YSU Adds Four Defensive Standouts During Early Signing Period

Head Coach Eric Wolford
Head Coach Eric Wolford

Youngstown State Head Football Coach Eric Wolford announced on Wednesday that four players have signed National Letters of Intent to join the program. The four defensive players will be part of the football program beginning with the upcoming spring semester.

The players who signed on Wednesday include junior safety Chris Charles (Ellsworth College/Pompano Beach, Fla.), junior safety Twin Fernandes (Compton College/Buena Park, Calif.), sophomore cornerback Julius Childs (Compton College/Los Angeles, Calif.) and freshman linebacker Terry Johnson (Countryside H.S./Pinellas Park, Fla.).

Chris Charles | Jr. | S | 6-0 | 195 | Pompano Beach, Fla. | Coral Springs Charter (Ellsworth College)

JUNIOR COLLEGE: Was a first-team Midwest Football Conference selection as a defensive back in 2011...helped guide the team to eight wins as a freshman in 2010...in 2010, started 10 games and was credited with 65 total tackles, including 36 solo stops...team played in The Graphic Edge Bowl following the 2010 regular season...coach was Mike Virden.

Julius Childs | So. | CB | 5-11 | 175 | Los Angeles, Calif. | Lynwood H.S. (Compton College)

JUNIOR COLLEGE: In nine games, had 29 total tackles, including 15 solo stops...tied for the team lead with seven pass breakups...returned 25 kickoffs for an average of 24.5 per return...returned a kick 83 yards for a score against East Los Angeles...coach was Sean Fernandez.

Twin Fernandes | Jr. | S | 6-0 | 185 | Buena Park, Calif. | Los Alamitos H.S. (Compton College)

JUNIOR COLLEGE: Was a unanimous selection as the Mountain Conference American Division Defensive Player of the Year...led the team with 85 total tackles, including 45 solo stops...the 9.4 tackles per game ranked seventh in the Southern California Football Association...credited with 11 tackles for 62 yards in losses...had three pass breakups...had a season-best 13 tackles against San Diego Mesa...had 12 tackles against Santa Monica...credited with 11 stops against LA Southwest and Victor Valley...had 10 against East Los Angeles...as a freshman in 2010 had 40 tackles, including 27 solo stops...credited with four tackles for loss and two forced fumbles...had 125 tackles in just 16 games played in junior college career...coach was Sean Fernandez.

Terry Johnson | Fr. | LB | 6-4 | 200 | Pinellas Park, Fla. | Countryside H.S.

HIGH SCHOOL: St. Petersburg Times Pinellas County Defensive Player of the Year as a linebacker in 2010...named first-team All-Suncoast...a Pinellas County Athletic Conference First-Team selection (North County)...selected to play for the North squad at the Pinellas County All-Star Football Classic...registered 95 tackles (75 solos) and a sack...returned an interception for a touchdown and had two fumble recoveries...also played running back, finishing with 819 yards and 19 touchdowns during the season...Cougars were 12-1 record and trip to the Class 5A Region 2 Finals, losing to Plant...rushed for 77 yards on 15 carries and scored both touchdowns in game...also made a spectacular fourth-down stop on Plant running back James Wilder, one of the top seniors in the nation in 2010, in the playoffs...the 12 wins set a school record...member of first Countryside senior class to make consecutive trips to the regional finals...posted school's first-ever undefeated regular season in 2010...prior to the season was named as one of Florida's top 25 inside linebackers...coach was Jared Davis.

Originally signed with YSU in February 2011...did not attend college in the fall semester.