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story.lead_photo.caption Dawson Brandt of the Eldon Mustangs prepares to hand off during a 2017 game against the Blair Oaks Falcons in Wardsville. Brandt signed a letter-of-intent Wednesday to play football at Lincoln. Photo by Marty Beck / News Tribune.

When Steven Smith became Lincoln's football head coach, National Signing Day was focused on quantity.

Now, it's more about quality.

The Blue Tigers announced Wednesday they signed 25 players for their 2019 class, Smith's third signing class at Lincoln.

"I was really pleased with what we got," said Smith, who signed 45 players in 2017 and 30 players last year. "We beefed up the O-line and D-line a lot, giving us an opportunity to be able to get some bigger guys, some more experienced guys in here.

"That's going to help us to do what we need to get done to be successful."

Lincoln signed a total of eight linemen — three offensive, five defensive.

The Blue Tigers are adding plenty of size on the offensive line. Calvin Black is 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, while Javon Burruss (6-6, 340) and Tyrese Davis (6-9, 350) offer even more size for this recruiting class.

"They'll fit right in with what we did before with running the ball and protecting the quarterback," Smith said. "It will bring more competition to what we have. We have two 6-7 kids competing for the left tackle position, we're going to take Dakota Cox and move him inside and put him at guard. Tyrese Davis and D'Andre Nutall will compete at the right tackle

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