May 7, 2010
For Immediate Release
ROOKIE FREE AGENTS
The Baltimore Ravens signed the following nine rookie free agents Friday:
High School: Immokale (FL)Born: 5/17/87, Immokale, FLExp.: Rookie
Rodelin Anthony signed with the Ravens as a rookie free agent on 5/7/10…Saw action in 44 career games, including 15 starts over his four-year career…Recorded 69 receptions for 1,002 yards (14.5 avg.) and 12 TDs as a Rebel…Played in eight games (two starts) as a senior in 2009, netting 16 receptions for 240 yards (15.0 avg.) and a career-high 4 TDs…Played in all 12 games, including four starts, and finished fourth on team with 17 catches for 227 yards and 3 TDs as a junior in 2008…Hauled a 28-yard TD and recovered a blocked punt (returned for 11 yards) in the 34-17 win against New Mexico…Produced a game-winning 19-yard TD reception vs. Wyoming...Played in all 12 games (five starts) as a sophomore in 2007...Finished fifth on team with a career-high 19 receptions for 300 yards, producing a team-leading 15.8-yard average and 3 TDs...Best game came against San Diego State when he pulled in 3 receptions for 72 yards and a career-high 2 TDs...Saw action in all 12 games (four starts at tight end) as a redshirt freshman in 2006...Finished fourth on team with 17 receptions for 235 yards and 2 TDs...Notched season highs with 4 receptions for 55 yards against Utah…Redshirted as a true freshman in 2005…A three-time Academic All-Mountain West Conference performer who twice earned a spot on the Dean's Honor List and was voted to the Arthur Ashe Junior Sports Scholar Award team in 2009…Honored with being UNLV Athletics' lone representative selected to take part in the 2008 NCAA National Student-Athlete Leadership Development Conference held in Orlando in 2008…Prepped at Immokalee (FL) HS, where he was a two-way performer…Helped lead the Indians to a 2A Florida state championship as a senior...Named 2A first-team All-State by the Florida Sports Writers Association as a WR...Averaged 24.3 yards per catch and added 89 tackles, including 42 solo stops, as a DB...Also played basketball for the Indians...Was an honor roll student who carried a 4.5 GPA and earned the Orange Bowl Committee Scholar-Athlete Award for his team…Spent the summer of 2006 doing an internship in ESPN Regional's Las Vegas Bowl office...Had a dual major in political science and journalism/media studies…Has a son, Rodenel Anthony, born 3/27/07…First name pronounced: ROD-a-lin.
MORGAN COX - 46
High School: Evangelical Christian (Memphis, TN)
Born: 4/26/86, Collierville, TN
Morgan Cox signed with the Ravens as a rookie free agent on 5/7/10…Played in 38 career games, serving as the Volunteers’ primary snapper for three seasons…Saw action in all 12 games as a senior, executing snaps on every punt and kick placement for the third year in a row...Registered 3 special teams tackles on the season…Posting 4 special teams tackles as a junior in 2008, he tied for seventh on the team and played in all 12 games...Made stops against Northern Illinois, Georgia, South Carolina and Vanderbilt…Played in all 14 games as a sophomore, helping K Daniel Lincoln earn All-American honors and consensus Freshman All-SEC accolades...The Vols’ kicking unit converted on 21 of 29 FGs and 52 of 53 PATs that season...Registered 1 special teams tackle against South Carolina and another vs. Vanderbilt…Did not see any game action as a redshirt freshman in 2006…Redshirted as a true freshman in 2005…Was a consistent member of the Thornton Center Honor Roll during his collegiate career and was a three-time All-SEC Academic honoree (2006-08) while majoring in accounting…Prepped at Evangelical Christian (Memphis, TN) HS, where he earned All-State honorable mention honors and the Memphis Commercial Appeal Best of Preps Award as a senior...Began his role as a snapper during his junior season...Helped guide Evangelical Christian to the state semifinals that year and to the state championship game as a senior...Also played center as a senior and saw time on the defensive and offensive lines as a freshman and sophomore.
