The Columbus Lions announced the signing of three players on Thursdsay including a pair of former Florida Gators players in Wondy Pierre-Louis and Markihe Anderson.
The Lions also signed former South Florida tight end Ben Busbee. Busbee is expected to play fullback or offensive line for Columbus.
"The talent level here in Columbus continues to rise above the standard," Lions coach Jason Gibson said in a press release. "Obviously we try to recruit the best talent available, but we also strive to recruit players with character according to the standards set by previous Lions players. Markihe, Wondy and Ben fit that description and will definitely help us in our goal of repeating as SIFL champions."
Pierre-Louis (6-1, 185) won two BCS national championships with Florida, where he played from 2006-09 and amassed 71 tackles and three interceptions. He also was a member of the Florida track team. Pierre-Louis worked out for the New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens before signing with the Lions.
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Anderson (5-9, 180) also won two national titles with Florida from 2006-09 and had 63 tackles, a sack and an interception with the Gators. He was invited to a Jacksonville Jaguars minicamp before signing with the Lions.
Busbee (6-4, 245) was a blocking tight end at USF but had 16 catches for 212 yards and four touchdowns in his career. He redshirted in 2005 and played for the Bulls from 2006-09.
The signing of Pierre-Louis and Anderson brings much-needed experience to the Lions, which lost four-year starter and there-time league defensive MVP Damian Daniels to the Arena Football League's Cleveland Gladiators during the offseason.
The Lions open the 2011 season on March 20 at the Alabama Hammers in Huntsville, Ala., and open their home schedule on March 27 against the Richmond Raiders.