Arkansas-Pine Bluff has landed its first junior college recruit for the 2014 football season.
Pasadena (Calif.) City College linebacker Ja’von McElroy-Bradford is one of three who have signed with the Golden Lions after National Signing Day, the university confirmed Tuesday.
McElroy, a 6-foot-1, 230-pounder from Los Angeles, was the second-leading tackler for PCC this past season with 53 stops in 10 games. Four of his tackles were for losses and he also forced two fumbles.
“We expect him to come in and make an instant impact,” UAPB coach Monte Coleman said.
He is the first linebacker in UAPB’s 2014 signing class and adds experience to a unit that was led by graduating SWAC Defensive Player of the Year Jer-ryan Harris.
Coleman landed another Californian in defensive back Devin Mitchell (5-11, 170) of Perris High School, and Memphis Overton High defensive lineman Ryan Williams (6-2, 295).
Statistics for those players weren’t immediately available. Mitchell is the brother of UAPB defensive back and return specialist Andre Mitchell.
“He came to our camp, and we liked what we saw,” Coleman said of Devin Mitchell. “He’s a good, rangy kid. Great speed. He gives us, with (Anthony) Craft and all of them an ability to have a real strong secondary.”
The collective signings, which brings UAPB’s total this year to 12, are a result of Coleman’s continued focus on adding depth to his defensive unit. Landing Devin Mitchell and Williams helped him address two of his problem areas on that side of the ball.
“With the D-line, we need all the help we can get,” Coleman said. “Guys did a great job last year, but they were inexperienced.”