JOHN FLETCHER - 68
High School: Ralston Valley (Arvada, CO)
Born: 12/6/85, Erie, CO
John Fletcher signed with the Ravens as a rookie free agent on 5/7/10…Named a first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection in 2009 and received second-team honors in 2007 and 2008…One of the top D-lineman in the MWC as a senior, Fletcher was twice named to the Rotary Lombardi (best lineman or linebacker) watch list (2008-09) prior to the season…Finished his career at Wyoming by appearing in 46 games and recording 175 tackles (89 solo), 24 sacks (-154 yards), 36 TFL (-177 yards), 4 FF, 3 FR and 9 PDs…Fletcher’s 24 sacks rank fifth in school history…As a senior in 2009, he was named a team captain, posting 52 tackles (25 solo), 7 sacks (-47 yards), 12.5 TFL (-60 yards) 2 FF, 1 FR and 5 PDs in 13 contests…Also blocked 3 kicks on the season, one of which elevated the Cowboys past San Diego State into bowl game contention…In 2008, he recorded 54 tackles (30 solo) in 12 games, including 6.5 TFL (-43 yards)…Also posted 4.5 sacks (-40 yards), 1 FF, 1 FR and 3 PDs…One of his top performances came against New Mexico (8 tackles and 1 TFL)…Named to an All-MWC team for the first time as a sophomore in 2007 after he ranked second in the conference (11th in the nation) in sacks with 10.5 (-64 yards)…Started all 12 games at DT and also recorded 60 stops (29 solo), 14 TFL (-70 yards), 1 FF, 1 FR and 1 PD…Posted a 3-sack (-21 yards) effort en route to a victory over UNLV…As a redshirt freshman in 2006, played in the first nine contests before a fractured finger sidelined him for the final three…Credited with 9 tackles (5 solo), 2 sacks (-3 yards) and 3 TFL (-4 yards) in his shortened campaign…Redshirted his true freshman season in 2005…Prepped at Ralston Valley (Arvada, CO) HS, where he excelled in football, basketball and baseball…A four-year starter in football, he earned All-State and All-Conference honors in his final three seasons…Following a stellar senior campaign in 2003, which included 150 tackles, 6 sacks and 2 INTs, he was named first-team All-Colorado and 4A Defensive Player of the Year by the Rocky Mountain News and first-team All-Class 4A by both the Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post…Also played QB (550 passing yards for 8 TDs and 589 rushing yards for 7 TDs) and served as the team’s punter…Majored in communications at Wyoming.
High School: Camden County (Kingsland, GA)
Born: 8/18/88, Kingsland, GA
Ashton Hall signed with the Ravens as a rookie free agent on 5/7/10…Saw action in 47 career games, including 24 starts, recording 219 tackles (136 solo), 13 PD, 9 TFL (-23 yards), 3 INTs, 3 FF, 1 FR and 2 blocked punts…Named a team captain as a senior in 2009 and started all 13 games, finishing second on the team with a career-high 89 tackles (57 solo)…Added 8 PD, 6.5 TFL (-17 yards), 1 INT, 1 FF and 1 FR (returned for 29 yards) in his final season with the Thundering Herd…Saw extensive action in 10 games at safety, including four starts, and finished the season with 48 tackles (27 solo) and an INT as a junior in 2008...Tied a career-high with 11 tackles against the University of Central Florida...Credited with 9 stops in the season finale vs. Tulsa...Saw significant action in all 12 games, starting 7 as a sophomore in 2007...Finished fourth on the team with 66 tackles, including 41 solo...Also notched 2.5 TFL, 1 FF and blocked 2 kicks...Established a career-high 11 tackles and a FF against New Hampshire...Blocked a punt against Cincinnati and against Southern Mississippi...Appeared in all 12 games as a freshman in 2006, splitting time between special teams and the secondary, to record 16 tackles (11 solo), 1 INT and 1 PD...Made his first career start against UTEP, where he made a season-high 8 tackles and recorded his first-career INT, along with 1PD...Majored in sports management and marketing...Hall broke Randy Moss' vertical jump record with a leap of 44 inches (Moss' old record was 43 inches set in 1997)...Hall also holds Marshall football's all-time record in the broad jump (11'2")…Recorded more than 100 tackles, 2 INTs and 2 FRs for TDs as a senior at Camden County (Kingsland, GA)...Also added 2 blocked punts and scored 5 TDs as a running back for the Wildcats...Rated as a three-star athlete by Scout.com.
