Quarterback Bethea highlights Hornets’ three early recruits

Rod Milstead

DOVER — Rod Milstead’s first full recruiting class is off to a good start, he says.

But there’s still more room for him to bring in players before February.

Delaware State inked three recruits as part of Wednesday’s early National Signing Day.

The class is highlighted by quarterback Tylik Bethea (6-foot-5, 195 pounds), is out of Lincoln High in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Bethea will enroll at Delaware State in January and will be able to participate in spring drills, where Milstead expects him to push current quarterbacks Keenan Black and Jack McDaniels.

He threw for 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior at Lincoln.

“We’re fortunate to get the quarterback that we wanted,” Milstead said. “He has a rifle for an arm but his football IQ is what sold me. The things he knows and how he makes decisions is what made me say, ‘That’s the guy I’ve been looking for.”

Wade Inge II and Miquan Hall round out the class.

Milstead was able to recruit for a full cycle for the first time since taking the job in early 2018. The Hornets did not have a coach for 2017’s early National Signing Day.

Inge II is a two-way player and Milstead said he likely projects as a defensive back. But his main role to start will be as a kick and punt returner.

Milstead said Inge II would be able to play either quarterback or running back if DelState really needed him to. Inge II rushed for more than 1,700 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior at Williamstown High in New Jersey.

“He just that dynamic of a football player,” Milstead said.

Hall is a 6-foot-1 cornerback, something the Hornets need after the graduation of All-MEAC cornerback Keyjuan Selby.

Hall competed at ASA College in New York last year and will have sophomore eligibility for Delaware State. He only played in three games due to injury as a freshman but is expected to be healthy for the start of next season.

“We needed somebody to replace Selby at corner and we feel like he’s the guy for the job,” Milstead said.

Milstead said he expects to sign anywhere between 12-15 more players in February’s National Signing Day.

“We’re very selective about who is coming to Delaware State,” Milstead said. “I only want young men who want to be at Delaware State.
We’re going to wait. All the big schools have signed their guys so those three-stars and two-stars are still there. For those guys who felt they should have been at a big-time program, if they want a place to play, come to Delaware State.”

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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