Trio of Coastal Carolina players sign with NFL teams, others invited to rookie camps

Published: Apr. 30, 2022 at 7:59 PM EDT
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CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) - While they may not have been drafted over the weekend, several more Coastal Carolina Chanticleers will be heading to the NFL.

Running back Shermari Jones and wide receiver Jaivon Heiligh will sign with the Cincinatti Bengals while linebacker Silas Kelly is heading to the Cleveland Browns.

WMBF Sports Director Gabe McDonald reported that Jones, Heiligh and Kelly all signed as undrafted free agents with their respective teams.

Other Chanticleer players were invited to rookie minicamps, including:

  • WR Kameron Brown, Tampa Bay Buccaneeers
  • DT C.J. Brewer, New York Jets
  • S Alex Spillum, Green Bay Packers
  • CB Derick Bush, Chicago Bears

Jones and Heiligh will join teammate Jeffrey Gunter, who was drafted by the Bengals in the seventh round of the NFL Draft.

Jones was a first-team All-Sun Belt selection in 2021 and received an invite to the 2022 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. He tallied just over 1,000 yards last season with 13 touchdowns.

Heiligh was also named first-team All-Sun Belt after racking up over 1,000 receiving yards and seven touchdowns last season. He also received invites to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, the East-West Shrine Bowl and the Hula Bowl.

Kelly, who was known for his trademark mullet alongside fellow linebacker Teddy Gallagher, was also first-team All-Sun Belt last year and was also invited to the Hula Bowl. He’s coming off a 110-tackle season in 2021.

Brown joins the Buccaneers after being an All-Sun Belt honorable mention in 2021 after a 605-yard, 5-touchdown effort last season.

Brewer is another first-team All-Sun Belt selection heading to the NFL, and was also an All-American honorable mention from Pro Football Network. He ended last season with 54 tackles and 4.5 sacks, even tallying up an interception against Arkansas State.

He and Kelly were also team captains for the Chants in 2021.

Spillum was a third-team All-Sun Belt selection who had over 60 tackles and two interceptions last season. He also returned a punt for a touchdown during the Chants’ win over Buffalo.

Bush heads to Chicago after a 36-tackle effort in 2021 along with a snagging an interception. He was a fourth-team All-Sun Belt preseason selection by Athlon Sports.

CCU tight end Isaiah Likely will also be heading to the NFL after being picked by the Baltimore Ravens in the draft’s sixth round on Saturday.

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