The Atlanta Falcons today announced that they have signed the following college free agents; Boise State wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn, Hawaii linebacker Brenden Daley, Auburn defensive end Nosa Eguae, Utah State cornerback Devonta Glover-Wright, Miami (Fla.) fullback Maurice Hagens, Arkansas State wide receiver Julian Jones, North Greenville wide receiver Freddie Martino, Cornell quarterback Jeff Mathews, Vanderbilt outside linebacker Walker May, South Carolina State safety Kimario McFadden, Kent State fullback Roosevelt Nix, Wisconsin tight end Jacob Pedersen, Toledo wide receiver Bernard Reedy, Kentucky defensive tackle Donte Rumph, Tennessee outside linebacker Jacques Smith, Syracuse running back Jerome Smith, Tennessee center James Stone, Kansas State wide receiver Tramaine Thompson, Wisconsin tight end Brian Wozniak, and Pittsburgh punter Matt Yoklic.
Boldewijn, 6-4, 220 pounds, caught 87 passes for 1,151 yards with six touchdowns in four seasons at Boise State. He started each of the Broncos’ 13 games during his final collegiate season in 2013, snagging 39 receptions for 528 yards and two touchdowns. Boldewijn played one year of high school at Capital High School in Boise, earning all-conference honors after growing up in the Netherlands.
Daley, 6-3, 250 pounds, had 116 total tackles (68 solo) with 14.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, three forced fumbles, one interception, and one pass defense in two years at the University of Hawaii. He was named honorable mention All-Mountain West honors as a senior in 2012 after leading the team with 90 total tackles while adding 13 tackles for loss and four sacks. Daley played two seasons for Ventura Junior College in California after graduating from Moorpark High School in California.
Eguae, 6-3, 269 pounds, started 43 games in four seasons at Auburn where he totaled 105 tackles (65 solo) with 21.0 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks. The Mansfield, TX native was a key cog on the Tigers defense that advanced to the BCS National title game in 2013. Eguae played at Summit High School in Texas and was a PrepStar All American.
Glover-Wright, 6-0, 175 pounds, totaled 69 tackles (40 solo) with five tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 10 passes defensed in two seasons at Utah State. He played quarterback and wide receiver at Eastern Arizona Community College in 2011 and played at Highland (Kan.) Community College as a freshman in 2010. Glover-Wright is a Smyrna, GA native and was an all-county selection at Campbell High School.
Hagens, 5-11, 250 pounds, played in 42 games with 13 starts in four seasons as a lead blocker at the University of Miami (Fla.). He posted 13 carries for 46 yards while adding 18 receptions for the Hurricanes and was the recipient of the Walt Kichefski Hurricane Award in 2013. Hagens attended Tampa Bay Tech High School where he logged 1,300 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior.
Jones, 6-0, 202 pounds, caught 69 passes for 1,123 yards (16.3 yards per catch) with 11 touchdowns in four seasons at Arkansas State. He was a preseason third team All-Sun Conference selection by Phil Steele and set career-highs with 52 catches and 641 while adding four touchdowns in 2013. Jones played both wide receiver and in the secondary at Germantown High School in Memphis, TN where he was a Class 5A All-State defensive back.
Martino, 6-0, 195 pounds, was a four-year starter for the North Greenville Crusaders catching 296 passes for 3,766 yards, and 26 touchdowns. He led the team in receptions and yards each season, including a pair of 1,000 yard seasons. In 2013, the North, SC native set a NCAA Division Il record with 146 catches, accounting for nearly half of the Crusaders receptions as the team’s second leading receiver caught 42 passes. Martino set a school record with 1,680 yards (152.7 yards per game) and scored 12 touchdowns.
Mathews, 6-4, 229 pounds, was the most prolific passer in Cornell history owning 47 school records and 18 Ivy League marks. He completed 901 of 1447 passes (62.2 pct.) for 11,284 yards with 72 touchdowns in 38 career games for the Big Red. Mathews was the Ventura County Player of the Year as a senior at Camarillo High School in Camarillo, CA after passing for 3,314 yards and 37 touchdowns.
May, 6-5, 250 pounds, logged 141 total tackles (86 solo) with 30.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, three passes defensed, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery in four years at Vanderbilt. He served as a co-captain and started all 13 games as a senior in 2013, totaling 41 tackles (25 solo), 9.5 tackles for loss, and four sacks. May attended Briarwood Christian School in Birmingham, AL where he named a named first team 5A All-State Defensive selection.