High School: Kathleen (Lakeland, FL)
Born: 6/4/86, Lakeland, FL
Albert McClellan signed with the Ravens as a rookie free agent on 5/7/10…The three-time captain appeared in 48 games (42 starts) during his five-year career at Marshall…Totaled 230 tackles (99 solo), 39.5 TFL, 19.5 sacks, 11 PD, 7 FF and 1 FR during that time…Earned second-team All-Conference USA status as a senior in 2009 along with being tabbed as a preseason first-team All-CUSA selection…He started 12 of 13 games and notched 54 tackles (16 solo), 9 TFL, 3 sacks, 2 FF and 2 PD in his final collegiate season…Had a career-high 15 tackles (3 solo), 3 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 FF and a blocked kick vs. Bowling Green…Helped the Thundering Herd win the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl with a 3-tackle and 1-FR performance…Was a first-team All-CUSA pick as a junior in 2008…Started all 12 games in which he played, totaling 59 tackles (18 solo), 4.5 TFL and 2.5 sacks while facing many double teams…Redshirted the 2007 season after suffering a preseason knee injury…Named CUSA Defensive MVP and was selected first-team All-CUSA by the media and coaches in his 2006 sophomore campaign…Finished fourth on the team with 77 tackles (41 solo)…Nationally, he ranked sixth in the NCAA in TFL (19) and seventh in sacks (11), both numbers that led his conference…His best performance of 2006 was at East Carolina, where he had 9 tackles (8 solo), a school-record 6.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 2 FF and 1 PD…Played in 11 games with five starts as a freshman for Marshall in 2005…He was selected to the CollegeFootballNews.com Freshman All-America and CUSA All-Freshman teams…Completed the season with 40 tackles (24 solo), 7 TFL, 3 sacks, 1 FR and 2 PD…Majored in business management at Marshall…Was a Florida Class 3A first-team All-State pick at Kathleen (Lakeland, FL) HS where, where Ravens LB Ray Lewis also attended high school…As a senior, McClellan had 65 tackles and 12 sacks…Also played basketball…Brother, Julius, played football at UNC A&T.
College: Boston College
High School: Woburn (MA)
Born: 5/11/87, Woburn, MA
Mike McLaughlin signed with the Ravens as a rookie free agent on 5/7/10…Two-time defensive captain who finished his career with 221 tackles (130 solo), 4 sacks, 19.5 TFL, 2 FFs, 7PD and 1 INT…Earned his second nod as a defensive team captain after he battled back from a torn Achilles in the spring to start nine games at MLB as a senior…Finished third on the team with 56 tackles (29 solo), 2.5 TFL, 2 FFs and 1 PD…Recorded a season-high 11 tackles, including 1 TFL at Maryland…Voted defensive captain by his teammates as a junior in 2008...Started all 14 games at MLB and finished second on the team with 89 tackles (53 solo), 4 sacks, a career-high 5 PD, 1 INT (returned for 36 yards) and 12 TFL...Recorded 9 tackles for the fourth time on the year, including two for a loss against Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game…Netted 7 tackles, a sack and an INT that set up a TD against Clemson...Started three games and played a significant role in the others during his sophomore campaign in 2007...Was the Eagles' fourth-leading tackler with 64 stops (41 solo)...Also had 5 TFL and a PD…Started his first-career game at Maryland and responded with a career-best 14 tackles (6 solo) and a career-high 2 TFL...Saw action in nine games as a redshirt freshman in 2006, posting 12 tackles, including 7 solo...Made 2 tackles and had 1 PD in collegiate debut at Central Michigan...Redshirted as a true freshman in 2005…Earned Middlesex League MVP honors as a junior and senior two-way player (LB and RB) at Woburn (MA) HS...Was a three-time All-League selection and earned a spot on the "Super 26" All-State Team by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston as a senior...Earned All-Scholastic honors from both the Boston Globe and Boston Herald as a senior...Rushed for 1,005 yards and 22 TDs as an RB and posted 75 tackles, 4 sacks and an INT in his senior season...Finished his career at Woburn with a school-record 49 TDs and more than 2,500 rushing yards, as well as netting more than 350 career tackles…Also played on Woburn's basketball team.
