, 6-2, 175, Woodbridge, Va., C.D. Hylton High School

Notable: Three-year team captain and all-conference quarterback and all-district honoree.Threw for more than 4,600 yards and 60 touchdown

Eric Holsinger, CB, 5-10, 160, Columbus, Ohio, Dublin Scioto High School

Notable: Played on both sides of the ball for football team, totaling 303 rushing yards, 181 receiving yards, 100 tackles (52 solo), five interceptions and four blocked field goal.

Brent Jackson: S, 6-2, 195, Denton, Texas, John H. Guyer High School

Notable: Posted 120 tackles, nine pass breakups, four fumble recoveries, one interception and one forced fumble.

R.J. Mehan: OL, 6-4, 265, Worthington Ohio, Worthington Kilbourne High School

Notable: Team captain Second Team All-Central District selection and second Team All-OCC honoree

Justin Murray: S, 6-1, 195, Coppell, Texas, Coppell High School

Notable: 2018 First Team All-District 6-6A cornerback and All-Academic selection.

Gavin Pringle: CB, 5-11, 170, Baltimore, Md., Mount Saint Joseph High School

Notable: All-MIAA honoree, selected to compete in the BTC All-Star Game and Maryland Crab Bowl.

Jonathan Searcy: S, 6-1, 180, Medford, N.J., Shawnee High School

Notable: Played on both sides of the ball, totaling 115 tackles, 10 interceptions, two sacks and 552 yards and four touchdowns on 44 catches.

Zack Tarburton: OL, 6-3, 275, Perkasie, Pa., Pennridge High School

Notable: First Team All-Suburban One Continental Conference honoree and nominee for the 2018 Mr. PA Football Class 4A-6A Award. Brother Nick is a defensive end at Penn State.