The Massachusetts Pirates are not done bringing in outside talent ahead of this year’s training camp.
Per Pirates President and owner Jawad Yatim, the team has signed former Georgia standout defensive back Dominick Sanders as well as offensive linemen Jakobi Smith and T.J. Roundtree.
Sanders, 24, adds consistency and size to the secondary. Standing at 5-foot-11, Sanders played all 13 games in his first three years at Georgia and 15 his senior season. Sanders most notably picked off now Cleveland Browns starting quarterback Baker Mayfield in the 2017 national semifinal.
He went undrafted and spent time with the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles.
When asked about Sanders, Yatim had nothing but great things to say about his new defensive back.
“Dominick had a decorated career at Georgia,” Yatim said. “In my opinion he has fantastic ball skills, he got his feet wet in the arena game last year with Columbus so he’s coming into camp with some experience. Good size for the position, a ball hawk evident by his production at Georgia. It’s going to be a competitive camp and looking forward to Dom getting here in March.”
He joins Cheatham Norrils, Kiante Northington, Al Louis-Jean, Tevin Homer, Khalid Wooten, and Chucky Williams in a secondary that is sure to be full of competition come March.
In addition, the Pirates have brought back Jakobi Smith, who had a cameo appearance last season in teal. Yatim is happy to have him back to see more of what the Florida Atlantic alum can do.
“Jakobi spent a brief time with us last season, he’s a very strong and stout lineman,” Yatim said. “We were impressed in his lone performance last year against Orlando. He’s a good kid and I’m excited to see the offensive line shape out in camp, it’ll be a healthy competition along our offensive front.”
Smith, 25, was a baseball player at first playing from the age of five all the way up until his junior year of high school where he swapped his glove for the gridiron.
Smith started every single game his senior season at Florida Atlantic University helping his team capture the East Division title and defeat North Texas in the Conference USA Championship. The team was invited to the Boca Raton Bowl where they defeated Akron.
Roundtree is a 6-foot-6 lineman who stepped onto the scene when he won offensive lineman of the year honors at P.K. Yonge High School in 2013. From 2015-2017, Roundtree appeared in 18 games for Louisville starting 13 in 2016. As a redshirt senior at Colorado State University, Roundtree started 12 games and was given Lindy’s All-MW First Team honors.
Yatim is ecstatic to get the big-man going in March noting his incredible size.
“TJ has a physically imposing stature for an offensive lineman, for a kid his size he’s got good feet in my opinion. He’s coming from a high pass volume offensive system at Colorado State which will translate well to the arena game. I think he can help us up front, definitely looking forward to March.”
Roundtree also had high school varsity letters in basketball and track & field.
The two men join Wilson Bell, Kendall Calhoun, and Chasz Wright on the offensive line.