High School: James F. Byrnes (Duncan, SC)
Born: 1/14/88, Duncan, SC
Prince Miller signed with the Ravens as a rookie free agent on 5/7/10…Played in 52 career games (31 starts), totaling 126 tackles (86 solo), 11 PD, 1 INT, 1 sack (-9 yards) and 1 FF…Also returned 28 punts for 417 yards (14.9 avg.), including 1 TD (92 yards)…Named special teams captain and started all 13 games as a senior in 2009…Posted 42 tackles, including 5 TFL, and had 2 PD…Also returned 19 punts for 226 yards (11.9 avg.)…Registered a season-high 7 tackles vs. No. 25 Auburn, also adding 5 tackles against No. 4 LSU and 4 stops vs. No. 1 Florida…Selected to the Preseason All-SEC second team by the conference’s coaches…Appeared in 13 games as a junior in 2008, making 10 starts and recording 50 tackles…Also tallied 9 punt returns for 191 yards (21.2 avg.), including a 92-yard TD…Registered 5 tackles and returned a punt for 38 yards in the Capital One Bowl victory over No. 19 Michigan State…Recorded a career-high 11 tackles at Kentucky and notched 6 stops and a 92-yard PR-TD against No. 8 Alabama…Appeared in 13 games as a sophomore in 2007, making eight starts…Snared his first-career INT during Georgia’s 41-10 victory against No. 10 Hawai’i in the Allstate Sugar Bowl…Playing in every game during his freshman season, he blocked a punt against UAB that was returned for a TD by CJ Byrd…Named Georgia’s Special Teams Newcomer of the Year…Graduated in Dec. 2009 with a degree in housing…Prepped at James F. Byrnes (Duncan, SC) HS, where he was named South Carolina Mr. Football at the 2005 SCADA North-South All-Star game...Earned South Carolina All-State defensive back honors his senior year, was tabbed the Gatorade State Football Player of the Year and earned Orlando Sentinel South Carolina Player of the Year...Recorded 4 INTs, 3 FFs, over 2,000 yards of total offense and 16 total TDs as a senior...One of the top 20 cornerback prospects in the country by Scout.com, his high school team won four straight South Carolina Class AAAA football State Championships and compiled a 58-2 record in four years...Named team MVP his junior and senior years.