McFadden, 5-11, 197 pounds, recorded 57 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and one interception during his senior season at South Carolina State. He was a second-team All-MEAC selection in his lone season for the Bulldogs after also spending time at Atlanta Prep, Alabama A&M, and Georgia Military Academy. McFadden is a Riverdale, GA native and attended Mundy Mills High School.
Nix, 5-11, 260 pounds, became the first player in Kent State history and the fifth MAC player to earn first team all-conference honors in four seasons. He finished his career second on the school’s all-time sacks list with 24 quarterback take downs and is the Golden Flash’s career leader with 65 tackles for loss. Nix attended Reynoldsburg High School in Reynoldsburg, OH where he was named OCC Player of the Year.
Pedersen, 6-5, 240 pounds, finished his career ranked seventh all-time at the University of Wisconsin with 17 touchdown receptions, the most by a tight end in school history. He was a consensus All-Big 10 honorable mention selection in 2013 after catching 39 passes for 551 yards with three touchdowns. Pedersen attended Menominee High School in Menominee, MI where he was a first-team all-state and all-conference selection as a senior as well as the Upper Peninsula defensive player of the year.
Reedy, 5-9, 175 pounds, was a second-team All-MAC pick after his senior season at Toledo and a first team All-MAC selection at three positions, wide receiver, punt returner, and kickoff returner as a junior. He logged 195 receptions for 2,743 yards with 23 touchdowns in four seasons for the Rockets. Reedy played both running back and wide receiver at Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg, FL where he gained 1,256 rushing yards and 800 receiving yards with 36 touchdowns as a senior en route to first team all-state honors.
Rumph, 6-3, 320 pounds, logged 126 total tackles in four seasons at Kentucky, including 47 tackles (24 solo), six tackles for loss, and two sacks as a senior in 2013. He spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy after earning first-team all-state honors from the Associated Press and the Columbia State newspaper at Calhoun County High School. A St. Matthews, SC native, Rumph’s cousin Philip Merling, a former Clemson star who played with the Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins.
Jacques Smith, 6-2, 258 pounds, totaled 120 tackles (71 solo), 21.5 tackles for loss, 20 quarterback hits, five sacks, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery in four seasons at Tennessee. In 2013 he posted 28 tackles (16 solo), with two tackles for loss, two quarterback hits and one half sack for the Volunteers. Smith attended Ooltewah High School in Chattanooga, TN where he was named the 2009 Defensive Player of the Year by the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Jerome Smith, 6-0, 226 pounds, finished his career as one of Syracuse’s top rushers, ranking 13th on the school’s all-time rushing list with 2,219 yards. He rushed for 914 yards on 200 carries with eight touchdowns in 2013 and ranked second in the Big East with 1,171 yards on 227 carries in 2012. Smith is a native of Bear, DE and attended Pencader Charter School where he earned third-team all-state and first-team all-conference honors after rushing for 1,334 yards and 16 touchdowns on 193 carries while posting 36 tackles and four sacks as a senior.
Stone, 6-3, 291 pounds, was played in 45 games with 39 starts, including starts in each of his last 24 games at Tennessee. Last season, he was named to the Rimington Award watch list, helping the Volunteers gain 2,261 rushing yards, the school’s highest total since 2004. Stone was named Tennessee Class 2A Mr. Football among lineman, the Tennessee AA Lineman of the Year, and earned Tennessee Sports Writers All-State first team honors at Maplewood High School in Nashville, TN.
Thompson, 5-8, 167 pounds, logged 109 receptions for 1,673 (15.3 yards per catch) with 10 touchdowns in four seasons at Kansas State. In 2013, He caught 32 passes for a career-high 551 yards (17.2 yards per catch) with five touchdowns. Thompson attended Jenks High School in Jenks, OK where he was named a first team all-state kick returner by the Daily Oklahoman and a second team all-state receiver by the Tulsa World as a senior.
Wozniak, 6-4, 255 pounds, played in 47 games, including 21 starts over his final two seasons at Wisconsin. He finished his career with 15 receptions for 127 yards and four touchdowns, with six catches, 33 yards, and all four of his touchdowns coming during his senior season in 2013. Wozniak is a Loveland, OH native and led his team with 26 receptions for 379 yards while also playing linebacker as a senior at Loveland High School.
Yoklic, 6-4, 220 pounds, averaged a career-high 43.0 yards per punt to rank third in the ACC as a senior at Pittsburgh in 2013. He totaled 70 punts for 3,008 yards, had 19 total punts downed inside the 20, and 19 punts of 50-plus yards in his final season with the Panthers. Yoklic earned all-conference academic honors all four seasons after joining the team as a walk on. He is a Gibsonia, PA native and was an All-Quad North punter at Pine-Richland High where he averaged 39.5 yards per punt as a senior.