Tigers Add Four to 2024 Football Recruiting Class

Tennessee’s Memphis Ryan Silverfield, the head football coach at the University of Memphis, announced on Wednesday that four student-athletes have been added to the Tigers’ 2024 recruiting class. Memphis’ class now numbers 38 players, including the 34 who signed on December 20, 2023, as a result of the announcement.

The Memphis Tigers’ annual spring game will be played on Saturday, April 20 at 3 p.m. at Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium. Admission is free and more details about the event will be announced at a later date.

Fans can secure their 2024 Memphis Football season tickets with a $10 deposit at GoTigersGo.com or by calling the Memphis Ticket Office at (901) 678-2331.

Chalil Cummings
Defensive Back | 5-10 | 187
Starke, Fla. | Bradford HS
Consensus three-star recruit … Ranked the No. 40 ATH in the country by On3 Sports and 103rd overall player in the state of Florida by 247 Sports … Chose Memphis over Cincinnati, Arkansas State and others … Four-year varsity contributor at wide receiver and cornerback … Totaled 83 tackles, seven pass breakups and three interceptions … Hauled in 94 passes for 1,725 yards and 22 touchdowns during his prep career … As a senior in 2023, Cummings caught 47 balls for 846 yards and a dozen touchdowns.

Jordan Grier 
Defensive Back | 5-10 | 206
Ellenwood, Ga. | Cedar Grove HS | Indiana
Three-star recruit out of high school … Defensive back for head coach Miguel Patrick at Cedar Grove High School … Also returned kicks … 2020 senior season shortened due to COVID-19 … All-state and all-region honoree … Led Cedar Grove to three state championships … Recorded four pick-sixes and made 56 tackles as a junior … Played in six games at safety and on special teams as a freshman in 2021 … Made his collegiate debut in the Idaho win … Made first career tackle against Rutgers  … Appeared in all 12 games … Made one tackle in win over Illinois  … Recorded one tackle at Cincinnati  … Totaled one tackle at Nebraska … Tallied two stops against No. 4 Michigan … Recorded four tackles against No. 16 Penn State  … Appeared in 12 games with three starts … Made first career start against Akron … One of 18 Hoosiers to make first career start … Logged two solo tackles at Ohio State …  Made one solo stop at Indiana State … Made first career start and posted two solo tackles at Akron.

Jaylen Nichols
Offensive Line | 6-5 | 335
Charlotte, N.C. | Myers Park HS | South Carolina
Three-star recruit coming out of high school … Coached by Scott Chadwick… Started games on both sides of the ball, at offensive guard and defensive tackle … Led his team to a 13-2 record and a berth in the state 4A semifinals as a senior… Helped the Mustangs post a 12-2 record as a junior… Ranked the 43rd-best player in the Tar Heel state and the 86th-best offensive tackle in the country, according to 247Sports Composite … Played in five games including four starts as a freshman in 2019 … Saw his first collegiate action versus Charleston Southern … Moved into the starting lineup at right tackle for the Kentucky game following an injury … Held that starting slot for the next three games – Georgia, Florida and Tennessee – before suffering a high ankle sprain that limited him throughout the remainder of the season … Named to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll … Played in all 10 games in 2020, primarily on special teams, as a backup offensive lineman … Named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll … Appeared in 10 games, making seven starts in 2021 … Started each of the first four games (Eastern Illinois, East Carolina, Georgia and Kentucky) at the left guard position… Was injured and missed some time… started each of the final three contests (Auburn, Clemson and North Carolina) at left tackle … Fourth-year offensive lineman … Appeared in 12 games, making seven starts in 2022 … Started the first two games at left tackle before missing the Georgia game with an injury … Made five-consecutive appearances off the bench before returning to the starting lineup at left tackle for the final five games … Named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll … Named a co-winner of the 2022 Most Improved Player of the Spring Award for the offense … Missed the 2023 season due to injury.

Tahj Ra-El
Defensive Back | 6-1 | 202
Charlotte, N.C. | Myers Park HS | Old Dominion
Three-star recruit by Rivals … Named to the 2020-21 Shrine Bowl Roster for the prestigious North Carolina vs. South Carolina Shrine Bowl … Recorded 44 tackles, six tackles for loss and two interceptions as a junior … Scored touchdowns on an interception and fumble return … Earned third-team All-Charlotte Observer at safety as a junior … Played in 11 games in 2021, seeing action at safety and on special teams … Registered nine tackles and one pass breakup … Had two tackles on special teams … Recorded season-high three tackles in the win over Hampton … Notched a pair of tackles against Tulsa in the Myrtle Beach Bowl … Saw more action at safety as the season progressed … Played in all 12 games in 2022, started a pair at safety … Registered 40 tackles and one pass breakup … Totaled four tackles in the season-opening win over Virginia Tech … Notched six tackles in the win over Arkansas State … Recorded a career-high 10 stops against Georgia Southern … Had eight tackles at App State … Started all 13 games at safety in 2023 … Had 84 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, six pass breakups and an interception … Had three double-digit tackle games … Led the team in tackles once … Had 11 tackles and one tackle for loss at Virginia Tech … Had 10 tackles in the win over Louisiana … Recorded a career-high 12 tackles at Marshall … Had six tackles and an interception in the Famous Toastery Bowl against WKU.

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