COURTNEY SMITH - 35
Cornerback / Kick Returner
College: Central Washington
High School: East Union (Stockton, CA)
Born: 10/17/84, Oakland, CA
Courtney Smith was signed by the Ravens as a rookie free agent on 5/7/10…A versatile cornerback and kick returner, Smith was named a unanimous first-team All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference selection at DB in 2009…Also received first-team honors as both a DB and KR in 2008…Played just two seasons at Central Washington after transferring from Langston University in Oklahoma, where he spent two seasons as a RB…Finished his two-year career at CW by appearing in 23 games with 71 tackles (54 solo), 4 TFL (5 yards), 2 INTs, 12 PDs and 2 blocked kicks on defense…Also posted 21 KORs for 625 yards (29.8 avg.) and 2 TDs…His 29.8 return average and 2 TDs are both school records…As a co-captain in 2009, Smith recorded 36 tackles (28 solo), 3 TFL (-4 yards), 1 INT, 7 PDs and a blocked kick…He also returned 9 kickoffs for 163 yards (18.1 avg.)…Posted 4 tackles (3 solo) against West Texas A&M, including 1.5 TFL, and 4 PDs…Totaled a season-high 6 tackles in his final collegiate game, a national quarterfinal loss to eventual Division II national champion Northwest Missouri State…In 2008, Smith played in 11 contests, with nine starts at CB…Finished with 35 tackles (26 solo), 1 TFL (-1 yard), 1 INT, 5 PDs and a blocked kick on defense…Enjoyed a stellar year as a KOR, recording 12 returns for 462 yards (38.5 avg.) and 2 TDs…Named the GNAC Special Teams Player of the Week after returning a kickoff 95 yards for a TD and blocking a punt and returning it for a TD against Mesa State…Received the same honor against Western Oregon (4 KORs, 139 yards and 1 TD) and Western Washington (1 KOR, 84 yards)…His 98-yard return TD against Western Oregon set a conference record…Posted a career-high 8 tackles (5 solo) and 1 PD in the NCAA Division II first-round contest at West Texas A&M…Also recorded 5 tackles (4 solo), 1 TFL and a career-high 3 PDs against Humboldt State…Redshirted at CW in 2007 and did not play in 2006…Played two seasons (2003-04) of football at Langston (OK) University, earning first-team All-Central States Football League honors as a freshman…Appeared in 21 games, recording 128 rushes for 673 yards (5.3 avg.) and 6 TDs…Also posted 8 receptions for 58 yards (7.3 avg.) and 2 KORs for 26 yards (7.3 avg.)…Prepped at East Union (CA) HS, where he earned All-Valley Oak League recognition in football and was also a two-year All-CIF Sac-Joaquin Section performer in track and field…Majored in law and justice at Central Washington.
CURTIS STEELE - 42
High School: Centennial (Franklin, TN)
Born: 3/24/87, Franklin, TN
Curtis Steele signed with the Ravens as a rookie free agent on 5/7/10…Starting 21 of 23 career games, he rushed 416 times for 2,462 yards (5.9 avg.) and 22 TDs in two playing seasons at Memphis…His career rushing yards rank third all time in school history, while his 12 100-yard games rank second…Was named the Tigers’ Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009, in addition to being voted a team captain his senior season…During the ’09 campaign, he rushed 198 times for 1,239 yards (6.3 avg.) and 15 TDs, averaging 123.9 rushing yards per game…Posted a career-high 240 rushing yards on 39 carries (6.2 avg.) against UTEP en route to winning Conference-USA Offensive Player of the Week honors…The 240 yards rank fourth all time in school history…Produced his fourth-straight multiple-TD contest with a career-best 4 rushing TDs against Tulsa, setting a school record for most rushing scores in a game...As a junior in 2008, he was named the Conference-USA Newcomer of the Year, in addition to being an All-Conference-USA second-team selection...Became only the fourth different Tiger to reach the 1,000-yard rushing mark in a season after piling up 1,223 yards and 7 TDs on 218 attempts…Finished the season ranked 33rd nationally in rushing yards per game (94.1) and 68th in all-purpose yards (112.3)...Against Arkansas State, he rushed for 203 yards on 22 carries (9.2 avg.), becoming the first Memphis back to rush for over 200 yards since DeAngelo Williams in 2005…Rushed for 2 TDs and 178 yards on 29 attempts (6.1 avg.) against Southern Miss, including the eventual game-winning 22-yard TD carry with 1:24 left in the contest...After amassing 237 all-purpose yards in that game, tying for 12th all time in school history, he was named the Conference-USA Offensive Player of the Week…Redshirted in 2007 at Memphis, his first season at the school after transferring from Northwest Mississippi Community College…Started all nine of the games he played at NWCC in 2006, totaling 551 rushing yards and 5 TDs on 75 carries (7.4 avg.)…Prepped at Centennial (Franklin, TN) HS, where he earned first-team All-State and All-Region accolades as a junior and senior...Set the school record for rushing yards in a season with 1,610 as a senior, also registering 17 TDs…Also lettered in track.