Jason Bachtel, HCU Football Land Top FCS Recruiting Class

Another year and another strong recruiting class for the HCU football team. The Huskies, now led by new head coach Jason Bachtel, brought in the top-ranked recruiting class in the Football Championship Subdivision, according to 247Sports recruiting rankings.

With 13 players who signed during the early signing period in December and 11 more who helped complete the recruiting class on National Signing Day in February, the Huskies put together a 24-player signing class that continues the momentum that Bachtel has brought since taking over the program.

In the signing class, Bachtel and the Huskies landed nine players through the transfer portal and picked up 15 high school players.

2024 HCU football signing class


  • Taylor Behl – LB
  • Eli Brickhandler – QB
  • Collin Sullivan – WR
  • Jonah Brewster – OL
  • Markeis Sykes – DL
  • Zayteak McGhee – S
  • Byron Mathis – DL
  • Ravonte Blowe – DL
  • Luis Chavarria – OL

High School Signees:

  • Tyran Chappell – DB
  • Drake Hudson – DB
  • Reed Chandley – P/K
  • Legend Cabello – OL
  • Hashim Jaffa – OL
  • Ben Mulholland – OL
  • Jack Stanton – QB
  • Xai’Shaun Edwards – RB
  • Elijah Harris – RB
  • Terrell Bradshaw – WR
  • Deacon Stanfield – WR
  • Isaiah Johnson – DL
  • Michael Sylvalie – OLB
  • TJ Smith – LB
  • Shakir Collins – LB

Bachtel and the Huskies didn’t just accomplish having the top-ranked FCS recruiting class. The 2024 HCU football signing class actually outpaced five Football Bowl Subdivision programs, a monumental feat for any FCS program to pull off.

The Huskies will get the 2024 season started when they face the SMU Mustangs on Saturday, August 31. HCU’s home opener is slated for Saturday, September 7, when Bachtel and the Huskies welcome Tarleton State to town.  Season tickets will soon be available for purchase. The Husky Club and its members’ generosity are continuing to build the future of HCU Athletics and advance the mission of the University.